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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,744
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 287
Gots: 674 | 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 ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 750ml magnum, caged

Some of Warren's friends brought this, and I guess I never reviewed it! Pours a cloudy straw gold, small pour but big head. Greater-than-average lacing. Aroma of such a rich Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Perfect wheat and citrus balance. Taste of wonderful wheat, rustic orange peel (no idea what the hell rustic has to do with oranges, it just pops into my mind), unmistakable and not-overpowering Belgian flavor. Enough said. Instant classic.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Daredevil
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very firm head, almost like yeast in an open brew tank ....
nose: fresh grass, spring meadow after a heavy rain, pleasant but not entirely palatable ...
taste: something like toasted bread with quince and granny smith apples on it ... sounds a bit weird, but the flavors are well embedded and very balanced
one of the 10 brews to be delivered on my lonely island ...

Daredevil, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of butlerj
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If real Czech pilsner and good champaigne could mate ( possibly after a romantic evening of consuming large quantities of cloves and very dry mead), this would be their offspring. This beer has all of the flavor and nuance that American lagers claim to have. Imagine if a BMC beer was actually as good as their advertisements claim and you will get a pretty good idea what Duvel tastes like.

butlerj, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of afinepilsner
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz brown bottle
8.5% abv

Duvel was a hazy golden color. It had a large white head with impressive retention and lacing. The smell was fruit, yeast, hops, and a little pepper. The taste was excellent with a good mix of light malt, a little fruit, yeast and peppery spices. The finish was dry and lingering. It was medium-light in body and highly carbonated (in a good way). The drinkability was outstanding. This is a very good beer that is well worth seeking out.

afinepilsner, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving this beer another review. I wasn't impressed the first time I've had it a few years ago, but it has since become one of my favorite brews.

Poured into my brand new Duvel tulip, it is light yellow in color with good clarity. Head forms up very quickly, leaving a white froth on top for the whole glass. The carbonation bubbles are rapidly streaming from the "D" nucleation point.

Aroma is potent, with a ton of soft, pilsner malt character coming through. The yeast character is straight forward, with subtle spice and fruit notes. It isn't as characterful as many other pale Belgian styles, but it has a nice touch.

On the palate Duvel is light bodied and very highly carbonated. Flavor is delicate despite the high ABV. There is a light pale malt flavor, with a strong hop presence on the finish. Clean flavor overall, with only a slight, candy-like yeast presence adding depth. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and not just "for the ABV." This is a fast-sipper.

jeffthecheff, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two things you need to know.

The Scottish connection. If it wasn't for a bottle conditioned McEwan's beer many decades ago, there would be no Duvel. As a little thank you for this I've long argued that Duvel should be free to all Scottish residents but unfortunately I've had no success as yet.

Secondly, when pouring always always ensure all of that fine sediment from the bottle goes into your glass. Always. Unlike almost all other bottle conditioned beers Duvel's sediment is there to be consumed and is paramount in appreciating this classic.

Zimbo, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a tall white fluffy head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves some very cool lacing on my glass. The beer is no as transparent as I expected. The smell is wonderful, it smells of sweet grain. The taste is of lemon-citrus, yeast with bits of hops and wheat. The 8.5% is hidden quite well. Mouthfeel is perfect, light, crisp and refreshing without being watery. Drinkability is great, but at 8.5% ABV, I don't think I'll let myself have more than one glass at a time.

gkunkle, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of tburus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice!

Appearance: Foggy golden liquid with yeast swirling inside. Thick, bubbly head. Rapid stream of carbonation rising from center of the glass.

Smell: Nice intermingling of apple and hops/pine.

Taste: Enters tasting like a muted apple cider. This taste subsides in favor of the slight bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty/wheaty flavor cover the palate. Subtle aftereffects of apple. Mild sour taste leftover, again reminiscent of cider. Slightly more carbonation than I desire.

Drinkability: It's gone already?!? Honestly, one of the best, easiest drinking beers I have tried to date. The price is the only thing that would keep me from drinking this several times a week.

tburus, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very carbinated, yellowish golden tan. Insane 4 inch white head, tons of lacing, beautiful.

Smell - Very belgium yeast tones. Floral hops, spices, grapes, mellon, light traces of alcohol. Has that pale ale malt smell, inpressed so far.

Taste - Very bold, tons of flavors. Floral hops, alcohol and yeast mixed with the spices, wow. Its much like a champagne with its rich complex and carbinated drink. The pale ale malts add to it, but doesnt sour or bitter it up any. Huge fruit flavors, grape and mellon really come out. This is impressive.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and bold on mouth. Tounge gets a workout with all the complex flavors, and palette gets warm and bitter as you swallow this beer down. Aftertaste is slighly dry and bitter.

Drinkabilty - Its too complex and strong to drink anymore then 2 really. Its a sipper to savior and enjoy. I wouldnt drink this weekly since you would become spoiled and possibly broke. World class, thank god i bought a 4-pack!

wvsabbath, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has a translucent honey-amber color and a wonderful bouquet with hints of yeast and citrus overtones. This beer is very effervescent and has a large white head that very slowly fades to a thin frothy film. On tasting there is a pleasant, fine tingling that lingers on your tongue. There is a slight sweetness at the onset and firm but, subtle hoppiness to give a prolonged finish.

This is another beer that you will not tire of with frequent consumption. This is one of my all time favorite beers!

Internatbrewlove, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of knowledge
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. Very hoppy and beautiful. The rich head has to be tamed and must use precaution when poured. I received mine in a gift box with a tulip glass. Smells fruity and delicious. Well done, also the alcohol content is not present by its beautiful texture, not thin yet not thick.


knowledge, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of paxkey
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as always a perfect beverage.
pours honey marmalade gold and gives head like a world class champion.
the head on this beer symbolizes all that makes it great. its a living monument to the wonderful duvel yeast. rocky cloudy and stiffens at the top.
it smells divine. a magical blend of spices malt and yeast.
dry sweet complex tasting. leaves a whirlwind of flavors on the palate during and long after each delightful sip.
sniffing this beer alone puts it heads and shoulders above the average fare. and it tastes so good you cant wait for the next sip while trying to savour the one you just had.
no alcohol taste whatsoever but a hearty warming from the high ABV is inevitable.
this is the good stuff.

paxkey, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all of the A+ and A ratings this one seemed a little overhyped to me after my tasting. The head and continuous carbonation truly was amazing. Almost too amazing as I poured slowly into a tilted pint glass, but had to wait after 6 oz poured as the head was already 3 to 4 fingers thick and near the top of the glass. The appearance was slightly murky somewhere between a pilsner and a wheat. The flavor was good, not great, and the high alcohol content was well disguised. For the high price tag, I was expecting a little more spectacular beer, but its still a decent beer worth a sampling. It is very drinkable and if I weren't such a lightweight, I could probably have a 2nd or 3rd..however 1 is enough for me to feel it.

bubseymour, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel is just a wow beer. I've had it once or twice, but hardly ever seek it out or try it when out because it's nearly ubiquitous at any good beer bar or shop. There is really no reason not to drink Duvel more often if one does not. The pour on this beer is perfect! The beer is a bright sunshine yellow with goldenrod highlights and is capped by billowy, finely held-together pearly white head that sticks and stays forever. Duvel has a nice fruity aroma with notes of spicy yeast and toasted malt. The beer has good flavors of apples skin, juicy asian pear, a little pepper spice and a nicely dry finish. The beer is highly carbonated and does a light spritzy dance on your tongue. Very easy to drink and the 8.5% percent alcohol is well hidden and with just a little warming in the throat but no burning taste.

Soonami, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Ommegang tent at the Brewfest at Mount Hope Winery in Lancaster County, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Pale golden yellow with pillowy white head and some lacing.

S - Lemon, green apple, yeast and hop floral.

T - Yeasty biscut, lemon and apples, with spice and some alcohol. Finishes sour and mildly bitter. I liked the Ommegang Abbey a little better than this.

M - Light body, heavy carbonation. Very effervescent.

D - Definitely worth coming back for a second glass.

Tucquan, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: golden straw yellow with frothy white head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: honey, floral, buttery, apples, pears and belgian spices.

Flavor: honey, floral, and citrus that stimulates the back of tongue and mouth.

Mouthfeel: light body with heavy carbonation.

Overall impression: smooth, effervescent Belgian pale ale.

mexikrainian, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th of my great trade with the Captin!

12 oz bottle poured into a delirium noel glass.

Terrific appearance. Huge foamy head that lasted forever, even with a careful pour so as not to disturb any sediment. Golden in color and very slightly hazy. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising. Lots of thick lacing.

Powerfully pungent aroma even at the beginning of the glass. Strong smell of yeast, with a funky aroma that I'm trying to put my finger on... bubble gum. Mixed with the yeast I think it's quite funky. Slight alcohol smell too.

Tasted fantastic! Great balance between hops, malts, yeast, spices, light sweet fruits like apricots, pears and apples, very reminiscent of the saison I had earlier actually.

Feels absolutely delightful. Rich and smooth, tangy from the ample carbonation, lovely light bitterness that lingers on.

Drinks great too. I could easily drink this beer every week and never get tired of it.

A truly great beer.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of SteveoNY
3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml corked (pop) brown bottle with a best before date of 08 2012. Quick tips on how to pour the beer (unhurriedly) as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label. Yes the Duvel glass on the back of the label has more head in the pic than beer: thats what you will get.(42 degrees) nice bottle and labeling.

Appearance: huge foamy chunky head 3 to 4 fingers like an icecream float. the lace clings to the glass in patchy clumps. slight cloudy yeasty golden hue. chunks of foamy head clinging to the glass all the way down. the head will outlast the brew itself with some foam left in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: smells like warm piss, yeast bite in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very dry, no maltyness at all to me. champange like bubbly texture, yeast, hop bitterness and alcohol very prominent. very crisp.

Notes: maybe this Belgian strong pale ale isnt for me. I respect it, but now have to finish this 750 ml bottle that I opened because I payed $11 for it.

Serving type: bottle

SteveoNY, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden color is poured in the glass. A strong white colored head, that is two fngers thick and hangs on to the sides of the glass. A yeasty fragrance strikes the nose, followed by a mild funky scent, but not off putting. It finishes with a light to medium grassy scent. A bread and cracked grain flavor comes through at the front of each taste. Then it blends to a yeasty twang, then moving to a grassy and earthy bitterness. A watery feel, with cleansing sensation of carbonation, it then finishes with a strong dryness that seems last forever on the palate. Another beer that is the standard for its style and does not disappoint. A classic with its golden color, the yeasty flavor, and dry feel, makes one crave some mussels and frites.

cameraman, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured unhurriedly, as the label suggests, yields a crystal clear ale of a light straw-gold color with a rocky white head of large and medium bubbles. Slowly receding and leveling out to a thick carpet of foam, the bubbles coalesce into a smoother surface with nice lacing stuck to the sides of the tulip glass.

The palpable yeast presence emits a light, peppery aroma with intriguing floral notes, especially after swirling around the dregs in the bottle and pouring down the center to cloud up the contents. A hint of clean alcohol esters is also discerned.

First sips reward the tongue with grassy, spritzy grain and cereal flavors accented with dry biscuit and slightly astringent hints of sweet citrus and green apple. Smooth and nicely balanced, the devilishly high alcohol content is hardly noticeable. Well carbonated and effervescent, the brew enjoys its brief party in the mouth before a wet hop sendoff, leaving a hint of bright bitterness in the good-bye, enticing one to yearn for another visit.

A classic that never goes out of style, it pairs nicely with some Gorgonzola spread on freshly toasted baguettes. Some smoked salmon on the side is gracefully engaged and complements the combination, for a petite feast of grandeur.

tubacharlie, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden. Ridiculously frothy two-inch white head in my tulip. Spotty lacing. The effervescence is incredible.

S- Sour apples, cloves. Belgian yeast.

T- Slightly spicy. Sour finish, lemon or apple-ish.

M- Carbonation is spot on. Mouthwatering. Dry finish.

D/O- A true celebratory beer (review #100!), Duvel needs to be respected. Don't think you'd want to make a night of this as that's probably not what the brewer wanted. This one 11.2 ouncer won't be difficult to finish at all...craving the next sip already. Great world-renown beer.

Duff27, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours golden color with a nice, long lasting, white head. Aromas is of Belgium yeast, apple and some brown sugar. Medium to full body. Flavor is sweet fruit and yeast in the beginning followed by lengthy, earthy hoppy finish. This beer is classic.

mikeg67, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a fairly clear, golden yellow color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly settles down to a thin creamy cap after several minutes. Nice aromatics, predominantly yeast, floral hops, lemon, and earthiness. Hops upfront but also tasting, lemon zest, grass, banana, sweet malts, and other subtleties as well - there's alot going on, but in a really positive way. It tastes very clean, crisp, and dry with a good dose of carbonation - real nice mouthfeel. I also dont detect any of the alcohol in this BSPA.

What a great beer...certainly something worth trying if you haven't already, and revisiting throughout the year if you've sampled before.

prdstmnky, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color. Two finger white head shows fantastic retention. Streaky clingy lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this beer down.

S- Interesting aroma. Some light bubblegum notes in this. Saison like with some light barnyard funk. Tripel like with the Belgium yeasty-ness and candi sugar like aroma. Some light banana with a hint of clove. Hops were not really there but lightly bitter in the background.

T- Nice sweet malt like front with a interesting funky taste. Middle has a light bitterness from the hops with tones of banana and cloves. Light bubblegum notes with a hint of sour apple on the backend. Alcohol burn in the very end which warms the stomach.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light yeasty notes with clove left on the palate. Bitter hops and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate. Flavors were well blended and had light standout notes here and there. Clean tasting overall with crisp notes.

D- This beer is good. I always forget about this with the insane amount of craft beer out there. The ABV is pretty well hidden until the ending. Good beer and well worth the praise a lot of people have for it.

alleykatking, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - As soon as I cracked the bottle open, the brew started to gush from the bottle. Did I get an overcarbonated one? I poured it into a clear pint glass and ended up with a clear and very pale yellow body, topped by an enormous fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing left on the insides of my glass. This beer looks phenomenal!

S - It took me a while to get through the enormous fluffy head so I could smell this brew, but once I did, I smelled aromas of sweet citrus, spicy pepper and some nice earthy hoppiness.

T & M - The head was so ridiculous that it felt like it took an hour before I could taste it! The citrus I smelled in the aroma was there, but it almost took a back seat to the pepper and the earthy hop bitterness. Actually, it compliments the spice quite nicely. Medium bodied with a bit of coarse tingle from the carbonation. The alcohol is VERY well hidden, a genuine task for the 8.5% ABV.

D - This is a delicious brew and I'm a bit upset with myself that it took me this long to try it. If it weren't so expensive, it would be a daily stock item in my frig. I think I could drink this all night.

drizzam, Nov 27, 2010
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,744 ratings.