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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,735 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,735
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 282
Gots: 667 | 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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Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow straw-like color, giant frothy and oily white head. It looks very much like a pilsner minus the head. The aroma is very sweet and a little fruity from the malt and candy sugar, with a little citrus-like character from the spicy hops. The taste is of a nice thick syrupy Belgian, but sweeter. A lot of esters in the flavor some tart apricot, almost cherry like, and then even some white grapes. Hops are there, mainly for balancing though, they just add a little tangy-ness to the mouthfeel, which is pretty light and tingly. Dangerously drinkable at 8.5%.

I do recognize this as a landmark beer, and respect it for that. And I think it's really good, but I feel like some gush over it a little more than it deserves.

dfried, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of SamN
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

SamN, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - A nice golden color with a large amount of head. Leaves behind great lacing.

S - This has a great smell, a little bit of lemon, spice and some yeasty bread.

T - This is everything I was expecting and more. A crisp array of fruits with a little bit of spice, the alcohol was hidden very well. This tastes better as it starts to warm up a bit.

M - A good amount of carbonation and a medium body that adds up to a great experience. Feels really good all the way down.

D - For the high ABV, this goes down without a hitch. If it weren't for the price, I would drink a lot more of these in one sitting.

Wisconsinality, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this chub into a glass...

Looks like sparkling cider only with a much bigger head. Very pale. Completely alive with bubbles. The middle slowly sinks but the constant flow of soft carbonation acts as a perpetual head replenisher. This is one of the most dynamic beers I have ever seen. I was debating on whether to give it a 5 for appearance because I'm pretty damn stingy with the 5s, but after almost an hour it was still brimming with life. I decided the glass had a better chance of biodegrading than this head ever dying.

More aroma than the pale color suggested. Alcohol, plus....pineapple, or apple, or I don't know. Maybe acetone.

The taste is out of my descriptive range. Not really strong or bad, just elusive. To be honest, it reminds of the smell in the air when my wife does her nails.

Very light, very crisp, very dry. Too close to champagne for me.

Drinkability is like sparkling cider. How much could you have?

Overall: didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I'll let my tastes continue to develop and have it again in a year or so.

PatronWizard, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of yen157
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the greats. A slightly cloudy, yellow brew with a rocky, perfectly white head. Banana and cloves in the nose, very nice. The spice in the beer, which comes out first, was accentuated by the carbonation. Next came the alcohol along with the hops, slightly bitter and warming, followed by the malt. The only aftertaste is a little tartness and vanilla. This is one of the beers that started my love affair with the nectar of the gods, or in this case, the devil.

yen157, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of surlytheduff
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an ethereal golden yellow, with a big frothy pillowy head. Spirals of bubbles were shooting upwards through the liquid.

The two dominant scents for me was yeast and light grassy/citrusy/hop aroma.

Slight pleasant burn from alcohol hitting my palette. Tasty yeast iflavor, with solid citrus notes. A very well rounded maltiness to it.

Medium body, with a small bite to the tongue. Finished pleasantly dry.

surlytheduff, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold with a huge white rocky head that lasts forever. Bottle said "best before 6/2005."

A fruity sweet (pear/apple) nose leads to a sweet, malty, fruit estery (banana, green apple, pear, pineapple? clove?) flavor with a wonderfully mouth-filling character. The finish is remarkably like a granny smith apple dipped in malt. Vastly drinkable for its strength.

sponberg, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of obywan59
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby.

I'd been eyeing the Duvel gift boxes for a month. Finally, last week I decided to snag the last one. I'm sure it must have been marked down, as the gift box was only a buck-fifty more than the Duvel stubby 4-pack. So now I have the famous Duvel glass--awesome!

Not being able to read the fine print on the label, I gave it my normal hard pour and ended up with 2 fingers of brew and a chunky, foamy-white head towering over the copious tulip glass. It took a few minutes, but I was soon able to get the rest of the beer in the glass. Easilly one of the most glorious heads ever. The golden "Duvel" lettering backed by the white head matched almost perfectly the color of the brew. The beer itself was tramslucent and light gold in color. As it receded, patches of foamy white lacing adorned the glass and a lump of foam (it looked like a Duvel float) rested on the brew being fed by a smoky tower of bubbles. One of the coolest looking beers ever.

A bit horsey from the Belgian yeast. Lemony. Peppery. A little apple. One single whiff of peppery watercress. Some sweet malt as well.

Some light lemony sweetness in the taste with a decently bitter finish.

Great mouthfeel. Somewhat drying with a light tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. Some burn from the alcohol which continues as a warming in the throat.

Quite easy to drink for a Belgian. Nicely warming for the winter, yet light enough to be a good summer brew. Two stubbys and I'm feeling good.

It's really hard for me not to pour all my beer knto the glass, but someday, I'll sample this again, and try to leave the yeast in the bottle.

obywan59, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Body is a pure golden hue. Big fluffy marshmallow type head that sparkles and looks like those glittery styrofoam balls.

Nose is light crisp and a little fruity (apples and strawberries). Some floral hopping similar to potpourri.

Spicy yeast hits the tongue first and a rich full flavor beer develops on the palate eventually wiping clean. More of that light floral hopping, sweet residual sugars, pear, citrus and white pepper. Moderate mouthfeel, barely an aftertaste, and little trace of alcohol. Just a great balanced beer. Benchmark for the style. But at the same time I wish something would stand out. It's funny that everyone looks for a certain balance in a beer but this is almost seems too balanced.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of layinbrix
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

layinbrix, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

MisledTitan, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.25/5  rDev 0%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of SDG1070
4.25/5  rDev 0%

SDG1070, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of hsus0225
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

hsus0225, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Buckeye982, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Wsherry1
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Wsherry1, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Northcoast Coop here in Eureka, CA this set me back a full $7.99. Serious money, but then this is a serious beer. Poured into my Duvel glass it was a slightly cloudy golden color with a gigantic head that looks like a mushroom shaped cloud. The head lasted a long time and left big chunks of lacing in the glass. Aroma is cloves spices with a lot of coriander, floral hops, and yeast. Mouthfeel is rich and greasy. Simply wonderful. Flavor is yeasty, with some floral notes. Nice dry finish and good to the very last drop. A really nice brew

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Sipchue
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sipchue, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous as ever, the crystal clear yellow liquid is topped by a minimum of three fingers of frothy fine white foam. Bubbles cascade from the base of the glass in an endless stream

S - White bread, spritz of lemon rind, banana esters, stonefruit, Belgian yeast and some pepper.

T - Peppery and a bit tart. Bread and some citrus, plus nectarine and banana. Similar to the nose, but more yeast and spice.

M - Light and as-crisp-as-can-be. Sharp and stings the tongue a little in just the right way. Mellows out and rounds in the finish and is very pleasant.

O - A wonderful beer -- the classic light Belgian pale with lots of kick. Really fantastic.

greenmonstah, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Heretic42
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Heretic42, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Psychmusic, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Brdlist, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

n2pux, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of baiser
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale straw colour, with a HUGE foamy white head. No matter how gently you pour this beauty, the head will be big and creamy. The head subsided in such a way that it reminded of what happens when you heat marshmallows and then let it cool quickly, sort of a deflating effect. Left a nice blanket of foam over the beer.

Smelled fruity and alcoholic.

Flavour of malty sweetness throughout each sip. A mid sip hop bitterness is present, but only slightly noticeable. The warmth of the alcohol really takes over towards the end. Taste is a tad phenolic as well.

This just feels so damn smooth and creamy in your mouth. It's like it explodes in your mouth after you sip it in (well maybe that's a bit exaggerated, but it's close).

A good session beer except for the 8.5% abv. Wonderful belgian ale, a devil of a beer.

baiser, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of CrazyMike
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It was very, very difficult to not give this all 5's. But I realized this beer isn't a god among men (but very close) so 4.5's are close enough.

Wow, this beer is just amazing. Beautiful pale appearance. The aroma is sweet and fruit filled. The taste is also fruity, sweet and creamy. A bit spicy and goes down smoothly. This begins to push the boundries of a beer and begins to taste like a fine wine. This is just everything I would expect in a great beer.

This beer is unfortunatly extreamly rare. I luckly found two bottles of this in a dark corner of a liquor store. I would definatly recommend you try this if you can find it, I would even recommend importing a case. It's worth it.

CrazyMike, Dec 26, 2005
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,735 ratings.