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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,611
Reviews: 2,598
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 263
Gots: 621 | 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 cassanoj
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet because I couldn't find my tulip glass. Golden yellow with a big, yeasty head. A whole bunch of carbonation going on.

Aroma is of apples, citrus, pear, yeasty - nice, not overpowering.

First, I taste those pilsner hops. Then I taste apple. Very bitter, very fresh. Begins malty, becomes dry and finishes malty and bitter. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden in this one.

Mouthfeel is full and frothy, yet crisp and dry. Really interesting.

Long overdue tasting of the quintessential BSPA. I thought it was a solid, drinkable beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

cassanoj, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from its 11.2oz bottle into my Tremens snifter. "Best before" date was 04/2012.

The beer is beautifully gold in appearance with tons of bubbles rising to the surface from all sides. Lacing on my glass indicates I'm in quickly running out of beer! My pour yielded a substantial amount of head (about two fingers), and it had a uniquely fluffy & light texture.

Smells strongly of sweet malts and spices. Mmmm!

First sip of the beer was shortly after the pour and boasted more carbonation than an Alka-Seltzer. A big turn-off, but letting the beer sit for a minute or two allowed me to enjoy the delicious complexity of this brew. Strong malts from start to finish with some fruit thrown in for good measure. Spicy throughout, but ends with a remarkably dry, crisp finish.

Light mouthfeel from heavy carbonation, even after its first few minutes in the glass. This lightness lends itself to making Duvel a highly drinkable brew. It hides its true strength well and invites you to enjoy another!

All in all, this is an excellent beer. I liked it *much* more than I remembered from my previous experience >1yr ago. Small deduction in the T & M for its overly aggressive carbonation (and honestly, this is what I remembered most about my previous glass of Duvel), but this is a very very good beer.

brystmar, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle of this beer into my La Trappe glass.

A. Pours a yellow clear color. This beer has a huge, fluffy head that lingers forever. Also grea lacing.

S. This beer has a sweet malty aroma. Almost like a loaf of bread. Also fruity. Some spicey scents as well.

T. Wonderful. Just Wonderful. Fruity sweetness, spicey with alcohol flavors. This beer is very unique. I am not sure that I have tasted another like it.

M. Very carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Also a warming feeling from the alcohol.

D. Too drinkable. In the summer heat this beer goes down very easily but beware because it has a very high ABV.

californiakulak, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Eldalonde
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light golden color with a tremendously large, thick and chunky head. Smells lightly of belgian spices, lemons, and other sweet citrus fruits. Taste starts off with flavors of sweet citrus fruits, then is complimented by notes of spice and peppar. Some nice yeast qualities are also prevelant with the alcohol that is rather well hidden. The finish is medium in length. A very enjoyable beer on any occasion.

Eldalonde, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of SamN
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz shawty bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Duvel pours out a cloudy gold with mad carbonation flowing up from the stem. This beer has an absolutely enormous head; flowing up and out the glass and down the side, like so much Jamaican ocean water running down Eva Mendes' perfect thigh. Such a sexy beer, hold on I need to adjust my trousers...crazy lacing expected.

S- Hops dominate the nose, obviously; flowery smells mixed with grapefruit.

T- Definitely a Belgian pale ale; lots of hops with a lot of alcohol, but the 8.5% ABV is hidden deep within the mountain of hops and that particular Belgian yeast strain that adds extra depth of flavor. Light tasting and almost refreshing.

M- Lighter body and lots of tiny bubbles, makin' me feel fine.

D- Drinkability suffers from it's intense hops character (which I don't personally care for) and it's strong alcohol content (which I do care for). Best drank one at a time to enjoy it at it's fullest.

SamN, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Axic10
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Dirty yellow body with a huge head that lasts quite a while. Once the head subsides, there is a decent amount of lacing on the glass. There is also a show being put on by the bubbles due to the markings in the glass.

Smell: Very strong yeast aroma followed by faint banana and lemon zest.

Taste: Citrus flavor with some bready malts coming through. After warming up the banana flavors start to come out. Just a little sting of alcohol, but not enough to make it unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability: An often overlooked beer for me that I am going to have to start making a regular part of my line up. Very solid and easy drinking, especially at 8.5%.

Axic10, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good choice for review number 200.

I first tried this beer several years ago. It came as part of a holiday gift pack. I bought it mainly for the glass, but have come back again and again for the flavor.

A: Pale, crystal clear, yellow. Amazing crown sits on top of the Duvel tulip glass (the only vector to present this fine ale, I might add). The head starts at a healthy 4-5 inches and slowly dwindles to a lasting 1 inch. Reasonable lace along the sides. The etched "D" sends the strong carbonation bubbles to supply the everlasating head. Beautiful in all aspects. Iconic.

S: Slight fruitiness. A hint of alcohol. Very faint, grainy sweetness. The hops are floral and aromatic. A little subdued than what I'd like it to be, but very nice for even the biggest hophead. Definitely of the noble variety however.

T: Many layers of flavors in a quite simple beer. Starts with a mild sweetness that is quickly followed by some alcohol. Not fusel alcohol, but a more pleasant variety. The sweetness then goes to the nice ester profile. Some hints of peach and pear. Strong apple flavors at the end. The hops add to the experience with a mild fruitiness. They also seem to add somewhat of a lemon rind character. To summarize, this beer has a ton going on for a recipe consisting of pilsner malt, sugar, yeast, water and hops.

M: Crisp, clean and slightly minerally. The bubbles tickle and scrub the tongue, making this beer crisper than many.

D: A pheonomenal beer. A paragon of the style. The price is a bit higher than many craft beers, but I'm willing to pay it for this gem. A definite pearl in the sea of Belgian beers. Irreplaceable. If you haven't tried it, you should.

brewdoc75, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of tanousa
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright gold , nice cabonation , very good white head that holds to the glass for your delight.

S- Belgian yeast, slight fruit flavor, lemon and hints of banana.

T- Nice citrus , crisp malty taste. Even being a 8.5 % alcohol it is a beatiful beer to drink and go for more !

M- Nice cabonation, crisp and smooth beer , almost has a champagne feel.

D- very drinkable , refreshing, you can have 2 or 3 no problem, awesome beer.

tanousa, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A hazy yellow with a beautiful white head that leaves a very nice cascading effect.

S-Zesty, with lemon, and some pepper.

T-Much like the nose. Lemon zest, grassy hops, alcohol.

M-Creamy with some carbonation.

D-highly, highly drinkable. Its so light and delicious, but has an above average abv. which makes this dangerous.

Overall, I like this in the smaller 11.2 ounce size than big bottle, but its a great drinking experience. I rarely drink this beer, but its always a pleasure. It deserves its spot as one of the world's great beers.

thegodfather2701, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of AccidentalKate
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear Bright gold, could almost be mistaken for a lager, if it wasn't for the thick white head that holds retention for quite some time. Unsurprisingly there's a fair bit of Belgian lace.

Aroma: Stong yeast aroma, with hints of lemon and banana. Good foundation of malt make this a very bold smell.

Taste: Light malt that comes across quite peppery, and a little heat from the higher ABV. Finish is a clear malty taste that seemingly goes on for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: Lively on the tongue with a copious amount of carbonation and an aftertaste that compliments rather than annoys.

Drinkability:One of the better benchmark beers out there, this beer is a standard drink for beer fans for good reason. Quite pleasant and memorable.

AccidentalKate, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy straw gold color with a giant foamy head. moderate lacing.

aromas of lemon, some banana, slight yeast. smells like a pils.

taste is the same.

bubbly mouthfeel. kind of dry finish.

fairly drinkable, not to filling, not to strong nice beer.

a little foamy but overall really nice.

ryanonline, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel, the quintissential belgian strong pale ale.

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a chalice. Huge pillowy head. A hazed straw yellow with ample lace.

Aroma of fresh baked honey bread. Yeasty notes. Apple like fruitiness as well.

Tart apple with some spiciness. Bready malts and a tangerine like fruitiness. Muted banana notes. Hop bitterness reaches into the finish. Fruity esters and just a hint of clean alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering bitter dry finish.

Drinkability rates high for this gem. A great example of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Wonderful.

Stinkypuss, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden, little hazy, nice carbonation head that disappeared fairly quickly and left some nominal lacing.

S - For a belgian, would expect more yeast, but this is definately not an unpleasant smelling beer. Smell some mild fruits and a touch of malts.

T - Mild fruits with a hint of citrus on a grainy alcohol backbone. For lack of a better word, tastes a little soapy, but also not unpleasant.

M - Crisp and refreshing and bubbly. Light bodied.

D - Pretty easy to get this one down, and at over 8% could make this a great night and painful morning.

AgentZero, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into goblet.

Appearance: Has a somewhat cloudy, golden color with a nice, frothy head.

Smell: Has a strong fruit aroma, while having a sweet malt backbone with some citrus in the background.

Taste: Has a nice sweet flavor throughout almost the whole thing. It has somewhat of a citrus flavor that balances out the sweet. Then it has a slightly sour aftertaste. Great.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is the quintessential Strong Pale Ale for a reason, and it is fantastic.

civilizedpsycho, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Explodes with carbonation as high as the liquid. Glistening bubbles. Body is straw pale and clear. Nose is lovely boquete of belgian phenols; banana and cloves, melons. Flavor is nice, light marmalade, pilsner body. The finish is where it shines: starts dry, with a soft expanding cloud of phenols through the enhale; leaves a kiss of alcoholic sweetness. The added carbonation really helps with this. Drink too many and you'll be crawling.

gyllstromk, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of trbergman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Golden beer with ample carbonation and one finger of rocky, bone-white head.

S - Cracker-like malt, somewhat vinous, tart apple, some banana perhaps, with a nutty yeast character.

T - Very clean, crackery malt, with a touch of cidery apple and white grape. There's also some white pepper spice, with assertive - but not overpowering - hop bitterness. Rounding out the palate is a pleasant and nutty yeast flavor.

M - Light-medium body, with heavy carbonation. With each sip, loads of tiny bubbles explode on the palate. The result is a beer that has both a nice peppery spritziness and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Light - yet complex, delicious, and no hint of alcohol. Very similar to Champagne. Worth an occasional revisit.

trbergman, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2oz bottle. served chilled.

Smell: Sour apples, mild alcohol, and yeast

Taste: Initially there is a crisp citrus note that's pleasantly bitter combined with in your face carbonation. Halfway through pale malt character emerges - grainy and clean. Finish is apple, tart and crisp, followed by a prolonged yeast and grain flavors.

Notes: Crisp and delicious. Very refreshing. I've heard this is much like champagne and I couldn't agree more. Great summer beer and would be really excellent paired with just about any food.

4000qtrap, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of cnozzy
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from .33 L bottle into the tulip glass.
Appearance: Pale golden color, a huge white head like a crown.
Smell: Full-bodied malty smell, with a little fruity, apple perhaps.
Taste: First, a little bit bitter and spicy. Then, sweetness and fruitiness came out.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Feel wonderful with thick foam. When I drink it, a large number of tiny bubbles make me feel very smooth.

cnozzy, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 2 inch head that persists and clings to the glass in great clumps. The appearance is perfect pale and slightly cloudy. The aroma is delicious with sweet malt and some spicy hops. The taste is rich and full with strong malty goodness and bitter, spicy hops with a hint of fruitiness. The feel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and a clean finish. This is a rich, rich pale ale.

This ale has all the elements of an excellent brew with complexity and richness, so I had a difficult time figuring out why it is that I didn't enjoy it very much and would not be returning to it. I think it comes down to too much. Too rich, too strong, too spicy, too sweet. It feels like it ought to be cut with water before being served, like it's a pale ale concentrate.

rfabian, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Bajasith
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1PT to a glass mug.
Appearance: Very nice golden color with some opaqueness as a heavy head began to form into a very nice snow cone shape. Very appearant carbonation in this brew with some heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell/Taste: Balanced aroma of light roasted malt and just the right amount of hops to go with it. All the flavors combine great as it goes down smooth without a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Wow, hard to describe... Very well balance to my palate.
Drinkability: To bad I only had a 750ml bottle of this brew. Could easily had more along with some grilled salmon... Mmmmm

Bajasith, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into the Duvel glass.

A- Brilliant golden with a thick, rocky white head that lasts well after the beer is gone. Looks as good as this style possibly could.

S- Earthy hay, pear, Czech hops, Belgian yeast esters.

T- A touch of pale malt sweetness up front, fades to pear and tropical fruit about midway, and finishes with a slight alcohol bite and hoppiness. The yeast plays a big roll here.

M- A lot of carbonation but doesn't distract. Tastes even better as it opens up.

D- Not much to dislike with this. Simple ingredients, damn drinkable for the strength, well made.

brownbeer, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Airedoggie
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I let the bottle sit for 15-20 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a huge white fluffy head that doesn't quit. Beautiful lacing. looks more like a fine Pilsner.

S: Gives a light yeasty fragrance like sour bread, sweet with apples and perhaps oranges. Faint spices too along with musty hoppiness.

T: Mildly sweet with a hint of bitterness. Apples and oranges with a slight sour hoppy taste that lingers in your mouth after the dry finish.

M: A fresh, clean crisp carbonation. Creamy and light to medium bodied mouthfeel. the alchohol at 8.1% is perceptible.

D: Seems too drinkable given the high ABV. Certainly an exceptionally quaffable brew - one of my all-time favorite beers.

Airedoggie, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Duvel I have ever had. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into the duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very yellow, almost piss-like semi-clear color. Huge head from a moderate pour. Very nice lacing down the glass and head retention is amazing. Still had a head throught the session. Pillowy fluffy head.

Smell: A little challanged on the nose. Slight malty and banana peel aromas. A faint lemony rubbery aroma.

Taste: Very nice. Tastes like a nice strong pale ale but with that european feel to it. Packed with flavor in such a light colored beer. Alcohol comes through a little bit but its contained through the malty finish. Nice bitter hops on the initial attack.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. A lot of tiny bubbles. Medium viscosity with a nice creamy aftertaste that coats the palate, yet refreshing.

Drinkabilty: Great sesssion beer if you can handle a couple of these. Strong but not too strong. Overall very refreshing and tasty. Great to accompany grilled meats and veggies.

Augustiner719, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of yuriruley
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light golden color, nice frothy white head with crazy lacing.

Smell - Slight fruit flavor with hints of alcohol. Having a hard time picking up smells I recognize on this one, but great smell none the less.

Taste - Good flavor, subtle sweetness with bread flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drink - Nice crispness, goes down incredibly easy. Wonderful foaminess.

Great beer, I don't drink many of this style, but this is one of the best of the style I have had. Will be buying more in the future.

yuriruley, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - poured into my Duvel glass, making the rotunda font D in the head, as the bubbles emit from the etched D in the bottom. the colour was a bright honey yellow and the head was a solid white.

S - there is a slight hop bitterness, and alcohol mostly; though I can say there is some sort of tartness reminiscent to granny smith apple skin.

T - there is a nice hop bitterness, and the taste of the alcohol comes to fruition towards the middle of the tasting and the aftertaste. the tartness that was in the aroma is now a slight sweetness in the mid drinking process.

MF&D - very drinkable despite the abv and aftertaste presence. the carbonation is so smooth the beer is crisp like a freshly ironed shirt, very light on the palate. quite exceptional all around.

erz316, Nov 15, 2009
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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