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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,921 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,921
Reviews: 2,636
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 313
Gots: 804 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Chinon01
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - Sweet golden color with a foamy dense head. Intricate almost spider web-like lacing as well.

Nose - Cologne, spice, musk, green apple and faint pineapple and bubblegum. Really nice.

Taste - Spicy with an almost muscat wine flavor and a lingering prickliness and bitterness. A journey.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are good

Photo of marcobrau
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yikes! My first review of Duvel. I have to start out by saying that I've enjoyed this beer before, I just haven't got around to putting words to paper about it.

Duvel is one beautiful beer that is stunning in its simplicity. The head that is created by pouring Duvel in its own special glass is incredible and I don't know of any other beer that puts on quite the same display. The head is voluminous, taking up at least two thirds of the glass. I stop pouring and slowly resume the pour and the incredibly fluffy, delicate head (as delicate as a spider web) pushes itself up like tiny mountain range. Once the head slowly -- ever so slowy -- starts to fall it leaves behind sticky, spider web-like structures of beer foam along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is just as delicate as the appearance (pretty much to a fault), with just the softest, slightest hint of spicy hops laced with spun sugar. The mouthfeel is soft, soft like the finest pilsner. The flavor of this beer is of sweet, honeyish malt, balanced just perfectly by subtle hops and its own minerally dryness. Perilously drinkable, Duvel is despite its demonic name, an exceptionally delicate and pure brew. Although seemingly not quite as spicy and hoppy as I recall from years ago, this is still an exceptionally well crafted ale.

Photo of Mongrel
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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 hotstuff
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured an extremely large white foamy head. It left an excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It was observed to have a yellow in body. It also had a cloudy appearance to it. It had a flavor of clove. This was a smooth tasting brew in my opinion.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a highly carbonated bubbly golden body with a strong thick white head. The aroma is floural, sweet candy, musty, golden raisins, citrus lemon, with grassy fresh notes. This is a very complex nose that just gets your senses ready for a taste. The taste is tart upfront, crisp, fresh with a sour/bitter tanginess in the back of the throat. The alcohal is warming but not overpowering, this is a classic belgian pale ale very nice.

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bjd88
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

September 11, 2014

11.2 oz bottle, tulip glass (not the Duvel one)

A – Golden, straw. Big, foamy white head, at least two inches. Head fades away very slowly. Extremely clear, very much like a golden pilsner.

S – Very spicy, some mild fruitiness, esters. A little bit of alcohol, a touch of something like raisins. Hay.

T – Tons of carbonation and maltiness, light toasty flavors. A bit of a dusty flavor, like an old but well-kept house. Some fruitiness from esters. Maybe a touch of lemon, and spicy, peppery notes. Some acidity in the balance.

M – Again, very highly carbonated. There’s acidity and bitterness very much up front but it is wiped out by the bubbles. Really very palate-cleansing. Dry finish, leaves you ready for the next sip.

O – Duvel’s reputation precedes it, so it’s hard to separate that out when evaluating. Luckily it lives up to the hype. An incredibly refreshing ber, with complex flavor and aroma profiles, that can also knock you on your ass if you aren’t paying attention. Fantastic.

Photo of aaronbeach69
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see what they mean by "almost a champagne"

this is a great bubbly beer.

the mouth feel is smooth wtih a bite at the end that comes from the many spices overwhelming my tounge. I like its sparkling nature makes it a perfectt celebration ale I woudl think...

The smell is really cool, you smell slight esters and hops but mostly spices of many sorts, and each taste and smell vary from instance to instance. This beer is complex goodness and I would love it on any special occasion...

Photo of ProLiquorMan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky yellow color. Has a very large head. You might want to pour slowly for this beer.

Smells wonderful. A mixture of unripe banana, apple, and papaya. Smells very "Belgian".

Tastes like it smells. A slight alcohol presence.

A surprisingly light body for such a murky looking beer. There was a lot of carbonation. Drink up before the carbonation disappears.

A good Belgian beer. Reminds me of Golden Monkey without the hints of mandarin oranges. I should have gave Golden Monkey a higher score.

Photo of dagubna
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw color with a thick white head. The aromas are medicinal, and fruity. The flavor is somewhat fruity; apples maybe? A sweet herbal flavor also comes through. This smooth, medium-full brew is easy drinking, finishing with a dryness that sticks with you. It has a strength that will easily sneak up on you.

Photo of HopsAround
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sonicdescent
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold with a bubbly white head.

Smells fruity and almost wine like. Very nice.

Taste is a very dry fruit taste and a biscuity flavor. Not as complex as a westy or bernardus but good no less.

Mouth is dry and thin with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is good but I couldn't do too many of these in a row.

Photo of lionchow
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a small, creamy, white, lingering head.

A- mild barnyard and malt with a hint of banana.

F - Dry, mildly bitter, with very light malt. Mild banana and spice. It is elegant and smooth, and very enjoyable.

M - dry and highly carbonated.

Overall very good.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Pours a champagne yellow with a big billowy white head. very nice lacing and retention. Smells strongly of grass, lemon citrus, and yeast. The smell makes me weary that it will be overly-hoppy.

My fears are allayed upon the first sip. Clove, bannana, apple, and pear come through in a very soft and clean wave. The taste just seems to ebb away to a subtly dry finish. If it wasn't for the 8.5% ABV, you could drink this all night. Can't emphisize enough how clean and finished this beer is.

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

Clear yellow-golden color that reminds me of apple juice. Mammoth, white, bubbly head takes up about half the glass. The head looks glued to the sides the way it's lacing. Lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation bubbles rising very rapidly.

Scent is very fruity. Pear, apple, and banana in particular. There's a caramel scent too. Smells pretty good, but I was expecting a little more.

Taste is more complex than the scent. There's the fruit (particularly apple) and caramel, but there's a spicyness too. I'm getting a slightly tart flavor too. Some grain-like flavors. Quite tasty.

Smooth and mellow as advertised. Mostly sweet, but with a refreshingly bitter finish. Feels very clean on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. Fairly well-balanced too. Pretty unique and almost refreshing really.

This is tasty. I'll have another and recommend it to my friends. The flavor does come off just a little too tart to be a mainstay for me.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at some liquor store in Milwaukee on Oakland across from the Miramar Theater.

Pours a golden yellow/light amber, clear, with ample snow-white creamy head fed by a steady stream of bubbles from my chalice. Nose is musty/yeasty up front, with citrus, apricot, pineapple, and a slight hint of alarming vinegar in the end. Taste starts off similarly with tropical fruits, yeast, some grainy/grassy notes, and again, the slightest bit of puckering vinegar. Mouthfeel is typical Belgian pale - light, dry and bubbly. This was a tasty BSPA, but I've certainly had better. That vingar sourness just through me off a little. I tend to like my BSPAs a little sweeter. Still a good example of the style though.

Photo of julian1117
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Visual appeal: a bubbly, misty bar of shining gold, appealing streaks, almost continuous effervescence

Smell: very reminiscent of hard apple cider, mild hop aroma, strong yeast, really grew on me as beer warmed

Flavor: Pilsner malts and Bohemian hops and very strong cloudy yeast flavor lingers a long time, feel warmth of alcohol on back of palette, hints of citrus but not strong enough, I'd prefer this a little sweeter, however

Mouthfeel: lovely effervescence plays with whole of tongue

Drinkability: heavy ABV--sipping beer, definitely would not drink more than one at a time

My first ever Belgian ale, right before the yank Memorial Day weekend, and I'm definitely feeling it (the ale, that is.) I have "gained a level." Combined with spicy tacos, and not a good choice. Beer became bitterer. Lager would have beer better.

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

Color - a light gold in the bar light. Maybe pale to whitish yellow in the daylight. The pour, my pour, developed into a mountain of head; very rocky collapsing inro a smaller mountain, leaving a white walled glass as it dissipated. Topping off the glass is a repeat performance. At the end of the bottle, I had a mouthful of foam; it had a structure like meringue.

Smell - (through a congested nose) light malt, flowerey hops, and maybe a little bit of lemon zest.

Taste - some malt that I couldn't smell. I should have known, it is Belgian. Hop bitterness is there. I get the flowers if I smell it, but that's not something I can really taste.

Mouthfeel - medium thin in the mouth. This seems like a good summer beer for the hoply inclined.

Photo of bierguru
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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

A=Clear and golden with an ample bright white head

S=Appealing, fruity with some malty hints

T=Fruity, hints of yeast and malts, enjoyable balance

M=very nice, carbonation tickles, light dryness

D=easy to enjoy the 750ml, possibly even two, any more might be a stretch

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

short squat bottle like the above pic.. purchased at Belmont Station in Portland a while back.... don't remember the price... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

nice 3 finger rocky stark white head... stick around forever and leaves a great bunch of lace... the brew is very pale straw gold.

musky fruitiness.. sorta like a dusty pear essence.. traditional Belgian yeast spiciness.. zesty.

Flavor is clean pale malts layered with yeasty spiciness.. peppery and lite lemon zest... more complex than I describe... I am just sorta having a hard time tonight.. really is the benchmark for the style.. very very drinkable... dangerously so. The body is on the light side.. and the carbonation is fairly prominent... sorta green apple skin tartness..

Really a great beer... I wonder if it ages well... I've never been able to hang onto them long enough.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,921 ratings.