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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,550 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,550
Reviews: 2,593
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 253
Gots: 591 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Jason_Quad, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale crystal clear yellow with a gentle pour producing a huge billowy white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of sticky lacing. This is one great looking beer!

S-Nose is not particularly distinctive, but I'm picking up some fruit and yeast and thats about it.

T-Very crisp taste of light fruit/citrus, malt and spice. Its not terribly complex but it is good.

M-Crisp, dry, light body. A bit of a sting from the carb, but it suits the beer well. Very clean finish.

D-Very drinkable beer. Several of these in a sitting is certainly doable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. But of course, you knew that already.

Lerxst, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of mooseo
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow, with a huge creamy white head. Massive. Bubbles rapidly rise from the middle of the glass. Great retention with lacing everywhere.

S - Delicious complex aroma. Citrusy (lemon & apple stick out) with some yeast, hops and spice.

T - Incredible. Up front are pleasant citrus notes, yeast, and toasted malts. The finish is spicy with a nice tart sweetness. Well balanced with just a bit of alcohol coming through and a hint of bitterness. Perfect taste.

M- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Lively carbonation.

D - This might be my favorite beer ever. Provides an all around great drinking experience. The drinkability is high and the taste is stunning.

mooseo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ricke
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving date: 2009-01-26. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on label (Best before September 2011). Some brief recommendations on serving temperature and pouring procedure on the label.

Appearance: A very pale golden yellow, basically totally clear as most of the yeast stayed in the bottle. Despite a gentle pour, the white head is enormous and rocky with big bubbles in the foam. Incredible head retention with big chunky lacings on the glass. The production of bubbles in the brew seems endless.

Smell: Lemon, ripe green apples and a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: More lemon and fruit - mostly apples. Some sweet malts becomes present just for a little while. Then, a more sour fruitiness develops in tandem with some spices just before the finish. Here, a slight perfumy character becomes evident as well. The semi-dry finish is subtle but distinct with a nice mix of gentle bitter hops, more sour notes and a complementary sting from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but the head provides creamy foam to every sip more than halfway through the beer. The seemingly endless carbonation provides pleasant bubbles. All in all, a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer is truly well-balanced, but still bold with fantastic flavors. However, I would say that it's in the drinkability department that this one truly excels: it just drinks very very well. Of course, the alcohol will sooner of later take its toll, but it should be noted that it's not before the very end that the taste of alcohol becomes prominent.

ricke, Jan 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bryehn, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bkrbdan, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JC333, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mpyle
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - golden color, sparkling clarity. Big foamy white head with good retention.

Aroma - Some hop spiciness, a bit of alcohol, and an earthy character presumably from the yeast.

Flav - Gentle malt and cidery fruit flavor initially. Dries out significantly to a slightly dry finish

MF - Medium body, high carbonation. No asgtringency, slight alcohol warming

D'ability - Moderate body, muted flavors, and dry finish give it the drinkability of a lager.

mpyle, Dec 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Devman171, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

drmcleod10, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Augustiner719
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Duvel I have ever had. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into the duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very yellow, almost piss-like semi-clear color. Huge head from a moderate pour. Very nice lacing down the glass and head retention is amazing. Still had a head throught the session. Pillowy fluffy head.

Smell: A little challanged on the nose. Slight malty and banana peel aromas. A faint lemony rubbery aroma.

Taste: Very nice. Tastes like a nice strong pale ale but with that european feel to it. Packed with flavor in such a light colored beer. Alcohol comes through a little bit but its contained through the malty finish. Nice bitter hops on the initial attack.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. A lot of tiny bubbles. Medium viscosity with a nice creamy aftertaste that coats the palate, yet refreshing.

Drinkabilty: Great sesssion beer if you can handle a couple of these. Strong but not too strong. Overall very refreshing and tasty. Great to accompany grilled meats and veggies.

Augustiner719, Nov 17, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Fitzmke, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Jtrigonis, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Wsherry1, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of hyuga
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured slowly into a Duvel glass, this beer is beautifully presented. Half of the glass is filled with the pale golden elixir, which is only slightly hazy since I left about 2cm in the bottle to keep the yeast out. This is topped off with a huge, rocky, pure white head that leaves a generous amount of lace, yet stays very well. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the very bottom of the glass, helping the head's wonderful staying power. Spicy aroma of pepper and fruit esters, along with some malt presence in the background. On the palate, delicate yet spicy pepper tickles at the tongue, creating a tingly yet smooth mouthfeel. Slightly fruity sweetness is the major player here, and goes perfectly with the spiciness. Very slight hop character shows itself in a rind-like bitterness around the middle and in the finish. The finish is otherwise sweet, but is dominated by the aforementioned hop bitterness. The high alcohol content is not at all noticeable, making this dangerously drinkable! This is a god among beers, truly a masterpiece and worthy of its high esteem. One of the wonders of the beer world.

hyuga, Oct 22, 2002
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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork flew right out of my hand with a literally deafening pop sound. My right ear is still ringing and I think the neighbors called the police. This amazing beer pours a pale, hazy yellow with a huge white head that loves to hang out and tease you. I smell a very pleasant fruitiness, mostly lemon. The mouthfeel is very crisp from the high carbonation, but it's a most enjoyable carbonation. To simply state the complexity of taste: sweet, fruity, spicy(mostly on the finish), simply amazing. This beer defines what high drinkability is. 8.5% ABV? You would never have a clue of that high level without the label on the bottle stating it. Not to sound repetitive, but this beer can definitely be dangerous. I'm going to struggle to limit myself to one 750mL bottle.

AudioGilz, Feb 03, 2003
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. This beer looks amazing! HUGE pillowy head that lasts for days. great lacing all over the glass. Crystal clear golden color with lots of bubbles floating to the top, thanks to the etched glass.

This beer has a wonderful nose. I get some nice floral, belgian yeast, citrus and hop notes. Nice and complex.

Tastes very similar to the smell. A little bit of hop flavor. Lots of citrus, a little fruit and some yeasty flavors. Nice dry crisp hop finish.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Nice carbonation makes it feel soft in your mouth. Goes down very easy, almost too easy!

This beer is one of my all time favorites. A true classic!

muletrane, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2oz) to tulip glass, pours extreeemely carbonated, even a very slow pour yields incredible head, pours a clear golden shade with excellent head retention, dollops of foam whilest drinking

smells of belgian yeast (banana/clove), spices, sweet malts

tastes extremely drinkable! crisp belgian yeastiness kicks off the show followed by a light sweetness/sourness, light bitterness, carbonation makes everything pop, lingering spice, alcohol is certainly hidden devilishly.

mouthfeel is very creamy and slightly thick from carbonation, bubbles slide over the tongue, light bitterness, extremely drinkable for abv!

paired with aged cheddar grazier and cranberry white cheddar, deliciously

drxandy, Aug 18, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BradMacMullin, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a cervoise glass.

A: Wow, poured as gently as I could, still got two fingers of bubbly white head with lots of lacing. Clear golden beer, intense carbonation flowing up from the bottom. Honestly I'd say the retention is a little too much, die down so I can drink you!

S: I just get straw and a bit of yeast. No off-smells but nothing special.

T: Very delicate and homogeneous, hard for me to pick out any individual flavors. A bit of apricot at the end of a sip as it dries. Clean aftertaste, nothing lingers.

M: Very carbonated, champagne-like. A bit much for my taste, but I guess correct for the style.

Overall: A good beer and a nice rite of passage I feel like I needed. I think Victory and some other American brewers have emulated it just as well though.

RichardMNixon, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Kerne, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of TheBierBand
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I made a beer run to Jungle Jim's again this week.... got some good stuff including Duvel... I've seen so much hype on this one that I had to break down and try it.... so here goes.

Poured into a pint glass... sorry... I was at a friend's house and proper glassware was not available.... still, the head was a gratifying 2" of pure white pillowy foam that lasted and had good stickage. The beer itself was a slightly cloudy yellow... I drained the last drop out of the bottle and was pleased to see some rather sizeable chunks floating around in my beer!

Nose: Rather typical of most belgians I've tried... nice banana and spice mingle together.

Taste: Like it smells... lightly toasted malt with a subtile banana and spice (slight clove).

MF: fizzy... like most belgians.... but not too fizzy. Crisp, clean finish... not too heavy.

Drinkability: Good example of a Belgian SPA... Ist it worthy of the hype?.... maybe the jury is still out on that one...

TheBierBand, Apr 23, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a mountain of snow-white head, clearing the top of the glass by a full inch easily. Hazy golden color. This beer looks absolutely perfect. Incredible head retention that leaves behind a web of sticky, bubbly lacing.

S - Sweet malt and fruitiness backed by some nice grassy hops. Apple and pear notes make of much of the fruit aspect, but a light citrusy zest comes through as well. A touch of spice and some barley are also detectable. I don't get a lot of yeastiness here though, kind of odd.

T - Tons going on here. Lots of fruity flavors, with tart apples, light banana notes, white grapes, and a touch of pear coming through. Yeast is much more apparent here, really bready and distinctly Belgian. Finish is a barrage of tart apples, floral and grassy hops, bready yeast and strong spices. While the spices do have a citrusy coriander like character, there's a powerful peppery quality that gives the finish a really unique feel. While this beer is very true to what Belgian ales are, it has a different feel than any I've come across. Aftertaste is light bitterness, yeast, peppery spice, light but earthy malt, and a faint touch of alcohol warmth. Fairly complex, but at the same time balanced really well.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Carbonation is quite high, but feels nice and bubbly, and not fizzy. Finishes spicy and dry. Just a touch syrupy from the alcohol. While the carbonation is nice, as I can feel the bubbles lightly prickle my tongue even after the beer is gone, the feel overall wasn't as smooth as I had hoped. For a brew that I've heard considered the 'champagne of beers', this area was a slight let down.

D - Overall, an excellent beer. It's easy to see why this one is an absolute classic and a must-try for any beer-lover. While the flavor profile is fairly big and complex, it's also balanced and extremely easy to drink, and the drinkability on this one is through the roof. A great Belgian and a fantastic beer overall.

Converge, Mar 02, 2012
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,550 ratings.