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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 5781
Reviews: 2550
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 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 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
Photo of Amanspearfishing


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios, feels like heaven. Very sweet with undertones of cinnamon, a crispy and crackling body, incredibly easy to quaff. It only gets better with warming so there's no need to hurry but it's so hard to drink slowly when it's this good. The quintessential craft beer conundrum.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 08:10:12 | More by Amanspearfishing
Photo of ahommell


4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into Chimay Chalice.

A: Golden yellow ale color. Hazy. Sticky head that starts at a finger and a half and ends as a finger of sticky head that laces throughout.

S: Normal Belgian yeasts. Bready yeasts. Slight citrus. Banana. Cereal?

T: Alcohol hits early. Lots of banana, Belgian yeasts, bready.

M: Medium bodied. Wonderful carbonation.

O: Again, Belgium gets me going. I don't know that this could be better in some respects. Scent to taste ratio could be much better. Had this right after having a Piraat. Mistake.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:01:15 | More by ahommell
Photo of inlimbo77


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
BBF 05/2013 (drinking this in February 2014)

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color. Bright white head. Sticks around a while. Frothy. Sticky lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Bubble gum notes. Strange faded hop aroma. Grainy cereal malts.

T: Old hops. Strange Belgian yeast. Grainy malts. Cereal grain.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:44:16 | More by inlimbo77


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Duvel Oversized Tulip glass. Bright gold color, clear appearance. White, foamy & close crown, thick layer head & lasting lacing rings. Belgian yeast, pale malt, deep herbal, slight spiced & sugary aromas. Malty, crisp & hoppy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Hints of ripe fruit, honey & citric zest in the middle. Well integrated high ABV. Well balanced malts & hops slightly tend to a bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:27:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a thick fluffy head with good retention and nice lacing. Color is vary light yellow, slightly hazy but very little. Heavy carbonation.

S - Floral, sweet, boozy, citrus notes, grassy notes. It's all there. A lot of smell here and a lot of different things going on. The main notes are the boozy, sweet, and grassy notes.... I think. Hard to pick just a few notes out.

T - Light, crisp, and very well balanced. I was a little worried by the smell that this would be too sweet for me, but the sweet boozy smell does not overpower the flavor at all. While still detectable, this beer is very smooth and drinkable. The grassy and citrus flavors come through the most, in an excellent balance.

M - Light and crisp, very good. The high carbonation works well here.

O - This is an excellent beer and easy to see why it is the standard for the style. While not something I usually go for, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was worried from the first sniff that I wouldn't like this, I thought it would be too sweet and boozy for me, but it definitely is not. Very well balanced and smooth. This is a beer that is good because there is not that big punch of flavor, just a very well crafted and balanced beer. Well worth the try and the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:55:28 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of rjp217


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330cl bottle with a best buy date of 03/2016 poured into my tulip...

A - Bright yellow as the sun, frothy one and a half finger head that quickly settles. Pretty nice lace retention as well

S - Lemon, green apple, lime, floral notes

T - Follows the nose to a tee. ABV is well hidden. Outstanding!

M - Light body, high carbonation, very smooth

O - Absolutely awesome. I can't believe I would bypass this all the time. I paired this with a nice sirloin and it complemented it perfectly. ABV isn't noticed much by me. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:28:12 | More by rjp217
Photo of Godfather50

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L - very pale, good head retention
S - light hop, clean
T - this is a high alcohol beer, very dry on the palette, you immediately give this respect. I'm not going to have much of this unless I. Going to get wrecked. Memories of teenage years and ditches flood in.
M- well carbonated and dry, so dry
O - not really my cup of tea but I'm sure a fine lager

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:15:10 | More by Godfather50
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
Photo of daryk77

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
Photo of DaveBar

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
Photo of DJLehnherr


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
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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