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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,502
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 249
Gots: 573 | 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 Stubbie1
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This little “stubbie” bottle poured out one big beer. A straw golden color with a thick tight white head is the best way to describe this beer. The head last forever and will dwindle down to a never-ending white lace.The color is a bit hazy with the yeast mixed in. The aroma is of wet hay, grasses, and malt. There is a bit of yeast mixed in the aroma and a mild hint of fresh green grapes.
Clean crisp taste awaits your taste buds. Yeast, hops and malt all combine to make and enjoyable statement on your tongue. There is a bit of alcohol present but I thought I makes its present, ever so slightly at the end.

Overall: I can’t see why I have passed this beer up time after time. Even my wife (who is from Bitburg Germany and a diehard Bitburger drinker) even enjoys it. A solid beer time after time and pure enjoyment to drink.

Stubbie1, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of Minotaur
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So many descriptions of Duvel are here, I don't think waxing on about the intense golden color laced with a powerful stream of bubbles, the HUGE white frothy head, the distinct bitter pils like aroma and taste laced with the sweetness of bready Belgian yeast will add significantly.

I will say that this beer is utterly unique. They say that Duvel has not exemplified a style, but helped define it. Somewhere between the crisp, refreshing bitterness of a Pils and a strong, sweet Belgian Ale.

This is not a beer that I reach for on a regular basis; but it is one of the most balanced and full-flavored Belgian Pales I have tasted.

The 750l bottle is far superior to the smaller bottles IMO; it has a more rounded and nuttier-bitter hops flavor.

Minotaur, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Stocean1
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a nice frothy light head which eventually subsided to a nice ring of bubbles - semi-cloudy banana liquer / straw color - decent lacing

S - plenty of belgian yeast dominates the scent with a little malt thrown in - smells sweet and a little fruity - muted banana and white grape flavors

T - Yeasty up front, sweet and hint of bananas - well balanced hops finish

M - plenty of carbonation in this medium bodied quaff which makes for a great mouthfeel

O - I expected a great deal from this beer and was not disappointed - this is clearly a world class beer which I will keep stocked when it is available.

Stocean1, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a incredible pale amber color with an extremely frothy white head. Head also has great lacing. The aroma has a complex equation of hops, citrus and malt. The taste is so frecken delicious that this stuff should be banned. Has a great amount of carbonation that tickels the tounge. Is a light bodied beer that packs a punch at a whoping 8.5%. reat drinability. I think i found my new desert island beer.

HopEnthusiast, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Best before 01/2011

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick, cloudlike head with great retention that leaves patchy lacing, absolutely gorgeous begging to be drank. Banana, vanilla and some spice aromas blend nicely. Up front banana flavor mix with a lemon hop bitterness that give may to caramel and a creamy vanilla with a hoppy finish and aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, light body, there is a seltzer water clean mouthfeel. Great drinkability, would love another.

scottg, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of rdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, pale, golden ale with a large white head and vigorous carbonation. This smells great with a peppery maltiness and some spiciness underlaying it. The aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened. The taste is a clean, malty ale with almost no bitterness, and a hint of sweetness. There are spices present that I have a hard identifying but this is a powerful elixir. It has a clean, bubbly feel in the mouth and then the alcohol hits. It is excellent from the first drop to the last. It gets more drinkable as it warms up. The only drawback is my inability to drink more than one due to the alcohol content, but I'll be back tomorrow.

rdrummer, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of dbaker61
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous thick creamy head; careful pouring or the head will fill your glass! Slightly cloudy with a nice yellow color.

Smell: Citrus and grass in the nose, in that order of predominance.

Taste: More citrus and yeastiness in the first taste. Lots of hop flavor, but not overpowering in bitterness. Wonderful balance of hops.

Mouthfeel: Not a trace of bitterness in the aftertaste. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer goes down way too easily. You'll be wondering where that 8.5% alcohol is. Duvel translates as "devil", and this devil sneaks up on you if you drink more than one.

dbaker61, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a rudimentary chalice. This beer is just gorgeous. Pours a bright gold color with loads of carbonation and a huge frothy head. Big Belgiany aroma that at first reminds me of pineapple. Smells semi-sweet, almost like a bread dough. Carbonation translates to a very fizzy mouthfeel that isn't unpleasant. Taste is of lemon grass with some spicy hop character in the background. Malt profile is deftly handled with the beer sliding more to the bready side of the spectrum. Taste finishes with a light sourness and is very dry. There's a little bit of alcohol warmth the more you drink it, but that's certainly welcome for the style. All of the components of this beer are harmonious, singing together to create a symphonic experience. A classic.

eclaycamp, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Raven3464
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with lots of carbonation, almost too much

Smell: Belgian yeast and fruits. There are hints of banana and apple.

Taste: A fruit explosion! The beer cycles between favors of banana and apple skins. The beer ends with a crisp hop taste found in many pale ales. It may sound strange, but I also noticed a minute bubble gum taste as the beer warms. The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden.

Mouth feel: The dryness followed by a high amount of carbonation is refreshing while the beer is both slightly chilled and warm. It feels fully bodied and heavy throughout the entire experience.

Overall: This is one of the most well balanced beers I've ever had. I almost never fail to have at least one bottle in stock and feel proud to have finally reviewed it. This is the standard to which all other Belgian Ales should be compared.

Raven3464, May 06, 2011
Photo of baugherlager
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet malty goodness. I first had this beer in Maarssen the Netherlands at a bar. Poured golden with a white large pure white head that lasted forever.

The taste is of sweet malt, pears, and fruity sweetness. just a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel has alot of body but the beer is well balanced. I get excited everytime this beer is spoke of. This beer will always have a place in my heart.

Definately a must for someone experiencing belgians for the first time.

A truely remarkable beer!

baugherlager, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of fx20736
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

Hazy lemon yellow with persistent, active carbonation rises to a thick, cotton candy white head that is frothed and whipped into a stiff peak of meringue that leaves reminders of it's elegance as lacing on the glass.

Aroma: pale crystalized malt, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. A Summer field of Clover hops accents this amazingly complex nose that has an elusive medicinal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: full with a gauze like thickness.

Chardonnay like with tart, granny apples, dry green grapes, fortified with sugar and pepper. Warming alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: a special beer, uniquely Belgian. Beautiful to look at, complex, medicinal, simultaneously dry and sweet. Amazing.

fx20736, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold with an immense amount of lovely pillowy foam. Smells strongly of floral hops with a slight whiff of spicy yeast and a pear like sweetness. Tastes quite dry with hops up front and a medley of fruit undertones that fade in as it warms in your mouth. Crisp apple and pear, as well as some wine-like notes that are enhanced by the alcoholic warmth. Nice dry finish and a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. Crisp and probably too drinkable for this high of an ABV. It is obvious why this beer has so many imitators.

zoso1967, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Rudgers73
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A- Huge, fluffy, rocky head. Bright white micro-bubbles. Pale golden ale with tons of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of the wine glass I drank it from.

S- Light and citrusy. Very sweet, crisp, peppery, and spicy.

T- Orange peels, clove, yeast, pears, other citrus. Very complex, sweet to start with a huge burst of different flavors. The end is crisp and pronounced. Well balanced. Well made. Great beer.

M- Light and refreshing with a bunch of different sensations throughout the drink.

D- Every sip is a treat. You can pick out a different taste every time you drink. I need to age some of this stuff...

Rudgers73, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter.

A - Pale yellow/gold with a pillowy white head. The retention and lacing settles down pretty quickly.

S - Grass smell with citrus notes, mainly lemon. Some yeast and barley in there. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes airy, very light lemon and grass notes that are pleasant. I get traces of apple in there too. It is sweet yet earthy and airy and blends great. There are other fruits in there too, banana and pear.

M/D - Medium body, goes down very easy. Doesn't get boring and keeps you wanting more. The alcohol is concealed well.


StarshipPoopers, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of fropones
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a beautiful clear golden yellow with a 4 finger head with great retention and a ton of lacing. Smell is of apples citrus and bananas. Kind of like a hefeweizen, but less spice. Taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, some pepper. Some spice and bananas in here as well, but not as much as in the smell. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but still fairly creamy; crisp. Drinkability is good, especially with 8% abv.

fropones, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale yellow, green tint, very slight chill haze, aggressive bubbling, a devistasting rocky white head that can be as big as you want.

Smell: Clean and crisp light malt, faintly sweet, yeasty and bready, not fruity, a little green, grassy, faint alcohol, banana bread.

Taste: A dry sweetness upfront, light and grainy, clean and crisp ,alcohol and hops in the nose, clean, incredibly dry finish. Light lager like malt, zero metallic flavors, light fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, nice and fizzy carbonation, enough to make you want to burp, clean and crisp like a soda, but smoother, not abrasive.

Drinkability: This beer is amazing, always delicious. I'd describe it to myself like an alcoholic lager with more flavor, with hefeweizen banana bread flavor, but cleaner and lighter than both.

guitarmage, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale golden yellow. 1" white rocky head with lots of tiny bubble rising.

Smell is Clean and lite. Wheat, malts and mild sweet fruits.

Taste is Wheat, yeasts, malts, earthy hops with nice bite, mild fruity notes and lite to med alcohol warmth. Good balance here!

Mouthfeel is lite bodied, zesty carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, smooth malts. More alcohol presence and fruity esters as it warms.

Overall, don't let the lite pale color (looks harmless) fool you! This is a very good and complex brew. It would be a very sessionable if not for the abv%.

fourplayed, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The beer pours a pale, golden, yellow colot with an extremely lofty, bubbly, white head. It smells of apple and apricot with a hint of spice in it. The taste is a bit tart with hints of green apple, some banana and a leafy, bitter aftertaste. The beer is light but full bodied with lots of sharp carbonation. It's warming and has a dry finish. I thought the Duvel was great, I'd drink it any day, it's refreshing and light enough for warm weather, and it's nice and warming if it's cool outside.

JMad, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Luk13
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 33cl.
Appearance: Awesome. Hazy straw yellow with lasting foamy head.
Aroma: Tropical fuits, mostly pinneaples and pears. Belgian yeast and alcohol esters. I also get subtle herbs and spices.
Taste: A nice mix of citrus, honey, belgian yeast, herbs and hops.
Palate: Lively carbonation alongside with a creamy texture. The fine bubbles makes it very enjoyable.
Overall: Complex and nuanced yet easily approchable. I could drink this on a regular basis. A very well executed classic that I appreciate more with time.

Luk13, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp golden yellow with a huge head and a lot of bubbles. Fun.

There's essence of apples, honey, and some alcohol esters in the smell.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the spiciness...it is almost peppery. There is also a slightly sour taste that is like a mix of candy apples and lemon peel right after the spice.

The swallow leaves a bit of a dry finish. There is definitely a lot of carbonation happening in the mouth.

A very easy drinker for the high alcohol content. This is a very exciting and intriguing drink.

TCgoalie, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Long813
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Clear golden body with three fingers of foamy white head. Great head retention and stellar lacing. Fantastic.

S: Mixture of fruits upfront, very distinct belgian yeast, hops and some spices.

T: Citrus fruits, strong fronts of yeast and hops with an ending of mild spices. Very complex beer ans very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation creates a frothy feeling in the mouth with is still smooth. Leaves a sticky feeling.

D: What a great beer. Aromas and flavours are outstanding and the alcohol is unnoticeable. I'll be picking more of this out very soon.

Long813, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear pale yellow(so long as the yeast does not get in the pour). Amazing white head, with beautiful lacing. Head retains thick and chunky throughout the drink, even bumpy thickness, it kind of looks like Ayers Rock in the Australian outback, only covered in snow. I'm really impressed!

smell; sour like a Gueuze but then bitter with a herbal hop bite, like a quality German Pils.

taste; slightly tart, with some alcohol. The hops give it some bitterness in the finish. Bready malts linger in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; like a hurricane of carbonation on my tongue yet amazingly smooth. Some alcohol burn but in a good way, crisp and refreshing.

drinkability; this is really drinkable but I drank a 750ml. bottle and I'm feeling it! A beer to be respected for sure, have a couple and call it a night. I can tell this beer will cause a headache in quantity.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Poured from bomber into oversized wine glass. Probably the best appearance I’ve ever seen. Started out clear golden with a thick white pillowy head with excellent lacing. As the bottle progressed, the appearance turned more hazy amber, still with the same head. Fruity aroma was prevalent from the beginning. Taste seemed a mixture of the fruit and also a hint of spice, possibly clove. The 8.5% alcohol was very discreet; present but not tasted. A great finish topped off a very pleasant drinking experience.

kimcgolf, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip...long overdue reviewing this one.

A - Bottle opens with a very strong pop of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear pale,straw golden color with thick streams of carbonation rising thru the glass and a giant crown of fluffy white foam that lasts seemingly forever, falling slowly and leaving behind spiderwebs of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Very hoppy up front (noble hops apparently) with some lemony citrus, spicy and a bit peppery, maybe a light hint of cloves. Very clean, almost pilsner like in aroma. Bready and yeasty base that is well integrated with the hops and well balanced. Overall, intense and dense with a variety of aromas.

T - Tastes much like the aroma would suggest. Crisply bitter with fruity flavors of lemons and apples. Spicy with some cloves and the distinct flavor of black pepper that meshes well with the hoppy bitterness. Sweet underpinning of malt that also contributes some grainy aspects and fresh bread and yeasty flavors too. Alcohol is only barely noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with a vivacious carbonation. Belgian spiciness and hop bitterness linger far into the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing - carbonation seems to bring the flavor complexities out and gives a liveliness that enhances the refreshing qualities of the flavors too.

D - This marries the qualities of the best German pilsners and the unique spicy and yeasty aspects of Belgian ales. Crisp, clean bitterness and strong hop character combined with the fruity, estery Belgian yeast is a match made in heaven. Deserving of its reputation and scarily drinkable. This bottle is disappearing too quickly...maybe I should have taken the advice on the bottle and found a good looking stranger to share this with...

portia99, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of mdup8819
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has an enormous following, and it definitely does not dissapoint. Even though I carefully poured this beer, a frothy, full head still formed, nearly going over the glass, most likely caused by the high amount of carbonation.

The alcohol is definitely there, I have to limit myself to one bottle at a time.

Plenty of flavor, an excellent beer.

mdup8819, Aug 25, 2007
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,502 ratings.