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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 5777
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of otterbearfla


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint bottle, Bottle conditioned with long maturation. A standard Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Head was light and the taste lightly sweet and moderately hoppy. appearance was golden blonde. Medium body, mellow flavor, with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:54:42 | More by otterbearfla
Photo of buzzardman


4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Bready yeast

Appearance: Big white head lots of carbonation, hazy straw body.

Flavor: Slight fruity apple, bread, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with heavy carbonation which drys out your mouth quickly. Almost leaves a similar feeling like biting into a sour apple, kind of a tart dryness.

Overall: Great beer, clean and light with a nice alcohol warming at end, perfect San Diego winter beer, hot during day crispness and alcohol to warm you in the cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:08:25 | More by buzzardman
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District of Columbia

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 33cl Bottle in to a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Straw yellow, brilliantly clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Huge, luscious white head with a tornado of carbonation.

S: Sweet, crisp with some phenols. Comes together nicely.

T: Dry with a very clean, crisp finish. Slight sweetness from the abv and Belgian yeast give it the perfect amount of balance. Extremely refreshing despite abv.

M: Very effervescent, high carbonation. Makes the beer (too) easy to drink. Each sip only makes you thirstier for more.

O: This is a beer in a style all of its own and extremely unique. Extremely pale, very high carbonation, high abv, and the balance of the Duvel yeast make this beer in a league of its own. IT is also the experience of drinking it out of the proper Duvel glass that enhances it as well. We all know the best beer is more then just the beer, but the entire experience. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 18:35:58 | More by daryk77
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $3.65/330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a challis.

A- Opened with a mighty pop and a TON of head.

S- Bready yeasty yummy good blend.

T- Way overpowered by the carbonation. WAY too young to drink now.

M- Way too carbonated. Hints of yeast and mild malts are not even close to being combined yet.

O- Not bad but needs time for sure in the cellar. Will revise my rating in a couple of years.

Food Pairing

This very young effort pairs well with... Sushi. Like pizza, sushi is adaptable and ready for your own touches.... I tried spicy tuna homemade rolls.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 15:10:01 | More by DaveBar
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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the Belgian abbey-style beers that we drink pretty often.

A golden hue, almost cloudy, with lots of foamy head. The scent is very yeasty, almost musty.
The taste is much sweeter, even a little citrus-like. A lighter flavor than what you might expect, masking the 8.5% ABV.

A little hoppiness comes through on the tip of the tongue on aftertaste. Maybe even a bit of "metallic-ness" on the back of the tongue (like a wine aged in copper rather than oak).

Drinking the Duvel with home-made Belgian fries: perfect!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 10:36:10 | More by DJLehnherr
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured appropriately into a standard tulip.

A: A very pale golden hue with some haze provided by the yeast that pours out due to the brew's bottle conditioning. A frothy bleach white head forms as you delicately pour, and it leaves THICK patches of pure white silky lacing down the glass as it deflates to a perfectly creamy cap.

S: Clean, faint aromas reminiscent to an apple and pear orchard on a chilly day. Some alcohol spice seeps through, mixed with some fresh yeast.

T: A bit fruity at first, like the skin of a fresh-picked apple. The yeast floats through to add a bit of earthiness to it. A little bit of bitterness and alcohol spice in the finish does well to balance this one out. Complexity through simplicity. Duvel does a great job of not getting in its own way.

M: A perfect level of carbonation gives the brew a nice bite without getting in the way of the full, juicy body. I can't even begin to explain in full how this brew feels in the mouth... It's hard to wrap my head around how a brew can be as full-bodied as this, but still remain light and airy in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV obviously affects the feel, which can be off-putting for those used to lighter, more sessionable brews, but I find no negative connotations in the texture, regardless.

O: As I've been delving deeper into the world of beer, Belgian Strong Pales have been dropping farther and farther down on my list of preferred styles so, admittedly, I've been slacking on Duvel. As I sit here typing this conclusion, sipping the last few ounces, I'm metaphorically slapping myself in the face for putting this brew off for so long. You know you have something special on your hands when you're utterly dumbfounded by how good a brew is, regardless of the fact that it's a style you're not fond of. Duvel is the top of the line. It is the be-all-end-all Belgian strong pale ale. It is the gold standard in which every BSPA aspires to be. If you're looking for the definitive, look no further. Duvel is here to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:17:40 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting for this... how they get it perfectly right... It's a devil, or a deal the Trappists made with the devil. (perhaps to keep him away).

A - Pours a clear straw gold color with a large 2 inch stalwart head that fades slowly. Pillowy head, tiny bubbles, and rich lacing. Perhaps the best head ever. It's a champagne like beer.

S - Meditation. Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt.
It's like bubble-gum Marilyn Monroe at first, and evolves into elegant Gwenyth Paltrow.
Needs a moment to let loose the sweet shoppe, and calm down into the more grassy, champagne like body it will become.

T - RISING on the tongue, with sweet malts, a little bitterness, spices. Pepper & champagne.
So much going on. Such a clean long, long, cleansing finish, that makes you want another kiss, I mean sip.

M - pinpoint carbonation. Dry and crisp like champagne. Slightly chauky in a good way.

D - Must try. A best beer in the world?
As Alstrom wrote "Close to champagne but so much more"

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 23:34:01 | More by Act25
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy bright straw color, lots of bubbles streams quickly rising. The distinctive feature is the massive, massive frothy head that easily appears. Looks amazingly refreshing. Bottle art is regal and appealing.

S: Awesome, some notes of grains like in a 'domestic beer', which turns out that when it's backed up by undertones of tropical fruit and spice is a really nice smell. Mild hop presence back there too.

T: Those same fruity notes and spice, coriander, a bit of yeastiness. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, very effervescent. Begs for another sip.

O: Fantastic beer, I'm sorry I took so long to give it a try. Good variety of notes but not getting overly complicated. Sure to become a repeated scene in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 08:37:46 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle says best by 10/2015

A: Opaque golden body with a Massive white frothy head, tons of retention and lacing

S: Belgian yeast scents as well as spices fill the nose. Fruity note as well as alcohol when this warms up.

T: Earthy bitterness As well as some fruity esters, banana and bubble gum tastes. Taste a bit boozy but thats to be expected at 8.5% Grassy hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, with an earth feel on the back end. Carbed well but not so much that it stings your palette. Very little alcohol warmth.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I got it on sale at $10 a 4 pack, regular price it $15 a 4 pack which is a bit pricy, however for the occasional treat I think its worth the splurge.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:49:39 | More by watermelon
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is a nice looking beer, with a big, blossoming head over the hazy golden brew.

S - Mostly notes of apple, pear, a bit of lemon, with souring notes.

T - Follows through with the nose, with fruits in the form of apple and pear, a slight pucker of sourness that reads like a touch of lemon.

M - Good, sharp snap of carbonation. The sourness definitely gives the beer an extra bite.

O - This is a remarkable beer, and I was both grateful to try it and optimistic that I'll find it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:49:13 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of Boca-X


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy, decadent, creamy love...enough said.

Well apparently not enough said., I'm prompted to at least give 250 characters in my review or it is not valid...

Sexy, decadent, creamy love...poured from an eleven point two ounce bottle...enough said!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 18:20:20 | More by Boca-X
Photo of WanderingFool


4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours a clear light gold into the glass with a moderate fizzy head on top. The long lasting foam leaves lines and spots of lace on the glass. A steady stream of bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of my tulip glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of apple and pear. yeastty bread, light spice and grass are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and pillowy with strong carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, fruity with bready malt. It begins with light fruit flavors of apple and pear. Quickly, spicy notes of white pepper or rye blend with some wheat. It finishes with some grassy bitterness and a little tartness. Once gone the apple and spice lingers on the palate.

This is a delicious beer with each sip. Flavors blend perfectly together. Drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 22:01:46 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of sfprint


3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: thin gold with a tint of orange, fairly large seafoam head with lots of rising carbonation.
S: apples and grass. thin scent
T: such an interesting flavor. it's actually quite similar to 3 monts. difficult to describe. biere de garde. mildly sweet and sour, grass and honey. apple juice
M: smooth, juice like, light to medium body
O: Rather nice but a bit overrated.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:15:09 | More by sfprint
Photo of illy44


2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours foam like a Hefe. The Head sticks around for a while.
The first sip was fruity, Lots of CO2. In the next sip I only tasted the sweetness of the 8.5%.
Not really a beer. Too much alcohol. Very hard to drink. Makes you sleepy due to the high ABV.
Overrated and overpriced.
I rather drink a Spaten Optimator if I want a bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 07:30:32 | More by illy44
Photo of brunomorenodebrito


3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haze golden, white head with good retention. Aroma: fruity, spicy, earthy and maltiness. In the taste fruity, and earthy. More bitter than others bgsa, really good beer, doesn't have the same equilibrium than others of the same style, but a really nice experience

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:53:39 | More by brunomorenodebrito
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light yellow color with one finger head with minimal lacing. Some cloudiness.
S: Citrus, straw, and wheat.
T: the alcohol content of 8.5% is well hidden. Pretty good flavor with hints of wheat and citrus.
M: interesting trick which can extract the alcohol flavor, (why would you want to) is to smack your tongue off the roof of your mouth a few times. Suddenly, you can taste the alcohol.
O: Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:23:53 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of gregb13


4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A near perfect beer in every way if served under optimal condition. Appearance - can't think of a beer that looks better in the glass. The head is almost a meringue and it sticks around. Smell - a bouquet of apples and pears, and some very subtle spice. Taste - apple, pear, champagne, faint spicy-bitter aftertaste that does not linger. Alcohol is very well masked. Mouthfeel - medium-dry. Overall an outstanding beer that I would never turn down.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:46:29 | More by gregb13
Photo of LVituri


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uma cerveja muito famosa e de qualidade. Acredito que se ela fosse uma simples belgian blond ale mereceria mais pontos, mas pelo fato de ser uma strong, ela poderia ser mais aromática e possuir um aroma um pouco mais complexo, porém mesmo assim, é uma ótima cerveja, vale a pena conferir.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:37:47 | More by LVituri
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel is pretty close to my palate's perfect beer. Duvel is real juggernaut of Belgian pale ale....candi sugar and pilsner blend together boost up the alcohol % but thanks to two stage yeast additions, there comes across a clean very dry finish with glorious head retention. It's a devil of beer and a world class one too....

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:44:19 | More by Fcip78
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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color. A voluminous white head develops from a not-so-aggressive pour. It dissipates at an expected pace, not too fast, not too slow. The result is a chunky, rocky remnant with a decent amount of lace.
Smell is malty first with notes of light fruits, faint hops, a light sour/funk aspect, and yeast and straw notes. Good balance, well blended.
Taste is exactly what the nose promises. Notes of malt, light fruits, yeast, straw, a light hops presence and just a whiff of sourness/funk. A fairly substantial alcohol bloom/warming is added to the rest. I like the balance a lot.
Nearly full bodied with a lighter effervescence which comes across quite tart. Warming with a slight cleanliness to the finish. This brew is world class, not just in its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:33:10 | More by PorterLambic
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a bright, light golden in color with a giant head. Gentle pour still produced a head of at least 4 fingers. Retention and lacing are both amazing. Moderate level of haziness in the body, as to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer.

S- Light, a little esthery, and fruity. Small hints of apple and citrus with a bigger dose of pear-like scents intermingle for an enticing overall scent. Just a bit of yeasty scent towards the end.

T- Starts with light, grainy flavors consistent with a Czech pilsner. A little bit of fruitiness comes next with the apple and pear flavors being prominent again. In the middle of the drink, the beer turns toward a heavier, more yeast centered flavors. Biscuity malts and yeast mix in with some dull alcohol bitterness to finish out the drink.

M- Big carbonation and a nice, creamy feel are the headlines here. A rather light looking beer drinks more like an imperial as far as weight goes. Fairly smooth across the palate, but the alcohol in this one warms as it goes down and makes itself felt.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. I could drink this beer in a variety of beer settings; sessions, hot days, cold days, it's just a really versatile feel as far as flavors and feel goes. I'm going to try to keep some of these in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:01:46 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color into a Duvel glass leaving a thick, bubbly, white long lasting head. Notes of pear, apple, yeast, biscuit. Lots of carbonation, bubbles throughout. Flavors of sour apple, pear, yeast, biscuit. Not too boozy in the mouth given the 8.5%ABV but notice it in the throat after a few minutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 12:58:38 | More by jbaker67
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like a pilsner yellow with strong lacing and carbonation
S: Mustiness, pepper, floral
T: Ripe banana, spice, bread, muddled hops
M: medium heavy, high carbonation
O: one of the more popular tripel/strong pale ale beers available in the US.. the high alcohol content and drinkability are nice and make it a must buy if searching for a solid belgium ale

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 15:01:22 | More by SavvyStudent
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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this classic many a time before, but haven't yet reviewed it somehow (though I could swear I remember reviewing it in Holland). "Best before: 09/2015." 11.2 fl oz brown glass "snub" design glass with iconic label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Colorado beer store and served into a Duvel stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Props to Duvel for the pouring instructions - "Pour Unhurriedly." 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin and airy. No real creaminess. Not as fluffy or soft as it should be. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent clear pale gold of above average vibrance. Has some yellow and copper hues. Very clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing, classic appearance for a Belgian golden ale.

Sm: Starches, Belgian golden malts, clean crisp barley, floral hop character, and Belgian pale malts. Hints of vitamin-y biscuity yeast character. Sweetness seems perfect based on the aroma. Has a kiss of candi character and a faint trace of peppercorn. There's also a vague fruitiness - perhaps from the hops? As best I can tell, it's crisp ripe apple. The distinctly Belgian character of the yeast - the light fruitiness, the spiciness - is what really elevates the aroma for me.

No alcohol is detectable - a feat at 8.5%. If I smelled it blind, I'd guess it was maybe 5%. Wow.

It's an inviting, alive aroma of moderate strength.

T: Light starchiness is present, and doesn't work too well in this flavour profile. The bulk of the body is comprised of Belgian golden malts. Hop character is predominantly floral, with a kiss of fruitiness in there too - crisp apples and pears. The yeast is lightly biscuity and spicy, and definitely feels like a Belgian strain. Clean crisp barley lends it some added depth of flavour. Light clove and grassiness also make an appearance. Quite estery. Duration and intensity of flavour are average for the style.

What's amazing here is how well the beer hides its ABV; I'd never guess this was 8.5%. Dangerously downable stuff.

It's also very well balanced, and boasts some impressibe subtlety. Decent complexity. It could be more intricate and nuanced.

Mf: Could be softer. It's nicely smooth and dry, and is well-carbonated. Aptly medium-bodied, with perfect thickness given the flavour profile. Very good presence on the palate; it's almost fleetingly light - which greatly aids drinkability. Not as crisp or ripe as many beers in the style; it's a bit more subdued. Effervescent. The texture complements the taste well, but isn't quite ideal. There's room for improvement.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Extremely drinkable - especially for the ABV. Every time I drink it, I'm shocked how quickly it disappears from my glass. Undoubtedly a classic beer in a demanding style, Duvel remains one of the beers you have to try if you're an enthusiast. It's one of the best in its class and is absolutely a style-defining beer, but I don't know that it's the best Belgian golden ale out there. Still, I could happily kill 12 of these in a night without getting tired of it and definitely plan on picking it up again in the future. I can see why it's in the top 100, but I don't know that it's amongst the best 100 beers I've had personally. What sets it apart for me isn't the taste necessarily, but more its incredibly light feel and dangerous drinkability. This is the definition of easy drinking.

Probably the best widely available beer in the world, period.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:50:50 | More by kojevergas
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3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received a liter bottle of Duvel for Christmas and could not believe I had yet to review this world-famous brew! Here goes... .

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.5: Pours out a brilliant, light golden color. Nice 1" head faded slowly into a 1/4" that stuck around the entire session. Good lacing and lots and lots of little champagne-type bubbles all over the place. Just an amazing looking beer in the glass.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued nose. I detect yeast, some malt and a certain very slight hop scent. Kind of a letdown in this category.

Taste 3.75: Front is almost completely void of any taste. I do detect a slight hint of malt, but that's about it. Middle is where a pleasant and warming maltiness seeps in along with a nice feel of alcohol. Finish is slightly sweet and there is a nice taste of light Pilsner malt along with a very light hoppiness. Aftertaste was of medium length and featured more malt and a slight taste of yeast.

Mouthfeel 3.75: The mondo-carbonation made this beer very enjoyable. It certainly concealed many of the beer's defects.

Overall 4.0: Great beer, but I found it a bit off in several vital categories. Smell was far too subdued for the style and the taste was too bland and generic. I was hoping for something more "Belgian"...i.e. a big hit of malt or hops or spicy yeast. Instead, I am left thinking that Duvel is the lager-drinker's Belgian ale. Not that this is bad. It's just that -to me-- Duvel is a bit "dialed down" for the international market. Again, just my opinion and this is not to say that I would not buy Duvel again, I would. Certainly recommended if you have not had it before.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 05:50:41 | More by BeerDocT
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,777 ratings.