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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,739
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 285
Gots: 670 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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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2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

swungomonkey, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of ipogios
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden colour topped by a huge nice head. The aroma of this beer is a bit spicy with hints of malt. Flavor is malty and spicy. Mouthfeel is quite strong due to carbonation and don't forget that the alcohol level is 8.5%. One the finest strong pale ales of Belgium.

ipogios, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of AJacob81
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

AJacob81, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of BTHU
4/5  rDev -5.9%

BTHU, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of lawlerj
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a pale, opaque straw w/ a assive head. Good retention, leaves soiid lacing.

S - strong fruit and yeast - raisins and possibly some apple in there as well. A bit of floral hops hiding in there as well.

T - strong fruit up front, sweet, but no syrupy. There is a great crispness on the finish, champagne like as others have noted, and then I get a great crisp apple pop right at the end. Some malt & hop character in there as well, but the fruit flavors are definitely the star here.

M - medium bodied, with high carbonation. Fantastic - the high carbonation really works well with the crisp fruit flavors.

O - Wow...even better than I hoped. This is an absolutely delicious, absolutely drinkable beer. I will definitely be going back for more than one of these babies.

lawlerj, May 12, 2011
Photo of felixljr
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

felixljr, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

micahmye, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Melomanemusher
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Melomanemusher, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Perducci
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Perducci, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of VictorWisc
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

VictorWisc, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of grynder33
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance was a cloudy gold, a huge head came forth and was there even at the end,more bubbles than a warm champagne cereal hoppy aroma, very hoppy appleish taste, didn't seem as good as I remember although it might have been to cold, because it did seem to get better at the end.

grynder33, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/9/09.

A: Light golden in color, a little hazy, maybe I was a little aggressive in the pour but it was a significant amount of head and it stuck around for a while.

S: Citrus and spice, green apple, musty. That's pretty much it, and it's good. A little yeast aroma to it as well.

T: Very crisp on the mouth, very light. Wonderful flavors of coriander, lemon, clove. Very wonderful.

M: Light bodied, dances on the tongue almost. Very enjoyable.

D: I can't believe I waited so long to try this beer. Whenever I see it I'm going to have to really give it a strong consideration now. Highly drinkable, highly enjoyable.

aggiearcher13, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of eristicrat
5/5  rDev +17.6%

eristicrat, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SudsSurfer, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic, stubby 11.2oz Duvel glass into my new Duvel tulip (got it in a Duvel gift set!)

A: Holy $&%@! Huge, billowy, bubbly, thick white head, literally half the glass is head (just like you see in publicity photos on their website and e-store). Best head I've ever had... literally. Lots of lacing clings to the side of the glass in web-like patches. This beer looks gorgeous.

S: Hugely sweet, spicy Belgian aroma - so decadent; faint fruit esters of juicy apple, pear, fresh-squeezed lemon; cloves, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg; malt profile includes a hint of sweet, freshly baked bread, honey and toasted caramel/brown sugar. Fairly complex nose.

T: Apple and pear esters up front lead a burst of sweetness that is followed by a chorus of toasted malts and spicy-sweet cloves. Slightly peppery alcohol punch follows the malt background into the finish, which lingers on the tongue in the form of a slightly stale, yeasty bread flavor. The Belgian yeast flavor is also noticeable in the finish - slightly funky, peppery, but pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation; not as strong as other Belgian beers I have tried, but enough to give a slightly crisp edge.

D: 8.5% ABV, but as the Alstrom brothers note, the alcohol is devilishly powerful, and you don't realize it until its too late. Its presence is realized in the peppery flavors, but it doesn't grip you until the end of the bottle, and by then, its kicking your ass.

Wow. Last time I had a Duvel was roughly 6-8 months ago, and I don't remember it being this flavorful. Maybe my tastes have changes? Maybe I had a bad bottle then? I'm not sure, but what I know for certain now is that this is a killer brew and deservedly one of the best Belgians on the market. Bravo. Would definitely recommend and look forward to drinking the remaining three bottles.

Buschyfor3, May 09, 2009
Photo of Genuine
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. First time drinking out of it and it was quite pleasant.

Poured beautifully, yellow in color, slight orange tint in there. Nice white head that appeared with an easy pour.

Smell - the nose on this is fruity, sweet essence, very, very slight alcohol in the nose but it's barely noticeable. Crisp and I would even say zesty even.

Taste - The malts in this are wonderful, somewhat crisp and tart, gets the jaws tingling. Nice, dry, fruity flavor, wheat, some alcohol. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - medium to light bodied, the carbonation felt just right. Almost like champagne like

Overall - a damn fine brew. I can see this going extremely well on a hot summer day or a warm spring afternoon.

Genuine, Apr 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

wilkinswesley, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of mellowmark
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Oversized Wine glass "unhurriedly" according to brewers recommendation on the back label. Best before date of November 2012. $13.49 for a 4-pack.

Appearance: Enormous 4-finger fluffy rocky white head fills half the glass and sticks around to the end. Lacing clings in clumpy patches. With this pour I decided to leave out the yeast. The color is an off gold (pale of course) and completely transparent. I would recommend to leave out the yeast if you want that crystal clear consistency. The sediment I've found will also muddle the flavors and change the mouthfeel. Of course it's up to you, just drinker beware.

Smell: Smells of Belgian yeast and apple skin. A little bit of alcohol but not as present as the 8.5 ABV would suggest. The pleasant yeast funk is the dominating factor in the nose and has you constantly coming back for more.

Taste: I've seen some people complain about the head being too big to drink, but that just shows they probably weren't using the correct glassware, didn't pour correctly, and don't understand this was the intention of the brewer. The large head brings out the aromas and adds a nice creaminess to each sip. Towards the end it should be well settled if it was poured correctly to begin with. Taste is spicy with some sweetness at the beginning. The hop bitterness comes through towards the end. Bready notes from the yeast with some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and smooth even with the high carbonation. Bone dry on the palate yet juicy at the same time. Nice warming effect.

Drinkability: Very High

The power of this brew can really sneak up on you considering it's drinkability. One of the greatest beers in existence.

mellowmark, Oct 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a DFH snifter, this one marked best by 2-12, followed the directions for pouring:

A-pours a beautiful straw yellow with insane pillowy head that has yet to go away after 10 minutes

S-citrus, maybe some pear and just plain great

T-equally awesome, this masks its abv in an awesomely sneaky manner, this is definitely worthy of its reputation

M-continued amazingly awesome

D-very high

aranheaney, Jan 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

WaterCzar, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Yagman3000
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my gigantic Duvel goblet (three cheers for a gift box set).

Appears a light golden yellow with some initial bubbling head that fades down to a foamy head. Bubbly lace rests along the sides.

Smells spicy and yeasty. A hint of black pepper but the Belgian yeast comes through big time.

Tastes of floral citrus with plenty of spice. Certainly some complex flavors with layers. Again, I have to cone back to the pepper notes as striking me as prominent.

Mouthfeel is full with a slow gentle fade out. Sour at the end. I'm a little surprised at its high level of effervescence.

Overall I haven't had a Duvel in a long time but genuinely appreciate it in the genre of a Golden. Really enjoy the spice to this beer.

Yagman3000, Jul 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Element1290, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

blinker97, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of ekalb31
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ekalb31, Aug 07, 2013
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,739 ratings.