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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip, best by 12/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, bready grain, grass, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices. Nice and clean aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, light tart grains, pepper, grass, coriander, herb, clove, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; with some lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, bready grains, and yeast spices for a bit. Great flavor balance, with a good amount of complexity. Medium body with high carbonation; and extremely smooth drinking for the level of alcohol with the prickly carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is surprising for 8.5%. Overall this is just a fantastic Belgian strong pale. Great balance, complexity, and smooth drinking; and also has the best glass in the beer world.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from grub courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong sourness and flavors of Belgian yeast and spices. There’s a mild hops presence and a thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter as there isn’t very much sweetness throughout the taste to counteract the sourness and bitterness.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, I had tried this beer at a tasting once long ago and didn’t like it very much, however, that was before I had tried many Belgian beers. I liked many Belgian beers that I tried since then and realized that I may not have given this beer a fair shot, thus I was anxious to give this beer another try. However, I was disappointed again. I realize now that I simply don’t like this beer as much as I appreciate its craftmanship.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip glass

Pours huge 2 finger pillow top head. Color of head is slightly off white. Color is a clear golden yellow. Nice retention with a ton of splattered lace and rings.

Aroma: Wow I am really enjoying the aroma. Nice clove and spice flavor. Some bananas and fruits. There is also a big yeast aroma. Everything blends together so nice here.

Taste: Very yeasty. A lot of clove and spices here. I get some bananas and a fruit flavor mix. Reminds me a little of a saison and hefe combined together. Well done. I really have to give this a 4.5 because it is simply amazing for how light of a beer it is.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the best crisp beers I have had. Very crisp, a little boozy, but smoothes out nice. It seems to be just a little to carbonated for me. It isn't bad or anything, just not for me. Body is actually fairly light for the abv it has. Ends with a pretty clean, yeast flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty solid. I will definitely be keeping this one around more. It is just so drinkable. It is just so well crafted. I am really amazed by this beer. The world needs to experience Duvel. I will recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where and when I first had this is lost forever in time. My last tasting was on tap at the Irish Pol, Philly, PA.

Straw yellow pour, clear and pale, a finger or two of foamy white head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles; decent lacing. Pale malts in the nose, fruit esters, yeast, leafy hops. Similar taste, brready malts, Belgian yeast, apples, pears, light citrus twinge, grassy, leafy, bitter and can lean towards metallic. Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat drying, and a boozy kick. Pretty standard fare here, often seen served in awkwardly large signature glasses with terrible artwork.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I tried along time ago that I figured was worth a revisit. Here she goes...

A: The pour is very pale yellow/straw in color with an initially huge white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer.

S: Smells sweet and apple juice-like with a lot of yeast contributions. Some slight banana and spice notes going on, along with pears and perhaps some grassy hops.

T: The flavor is similarly sweet with lots of apples and pears with hints of banana and orange zest. Bread and a slight candi sugar note in terms of the malt character. Maybe a bit of skunk to go along with some grassy hops.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Definitely different from what I remember. Not really worse or better, just different. Still not my favorite beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bierman2000 - poured from two 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles w/ freshness dating of 10/2010 into my Caracole and La Fin du Monde tulips so I could enjoy both bottles at different temps.

Deceanted slowly as directed
A - A pristine golden w/ nonstop currrents of bubbles riding the liquid to the snow white head. The head is frothy and whipped w/ a gentle mousse-like smooth texture that is satiny visually under the light.

S - The aroma is both nutty w/ a subtle fruit element that is a yeasty ester w/ traces of Belgian funky character and the spice note is hinted at in the aroma.

M - The strong ale dances as it hits the tongue and with its highly carbonated essence spreads out w/ a dry texture that is preceded by a creamy quality in the feel. Mildly warming w/ a very faint sweet element and hop spiciness.

T - This ale's flavor is both dry w/ the hop and yeast notes rushing forward and a toasty grainy malt that fits perfectly when nestled whithin the other ingredients company. It tastes sweet and creamy w/ a hint of alcohol w/ a fruity tartness that only presents itself momentarily so more hops and spice can be noticed. The crisp malt keeps a central role in the flavor as a fonundation w/ a very pleasant dry malty and spicy blend of flavors. The warming boozy taste is gradually more noticeable, but barely. I found the fuit to be gentle, melon like in the taste w/ such condensed and focused, excellent clean notes in the flavor profile.

D - Very pleasant, legendary in the realm of 'Devil' beers. It took a lot less time to drink 22.4 oz than I would have imagined while reviewing. That is a nice quality considering it is 8% strength. I like the balance of subtle malt, hops and yeast that seems refreshing colder, yet more focused and less disjointed whe it opens up. The aroma and sweetness blossum at closer to 55 degrees and is more pleasant to my taste. A very fine compliment to my filet and asparagus, a second bottle seem mandatory practically.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a BBD of March 07

Pours straw colored with a slight chill haze & super fluffy 2 fingers+ white head. Says a little hazy, but throws a parfait-like head that retains superbly with insane lacing, couldn't figure out where my duvel glass was, had to make to with an a'chouffe glass; same-same!

S: Pears & apple skins, along some perfumy hop notes

T: Fruitty (dates& a little lemon& tangerine) with some dryness up front. Some peppery hop notes follow along with some breadyness. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt as much tasted. Finishes with a jammy fruittyness, earthy & lemony hops& a slight pepper edge

MF: medium bodied & slick with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the abv. A nice Belgian pale, that probably has done more to define the style than any other offering, just because it its widespread availability. Either this or Palm was among the 1st Belgian ales I ever had. Oh, the memories!

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Photo of Jason
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml stubby brown bottle with a best before date of 09 2006. Quick tips on how to pour the beer as well as “Bottle Conditioned” on the label.

Appearance: A perfect amount of foamy head from a trained pour into the appropriate Duvel glass, the lace clings to the glass in patchy clumps. The clarity is great as the pouring went well and the yeast stayed in the glass. Very pale in colour, some would confuse this with a lager as far as the light golden hue.

Smell: Hints of apple skin (juicy fruit), clean alcohol and a slight yeast bite in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Clean pale malt flavour throughout. Three big flashes of yeast, hop bitterness and alcohol hit the palate. Big cleansing crispness makes you want an other sip. A tad juicy in the middle, with a big warming alcohol landing middle to end. Mild medicinal phenols peak in the middle and nearly vanish as the alcohol takes over.

Notes: A top shelf brew, this one does it for me and then some. Pretty much sex in a bottle and the devil told me to drink it. Duvel is close to dry champagne but so much more. Between the bitterness and the sheer crispness, this beer is what I expect from the Belgian strong pale ale style.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that reduces by condensing down to a thin layer with larger pillowy patches and a thicker ringer at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer does not have one of the strongest smells but it is definitely not weak either... I get some notes of yeast, spices, and some light fruit (possibly pear). Also, there are both floral and citrus hops present as well.

T: The flavor is far more intense than the smell but follows in the same vein. There is quite a bit of light fruit flavor including apple and pear as well as the banana + clove. There is a light hop bitterness in the finish but it is not overwhelming.

M: Light bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: A very enjoyable and easy to drink beer. A little strong to be sessionable but definitely a beer that you want to have many times. The presence of the alcohol is well hidden but this is a strong beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly all head (nearly pure white) on the initial pour. Light lace on the glass. The liquid has a mild haze. The color is light straw.

The aroma is as I remembered: lots of barnyard and musty, yeasty smells

Spritzy and spicy are the first impressions...like there is coriander and thyme in here. Strong yeast and wheat flavors. The body is moderate with a high level of carbonation. Deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Poured a cloudy light golden color with a fluffy white head covering the top. The head was long lasting and left excellent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is dominated by the fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. It has some hints of apple, hops and a little alcohol coming through. The taste is also not surprisingly strong with the Belgian yeast flavors. It has a light, crisp, fruity flavor that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting and easy drinking beer. Overall an excellent example of it's style and a delicious beer at that.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle, drink by date of 11/2012

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick patchy head. There is some thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A definite yeast aroma with some spice and a faint lemon aroma and some green apple.

T: Definitely some yeast, and a really nice balance between the hops and malt. There is a floral aspect and also some banana.

M/D: Light bodied and extremely drinkable. A really good beer, something that would be a great with food. The 8.5% is slightly evident as it goes down, but it does not bother me one bit. I look forward to drinking another.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pale golden color that is quite see through, with about 3 fingers of white foam and a lot of retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bananas, citrusy hops, yeast, and hints of spice.

t - Tastes of citrusy hops, bready malts, and banana.

m - High carbonation and light body.

d - A decent belgian that is readily available in grocery stores. I would agree with others that this could be a good gateway beer for people looking to get into Belgians, but I don't think it is as good as some others I've had. Thought the high carbonation hurt it a little bit, but still a nice beer that I'd have again.

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

Sampled from a 250ml bottle this legendary beer pours a very pale hazy golden hue, with a highly carbonated champagne like tawny white head. What a perfect pour with one of the most amazing head retentions I have seen, will have to credit this with the priming of the candied sugar. Brilliantly spiced aroma along with a thicket of musty maltiness and a decent amount of hopping. The mixture of malty sweetness, bready yeast notes, and striking bitterness equates to one of the most amazing beers in the world. The mouthfeel is a complex combination of fizzy carbonation and syrupy sweetness. If and when they begin to keg this stuff it is going to be the true end of the world. So, drinkable just imagine what it will be like on tap.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, oh my. Pours a nearly clear golden/straw with huge white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. On the nose you get a very sweet tone, alcohol, and the standard fruit. The taste is citric in style with a long lasting flavor. It stays constant and does not morph into anything else less desirable. I just have to give it a 5. Mouthfeel is terrific with a good combo of bubbles and flavor. This is easily drinkable in mass quantity. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw colored, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation, effervescent. The head looks like cumulus clouds. What a great looking beer!

S: Malt, slight funk (in the best way), Belgian yeast

T: This beer is delicious and wonderful in its complexity. The pilsner malts really add a special touch to this unique brew. The flavors are balanced very well. I taste a slight funkiness, that typical Belgian yeast flavor I enjoy so much, and a clean, pilsner-like finish and aftertaste.

M: Crisp carbonation, ABV hidden well, nice long aftertaste. You can take your time with a bottle of Duvel.

D: An awesome beer that I'll always look forward to having.

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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 jwc215
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I poured this into a Duvel glass. It pours a gold color with an amazing, almost overwhelming head with high carbonation. It smelled floral with a tinge of alcohol. The taste was like biting into a lightly sugared, spiked green apple. It was very refreshing and unique. I ordered another and let others taste it and everyone was simply amazed at the unique flavor. This is a beer unto itself. The taste of alcohol does become apparent, otherwise it would be endlessly drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, billowing lacey, white-as-the -driven-snow head that must be properly poured into it's own glass, or the closest equivalent. You know, I've seen people gulp Duvel out of the bottle, and I didn't have my gun on me? Their loss! This is a golden beauty whose aroma has to savored and worshipped. Spicey, fragrant, floral, angelic. Pours clear and golden like a lager or a pils, but, buddy, it ain't!
Letting the yeast in with the pour gives an extra amber/ orange haze: go ahead, drink the yeast, it's good for you! Flavor floods the tongue, Saaz hops jitterbug along the taste buds, and the finish will not quit the mouth. Overwhelmingly pleasant! Head settles some, but remains as a 1/2" ring. Excellent with the Thai ginger & curry noodles I'm having. The flavor, the spark, the spice, it all lingers on and on. Is there any greater delight? Do five stars mean anything at all if they are not applied to a brew so fine and lovely?

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a huge bubbly white head that turns to meringue at the top. A constant flow of carbonation bubbles feed a head that persists forever and making pouring 12 oz into a pint glass impossible in one attempt. The aroma on this is quite unique. Apple cider and pears along with a bready yeasty aroma are quite inviting. Bits of pepper and spice round out the nose quite well. The flavor is crisp and just a hint of sugary sweet with a heavy does of apple and light fruits. Light hints of pepper and other yeast derived flavors balance this quite nicely. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart and bubbly mouthfeel. This is a unique and wonderful beer, how come I am just trying this now?

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before January 2014. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy white foam settle to a thick meringue of a cap, leaving splotch intricate lacework. Body is a lightly hazed white peach flesh color, with streams of bubbles visibly streaming upwards. Reference quality appearance for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, grains of paradise, some light stone and citrus fruit sweetness, hint of banana, lightly buttery pilsner malt and grain character, and a touch of candi sugar. There's perhaps a hint of alcohol present as it warms up.

T - Citrus and stone fruit character is a bit more pronounced, but otherwise the flavor is a bit more smoothed out. Grain, spicy Belgian yeast, pilsner malt. Not as sweet as the aroma. No alcohol in the flavor whatsoever.

M - The carbonation is harsh and mildly unpleasant, even when you take the style into account. Grainy, dry texture, minimal alcohol warmth, medium body, with only minimal stickiness in the finish.

D - A very good Belgian beer made on an impressively large scale. While there are other takes on the style that I prefer I would happily have this without complaint. Very easy to drink considering the higher ABV - guess the name is appropriate.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/thistle glass. Best before July 2013 so she should be ready to roll.

A very thin bubbled totally white head of two finger size with some cake like retention. Real nice lemon gold clear body with much carbonation visible. The clarity on this beer is quite amazing has some very see through character to it. Head falls slowly and head bubbles all seem to be a nice pin head size. Good glow to this beer too and lots of sticky lacing as well.

Bouquet on the Duvel is a simple basic slight butter and yeast. Quite pleasant with a faint must. This is probably a good place to start, it's not too strong on the nose. Has a sweet creamy smell to some extent too, but also a sense of very clean.

Taste is predominantly fizzy... like club soda. Fresh club soda. I am getting... nothing else. Is this club soda beer? What's missing here? I feel like I am drinking Canada Dry or something with perhaps a little bit of hay/grass.

I can't rate this very high and probably not going to have it again for drinkability cause I know there are others in this style that I prefer by far.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel means devil. This is a great great beer.

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip (0.33L bottle with no date). Beer is hazy and yellow, forms a thick aggressive white head that slowly falls away leaving a complicated net of lacing all over the glass. Good head retention.

Sweet fruit, esters, some yeast, some alcohol, some wheat like aromas, smells amazing.

A little sweet, medium to low bodied. A slight wheaty aftertaste but its not disturbing. Nice fruit flavors. Drinkability insanely high. I love this beer. Mouthfeel has great connectivity and overall one of the best IMO. I love this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle , with cork and cage. Pours very light wheat, cloudy, head is the stuff of beer dreams. Lacing is world class. Intricate,fluffy, voluminious. Great retention, finally dissolving to the tiniest of tiny bubble sheens. Nose of yeast, pepper, powdered sugar, alcohol, citrus and a light fruityness. Taste is of limes, gin, tart, peppery, bitterness late. mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time. World class Belgian. Its a blessing to us all that this nectar of the gods is widely available. Go get some now, chill, pour and enjoy with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a chalice, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a tall, fluffy, light, big bubbled, bright white head that loosely clings to the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, a spice blend of clove, all spice, grains of paradise, and nutmeg, a bready backbone, and some fruity notes, including banana, berries, and white grapes. There is also a subtle hops bitterness at the end, too. Tremendously balanced and layered aromas. Flavors are crisp and sweet forward, heavy on the fruit notes, with grape must, lemon, orange rind, and banana all making an appearance. The spice blend follows, with notes of clove, nutmeg, all spice, grains of paradise, cardamom, and pepper. All of this flavor convenes on a bready backbone. The body is full, but kept light by carbonation. The aftertaste is more bready, with the citrus fruits taking up most of the sweetness, and the spices still providing a healthy hand. The finish is smooth, effervesced, and slow, with a subtle fruit and spice linger. Great beer.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.
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