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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,973
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 326
Gots: 851 | FT: 5
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a nice pale color with a gigantic, white, frothy head. Lacing is very good and continues throughout, as does a bit of the crown.

Smells of of sweet honey, fruit juice and malts; almost candy like.

Very crisp and smooth for both mouthfeel and flavor. Almost has a champaign-like quality. Hints of fruit juice and, again, a candy-like malt flavor. Hops are there, but are balanced so well, it is hard to tell where one flavor ends and another begins. Alcohol is masked and balanced extremely well.

I could drink this one all night...not before I lost my senses so I'll keep it to one or two so I could enjoy every second.


Photo of adammills
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was more than just a little bit of a downer. I pours a lovely straw golden like a pils with a titanic head. Bready and sweet in the nose, slight hint of hops. Here is where it went down hill. Sweet malt taste, but suprisingly uncomplex. I drank it at 55 degrees and even as it warmed it seemed very two dimentional. Drinks pretty easy, but was too sweet for my taste. This is not by any means my first Belgian so I had a feel for what I was getting into, but...I might just have to try this one agian.

Photo of Keith238
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Trombone69
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of tziggy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of QuamLaetus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of afrothunder
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of TokyoCO
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of WillWillows
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says "Pour Unhurriedly". Good advice. It pours a high floating head that laces out well, the beer is a clear golden. I drank one in a bottle and one in a glass and there is a difference. This is a good glass beer. It sits for a few minutes and ameliorates the tartness of the bottle drink. This is a nice citrus bite from the bottle that mellows like a lemon meringue pie in a glass.

This is an excellent golden ale, the alcohol is hidden in the taste and flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The Duvel made me do it.

Photo of bobbyr5
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MaSaiani
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of mwrseeley
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing that impresses me most about this beer is its appearance. I am not talking about the colour, which is attractive, but about the incessantly rising bubbles that replenish and form the head.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of oranges and lemon working in conjunction with a yeast-induced light clove and banana aspect. The taste is initially sweet and finished slightly bitter.

I could easily detect the strong presence of alcohol on the palate.

Duvel may very well be an acquired taste. It reminded me, to be honest, of a beer that had been crossed with cognac or brandy.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel has its own look. Golden haze with a thundering white cloud. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Pears, lemons and apples.
Taste is amazing. Fruit. Cloves. Pepper. Saaz hops. Sooo smooth. Dainty light body that manages to haul tremendous flavor. This goes down too easily. Great gateway beer to craft brew.

Photo of rpardon7
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poure from the bottle a nice golden yellow with traces of the yeast sediment, it kept a nice pillowy white head that retained through the beer and left nice lacings. Taste is very nicely balanced between the buscuity malts and floral hops and the earthy fruity yeast. The mouthfeel is very pleasant light in body but very smooth almost creamy from the carbonation. A very drinkable beer despite a higher abv.

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

750ml brown bottle caged and corked. obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Windham, NH. shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. served in a Konings hoeven goblet. pours a hazy dark straw color with an inch of off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a very nice bit of lacing on the glass. scents of malts, pepper, and lemon/citrus fills the nose. tastes of pepper, malts, lemon, sweet apple cider, and a little bit of orange zest. one can't really taste the alcohol which is very good for the 8.5 abv IMO. fairly effervescent. a definite sipper but quite an amazing beer. one of my top favorites.


Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a four-pack of .33L bottles I purchased. Poured into oversized wine glass for a Burgundian Wine. Not as ideal as the tulip glass, but worked very well.

I had a good pour - clear gold/straw colored beer with an equal part of the densest pure white cloud of head above it. Lacing is perfect - covers the entire glass in protein-like patterns. Looks like a winner.

Smells good - very much a beer smell, but still very good. Clean hops and barley. A little yeasty, but isn't out of style at all. Nothing to not like.

Tastes clean and like a beer. Well balanced, bitterness offsets the sweet, honey-like flavors of the beer. A beer to enjoy.

Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy. Would go well with roasted pork - but I had it with grilled chicken with a champagne sauce. Not a bad pairing. If you're into beer, you should really try this one.

Photo of TS057
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

It's hard to not give credit where credit is due on this one. Every aspect of this beer works exceptionally well to produce an impressive drinking experience. You pay for it: Duvel will never be as cheap as a Bud, but what you get is quite worth it.

Some things that stand out: plenty of carbonation, which leads to a kick when the flavor sets in. How do they achieve this taste? I've tasted aromatic spiciness in a beer before, but never so well integrated. This not a beer with any sort of typical hoppy bitterness. You can't call it too bitter. You can't even call it sweet (well, maybe a little). Powerful is what comes to mind. I think the high alcohol content helps achieve the balance.

The kinds of words needed to describe this brew require a wine connoisseur. I love wine as well, and maybe the best way to describe Duvel is something akin to a carbonated wine made with grains and hops instead of grapes. You'd have to be a masochist to get totally drunk on this stuff. Drink slow. Enjoy.

Photo of hopmashian
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of davidtarantino
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jpatton0127
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of KyleMA
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Kal
2/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of cdmillard
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of hoppyboy69
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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