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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,726 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,726
Hads: 7,544
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 406
Gots: 1,346 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | 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 Fizzlybear
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a pale yellow, with a large fluffy head that had great retention. Took me a while to pour this one.

S - I found it to have a very sweet smell, Sugar and honey where prominent with crisp fruitiness to it.

T - A mixture of wheat and fruits where at the forefront of the taste with a sharp hops finish and I picked up a hint of liquorish.

M&D - A very good sipping beer, but after one sip you will want another one straight after. Surprisingly refreshing for its percentage.

Overall a good beer that it always a joy to have.

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Photo of colefsuwr
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel is a top of the line beer to anyone with nose and palate. When you dive you nose into the generous amount of head you can smell a wonderul world of cloves and banana. In my opinion what makes duvel world class, is the beautiful balance of the two all across your palate from beginning to finnish.

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Photo of alicemcneil
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top notch, world class beer; as close to perfection as you can get. Light, fresh, with ample carbonation and a pleasant taste. The 8.5% ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of barleypop
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sure glad I finally got around to trying this one. This is my definite favorite in its style.

The beer rushes to life as you unleash it from the bottle. Once slowly poured, it shows a thick dense head with a golden orange colored body.

The nose is very fruity. Most prevalent to my sniffer was an aroma of lemon,banana and spice.

The fruit comes alive on your tongue with agressive hops and carbonation. Very velvety on the tongue. Excellent finish. I enjoyed this one with a sharp cheddar and it was a nice combination. I can't wait to try this one on tap. Truly a special ale.

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

Serving type: 750ml bottle corked and caged. Served in tulip glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow. Huge fluffy billowing head with soapy sticky lacing.

Smell: Spice, ground pepper. Fruity, yeasty, sweet, sweet malt aromas.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front. Wham! sweet and fruity turns to bold and phenolic, which fades into spicy hops and alcohol. The alchol is present, yet pleasant and very much wanted.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth. Streaming effervescent carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability/Overall: So light and crisp that you forget about the high ABV. Easy to drink and a pleasure to enjoy! A devil of a treat!

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Photo of kruse
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Lovely golden pour with an enormous creamy white head. Head retention would have been better if the bar had the proper glass, but still impressive. Lot's of lacing.
S: Apple notes with hop overtones.
T: Lovely, balanced combination of bitter and mild sweetness.
M: Very good, but a little thin at the end.
D: A very drinkable beer. Goes down a bit too easily considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of johlendorf
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just starting to try Belgians.

A = Bright straw color. Well carbonated. Towering fluffy white head.

S = Yeast. Faint alcohol & hops.

T = Smooth and crisp. Mild hops, fruit. Yeasty.

M&D =Very light for the high ABV. I drink mostly heavy American beers so it's a treat to find something strong with such a light feel just in time for spring.

This beer is so well balanced I can see why it's a standard. Time to get a sixer and branch out.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some notes from the last couple weeks...

A - Pours a light golden color, with a slight, but retaining white head. Very nicce lacing. Cloudy. Carbonation is obvious.

S - Maybe a strange way to describe it, but it smells very clean. Not soapy, but clean. A little fruity, maybe apricot.

T - Sweet, not pungent. Some awesome flavors...Belgian goodness. Still a bit of fruit, not sure if it's apricot. Strangely enough, I'm picking up a bit of cucumber. Very pleasing.

M - Highly carbonated. Very interesting. Crisp.

O - What a really good beer. Very flavorful, very drinkable. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Airedoggie
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I let the bottle sit for 15-20 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a huge white fluffy head that doesn't quit. Beautiful lacing. looks more like a fine Pilsner.

S: Gives a light yeasty fragrance like sour bread, sweet with apples and perhaps oranges. Faint spices too along with musty hoppiness.

T: Mildly sweet with a hint of bitterness. Apples and oranges with a slight sour hoppy taste that lingers in your mouth after the dry finish.

M: A fresh, clean crisp carbonation. Creamy and light to medium bodied mouthfeel. the alchohol at 8.1% is perceptible.

D: Seems too drinkable given the high ABV. Certainly an exceptionally quaffable brew - one of my all-time favorite beers.

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Photo of knowledge
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. Very hoppy and beautiful. The rich head has to be tamed and must use precaution when poured. I received mine in a gift box with a tulip glass. Smells fruity and delicious. Well done, also the alcohol content is not present by its beautiful texture, not thin yet not thick.


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Photo of jktedder12
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Light, hazy straw color with a 2 finger foamy head with nice lacing. Head stayed around for most of the session. Citrus aroma. Nice strong ale mouthfeel. Fruity taste with bread & yeast characteristics. Also peppery notes in the aftertaste. Overall excellent beer. Lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of SteveoNY
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml corked (pop) brown bottle with a best before date of 08 2012. Quick tips on how to pour the beer (unhurriedly) as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label. Yes the Duvel glass on the back of the label has more head in the pic than beer: thats what you will get.(42 degrees) nice bottle and labeling.

Appearance: huge foamy chunky head 3 to 4 fingers like an icecream float. the lace clings to the glass in patchy clumps. slight cloudy yeasty golden hue. chunks of foamy head clinging to the glass all the way down. the head will outlast the brew itself with some foam left in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: smells like warm piss, yeast bite in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, no maltyness at all to me. champange like bubbly texture, yeast, hop bitterness and alcohol very prominent. very crisp.

Notes: maybe this Belgian strong pale ale isnt for me. I respect it, but now have to finish this 750 ml bottle that I opened because I payed $11 for it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has a translucent honey-amber color and a wonderful bouquet with hints of yeast and citrus overtones. This beer is very effervescent and has a large white head that very slowly fades to a thin frothy film. On tasting there is a pleasant, fine tingling that lingers on your tongue. There is a slight sweetness at the onset and firm but, subtle hoppiness to give a prolonged finish.

This is another beer that you will not tire of with frequent consumption. This is one of my all time favorite beers!

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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

A - Light golden color and hazy. Pours a thick white head with exceptional lacing.

S - Smells fruity and bitter (from the alcohol) -- similar to other Belgian Strong Ales.

T - Sharp, tangy, and fruity. Has a pleasant dryness. Although it tastes outstanding, there are other BSAs I prefer over this.

M - Dry and carbonated, similar to a fine champagne. Quite full-bodied as well.

O - This beer exemplifies what a world-class BSA should taste like. The consistency, flavor, and aroma merge together almost flawlessly.

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Photo of LVituri
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uma cerveja muito famosa e de qualidade. Acredito que se ela fosse uma simples belgian blond ale mereceria mais pontos, mas pelo fato de ser uma strong, ela poderia ser mais aromática e possuir um aroma um pouco mais complexo, porém mesmo assim, é uma ótima cerveja, vale a pena conferir.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It started as I seen the bottle, it was the only one left sitting on the counter as it seemed it was destined for me to cherish for the night. As I poured I was curious as one of the most noticable details was the foamy top that reminded me of such south american beers I had before. It poured a rich golden blonde with a sweet aroma and luscious fruity essence that was one of the main attractions I had hoped for. The taste was rather clean and crisp with a warm spice of after taste. The ABV of 8.5% was cleary masked in the flavor though it later help in keeping warm. This is a keeper, if you have a chance to spot the black label give this a try.

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Photo of smitty1080
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s so pretty. Poured out a golden yellow with a head that could support a beach umbrella. Bubbles danced on the sides of the glass try to get away from the alcohol. The aroma had yeast, citrus and alcohol. The taste was tart, yeasty and warming.

A definite wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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

The Devil,huh ? Well come on in.This belgian poured a bright clear gold with a wonderfully foamy head that left heavy lacing all the way down,The champagne -like carbonation was a definite plus.This looked just beautiful sitting there in my goblet.Both aroma and flavor were subtley citrucy and spicy with slight hints of clove and banana.Overall, full bodied and extremely smooth.This one is definitely a keeper.

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Photo of Teke0611
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review -
Poured from a 750 corked & caged bottle into 'signature' glass. As reported on the duvel website, the beer filled about half of the glass followed by an intensely (sp) white head almost to the brim.

Tiny bubbles continued throughout the experience from the center of the bottom of the glass where a small, raised "D" acted its part.

Super easy to drink, with a wonderful taste. Nothing assualted the nose, and it was quite pleasant. Definitely recommended, either for just yourself or on those great occasions.

Purchased for about seven bucks at Bittersweet Liquors, along with a four pack each of La Fin Du Monde and Allagash white.

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Photo of mbutter1997
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color w/ ~3 fingers of light head that sticks around and adheres well to the glass. Bubbles continue to rise along the side throughout the session. Word of caution...pour slowly. When I had this at a restaurant in Cooperstown, NY, the waitress was a bit rushed in the pour as wasted several ounces...it was tragic.
S: Very nice hop aromas, slightly sweet. A nice "prequel" of the taste to come.
T: This is what pale beer should taste like...nectar of the gods. Perfect blend of hops, barley, malt & yeast. The bottle conditioning gives a slight boost to the flavor.
M: High carbonation gives a moderate tingling; good aftertaste and an enjoyable experience.
D: Very drinkable and always enjoyable. I first had this many years ago in Switzerland, then again 2 years ago in Cooperstown. It has only been in the last year that I've been able to find it here in Omaha. But since my first tasting, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to each and every bottle.

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Photo of hops1337
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of duvel recently, cost around 65 bucks but it was worth it. All were poured into a 16oz. tulip glass.

Head: huge!!! 3 finger head. Be carefull when pouring this beer. Just follow the instructions on the bottle, you should be alright. Settles into the rockiest head ive ever seen, with some serious laceing along the way.

Color: Golden, extremly light in color for a beer with such a high abv.

Mouthfeel: Good, carbonated and refreshing. Sort of dry.

Taste: Slightly smokey with a hint of hops good spring time brew

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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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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.