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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,157
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 421 | 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 MetalHopHead6


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

Duvel poured light gold with lots of bubbles and a thick creamy pillowy head. Ridiculously thick foam stuck to the glass long after the ale was gone.

The smell and taste were sweet, yeasty, peppery, and spicy, like lemon peel. The feel was crisp and the ale was so easy to drink it was gone in no time. There was slight warmth from the alcohol; however, it does not hit in the manner expected from the alcohol content. Duvel is delicious and deceptively refreshing. As good as Belgian ales get.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:08:21 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of kzoobrew


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

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Crisp and clear gold body set under a massive four finger billowing head. Retention is ridiculous and the lacing is absurd. Truly world class appearance if I have ever seen it.

Sharp spice and fruit aromas. Golden delicious apple and pear smell mesh with coriander and subtle cloves. Earthy hops and musky yeast notes round out a rather enjoyable aroma.

Sweet and spicy up front. Citric and pear fruitiness followed soon after with a peppery and subtle clove flavor. Hop flavor are more spicy and earthy than bitter, provide an excellent compliment. Very so slight bubble gum flavor left on the tongue.

Incredibly smooth and surprisingly creamy. Prickly carbonation with a medium body.

Tremendously drinkable and very enjoyable. Fantastic brew all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:45:15 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of gloobygloob


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

A: Gigantic frothy white head that stayed forever. Once it dissipated i was left with big frothy mounds and beautiful lacing. Body is a bright yellow and clear as glass. I think the most beautiful beer I've ever seen.

S: wonderful scent of yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol, not as much as expected with such a strong ale.

T: BALANCE! yeast, citrus, and sweet balanced wonderfully by the perfect amount of hops.

M: average carbonation and a little bit of sticky ness as it lingers.

D: I could drink 4 bottles of this in a row. I have no idea how they did it at 8.5 abv. so easy to drink and its flavor is big and devine all the way to the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:39:45 | More by gloobygloob
Photo of maximum12


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've managed to avoid this beer for many, many years. Finally saw a single of it & figured it would make a good a Halloween beer as any. Popped open while sitting at the table with a diminuitive elephant & blond Cupid, both hopped up on sugar & chocolate.

Poured into my Ommegang chalice, looks pretty, dim yellow sun with a billowing head (I hate that word, but it seems to fit here, unfortunately). Smell is overwhelming Belgian yeasties & pale malts.

Duvel tastes light & airy. The yeast retains the upper hand, with a vague, uninsistent fruity taste, like a smoothie. Citrus is the only thing that jumps out, along with the backdrop of spices. Feels a touch jumpy in the mouth, backed up by the never-say-die head, but seems almost appropriate in something this indulgent. No apparent alcohol. Easy, smooth, & I could see that this would be something that would knock you off your barstool unexpectedly after a few pints.

Very good beer. Not the world class mana from heaven that seems to be the consensus in this place, but not something I'd ever be upset to see on the menu.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:42:06 | More by maximum12
Photo of gatornation


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the quintessential belgian pale it poured a golden yellow with a huge fluffy head that took a long time to recede smelled of sugar lemon citrus fruit and yeast ..the taste was sweet and fruity with clove and spice and malts and hops and belgium yeast it had a dessert quality about it ....this is the grandaddy of belgium pales and well worth it.. always a treat to drink with the high abv that is well hidden

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:46:33 | More by gatornation
Photo of BillyBoysPie


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

From a four-pack of .33L bottles I purchased. Poured into oversized wine glass for a Burgundian Wine. Not as ideal as the tulip glass, but worked very well.

I had a good pour - clear gold/straw colored beer with an equal part of the densest pure white cloud of head above it. Lacing is perfect - covers the entire glass in protein-like patterns. Looks like a winner.

Smells good - very much a beer smell, but still very good. Clean hops and barley. A little yeasty, but isn't out of style at all. Nothing to not like.

Tastes clean and like a beer. Well balanced, bitterness offsets the sweet, honey-like flavors of the beer. A beer to enjoy.

Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy. Would go well with roasted pork - but I had it with grilled chicken with a champagne sauce. Not a bad pairing. If you're into beer, you should really try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 20:45:17 | More by BillyBoysPie
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United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a pale yellow, with a large fluffy head that had great retention. Took me a while to pour this one.

S - I found it to have a very sweet smell, Sugar and honey where prominent with crisp fruitiness to it.

T - A mixture of wheat and fruits where at the forefront of the taste with a sharp hops finish and I picked up a hint of liquorish.

M&D - A very good sipping beer, but after one sip you will want another one straight after. Surprisingly refreshing for its percentage.

Overall a good beer that it always a joy to have.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 10:17:02 | More by Fizzlybear
Photo of mwilbur


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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. Bottle says best by 25/07/2011.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "pop"...yes this baby is carbonated! Pours a clear golden color with super high carbonation (more than champagne) producing a 3 inch thick tight bubbly white head. Excellent lacing and retention (head lasts forever...literally). A truly beautiful beer.
S: Nice mix of grain, grass, citrus, mild fruit, and crisp belgian spice/yeast.
T: Refreshing citrus, spice, yeast, grain, and grass notes.
M: Light body. This one dancing across the palate. Nicely lingers. Crisp, yet smooth. Very, very good.
D: Highly drinkable. Great with meals or on its own...very versatile. I can't believe this is 8.5% ABV...it drinks like 4-5%. Exceptional. I've known about this beer for a long time, yet this is the first time I've had it. Wow, I've been missing out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:40:11 | More by mwilbur
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured with a huge, frothy white head that hung around forever... and eventually dissipated down to 1-finger size or so. Great lacing in clumps on the sides of the glass. Body is a bright yellow and clear. This is a beautiful beer and I want to marry it.

S: Fantastic aroma of yeast, citrus, and everything that's good about the world. I can detect a very little amount of alcohol, but it's not a bad thing... it's beckoning to me.

T: So nicely balanced... the yeast is there, the citrus is there, and it's slightly sweet as well. I can barely notice any alcohol, at 8.5%. It's fantastic, and so smooth.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, and average carbonation.

D: I love this beer. It brings back great memories of my trip to Belgium that turned me on to beer... I'll never forget the first time I had it, at a great bar where people willingly came over to speak with us and ask us where we were from. Always brings back happy thoughts. I just wish NBLC liquor stores had it here, but I'll be satisfied with getting Ontario friends to bring it to me. At 8.5%, it always makes me feel good, and it's something I could always have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 22:34:00 | More by berley31
Photo of benclimbs


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

The classic 'devil style ale'
Appearance is surprising - very light and clearish for a Belgian but the sticky huge head and champagne bubbles give it away.

Smell is all yeast and cloves, mmmm.

Taste is a bit of ripe apricot and pears at the beginning followed by cloves and finishing with a hint of green bell pepper, dry hop bitterness and barely any noticeable alcohol.

Feel is nice, smooth and bubbly but not too effervescent.

This beer is so so drinkable, probably one of the most guzzleable 8%+ beers I've had, though the taste is so good, why would you not sip it?

A true classic, one of the best beers that is widely available worldwide!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 17:41:48 | More by benclimbs
Photo of WCBCFrank


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

Duvel (DOO-VIL, not pronounced DU-VELL) pours golden with a huge fluffy white head. Duvel is basically a super-pilsner with plenty of yeast and snap in every sip. Very drinkable and very powerful - two of these in a half hour might put you in the spins.

Some notes of apple, great lacing in the goblet and good carbonation throughout. A champion beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 15:57:15 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of Beejay


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a review from memory since my original review disappeared.

Appearance typical for the style. Smells of sweet fruit, strawberries, and a slight tartness. A bit of a yeasty scent as well. The flavor followed smell. Sweet tasting, delicious with a little bit of tart fruit and yeast. Strawberry flavors prevalent, and a great mouth feel. Overall a delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:39:03 | More by Beejay
Photo of kruse


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Lovely golden pour with an enormous creamy white head. Head retention would have been better if the bar had the proper glass, but still impressive. Lot's of lacing.
S: Apple notes with hop overtones.
T: Lovely, balanced combination of bitter and mild sweetness.
M: Very good, but a little thin at the end.
D: A very drinkable beer. Goes down a bit too easily considering the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 14:06:55 | More by kruse
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav


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

Poured into my Duvel glass. My first Duvel in these glasses.

A - Huge fluffy white head, huge head. Loads of little bubbles spiraling out of the bottom of the glass. Body is luscious, golden, crisp, slightly cloudy delight.

S - Slightly hoppy, slightly yeasty (good yeasty). Little malt but fresh clean smell.

T - Balanced, clean, flavourful and awesome.Slightly citrusy at first, then pale malt flavours and then a clean hoppy after taste.

M - Carbonated, clean, aftertaste develops different flavours.

D - For 8.1% ABV, amazingly drinkable. Could get massively pissed.

About time I had this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 10:32:30 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
Photo of hoplover82


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a HUMUNGUS white fluffy head and is a crystal clear light yellow color with lots of bubbles shooting to the top. Very good retention and great lacing.

S-The aroma of spicy hops, pilsner maltiness and cloves fill my nose all at once. But I think it was the hops I first noticed. Faint green apples as well, and some other fruity esthers. The presence hops was a very nice suprise for a change, (in a beer style like this).

T-Much of the same with a very noticable hop bitterenss and more of an earthy hop flavor than spicy, but spicy nonetheless. Very nice balance of green apple and clove spiciness and slight malt sweetness and tartness.

M-This beer is big bodied with a very dry finish and lasting lingering hop bitterness and flavor.

D-For this beer being so big, it goes down very smooth. It says on the four pack that they age the beer before they release it. Maybe that's why I'm not really getting any alcoholness in this. It's very nice indeed. World class I'm sure. Be sure to try this beer if not yet. I'm sure I'll visit this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:07:20 | More by hoplover82
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this one for a long time.

Pours a light golden, slightly opaque, with a foamy head, which lingers in pockets like seafoam. Lots of lacing, terrific retention.

Nose is hoppy, with a bit of fruit, maybe apple or pear.

The taste starts off dry and bitter, but quicky moves to a sweeter finish, with a blend of apple, pepper and spices. I can detect the alcohol, but it enhances, rather than hinders the overall experience. Very well carbonated.

A great strong ale, one of the finest that I've encountered thus far!

**UPDATE 1/9/2010

I picked up the Duvel glass and 750ml gift set, and let it age for a month or two. What a difference the tulip glassware makes! After sipping on this for a while, I had to amend my scores from the last sampling. Simply a fantastic brew. Over the last time, I found that the alcohol was a bit more muted (a big plus) and the apple and yeast were more pronounced. Just loving it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 22:08:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of movingtrain


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a straw-golden color with a thick, fluffy head on top that sticks around...looks like frothed milk floating on top.

Aroma is pretty skunky...in a good way. Notes of honey, light hops, bread, tarragon, peppercorn.

Taste is remarkable...light and refreshing...bitter up front, but finishing quite sweet. Hints of apple, orange peel, pepper, caramel, honey.

This is an outstanding beer...one that I'm glad has become rather mainstream...available at many bars/carryouts. It's easy to drink, and has quite a layered flavor profile. And that head is classic...sticking around until the bitter end.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:18:43 | More by movingtrain
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't had this in over a year when I found it fairly average. I was pretty sure that was heresy, so I decided to try it again as my palate has hit warp drive since then...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale yellow with ballooning foamy head which leaves layers and layers of sticky lace. Bubbles continue to issue forth from the bottom. Looks like a dollop of whipped cream is sitting right on top of the beer.

Smell: Pear, citrus, spice, clove and pepper. Smells tart and dry.

Taste: Spicy, peppery apple is dominant. Light almost wheat-like malts are in the background. Ever-so-slightly tart. Finishes with a spicy, almost metallic bitterness.

Feel: Highly carbonated and extremely light. Unbelievably dry.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing and exceedingly dangerous as the alcohol is completely hidden. A satanic brew indeed.

...what a difference a year makes.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:27:55 | More by bsp77
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a large soap-suddy head that slowly fades.
Malty and herbal smell: pale malt, coriander, oats, some light spicy hops, a bit of lemon and some doughy yeast.
Flavours mirror the aroma, with the additions of some sharp alcohol and a bold bitter finish. Very dry.
Carbonation is way over the top, too prickly.
Not sure what the hype is all about here?

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 10:03:43 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of JVEyck309

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this more times than I can remember. Always a go-to-beer for good occasions. Four pack of 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
A good pour lends itself to a heavy tall standing head trying to climb out of the glass, very sticky foam clings as it slowly settles down into small mounds of froth. Color is pale light gold.
Smell is bready, pepper, banana, malt sweetness, maybe some grassy hops.. not sure (nose has been congested for over a month, damn seasonal allergies!) Taste is amazing, everything the smell would entice and more. Clean pale malt, crisp sparkling carbonation, juicy, warming alcohol, whatever it is! It's effin great.

If I were a rich man, this would replace my Budweiser nights.. But alas, craft brews are a once/twice/thrice a week thing in my circumstance which I begrudgingly accept. Despite 8.5% abv, I would drink this all night. An all around great beer which I always return to.

Anyone who says they don't like beer.. hand them a bottle of Duvel, we'll have converts for sure! Truth!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 02:01:55 | More by JVEyck309
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear golden look what a thick layer of head. As the beer sits small trails of bubbles shoot up to the top along the side of the glass.

With one smell of this beer I'm amazed by how aromatic it is. Delicate spice, cloves, malty sweetness and of course the famous Belgian yeast.

Its really smooth and extremely creamy a very quaffable. Remember those trails of bubbles, well they are the carbonation that provides a crispness to the finish. It is bitter and sweet at the same time, but more so sweet because of the yeast; distinct fruity malt esters, bold spiciness and with a touch of hops to add to the balance. Finishes slightly dry with some left over spice and hops for added bitterness.

Drink it slow and savor its' flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:00:52 | More by jamescain
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New York

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

i look to see the how size of the bottle after i pour (into a pint glass, all i have available), 11.2 fl.oz, it says pour unhurriedly right under it. boy i wish i read that first.

-nevertheless, a huge foamy head that seems like it doesnt plan on leaving. a hazing orange body probably due to it being bottle conditioned. i shall wait for the 3 inch head to shrink a bit.... so i waited for a minute or two, the head dissipated from the sides, leaving a little mountain of foam in the middle and lace all over the class, i wont penalize the weird appearance for me lousy pour.
-Has the smell of a witbier, sweet and citrusy. little orange and apple combination in the nose.
-this baby tastes just right. it has a well balanced flavor of sweet/citrus and a slight bitterness from malt and a subtle taste of alcohol.
the mouthfeel is of medium carbonation and the alcohol is warming down the throat and in my stomach.
this brew is pretty exceptionally drinkable. it isnt as strong as i thought a belgian strong pale ale would be, but it is definitely drinkable and a beer i'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 23:38:40 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of AmberMan22


4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard the rave reviews, got myself a bottle -- here in Paris, France. For this re-review, I even have a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow. A massive billowy head plumes forth, leaving a rocky, wavy top to it. Carbonation continually streams from the bottom, and the slightly cloudy gold color looks regal. The glass is

Smell: This smells better than most beers taste. Cloves, fruits -- notably pear, apple -- a wonderful blend of hops above the hint of malt. I only wish it were more pronounced. The smell is almost too weak for a beer this good.

Taste: This really does live up to the hype. a hoppy flash up front, leading to the fruit & spice taste, followed closely by a perfect malty/hop blend, that finishes with a delicate taste of alcohol and more fruity/hop mix -- just reminding you how strong this beer actually is.

M & D: The foam melts over the tongue, adding to the creamy feel. The carbonation is very prevalent, but not biting.
The beer almost drinks like a champagne.

Hands down, the most impressive bottled beer I've ever had. Duvel seems appropriate to me almost any time of the year, except maybe the dog days of summer. Unless you're sitting in a cold room drinking this, lightly chilled. Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 19:33:03 | More by AmberMan22
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New York

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

Poured from a 75 cl.

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head. Good retention.

S: Smells of citrus malts, green apples, spice fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

T: T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges.

M: Full and fluffy mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 13:41:43 | More by taigor
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. If I drank this from a Duvel tulip glass, would it garner a higher score? Best before 01/2012? If true, why hurry?

A-Pours a pale clear, golden yellow. Looks a lot like a pilsner. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, stick lace. I have never seen a beer produce such profuse lace. A gorgeous appearing beer.

S-Aroma was the weakest characteristic to me. Present were fruity, yeasty, sweet candy and malty notes.

T-Tantalizing. Bohemian hops and pilsner malts predominate producing an amazingly crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a very slight, pleasantly so, clove like yeast taste. Surprisingly, I can't taste the alcohol. I like this better as the temperature rises above the brewer's recommended 40-50 degree Fahrenheit.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is perfect. Light like a pilsner, but full flavored like an ale. The Moortgat Family hit a home run with this, if they can appreciate the metaphor from the great American pastime.

D-Amazingly so, for a beer with 8.5% ABV. I only believe this because of the label and the beginning of a buzz.

This is a world class, extraordinary beer. Wish I had a good-looking stranger to enjoy this with, as the label suggests, but then I would need more than one 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 01:29:14 | More by velosuds
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,157 ratings.