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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,590
Reviews: 2,595
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 259
Gots: 616 | 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 JerzDevl2000
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer at Top Hops, having never tried this before. Although it packed quite a punch, this was a great Belgian Strong Pale Ale once I was able to get past the sweetness in the taste and the booze that was the undercurrent beneath everything else. It was never overtly present and the beautiful appearance and complex light fruit flavors hid it well, leading to the "Devil" in this beer that eventually made its presence felt!

The pour to this was wonderful, as the golden hue, strong head, and sheets of lacing combined for a pleasing effect. I even swirled in the yeast on the bottom, as it slowly settled into the beer like the downdraft during a thunderstorm. The aroma could have been a bit stronger, as the alcohol and sugar combined for a acrid sharpness. They weren't as strong in the taste, as apple, pear, grass, straw, and clove could all be felt in sip after sip. Banana and bubblegum were in the back as this almost reminded me of a Witbier as the aftertaste set in. This was too strong and without the wheat but the appearance and notes of that style were enough to take this beyond a typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

That stylistic moniker was appropriate for this, as this was quite strong and took a while to fully enjoy and savor. Because the carbonation was so persistent and easily discerned, this felt like a champagne squared by the time I finished it off. Although this isn't a type of beer that I prefer, there's no doubt that this is the standard by with all other beers of this style are measured up against. Dancing with the Devil may not be for everyone but all beer lovers out to give this a try to see if they're up for handling it , since this is one brew that deserves a try by all.

JerzDevl2000, May 15, 2013
Photo of TomTC
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%

TomTC, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with the best by date of 05, 2010 into a brandy snifter. Not a Duvel glass but the best I could do on short notice. The beer is a clear honey color with a nice soft floating off white head.

Smell is crisp and has hints of green apples, spicy hops and is all dominated by strong yeasts.

Taste is very well balanced. It has some nice pale malt sweetness that moves into an some fine fruity and yeasty flavors. This beer has a spice that is accentuated by the above average carbonation. All those combined flavors yields a sharp pleasing beer that still has a soft silky, almost creamy texture on the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer well worth the price of admission.

jbphoto88, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle, into a Duvel chalice, at a pool hall, no less!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw colour, with lots and lots and lots (and lots) of thick, puffy meringue-like white head, that takes forever and a day to melt away, to a little puff of creamy iceberg-like foam floating dead center in the glass.

It smells of soft, feathery bready pilsener malt, a bit of overripe lemon, sugary pineapple, duly restrained earthy yeast, and floral, somewhat zesty hops. The taste is grainy pale malt - strongly hay-oriented - a touch of artisanal white bread, lemon and sour orange rind, apple skins, crackling yeast, pithy coriander, and somewhat phenolic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite obviously on the high side, but in a lighter, effervescent sort of manner, in that the bubbles are much finer than yer usual deal. The body has a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, and is much smoother than it has any right being from the outset. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet bready malt, baker's yeast, and boozed-up fruit salad notes doing the honours.

A progenitor of the style, for very good reason. Once past the aggravating opening theatrics, everything just goes so very smoothly for such an alcoholic pale ale, so much so that one might inadvisably be inclined to make a night of this. I would suggest looking up the name's literal meaning before deciding on such a course of action.

biboergosum, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a massive, pillowy 3 finger head. Good retention. A nice layer of bubbles remain on the surface, thickening around the edges. Lacing is spotty with good stick.

Smell - Sweet, sugary and fruity esters dominate the aroma. Green apple, subtle touches of unripened banana, slight spice.

Taste - Follows the aroma. Green apple sourness upfront, smooths out with estery sweetness by mid-taste, allowing a touch of clove spice to shine through. Mild grass bitterness hits near the finish, before a clean, crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with lively carbonation. Entirely smooth and inviting; almost creamy on the tongue. Crisp, clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Really beautifully crafted beer. Wonderful flavor, combined with a fantastically drinkable smoothness makes this a joy to drink. My only drawback? The price. At $3.50 for an 11.2 oz bottle, it's nothing I'll be buying with much frequency.

TheSixthRing, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer scores big in appearance. The pale yellow body is home to sparkling, active carbonation. Walls of foamy lace ring the glass as the beer disappears. And look at that head...I've never described a head as "complex" before, but here you have it: fluffy and well-retained, it's always abundant no matter how slow the pour, with a stiffness around the middle that reminds of meringue. One of the best looking beers, ever.

The aroma is a bit low-key: definitely fresh-smelling, with a balanced lightness, nothing is really dominant, all the expected smells of the core ingredients, plus fresh apples.

Taste-wise, Duvel is always a great recommendation for those just starting to move away from macros and into craft beers. It's not extreme but not at all unremarkable. It recalls a malt-soaked apple peppered with cloves and banana, with a subtle alcohol/yeast nip.

Feels light and crisp in the mouth, with a good bit of banana-like creaminess. Nice zing to the carbonation.

Very versatile when paired with food...just enough alcohol content to relax with...not so much alcohol that you can't have 2 or 3 in a sitting. A classic.

Metalmonk, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chilled glass, i bought this beer because it seemed different and came in a cool looking bottle and well i like trying different things

Appearance - pours a mildly cloudy beautiful light yellow with head nomatter what, started 2 fingered but went down to 1 and stayed so till the very end

Smell - something complex and hard to describe, it seems every damn time i review a beer my nose is plugged

Taste - Crisp and mildly citrusy,tart mildly bitter aftertaste, doesnt feel like its 8.1%

Mouthfeel - carbonation, lighter than i expected

Drinkability - stuffs great, would been even better if it was slightly less bitter afterwards

, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very cloudy straw golden, foamy white head retained extremely well with lots of sticky lacing
S - strong yeast esters of banana and clove, some grainy wheat, light lemon
T - move clove spice kick, some sweet banana and fruit, pale grain malt with spices lingering
M - blast of carbonation and spice felt in the nostrils, citrus like tartness with a lasting tingle sensation
D - a great example of strong beer, the alcohol is unnoticed but the taste and feel is full and refreshing

joemcgrath27, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of bierguru
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
white soapy looking head body is the color of apple juice lots of carbonation

S -
sweet matly with a slight pepperiness

T -
big sweet malty taste finishes with some pepper spice and alcohol taste pepperiness lingers on the tongue along with some citrus notes

M -
crisp with a lot of carbonation however it isnt unpleasant

D -
by far my favorite pale ale having said that im not a big pale ale beer liker but this one is really good and will definitly have it again

bierguru, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured unhurriedly into a flute. Lots of swirling carbonation and three solid finger s of thick creamy head. I did actually try to make this an unhurried pour and I still got this maelstrom of bubbles going on. The color is a clear golden body with no yeasty haze. The smell is funky yeast and something that reminds me of fresh fish or fish scale for some reason. There's also a slight cereal or grain smell in addition to a thin hop presence.

Glug glug glug

The taste is fruity, reminding me of bananas and fresh red apple in addition to a spicy blend of flavors that adds a bit of heat to this. That flavor may also be the yeast, which also adds a kind of bread like funk to the whole thing...something like sourdough. Also I'm reminded of raspberries for some reason. Overall the mouth feel is crisp and not too watery with a consistency something like a wheat beer. Very good, but not as mind blowing the second or third time, but still very well done.

Thur123, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of JayDub
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Slightly hazy, light gold. Famous Duvel head, tons of lace, thick to the end.

S - Delicate aroma, apple skin. Clean sweet malt.

T - More apple coming through in the taste. Some nice malt sweetness. Juicy in the middle with some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium body, and super creamy. Finishes with some spice.

D - Goes down easy, but at 8.5% it comes on quick. I usually limit myself to one of these.

I enjoy the fruit notes and clean malt, love the creamy mouthfeel.

JayDub, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So carbonated that the cork popped out without me touching it and shot 30 feet in the air. Poured a straw yellow with a very large head. The smell is peppery, yeasty, a lemony. The taste has some peppery spice to it, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely bright carbonation. Drinkability is exceptional for an 8.50% beer.

gameface23, May 01, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opened a 11.2 oz with a best by date of 11/08 and poured (poorly) into a wine glass. I did not pour agressively enough to get a lasting head. It peaked at about two inches and then receded leaving sparse strings of lace. I could revive the head somewhat by gently swirling.

The smell was very pleasant. Yeasty. Frosted flakes and wine.

Isolated streamers of bubble trickled up the hazy pale golden ale.

Malty grains and faint under-ripe bananas is what I tasted. A smooth buttery flavor gave way to alcohol as it warmed. The malt/hop balance changed to a strong alcohol flavor and smell.

I loved the mouthfeel. The fizziness made me swallow faster. A pleasant burn; a sensation that my mouth was filling with gassy bubbles, like latte foam and an overflowing soda. Crisp and active.

This one became more filling as the alcohol presented itself. The sparkling nature of this one reeled me in but then I hit a wall; I dont think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Cresant, May 08, 2006
Photo of Charthepirate
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though it's a strong ale it screams Hefewiezen.

Not an attractive color when poured, but the big billowy head is a work of art. The head seems to stay and stay in these big gorgeous clumps till your last sip.

Smell is spicy and wheaty.

Flavor hits like a hefewiezen at first, but right away some citrus, pepper and a variety of other flavors. The peppery bite will catch you off guard. Finally a warming sensation from the alcohol. Not my favorite style, but I can see how this beer is so fantastically rated.

Its peppery bite is the most defining characteristic on the mouth. It's what makes the beer so good, but so hard to drink more than a few.

Charthepirate, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third beer review. I haven’t had many Belgian Strong Pale Ales before, but this is a tasty beer.

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance – Clear golden color. Incredible head retention – 2 to 3 fingers of pure white bubbles. Lots of lacing.

Smell – Citrus malt and yeast. A second whiff brings out a flowery aroma and some kind of spice that I can’t put my finger on.

Taste – A very complex sweet citrus. Extremely crisp. I don't really taste the hops as much in this beer as I have in many others.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied. Lots of carbonation – almost like champagne. Has a very dry finish that makes you want to have another sip.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Hardly notice that it is 8.5 ABV. It is funny how the best beers hide the alcohol so well.

It is truly amazing how delicious this beer is, while at the same time it could be mistaken for a macro when just looking at it. I don't know how they pack so much flavor into such a clear effervescent beer. It is kind of deceptive, but in that good way. Of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales the only other ones I have tasted are the Delirium Tremens, and La Fin Du Monde, and I much prefer Duvel to either of those. If you haven’t tried it – buy some.

MiguelMandingo, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Mako82
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

A - Clear, golden in color. Long lasting white foamy head, looks to be very fizzy
S - Grape champagne smell, followed by cloves, subtle malts in the background, smell of yeast
T - Slight chaukly taste, nice combination of simple malts and hops, hint of clove in the background, slight bitterness, very clean and refreshing
M - Fairly carbonated

Mako82, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured light gold with lots of bubbles and a thick creamy pillowy head. Ridiculously thick foam stuck to the glass long after the ale was gone.

The smell and taste were sweet, yeasty, peppery, and spicy, like lemon peel. The feel was crisp and the ale was so easy to drink it was gone in no time. There was slight warmth from the alcohol; however, it does not hit in the manner expected from the alcohol content. Duvel is delicious and deceptively refreshing. As good as Belgian ales get.

MetalHopHead6, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of cassanoj
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet because I couldn't find my tulip glass. Golden yellow with a big, yeasty head. A whole bunch of carbonation going on.

Aroma is of apples, citrus, pear, yeasty - nice, not overpowering.

First, I taste those pilsner hops. Then I taste apple. Very bitter, very fresh. Begins malty, becomes dry and finishes malty and bitter. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel is full and frothy, yet crisp and dry. Really interesting.

Long overdue tasting of the quintessential BSPA. I thought it was a solid, drinkable beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

cassanoj, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of hanco005
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the first time on New Year's eve. Bought it in the 1 pint 9.4 fl oz conditioned bottle. The cork popped off the bottle, just like champaign. I don't own any tulip glasses (they are on my shopping list) so I poured it into a pint glass

A--Bright, golden yellow, cloudy. very thick foamy head with excellent lacing on the glass. Retained its head very well throughout the life of the beer. Extreme carbonation...similar to champaign

S--strong malt and hop smell...also smelled a little lemony

T--very light and pleasent, nice malt and hop combo, tastes similar to a Hefe

M--lots of carbonation, but settled down nicely as I worked through the bottle. great feel, very smooth

D--Becuase of the characteristics and presentation, I view this as a "celebration" ale. It is very light and refreshing, but I found myself getting full towards the end of the beer...perhaps due to the carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer and well worth the try.

hanco005, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330mL stubby brown bottle with "best before" date clearly printed on back label. Poured reserving about 2 ounces for yeast pour later.

Appearance: Smallish white head, that lasts fairly well and leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Body is crystal-clear and bright golden, with lots of streams of carbonation.

Smell: Spicy, warm, peppery; this is definitely a bottle-conditioned, all the yeast characters are at the party.

Taste: put a clean pilsener on steroids, and you've got this. Really full and rich, but clean and crisp at the same time. Buttery, spicy, slightly fruity. Mmmmm

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitey, with a medium dry finish.

Way too drinkable for 8.5% -- you can't taste it at all.

Note: left three ounces in the glass and swirled and dumped the yeast in. Let it settle a bit -- in my mind, this completes the beer: makes the head huge and rocky, rounds out the mouthfeel, dries the finish, and fills out the flavor. Much better. I would pour this like a Hefeweizen the next time, but then I'm a yeast nut.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of claytri
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured a cloudy effervesent light gold with two fingers of white head. It had an aroma of malt, fruit and flowers. The taste was sharp with hints of malt and good hop bite to it, a finish that had a mint and bananna taste to it. It was well bodied with a honeyish feel to it. This is a fine beer and the taste and body make you want to drink it in volume, the bite though encourages a little slower pace.

claytri, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a huge solid head even though it was slowly poured with care. White head almost with body of whipped cream persisted while the beer was enjoyed, leaving thick white lacings inside the glass. Beer was clear and light gold in colour.

Sweet and fruity, more lemon than coriander. Bready smell, and there was also a hint of alcohol.

Very clean tasting, with a lemon/coriander bready flavour. Accentuated with just a hint of hops.

Wonderful creamy head. Was slightly tart. Flavours very well balanced and clean.

An amazingly easy beer to drink. While their was a hint of alcohol in the aroma it was not noticable while drinking and tasting. A wonderfully decadent session could be had with this brew. This is something ill be enjoying again.

demcorhip, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of 12owls
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(first beer review) first things first, i see all the love settled on the bottom of the bottle. so i had to re introduce all that lava lamp goodness back to this one.. good color resembles a cloudy golden color. thick cloud like head, as it cleared it left some real cool lacing, took some time to settle. tons of champaine bubbles. good malty fruit aroma, slighty yeasty kick with some tartness at first sip. good carbonation, smooth slick an tasty finish. a great belgian gold. i can see this stocked in my fridge on a regualr basis, not overly complex or intimidating. reviewed on my mobile too. great beer overall, great beer for the craft beer curious

12owls, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of dedalus
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. stub bottle.

i have no duvel glasses so i poured this one into a burgundy glass. even with the yeast sediment the beer was clear and golden with a voluminous, fluffy white head. beautiful.

the aromas were spicy hops and alcohol, with apples and pears and a candyish sweetness.

tart wheaty flavors hit first, followed by the apples and pears (these fruit flavors were unfortunately a bit more subdued than i remember they were in my last duvel). the hops finish things up with a spicy snap, and reverse olfaction after the swallow raises some grainy, sweetish, wheaty flavors.

the signature explosive duvel mouthfeel was out in full force here, and the mouth filled with creamy, foamy smoothness with every lift of the glass.

all in all, a wonderfully drinkable beer. i wish the fruit flavors would have been more pronounced, but i have no real complaints. the duvel went perfectly with a plate of steamed broccoli and cauliflower covered in butter, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and aged cheddar.


dedalus, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of coldwarkid
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into a tulip yields that trademark towering, meringue-like head sitting on a half glass of golden/straw colored brew. Huge, champagne-like carbonation bubbles dart to the surface from all sides.

Smell: Light hops (maybe german noble variety?), offering a lemon rind/earthy bitterness. Subtle lemon/green apple floral aroma, light Pilsner malt breadiness, as well as spicy notes comparable to white pepper.

Taste: Everything the nose delivers definitely transfers to the taste: citrus bitterness from the hops, pilsner malts, and peppery spice. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: This beer dances on your tongue for days. I'm under the impression they use a sort of champagne yeast for bottle conditioning? Don't quote me on it though. Very bubbly, refreshing, and compliments the beer well.

Drinkability: Being so light, subtly flavorful, and refreshing, and with a virtually non-existent alcohol presence, i could drink this all night with my friends.

coldwarkid, Nov 13, 2009
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,590 ratings.