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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,256
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of alovesupreme


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an excellent head with an off balance pure white head that looks like clouds or something I would want to fall asleep on. Body is a cloudy yellow color with carbonation throughout.

Citrus, almost exclusivley lemon. Farm smells, but appealing and a bready finish.

Lemon flavor, with a malt backbone. Very bready finish that is very pleasant.

Creamy, well carbonated and very pleasant.

Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer, and I could drink lots of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:59:07 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color with a very frothy head. this beer, more than any other I've had, gives develops the most head while pouring.. to the point of almost overflowing.. I don't know if its just me or what..
Aroma is sort of light.. its nice but a bit too light.
Taste is delicious. Very champagne like, a bit bit fruity. Sweetness is not syrupy. Its a bit citrusy, and definitely fruity. Sort of dry, like champagne.
Mouth is very bubbly and, again, has a dry champange feel to it.
Overall its very tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 19:45:30 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of adamhdv


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Great yellow, clear, color that produces a thick white head. Head slowly goes down, but it's a beast.

First taste that hit me was the alcohol. Not sure why...so I let this warm to room temp...much better.

Smells a little fruity, yeast and a little sweet overall.

Tastes of citrus and fruit in general. Some yeast and a little tart. Nice and crisp.

Medium mouthful, lots of carbonation.

Worthy of trying again, think I just got started off on the wrong foot with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:42:44 | More by adamhdv
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow. The head is very dense, pillowy and clings to the sides of the glass very well. The head on this one gives it a 5/5 for looks.

Smell is citusy and spicey at the same time. Very classic belgian strong ale. A lot of hops in the nose thankfully.

The taste is both sour and citusy. There is some slight spice from the hops and the malt is very sweet and sugary. I admit that this style is not one of my favourites, but Duvel is the defining beer of the style. Not a lot of alcohol at all, while the yeast is quite pronounced.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin with a medium carbonation.

Good drinkability for the ABV and overall.

Duvel is a little overhyped IMHO. This is a very classic pale Belgian strong ale and is what is to be expected and not a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:13:25 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of MPLS


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I could have each finger on my right hand represent a Belgian beer that I could take to my grave, I'd probably let this one be my pinky drinkey.

A: In case you forget how the beer is supposed to be presented, refer to the box. Detailed instructions on how to pour. Once poured a nice highly carbonated foamy head atop the the color was a bright gold.

S: I smell apples, airy citrus, alcohol, and some spice of life.

T: Tastes race out with the apples/lemons/fruit flavors of the beer, midway we get warm spice, and in the end are pelted with stones of crispness.

M: Medium, starts fuller and ends with high carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable for most anyone, you could pass this one off to anyone. The high ABV would prevent me from lining these guys up

The true Champagne of Beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 16:59:09 | More by MPLS
Photo of erosier


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a really pale and almost clear straw yellow with a large but airy white head that takes a long time to fade but laces the glass nicely all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of fruity yeast aromas, and a touch of earthy hops at the end of it.
T: Tastes of very sweet toasted malts, then flavors of citrus, apples, then a sharp bitter earthy hop bite.
M: Very smooth, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. I had no idea when I was drinking it that there was 8.5% abv, I would have guess 5% while I was drinking it. Really nice job on disguising that and since all the flavors blended well, it's definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 14:19:35 | More by erosier
Photo of kaseydad


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge foam pour which starts to look like a layer of cool whip as it sits. Nice clear pale yellow color.

Smells of citrus, pinapple and green apple characteristics.

Tastes great with a creamy feel followed by a sharp bite at the swallow. Each sip is accompanied by foamy goodness which makes for a unique drinking experience. Major lacing all over the snifter.

Awesome beer that is highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:42:34 | More by kaseydad
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed yet... shame on me. 11.2 oz into what else, but a Duvel tulip.

Poured a fantastic 5F frothy head, with plenty of lacing - cloudy, yellow appearance.

Smells nothing short of aweseome - fermented white grapes, banana, yeast.

Tasted like a fine white wine, without the alcohol... all the smells come through.

Great carbonation mix - not too much, and relatively rich overall. Little bite on the back and sides of the tongue after the finish.

Super drinkability, esp given the ABV. If anyone needs a cross-over to the world of fine, strong Belgians, hand 'em one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 00:58:59 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Grandwazoo


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had been looking forward to trying this, and it did not disappoint!

This beer pours with a huge thick head that will not go away. It has a deep golden yellow that is exceptional against the bright white head. Just a beautiful beer.

Nose borders on overpowering, but let's you know there is a formidable beer in your glass. A big chewy beer bursting with toasted grains and a perfect sour sweet balance. I found it to be mildly tangy and carbonated at first, but this seemed to diminish (likely due to the 8.5% abv washing over my tongue combined with lessening carbonation).

Just a wonderful drink....I can't wait for next one!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 18:41:53 | More by Grandwazoo
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold with a wonderful stark white shaving cream rocky head that just stuck around forever. Beautiful gobs of thick foam on every sip. Good lacing in the goblet.

Smells of dusty wheat and yeasti-goodness.

Rich sweet light grain, yeast, a little white spice. No indication of alcohol at all, which makes this one unbelievably dangerous to drink. You could knock these back easily, and then try to stand up. Mouthfeel is carbonated and medium-light. Quenching and layered in flavor, a fantastic brew that I haven't had in about 10 years. Shame on me. Gonna make a point to hit this every now and then. Got a single for about $4.00, which is a bargain. Worth every penny, and then some.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 14:40:33 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of twbrewer


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into my new Duvel tulip glass.It has a light yellowish/gold color,tons of thick white foam and a ton of bubbles off the bottom of the glass.

S-First smell was a hint of sweet pale malt then a nice hit of earthy,spicy hop and yeast combo.

T-Just like the smell other than it leaves me wanting another sip as soon as I put the glass down.

M-Light/medium bodied beer.All the carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel.

D-Very,very,very drinkable.Wonderful balance,smell and taste.I still can't believe that it's 8.5%!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 20:48:39 | More by twbrewer
Photo of CoolJosh


4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to treyrab for including this in my intro to craft beer way back when. Long story short, I gave Trey $100 five months ago to buy me some "good" beer. Some of the stuff was ehhh, some as great as the Southampton Grand Cru. Long story short, this is one of the few beers that I have left from Trey's buying, so here we go.

Shit, It's a fizzer. I lightly cracked the side of the cap, and it viscously foamed out of the side. I was fortunate to capture at least 8 or 9oz.

A. It looks good. Slight hazy yellow. Plain and simple. No color tones. To be honest it looks a very good lager. A nice foamy white head. Decent lacing around the glass which shows a nice body to the beer. It actually looks like a single belgium.

S. HOLY WOW!!!1!!one!!! This smells unbelievable. One of the best smelling trippel's I've laid my nose on. Incredibly smooth, with tons of banana, orange and lemon zest coming out very well. Tons of the fruit comes out in addition to a very mild hops presence is apparent.

T. Great fruit presence. No alcohol is present, which really makes for an easy and enjoyable drink. I'm getting some freat apple taste, some banana, tons of lemon, and a little bit of orange peel. It's so well blended and so smoothly constructed. It's a little bit on the lighter side which is this beers only weakness. This beer is awesome.

I will be purchasing a couple of large bottles, I'd like to try this again in the near future and aged, as this is an perfect representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 06:28:03 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of Choppr

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - I poured this offering into a Duvel Logo tulip glass that came with a 4 bottle gift pack. The glass has etching on the inside bottom to promote/maximize the head. Beautiful golden coloring with exceptional voluminous head.

S - unmistakably Belgium... sweet, malty

T - sweet up front, fruity and effervescent with a little bite

D - Beautiful Belgian. It has a high abv so you are getting bang for your buck. Highly drinkable. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 15:49:49 | More by Choppr
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a clear golden color with a HUGE foamy head that left soapy spiderweb lacing all over the glass. Just looks beautiful in the glass. I had always seen the pictures of the beer in the tulip glass where there's more foam than beer and thought they must have been doing it wrong. Not the case. Reminded me of the movies where the parents leave the children at home and they get into the washing machine or dishwasher and suds absolutely fill the kitchen. You could take a bubble bath in this head.

Smells fruity with some hop spice. Citrus and floral notes are evident.

Taste is also fruity and sweet, and there is a gentle hop finish. Excellent balance. Dries out considerably while you drink it. The alcohol gives a warming sensation.

This beer is smooth, crisp, and very very creamy. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 07:12:42 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to trying this one. It poured a pale cloudy gold with a fluffy two-finger head with a lot of lacing. The smell is fruity with some yeast and a bit of alcohol. The taste starts off with some fruity sweet malt that gives way to some yeastiness that fades into balanced hops and a dry finish with a little alcohol warming, without any overwhelming alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation that provides a very pleasant crispness. An incredibly drinkable beer, especially for the proof. The shining example of the style, a great beer that's a must try for anyone interested in beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 21:49:26 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of OzarkElmo


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 1, 2009

One of several New Year's Beers I tasted. Golden color, yeasty and carbonated, heady. Poured into Stella glass. Overall a very good beer, but not great for me. I preferred the Leffe Blonde over this one - to each his/her own I guess. A bit pricey and have enjoyed several others for less.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 04:07:00 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of schoolboy


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can you say perfect? This is a beer clearly inspired by the devil himself. I just want to spend the rest of my living days drinking this non-stop. Water and food are unnecessary. Only Duvel.

The rest of the reviewers were correct, of course. This is an excellent brew, one of the greatest. I want MORE! All other beer is pretty lame compared to this. It is delicate, yet it kicks ass. It has a ton of flavor, yet it never offends. It is real purdy in the glass too.

It makes me want to move to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 03:47:07 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Mistofminn


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed on 03/10/09

Went out and bought a four pack of these cute little bottles. The only reason I didn't get the 750 ml caged and corked bottle was because I wanted to cellar 1 or 2 bottles to see how they mature, but I also wanted to enjoy it on the spot. It has been 3 months since I've had a Duvel and I need my fix!

Pours a clear light golden color. Lively carbonation and an aggressive pour produce a massive white and bubbly head. After a few minutes it shrinks to a chunky centimeter or so, and it stays that way through the last drink.

Ah, Duvel! Spicey yeast and fruity goodness! A little bit of hops are present. To me, Belgian Strong Pale Ale's are very similar to Tripel's, and this one stands up to the best of them. There is no alcohol that I can detect.

Down the hatch, golden nectar of the gods! Oh, fruity waves crashing into my taste buds. How gentle, how smooth! This has truly been touched by the hand of god himself!

Ok, now that I'm done being corny. Incredibly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very light. Alcohol isn't in the least bit intrusive. Overall, one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 09:28:25 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of clayrock81


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass for a slightly seethru gold body that had a voluminous soapy head that was sticky and left lace patches everywhere as it scaled down my glass. A great citric and floral burst in the hops along with fruits usch as orange and pear and hints of sweet malt. Medium-bodied and a little slick, citric hops abound on the tongue and are balance with hints of pepper and spices and a pronounced fruit taste of orange and maybe banana and pear. Also a sweet malt base in the body and even a little bready and chewey. One of the greats to have anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 18:49:44 | More by clayrock81
Photo of TommyW


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pale and slightly cloudy due to some escaped yeast. 1 inch white head that fades to a lasting film leaving a nice lacing.

S- Some gentle spiciness and malt sweetness with a faint hint of apple.

T- Good balance of spice and malty sweetness with a finish of citrusy rind and the tart of a granny smith apple.

M- A creamy mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

D- The mouthfeel of this beer makes it incredibly drinkable, especially for a beer with an abv as high as this.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 15:35:02 | More by TommyW
Photo of bmwats


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my official Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy golden color. Light carbonation pours into a 4 finger frothy, craterous white head. Almost like a milk shake. Bubbly holey foam remains as the head slowly creeps into the body of the brew leaving foamy clinging lacing on the sides of the glass. Settles into a half finger uneven layer of thick foam on the surface throughout the experience. Leaves solid, albeit spotty, lacing as you drink it down.

S: Yeast, wheat, citrus hints.

T: Hops, yeast, and lemon. Hint of sweet honey, as well. Slightly bitter, and hoppy. Dry finish.

M: Creamy feel. Yeast overwhelms a little at first. Citrus taste comes into play, bitterness remains.

D: Solid drinkability. Strong alcohol taste, but not too much. Nice refreshing drink due to a light creamy feel.

Well, this is a good brew. Good flavor, great atmosphere, very distinctive soft feel gives it a really solid drinkability. Great quaff. The glass is always important to the atmosphere and presentation, but do yourself a favor and use the tulip.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 03:08:01 | More by bmwats
Photo of mpyle


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - golden color, sparkling clarity. Big foamy white head with good retention.

Aroma - Some hop spiciness, a bit of alcohol, and an earthy character presumably from the yeast.

Flav - Gentle malt and cidery fruit flavor initially. Dries out significantly to a slightly dry finish

MF - Medium body, high carbonation. No asgtringency, slight alcohol warming

D'ability - Moderate body, muted flavors, and dry finish give it the drinkability of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:14:54 | More by mpyle
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a clear golden with a huge frothy head. The head lingers forever and leaves an awesome lacing in the glass.

S- Pilsner like hoppiness with a Belgian style slightly tart sweet maltiness. Slightly fruity, like a peppered lemon.

T- Mild hops with a fruity maltiness. A slightly spicy lemon/orange. Well balanced and alcohol is well hidden.

M- Smooth, perfect body and carbonation level.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 18:19:27 | More by JayNH
Photo of palmer69

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle. initially poured very clear golden color, on the second glass got a little murkier from the yeast being loosened up.

smelled of sweet and sour hops, almost borderline skunky.

tasted great lots of carbonation, but not overpowering though, very smoth, you can def. tast the hops, and maybe a little lemon? and herby.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 12:21:38 | More by palmer69
Photo of hatrix

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle. Impressive looking beer when poured. I enjoyed the taste and at first thought it might become a little overwhelming but it wasn't. Extremely drinkable, I couldn't taste the alcohol. Maybe too drinkable, I could see myself having a few of these and some trouble starting. Some people think its overhyped but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:14:11 | More by hatrix
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,256 ratings.