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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 6,977
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 851 | 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 bucklemyshoe
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a lovely, clear golden color with lively carbonation and a two finger head of foam that turns slightly rocky late but never falls nor does it completely dry out. The hyperactive CO2 is released beautifully from the laser-etched "D" at the bottom of the glass.

S: Lemon, honey, peppery yeast, cracker, and floral notes. It is reminiscent of lemon bars.

T: Lemon, orange, banana, spicy yeast, moderate hoppiness, a light grainy flavor, and a heavily floral background; lovely. Think lemon sugar cookies.

M: It has a medium body with lots of carbonation throughout and long-lasting flavors.

D: This is wonderful all around. It is a glorious experience to drink this out of its own glass as well.

Photo of bboelens
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip of course.

A-Wow, I don't even know where to begin, a gorgeous light golden color,a bit cloudy from the yeast sediment, an incredibly huge 3" stark white fluffy head sits atop this amazing looking beer and slowly turns to beautiful lacing. Also there is an odd cyclone of carbonation spinning around on top of the etched D of my glass, it's truly a sight to behold. This is hands down one of the best looking beers I've ever seen

S-Spice, fruit, yeast, muddled hops and malt.

T-An explosion of spiced fruit, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, molasses and carmel; my words really can't do the flavor of this beer justice.

M-Full bodied, very carbonated, my mouth is considered lucky to have had the honor to feel this.

D-Is this really 8.5%? The alcohol is almost a non-factor in this beer, this is incredible, simply stated one of the best, period.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Caged and corked bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a Duvel Tulip. This is beer review #100 for me.

A: Pours a hazy golden pale yellow, massive 3+ finger white bubbly head that sticks around forever and becomes rocky. Leaves magnificent lacing.

S: Floral hops, funk/tart, belgian yeast, bread, a little booze, white grapes. Hops almost have a german pilsner aroma.

T: Initial flavors are of slightly tart fruits: pear, a little green apple, slight apricot, banana, and a little white grape. Hops are floral and a little grassy, verging on classic pilsner taste on the end. The flavor then shifts/incorporates the belgian yeast and malt. There's a little funk, malt is very lightly toasted and is almost like a fresh loaf of sour dough. The flavor is bright, golden, has great depth and complexity, yet seems as light as a pilsner. Finish is slightly dry, clean, fairly hoppy (just a little bitterness), and mellow. Alcohol pops it's head out just a bit, but is otherwise unobtrusive.

M: Medium carbonation (a lot goes to the head), the body is fairly light, though it does have a little viscosity to it as it does coat the mouth. Even with the bubbly carbonation it's damned smooth.

D: A 750ml bottle is more than enough for 1 person, the first glass went down extremely easily but I did start to feel the effects on the 2nd glass and final pour. This is probably one of the better beers available in NH, I can see the smaller bottles becoming a staple in my fridge for somewhat 'special' occasions.

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

Wow, how have I not reviewed this beer yet?! I've done the triple hop but not this?! Wow. Anyways, my Duvel tulip had broken so I went to Julio's and picke dup a 4 pack of Duvel with a free tulip. Win/win right there.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip this shows why this is the standard for all things amazing. A massive fluffy/sudsy three finger head that very slowly faded to leave massive clumpy lacing along the glass. This sat atop a beautiful clear straw colour. Just gorgeous.

S - Just great aromas. Delicious grassy hops, sweet malt, and that alcohol all come through on the nose.

T - Wow, what more can I say about this beer? This is just delicious and enjoyabe beer. Its got the hops, fruity flavours, grassy flavours, sweetness from malts.

M - Again, what is there to say about this beer that hasnt already been said? Feels great in the mouth. Just the right amount of cabonation here. Feels perfect.

D - Yeah, stuff is dangerous. Could put back 4 four pack of this stuff in probably minutes. The 8.5% is there, sure, but the other aspects of the beer hide it oh so nicely. Buy this beer, enjoy it in the propper glass, and enjoy!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Its been said before, Duvel has maybe the best pour in the beer world. Gigantic fluffy head that sticks around forever, but somehow doesn't get in the way of your drinking, when you tip the glass.

S: Breadiness, funk and hops are all present.

T: Just heaven in a glass! The perfect balance of sweetness, tart, funkiness and hop bitterness.

D: Drinkability is spot on for a beer of this strength. Alcohol is well-hidden, but the richness of the flavour prevents you from pounding them.

Overall: What to say that hasn't already been said. If you love beer, you must drink this one. Buy the glass, buy a bottle (or 20). This is a great "Champagne beer". Drink it with someone special.

Photo of THECPJ
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/11/2011

A: an absolute beauty! an almost clear golden/straw yellow with a huge foamy white head, leaves spotty lacing. looks just like the image on the bottle

S: bananas, cloves or some sort of spice, slight peppery scent, and a hint of yeast

T: bananas, cloves, a hint of lemon, lingers just the perfect amount of time on the tongue

M: mild carbonation, crisp, well-balanced

D: a great tasting, refreshing beer that slowly sneaks up on you, you are too busy enjoying the flavor bouquet that you don't realize that ABV if coming to get you. would definitely drink again


Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

top notch beer to say the least....you will want to enjoy this beer out of a goblet of some sort....

murky, straw yellow color with a full fluffy white head....and splotchy lacing....

smells like champagne, the booze is apparent in the nose...with a slight banana as well....

taste is slight banana with a lovely subtle hop bouquet...

feel is very dry....this beer has a lot of characteristics of a dry champagne, crossed with smoothness!....

drink ability is very good even though the abv is high....just a great all round beer

Photo of BeerCon5
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color with two fingers of very fluffy white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass, very lively carbonation.

The scent is of citrus, alcohol, and some yeast.

The taste is of apple, citrus, alcohol, light hops, and yeast.

Light bodied, very crisp, high carbonation.

Very tasty beer, lots of interesting flavors here, the alcohol can be strong at times but it is well balanced with the other flavors. Also very easy to drink.

Photo of zhanson88
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well it's about time I finally gave this one a try after months of having access to it. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This is probably the most gorgeous pale beer I've seen up to this point. It's a hazy, bright, pale straw color with a full 3 fingers of egg-shell white head. Retention is ridiculous, and lacing is incredible. Superb.

Smell: I get hints of green apple and pear, with Belgian yeast and slightly citrusy esters. A very nice smell.

Taste: Up front I get some tart green apples and a bit of pear, with that Belgian-type quality and citrusy esters on the back end. Finish is dry and slightly tart. This beer does a great job having good flavor without being too sweet (or very sweet at all for that matter).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is definitely light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. It seems to fit in perfectly with the other qualities this beer has. It's incredibly drinkable. Great brew, no surprise it's a classic.

Photo of RichScherle
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the absolute king of belgian ales. No other ale i've tried anywhere comes close to the way these brewers are able to get such a bone dry feel with such power and finesse. They have a good secret.

A - Straw pale yellow which in itself is unique for such a high abv brew. I've heard that duvel uses a proprietary steaming process to cook the malt which allows the barley malt to retain the lightest color (everybody else roasts the barley into malt). Also, the head is famously huge, pillowy and voluptuous - Like beautiful crisply white clouds.

S - Awesome yeasty character that is often imitated but NEVER duplicated exactly. Its like a dry sweet smell with a unique almost mineral like yeast aroma. Literally you can smell the dryness of this brew.

T - Elegance at its finest. Dry upfront malt with slight hop balance and finishing equally as dry - with the unique yeast character coming through. The yeasty taste is mindblowing and hard to describe - almost like a shimmering, mineral-ness. Reminds me of a very very fine champagne almost with the fine bubbles and shimmering effervescence

M - The BEST mouthfeel of any belgian ale imo. I don't think any other brewery has accomplished what these guys have - the dryness yet with such body and flavor and abv is truly a triumph. Very sharp and totally awe inspiring.

D - I could drink these with no problem even with the high abv. In fact, i've been known to sit and drink a whole 4 pack by myself in an evening - awesome awesome awesome brew. The dryness which is so beautiful keeps the beer totally drinkable and never boring or tiring.

World class and a triumph of modern brewing technology. I would classify this beer as one of the top 3 in the entire world.

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

Poured from a shorty into, fittingly enough, a Duvel tulip. First time this tulip has ever held its namesake!

A - Light to mid golden straw colored with 2 fingers of thick head that collapses into large pockets of foam. Lacing throughout, an excellent looking beer!

S - First off, interestingly complex. Effervescent and very fruity. I absolutely pick up on the Belgian characteristics of this beer.

T - Very cool. Tastes somewhat like a tripel, which I like. I absolutely taste the fruits in this, very reminiscent of similar Belgians I've had. Peppery and fruity are the two flavors I see the most of.

M - Similar to a tripel, with large, robust bubbles. Each small sip fills my mouth quite a bit, which is cool.

D - Very drinkable for such a flavor complex beer.

Photo of MaaikeMae
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michael Jackson raved about this beer non-stop and I find myself doing the same.

Beautiful, fluffy white head with good retention. Excellent floral aroma with a kiss of hops. Great biscuity maltiness. Highly drinkable.

One cannot say enough great things about this beer. All other Belgian blondes/goldens cannot touch this one. Thank you, Duvel Moortgat for this gem.

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured young and correctly, crystal clear and fresh with a white afro of head scraped straight across. Nice hop smell without the tired piney stank. Flavor is exactly what you would look for in a Belian "devil beer" (Lucifer, Judas, etc.). Dry, quenching, lightly spicy and yeasty. If there's a comparison, chamagne would be close in texture. I'd argue this is the benchmark model, as there's incredible balance here. Having had aged versions, I prefer the fresh version much more for drinkability. After being fortunate enough to get a tour of this brewery, the beer pouring class at the end was very fun. Free beer wasn't bad either. Shhh...the Duvel is sleeping.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is it fair to review a beer right after having a Bell's Hop Slam? I'm gonna try to be fair. I've had quite a few Duvels before, so I should be able to pull it off.

Duvel is an opaque golden ale with mountains of frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of fruit, bubble gum, bananas, lemon peel and more. Taste is bright and fruity with a sparkling mouth feel.

One of the best beers I've ever had. It's amazing how readily available and how relatively inexpensive it is.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Best before date clearly shown on the bottom left of the back label. Served in a Duvel tulip glass that was in the gift set I just got.

Pours a clear, ultra-golden yellow. The "D" engraved in the glass bottom produces a whirlwind of bubbles to the surface, of which is a gigantic, white, soapy-sudsy (with a creamy bottom) head. Glorious to look at. Smell is spicy Belgian yeast unleashed. Clove and fresh-cut grass, some lemony things.. complex smell. Taste is just as complex as everything else, and the smell is brought to life right up to your nostrils as the glass is raised to your face. The tulip is definitely doing its job. Besides a mellow, although spicy malt, there are green, floral hops that aren't as delicate as they seem at first. The feel is very carbonated, a bit hot (my only complaint), but smooth all the while. Finishes bitter and clovey, and very much dry. Drinks superb.

An outstanding beer that I would never drink in my home without that tulip glass - it really brings the tasting experience to a whole other level.

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/thistle glass. Best before July 2013 so she should be ready to roll.

A very thin bubbled totally white head of two finger size with some cake like retention. Real nice lemon gold clear body with much carbonation visible. The clarity on this beer is quite amazing has some very see through character to it. Head falls slowly and head bubbles all seem to be a nice pin head size. Good glow to this beer too and lots of sticky lacing as well.

Bouquet on the Duvel is a simple basic slight butter and yeast. Quite pleasant with a faint must. This is probably a good place to start, it's not too strong on the nose. Has a sweet creamy smell to some extent too, but also a sense of very clean.

Taste is predominantly fizzy... like club soda. Fresh club soda. I am getting... nothing else. Is this club soda beer? What's missing here? I feel like I am drinking Canada Dry or something with perhaps a little bit of hay/grass.

I can't rate this very high and probably not going to have it again for drinkability cause I know there are others in this style that I prefer by far.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a translucent,golden yellow with enormous,rocky cotton balls of head that held steady for the duration and left seriously chunky lacing on the glass.Very lively carbonation visible.

S-Bright,green fruit(Green apple,white grape and lime)with some slight Belgian yeast funkiness and
the cracker/biscuit quality from Pilsner malts.

T-Slight vegetal and citrus flavors with lemon,grassy hops and bready yeast dominating.

M-Sharp and dry with great carbonation and a light body.

D-Very easy drinking and satisfying.

Photo of clarkm04
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Highly carbonated with a billowing pure whit massive head retention. Man, I wish I had a Duvel glass. Absolutely golden yellow taste. Incredibly clear and gorgeous

S- Complex nose with some spicing and malts. A get a slight bubblegum favor along with a nice ester smell from the yeast.

T- Very complex and delicious. The balance on this beer is ridiculous! Stunningly balanced between the spices and malts. It's stunning how the high alcohol is completely disguised by this easy to drink beer. This beer is almost perfect in all aspects for a beer and for its style

M- Very smooth and sits delicately on the palate.

D- Incredibly high. I literally could drink gallons of this until I pass out.

Overall- What a great beer. Easily one of my top 20 to 25 beers I've ever had. I enjoy so many aspects of this beer and highly recommend it to anyone. It's complex yet approachable. It's easy to like as a beginner but has enough going on to be equally appreciated by a any drinking veteran.

Photo of TheGarvenator
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The puring process alone is an experience considering that the head refuses to recede...the color i would say is a clear gold

S - smells like malt and hops perfectly blended together but I get the image of bread while smelling it

T - the taste is wonderful...perfect Belgian style taste....the blend of hops and malt give off a taste that isnt too bitter or disgustingly sweet but just right I'd say with a lingering taste of honey

M - a great full body with carbonation

D - very easy to drink...light with a lingering taste of honey and malt, it gives a perfect endgame and leaves you wanting more

Im definatley a fan of this....the lasting tastes of malty hops and honey just fuels the desire for more. I even questioned if this even had alcohol in it....you can hardly taste it or feel it....a perfect beer with dinner and Im absolutely going to be drinking this in the future

Photo of pants678
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold that's just about clear, reminds me of the generics that way. The headfoam is white stays puffed atop from start to finish.

The nose is a sharp melding of spices, honey and citrus.

A breaded beer that has the slightest hint of alcohol. Honey is an to spices. Like butter on sourdough with a predominating lemon flavor matched by waning honey blended with a tinge of cloves. What it lacks in definitive, polarizing character, it makes up for as a mastering of subtlety.

Only complaint is the bubbles can be sometimes too tough.

Photo of jss79
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 750 ml bottle. Consumed out of an elongated tulip shaped glass.

Appearance: On first pour presented golden in color but became more cloudy as the yeast settled in the subsequent pours.

Smell: Strong yeast aroma resembling a sweet challah bread, with notes of tangerine.

Taste: yeasty initial taste that gave way to a slightly fruity middle and ended with a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Initially was overcome by the amount of carbonation, but it settled into a buttery smooth finish and rest nicely on the palate.

Drinkability: it became easier to drink the more I had. A good all around beer.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours yellow with an amazing head that sticks around for a while and leaves great lacing

S: Nice and fruity, with bready notes. The usual belgian smell, but more complex

T: Very complex, and it follows the nose. Nice and fruity, tart, and bready/yeasty. The alcohol is there, but in no way is it overwhelming. I think it adds a very nice spicy note to the fruity character

M: Light and highly carbonated due to the bottle conditioning. Surprisingly very smooth despite the carbonation

D: A great BSPA that isn't too strong, this one could be an every day beer for me if I ever had a staple. Drinks amazingly well for 8.5%

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

Poured into a tulip.

A - a bright golden color with an effervescence resembling that of champagne. A bright, fluffy white head sits on top. Beautiful and inviting.

S - sweet malt, wheat, banana, a tiny bit of funk. This beer smells like a grassy meadow.

T - same as nose - a lite, refreshing array of malt sweetness and fruit. Not a hint of alcohol.

M - I absolutely love the carbonation and crisp, clean taste it leaves on my palate.

D - all day, all night.

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

We pour a brew of the mixed colors of straw and golden orange. There is a thick and frothy two finger head, white in color, that disappears at a medium speed. Finely patterned lacing is left as it departs. It never completely goes, leaving a pile of foam atop each of our glasses. There is a good deal of haze to the brew, with large chunks of yeast present. The carbonation is also quite active, with many bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass before they ascend. The aroma is of strong malts, with inclusions of faint esters, light and buttery diacetyls, orangey citrus, and a splash of earthen honey. We also detect clovey, medicinal phenols towards the back of the profile. As we sip, heavy malts up front are attacked by bitter yeast. This quickly drops to a middle that is sweeter, and lighter. This is due to the introduction of citrusy sweetness, as well as a flash of dried apricots and berries. The end, marked even more quickly than the middle, is indicated by a stark contrast of spicy clove, black pepper, and puckering yeast. There is also a heavy component of alcohol here, helping to mash all of the flavors together, bringing the taste to a concise finish. The aftertaste breathes with an elusive sweetness, along with some spice and obvious booze. The body is medium, with the biggest feature being the carbonation, which is huge. The mouth is slightly more dried than satiated, but is not unhappy. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks with ease and while it is apparent, the alcohol is not offensive to the taste buds.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was its complexity. At first, when judging the aroma, it was difficult to get a handle on the flavoring within. Once it sat for a while, and we sipped, it really opened up. The flavoring, which was an interesting mix of bitterness and sweetness gave the drinker a good deal of contrast.

Photo of orz
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow with white head, which stays there for long time. However big bubbles on the head don't look good, a bit like soap foam.

S: Fresh and pleasant, but you can smell that this beer is strong, even though it's not the smell of alcohol.

T: Starts with citruses and bananas, then bread (and white pepper?) kicks in and pleasant bitter finish on palate. However lacks character. I've been expecting something more exciting. Unfortunately taste doesn't mask alcohol sufficiently.

M: Alcohol too intensive. Too much carbonation.

D: I'm about to finish the bottle, so I guess it's OK. Nice beer for summer evenings.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,977 ratings.