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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,418
Reviews: 2,581
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 247
Gots: 535 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of Epicedion

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful. Pure gold topped with a poofy head. Lacing all the way up the glass. A thin stream of bubbles constantly rises from the nucleation D etched in the bottom of the glass.

S: A lightly sweet, spicy smell with some lemon and grain behind it. Pleasant and soothing.

T: There's sweet citrus up front, which gives way quickly to some spice, followed immediately by more citrus and slightly bitter hops. This beer is perfectly balanced to be refreshing without being overwhelming in any category. It couldn't be better.

M: Smooth, silk with some prickly carbonation. Alcohol but not very dry or astringent. My only complaint here is that it's a little bit thin, but that's mostly bolstered by the carbonation.

D: Complex with no downsides. But be careful, a couple bottles and you'll be sailing.

05-22-2010 03:25:16 | More by Epicedion
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.43/5  rDev +4%

Stubby dark brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on label.
Pours a pale golden straw color with a unique multi-sized bubbly head. The lacing looks like a honeycomb, with lots a large airy bubble pockets.
A potent aroma of morning pasture, fresh herbs, daisies with dry malt are upfront. Whiffs of orange zest and hint of pineapple last throughout. A light vodka-like alcohol vapor is noticed.
Bold sweet malty tastes meld well with a multi-layered hop bitterness and bite. Sweet liquidy sugar and tart orange flavors mingle with the edgy citrusy bitterness. A hint of leather and tobacco create some unexpected, yet welcome depth and character. A fine effervesence creates its own one-of-a-kind fizzy body. It sort of reminds me of a Mimosa.
This is a fairly potent brew that looks innocent enough, but is really a wolf in sheep's clothing.

05-22-2010 02:16:51 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of MealInAGlass

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Holy crap this beer is delicious.

When poured into the trademark tulip glass that came with the package deal, I'll have to admit that I don't particularly care for the 50/50 mix. Aside from that, this beer is delicious.

I was talking to my girlfried at the time I took my first sip, and I just paused in mid-sentence to admire the delicious-ness of Duvel. Naturally, I got yelled at for ignoring her for beer.. But it was worth it.

Appearance: 4
Smell: 4.5
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 5
Drinkability: 4.5

05-21-2010 04:43:26 | More by MealInAGlass
Photo of JamisonM


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into Duvel tulip glass

A: huge bright white head with great head retention a wonderful golden color the look of this beer in the duvel glass screams class in every way

S: spice, yeasty, some pepper and lemon very complex

T: spice and esters taste is complex and I have trouble putting it into words its fantastic taste like a dry champagne but don't get me wrong its beer for sure

M: med mouth with high carbonation

D: yea you can drink this all night if you wanted to only the abv would hold you back

overall: extremely well made world class beer they invented the style and they do a damn fine job brewing this, I have never had a bad bottle of this nectar of the gods.

05-19-2010 01:37:20 | More by JamisonM
Photo of dobiechief


5/5  rDev +17.4%

This was one of my first ventures into the world of real beer, and it is still one of my very favorites. It is absolutely lovely in a glass, with a virtually perfect head. The color is so appealing that you want to take some time appreciating it. The aroma is a bit sweet and citrus-like, as is the flavor. The mouthfeel is among the best out there; rich and inviting. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasant - never detracting from the overall effect.

05-18-2010 20:25:27 | More by dobiechief
Photo of grittybrews


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured a pale straw yellow into a Duvel tulip (surprise!), filling it to the brim with a 50/50 ratio of beer to frothy meringue-like head. This settled down to around a finger, leaving thick patches of extremely tight lacing.

Nice aroma of apple, yeasty spice, banana, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was light and crisp with ample carbonation. Strongly reminiscent of dry champagne with a nice balance of banana, light biscuit, and mild spice. Long, dry apple finish mixed with a touch of booziness.

While the taste doesn't bowl me over as much as the "heavier" Belgians, the drinkability is off the charts. Light, crisp, and packs a punch while keeping you coming back for more.

05-18-2010 04:48:15 | More by grittybrews
Photo of DarrinRasberry


4.43/5  rDev +4%

This is my first review, so take it as you will!

Dumped this into a poor man's 20oz. Guinness Imperial tumbler. Really need to get sufficient glassware for my new hobby.

Appearance: Poured carefully (as the bottle advertises) and still watched it launch to the top of my glass like a mad scientist's explosive experiment. Half an hour later a quarter-inch of the head is still there, giving me a mustache with every sip. I've only tried about a hundred beers, and this is a beautiful as it gets.

Smell: Takes a couple of whiffs, but I pick up nudges of pine and lemon. Reminds me of the rampant summer shandies that are infesting the local bars about this time of year.

Taste: Head has honey that quickly transitions to an enjoyably bitter aftertaste. Drinking brings a deep fruity feel at the kickoff with a malty answer at halftime. Expected it to finish bitter like the head (especially after warming up in the glass) but I get instead a pleasant, balanced lingering taste instead. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fizzy, but not soda-fountain fizzy. I still feel it like a lip-balm.

Drinkability: I'd drink these all day if it had a lower alcohol content. Delicious, but not perfect - by the end of a 750 you will get used to the amazing flavor this beer has.

05-18-2010 04:34:14 | More by DarrinRasberry
Photo of BobZ


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Well in 2003 this was my gateway back to beer in general and my introduction to Belgian beers, had my first Duvel in Ghent, Belgium. Had at least ten on that first trip, and probably well over a 100 since then, I guess I might as well review it.

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip (what else?).

Appearance: Bright yellow with the largest richest head you will ever witness, the head will not dissipate and the lacing is extraordinary. I have found no other beer to approach this one in appearance.

Smell: Hoppy, spicy, complex for pale ale.

Taste: Delicious again a spiciness to it but also a depth in flavor. Perfect hop balance with the perfect amount of bitterness. This is the mother of all Belgian pale ales.

Mouth feel: Excellent carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.

Drinkability: Could run with the Duvel for as long as consciousness would allow.

A beer that is a "must have on hand" all year round.

05-16-2010 01:45:32 | More by BobZ
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

12oz bottle poured into my Russian River Stemmed glass

A yellow ale with fluffy white soapy looking head. A mix of large and small bubbles cling to one another forming a head that forms a giant mountain of head above the rim. Tons of carbonation bubbles are rushing to the suffice, reminds me of cream soda.

Aromas of pears and fruity yeast com through in the nose the most prominent. A bread like quality is coming through on the sweeter side as the ale warms. Booze and tannins are there as well but not in a offensive way, much more inviting.

The taste is very dry and the carbonation scrubs the pallet. The ale has a nice balance of hop bite with peach and pear bready yeast flavor. The alcohol burn is chased away quickly leaving very little aftertaste. This delicate Belgian is how champagne should taste. A thin body appears even thinner through all of the carbonation making it an easy drinker. You will not find many beers that come in this strong that are this easy to drink.

05-16-2010 00:09:30 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
Photo of PintOHops


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Glass - Tulip

A - Mostly clear yellow/gold color with lots of fine bubbles rising to the top. Produced 2-3 fingers of fluffy head, somewhat soapy looking as well. Retention is great, and it left lots of splashy lacing.

S - Very dry & champagne like, I get grape skin, some pear upfront. Beneath the dry champagne like qualities is soft banana & clove, it's mildly spicy with a bit of tangerine peel or orange peel in there somewhere, maybe a bit of pepper.

T - Very very yeasty with soft, delicate banana & clove, unfolding into pair & apple like notes that are intertwined in the yeasty goodness! A bit dry with sour/tart grape notes on the finish, and long musky yeast flavors that linger just a bit. I did notice some alcohol but man is it hidden well! Delicate yet very simple.

M - Soft & smooth with just a touch of carbonation, medium in body.

D - Everything about this beer seemed just so delicate, I thought it was very simple in both taste & smell, which was nice. The drinkability has gotta be pretty damn high on this one, as It tasted like 7% around room temp! I'm not big on the style but I'd have this one again sometime. Definitely recommended. Cheers!

05-15-2010 22:48:45 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into a tulip glass. Produced a fizzy white head, 1/2 finger but it seems to be sticking around nicely. Color is straw yellow, very clear with noticeable carbonation bubbles floating to the surface.

Aroma is of bubblegum, coriander, pepper, lemon rind, yeast and a light fruit, maybe pear and the faintest smell of banana. Slightly dry as well.

The mouthfeel is light and delicate with medium carbonation but a bit harsh going down.

Bubblegum carries over from the aroma, along with coriander and a dryness that reminds me of wine. Tart grape is definitely present and followed throughout the pallete. Finishes tart, slightly sweet, bitter and faintly harsh yet clean with little to no lingering flavor except the occasional bubblegum and tart apple. The flavors marry much better as it warms to room temperature, easing the bit of harshness to a muted state.

It's dry. leaves me wanting more to quench my thirst yet no amount satisfies. This is a style of beer that i can respect but don't favor all that much.

05-15-2010 22:46:53 | More by JosiahS
Photo of Takahiro


3.3/5  rDev -22.5%

From 750ml bottle into my Duvel Tulip glass
it's been years since I tasted it before.
This is the first Duvel after I got into drinking Belgian style beers.

Looks straw light-pale color, very clear.
fluffy 1.5" white foam that lasts a while
bubble size varies

smellls sweet fruit up front. I also pick up lager-like characteristics in the back ground. smell is "rounded" sweetness (not sharp), and some yogurt (i pick this one up in saison I recently brewed).

taste fruity. Some sweetness, which is different from maltiness/body. as a matter of fact, the body is fairly light. there's some soury yogurty (rounded) flavor, which I tend to pick up from strong Belgian beers. May be some "wheaty" characteristics, i don't know.

I notice that some of the sweetness comes from alcohol, which I feel very well in the after taste.

this one leans towards hoppiness, which seem to intermingle with the alcohol in the after taste.

it's drinkable, but not as good as I thought it would be.
may be related to "bad" handling before it got to my mouth.

will try again.

05-14-2010 02:23:00 | More by Takahiro
Photo of timholio


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Finally had this. I think I prefer Russian Rivers 'golden ale' which is called 'Damnation' and it compares nicely to this one. The duvel is VERY SMOOTH espeically considering the high ABV. Its not really complicated. Very easy to drink which is impressive considering its over 8%. Not one of my top 10 beers because its a little to boring especially for a potent brew.

05-14-2010 00:24:55 | More by timholio
Photo of AleWatcher


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

I poured this into my Duvel tulip, as is only right.

About time I actually reviewed this beer, so here goes-- Pours a pale straw colored golden with tones of carbonation. Huge fluffy white head climbed 4 fingers, to the top of the glass. The head is very thick and sticky, leaving giant chunks of lace everywhere it travels.

This smells a little like apple juice, with some sweet malts and a light floral hop note. There is also that unmistakable Belgian yeast smell too... The sweet malts and floral hop hit first on the tastebuds, but give way to the dry, slightly funky, little spicy, and completely delicious yeast notes. There is a crisp clean finish to this beer that reminds me of a fresh apple... This is quite refreshing and easy to drink with its fairly light body and ample carbonation. This one could pack a punch with 8.5% ABV, and it hides that alcohol so well, you would never see it coming.

This is the measuring bar with which all other Belgian strong pale ales and golden ales try to compete. And it is highly regarded with good reason. It is quite delicious, and a feat of excellence to balance a beer so nicely with that high an ABV.

05-12-2010 01:48:20 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of alli4051


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a light, pure golden color. Produces a foamy white head that never completely dissipates and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is the quintessential Belgian yeast tones. Taste is again yeasty and finishes with some fruity notes. As it warms flavors become more pronounced and even more appealing. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Drinkability is superb with this one. I was actually surprised to find the abv clocked in at 8.5%. Ive been growing a distaste for Belgian styles; however, this experience has me completely rethinking the style entirely, that's how good it is.

05-09-2010 22:45:04 | More by alli4051
Photo of ROCKETMAN998


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Best before Jan 2011

Pours a bright golden almost pilsner like color, semi cloudy with a humongous head that dissipates quickly to an 1/8 inch layer. Good streaky lacing

Smell is yeasty, slightly sweet and fruity. can smell a bit of alcohol

Sweet malty flavors introduce the taste well with a bit of sour apple before a touch of bitter hops round it out and linger for bit. Very well balanced and delicious hiding the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is light and inviting, highly carbonated and smooth. Has a clean, dry somewhat crisp finish.

Drinkability is very high even with the 8.5 ABV. Must be careful. Good summertime beer.

05-08-2010 23:25:44 | More by ROCKETMAN998
Photo of xylophonica


3.45/5  rDev -19%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass.

A - Dark, golden amber colour. Some sediment floating around with lots of bubbles. Thick head with thick lacing developing. A mountain of froth would be an understatement.

S - Sweet mild scent. Hints of banana and mango with some vanilla thrown in. Smells somewhat like a mild wheat beer. Maybe a bit of bubblegum as well.

T - Sweet. A bit of spicy banana with some vanilla. Aftertaste is slightly smoother than the early bitterness would suggest - almost herbal in nature.

M - More bitter than I'd expected. Bitey, with a lot of carbonation present. Nothing special.

D - Not a bad beer but not something I'd want to drink over and over again. Carbonation actually makes it a bit gassy so might be an issue to drink more than a couple. Herbal flavours become more obvious as you drink which is good but then so does the alcohol content which is not so good.

I first drank this beer a few months ago and wasn't really impressed. However I thought I'd give it another go for the sake of the positive reviews it's had here (and the fantastic glass!) Once again I don't think it lives up to the hype. Personal preference in this style of beer would be Kwak over this anyday.

04-30-2010 11:03:15 | More by xylophonica
Photo of uconnroller


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer pours a murky yellow color. Has a very large head at first, give it a minute and it will go away, but continues to have a transient lace head retention. You should pour this beer slowly with the glass angled.

Smells yeasty with a mixture of bananas, citrus hops, and apple. Definitely a Belgium.

Tastes is not as strong as it smells.

A surprisingly light body for such a murky looking beer. There was a lot of carbonation. Drink up before the carbonation disappears.
Very smooth beer, very easy to drink.

A good Belgian beer.

04-28-2010 02:34:27 | More by uconnroller
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

330 mL bottle. Best by 09/2012.

Pours clear golden yellow with thick, white, fluffy head. Lots of active carbonation. The picture perfect Belgian ale pour as expected.

Aroma is dominated mostly by spicy, floral and slightly sour Belgian yeast notes. Also some sweeter notes of bready malt and wheat.

Sweet malty flavor notes with bits of apple or other fruit and a very slight bubblegum. Bready with a touch of caramel perhaps. Floral yeast notes linger throughout.

Silky carbonation, light to medium body. Overall a nice example of Belgian beer; A great showcase of the various flavors and aromas a good Belgian yeast offers.

04-25-2010 19:47:05 | More by goldbot
Photo of Kinsman


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Best before date: May 2012

Pours a brilliant clear golden color right up to the bottom, when the yeast is introduced to the glass, adding a slight haze. The tiniest of bubbles work their way up the glass to greet the larger than lift white head.

Sweet fruity accents greet the nose, hinting at apples and complimented by a yeasty spiciness unlike any other.

First taste is a whole boat load of flavors on the palate. Lots of sweetness from the malt but well balanced by a slightly earthy character before the spice makes it way through. Peppery and clove-like spice make a strong showing before another round of a candy sweetness lead you to the finish. Noble hops contribute a musty herbal note to this finish, helping round out the beer. Medicinal phenols and warming alcohol notes may be a bit too much but they don't take that much away from the beer.

With so much going on at 8.5% abv, this has a surprisingly lighter feel than one would expect. Quite a strong carbonation seems to be a bit too much. Overall Duvel sets a high standard for the style and certainly one that shouldn't be missed.

04-23-2010 17:30:59 | More by Kinsman
Photo of jpittman80


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

one of my all-time favorites, a true world classic. It's quite clear, golden, and full of foamy white head that's leaves the tell-tale Belgian lace. Aroma of spice from the yeast, tiny hint of hops and light fruit, maybe apples. The taste - it's almost impossible to describe the relative complexity (for such a light beer), but of course, I'll try. Peppery sweetness initially, it mellows in the middle to a yeasty fruity balance, and finishes a little dryer than one would expect with the perfect amount of hop bitterness and flavor. You would never know that this packs a whopping 8.5%. Truly, a masterful and artful blending of all things that mark great brewing.

04-20-2010 00:17:33 | More by jpittman80
Photo of pharmer


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a pale yellow color, almost surprisingly pale in fact. Head is white and fluffy and laces nicely all the way down the glass,

Smells of cloves, yeast and very faintly banana.

Tastes very similar to the smell, but so much more complex. Starts sweet, then as the carbonation releases on the tongue, some hoppy bitterness kicks in. This beer is quite highly carbonated, reminds me of champagne actually. Finishes dry and warm with alcohol, makes me want another sip.

This beer's drinkability is probably too high actually, because at 8.5% ABV, one could end up on the wrong side of intoxicated in a hurry. Highly recommend this one for any serious beer lover.

04-18-2010 03:10:09 | More by pharmer
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Wow... finally getting around to trying this. Pours a brilliant pale gold, with lively carbonation - and crystal clear (managed to keep the yeast sediment in the bottle). The cloud-white head is pretty massive and leaves a few patches of lace on the glass. Carbonation keeps a steady stream of small bubbles rising up from the bottom. There's a nice ring of foam that manages to stick around after most of the head dissipates. Aroma is of fruit (apple/pear), spice and yeast. Taste is so clean... again, there's a touch of pear, followed by pepper and a light touch of grain and some sweetness. Alcohol and/or medicinal notes peek through. Mouthfeel is crisp, lively and pretty light on the palate. Drinkability is exceptional - it's almost impossible to put the glass down. Hard to believe we're talking 8.5% here - completely unnoticeable. Delicious...

04-18-2010 02:56:35 | More by jpro
Photo of beerwolf77


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Dead horse meet stick. For my own record keeping here's my review.

Poured into my Duvel tulip the beer is a almost pastel golden hue. The head is something to behold. Three full fingers of pillowy stark white goodness. The retnetion and lace are of epic proportions.

The aroma is sweet and lighlty spiced. Some fruit notes along with a heavy yeast character. There's just a touch of dry book dust.

The flavor is smooth and complex. The light sweetness gently melts into a dry yeastiness. This is then followed with spices and candied fruits. Touches of hop bitterness poke around on your tongue periodically. No sign of the ABV at all.

Light to medium body. As crisp as a fresh apple in the mouth.

Overall an outstanding beer that will knock you on your ass if you don't respect it. A true classic.

04-16-2010 16:15:51 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Sean9689


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle poured into Duvel (what else?) tulip glass.

A - Pours a mirky golden blond with two fingers-worth of white frothy head. It sticks around long after the initial pour with about a fingers-worth on top of the body of the beer acting as the cap. There's some sticky white lacing along the sides of the glass after a quick swirl. A very nice looking beer.

S - Classic funky sweetness, pineapples, cloves, yeast, other tropical fruits. Reminds me a bit of a Hefe in some ways but a little more yeasty and some more malty sweetness.

T - Yeasty funk, slightly bitter, a nice malty finish that's slightly sweet yet also slightly bitter...hmm. Seems like it should be so straight forward on the palate, but it really isn't at all. The 8.5% is hidden really really well, very impressive.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth and crisp, dry finish.

D - A wonderful beer that tricks you into thinking it's straight forward and dull but in reality, it's complex and wonderful. The alcohol is hidden so well that there's no way I'd guess it's 8.5%. Recommend.

04-15-2010 21:57:03 | More by Sean9689
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