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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,599
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 267
Gots: 630 | 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 bmwats
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of mpyle
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

mpyle, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of JayNH
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.


JayNH, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of palmer69
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

palmer69, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of hatrix
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

hatrix, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of bound4er
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drink by 4/2011 stamped on bottle.

Straw colored with a slight haziness to it. Beautiful head - like looking at pillowy, thick clouds. Produces great lacing to boot. Smells yeasty and fruity with a charcoal like note to it - very inviting. Enters your mouth in very clean fashion with great "cut" - the nose follows nicely into the palate. Finishes dry with a slight hop bitterness to it. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This is extremely drinkable and deserves the BA following and high scores. 11.2 ounces disappeared way too fast. Could drink this year round - bravo!

bound4er, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of AES
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and golden. An "unhurried" pour left a monstrous cloudlike head. Remarkable lacing.

S: Esters and light fruits. Overall rather nice though not as strong as expected.

T: Complex light to medium fruit warms to wheaty esters. Complicated and delicious.

M: Heavier than your eyes would have you believe, though not quite chewy. Altogether very smooth and dangerously good.

D: Scary. I could session this stuff, though I wouldn't be standing afterward. It's deceptive as the complex flavors distract from the relatively high alcohol content. Overall a wonderful beverage and a bottle I will always keep 'in stock'.

AES, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly hazed medium yellow color with a rocky, well-retained, 1-finger white head.

S- Loads of fruity esters - pear-like, with sweet malty notes, and a low to mid-low floral hoppy aroma

T- More esters, very fruity with a pear/apple like quality and subtle hints of orange peel. Low floral hop quality with a medium amount of bittering. Finishing very dry.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, very highly carbonated/effervescent.

D- Yes, may I have another?

BrewerB, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say.. I had pretty high hopes as I pop opened this beer.. and I come away underwhelmed. The good parts.. comes in a sweet looking bottle unlike anything else, is pretty drinkable and smooth, and the 8.5% ABV is very well hidden. The bad.. has a very bland taste to it.. like really bland. To me it's like a watered down hefeweizen, I was expecting a lot more different types of flavors from this one. I dunno, when I pay $3 for a single 12 oz I want something extraordinary.. and this just doesn't cut it. The Stoudt's Maibock 12 pack I got on clearance for $6.99 has a helluva lot more taste than this. I wanted to love it, but it seems like people reviewing this jumped on the bandwagon and gave it good reviews because everyone else did.. just my 2 cents.

oriolesfan4, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/19/08. 33 cL bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy piss yellow with a huge foamy white head. Aroma of wheat, light fruits. Flavor is similar with an initial spicy kick. A bit boozy and leaves a strong warmth in your throat. Ok, but nothing special....
6/3/7/3/14 (3.3/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear golden color. It poured with a huge, craggy, pure white head that left a lot of lace in it's wake.

s: Musty fruit aromas of pears and/or plums that had a slightly sour edge. A little perfumed heat here as well.

t: I got some flowery, warm fruit flavors of pears and maybe some apples. It had a dry, perfumed finish.

m: Great carbonation and an above average body.

d: This was very good, but I'm not sure I get what all the fuss is about. Great glass though.

DIM, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of lionking
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance. Poured from the 11.2oz (what kind of size is that?)into a chalice. Beer is yellow, golden in the glass. Nice fluffy two finger head. A lot of bubbles action in the glass. What appears to be a tornadao of bubbles stream from the center of the glass to the top (how do they do that?!?). Lacing is thick and clings to the glass.

Smell. Smell is of flowers or sweet fruits.

Taste. The taste is smoothe and mild in spite of the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Drinkability. Very high, I forget that I am drinking a strong ale. Would be easy to over do it with this. You'll know you 've had too much when you fall over.

lionking, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of tzchandler
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a kick ass beer. Beautiful creamy head with lots of power. Smooth going down. Careful pouring this creature into your glass. So many people end up with a glass of foam.

Beautiful beer in appearance and flavor. Small bottles are just a tease. Make sure you get the larger bottles with the champagne style cork.

tzchandler, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a very clear light lager color. Head is a very foamy clingly off white. Good carbonation coming up.

Smell apple, alcohol, very clean smelling not strong, simliar to a lager but the quality comes up much better.

Taste Wow not even close to an American lager in taste this is good. Some fruitness/sweetness along with some spiceness in the taste. I get both wetness and dryness all in one swallow. Finishes a bit tangy not quite bitter but close.

Mouthful Very clean and refreshing. Nice quality beer in the mouth.

Drinkability. I think this may be one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Refreshing cool, and plain good. Nice beer.

mattffrost, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Brew33
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel. I had been wanting to try this beer for some time and I finally have.... I was not disappointed.

I wasn't sure I was going to like this. Generally I like American style beers. Big flavors, big aromas. This beer is a little more subtle and clean.

To me it smelled a little bit like a Hefe. Slight banana and clove aroma. The head was puffy and white as snow, clumpy. The beer itself was one of the palest beers I have ever seen.... Zillions of bubbles....

As for the taste, wow. Amazingly clean and crisp. Subtle yet strong. Slightly spicy, I get a little Granny Smith Apple too. Champagne dryness that is remarkable. What a beer. You get a slight alcohol twinge but it isn't overpowering. Very little hop prescence.

Butter smooth in the mouthfeel dept. Which is another crazy part of this beer. It is so crisp in taste yet so smooth in mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty high considering the high ABV.

Great beer. I was left wanting more of this.

Brew33, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Macca
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a straw yellow with a huge fluffy head. Fantastic lacing is evident and highly carbonated judging by the constant beading.

The nose is of pears with a bit of alcohol evident.

Pear/apple continues on the palate. The alcoholic warmth is there but well integrated.

This is incredibly drinkable but the high ABV makes it very dangerous.

Macca, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my (of course) Duvel tulip glass.

A: A light yellow straw color with a thick one finger white head. Minimal lacing as it streaks down the glass back into the beer fairly quickly.

S: Spicy yeasty with hints of sweet fruit and a bit of pepper. Slight hops detected.

T: Malty sweet wtih fruit flavors of banana, apple, melon coupled with the spicy yeasty flavor of clove and maybe some cinnamon. I even get some peppery spicyness. Finish is long as the sweetness gets overcome by the drying hops flavor. Nice!

M: Medium but coating. Not over the top, but it sits and feels good in the mouth. Slight alcohol taste, but it is very welcomed. Crisp and clean.

D: High, the 750 went down very nicely. A nice drinking easy going Belgian Pale.

Overall another very good classic Belgian beer that deserves the praise and great scores. An excellent beer that is readily available. I enjoyed it and will probably keep a bottle or 2 on hand when I want a break from those uber American hop bombs.

Kadonny, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I'm finally using my Duvel tulip for its intended purpose.

A- Beautiful light gold with a big white head. The legendary head is tempered somewhat by my wetting the glass before pouring, but it is still substantial.

S- Lots of yeasty aromas and a lemony tartness are prominent. I don't know why, but I kind of expected this to smell sweet. Instead, it seems to have a saison-like dryness. Not that I'm complaining; it's very good.

T- The flavor actually starts off somewhat sweet before segueing into grainy malt. The tartness that was hinted at in the smell shows up, too, although it's not too strong. The finish is tart and fairly dry with only a touch of bitterness. Very refreshing.

M- Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation, although not too much.

D- Very good. I never would have guessed that this beer was 8.5% alcohol. I could easily have a couple of these.

Overall a very good beer, worthy of its status as a "benchmark" BSPA. Although I can't say that it's my favorite of the style, it's still a great example and one that every beer-lover should try eventually. Plus, without it, we wouldn't have those sweet Duvel glasses. Anyway, definitely recommended.

vtfan77, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked bottle at Trader Joe's for dinner last night. Poured into two Duvel tulip glasses. Huge white head, all the way up the side of the glass. Looks like a washing machine overflowing. Tons of lacing too. Extremely bright yellow color. Smell was very floral. Duvel tastes unlike any other beer out there. Tons of bubbles really attack your throat. Light and hoppy, heavy and smooth at the same time. You can find yourself drinking this quite easily, but also you can feel that this beer is no joke and certainly has some substance to it and has a bit of alcohol backbone. This is one of the first Belgian beers I have ever had, and will always be one of the best. Also, a great beer to use to introduce anyone to Belgian brews, because I don't think anyone could find fault with this beer.

morebeergood, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a incredible pale amber color with an extremely frothy white head. Head also has great lacing. The aroma has a complex equation of hops, citrus and malt. The taste is so frecken delicious that this stuff should be banned. Has a great amount of carbonation that tickels the tounge. Is a light bodied beer that packs a punch at a whoping 8.5%. reat drinability. I think i found my new desert island beer.

HopEnthusiast, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Carefully poured from the stubby 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel branded glass. The label says best by 04/2010.

Appearance: The appearance of this beer is absolutely perfect. With a very careful pour (I have tried a number of times) I easily get a full, gorgeous head each time. It laces nicely around the glass, and most of the head will remain for the duration of the beer, supported by a never-ending supply of carbonation from the bottom. The color is a golden, pale yellow, with visible cloudiness from the yeast.

Smell: This is when you truly start to wonder if this is champagne. The smell is very crisp, with a mild aroma of green apples and a little bit of alcohol in the background. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I would expect out of an 8.5% ABV.

Taste: The pale malt is what I notice first, with the yeast gradually working its way in. The middle brings a mild taste of apples and some sweetness to the front. There is a subtle taste of the hops that is barely present. I don't notice the alcohol until the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This is one incredibly smooth beer. The bubbles dancing on your tongue allow you to feel the crisp carbonation, while the combination of alcohol, yeast, pale malt and just a hint of hops is light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Since each sip is crisp with flavor and carbonation, at the end of each sip, my mouth is asking for another. It's tough to argue.

I worked my way through 3 very enjoyable bottles dissecting this one; overall it is a very well put together beer. I took off a point for taste, simply because I prefer a different type, but I may revisit this later. It is tough to argue with someone who says this is a perfect example of a Strong Pale Ale.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Duvel is a slightly opaque but very sparkly straw-colored ale with a huge, fluffy, rocky white head. The aroma is of dough, moist towels, citrus and a slight banana/clove. It's silky smooth and medium bodied. Many things are lurking in this unique flavor. Vanilla, black pepper and perhaps apple peel. It's a classic for a reason!
(rated Mar 22, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Nukesquad
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from store, served chilled in tulip glass (12/11/08)
A - poured a light golden, slightly cloudy. Good, solid head from first sip to last.
S - smell of crisp apples, clean, I get subtle hints of flowers, not overwhelming
T - Great flavor, full of fruit, 8.5%abv is quite deceitful, definitely would sneak up on you.
M - coates the palate, a bit creamy.
D - crisp aftertaste, great drinkability as all of my favorite Belgians.
Overall, great beer.

Note on glassware: I tasted this a few months ago in a standard pint glass. Tulip glass made a distinct difference in aroma and taste (as it should for this ale)

Nukesquad, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - Sweet golden color with a foamy dense head. Intricate almost spider web-like lacing as well.

Nose - Cologne, spice, musk, green apple and faint pineapple and bubblegum. Really nice.

Taste - Spicy with an almost muscat wine flavor and a lingering prickliness and bitterness. A journey.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are good

Chinon01, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review Number 50!!! A little milestone for me. :)
A= amazing! It's a nice golden color that's completely clear when you look through the glass. The head is not to be messed with. Pour it right the first time or you will have to deal with too much or too little head the whole way through because this one lasts all the way. Its clear white like snow and chunky too Big bubbles that kinda look like soap bubbles. Awesome lacing on the glass as well.
S= I picked up booze in the beginning followed by a very tart apple smell to it with some citrus hops deep in there.
T= A little boozy when it's cold but as it warms up a little the apple tartness takes over nicely with some hoppy bitterness to it as well and last is a citrus bite
M= Light smooth and clean all the way. No stickiness or anything here.
D= decent. For some reason I just don't think i enjoyed the taste of this one as much as everyone else so that would defer me a little bit. Also the price is very high so I prolly couldn't afford to drink to many and last but not least the booze would take me down quickly.

jjanega08, Dec 09, 2008
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.