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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,521
Reviews: 2,589
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | 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 alkemy
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear, pale yellow color with lots of fluffy white head out of an 11.2 oz. bottle. The first scent I notice is skunk. It kind of fades into some spiciness and a combination of floral and citrus hops. There's an overall grassy flavor with pear overtones. I really expected this to be better. The skunkiness sticks around a little too long for my liking. Lots of biting carbonation with a crisp and tangy finish that is fairly dry. Pretty drinkable and the alcohol is really unnoticeable.

alkemy, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of bierguru
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
white soapy looking head body is the color of apple juice lots of carbonation

S -
sweet matly with a slight pepperiness

T -
big sweet malty taste finishes with some pepper spice and alcohol taste pepperiness lingers on the tongue along with some citrus notes

M -
crisp with a lot of carbonation however it isnt unpleasant

D -
by far my favorite pale ale having said that im not a big pale ale beer liker but this one is really good and will definitly have it again

bierguru, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to taking some notes on this one.

A-Pours a clear golden yellow with the mammoth frothy white head the beer is known for.

S-Biscuity malt, a great Belgian yeast zing and a hint of sweetness mixed with banana and some black pepper.

T-Delicious banana and clove notes mixed with bready malt and a great Belgian yeastiness.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp, highly carbonated.

D-A dangerously drinkable beer. No indication that this is 8.5% ABV.

The classic example of the style.


sholland119, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, yellow pour with a massive, rocky, white head. The aroma is floral, funky, and yeasty with some light citrus, apple, fresh bread dough, and faint candi sugar. The classic Belgian esters and very subtle in the nose also. The flavor is very herbal, floral and citrusy upfront with some light fresh bread and soft banana/clove esters rounding out the middle. The finish is lightly yeasty with just a touch of sweet candi sugar to balance it all. The body is very light, and refreshing with lots of tingly carbonation.

punkrkr27, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and medium yellow in color. HUGE foamy white head and an abundance of carbonation.

S - Crisp malt and yeast phenols. Very traditional.

T - Starts sweet with residual sugar. Moves to a juicy orange and lemon flavor. Finishes a little sweet with an aftertaste of tart fruit and faint hops.

M/D - Medium body, with a semi-sweet finish, great carbonation. Wonderful flavor and a simply complex flavor profile, haha. Non-abrasive and super easy to drink.

VaTechHopHead, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I dunno why it took me so long to review this beer as it's so widely available and I've had many. 330 ml, BBE June 2012, into Duvel tulip. Pours spectacular, rocky white head that gradually subsides, becoming dimply and broken into clumps and patches. Although the brewer claims only original ingredients have been used in this one, the artificially looking head gives an impression of clumps of foam floating on a heavily polluted river rather than clouds drifting over the golden sea below.
Aromas of pale malts, fruity esters of apple tartness and pear,some candied sugar, quite noticeable alcohol. Flavors of green apple tartness and pear rolled into soft pale malts, slightly peppery with warming alcohol notes. Tons of carbonation and bitterness derived from Styrian Golding hops lend dry finish with bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body seems lighter due to effervescent texture and crispiness. One might say that Duvel is a style of its own, but in terms of Belgian golden strong ale it does a poor job. Fruity esters are somehow indecisive and lacking any citrus notes, spicy and peppery phenolic to subdued (at least in the aroma section). Duvel was created as a response to the growing popularity of Czech pilsners and their German counterparts that ravished across Europe at the time. And this is what it is - although basicaly an ale, Duvel is merely a pilsner clone on steroids.

crnipeter, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Light golden tint with a thick foamy head -

Smells great -

Taste is very nice -

Easy going down has yet to be a nasty repeater I would always return to this ale as a fine standard to compare others!

If your searching for a Great Belgium Ale this one fits the bill.

InebriatedJoker, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its always a treat to review a beer one hasn't had since before ones actual beer-evolution. That said, heeeere's Duvel!

With a supremely violent *POP* I am met by a divinely skunky poof of marijuana. Mellow clove and yeast beneath but honestly there is no honest way to describe this without invoking good old Mary Jane in the membrane. Not to mention this is perhaps the most beatific head I have ever seen on a beer. Settles into mountainous formations worthy of a shrink-rayed helicopter drop w/ snowboard. How in the fuck do they do this?? Heaven.

Spacious lemon-limes adorn an absolutely extraordinary blend of fresh band-aid and pilsener style hops (grassy cows and all). Does that entirely describe this beer? Yup. Is that a bad thing? Not to me!

Got to love the cloudy mouthfeel of this beer, so much that an entire bomber is hardly excess. Pretty amazing to say the least.

bohemiandonut, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale straw with a voluminous, white and fluffy head exhibiting excellent retention; impressive.

Pale sweet malts, some and hay, yeasty phenols, grass, honeydew melon, and slightly unripened apples (not green).

On the taste the pale malt upfront with an herbal/grassy and soft fruit middle (touch of lemon citrus acidity) leading to a dry bready finish; very tongue prickling in a good way. The finish is the standout for me as the crisp, peppery like bitterness matches the malt perfectly. Additionally the high carbonation refreshes the palate and made my mouth water for another sip. Alcohol is masked so well that the only reason you know its relatively high in alcohol is by how fast you can catch a buzz; it truly is a devilishly top notch brew.

TheJollyHop, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of sg3356
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic Beer

shape of bottle did not attract me, but i tried anyway

and everything except appearnce was literally Fantastic

Fruit like Aroma,

Wonderful taste

And Creamy Foam.

If there is one thing that devalues this wonderful beer,

It's fact that It is truly exceptional only when it is served with it's own glass.

Otherwise, This wonderful beer turns into one of

mere "good" beer

sg3356, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very cloudy straw golden, foamy white head retained extremely well with lots of sticky lacing
S - strong yeast esters of banana and clove, some grainy wheat, light lemon
T - move clove spice kick, some sweet banana and fruit, pale grain malt with spices lingering
M - blast of carbonation and spice felt in the nostrils, citrus like tartness with a lasting tingle sensation
D - a great example of strong beer, the alcohol is unnoticed but the taste and feel is full and refreshing

joemcgrath27, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of DKMonroe
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Embarrassingly enough I've had a Duvel tulip for a while and never tried the brew it was intended for, and when I tasted it it was totally different than any conception I've had since I had the glass. Went to the beer/liquor store in TN (weird separated law) and got the big bottle.

I popped the cork and the head came out slightly and made a small mess. The brew was exited to get out for sure. On the pour it had a massive head even with a gentle pour. Thats one impressive head I must say.

The smell was good, citrus, banana.. and a slight hint of the ABV but not too bad.

The taste was good as well, just light, and a little like the smell with the citrus, and banana. I didn't detect much of the alcohol content, and was totally expecting to. Was surprised for sure. I think this could be a dangerous brew ;0)

Loved drinking it.. and will definatley not go as long again without it.

Heh, if it wasn't for the glass i probably would not have tried it..

DKMonroe, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for maximum experience.

A crisp golden yellow color in the body, many carbonation bubbles abound. A frothy impressive white head remains sticky.

Aroma is a little sour, grainy but has a crispness to it that brings it through.

The flavor is admittedly complex. Initially bitter, a nice lightly toasted malt rises up after that. Grainy and borderline corn flavor is dominant but the finish is a mild hop bitterness.

Bubbly, heavy, creamy mouthfeel on this one, probably the beer's finest quality.

Repuation is a funny thing. It seems to be derived from heightened expectation leveraging against the actual product in question. I believe this beer is just that, one that relies on you thinking it is one of the finest beers in the world, and if you believe it just enough, you will elevate the status of this beer from merely good to great.

cnally, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the Dennis Meyers Duvel glass. Holy smokes, this is a great looking beer! Gold with orange touches, a huge three finger rocky head, and perhaps the best lace ever. I've enjoyed Duvel for a while now, but finally have a glass worth reviewing it in!

Smells of Pilsen malt, some earthy noble hops and touches of citrus, and yeasty esters. Some orange, apple skin, and a bit of booze. Wow, this is indeed how it should be done.

Taste Follows the nose. There's a nice Pilsen malt base that provides ample sweetness and cracker flavors. The yeast gives slight banana and lemon touches with a touch of pepper, while the hops provide earthy and orange impressions. There is a bit too much booze for me (minor complaint), otherwise, this has everything a BSPA should have.

The appearance and mouthfeel are certainly the highlights here. The beer is soft and crisp at the same time. Light and airy, it's got just a touch too much booze in the finish to be considered perfect. But very, very good feel, perhaps the Moortgat family did make a deal with the devil to have a beer this refreshing not feel too watery. Overall, this is certainly a benchmark setting beer, certainly deserving of top ratings and acclaim. I do feel like I've had some beers that have been a bit more targeted towards my palate and personal preferences. But this is the legend, the Rolling Stones or even Robert Johnston of the Belgian beer scene. One thing is for sure. If this beer leaves you singing the blues, maybe it's time to be a wine drinker. Classic stuff.

jampics2, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate spicy aroma with a refined character. Slightly fruity. Very nice.

Fairly clear, straw colour with a big, fluffy, long-lasting head. Nice.

Smooth and creamy. Very light malt supports the fruity, spicy yeast character.

Moderately-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice.

Tasty, easy to drink and very much a classic.

dgilks, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of shodrod
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer beers. It pours a gorgeous, light, hazy golden color with a head that hangs to the side of the glass. The aroma is generally a 'yeasty' kind of sour smell. The flavor delivers what you expect from the smell: a lovely sourness with hints of apple and pear. With an ABV of 8.5% this beer is easy to drink for longer periods of time than many Belgians of equal quality.

shodrod, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of sogrady
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the Duvel, but I don't love it. The appearance is excellent, gold and clean, and it pours nicely.

The alcohol is less than apparent, with a yeasty almost skunked - bad batch? - nose. Taste is sweet at the start, a bit more bitter towards the back, overall pleasant. Still, there wasn't anything about this beer that really hooked; it's good across the board, but great in few. At least by my taste.

Looking for a clean drinking Belgian Pale with some octane? Go for it. Just keep your expectations reasonable.

sogrady, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was preparred to be less than impressed with this beer. Wrong again!

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. It poured a hazy light golden color with an amazingly fluffy head that stayed and stayed. Nice lacing on the glass showing a timeline of the entire drink.

The smell was citrusy with some banana - it reminded me of a hefeweizen almost but with an underlying maltiness. There was also something a little sharp about the smell that had me worried that there'd be too much bitterness in the taste.

Not to worry. The taste was just fine. There was a sharpness there but it wasn't tongue clenching bitterness so much as a citrus bite. Malty, fruity, altogether enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd hoped for with this much flavor but still very nice. The carbonation that produces that amazing head kept it nicely tingly without feeling like a soda.

This isn't the sort of thing I'd even consider drinking multiples of at one sitting but for what it is it's very drinkable. The alcohol didn't make itself known until I stood up.

mariposafan, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good, but hyped.
Appearence was cloudy golden colour with good amount of head.
Smell was lovely pils malts.
Taste was amazing, and deceptive, hides the abv by about 3%, softer than leffe blonde despite the 2% higher abv
Mouthfeel, not thick given the strength. I like it.
Drinkability is not bad, 3 of these would be good for being drunk. Price however is abit high, however for getting drunk its only a premium price. Will enjoy this again.

philphilphil, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz poured into a Duvel tulip (obviously). From notes, reviewed 09/09/10

A - Fluffy, snow white head with large bubbles. Formed a perfect plateau in the middle which remained. Dark, lemon yellow beer.

S - Typical belgian yeasty smell. Slight citrus, spice and alcohol.

T - Fruity but not over citrus-y. Strong yeast with lingering sugars.

M - Crisp and crisp. Tingly carbonation on tongue followed by mild alcohol heat.

D - Basic for the style but a great example. Always liked this one.

OakedCanuck, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy two fingers of white head; decent retention, some lacing. pretty much the epitome of how a belgian strong pale ale should look.

aroma is a really nice bouquet of belgian yeast, citrus, banana, malts, and a touch of spice.

flavor substantiates the aroma, with all the above-mentioned characteristics following through nicely. very tasty beer, and i'm not a big BSPA guy. a dry finish to it. probably the measuring stick against which other belgian strong PAs should be/are judged, which is not to say it can't be (or isn't) surpassed. brooklyn local 1 might give it a run for its money... would like to stack it up against that, DT, mischief, maybe a few others in a tasting.

medium, medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. creamy. pretty drinkable considering its 8.5% ABV. definitely a classic in its style.

perrymarcus, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazed but bright gold color with a a cap of frothy and prickly white bubbles, great retention and sticky lacing. Scent is light and dances around watery fruit, fresh grain and belgian yeast. Taste brings a touch more umph but still pale... light fresh grains, watery fruit like apple, belgian yeasts that dont overpower. Lighter side of medium bodied, prickly carbonation that doesnt diminish taste, slightly dry. Very very good stuff, could be drank all day with no regrets.

rfgetz, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Delerium Tremens and tried it last night, really enjoyed it. Then I noticed that Duvel is king of the BSPA category, a full 10 spots above DT. Duvel? Really, Duvel??? The stuff I see at the grocery store all the time and have always discounted because it's so widespread? Sheesh, how long have I been walking right past this stuff and not given it due respect?! Right under my nose this whole time??! OH THE INJUSTICE, HOW IT HURTS!!

So I drove down this evening to the grocery store at the bottom of the hill and picked up a 750mL bottle for $9.99. Best before Nov.19.2012. Remove the crown, twist, POP, into my favorite tulip it goes.

First pour, although less than moderately rigorous, gives a giant frothy 4" of white head atop a tiny 1" of effervescent mostly-clear pale yellow brew. I carefully feed it a little more and the foam rises a full 1" above the lip of the glass without falling. This is going to take a while.

At first the smell is big skunk. Crap. Maybe I should have pulled a bottle from the back of the open-faced beer cooler (this one was front and center, and I doubt this gets much circulation). But the skunk gradually fades a bit and a mix of other things starts to emerge.

On the tongue the robust carbonation is very bright but not harsh. Feel is moderately thin, not much body, so it's the carbo that is keeping it from being watery. Taste is a bit sour with overly-ripe lemon rind, significant (but not over-powering) skunk, mellow rounded cinnamon and clove spices enhanced by a bit of alcohol.

Overall I'm seriously underwhelmed, especially given all the anticipation. I strongly suspect that this is a semi-bad bottle, especially because 10 minutes after finishing it the skunk is still lingering on my palate. Certainly will get another from a different source and update this review if warranted. :/


Update 27th October 2010:

Got another bottle from a different store (and pulled it from the back of the shelf where it was out of the light). Best by 14/02/13. Appearance and feel are the same. A little skunk in the nose and taste but not as much as I remember from last time and it fades almost completely. This is totally different from last time. The sourness is gone, it's a much nicer rounded Belgian Pale Ale... light honey, warm cinnamon and clove, a little citrus hop. Similar to before in substance, but overall much nicer this time around. Changed as follows. Smell: 3.0 to 4.0, Taste: 3.0 to 4.5, Drink: 3.5 to 4.0.

BeerNinja007, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured properly into a Duvel tulip. You'd assume either i'm the man to have a Duvel glass, or this is one of the 4 Duvels that came with the glass in the gift-pack...(the latter).

Given that the pour looks identical to what is considered "correct," including a towering head from the Duval logo up to the brim and a golden, relatively clear brew beneath, I'd say this is a beautiful beer. There is ample lacing and the head remains intact through most of the drink. An improper pour (from experience) has made an iceberg head phenomenon (?). The beer looks lively and very well carbonated. Plumes of bubbles rise from the stem where the Duval "D" is engraved.

The smell is that of a good Belgian ale. I actually performed a nasal rinse in preparation for this beer (no lies). There is well placed spice, notes of citrusy hops and a typical sour Belgian funk. I can almost smell a whiff of lavender that's relaxing enough to permit falling into a deep sleep.

So good. It tastes like liquid gold Belgian ale. My favorite part about this beer, which is why I give it such acclaims. It tastes floral, rich, yeasty, smooth, sweet mixed with a sour/bitter aftertaste. Which is how flavors should transition down the tongue. With the abv at a staggering 8.5% I am almost reminded of weak chardonnay. I could see this pairing with both good friends and good foods.

Bubbly, thanks to to the bottle conditioning and double fermentation at the brewery, as well as refreshing. For a golden ale this is more dense than usual, but still a bit watery for my liking. Hiving experience in brewing my own pilsner, this beer possesses deep complexity and the mouth approves.

Definitely drinkable year round and may become a new bar favorite. Pace yourself because this is almost too easy to drink. I would have another for sure, I'm super satisfied with the purchase.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of faroutadventure
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= Pours a beautiful white head. Carbonation , with rolling bubbles. Clear , clean looking.

S= Fresh , fruity, clean smell. Invites a sip.

T= Very smooth, easy, clean, finishes smooth.

M= Lots of body with a full mouth feel.

D= Invites you for more, but be careful with an 8.5% alcohol. It is wonderful.

faroutadventure, Sep 06, 2010
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,521 ratings.