1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Not Rated.
DuvelDuvel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,493 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,493
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 250
Gots: 570 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Duvel Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,493 | Reviews: 2,585 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev -6.1%

The beer is hazy golden, with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is sour notes, yeast, a bit leathery. old stable. Also spices like coriander and cardamom.

The taste is sweet, candid sugar and raisins, balanced sour notes from lemon, lime and some vinegar. Spices like clove and ginger is also there.

Rather much carbonation and a refreshing feeling.

A very rewarding beer, especially with cheese.

rarbring, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of richmof
3.08/5  rDev -27.7%

A commercial strong ale, with toe cheese on the nose and unrefined alcohol in the mouth. The alcohol dominates across the palatte, which is quite a feat, given it is only 8.5%.

I note this beer is currently 59th on the overall beerlist for BA, and 5th out of all the Belgian beers, and I just find that to be divorced from reality. I doubt it would make it into my top 59 for Belgium!

When I think of all the beers I know that are behind this on BA ratings list, it pains me.

richmof, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Great looking beer. Huge white pillowy head sits atop a fine clear colden yellow brew. Plenty of lacing already from the head as it slowly fades.

Aroma is complex. Sweet malts are there. Spicy pepper like smells and also some banana like esters. Having not had this for a long time, I am most excited to taste this one!

Crisper and cleaner on the palate than i expected. Finishes dry and spicy. Yeast characters are interesting, more so once I poured the rest of the bottle in to get the yeast from the bottom. Same esters are present as in the nose. To be honest, I was hoping for more richness from the malt as was suggested by the nose.

Very strong prickly carbonation dominates the mouthfeel. Despite this, a very smooth beer.

Way too easy to go back for more.

jbowers56, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of likethetaste
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%

Was excited to try this beer after drinking Chimay.

This poured a lovely pale with nice white head that would not go away. Lacing stayed for ever. Very nice. Lots of bubbles. Lots!

Smell. Strong yeast, bread, biscutty smell.

taste... well.. I could tell this was good quality stuff but I just do not like this type of beer I guess. Very yeasty and just not pleasant to drink. I did not like it. I guess I just don't like this type.

Very strong beer so be careful!!

likethetaste, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Pleasantly surprised to find this offered at the Poolesville Country Store restaurant in Poolesville, NY near Colgate University. Poured nice and cold from the bottle into the big tulip glass this one shows a clear gold color with a one finger unshakeable white head and very good lace. The aroma is fruity clove and bright citrus bread. The first mouthful gives a mid-plus bodied and smooth feel with lots of lively carbonation. The tastebuds detect banana and sweet melon, clove and anisette. Full, sweet, and pretty drinkable. A more than pleasant experience that I want to repeat!

Durge, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of mike130
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

What a beer. Poured into (sadly) a pint glass (I haven't gotten around to buying a tulip/big snifter yet). Absolutely colossal, creamy-looking head. Lots of retention, leaves a little "mountain" of foam in the middle with loads of lacing all around the glass. Loads and loads of bubbles coming up constantly from the bottom of the glass, this really is one of the best looking beers out there. If there's a single thing the Belgians are unparalleled on, it's good head, and this beer shows it.

Smells very nice - loads of estery aromas, banana, a bit of spiciness, a touch of hops. Quite yeasty, sort of like a less sweet hefe with a touch of hops. No trace of alcohol.

The taste is much like the flavor - banana, sweet, not as yeasty as would be expected but still there's a yeast flavor to be found. A nice touch of hops near the end, and you have one of the best beers in its style. Very, very tasty and extremely well balanced. Can tell it's strong but there is not a distinctly alcohol taste as in some other brews.

Mouthfeel is good - quite carbonated, leaves a dry sort of feel on your mouth afterwards.

Very easy drinker - could pop down a sixer of this if it wasn't so damn alcoholic - no point on wasting this by drinking while not sober enough to enjoy it. All in all, probably one of the best beers in the world and most likely its style. Despite it being widely available, it does not disappoint. Top notch beer.

mike130, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of fiver29
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle pours golden color with white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and spicy. Tingly mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is real fruity, has lots of yeast in it, and has a nice white pepper spice to it. Finishes semi dry. Nice solid brew. This is exactly what I thought it would be.

fiver29, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of longbongsilver
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Having had Belgian style ale in the past, figured the time was right to go O.G. with it. Pours a highly translucent white-yellow w/ the weirdest head I've ever seen (looks like it floats IN the beer after pulling from the glass). Get an unexpected whiff that reminds me of lemon (and little else) before the first swig.

Kinda sweet, despite the smell. Barely any carbonation, very little malt in the background, don't taste the alcohol at all. Very subtle.

To me it's a ridiculously deceptive chillout brew: pop open the stubby size bottles and next thing you know you've lost count. While it definitely does the job, I expected more of an edge.

longbongsilver, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of kreeper
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Absolutely beautiful beer. Hazy, golden yellow with a classic dense thick white head. A full inch and a quarter over the rim of the glass without any spill. Duvel has a very pronounced, fruity aroma, lemons and pears. The first bottle I had, I did not realize that there was some yeast in the bottle (although I love the yeast). The beer is very refreshing, and very fruity. Somewhat dry finish, very pleasant.

kreeper, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.43/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a Duyvel tulip.

Wow. The Duvel glass contains this beer perfectly, with three full fingers of foam billowing up to the top of the glass. It takes several minutes to dissipate, clinging to the glass as it recedes. The nucleation point at the bottom of the glass creates a near volcano of bubbles that rush to the surface. This beer looks absolutely perfect.

Aroma is dominated by a spicy belgian yeast - phenols, bubblegum, some banana.

This beer tastes crisp and clean. The yeast flavor is not as potent as the smell would indicate - a trait that I enjoy. There is a strong pale malt backbone, that expertly disguises the 8.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, cry, crisp and clean. Very pleasant. Drinkability scores high as well... this beer just goes down easy and hits the spot.

I really didn't think I liked Belgian style beers... this beer is certainly causing me to rethink that position!

FickleBeast, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of ericj551
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Duvel pours a very slightly hazy light golden yellow with a thick, fluffy head that sticks around. The aroma is sweet pale malt with tons of fruity esters, maybe some pear. The flavor is crisp, the fruitiness alludes to sweetness, but the beer finishes dry. Tons of flavors from the yeast. There is some bitterness in the finish, but it is just enough to balance the light, fruity malt. A bit of herbal hop flavor lingers in the smooth finish.

ericj551, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Poured a cloudy light golden color with a fluffy white head covering the top. The head was long lasting and left excellent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is dominated by the fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. It has some hints of apple, hops and a little alcohol coming through. The taste is also not surprisingly strong with the Belgian yeast flavors. It has a light, crisp, fruity flavor that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting and easy drinking beer. Overall an excellent example of it's style and a delicious beer at that.

billab914, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

750 ml bottle, poured into the signature Duvel tulip, which also doubles as my favorite glass in general.

On a 1-5 scale, this is the only beer I can think of that deserves a 6. A careful pour according to the label's direction yields a massive 4-finger bright white foamy head that slowly reduces into an alternately smooth and lumpy cap that refuses to go anywhere. Gorgeous clumps of lace all the way from top to bottom. A tornado of bubbles up the middle of the glass continuously feeds the head.

Bursting with clean, fresh aromas. Tangy fresh sliced apples, a squeeze of lemon, lightly yeasty, mildly spicy, extremely appetizing.

Big hop bitterness up front that yields to a lively fruitiness that is a bit juicy at first, then becomes lightly sweet and dry at the same time, a la a brut champagne. A big burst of clean yeast. A bit of clove, some phenols. Warming alcohol toward the swallow. So much going on- wonderful stuff.

Moutheel is very interesting, as it somehow manages to be vigorously carbonated with tiny bubbles, yet very creamy at the same time. After a last burst of bitterness at the swallow, it finishes rather crisp and clean, practically begging you to take another sip.

Overall impression: Incredible beer, and one of my absolute favorites. Every beer drinker needs to give Duvel a try.

PDXHops, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A:Wow, pours a huge explosive head, this one requires a very gentle pour. It's bone white and the lacing is as sticky as frosting on the side of the glass. Its pretty and a tad hazy golden in color. This is one of those beers where the appearance is so beautiful to me, visual perfection.

S&T: Yeast, Clove,, citrus, and some light green apple notes with that hint of tartness/dryness,and light and crisp hops, like a nice pilsner.

M: very fine carbination, as everyone says like champaign,and a very nice slighty dry finish that leaves a touch of yeasty notes.

D: For being a lighter color and full flavor, and having 8.5%, i could drink this any night, and i bet i could even get some of my BMC friends totally into this beer and start their conversion!

I have had this beer twice before and was honestly never impressed,never got the hype. but this time i was majorly wowed, big time. Glad i gave the Devil another chance!

ChadQuest, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

I love how this beer looks. It pours golden with thick head. The head continues to linger throughout and sticks to the glass. This is one of the greatest Belgian style ales that I've had. It has some great flavor but is very easy to drink. I highly recommend this beer.

Cubsfan1087, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

This is a great beer that I have had several times but never reviewed it for some reason. This is reviewed from a 375 stubby bottle.

Appearance is beautiful. Pour slow so you don't get too much head. Head will form and stay on it's own. Beautiful light golden yellow with a beautiful head that lends sticky lace all the way down the glass.

Aroma is a little too yeasty. There is really nothing else going on. Just yeast.

Taste is wonderful. Very light crisp and refreshing considering the ABV. Very good hop flavor and Belgian yeastiness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice thin bubbles.

Overall one of the best beers you will drink and so easily attainable. Good job Duvel.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of jwfleck
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Yeasty and fruity smelling. Beautiful head.
I am reminded of the flavor of champagne when I taste this.
Perfect amount of bitterness, extremely refreshing and crisp. There's a fruit (other than grapes) I am also tasting in this, but I can't put my finger on it.. maybe something like apricot or plum?
Beautiful lacing on the glass. Like figures in a tapestry.

jwfleck, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Enjoyed in a red wine glass at the greatest italian restaurant in the world - Pasta Nostra in South Norwalk. A great pairing for tremendous food.

Pours a golden yellow with big fluffy white head that lingers long in the glass. I initially get some pear or apple in the nose, but also a yeasty alcohol lingers. Slightest hint of hoppy bitterness, but overall this is a smooth and light bodied beaut. Hints of malt and alcohol, but finishes with a bit of citrus fruit. Everything balances quite well, not overly bitter, or fruity, etc - just a nice enjoyable drink.

Jesstyr, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Out of a 750ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. The color is nicely golden with a thick frothy head. The head retention from this one is amazing the lacing left behind coats the glass.

Aroma: Sweet apple faintness of floral hoppiness. Not too much from the malts but alcohol notes. There is a faint dryness in the nose.

Taste: A relatively smooth moutfeel. A floral hoppiness a slight dryness. Apple notes along with alcohol.

Notes: This is a very clean beer. Cheers.

horshack7, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.9/5  rDev +15%

A - Hazy lemon, orange color. Large billowing, white foamy, sticky head that lasts for quite a while with good amount of lacing remaining.

S - A lot of golden fruit and citrus aroma. Peach, orange, and lemon are strong along with some spice (coriander). Apple, spicy yeast, and floral smell.

T - Good amount of fairly sweet golden fruit and malt. Cut a bit by some citrus (lemon) as well as some spice (clove, coriander, pepper). Alcohol is somewhat present and warming, but pretty well hidden for how light and crisp it is. Starts somewhat sweet, then becomes really juicy and fruity, then finishing slightly tart and spiced.

M - Medium to light body with very good carbonation. Quite crisp and juicy.

D - Very drinkable. Doesn't weigh heavy on the palate and very refreshing with a good amount of fruit, but it isn't a really fruity beer, nor is it too sweet, just really refreshing.

Notes: Really nice beer. It has a number of flavors, at times it reminds me of a really good pilsner, at other times a good Kölsch, and at others a light tripel. Just a very refreshing, easy to drink, and tasty beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours crystal clear golden yellow. Nice foamy head that did its job and stuck around until the end. Surprised at how transparent it was considering its bottle conditioned.

Smells of yeasty spiciness and a bit of sweetness. Wasn't picking up much of anything interesting or out of the ordinary really. Slight hop aroma in there as well.

Taste and mouthfeel were almost akin to champagne at times, sweet and on the drier side of things. Highly carbonated with lots of bubbles that bombarded the tongue adding some acidity, but not in a bad way. Move over High-Life.

Very balanced. There's a slight warm alcohol splash somewhere in the middle of each sip, but its kicked off the palate quickly with some hop bitterness and more of that yeasty spiciness. Almost too drinkable for a beer of this ABV.

xjapanhomebrewx, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a crisp golden yellow with a huge head and a lot of bubbles. Fun.

There's essence of apples, honey, and some alcohol esters in the smell.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the spiciness...it is almost peppery. There is also a slightly sour taste that is like a mix of candy apples and lemon peel right after the spice.

The swallow leaves a bit of a dry finish. There is definitely a lot of carbonation happening in the mouth.

A very easy drinker for the high alcohol content. This is a very exciting and intriguing drink.

TCgoalie, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

A: A pale gold color with a fluffy white head and lacing down the glass. Crazy carbonation bubbles inside the beer.

S: Clove spice, hop, belgian yeast, funk, some biscuity malt aromas, a little alcohol and some fruity esters. Lots to appreciate in this aromatic beer.

T: The beer is very fruity to start and has sweet biscuity malt flavor up front also. There is a little bit of clove or coriander spice. Then the peppery alcohol warmth and hop flavors kick in along with the yeast funkiness. The finish is on the bitter side with the hop, clove, and peppery alcohol still on the tongue as the mouth dries.

M: very spicy and highly carbonated. Leaves the mouth semi-dry. Very refreshing for such a strong beer.

D: One of the best. Delicious, looks great, smells awesome, can drink a ton of it.

Kromes, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance - yellow, transparent, 3 finger head, foamy

Smell - banana, yeast, very sweet and appealing

Taste - the taste mirrors the head with a bit less sweetness, very clean and flavorful

Mouthfeel - soft and light, moderately carbonated, somewhat dry finish but smooth

Drinkability - very drinkable

djbreezy, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Straw Yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma of fruity Belgium ale yeast, bready malt and grassy hops. Smooth natural carbonation and hybrid flavour of clean pilsner malts and ale yeast fruitiness. Complex malt, sugar and gentle hops profile with well disguised alcoholic strength. A definite winner in my book.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,493 ratings.