Duvel
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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From:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #1
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,910
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 11.53%
Reviews:
2,986
Ratings:
5,443
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 08, 2022
Added:
Dec 06, 2000
Wants:
  533
Gots:
  1,819
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer is hazy golden, with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is sour notes, yeast, a bit leathery. old stable. Also spices like coriander and cardamom.

The taste is sweet, candid sugar and raisins, balanced sour notes from lemon, lime and some vinegar. Spices like clove and ginger is also there.

Rather much carbonation and a refreshing feeling.

A very rewarding beer, especially with cheese.
Mar 05, 2010
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Rated by Matym92 from Sweden

2.16/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
A strong bitter aftertaste
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
L - Poured from a standard bottle into a large wine glass. Huge head on mild pour. Light golden clear color. Head slowly dissipates to thick suds with mild lacing, and then to a healthy film that stays through the beer.

S - Light fruit and sweet scents up front. Some apple and possible citrus. A pleasant sweet yeast scent appears part way through drinking. Some more earthy tones are noticed as well.

T - Taste follows scent with sweet fruits like apple, pear, and mild citrus., but adds some spice in there. Some muted floral notes appear as you drink. Not bitter though. More of a sweet yeast flavor as you drink. And then some more earthy flavors come out as well as it warms up. Agitation brings back the sweet fruit characteristics, but definite sweet yeast as the main flavor. Somewhat boozy toward the end.

F - What a smooth mouthfeel at first. A healthy amount of carbonation stays as you drink it. Top notch.

O - Overall, this was a fantastic and enjoyable beer. I had casually avoided Duvel assuming it was a generic European macrobrew. I was wrong and this beer is a treat. I will definitely add it to my regular rotation.
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Reviewed by foundersasap from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Gifted from a friend and couldnt wait to indulge but took about 10 minutes to pour, so I waited. Beautiful look pillowy head, golden color, slight aroma, bready, taste of clove, banana spice, prickly mouthfeel, hoppy but balanced - worth the wait, good beer
Apr 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by WDJersey from Colorado

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Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by roberthawkins

4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Great beer and a reliable go-to for so many situations. Light golden pour with great carbonation and a huge, lasting white head. Spice, bread, and fruit, with a mix of white grape, apple, and pear. Very effervescent and a nice, dry finish. Fantastic. Never disappoints.
Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful, clear pale golden-straw colour. Three finger thick white creamy head slowly compacts into a one finger, dense foam that lasts the rest of the beer.

Interesting and subtly complex aroma, slightly sour aromas of gentle funkiness. Earthy, more like damp leaves and wood than a horse barn kind of funk. Yeasty esters play around with a slight bitter, floral and grassy hop smell. Subtle banana and cloves, typical of most Belgians. I might have an older bottle, but I swear there is a vinous, grapey smell as well on a deep inhale. A tiny bit of bready, toasty malt, but I find it takes a backseat to the sour viney damp smells.

Taste is very subtly complex as well, very pale and gentle sourness on the tip. Earthy and moist like wheaty aromas. Some subtle yeast notes with the malt. There is a savouriness as well here. I’ll mention again I think my bottle is older, which has brought out some nifty aromas and I think tempered the flavours a bit and evened them out. Some bitter citrus peel is noticeable as well, and a pleasant bitterness on the finish that is semi-sweet, a bit viney, with a white grape like taste.

I didn’t notice the alcohol as much as others. This is a light-medium bodied beer with good, medium level carbonation. Nice bittersweet, grapey and bready finish that is mostly dry.

Pleasant, complex, and easy drinking. I’d love to try a bottle that is super fresh just to compare. I’ll leave the review like this for now and hopefully come back soon!
Mar 27, 2022
 
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Rated by 73Kegs

4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I’ve been to this magnificent brewery few years ago. A visit not to be missed. This is def my favorite ale. Top notch!
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a translucent lemon yellow with a healthy white head creamy/foamy. Smell is (wow) first impression is lemon, decaying autumn leaves, clove,almost a pine like scent,very earthy. Taste is spicy herbs,(clove) , hint of banana,some malty goodness. Feel is well carbonated,(think champagne) finishes dry and juicy, Overall this is not like any other Belgian beer. I had this many years ago in Brussels and it still tastes just as good. Really good-
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Rated: 4.15 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

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Reviewed by TheMatts

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Smells like a citrus and bread, maybe even a small bit of grassiness that is also in the flavor. Lots of carbonation. Taste has some bitterness in it but not bad, some small fruit smell and flavors along with malt and barley and breads. The alcohol is noticeable but not too noticeable, to me this is the perfect higher ABV taste, with bold flavors but not a whiskey taste. As you continue drinking it gets more and more enjoyable. Great beer. Not a note-able aftertaste. The feel is semi-heavy.
Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

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Reviewed by eluvah from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Smells sweet like honey as soon as I opened the bottle. A little banana as well. Tastes of banana and bubble gum. This beer is very carbonated and I feel it overpowered the taste. It is a good beer, glad I tried it but doubt I will ever buy it again due to price. I would love to try it on tap someday to see if it is less carbonated.
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Rated: 3.83 by hophugger from Virginia

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Reviewed by UnoBeero

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
As a someone who was introduced to Belgian ales from Unibroue's interpretations, I was excited to find one of the staples in my local liquor store. I had a great experience with the Chimay range and was looking forward to this one.

Nose: Mild, semi sweet malt

In the Glass: Well foamed or formed head, rises quickly to show it's pale golden shine. Great looking beer.

Palate, Crisp, orange citrus, sharp bitterness that fades into a full body of well malted barley. Crisp and sharp but not bitter.

Finish: That sharp citrusy body fades into a mellow alcohol and malt flavour.
Overall I can see why people covet this Ale. Unlike Chimay and Unibroue's offerings you do taste the High ABV with this one, hence the 4/5 rating. Not perfect but a fantastic ale.
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Amazing Belgian beer. Have it again!
Plenty of carbonation. Feels like a cider. Spicy and refreshing in the same time.
An afternoon treat!
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