Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 6,825
Reviews: 2,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 297
Gots: 720 | FT: 4
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of cudmud
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours with a wonderful golden color and a massive, briliant-white head. The head is very rocky and produces magnificent lace. plus, there is a giant stream of bubbles. All-in-all, a picture perfect beer.

Smell: This beer has huge aromas of cookies, biscuits, and hops. I also detect lemons and a stong blast of yeast.

Taste: All the flavors are balanced between the malts and yeast. You can't top these flavors.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: The carbonation and flavors feel wonderful in the mouth. This beer begs for you to drink more and more.

Photo of coldwarkid
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into a tulip yields that trademark towering, meringue-like head sitting on a half glass of golden/straw colored brew. Huge, champagne-like carbonation bubbles dart to the surface from all sides.

Smell: Light hops (maybe german noble variety?), offering a lemon rind/earthy bitterness. Subtle lemon/green apple floral aroma, light Pilsner malt breadiness, as well as spicy notes comparable to white pepper.

Taste: Everything the nose delivers definitely transfers to the taste: citrus bitterness from the hops, pilsner malts, and peppery spice. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: This beer dances on your tongue for days. I'm under the impression they use a sort of champagne yeast for bottle conditioning? Don't quote me on it though. Very bubbly, refreshing, and compliments the beer well.

Drinkability: Being so light, subtly flavorful, and refreshing, and with a virtually non-existent alcohol presence, i could drink this all night with my friends.

Photo of irishking1977
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've have Duvel many times, both in bottle and draft form. Never had an opportunity to review it because I was too busy in beer ecstasy.

A: The most magnificent looking beer I have seen thus far. Somewhat cloudy liquid gold, with a massive white crown. Duvel's head is one of the many things that separates it from other Belgian pale ales. I always wondered how this is.

S: Clean scent of pears, citrus and yeast. Just by the smell and appearance, one can tell this is a well made brew.

T: A spritzy, effervescent cavalcade of citrus and pear with a dry and clean finish. Exceptional!

M: Highly carbonated while well balanced with a moderately creamy mouthfeel. Words escape me. Fantastic.

D: Not a session beer by any means, this is a liquid that is meant to be savored. When Plato said, "He was a wise man who invented beer," I think he was referring to Duvel.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into stemmed tulip.

A-Very light yellow color, not impressed, but the head was so thick that it became a nice fluffy white head that stuck to the glass for the duration of my drink.
S-Smell was good, sweet malt with the typical belgian yeasty bread smell with a little citrus from the hops.
T-For an 8.5% strong ale that had a color similar to a coors light I wasn't expecting too much but wow this is amazing. Nice sweet openning all the way to the finish with a little of that Belgian yeast flavor. Don't really notice the alcohol at all, just very smooth.
M-Thin body, thick head that leaves a moustache, good carbonation, not overpowering, very good flavors.
D-Finished my bottle quick and looking for another. Very good beer and will definately be storing a couple of these.

Photo of ultrasupergenius
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Duvel, flemmish for "Devil", is one of the most aptly named beers that I have come across. It is phenomenally quaffabble, and offers scarcely a hint of the high ABV that it contains. This is a strong beer that doesn't taste or go down like a strong beer. There are no discretely strong flavours or aromas that I note with this beer - just a smooth and well rounded beer. An 'everyday drinkable' beer that goes down easy.

In Brussels, this can be purchased at just about any corner grocery store or late night shop. It is best enjoyed in its intended Duvel glass, a stemmed tulip glass with a silver rim and distinctly strong curve to the rim. It has a beautiful clear golder color with a lively angel white head of small bubbles that stands long and strong like stiff egg whites. Duvel goes down quite nicely on a warm summer evening, sitting at an outdoor cafe, accompanied by a glass of water and some light food.

I greatly enjoy this beer, and recommend it highly.

Photo of rhollman
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very light gold

Smell - Lot's of aroma - yeast and malts

Taste - Extremely light, yet complex with a lingering flavor

Mouth Feel - Crisp and smooth

Drinkability - Lot's of aroma hits the nose with champagne-like carbonation, then crisp and light like a Pilsner yet complex like an ale with lingering flavors and a dry rather than sweet finish. So, there are a lot of things going on when you sip on this beer - Amazing!

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured light gold with lots of bubbles and a thick creamy pillowy head. Ridiculously thick foam stuck to the glass long after the ale was gone.

The smell and taste were sweet, yeasty, peppery, and spicy, like lemon peel. The feel was crisp and the ale was so easy to drink it was gone in no time. There was slight warmth from the alcohol; however, it does not hit in the manner expected from the alcohol content. Duvel is delicious and deceptively refreshing. As good as Belgian ales get.

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

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Crisp and clear gold body set under a massive four finger billowing head. Retention is ridiculous and the lacing is absurd. Truly world class appearance if I have ever seen it.

Sharp spice and fruit aromas. Golden delicious apple and pear smell mesh with coriander and subtle cloves. Earthy hops and musky yeast notes round out a rather enjoyable aroma.

Sweet and spicy up front. Citric and pear fruitiness followed soon after with a peppery and subtle clove flavor. Hop flavor are more spicy and earthy than bitter, provide an excellent compliment. Very so slight bubble gum flavor left on the tongue.

Incredibly smooth and surprisingly creamy. Prickly carbonation with a medium body.

Tremendously drinkable and very enjoyable. Fantastic brew all the way around.

Photo of gloobygloob
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gigantic frothy white head that stayed forever. Once it dissipated i was left with big frothy mounds and beautiful lacing. Body is a bright yellow and clear as glass. I think the most beautiful beer I've ever seen.

S: wonderful scent of yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol, not as much as expected with such a strong ale.

T: BALANCE! yeast, citrus, and sweet balanced wonderfully by the perfect amount of hops.

M: average carbonation and a little bit of sticky ness as it lingers.

D: I could drink 4 bottles of this in a row. I have no idea how they did it at 8.5 abv. so easy to drink and its flavor is big and devine all the way to the end.

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've managed to avoid this beer for many, many years. Finally saw a single of it & figured it would make a good a Halloween beer as any. Popped open while sitting at the table with a diminuitive elephant & blond Cupid, both hopped up on sugar & chocolate.

Poured into my Ommegang chalice, looks pretty, dim yellow sun with a billowing head (I hate that word, but it seems to fit here, unfortunately). Smell is overwhelming Belgian yeasties & pale malts.

Duvel tastes light & airy. The yeast retains the upper hand, with a vague, uninsistent fruity taste, like a smoothie. Citrus is the only thing that jumps out, along with the backdrop of spices. Feels a touch jumpy in the mouth, backed up by the never-say-die head, but seems almost appropriate in something this indulgent. No apparent alcohol. Easy, smooth, & I could see that this would be something that would knock you off your barstool unexpectedly after a few pints.

Very good beer. Not the world class mana from heaven that seems to be the consensus in this place, but not something I'd ever be upset to see on the menu.

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

the quintessential belgian pale it poured a golden yellow with a huge fluffy head that took a long time to recede smelled of sugar lemon citrus fruit and yeast ..the taste was sweet and fruity with clove and spice and malts and hops and belgium yeast it had a dessert quality about it ....this is the grandaddy of belgium pales and well worth it.. always a treat to drink with the high abv that is well hidden

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a four-pack of .33L bottles I purchased. Poured into oversized wine glass for a Burgundian Wine. Not as ideal as the tulip glass, but worked very well.

I had a good pour - clear gold/straw colored beer with an equal part of the densest pure white cloud of head above it. Lacing is perfect - covers the entire glass in protein-like patterns. Looks like a winner.

Smells good - very much a beer smell, but still very good. Clean hops and barley. A little yeasty, but isn't out of style at all. Nothing to not like.

Tastes clean and like a beer. Well balanced, bitterness offsets the sweet, honey-like flavors of the beer. A beer to enjoy.

Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy. Would go well with roasted pork - but I had it with grilled chicken with a champagne sauce. Not a bad pairing. If you're into beer, you should really try this one.

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

L - Pours a pale yellow, with a large fluffy head that had great retention. Took me a while to pour this one.

S - I found it to have a very sweet smell, Sugar and honey where prominent with crisp fruitiness to it.

T - A mixture of wheat and fruits where at the forefront of the taste with a sharp hops finish and I picked up a hint of liquorish.

M&D - A very good sipping beer, but after one sip you will want another one straight after. Surprisingly refreshing for its percentage.

Overall a good beer that it always a joy to have.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,825 ratings.