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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,812
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 294
Gots: 704 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of midaszero
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light golden color with huge white head that sticks around. Actually the head is kind of ridiculous in that you could pretty much sculpt it.

S - Nice yeast smell with some malts and orange and lemon smell.

T - Apple with some pear and malts. Also an alcohol presence. Touch of spice.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D - It is good but I'd personally rather sit down with a Lucifer

Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Pours with a straw yellow body, thin yellowy body with a thick tight bubbly white head with good retention. Forms about two inches thick and finishes up an inch thick, bubbly with good retention. Lots of thick patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, thick whiffy almondy malt, dry slightly hoppy belgian yeast character. Some fresh fruit and a huge whack of peach and melon. Slightly alcoholic estery warmth

Taste, thick and crisp mouthfeel, light peppery hop character, some slight clove flavour. Rich syrupy fruit along with a lasting hop bitterness and dry yeast flavour on the finish

A fresh and complex belgian, you definatly have to try this one at some point

Photo of PolarBear3
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pale, slighty hazy golden colour. 3 fingered off white head with nice lacing that hangs around.

S - Yeasty and citrusy with pineapple, apple

T - yeasty, bready with citrus and pineapple, green apple and a little pepper spice.

M - light to Medium with good carbonation

O - A very nice beer easy drinking beer that can be enjoyed any place at any time.

Photo of rodrot
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle, Duvel has a brilliant gold color with a huge pillowy head that wouldn't go away. Every time I scooped some of the head out, it just kept coming back. Aroma was sweet and winey, almost champagne-like. The beer was quite sweet but had a dry finish with a slight herbal hoppiness. Duvel was smooth on the palate and had excellent balance between the sweetness and dryness. This beer is incredibly drinkable for the strength. In my opinion, this is the "Champagne of Beers". Excellent!

Photo of TripelJ
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Duvel Red

330ml stubby poured into goblet.

Initial pour was a perfectly clear gold with an agressive white head that fills the remainder of the glass. As I swirled the bottle and decanted the yeast sediments (which is my personal preference), liquid gold turned into hazy apricot. Aromas are sweet and spicy--bananas and cloves perhaps and there is some grain in there to hold it all together. The first sip is an arsenal of spicy fruit flavors with a nice bite from the carbonation and alcohol as if the beer is reminding you show respect where its due. Everything becomes extremely balanced and much more mellow as I take a few more sips, which is where the deception begins. This beer is 8.5% ABV, but the devil doesn't show its true identity until the goblet is drained. Very smooth and very drinkable, a must for any belgian lover.

Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Duvel Tulip that came with 4 bottles.

A: Pours light and bubbly with a large white head. Amazing retention and very thick.

S: Citrus and Belgian, very sweet and refreshing.

T: I get some alcohol right up front, but a nice, long lasting finish. Crisp with a bit of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol feeling.

MF: Light and very crisp. Although I said I noticed alcohol in the taste, it isn't overwhelming.

D: Very high. Extremely refreshing.

Photo of kajerm
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewing a beer this important from memory is dangerous business, but after about three bottles in belgium and a recent 750 in the states, I feel qualified. I'm ready to amend if need be.

poured (very, very carefully) a gorgeous, unfiltered gold with an explosive head. this beer stands up in any glass, but in its native tulip it is stunning. the aroma is pretty complex-- belgian yeast and an unexpected witlike note with a just a bit of sourness. tastes like it smells (fantastic) and hides the alcohol very well, although you'll realize it's there when you're both hammered and thirsty.

it's full and strong on the palate; alcoholic warmth doesn't come through until well into the bottle.

Photo of Evocatus
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful light yellow haze and a thick white foam for a head that lingers until the end. Smells of sweet bread/malts. Taste starts off as sweet and sour but ends up dry and "alcoholy." The head makes it a bit thicker, and the carbonation is pretty evident. Pretty good overall, even with an ABV of 8.5%, the alcohol wasn't really that strong compared to others of a similar level.

Photo of monkaass
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time and I was pleasantly suprised with the incredible mouth feel and wonderful smoothness even before enjoying the first swallow of this fine Belgium ale.

I noticed a high carbonated bite that made me wince slighty but not enough to quel the fine complexity and taste of this beer.

This beer is most enjoyed when you have the opportunity to slow down which is required right off the bat when you are forced to slowly pour this brew. I feel that this is the type of beer that can put a huge smile on your face when your mood calls for a Belguim.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MMM... this is good beer but didn't live up to the BA hype. Try a Maredsous from Duvel for something truly special. After reading countless reviews praising the divine grace of Duvel, I decided to rate another tasting... unfortunately, I realized I was drinking the same beer.

A- The head on this really sticks out: bone-white and formed of bubbles varying in size from microscopic to 1/4inch. Color is transparent yellow-golden

S- Smell is potent and reminds me of fruity bubblegum

T- Reminds me of bubblegum and soap at first. After a few sips I get some sweet malts but can't get past that bubble-soap flavor.

M- Feel is good. Not too light, no too heavy. Just right for a beer. However, carbonation is foamy and annoying

D- Drinks well for 8.5%ABV. At least it gets me drunk quickly

Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of Duvel at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a tulip.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. A HUGE foamy head forms, and can barely be contained by the glass. Advice on the label is sound, “pour unhurriedly.” The head is very resilient and produces heavy, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet. There are strong floral aromas and soft fruit scents. It smells like melons, cantaloupe, honey dew, bananas and some aromatic sweet spices.

The taste has a malted grain presence, but the fruit flavors are also prevalent. There is a mild hop finish, and a bit of an alcohol bite. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

The mouth feel is crisp, dry and smooth. The beer is significantly carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but the ABV dictates moderation. Not a particularly session-able brew in my opinion, but a very full flavored, and well balanced strong ale.

Photo of Dubbercody
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer, that will give the hickups if not careful.

Beautiful pour and fluffy head. Pour it into a Duvel glass and go to town, it's a great beer that's open to the masses.

Probably one of the best pale belgians I've tasted in the US, it still lives up to it’s reputation.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that I enjoyed in my office after a long day of work. Golden yellow in color with a huge fluffy white head that lasts for a long time. Laces very nicely. Extremely effervesant which leads to it being very explosive in the mouth. The smell is sweet, citrus, must, yeast, bready with a hint of malt.

The aftertaste has a bit of bitterness. Very warming towards the end where the alcohol starts to come through. I enjoyed this beer very much but don't think I will go for it all the time.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been waiting forever to try this! I shall not let stellar reviews affect my opinion. Really cool 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle. Fancy label, printed on good paper. hiyooo. This poured a gorgous pale gold color that kinda looks like a wheat beer, nice and hazy. Cool linear specific carbonation and some trippy yeast spots floating within(hey I tried to be careful!). The head is amazingly rocky and white. Very airy. I tasted the head and got stung by pepperiness! The smell is nice and spicy, citrus is there. Alcohol smell not kicking my ass though. And not in the taste either. The alcohol kinda there but not too intense. Some good hop bitterness here. The mouthfeel is sharp and stingy. This is clean and drinkable. Wish i had a bigger bottle than this stubby stubby.

Photo of shodrod
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer beers. It pours a gorgeous, light, hazy golden color with a head that hangs to the side of the glass. The aroma is generally a 'yeasty' kind of sour smell. The flavor delivers what you expect from the smell: a lovely sourness with hints of apple and pear. With an ABV of 8.5% this beer is easy to drink for longer periods of time than many Belgians of equal quality.

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

Photo of calinative68
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in glass from 750ml.
Golden color with great head. The head lasted a long time.
Pretty smooth taste with a slight hoppy taste. Balanced
Very good mouthfeel
This is a good example of a ale that I can drink all night, not to say I would be able to stand after that, but it would be fun!!!!

Photo of cyrenaica
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on August 7, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer was poured into a tulip and was a beautiful golden colour with a huge loose rocky white head that lasted longer than the beer. The aroma was hints of malt and some spice. The mouthfeel was light but with heavy heavy carbonation. The taste was slightly citrusy with a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of egajdzis
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2 yr old black label 750... Poured a hazy, large, egg shell colored head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of citrus, and spices (mostly cardamom). Sweet, slight citrus hoppiness, mildly spicy, and finishing alcoholic as well.

Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I'm finally using my Duvel tulip for its intended purpose.

A- Beautiful light gold with a big white head. The legendary head is tempered somewhat by my wetting the glass before pouring, but it is still substantial.

S- Lots of yeasty aromas and a lemony tartness are prominent. I don't know why, but I kind of expected this to smell sweet. Instead, it seems to have a saison-like dryness. Not that I'm complaining; it's very good.

T- The flavor actually starts off somewhat sweet before segueing into grainy malt. The tartness that was hinted at in the smell shows up, too, although it's not too strong. The finish is tart and fairly dry with only a touch of bitterness. Very refreshing.

M- Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation, although not too much.

D- Very good. I never would have guessed that this beer was 8.5% alcohol. I could easily have a couple of these.

Overall a very good beer, worthy of its status as a "benchmark" BSPA. Although I can't say that it's my favorite of the style, it's still a great example and one that every beer-lover should try eventually. Plus, without it, we wouldn't have those sweet Duvel glasses. Anyway, definitely recommended.

Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked bottle at Trader Joe's for dinner last night. Poured into two Duvel tulip glasses. Huge white head, all the way up the side of the glass. Looks like a washing machine overflowing. Tons of lacing too. Extremely bright yellow color. Smell was very floral. Duvel tastes unlike any other beer out there. Tons of bubbles really attack your throat. Light and hoppy, heavy and smooth at the same time. You can find yourself drinking this quite easily, but also you can feel that this beer is no joke and certainly has some substance to it and has a bit of alcohol backbone. This is one of the first Belgian beers I have ever had, and will always be one of the best. Also, a great beer to use to introduce anyone to Belgian brews, because I don't think anyone could find fault with this beer.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 1, 2009

One of several New Year's Beers I tasted. Golden color, yeasty and carbonated, heady. Poured into Stella glass. Overall a very good beer, but not great for me. I preferred the Leffe Blonde over this one - to each his/her own I guess. A bit pricey and have enjoyed several others for less.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iconic, reliable, and tasty Belgium Golden Ale. A standard...

Presentation: 330 ml brow capped bottle. White background label with name of the brew in large fonts, seal and signature alongside perfunctory legal notes. Back label offers a brief narrative of ingredients, history, serving, storing, and socializing instructions. Notes best by date (08 2012), and shows Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy straw to pale gold pour with a nice frothy head, good retention, and nice lacing with a consistent surface memory.

S - Spicy and yeasty nose, with a light sweet touch. Feels very fresh...

T - Rich fruity and spicy yeast sense, fresh again, with a light tart touch, almost apple tartness.

M - Light body with generous carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - Too quaffable... Alcohol is integrated beautifully, and for something that goes down with such ease it is important not to forget that this is a 8.5% brew.

Notes: For my liking it is nothing spectacular, but I think it has to do more so with my feel towards Belgian Strong Pale Ales for which I am not particularly passionate. Having said that this remains top quality and reliable, and I have never seen a complaint trying to reach my lips when having this one.

Photo of Mongrel
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful golden straw color with tons of creamy head that pretty much sticks around for the duration. Nice wispy lacing. Gorgeous beer.

S - Nose is peppery and mildly phenolic. There's also a little straw and woodsy pine. Just a hint of lemon and honey as the beer warms. Smell is pretty tame overall though.

T - Immediately tart and refreshing, with a little citrusy tang. As the beer settles a bit a mild tropical fruit profile emerges with papaya, guava and pineapple making appearances. There's honey at the center and a little pepper on the finish. Very tasty and not even a hint of the relatively big ABV.

M - mouthfeel is not too dry, actually much wetter/sweeter than I was expecting and it sort of coats your palate for a long finish. Good, prickly Belgian style carbonation that mellows out nicely before it becomes abrasive.

Overall, there is a reason this beer is the gold standard for the style. I had Russian River's Damnation the other day and Duvel blows it out of the water.

Photo of Swedes21
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Duval pours with a crazy amount of head, almost 1/2 the glass. Nice white cloudy head, with a lot of air pockets. has a hazy light gold colour. took awhile for the head to disappear and left behind some nice lacing.

Smell - my first smell was that of a citrus base, with a nose full of aromas. this is a clean smelling beer that leads me to want to drink! .

Taste - a very nice tasting beer, offers a lot to the pallet. i found a slight tasting of alcohol, but the pleasant amount, you would have no idea this was 8.5%! Little bitterness at the end, which adds to the overall beer value.

Mouthfeel - what an explosion in my mouth! The beer comes alive during the mouthfeel, the carbonation dances off the tip of your tongue! very smooth beer still and the citrus nodes are present.

Drinkability - I've had this beer in the past but not on a review scale. I enjoyed this beer very much, this is my highest rated beer to date and i know why. It brings so much of what a beer is met to be to the table!

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,812 ratings.