Duivels Bier
Brouwerij Boon

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #49
Ranked #31,706
3.74 | pDev: 10.7%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Pours with very light haze, most sediment remains in the bottle. Mid chestnut brown with a 1Cm pale tan head.
S- There is something a little piquant about this that's hard to ID. It reminds of an aromatic timber, such as cypress.
T- Boy this has impact, it's toasty and yet has quite some richness to it too.
F- Toasty vs richness and balanced by sufficient hops into the finish. There is no mistaking that this is a pretty hefty ABV%, though for 8% it does a decent job of blasting that % at your palate.
O- It's nice but I'm not sure it has enough depth/complexity relative to it's ABV% for me to buy it again.
330ml bottle BB 25/02/2021. Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK).

Mar 21, 2020
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 11, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at the source, post Toer de Geuze 2019.

May 06, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, bread, brown sugar and spices. The taste is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, sugar and dried fruits. It then gets some notes of herbs and spices before it finishes with some bitter notes. Aftertaste has a decent lenght.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A good belgian dark ale.

Mar 13, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a dark, almost ruby, type of brew with a nice bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of malt and spice is quite interesting with some floral aspect to it. Carbonation is good with just above average body. Mix of spice is quite interesting and most resemble Duvel, or a darker Duvel. Never tasted the original beer that was brewed before Boon took over but I still like this one. Many Thanks for my friend traveling in Belgian for bringing this back. Also, beautiful bottle that seems like it was used 100 years ago for the first time.

Mar 15, 2004
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wl0307 from England

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm quite sure that, if the picture is right, this is the same beer as another entry "Donkere 8° Duivel 1883", as the bottle I'm drinking has the same information as printed on the other's beer label that I've kept from five years ago. At 8%abv., this bottle has a scratched/blurred expiry date printed as something like 07/0_/08, served lightly-chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a cloudy dark russet brown hue with a thin layer of fluffy foam and pretty light carbonation.
S: very understated on the nose, showing mostly brown-sugary malts, boiled Chinese red beans, and a lightly sour tinge of raisin-like fruitiness. A swirl gives rise to chocolates, licorice-root-like herbal scent, and meaty yeastiness.
T: flat-textured sour-sweet (raisiny) stone-fruits and brown malts in the foretaste are followed by a slowly expanding herbal-ly bitterness with unidentifiable spicy hints and coke to boot, finished with faint hints of lightly smoked prunes, cold coffee, and lightly chewy palate of bitterness as well as lingering sourness as a result of residual sugary bits and yeast sediments.
M&D: maybe this beer having expired when being consumed doesn't put it in the most positive light, as the carbonation comes a bit dull and the body falls thin in the end of every sip. Also suffered is the flavour structure, being somewhat simplistic and not quite "evolving" as most quality (Belgian dark) ale should demonstrate. I guess the nearly non-existence of alcohol gives this bottle at least something to enjoy, but only just. I need to try it again when it's much younger.

Jan 05, 2009
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with an off-white head that recedes into a small layer of creamy foam.

Smell is very much chocolate and figs. Mainly dark roast smells, caramel on top. The yeast adds a solvent and very light tart smell.

Taste has strong chocolate malt notes, maltbitter and roasted. Some caramel notes that support the roast. The yeast adds a light sour tartness. Not the vinegar-like sourness, but this is more a yeasty tartness. Body is thin and the beer makes an alcoholic impression. A real sugar beer this is. Aftertaste is dry and sticky. Drinkability is good, but this is caused by the use of a lot of sugar. Although the yeast is kind of special, this beer is spoiled by the use of copious amounts of sugar, but that is just my opinion.

Apr 05, 2008
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a barely foggy dark brown with orange/ruby hints. Thick and frothy creme head. Flavor is fairly robust. Dark sweet tones like brown sugar with minimal fruit tones. Thick malts, noticeable spices. Feel has an extremely full carbonation in the mouth. Liquid is well bodied. This is a decent brew. A bit too much carbonation IMO, but still nicely drinkable enough. Something to sip on and relax with.

Mar 21, 2009
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thierrynantes from France

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: A warm color wooded clear, abundant foam and quite tenacious.
Smell: Nose particular, mild (candied fruit).
Taste and mouthfeel: Happy marriage balanced and unusual flavor and caramelized acids. Rear taste sourish sustainable and enjoyable.
Drinkability: Good beer flavor uncommon.

Review added 11-10-2007, translated from french 3-3-2008.

Nov 10, 2007
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crnipeter from Slovenia

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBE 28.07.2011, into Chimay chalice. Bubbly beige head collapses to a stable sheet that remains firmly spread over the surface till the last sips of caramely brown body. The dominant green olives/young cold pressed olive oil aroma is unlike anything I've ever came across, subdued are apples, some pear, faint caramel and light spicy alcohol. Flavor profile is composed of fresh olives, apple tartness and lightly bitter hoppy finish. Thin bodied and slightly prickly from delicate although abundant carbonation.
This beer is characterized by highly unusual green olive aroma/flavor which gives it some sort of vegetable component unlike to find in any beer.

Mar 12, 2010
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msboyd from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at the Bierhuis in Ghent, Belgium. Tremendously tasty beer; malty with spice undertones, but never too sweet or cloying. Probably my favorite beer out of everything I had while in Belgium, so high praise indeed!
It is a bit darker than similar beers that make it to the US and it is very drinkable -- almost an ideal session beer but with more of a spice kick.

Jun 22, 2007
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 06, 2016
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Easily poured into my chalise, beige head not too big, dark amber colour, clear beer.
Taste is quite a bit of caramel and malts. It has dark fruit in the smell, but hardly in the taste. That's a little disappointing, but otherwise this beer is quite pleasant. It's balanced well between bitter and sweet, the alcohol is covered just right. and even though you might expect more complex experience, this is beer to enjoy on occasion.
Very much like a fall bock beer.

Mar 06, 2014
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mattfancett from England

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Aug 27, 2014
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desint from Belgium

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 20, 2013
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samEBC from Belgium

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 03, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 17, 2014
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leitmotif from Romania

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 17, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4/5  rDev +7%

Nov 01, 2013
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BJSmit from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 01, 2014
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 17, 2015
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CigarInspector from Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Aug 23, 2014
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Sathanas from Canada

2.69/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Head instantly rose out of the bottle. Looked like a good Belgian dark, but the smell and taste were off putting to say the least.

Jan 14, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x02. Dark fruits, like in a quad but with a lower body. Very enjoyable. Alcohol well hidden and doesnt affect much. 2 months after BB date

Mar 15, 2016
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YvesB from Belgium

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb 25, 2016
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