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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,974
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 850 | FT: 5
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of rand
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


From bottle to oversized wine glass 

A:  Straw-yellow in color, duvel forms a huge, pillowy, sudsy head.  Lacing is all over the glass, and it never fully recedes. 

S:   Malty sweetness with notes of fruit;  apples, tangerine dominant.  Really yeasty, bready.   Smells of freshly baked pastries.  Alcohol volatiles dry.

T:  Big fruity esters followed by malty, caramelly sweetness.  Apples, candied oranges.   Yeasty, bready character provides a nice canvas for the flavor profile, while a touch of earthy tea is discernible throughout the sip.   Layered, complex, lots of spicy notes pop up, especially as it warms.  Satisfying back-and-forth between bitter and sweet.   Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M.  For all that going on, relatively light on the palate.  Combined with the fact there's little alcohol on the palate, this brew is dangerously easy to toss back. 

This is one of those beers you can drink on any occasion.  Light enough for a warm summer night;  spicy and complex enough for a holiday meal.    Probably the best beer of it's style, it's hard to imagine someone not liking this. 

Photo of dcook11
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thick soapy, iceburg head...light straw colored body with a lot of carbonation and ample lacing. The smell is sweet..sugar, belgian yeast, some alcohol and solvent, and a touch of apple. The taste is of belgian yeast, alcohol, and hops (much more than in the smell). The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a good beer but too much alcohol in the taste will lower the overall score.

Photo of McNealc31
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and golden white a very aggressive white head, don't let the color fool you into expecting something light and watery. The first thing I notice in the smell is apple and some hops bite. It's full and dry on the tongue, with sour fruit at the back end. Very well balanced between malt and spicy hops, and there is a lot of both. I'm also getting a late alcohol warmth, and at 8.5% ABV, that is expected, but you'd never guess it's that high.

Here is proof that a light colored, fizzy beer can have tons of flavor. This is one to seek out

Photo of bfields4
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large frothy white head caps a very pale golden body.

The aroma is filled with green apples and pears a slight bit of Belgian yeast spiciness.

Tart green apple is followed by a mellow sweet malt. A champagne like dryness. Touch of honey, light spice. Then a citrusy sugary candy gives this beer a nice finish.

Such a great beer. Very complex and hits all the right notes. Duvel is one that turned me on to craft and I always take way too long to revisit.

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

I poured this into a Duvel wide glass best before 02-14 date (I'll save a couple of these). I poured a little too much and have a few lines of cloudy yeast near the top (I don't mind the yeast though), the color is pale yellow almost straw and it has a large foamy white head (following the pouring instructions) and it leaves a nice lacing. The smell is quite nice, Belgium yeast, pepper, spice, and sweet malts very strong. Medium mouth feel very carbonated, which tingles on my tongue and a little bit of peppery / bitterness is present. The taste is very good and very complex, the peppery taste is there, some spices, a little tartness and finishes bitter/dry. Very good, this is way better than I remembered the last (and only) time I had it a few years ago, but I was just starting on Belgiums then. Excellent beer, I'm glad I made this purchase.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A:Very light yellow, almost white when poured. It has a fizzy head and settles pretty quickly.

S: Aroma is spicy with nutmeg and hints of heavy fruit. It’s what I’d imagine from a Belgian, but with that spicy twist.

T/M: Tastes malty along with apricots and oranges. It has light to medium carbonation and the taste is overall pretty light, kind of like champagne.

Obviously it’s good, it’s a well balanced Belgian style beer with a satisfying flavor, but it’s a little lighter than I expected. It’s everyone else’s fault, really, since everybody said it was one of the best beers out there and set my expectations way too high. I still like it a lot, but it fell below my expectations just a tiny, tiny bit.

Photo of blackcompg
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this for quite some time, found a local store that carries the 25.4oz corked bottle, which is what I have - I inverted the bottle to incorporate the sediment, then let it rest for a couple of hours, serving temp is about 45 degrees, best before 28/05/13 (day/mo/yr), and pouring into a 12oz beer blass

Appearance - WHOA! 4 Quick fingers of tight, white fizzing head, then slight dissipation to larger bubbles making lumpy, bumpy off-white cumulus clouds. You can absolutely hear the bubbles - many trails from the bottom of the glass and sustaining the head. I added a few more ounces of beer and I have what looks like a 3-D mountanous landscape of head, still 2+ fingers - Never seen anything like this before! Color is a cloudy straw yellow/beige/gold color, very unique. First few sips are leaving ridiculously thick lacing, it's like a bubble bath in there! *2/3rds done with the glass, there is a "lace" that is obscuring 1/3 of the glass, like a thick meringue, whipped egg-whites!

Smell - From the bottle: Ooohhh...lite pepper, coriander, wheat, yeast, citrus, slight minerals, lemongrass, and a champagne like tingle from the effervescence in my nostrils, smells complex and incredible! From the glass: more of the same as listed above, accompanied by the slightest hint of alcohol,

Taste - This is very difficult to describe, in that there are so many wonderful bready, spicy, earthy, citrusy, minerally, hoppy flavors going on hear - the balance is so perfect that there is not one that stands out on it's own, but I will try - As you tip the glass the nose fills with all these wonderful aromas. The ale tingles the tip of the tongue with tiny bubbles and you can feel this wash over the sides and back of your tongue as you sip. All of the flavors explode all over you tongue: there is a warm sweetness at the center of all of this, slight alcohol warmth (warmth almost more noticeable in the nose and sinuses), the spices and citruses are at the center of the tongue, the grassy meadows and lemongrass and a little grapefruit at the sides of the tongue, a wonderful bakery of crusty wheats and sourdoughs fill the whole mouth, the earthy flavors, minerals and hops collect at the back, and there is a slight dryness at the end of the sip - the alcohol (8.5% ABV) is hidden quite well, and is complimentary to this incredible symphony taking place, and you just want to keep sipping, experincing this perfect symphony and all of its wonderful nuances over and over again...

Mouthfeel - Wow - Can you have creamy and crisp happening at the same time? So incredibly smooth, so drinkable, such big flavors, carried so perfectly and smoothly. LONG flavors and a light dryness with pockets of juiciness in the corners of the mouth, enticing you to continue sipping.

Overall - I'm absolutely in AWE...you MUST try this incredible ale! I am now questioning all of my previous high ratings, by comparison this would get 6's or 7's. I've never seen lacing like this, the color is very close to a Witbier and is the "weekest" attribute of this beer, the flavor and complex harmony is unlike anything I've ever tasted before, and the mouthfeel is so wonderful, smooth, drinkable and inviting. This beer is downright dangerous in a fantrastic way - I could drink this every night - I will buy this quite often from now on. It is fairly expensive, but absolutely worth every penny - I LOVE this beer, pure Pefection, Period.

Photo of shangwang
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke into a bottle that I had been aging for over a year. Best by date: 11/12.

Poured cloudy golden blond with a thick and creamy two finger white head. The head hung around forever and stuck to the glass for a while as well. Smelled of yeast, clove, and other spices with some citrusy fruit. Complex taste with lots of spices and fruity sweetness, with some subtle tartness at the end. Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation and some creaminess. Smooth finish with a little lingering sweetness.

Definitely a very enjoyable beer. Every aspect of it was subtle and complex, but not so much so that it felt muted. Will definitely be drinking this one again.

Photo of Phelps
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a best before date of Oct. 2013, poured into a pilsner-style glass.

Pale, perfectly clear straw yellow. A merengue-like head of pure white, two fingers tall, hangs out and becomes craggy, mountainous foam. Some fluffy streaks of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is made up of white pepper, coriander, tangerine peel and pear juice in equal parts. It’s a great, subtle blend.

Spicy! This is the perfect blend of spice rack stuff — coriander, clove and white pepper — along with sweet blasts of pears and apples. The slightly drying finish leaves perfect amount of lingering sweet pears and bread. Clean yet complex.

Effervescent in the mouth, this one erupts in large bubbles as it moves. The soft, light body is the epitome of refreshment.

It's taken me too long to try this beer and find that it’s wonderfully complex yet light and refreshing. It’s the style standard for a reason.

Photo of rdilauro
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a very light golden tan and the head kept coming and coming and coming. The aroma was super, hint of spicy hops and lots of cirtrus. I also notice that the color almost reminded me of a wheat beer.

The taste was full, dry but there was no question that there was a lot of citrus and fruit going on here almost to the point where the finish was almost sweet.

Honestly, this brew for me started out much nicer then it finished and that is why I could not be that kind in my rating of this one

Photo of Wattsox
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Oct 2013.

A - Golden straw body with a creamy, tightly-bubbled head that hangs around forever.

S - Gentle balanced aromas of malts, yeast and hops, with some fruity, apple notes.

T - Similar to the aromas, sweet fruity, apple-esque notes open, giving way to some yeast and malt notes. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, adding slightly to the mildly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium, punchy carbonation with a gently lingering finish.

O - Overall, quite a nice one, though with the slightly high ABV, definitely more suited to enjoying by itself rather than as a session beer.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter

A The most noticeable thing about this beer is the large fluffy white head that has very good retention. The body is nice and golden with lots of bubbles floating up. To put it simply this is a beautiful looking beer.

S Lots of sweet fruit with what might be apple being the prominent note. Also a nice spicy clove background.

T Very sweet fruity initial taste. Then you get some nice clove like spiciness in the middle followed by a bit of bread like malts, a bit of bitterness and some alcohol.

M Very dry, with a good amount of carbonation and just a bit of warming alcohol.

Overall I can see why this beer is considered the paragon of its style. It is one of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen, it has a very complex nose and taste with a good mouthfeel. This is a great beer and deserving of the hype it gets.

Photo of Eramen
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a large creamy white head, clings to the sides in clumps as it's enjoyed. A hazy-gold and straw coloured appearance.

S - This is a very fresh-smelling beer, cream, citrus, and floral hit me firstly, then malt and yeastiness. It reminds me of the sea-shore for some reason, it's very airy and fresh.

T - Much like the smell, with added spiciness, malts, brown bread and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium, chalky texture, near-perfect.

O - Great drink-ability, superb taste and mouthfeel, my local supermarket has these on sale, I'll be picking up a few more rest assured!

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle best before 05/2013 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - One of the prettiest beers out there. A slow pour produces a clear golden straw color with a brilliant white two finger head that is very fluffy. The head retention is awesome. The Duvel glass allows you to sip even with the monster head.

S - The aroma is very light and clean. Fresh grain and the belgian yeast contributes a slightly fruity citrus aroma. A light alcohol note is detectable.

T - Nice clean pilsner-ish maltiness up front that is taken over by yeast esters (predominantly lemon) and spices (pepper and a hint of clove). A nice honey sweet note is interspersed from beginning to end. There is a nice mild herbal hop bitterness mixed with light booze in the finish.

M - Medium bodied that is very effervescent. A split second of smoothness followed by a carbonation punch. It really coats the palate well. I would like just a bit less carbonation. A nice warmth from the 8.5% ABV.

O/D - I was missing out passing this by on the shelf for so long. A great beer that typically very easy to find and equally easy to drink. I bought the 4pk gift box because it had the glass that everyone seems to rave about. I was very happy with the purchase; the beer was delicious.

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

Picked up a gift set with 4 330 ml bottles and a beautiful Duvel snifter for only $13.99 at my local Friar Tucks. I poured 22 ounces of water to the rim of the glass, but it was a perfect fit for the 11.2 ounces of golden sunshine and the pillowy, white clouds of foam. The lacing was artful and distinct. The smell was bready and spicy ... I was expecting a bitter taste resembling a lager, but was surprised by a crisp, complex taste. I was pretty much all about thick Russian Imperial Stouts a few, cold months ago, but I'm trying new styles and finding them to be more refreshing as the weather warms up. A very memorable brew that I will surely be revisiting soon.

Photo of tjacobs610
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very foamy head, with a white color, the beer itself is a golden pale color. It has a lot of very thick lacing that clumps to the sides of the glass.

S: Very clean smell, with hints of yeast and malt along with a spicy aroma

T: Very smooth, it starts out very smooth and creamy tasting. It finishes with a spicy malty taste with hints of yeast and fruit

M: Very light bodied with a considerable amount of carbonation, which gives it a spicy crisp finish.

O: Great beer. It is an all-round classic with no flaws. It has a spicy crisp light taste and the smell and appearance to go with it

Photo of mjgooner13
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, straw color, very nice looking beer with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while.

S- A lot going on in the nose, sweet honey and citrus hit me first followed by a clove spice scente and some belgium yeastiness.

T- Very similar to the smell and i'm really enjoying this. Great balance of sweetness, orange-grapefruit lemon and some spice...

M- One of the best mouthfeels a beer can have, the flavor coats all areas of the mouth, it is crisp, medium body and has fantastic carbonation...some welcomed dryness at the end which makes me want more

O- An exceptional beer, has a few quality flavors that work very well together. Great smell and fantastic mouth feel. I will certainly be seeking this out again in the near future

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

Appearance - hazy straw colour with a perfect rocky white head that leaves nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - softly spicy with whiffs of coriander, earth, citrus, mineral,and pear.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbionated to be crisp and refreshing, medium-bodied, powdery.

Taste - Bready malt with spice, earth, orange and a yeasty, almost chalky character with just a touch of alcohol.

The flavour of this beer are so well-integrated that it was tough to pinpoint specifics. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of steven9000
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A huge head on this one. Quite a bit of carbonation streaming up the glass with a 4 finger frothy head. The color is a murky golden color.

smell- Up front i get that Belgian yeast also with a nice spicy coriander smell. i also get some light fruit like oranges. The smell is really well rounded and smells great. I get no alcohol in the nose even though its a 8.5% alcohol brew.

taste is extremely smooth and creamy. Lots of spice and fruity esters. Lively carbonation. I must say this beer is great! It does finish a bit dry. I get some alcohol warming on the throat but i don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall- If you like Belgian beers you will like this one. Perfect example of the Belgian strong pale ale style. Highly recommended. I must say though i would leave the yeast out of this one. I had some with out the yeast and with the yeast and the yeast diluted some of the flavors of the beer.

Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best by 7/2013, poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger widths white head (this was my first time drinking this beer and I poured slowly as the bottle instructed, but I certainly didn’t get the head I was wanting/expecting), however the head that was present had great retention lasting throughout the drink, with moderate lacing. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface, reminiscent of champagne.

S: Distinct spicy aroma that I can’t put my finger on, possible coriander, along with some sweet smelling fruity malts with a hint a pear. Strong and very pleasant aroma.

T: Good balance of spicy and sweet characters, with an occasionally malty aftertaste. White grape and pepper characters. Hints of apple which strengthen towards the end of the drink. Hop flavors mostly unnoticeable, with only very subtle hoppy bitterness. Absolutely no alcohol dominant sips, nice job of masking the 8.5% ABV.

M/D: Perfectly carbonated, smooth, and incredibly easy to drink. Champagne-esque mouthfeel and drinkability.

O: Overall a very good beer. However, and this may be heresy to some, I would have to say I prefer Delirium Tremens and it remains my favorite Belgium Strong Pale Ale. I will have to give this a couple more tries and see if I change my mind.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-This is the best looking beer, period. Poured into my snifter. Light hazy yellow. Looks extremely juicy. 3 finger white head with little bubbles. Head still continues to increase after 3 minutes. Very slowly every little bubble pops and slowly collapses. So foamy, amazing lacing. Picture perfect.

Smell-Apples with some lemon. Coriander and Clove. Some light floral notes in there, can't detect much hops at all.

Taste-Really coats the tongue, every flavor hits the tongue and leaves, then returns. Fruits such as banana, apple, and pear. Spicy and light hints of malt. Extrememly balanced and drinkable. Just enough dryness on the finish to make you want a sip immediately.

Mouthfeel-So refreshing, so drinkable. Very creamy and crisp. medium bodied with tons of pleasant carbonation. This beer could be consumed any time of the day, any time of weather, and any type of situation.

Overall-The only problem with this beer is it's gone before a blink of an eye. So drinkable and smooth. Complex but easy drinking flavors. I don't drink this beer enough, and I'm glad I bought a single at HEB today while grocery shopping. Dammit, I want another.

Photo of txbrew81
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden straw color. Huge head that leaves good fluffy lacing. Carbonation and color remind me of champagne.

S: Inviting. Belgian yeast, spicy, bannana and some other fruits i can't identify.

T: Fantastic. Typical belgian taste but so well done. Spicy, tangy and fruity. Bannana and pear with some white grapes on finish. Some spicy hops throughout. Alcohol very well concealed, dry finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Clean and dry finish. Again, champagne like.

O: Wonderful belgian strong pale. Great strong flavors with a perfect crisp mouthfeel. You will want to drink glass after glass, a must try.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color, with streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The head is 2-3 fingers and is fluffy, creamy, and stays around forever.

S: Traditional Belgian yeast characters, with tons of subdued fruitiness and spices, a tiny kick of hops on the back end, and some sweet pale malt character.

T: Just like the nose, there are hints of green apple, white grapes, pear, and a little bit of banana, along with that Belgian yeast & malt character that smells like sweet bread. Along with the spices and peppery feel there is just a hint of hops on the crisp finish. There is a very faint touch of alcohol.

MF: Light to light-medium, crisp finish, great carbonation. Doesn't linger or dry you out.

O: I like it, its honestly a good drinker and a great summer time beer. Belgians aren't my favorite but I recommend this one.

Photo of JizackFH
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a beautiful pale golden yellow. It has a nice 2-finger fluffy white head on it. The head has some nice retention, and it leaves behind a good bit of lacing on the glass. There is a constant stream of rising carbonation bubbles visible in the glass.

S - It smells of spices, belgian yeast, banana, green apple, hops, and white grapes. The smell is sweet, fruity, and I can't wait for my first sip.

T - the taste starts off with a big belgian yeast flavor and some nice spice notes. There are some nice fruit flavors such as green apple, white grape, lemon, banana, and pear. There is some hop presence, its mild, but its definitely there. The aftertaste is crisp, clean, and hardly exists. The alcohol presence is also hidden extremely well, you can hardly tell it's there at all.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down smooth, and leaves some tingling spiciness on the palate. It has a nice bubbly muted champagne feel to it.

O - This has really good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and it tastes great. overall, I thought this was a great beer, and a great representation of the style. It is very refreshing, and I could drink it all day. I recommend this one.

Photo of Forb
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork top bottle....

Appearance: A beautifully clean golden translucence with a healthy carbonation.

Smell: Floral hints are noticeable but the predominant feature is the spiciness.

Taste: The taste reminds a lot of a champagne beer with the finish being mostly spices.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: A good solid Belgian with an easy drinkability especially noting the %.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,974 ratings.