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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,592
Reviews: 2,595
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 259
Gots: 616 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 acelin
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the larger bottle - like a champagne bottle. Purchased it for about eight bucks at the Cork and Barrel here in town. They have a great selection and was very pleased to see this there.

Appearance was good - a very illustrious golden color with a one finger white head. Very clear and this beer - believe it or not - glistens like jewels. Very pretty and appetizing.

Scent wise this beer doesn't offer much in my opinion. It has a gentle malt smell with a gentle hop smell. Not much at all.

This beer is super clear and super pure taste wise. The malts remind me of almonds in a way, very enjoyable with a no where near cloying sweetness. The hops give it a little edge that covers up the alcohol well.

It has a good mouthfeel due to its clearness and cleanness. Makes for a super drinkable beer.

acelin, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Very pale golden colour. Almost lager in appearance if you leave the yeast in the bottle. If you add the yeast, it becomes slightly cloudy. Massive foamy white head and the lacing clings to the glass.

Light spice, apple, pear and malt on the nose.

Exceptional flavor and super creamy in the mouth. Apples to the fore with lots of spice and pale malt. Lively carbonation and the alcohol is present on the finish.

Sometimes I like to add the yeast which masks the hops a little bit and brings the pale malt to the fore. So if you like it dry, train yourself to pour it leaving the yeast in the bottle. Best to let it settle for a few days before opening if you prefer it this way.

Could this be the best Belgian blonde/SPA on the planet?

A truly magnificent brew whatever way you like it!

Bisho, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of jesey
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. A truely great Belgium because it is not overly sweet like a lot of Belgiums are. It's balanced with nice grassy hops which produced a creamy mouthful and a dry finish. People who love the hoppy American ales but are turned off by the spicy, sugery Belgium ales will most likely find this truely enjoyable.

* Note if this beer is properly prepared, its color is very clear and not murky. You should have no problem seeing through your glass. So, let it sit for at least 3 days before drinking, and don't pour the yeast into your glass unless you know you like it. It makes a big difference on taste--much drier and smoother, and with a much more pronounced hop flavor without the yeasts floating around. I always let mine sit for a week so the yeasts are settled.

jesey, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel. 2010 vintage.

It's a pale golden-yellow effervescent liquid. There's about a 1.5 finger head that takes its sweet time falling, leaving behind a nice white grid of foam.

Strong clean malt shines through. Peppery background.

Smooth and crisp on the palate. Lively carbonation adds good zing and bite. Flavor hedges between sweet and bitter, eventually falling on the side of a sweet finish. The fruity malt esters are complemented by mild spice. Just a hint of pure alcohol flavor is present, especially at the finish.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
It's just so crisp and clean. The flavor has a certain je ne sais quoi that is perfectly balanced by the carbonation.

BeerNemesis, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A golden/yellowish color with a massive frothy head that stays for a long time and leaves lots of lacing. A steady constant rise of bubbles.

Smell - Sweet malts with hops, spices, fruits and yeast.

Taste - Very crisp and refreshing! Esters, yeast, citrus, apples, spices and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Dry, lots of carbonation, smooth and a very light body.

OskarL, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So many descriptions of Duvel are here, I don't think waxing on about the intense golden color laced with a powerful stream of bubbles, the HUGE white frothy head, the distinct bitter pils like aroma and taste laced with the sweetness of bready Belgian yeast will add significantly.

I will say that this beer is utterly unique. They say that Duvel has not exemplified a style, but helped define it. Somewhere between the crisp, refreshing bitterness of a Pils and a strong, sweet Belgian Ale.

This is not a beer that I reach for on a regular basis; but it is one of the most balanced and full-flavored Belgian Pales I have tasted.

The 750l bottle is far superior to the smaller bottles IMO; it has a more rounded and nuttier-bitter hops flavor.

Minotaur, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a fizzy clouded banana yellow color reigns throughout with golden straw and diluted orange highlights. Along with these wondrous colors a bone white frothed head is most impressive. The cap sat atop for some time and melted away slowly leaving incredible sheets and pockets of sticky lace. A huge look to this one

S: the nose holds sugary banana, pears, and tart apples. A mild spicy muskiness and dry fragrant hop whiff floats about as well

T: bright fruits move around the palate with sweet pears and tart lemons 'n' apples, with more of the latter two. A reasonable malty bread-like and yeast character is constant with a pinch of various spices both peppery and clove like. Hops fit within this spicy fold as well and come across grassy and pungent. Every sip is filled with a light sweetness of sugared candy and honey. As it warms things are enhancing nicely and becoming more and more hoppy and tart

M: for so many flavors the body is very light and airy. The body is loaded with carbonation and it refrains from being smooth or creamy. This is not a problem as the flavor experience is great. Alcohol peaks through

D: always a pleasure to drink and a must have, top notch drinkability. Great stuff!

Magpie14, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of gcpxavier
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best you can expected from a pale ale blonde beer.

Everything is in the right place. The white head is very consistent and don't go away, keeping the right temperature in the right time.

The smell is very good and the mouthfeel is unbelievable.

I bought the beer with his glass and I drunk it in the right way.

I think that is the best pale ale in the world.

gcpxavier, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian golden ale
8.5 abv

Drank out of a snifter and a tulip. Pours into a beautiful huge frothy fizzy white head that seams to last forever. The body is a golden yellow with a very lively active body. Lots of carbonation (make sure your glass is completely clean otherwise you'll see which part you have missed!) The aroma was very pleasant with bread, light grains, and dough on the nose. Taste seems to follow the nose with additions of coriander and a light leafy after taste. I can see what the fuss is. I've always skipped over this beer at the local beer store. I now see it was due to my ignorance that I was missing out on an incredible golden ale.

tippebrewcrew2, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A- Color is a pale yellow with a hint of orange, nothing special. Head, bubbles, and lacing are out of this world. First pour is clearer than the second due to the yeast.

S- Smells more like a fine wine than a beer. Grape, tannin, dark fruits, green apples, banana, yeasty, some spice, a hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on. ( edit, 12-22-10. There is a lot of spice and pepper. )

T- Green apples, yeasty funk, wine, dark fruits, alcohol on the finish. A lot going on but well balanced,

M- Lighter bodied, crisp carbonation, champagne like, dry.

D- Drinkable yes, very much. Affordable, lets just say this beer is for special occasions.

sitarist, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy gold hue with a puffy white head that stuck around for a nice amount of time. Didn't leave alot of lacing but the foam never really disappeared.

Smell was almost what I expect from a hefe. Banana and clove, but a touch more earthy notes. Also smelled a little of straw.

Taste was very complex, but extremely delicious. Clove and yeasty earthiness upfront with a very crisp finish. Bitterness of the hops complimented the earthy flavors perfectly. Also a slight pepperiness in there as well that adds to the flavor. Sweet warming alcohol makes itself known in the finish just enough.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were almost perfect. It left a slightly fizzy feeling as it coated the palate. Not harsh at all and was very refreshing sip after sip even when it warmed. Definately one of the best Belgians that I have ever drank!

snpub540, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, best by date of June 2012. Pours into tulip a great looking pale yellow, with about a fist worth of huge, rocky white head that looks delicious enough to eat with a spoon. Crazy bubbles from bottom of the glass seem never ending. Clarity seems to cloud up as time passes, insane amount of lacing is left all around the inside of the glass. Truly one of the better looking ales available. Very unique in its own right.
Smells of alcohol and a yeasty, subtle malt character.
Tastes of nice malt, sweetness in the middle, followed by warming from the alcohol, which is hidden so well you might not even know that it is there. Has a dry finish. Refreshing taste, to say the least.
Feels great, lively carbonation and a smooth, slick feel make this a deceptively easy brew to drink. Almost too easy, considering the alcohol content.

BabyBastard, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers ever. Totally unique and in a class all its own!

The head has a pillowy-meringue quality to it that will last through the bottom of the glass.

The look is golden clear. It is the piss of the gods!

The smell is almost floral with a plant greenest about it.

The taste is exquisite with a subtle sweetness upfront followed by a clean resolve with no off flavors.

The carbonation holds up extremely well (almost oddly) considering the strength of the beer.

This is a rite of passage into the wonderful world of Belgium beer.

OttoPeeWee, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of epicness
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Can you say gunshot sounding when the cork is popped? Holy crap that was loud. I poured it unhurried just like they suggest. The beer is pale yellow. The bubbles are rising.. and never-ending. Pretty cool to watch this upside down waterfall. The head is gigantic. 3-4 fingers, and fluffy as a pillow. Lace is just stuck all over the glass. This is probably the best looking beer I have ever seen.

S - Powerful yeasty aroma with a slap in the face of hops and citrus. That's the best way for me to describe it. More specifically it smells like lemon, not orange. Has a flower like smell to it. It's nice.

T - The taste is like no beer I have ever tasted before. It's actually going to be kind of hard to describe. It's actually a little spicy, almost kind of peppery. Once you get past to that it hits you with the citrus. Coriander and lemon. The hop smell is barely traceable in the taste, in my opinion. It's got a real dry smooth finish to it, and the aftertaste is barely noticeable. The alcohol isn't disgustingly high, but at 8.5%, I figured I'd get at least a taste of it. I'm glad I'm not. I like it much better this way.

M -Very crisp, and super carbonated. It's almost like a champagne on the tongue, it's so bubbly. Like I said before, the finish is pretty dry, smooth, and refreshing all at the same time. All that complicated stuff aside, surprisingly, it's light bodied which brings me to the next category of drinkability.

D - Due to it being low bodied and just amazing, makes this an ideal drinkable beer. It's so drinkable that I would say it's borderline dangerous because of the alcohol level. I'd definitely advise to try to take it easy, although you can definitely get caught up drinking a few of these. I'm going to be guilty of finishing this entire bomber much quicker than I had planned. I'm going to cut this review short now so I can get to finishing the beer!

epicness, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of travduke
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip (ofcouse!)

Appearance: Amazing. A three finger heads sits on top a golden body with carbonation rising to the top. Its gorgeous.

Smell: Citrusy and floral hops. I wish they made a air freshener with the Duvel scent.

Taste: This is probably one of the best tasting beers I've ever drank. Not overly hoppy, not overly malty. The citrus hops make this incredible.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, and would love it. Probably one of the highest drinkable beers I've had.

Side Notes: I love this beer, I always have. This is always in my home, as it should be. It deserves the outstanding/world class rating that it has here. Great example of the style.

travduke, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer on a whim after not really hearing about it and aside from the price everything about it is great. Mild hoppy fruity undertones with a bready sort of 'yeasty' finish. It poured sort of hazy and had a very light colored head that faded after a minute or so with some heavy lacing up the glass.

The aroma is bready and has a hint of orange hoppiness to it.

JustinJTisdale, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of colefsuwr
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel is a top of the line beer to anyone with nose and palate. When you dive you nose into the generous amount of head you can smell a wonderul world of cloves and banana. In my opinion what makes duvel world class, is the beautiful balance of the two all across your palate from beginning to finnish.

colefsuwr, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.5% ABV, Best Before 07 2012. Thanks to my girlfriend for a GOOD bottle of this. I've been trying to review it for damn near a year and have been getting only crap bottles.

A - The pour, unhurried, like they suggest, leaves the beer a crystal clear pale yellow so the drinker can witness the never-ending chimneys of carbonation billowing bubbles upwards. The bleached white head is three fingers tall and filled with dense, creamy bubbles. Solid retention finally gave way to characteristic Belgian lace all over the glass like a beautiful veil.

S - The Belgian yeast creates a strong, perfumy aroma of yeast and mild spices with a touch of citrus in the nose. Saaz hops (I believe) add a little spice as well as giving off a floral scent and making it a nice crisp, clean aroma. Pale malts fall into the background but still have a touch of raw honey sweetness to them. Or perhaps there is a little candi sugar. Lots of nuanced in this intoxicating aroma.

T - Spicy all over the place. Black pepper and a...coriander-like hint coming from either the yeast or the hops. The hops give a delicate dryness to the finish which pairs well with the citrusy zest. The Belgian yeast, without sediment present, still gives a yeast flavor with light esters. Low sweetness poking through. Delicate but very deep.

M - Crisp and abundantly carbonated, it's as sprtizy on the tongue as champagne. The finish has a light dry and citrus kick that gives it a refreshing feel. It feels light bodied.

D - Insanely drinkable for the percent it contains making it a dangerous brew. I could have a few in a row. Fantastic flavor and feel, it is THE perfect example of the style and one of the greatest beers of all time when you don't constantly get skunked or bad bottles. Shoulda' had this at midnight instead of champagne.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dec 28, 2009

330ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Yellow in color with a huge, frothy, rocky white head that seems to last forever. All sorts of sticky lacing, a very attractive beer.

Aroma is belgian yeast, and fruity, pears, green apples, some banana, some spice.

Flavor is fruity and yeasty with some spice, smooth going down, somewhat lively carbonation.

Not my favorite style, but still a very nice beer.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an exceptional beer. It has a nice pale golden hue, that has a seductive glow when put to a light. Duvel has a very nice head, that is just as impressive as its color. The head doesn't stay too long, or too short. Nice lacing occurs, and leaves behind a spiraling foam covered glass edges. A taste of hops, strong flavor, with notes of citrus. The citrus element helps to create a smooth drink, with a crisp and refreshing finish, that lingers a grateful amount of flavor. Carbonated just right, which adds to its crisp taste, without taking away from the overall beer. This beer, has a good amount of AVB, so this really does hit you if you let it it. Also, this is a great beer to have in a Belgian Tulip glass, or in a bottle, but preferably from a glass. Duvel is also great on tap, or course, what beer isn't good on tap. I can go on, this beer was excellent. I recommend this beer, for both a beer selection/collection or to impress your friends.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a beautiful pale translucent gold with a massive sticky 2 finger head with lacing like I've never seen that lasts forever and ever. I find the need to emphasize the craziness of this head. Pillowy and from out of this world. At smallest, it settles at one finger - and STICKY as hell. This is BEAUTIFUL!

S - Yeasty with considerable citrus and hops. A little bit of orange and much lemon rind. Unlike anything I've ever encountered. Strong, beautiful citrus and potent, honest hops.

T - Like nothing I've ever tasted. Heady and citrusy and the stickyness accompanies the swallow. I'm blown away by this brew and it's the third time I've had it - the best to date. I question whether there are many that can beat this! this is amazing!

M- Perfect - Hoppy, carbonated to the most ideal amount. Very carbonated and hoppy.

D - The most perfect beer I've encountered. Granted, though, you can't have 4 of 'em. Duvel is everything you want in a beer. You should experience it if you get the chance!

jmerloni, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice strong POP from the cork on this one. After having this glass for so long, finally poured into my Duvel glass.

Poured "unhurriedly" (and to not disturb the settlement until the end) amazing fluffy 2 fingers of pearl white luscious head. Maintains and hardly receeds, thick heavy blanket on top. A large amount of bubbles showering from the bottom of the glass. Does amazingly look light golden yellow "pilsner" like in color- but the color doesnt take away from the ale at all. Huge beautiful sticky lacing that clings and is pretty damn impressive. This beer just looks Alive and couldnt possibly look any better.

I great subtle dark fruitness with a nice amount spices to it that doesnt overwhelm. Smell really is balance nice. Can smell a sweet maltiness. Great fragrance to it, kind of stimulating to the senses. Smell just a beautiful bouquet of all the ingredients within.

The taste goes hand in hand with the smell and is just absolute liquid perfection. Was this brewed on Mt. Olympus? haha

The mouthfeel is perfect. Almost a champagne like bubbliness. Very highly carbonated and bubbles and tingles on the tongue in a great way. An awesome lingering on the tastebuds thereafter. Leaving you wanting more. Smooth and very enjoyable.

When you rate a beer you are comparing this offering to the actual specific style and your own personal taste. I think Duvel couldnt look, smell, taste, or possibly be any better. I would take this over a Delirium any day and this beer is a masterpiece in itself.

MOB210SA, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of scarfacecrowe
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the beer from a large pint bottle into a glass. Duvel has a somewhat hazy amber color with a thick snow white head that hangs on forever. Maybe it is because I am inexperienced but I cannot put my finger on the aromas coming off the beer, it definitely is not unpleasant. Wow! this beer tastes great and is well balanced but complex, not to grainy and not to hoppy, with a touch of carbonation. Also, the finish is very smooth, no hoppy or alcohol aftertaste just very very clean. This is the best beer I have ever tasted!! Drinkability is high but this is a beer you do not throw down like you would a Bud Light, but drink slowly and enjoy. Definitely a world class beer! Also, checkout the cool Duvel website.

scarfacecrowe, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic 330ml bottle poured in a Grimbergen chalice.

As mentioned by others, it's difficult to review such a "simple" and "popular" beer which is, at the same time, so fantastic.

A: Pours a pale yellow hazy color, nothing special. However, its head is impressively big (actually, huge), bubbled, creamy and persistent. Tons of lacings are left

S: Smell is a bless. Really. Spicy. Stingy. Citrus. Sweet grains. Special attention to the Belgian yeasts and citrus and grassy hops

T: Taste follows the nose. I mean, exceptional. Sweet grains, Belgian yeasts and hops, oh yeah, wonderful hops. In overall, a quite dry beer in the palate. The bitter aftertaste is just a must

M: Heavy creamy body. Huge carbonation. Excellent bitterness

O: The truth is that its taste is simply extraordinary: Delicious malt taste and very bitter end. Its mouthfeel and drinkability are just perfect to a beer with such a high ABV.
Therefore, IMHO this beer has a good reputation just because it deserves it...

eduardolinhalis, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else can be said about this beer that already has been said? not much, i'm afraid. it's a fantastic brew. extremely well balanced especially for the abv, easy to drink, phenomenal flavor, pretty easy to find, everything about this beer is just excellent. hey, it's one of the best beers for you (out of craft brews) at around 120 calories per serving. i actually liked duvel green (duvel draft) a bit better than white, but i would never pass up a classic duvel.

tzieser, Jan 08, 2010
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,592 ratings.