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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,428
Reviews: 2,581
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 537 | 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.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a tulip from the bottle.
A - It pours a beautiful strong golden straw color with some haze. The head is about 2 inches and its very dense but chunky at the same time. Retention is ridiculous; at no point does the head fully recede.

S - Smells of some nice pepper and some coriander as well as a slight clove smell. Some sweet fruit like peach is also present. The smell is also very malty and has some hints of nuts and bread.

T - Very bready but sweet malty taste with some nice yeast residue. A slight hint of clove is present on the tongue as well as a very clean and crisp malty and bready taste. Extremely delicious with a slight alcohol sweetness and warmth at the end.

M - Perfect carbonation a great brew!
D - Absolutely refreshing a pleasure to drink.

08-09-2009 03:51:23 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Evocatus


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours with a beautiful light yellow haze and a thick white foam for a head that lingers until the end. Smells of sweet bread/malts. Taste starts off as sweet and sour but ends up dry and "alcoholy." The head makes it a bit thicker, and the carbonation is pretty evident. Pretty good overall, even with an ABV of 8.5%, the alcohol wasn't really that strong compared to others of a similar level.

08-08-2009 12:48:08 | More by Evocatus
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Picked this up at an LCBO in Burlington I believe. Recall it being one of the top 100 beers, so I thought I would give it a whirl.

Appearance: Holy crap does this beer have head. It poured with three fingers of head and made the glass into a lace magnet. The beer itself is a crystal clear yellow gold, that has a certain charm to it. The only downside is the carbonation is massive. I've never seen a beer more carbonated then a soft drink.

Smell: I'm catching some sour apple notes, although not sour in a beer has gone bad way. Also has a nice backing of barley and a malt texture. This beer didn't take any warming to come out, but it's high alcohol content can definitely be sniffed out.

Taste: Well it certainly doesn't mask it's high alcohol content, as it permeates until the end. Starts with a fruity apple and grape taste that shifts to a more malty and bread/yeast taste and ends with a hint of citrus hops. I wouldn't say it's a buffet of flavor but it has a good taste that is not subdued.

Mouthfeel: Unsurprisingly way too carbonated, this causes it to get an almost liquored up soda pop kind of texture. However, it leaves a nice bread aftertaste and transitions decently. It's also worth noting that this beer is so carbonated, in what was not an aggressive pour that I spent a good deal of time sipping at the head before I got to the beer, and I'm not one to want to wait that long for my beer.

Drinkability: Well it does a lot of things right. It is easy on the stomach, but surprisingly it isn't giving me any gas issues given the carbonation. It's refreshing but it's got a bit too strong an alcohol taste for a beer to be that easy a drinker, and is a bit too carbonated for practical drinking for anything but a special occasion. Still, a fairly solid offering.

Final Thoughts: This clearly a beer for the beer enthusiast and not your average drinker. It's good, yes, but I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. This beer honestly reminds me of champagne, in that yes it is good, but only in small doses. You should try this beer at least once, and this would be a great session ale, if it's alcohol content wasn't so high.

08-08-2009 02:18:51 | More by TheHammer
Photo of JRhode


4.6/5  rDev +8%

750 Bottle split between two Duvel tulips with jessethehutt.

Glowing golden with a huge head. Clumpy globs of lacing on the glass like fake snow on a window. Could be mistaken for an adjunct lager once the head dissipates.

Initial smell is candied green apple, followed by yeast and spice.

A little Belgian funky yeast, followed by slight hop bitterness and black pepper. Finishes clean and dry with a little alcohol bitterness.

Highly carbonated and lively on the tongue.

Could drink this beer all day and night until the 8.5% abv puts me out. Off the charts.

08-07-2009 03:31:15 | More by JRhode
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from an their 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a glossy golden yellow with quite a thick, cloud-like head. Easily 2 and a half fingers despite a careful pour. Medium lacing.

S - Lots of fruitiness right off the bat, bready maltiness, and you can definitely catch the alcohol right there on the nose.

T - Quite complex with great threads of fruit, bready yeast, sweet malt and just a touch of proper bitter twisting through it. The fruit is mainly citrus with a bit of tart apricot, yet also some sweet peach. Quite perfectly balanced between all of the flavors going on. That said, perhaps just a bit mellow yet for my taste, but that is not a knock on this most excellent beer. Sometimes mellow is exactly what you want.

M - High carbonation and a dry finish. Some bubbling action like champagne almost. Very nice.

D - Sky high. Too easy to drink as it is so smooth and balanced. The 8.5% is very well hidden even though you do catch in in the aroma. That said, it is best enjoyed as a sipper.

08-05-2009 01:52:22 | More by blackc5
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4.9/5  rDev +15%

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into brandy snifter.

Appearance: The most beautiful beer I have ever seen. Golden, with a massive fluffy head that lingers for a while and leaves a lot behind.

Smell: Slightly grassy, with a lot of citrus and fruit (apple?) notes.

Taste: Starts sweet and slightly tart, with a finish of bitter hops, apple-like flavor, and a pretty strong alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light-bodied, with a sharp but pleasant carbonation bite. Pretty dry and very smooth.

Drinkability: A sipper, but oh so wonderful. Probably the best beer to pass my lips so far in my young life.

08-04-2009 22:01:17 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

poured 330cc into a goblet

A- wow, golden in appearance with a white frothy head that sticks around for the whole bear. lots of bubbles running throughout with nice lacing down the glass

S- catching the hops, with a little apricot and can also detect the alcohol

T- the taste totally changed for me about half way through the beer. started a little bitter with the hops and alcohol jumping out but then flipped with a great sweet citrus taste. just the right amount of alcohol stays with the aftertaste

M- thick and rich...the foam & carbonation mix well. love the warmth that hits the tongue and stays all the way down the throat

D- I like to think this is a sipper but I drink them a little faster than I should...i.e. can usually drink more than one. love Belgian Ale and this is one of my all time faves. don't think I will ever go without having a couple in my cellar.

08-04-2009 03:11:59 | More by haddon
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Tried at Onion Creek bar/grill in Houston, TX. Poured this into a tulip Duvel glass. YOU better try this beer you Belgian lover you. Read no further if you haven't tried this yet and go get one.

Appearance: beautiful, it pours one of the thickest heads I've seen, half the beer takes up more than half the glass on a decent pour. Lace is there.

Taste: Fruit hops that accompany the poignant smells. Creamy champagne with a balanced sweet spice that warms the mouth. I taste a mix of lemon and apple/pear. Although the color is fairly light, don't let this trick you. It is a mouthfeel with moving carbonation and little alcohol tones that lies behind the boldness of the beer that is disguised by the lighter color.

Drink it.

08-04-2009 02:14:50 | More by randawakes
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Had this beer on tap in a pub in Utrecht. The beer had a nice golden yellow color, with a three finger thick fluffy bright-white head, that stayed there during the drinking.

Smell: fruity, spicy, alcoholic, and some smell I couldn't define, a bit like sour sewer water.

Taste: a mixture of apple cider and champagne, fresh taste! A bit sour-bitter hoppy after taste. Spicy and some hints of alcohol

Mouthfeel: thin and smooth. Medium high carbonation
Overall a nice refreshing beer. Not my favourite because of the smell, but will never refuse one.

08-03-2009 21:52:48 | More by rvdoorn
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my new Duvel Tulip glass. A best by date of 7/11 on the bottle.

After hearing about the much hyped Duvel tulip glass i had to order one and see what the fuss is all about. The glass came today and i headed to Capone's to see what i could find to christen the glass with. As i looked around i saw the Duvel bottle and said, what better to beer to break in my Duvel glass with then the beer itself. I also have never enjoyed a Belgian brew before so needless to say this is a big moment in my beer drinking journey.

Pours a light straw yellow color. Looks like a light apple juice or a light pilsner. Warning: pour this one slowly like the bottle says because the head forms quickly and grows to take up half the glass. The head is pure white and consistency is a bit thicker then beaten egg whites. Almost a cool whip type feel to it. It also hugs the glass all the way down. One of the best lacing beers i have seen.

Smell is very reminiscent of a champagne. Alot of alcohol and fruitiness. Sour apple and spice. Pears and yeast round it out.
The flavor is close to the aroma. This one really drinks more like a champagne. The flavor is alot more complex then one would think based on appearance. This is one of the smoothest beers ever. The flavors are pepper and lemon zest. Sour apple and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Light airy,yet creamy and rich. So so easy to drink. In fact, while typing i'm 3/4 of the way through the 750ml bottle. The 8.5% is kicking in and this beer is becoming more enjoyable as it warms to arouns 50 degrees or so.

Needless to say, drinkability is off the charts. This one needs to be savored on special occasions. Im so glad i got to try this one. I know am no longer a virgin to Belgians. This is probably going to open up lots of doors for me and broaden my horizons.
I highly recommend this one!

PS. The tulip glass rules!! It really heightened the whole experience for me.

08-01-2009 00:44:09 | More by BigMike
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

I served it in a Pilsener glass and wow, the head was at least 5 fingers. I should have paid attention to the label "pour slowly". The foam really sticks to the glass like no other beer. It is very light in color but, not golden, more like a hazy yellow which is appealing.

When it comes to taste the first thing noticed is the alcohol. It really packs a punch, it's difficult at first to make out the flavors because of it. The most prominant tastes are that of honey and malt.

I would recommend this beer.

07-31-2009 02:13:31 | More by DV8HARD
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4.43/5  rDev +4%

Squat bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

A-Pours a huge, pale-white head, strong retention and rocky as it receded with nice lacing. Beer was a pure golden color, with an ever-minimal haze and a visible carbonation bubble stream (from the etched D at the bottom).

S-Spicy clove, slight black pepper, bready malt with a hint of wet yeast.

T-All the same spiciness of the aroma is transferred directly to the flavor, along with some additional yeast-influenced spices. Some sharp fruitiness mingles with a smooth alcohol character. Hint of vanilla with a slightly creamy semi-sweetness.

M-High carbonation, characteristic of this style of brew. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. Slight warming after the first sip let me know I was drinking a moderately high ABV brew.

D-So drinkable. Oh so drinkable. Delightfully drinkable, complex and smooth. A classic brew, with good reason.

07-30-2009 16:57:44 | More by CHSLBrew
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

The absolute best beer in the world as far as i'm concerned. I stated with the ipas, strong/old ales and then the double ipas. Then i started drinking the classic belgiums; singles, doubles, triples and quadruples. And this one was often overlooked. But now it's my by-far favorite. Taste, ballance, hops, bitterness, mouthfeel. There is nothing about this beer that's bad.

I opened a 750 ml bottle of this the other day and forgot about it in my fridge. I used poured it into a glass and it's still fully carbonated.

07-27-2009 20:59:57 | More by david18
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a beautiful light golden color with a large pillowy white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma exhibits qualities that are fruity, yeasty and spicy. At the end, there is more of a citrusy smell on top of the already present light fruit aromas.

Taste is mostly like the smell. A very dstinguished spicy profile surrounds flavors of lemon, apple and pear, and some light yeast notes can also be detected.

Mouthfeel exhibits a lot of active carbonation and overall very crisp. A classic Belgian ale and all around very refreshing.

07-25-2009 00:29:41 | More by Vengeance526
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a bottle to a chilled glass, i bought this beer because it seemed different and came in a cool looking bottle and well i like trying different things

Appearance - pours a mildly cloudy beautiful light yellow with head nomatter what, started 2 fingered but went down to 1 and stayed so till the very end

Smell - something complex and hard to describe, it seems every damn time i review a beer my nose is plugged

Taste - Crisp and mildly citrusy,tart mildly bitter aftertaste, doesnt feel like its 8.1%

Mouthfeel - carbonation, lighter than i expected

Drinkability - stuffs great, would been even better if it was slightly less bitter afterwards

07-24-2009 05:47:45 | More by
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Grabbed a 4-pack the day before and this is the last bottle :-(

A: In my trusty Duvel glass, a careful pour yields a brilliantly clear light yellow beer with a massive 2-finger plain white head. The high carbonation makes this look more like a champagne. Very attractive, especially with the sheets of lace left behind as I drink this.

S: Light and grainy with a delicate floral character and a combination of dry fruits and spice. While there are notes of apple, apricot and maybe peach, this is purely the fruit character but not the sweetness associated. Spicy with aromas of nutmeg. Everything is beautifully balanced, with no characteristic overpowering the other. Excellent.As it warms up, a little alcohol appears on the nose, adding another dimension to this beer.

T: The exceptional balance of the nose is replicated on the palate. Opening up mildly fruity with apples and pears before segueing into a mid palate that has a grainy sweetness with a mild lemon zest bitterness and ending long and glorious with a combination of spice (nutmeg again), bitterness and fruity character, this beer is fantastic! The nuance and balance is impeccable, no characteristic overpowers the other. In this regard, Duvel stands above every other imitator out there. I have a predilection for balanced beers, and this beer delivers on that front.

M: Heavier than one would expect from such a pale beer, the high carbonation both offsets this aspect, and enhances the fruit and spice character of the beer. Drying on the finish with spice and bitterness, this beer is remarkably refreshing

D: This is an exceptionally crafted beer, and that shows in the drinkability. I'm almost done, and I crave another

07-22-2009 04:02:07 | More by DefenCorps
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Ap. Very light pale golden color with a fantastic head and lacing that stays for the whole session.
Sm. Very different from what I've been having. Spice, maybe yeast and alcohol.
Ta. Follows the smell, spice, tangy, bitter.
Mf. Nice carbonation, light in the mouth.
Dr. Easy, crisp, clean, delightful.

07-22-2009 00:09:09 | More by deaconoflove
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle to newly received Duvel tulip glass.

A: Light golden body with champagne bubbles. An unreal creamy white head with great retention, just a few swirls brings it right back. Tremendous cobweb lacing.

S: Sour fruit, some straw and yeast. Something more complex that is hard to describe.

T: Crisp, sweet citrus upfront - with a tartness like unripe fruit. Finishes with some malts and hops - wonderfully balanced. Leaves a sweet/sour flavor.

M: Great carbonation - fairly light. Super clean.

D: Amazingly so. If not for the price, would be my go to beer. This beer leaves a grin on my face every time. Pure liquid pleasure.

07-20-2009 23:11:59 | More by cpone
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

I came back from a "British" Pub, in which ironically the selection of Belgian beers is the biggest.

This Devil was poured to perfection by the waiter into a big, branded tulip glass. Big chunky foam on top. It looked so damn good, that the girls and boys on the nearby table (who were drinking swill) stared at me as if though they were mesmerized. That's one sexy beer!!

Smells a complexity of fruits, yeast and alcohol lurking behind. It's a really awesome smell that puts a smile in your face.

Sweetness from the malts and fruity tastes, bunch of yeast in there. More fruit again, and the relaxing, indulgent warmth of the alcohol.

Super crisp feel and very gentle in fact; kind of light. Like champagne with more bubbles and more taste.

This beer's incredible taste, looks etc., combined with the fact that it's pretty drink-friendly, make for a really deceptive beer. If you don't read the ABV in the bottle, well, you might just keep going until you die!! (or run out of money like I did)

Anyway, this beer is absolutely bonkers. You definitely have to try it. Wonder what's it like if it's aged...

07-19-2009 17:24:33 | More by WildMaverick1200
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

had this on a few times before yet to have one in the duvel glass had it in a stella glass

A- hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head

S- slightly fruity yeasty sour apples maybe

T- mellow the the 8.5 abv is nat vary aparent alittle on the yeast side same fruity notes as the smell

M- light on the mouth vary nice

07-19-2009 04:22:50 | More by jackofclubs
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Had this in a Duvel tulip glass. I love the foam this beer produces and the way it lingers. It's like having a puffy cloud above the beer that enhances the whole experience. Duvel has a champange-like richness to it that the carbonation enhances into by making it creamy and frothy. A really special beer that stands out among other beers within its style due to its complex rich, chewy texture balanced by a subtle biterness of Saaz and Styrian Golding hops. It's delicious.

07-19-2009 01:57:48 | More by wd40
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Single bottle (no date) served in a tulip glass. The color is a pale yellow but what makes the appearance is the head and carbonation. When poured you get the classic image of a beer is a glass. The carbonation was coming up from the bottom of the glass in a torrent - really pretty to watch. The foam is very persistent and you get very strong lacing all over the glass.

The smell to me is a little bit like bourbon upon first pouring and as it warms up I'm getting more hops and some wheat smells.

Taste is good and really too complex for me to sort out. Bitter at the first and at the end, with floral hops in the middle and just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - heavily carbonated and bubbly on the tongue. Spicy almost.

Drinkability - I'm glad I had it but this is a beer for sitting back and savoring, not really making me want another. One is good enough.

07-18-2009 22:18:17 | More by damndirtyape
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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Another beer that i havnt tried for ages and just wanted an excuse to try it again so thought id buy it and review it,i love the shape of this bottle its so original and have never see another beer come close to this beer as establishing its look that everyone knows yet keeping its own status,this beer pours a sparkling yellow semi hazy colour which leaves a nice three finger frothy,bubbly head it is so full of bubbles eventually the froth mound sort of collapes to a big frothy mound in the middle with loads of prominent lacing all down the glass,the smell is fresh apples,pears,white grapes and candy not a hint of alcohol,the taste is very fruity with some hints of yeasty characters which leaves you with a nice full bready,caramelish finish on the pallete and a little alcohol warmth on your first taste but after my second sip i dont taste it again its one of those beers that you still cant believe is 8.5% it goes down that easy and in saying that, thats probably the only reason i wouldnt drink to many of these in one sitting but i definately appreciate this beer.

07-18-2009 08:10:46 | More by ADZA
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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured into a snifter. I need my own Duvel tulip :-(

A- The label warns front and back of the beastly head that a hasty pour will produce. I took heed, but still got a massive 3 finger head that stands over the top of the glass. It took me a long long time to finish pouring all the rest into my snifter.
Visually there is lots of activity. Little bubbles rush up the sides to join their brethren in the massive riot that is the head.
Color is a light straw, slightly clouded by yeast.
The lacing is out of control.

S- The smell is very Belgian mixed with floral hops. It reminds me of some pale wheat ales Ive had, only better.
Im detecting some grainy pale malts and floral hoppiness. Some light fruits like apples.

T- The head finally went down just enough for me to actually drink some of this...Here goes...
Unlike anything else Ive gotten to try. Smooth, yeasty and grainy up front, the middle is really juicy and fruity. Its like eating an apple. Slight hop bitterness in the finish but this beer is really balanced, leaning more toward sweet and juicy. Each sip finishes so clean there is almost no trace of any flavors left.

M- Thin mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Slightly dry, very crisp and very refreshing.

D- WOW. Sooo drinkable. Nothing harsh about this beer anywhere. Just watch it drinks too easy for a beer with a 8.5% ABV. Nevertheless I could knock back many of these.

07-17-2009 02:49:35 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

A- This beer poured a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head from a conservative pour. Very clear and light colored.

S- I had seen some reviews describing the smell as having a hint of apples and Id have to agree. There is also a semi-strong hops presence.

T- I definitely taste what seems like grapes. Grains are present although not very unique in taste. There is a nice bite towards the end and surprisingly it hides its alcohol well.

M- Very crisp and dry. Like champagne.

07-15-2009 03:23:10 | More by a4tuurbo
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