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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,374
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 243
Gots: 512 | 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 JizackFH

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A - This beer pours a beautiful pale golden yellow. It has a nice 2-finger fluffy white head on it. The head has some nice retention, and it leaves behind a good bit of lacing on the glass. There is a constant stream of rising carbonation bubbles visible in the glass.

S - It smells of spices, belgian yeast, banana, green apple, hops, and white grapes. The smell is sweet, fruity, and I can't wait for my first sip.

T - the taste starts off with a big belgian yeast flavor and some nice spice notes. There are some nice fruit flavors such as green apple, white grape, lemon, banana, and pear. There is some hop presence, its mild, but its definitely there. The aftertaste is crisp, clean, and hardly exists. The alcohol presence is also hidden extremely well, you can hardly tell it's there at all.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down smooth, and leaves some tingling spiciness on the palate. It has a nice bubbly muted champagne feel to it.

O - This has really good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and it tastes great. overall, I thought this was a great beer, and a great representation of the style. It is very refreshing, and I could drink it all day. I recommend this one.

06-05-2011 11:13:20 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Forb


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from a 750ml cork top bottle....

Appearance: A beautifully clean golden translucence with a healthy carbonation.

Smell: Floral hints are noticeable but the predominant feature is the spiciness.

Taste: The taste reminds a lot of a champagne beer with the finish being mostly spices.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: A good solid Belgian with an easy drinkability especially noting the %.

06-03-2011 18:40:04 | More by Forb
Photo of depechemode1983


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is clear light gold in color. It has a frothy white head with awesome retention and leaves patches of lacing. Has also visible champagne like carbonation.

S - In the nose you get the trademark Belgian yeast and bread notes. Along with fruits like apricot, sour green apples and pear. There is also a pleasant grainy background as well.

T - Fruity and funky. It taste of Belgium yeast, green apples and pear with spicy undertones. Finish is crisp and a tad bitter.

M - Mouth feel is bubbly and lively. Its medium bodied and with some attitude.

O - A hell of a beer. I haven't bought this beer in awhile since the price increase. I can't believe I forgot how damn delicious this beer is. One of the best right here. So damn drinkable even at 8.5% abv.

05-31-2011 01:32:18 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of sommersb


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a brown 330ml bottle, best before date is 05/2013.

A: This is a beautiful beer in all ways. The color is a pleasing clear golden, with tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom. The billowy, white head is easily 4-5 fingers high - a mountain of foam. Retention and lacing are excellent.

S: A funky Belgian yeast smell is prominent, supported by crisp smells that are fruity and spicy, with perhaps a citrus character.

T: For me the taste is a 'wow' experience. The spicy, funky zing of Belgian yeast is there, along with a slight hop bitterness. The taste is not overly bitter or sweet - a good balance with a dry quality. You can feel the alcohol in the back, but this is not a boozy beer.

M: Medium body and highly carbonated, the finish is dry with lingering yeast flavors.

O: A superb beer - easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I've had Duvel many times now and it's always a treat.

05-27-2011 04:40:08 | More by sommersb
Photo of DrewV

New York

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from a 330mL bottle (7/2013 date) out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. Poured 3/4 straight, then swirled the remainder to stir up the bottling yeast for the final 1/4 pour.

A: Pours a cloudy bright yellow, forming a foamy white 2-finger head with a very careful pour. Typical Belgian lace clings to the glass everywhere as the head recedes.

S: Light fruit, mostly pear and apple, some banana hints, very enticing. Not much spice in the nose. Not a trace of alcohol.

T: Follows the aroma with a highly carbonated blast of light fruit and hints of banana, with a slightly peppery warming alcohol bringing up the rear. A delight for the palate. Very slight bitterness in the finish and the palate remains clean and refreshed with no aftertaste.

M: Effervescent carbonation, typical of the style. A relatively creamy consistency, but feels full due to the carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: The Devil. The Original. Not much more to add. Really delicious. Tough to find anything negative to say about this one. Complex, yet refreshing, and extremely dangerous considering the high ABV and the equally high drinkability.

NOTE: I finally got a hold of a Duvel signature glass at my local beer store and considered myself lucky until I actually drank from it. The constant bubbling from the laser-etched "D" at the bottom of the glass virtually guarantees that your beer will be totally flat within 20 minutes, so you better be a fast drinker. I prefer to enjoy my beer over the course of 30-45 minutes, so I intend to avoid the Duvel glass from now on. What a shame. I MUCH prefer the Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass, it's well worth the price.

05-27-2011 00:32:19 | More by DrewV
Photo of buschbeer


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

11.2oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours golden with a mountain of rocky, white head on top of it.

S - It smells spicy. I get Belgian yeast and orange peel.

T - It tastes buttery with some spiciness.

M - Moderate and very smooth

O - It's alright. I don't feel its worth the price.

05-26-2011 00:26:49 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Beautiful golden colour with a billowing 3-finger of fluffy stark-white foam. Very good lacing that really sticks to the glass.

S: Spices strong on the nose with cloves and nut qualities. Sweet honey aroma with floral hints in the background.

T: Veering more towards bitter than sweet with initial lemon-like sour notes. Sweet cane sugar notes morph into a bitter dryness towards the end. Cloves and spices strong in the taste with some slight hints of nutmeg. Duvel's approach towards bitterness is very appealing, as opposed to variations of this style that are overly sweet.

M: Very nice mouthfeel with great carbonation and viscosity. Well-rounded. Great for the style.

D: Easily drinkable, and a little dangerous considering the ABV is well hidden. A great belgian strong that is quite refreshing with more of a subdued sweetness.

05-25-2011 01:09:18 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of Fenris244


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%


Had at opal's served in the Duvel tulip

3 finger head and pale gold in color, rocky head has amazing retention 

Honey aromas, big sweetness, hints of bitterness and some light fruity and floral notes. Some grains as well

Very clean in flavor, some sweetness up front with good malt character, slight bitterness, the yeast imparts a spiciness and the finish is somewhat dry, the alcohol is very well masked

Light in body, effervescent superbly drinkable,

Overall, I'm sorry I put this one off so long, fantastic brew

05-24-2011 23:56:47 | More by Fenris244
Photo of austinbroker


4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Pours a mirky, orangish yellow. A couple fingers of foam and lots of lacings

S: lots of fruits, bananas, yeast

T: A bit of hops that gives it some bitterness in the finish. You don't notice the 8.5% abv, it's very smooth. Tastes like it smells.

M: average carbonation for the style.

D: Very refreshing beer despite the 8.5 abv. Would be excellent on a hot summer day, I wouldn't have more than two as the alcohol will creep up on you since it's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:45:30 | More by austinbroker
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -55.4%

A: Hazy, straw yellow with good head retention and thick bonewhite foam.

S: I got really bad aromas with this one, im thinking minnows, bait shop, old water.

T: Had a nice light estery quality with a hint of banana, but predominantly the alcohol is what stood out.

M: Had a soapy wash to it, but as mentioned the burn of the alcohol was most noticed in the mouthfeel.

D: Wouldnt go back, especially for the size and the harshness.

05-21-2011 23:01:23 | More by BasementBer
Photo of match1112


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

this is an excellent beer.looks beautiful when pouring. has a two finger white head, looks like beaten egg whites. smell and taste are big. i get lemon and bananna at first followed by clove and pepper. barely a hop taste on the end. mouthfeel is rich and bubbly with a hint of dryness on the end. which is weird since it leaves my mouth salivating for more.

05-21-2011 22:48:20 | More by match1112
Photo of JayAre46


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

i found this randomly in my fridge, .750 magnum son! thanks lady friend you're fuc&*n awesome...so i figured i'd finally review instead of hammering the first one i have because its pretty typical for some reason with this one. i will say the beer was already cloudy before i poured (in of course a duvel tulip), do i care? no! anyway the color, its like this beer was God's child and he was a brilliant golden color then he disobeyed the Man upstairs and boom all the life was sucked out and he was left with a pale yellowish color of devil deathness, while angrily pushing clouds of white head to the top that leaves spotty lacing almost cob-web like.

A - the aroma i immediately get big yeasty notes, along with some earthy bitterness scents if that is possible and then some fruit highlights in the back.

T - this is a well crafted beer, its got such a perfect bitterness that is highlighted with flashes of sweet fruits especially as it warms along with a subtle alcohol presence with a squeeze of lemon, the yeasty notes are here again and pretty much throughout, the malt in this is just there for completion and is on the pale side for sure. although its the devil, it could of only been created by God. just took some solid gulps and got a green apple flavor, not sure how i missed that as it was pretty noticable..

M - is there such thing as creamy with a prickly slight crisp finish? because thats what this is. good mouthfeel, the carbonation is raging in front of the eye but it is very soft on the palate. this beer has a good drinkability although my max is a 3 thumper bottles or 1, .750 mag in a day. with that being said duvel's cousin the "triple dry hopped" i can drink all day everyday

O - one of my personal fav's don't care what anyone says, this beer will always have a special place in my tiny black heart. also if/when i get married this will be one brew that will accompany my beer nerds and i along with champagne for the "outsiders" hah....drink it

05-21-2011 05:19:50 | More by JayAre46
Photo of drewba


3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

A - Bright translucent yellow with a fluffy white head that doesn't go away. It looks very inviting, crisp, I'm half expecting the head to turn into a hand and start waving at me.

S - subtle pepper, moderate amount of lemon and orange peel, tons of yeasty yeast,

T - stale lemon juice, lemon & orange peel, clove, tons of fruity & sweet yeast, banana bread.

M - Crisp, lively, bubbly carbonation, well done.

O - The yeast character really takes over, which isn't really my bag, but the citrus character and solid mouthfeel are keeping me interested.

05-20-2011 02:45:54 | More by drewba
Photo of Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a hazy, pale straw-yellow with a tremendous, pillowy head of fine, champagne-like foam. Excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Strongly fruity and spicy: fresh and candied fruit, banana, vanilla, and clove scents are most prominent. Yeasty, too.

T: More or less follows the nose. Bursting with fresh fruit, bananas, and particularly pronounced clove spiciness which gives way to almost-sugary tastes of dark and candied fruits. Light, somewhat grainy malts comes through gradually, and there's a bit of noble hop bitterness noticeable in the finish. The alcohol is barely detectable despite 8.5% ABV.

M: The fine carbonation is crisp, smooth, and gives it a medium body while balancing the rich, sweet taste.

D: Exceptionally flavourful and refreshing; it'll be excellent for summer days, if difficult to drink very many in one sitting due to the carbonation and ABV. Absolutely deserves its reputation as the archetypal Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

05-19-2011 23:15:08 | More by Kartoffeln
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

05-12-2011 23:27:41 | More by chinchill
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

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).

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


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

05-06-2011 12:00:11 | More by Raven3464
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4.6/5  rDev +8%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

05-02-2011 21:49:47 | More by puboflyons
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-30-2011 18:54:17 | More by JohnnyP3
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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