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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
world-class

6,911 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,911
Reviews: 2,633
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 310
Gots: 790 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 SStein
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(330 ml bottle, white label, "best before 09 2007")

Ah... this is my first "evil" beer. Duvel may be a mass produced beer, but this beer is still proof that a big brewery can still be considered a "craft" brewery. This beer might not be everyone's cup of tea, and I myself probably wouldn't make this beer a regular habit, but this is definitely a must try for anyone who considers themselves a serious beer drinker.

Duvel pours a deceptive gold color, to which the uninitiated might confuse it with a standard fizzy yellow beer. When poured in the Duvel glass, the head is gargantuan, and a flurry of bubbles are visible within the golden liquid. The foam retains extremely well and leaves some nice sticky lace. The aroma had some light sweetness, spiciness, and yeastiness to it. As it warmed, the smell become increasingly more spicy. The bubbly mouthfeel hits the tongue and "stings" it slightly, and combined with the alcoholic warmth this beer feels a bit "hot." The flavor has some light sweetness and fruitiness, but the main flavor includes a huge spicy and peppery flavor. The alcohol does show up a bit in the flavor as well. The overall flavor combined with the hops make the finish drying and bitter. In the aftertaste, the dryness/bitterness linger on with a green apple-like fruitiness accompanying it. Further on (about 5 minutes later), a herbal/tea like aftertaste arrived. I was tasting this beer well after I finished off the glass. The beer concludes with a nice warming sensation.

This is a beautiful looking brew with a unique taste that is surprisingly easy to drink. I didn't know what to think of it at first, but the taste grew on me (I would say it improved as the beer grew warmer). A classic.

Photo of ujsplace
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into (what else?) a Duvel tulip glass.

Beautiful looking brew. Enormous white head with plenty of lacing resting atop the pale white-golden liquid.

Smells of sweet yeasty breads and fruits

Taste is mild sweet malts and bready yeasts, maybe apple or white grape fruits, with a nicely balanced, subtle bitter hop finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Big carbonation and light/medium mouthfeel, crisp and quenching.

Delicious...this brew is always a great idea. In spite of the abv, I could easily session this like a mo-fo...

Photo of yankeej13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of KMcG
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow, lots of bulbble action, beautiful pillowy 2-3 finger head that leaves a thin lace of foam on the beer. Superior legs!

S: Lemon, white grape & musty funk

T: Complex: nice yeast flavor, a slight hop bitterness, champagne, and some sort of spice in the background that is difficult to identify (clove?).

M: Refreshing, crisp, slightly tart, lots of fine bubbles

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hautacam
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this with great anticipation and expectation.
Pours beautifully golden slighly cloudy with a huge head into the Duvel chalice...really, really huge...fun to watch it slowly recede with nice lacing and little sinkholes throughout ( I'm sure there's a better beer geek term for that,sorry ).

Smells nice..malt, yeast , slight fruit.

Taste at first was a little disappointing...first few sips.."what's all the fuss about this stuff ?"...way too carbonated for me , interfering with the flavor. Anyway, that sure changed....once it de-gased a bit and warmed just a little, the complexity came out...there's so much going on on the palate...I kept looking at the simple gold color and wondered where all this was coming from. There's fruit, malt, sweet, hops, alcohol.. and more...all well balanced....every flavor I love in Belgian goldens was there in just the right amount.
3/4 the way through this glass I had decided that this is just a perfect beer and deserves all the praise it gets.

Drinkable....I would have a few. I'd love to make this one of those that's always in the fridge, but it's a little too pricy for that.

I told a few friends about this..and a few weeks later they said they had almost exactly the same experience...although you may resist initially ; the Duvel gets your soul in the end.

Photo of rayjay
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 03 2009

HUGE fluffy white head full of soft champagne bubbles, the kind of head you can overflow out of the top of the glass and make a swirl on the top and it keeps its shape. Rich hazy golden color. One fine looking beer.

Rich nose with banana and nilla wafers. Hoppy profile with a rich sweet malt body and gentle but busy carbonation. Richness and hoppiness are well balanced. Alcohol is tastefully presented, and easy to palate. Slightly warming. Is this the predecessor to American Double Pilsners?

This is a beautiful beer and it's relatively easy to find, and I often overlook it. Dangerously drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of BeanBone
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautifully hazy, golden-straw body topped with a mile of pillowy white head. The head looks like a dollop of meringue, lasts until the end of the glass, and leaves brilliant lacing. Simply gorgeous.

Aroma: Yeasty, spicy, and fruity with a whiff or two of booze. Thoroughly Belgian.

Taste: Intense. Lots of fruit (mainly apples and light citrus), bready yeast, and spices (pepper and clove). All of this over a tasty pale malt backbone. That over eight-percent alcohol content is there, but it's masked remarkably well and what does manifest itself is nothing but complimentary to the rest of the flavors. The aftertaste is complex, with many of the bready and spicy flavors in full effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with a terrific carbonation and occasional hints of alcohol. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Certainly more drinkable than the alcohol content would suggest, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: Duvel is truly a brilliant beer and thoroughly stands up to it's rather lofty reputation. If you're looking to start your journey through the fascinating world Belgian beers, you certainly won't go wrong with this as your first step. A classic in all regards.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml pours a clear golden colour on the first pour, and a hazy golden colour on the second duvel glass. Each glass was loaded with foam lacing the glass. The first pour actually formed a marshmallow of foam, interesting. Taste is of very sweet fruits with the slightest of tingles for the abv%. Fairly drinkable overall though, and a decent beverage.

Photo of brywhite
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cvescalante
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Lupe
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours absolutely beautiful: hazy pale-golden color with a creamy-chunky head that leaves woderful lace. The aroma is fruity and sweet, some yeast, and spicy notes. Light to medim body with a soft, smooth mouthfeel - carbonation works nicely. Full, rich flavor with a malt-candylike sweetness. Next comes some bitterness and spiciness. A lemon rind-like taste pulls it all together with great balance. great either chilled or after warming a bit. Alcohol stays hidden, making it very easy to drink. A temptation from the Devil. A -class beer!!

Photo of Padron4KM
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow with a mountainous fluffy white head. Chunks of lace left in it’s wake.
Aroma is kind of grainy, kind of yeasty.
Flavor is kind of lemony, kind of apple, sweet/tart,
A crisp refreshing brew. The alcohol kind of sneaks up on you, the 8.5 isn’t real noticed until you about finish the bottle.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BRD14
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kerne
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml stubby brown bottle with a best before date. Quick tips on how to pour the beer as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label.
Appearance: golden yellow with a firm white head.
Smell: strong spiciness with a fruity aroma
Taste&mouthfeel: medium bodied crispness with a slightly sweet taste. Very dry.
I have to give this "5's" accross the board. I had my 2nd one today(one per day that is). Fruity smell, great appearance, tastes excellent all around. Less expensive at the national chain "Total Wine & More" compared to a local discount store. Go figure. $12.99/4 pk. Drinking from a Duvel glass ($14.99/4pk and glass!) Let me know if you find it cheaper elsewhere.

Photo of Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fx20736
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

Hazy lemon yellow with persistent, active carbonation rises to a thick, cotton candy white head that is frothed and whipped into a stiff peak of meringue that leaves reminders of it's elegance as lacing on the glass.

Aroma: pale crystalized malt, sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. A Summer field of Clover hops accents this amazingly complex nose that has an elusive medicinal quality to it.

Mouthfeel: full with a gauze like thickness.

Chardonnay like with tart, granny apples, dry green grapes, fortified with sugar and pepper. Warming alcohol is well hidden.

Notes: a special beer, uniquely Belgian. Beautiful to look at, complex, medicinal, simultaneously dry and sweet. Amazing.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,911 ratings.