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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,979
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 853 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claytri
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured a cloudy effervesent light gold with two fingers of white head. It had an aroma of malt, fruit and flowers. The taste was sharp with hints of malt and good hop bite to it, a finish that had a mint and bananna taste to it. It was well bodied with a honeyish feel to it. This is a fine beer and the taste and body make you want to drink it in volume, the bite though encourages a little slower pace.

Photo of scooter231
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So the first time I tried this I was a little disappointed. It didn't live up to the hype as I thought it would. But, it's been quite a while- so I'm giving it another shot. Here goes...

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw-like color with miles of white poofy head that leaves lovely lacing around the glass. The head won't stop! It grows and grows! Smell is malty and peppery- makes my nose twitch a little, actually. Lemon, lots of lemon. Spicy.

Taste is also lemony with a strong maltyness dominating. Some juicy fruityness and a hint of bitterness at the end. It's tasty, but... pale? I think is the right word. It just doesn't impress me like it should- the big WOW isn't there- it's just not flavorful enough.

Mouthfeel is lively and bubbley, smooth, a bit chewy, and crisp. Clean feeling. Overall a very drinkable brew- not overwhelming, and certainly easy to drink considering it's alcohol content. But it just doesn't do it for me like I'd like it to. I'd take La Fin or Delirium Tremens over this any day.

Photo of PintOHops
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Mostly clear yellow/gold color with lots of fine bubbles rising to the top. Produced 2-3 fingers of fluffy head, somewhat soapy looking as well. Retention is great, and it left lots of splashy lacing.

S - Very dry & champagne like, I get grape skin, some pear upfront. Beneath the dry champagne like qualities is soft banana & clove, it's mildly spicy with a bit of tangerine peel or orange peel in there somewhere, maybe a bit of pepper.

T - Very very yeasty with soft, delicate banana & clove, unfolding into pair & apple like notes that are intertwined in the yeasty goodness! A bit dry with sour/tart grape notes on the finish, and long musky yeast flavors that linger just a bit. I did notice some alcohol but man is it hidden well! Delicate yet very simple.

M - Soft & smooth with just a touch of carbonation, medium in body.

D - Everything about this beer seemed just so delicate, I thought it was very simple in both taste & smell, which was nice. The drinkability has gotta be pretty damn high on this one, as It tasted like 7% around room temp! I'm not big on the style but I'd have this one again sometime. Definitely recommended. Cheers!

Photo of Geuzedad
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of KevinL
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Wsherry1
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jlogan7
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SamN
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz shawty bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Duvel pours out a cloudy gold with mad carbonation flowing up from the stem. This beer has an absolutely enormous head; flowing up and out the glass and down the side, like so much Jamaican ocean water running down Eva Mendes' perfect thigh. Such a sexy beer, hold on I need to adjust my trousers...crazy lacing expected.

S- Hops dominate the nose, obviously; flowery smells mixed with grapefruit.

T- Definitely a Belgian pale ale; lots of hops with a lot of alcohol, but the 8.5% ABV is hidden deep within the mountain of hops and that particular Belgian yeast strain that adds extra depth of flavor. Light tasting and almost refreshing.

M- Lighter body and lots of tiny bubbles, makin' me feel fine.

D- Drinkability suffers from it's intense hops character (which I don't personally care for) and it's strong alcohol content (which I do care for). Best drank one at a time to enjoy it at it's fullest.

Photo of goalie33
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Beautiful straq gold color, clear, with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.
S: Yeast and breadiness with some fruits.
T: Nice fruitiness upfront with a very pleasand biscutty finish.

This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It looks absolutely amazing, with its great color and huge white head. The taste was just plain delicious. Not very bitter, with incredible flavors. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, just watch out for the alcohol content. It is well hidden in the taste, but it can sneak up on you.

Two thumbs up!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel take 2.

Pours a nice pale yellow. Rapid moving carbonation streams emit upwards. Massive white head retains excellently. Smell of light pears, malt sweetness, and spice. Taste upfront is tangy and crisp. Maltyness upfront with a solid spicy hop backbone. Low profile florals. Fruits are there, but only come in lightly. This beer fits the Belgian Pale Ale category perfectly. Duvel is crisp and light on the palate, and is dangerously drinkable.
Duvel is one of the best, much respect goes out to this beer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheTrevor
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. It poured a pale cloudy gold with a fluffy two-finger head with a lot of lacing. The smell is fruity with some yeast and a bit of alcohol. The taste starts off with some fruity sweet malt that gives way to some yeastiness that fades into balanced hops and a dry finish with a little alcohol warming, without any overwhelming alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation that provides a very pleasant crispness. An incredibly drinkable beer, especially for the proof. The shining example of the style, a great beer that's a must try for anyone interested in beer.

Photo of miadw3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dbarny76
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer. Very clean and crisp. Has a golden color with very nice head retention. The abv is hidden extremely well in this beer. Overall one of my favorite non trappist Belgians. Has a nice citrus hint to it. Not as foggy as most Belgian beers. I really dont know what else to say except, try this one. You will be thankful.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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