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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,634
Reviews: 2,599
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 269
Gots: 630 | 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 FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

191st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A super light yellow with 1 1/2 finger head. Bubbles just popped all over the place on this one. Retention was quite nice as well.

Smell- A very basic smell, Earthy, yeasty but non the less a bit small which I expected being a pale.

Taste- One of the most basic belgians there is but done extremely well. Great tasting beer. It's very clean with the small strain of Belgian spicy yeast.

Mouth- A very smooth little beer. The flavors develop quite nicely and mesh together well to work well with eachother.

Drink- One of the first Belgians I ever had. Nice to revisit an old standby.

FosterJM, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ticklechicken
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful beer. Big bubbly head, slightly opaque yellow body with beautiful streams of bubbles rising rising throughout, nice textured lacing.
S - Smells of sweet citrus , grape, almost like champagne.
T - Citrus and grape taste, with a sour aftertaste that builds as you drink.
M - Strong carbonation has a tingly effect in the mouth, rather than a sudden bite. Feels good.
D - As I was drinking, I couldn't help but think of the similarities to champagne. That said, it's definitely an enjoyable beer that I'll come back to.

ticklechicken, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of pippin925
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled the cork on a 750ml bottle of Duvel and poured it into a tulip. The bottle was dated Feb 2013. Poured a clear amber/orange with a 2 finger light foamy head which quickly dissipated but left a nice lacing.
Very sweet and fruity nose, didn't notice a strong hop scent. First sip you notice the fruit flavors up front, pear maybe a bit of apricot. Mouth feel can only be described as effervesent. Nice dry finish with no bitterness or aftertaste. This is the most balanced beer i've tasted. Dangerously drinkable. After the 750ml I was feeling good and looking for more.

pippin925, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Body is a pure golden hue. Big fluffy marshmallow type head that sparkles and looks like those glittery styrofoam balls.

Nose is light crisp and a little fruity (apples and strawberries). Some floral hopping similar to potpourri.

Spicy yeast hits the tongue first and a rich full flavor beer develops on the palate eventually wiping clean. More of that light floral hopping, sweet residual sugars, pear, citrus and white pepper. Moderate mouthfeel, barely an aftertaste, and little trace of alcohol. Just a great balanced beer. Benchmark for the style. But at the same time I wish something would stand out. It's funny that everyone looks for a certain balance in a beer but this is almost seems too balanced.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of cmq103
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured an apple juice like color into a New Castle Brown Ale Schooner beer glass, but with lots of carbonation action going on here. Nice thick off-white foamy head with decent lacing. A mighty fine looking beer you want to watch after the pour.

S: Definite a spicy Belgian scent here, with a slight hint of clove, banana and bubblegum. If you take a deep enough breath, you'll finally get the gentle boozy background that's just barely noticeable. Short breaths don't do this beer justice.

T: Great citrus, fruity and spicy yeast intial flavors, followed by an tinge of moderate bitter-sweet (apple-pear mixture) alcohol bite at the end. Oh so very impressed.

M: Creamy, but pretty bold carbonation that tingles and dances on the tongue. More carbonation for a Belgian beer, but in a good way. I think it makes the different flavors in this beer come through better.

D: I'm going to answer that easily in two words, "Hell yeah". You don't notice the higher ABV that is typically found in your Belgian style beers. This one seems lighter lighter and fresher to me, making it real easy to have a couple in a sitting. I would take my time savoring this one with each and every sip though. Great job Duvel, I think I'm going to pour myself another!!

cmq103, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of joemacpherson
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden yellow appearance. a full but light head of foam pondering slowly.

very fruity scent, a yeast undertone but a sour apple perfume with cherry corners is detectable.

bitter but spicy, the flavor builds like champagne, a bit chalky indeed. the fruity flavors which are mostly like apples come though very full. it finishes sweetly on the outsides of the tongue but bitter on the inside.

i think i still need to figure out what this beer is all about. im afraid i dont have the exp to really evaluate belgian style beers.

not bad i would say, though.

joemacpherson, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it numerous times - on tap as well as bottle poured in various glassware. To keep this popular world-class beer review brief - Pours a nice golden appearance with a relatively big white head, a strong but fruity aroma and taste, however, a little dry and a little spicy. A very drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale indeed.

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer pours a crisp golden, yellowish pale color, with a head that measures almost 2 inches and tries its hardest to run over the sides of the tulip glass. The stream of bubbles rising to the head is mesmerizing, like watching fish in a tank. The smell reminds me of candy, sweet delicious candy made of fine yeast and malts, its a very savory scent that grabs your nose and doesn't let go. The taste is incredible. Comes in sparkling and rough and leaves soft and sweet. This beer has amazing drinkability, there really isn't enough i can say about this except that tasting this makes me so happy that i got out of drinking cheap domestic beers, and broadened my beer horizons.

gabedivision, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of crazyjoedivola
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour shows light golden beer with two fingers of snow white head that slowly recedes with good lacing
Smell I get a lot of spicy yeast notes with some banana and a grassy note.
The taste is just wonderful. Pretty much like it smells but with additional depth. Plenty of yeasty spice with solid bread notes in the middle with a long balanced aftertaste with hops and yeast.
Mouthfeel is amazing. Slosh it around in your mouth and you can feel bubbles forming on your toungue and the gas tickles your nose.
Dangerously drinlable with 8.5%

crazyjoedivola, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of RossCain
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip... where do I begin?

A: Hands down one of the best looking beers when properly poured. Pours a gorgeous, opaque and hazy pale yellow with a billowing, rocky 3" white head that makes for a beautiful presentation. Champagne like carbonation arises from the nucleation spot in the glass making for a steady head which slowly tapers off with a small cloud of fluff in the middle. The head continues to stick to the glass all the way throughout the beer. Very enticing

S: Upfront clean spiciness that accentuates the Duvel yeast and imparts light, typical ester notes of bananas and slight straw. Slightly peppery. A very lively but not overpowering aroma.

T: Spicy and yeasty upfront with a mildly bready taste mixed in. Moderate notes of orange peel and lemon zest shine through in the hop profile as the beer graces the palate. Finishes with the unique spicy nature of the Duvel yeast well melded with the hop profile.

M: Light and delicate bodied with excellent prickly carbonation making for a crisp and refreshing character in the beer. Well masked abv that is warming as in dances across the mouth. Dry and lightly bitter in the finish.

D: A superbly refreshing yet flavorful beer filled with subtle complexities an beautifully blended flavors. The spiciness is at just the right level to remain flavorful yet exceptionally drinkable throughout the experience. However, in higher quantities the beer the does seem to sit a little heavy in the stomach .

Overall, a very well crafted beer most deserving of the acclaim which follows the name. It certainly is the standard bearer of its style.

RossCain, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale, straw looking yellow with a slight haziness. Good looking white bubbly and frothy head that remains and provides excellent lacing. Strong smell of pears, apples and a touch of alcohol. Definitely some sweetness going on in the nose as well, along with some fresh smelling Belgian yeast. Very smooth and creamy taste that combines well with notes of ripened fruit, yeast, and a touch of citrus. A fitting sweetness rounds out the brew, while a slight bitterness manages to massage the tastebuds, followed by a slightly dry finish. The moderate body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and matching carbonation blend nicely with the overall makeup of the beer, making this an exceptional beer with exceptional drinkability. Amazing...

jsdunlop, Jan 11, 2011
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 AdamBear
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-yellow gold, good amount of white head, fairly bubbly

S-belgian yeasts with a good amount of banana. good strength. alcohol note is present

T-comes in with a strong, crisp belgian yeasts. there's a small alcohol note. the after-taste is of great malty banana.

M-heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-the taste stays, its fun to drink. the ABV hits expectedly. honestly, this beer will grow on you. the first time i had...i didn't care for it, the second time...i thought it was okay. but then i noticed that i would start to crave it, and now when i drink it, i really enjoy it.

AdamBear, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of bmohead
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a generic tulip. Appears a deep gold with a huge, frothy head. This head just doesn't quit! Leaves a decent amount of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Smells of citrus, pepper, and a bit of dough. Taste is a amped up version of the smell, with the peppery citrus filling the bill, and the bready taste following on the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Not too thick, just luxurious. Way too drinkable. Glad I don't have more, or work would be difficult tomorrow!

bmohead, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that's long overdue for a review.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, two fingers of bright white bubbly head with relentless retention, fat and chunky sheets of sticky lacing and solid body carbonation. Outstanding presentation.

S - Nice and fruity with bananas, cloves, nutmeg and a touch of pineapple.

T - Very sweet and fruity with bananas and cloves dominating the flavours and the higher ABV is very nicely hidden. Touch of citrus flavours linger on the finish with a slight bitterness that remains. Top notch Belgian flavours with a nice balance between fruits and spices.

M - A medium bodied ale which fills the palette nicely, goes down smooth and provides you with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Given the high ABV this stuff is delicious and incredibly drinkable. I can understand why this offering is so well rated, and is highly recommended to any fan of Belgians.

andrenaline, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four pack gift set w/ glass given to me for Christmas. Pretty sure this was bought fresh at CostCo & not from under the spotlights at Stop & Shop. Best Before: 05 2013

Glass that came with the set is defective(lopsided base, just like my last one), but I'll chance it just for the review.

Insane crown of stiff snow. Bubbly nucleation point checking in. Gold staw-colored, with just a twinge of haze. Sediment mostly stays in the bottle. Blobs of lace erratically stain the glass.

Smells of fresh mixed bitter greens & lemon upfront. With doughy yeast, crusty Italian bread, white peppercorns, sea salt & just a touch of malt sweetness bringing up the rear.

Taste upfront has a sweet, buttery chardonnay/doughy yeast combo(that doesn't come through as much if your hesitating friend only takes a small sip. So no hesitating!). Fantastic herbals & soft shallot-y onion sweetness. A little salt too. Finish is all crusty/doughy yeast, dry & eager to continue drinking.

Carbonation starts of strong, but dies off quickly. Body has a wheat-y feel. Alcohol isn't well hidden.

A classic, but in a blind tasting, I doubt I'd give this good of a score. The subtleties in the hop profile just get lost under all the super fresh American beers available drowning my senses.

PEBKAC, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear straw yellow/gold color with a very thick, soapy, white head with both large and small bubbles. Head retention was excellent with lots of lacing. Tons of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - Very clean smelling. Some lemony citrus hops with some bready malts. Smells nice and fruity all around. Very fresh. No real alcohol notes stand out. Balanced nicely. At the end, some spice or peppery notes made an appearance.

Taste - A slight lemony flavor with a touch of alcohol. Even detecting a "green" apple flavor. Very well balanced and prominent. The alcohol is rather favorable and light.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry, crisp and smooth with a little alcohol warmth and bite. Covers the palate admirably and evenly.

Drinkability - Well... this beer is really good, however I didn't flip for it like some seem to. I am more than happy to drink it and it is very well made and very well balanced. Personally, I don't want to drink it continuously. I could have a few.
With the high ABV, one might have to watch themselves with this. It does come in a cool little bottle though.

Shrews629, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with a three finger white foamy head. It looks like a pale cider. The aromas are kind of bland. It's kind of spicy and it kind of smells like freshly cut apples. It's mellower than I thought it would be. I'm not really impressed with the taste either. It's ok but just ok. It slowly gets better the more sips you take. It's a standard Belgian pale. There's definitely worse beers out there but this doesn't impress me. It drinks light and smooth and you'd never know that it's 8.5%. It's just not that great in my opinion.

aasher, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of homersimpson67
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review so I might as well start with one of the best! Bought the 4 pack with the coveted Duvel tulip glass, lovely. Watched a goofy video on how to properly pour this stuff, doesn't really seem to matter though it pours perfect everytime!
The initial appearance is fantastic, with a huge foamy head that lingers for several minutes, and beautiful copper orange that has a unique glow... it may be radioactive!
The smell is an exceptional mix of yeast and grain of some sort, it just smells damn good!
The first taste seems to tickle the tongue and invites you to really keep it in your mouth with a clean, crisp finish, you just keep wanting more! Perfect Belgium.
Overall this is one, if not the #1 most drinkable beer I have ever had. Can't wait for the next chance to try this again.

homersimpson67, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: straw colored, two fingers of head

Smell: Lemon and herbs aroma that dwarfs all other Belgian pales I've tried.

Taste: lemony with a breadth of herbal flavor and Belgian hops, and possesses subtle hints of fruitlike citrus and apple flavors. This is an amazing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light body that is counteracted by heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: More please, this is a great beer.

itsfreeasinbeer, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this one a bunch, finally decided to review it proper.

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

A: yellow-strawish color, big, huge head...as recedes leaves excellent sheets of lacing down the glass. Excellent carbonation.

N: classic belgiany nose, with a yeasty spiceness that pairs well with the banana, apple, and clove notes that make this a world class nose

T: similar to nose, with more fruity flavors coming through, touch of alcohol and a dry finish

M: nice and full, perhaps a hair fuller than I prefer for my Belgian Pales (though this one is admittedly BSPA)

D: solid. this is always a sipper and at 8.5% should be respected

modernartblues, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz. "stubby" bottle with "best before 5-2013" on label into a Duvel tulip glass.
Brilliant chill-hazed gold in color, with a huge, blossoming rocky head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Fresh cut apple, spicy yeast, earthy hop note.
Taste-Orchard fruit,peppery pear, spicy, creamy, earthy, coarse hops. Super-drinkable, a different nuance of flavor in every sip. Seemingly simple, yet full of character nad complexity. Superbly balanced and unique. Finely crafted and exceptional. Sip slowly and enjoy every nuance of one of the world's great beers!

hosehead83, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale slightly cloud yellow with a nice big foamy, white head that lasts extremely well.

Sweet, smelling of yeast & lemon, orange & citrus fruits giving it a very nice aroma.

Tastes excellent with a perfect balance of spice, lemon like citrus fruit and a little pear.

Medium bodied & goes down incredibly well & is crisp and refreshing in the finish.

Exceptional in every area, this beer has it all & goes down great.


flyingpig, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of YannickB
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured in my Duvel glass or had it poured because I've had this countless times in bars.

A: You wont see any beer in the world that looks better than this one. Pale yellow which is very clear (if it isn't, you didn't pour it right and got yeast in it) with a huge, rocky, beautiful head (from the Duvel logo to the top, if not you didn't pour it right). Head retention is superb. Bubbles only come from the center of the glass (if not, you didn't pour it right).

S: Some sweetness of malts, a hint of citrus and bit of spice.

T: Very malty with a little bit of sweetness to it. Some hop bitterness afterwards with associated spices.

M: Very full, perfect about of carbonation.

D: The worst aspect of a Duvel. It is a superb beer, but drinkability is limited. It is not the high alcohol, although that is noticeable, but it is rather the heavy feeling it leaves on your stomach. A few bars in Belgium have a challenge to drink a certain amount of Duvels (9+) in one evening without going to the toilet. If you are able to do that, you can drink for free the entire year. It is pretty much impossible to do because of the heaviness of Duvel on your stomach.

Conclusion: I love Duvel, I have been drinking it since I started going out. And every bar in Belgium carries this, so I've had a lot of Duvels already. It is THE example of the style.

YannickB, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice, slightly hazy yellow with a nice amount of bubbly head that lingers nicely and is pure white, leaves a suprisingly large amount of lacing

S: nice wheat notes witha very nice lemon undertone

T: very nice wheat taste, sweetness of lemon helps to brighten it up

D/M: very strong carbonation tingle, smooth drinking, easy drinking due to the nice lemon notes

BigPlay1824, Jan 02, 2011
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 6,634 ratings.