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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,160
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 423 | 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.

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Photo of Tucquan


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

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Ommegang tent at the Brewfest at Mount Hope Winery in Lancaster County, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Pale golden yellow with pillowy white head and some lacing.

S - Lemon, green apple, yeast and hop floral.

T - Yeasty biscut, lemon and apples, with spice and some alcohol. Finishes sour and mildly bitter. I liked the Ommegang Abbey a little better than this.

M - Light body, heavy carbonation. Very effervescent.

D - Definitely worth coming back for a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 18:29:32 | More by Tucquan
Photo of mexikrainian


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

750ml poured into a Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: golden straw yellow with frothy white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: honey, floral, buttery, apples, pears and belgian spices.

Flavor: honey, floral, and citrus that stimulates the back of tongue and mouth.

Mouthfeel: light body with heavy carbonation.

Overall impression: smooth, effervescent Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:31:24 | More by mexikrainian
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th of my great trade with the Captin!

12 oz bottle poured into a delirium noel glass.

Terrific appearance. Huge foamy head that lasted forever, even with a careful pour so as not to disturb any sediment. Golden in color and very slightly hazy. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising. Lots of thick lacing.

Powerfully pungent aroma even at the beginning of the glass. Strong smell of yeast, with a funky aroma that I'm trying to put my finger on... bubble gum. Mixed with the yeast I think it's quite funky. Slight alcohol smell too.

Tasted fantastic! Great balance between hops, malts, yeast, spices, light sweet fruits like apricots, pears and apples, very reminiscent of the saison I had earlier actually.

Feels absolutely delightful. Rich and smooth, tangy from the ample carbonation, lovely light bitterness that lingers on.

Drinks great too. I could easily drink this beer every week and never get tired of it.

A truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 23:46:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of SteveoNY

New York

3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml corked (pop) brown bottle with a best before date of 08 2012. Quick tips on how to pour the beer (unhurriedly) as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label. Yes the Duvel glass on the back of the label has more head in the pic than beer: thats what you will get.(42 degrees) nice bottle and labeling.

Appearance: huge foamy chunky head 3 to 4 fingers like an icecream float. the lace clings to the glass in patchy clumps. slight cloudy yeasty golden hue. chunks of foamy head clinging to the glass all the way down. the head will outlast the brew itself with some foam left in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: smells like warm piss, yeast bite in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, no maltyness at all to me. champange like bubbly texture, yeast, hop bitterness and alcohol very prominent. very crisp.

Notes: maybe this Belgian strong pale ale isnt for me. I respect it, but now have to finish this 750 ml bottle that I opened because I payed $11 for it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 12:48:46 | More by SteveoNY
Photo of cameraman


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

A pale golden color is poured in the glass. A strong white colored head, that is two fngers thick and hangs on to the sides of the glass. A yeasty fragrance strikes the nose, followed by a mild funky scent, but not off putting. It finishes with a light to medium grassy scent. A bread and cracked grain flavor comes through at the front of each taste. Then it blends to a yeasty twang, then moving to a grassy and earthy bitterness. A watery feel, with cleansing sensation of carbonation, it then finishes with a strong dryness that seems last forever on the palate. Another beer that is the standard for its style and does not disappoint. A classic with its golden color, the yeasty flavor, and dry feel, makes one crave some mussels and frites.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:59:37 | More by cameraman
Photo of tubacharlie


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

Poured unhurriedly, as the label suggests, yields a crystal clear ale of a light straw-gold color with a rocky white head of large and medium bubbles. Slowly receding and leveling out to a thick carpet of foam, the bubbles coalesce into a smoother surface with nice lacing stuck to the sides of the tulip glass.

The palpable yeast presence emits a light, peppery aroma with intriguing floral notes, especially after swirling around the dregs in the bottle and pouring down the center to cloud up the contents. A hint of clean alcohol esters is also discerned.

First sips reward the tongue with grassy, spritzy grain and cereal flavors accented with dry biscuit and slightly astringent hints of sweet citrus and green apple. Smooth and nicely balanced, the devilishly high alcohol content is hardly noticeable. Well carbonated and effervescent, the brew enjoys its brief party in the mouth before a wet hop sendoff, leaving a hint of bright bitterness in the good-bye, enticing one to yearn for another visit.

A classic that never goes out of style, it pairs nicely with some Gorgonzola spread on freshly toasted baguettes. Some smoked salmon on the side is gracefully engaged and complements the combination, for a petite feast of grandeur.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:10:30 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of Duff27


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

A- Light golden. Ridiculously frothy two-inch white head in my tulip. Spotty lacing. The effervescence is incredible.

S- Sour apples, cloves. Belgian yeast.

T- Slightly spicy. Sour finish, lemon or apple-ish.

M- Carbonation is spot on. Mouthwatering. Dry finish.

D/O- A true celebratory beer (review #100!), Duvel needs to be respected. Don't think you'd want to make a night of this as that's probably not what the brewer wanted. This one 11.2 ouncer won't be difficult to finish at all...craving the next sip already. Great world-renown beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:31:17 | More by Duff27
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours golden color with a nice, long lasting, white head. Aromas is of Belgium yeast, apple and some brown sugar. Medium to full body. Flavor is sweet fruit and yeast in the beginning followed by lengthy, earthy hoppy finish. This beer is classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:00:08 | More by mikeg67
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a fairly clear, golden yellow color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly settles down to a thin creamy cap after several minutes. Nice aromatics, predominantly yeast, floral hops, lemon, and earthiness. Hops upfront but also tasting, lemon zest, grass, banana, sweet malts, and other subtleties as well - there's alot going on, but in a really positive way. It tastes very clean, crisp, and dry with a good dose of carbonation - real nice mouthfeel. I also dont detect any of the alcohol in this BSPA.

What a great beer...certainly something worth trying if you haven't already, and revisiting throughout the year if you've sampled before.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 04:04:21 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of alleykatking


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows fantastic retention. Streaky clingy lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this beer down.

S- Interesting aroma. Some light bubblegum notes in this. Saison like with some light barnyard funk. Tripel like with the Belgium yeasty-ness and candi sugar like aroma. Some light banana with a hint of clove. Hops were not really there but lightly bitter in the background.

T- Nice sweet malt like front with a interesting funky taste. Middle has a light bitterness from the hops with tones of banana and cloves. Light bubblegum notes with a hint of sour apple on the backend. Alcohol burn in the very end which warms the stomach.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light yeasty notes with clove left on the palate. Bitter hops and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate. Flavors were well blended and had light standout notes here and there. Clean tasting overall with crisp notes.

D- This beer is good. I always forget about this with the insane amount of craft beer out there. The ABV is pretty well hidden until the ending. Good beer and well worth the praise a lot of people have for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:47:11 | More by alleykatking
Photo of drizzam


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As soon as I cracked the bottle open, the brew started to gush from the bottle. Did I get an overcarbonated one? I poured it into a clear pint glass and ended up with a clear and very pale yellow body, topped by an enormous fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing left on the insides of my glass. This beer looks phenomenal!

S - It took me a while to get through the enormous fluffy head so I could smell this brew, but once I did, I smelled aromas of sweet citrus, spicy pepper and some nice earthy hoppiness.

T & M - The head was so ridiculous that it felt like it took an hour before I could taste it! The citrus I smelled in the aroma was there, but it almost took a back seat to the pepper and the earthy hop bitterness. Actually, it compliments the spice quite nicely. Medium bodied with a bit of coarse tingle from the carbonation. The alcohol is VERY well hidden, a genuine task for the 8.5% ABV.

D - This is a delicious brew and I'm a bit upset with myself that it took me this long to try it. If it weren't so expensive, it would be a daily stock item in my frig. I think I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:30:06 | More by drizzam
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle, poured into Palm tulip. Fairly light colour, slight haze, large foamy head, good retention, lots of lacing. Aroma was dominated by Phenol. Tasted yeast, sugar and phenol. Later I picked up some bready maltyness. Hid the booze very well. Creamy texture, very light body, moderate carbonation. Overall a beer without weakness, other SBPAs have more depth but this is what they modeled themselves on.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 16:42:35 | More by jonb5
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost I have to thank you all that are part of the Beeradvocate community. I have followed your advice since I turn 21,three years ago, and today I decided to make an account. For that I thank You

Last week a super liquor store open in my hometown in Texas with full fresh cut deli section, restaurant,and tasting area ( at grand opening, they were selling any type of 6-pack for 99 cent- I had class so I could not go ; I hope that does not take the business of Mr.Jones, one of our local stores guys- but anyway I digress) and today I decided to pop in. I felt like having an ale. I looked around and this white little glass bottle caught my attention by the name of Duvel Belgium Ale.

Appearance: Blonde and a thick head c.3 inches

Smell: Citrus smell

Taste: Honey like citrus taste

Mouthfell- Great Ciitrus taste with a honey after taste

Drinability: The after taste for sure makes you have another and not filling at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 04:00:26 | More by sgrza316
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-pale light yellow body with a thick white head

S-yeasty and lemony

T-clove and lemon with a slight cake frosting taste to it


D-Very nice and drinkable beer. I held out on drinking this for a long time because you can find it in so many places but I see why people like it. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:50:30 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Jayli


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Legal C Bar in Dedham, MA on 11/20
Served in a Duvel tulip

A: This beer pours a beautiful golden yellow color. Somewhat clear though you can see a stream of carbonation going through the middle of this beer. A crazy 3 finger of rocky, fluffy white head caps this beer. Head retains nicely and leaves thick coats of chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is slight hints of pilsner malts, pear, grape, and fruity hops, and mild peppery belgian spicing.

T: Taste starts with a wonderful fruity pear, apricot and banana flavoring that quickly moves in to a citrusy, lemon with slight pepper flavoring. Pale malts and Belgian yeasts fill out the finish with some clove spicing that catch you at the very end.

M: Medium body, high carbonation, crisp and light feeling with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, a kick you don't see coming, not too filling, great representation of style. Why I waited so long to tr this beer I will never know!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 02:29:18 | More by Jayli
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New York

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

From 750 into large Riedel Bordeaux

Beautiful wet straw yellow.

Huge, thick, creamy/foamy head. Leaves a ton of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Big, broad, earthy, slightly herbal. Very pale-malty - Yum! Big Belgian yeast presence with pronounced yet subtle earthy/spicy/herbal hops.
Alcohol well hidden.

Palate: Big, round, creamy, piquant. Slightly herbal, but round. Spicy. Dry. Tons of beautiful pale malt, but not sweet.
Extended flavor shows beautiful touch of noble, earthy hops. Very long on the palate & a great finish.

One of the definitions of Great Beer!

I tell ya - this combination of a strong Belgian Pale Ale & hops is MAGIC!

96 Points.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:28:25 | More by ausonius
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Gorgeous golden yellow with a frothy whity head that shows signs of leaving monsterous lacing. Bubbles race to the top from the center of the glass (I think the glass has an etching in it that does this...looks sweet). Craziest head a beer can have. Frothy and substantial.

S - Citrus candy. Really inviting. Somewhat saison-like, somewhat tripel-like...but very nice. Banana, bubblegum, tad of bitterness. Very earthy.

T - Even sweeter than the nose lends. Grassy, clove, banana. Very well done BPA.

M/D - Pretty easy drinker. A bit sweet for my tastes, but very nice. Leaves my mouth a bit dry and a bit bitter. Not as thin as it looks, but certainly not a milk shake. Pretty even bodied.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:27:54 | More by cosmicevan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Actually, I bought the beer just to get the glass but let's give it a go...

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of frothy white head. Crazy retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is yeasty, hoppy and fruity but not sweet fruit, maybe some sour apple.

T: The flavour is definitely vinous and quite dry with a tiny alcohol burn in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is light-medium with very crisp carbonation.

D: For the ABV, the drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:21:29 | More by mrnobody
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice effervescent, refreshing drink here. Poured from a pt bottle into a tulip.

A- Pale translucent gold with a creamy, pillowy cloud of fluffy head with a sea foam lace that leaves beautiful rings of retention. Absolutely beautiful beer.

S- Hops on the front. Citrus notes. Sweet bread with an herbal background. Hints of lemongrass and notes of apricot and peach. Slightly floral accents. Lemon. Very complex smells.

T- Sweet on the front followed by orange peel. Buscuit and earthy herbs. Grass. Is this a beer or a fine white wine? Lemon butter. If not for the bready front it could be mistaken for a nice white wine.

M- Champagne like. Lively, vibrant and eloquently balanced. Refreshing with a dry finish. Slightly creamy. Bitter lemon on the end. No aftertaste.

D- Eloquent, vibrant, lively, champagne like. Wish there was more spice. Would have been perfect if it had that clove, allspice, or cinnamon sense. Seems to be amiss in this. Clean and refreshing beer though. Almost like a sparkling wine, yet creamy.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 01:24:59 | More by JayS2629
Photo of drseamus

New York

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

A: This is how a belgian beer should look. Crystal clear pale body topped with a frothy white head and visible carbonation.

S: Light hop aroma and crisp malt. The aroma is light but distinct.

T: Just like the aroma, light and crisp. A very well put together beer. Drier than the aroma; this beer has very little sweetness but crisp bitterness.

M: The body is thicker than the color and smell would lead you to believe. The malt does lend that extra body.

D: When I haven't had Duvel in a while I forget how good it is. Then I drink it and I remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:00:30 | More by drseamus
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Pours a light golden color with the famously huge fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly.

Slightly sour aroma with light citrus notes. Not overpowering. Reminds me of Sweet Tarts candy - no kidding.

Delicious taste of apricots, wheat, malt and hops. Finishes like a nice white wine.

Smooth to the taste, with the near perfect combination of malt, hops, yeast, carbonation. Almost TOO easy to drink for the ABV.

This is a must have. Hard to find any flaws in this delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:25:39 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Sachsenfreude


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

appearance; clear pale yellow(so long as the yeast does not get in the pour). Amazing white head, with beautiful lacing. Head retains thick and chunky throughout the drink, even bumpy thickness, it kind of looks like Ayers Rock in the Australian outback, only covered in snow. I'm really impressed!

smell; sour like a Gueuze but then bitter with a herbal hop bite, like a quality German Pils.

taste; slightly tart, with some alcohol. The hops give it some bitterness in the finish. Bready malts linger in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; like a hurricane of carbonation on my tongue yet amazingly smooth. Some alcohol burn but in a good way, crisp and refreshing.

drinkability; this is really drinkable but I drank a 750ml. bottle and I'm feeling it! A beer to be respected for sure, have a couple and call it a night. I can tell this beer will cause a headache in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:19:14 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, slightly cloudy, yellow color with a huge white head.

S: The only thing I smell is booze for the first 3 minutes. After that some more character comes out. Yeast, wheat, earth, spice and lemon notes. A slight hint of a weird stagnant swampy smell is also present.

T: Sweet body with some big malt flavour. The sweetness is a bit strange in my mouth, it almost tastes a bit chemically. Other than that there is the big alcohol kick at the end mingled with some spicy bitterness.

M: Thick body and a nice warmth. The beer has a nice spicy carbonation and floats on your tongue.

D: I'm not completely sold on this one as one of the best beers in the world... maybe its the style I don't particularly like... it is too boozy, I prefer a regular BPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:33:03 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale golden yellow. 1" white rocky head with lots of tiny bubble rising.

Smell is Clean and lite. Wheat, malts and mild sweet fruits.

Taste is Wheat, yeasts, malts, earthy hops with nice bite, mild fruity notes and lite to med alcohol warmth. Good balance here!

Mouthfeel is lite bodied, zesty carbonation, mild alcohol warmth, smooth malts. More alcohol presence and fruity esters as it warms.

Overall, don't let the lite pale color (looks harmless) fool you! This is a very good and complex brew. It would be a very sessionable if not for the abv%.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 17:12:37 | More by fourplayed
Photo of tewaris


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of Jan, 2013 poured into a Duvel tulip on Nov 05, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
The looks of this beer cannot be put into words and it's an experience in itself to achieve the perfect pour that showcases the brilliance of Duvel. Brightly clear and golden with massive sudsy head that takes a while to come down to a manageable level, which is still very dense and rocky and is getting fed continuously by the stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. The lacing is similar to head: chunky, dense and sticky.

Aroma 4/5
Light phenols and fruit (pear, apricot) dominate the nose, with hints of soft alcohol creeping in with warmth. Little sweetness from the malts, hints of toast, and some dark fruit are also present.

Taste 4/5
Opens with slight fruitiness, but quickly displays the hop bitterness and its rich malty, vinous, and soft alcohol character. The finish, however, is amazingly dry and long with dry bitterness of dark fruit, and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Effervescent with medium body.

Drinkability 5/5
Recipe for disaster!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:33:40 | More by tewaris
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,160 ratings.