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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,137
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 225
Gots: 413 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of rickyleepotts


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not even finished pouring this beer before I could smell it. HUGE nose. That’s a good thing, too. With a lot of the beers I have had in Europe, they not only pack a punch on the nose, but also with the alcohol content. This beer is just the same. With an ABV of 8.5%, you can have one or two pints of this and be feeling alright.

I just love how this beer smells. It smells light, somewhat crisp and clean… gets me excited for the first taste.

Talk about carbonation! Holy cow, this beer hits your palate like a fizzy cola. But the aftertaste is incredible. You taste the high alcohol content, but it’s not too much that you want to stop drinking. I wouldn’t call it fruity… but man, what great flavors. The bad news here is the alcohol content… it doesn’t taste like it has that high of a percentage, but you can sure feel it on the way down.

This beer would go well on a hot summer day, or in the pub with your friends after a long day at work. I really like this beer, and would totally order it again. I did learn that Duvel means devil in Flemish… I’m guessing it’s the ABV that made them decide to call it that! Delicious beverage; highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:29:29 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle served in snifter.

A - sparkling clear golden liquid with white head. Medium retention but with lasting ring. Hazy after bottom sediment is added (which I did mid-tasting).

S - Hoppy (Noble?) and yeasty. way more like a Czech lager than I expected.

T - Refined balance of flavors with excellent finish. Notably tart and yeasty

M - soft; dry champagne-like finish

O - Superb for style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:27:41 | More by chinchill
Photo of kjussel


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Surprisingly golden-yellow with a white head that lingers. It genuinely is an unearthly bright ale, that screams, "drink me!"

Smell: Belgian esters, vanilla, banana/cloves with kind of an herbaceous scent.

Taste: Delicious, delicious beer. The herb flavors seem to jump out on the back of your tongue after you are hit with belgian goodness. The carbonation is just perfect to allow the flavors to flow over your tongue, to just linger, and then there is a satisfying alcohol flavor that lingers oh so well.

Mouthfeel: As I said, the carbonation compliments the pilsener malts and belgian flavors so much. Every flavor that you want from a belgian stick to your tongue and hang on just long enough.

Overall: Truly the class of its style, in my opinion. As good on a summer day as it is hunkered in on a cool, rainy evening (which is often in Seattle).

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:58:38 | More by kjussel
Photo of lawlerj


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:30:16 | More by lawlerj
Photo of vandemonian


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duvel is a spicy, yeasty Belgian strong pale ale with noticeable alcohol. It has too much spice and not enough... anything else.

A: Straw/yellow colour and a good-sized head that fades to very good lacing. 4.5

S: Spicy yeast smell. Not that great. 3

T: Taste is spicy with hints of yeast. The aftertaste is spicy and bitter with some noticeable alcohol. 3.5

M: Reasonably foamy. 4

O: Devil beer. Spicy and noticable alcohol. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:12:48 | More by vandemonian
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw in color, very fizzy. One-finger head leaves a bit of lacing and sticks around.

Smells of Belgian yeast, bananas and a lot of candied sugar.

Taste is a blast of fruity yeast flavors and candied sugar. Dry bananas, white grapes, dry sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, with some hop flavor. The dry, candied sugar quality is rather strong.

Light and fizzy on the mouth.

This is a good beer, and there are a lot of flavors going on. Not among my favorite styles, but this is a good example.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:05:59 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Raven3464


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with lots of carbonation, almost too much

Smell: Belgian yeast and fruits. There are hints of banana and apple.

Taste: A fruit explosion! The beer cycles between favors of banana and apple skins. The beer ends with a crisp hop taste found in many pale ales. It may sound strange, but I also noticed a minute bubble gum taste as the beer warms. The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden.

Mouth feel: The dryness followed by a high amount of carbonation is refreshing while the beer is both slightly chilled and warm. It feels fully bodied and heavy throughout the entire experience.

Overall: This is one of the most well balanced beers I've ever had. I almost never fail to have at least one bottle in stock and feel proud to have finally reviewed it. This is the standard to which all other Belgian Ales should be compared.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:00:11 | More by Raven3464
Photo of STKPICR0720


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a slight fruit smell with a bitter then ever changing to crisp taste. The alcohol is plentiful and between the aroma and just sheer bliss of having a great tasting powerful belgian style pale ale I think everyone needs this 4-pack in the fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:16:03 | More by STKPICR0720
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml. corked bottle marked: DU101123MN-23/09/13. Sampled on May 2, 2011. It pours a highly agitated, cloudy pale yellow with a significant amount of fizzy, puffy white head. The aroma has plenty of yeast, malts, and citrus zest. The body is smooth and of medium texture. The taste is a nice malty, yeasty character with a peppery and tangy bite at the end. Improves as it warms. One of the best in its class.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 21:49:47 | More by puboflyons
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served this bottle nice and cold in a tulip shaped snifter style glass. The contents poured out brilliant gold with a soft white billowy head that quickly dissipates. It has a yeasty, lager-like aroma with hints of pears, apples, pine, and a slight whiff of ginger.

The first thing you notice when you taste it is a pleasant fruity sweetness, which gives way to a nice champagne-like dryness. This beer is very heavily carbonated, which accompanies the dryness very nicely. The dryness also helps to balance the alcohol, which while high at 8.5%, never lends any real booziness to the beer.

A wonderful drinking experience. A little pricy in this neck of the woods to enjoy regularly, but certainly a nice occasional treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 11:30:58 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of JohnnyP3


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with a best before date of 04/2013 on it. Poured into a C&B Belgian beer glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a billowing frothy white head. Very actively carbonated with a vigorous boil of bubbles. Excellent lacing patterns on the glass.

Aroma is spices, pepper, green apples, an intriguing mix of tart and sweet smells. Lemon, banana and bubble gum are present as well.

Taste is crisp and tart. Again, some green apple, pepper, lemon. Has a very dry finish with a bit of a bite.

Mouthfeel is again, crisp and tart with a very lively feel from the robust carbonation. Refreshing and dry. Overall a very nuanced, delicate ale with some very distinct, interesting flavors. The 8.5% abv was noticeably absent from the taste. A classic and worth a try by all means.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:54:17 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a nice frothy light head which eventually subsided to a nice ring of bubbles - semi-cloudy banana liquer / straw color - decent lacing

S - plenty of belgian yeast dominates the scent with a little malt thrown in - smells sweet and a little fruity - muted banana and white grape flavors

T - Yeasty up front, sweet and hint of bananas - well balanced hops finish

M - plenty of carbonation in this medium bodied quaff which makes for a great mouthfeel

O - I expected a great deal from this beer and was not disappointed - this is clearly a world class beer which I will keep stocked when it is available.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 17:44:42 | More by Stocean1
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't the first time I've had Duvel - but it's the first time I've poured one during a royal wedding. To William and Kate - cheers!

A: A pale gold body, letting about 80% of light through. Foamy as hell. The bottle says "Pour Unhurriedly," and boy do they mean it. A bubbly white head w/ sticky lacing forms almost instantly.

S: In the nose, there's a strong yeast presence. Phenols abound, with a complex, fruity sweetness underneath. Very Belgian.

T: Yeast, just like the nose, conquers the palate. Big fruity flavor - grape, apple, pear, banana, and orange marmalade make an appearance. The hops are there, but mild; uniquely spiced. The aftertaste is so crisp it's almost nonexistent. Spectacular balance for 8.5% ABV.

M: A bubbly, classy champagne feel. It gives this beer an exquisite texture that I've never experienced anywhere else.

O: The KING of Belgian Strong Pale Ales for good reason. It's a great beer for so many occasions. It's so hard to find anything bad about this drinking experience. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 16:51:37 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of vcek


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden honey color with 4 fingers of beautiful pillowy white head that goes down very slowly. The lacing retains very nicely.
S- I'm getting banana, apples and possibly tangerine with citrus zest, even some white grape. Definitely citrusy hops and yeast.
T- Much like the smell, mostly apples, citrus, white grape, and yeast. Delicious.
M- Medium bodied, but on the lighter side. Smooth but crisp with a dry finish
O- This is a great beer, and that is an understatement. It may be the best beer of its class out there, and is a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:10:31 | More by vcek
Photo of zeledonia


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

The only way to christen my new Duvel tulip is, well, drinking Duvel out of it. So here we go.

Pours a pale golden yellow, translucent, with a fluffy white two-finger head that lasts and lasts, leaving clouds of foam on the sides of the glass that go way beyond lacing. Doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

Smell is that charismatic spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some gentle grassy hops. Slightly fruity, and very well-balanced. I could drink in the smell of this all day.

Taste is slightly hoppy up front, followed by a smooth subtle sweetness with a touch of sour, with tangy spice in the finish. A very nice balance of hops, malts, and yeast flavors. This is not a "kapow" beer, but it's not weak either. The flavors in it meld together very well and build a cohesive drink.

Medium-bodied, kinda light but sticky, with medium-high carbonation. The mouthfeel goes really well with the flavor.

I really like this beer. Everything about it is solid, and there are no obvious negatives. And all the pieces fit together really well. I really can't think of how I'd improve it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:52:14 | More by zeledonia
Photo of notchucknorris


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous white head that is near perfect. Great retention and great lacing.

S: The nose is pretty delicate with some light spice, banana, lemon and maybe a bit of clove.

T: This is pretty delicious and ridiculously drinkable. There's a bit of a sour lemon taste upfront and some nice grassy hops towards the end. In the middle are some notes of green apple and grain. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 18:21:15 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of njbeerlover

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It goes down smooth . It does have a fruity taste to it snd it somewhat dry. Always pours with a 2-3 finger head.Also is a cloudy amber color which I love.It is a great beer to come home to at the end of a hard day. It is a costly one but if it is in your budget, definetly worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 22:21:56 | More by njbeerlover
Photo of lionchow


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a small, creamy, white, lingering head.

A- mild barnyard and malt with a hint of banana.

F - Dry, mildly bitter, with very light malt. Mild banana and spice. It is elegant and smooth, and very enjoyable.

M - dry and highly carbonated.

Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:22:11 | More by lionchow
Photo of jggibbs


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, hazy pale golden. Large fluffy head that stayed around for awhile.

The smell is nice. Fruity, sweet and light. Bananas and a yeasty note are the most apparent.

The fruity smell is backed up in the taste as apples and bananas are very present. The yeast is there as is some sourness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and bubbles slightly on the tongue.

A very enjoyable first experience with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:20:56 | More by jggibbs
Photo of jables7


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- exactly what the name promises. a great looking golden ale. it has just enough haze.

S- it has a strong, familiar nose. if you've had a belgian beer you've probably smelled this particular combination.

T- i know this is ridiculous but it tastes like what I imagine blue moon was going for. I usually don't like brews from Belgium but this particular version is balanced well enough to make it quite enjoyable

M- not the best I've ever had but substantial enough to hold it's own

O- probably the best Belgian beer that I've ever had. the spice notes are more subdued than most versions I've had. overall it's a well balanced quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:18:33 | More by jables7
Photo of MattyG85


4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy light gold. Has a huge foamy white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Aromas of citrus, banana, pear, apple, and cloves. Has some fruity yeast in the background.

Taste: A fruity mix of citrus, banana, and apple with pepper spice. A decent hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: A great tasting classic import from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 06:05:28 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Blanco


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the appropriate Duvel tulip a bright golden color with a huge white fluffy head that almost fills the entire glass. There is a mini-spire of bubbles that roars from the "D" carved into the bottom of the glass. The smell is dry and almost lager-ish. Faint smell of Belgian spice. Nothing special here. The taste is also dry, crisp and refreshing. A hint of the belgian spice along with sour apple. mouthfeel is a lively. overall, a solid refreshing brew. I think some of the coppycats might actually be a little better, but it's nice to have a classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:51:31 | More by Blanco
Photo of eric5bellies


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very slight hazy straw colour, with a pure white two fingered head that laces and retains.

S - Nice banana citrus aromas and a little grassy.

T - Nice apple flavours and grains, citrus also present with a little hop. Very well balanced indeed.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - Hard to beat this brew for a BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 14:02:37 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light pale yellow almost golden color, tons of carbonation running through, tightly packed white one inch head.

S- Lots of fruitiness, light bananas, some pear, definitely cloves a general yeasty aroma which lends all of these smells.

T- Like a yeast flavored juicy fruit, this packs a big punch full of banana and spice and a tingling spicy hop presence.

M- Highly carbonated which gives a lively feel to this brew throughout the experience.

O- Serious perfection here, this brew is the work of craftsmanship, so sweet and tasty with a perfect touch of hops it just never gets boring and the pairings are endless.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:58:00 | More by foogerd
Photo of LairdChisholm


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear golden color with loads of carbonation bubbles. There is an amazing two finger, frothy white head with excellent retention and incredible lacing.

S - There are some great fruity notes. There is banana with citrus, lemon, apple and grass.

T - Taste follows the smell. There are some great yeast tastes with apple, berry, lemon, banana, and other citrus.

M - A great amount of carbonation lets all these flavors be pronounced.

D - There is a reason why this is a staple for this style. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:05:45 | More by LairdChisholm
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