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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,522
Reviews: 2,589
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | 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.

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Photo of berley31
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured with a huge, frothy white head that hung around forever... and eventually dissipated down to 1-finger size or so. Great lacing in clumps on the sides of the glass. Body is a bright yellow and clear. This is a beautiful beer and I want to marry it.

S: Fantastic aroma of yeast, citrus, and everything that's good about the world. I can detect a very little amount of alcohol, but it's not a bad thing... it's beckoning to me.

T: So nicely balanced... the yeast is there, the citrus is there, and it's slightly sweet as well. I can barely notice any alcohol, at 8.5%. It's fantastic, and so smooth.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, and average carbonation.

D: I love this beer. It brings back great memories of my trip to Belgium that turned me on to beer... I'll never forget the first time I had it, at a great bar where people willingly came over to speak with us and ask us where we were from. Always brings back happy thoughts. I just wish NBLC liquor stores had it here, but I'll be satisfied with getting Ontario friends to bring it to me. At 8.5%, it always makes me feel good, and it's something I could always have again.

berley31, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The classic 'devil style ale'
Appearance is surprising - very light and clearish for a Belgian but the sticky huge head and champagne bubbles give it away.

Smell is all yeast and cloves, mmmm.

Taste is a bit of ripe apricot and pears at the beginning followed by cloves and finishing with a hint of green bell pepper, dry hop bitterness and barely any noticeable alcohol.

Feel is nice, smooth and bubbly but not too effervescent.

This beer is so so drinkable, probably one of the most guzzleable 8%+ beers I've had, though the taste is so good, why would you not sip it?

A true classic, one of the best beers that is widely available worldwide!

benclimbs, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel (DOO-VIL, not pronounced DU-VELL) pours golden with a huge fluffy white head. Duvel is basically a super-pilsner with plenty of yeast and snap in every sip. Very drinkable and very powerful - two of these in a half hour might put you in the spins.

Some notes of apple, great lacing in the goblet and good carbonation throughout. A champion beer.

WCBCFrank, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Beejay
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a review from memory since my original review disappeared.

Appearance typical for the style. Smells of sweet fruit, strawberries, and a slight tartness. A bit of a yeasty scent as well. The flavor followed smell. Sweet tasting, delicious with a little bit of tart fruit and yeast. Strawberry flavors prevalent, and a great mouth feel. Overall a delicious brew.

Beejay, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of kruse
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Lovely golden pour with an enormous creamy white head. Head retention would have been better if the bar had the proper glass, but still impressive. Lot's of lacing.
S: Apple notes with hop overtones.
T: Lovely, balanced combination of bitter and mild sweetness.
M: Very good, but a little thin at the end.
D: A very drinkable beer. Goes down a bit too easily considering the alcohol content.

kruse, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel glass. My first Duvel in these glasses.

A - Huge fluffy white head, huge head. Loads of little bubbles spiraling out of the bottom of the glass. Body is luscious, golden, crisp, slightly cloudy delight.

S - Slightly hoppy, slightly yeasty (good yeasty). Little malt but fresh clean smell.

T - Balanced, clean, flavourful and awesome.Slightly citrusy at first, then pale malt flavours and then a clean hoppy after taste.

M - Carbonated, clean, aftertaste develops different flavours.

D - For 8.1% ABV, amazingly drinkable. Could get massively pissed.

About time I had this beer.

IHasaFlavaFlav, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a HUMUNGUS white fluffy head and is a crystal clear light yellow color with lots of bubbles shooting to the top. Very good retention and great lacing.

S-The aroma of spicy hops, pilsner maltiness and cloves fill my nose all at once. But I think it was the hops I first noticed. Faint green apples as well, and some other fruity esthers. The presence hops was a very nice suprise for a change, (in a beer style like this).

T-Much of the same with a very noticable hop bitterenss and more of an earthy hop flavor than spicy, but spicy nonetheless. Very nice balance of green apple and clove spiciness and slight malt sweetness and tartness.

M-This beer is big bodied with a very dry finish and lasting lingering hop bitterness and flavor.

D-For this beer being so big, it goes down very smooth. It says on the four pack that they age the beer before they release it. Maybe that's why I'm not really getting any alcoholness in this. It's very nice indeed. World class I'm sure. Be sure to try this beer if not yet. I'm sure I'll visit this beer again.

hoplover82, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this one for a long time.

Pours a light golden, slightly opaque, with a foamy head, which lingers in pockets like seafoam. Lots of lacing, terrific retention.

Nose is hoppy, with a bit of fruit, maybe apple or pear.

The taste starts off dry and bitter, but quicky moves to a sweeter finish, with a blend of apple, pepper and spices. I can detect the alcohol, but it enhances, rather than hinders the overall experience. Very well carbonated.

A great strong ale, one of the finest that I've encountered thus far!

**UPDATE 1/9/2010

I picked up the Duvel glass and 750ml gift set, and let it age for a month or two. What a difference the tulip glassware makes! After sipping on this for a while, I had to amend my scores from the last sampling. Simply a fantastic brew. Over the last time, I found that the alcohol was a bit more muted (a big plus) and the apple and yeast were more pronounced. Just loving it.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a straw-golden color with a thick, fluffy head on top that sticks around...looks like frothed milk floating on top.

Aroma is pretty skunky...in a good way. Notes of honey, light hops, bread, tarragon, peppercorn.

Taste is remarkable...light and refreshing...bitter up front, but finishing quite sweet. Hints of apple, orange peel, pepper, caramel, honey.

This is an outstanding beer...one that I'm glad has become rather mainstream...available at many bars/carryouts. It's easy to drink, and has quite a layered flavor profile. And that head is classic...sticking around until the bitter end.

movingtrain, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't had this in over a year when I found it fairly average. I was pretty sure that was heresy, so I decided to try it again as my palate has hit warp drive since then...

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale yellow with ballooning foamy head which leaves layers and layers of sticky lace. Bubbles continue to issue forth from the bottom. Looks like a dollop of whipped cream is sitting right on top of the beer.

Smell: Pear, citrus, spice, clove and pepper. Smells tart and dry.

Taste: Spicy, peppery apple is dominant. Light almost wheat-like malts are in the background. Ever-so-slightly tart. Finishes with a spicy, almost metallic bitterness.

Feel: Highly carbonated and extremely light. Unbelievably dry.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing and exceedingly dangerous as the alcohol is completely hidden. A satanic brew indeed.

...what a difference a year makes.

bsp77, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a large soap-suddy head that slowly fades.
Malty and herbal smell: pale malt, coriander, oats, some light spicy hops, a bit of lemon and some doughy yeast.
Flavours mirror the aroma, with the additions of some sharp alcohol and a bold bitter finish. Very dry.
Carbonation is way over the top, too prickly.
Not sure what the hype is all about here?

CrazyDavros, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of JVEyck309
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this more times than I can remember. Always a go-to-beer for good occasions. Four pack of 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles poured into my Duvel tulip glass.
A good pour lends itself to a heavy tall standing head trying to climb out of the glass, very sticky foam clings as it slowly settles down into small mounds of froth. Color is pale light gold.
Smell is bready, pepper, banana, malt sweetness, maybe some grassy hops.. not sure (nose has been congested for over a month, damn seasonal allergies!) Taste is amazing, everything the smell would entice and more. Clean pale malt, crisp sparkling carbonation, juicy, warming alcohol, whatever it is! It's effin great.

If I were a rich man, this would replace my Budweiser nights.. But alas, craft brews are a once/twice/thrice a week thing in my circumstance which I begrudgingly accept. Despite 8.5% abv, I would drink this all night. An all around great beer which I always return to.

Anyone who says they don't like beer.. hand them a bottle of Duvel, we'll have converts for sure! Truth!

JVEyck309, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of jamescain
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear golden look what a thick layer of head. As the beer sits small trails of bubbles shoot up to the top along the side of the glass.

With one smell of this beer I'm amazed by how aromatic it is. Delicate spice, cloves, malty sweetness and of course the famous Belgian yeast.

Its really smooth and extremely creamy a very quaffable. Remember those trails of bubbles, well they are the carbonation that provides a crispness to the finish. It is bitter and sweet at the same time, but more so sweet because of the yeast; distinct fruity malt esters, bold spiciness and with a touch of hops to add to the balance. Finishes slightly dry with some left over spice and hops for added bitterness.

Drink it slow and savor its' flavor.

jamescain, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i look to see the how size of the bottle after i pour (into a pint glass, all i have available), 11.2 fl.oz, it says pour unhurriedly right under it. boy i wish i read that first.

-nevertheless, a huge foamy head that seems like it doesnt plan on leaving. a hazing orange body probably due to it being bottle conditioned. i shall wait for the 3 inch head to shrink a bit.... so i waited for a minute or two, the head dissipated from the sides, leaving a little mountain of foam in the middle and lace all over the class, i wont penalize the weird appearance for me lousy pour.
-Has the smell of a witbier, sweet and citrusy. little orange and apple combination in the nose.
-this baby tastes just right. it has a well balanced flavor of sweet/citrus and a slight bitterness from malt and a subtle taste of alcohol.
the mouthfeel is of medium carbonation and the alcohol is warming down the throat and in my stomach.
this brew is pretty exceptionally drinkable. it isnt as strong as i thought a belgian strong pale ale would be, but it is definitely drinkable and a beer i'd love to have again.

JordonHoltzman, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard the rave reviews, got myself a bottle -- here in Paris, France. For this re-review, I even have a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Wow. A massive billowy head plumes forth, leaving a rocky, wavy top to it. Carbonation continually streams from the bottom, and the slightly cloudy gold color looks regal. The glass is

Smell: This smells better than most beers taste. Cloves, fruits -- notably pear, apple -- a wonderful blend of hops above the hint of malt. I only wish it were more pronounced. The smell is almost too weak for a beer this good.

Taste: This really does live up to the hype. a hoppy flash up front, leading to the fruit & spice taste, followed closely by a perfect malty/hop blend, that finishes with a delicate taste of alcohol and more fruity/hop mix -- just reminding you how strong this beer actually is.

M & D: The foam melts over the tongue, adding to the creamy feel. The carbonation is very prevalent, but not biting.
The beer almost drinks like a champagne.

Hands down, the most impressive bottled beer I've ever had. Duvel seems appropriate to me almost any time of the year, except maybe the dog days of summer. Unless you're sitting in a cold room drinking this, lightly chilled. Mmmm.

AmberMan22, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 75 cl.

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head. Good retention.

S: Smells of citrus malts, green apples, spice fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

T: T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges.

M: Full and fluffy mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well.

taigor, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. If I drank this from a Duvel tulip glass, would it garner a higher score? Best before 01/2012? If true, why hurry?

A-Pours a pale clear, golden yellow. Looks a lot like a pilsner. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, stick lace. I have never seen a beer produce such profuse lace. A gorgeous appearing beer.

S-Aroma was the weakest characteristic to me. Present were fruity, yeasty, sweet candy and malty notes.

T-Tantalizing. Bohemian hops and pilsner malts predominate producing an amazingly crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a very slight, pleasantly so, clove like yeast taste. Surprisingly, I can't taste the alcohol. I like this better as the temperature rises above the brewer's recommended 40-50 degree Fahrenheit.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is perfect. Light like a pilsner, but full flavored like an ale. The Moortgat Family hit a home run with this, if they can appreciate the metaphor from the great American pastime.

D-Amazingly so, for a beer with 8.5% ABV. I only believe this because of the label and the beginning of a buzz.

This is a world class, extraordinary beer. Wish I had a good-looking stranger to enjoy this with, as the label suggests, but then I would need more than one 750ml bottle.

velosuds, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very good and refreshing strong beer. I drank it in the original tulip glass. The beer has to be served cold. For the rest its as the others reviewers wrote.

Normally i drink this beer in summer as a thirstbuster. Not more than two because else the beer is like its name; a real devil.

Brabander, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow crystal clear body with a few strands of tiny bubbles. The head is a thick creamy white cloud that turns rocky after the beer sits for a bit. This beer has nice Belgian lace throughout the drink.

S- The smell of perfume and light yeast and hints of pears and pepper are noted in the background.

T- Soft fruity notes are blended with a hint of spice and sourness. The fruit has qualities of pears, oranges with a slight buttery corn hint but it is very light. This finish has a nice hop bitterness that mixes with the spiciness of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizz in the texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is truly light and it does have some nice complexity in flavor. The buttery corn notes as it warmed seem to interfere with the other flavors but not a great deal. The head is simply incredible and the lace just last and last. This is one fizzy yellow beer that is wonderful.

Anthony1, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz squat brown pop top with nice label and pouring instructions; best-by date clearly marked (10-2011); poured this out into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark golden beer with massive carbonation and a huge creamy white whipped cream head with amazing retention.

Smell: Bright, sweet pear aromas up front...it's like cutting up a fresh pear...the fruity aromas are the strongest here, though there are touches of honey and and spice in the background as well.

Taste: Sweet stone fruits and pear, some spicy phenols, and a big kick of alcohol. Some mild, very lightly toasty malt in the background as well. I swear I get a touch of vanilla in here too. Some nice spicy hop bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, prickly, yet somehow creamy at the same time...medium alcoholic feel here as well.

Drinkability: Dangerously high

Conclusion: A classic, and truly worth all the press it gets...not something I drink all the time, but I'm always impressed when I come back to it.

BedetheVenerable, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an exceptional beer.

Appearance- light golden color, good, thick head, good lacing

Smell- sweet malts, fruit

Taste- Explosion of fruit!, very nice

Mouthfeel- full bodied, dry

Drinkability- excellent, definitely will drink again, It is so delicious and refreshing.

jeffjeff1, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty into it's natural domain, a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice pale, straw color with an enormous, sticky head that leaves a tinge of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and yeast, apple, clove and pear. Not bad.

Taste: What an explosion of taste. Bright fruits and yeast jump out at you up front. Finishes with a touch of sourness but so clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Full-bodied, sharp and leaves your mouth dry and wanting more. Stings your tongue just enough.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% beer, this hides its alcohol very well. Pretty drinkable for what it is.

I don't know why, but I thought this beer might have been hyped a little too much, perhaps because it's so available. After trying it, this is definitely not the case. Hugely flavorful and complex, this is an excellent brew. I look forward to trying more beers from Duvel Moortgat, if I get the opportunity. Make no mistake, this is an exceptional beverage.

zoso493, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Paisan
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Duvel", Flemish (not Dutch!) for "devil", is very aptly named, for this can be a sneaky little bastard. This beer is so drinkable, and the alcohol so well hidden that you tend to forget this is 8.5 ABV, and before you know it, it bites you in the lower posterior regions.

Pour this gently (sediment!) in its tulip glass, and you will create a whirlpool of gold, a tornado in a field of barley under a towering white cloud - and just like the weather in Flanders, this cloud will not easily disappear.
After the rising rain has stopped, you notice the nearby orchard, you can smell the apples and pears.
And then you get high on the bittersweet sensation of being part of and immersion in Nature's abundance.

This will quench your thirst any time: aperitif, with your meal, digestif, on a sunny terrace... The well-present bitterness of the fine hops is nicely balanced by the slight sweetness of the alcohol - the only indication you'll get of its presence... until it's too late.

This is most definitely not an average beer, but luckily in Belgium this is an EVERYDAY beer!
This is one every beer afficionado should try, over and over. Schol!

Paisan, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Lots of fresh fruit comes to the nose; grains and some hops also.

T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges. Some hops and slight tartness are apparent, especially in the aftertaste. Where is all the alcohol?

M: Lots of carbonation and a medium body. Leaves the mouth tingling, but in a good way.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well. If it weren't for the alcohol content, I would definitely session with this. This is a great Belgian style ale that is also widely available. I've seen it in my local grocery store before.

MrDanno96, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl.

Pours a faintly hazy lemony gold. Thick pillowy white head hangs around for a while.

Smells of citrus malts, fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

Tastes similar, citrusy and fresh with a yeasty tartness.

Full and fluffy mouthfeel with light but consistent carbonation.

Fantastic! Easy to drink, hides its alcohol well, sweet and citrusy, everything a light colored Belgian ale should be.

Cylinsier, Oct 05, 2009
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,522 ratings.