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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 5779
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Cloudy pale straw-colored liquid with a light, foamy head that is pretty much massive. The head settles into a plateau with a hole in the middle, like a volcano, making for an interesting look. Steady carbonation is evident.

ON the nose, I get lots of sweet malt and champagne-like yeast. It's very fruity, there's something peppery and some figs and dates.

Fruitiness continues on the tongue, with some raisins and figs and dark fruit flavor combined with a slight lemon zestiness. There's some sweet bread flavors to complement the fruit, although there's also a bittersweet aspect to the beer, something akin to the peel of a grapefruit.

Duvel's got a lively feel on the tongue, some effervescence and a bittersweet bite. All the while it drinks smoothly and has a lighter feel to it.

No need to state the obvious. It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:05:41 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is so drinkable, authentic Belgian. really earthy and spicy, perfectly balanced and drinkable. its character is pretty ordinary, doesn't have any extra added bonus flavors like lime or hints of citrus, like I got from damnation its just perfectly balanced and earthy, natural

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:55:35 | More by dank203
Photo of ELS


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I first had a Duvel a few years ago because I heard it was considered one of the "must try" beers. I tried it and found it mediocre on all levels. I figured I must be missing something if many beer experts including Michael Jackson consider this one of their favorite beers. I like many Belgian Ales and thought maybe my palette just wasn't developed enough to appreciate the subtle nuisances of this beer. Three years and over a thousand beers later I now appreciate a wide spectrum of styles and my palette has definitely advanced. Duvel however hasn't changed for me. I find that the high carbonation deters from my enjoyment, the high alcohol content which I usually find as a plus takes away from the taste. The appearance and mouthfeel are nothing special. Sometimes I feel that some beers get rated high because of the "buzz" over it. For example, I was at Russian River six weeks ago and had a Pliny the Elder. Good IPA not great. I've had many IPAs that are better! Again, all about the hype!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:28:32 | More by ELS
Photo of Amanspearfishing


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios, feels like heaven. Very sweet with undertones of cinnamon, a crispy and crackling body, incredibly easy to quaff. It only gets better with warming so there's no need to hurry but it's so hard to drink slowly when it's this good. The quintessential craft beer conundrum.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 08:10:12 | More by Amanspearfishing
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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into Chimay Chalice.

A: Golden yellow ale color. Hazy. Sticky head that starts at a finger and a half and ends as a finger of sticky head that laces throughout.

S: Normal Belgian yeasts. Bready yeasts. Slight citrus. Banana. Cereal?

T: Alcohol hits early. Lots of banana, Belgian yeasts, bready.

M: Medium bodied. Wonderful carbonation.

O: Again, Belgium gets me going. I don't know that this could be better in some respects. Scent to taste ratio could be much better. Had this right after having a Piraat. Mistake.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:01:15 | More by ahommell
Photo of inlimbo77


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
BBF 05/2013 (drinking this in February 2014)

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. Bright white head. Sticks around a while. Frothy. Sticky lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Bubble gum notes. Strange faded hop aroma. Grainy cereal malts.

T: Old hops. Strange Belgian yeast. Grainy malts. Cereal grain.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:44:16 | More by inlimbo77


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Duvel Oversized Tulip glass. Bright gold color, clear appearance. White, foamy & close crown, thick layer head & lasting lacing rings. Belgian yeast, pale malt, deep herbal, slight spiced & sugary aromas. Malty, crisp & hoppy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Hints of ripe fruit, honey & citric zest in the middle. Well integrated high ABV. Well balanced malts & hops slightly tend to a bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:27:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a thick fluffy head with good retention and nice lacing. Color is vary light yellow, slightly hazy but very little. Heavy carbonation.

S - Floral, sweet, boozy, citrus notes, grassy notes. It's all there. A lot of smell here and a lot of different things going on. The main notes are the boozy, sweet, and grassy notes.... I think. Hard to pick just a few notes out.

T - Light, crisp, and very well balanced. I was a little worried by the smell that this would be too sweet for me, but the sweet boozy smell does not overpower the flavor at all. While still detectable, this beer is very smooth and drinkable. The grassy and citrus flavors come through the most, in an excellent balance.

M - Light and crisp, very good. The high carbonation works well here.

O - This is an excellent beer and easy to see why it is the standard for the style. While not something I usually go for, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was worried from the first sniff that I wouldn't like this, I thought it would be too sweet and boozy for me, but it definitely is not. Very well balanced and smooth. This is a beer that is good because there is not that big punch of flavor, just a very well crafted and balanced beer. Well worth the try and the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:55:28 | More by cottonkoozie
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330cl bottle with a best buy date of 03/2016 poured into my tulip...

A - Bright yellow as the sun, frothy one and a half finger head that quickly settles. Pretty nice lace retention as well

S - Lemon, green apple, lime, floral notes

T - Follows the nose to a tee. ABV is well hidden. Outstanding!

M - Light body, high carbonation, very smooth

O - Absolutely awesome. I can't believe I would bypass this all the time. I paired this with a nice sirloin and it complemented it perfectly. ABV isn't noticed much by me. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:28:12 | More by rjp217
Photo of Godfather50

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L - very pale, good head retention
S - light hop, clean
T - this is a high alcohol beer, very dry on the palette, you immediately give this respect. I'm not going to have much of this unless I. Going to get wrecked. Memories of teenage years and ditches flood in.
M- well carbonated and dry, so dry
O - not really my cup of tea but I'm sure a fine lager

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:15:10 | More by Godfather50
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3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint bottle, Bottle conditioned with long maturation. A standard Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Head was light and the taste lightly sweet and moderately hoppy. appearance was golden blonde. Medium body, mellow flavor, with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:54:42 | More by otterbearfla
Photo of buzzardman


4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Bready yeast

Appearance: Big white head lots of carbonation, hazy straw body.

Flavor: Slight fruity apple, bread, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with heavy carbonation which drys out your mouth quickly. Almost leaves a similar feeling like biting into a sour apple, kind of a tart dryness.

Overall: Great beer, clean and light with a nice alcohol warming at end, perfect San Diego winter beer, hot during day crispness and alcohol to warm you in the cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:08:25 | More by buzzardman
Photo of daryk77

District of Columbia

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 33cl Bottle in to a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Straw yellow, brilliantly clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Huge, luscious white head with a tornado of carbonation.

S: Sweet, crisp with some phenols. Comes together nicely.

T: Dry with a very clean, crisp finish. Slight sweetness from the abv and Belgian yeast give it the perfect amount of balance. Extremely refreshing despite abv.

M: Very effervescent, high carbonation. Makes the beer (too) easy to drink. Each sip only makes you thirstier for more.

O: This is a beer in a style all of its own and extremely unique. Extremely pale, very high carbonation, high abv, and the balance of the Duvel yeast make this beer in a league of its own. IT is also the experience of drinking it out of the proper Duvel glass that enhances it as well. We all know the best beer is more then just the beer, but the entire experience. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 18:35:58 | More by daryk77
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.65/330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a challis.

A- Opened with a mighty pop and a TON of head.

S- Bready yeasty yummy good blend.

T- Way overpowered by the carbonation. WAY too young to drink now.

M- Way too carbonated. Hints of yeast and mild malts are not even close to being combined yet.

O- Not bad but needs time for sure in the cellar. Will revise my rating in a couple of years.

Food Pairing

This very young effort pairs well with... Sushi. Like pizza, sushi is adaptable and ready for your own touches.... I tried spicy tuna homemade rolls.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 15:10:01 | More by DaveBar
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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the Belgian abbey-style beers that we drink pretty often.

A golden hue, almost cloudy, with lots of foamy head. The scent is very yeasty, almost musty.
The taste is much sweeter, even a little citrus-like. A lighter flavor than what you might expect, masking the 8.5% ABV.

A little hoppiness comes through on the tip of the tongue on aftertaste. Maybe even a bit of "metallic-ness" on the back of the tongue (like a wine aged in copper rather than oak).

Drinking the Duvel with home-made Belgian fries: perfect!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 10:36:10 | More by DJLehnherr
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured appropriately into a standard tulip.

A: A very pale golden hue with some haze provided by the yeast that pours out due to the brew's bottle conditioning. A frothy bleach white head forms as you delicately pour, and it leaves THICK patches of pure white silky lacing down the glass as it deflates to a perfectly creamy cap.

S: Clean, faint aromas reminiscent to an apple and pear orchard on a chilly day. Some alcohol spice seeps through, mixed with some fresh yeast.

T: A bit fruity at first, like the skin of a fresh-picked apple. The yeast floats through to add a bit of earthiness to it. A little bit of bitterness and alcohol spice in the finish does well to balance this one out. Complexity through simplicity. Duvel does a great job of not getting in its own way.

M: A perfect level of carbonation gives the brew a nice bite without getting in the way of the full, juicy body. I can't even begin to explain in full how this brew feels in the mouth... It's hard to wrap my head around how a brew can be as full-bodied as this, but still remain light and airy in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV obviously affects the feel, which can be off-putting for those used to lighter, more sessionable brews, but I find no negative connotations in the texture, regardless.

O: As I've been delving deeper into the world of beer, Belgian Strong Pales have been dropping farther and farther down on my list of preferred styles so, admittedly, I've been slacking on Duvel. As I sit here typing this conclusion, sipping the last few ounces, I'm metaphorically slapping myself in the face for putting this brew off for so long. You know you have something special on your hands when you're utterly dumbfounded by how good a brew is, regardless of the fact that it's a style you're not fond of. Duvel is the top of the line. It is the be-all-end-all Belgian strong pale ale. It is the gold standard in which every BSPA aspires to be. If you're looking for the definitive, look no further. Duvel is here to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:17:40 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting for this... how they get it perfectly right... It's a devil, or a deal the Trappists made with the devil. (perhaps to keep him away).

A - Pours a clear straw gold color with a large 2 inch stalwart head that fades slowly. Pillowy head, tiny bubbles, and rich lacing. Perhaps the best head ever. It's a champagne like beer.

S - Meditation. Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt.
It's like bubble-gum Marilyn Monroe at first, and evolves into elegant Gwenyth Paltrow.
Needs a moment to let loose the sweet shoppe, and calm down into the more grassy, champagne like body it will become.

T - RISING on the tongue, with sweet malts, a little bitterness, spices. Pepper & champagne.
So much going on. Such a clean long, long, cleansing finish, that makes you want another kiss, I mean sip.

M - pinpoint carbonation. Dry and crisp like champagne. Slightly chauky in a good way.

D - Must try. A best beer in the world?
As Alstrom wrote "Close to champagne but so much more"

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 23:34:01 | More by Act25
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy bright straw color, lots of bubbles streams quickly rising. The distinctive feature is the massive, massive frothy head that easily appears. Looks amazingly refreshing. Bottle art is regal and appealing.

S: Awesome, some notes of grains like in a 'domestic beer', which turns out that when it's backed up by undertones of tropical fruit and spice is a really nice smell. Mild hop presence back there too.

T: Those same fruity notes and spice, coriander, a bit of yeastiness. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, very effervescent. Begs for another sip.

O: Fantastic beer, I'm sorry I took so long to give it a try. Good variety of notes but not getting overly complicated. Sure to become a repeated scene in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 08:37:46 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says best by 10/2015

A: Opaque golden body with a Massive white frothy head, tons of retention and lacing

S: Belgian yeast scents as well as spices fill the nose. Fruity note as well as alcohol when this warms up.

T: Earthy bitterness As well as some fruity esters, banana and bubble gum tastes. Taste a bit boozy but thats to be expected at 8.5% Grassy hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, with an earth feel on the back end. Carbed well but not so much that it stings your palette. Very little alcohol warmth.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I got it on sale at $10 a 4 pack, regular price it $15 a 4 pack which is a bit pricy, however for the occasional treat I think its worth the splurge.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:49:39 | More by watermelon
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a nice looking beer, with a big, blossoming head over the hazy golden brew.

S - Mostly notes of apple, pear, a bit of lemon, with souring notes.

T - Follows through with the nose, with fruits in the form of apple and pear, a slight pucker of sourness that reads like a touch of lemon.

M - Good, sharp snap of carbonation. The sourness definitely gives the beer an extra bite.

O - This is a remarkable beer, and I was both grateful to try it and optimistic that I'll find it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:49:13 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of Boca-X


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy, decadent, creamy love...enough said.

Well apparently not enough said., I'm prompted to at least give 250 characters in my review or it is not valid...

Sexy, decadent, creamy love...poured from an eleven point two ounce bottle...enough said!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 18:20:20 | More by Boca-X
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours a clear light gold into the glass with a moderate fizzy head on top. The long lasting foam leaves lines and spots of lace on the glass. A steady stream of bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of my tulip glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of apple and pear. yeastty bread, light spice and grass are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and pillowy with strong carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, fruity with bready malt. It begins with light fruit flavors of apple and pear. Quickly, spicy notes of white pepper or rye blend with some wheat. It finishes with some grassy bitterness and a little tartness. Once gone the apple and spice lingers on the palate.

This is a delicious beer with each sip. Flavors blend perfectly together. Drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 22:01:46 | More by WanderingFool
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3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: thin gold with a tint of orange, fairly large seafoam head with lots of rising carbonation.
S: apples and grass. thin scent
T: such an interesting flavor. it's actually quite similar to 3 monts. difficult to describe. biere de garde. mildly sweet and sour, grass and honey. apple juice
M: smooth, juice like, light to medium body
O: Rather nice but a bit overrated.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:15:09 | More by sfprint
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2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours foam like a Hefe. The Head sticks around for a while.
The first sip was fruity, Lots of CO2. In the next sip I only tasted the sweetness of the 8.5%.
Not really a beer. Too much alcohol. Very hard to drink. Makes you sleepy due to the high ABV.
Overrated and overpriced.
I rather drink a Spaten Optimator if I want a bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 07:30:32 | More by illy44
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haze golden, white head with good retention. Aroma: fruity, spicy, earthy and maltiness. In the taste fruity, and earthy. More bitter than others bgsa, really good beer, doesn't have the same equilibrium than others of the same style, but a really nice experience

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:53:39 | More by brunomorenodebrito
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