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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,260
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 236
Gots: 457 | 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 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
Photo of Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Duval pours with a crazy amount of head, almost 1/2 the glass. Nice white cloudy head, with a lot of air pockets. has a hazy light gold colour. took awhile for the head to disappear and left behind some nice lacing.

Smell - my first smell was that of a citrus base, with a nose full of aromas. this is a clean smelling beer that leads me to want to drink! .

Taste - a very nice tasting beer, offers a lot to the pallet. i found a slight tasting of alcohol, but the pleasant amount, you would have no idea this was 8.5%! Little bitterness at the end, which adds to the overall beer value.

Mouthfeel - what an explosion in my mouth! The beer comes alive during the mouthfeel, the carbonation dances off the tip of your tongue! very smooth beer still and the citrus nodes are present.

Drinkability - I've had this beer in the past but not on a review scale. I enjoyed this beer very much, this is my highest rated beer to date and i know why. It brings so much of what a beer is met to be to the table!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:20:24 | More by Swedes21
Photo of mellowmark


4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Oversized Wine glass "unhurriedly" according to brewers recommendation on the back label. Best before date of November 2012. $13.49 for a 4-pack.

Appearance: Enormous 4-finger fluffy rocky white head fills half the glass and sticks around to the end. Lacing clings in clumpy patches. With this pour I decided to leave out the yeast. The color is an off gold (pale of course) and completely transparent. I would recommend to leave out the yeast if you want that crystal clear consistency. The sediment I've found will also muddle the flavors and change the mouthfeel. Of course it's up to you, just drinker beware.

Smell: Smells of Belgian yeast and apple skin. A little bit of alcohol but not as present as the 8.5 ABV would suggest. The pleasant yeast funk is the dominating factor in the nose and has you constantly coming back for more.

Taste: I've seen some people complain about the head being too big to drink, but that just shows they probably weren't using the correct glassware, didn't pour correctly, and don't understand this was the intention of the brewer. The large head brings out the aromas and adds a nice creaminess to each sip. Towards the end it should be well settled if it was poured correctly to begin with. Taste is spicy with some sweetness at the beginning. The hop bitterness comes through towards the end. Bready notes from the yeast with some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium and smooth even with the high carbonation. Bone dry on the palate yet juicy at the same time. Nice warming effect.

Drinkability: Very High

The power of this brew can really sneak up on you considering it's drinkability. One of the greatest beers in existence.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 18:51:44 | More by mellowmark


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden yellow. Big fluffy frothy chunky white head. Fluffy chunky patches of thick lace. Great Retention.

Light crisp herbal, lemon, floral and fruity (apple and pear). Spicy and peppery. Small yeasty bready aroma.

Crisp refreshing fruity floral and herbal rush. yeast esters, bread and cracker. Sour lemon, Bitter herbal, spicy floral. pleasant lingering bitterness.

Light-Med body, refreshing. drying with some stickiness. nice lively carbonation.

Great drinkability. Tasty classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:05:26 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of JC5886


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly golden color with a healthy white head billowing at the top

S - Very sweet and light

T - Very light and refreshing almost like champagne. This beer has a mix of cloves a slight spice with a touch of banana. Hops hit a little bit but finished off very smooth.

M - Feels light on the tounge with a bit of a tingle from the carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, would enjoy on a hot summer day or with a light meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:17:14 | More by JC5886


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

11.2 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A: The bright golden body is som vibrant that it gives off light. The stark white head pours to the rim of the large glass. Leaving a clean line of lace, the head retreats to a solid layer for the remainder of the brew.

S: The pale aroma is full of clove notes with a hint of banana and spices. The hop aroma is pleasant for what is to come. The yeast that comes through shows the true Belgian influences.

T/M: The front is smooth, spiciness that holds into the body of the beer. The body shows notes of clove and banana, while expressing bold yeast notes. The lively carbonation is full of flavor and brings a high sensory experience.  There is a very smooth transition from the full effect of the body to the lingering taste. Nice and slow, very constant in the complexities. The off taste is a watery, refreshing and funky sensation from the yeast.

D: I see this as a very drinkable beer, the flavors are very good and the ABV is hard to detect. I find this beer to be, as always enjoyable for the style.   

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 17:35:51 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a big, fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves great lacing. Smells of apple and bear, with a slight hop presence.

Taste has apple and pear notes, with a nice level of spice from the hops (saaz noteably) and a slight bitterness that rounds into lemony citrus. Clean, crisp mouthfeel, with some prickly carbonation. Tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 14:06:58 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of jsprain1


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a just ever so slightly hazy golden, with a perfect white head that lasts as long as it takes you to drink the beer, and an insane amount of lacing on the glass.
S- The smell is of green apple, pear, slightly earthy, some spice, and just a light bit of sweet malts.
T- Delicate pale malt, with green apple and pear flavors being pretty strong, with a bit of spice and honey.
M- So very light and airy, but in a way that adds to the beer instead of detract. I think the carbonation is the key.
D- This is one of the best. Hard to top this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:54:46 | More by jsprain1
Photo of alkemy


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear, pale yellow color with lots of fluffy white head out of an 11.2 oz. bottle. The first scent I notice is skunk. It kind of fades into some spiciness and a combination of floral and citrus hops. There's an overall grassy flavor with pear overtones. I really expected this to be better. The skunkiness sticks around a little too long for my liking. Lots of biting carbonation with a crisp and tangy finish that is fairly dry. Pretty drinkable and the alcohol is really unnoticeable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 16:14:55 | More by alkemy
Photo of bierguru


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
white soapy looking head body is the color of apple juice lots of carbonation

S -
sweet matly with a slight pepperiness

T -
big sweet malty taste finishes with some pepper spice and alcohol taste pepperiness lingers on the tongue along with some citrus notes

M -
crisp with a lot of carbonation however it isnt unpleasant

D -
by far my favorite pale ale having said that im not a big pale ale beer liker but this one is really good and will definitly have it again

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:43:26 | More by bierguru
Photo of sholland119


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

Finally got around to taking some notes on this one.

A-Pours a clear golden yellow with the mammoth frothy white head the beer is known for.

S-Biscuity malt, a great Belgian yeast zing and a hint of sweetness mixed with banana and some black pepper.

T-Delicious banana and clove notes mixed with bready malt and a great Belgian yeastiness.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp, highly carbonated.

D-A dangerously drinkable beer. No indication that this is 8.5% ABV.

The classic example of the style.


Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:55:47 | More by sholland119
Photo of punkrkr27


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, yellow pour with a massive, rocky, white head. The aroma is floral, funky, and yeasty with some light citrus, apple, fresh bread dough, and faint candi sugar. The classic Belgian esters and very subtle in the nose also. The flavor is very herbal, floral and citrusy upfront with some light fresh bread and soft banana/clove esters rounding out the middle. The finish is lightly yeasty with just a touch of sweet candi sugar to balance it all. The body is very light, and refreshing with lots of tingly carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 00:18:55 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and medium yellow in color. HUGE foamy white head and an abundance of carbonation.

S - Crisp malt and yeast phenols. Very traditional.

T - Starts sweet with residual sugar. Moves to a juicy orange and lemon flavor. Finishes a little sweet with an aftertaste of tart fruit and faint hops.

M/D - Medium body, with a semi-sweet finish, great carbonation. Wonderful flavor and a simply complex flavor profile, haha. Non-abrasive and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 22:41:02 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of crnipeter


3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I dunno why it took me so long to review this beer as it's so widely available and I've had many. 330 ml, BBE June 2012, into Duvel tulip. Pours spectacular, rocky white head that gradually subsides, becoming dimply and broken into clumps and patches. Although the brewer claims only original ingredients have been used in this one, the artificially looking head gives an impression of clumps of foam floating on a heavily polluted river rather than clouds drifting over the golden sea below.
Aromas of pale malts, fruity esters of apple tartness and pear,some candied sugar, quite noticeable alcohol. Flavors of green apple tartness and pear rolled into soft pale malts, slightly peppery with warming alcohol notes. Tons of carbonation and bitterness derived from Styrian Golding hops lend dry finish with bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body seems lighter due to effervescent texture and crispiness. One might say that Duvel is a style of its own, but in terms of Belgian golden strong ale it does a poor job. Fruity esters are somehow indecisive and lacking any citrus notes, spicy and peppery phenolic to subdued (at least in the aroma section). Duvel was created as a response to the growing popularity of Czech pilsners and their German counterparts that ravished across Europe at the time. And this is what it is - although basicaly an ale, Duvel is merely a pilsner clone on steroids.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 20:24:35 | More by crnipeter
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Light golden tint with a thick foamy head -

Smells great -

Taste is very nice -

Easy going down has yet to be a nasty repeater I would always return to this ale as a fine standard to compare others!

If your searching for a Great Belgium Ale this one fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:21:10 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of bohemiandonut


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its always a treat to review a beer one hasn't had since before ones actual beer-evolution. That said, heeeere's Duvel!

With a supremely violent *POP* I am met by a divinely skunky poof of marijuana. Mellow clove and yeast beneath but honestly there is no honest way to describe this without invoking good old Mary Jane in the membrane. Not to mention this is perhaps the most beatific head I have ever seen on a beer. Settles into mountainous formations worthy of a shrink-rayed helicopter drop w/ snowboard. How in the fuck do they do this?? Heaven.

Spacious lemon-limes adorn an absolutely extraordinary blend of fresh band-aid and pilsener style hops (grassy cows and all). Does that entirely describe this beer? Yup. Is that a bad thing? Not to me!

Got to love the cloudy mouthfeel of this beer, so much that an entire bomber is hardly excess. Pretty amazing to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:35:15 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale straw with a voluminous, white and fluffy head exhibiting excellent retention; impressive.

Pale sweet malts, some and hay, yeasty phenols, grass, honeydew melon, and slightly unripened apples (not green).

On the taste the pale malt upfront with an herbal/grassy and soft fruit middle (touch of lemon citrus acidity) leading to a dry bready finish; very tongue prickling in a good way. The finish is the standout for me as the crisp, peppery like bitterness matches the malt perfectly. Additionally the high carbonation refreshes the palate and made my mouth water for another sip. Alcohol is masked so well that the only reason you know its relatively high in alcohol is by how fast you can catch a buzz; it truly is a devilishly top notch brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 20:19:30 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of sg3356

Korea (South)

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic Beer

shape of bottle did not attract me, but i tried anyway

and everything except appearnce was literally Fantastic

Fruit like Aroma,

Wonderful taste

And Creamy Foam.

If there is one thing that devalues this wonderful beer,

It's fact that It is truly exceptional only when it is served with it's own glass.

Otherwise, This wonderful beer turns into one of

mere "good" beer

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 05:28:26 | More by sg3356
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

A - very cloudy straw golden, foamy white head retained extremely well with lots of sticky lacing
S - strong yeast esters of banana and clove, some grainy wheat, light lemon
T - move clove spice kick, some sweet banana and fruit, pale grain malt with spices lingering
M - blast of carbonation and spice felt in the nostrils, citrus like tartness with a lasting tingle sensation
D - a great example of strong beer, the alcohol is unnoticed but the taste and feel is full and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:20:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Embarrassingly enough I've had a Duvel tulip for a while and never tried the brew it was intended for, and when I tasted it it was totally different than any conception I've had since I had the glass. Went to the beer/liquor store in TN (weird separated law) and got the big bottle.

I popped the cork and the head came out slightly and made a small mess. The brew was exited to get out for sure. On the pour it had a massive head even with a gentle pour. Thats one impressive head I must say.

The smell was good, citrus, banana.. and a slight hint of the ABV but not too bad.

The taste was good as well, just light, and a little like the smell with the citrus, and banana. I didn't detect much of the alcohol content, and was totally expecting to. Was surprised for sure. I think this could be a dangerous brew ;0)

Loved drinking it.. and will definatley not go as long again without it.

Heh, if it wasn't for the glass i probably would not have tried it..

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:36:57 | More by DKMonroe
Photo of cnally


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for maximum experience.

A crisp golden yellow color in the body, many carbonation bubbles abound. A frothy impressive white head remains sticky.

Aroma is a little sour, grainy but has a crispness to it that brings it through.

The flavor is admittedly complex. Initially bitter, a nice lightly toasted malt rises up after that. Grainy and borderline corn flavor is dominant but the finish is a mild hop bitterness.

Bubbly, heavy, creamy mouthfeel on this one, probably the beer's finest quality.

Repuation is a funny thing. It seems to be derived from heightened expectation leveraging against the actual product in question. I believe this beer is just that, one that relies on you thinking it is one of the finest beers in the world, and if you believe it just enough, you will elevate the status of this beer from merely good to great.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:12:02 | More by cnally
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into the Dennis Meyers Duvel glass. Holy smokes, this is a great looking beer! Gold with orange touches, a huge three finger rocky head, and perhaps the best lace ever. I've enjoyed Duvel for a while now, but finally have a glass worth reviewing it in!

Smells of Pilsen malt, some earthy noble hops and touches of citrus, and yeasty esters. Some orange, apple skin, and a bit of booze. Wow, this is indeed how it should be done.

Taste Follows the nose. There's a nice Pilsen malt base that provides ample sweetness and cracker flavors. The yeast gives slight banana and lemon touches with a touch of pepper, while the hops provide earthy and orange impressions. There is a bit too much booze for me (minor complaint), otherwise, this has everything a BSPA should have.

The appearance and mouthfeel are certainly the highlights here. The beer is soft and crisp at the same time. Light and airy, it's got just a touch too much booze in the finish to be considered perfect. But very, very good feel, perhaps the Moortgat family did make a deal with the devil to have a beer this refreshing not feel too watery. Overall, this is certainly a benchmark setting beer, certainly deserving of top ratings and acclaim. I do feel like I've had some beers that have been a bit more targeted towards my palate and personal preferences. But this is the legend, the Rolling Stones or even Robert Johnston of the Belgian beer scene. One thing is for sure. If this beer leaves you singing the blues, maybe it's time to be a wine drinker. Classic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 19:23:41 | More by jampics2
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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