Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,825
Reviews: 2,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 298
Gots: 722 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of czechsaaz
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very malt dominant aroma. Belgian pils and lots of it. Fermentation aromas include honey and lots of fruit (apples and peaches) and also a spicy component that I pick up as peppery.

Huge pillowy white head that really fills the oversized tulip Duvel glass. Pale golden colored and clear with lots of inviting rising carbonation bubbles.

Flavor is very malt dominant. It's a full flavored of malt, mostly belgian pils flavors. Hop bitterness is pretty high but there's very little hop flavor or aroma. I get more of the honey flavor effect and nice yeasty-estery effect that is both like bread and fruity. There's a lot of complexity in the flavor but it's all so well blended that it is also really straight-forward tasting.

Body is mediud. Carbonation level is a little biting that adds to the bittering effect. Not at all alcoholic in the mouthfeel but it has a warming effect in the stomach.

A great beer. It's strong and complex enough that you could sip and savor it. But it's brewed to hide the strength so you could also drink it as a thirst quencher. One of my favorites.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass from a nice little bottle. Pours vibrant blond with a towering, foamy white head.

S - Lot of spices; cloves and the like, banana and citrus fruits, wheat and light sugars.

T - Chalky, yeasty frontend that is suddenly livened up by a nice citrus and hop bite. Finish is nice and mellow with some faint spices.

M - Thin bodied, light, good carbonation.

Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it many times before, reviewing for the 1st time. Pours clear golden color with a puffy white head. Less lacing than other bottles I've had. Good retention. Aroma is very clean of grassy noble hops, estery yeast, a bit of lemon. Taste is also dominated by yeast esters and grassy flavors with some noble hops. Crisp pilsen malt body that is clean. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and fairly carbonated. Nice clean dry finish, not cloying and alcohol is totally un-noticed.

Photo of chocosushi
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lil' Duvel->Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Deep gold with great carbonation. Head like a mix of snow and marshmallow.

S ~ Lemon juice, dry bread, apple, champagne

T ~ More golden delicious apples, sunkissed grains. Hefty amount of hopping for a BSPA which is excellent. Also a bit of raw dough, haystacks, and tangerine.

M ~ Creamy, Soft, Prickly. Kinda tart with a good dry finish.

D ~ A classic. Purchased often.

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of tabascosigned
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of joeseppy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Duvel
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

bottle, best before 04/2011

Poured carefully , this brew has a rocky white pillow that last until the beer is finished. Golden and clear in color.

Aroma of slight funk, alcohol is apparent.

Classic combination of yeasty breadiness, slight hoppiness, and mellow sweetness makes this one of my favorites.

Medium body , with slightly dry finish. Over carbonation is to be expected.

Overall one of my favorite sippers.

Photo of BrewerB
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly hazed medium yellow color with a rocky, well-retained, 1-finger white head.

S- Loads of fruity esters - pear-like, with sweet malty notes, and a low to mid-low floral hoppy aroma

T- More esters, very fruity with a pear/apple like quality and subtle hints of orange peel. Low floral hop quality with a medium amount of bittering. Finishing very dry.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, very highly carbonated/effervescent.

D- Yes, may I have another?

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mvdillman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of frlrv1020
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Brinks
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Poured with a lovely, huge head that recedes slowly, sticks to the glass and looks so inviting. Pale, unfiltered straw colour. Smells so good. God I love Belgians! Citrusy, spicy aromas, nice and complex.

This beer goes straight to the nose at first sip. My God, it's everywhere! Mild alcohol, but it's hidden well in all the flavours. Coriander spice, yeasty, banana perhaps? Tangy on the tongue, but goes down creamily smooth with a nice aftertaste that's only mildly bitter, and the taste of fruit sticks around long after.

if it wasn't for the ABV, I could drink this all day long. a very exceptional beer in one of my favorite styles. Cheers!

Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I'm finally using my Duvel tulip for its intended purpose.

A- Beautiful light gold with a big white head. The legendary head is tempered somewhat by my wetting the glass before pouring, but it is still substantial.

S- Lots of yeasty aromas and a lemony tartness are prominent. I don't know why, but I kind of expected this to smell sweet. Instead, it seems to have a saison-like dryness. Not that I'm complaining; it's very good.

T- The flavor actually starts off somewhat sweet before segueing into grainy malt. The tartness that was hinted at in the smell shows up, too, although it's not too strong. The finish is tart and fairly dry with only a touch of bitterness. Very refreshing.

M- Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation, although not too much.

D- Very good. I never would have guessed that this beer was 8.5% alcohol. I could easily have a couple of these.

Overall a very good beer, worthy of its status as a "benchmark" BSPA. Although I can't say that it's my favorite of the style, it's still a great example and one that every beer-lover should try eventually. Plus, without it, we wouldn't have those sweet Duvel glasses. Anyway, definitely recommended.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy straw-color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind long-lasting lacing on the glass, all the while a small white ring floats atop the brew. Can't expect any better from the style.

S - Yeast and spices first rise from the glass, and they are quickly met by scents of bananas, pears, and tart apples; alcohol is present in the background.

T - No matter how many times I drink this, I come up with a different description of the taste, so this is as best as I can put it. Initial flavors of yeast, barley, and spices are dominant upon a flowery base. Strong fruit notes of tart apples, bananas, and oranges, with maybe some sweet berries in the background. Full body that reveals new flavors with every sip, finishing with a creamy alcohol tone. In all its complexities, one doesn't lose sight of the many flavors working together - they are just difficult at times to pinpoint.

M - Full, creamy body with strong carbonation and a very strong juicy (but not sweet) finish. Alcohol is present after a few seconds.

D - This is my first time reviewing a Duvel because I could never find the words to describe the whole experience, and I still feel somewhat dumbfounded as to my description...it is definitely something you need to try, but as with everything, drink in moderation and don't underestimate it. It is a very refreshing and crisp beer, so the 8.5% is quickly forgotten about. Suitable for almost any situation/dinner in which white wine would be appropriate - beit a sweet or dry selection.

Photo of Sipchue
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of plfahey
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-golden in color with good clarity. Enormous, fluffy, densely packed white head which forms a rocky, tight (yet still large) cap of foam as it collapses. Amazing belgian lace on the glass. Truly one of the most beautiful pours in beer.

Aroma-Most prominent is the yeast character, with light, spicy phenolics and some fruity pear and earthy yeast notes. Lightly sweet bready pils malt presents as well along with some perfumy alcohol. Light floral hopping. Pleasant and very clean.

Flavor-Just the faintest bit of malt sweetness with notes of fresh hay and sourdough up front which fade quickly to strong, spicy yeast phenolics. There's just a hint of estery fruit in the mid-palate, along with pleasant spicy/floral hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderately low and the finish is quite crisp and dry with slight peppery alcohol and earthy yeast character which carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with very high, effervescent carbonation and a bit of carbonic bite. Alcohol is not hot, but leaves a pleasant warmth on the palate.

The benchmark of the style for all Belgian Golden Strong, this beer doesn't miss a beat. It's exemplary in all categories, and just generally kicks ass. Always a treat, and one I don't enjoy often enough.

Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a vaguely cloudy pale straw (champagne-looking) with an impressive, creamy head that starts out huge and remains perfect throughout. Excellent retention; nice spots of gloppy lacing.

Beery beyond belief. Sweet lemon notes with really prevalent hop aroma (hay, grass). A bit of doughy yeast, but just enough to notice.

Pretty stanky with a big hop bite (borders on a medicinal bitterness in the back of your throat). Musty dirt flavors with a bready backbone. The malt balances the bitterness so that neither is the most prevalent flavor. Fabulous!

Pretty light body. Great carbonation. Creamy but sparkling, lingering but clean. Exactly how it should be.

Excellent beer in every way. Likely worthy of a straight five rating across the board (I like to think there is a white whale out there somewhere, though). This is what beer should be. Encompasses everything that makes us love beer (whatever its style).

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of obywan59
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby.

I'd been eyeing the Duvel gift boxes for a month. Finally, last week I decided to snag the last one. I'm sure it must have been marked down, as the gift box was only a buck-fifty more than the Duvel stubby 4-pack. So now I have the famous Duvel glass--awesome!

Not being able to read the fine print on the label, I gave it my normal hard pour and ended up with 2 fingers of brew and a chunky, foamy-white head towering over the copious tulip glass. It took a few minutes, but I was soon able to get the rest of the beer in the glass. Easilly one of the most glorious heads ever. The golden "Duvel" lettering backed by the white head matched almost perfectly the color of the brew. The beer itself was tramslucent and light gold in color. As it receded, patches of foamy white lacing adorned the glass and a lump of foam (it looked like a Duvel float) rested on the brew being fed by a smoky tower of bubbles. One of the coolest looking beers ever.

A bit horsey from the Belgian yeast. Lemony. Peppery. A little apple. One single whiff of peppery watercress. Some sweet malt as well.

Some light lemony sweetness in the taste with a decently bitter finish.

Great mouthfeel. Somewhat drying with a light tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. Some burn from the alcohol which continues as a warming in the throat.

Quite easy to drink for a Belgian. Nicely warming for the winter, yet light enough to be a good summer brew. Two stubbys and I'm feeling good.

It's really hard for me not to pour all my beer knto the glass, but someday, I'll sample this again, and try to leave the yeast in the bottle.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,825 ratings.