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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 5783
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold in color with a big white head, Heavily carbonated, Lacing is insane!
S - Yeast, Apple, Pear, Banana, Slight Pepper, Overall a very pleasant smelling beer.
T - Belgian yeast with a nice spicy fruitiness that gives way to a nice bitterness at the back. You can definitely taste it's over 8% ABV but it sort of lends to the characteristic of the beer!
M - Carbonation dancing on the tongue. Dry, Crisp, Clean, Champagne like. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 11:46:27 | More by BeerDrinker01
Photo of esprit

United States

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Even if you don't like Belgians or appreciate the style, if you love beer (I do!) you cannot help but exclaim that this is one of the world's truly brilliant concoctions. Flavour, flavour , flavour, aroma, aroma, aroma, head, head, head and finish, finish, finish....without question one of the world's most perfect brews!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 16:34:57 | More by esprit
Photo of buliwuf


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

Presentation - stubby, 11oz dark brown bottle with the words "pour unhurriedly" and instructions on how to do so

Appearance - a brilliant, clear yellow, like a cheap lager, yet with copious amounts of carbonation. But even poured slowly, which I thought I was doing, a massive, thick, meringue-like head formed and nearly overflowed the glass.

Nose - a tart, flowery, spicy aroma, with a yeasty undertone. Some fruit coming through, though what I cannot say with any accuracy, maybe pear and apple.

Mouthfeel - crisp, dry, light, and very carbonated

Taste - wow…what was just described in the nose meets the palate and then starts working together in a symphony of flavors. A sharp, apple-like flavor comes in at first and is over taken by a yeasty undercurrent, only to be replaced by a peppery spiciness that is sourish at the same time. Extremely complex and difficult to describe. There are still chunks, literally, of foam sitting on the surface of beer, despite the glass nearly being empty, and the entire glass is laced over from top to bottom.

Overall - Well-deserved for its reputation and definitely a standard-bearer for the style. A must-enjoy beer for Belgian aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 19:48:59 | More by buliwuf
Photo of hokies1999

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very golden hue, similar to Bud but that's where the similarities end. The beer is bubbly like champagne throughout the entire drinking experiance. It has a sweet floral aroma, a sweet fruity nose with a champagne like mouth feel and white wine like finish on the sides of the tongue. Duvel is a confused brew. It's an ale that thinks it's a world class champagne. The only thing that reminds me this is an ale is the finish that is not as dry as champagne.

Duvel should be savored with each sip. It's obvious care and effort went into this delicate brew. I can't believe an ale of this golden hue can have so much sweetness and flavor. Truely reminded me of my breif time in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 18:43:38 | More by hokies1999
Photo of palmer69

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle. initially poured very clear golden color, on the second glass got a little murkier from the yeast being loosened up.

smelled of sweet and sour hops, almost borderline skunky.

tasted great lots of carbonation, but not overpowering though, very smoth, you can def. tast the hops, and maybe a little lemon? and herby.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 12:21:38 | More by palmer69
Photo of gloobygloob


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gigantic frothy white head that stayed forever. Once it dissipated i was left with big frothy mounds and beautiful lacing. Body is a bright yellow and clear as glass. I think the most beautiful beer I've ever seen.

S: wonderful scent of yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol, not as much as expected with such a strong ale.

T: BALANCE! yeast, citrus, and sweet balanced wonderfully by the perfect amount of hops.

M: average carbonation and a little bit of sticky ness as it lingers.

D: I could drink 4 bottles of this in a row. I have no idea how they did it at 8.5 abv. so easy to drink and its flavor is big and devine all the way to the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:39:45 | More by gloobygloob
Photo of Surly87


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale light gold in color. Amazingly large foamy white head.

Nose is full of pear and apple notes and a good bit of yeast spiciness. A good deal of alcohol is evident in the nose as well.

The flavor is incredible, along the lines of the nose with pears and apple, a bit of spicy yeast and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent with strong carbonation, but a super smooth feeling in the mouth.

This beer is most definitely one that I'll be coming back to and I can see why it is held in such high regard.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 19:05:32 | More by Surly87
Photo of bmohead


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a generic tulip. Appears a deep gold with a huge, frothy head. This head just doesn't quit! Leaves a decent amount of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Smells of citrus, pepper, and a bit of dough. Taste is a amped up version of the smell, with the peppery citrus filling the bill, and the bready taste following on the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Not too thick, just luxurious. Way too drinkable. Glad I don't have more, or work would be difficult tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 21:37:05 | More by bmohead
Photo of puckjer


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear golden beer with a tight white foam head. the beer almost appears champagne like with the bubble streams coming from the bottom of the glass. fruity undertones and over decent belgian golden ale. worth the price...meh. overall decent golden ale offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 19:53:04 | More by puckjer
Photo of Taera


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Golden colour with great big head.

S - A nice fruity smell. Sorry that i can't distinguish wht it is. Also a very good yeast smell

T & M - I felt it is the one of most complete Ale I ever drink. Hoppy at the start then sweet with long After taste. Great carbonation, and the sweetness that on the border line of great and not too sweet. Every thing in the taste just make you want to take another sip.

D - Who would ever pass up a chance to drink one of the best ale in the world. Well except when it is aligned with other great beer then it is hard to choose.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:24:55 | More by Taera
Photo of MattyDonny


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This is one of the most beautiful beers in the world. Poured into a tulip a massive head forms, the head becomes puffy like seafoam whenever the beer is sipped. The head is a beautiful white while the rest of the beer is a cloudy golden color with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Smell: Exactly what this style should smell like. Wheat with a touch of lemon. Little to no bite, which is impressive given the ABV.

Taste: Coriander, Lemon, wheat, refreshingly alcoholic. The coriander lingers and becomes sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated. Easy to drink, extremely refreshing. Glad I cracked this on the first nice day of the year.

Overall: If you haven't tried this you need to. Probably the pinnacle of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 20:23:58 | More by MattyDonny
Photo of wsantas


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Crafty Draught. Cumming, Ga

A: transparent gold. Slightly hazy. Good carbonation
S: pear, light, Belgian yeast
T: fruit, acid, dry after. Really balanced.
M: fizzy. Smooth. Crisp.
O: really liking the light belgian taste. Balanced and not over powering. A+

Serving type: growler

02-26-2012 00:16:50 | More by wsantas
Photo of JacobJustus1

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby bottle (I love stubby bottles) poured into a strange short necked glass. Closest think to a proper tulip I could find.

A: Clear, bright, beautiful. Head fizzes out and announces it's presence. Beautiful retention. Crystal clear light golden color. Quite nice looking.

S: Yeast, wet/pale malts, white bread, spice, maybe a hint of a mustardy smell? Light, but good.

T: Delicious. Crispy, slightly tart, juicy fruits hit the palate. Very fine grain tastes follow. Banana, but not too strong. Yeast is balanced, not overpowering. I would love to try this with a year on the bottle. Apples and pears.

M: Crispy, with excellent carbonation. Very fizzy, but it works with this brew to produce a nice sensation on your palate. I like it.

O: Overall I am very happy with this beer, never having tried it. The ABV is not even noticeable in the taste. It is not the most complex beer ever, but it is extremely drinkable. You just want to keep sipping. Very good- 9.5/10

Shalom, J

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:05:40 | More by JacobJustus1
Photo of brunomorenodebrito


3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haze golden, white head with good retention. Aroma: fruity, spicy, earthy and maltiness. In the taste fruity, and earthy. More bitter than others bgsa, really good beer, doesn't have the same equilibrium than others of the same style, but a really nice experience

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:53:39 | More by brunomorenodebrito
Photo of DJLehnherr


4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the Belgian abbey-style beers that we drink pretty often.

A golden hue, almost cloudy, with lots of foamy head. The scent is very yeasty, almost musty.
The taste is much sweeter, even a little citrus-like. A lighter flavor than what you might expect, masking the 8.5% ABV.

A little hoppiness comes through on the tip of the tongue on aftertaste. Maybe even a bit of "metallic-ness" on the back of the tongue (like a wine aged in copper rather than oak).

Drinking the Duvel with home-made Belgian fries: perfect!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 10:36:10 | More by DJLehnherr
Photo of evilbeefchan


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tall 750ml bottle with cork/wire cage into large wine glass.

Pours golden, building up a thick foam with stiff peaks. Not sure if it was the glass, but did have the strings of bubbles stringing from the bottom to the top much like champagne.

Light residual lacing, thick wet foam dissapears after a minute

Beautiful transparent gold color, scent of Jasmine and Chrysanthemums

Initial hint of bitterness followed with light malty flavor. Hints of spice; pepper/cloves, very crisp.

Dry finish, bitterness that follows through the throat. May be 8.5% but is smooth throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 21:48:11 | More by evilbeefchan
Photo of leviathan85


3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle in a mixed 6er, pured into a large wine glass.

A: Great pour with a huge white head tat floated on top of the beer and billowed up over the rim of the glass.

S: Light fruits (def. some apple) and hints of yeast and hops.

T: Nothing wrong here, subtle and complex. But just not my cup of tea. Like a complex champaigne.

M: Very carbonated. Smooth.

D: Highly drinkable; alcohol isn't noticable. But at 8.5 abv this drinkability doesn'y get you anywhere really.

Overall a solid belgian ale. I would probably have this again paired with a steak or some lobster. But to relax and enjoy a high abv beer on its own; i can think of a number of different offerings that I'd prefer. When I want a beer I want to feel like I'm having a beer and this one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 06:56:47 | More by leviathan85
Photo of mdup8819


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has an enormous following, and it definitely does not dissapoint. Even though I carefully poured this beer, a frothy, full head still formed, nearly going over the glass, most likely caused by the high amount of carbonation.

The alcohol is definitely there, I have to limit myself to one bottle at a time.

Plenty of flavor, an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:13:59 | More by mdup8819
Photo of Jameson480


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque golden with slight orange hues, poured into its special glass with thick head with rather large bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass, constant stream of bubbles from engraved "D" at bottom of glass

Smell - Slightly grassy, somewhat fruity sweet, hint of molasses

Taste - Crisp, taste leaves mouth rather quickly, cannot taste excess alcohol

Mouthfeel - Not excessively carbonated, easy to swallow

Drinkability - This is a reasonably strong (8.5%), easy to drink ale. Definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 04:32:24 | More by Jameson480
Photo of Scottsan


3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a "big" 25-ounce(ish) bottle.

Nice, pillow-y head (solid . . . and seemingly eternal). The appearance (pale golden yellow) and smell are very attractive. The mouthfeel is very light, as is the flavor . . . sweet up front and progressively more bitter at the finish.

I was really surprised by this . . . not really excited by the prospect of a Belgian beer (was a gift). I'd buy this in the future (should I see it).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 21:41:28 | More by Scottsan
Photo of jmmakare


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Duvel pours a golden yellow with a rich frothy head that stays for a long time. Significant lacing is also present. Really a pretty beer.

S- Nothing exceptional in my opinion. Yeasty and delicious.

T- Hints of banana at the beginning followed by malt and some light hops. Excellent balance.

M- Very interesting. A bit rough at first with the high carbonation and alcohol, but it soon mellows out. Quite a pleasing rollercoaster.

D- I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:31:22 | More by jmmakare
Photo of BermahOne


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a lot of head. The head is really thin though. Once the beer passes through the head and touches your tounge, you immediately taste the wonderfulness of this beer. Slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. It is pretty hoppy but a great beer. My favorite beer just to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 18:53:02 | More by BermahOne
Photo of holycrapamoly


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't really have anything negative to say about this beer. It is my Ale of choice.
Visually it is a beautifully crystal clear light golden yellow that pours what I can only describe as a perfect two finger thick head of pure creamy white foam. Excellent lacing on the glass.
The smell is subtle. Maybe a little sweet fruit, but doesn't reveal as much to me until it is paired with the taste.
The alcohol, yeast and hops are arranged to give a very crisp taste. Not at all overpowering. Extremely drinkable.
I haven't found another I like as well. My affinity for this one has earned me the "fancy beer guy" moniker from sweet Anna at Miller's. (Yes, I figured she deserves props.)

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:45:00 | More by holycrapamoly
Photo of Barrilitos


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recall the Miller High Life being sold under the slogan of "The Champagne of Beer", well, that's just publicity, but Duvel... now that's the champagne of beer in all possible ways!

A: Clear gold, tender thick foam and endless bubbles, served in those special cups, it looks quite inviting!

S: Sweeet

T: Softly bitter with strong malt in the particular Belgian style

M: Crispy in the good way

D: Almost immediately seducing and intoxicating, and being so damn hard to come by (at least at a price not ranging 400% the original) where I live they are well treasured and a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:57:51 | More by Barrilitos
Photo of uconnroller


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky yellow color. Has a very large head at first, give it a minute and it will go away, but continues to have a transient lace head retention. You should pour this beer slowly with the glass angled.

Smells yeasty with a mixture of bananas, citrus hops, and apple. Definitely a Belgium.

Tastes is not as strong as it smells.

A surprisingly light body for such a murky looking beer. There was a lot of carbonation. Drink up before the carbonation disappears.
Very smooth beer, very easy to drink.

A good Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:34:27 | More by uconnroller
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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