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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 5799
Reviews: 2552
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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 WaringYouOut

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The pour is a hazy medium yellow, big head, small lacing
S - Strong yeast with sweet overtones
T - First taste is incredibly full and sweet, reminiscent of bananas. Herbs include mostly clove with a bit of nutmeg and vanilla
M - medium-light, a bit creamy towards the end, lots of lively carbonation
O - On tap, the beer lives up to the hype. I find that in the bottle, the first impact is a bit too heavy; give the beer a bit of time to breathe before partaking. When possible, find on tap, the effect is much better. By far one of my top choices among the Belgian beers. I prefer on tap a bit on the chilled side. Once warmed, the sweet flavored really stand out to the point where it's almost overpowering - a bit strong for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 01:47:20 | More by WaringYouOut
Photo of KYGunner


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The single most carbonated ale I have ever seen the rush of bubbles created a telescopic off white head. The more the bubbles rushed to the surface the farther the head retreated from the top of the glass. The ale had a cloudy golden hue that was quite striking.

The scent is of yeast, cloves, honey and even a bit of lemon. Very complex.

A kind of mead like quality the taste is like a Bit O' Honey candy. There is an apple taste at the back and I'm impressed with the variance on the tongue. There's even a bit of citrus somewhere in there but it is lost quickly.

Despite the immense carbonation the feel is light and tangy. Very smooth it drinks easy and well.

These are not my favorite flavors, especially in beer, but I understand the high numbers this ale receives as it is very intricate in its tones.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 23:48:07 | More by KYGunner
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a hazy light yellow with a thin off-white head. Good retention from the minimal head that was there.

S - Some subtle Belgian yeast, weather, lemon.

T - More Belgian style yeast, citrus lemon, wheat, corn. Pretty mild.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Light, citrusy and a Belgian delight.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 06:32:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Rifugium


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where and when I first had this is lost forever in time. My last tasting was on tap at the Irish Pol, Philly, PA.

Straw yellow pour, clear and pale, a finger or two of foamy white head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles; decent lacing. Pale malts in the nose, fruit esters, yeast, leafy hops. Similar taste, brready malts, Belgian yeast, apples, pears, light citrus twinge, grassy, leafy, bitter and can lean towards metallic. Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat drying, and a boozy kick. Pretty standard fare here, often seen served in awkwardly large signature glasses with terrible artwork.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 05:41:45 | More by Rifugium
Photo of socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into the Duvel Tulip, this is a golden pour with a cloying white foam. Foam retention is nice, and has a cloudy look.

S - Scent of citrus fruit, and belgian yeast. A bit of spice is also present.

T - Initial tartness has elements of spice and lemon. The belgian yeast gives this a tangy taste. The finish seemed to be sweeter and tasted like sugary fruit.

M - Very easy drinker and perfect to sit back and enjoy. Feels light for the style and ABV. Slight carbonation, but overall a very smooth belgian ale.

O - An iconic belgian pale. I'm finding I like other a bit more, but this is the poster-child for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 01:33:52 | More by socon67
Photo of hagbergl


4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

About time I've reviewed this classic and classy Belgian ale. I had it on draft at the University of Chicago Pub in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Duvel has that class golden ale look–beautiful clear golden/pale yellow body with a massive three-finger head of pillowy white. Looks luxuriant.

Smell (4/5): Hoppy, very clean, crisp and beautiful light candy-like pale maltiness. Yeasty, though not strongly so. A subtle grassy/herbal noble hop presence is noticeable, though it is pretty subtle and combines well with the yeast and malt characters.

Taste (4.5/5): Clean hoppiness from the grassy, herbal, and lightly citric hops and lightly musty yeast dominate the flavor. This is certainly not a sweet Belgian pale ale. Very well balanced, Duvel is only modestly hop-forward. Its flavor is extremely refreshing and you don't notice any of the alcohol in the flavor, which is impressive considering this an 8.5% ABV beer. This is a sure sign of masterful brewing.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): A nearly champagne-like medium-high carbonation gives this brew a really nice pop on the tongue. This beer is medium-light bodied, so the relatively high carbonation really adds a nice dimension to the beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is impeccably pulled off. The combination of hoppy-yeasty flavors with the champagne-like carbonation mesh really nicely.

Overall (4.5/5): Duvel is considered a classic for a reason. It has a wonderfully balanced sweet-bitter flavor profile that is boosted by the excellent mouthfeel and never reveals the high alcohol content. Here is a Belgian beer that is more accessible than most, but its accessibility does not make it any less of a class act. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 23:12:25 | More by hagbergl
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the One Stop Beer Shop, Brooklyn, NY.
Poured into Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a healthy crisp golden with about one finger of foamy white head.
Smell is of grassy/earthy belgian yeasts and a bit of hops.
Taste is very earthy...grassy, yeast with a hop and slight malt balance.
This is a superb brew and a belgian classic. Every beer drinker should know what this tastes like.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 17:47:26 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of mactrail


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Briary and stickery. Really dry. Fairly tart, but mostly it's devoid of any malt sweetness. Maybe they have a special sugar-eating bacteria. Slight fruity taste is interesting and pleasant along with the yeasty Belgian flavor. Looks nice with classic lacing all around the tulip glass.

Rather sharp and austere like a Belgian Pilsener. On tap at Cueva on Adams Avenue in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 06:15:25 | More by mactrail
Photo of codfeast


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50th review, on tap at my work.

A: A hazy pale yellow, with a massive white head. a small island of foam stayed anchored in the middle of my glass all the way through.

S: Spicy, earthy yeast, fruits(apricot and apple).

T: Spicy and sweet fruits battle it out, with the fruits winning in the end. Only to be cleaned out by the alcohol.

M: Crisp and clean, with a dry almost tannic finish.

O: A real standard. Very easy to drink. Pour myself one 4 out of 5 nights while doing my closing work.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:14:14 | More by codfeast
Photo of dcook11


2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thick soapy, iceburg head...light straw colored body with a lot of carbonation and ample lacing. The smell is sweet..sugar, belgian yeast, some alcohol and solvent, and a touch of apple. The taste is of belgian yeast, alcohol, and hops (much more than in the smell). The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a good beer but too much alcohol in the taste will lower the overall score.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 05:08:01 | More by dcook11
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, straw color, very nice looking beer with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

S- A lot going on in the nose, sweet honey and citrus hit me first followed by a clove spice scente and some belgium yeastiness.

T- Very similar to the smell and i'm really enjoying this. Great balance of sweetness, orange-grapefruit lemon and some spice...

M- One of the best mouthfeels a beer can have, the flavor coats all areas of the mouth, it is crisp, medium body and has fantastic carbonation...some welcomed dryness at the end which makes me want more

O- An exceptional beer, has a few quality flavors that work very well together. Great smell and fantastic mouth feel. I will certainly be seeking this out again in the near future

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 18:35:36 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of Tucquan


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

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Ommegang tent at the Brewfest at Mount Hope Winery in Lancaster County, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Pale golden yellow with pillowy white head and some lacing.

S - Lemon, green apple, yeast and hop floral.

T - Yeasty biscut, lemon and apples, with spice and some alcohol. Finishes sour and mildly bitter. I liked the Ommegang Abbey a little better than this.

M - Light body, heavy carbonation. Very effervescent.

D - Definitely worth coming back for a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 18:29:32 | More by Tucquan
Photo of ThaCreep


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is very abundant and thick. The nose is powerful fresh hops but some also reveal the apple and pear. Beer is cool but it still remains very powerful and sparkling, we also feel a slight tingling pleasant and characteristic of language. And despite the undeniable taste of alcohol mild and dry, it remains mild in flavor and thus easier to digest. Archetype International and mother of all Devil beers, this beer is always pleasant at a terrace.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 13:35:10 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of rvdoorn


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap in a pub in Utrecht. The beer had a nice golden yellow color, with a three finger thick fluffy bright-white head, that stayed there during the drinking.

Smell: fruity, spicy, alcoholic, and some smell I couldn't define, a bit like sour sewer water.

Taste: a mixture of apple cider and champagne, fresh taste! A bit sour-bitter hoppy after taste. Spicy and some hints of alcohol

Mouthfeel: thin and smooth. Medium high carbonation
Overall a nice refreshing beer. Not my favourite because of the smell, but will never refuse one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 21:52:48 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of leighton

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As far as the 'standard' Belgian beers go, I like Duvel over Chimay or Hoegaarden. You can get it anywhere in Belgium and many places throughout Europe - as well as in the USA. Duvel has an attractive, thick and creamy head. The flavor is rich yet the beer itself, by my estimation, is relatively light. (The alcohol is hidden but it hits you. Hard.) This is a beer to be sipped slowly and appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 01:53:04 | More by leighton
Photo of smanders


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from the tap at Pub Concorde in Caen, France.

Appearance - Sediment-filled glass with cotton candy-like head.

Smell - Unbelievable. Fruit, spice, a little sugar.

Taste - Bubbles of sugar and spiciness all at the same time. Notes of fruit and grain. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - almost creamy.

Drinkability - It's not one of the best beers on the planet for nothing. If you think you know a lot about beer but haven't had Duvel, stop and enjoy a pint right now. Your education (and enjoyment) level will increase to the nth degree.

In case you're wondering, it's still phenomenal from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 20:30:47 | More by smanders
Photo of deanhead


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant straw colored with an enormous dense frothy rocky
Aroma is yeasty and earthy, with hint of spice
Taste is warming and solventlike.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.
Lingering astringency with this beer. Slight medicinal notes that overshadow the finish of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 01:35:41 | More by deanhead
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

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

This is an amazing beer!

Appearance alone is something to behold. Shaving cream thick white head that lasts and lasts. . .
When served in a Duvel glass the bubbles do a dance that I could stare at like a lava lamp.

Smell is sweet candi sugar, slight hops, lemony zest and sweet, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent and refreshingly light, tingly.

I could drink them all day and all night long. Just excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 02:27:39 | More by BillyB
Photo of DogFood11


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of those beers I've enjoyed for years that I've never bothered to jot one single note down until now.

Pour this baby carefully or it could get away from ya, It's manageable especially when chilled down a bit below serving temp. Huge white head developes perfectly in a tulip, as it settles it leaves chunky lacing and forms mountain peaks in the frothy goodness. Tons of fine carbonation billow to the surface. A touch on the unfiltered side but I've read this is from the yeast.

Yeast is evident along with some candied sweetness, some spiceyness.

Taste: Whoa this is one carbonated pup. Extremely crisp and sweet. Fruity and malty are the main focus but it somehow finish clean and bitter with a nice alcohol finisher.

Notes: This is a monster of a beer. The best appearance I've seen in a pale and great taste to boot. This is hella easy to drink at 8.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2005 22:06:29 | More by DogFood11
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2005 05:57:06 | More by baugherlager
Photo of eepound2


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass and a very light color, nice white head . A very clear beer and a nice belgian. Taste is quite dry but surprisingly refreshing and hides it's 8.5 abv very well. A great beer from Duvel that I will buy again. I am a big IPA drinker and this beer has me considering checking out more belgians for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:38:04 | More by eepound2
Photo of dougbassett


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #46 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Well, this one is a classic, probably the benchmark for the Belgian "Golden Ale" style. I think I read somewhere that a lot of the ones that came after -- Lucifer, Delirum Tremens, etc -- riffed off Duvel's name.

This is a favorite beer of mine, as well: I like Belgian Golden Ales and in this case do believe the hype, this is a standout. Although it doesn't taste a hell of a lot like other Belgian Goldens, like La Chouffre's offering, for instance. Duvel is much dryer, with a concentration of yeast and a bit of hops that linger satisfyingly at the finish. I finally, just now, realized what Belgian Goldens taste like -- or at least what Duvel tastes like. It tastes a lot like champagne, it even has a similar mouthfeel, with its pleasant lightness, it's effervescent, and it's long, tart, yeasty farewell on the palate. It doesn't smell like champagne, though, at least to my nose: it smells a little like Mead, with its honey notes sitting on top of a fair amount of yeast and alcohol.

I won't say its the best Golden out there, I haven't tried them all and if anything this is a bit atypical (dry) for the style. But it is a classic, one of those beers every beer drinker should try, whether he likes it or not.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 19:47:19 | More by dougbassett
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Cloudy pale straw-colored liquid with a light, foamy head that is pretty much massive. The head settles into a plateau with a hole in the middle, like a volcano, making for an interesting look. Steady carbonation is evident.

ON the nose, I get lots of sweet malt and champagne-like yeast. It's very fruity, there's something peppery and some figs and dates.

Fruitiness continues on the tongue, with some raisins and figs and dark fruit flavor combined with a slight lemon zestiness. There's some sweet bread flavors to complement the fruit, although there's also a bittersweet aspect to the beer, something akin to the peel of a grapefruit.

Duvel's got a lively feel on the tongue, some effervescence and a bittersweet bite. All the while it drinks smoothly and has a lighter feel to it.

No need to state the obvious. It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:05:41 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is so drinkable, authentic Belgian. really earthy and spicy, perfectly balanced and drinkable. its character is pretty ordinary, doesn't have any extra added bonus flavors like lime or hints of citrus, like I got from damnation its just perfectly balanced and earthy, natural

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:55:35 | More by dank203
Photo of ELS


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I first had a Duvel a few years ago because I heard it was considered one of the "must try" beers. I tried it and found it mediocre on all levels. I figured I must be missing something if many beer experts including Michael Jackson consider this one of their favorite beers. I like many Belgian Ales and thought maybe my palette just wasn't developed enough to appreciate the subtle nuisances of this beer. Three years and over a thousand beers later I now appreciate a wide spectrum of styles and my palette has definitely advanced. Duvel however hasn't changed for me. I find that the high carbonation deters from my enjoyment, the high alcohol content which I usually find as a plus takes away from the taste. The appearance and mouthfeel are nothing special. Sometimes I feel that some beers get rated high because of the "buzz" over it. For example, I was at Russian River six weeks ago and had a Pliny the Elder. Good IPA not great. I've had many IPAs that are better! Again, all about the hype!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:28:32 | More by ELS
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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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