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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of dogin26
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass (Of course)

Off white with a Super rocky head
Beautiful golden colour

Instantly i smell some citrus, lemons, limes and oranges. With that comes a few other tropical fruits.
The taste is glorious, Some nice limes with mangoes and bananas. very refined and very drinkable. Only a slight alcohol feel as this precious liquor slivers down your throat.

Quiet bubbly, but controllable. medium mouth feel but slides down like a light lager.

This is one fantastic beer that should be shared with funny friends and people who appreciate a good Beer. Also drink before you start on the tequila.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may very well be my favorite brew, seems to be a perfect marrige of pils & trippel. Poured into my favorite Trmens glass I found it remarkably drinkable especially for an 8.5% beer. A bit hoppier than typical belgian gold ales but nowhere near dominating. A regenerating white head & golden hue are somewhat hypnotic I keep staring. Sip after bigger sip and so on, I pour another "Devil"

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Photo of RustythePelican
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer, and pairs well with a variety of foods. Pay heed to the 8.50% ABV, however - it really sneaks up on you.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass; even with a light pour, 50% of the glass was filled with a dense head. Color was surprisingly light. I'm always impressed with the "fountain effect" of bubbles making their way from the bottom of the tulip glass to the head.

Smell: Not particularly noticeable, particularly for a Belgian ale.

Taste: Perhaps a little mild for a Belgian ale. Sweet, tongue-coating malts predominate, with a very faint hop taste on the finish. Absolutely no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dense carbonation makes this beer "thick" without being heavy.

Drinkability: Fabulous. Take time to enjoy a Duvel. A great beer for introducing someone to the beers of Belgium.

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

Enjoyed at Bricco in Akron.

A: What an amazing head on this beer. Cottony and big. It tickled my upper lip during the drink and lingered though the entire glass. Beautiful lace. The color was a very light gold.

S: Apple skins, pectin, raisins. Warm yeasty Italian bread. Strong aroma without being pungent.

T: There is that apple again. The nose will give you every hint of what this beer will taste like. Think of everything an IPA should be with a kick of fruity sweetness.

M: Champaign bubbly and light/medium body. Very crisp and would be perfect for a summer's day.

D: A real joy to drink. Up there with La Fin Du Monde and slowly making Belgian Strong Pale Ale's the drinks for me. I almost considered a 5.0 for this one.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful. Pure gold topped with a poofy head. Lacing all the way up the glass. A thin stream of bubbles constantly rises from the nucleation D etched in the bottom of the glass.

S: A lightly sweet, spicy smell with some lemon and grain behind it. Pleasant and soothing.

T: There's sweet citrus up front, which gives way quickly to some spice, followed immediately by more citrus and slightly bitter hops. This beer is perfectly balanced to be refreshing without being overwhelming in any category. It couldn't be better.

M: Smooth, silk with some prickly carbonation. Alcohol but not very dry or astringent. My only complaint here is that it's a little bit thin, but that's mostly bolstered by the carbonation.

D: Complex with no downsides. But be careful, a couple bottles and you'll be sailing.

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Photo of johntangus
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into my duvel tulip glass.

I found this duvel for a great price at a store that i would never have imagined having it. Good by date is 07/2011. I saved it for my birthday.

It is now my birthday, and being the beer geek that i am, i am in front of the computer reviewing a beer instead of spending time with actual humans. Actually, I just stole away for a few minutes to review this amazing beer.

It poured a beautiful golden straw color. A vigorous pour into the tulip glass produced an enormous billowy, chunky, crazy huge head that never went away and made cotton candy-like lacing that clings like glue to the side of the glass.

The smell is of lemon and flowers.

The taste is a complex mix of citrus and belgian yeasty goodness. No alcohol burn noticeable, but at the end of this beer (as i am writing this), i'm feeling the woozy leg buzz.

It finishes quite dry and is very refreshing. This is truly a delightful beer.

Happy Birthday to me!

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Photo of mike130
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer. Poured into (sadly) a pint glass (I haven't gotten around to buying a tulip/big snifter yet). Absolutely colossal, creamy-looking head. Lots of retention, leaves a little "mountain" of foam in the middle with loads of lacing all around the glass. Loads and loads of bubbles coming up constantly from the bottom of the glass, this really is one of the best looking beers out there. If there's a single thing the Belgians are unparalleled on, it's good head, and this beer shows it.

Smells very nice - loads of estery aromas, banana, a bit of spiciness, a touch of hops. Quite yeasty, sort of like a less sweet hefe with a touch of hops. No trace of alcohol.

The taste is much like the flavor - banana, sweet, not as yeasty as would be expected but still there's a yeast flavor to be found. A nice touch of hops near the end, and you have one of the best beers in its style. Very, very tasty and extremely well balanced. Can tell it's strong but there is not a distinctly alcohol taste as in some other brews.

Mouthfeel is good - quite carbonated, leaves a dry sort of feel on your mouth afterwards.

Very easy drinker - could pop down a sixer of this if it wasn't so damn alcoholic - no point on wasting this by drinking while not sober enough to enjoy it. All in all, probably one of the best beers in the world and most likely its style. Despite it being widely available, it does not disappoint. Top notch beer.

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Photo of twentyfour01
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not really into pale ale or Belgian beer but I much prefer this to Three Philosophers which is the only other one of this general style I have tried. This beer has a great sense of occasion about it! Love the mouth feel.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised to see that its very good. Very simple flavor, I would say pear like with a bitter hop taste. No complex or multiple flavors, just pear like. No detection of alcohol either.

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Fruity, tart and looks amazing in the glass. Fruitiness includes; Citrus and Banana. Very well carbonated. A special beer, perfect for relaxing whilst watching sport or wth friends.

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Photo of Butch
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled 2 April 2007, purchased at Habanos in Slidell, LA

11.2 oz bottle (chilled to 42, warmed on counter 20 minutes), served in cognac glass

Color & Head: I have committed a grave sin by not having a camera handy so you could see this beer poured. Perfection. Head was taller than the beer itself (poured in a cognac glass remember), pure white. The beer was bronze-ish golden. Lots and lots of carbonation. Looks like a dark champagne.

Aroma: Yeast, a little alcohol, but not much. Smells refreshing and light.

Taste: Hell yes. There’s a lot going on in here. I’m getting lots of hefe flavors like banana. Also some sour pilsner type tastes. More alcohol than I like, even more than you’d expect at 8.5%. The funny thing is, even with all that going on, it still seems refreshing and light. The mouthfeel is a lot like champagne with the huge amount of bubbles.

Notes: I had to drive 80 miles one way to get this one, and paid about $12 for four of them. This is $3 I was happy to spend. I couldn’t drink it every day, but for a special occasion it’s a great “Me-Treat.”


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Photo of SingleCell
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a stubby tulip glass at cellar temp. Best before: Sept. 2011.

A: Very impressive looking beer. Very rocky clean full 2 inch head which had great retention. A pale straw coloured beer with noticeable carbonation constantly feeding that massive head.

S: Very sweet, malt and hop flavours are perfectly balanced in the nose. Bready Belgian yeast is also a major player in the nose of this beer. Behind is a slight alcohol presence as well as freshly baked biscuits/white bread, and surprisingly a bit of bubblegum which I would expect to find in a Hefeweizen or Weizenbock.

T: Up front there was alot more hops then I expected. The hops were slightly bitter. Strong malt backbone and just a hint of that bubblegum I previously mentioned. Also, again, that sweet bready belgian yeast. Behind all of these well balanced flavours there is a very distinct estery taste (mostly apples).

M: Light body with very heavy carbonation. Every sip leads to a very foamy light, crisp and ever so slightly dry mouthfeel. No complaints in this department, its spot on.

D: Very drinkable for a Belgian strong pale ale. Although alcohol can be detected in the nose it is nowhere to be found elsewhere.

Overall an excellent beer, truly the best of the style. I'll be picking up more of this beer wherever I can find it. Cheers everyone!

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Photo of steven9000
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A huge head on this one. Quite a bit of carbonation streaming up the glass with a 4 finger frothy head. The color is a murky golden color.

smell- Up front i get that Belgian yeast also with a nice spicy coriander smell. i also get some light fruit like oranges. The smell is really well rounded and smells great. I get no alcohol in the nose even though its a 8.5% alcohol brew.

taste is extremely smooth and creamy. Lots of spice and fruity esters. Lively carbonation. I must say this beer is great! It does finish a bit dry. I get some alcohol warming on the throat but i don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall- If you like Belgian beers you will like this one. Perfect example of the Belgian strong pale ale style. Highly recommended. I must say though i would leave the yeast out of this one. I had some with out the yeast and with the yeast and the yeast diluted some of the flavors of the beer.

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Photo of stbfan
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pale, hazy, awesome/huge white head. leaves the coolest lacing as you drink it.

smells like bread, hops, fruit, pepper.

tastes as smells with a great taste on the palate.

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, warming.

very drinkable.dangerous as hell. no wonder they call it the devil!

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel glass. My first Duvel in these glasses.

A - Huge fluffy white head, huge head. Loads of little bubbles spiraling out of the bottom of the glass. Body is luscious, golden, crisp, slightly cloudy delight.

S - Slightly hoppy, slightly yeasty (good yeasty). Little malt but fresh clean smell.

T - Balanced, clean, flavourful and awesome.Slightly citrusy at first, then pale malt flavours and then a clean hoppy after taste.

M - Carbonated, clean, aftertaste develops different flavours.

D - For 8.1% ABV, amazingly drinkable. Could get massively pissed.

About time I had this beer.

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Photo of Kristing
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is bright, cloudy gold and there is a thick, creamy head, that slowly dissolves.

There is a very floral aroma with tones of hops and a slight citrus note. The taste is full of a pleasant hop bitterness. There is also a mellow malt taste that settles down into a warming alcohol aftertaste. The beer also has a floral freshness that compliments the general complexity of the taste.

It's interesting that this beer is so fresh, yet so complex. It really makes for a brew that you can relax and channel out with.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, thanks to the previous reviewer for saying that it smelled of sourdough, that was the word I was trying to think of for the past few minutes to describe the taste/smell (had massive writer's block).

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow. Similar in appearance to a good heffeweizen.

Smell: Citrus, sourdough, a very clean smell that just fits the style like a glove.

Taste: Where to begin... there's just so much going on in each sip that it's hard to pick a beginning point. I guess what really hit me first was a sharp lemony taste that transitioned smoothly into a bready sourdough taste. Sharp hops are noticeable throughout with just a tiny almost hidden note of honey or brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: smooth, bubbly, refreshing.

Drinkability: The alcohol is so well hidden it ends up sneaking up on you. It's so delicious that you're drunk before you really realize it. That's both a good and a bad thing depending on whether or not you want to get smashed.

Food pairing: chili, porterhouse steak, seafood, good cheese. Rule of thumb: if it goes well with sourdough, or if you like the dish with a twist of lemon, this beer will compliment it nicely.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Acho
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome head, immaculate white and pale yellow cloudy colour, with a torrent of bubbles that helps mantain the huge head for what feels like ages. Yeasty aromas, very Belgian.
A well worked taste, not very light and the alcohol is there but you nearly do not feel it, which leaves a memorable mouthfeel, you have to try it.

An awesome beer for 1,89 € here, quite worth it.

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Photo of vwahaszee
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I poured this I thought I did a terrible job, and maybe I did, but the picture on the bottle shows a lot of head there as well, so I guess that's normal. As for the beer itself, it was about as smooth as anything 8% that I've had. Tastes a lot like Maredsous, another one I liked. The beer just kind of floated its way down into my stomach. I finished it without even noticing my progress, I think that says something about a beer. Oh yeah and I wasn't drunk either, so it must have been the Duvel.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of sewald
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only I could buy this beer often. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had, if not the one. Citrus aromas, with a complex sweet and citrus taste. Carbonation and alcohol mouthfeel, a very heavy beer (which is what one should expect when drinking a strong pale ale, right). I could drink this forever...

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Photo of fff
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

A: Light gold with a very frothy head which laces all the way down. Not what I expected from a beer the same color as Miller Lite.

S: Somewhat dirty/metallic smell, other than that it smells like wheat and malts.

T: Exceptional taste. It's light and lager-ish, but with a great balance of carbonation and a good alcohol taste as well. Surprisingly good.

M: The light, airy tastes are complemented by the fizzy, thin mouthfeel.

D: Fairly sessionable, but it will catch up with you quickly.

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Photo of IdentityAles
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

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Photo of Maracuja
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured perfectly clear until the end of the bottle when the yeast was roused. A perfect decant was not possible as the head was literally rising out of the glass! Hazy yellow-gold body with an orange-cast topped by a dense, rocky bright-white head that holds extremely well - buoyed by a tight-beaded effervescent carbonation - and leaves some exceptional
lace. Aroma is quite fragrant: fruity, yeasty, candy sweet and malty, lightly peppery with a touch of spicy hops. The body is light/medium with an extremely fine and highly effervescent carbonation that is pillowy soft and velvety smooth in the mouth.
The flavor is surprisingly full and rich, starting with a candyish malty sweetness, becoming dryish in the middle with some earthy and lightly spicy hop flavors, and finishing long and malty with some more distinct Saaz notes and touches of bitterness. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Impressively balanced with a fresh hop presence and bitterness that dances amongst such sweet malt character. Amazing. As Michael Jackson notes, Duvel is equally impressive served chilled, or as it warms toward cellar temperature. This makes it quite drinkable, and enjoyable, as a glass can be savored over a period of time. One of my favorite beers in the world, and absolutely recommended.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.