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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,813
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 294
Gots: 705 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Photo of emyers
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 05/2014.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold with a huge fluffy white head. The head drops to about a quarter inch within a minute and then holds. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Bursting with fruity, estery aromas. Really accentuates the Belgian yeast well. There's a bit of tartness to the smell, almost a sour green-apple, along with some clove. The smell is very clean despite all of the esters.

Taste: Similar yeast-dominated flavor profile. Very fruity, with the same subtle tartness that I picked up in the aroma. A little bit of bready maly balances out the yeast, but it's barely apparent beneath all of the yeast character. Once again, I'm extremely impressed by how clean the flavor profile is - I often find Belgians come off a bit messy due to too much going on with the yeast, but this is perfectly crisp and clean.

Moughtfeel: Light, very dry, extraordinarily crisp. Very thirst-quenching and near-impossible to put down.

Overall: I'll admit the Belgian pale ales are not near the top of my list of favorite styles, but this is a damn-near perfect example of the style. Extremely flavorful, quite complex, yet very clean. Similar to champagne in many ways (although I'd take Duvel over most any champagne in a heartbeat).

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of rabidawg
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged

Appearance: Tremendous creamy white head topping a highly carbonated body the color of sunshine. Great mosaic lace and excellent heat retention. Creamy, creamy goodness just waiting to be pierced.

Smell: Fruity nose that is much more complex than my smelling skills are talented. Alcohol very present, but not distracting. Just adds to the bouquet. I smelled this for several minutes before I took the first sip, in ecstasy the entire time.

Taste: Starts creamy and sweet, then the fizzy carbonation hits. Bitter, slight cork and oak dominate the middle. Finishes slightly numbing and dry, with more woody, earthen notes.

I've had this in Belgium in the smaller bottle, and I definitely thought the 750 mL to be drier and woodier. Very impressive and wonderful brew. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a favor and grab one ASAP.

Photo of jim102864
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a gift package which included three 330 ml bottles and a deep and wide tulip glass, perfect for this and just about any Belgian. 8.5% abv. Golden yellow appearance with a mushroom cloud head which was whipped cream thick and snow white. Be paitent while pouring or the head will consume the entire glass. Very faint citrusy aroma. Taste was again light with only a hint of citrus which quickly fades in the finish. Mild mouthfeel. Lace drapes the glass from start to finish. An easy drinking Belgian and one I'd recommend for both the newly initiated to the style or seasoned fan.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,813 ratings.