Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,662
Hads: 7,250
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,082 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 LisaLisa73
3.47/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I went to Belgium before I realized there was more to life than Miller products! I know, I must go back! But Duvel is a very clear, bright yellow pale ale. The dominating smells for me were sweet grapes, and yeast. It tastes like a strong pale ale should, with a grape bite. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a sizzling carbonation on your tongue. Overall, it is a very good pale ale that hides the higher alcohol content well. I wish I had a few seedless grapes to go with this beauty! (488 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a chalice, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a tall, fluffy, light, big bubbled, bright white head that loosely clings to the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, a spice blend of clove, all spice, grains of paradise, and nutmeg, a bready backbone, and some fruity notes, including banana, berries, and white grapes. There is also a subtle hops bitterness at the end, too. Tremendously balanced and layered aromas. Flavors are crisp and sweet forward, heavy on the fruit notes, with grape must, lemon, orange rind, and banana all making an appearance. The spice blend follows, with notes of clove, nutmeg, all spice, grains of paradise, cardamom, and pepper. All of this flavor convenes on a bready backbone. The body is full, but kept light by carbonation. The aftertaste is more bready, with the citrus fruits taking up most of the sweetness, and the spices still providing a healthy hand. The finish is smooth, effervesced, and slow, with a subtle fruit and spice linger. Great beer. (1,035 characters)

Photo of dikebrewery
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got sloppy drunk on this @the pub inside the Monte Carlo Las Vegas. I pissed my pants and woke up at 3am on Kovel street behind the Flamingo minus my wallet of course! !! Vegas baby! Vegas! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and or gets posted in a Duvel review. ♤♡♢♧ chaaa-ching!!$$$$$$$$ (300 characters)

Photo of MFgerm
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I knew this was a top 3 beer for me the first sip i took. its a slightly cloudy light golden color. its very fizzy. so a slow pour stopping in between for a second is recommended. when making a quick description i tell people its kinda like the prosecco of beer. its fizzy and has a nice fruitiness to it. lemon and grapefruit come through. its light medium body. beer. its refreshing has an almost clean after taste . you keep a slight hop and citrus taste. this beer would be my number 1 but i have noticed that some periods of time its a lot bitter then usual. so the brewery may be a bit inconsistent . i've noticed a lot more bitterness when drinking it out of the larger bottles. Good stuff. i obviously recommend this beer (729 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden from the tap at McNellie's OKC. Two fingers of tiny bubbles quickly reduce to the edges. Smells of crisp apples, grapes and Belgian esters. The banana is light on the tongue, with cloves and plenty of coriander. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing. A quality Belgian pale. (298 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best before 12/2016, pour unhurriedly. It's been a few years since I had this, so it was definitely overdue for a review.
A - pale golden ale with a towering white head tha holds amazing retention leaving thick lacing down the glass as it slowly fades
S - straw, lemongrass, spicy yeast, faint bubblegum
T - spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, lemongrass, quite sweet
M - effervescent medium body, finishes dry with a slight bitterness
O - better than I remember, but for some reason I'm still not crazy over it. I'll gladly drink it again if the opportunity arises, but I don't see myself seeking it out any time soon. (628 characters)

Photo of classixIII
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful light gold. Thick luxurouis head that lasts forever and lacing stays forever. Non stop bubbles, very high carbonation. Aroma very faint but pleasant yeast and earthy. Fruits, bread and some spice, dry. Some bitter at the end and hint of alcohol. Great brew! (269 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle dated best before November 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with maybe just under a two finger creamy white head that dissipated slowly leaving nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Main aromas of citrus lemon and banana with slight funk followed by some lighter grassy and flowery smells.

Taste: Starts with bitter, tart and slightly sour citrus lemon, pear and apple followed by banana and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Overall this was not a bad beer. But if I was to compare to others in this style, off the top of my head I do prefer both Delirium Tremens and La Chouffe before Duvel and unfortunately for Duvel, both of them are as widely available in Hong Kong. (828 characters)

Photo of OntheLambic
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours beautifully golden and crystal clear with a foamy white head.

S - Lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols, apple, pear, white grape, grass, hint of bubble gum and clove.

T - Prickly on the tongue, with apple, pear, white grapes, cracker, grassy, earthy/floral hops. Finishes crisp and dry.

O - A great representation of the style, just a wonderful beer. (369 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow color with with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. There is quite a bit of carbonation. Has a Belgian yeast aroma. Some banana esters detected. Very smooth taste. Somewhat bready with a little spiciness and banana aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Hides the 8.5% very well. (339 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-alot of white foam but it holds well and looks good
- smell is citrus and hop full, light yeast and some earthy tones
- taste is mellow hops some citrus and a good mellow yeast note
- tastes slightly watered down to me but was a great drink
- overall what a strong pale ale should taste like but would like more across the flavor board (336 characters)

Photo of KatieS5643
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color, and has lots of foam when poured. It has a light spring smell to it, with hints of lemon and grass scents. It has a spice and fruity taste, its a good combination. (191 characters)

Photo of Zet
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this is not a very exclusive nor expensive beer in this part of the world, it still remains one of the best brews i've ever tasted. When poured in the appropriate Duvel glass, it is definitely the best looking one, with its pillar of bubbles in the center. (265 characters)

Photo of bigdowg
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. Well start on smell. Can't say that it is prevalent, it is fresh though. The pour is for the patient artistic type. What a beautiful beast of a beer! I'm not that patient. I want to drink this!

Foam and all it is nice. This is a beer I had when starting my craft beer adventure and all this time later I cannot say it tastes different than I remember. Orange peel, obvious alcohol taste (well it is +8 per cent!)

Lovely beer but that good? I need convinced... (469 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a very clear yellow with a massive white head of foam. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a glass. Smells of flowers, wheat, grass, spice, and yeast. Light weight and very lively on the palate, I think partially due to the high carbonation. Lots of flowery notes up front with a slight tang. I get more flavor on the back end than initially - green apples, spice, and a slight malt nudge. The aftertaste left is one of sweet fruit and grass.

Overall, this beer lives up to its reputation, in my opinion. It's delicious and incredibly drinkable. I honestly can't see anything negative about this one. (646 characters)

Photo of KF_MSU
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has good foam and is cloudy/golden in color. It smells grassy, fresh, and somewhat lemony. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! It was balanced with spice and fruitiness, but also smooth and dry overall. (219 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.79/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a herb and spice smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it is spicy and the finish of this beer is quite dry. (188 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby bottle into goblet. best before "12 2016". enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: a cloudy (i poured all the yeast in) ultra-pale lemony yellow hue, topped with two fingers of fluffy, quickly-dissipating true white head. be careful with the pour! very effervescent -- loads of bubbles streaming upwards. just gorgeous

s: mainly slightly-funky sour apple and lemon. yeast scents are there, but subdued. mild overripe bananas, hints of spices. further smelling reveals peach and apricot. this is actually a wonderful aroma. not explosive, but it's very complex

t: follows the nose. sour and funky in the front, with apple and lemon flavours. mid-palate exhibits white pepper, faint light malt notes, and phenolic characteristics (banana, band-aid, spices). spicy, bitter, bready-malty finish

m: medium-ish body. carbonation is rough when the beer is cold, so let it warm up a bit. very dry finish

o: the phenolic notes are too strong. maybe this would be different without all the yeast poured in (1,016 characters)

Photo of swarthybrews
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy light golden yellow. The carbonation is crazy. The line between a gentle and a vigorous pour here is very fine. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Initial aroma is that classic belgian yeast accompanied by some fruity notes, specifically sour apples and white grapes. Also getting a grassy/earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, fully carbonated, and dry finish (not too dry, just right).

Taste: Follows nose with the belgian yeast bringing that sour apple and white grape taste up front, followed by a slight citrusy/hoppy flavor. For this being a belgian pale ale, the hops are a lot more balanced with the rest of the beer than I was expecting. You could probably tell me I was drinking a tripel and my inexperienced palate wouldn't have argued.

Overall: This is far from my go-to style but I was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel really stood out for me which is why I described it before the taste. I just wasn't expecting it to be so crisp and then so full of flavor. All in all, very pleased. I'm not ready to call myself a Duvel Worshipper but I could be easily converted . (1,123 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Supercor Castilleja de la Cuesta. The best at supercor. Sometimes even its on sale. Ideal to

Oinión: De lo mejorcito del supercor. A veces incluso de oferta. Ideal to stand out when organizing evebts at home (215 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel - Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% ABV
Glassware: Tulip (heavily recommended by brewery)

Appearance: Bright gold and transparent body with a thick, heavy uneven head. Gotta have a steady pour hand with this one as it will head-up very easily. Beautiful beer though.

Smell: citrus and herbal notes with a good amount of hoppiness.

Taste: Dry and crisp. Citrus is a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Mouth feel: Light and bright on tongue and palate.

Overall: While it is not a preferred beer for me, it is potent and does seem to like to be paired with lightly seasoned steaks and chicken; and, settled well into the background of the meal. (633 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a good size foam white head that eventually recedes leaving a thin, uneven head. Some spotty lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is that classic Belgian smell. Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Lemon and grass, with some floral notes.

Taste is bitter, with a nice lemony tart sweetness up front. The fruitiness is there, just very subtle. Some very lightly toasted grains. Pear noted combined with carbonation give it a sparkling pear juice feel to it. Tartness really shines as it warms, letting the fruitiness come through.

Light bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

Great beer. Was hoping for a little bit more due to its reputation. Wanted a bit more from the flavors. Still just about as refreshing of a 8.5 that you'll find. A well rounded beer that would fit almost any occasion. (847 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by some ridiculous date in the future that this beer was never going to get to. Brandy snifter. Reviewed 11-27-14.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of just barely off-white foamy head. Plenty of effervescence and outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: Estery fruity aroma on top, needs time to warm a bit. Grapes. Smells characteristically Belgian. After it warms, I am overwhelmed by the complexity of aromas (earthy, fruity, estery, phenolic), but frankly, it's a bit too much going on at once. Just not my thing.

Taste: Dry arrival. Fruity/tart/bitter/phenolic. Complex across mid-palate. Bitter (unlike a German hop bitterness; quite distinct hoppy bitterness that strikes me as a little unpleasant). Lingering bitter/yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid-weight. Slick.

Overall: 8% is totally hidden. I can see why they named this after the devil. Despite my appreciation for how representative it appears to be of the style, this is not my style. I like phenols in whisky, not so much in beer. (I took note to leave the sediment in the bottle - had a bad experience with that once before, learned by lesson). (1,162 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this in a 33 cl bottle, the 750 ml bottle and on tap. It’s better from a bottle than on tap.
A: Brilliant straw to gold, huge 3” off-white moussey head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves shelves of lace.
S: Faint Belgian spice, bubble gum, whisper of banana, orange, hint of peach, traces of over ripe fruit.
T: Light grains, malt, banana, bubble gum, light orange initially but grows in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation, surprisingly light for the size.
O: A classic. Good restaurants should have this beer and if they do, order it. (589 characters)

Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deceptively higher in alcohol is the trademark of the Belgian brews and this is no different. If you follow the instructions of the brewery its recommended to leave a cm of liquid in the settled bottle unless you like the taste of yeast. A meal in a glass! Classic. (265 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.