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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,256
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
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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 pallagust


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its not easy to make a review for a beer that has almost no faults, its simply a world classic. By far one of the best beers I have ever tried (not that many at this point) The foam is exceptional. Fruity and complex in a clean, delicate way. I will have a few more in the future...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 20:40:05 | More by pallagust
Photo of emsroth

New York

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

App: Perfect clarity of straw gold with a chunky rocky head. that lasts due to the ingenious "D"

Smell: Top notes of lemon and tropical fruit. Perhaps a touch of white pepper. A bit of candy/honey sweetness beneath but not much malt or hop character.

Taste: Starts with the yeasty funkiness, a touch sour and bitter. Definitely some green apple or tart pear fruitiness. Then glides into dry malt with a quick dry, slightly medicinal herb finish. A simple yet complex flavor.

Medium body with tight, refermented carbonation

I have an interesting relationship with this beer; sometimes it's as good as they rave, others not so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 20:29:07 | More by emsroth
Photo of klikger


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Duvel served in its proper tulip glass

A - Light shade of gold, tons of bubbles, massive head, and excellent lacing. It doesn't get much better.

S - Earthy, floral hops, Belgian yeast, and a faint whiff of raspberries

T - Grass & fresh grains, floral hops --> Tasty Belgian yeasts partnered with honey and aromatic, effervescent fruitiness - apricot, raspberry, peach, a hint of lemon --> the back half is increasingly malty, but balancing hops and the light, bubbly fruity notes remain --> the finish is herbal and sweet, yet ever-so-slightly bitter

M - The carbonation is spot on - almost champagne-like at times, but without being overdone. The body is perfect for the blend of flavors - full, but not sticky or too heavy.

D - I don't see a need for drinking more than one, but it could be done. This is so complex and tasty, it's worth savoring (and saving unopened bottles for another time).

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:45:04 | More by klikger
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've put this review off for a while now...just because I wanted to make sure I was reviewing it correctly. I kept asking myself, "Is this your favorite beer?" And I keep nodding and telling myself that it probably is. In the big world of Beer fandom...it's really not a unique beer to have as your numero uno, but if you're at a bar, or you're anywhere where you're surrounded by Bud Light drinking fratboys, and you pop this bad boy open....you instantly become king of that domain; no matter where you are. Duvel is, in my slightly noobish state of being a beer advocate, the number one beer on the planet.

This is the first part of my review, and basically just the brief opening I have planned for it. I'll continue to edit this review until a full, and rather lengthy review is completed. Do you care? Of course the fuck not. Why? Because Duvel is awesome.

I want to write this review with the utmost respect and certainty, as this beer deserves nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:20:45 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Photo of goalie33

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Beautiful straq gold color, clear, with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.
S: Yeast and breadiness with some fruits.
T: Nice fruitiness upfront with a very pleasand biscutty finish.

This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It looks absolutely amazing, with its great color and huge white head. The taste was just plain delicious. Not very bitter, with incredible flavors. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, just watch out for the alcohol content. It is well hidden in the taste, but it can sneak up on you.

Two thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 19:30:55 | More by goalie33
Photo of rpardon7


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poure from the bottle a nice golden yellow with traces of the yeast sediment, it kept a nice pillowy white head that retained through the beer and left nice lacings. Taste is very nicely balanced between the buscuity malts and floral hops and the earthy fruity yeast. The mouthfeel is very pleasant light in body but very smooth almost creamy from the carbonation. A very drinkable beer despite a higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 14:14:19 | More by rpardon7
Photo of case4816

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into tulip glass a very golden yellow colour; very murky, but not in a bad way. Nice thick head that did not seem to dissipate at all.

S- Very malty for such a light looking beer. Nice heavy smell of hops at the front that finishes with a heavy dose of fresh smelling earthiness and a hint of yeast.

T- Heavy taste of malts throught the drink. Also very bitter on the tongue from the first taste to the aftertaste. Beer has a heavy
effervescence which is a nice compliment to the bitterness. The malts and yeast also have a heavy hand in this beer, creating a very rounded out flavour.

D- Quite unique beer. Too much carbonation for my liking, but I can see how it adds to the drink. A rarity at the lcbo here so will definitely get some while it's here.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 06:26:29 | More by case4816
Photo of nataku00


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Duvel in the past, but never reviewed it. Since I just bought a Duvel gift pack for a new glass to replace the one I've broken, I have more Duvel to drink. Poured gently from an 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, leaving most of the yeast in the bottle. Slightly hazy yellow beer with an initial two fingers of snow white fluffy head. Laces nicely as the head dissipates slightly to just over a finger's worth, with the center of the head retaining a little bit of a peak. Plenty of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass keeps the head in place.

Nose is light pale malts that lends to a pleasant sweetness, with a bit of hops to balance it. Fairly strong aroma, aided by the large head. Not overly complex, though.

Taking a sip, the pale malts and hops are present at the tip of the tongue, but the alcohol content helps deliver a nice floral component to the flavor profile. Light biscuity sweetness stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Beer is light bodied, but the small bubbled but active carbonation makes it decently creamy in the mouth. Aftertaste is pleasant and not overpowering. A nice standby to drink that widely available now.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:12:45 | More by nataku00
Photo of surlytheduff


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an ethereal golden yellow, with a big frothy pillowy head. Spirals of bubbles were shooting upwards through the liquid.

The two dominant scents for me was yeast and light grassy/citrusy/hop aroma.

Slight pleasant burn from alcohol hitting my palette. Tasty yeast iflavor, with solid citrus notes. A very well rounded maltiness to it.

Medium body, with a small bite to the tongue. Finished pleasantly dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:19:03 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of Schneic8


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful golden color with a nice head and somewhat translucent.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell. Yeast and barley smell also. Very appealing.

Taste: Has a nice light taste with lemon tones. Nice long lasting feeling with a warming alcohol feel. Seems to have a high carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp that is not overpowering and almost dry with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice beer and easy to drink. I would like to try it again but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:58:44 | More by Schneic8
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Make sure you pronounce it right. Has a bitter, hoppy aroma with a slight flower bouquet. Pours a hazy golden color with a thick pillowy head. Has a sweet dry taste, with a bitter after taste. A creamy beer with a medium body. Has a high carbonation level. A very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:31:15 | More by chalsk
Photo of russwbeck


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Duvel Tulip that came with 4 bottles.

A: Pours light and bubbly with a large white head. Amazing retention and very thick.

S: Citrus and Belgian, very sweet and refreshing.

T: I get some alcohol right up front, but a nice, long lasting finish. Crisp with a bit of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol feeling.

MF: Light and very crisp. Although I said I noticed alcohol in the taste, it isn't overwhelming.

D: Very high. Extremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:47:17 | More by russwbeck
Photo of StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter.

A - Pale yellow/gold with a pillowy white head. The retention and lacing settles down pretty quickly.

S - Grass smell with citrus notes, mainly lemon. Some yeast and barley in there. Very sweet smelling.

T - Tastes airy, very light lemon and grass notes that are pleasant. I get traces of apple in there too. It is sweet yet earthy and airy and blends great. There are other fruits in there too, banana and pear.

M/D - Medium body, goes down very easy. Doesn't get boring and keeps you wanting more. The alcohol is concealed well.


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:58:39 | More by StarshipPoopers
Photo of gopens44


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice thick friendly head after what I believe was a "proper pour" based on the nifty instructions on the label - "Pour unhurriedly". Color was pale yellow/straw with a wonderful dreamy haze.

S - Ah, nice... some hints of citrus and grassy as well. A little yeasty with a delicate barley backing it up.

T - Ahhh...NICE! Tasted like the nose but with the added complexity of what I would guess is a taste similar to allspice. After it warmed up a tad, I could taste something similar to a white wine. Not that there was a grape taste, but more like a sweet German wine Yes, they use grapes, but grapes weren't the overwhelming taste. The sweet characteristics coupled with the alcohol gives it the similarity.

M - Smooth, light and a medium level of carbonation

D - The big bottle was a bit much in one sitting (ABV), but a 16 ounce bottle would be proper for a one beer evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 12:54:27 | More by gopens44
Photo of tylernim

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant translucent golden color. Thick foamy white head that persists.

S - Yeast, alcohol, touch of fruitiness.

T - Grass, yeast, fruits, with some bitterness. Pretty dry overall.

M - Light on the tongue. Some carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - Crisp enough to distract from the ABV. Could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 20:34:36 | More by tylernim
Photo of ratedz


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 5 ounce sample at a recent tasting party. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half inch of fluffy white head.

Smell is of sweet lemon grass, some bread-like malts, and spicy Belgian yeast. Having never had Duvel before, the smell definitely made me want to take a first sip.

The taste backed up the smell. Sweet, citrus fruits and spicy Belgian yeast. For such a highly rated beer, I was honestly a bit disappointed in the taste. Don't get me wrong, it was good, it just wasn't something that really stood out to me.

Mouth feel was light and dry. Carbonation was above average. Drinkability was high despite the high ABV. An excellent beer, but again, nothing really stood out as being head and shoulders above other beers of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:10:00 | More by ratedz
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it many times before, reviewing for the 1st time. Pours clear golden color with a puffy white head. Less lacing than other bottles I've had. Good retention. Aroma is very clean of grassy noble hops, estery yeast, a bit of lemon. Taste is also dominated by yeast esters and grassy flavors with some noble hops. Crisp pilsen malt body that is clean. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and fairly carbonated. Nice clean dry finish, not cloying and alcohol is totally un-noticed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:18:49 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Ontario earlier this summer. Best before date of April 2013.

Pours a pale, slightly hazy white gold color, with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Head evaporates sporadically, eventually leaving a crown and bits of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell is slightly grassy, with a light lemon flavor.

Taste is similar to the nose, though the grassy portion is more subdued (thankfully). Some slight honey like sweetness. Some very light spice that I almost didn't notice. No real alcohol taste. Slight sweet aftertaste.

Both the smell and taste kinda reminded me of a pilsner, but a really good pilsner (and apparently much more boozy). Very easy to drink, especially at the ABV value. Not quite for drinking when you are cutting the grass, but definitely something for the patio or casual drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:13:15 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of BuckyFresh


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a straw yellow, with a pillowing two-finger head. Head retention is amazing and evolves into what looks like the surface of the moon (porous appearance, with craters and mounds, etc...) Lacing is also superb. Quite a bit of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: What a refreshing aroma. I'm getting some lemon/citrus scents, grassy notes, and some sour yeast. There is also an underlying fruity sweetness that invites the drinker to partake.

Taste: The flavor is pretty biting and intense for how light and unassuming this one looks. A nice mix of malty sweetness and a dry/sour spicy yeast punch to the tongue. Also, the 8.5 percent ABV is hidden better than almost any other beer with a similar alcohol content. A tart, citrusy, refreshing summer beer with a dry, clean finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, tart, tons of flavor and punch, and a dry, clean finish.

Drinkability: You could get yourself in trouble with a few of these. It's so refreshing and hides the ABV so well, you could pound a few before the alcohol caught up to you!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:35:23 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Finally getting around to trying this world class beer.

Look: golden colored with lots of carbonation. Lots of head formation as well and a huge amount of lacing. Impressive.

Smell: I get some fruity smells with a lot of yeast spiciness. There's also some hops but not all that much. A little bit of alcohol is also present.

Taste: surprisingly, it hides the alcohol well until the beer is room temperature (in my opinion). The taste follows the nose and has fruit, a lot of sweetness, and yeast spiciness. As it warms, the beer becomes a little more complex and the alcohol becomes more present.

Feel: light in body, not much alcohol bite, not much bitterness. Lots of carbonation so its very crisp.

Drink: very high. I'm surprised people don't drink this when trying to get sloshed instead of BMC.

Overall, I can see why this is the benchmark for the style. Definitely a must have.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 12:35:11 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of nspeissegger


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold, bright. Can see through it very clearly.

Smell: Citric fruit, tropical fruit (banana, lemon, pear), a bit of malt, a bit of spices

Taste: malt taste, very prolonged after taste, banana, pear, apple, very fruity, very fresh.

Very easy to drink and very tasty. Recommended to everyone. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:07:43 | More by nspeissegger
Photo of Radome


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is extremely pale straw color and is clear but not crystal clear. The head is thick, fluffy and meringue-like. The top surface of my beer was never visible because there was a thick white foam over it throughout the drinking session.

S - Aroma is unique. There is a crisp graininess, maybe from Pilsner malt, combined with a spice note (coriander?). Overlaid on that are wine-like and green apple notes. This almost smells more like champagne than beer.

T - The taste is subtle and matches the aromas very well. It has the same mix of light Pilsner malt, a hint of peppery spices and some champagne-like wine notes. The alcohol is evident, but you can't tell it is 8.5%. The finish is very dry.

M - The body is amazingly light and the fluffy carbonation lightens it even more.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable and hides its alcohol in a dangerous way, yet if you take the time you'll be amazed by the complexity. It is truly one of the greatest beers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:34:27 | More by Radome
Photo of njbeernj

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding taste, perfect head. It's more than a beer, each bottle is an "event". This is not a beverage to "pound down a six.". Have 1 to 3, that's it. Savor it, don't slurp it. If you don't appreciate it, don't drink it and there'll be more for me!

I don't understand why this beer isn't more readily available in the United States. It's more money than some, but not as much as others, and it's the best beer made. Bar none.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:26:24 | More by njbeernj
Photo of Pballa4lyfe


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into a goblet, a clean yellow, not cloudy at all...thick white head

S- smell was good, somewhat like a champagne

T- like a good champagne would be the best i could describe it or relate to it

M- nice, clean, crisp

D- very drinkable, no problems knocking it back

Overall, it was good beer, i would buy again to mix things up but it didnt blow it me away, but nonetheless a good beer, cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:43:02 | More by Pballa4lyfe
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's hard to not give credit where credit is due on this one. Every aspect of this beer works exceptionally well to produce an impressive drinking experience. You pay for it: Duvel will never be as cheap as a Bud, but what you get is quite worth it.

Some things that stand out: plenty of carbonation, which leads to a kick when the flavor sets in. How do they achieve this taste? I've tasted aromatic spiciness in a beer before, but never so well integrated. This not a beer with any sort of typical hoppy bitterness. You can't call it too bitter. You can't even call it sweet (well, maybe a little). Powerful is what comes to mind. I think the high alcohol content helps achieve the balance.

The kinds of words needed to describe this brew require a wine connoisseur. I love wine as well, and maybe the best way to describe Duvel is something akin to a carbonated wine made with grains and hops instead of grapes. You'd have to be a masochist to get totally drunk on this stuff. Drink slow. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:10:26 | More by angusdegraosta
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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