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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,007
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 337
Gots: 887 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip, best by 12/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, bready grain, grass, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices. Nice and clean aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, light tart grains, pepper, grass, coriander, herb, clove, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; with some lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, bready grains, and yeast spices for a bit. Great flavor balance, with a good amount of complexity. Medium body with high carbonation; and extremely smooth drinking for the level of alcohol with the prickly carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is surprising for 8.5%. Overall this is just a fantastic Belgian strong pale. Great balance, complexity, and smooth drinking; and also has the best glass in the beer world.

Photo of TXHops
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malts: Danish Summer Barley
Hops: Styrian Goldings; Saaz
IBU’s : 30
SRM: 8
ABV: 8.5%
Hops added three times during the boil. Dextrose added prior to primary fermentation. Two yeast strains used. Infusion mashed. Secondary cold fermentation for 1 month. Dextrose and yeast added during bottling for 3rd fermentation. (Based on info compiled by Michael Jackson.)

At the time of my writing this review, there were over 120 other BA reviews already for Duvel. As a result, I won’t waste the words necessary to describe the Coors Light-pale body, the famously meringue-like head that would make a properly-poured Guinness feel inadequate, the gushing fountain of bubbles emanating from the etched bottom of my proper Duvel glass, or the stunning, textbook Brussels lace down the sides of my glass. Instead, I’ll talk about what I think makes this beer different. For starters, the nose, which has the characteristic Saaz bite, also has a smell that seems to embody the concept of carbonation. The overall, non-component smell of Duvel is that of sweet corn growing near the sea. Please pardon my weak foray into poetry, for that’s not my intent. I mean that Duvel literally smells like walking in a cornfield bordering a body of saltwater: like sweet Tostitos.

The indescribably smooth body gets this characteristic from the immeasurably small bubbles that eventually compose the head. I heard once that Champagne, as it ages, witnesses its bubbles literally become smaller and more numerous, lending the desired creaminess to the mouthfeel. Duvel creates this sensation even when brand new. Taking a swig, it’s hard to even taste any liquid until I’ve swallowed, the bubbles are so numerous and foamy.

The taste is sweet and apple-pear like, with perhaps some lesser hints of figs, lemons, vanilla and lightly almond-flavored pastries. The long, long finish exhibits more of the sweetened Tostitos flavor (perhaps more like Cap’n Crunch cereal?) before it sours a bit in the back of my mouth. The souring, however, is less prevalent than it is in the VAST majority of other Belgian Ales, whose sweetness is almost never fully mitigated by hop bitterness. Since Duvel has a touch of acidity to begin with, the sourness is not entirely unanticipated, nor unpleasant.

For a Belgian Ale, Duvel is one of my all time favorites—not as sweet as most, and slightly hoppier. It’s also so amazingly elegant and well balanced. Even not being a big fan of this style, it’s hard to find faults with Duvel…

Photo of hwwty4
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2oz beer into a Duvel Tulip. This beer is perfection when it comes to its appearance. Duvel poured into its proper glassware pours a golden straw yellow with a big, almost overwhelming white head that leaves huge spots of sticky lacing. The glass replenishes the head always leaving about a half an inch worth of head on the beer at all times. The aroma is slightly yeasty with hints of green apple. The taste is bready satisfaction up front. Green apple esters and almost a peppery flavor come out also. The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of tony223366
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 26, 2011.

A: Beautiful pale straw yellow color. Amazing head! Three fingers of rocky, fluffy white head. Really sticks around. Lots of lacing. A beauty.

S: Lots of fruity apple. Bit of alcohol and spice.

T: Very tasty. Pale malts up front. A bit fruity in the middle with alcohol to finish. Nice spiciness from the phenols throughout.

M: Really great mouthfeel. Very smooth with a nice alcohol bite.

O: Another Belgian worthy of it's reputation.

Photo of mjacquard
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Brabander
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very good and refreshing strong beer. I drank it in the original tulip glass. The beer has to be served cold. For the rest its as the others reviewers wrote.

Normally i drink this beer in summer as a thirstbuster. Not more than two because else the beer is like its name; a real devil.

Photo of ujsplace
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into (what else?) a Duvel tulip glass.

Beautiful looking brew. Enormous white head with plenty of lacing resting atop the pale white-golden liquid.

Smells of sweet yeasty breads and fruits

Taste is mild sweet malts and bready yeasts, maybe apple or white grape fruits, with a nicely balanced, subtle bitter hop finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Big carbonation and light/medium mouthfeel, crisp and quenching.

Delicious...this brew is always a great idea. In spite of the abv, I could easily session this like a mo-fo...

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy opaque yellow color with a massive head. The head is easily the most noticeable part of this beer, its an off white color with traces of brown and it just wont go down.

Smell- Very fruity in the nose, hints of banana, nutmeg, and very subtle hopping, despite the high abv. its not noticeable in the nose.

Taste- For such a heavy abv. its surprisingly light, initial taste is fairly sweet which quickly transforms to a juicy middle with big flavors of perfectly ripe fruit, mango in nature. At the end the alcohol takes over and finishes out. Overall a delicious, well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- A big creamy beer flavor that really fills the entire palate.

Drinkability- A big beer with big, hard to describe flavors. I really liked it but it truly is huge and not one to have multiples of.

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Large white head. Golden and carbonated. you can see through the glass. Looks a lot like a Champagne.

S: Nice floral scents, hops,

T: Really like the pilsner malt flavor. It is mildly bitter and has a nice citrus notes.

M: tangy and creamy flavors work well together

O: very smooth and drinkable, extremely well made.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Explodes with carbonation as high as the liquid. Glistening bubbles. Body is straw pale and clear. Nose is lovely boquete of belgian phenols; banana and cloves, melons. Flavor is nice, light marmalade, pilsner body. The finish is where it shines: starts dry, with a soft expanding cloud of phenols through the enhale; leaves a kiss of alcoholic sweetness. The added carbonation really helps with this. Drink too many and you'll be crawling.

Photo of slyke
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours a bright, slightly hazy golden color into my Duvel snifter with a head about as high as the rest of the beer. As I drink the beer, there is great lacing with a couple of large "head remnants" of foam above the hip of the snifter. The aroma is sweet malt with a little alcohol and hops. Taste mimics the aroma. There is more alcohol present in the taste than the smell lets on. The remaining head gives some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Despite owning large snifters, I am glad I bought the gift pack with the Duvel snifter. This is the type of beer to enjoy in the labeled glassware as is the tradition and expectation in much of Europe. This is a great sipper and a must-try for true beer enthusiasts.

Photo of cagocubs
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a massive white fluffy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Impressive head is like a cloud. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Earthy smell. You can notice sweet fruit and spice along with bready yeast. Clover/spice mixes with alcohol for interesting nose. Real balanced inviting smell.

T: The taste is delicious and complex. Many flavors are present starting with hops, yeast, malt. Sweetness from fruits and spice. Earthy clove and florals present. The alcohol gives it a nice warming effect and dry finish.

M: Taking a sip and leaving it in your mouth you can sense the active carbonation. This gives a light and crisp feeling. At the same time the alcohol and dry finish tame your senses and make you take time with this beer. Great coating and finish.

O: A solid choice. Simple, yet at the same time very complex.

Photo of STEG
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one so many times I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it. Poured from a 330ml bottle into, what else, a Duvel tulip, the glass adds a wonderful effect to the beer allowing it to showcase its four finger head and the tornado bubble gimmick doesn't hurt either. Smell is yeasty and spicy. Taste has tropical fruit up front followed by alcohol presence and a peppery spice character following. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly watery with a semi-dry finish. Highly drinkable, not hard to finish. Always a staple for me.

Photo of Nevbo
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Good hop/malt balance. Banana, lemon, and spicy taste and smell. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Hides the high ABV very well! I could drink these all night : )

Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Billowing rocky white head that is over three fingers. Golden body, semi-hazy body. Amazing retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers ever.

Banana esters, some phenols, a slight cereal maltiness, and a ague aged hop presence.

Fruity esters (banana, strawberry, and green apple), some clove like spicy phenolic flavor, and a delicate leafy hop flavor cleans out the back end.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp.

The definition of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it already.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Caged and corked bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a Duvel Tulip. This is beer review #100 for me.

A: Pours a hazy golden pale yellow, massive 3+ finger white bubbly head that sticks around forever and becomes rocky. Leaves magnificent lacing.

S: Floral hops, funk/tart, belgian yeast, bread, a little booze, white grapes. Hops almost have a german pilsner aroma.

T: Initial flavors are of slightly tart fruits: pear, a little green apple, slight apricot, banana, and a little white grape. Hops are floral and a little grassy, verging on classic pilsner taste on the end. The flavor then shifts/incorporates the belgian yeast and malt. There's a little funk, malt is very lightly toasted and is almost like a fresh loaf of sour dough. The flavor is bright, golden, has great depth and complexity, yet seems as light as a pilsner. Finish is slightly dry, clean, fairly hoppy (just a little bitterness), and mellow. Alcohol pops it's head out just a bit, but is otherwise unobtrusive.

M: Medium carbonation (a lot goes to the head), the body is fairly light, though it does have a little viscosity to it as it does coat the mouth. Even with the bubbly carbonation it's damned smooth.

D: A 750ml bottle is more than enough for 1 person, the first glass went down extremely easily but I did start to feel the effects on the 2nd glass and final pour. This is probably one of the better beers available in NH, I can see the smaller bottles becoming a staple in my fridge for somewhat 'special' occasions.

Photo of ssantic
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ Best by date of 07/2011

P: Crystal clear yellowish gold with a huge, healthy head of white foam. One of the most awesome crowns in existence! This thing is dense, rocky, and looks like sea foam as its perched atop the body for what seems like an eternity. Upon settling, it plasters the side of the glass with ultra-sticky foam. Wow!

A: Smells of toasty malts, fresh bananas and pears, peppery yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Toasted pale malts are slightly grainy with a very warm & inviting, sensual kind of feel to them that massages the tongue into a trance. Fruits are bountiful, but stay very compact and tightly organized to deliver strategic hits of flavors that consist of bananas, apples, and pears. White pepper spices things up with a yeasty kick on the back end. Delicious!

M: Medium-full bodied with a volumizing carbonation that expands in the mouth to give a rich, creamy feel. Maybe the best mouthfeel for a BSPA that I've come across yet.

Notes: This is definitely the gold standard for which BSPA's should be measured. Having had this several times before, but reviewing it for the first time here, I can say that this one deserves all of the accolades it receives. Also, one of the best values out there. $9 for a 750, yes please!

Photo of ThiZequi
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of burnstar
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times but finally getting around to reviewing it. Pours a clear light gold with lots of visible carbonation. Huge persistent white head. Very nice earthy yeasty spicy smell. Light malt with fairly low sweetness. A hint of tartness. The main things here are earthy slightly phenolic yeastiness and lots of spiciness. Medium bodied and dry. Very easy to drink. Pretty much the prototypical Belgian strong pale and very good.

Photo of RolandGomez
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby Belgian bottle; best by 05/2010. Brewed with Flemish water, French pilsner malt, Scottish yeast and Czech hops. Boiled for 1.5 hours, fermented with ale yeast, lagered for 3-4 weeks at 27° F, bottle-conditioned warm for 10 days, then cold-conditioned for six weeks at 41° F before leaving the brewery. Whew! This brew pours a bright, crystal-clear gold, with lots of beads of carbonation and three inches of beautiful head. I can tease the foam two-fingers above the rim of the glass, and it is as dense as meringue at the top, with fluffy froth below. There is a bit of haze at the end of the pour, and a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Smells sweetish, with subtle esters and traces of noble hops. It's a bit muted at first, but as it warms, it opens up and becomes more aromatic. The flavor has sweet pilsner malts that interplay with fruity alcohol and esters, lots of warming alcohol, flashes of spicy Saaz, and notes of banana and spice. Becomes more and more Belgian toward the end, with lingering hops and malt. Medium-light on the palate, nearly creamy, with a medium finish. Definitely a unique brew; each sip begins and ends like a pilsner, sandwiching spicy/fruity Belgian notes in the middle, making me want to call it a Belgian imperial pilsner. A one-of-a-kind beer that is in a class all its own. Definitely worth revisiting.

Photo of tewaris
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of Jan, 2013 poured into a Duvel tulip on Nov 05, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
The looks of this beer cannot be put into words and it's an experience in itself to achieve the perfect pour that showcases the brilliance of Duvel. Brightly clear and golden with massive sudsy head that takes a while to come down to a manageable level, which is still very dense and rocky and is getting fed continuously by the stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. The lacing is similar to head: chunky, dense and sticky.

Aroma 4/5
Light phenols and fruit (pear, apricot) dominate the nose, with hints of soft alcohol creeping in with warmth. Little sweetness from the malts, hints of toast, and some dark fruit are also present.

Taste 4/5
Opens with slight fruitiness, but quickly displays the hop bitterness and its rich malty, vinous, and soft alcohol character. The finish, however, is amazingly dry and long with dry bitterness of dark fruit, and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Effervescent with medium body.

Drinkability 5/5
Recipe for disaster!

Photo of StaveHooks
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy golden straw with 2 fingers of delicate white foam. Awesome retention and a ridiculous amount of lacing.

S - Sweet grassy aroma, twangy Belgian yeast, soft grain, over ripened golden delicious apples at first, but as it warms up the acidity comes out make it more of a tart aroma. Unknown spice and hints of alcohol.

T - Sweet grainy malt, spicy hops, some sourness comes through the middle, with tart apples in the background. It has an herbal bite towards the end. Finishes dry and slightly acidic.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Great yeast strain! The sour and acidic qualities really make this beer stand out. It's complex but focused.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My trip in October to Virginia HAD to include a trip to one of my favorite beer stores: Once Upon A Vine. This visit was exclusively for my Belgian habit. I was able to score about a case of Belgians for just over $100. Well worth the trip, given the sad state of beer in PA.

One of the gems I returned with was Duvel. I can't believe I haven't tried this yet.

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass (thanks, AKSP). Splendid, bubbly bright golden yellow in color. BOISTEROUS head threatens to overrun the glass. Thick and long-lasting white lace. Aromas are a myriad of spices, estery fruit, maybe a dash of alcohol. Flavors are intense. A rush of spices at first, with the middle seeing lots of fruity and "wheaty" influence. Warming ABV near the end with a long-lasting spicy/hoppy finish. It got better and more complex as it warmed closer to room temperature.

Slick mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. Must get more...soon.

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