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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,506
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 249
Gots: 574 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of hikix
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is starting to become very popular in
NYC. I actually tried my first one at a bar right across the street from penn station. I saw the beer menu, saw this beer which i never heard of and then saw it was 8.5% abv. I was in the mood for something new so I asked the waitress if it was good and she said she highly recommended it. Well, one turned into 4 and I pretty much couldn't stand up by the time we were leaving. And at $10 a pop it turned out to be the start of a pretty pricey night!

Well since then I drink Duvel every couple of weeks. I would drink it more often but its super expensive and really strong! Beside that, the gripe I have is the beer is SUPER bubbly. Bubbly to the point where sometimes I have to sit up to burp myself haha. If you see it available you have to try it.

hikix, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter...

A-Pours a very faint hazy yellow with a massive 3 finger soapy white head that dissipates to about half a head with spotty lacing...

S-Smells like bubbles, very unfamiliar combination of aromas coming off this one but smells like lemon grass and bread with a lot of yeast, slightly fruity i would say...

T-Again like bubbles and grass very faint fruit and a bit like champagne very smooth and slightly dry...not much to my liking

M-Light body with medium carbonation, bitter dry lemon grass and bubbles...

O-Didn't really care for this one, very light, dry and smooth but lacks and any wow factor, tasted like bubbles and a light champagne...it's not a horrible beer i just didn't have the buds for this one i guess...

DrinkThemAll, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Giant fluffy cloud of brilliant white foam rests upon an elixer of golden sunshine yellow! Crispy lacing dripping all over the inside of my Bruery tulip! Beautiful carbonation!

S- Fresh cut green apples, lemony citrus, clove and star anise, nice yeasty bready nose. Hints of Pinot Grigio and fresh cut wheat. I hope it tastes as refreshing as it smells!

T- Tangy, fresh, bursts with apples, lemon, white grapes, yeast, and spices! A bit of pepper, clove and citrusy hops! Damn! I haven't had one of these since the mid 90's!

M- Really tart and refreshing! Crisp, citrusy, and yeasty! The carbonation never stops popping in your mouth!

O- All the pop of champagne... but with so much more going on than sour grapes! LOL!!! There's a reason this is one of the top beers of it's style... It deserves it! I found this bottle for $2 on the singles rack, but at $15/4-pack... it's still totally worth the price!

Thickfreakness, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first taste of this renown brew and whilst I'll give it a shot you'll see no sympathy for the Duvel from me, I'll be going straight for the jugular.

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a 500ml tall chalice.

A: Straight from the cork popping you know you're in for a raging brew; fizzing out with intensity, pale orange cloudy body with a 3cm white head that dissipates to a sticky lacing around the glass... yep, that looks inviting, almost a challenge "look at me, I'm a Tripel!".

S: Wow! This is the first time I've taken a whiff of a beer and thought "Is this a beer?"... there's all kind of crazy going on here; the fruitiness of a Botrytis white wine, the sharp twang of over-ripe apples, bold musky yeast aromas and a hint of sugar syrup. I hope to think the beer tastes as interesting as it smells but I'm also certain it will... it must!

T: Buy me a case of this. Again there is so much going on it's difficult to put into words, there is a flavour that hits every part of the tongue in this Tripel; dry champagne mixes with a musky yeast and sourdough body, then you're presented with some sugar and alcohol notes (with sugar covering the 8.5% alcohol) with a slight (not nearly overwhelming) hop bitterness. The end result leaves your entire mouth salivating for more, even if you didn't like the taste of this beer you would still want to take another gulp... there is an art of seduction from this Devil.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is lighter than Champagne and adds to the creaminess.

D: This is the beer that makes everything else pale in comparison. It's not about the flavour either, because it really doesn't even have a great flavour to it, but the way it reacts in your mouth and the effect it has in the aftertaste is sublime. I really want to scull an entire bottle of this and cap it off with another six till I pass out in total inebriation, however I cannot afford to do this and must satisfy my beerlust with mere mortal brews... this makes me sad.

Food match: The finest of foods; caviar, lobster and truffles poached in a light saffron roux with Parma prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

doktorhops, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Cloudy pour with massive frothy head. Perfect golden color and very lacey going down.

smell - Almost reminds me of a white wine with apple, with some citrus/honey, clove-like spicing and faint alchohol.

taste & mouthfeel - Wow. Love it. Very smooth and creamy. Balanced hopping. Bitter with more sweet. Carbonation bite makes it crisp.

overall - Looks great and delivers. This is definitely one to remember and have again later. One of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale's I've had.

EricMichael, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of cagocubs
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from stubby into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a massive white fluffy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Impressive head is like a cloud. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Earthy smell. You can notice sweet fruit and spice along with bready yeast. Clover/spice mixes with alcohol for interesting nose. Real balanced inviting smell.

T: The taste is delicious and complex. Many flavors are present starting with hops, yeast, malt. Sweetness from fruits and spice. Earthy clove and florals present. The alcohol gives it a nice warming effect and dry finish.

M: Taking a sip and leaving it in your mouth you can sense the active carbonation. This gives a light and crisp feeling. At the same time the alcohol and dry finish tame your senses and make you take time with this beer. Great coating and finish.

O: A solid choice. Simple, yet at the same time very complex.

cagocubs, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of sergeantstogie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip produced a huge fluffy meringue head that stayed until about halfway through the beer.

Smelled of sweet honeyish malts and noble hops.

Taste was of honey, spicy noble hops and some citrus with an almost white wine like tang.

Mouthfeel was perfect with the sweetness and spiciness accentuated by a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer rocks. It was one of the beers that introduced me to the wonderful things being done with beer in Belgium and going back to it, it is still a well crafted and delicious beer for any time of year.

sergeantstogie, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Massive 1 1/2" soapy white head that left a nice lacing in my Duvel tulip glass over straw coloured liquid with very good clarity.

S: Floral, citrus, and a white wine alcohol type smell.

T: Bitter and refreshing taste of citrus and white wine.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I actually prefer Piraat 9.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of barrenbane
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color and hazy. Pours a thick white head with exceptional lacing.

S - Smells fruity and bitter (from the alcohol) -- similar to other Belgian Strong Ales.

T - Sharp, tangy, and fruity. Has a pleasant dryness. Although it tastes outstanding, there are other BSAs I prefer over this.

M - Dry and carbonated, similar to a fine champagne. Quite full-bodied as well.

O - This beer exemplifies what a world-class BSA should taste like. The consistency, flavor, and aroma merge together almost flawlessly.

barrenbane, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a tulip

a - pours a light hazy yellow with a big three finger, fluffy white head. retention is excellent - head falls to a thin cap and stays all the way to the bottom of the glass. also leaves tons of sticky alce.

s - slightly toasty and grassy. lots of pungency present from the saaz hops which is not really a good thing to my nose.

t - lightly toasted bread balanced by light hop bitterness and lots of spicy notes.

m - medium bodied and chewy. high co2 content.

o - pretty good but not great. definitely not a session beer at 8.5%. certainly not deserving of it's reputation.

divineaudio, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 11.2oz (330mL) bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Pale cloudy golden-yellow colour with a monstrous, bubbly head that fades to a nice substantial lacing. Constant stream of light carbonation emits from the stem of the glass.

Smell: Spicy and very yeasty. Sweet, clovey.

Taste: Even more yeast and spice. Just a hint of booze followed by a healthy bite. Cloves, yeast, and a hint of banana finish it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is biting and aggressive. Finishes slightly sticky.

Drinkability: Excellent, truly excellent. Lots of flavour and feel. The alcohol is barely noticeable, everything goes down so smoothly. I can't wait to crack open the next bottle I have in my fridge. It really doesn't get much better than this.

EkimGram, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before 10 2013.

pours out a very nice pale golden color, just slightly cloudy. huge 4-5 fingers of pure white head with big soapy bubbles and amazing rocky retention. super thick lace just clings to the glass everywhere. lots of carbonation bubbles rising up. just an amazing looking beer, i dont think it gets much better than this.

in the aroma, lots of belgian yeast coming through, lots of fruity bannana and spicy clove, some sweet, dry maltiness and a bit of a floral hop kick. a slight hint of alcohol.

a nice balance of yeast, malt, and hops. yeast comes in with some spiciness, clove, bannana, fruits with some sweet, dry grainy maltiness, and a slight floral hop kick. definatly has a warming effect the more you drink it, despite its crisp light feel.

smooth, full bodied. a slight tartness with a creamy feel and a very dry finish.

overall, a classic great belgian beer, the prime example of the strong pale style. ill definatly be drinking this again sometime, but still, theres many belgians i would pick up before this one.

dogfishandi, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of midworken
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, medium, and straw yellow body with quite a bit of active carbonation. Poured a light frothy head with incredible lacing.
Smelled a mixture of spices and tart fruitiness. Cloves are strongly present. A very strong nose that begs for a taste.
Taste was reminiscent of the aroma, completing the flavor profile. Spices were well balanced with tart apples finished by a beautiful hop bitterness. I was taken back by how strong in flavor this beer is with its high drinkability - light body, great carbonation and and a lasting mouthfeel. Purely fantastic!

midworken, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review adapted from notes taken 3/28/11

Note: I've had this a number of times, this review is from my most recent bottle

Appearance: Truly a beautiful looking beer - epic, fluffy white head that lasts a long time, leaves great lacing - clear golden color

Smell: Some spicy, funky Belgian yeast, pale malts, some light fruits, a dry-smelling sweetness

Taste: A lot going on, and the flavors blend together magnificently - spicy, herbal hops, dry sweetness, tart, a little funky - a lot of light fruits - the fruity esters are kind of juicy, but ultimately the beer is on the dry side - the only issue is that the alcohol is way too obvious, especially as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely effervescent, some lingering alcohol

Overall: An undeniable classic

There are so many good things about this beer. Claiming that it is a benchmark for the style may be an understatement. It deserves all of its accolades... Although you may not agree if you don't like Belgian yeast.

angrybabboon, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottled poured into a snifter. Best before 10/13.
A: Golden colored, even with a slow pour this has a generous two-finger head that leaves thick lacing.
S: Apples, just a hint of clove.
T: Apple, citrus, spice, toasty malt. Complex and balanced.
M: The head is unbelievable smooth, the palate crisp and everything incredibly balanced.
O: Hard to get better than this. Every part of this is top notch, tasty, and enjoyable to drink.

ONUMello, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Kuromaru
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Pours a lightly hazy, pale golden with an almost unbelievably thick, pillowy white head.

Smell--Belgian candy sugar and yeast jump out straight away, followed by a delicate spiciness, and orange/ lemon rind.

Mouthfeel--Mild carbonation, heavier in the body than one might expect. It's a bit sticky, and could stand to be a little cleaner/ dryer in the finish.

Taste--Lightly toasted malts and Belgian candy sugar are the defining characteristics. Spices and yeast swim around together next, with a nice citrus zest at the end.

Overall--Spices and citrus zest cover the alcohol almost completely, which is impressive, given the relative strength. This beer is highly satisfying and approachable, and would make an excellent gateway into the wonderful world of Belgian beer. My only criticism would be that, considering that this is a golden ale, the finish could be a bit dryer, but overall this beer is very, very hard to pass up.

Kuromaru, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice bright golden colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and has very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, grainy malts, citrus and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrucy hop taste to it, with a nice spiciness, sweet malts and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a very nice complexity in the flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great tasting Ale.

SebD, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BMoldy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle (Best before: 05/13) into a Fagnes glass. Slightly hazy yellow-gold appearance with an extremely fluffy, rocky white head that easily fills half the glass and sticks to everything. Very clean, fresh aroma comprising mostly delicate, grassy hops and a slight yeasty spice, while pale malt smooths everything out. No booziness at all, despite the 8.5% ABV. Taking a sip, light fruit (apples and pears) and faintly tart yeast rise first, followed by a deliciously smooth, slightly sweet, malty body. The hops are only along for the ride, hardly exhibiting any noticeable presence. Though the alcohol isn't very present at first sip –indeed, the body is remarkably light in spite of it– the beer does warm as it goes down. Relatively clean finish, with just a touch of malt and booze.

A great present from my dad, this is a brew I haven't had in easily three years. I used to remember it for its potency, but having worked my palate a bit more, I feel like I can now really appreciate its smoothness and fantastic composition. Certainly a great representation of the style, and a classic that continues to live up to its name.

BMoldy, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: lots of foamy, white head. Slightly cloudy pale, clear yellow-gold. Lots of bubbles.

S: Citrus and hops. Some grainy malts. Spices.

T: Spices and hops. Little citrus. Somewhat grainy -yeast and malts.

M: Tingly, clean, full and lingering flavor.

O: Rather tasty and refreshing. Not amazing, but enjoyable.

Meerkey, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my gigantic Duvel goblet (three cheers for a gift box set).

Appears a light golden yellow with some initial bubbling head that fades down to a foamy head. Bubbly lace rests along the sides.

Smells spicy and yeasty. A hint of black pepper but the Belgian yeast comes through big time.

Tastes of floral citrus with plenty of spice. Certainly some complex flavors with layers. Again, I have to cone back to the pepper notes as striking me as prominent.

Mouthfeel is full with a slow gentle fade out. Sour at the end. I'm a little surprised at its high level of effervescence.

Overall I haven't had a Duvel in a long time but genuinely appreciate it in the genre of a Golden. Really enjoy the spice to this beer.

Yagman3000, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of nofalltoofar
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip glass

A: A beutiful beer. Looks like liquid gold with a thick white head sitting on top. The head dissipates to a fingers-width.

S: Musty, yet aromatic. Spicy

T: Lots of fruit. Sweet and yet gamey. Plays with lots of different flavors on the tongue. Notes of citrus

M: Smooth, not overcarbonated. Wonderful consistency for sipping, or even gulps if you love to waste money and do not feel like appreciating what you are holding.

I waited with baited breath when I tried this beer. I feared the hype was just that. But it wasn't. This beer is everything they said it would be. It tastes incredible, leaving nothing to be desired. It has depth of flavor while still remaining tasty and accessible. It is a supremely balanced beer. I enjoyed every single drop.

Also, this truly is a beer of many vocations. I happened to enjoy it after a meal, however upon retrospection I believe it would have gone very good with the meal too.

Duvel lives up to its image and is worth exploring for any skeptics wondering about the hype.

nofalltoofar, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Bright, clear, golden yellow with a very thick head. Looks beautiful in the tulip. Head lingers for the first several sips and then just remains as a thin ring with an island in the center of the glass. Love the constant stream of bubbles from using the tulip.

S: Lots of spice and some phenols when the beer is first poured. Let the beer sit for a few moments and it opens up more. Some fruitiness in the aroma tinged with spicy hops and a fair amount of yeast.

T: Nice blend of light malt, spicy hops, and yeast. The hops and malt lead the way followed by some phenols and the yeast. The finish dries completely making this beer very crisp, no lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D: So easy to have more than one after another after another due to how crisp this beer is. Sneaky and lives up to the name. Very enjoyable and one that I would recommend for those looking to find a way to get into Belgian beers.

ArrogantBastage, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Central Market 25% off sale. I hadn't reviewed this and it really was a shame. I had a friend that came back from Europe and she said at this was unequivocally the best thing she drank over there. Very much a classic girl. It reminded me of the bottle I had in the fridge and I had to go review it. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass... but I could have used the room of a Duvel signature glass for the pour.

Clear, beautiful, golden. Huge, unrestrained, wispy head. Great differentiation between the liquid and head. Great retention and lacing. This is how beers are supposed to look... except I like a denser head. Otherwise absolutely perfect.

Musky and peppery. Some dense, but bright fruits below that. Much funkier than I remembered. Complex as all heck. Different notes keep coming to the forefront. Just plain interesting and unique.

The taste is much more of the fruit, but still with emphasized muskiness. Might be a bit much for me to process at e moment... but I'm also not a huge fan of peppery noble hops. Otherwise, this would hit the A+ ranking pretty easily. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite drinkable. Quite interesting.

Duvel is a unique beer all to itself. I thi the closest thing I've had before is an Orval, but those are still worlds apart. Funky, hoppy, complex, fruity. A beer to aspire to.

UTCengOwl, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from the winter of 2010/2011 production (Best before 05 2013 on bottle), well stored in a temperature controlled environment, Poured into a Duvel Tulip with nucleation etching.

Pours a huge four finger head, effervescent, very lively, beautiful golden color, with a consistent explosion of carbonation from the nucleation point. Head settles down to a solid two fingers, and then finally after quite some time one finger. One of the liveliest Ales I have drunk. Very nice lacing on glass.

Very pleasant aroma of Belgium yeast, candied sugars, very refined, elegant, with some blonde malt in the background. Not powerful but very enjoyable.

Very crisp, highly carbonated entry in the mouth. The carbonation is very Champagne like and extremely enjoyable. There is a delicious, distinct Belgium yeast present with just a very light hint of alcohol that actually helps balance out this Ale. This is followed by light malt flavors and a bit of the candied sugar flavors so typically Belgium. There is a slight bitterness in the finish which is very pleasant and lingers with the yeast.

Overall this is just a delicious and thirst quenching Ale. The 8.5% ABV is not at all noticeable. A very refined and balanced Ale that reminds me of a fine Champagne. It seems at its best at about 45 to 50 degrees. This is not a “big” Belgium Ale and if you are looking for a very intense experience you should look elsewhere. I have overheard some negative comments about this Ale but I feel that it is exactly what it should be, not every Belgium can or should be a Triple. If you have not tried this please do so with an open mind and you will be rewarded with a very pleasant experience. I have enjoyed this Ale many times over the years and if fresh it is very consistent.

JTSbeerislife, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice light golden color with a little haze since i got the last pour and some yeast. the smell was slightly hoppy and a little spicey. the flavor was slightly hoppy, not flavor wise just a little bitterness, and a small amount of sweetness and an almost heiniken like skunkiness. the mouthfeel was ok but over all i was unimpressed by this beer

rowingbrewer, Jul 11, 2011
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,506 ratings.