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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,157
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 227
Gots: 421 | 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 PerzentRizen


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have wanted to try one of my four bottles of duvel ever since my wife brought them up from her trip to Florida. There they have sat beckoning to me. I thought that with all the rave reviews and high expectations this beer would drastically fall short, but it is absolutely delightful.

I poured my unaged Duvel into the Duvel glass. Oh how I have wanted to use this glass to hold its true beer. This is actually a first for me - but not the last. I plan to house many beers in their brewery's glass as soon as I can collect more. The head was full - all the way to the top just like in Michael Jackson's book. Then the 1/2 inch lacing stayed for the rest of the beer.

The golden, clear, and very carbonated look is matched with the aroma. This may sound weird, but the smell is like that of an elephant ear from the fair. I can smell cinnamon, nutmeg, bread, and many other spices in this beer. Wow this is amazing and I haven't even gotten to the taste!

The mouthfeel is really surprising. At 8.5% ABV I was expecting a little heavier feel. By far and away the mouthfeel is much lighter and much much more carbonated than expected. The pilsner malt is really doing it for me here. But, I do know that the malt is just one small aspect. I believe the yeast strain that was derrived for this ale is the key factor to the unique flavors and smells. I would love to try other beers made with the same strain.

The taste is like several beers at the same time and each sip brings out a new flavor. The first sip is twangy almost like a wheat. The next like a bitter german pilsner. I must say I really enjoy Belgium golden ale. For a beer produced in such great quantity Moortgat has done a fine job in maintaining quality. I feel quite blessed to have received my bounty.

The end note of this beer is clean and hoppy. I enjoyed it greatly and will enjoy the other three in my closet. Here's to Duvel, "one devil of a beer."

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 03:22:46 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of JBogan


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with gigantic foamy white head which leaves good lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smells somewhat sweet along with yeast scents with some banana along as well.

Tastes much as it smells, along with some alcohol present.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Very crisp and bubbly with a medium to light body.

An excellent beer, very refreshing. If not for the alcohol content and to an extent the price, I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:45:15 | More by JBogan
Photo of aubuc1


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet (no duvel glass).

Pours clear, light yellow with champagne like carbonation trickling up with the classic huge pillowy white head.

Strong blend of smells. Banana, clove, and yeast are the ones I can pull out, but the smell is very complex.

Very crisp initial taste of chalky yeast and some mellow hops.

Very full, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very loud taste is not as mellow as I would like. Great beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 00:37:23 | More by aubuc1
Photo of tpd975


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light yellow hue with the biggest boldest head known to man. The head is a tower of foam. Light, white, and wispy. Looks like overwhipped egg whites. Tons of thick lace left behind. Very nice.

S: Nice sweet bubblegum aroma with hints of yeast. Some citrus and summer fruits round things out.

T: Nice citrus zip which fades to Belgian yeast and bubblegum. Hints of clove and some apple come thru near the finish.

M: Wonderful carbonation finishes a bit dry.

D: Very, another wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 15:25:06 | More by tpd975
Photo of waldoiverson


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into snifter

A: awesome crisp white head that held itself in peaks...like whipped egg whites. lots of lacing in the glass and a clear straw color. pretty great stuff.

S: orange rind and ripe melon

T: a bit of alcohol and sweetness on the front, then fades with a lil' alcohol burn and a soft bitterness from the hops

M: tangy from the alcohol but very little stickiness and far less dry than one might expect

D: I can drink a lot of this or rather i'd like to drink a lot of it, but the ABV is a bit much and thus it loses a point.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:48:01 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MMM... this is good beer but didn't live up to the BA hype. Try a Maredsous from Duvel for something truly special. After reading countless reviews praising the divine grace of Duvel, I decided to rate another tasting... unfortunately, I realized I was drinking the same beer.

A- The head on this really sticks out: bone-white and formed of bubbles varying in size from microscopic to 1/4inch. Color is transparent yellow-golden

S- Smell is potent and reminds me of fruity bubblegum

T- Reminds me of bubblegum and soap at first. After a few sips I get some sweet malts but can't get past that bubble-soap flavor.

M- Feel is good. Not too light, no too heavy. Just right for a beer. However, carbonation is foamy and annoying

D- Drinks well for 8.5%ABV. At least it gets me drunk quickly

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 03:49:06 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Duvelmonami

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel is the Belgian beer to start with. The smell, the appearance, the taste, the mouthfeel and drinkability are out of this world. Whether one tastes Duvel out from a bottle or from the tap, the beer is simply exquisite.

The latter is often considered as the definitive version of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style...

''Definate'', maybe not, (some microbrewery beers outclass commercial ones) but one would agree that drinking Duvel is an experience and an unforgettable one too.

Rating : A

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:11:00 | More by Duvelmonami
Photo of BarleyMine


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks can be deceiving... this pours a light, slightly clouded straw color with a head that pours thick and falls back rather quickly to about a quarter inch with bubbly, fast lacing. It smells of malt with notes of lemon meringue. Taste is malty with hints of white sugar and a tartness on the backsides of the tongue. Finishes with flavors of lemon and mild hops. Has a great mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation. This one goes down oh so well.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 05:47:57 | More by BarleyMine
Photo of Silenus89


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

"Pour Unhuredly" even following this wise mans advise created a huge head that took acouple mins to dissolve. with so much activity going on in the glass i feel as if this beer is dancing for me with its nice golden color.

S. Yeast, malts, complex aromas along with it and a touch of spice.

T. some yeast to it, alittle fruit with a dry finish

Mf. Light with high carbonation

D. Highly drinkable i wish i had more of this. The alcohol is hidden quite masterfully too. Try this!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:15:26 | More by Silenus89
Photo of NCSUdo


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle

A: Light golden under a huge white head. Nice lace and great retention.

S: Very fruity, yeasty. Some grassy hop.

T: Sweet up front with the hint of a balanced hop in the back end. Bitterness is rather light. A bit of yeast and definite hint of warm alcohol.

M/D: Light to medium bodied. Dry. Pretty easy to drink. A really good beer. I think I expected a little more, but it is still darn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 02:10:49 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw yellow, huge head and silky sticky lacing, lively carbonation, good looking glass to.

Spicy esters in the nose, some hay, a delicate malt aroma as well. Flavor of grassy hops, alcohol and has a very dry finish. Well balanced, nicely crafted.

Extremely quafable, at over 8% avb, a dangerous ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 00:43:50 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of roadhouse


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a fiending for this beer today and since I haven't reviewed it yet, here goes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a pale golden yellow with a huge two inch white head that is kept alive by very lively carbonation. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very fruity with sweet tones of candi sugar and a sort of bready, yeasty funk. A bit of spiciness in the back.

Taste is what I expect from the aroma. Starts out nice and sweet with fruity tones then gradually becomes more spicy and finishes with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, the carbonation level makes it very crisp yet creamy.

This is a classic. If you haven't tried it yet, get on it!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 06:37:23 | More by roadhouse
Photo of PatronWizard


3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this chub into a glass...

Looks like sparkling cider only with a much bigger head. Very pale. Completely alive with bubbles. The middle slowly sinks but the constant flow of soft carbonation acts as a perpetual head replenisher. This is one of the most dynamic beers I have ever seen. I was debating on whether to give it a 5 for appearance because I'm pretty damn stingy with the 5s, but after almost an hour it was still brimming with life. I decided the glass had a better chance of biodegrading than this head ever dying.

More aroma than the pale color suggested. Alcohol, plus....pineapple, or apple, or I don't know. Maybe acetone.

The taste is out of my descriptive range. Not really strong or bad, just elusive. To be honest, it reminds of the smell in the air when my wife does her nails.

Very light, very crisp, very dry. Too close to champagne for me.

Drinkability is like sparkling cider. How much could you have?

Overall: didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I'll let my tastes continue to develop and have it again in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:23:12 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of yael6666


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Oh my lord!!!! It looks like god`s pee. (if poured right)
Golden yellow, with a big white foam head that lasts forever and carbonation bubbles dancing to the top.

S. Fruity, pepper and species... alcohol notices very easily.

T. Again fruity, bitter-sweet , grains, hops and species.

M. Highly carbonated, alcohol very present, but well accomplished with the sweet taste.

D. Great drinkability, high carbonation and bitter-sweet fruity taste... Be careful wit this one¡¡

This beer is the god (or the devil?) of all the belgian strong ales, it`s high ABV and great flavour makes it one of my favorites!!


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 22:10:42 | More by yael6666
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my new duvel stemed goblet
this is the belgian that got me into the stile and i am breaking into my birthday gift set. this is light and furity with some fine sour notes at the end, the alchoal is hiden well in this one but it will sneek up on you. this is an almost perfuct beer. the only porblem with this one is that once it is in my glass it is onaly an avrage of three sips befor this one is finished. top shelf for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 21:21:57 | More by orcasteve
Photo of dstc


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a big white head. Head falls very slowly and leaves a fine lace behind.

Smells real nice! Big floral, hoppy aroma.

Taste is slightly sweet with bold spiciness and hops coming through. Just great.

Full smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. So smooth.

Just an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:11:47 | More by dstc
Photo of changeup45


3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/11/2005. Wow, this was an interesting beer to sample. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge, thick, creamy white head. Almost out of control and the fluffy head sits on top of the beer forever. The aroma was a little fruity with a touch of malt. Somewhat sweet tasting, fruity with malts and a bitter bite to let you know there's alcohol in it. First time I had this I expected one of those refreshing type of summer beers, which obviously it's not. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:34:11 | More by changeup45
Photo of rdub


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the stubby bottle into the tallest tupip style glass I had. A few years back I tried one of these at Three Birds in Corning NY but didn't know what i was geting into. Even back then I knew it was something special. The head was awesome as was the smell. The taste was strong and smooth and the drinkability was good even though it is somewhat heavy and strong. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 20:38:05 | More by rdub
Photo of thekevlarkid


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the bottle with a tremendous creamy head. Fantastic retention of the thick cap; clumps of it stick to the glass. Hazy pale straw gold. Aromas of light yeast, green apples, assorted spices. Very, very drinkable and the 8.5% is almost impossible to taste. Medium/high carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Refreshing. Clean and crisp, slightly bitter and lacking the in-your-face sweetness of other high ALC% beers. Some fruity malt esters in the middle. Great balance. Amazingly quaffable for as potent as it is. Each sip makes you want another. Complex yet a beer I would recommend to any beer drinker. Stunning. This is deserving of its reputation of being one of the worlds best. I have to say, It lacks nothing and has everything. One of the best beers I have ever had if not the.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 15:35:26 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of drxandy


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2oz) to tulip glass, pours extreeemely carbonated, even a very slow pour yields incredible head, pours a clear golden shade with excellent head retention, dollops of foam whilest drinking

smells of belgian yeast (banana/clove), spices, sweet malts

tastes extremely drinkable! crisp belgian yeastiness kicks off the show followed by a light sweetness/sourness, light bitterness, carbonation makes everything pop, lingering spice, alcohol is certainly hidden devilishly.

mouthfeel is very creamy and slightly thick from carbonation, bubbles slide over the tongue, light bitterness, extremely drinkable for abv!

paired with aged cheddar grazier and cranberry white cheddar, deliciously

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 15:45:18 | More by drxandy
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Aged about a year, March 2010 expiry date. Pours a cloudy light yellow with lots of carbonation and decent head. Decent grassy, slightly funky aroma. Flavour is solid and full. Belgian yeastiness up front, leading to a rounded fruitiness. A bit of lemon. Ends with a light peppery spiciness. Similarities to Unibroue beers. Great lacing. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:11:30 | More by sstackho
Photo of mcleod1455


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance : Very nice gold color. Huge head : You have to pour it slowly as this beer is like dynamite...

Smell : It's lemon-scented with hints of yeast and cereals

Taste : long aftertaste hop bitterness. Little bit of lemon and alcohol taste

Mouthfeel : High effervescence in he mouth

Very good beer, high drinkability

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 08:36:44 | More by mcleod1455
Photo of covepark


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a small head. Grew bigger as it sat for awhile. Creamy white. Great clear golden view with nice amount of activity.

S- Heavy grainy malt. Hints what I believe to be yeast. Complex aromas. Grassy tones.

T- Action gives a powerfully smooth hit to the buds. Slight malt linger. Nice spice blend.

M- Tasted the alcohol on the back side of the bud line. Not overwhelming. Hops came through with the typical Belgain flavors. What you would expect from a good ale.

D- Action on this makes it a great pub brew. Retains its Belgian quilities for a long time. Great to sit with during lenghty interaction with friends. Nice! Relax and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:40:48 | More by covepark
Photo of mbenthall

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, very clear for an ale. With nice generous head that stays laced on the side.

Smell: First whiff of fruit followed by yeast and malt with a touch of spice.

Taste: Sweet with a fuity balance finished with bitter spiced hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable especially for the 8.5% abv. We've all heard the name and there is a reason its reputation proceeds it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 13:29:20 | More by mbenthall
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip from a 750mL bottle

A: What can I say, this beer is impossible to pour without creating a huge head. Lacing is great and body is a perfect cloudy golden yellow.

S: Strong Belgian spiciness from the yeast, and a slight fruitiness. Smell is pretty clean, and of course more complex than I can describe.

T: Nicely yeast spice, slight sweetness, long aftertaste and hop bitterness, all really wonderful and hard to describe. I would usually describe other beers a 'like Duvel', in this case it doesn't make sense.

M: Filling with a heavy carbonation, but not harsh on the tongue. Full feeling and a really clean finish.

D: Great drinkability, a clean finishing beer with no harsh lingering flavors.

I have forgotten how good this beer was, since it is so widely available, but this has reminded me its not something to overlook.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:15:17 | More by 51mmz0rz
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