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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,676
Hads: 7,327
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 389
Gots: 1,152 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reminds me of champagne almost from start to finish. The fizzy white head quickly recedes down to the top of the slightly hazy honey/straw colored beer. Nose is sweet, a bit fruity, with hints of honey. Flavor is also sweet, with hints of honey and candy. Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit tingly. Average drinkability due to sweetness and carbonation. (344 characters)

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a 1” head, Full carbonation and cloudy, yellowish color. Very light in taste, with a bite of hops. Carbonation almost explodes in mouth on first sip. Head remains throughout glass. Strong hop presence. Beer practically floats off the tongue and hops grab onto the sides of cheeks and the flavor lingers there. Excellent amount of lace. As beer warms and settles, hop flavor mellows and the beer seems to thicken up and gains a citrus finish. (453 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a sweet looking 330 ml brown bottle, best before date May 2006. Looks like heaven in a glass, slightly hazed golden hue, massive amount of carbonation action (more fun than watching sea monkeys), and a massive chunky white head that stayed all of the way and left some serious lacing. Light citrus aroma, some coriander, a bit of hay. Flavour is very light and subtle at first, considering that this is 8.5% abv, but it all seems to come out in the finish and linger, mostly citrus tones lightly surrounded by spice. Very smooth mouthfeel, deceiving, as the angel on my one shoulder says to stop at one, but the devil on the other side says to go hog wild. This is very, very, very fine ale, all the hype was true. (726 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a frothy white head that lasts. The nose is fruity with belgian spices. There is a banana smell and a hint of corriander. The taste is good; again with the spices and the fruitiness. This is a good Belgian ale straight from the heart of Belgium. The mouthfeel is a bit too intense. The carbonation reminds me of a few bottle conditioned homebrews that went wrong. The beer is light bodied. It is a good drinking beer and one that I would love to enjoy again, although Ommegang's Hennepin is better. (539 characters)

Photo of euskera
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ML bomber..

Nice woosh when you pop open the cork. Pours our a murky golden blond with one hell of a head, almost cotton candy like. Smell is fruity malt, with apple overtones. Stunningly drinkable, nice medium body with the fruit overtones. This is what a light bodied ale should taste like. I would drink this any day of the week.. (340 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours a very unclear light straw color. A big head which dissipates some but stays until the end. The scent is very green tangy apple. There is some slight pepper and spice as well.

The flavor is strong green apple. There is a slight grassy flavor as well. Very tangy and finishes with a very dry crispsness. A very champagne like finish.

It is smooth with a tiny bite. A very crisp feel in the mouth. Refreshing. A quality ale for a hot day. (468 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of long lasting finely sized white bubbles with an excellent lacing and a cloudy wheat yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma and a flavor of fizzy banana clove and bread. It is a very smooth brew and hides its alcohol content well. (295 characters)

Photo of barleypop
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sure glad I finally got around to trying this one. This is my definite favorite in its style.

The beer rushes to life as you unleash it from the bottle. Once slowly poured, it shows a thick dense head with a golden orange colored body.

The nose is very fruity. Most prevalent to my sniffer was an aroma of lemon,banana and spice.

The fruit comes alive on your tongue with agressive hops and carbonation. Very velvety on the tongue. Excellent finish. I enjoyed this one with a sharp cheddar and it was a nice combination. I can't wait to try this one on tap. Truly a special ale. (592 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry, I know this is supposed to be a great beer but I just did not care for it too much. The head on the pour was too much for me to handle, out of control. At each taste it felt like the beer was turning to foam in my mouth. Because of that mouthfeel dropped. The taste was of a complex fruit sweetness that I did enjoy but nothing special. The balance was not there and the finish seemed too yeasty to me. Give me a Maudite any day over this. (450 characters)

Photo of vitesse
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served in the famous little 12 oz. black stubby bottle...
this beer lived up to every bit of the hype. truly a world class beer. maybe the single greatest all-around beer i've ever tasted. every bit deserving of its huge reputation.
perfectly complex and balanced belgian beer flavor. balances sweetness and acidity perfectly. beautiful pale golden color and great thick fluffy head. lots of lace on the glass.
just perfect. worth every cent. (445 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review. I feel like I am losing my virginity. Forever I will now be branded with a mug, but enough of me lamenting my aging this beer deserves my full attention. I can mope later.

I chose this beer because the first real piece of glass I got was a duvel tulip glass, and now it can finally be put to its proper use. Housing an enrmous head. This head looked like someone had taking a can of whipped cream and just unloaded it into my glass. However, below the frothy, white clouds lay a beautiful straw colored liquid. As the head finally receded it left some of the largest lace I have ever seen. There were huge rings of it all down my glass and it was rocky and bubbly like soap suds.

The smell was of delicate malts that reminded me much of a white wine. Dry and sharp with just a hint of fruity honey. There was just a touch of the yeast to add a more earthy smell.

Tasting this was quite a sensation. It was crisp and refreshing, but it was not overly light by any means. The barest bit of hops and carbonation hit the front of my palette while a malty, bready taste full of honey and green raisins. The final third of the taste was just a little peppery displaying the 8.5%ABV quite nicely as it flowed down my throat. The aftertaste was suprisingly not dry but watering. What an interesting beer.

The mouthfeel was very much like a chardonnay or dryer white wine.

(There is still lace stuck to the top of my glass!)

Overall this is a great beer that I will never turn down. It is light, but at the same time full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing enough to drink on a hot summer day such as this, yet I could easily drink a couple of these on a frosty autumn night. I now join the ranks of true BAs. (1,735 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a full clear gold, with a huge bright white head composed of very large bubbles. The head settles slowly to a rocky, incomplete 3/4" cap.

Nose is subtle. Some base bready maltiness, a touch of yeast, and a bit of phenol.

Midweight in the mouth, with a nice round malty feel. It is simply full of malt, and quite yeasty, despite a clean pour. The malt becomes bigger, and the beer more complex as it warms closer to cellar temperature, than fridge temperature. Some earthiness appears, as well as some spiciness. Great soft, fine carbonation from the bottle-conditioning adds a lot of character.

It is a subtle beer, but that can be a very nice thing, as it is here. Small bottle. Best before date of April, 2004. (726 characters)

Photo of Jables
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp. (414 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
2.91/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 12 October 2002. This review is from my notes. I was underwhelmed by this beer. Pours w/ a big frothy white head; opaque golden color; I really thought that this would be a Grand Cru style of beer. It really wasn't anything special. The taste didn't do much for me. (287 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The infamous Duvel. Pronounced Do vull, not Do vell. Flemish not french.

tasted it out of an 11.2oz bottle. It poured a HUGE white head with large bubbles that just sat unmoved for several minutes. The body was a bright golden translucent yellow.

The smell of this beer was amazing. A full yeasty smell with a beautiful pear aroma. Almost reminisant of some german weis beers. Lots of fruit and soft spice hints.

The taste of this beer is amazing. Very easy drinking. Waves of flavor. Starting with soft chewy pear and apple fruit flavors, followed by subtle earthy hop aromas that blended well with the fruits. It then finishes with the reemergence of the fruit flavors and lingers off onto the soft bitterness. Almost reminding me of soft melted butter.

This beer is really the epitome of Belgian triples. No wonder it's one of Belgiums biggest selling beers. So complex and yet so light and easy drinking at the same time. It's amazing this beer is 8.5% alcohol. It sneaks up on you slowly, but you'd never notice it while drinking it. An amazing beer. (1,067 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking golden ale with a head white as snow. Interesting aroma, like another rater said almost a buttery aroma. Very smooth and drinkable despite the unnoticable high abv. I've never had this one before but it reminds me of the Urthel I had recently. I also taste a blend of fruit but nothing leaping out at me. This ale gives me a very relaxing feeling and I can see why some have such an affinity for it. (412 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from 330 mL bottle. Color poured a pale yellow with a good amount of head. The smell was that of fruit, with a bit of alcohol to it. The taste is fairly dry, almost like brut champagne, and the alcohol is somewhat detectable, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, with hints of alcohol. As for drinkability, I could drink these as long as I could hold out :) I had heard many good things about Duvel, and having tried it I have to say I heartily agree! Along with its darker cousin Maredsous, this is certainly one of my favorite Belgians! (566 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has always been one of my greatest faves, a fact I've often regretted the next morning. Pours into a thick, sturdy head that takes its time dissipating and leaves good lacing on the sides.

Cloudy in appearance yet bright, clean and crisp in taste. It has a strong and clear nose, sharp, yeasty with a very light citrus. A testament to brewing skill when a brew has an alcohol content this high and you aren't overwhelmed. Sneaks up on you, though. (455 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the Duvel in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. Despite pouring it very slowly, there is still a good 2.5 fingers of fluffy head. The head dies down to about 1.5 fingers, but that's it. There is also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The color is a pale orange-yellow that is slightly cloudy. The smell is very fruity, mostly banana and citrus. It is very pleasant. The taste is a great blend of fruit, spices, and alcohol. It isn't overly sweet though, there is a good malt/hops balance. The beer has a great strong mouthfeel to it. The drinkability is just a little lower, because the alcohol doesn't seem to be masked, as in other stong ales. (675 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured an extremely large white foamy head. It left an excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It was observed to have a yellow in body. It also had a cloudy appearance to it. It had a flavor of clove. This was a smooth tasting brew in my opinion. (258 characters)

Photo of usualpulp
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly golden color, with a fluffy white almost creamy looking head. Fruit aroma is very present and can be smelled while pouring. The taste of Duvel is wonderful. Very fruity and hearty tasting, while being quite refreshing at the same time. It’s easy to forget that this brew is 8.5% abv. The power of this beer sneaks up on you. Banana flavor is very present here and very well balanced with the cloves and hops. So many flavors stand out, but none of them are too overpowering. Definitely one great Belgian beer, and a must try. (541 characters)

Photo of philipt
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was astonished to see that I have not yet reviewed this beer, it being one of best in my book. Duvel is responsible for my love of great beers, particularly Belgians.

Many other brewers try to imitate Duvel, and many reviewers compare other similar beers to Duvel, and for good reason. This is simply one of the best examples of a strong Belgian golden ale.

Perfect appearance. Clear, pale yellow in color (that is until the yeast is roused in the bottle) with a towering, rocky, pillowy, bright white head. Creates substantial lacing. The aroma is malty sweet, candy-ish, estery, and fruity, with a touch of spiciness. The body is incredibly light and smooth, but all the while this is an intriguing and complex ale. The taste is initially sweet, with candy like flavors. Subtle notes of pear and apple complement the sweetness. The sweetness is followed by a fresh hop flavor and spiciness. The alcohol is predominately hidden and the beer finishes slightly dry.

Thanks, Rodney. (991 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle: Unique color of light yellow, very gem-like in character looking much like a sparkling white wine, with lots of bubbly carbonation. The head on this was a monster, an amazing sight to behold, tall, bright bleached white head nearly over three inches. The head is super foamed cream, looking like light styrofoam, or more so, close to a meringue. Upon the first sip, the head barely moves, only where the liquid touches does the head dissolve, leaving huge cliffs of foam clinging on to the glass. I wouldn't even call it lace, it looks just like the origianl head just stuck like glue in marshmellow clumps all around the inside of the glass. Miraculously amazing!

Smell is super zesty clean of light lemon and orange peel and spicy, notes of yeast and sharp hops. A super sniffer and strikingly complex with brightness.

Taste is more of the same, mirrored of the smells, light, smooth, zesty clean and fresh with pops of lemon, orange, yeasty peppered spices, other bright fruits of apple and pineapple all just complexly mixing over the palette and taking it for a ride of enjoyment - finishing strongly twinged of bittering sweetness, zesty clean, and actually somehow smooth. Feels lightish-medium body but packed full of carbonating action with a perfect smooth hold and slightly drying and tart. How'd they do that. So complex in character and flavors its hard to use words to describe it, just drink it and see, you'll become stupified with levels of wonderment.

On another note: after drinking about half my glass I was shocked to see that on the bottle it is labeled 8.5% - that sure doesn't seem to be an effect until its "after-effect", so I say its sneaky head swimmingly delicious. (1,719 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into it's proper glass, it pours a clear, pale gold with the characteristically massive head that intially takes up more space than the liquid. The head leaves gobs of sticky lace down the inside of the glass. Tons of bubbles race to the top, from the heavy carbonation. A truly classic appearance; if this doesn't rate a 5, nothing does...

Smell: The aroma is quite perfumy with a touch of spiciness, along with a faint fruity sweetness. Hint of bready yeast... A touch of Saaz is in there too.

Taste: Combines both sweetness and spiciness with a nice, firm Saaz bitterness. The sweetness has fruity suggestions of pear and apple, with a touch of honey, while the spiciness has a peppery note. The yeast imparts a touch of breadiness. A bit of a phenolic character shows up later in the finish. Finishes with a light alcohol flavor. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy with carbonation for days... It's very prickly on the tongue, with a dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Suprisingly good considering it's strength. This beer is well known for it's ability to hide it's 8.5%abv. You don't notice how strong it is until it sneaks up on you...

A world classic. I can't add anything that hasn't already been said... (1,239 characters)

Photo of johnrobe
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic brew. Every beer lover must try this one. It pours a deep, slightly hazy straw color with a voluminous, champagne-like, brilliant white head. The fruity ester and yeast smells are quite subtle and do not betray the treasure yet to come. Silky smooth, the "Devil" comes on in a wave of lightly sweet bready malt combined with a bit of banana and mildly spicy esters. There is no hint of alcohol taste despite the relatively high alcohol percentage (8.5%) making this one of the most aptly named brews around. Deceptively smooth and drinkable, this beer can unleash a stealth attack on your sobriety lest you take care with your pace. (642 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,676 ratings.