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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 5798
Reviews: 2552
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of tmm313


3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw in color with a ton of bubbles. The 3 finger head actually sounded like “Rice Crispies” due to the carbonation. Great lacing.
S- Pear, apple and banana. A lot like a fruit cocktail. When you really dig in, there's a wine-like effervescent booziness.
T- Follows the smell almost exactly up front. Bready yeast kicks in on the back end.
M- So light, it caught me off guard. Carbonation was alive and sharp. Dry finish with a slight peppery burn.
O- Glad to say I had it, but I'll take Russian River Damnation or Delirium Tremens over this any day of the week. I'm curious if I had a bad batch or something. The best by date indicated I had 9 months left.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:53:40 | More by tmm313
Photo of Bowers-Brew


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light crispy golden color with thick white head.

S - Very refreshing - sweet, citrus, hops, floral and sour - Good balance of smells.

T - Lots of pilsner taste. Crisp and complex with a nice, albeit slightly alcohol, finish.

M - Lots of tingle on the tongue, almost champagne like.

O - This isn't my first Duvel, just the first time I decided to review it. It's a nice change of pace to the typical Belgian style. I will continue to keep it in my rotation. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:29:32 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of Uniobrew31


4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bright golden with a thick white head. Carbonation is heavy with a lasting frothy head and champaign like bubbles tracing up the center. A nice sour tart crisp ale. Top notch beer. Lacing is rediculis down the glass. Pilsner malt is very up front and well placed. Dry finish. I would describe this beer as a slightly sour super pilsner. I am impressed. It's worth the 16 bucks a four pack price.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:10:54 | More by Uniobrew31
Photo of cyclonece09


3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Smells of fruit, especially banana and berries, with Belgian yeast. Tastes of cirtis, banana, berries, and light grain. Beer is light bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:17:44 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ML bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear, golden, looks incredibly refreshing! Thick, foamy, white head. Lacing crawls all over the glass!
Smell - sweet nectar, honey, mild spice, coriander, lemon zest; fantastic!
Taste - oh my! This is about as tasty and refreshing as it gets! Follows and exceeds the nose!
Feel - refreshing, flavorful, and seems way too light for 8.5%...in a good way!
Overall - I wish this wasn't so pricey...potentially my new favorite, otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:16:24 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of _--TAD--_


4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is a great golden ale, it can be expensive and is usually cheaper to buy as a 4 pack ($14)of 11.2 floz each (1.3l Total) instead of in the 750ml - 3l bottles, which range from $12-$115. It is a beer you want to take your time to enjoy as it boasts a 8.5 abv. As well it has a very fine fruity flavor to it, the amout of foam that comes with this drink is something I didn't care for, but the taste made up for it. I would recommend that you drink this Belgian ale in the proper glassware, in other words use a chalice glass it will brining out the fruit like smell that Duvel has and add to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:58:26 | More by _--TAD--_
Photo of scotorum


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought four bottles of this with the snifter I will be drinking it from in a gift set for an irresistable price back in July. Just opening my first one now.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Nearly clear gold topped by a frothy tall white head which receded to extensive spotty lacing and rocky surface foam.

s: Very mild pear.

t: Mild light fruit. Almost like a toned down saison. Alcohol is hardly evident.

m: Light to moderate. Pretty good body for the light color.

o: About what one would expect of a good "Belgian golden ale." Quite drinkable with enough yeasty fruity zing to keep it interesting. I get the feeling I'm drinking it in the wrong season though, it would probably be a very fine summer refresher. But the amazing part of this beer is that 8.5% alcohol tastes more like 4. Someone who didn't know better might take it for a sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 05:17:43 | More by scotorum
Photo of Slamms


4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This rating is for a good batch of Duvel. Note: for anyone saying it has a lemon taste to it, that is a BAD BATCH. It is NOT supposed to taste sour, AT ALL. If it hasn't gone bad, Duvel is the best beer in the world. PERIOD. But is not supposed to taste sour to the slightest degree. And this is a big problem with a lot of premium European beers sold in the US, at least in the flyover states.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 04:07:14 | More by Slamms
Photo of Wamesit


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

A - Pours a pale blonde with a very large bright white head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Powdery malt sweetness, some peppery spice, a hint of apple and yeast.

T- Smooth, crisp all at once. Peppery hops and pale malt create a very refreshing balance throughout. Fruit esters become more apparent during retro-olfaction. Subtle alcohol presence in the finish. This is a very tight Belgian. Much lighter and more brisk flavor than other Belgian Pales/Blondes.

M - Medium-light.

O - A great summertime Belgian. Again, this is a very focused and sharp Belgian Ale. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:44:27 | More by Wamesit
Photo of zookerman182


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish golden color.
Aroma is sweet and yeasty . Almost a grape smell.
Tons of carbonation and a nice two finger head.
Flavor is so of peppery and yeasty with citrus undertones,
Very dry beer but its delicious.
Hides the high abv very well.
Had it with a grilld ribeye and it was the perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:04:40 | More by zookerman182
Photo of dbarny76


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer. Very clean and crisp. Has a golden color with very nice head retention. The abv is hidden extremely well in this beer. Overall one of my favorite non trappist Belgians. Has a nice citrus hint to it. Not as foggy as most Belgian beers. I really dont know what else to say except, try this one. You will be thankful.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:49:28 | More by dbarny76
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

THE cleanest belgian blonde i've ever had. a light hue of yellow, 2 fingers of foamy white head (great retention, slow dissipation), tons of lacing left behind, tons of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass.. this looks like the perfect beer.

a skunky hoppy aroma, lots of pilsner malt present, very bready with a belgian yeast scent. the flavor is your basic belgian blond.. but double as sweet, double the hops, and twice as tasty. a very well balanced beer, nice grassy hop bitterness up front leads perfectly into the sweet bready malt backbone.. a peppery hint from the yeast, this beer's got it all.

for a high abv beer, this drinks way too easy. body feels light, with high carbonation.. a nice dry finish.

this was a very pleasant re-visit. haven't had this since maybe 2005 or so, and it is way better than i remember it. i say give it a shot if it's your first time having it.. and if you haven't had it in a while, try it again.. you may enjoy it way more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:44:00 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 11 2015.

Appearance: Pale yellow body, quite clear with a puffed up white foam that leaves average lacing.

Smell: Peaches, sweet fruit, citrusy a bit, very aromatic.

Taste: Light tingly spiciness, aromatic in flavor (that possible?), bit of peaches and hint of papaya.

Mouthfeel: Lively, right dose of carbonation, well balanced.

Overall: An easy drinking classic that still delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 14:43:50 | More by papat444
Photo of HoppyBastard


4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 25.4 ounce/750 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: in a word beautiful. slightly cloudy pale yellow with a big white pillow for a head, excellent retention and high amount of carbonation, champagne like effervescense. it states "pour unhurriedly" on the bottle and this advice should be heeded as the head on this beer is unrelenting with a good amount of lacing on the glass. I have never given a rating of 5 on appearance...until now.

SMELL: very sweet, champagne, white grapes, pears, apples, banana, lemon. very complex.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose. it reminds me of sweet champagne. there is a lot going on here. The Belgians really like this beer and now I know why. the 8.5% alcohol is nearly imperceptible. bubbly and dry with white grapes, pears apples, banana and lemon. it's not overly hoppy but I don't care, everything is in balance and it works.

PALATE: light body, highly carbonated with dry finish.

OVERALL: I truly enjoyed this beer. Ben Franklin once said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." and that sentiment certainly applies to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 05:15:17 | More by HoppyBastard
Photo of DrDemento456


4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So after 1,700 beers I finally picked up a Duvel. What? With so many great craft choices its hard to spend 5 bucks on a 12oz golden ale...

A - As expected well over an inch of pillow like head atop of a bright clear golden ale. Well done.
S - Smell has a bit of a boozy bite but also balanced with a touch of white grape, fruity and dry yeasts, and a bit of hops.
T - Sweet than bitter and finishes a bit dry but it drinks pretty good. Especially with food. Mild musty grapes meet some sweet malts and a bit of earthy dry hops.
M - ABV is well hidden it drinks like 7% but this one is almost like a triple but well masked boozy aspect.

Overall this beer hits you pretty hard and I could see why it has such a following but I don't think I will get it again. Not really that special.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:09:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of stella77artois

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

A - A very pale yellow, with a fair amount of carbonation. A very thick 3" head appeared after a mellow pour. Very "shapely" on top, and left a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Belgium malts up front, in a big way. Also detected booze early which suprised me, as at 8.5% ABV it's not THAT strong of a beer. Lot's of dark fruit noticeable, especially figs and grapes. Certainly smells like a Belgian ale.

T - All the aromas were noted in the taste, with the exception of the booze. Extremely smooth and the malts are absolutely killer. Dark fruits weren't quite as noticeable in the taste. Really not a ton going on, but the malt is excellent. An excellent representation of a Belgian ale.

F - Smooth and crisp, just a tad on the thick side. Certainly drinkable and easy on the stomach.

O - Took me a while to try this, not really sure why. I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian ales, but this along w/ a few of the Unibroue Belgians are outstanding representation of the styles. I really like the malt in this brew, and the dark fruit isn't as noticeable in this one, which is good. I think the dark fruit in some Belgians can make the beer wine-like, which I do not care for. Overall, an excellent Belgian Strong that I look forward to sampling again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:18:13 | More by stella77artois
Photo of monorailred


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This might be my favorite Belgian beer. The look, the aroma, the taste are all spectacular. While this may not be my favorite beer, this is high on the list. This is a top five beer for me personally. This is a nice, smooth drinking beer that goes down well.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:17:29 | More by monorailred
Photo of WillWillows


4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says "Pour Unhurriedly". Good advice. It pours a high floating head that laces out well, the beer is a clear golden. I drank one in a bottle and one in a glass and there is a difference. This is a good glass beer. It sits for a few minutes and ameliorates the tartness of the bottle drink. This is a nice citrus bite from the bottle that mellows like a lemon meringue pie in a glass.

This is an excellent golden ale, the alcohol is hidden in the taste and flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The Duvel made me do it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 23:49:43 | More by WillWillows
Photo of joe1510


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam's Downers Grove

Duvel. Pours a crystal clear straw golden. I can't remember seeing another Belgian beer as clear as this. An enormous fluffy airy white head forms and sticks like meringue. A glassful of swirling carbonation bubbles rise to keep the head going strong. Leaves the "Belgian lacing" after each and every sip.

Smell starts off heavy on the biscuity malts but they're quickly pushed aside by an abundance of fruitiness. Lemon zest, pear skin, and granny smith apple tartness. Solid clove yeastiness with a hint of alcohol toward the back. Complex deep aromas. The aromas continue to evolve as the beer warms.

So many different flavors are present in this beer and all of them dovetail together perfectly. Biscuity and doughy to get things going. Quickly overtaken by fruit, yeast, and mild hoppiness. Pear skins and apples, clove and a grassy hop finish. I can't even put into words the spectrum of flavors in this ale and it keeps growing as it warms.

When I first started drinking this I thought the mouthfeel should be just a little bit lighter but as I drink on it actually does seem to get a little lighter. Airy with solid carbonation that awakens the tongue for the complexities it's about to expierence.

It's another one of those dangerously drinkable brews. No alcohol in the flavor (except for a little spiciness), so this one could easily sneak up on you.

Duvel is a classic for a good reason. A hard brew to compete with and in a league of it's own.

Reviewed: 10/10/07

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:34:19 | More by joe1510
Photo of IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 330ml ridged stubby bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Pours a very pale straw colour, with a very, very large amount of white, thick head. Poured about 3 minutes ago, and the head has barley dissipated at all. A little bit of carbonation is visible through the cloudiness

Smell - Sweet smelling, cloves and spices, some banana, maybe a bit of...wheat? Quite floral Not a lot going on in this department.

Taste - A good balance of spice, light citrus and just a hint of delicious, delicious booze. There's probably more going on here, but this is a seriously well balanced beer. Nothing stands much more than anything else, but it still manages to be pretty intense. Lots of hop bitterness, lots of yeast, lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Don't generally have much to say about mouthfeel. But this is something else. High carbonation makes for a crisp finish. Not noteworthy in and of itself given the style, but its also pretty creamy, and incredibly dry. Just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 05:27:16 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of Brew_42


4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with some slight haze with awhite head that hangs around. I was expecting it to be hazier and when I saw how clear it was I was worried it would be light on flavor.

Smells floral and fruity

Tastes- Malty and citrusy with a hint of tropical fruit. Very little bitterness. Citrusy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- crisp and light. Goes down smooth.

Overall a really really good Belgian pale ale and easy to find so give it a try

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 02:12:05 | More by Brew_42
Photo of The_Blodge


4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass from a 33cl curvy bottle.

A: Bright golden color with a massive head that is very slow to dissipate. Beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Extremely effervescent. Bright color and champagne-like in a glass. Wonderful beer to look at.

S: Floral bouquet and spicy with alcohol quietly hanging around in the background. Citrus & lemon.

T: Spicy with a citrus bite. Alcohol is masterfully hidden in this beer. Clean and dry. Bitter finish with the citrus lingering. Very refreshing!

M: Wonderfully light bodied, dry and bubbly with high carbonation that tickles the tongue.

O: Outstanding (bellwether) example of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. One of my favorite Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:02:36 | More by The_Blodge
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden body that is mostly clear, with only a slight haze. Huge, fluffy bone white head that stays around for a while and leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Lots of grassy noble hops, big pilsner malt aroma, hints of citrus and grains.

T- Big flavor, with a combination of pilsner malts, citrus, hints of tropical fruits, fresh grass, almost a wheat-like graininess to it.

M- Medium bodied, but full of flavor. High carbonation level, with a very bubbly feel to it.

O- Good beer, good complexity, refreshing and full at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:21:15 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Goosehunter75


4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer pours a very pale straw color. It has an extreme amount of carbonation as three are bubbles going crazy! Very nice 2 finger bright white head

S - I detected a faint smoky aroma that quickly gave way to hints of lemon and wheat

T - Duval starts out a little sweet and finishes with hints of lemon in the background. No crazy flavors here, but a very nicely done perfectly balanced beer. It goes to show a beer doesn't have to be extreme to be good

M - Very impressive. This beer is 8.5% abv and its as smmoth as water. No hints of alcohol. I would even call it a light feeling beer. DANGEROUS!

O - A wonderful beer. Top class is all I can say

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:54:22 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of 2013beer101


3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was really excited to open this and try it... until I opened it to try it. First thing was the abundance of skunk smell. Luckily the appearance was nice and the flavor was nowhere near the smell. Not sure if it was suppose to smell like that but I am willing to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 06:03:42 | More by 2013beer101
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