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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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7,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,063
Reviews: 2,672
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 346
Gots: 951 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Ratings: 7,063 | Reviews: 2,672
Photo of KF_MSU
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has good foam and is cloudy/golden in color. It smells grassy, fresh, and somewhat lemony. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! It was balanced with spice and fruitiness, but also smooth and dry overall.

Photo of Tlringer
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it in Paris, pretty good beer!

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.79/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a herb and spice smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it is spicy and the finish of this beer is quite dry.

Photo of solomon1122
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer, and a little bit hop taste.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrusy. Rather one-dimensional. Not bad, but not great like the original either.

Photo of txdadu
2.81/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember loving this beer years ago. There was something off about the taste and the smell. Not a fan anymore.

Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby bottle into goblet. best before "12 2016". enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: a cloudy (i poured all the yeast in) ultra-pale lemony yellow hue, topped with two fingers of fluffy, quickly-dissipating true white head. be careful with the pour! very effervescent -- loads of bubbles streaming upwards. just gorgeous

s: mainly slightly-funky sour apple and lemon. yeast scents are there, but subdued. mild overripe bananas, hints of spices. further smelling reveals peach and apricot. this is actually a wonderful aroma. not explosive, but it's very complex

t: follows the nose. sour and funky in the front, with apple and lemon flavours. mid-palate exhibits white pepper, faint light malt notes, and phenolic characteristics (banana, band-aid, spices). spicy, bitter, bready-malty finish

m: medium-ish body. carbonation is rough when the beer is cold, so let it warm up a bit. very dry finish

o: the phenolic notes are too strong. maybe this would be different without all the yeast poured in

Photo of swarthybrews
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy light golden yellow. The carbonation is crazy. The line between a gentle and a vigorous pour here is very fine. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Initial aroma is that classic belgian yeast accompanied by some fruity notes, specifically sour apples and white grapes. Also getting a grassy/earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, fully carbonated, and dry finish (not too dry, just right).

Taste: Follows nose with the belgian yeast bringing that sour apple and white grape taste up front, followed by a slight citrusy/hoppy flavor. For this being a belgian pale ale, the hops are a lot more balanced with the rest of the beer than I was expecting. You could probably tell me I was drinking a tripel and my inexperienced palate wouldn't have argued.

Overall: This is far from my go-to style but I was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel really stood out for me which is why I described it before the taste. I just wasn't expecting it to be so crisp and then so full of flavor. All in all, very pleased. I'm not ready to call myself a Duvel Worshipper but I could be easily converted .

Photo of EnriqueVC
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time you try it you will love it

Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel - Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% ABV
Glassware: Tulip (heavily recommended by brewery)

Appearance: Bright gold and transparent body with a thick, heavy uneven head. Gotta have a steady pour hand with this one as it will head-up very easily. Beautiful beer though.

Smell: citrus and herbal notes with a good amount of hoppiness.

Taste: Dry and crisp. Citrus is a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Mouth feel: Light and bright on tongue and palate.

Overall: While it is not a preferred beer for me, it is potent and does seem to like to be paired with lightly seasoned steaks and chicken; and, settled well into the background of the meal.

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a good size foam white head that eventually recedes leaving a thin, uneven head. Some spotty lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is that classic Belgian smell. Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Lemon and grass, with some floral notes.

Taste is bitter, with a nice lemony tart sweetness up front. The fruitiness is there, just very subtle. Some very lightly toasted grains. Pear noted combined with carbonation give it a sparkling pear juice feel to it. Tartness really shines as it warms, letting the fruitiness come through.

Light bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

Great beer. Was hoping for a little bit more due to its reputation. Wanted a bit more from the flavors. Still just about as refreshing of a 8.5 that you'll find. A well rounded beer that would fit almost any occasion.

Photo of stbernardus
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goes down easy. Appears to be session able, but packs a wallop

Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by some ridiculous date in the future that this beer was never going to get to. Brandy snifter. Reviewed 11-27-14.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of just barely off-white foamy head. Plenty of effervescence and outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: Estery fruity aroma on top, needs time to warm a bit. Grapes. Smells characteristically Belgian. After it warms, I am overwhelmed by the complexity of aromas (earthy, fruity, estery, phenolic), but frankly, it's a bit too much going on at once. Just not my thing.

Taste: Dry arrival. Fruity/tart/bitter/phenolic. Complex across mid-palate. Bitter (unlike a German hop bitterness; quite distinct hoppy bitterness that strikes me as a little unpleasant). Lingering bitter/yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid-weight. Slick.

Overall: 8% is totally hidden. I can see why they named this after the devil. Despite my appreciation for how representative it appears to be of the style, this is not my style. I like phenols in whisky, not so much in beer. (I took note to leave the sediment in the bottle - had a bad experience with that once before, learned by lesson).

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this in a 33 cl bottle, the 750 ml bottle and on tap. It’s better from a bottle than on tap.
A: Brilliant straw to gold, huge 3” off-white moussey head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves shelves of lace.
S: Faint Belgian spice, bubble gum, whisper of banana, orange, hint of peach, traces of over ripe fruit.
T: Light grains, malt, banana, bubble gum, light orange initially but grows in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation, surprisingly light for the size.
O: A classic. Good restaurants should have this beer and if they do, order it.

Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deceptively higher in alcohol is the trademark of the Belgian brews and this is no different. If you follow the instructions of the brewery its recommended to leave a cm of liquid in the settled bottle unless you like the taste of yeast. A meal in a glass! Classic.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much fun to drink. One of my favorites.

Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow, with a nice two-finger head of white fluffy bubbles, great retention and lacing. Aroma is overripe apples, lemon, and that great belgian yeasty funky smell. Taste is tart and lemony, with some nice funk up front, and I get some apple and pear on the back end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer.

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

LOOK: Pours a clear pale straw with a huge, fluffy white head that just doesn't disappear, and leaves lots of lacing along the way down. This beer is extremely carbonated and there is a cascade of bubbles streaming to the top. Except for the lingering pillowy head, this resembles champagne more than beer. Becomes very cloudy if and when you add the yeast sediment.

SMELL: Apples, pears, lemons, and that distinctive funky Belgian yeast. A hint of spiciness, too, although I'm not sure if that's from the yeast or the hops.

TASTE: Very crisp and fruity. Apples, pears, and lemons are all there. Very yeast-forward; sour and tangy, with a hint of coriander-like spiciness. A good balance of sweet and bitter, although the bitter comes more from the yeast than the hops. Becomes noticeably more sharp and tangy when the yeast sediment is added. There's also a leafy and herbal hop character that reminds me of a pilsner. Finishes crisp and very dry.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, almost light, despite the high abv. Very fizzy and champagne-like. Dry and tangy, but very drinkable.

OVERALL: This is a very well-made beer. Complex and enjoyable. I'm glad that it's one of the more widely available Belgian beers in the US. Forget Miller High Life, this is the champagne of beers!

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest thing I've ever had to a perfect beer.

Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I personally didn't like this beer that much.
Also, the carbonation of this beer is unreal. Pour very, very slowly!

Photo of humuloner22
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked up mainly for the glass that the packaging came with but this is a very solid beer.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with some clean hazy notes. Very effervescent and lots of pillowy white head and some floating yeast within the glass.

Aroma: Esters and some tart notes kind of a blend of sour and tripel but different in that regard. Interesting beer.

Taste: Tart citrus notes some Belgian style esters and phenols in the notes finish is very clean and enjoyable overall.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all and one I would see out again. Cool that you get a glass for such a good deal and easily found in most stores that sell decent beer.

Photo of Badwolf333
2.08/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Great taste, but not the best. Great if there is no other option.

Photo of MisterGone
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 into a tulip, not a Duvel chalice. I'm OK with that. This was a bright gold with a giant white head that just lasted and lasted. Upon settling, there were nice lacings floating about. The aroma gave spice and a hint of the tart fruit that would come in the sip. The flavor was a neat and spicy up front (allowing the nose to influence). Across the palate there was a nuanced maltiness, so slight it wasn't biscuit but more sourdough bread - but this was a background note. There was an underlying tone of "European" less "Belgian." It finished with a lovely tartness that at first seemed like a mild citrus but upon reflection was more like a apple or pear. The lager people would say "crisp." Some reviews mentioned some alcohol in the finish, but I did not sense that s being of note (even though it is an 8.5). Pretty big bubbles in the carbonation, which gave a nice complement to the crispness. Awfully refreshing for an 8.5 brew.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/2 Bottle - Nice pour, dark orange in colour with minimal white head. Fruity malt smell was pleasant. Tasted somewhat strong, decent texture, felt good drinking it. Didn't feel as strong as the ABV. Overall good beer offering.

Photo of LukeMuller
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and delicious. I would like to go to Belgium now.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 7,063 ratings.