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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, froathy, brilliant white head left a ton of lace. Looks like a giant fluffy white cloud. Sunny wheat colored beer. Smells of fresh grass-skunky hops, very inviting. Light refreshing beer, lots of carbonation makes it float across the tongue. Hints of lemon, grass, light piney-citrus hops. Smooth clean finish. Great beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of avylover
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing this after all these years. Pours a very light straw color, slighty hazy yet very light looking.. A nice white head floats on top. Aroma of yeasty malts and spices greet the nose hairs - nothing overpowering, yet inviting. Taste is fairly clean for a belgian. Starts off very clean and carbonated, then the flavors kick in . Slight tropical fruitiness along with a slight bready malt. All flavors are subtle here. A nice fine carbonation holds this together. slight hoppy finish to keep things dry. Quite drinkable but not quite spectacular. Just a good belgian triple, and perhaps a benchmark. very dry and subdued.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Rapscallion glass. Which produced an enormous white head. It looked like the merienge on a Lemon Mereinge Pie.The color was a cloudy yellow and the head left a kind of chunky lace on the glass. It has a strong fruityand spicey aroma. Reminded me of Apples and Pepper. The strong alcohol (8.5%) and the hops bitterness hits you all at once and settles into a crisp finish. I would have liked to get more flavor characteristics from this beer after smelling it.

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Photo of abents
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head that looks like a mountain range after 30 seconds. Great lacing as well noticed. Aromas of stong floral hops, fruits, yeast, and spices. Great smelling beer whatever is in there. It's just smells too good to drink. Taste however is better. NIce hoppy bite that smooths out into a nice finish. So many flavors going on here. It's great to taste. Carbonation is big on this one and I could drink this one all the time. Great brew. I love it.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a golden straw color with a creamy, porus white head. Lots of carbonation.
Smell is fantastic. Breadiness, fruity (grapes, plums, various unnamed exotic fruits), and you can definitely smell the spicy hops used in the brew.
Taste is equally impressive: still very bready, but there is so much more. This is a very spicy brew, in part, I would think, because of the hops, but also I seem to taste plums, grapes, and maybe coriander?. There is some alcohol heat as well, but it is not overpowering as in some other belgian brews.
I understand now why there are so many proponents of this beer. A fine one indeed. I will try it again.

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Photo of shapudding
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Golden Ale. Pours cloudy golden with a lusciously thick white foamy head that has very nice retention. Good amount of carbination but not overwhelming. Great spicey bite in the aroma and taste, very peppery and wonderful. Good creamy body that is not too thick in your mouth, you can taste the alcohol- cream sherry comes to mind. Wonderful ale, great drinkability.

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Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, vivid lemonade yellow, enlivened by carbonation. A hellacious many fingers of pillowy white head swells and stays a long, long time. the anticipated Brussels lace adorns the glass.

In the aroma, a light, mellow malt sweetness wafts in along with a credible note of coriander. A tangy yeast sourness finishes along with a rounded doughy kicker.

Upon sipping, a gentle malt sweetness surfaces first in the flavor as well. A mild lemony tide, ever so slightly acerbic, mingles with a playful spicy nature. A yeasty sourdough tang nips the palate almost whimsically. An understated but veritable alcohol presence glides on through the middle. A vague sour undertone lingers at the finish. Overall, the sum flavor profile is fuller than any individual component.

Slightly more than light bodied, it coats nicely, and the flavors left behind leave sensations as they fade.

"Pleasant" pretty much sums it up, and while not amazing, pleasant works real well. The individual pieces are light in nature but they combine to flesh out a lively identity. The ABV is real and present, maybe the most substantial of the separate elements, and you have to regard it, but the full flavor and effervescence make it nicely drinkable. So even if it doesn't floor me, I'd never feel cheated while I'm drinking one.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer well-deserving of a very good reputation. Poured from a 14 oz. bottle into a tulip Duvel glass. A truly exceptional appearance. Nice gold color with a creamy white head which lasts a while. When it does go down, it maintains a pretty thick lace. The smell and taste are intertwined. You can just smell the spicy, fruity Belgian yeast esters. The taste definitely has those. It reminds me of Grand Cru's I have tried. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. And honestly, that is a hard category for me to rank. The esters, while they make for a very good taste, it reduces its drinkability for me. A truly great beer.

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Photo of DaveGood
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel poured a nice pale golden yellow with a large white head that had an incredible amount of staying power. When it finally diminished, it left a nice lacing all the way around. The smell was a nice spicy aroma with hints of citris. The taste was fairly sweet with citris flavors on the front end and a little bit of a peppery kick to it on the tail end. The carbonation made the mouthfeel failry light and gave it an almost champagne-like quality to it. Overall the drinkabilty is remarkably high as it is a very smooth beer. Of course, that can be quite dangerous due to the alcohol content. This is definitely one of the best beers that I have had the privilege of drinking and I recommend it to any and everyone.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle. Poured a light golden color that was a little cloudy after a careful pour per instructions on the label. Head was composed of small bubbles in a large white setting. It then settled down and left a sticky, sugary, cotton-candy look on the side of the glass. Aroma was very clean, fresh, and floral. The flavor was very nicely balanced among all elements. No flavors jumped out at me, it wasn't too sweet, too hoppy, too anything. But it was good! Lots of floral, butter, herbal notes with a slight tart edge. Loved it! Alcohol was a little sneaky.

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Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge foamy head on a glittering golden color. Nice smell of yeast, grain, wheat. Alcohol too. The taste is a smooth yeast, citrus and banana flavor at first, very similar to a hefe weizen. Quickly, the hops and the alcohol give you a strong kick and the taste becomes way more aggressive, with a thick mouthfeel and a dry long lasting floral hoppy aftertaste. I like how this beer combines two very different feelings and tastes, and how the change in taste is very sudden and kind of unexpected. After a while, the two distinct aspects mix together to form this beer's unique character. Very nice.

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Photo of mwrseeley
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!

P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had read that the pour was crucial and to be honest, I fucked it up a little. The head exploded and now stands before me, appearing like a mountain sitting almost 3 inches above the glass. We will be referring to him as Mount Duvel. He is slowly subsidding and turning quite ugly, developing lumps and hairy mumps. The ground beneath Mount Duvel is sinking and Mount Duvel is gaining more strength and more power. Do I dare put my nose near this thing?

As I put my nose near the glass, I hear a monumental explosion. Suddenly, chunks of bubble gum, lemon drops, pears and peppers come spewing out.

Without warning Mount Duvel destructs and the tasting begins.

The flavor is surely not overwhemling but still has its many strongpoints. Very spicy and peppery with some pineapple, green apples and pear. The finish is well hopped but somewhat lacking only leaving a banana/clove spicyness and then quickly it scampers away. The high carbonation definately affects the mouthfeel.

Very good beer though.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle served in one of the Duvel tulip's included within the gift pack poured up to three fingers of light, sculptable foam. There was good retention, and ample Belgian lace. The aroma was dominated by alcohol, and strong spicy scents. The flavors were well balanced and earthy with grain, spicy, and hints of the strong alcohol. It's a smooth drinkable beer, that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from a gift set that included two tulip glasses. Best before 9/2006.

The head on this one looked like the top of a rootbeer float, thick, rich and very creamy. The head started out three fingers and settled down nicely to about a quarter inch. Lacing circled the top of the glass, towards the mid point the lacing formed clumps around the glass.

Smells strongly of alcohol and grain. A lot of carbonation feel in the mouth with a smooth, sweet taste that arises after a moment.

Extremely light and drinkable. I'd still grab a Fin before this, but I have a newfound respect for this Belgian Golden and look forward to drinking the other three bottles in my fridge.

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Photo of Trentonator
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a head! This thing looked like a junior high science class volcano project, the head was a good inch above the rim of the glass, with no spillage. The initial taste had some bite to it, you know this beer has some serious ETOH. I liked the smooth taste and mouthfeel, it had a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma to it though. Overall, I liked this beer, just didn't fall in love with it.

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Photo of slushthelush
2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer looked very good going into the glass. It had a great white head on it. The aroma was very noticable. This was the first time I have ever experienced a Belgian Strong Ale. I guess I just don't care for the sour aftertase which I believe is typical of the style. I am sure it is a great beer it's class. It is just not for me.

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Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork on my 750 mL bottle of Duvel blasted off like a rocket across my kitchen and bounced off the wall almost five feet away. I consider that a fortutious sign.

This ale is a brillant golden color with a large frothy super-white head and tons of carbonation. The head does shrink a bit but it leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

Duvel smells of grain (not quite malt) and alcohol. No hop aroma.

I can't believe I've been enjoying this style of beer without knowing that Duvel is the original Belgian strong pale ale. Shame on me. Well of course Duvel tastes good. It is crisp and sharp with noticable alcohol. I'd say the flavor is a bit more subtle than Lucifer, another one of my favorites in this style.

The mouthfeel is super bubbly, what with all the carbonation. Duvel practically explodes with fizziness in my mouth. It also has a fairly light body with a bit of slickness from the alcohol.

Overall a very good beer. If you enjoy La Fin Du Monde, Rare Vos and others, try the ale that inspired 'em all.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a few 33 cL bottles of this for a bargain. I brought them home and whipped out the Duvel tulip glasses, which are the only way to drink this beer. This guy pours out a beautiful pale golden color, and has the most incredible fluffy white head billow atop of the beer. There's instructions on how to pour it so that it does that too. Just in case. The smell is of active little hop, some citrus, small fermented esters. The taste is wonderful. Can something be rich and light? It glides easy, with clean feel. Again, light citrus and hop prescence with a very clean malt to give structure. Interesting spice notes play with the body of the beer. No way you'd know about its high ABV. This is the best looking beer on the planet, and among the best tasting. They're not just being cocky when the last of the pouring instructions tells you "Enjoy perfection."

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Photo of luigi205
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is my all time favorite. It pours frothy. Has a wonderful aroma and taste. It is a heavy beer, so I wouldn't recommend it with a big meal. The ABV of 8.5% seems low - this beer has quite a kick to it, so be sure to have something light to eat with it.


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Photo of rdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, pale, golden ale with a large white head and vigorous carbonation. This smells great with a peppery maltiness and some spiciness underlaying it. The aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened. The taste is a clean, malty ale with almost no bitterness, and a hint of sweetness. There are spices present that I have a hard identifying but this is a powerful elixir. It has a clean, bubbly feel in the mouth and then the alcohol hits. It is excellent from the first drop to the last. It gets more drinkable as it warms up. The only drawback is my inability to drink more than one due to the alcohol content, but I'll be back tomorrow.

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Photo of ark57
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is a clear, pale golden color with a big, fluffy head. The aroma has some delicate hops with a touch of citrus. It is smooth and light. The finish is a spicy, crisp dryness. It is refreshing and wonderful, and it goes down so easily despite its high alcohol.

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Photo of soper2000
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle
Let me preface this by saying this is my favorite beer. It pours to a crisp golden hue which is protected by a massive white head. Champagne like bubbles rapidly race to the surface of this beer. Aroma is of spice but with some notes of yeast. The taste is clean and yeasty but balanced well with some spicey aftertaste. I thought the 750 ml bottle had less hoppiness than I am used to in the 33 cl bottles. The same duvel character remained though. Mouthfeel is exceptional as this beer goes down creamy and bubbly. Drinkability is also amazing considering the massive alcohol content of this brew. I wish I could have more than a couple of these in a night and still feel fine the next morning. This beer is a true masterpiece in my mind.

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Photo of Dmann
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. This one poured a pale yellow color with a really nice frothy white head that left little specks of lace down the glass. The smell was quite unique, with a slightly bitter apple scent and a grainyness to it as well. The taste was quite dry like champagne but with better flavor. The apple scent came out slightly in the flavor but I mostly detected a peppery spice which was very nicely paired with the bubbly mouthfeel. This is definanlty not a beer that I could drink all of the time, but I think it would pair well with many meals and would convert some wine and champagne lovers to beer as well.

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