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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,700 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,700
Hads: 7,443
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 401
Gots: 1,249 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of quad07
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at UFS for $8.49 a four pack of 330 ml brown bottles with pry off caps. Freshness date, drink before 9/2010.

Poured into a large 23oz beer glass a clear bright golden color with a lot of carbonation. Very exciting to watch. It produced a very tight white silky head that left lasing to the last drop. Looks great!

It has a sweet citrus taste with some bitter at the end. Kinds of a heavy sticky mouth feel but clean. Very refreshing. The alcohol is not over powering at all when served cold. In some ways it resembles founder's devil dancer with out all the green hops over tones.

It smells of flowers, citrus and almost has a cream soda smell going on.

I would have no problem drinking this any time of the year with or without any meal. To me the 8.50% ABV is not a problem so I could drink six or eight of these in an evening with no problem. That being said, pace your self it could sneak up on you.


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Photo of yael6666
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Oh my lord!!!! It looks like god`s pee. (if poured right)
Golden yellow, with a big white foam head that lasts forever and carbonation bubbles dancing to the top.

S. Fruity, pepper and species... alcohol notices very easily.

T. Again fruity, bitter-sweet , grains, hops and species.

M. Highly carbonated, alcohol very present, but well accomplished with the sweet taste.

D. Great drinkability, high carbonation and bitter-sweet fruity taste... Be careful wit this one¡¡

This beer is the god (or the devil?) of all the belgian strong ales, it`s high ABV and great flavour makes it one of my favorites!!


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Photo of jackofclubs
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on a few times before yet to have one in the duvel glass had it in a stella glass

A- hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head

S- slightly fruity yeasty sour apples maybe

T- mellow the the 8.5 abv is nat vary aparent alittle on the yeast side same fruity notes as the smell

M- light on the mouth vary nice

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Photo of leighton
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of GlassFreeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip Glass.

A: Awesome, golden appearance w/ a big white, consistent looking head.

S: Awesome Belgium yeast and spices. Slight hoppiness, you can kinda smell the "dryness" to it.

T: Wow, exactly what you're looking for every time. Very tasty brew. Awesome Staple in any Belgium strong ale collection.

MF: Champagne like, dry and refreshing.

Overall one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of sogrady
3.81/5  rDev -11%
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.

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

This is the absolute king of belgian ales. No other ale i've tried anywhere comes close to the way these brewers are able to get such a bone dry feel with such power and finesse. They have a good secret.

A - Straw pale yellow which in itself is unique for such a high abv brew. I've heard that duvel uses a proprietary steaming process to cook the malt which allows the barley malt to retain the lightest color (everybody else roasts the barley into malt). Also, the head is famously huge, pillowy and voluptuous - Like beautiful crisply white clouds.

S - Awesome yeasty character that is often imitated but NEVER duplicated exactly. Its like a dry sweet smell with a unique almost mineral like yeast aroma. Literally you can smell the dryness of this brew.

T - Elegance at its finest. Dry upfront malt with slight hop balance and finishing equally as dry - with the unique yeast character coming through. The yeasty taste is mindblowing and hard to describe - almost like a shimmering, mineral-ness. Reminds me of a very very fine champagne almost with the fine bubbles and shimmering effervescence

M - The BEST mouthfeel of any belgian ale imo. I don't think any other brewery has accomplished what these guys have - the dryness yet with such body and flavor and abv is truly a triumph. Very sharp and totally awe inspiring.

D - I could drink these with no problem even with the high abv. In fact, i've been known to sit and drink a whole 4 pack by myself in an evening - awesome awesome awesome brew. The dryness which is so beautiful keeps the beer totally drinkable and never boring or tiring.

World class and a triumph of modern brewing technology. I would classify this beer as one of the top 3 in the entire world.

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

I agree with the bros: 5/5. Perhaps the best beer ever made.

Heavy on the alcohol, yet light, yet satisfying. An unlikely contradiction that is so true you have to taste it. Simple ingredients with deep complexity. Epic head. If poured correctly, the last sip of beer will be all foam. And it'll get you buzzed in a hurry.

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - probably the best looking beer I have ever had. It's a pale yellow with an unbelievably long lasting head that is a pure, pillow white

Smell - very light and not too noticeable. yeasty and some hops noticeable

Taste - great crisp, harsh on palate... excellent. Some yeast components with a finish of light hops

Mouthfeel - dry, crisp and leaves the palate wishing for more

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Photo of Amanspearfishing
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of KF_MSU
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has good foam and is cloudy/golden in color. It smells grassy, fresh, and somewhat lemony. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! It was balanced with spice and fruitiness, but also smooth and dry overall.

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Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel - Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% ABV
Glassware: Tulip (heavily recommended by brewery)

Appearance: Bright gold and transparent body with a thick, heavy uneven head. Gotta have a steady pour hand with this one as it will head-up very easily. Beautiful beer though.

Smell: citrus and herbal notes with a good amount of hoppiness.

Taste: Dry and crisp. Citrus is a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Mouth feel: Light and bright on tongue and palate.

Overall: While it is not a preferred beer for me, it is potent and does seem to like to be paired with lightly seasoned steaks and chicken; and, settled well into the background of the meal.

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Photo of shark262
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden color, excellent clarity and amazing carbonation, nice fluffy head of foam after pouring

Smell: peppery, pear-like fruit, alcohol

Taste: yeasty with nice fruit, good balance of hop bitterness and malt/fermented sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: effervescent and crisp, alcohol warmth remains on the palette

Drinkability: the sticking lace shows my quick progress, I'll have another but might pay for it in the morning

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Photo of wschumac
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml (11.2 oz)bottle drank from Tulip shaped Duvel Glass at around 50 degrees F.

A - When I opened the bottle immediately began burst with energy. Poured mildly cloudy, light amber color but clear after settling. This beer is very carbonated and pour perfectly into the glass with 2" white foamy head. Head lasted about five minutes remained throughout leaving rings, very dense and frothy.

S - Smells like perfection. Smells almost fruity with a hint of grainy punch. The aroma is complex but simply extraordinary. The aroma creates yearnig for what is to come.

T - Complimentary taste preluded by its smell. Light but strong at the same time. Hidden complexities in this brew. One of the best in creating warming feeling throughout. Slightly lingering aftertaste makes you yearn for more.

M - Velvety and smooth complex feel for such a light looking beer. Head creates feeling of carbonation but smooth from lips to the belly.

D - Excellent all around beer. Fulfilling in every way. One of those beers that you can enjoy anytime.

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Photo of kreeper
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful beer. Hazy, golden yellow with a classic dense thick white head. A full inch and a quarter over the rim of the glass without any spill. Duvel has a very pronounced, fruity aroma, lemons and pears. The first bottle I had, I did not realize that there was some yeast in the bottle (although I love the yeast). The beer is very refreshing, and very fruity. Somewhat dry finish, very pleasant.

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Photo of DKMonroe
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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..

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Photo of chrisgalvin
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so big and so good and so fizzy, effervescent, balanced and malty and clear and spot on...

I'm going to sound like an arse when I tell this story... This was the first Belgian beer I ever had. It was 1996, I was broke, working in production and living in the 'hood of Venice Beach, CA. My buddies and I used to frequent a fancy schmancy restaurant right off of Abbot Kinney called Hal's. Clearly my buddies and I could not afford to eat or drink at Hal's, but the rich cougars could and they bought us young guys beers if we would talk to them. We were young, of course we wanted free Belgian 8.5% beer from cougars.

Yes, I'm an ass.

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Photo of bmohead
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Callaghan
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured very slowly "unhurried", into a tulip. Best by date of 09 2013.

A: The head is the stuff of legend. Massive 3 finger white, creamy, though lumpy head. Slowly dissipates into about 1/2 finger, and never goes less than that. Easy to bring back some also, with a slow swirl of the glass. The color of the beer is a beautiful golden, dull lemon color. Slightly hazy, about perfect. Awesome lacing down the sides.

S: Everything seems very present. Yeast is strongest, but I also smell a lot of citrus, mostly lemon. Biscuit last. There is a lot going on, it is very complex. Slightly sweet too.

T: This is my first time trying this, after reading about it on this site. I am absolutely amazed, one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. Citrus comes through pretty strong. More than just lemon, some grapefruit and others. A hit (not a mistype) of alcohol in the middle, with biscuit and yeast. Very nice indeed. Still more going on at the finish, I must say, this is amazing. I get toasted malts, light hops, and more...it all blends very well.

M: Good amount of carbonation, dances on the tongue. Solid medium bodied. The aftertaste, I think, is helped with the light coating this beer leaves on the the tongue. The taste just lingers, and it is quite enjoyable.

O: Absolutely wonderful. This beer became even better after it warmed up a touch. I don't believe it has taken me this long to try Duvel, but I am really glad I did. So complex, yet extremely drinkable. Great tingle in the mouth, with a wonderful taste. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of Thaddeus
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light goldenrod color. Beer has a large, white foamy head, very high in protein.

Aroma & Taste: Sharp smell and taste to it, acidic. Beer has an average length of finish and contains slight grapefruit and herbal notes. Also has a slight spice to it along with some bitter hops.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.79/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a herb and spice smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it is spicy and the finish of this beer is quite dry.

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Photo of KatieS5643
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color, and has lots of foam when poured. It has a light spring smell to it, with hints of lemon and grass scents. It has a spice and fruity taste, its a good combination.

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

They don't make 'em much better than this.
Packs a punch too.
This ain't no ..."sit at the bar and down a 6 pack while watching a football game "... beer.
Is a beer to be savored.
Looks fantastic when poured correctly in a Duvel glass.
Have yet to see it on tap...
So...I wont call it the best beer ever ...but even in a bottle...it's in my top 3 I've ever had...


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Photo of evh883
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian is my favorite nationality of beer and this was definetely one I can put high in the rankings. As soon as it comes out of the bottle you know you have something special. A massive, everlasting, frothy head looms up over the sparkling, hazy yellow beer and leaves behind very heavy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a pleasant smell of hay. The yeast aroma is the most dominant though with notes of leather and sweat (doesn't sound to appetizing but in this case it's great!).

An tongue pleasing sweetness caries from beginning to end and complinments the excellent mouthfeel. A nice fizziness with a hint of astringency show up here.

Overall, you must try this beer no matter what your preference. It truly is an excellent beer.

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Photo of crzyd12
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours excellently into a tulip glass forming one of the thickest, non-nitro heads I've ever seen. The lacing lasts for the entire drinking experience. The liquid just slightly cloudy with dozens of minature bubbles running up in columns of greatness. Duvel smells like a light crispy beer with hints of orange and sweet malts. It tastes fresh and balanced, but no single ingredient stands out. The 8.5% alcohol content is hidden in the flavor, making it dangerous or awesome depending on the circumstances In my mouth the beer is crisp and light with slightly heavy carbonation, but this does not ruin the drinking experience making for a great beer anytime, anyplace.

The Public House in Boston hands out stickers that say "Why not Duvel?" and I second that thought.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,700 ratings.