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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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2,780 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,780
Ratings:
7,737
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
19.16%
 
 
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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well ,this is review number 3,000 for me. It has been a wonderful 7.25 years 0n this site, and I really appreciate the world of beer it has opened up to me. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, fruit. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, alcohol makes it presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 mL bottle (best before "08-2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright, pale golden yellow. Towering clouds of lasting, white sudsy foam, thick and creamy - almost like whipped cream - coats the glass with clumpy lace. Visibly effervescent.

Smell: Bright lemon zest, apple peel, fresh baguette, delicately spicy yeast.

Taste: Complex layers of malty grains, fruity esters, honey, black pepper, balancing bitterness and slight bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Possibly the best looking beer I've ever poured from a bottle. Complex and flavorful - a classic.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a frothy, rocky, ever lingering head. Bready malt, drinks very smoothly and finishes dry. Prickly mouthfeel with high carb level. Very refreshing and non boozy but the alcohol can catch up to you. One of the best!

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L: The label says to pour slowly, and you better believe it! A slow pour yields a very clear light-gold or yellow color, and a voluptuous pure-white frothy head. Excellent head retention, and the lacing was amazing. A beautiful beer to look at. The 2nd pour was a little hazier, due to the remaining yeast in the bottle.

S: Very fruity with some yeast/bread notes.

T/F: Very complex flavoring, mostly following the smell. Lots of fruit, balanced with the yeast and bread. Has some spiciness at the end. Didn't really notice much of a hops presence, but that is probably because I'm use to a very upfront IPA hop flavor. Clean and dry finish.

O: Excellent beer. I've been mostly drinking American style beers, leaning toward the IPA side, and this was one of my first tries at Belgian beer. Obviously not as hoppy as an IPA, but a very clean and drinkable. This one goes down smooth, and can pack a punch. I didn't even realize it was 8.5% ABV until looking at the bottle after feeling a little tipsier than I thought I should.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head.
The smell is of citrus, pepper, sweet banana, and a floral aroma.
The taste is a sweet pear, followed by citrus, pepper spice, and a malty bitterness that is not too strong.
The alcohol is not noticeable.
The feel is not too thick or thin and watery.
This is a very good bad Pale Ale. I really love these Belgian Beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow! I feel ashamed that it has taken me until now to drink & review this venerable classic. 8=( In fact, the last time that I remember drinking it was during a field trip to BAL with Bob & Karen Hollman, Sheesh! That's gotta be close to a decade or more at this point in time.

From the stubby bottle (that will be rinsed & set aside for use as a Molotov cocktail shaker): "Belgian Golden Ale Bottle Conditioned"; "Patience - In Your Pour - Ness"; "If you've ever done something in a hurry, you know it often ends in disappointment - and sometimes a full body cast. So here's to an unhurried pour. Not only will it release Duvel's essential aromas, you can use the time to write a short poem: 'Pour slow there you go.' On second thought, no poetry, please."; "Share your #masterfulness ".

I Pop!ped the cap and went with a very gentle pour as directed. I know that it may be hard to believe, but I actually can follow directions. It is simply that I just choose NOT to do so. Even a gentle pour brought forth three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. The remaining lacing was spectacular. Color was a slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a dry mustiness, like those old newspapers up in my grandmother's attic. I really do mean to bundle them up and put them out for recycling one of these days. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant effervescence on the tongue. The taste had a light tartness, like green apples. Boy, howdy, it is one dry beer! Phew! Just one sip later and I felt really parched. Man, I am all for dry beers, but this one is almost vinous, like a really dry white wine. Finish had a long, lingering dryness that led me to hear the zephyr winds blowing across the sands of the Sahara. And I still have half of the bottle yet to pour! Wow. Plus, I am doing a side-by-side today with their Tripel Hop Ale (Belgian IPA).

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very light yellow with an amazing head that remains, very impressive. Smells of sweetness and a little back ground funk almost cannabis like. Taste is similar with a hit of citrus and that background cannabis with a very light feel but amazing mix of flavor that keeps me wanting more and more. Finish is very clean and refreshing, this is always going to be in my fridge, just a great beer all around.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale with a finger of white sudsy head thick lacing
S: Cannabis resin pale malt
T: Matches the aroma with an earthy yeast flavor
F: Lower carb on tap here than I remember it being out of the bottle
O: It's a classic. Comes a time...

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a well chilled bottle, pours a cloudy straw gold with a one finger white head. It has a malt-forward finish, but initial flavors are all bready with citrus and some pepperiness. I gotta say, it's really OK, but I just don't see what all the excitement is about. I could list a dozen beers that a better and more interesting at half the price.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
3.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 25 ounces directly in my Game of Thrones mug.

Voluminous snow-white head with retention that even Turritopsis dohrnii would be jealous of.

Besides that, I didn't really like it. I am a huge fan of trappist ales and this Duvel just tasted bizarre. Not necessarily lacking flavor, the flavor was just very dry and lacking in any big barrel characteristics. For the price, I would not recommend it. Stick to a Maharaja.

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Photo of delta490
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, cloudy, with a huge foamy white cap of head. Great retention and total lacing coverage, mostly small and sticky. The aroma is floral, spicy, and sweet, in turns. The taste follows closely with the aroma. It is lighter bodied, but not thin or watery, with a little hint of carbonation and a crisp finish.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a massive white meringue head, this beer is full of energetic bubbles.
The aroma is banana, clove, some nice funk, leamon and a touch of pepper.
The taste is ripe banana, a touch of lemon, some clove with a touch of pepper. A nice bit of bitter and a mineral crisp finish. A bit of an alcohol bite as well.
Moutfeel is medium, bubbly, refreshing and cleansing.
Excellent.

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not very clear, presenting a yellowish golden pour. Very foamy as some of the other reviews already state. Strong aroma, maybe a bit too pepperish and malted. The taste is very characteristic, you can definitely taste the 8.5vol in it's dry end. It has a bit of malted smell that is complemented with some notes of citrus mixed with spices, the mouth end is very bready, malty and somewhat bitter in a pleasent way. A complex, different and very likely recommended beer experience. If you see it, don't hesitate, just go for it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clear golden hue with a big frothy, foamy head. Nice big bubbled white lacing on glass. Nose is a spicy, herbal hop profile. The smell has a lot going on similar to a hefeweizen. Bananas, cloves, bubblegum. Belgian yeast in the taste, and all follows the nose very well. Bananas, cloves, and more of that spicy herbal kick with linger around for a while. Mouthfeel has relatively medium to high carbonation, and an overall easy sipper.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I purchased an individual bottle of this from a Cellar 70 in Wausau, WI. Duvel pours a golden hue with a brilliant head and lacing. The aroma gives off hints of some bread, spices and just a touch of citrus. The flavor starts out with the citrus and the spices and finishes with a strong bread and malt bitterness. This is a fantastic beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a Duvel snifter, this fine Belgian pours a lightly hazy golden color with a firm astounding head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, big thick layer, and excellent sudsy lacing. Nose of candy malt, light bubblegum, subtle citrus notes, and light herbal notes of clove with a healthy dose of classic Belgian yeast. Flavors exceed the nose with candy touched citrus notes on the front and middle featuring lemon zest and light banana flavors from the yeast, more candy on the sides and then a nice warming glow from the strength of the alcohol. Crisp and effervescent mouth feel, excellent carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall an excellent ale from a great brewer.

Cheers

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Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow. Biggest pillow of white head I've seen. Smell is slightly bready, subtle phenols. Taste is golden, strong, peppery but not all the whacked out bubblegum and clove like most Belgians. Bit boozy on the finish

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. Despite pouring "gently," I produced an enormous, frothy, milk-white head that puffed up and looks like gelato. The color is a hazy gold straw with significant bubbling. It has a champagne look. It smells of Belgian yeast, clove, and lemon peel, and a whiff of sweeter fruit. The taste is sweeter than the smell with banana and some honey, along with lemon, coriander, clove, pepper, and malt. All the flavors blend beautifully to produce a full taste experience. This ale is highly carbonated, crisp, dry, and the 8.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, it is easy to see why Duvel is considered world class. It really has no flaws.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice hazy straw-gold. Head is white and seems rather weak; lacing is minimal. Nose offers a blend of bready and spicy yeast notes, with some floral and fruity aspects moving through as well. Taste likewise offers spicy, bready, and tingly flavors, and a little honey sweetness as well, all twirling together. Perhaps some bananas or other tropical fruit are hiding in there and coming out for a peek also. Given the sweet, spicy, and bready flavor, the tongue is left feeling surprisingly clean and dry once the beer is gone. Great beer. I'm surprised that the head was somewhat weak in my bottle, or the rating could have been even higher.

Drink-by date was 11 2016, and I had this on Drink with the Duvel Day, 4 June 2016.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color, clear. Foam white, tall, built of fine bubbles, very dense and durable. It leaves a lot of decoration on glass.
Hop aroma, malty with spice accents.
Taste: like aroma, notes of malt and hops combined with spices and herbs. It is slightly peppery, spicy.
Hop bitterness at the finish, not too intense, dry and clear peppermint. Saturation high, fits. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a stunningly clear and bright straw yellow with a two finger head of fluffy foam.

Toasted biscuits, slightly herbal spicy hop character, banana, clove, and slightly lemony citrus character.

Bananas, lemon, clove, peppercorn, biscuits.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth, prickly carbonation.

Overall, a truly world class Belgian and worth every penny. Incredibly drinkable for 8.5%, it would be too easy to have a few too many.

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Photo of FBarber
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color. Lots of small bubbles course upwards indicating decent carbonation. Two finger white head slowly dissipates leaving sticky lacing along the glass and a thin foamy head.

Smell has aromas of yeast, bread dough, wheat, slight hints of citrus zest and a slight peppery smell. Undertones of clove, spice, and coriander come through.

Taste is initially kind of yeasty and doughy - lots of wheat and bread notes come through, however this is quickly tinged by a nice citrus zest flavor eventually giving way to a slightly peppery and spiced yeast finish. Slight booze taste becomes apparent after sipping for a while, but even then it is sublet and quite nice.

Feel has a nice robust carbonation that somehow does not overpower the flavors. Very smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this beer is amazing in and of itself, but rated against Belgian Strong Pale Ales - this is the standard that all others aspire to be.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Holds a head well. Intial pours quite robust though it settles, yet lingers. Straw colored, quite murky
S: Wheat, dough, yeast, sweet kitchen spices. Some estery smells as well, typical clove
T: Once again, dough and spices. Lots of pepper/phenol. Has some notes of clove, a nice rounding sweetness, and a crisp bitterness to balance it out.
F: Smooth as hell, that full yet light mouthfeel, pillowy, super well rounded and balanced. Bitter yet not remotely astringent. Refreshing. Excellent.
O: Rediculously solid. Not something that blew me away yet at the same time was impressed by. Does what it does well, but doesn't push the envelope. Definately will add to my regular import rotation.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style stemmed glass

A: Pours a bright golden color with a bright white head, head is full and creamy, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, great head retention, good amount of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, bready malts, very nice aromas, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, hint of citrus peel, finish is malty with more Belgian yeast characteristics lingering in the aftertaste, spice, banana, coriander, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, tons of carbonation.

O: A well made beer that is enjoyable to drink, lots of flavor, carbonation, and a great mouthfeel, first time trying and this will definitely be a beer I reach for when I'm in the mood for a Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow.
The smell is slightly peppery and there is some citrus rind.
Taste is sweet pale malt with apple/pale.
Complex as expected.

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