Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
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4.29 | pDev: 11.42%
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Notes: A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavour, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Thanks to its high CO2 content, this beer has a wonderful roundness in the mouth. A Duvel is both the perfect thirst quencher and the ideal aperitif.
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JuanS from South Africa

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

So far my favorite from Belgium.

L: Lovely pale golden color
S: Simply great, toated something...... almost burnt popcorn but not quite, very interesting.
T: Carbonated but nice, spicy but nearly perfect.
F: Light and refreshing
O: Really impressed for such a strong beer. Loved it. Just a bit pricey in South Africa

Sep 10, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Goes down well, especially if you like letting off world record burps while drinking:) I find it too carbonated, however 8.5% makes up for this. Overall a nice tasting, fresh beer, but too pricey and overly carbonated.
I bought about 100 of these little guys a few years ago when a supermarket chain made a print error in their catelogue and advertised them at less than half the normal price. The Duvels created a good vibe at bbq's and I reckon (for me personally) that's it's place, getting you smashed at parties.

Jul 20, 2021
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dribblespit from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been awhile since I got my hands on this Nectar of the gods.

Looks like liquid gold. Head is frothy like shaving cream.
Lingers throughout the glass. Easy to overflow if not careful!
Smells like banana, cloves and malt.
Tastes like banana, cloves and malt.
Somewhat noticeable hops too.
Not hoppy but there.

Jul 18, 2021
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trevorpost from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Big foamy white head, clear pale yellow. Spice and grass on the aroma. Flavor and feel are a mess out of the gate. Way over carbonated. Flavor is a carbonic acid attack. Not refreshing carbonation, way over done. Tons of swirling to kill it gets a real nice beer to appear. Shouldn't take work to get to the taste of the beer, even if it ends up worth it.

Jul 03, 2021
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hbeimers from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with amazing foam. Smells fresh and fruity. Some juiciness in the taste with a good balance of bitterness and breadiness. Super soft in the mouth and insanely drinkable for the %.

Jun 30, 2021
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a huuuge fluffy white head.
Aroma is fruity. Pear, banana, citrus. Spicy clove notes as well.
Flavor is very fruity as well. More clove and black pepper spice on the tongue. Finishes dry with a nice orange peel bitterness.
Lighter mouthfeel is augmented by profuse carbonation.
Overall this is a brilliantly crafted beverage. Definitely one every beer lover should seek out.

Jun 18, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear burnt gold with a thick white blanket, especially considering the width of this Chimay glass, leaving all kinds of stalactite lacing with a tilt.

Classic Belgian phenols are featured, but a little spicier and more balanced, with a touch of toasted wheat character. It's pear and clove, but milder.

The round frothy body is a bit lighter than it first appears to be, finishing tingly and just barely semi-dry, almost wet.

Jun 10, 2021
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cwm51662 from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unlike the first few reviews I saw, mine were from 11.2 oz "bottle conditioned" bottles. My first experience with both bottles were a head that explodes from the bottle and form bubbles that looked like soap bubbles- but thankfully didn't taste like them! Like a tripel without the spice, very smooth, and tasty. Hazy amber, slightly fruity aroma. Had I not wore a lot of beer on my lap the way it came out- and yes, I was gentle in the extreme the second time- it would have been a flawless experience.

Jun 06, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice with a nice slightly hazy golden color, large white head that recedes but doesn't disappear, and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, green apple, citrus and Belgian yeast. Taste follows aroma with notes of grapefruit, spice, yeast, and a honey sweetness balanced by earthy/floral hops. Medium to full body with excellent/high carbonation and pleasant dry finish. Overall, a great world class beer.

Jun 03, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is like a cross between a Czech pilsner and a Belgian Tripel. Spicy and bitter with strong carbonation like a pils, with a citrus front and more weight and abv like a tripel. You can taste the high quality ingredients, a great dinner beer. A light euphoric and lingering buzz. Goes down smooth and easy like a session beer, but it is deceptively strong.

May 27, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Only 11.2 ounces fit into the short squat brown bottle. Even if you don't like it, the experience shouldn't be drawn out. Concern arises as a deliberate pour into a clear pint glass produces a puffy white, but disingenuous head. It recedes quickly and unevenly. It's not pretty and this character often forecasts a body that will be too light. The color is pretty nice. It's a light copper-amber with a density about halfway between opaque and translucent. A fair amount of lacing graces the glass where the head has mercifully subsided. Aroma?, at best a little Belgian yeast can be detected. Despite some warning signs, this tastes pretty good. It does indeed have sufficient body that's in great balance with the malt, hops, yeast and alcohol balance. With each sip, or gulp, you can get all four sensations, with the alcohol never taking precedence above the others, despite the relatively high ABV. Light but richly flavorful and for a Belgian Ale, not close to being overly yeasty, this is a delightful brew to consume.

May 03, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with well over two fingers of head. The nose has that classic Belgian funk. The flavor is funky, herbal and oddly sweet. The body seems spot on.

The label on the bottle extollls the virtues of the brewer's creation of a new beer style. My reaction is that such an effort is remarkable only if the style is different and enjoyable. In this case, it's not.

Apr 03, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Clear golden with a huge white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, herbal notes, slightly sweet fruitiness. Tastes of herbal hop notes, strong caramel and honey sweetness, yeasty bitterness takes over and cuts the sweetness. Medium heavy. Simple and flavorful. A little sweet, but very nice.

Apr 03, 2021
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evanwoertz from California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

has a very dry finish. subtle, no obvious tasting notes, in a very mature way. hints of mint and hazelnut. heads up like crazy. maybe on the light side but very impressive overall.

Mar 27, 2021
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Sxottie555 from Colorado

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super smooth, super carbonated

Smell: fresh
Taste: ultra smooth
Feel: you can tell this beer was super high quality, i felt great after drinking this

Mar 01, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Very strong. Bitter. Too bitter for my liking. I would not buy this on my own time. If your a fan of IPAs and want a step up you will really enjoy this beer.

Feb 17, 2021
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta give it a '5' on look because of the steady stream of bubbles from the center of the bottom of my tulip glass, which doesn't even have a real nucleation point.

Feb 14, 2021
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hermosbird from Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is unreal.
Definitely a 5 stars beer and it makes sense that this is the best one out of the style.
Additionally, the CO2 condition here is crazy.
Be prepared for a cautious pour!

Feb 03, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden with an extremely thick fluffy white head, super carbonated

Smell: floral smells, yeast

Taste: follows the nose, also adds some nice malt, and a hint of banana

Feel: super smooth, lots of tiny bubbles

Overall: a really nice beer, but I like La Chouffe better

Jan 25, 2021
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Shesh from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The very first Belgian beer I loved. I spent a couple of months in Antwerp and had access to a free bar at the hotel where I stayed. 3 bottles were enough to put me on my butt.
Very high carbonation is the only negative even though at times it is a positive. It is probably the reason why I is not as smooth as other Belgian beers with high ABV.

Jan 22, 2021
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

degrees. Pale gold with excellent clarity; four fingers of rocky white foam; never ending cap retention; heavy lacing to bottom of glass. Moderate spicy phenols, clove, fruity esters. Spicy black pepper, clove, grapefruit, green apple; light sweet malt base; some hop bitterness on backend. High carbonation; soft prickly mouthfeel; medium light body; some warmth from 8.5% abv; crisp dry finish. Overall, simply world class and best in class; well blended layers of fruit and spice; very easy drinking and satisfying; peppery bitter linger. I need to buy more often...

Jan 17, 2021
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellowy-gold colour, slightly hazy, with a nice long-lasting head atop. The smell is spicy and bitter. I taste cloves, bubblegum, and the famous Belgian tartness. Strong effervescence makes this a nice refresher. Jan 2 2021

Jan 03, 2021
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matuka123 from Finland

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my second time trying this beer. The first time I had Duvel I thought it was a bit too spicy/clovey/peppery/bitter. This time I really enjoyed it. I drink it at a colder temperature rather than room temp or just slightly cooled because that dampens the spiciness and lets me enjoy it more. I like to drink most of my beers colder overall. If you think Duvel is too spicy or bitter then try drinking it at a cooler temperature. The beer reminds me of Leffe Blonde. Those pale, light, and crisp notes of clove, banana, pepper, spices, hops, tutti frutti bubble gum. Almost creamy with the mouth feel. I love the feel. Will be buying this more often as I initially wrote it off as something I don't enjoy. I'm glad I gave it a second chance. But definitely won't drink it without some fridge time as when it warms up it gets quite spicy and bitter.

Jan 02, 2021
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nbaker290 from Texas

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a few times, most recently today.

Look: Golden, slightly yellow. Rocky white head with lots of lacing and retention that lasts throughout the drink.

Smell: citrus hops, sweet. Very complex, hint of alcohol spiciness.

Taste: wonderful. Best thing about the brew. Mildly sour, slight citrus, very clean hoppy finish, but not overpowering. Aftertaste is lingering mild hop, some sweetness.

Feel: light, crisp, fairly high carbonation.

Overall: try it. Belgian ale, golden ale lovers, all beer lovers will find something to love in the beer that is the gold standard of its own classification: bottle aged strong golden ale.

One of my top 5 all time.

Jan 01, 2021
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summitsix from California

4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Duval was on New Year's Day years ago in a small pub in Amsterdam. This beer brings me back to that day every time.

L: beautiful golden brew, thick head dissipates to dense small bubbles
S: Belgian yeast bouquet
T: Banana, mild pineapple, long spicy finish
F: Round, pillowy
O: Duval sets the bar, wonderfully delicious, warming

Dec 27, 2020
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