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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,915
Reviews: 2,633
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 311
Gots: 792 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of aristeros
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been five years since I've had one of these!

Poured into a tulip. Enormous white head, very thick with excellent retention, the thing lasts over a minute. The beer itself is a light straw color with very visible carbonation.

Nose is very yeasty up front. Some banana, some cloves, a bit of red fruit, a lot of pepper on the back end.

Sweet apples is the first thing I taste, much sweeter than the nose. Some banana bread, with sweet malts and spices on the back end. Bright, light mouthfeel, and it would be easy to mistake this for a less strong beer. This helps the drinkability a great deal--I could happily have several and not realize what I'd done until I tried to stand up.

I never regret having one of these. World class.

Photo of techfed87
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clean and sharp with a thick white head.

Color is a transparent yellow, with a steady stream of bubbles percolating from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is sour, with tones of malt that appear very much lager like.

First sip is light, with several complex flavors appearing up front in the pallet. Has the qualities of a very nice Pilsner, with the complexities of something much more mature.

In terms of Belgian Ales, this ranks right up with the best of them. And while I may not put the type in my favorites list, I can definitely appreciate it for what it's worth.

Photo of JoePat
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright golden yellow color with a bright white head towering over the beer. The head lingers for a very long time almost looking like a kruasen in a fermenter as it subsides.
I smell some clodeves, apple, and banana in the head. There is a little yeast in there as well.
The taste is a little sweeter than the smell with some earthy hop flavor as well.
The mouthfeel is almost explosive at first with all that carbonation but afterwards it is smooth and goes down well.
While not an extremely drinkable beer due to the carbonation the taste keeps me coming back for more.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours the typical bright, clear yellow-gold color of many belgians, but the head, if possible, stands out from the rest. It is huge (3 inches high) white and fluffy as fresh snow, and has ridiculous retention time. The lacing is thick and foamy as well, and leaves no part of the glass untouched. The head is still here 5 minutes later, even after drinking, and I have it all over my nose.

Speaking of the nose, it's quite a thing to behold as well. Ripe apple, pear, and banana with some spicy yeast and buttery pilsner malt comprise the aroma, all melding together in a strong yet tame awesome aromatic adventure. Alliteration aside, this thing smells nice.

On the tongue, Duvel has elements similar to the nose like the ripe pears and apples, but a bit of citrus thrown in for good measure as well. Banana lingers in there too, accompanied by some buttery-cracker like malt flavor (the pilsner malts, according to the label), all backed up by some zesty, spicy yeast flavor and a bit of dry hoppiness. This beer is complex, flavorful, but mellow and extremely enjoyable.

If you need a second opinion, my roommate just walked in and took a sip, said "That's the fucking SHIT!" then walked out, only to return and steal more a few moments later. This beer is strangely addicting; I've never been the biggest fan of Belgians (I'd rather have a fresh American IPA), but this is by far and away my favorite and I can't put it down.

The mouthfeel is perfect. I know Miller High-Life claims it, but this is the real champagne of beers. Light, zesty carbonation over top of a buttery smooth medium bodied beer creates the perfect crisp and smooth drinking experience.

I've heard the hype. I have friends studying abroad in Belgium who drink this like its water, and now I know why. Belgians aren't my favorite type of beers, but this is the best of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category and the best Belgian I've had period. Truly complex and packed with tons of flavor and good-looks, this beer remains so drinkable that I'm almost done with the bomber after pouring it only ~ten minutes ago. The only downside is the alcohol, which I'm starting to feel. Still, this is the highest rating I've given out to a beer to date, and it blows my mind that it goes to a Belgian. But Duvel certainly deserves it.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out into my Duvel tulip (of course!) a hazy gold with a huge, fluffy white top that did fade out eventually but could be summoned back with a swishy-swish or two. Great lacing; one of the most appealing brews visually, especially when poured into its own glassware.

The nose on a Duvel is fantastic: sweet malt, pine, and fruit up front with a back end of honey and bit of mustiness. It's a gorgeous, very bright and crisp nose. And the taste is just as solid -- the benchmark Belgian pale, all birght citrus up front with strong hints of pine and spices on the end; a very very clean, smooth, and bright taste that manages to be light and strong at the same time.

8.5 alcohol, but you wouldn't know it -- the mouthfeel is a bit thin and too bubbly for me, but it makes the brew easier to drink. Awesome drinkability and overall an outstanding, world-class beer.

Photo of vdread
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel is hazy with tons of foamy head that leaves solid lacing all the way down.

smells fruity, of apples, pears, and yeast.

taste is strong with sweetness, alcohol and yeast. malt is toasty, spicy hops are apparent. when warm, slightly more sour fruity flavors stick out, especially banana and apple.

mouthfeel full, well carbonated, ending dry.

it's a great beer on all points.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel 750ml into namesake tulip

Perfectly clear golden pilsner with a giant rocky white head thats the same size as the body. Hangs out for, like, ever-ish. Seriously, the head doesn't really go away, it just cotton-candies its way down leaving huge sticks of chunk.

Big fruity, estery, dry aroma during the pour. Dry yeast, crackers, hay, pale pilsen malt, crisp earthy hops, green apple.

So crisp and dry on the palette, no residuals at all. This is famous for its incredible attenuation, and it shows in the pure and clean flavor profile. Lots of bright light fruits, dry yeast, earthy-spicy hops, pilsen malt, fresh cut hay, green apple peal, bananas.

Light bodied and briskly carbonated, it belies it's big malt bill with a great dryness.

This is a beer that can fool the masses. Easy to drink, tasty, and inoffensive, this is the quintessential everybody beer. Only one other big beer (Aventinus) has the same type of mass appeal to those who are typically scared of beer that you can taste. This was one of the first 'amazing' beers I ever had, and it was a life changing experience. And now, after having drunk this numerous times, I finally get around to reviewing.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours the most impressive, gigantic head I've ever seen, period. There isn't so much rings of lacing as much as a solid column of foam that coats absolutely everything. Bubbles rise within the beer, which is a hazy pale yellow. The appearance of this beer is second to none in terms of the head.

S: Not crazy in the smell department, but very balanced. Pleasant hop aroma with sweet malts.

T: The guys at Duvel are right when they tell you to let it warm up a tad before drinking it as this will actually make the flavor more balanced and smoother. Overall, this is certainly the cleanest beer I've ever had. The quality of the taste is absolutely phenomenal, and the freshness due to superb bottle conditioning (and likely addition of preservatives) is astounding, frankly, and the balance between sweetness (prominent), hops (slightly above average), and bitterness (low) makes this beer remind me of American IPA's, although this beer still stands alone. Very pleasant, mild, and balanced considering the abv. What is surprising is that the alcohol content is so high, in fact, you will not be able to taste it!

M: Superb mouthfeel. The carbonation is very fine and rolling this around in your mouth is very pleasing.

D: Drinkable to the extreme...just wish I had more than this 330 mL bottle!

I have mixed feelings on this beer due to the horrendous $6 I paid for its measly 330 mL. What is there is top-notch. Mouthfeel, drinkability, appearance, perfect...but the taste isn't as big as the pricetag suggests, though I hate to admit it, but now I can finally understand why people go crazy over this stuff.

edit: I am re-reviewing after tasting a second, far more impressive bottle.

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

750mL bottle conditioned, corked. Poured into a tulip.

Sparkling crisp, clear golden color with a huge, rocky, white head that doesn't go away and leaves beautiful rings of lace.

Aroma is one of clean, toasty, biscuity malt sweetness with some apple and yeast.

Flavor is moderately spicy with the yeast and soft, smooth malts contrasted with hop bitterness. Some alcohol warmth towards the end. This beer sucks you in and leaves you yearning for more.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, thanks to the generous carbonation. An absolute joy to drink.

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

750ml bottle conditioned poured into tulip.

Aggressive pour was, well a bit too aggressive given the carbonation of this beer. Produced huge head that lingered for a long time. Light golden color, great lacing.

Smells initially of cakelike yeast and some citrus and hint of banana.

Incredible taste, some hops, some malt, plenty of bready yeast flavor. This is my first Duvel and was not at all disappointed. This is just an incredibly balanced beer leaving you wanting nothing more.

Photo of ProLiquorMan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky yellow color. Has a very large head. You might want to pour slowly for this beer.

Smells wonderful. A mixture of unripe banana, apple, and papaya. Smells very "Belgian".

Tastes like it smells. A slight alcohol presence.

A surprisingly light body for such a murky looking beer. There was a lot of carbonation. Drink up before the carbonation disappears.

A good Belgian beer. Reminds me of Golden Monkey without the hints of mandarin oranges. I should have gave Golden Monkey a higher score.

Photo of digita7693
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear golden with an amazing head, looks brilliant in the Duvel Tulip.

S nice hoppy smell, with slight citrus notes and something sweet in the background

T pretty much follows the smell and the alcohol is not noticeable

D Very smooth, carbonation is excellent, great beer anytime of year, but I love it in the spring/summer sitting outdoors at cafe or in the garden

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Golden and pale yellow with the nicest head in all of beerdom. Great clarity. Honestly, I've seen it matched by a couple other Belgians, but this is basically the best looking beer ever. Carbonation not only comes from all over the glass, but shoots up in an intense stream from the laser etching at the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S - Pale, grainy malt is dominant. Light, musky, slightly lemony hops are there, joined by spicy notes from the yeast, along with some green apple.

T - The malt is upfront, with lots of lively spicy, lightly peppery notes. There's some fruitiness as well, though it's less discernible than in the aroma. The hops contribute an underlying, slightly musky herbal bitterness that really seems to cling, despite the carbonation.

MF - The insane amount of carbonation makes this the most lively beer I've ever had. It just exploding across the tongue with each sip. It gives the impression of a nice, light body. It's just really fun to drink.

D - While the carbonation makes this great to look at and fun to drink, it also makes it pretty filling. Given that, one is enough; I'd prefer less carbonation if I wanted a second. At the same time, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden in flavor, and the light mouthfeel just reinforces it.

Photo of ReFill31
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A : The beer itself in its glass is really beautiful! A lot of foam with excellent retention and a nice ring on the glass. There is about 2 inches of foam on top of the beer. The beer has a nice pale yellow color with little carbonation.
We cannot serve Duvel in another glass than its own!

S : Some light hops, some cereals, and a little bit of alcohol in the end. We can smell also some bananas. Really appealing.

T : Some light hops,some citrus taste and earthy note from the malt. There is also some alcohol in the end but not in a bad way.

M : Very enjoyable, Some carbonation, the foam that stays on top adds something else.

D : Although it is a high ABV (8%) it can lose points... But this beer is so enjoyable that I could easily drink many of those (not on the same night though). I will always some back to this one, as it is one of my favorites!

Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pale golden color that is quite see through, with about 3 fingers of white foam and a lot of retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bananas, citrusy hops, yeast, and hints of spice.

t - Tastes of citrusy hops, bready malts, and banana.

m - High carbonation and light body.

d - A decent belgian that is readily available in grocery stores. I would agree with others that this could be a good gateway beer for people looking to get into Belgians, but I don't think it is as good as some others I've had. Thought the high carbonation hurt it a little bit, but still a nice beer that I'd have again.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, ridiculously huge white head. Took almost ten minutes to get the head to settle enough. Aroma of yeast, bread and touch of banana and spice. Little sweet followed by funky Belgian yeast finish. Little lingering bitterness. A very solid Belgian golden, but just not really my thing.

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

750ml corked deal - found it on the top shelf, hidden behind about twenty other bottles of "Arrogant Bastard Ale" - was the last one left in stock. I put it in the fridge and then decided, after twenty minutes that I had made a mistake. Uncorked at about 60deg. F and was blown away...

Pour - frothy, thick, four fingers of creamy, tiny bubbles. Color is golden, crisp and vibrantly yellow, almost flourescent - pour SLOWLY (as directed).

Nose - hoppy, crisp with a very nutty undertone. Smells like spring time in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Taste - a dull malty start leads to a cocophony of strong citrus, mineral and organic flavors. Notes of parsely, coriander and lemon rind fill out a palate worthy of the most finely tuned taste buds. This beer could make even the most timid bow down and say uncle...Impressive is the only word that comes to mind. There is a reason this was on the top shelf, in the back, hidden behind the rest...someone was out in their car scratching together change to get it.

Mouth - smoothe and biting, a great summer beer. I may have found a new favorite. As the danes say "Skol!"

Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 limited release 3000ml corked and caged bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear and golden color with lots of nice champagne like bubbles and a small white head with some mild lacing. Nose is a bit boozy but has a nice hop finish

Taste is very crisp, and smooth, there's a light booziness but it desnt seem anything like 8.5% it seems much lower and is super drinkable. As a 2 year old bottle it obviously ages very well.

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, says best by 2013.

This looks amazing in it's glass, nice big 3 finger head with a clear yellow straw color with a really cool stream of bubbles up from the etched D on the bottom. Really nice big thick lacing unlike any other beer. Nose is breast, yeasty, citrus, light sulfur and sharp hoppy notes.

Taste is very yeasty and bready it's hoppy but not in the American way, the Saaz is similar to a pilsner but different. There isn't another beer like this, it's got sulfur and pilsner malt but with the Belgian yeast it's quite different from a pilsner. Super dry finish with a sharp bitter finish. Huge mouthfeel with lots of carbonation that's very similar to Westmalle triple. Very drinkable - no idea this is 8.5% as i said
before. Great beer and worth every penny especially if you can find the gift pack with a free glass.

Photo of deathcab
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful beer, almost looks like champagne.

S: Citrusy the alcohol is barely noticeable.

T: Great taste, full of carbonation..good, solid aftertaste with some alcohol.

M: Carbonation is the main thing i'm feeling.

D: Only downside to the beer, you could get drunk rather quickly off of these.

Photo of GaryKing28
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review from a 330ml bottle . Drank in a Duvel Tulip)
Duvel has been a "go to" beer for me for some years.
I consider Duvel to be a loyal ally . A damn good piece of Belgian brewing construction.
Duvel is an excellent "gateway" beer for people starting out in good beer .
It resembles a Pils in appereance , so novice beer drinkers are at ease with it.
When presented in its legendry tulip ,how could you say no?. It looks fantastic.
Big foamy top ,above glowing yellow base.
The aroma is estery ,with banana , apple and pear . Citrusy noble hops,with some pepper corn vibez.
Drinking this is damn refreshing and dangerously fun. Very dry ,fruity(esters mentioned in the aroma)..peppery ,spicy hops are alcoholic and cloying to your mind.
Light backbone sweetness.
Duvel is flavoursome , refreshing and dangerously easy to drink.
A classic.

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

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow color with a very generous four-finger foamy white head. Excellent retention. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very good lacing/head "stick"

Smell: Smells or bubblegum. Banana, cloves, cinnamon scents as well. A mild sweetness.

Taste: An earthy malt taste, with mild banana and clove flavors. Some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation bite and tingle. Very filling.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian ale. Incredible head. Spicy Belgian spices, with an earthy maltiness. You don't notice the alcohol, but it creeps up on you.

Buy Again? Yes.

Photo of MikeGill
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle "unhurriedly" poured into a couple of white wine glasses.

Cloudy bright gold with an enormous chunky head which looked like whipped cream. Smells like lemon pastry and apple skin. Plenty of sour yeast on the nose.

Bold with big time ale roundness juxtaposed with crisp quinine-like freshness. Alcohol is well integrated. Flavors of orange and spices like coriander are generous and there is also a subtle note of lemon verbena. Finishes dry and somewhat grainy.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a 1-1/2 inch white head. Very foamy with an impressive lace. Some cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - citrusy-floral aromas with some very light hops. Not a lot of malt to detect - has a very witbier quality to it.

Taste - sweet and bready with a heavy dose of nutmeg and citrus thrown in. A delicate hop bitterness on the finish with a cider-like dry quality to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty active throughout, both with the carbonation and the citric-acid/hop qualities. Not really smooth but interesting.

Drinkability - you would be silly to have more than a few of these and the price is a little prohibitive as well. Still an enjoyable offering and worth a try.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale golden color, massive fluffy head with excellent retention & lacing

Smell: Apple, Belgian yeast, alcohol

Taste: Up Front: Strong bite, hops. Finish: Spicy, bready, and fruity

Mouthfeel: Super clean and highly carbonated, with a very dry finish

Drinkability: One of the few Belgians you can pound, not that you'd want to

Overall Impression: It's a CLASSIC Belgian Pale Ale. Need I say more?

Photo of colts9016
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very thick two finger head that is solid, foamy, and creamy. The head in color is ivory and has really good retention. The color of the beer is medium straw with amber, orange and copper hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some yeast floating The head on the beer beer leaving a beautiful lacing pattern.

Nose: A rich fresh floral aroma teases the nose. The aromas are floral esters, citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemons), a rich phenol note, light toasted biscuit malt, hints of solvents and yeast.

Taste: a vibrant fresh floral flavor, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light toasted biscuit, and yeast.

Overall: Mouth feel is bright, light, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish medium full.This is a really good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking. The flavors were just wonderful and put together.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,915 ratings.