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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,820
Reviews: 2,613
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 295
Gots: 713 | 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 SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my good friend Brandon who got this for my birthday. Cheers old friend!

Appearance - Pours into a Ladyface Tulip with a lovely golden color and over two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving massive chunky lacing.

Smell - Heavy spicy yeast notes, grass, floral, hops, clove, white pepper, and slight malty backbone.

Taste - Similar to the nose though a bit more citrus fruit such as green apple and lemon. A definite spicy clove and pepper flavor makes itself known up front that melds nicely with the floral/hoppy notes and a nice sweet malt backbone to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, massive carbonation (prickly bubbles), finishes dry.

Drinkability - I'm quaffing this sucker. Very good.

Photo of mmva321
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: And orange tinted yellow body that is pretty clear but a little murky/cloudy. There is four fingers of rocky white head that has insane retention, which I give as much credit to the glass itself as the beer.

S: Some great earthy and grassy yeast provide a base for some sweet malts and some of the best quality hops I've ever gotten a whiff of. Also, I get a faint hint of some banana and orange. Simplicity.

T: Strong grass and hop notes again, but maybe a little too strong for the tongue, where the nose could handle it. There's a little funk here that is accented by a hint of orange.

M: Thin but creamy with a lot of carbonation. It really brings out that faint citrus but perhaps brings out the hops a little too much.

D: An incredibly drinkable beer that is a prime example of the beauty of simplicity.

Photo of MadCat
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Used a Duvel Tulip glass and poured according to directions, so it came out a beautiful golden color with an amazing thick, creamy white head that lasted to the last sip

Smell: Wonderful fruity smell with pear notes

Taste: Light but packed with flavor. Somewhat fruity with a light malty taste

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, but with fine bubbles and a dry finish, so it is similar to champagne or asti.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day and go for more. If it was cheaper, I would always have it in my fridge

It is obvious why this is so high on the top beers list. Nothing needs improvement. Almost a perfect beer for me.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I tried along time ago that I figured was worth a revisit. Here she goes...

A: The pour is very pale yellow/straw in color with an initially huge white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer.

S: Smells sweet and apple juice-like with a lot of yeast contributions. Some slight banana and spice notes going on, along with pears and perhaps some grassy hops.

T: The flavor is similarly sweet with lots of apples and pears with hints of banana and orange zest. Bread and a slight candi sugar note in terms of the malt character. Maybe a bit of skunk to go along with some grassy hops.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Definitely different from what I remember. Not really worse or better, just different. Still not my favorite beer.

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

Drank it out of the 330ml stubby bottle poured carefully into a Duvel tulip glass. The head persisted throughout the tasting.

Appearance is a clear pale gold with head to spare and extensive lacing.

Smell is of ripe pear and crisp apple, with a little yeast

Taste is clean malt with a very dry, bitter mouthfeel. The alcohol does not hit until half way through, but warms nicely.

Amazing beer and I love the super-carbonation! Very drinkable as long as you enjoy the dry champagne feel and taste.

Photo of tobin
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow with a full white head and good carbonation throughout.

Spicy hop aroma (Saaz and Styrian Goldings) with a light fruitiness.

Fruity flavors dominate (orange zest, pears) and alcohol is evident as it warms.

Medium bodied but a very light impression for the strength. Also, very effervescent with a smooth and dry finish.

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

191st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A super light yellow with 1 1/2 finger head. Bubbles just popped all over the place on this one. Retention was quite nice as well.

Smell- A very basic smell, Earthy, yeasty but non the less a bit small which I expected being a pale.

Taste- One of the most basic belgians there is but done extremely well. Great tasting beer. It's very clean with the small strain of Belgian spicy yeast.

Mouth- A very smooth little beer. The flavors develop quite nicely and mesh together well to work well with eachother.

Drink- One of the first Belgians I ever had. Nice to revisit an old standby.

Photo of ticklechicken
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful beer. Big bubbly head, slightly opaque yellow body with beautiful streams of bubbles rising rising throughout, nice textured lacing.
S - Smells of sweet citrus , grape, almost like champagne.
T - Citrus and grape taste, with a sour aftertaste that builds as you drink.
M - Strong carbonation has a tingly effect in the mouth, rather than a sudden bite. Feels good.
D - As I was drinking, I couldn't help but think of the similarities to champagne. That said, it's definitely an enjoyable beer that I'll come back to.

Photo of pippin925
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled the cork on a 750ml bottle of Duvel and poured it into a tulip. The bottle was dated Feb 2013. Poured a clear amber/orange with a 2 finger light foamy head which quickly dissipated but left a nice lacing.
Very sweet and fruity nose, didn't notice a strong hop scent. First sip you notice the fruit flavors up front, pear maybe a bit of apricot. Mouth feel can only be described as effervesent. Nice dry finish with no bitterness or aftertaste. This is the most balanced beer i've tasted. Dangerously drinkable. After the 750ml I was feeling good and looking for more.

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

Body is a pure golden hue. Big fluffy marshmallow type head that sparkles and looks like those glittery styrofoam balls.

Nose is light crisp and a little fruity (apples and strawberries). Some floral hopping similar to potpourri.

Spicy yeast hits the tongue first and a rich full flavor beer develops on the palate eventually wiping clean. More of that light floral hopping, sweet residual sugars, pear, citrus and white pepper. Moderate mouthfeel, barely an aftertaste, and little trace of alcohol. Just a great balanced beer. Benchmark for the style. But at the same time I wish something would stand out. It's funny that everyone looks for a certain balance in a beer but this is almost seems too balanced.

Photo of cmq103
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured an apple juice like color into a New Castle Brown Ale Schooner beer glass, but with lots of carbonation action going on here. Nice thick off-white foamy head with decent lacing. A mighty fine looking beer you want to watch after the pour.

S: Definite a spicy Belgian scent here, with a slight hint of clove, banana and bubblegum. If you take a deep enough breath, you'll finally get the gentle boozy background that's just barely noticeable. Short breaths don't do this beer justice.

T: Great citrus, fruity and spicy yeast intial flavors, followed by an tinge of moderate bitter-sweet (apple-pear mixture) alcohol bite at the end. Oh so very impressed.

M: Creamy, but pretty bold carbonation that tingles and dances on the tongue. More carbonation for a Belgian beer, but in a good way. I think it makes the different flavors in this beer come through better.

D: I'm going to answer that easily in two words, "Hell yeah". You don't notice the higher ABV that is typically found in your Belgian style beers. This one seems lighter lighter and fresher to me, making it real easy to have a couple in a sitting. I would take my time savoring this one with each and every sip though. Great job Duvel, I think I'm going to pour myself another!!

Photo of joemacpherson
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden yellow appearance. a full but light head of foam pondering slowly.

very fruity scent, a yeast undertone but a sour apple perfume with cherry corners is detectable.

bitter but spicy, the flavor builds like champagne, a bit chalky indeed. the fruity flavors which are mostly like apples come though very full. it finishes sweetly on the outsides of the tongue but bitter on the inside.

i think i still need to figure out what this beer is all about. im afraid i dont have the exp to really evaluate belgian style beers.

not bad i would say, though.

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

Had it numerous times - on tap as well as bottle poured in various glassware. To keep this popular world-class beer review brief - Pours a nice golden appearance with a relatively big white head, a strong but fruity aroma and taste, however, a little dry and a little spicy. A very drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale indeed.

Photo of gabedivision
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer pours a crisp golden, yellowish pale color, with a head that measures almost 2 inches and tries its hardest to run over the sides of the tulip glass. The stream of bubbles rising to the head is mesmerizing, like watching fish in a tank. The smell reminds me of candy, sweet delicious candy made of fine yeast and malts, its a very savory scent that grabs your nose and doesn't let go. The taste is incredible. Comes in sparkling and rough and leaves soft and sweet. This beer has amazing drinkability, there really isn't enough i can say about this except that tasting this makes me so happy that i got out of drinking cheap domestic beers, and broadened my beer horizons.

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

11.2 Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour shows light golden beer with two fingers of snow white head that slowly recedes with good lacing
Smell I get a lot of spicy yeast notes with some banana and a grassy note.
The taste is just wonderful. Pretty much like it smells but with additional depth. Plenty of yeasty spice with solid bread notes in the middle with a long balanced aftertaste with hops and yeast.
Mouthfeel is amazing. Slosh it around in your mouth and you can feel bubbles forming on your toungue and the gas tickles your nose.
Dangerously drinlable with 8.5%

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip... where do I begin?

A: Hands down one of the best looking beers when properly poured. Pours a gorgeous, opaque and hazy pale yellow with a billowing, rocky 3" white head that makes for a beautiful presentation. Champagne like carbonation arises from the nucleation spot in the glass making for a steady head which slowly tapers off with a small cloud of fluff in the middle. The head continues to stick to the glass all the way throughout the beer. Very enticing

S: Upfront clean spiciness that accentuates the Duvel yeast and imparts light, typical ester notes of bananas and slight straw. Slightly peppery. A very lively but not overpowering aroma.

T: Spicy and yeasty upfront with a mildly bready taste mixed in. Moderate notes of orange peel and lemon zest shine through in the hop profile as the beer graces the palate. Finishes with the unique spicy nature of the Duvel yeast well melded with the hop profile.

M: Light and delicate bodied with excellent prickly carbonation making for a crisp and refreshing character in the beer. Well masked abv that is warming as in dances across the mouth. Dry and lightly bitter in the finish.

D: A superbly refreshing yet flavorful beer filled with subtle complexities an beautifully blended flavors. The spiciness is at just the right level to remain flavorful yet exceptionally drinkable throughout the experience. However, in higher quantities the beer the does seem to sit a little heavy in the stomach .

Overall, a very well crafted beer most deserving of the acclaim which follows the name. It certainly is the standard bearer of its style.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale, straw looking yellow with a slight haziness. Good looking white bubbly and frothy head that remains and provides excellent lacing. Strong smell of pears, apples and a touch of alcohol. Definitely some sweetness going on in the nose as well, along with some fresh smelling Belgian yeast. Very smooth and creamy taste that combines well with notes of ripened fruit, yeast, and a touch of citrus. A fitting sweetness rounds out the brew, while a slight bitterness manages to massage the tastebuds, followed by a slightly dry finish. The moderate body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, and matching carbonation blend nicely with the overall makeup of the beer, making this an exceptional beer with exceptional drinkability. Amazing...

Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip...long overdue reviewing this one.

A - Bottle opens with a very strong pop of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear pale,straw golden color with thick streams of carbonation rising thru the glass and a giant crown of fluffy white foam that lasts seemingly forever, falling slowly and leaving behind spiderwebs of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Very hoppy up front (noble hops apparently) with some lemony citrus, spicy and a bit peppery, maybe a light hint of cloves. Very clean, almost pilsner like in aroma. Bready and yeasty base that is well integrated with the hops and well balanced. Overall, intense and dense with a variety of aromas.

T - Tastes much like the aroma would suggest. Crisply bitter with fruity flavors of lemons and apples. Spicy with some cloves and the distinct flavor of black pepper that meshes well with the hoppy bitterness. Sweet underpinning of malt that also contributes some grainy aspects and fresh bread and yeasty flavors too. Alcohol is only barely noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with a vivacious carbonation. Belgian spiciness and hop bitterness linger far into the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing - carbonation seems to bring the flavor complexities out and gives a liveliness that enhances the refreshing qualities of the flavors too.

D - This marries the qualities of the best German pilsners and the unique spicy and yeasty aspects of Belgian ales. Crisp, clean bitterness and strong hop character combined with the fruity, estery Belgian yeast is a match made in heaven. Deserving of its reputation and scarily drinkable. This bottle is disappearing too quickly...maybe I should have taken the advice on the bottle and found a good looking stranger to share this with...

Photo of AdamBear
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-yellow gold, good amount of white head, fairly bubbly

S-belgian yeasts with a good amount of banana. good strength. alcohol note is present

T-comes in with a strong, crisp belgian yeasts. there's a small alcohol note. the after-taste is of great malty banana.

M-heavy carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-the taste stays, its fun to drink. the ABV hits expectedly. honestly, this beer will grow on you. the first time i had...i didn't care for it, the second time...i thought it was okay. but then i noticed that i would start to crave it, and now when i drink it, i really enjoy it.

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

Poured from bottle into a generic tulip. Appears a deep gold with a huge, frothy head. This head just doesn't quit! Leaves a decent amount of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Smells of citrus, pepper, and a bit of dough. Taste is a amped up version of the smell, with the peppery citrus filling the bill, and the bready taste following on the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful. Not too thick, just luxurious. Way too drinkable. Glad I don't have more, or work would be difficult tomorrow!

Photo of andrenaline
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that's long overdue for a review.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, two fingers of bright white bubbly head with relentless retention, fat and chunky sheets of sticky lacing and solid body carbonation. Outstanding presentation.

S - Nice and fruity with bananas, cloves, nutmeg and a touch of pineapple.

T - Very sweet and fruity with bananas and cloves dominating the flavours and the higher ABV is very nicely hidden. Touch of citrus flavours linger on the finish with a slight bitterness that remains. Top notch Belgian flavours with a nice balance between fruits and spices.

M - A medium bodied ale which fills the palette nicely, goes down smooth and provides you with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Given the high ABV this stuff is delicious and incredibly drinkable. I can understand why this offering is so well rated, and is highly recommended to any fan of Belgians.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four pack gift set w/ glass given to me for Christmas. Pretty sure this was bought fresh at CostCo & not from under the spotlights at Stop & Shop. Best Before: 05 2013

Glass that came with the set is defective(lopsided base, just like my last one), but I'll chance it just for the review.

Insane crown of stiff snow. Bubbly nucleation point checking in. Gold staw-colored, with just a twinge of haze. Sediment mostly stays in the bottle. Blobs of lace erratically stain the glass.

Smells of fresh mixed bitter greens & lemon upfront. With doughy yeast, crusty Italian bread, white peppercorns, sea salt & just a touch of malt sweetness bringing up the rear.

Taste upfront has a sweet, buttery chardonnay/doughy yeast combo(that doesn't come through as much if your hesitating friend only takes a small sip. So no hesitating!). Fantastic herbals & soft shallot-y onion sweetness. A little salt too. Finish is all crusty/doughy yeast, dry & eager to continue drinking.

Carbonation starts of strong, but dies off quickly. Body has a wheat-y feel. Alcohol isn't well hidden.

A classic, but in a blind tasting, I doubt I'd give this good of a score. The subtleties in the hop profile just get lost under all the super fresh American beers available drowning my senses.

Photo of Shrews629
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear straw yellow/gold color with a very thick, soapy, white head with both large and small bubbles. Head retention was excellent with lots of lacing. Tons of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - Very clean smelling. Some lemony citrus hops with some bready malts. Smells nice and fruity all around. Very fresh. No real alcohol notes stand out. Balanced nicely. At the end, some spice or peppery notes made an appearance.

Taste - A slight lemony flavor with a touch of alcohol. Even detecting a "green" apple flavor. Very well balanced and prominent. The alcohol is rather favorable and light.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry, crisp and smooth with a little alcohol warmth and bite. Covers the palate admirably and evenly.

Drinkability - Well... this beer is really good, however I didn't flip for it like some seem to. I am more than happy to drink it and it is very well made and very well balanced. Personally, I don't want to drink it continuously. I could have a few.
With the high ABV, one might have to watch themselves with this. It does come in a cool little bottle though.

Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with a three finger white foamy head. It looks like a pale cider. The aromas are kind of bland. It's kind of spicy and it kind of smells like freshly cut apples. It's mellower than I thought it would be. I'm not really impressed with the taste either. It's ok but just ok. It slowly gets better the more sips you take. It's a standard Belgian pale. There's definitely worse beers out there but this doesn't impress me. It drinks light and smooth and you'd never know that it's 8.5%. It's just not that great in my opinion.

Photo of homersimpson67
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review so I might as well start with one of the best! Bought the 4 pack with the coveted Duvel tulip glass, lovely. Watched a goofy video on how to properly pour this stuff, doesn't really seem to matter though it pours perfect everytime!
The initial appearance is fantastic, with a huge foamy head that lingers for several minutes, and beautiful copper orange that has a unique glow... it may be radioactive!
The smell is an exceptional mix of yeast and grain of some sort, it just smells damn good!
The first taste seems to tickle the tongue and invites you to really keep it in your mouth with a clean, crisp finish, you just keep wanting more! Perfect Belgium.
Overall this is one, if not the #1 most drinkable beer I have ever had. Can't wait for the next chance to try this again.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,820 ratings.