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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,550 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,550
Reviews: 2,593
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 253
Gots: 591 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby little bottle, says it is "bottle conditioned"

Large frothy and foamy head. Looks like a meringue. Serious sheets of lace, the chalice was coated all the way to the bottom. Cloudy (yeast), pale light golden in color, you could confuse it with a lager, but acts like champagne with larger bubbles. Looks over-carbonated.

Smells of yeast & faint alcohol, maybe subtle hint of over-ripe bananas.

Taste of clean, fresh yeast, some hops and bitterness on the finish, some bananas. Very crisp, makes you want more. Some taste of alcohol.

Nice, full body. It feels odd to feel the creaminess with the bitterness.

craytonic, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of beerfairy
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Heavy foam head with exceptional lacing in the glass. Light gold color...beware, the devil.

S - Sweet and fruity

T - Heavy carbination, slightly sweet, slightly bitter with a lingering green apple taste.

M - Very crisp and tingle with a bit of bitter/dry mouth puckering, but in a good way.

D - This one will sneak up on you. It's a lighter than expected colored beer for the alcohol level. Hence, the Devil.

beerfairy, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of jtothamo
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise to find this beer on the list at a local restaurant this evening. I live in an area where most dinner spots only have Guinness and Blue Moon listed as their specialty beers.

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass at Vera Mae's Bistro in Muncie, IN.

A- A beautiful and vibrant gold with a foamy, bubbly, thick white head.

S- Sweet fruit-based bread

T- Incredibly smooth. Fresh, fruity, nice balance of hop/malt/alcohol.

M- Light and bubbly- like drinking a special glass of champagne.

D- Amazing! What a powerful blend of smoothness and quality!

As my glass emptied, prior to being served my appetizer, I gladly looked at the waiter and said, "Thank you, sir. May I have another!"

jtothamo, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A--Pours a massive volcanic head, better measured in hands than fingers, that's pure fluffy white with lots of loose bubbly sheeting leaving cotton candy lacy all down the glass as the head won't quit through the tasting. Body is pure tawny, a little more brown than a pilsner and clear as stained glass with a nice bubble thread percolating from the bottom "D" in the glass. This beer seems alive.

S--Tons of yeast, smells like dough, like a proof starter for a fancy breadloaf. I also caught some lemon astringency that clarified and stung the yeast, followed by some fresh hoppy bark that cut into my nosehairs. Strap in, kiddies.

T--Doesn't disappoint. This is like beer that goes to 11. Every aspect--the yeast, the malt, and the hops--is on overdrive, and somehow doesn't compete or crowd out. Everything compliments, and there is nothing but pure fermented grain coming through here. The yeast really assaults you at first with that Belgian glory of musty citrus, and the backend of the hops smacks you with dry like a cold wet fish you can't get off the line. To push the metaphor, this puppy don't let you off the hook. Malt vertebrae keep everything from teetering wildly off course.

M&D--I hate carbonation. I like a beer that tastes like a door after you remove the hinges--a thudding flatness. But the devil won me over, as the bubbles make it more champagne-like than astringent. Absolutely refreshing and absolutely drop you on the floor potent at the same time. Not many beers can say that--this is a creeper not to be trifled with, and more or less embodies this website's injunction to "respect beer." Good God does damnation taste fine.

TheycallmeTim, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a rocky white head that makes a mess all over the sides of the glass and keeps a chunky lace.

Smell has a wonderful fruity and floral aroma, some yeast, a bit of spice, too, along with a little bit of malt sweetness. Amazing.

Taste is light and smooth with some fruitiness, floral hops, yeast, pepper and spice. Quite fruity especially, with pear in particular. There's a bit of malt sweetness and some herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, amazingly light really, that finishes dry. This goes down incredibly easy for an 8.5% beer. Very drinkable.

A world class beer for sure, but not my favorite Belgian style. But I can still appreciate the hell out of it, aroma especially.

number1bum, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchase the 750ml bottle with freshness date from local TJ's store. Poured into a Duvel tasting glass golden yellow color with nice looking carbonation and big creamy white head. The nose is malty sweet, yeast, slight hoppiness, clovey spice, with an alcohol bite. The taste and mouthfeel are unique. First the beer is extremely well balanced and mellow given the alcohol content. The beer is yeasty which are characteristic Belgian ales. Medium bodied and refreshing with a dry finish. Excellent drinkability due to the balance and refreshing factor, but the alcohol might catch up to you.

aquaderek, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a HUGE white foam head and nice big bubbly bubbles on top. Lots of lacing on this, with an island.

Had a spicy, yeasty, alcohol smell to it that is just calling out your name to drink it.

Taste was crisp, carbonated, nice hint of sweetness to it, very refreshing.

Mouthfell was very fresh and crisp, hides the alcohol very well.

Overall I expected more from this beer due to its reviews. Dont get me wrong its very drinkable, but I would rather choose something else.

tr4nc3d, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden color and brilliant white foam head. Great head retention. Nice lacing as well
S - Sweet and fruity with a bit of spice. The aroma was not very strong, though.
T - Very sweet flavor. There is definitely a fruity taste as well that could be a orange or tart lemon.
M- Light body but goes down pretty smooth.
D- Goes down extremely well for an 8.5 beer.

BeenJammin, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: You have to say to yourself, can it get any better than this...NAH. Abundant barely controllable head with a lacing that stick around like layers of ghosts in sheets

Smell: Sweet tart, bright citrus, spicy alcohol, a lovely fruity nose.

Taste: The acid, alcohol and carbonation numb the tongue, then the bubbles begin to settle, the esters are there in full blast, again I must say; thank you nameless monks... in a chain... long since passed into the infinite void. Cloves and grapefruit in equal measure, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A touch too carbed for me, though on the flip side it enhances the acidity and spiciness, all those bubbles they make it the unique aromatic beer that it is.

Drinkability: At 8.5 with all this carbonation you best drink it slow, but it is near perfection.

Stonebreaker, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Albinoh
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excelent beer. Nice presentation, clear and golden in color, with a nice head. The aroma is mesmerizing, lures you to drink the beer, very alcoholic with malt tones, spices.

Heavy carbonation, very crispy, you can feel the bubbles in the top of your tongue. Medium smooth body, some smoothness coming from the carbonation. Spices Warming alchohol at the end of the beer. Very easy to drink, you just feel the need for another sip.

Perfecta

Albinoh, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden colour with a massive fluffy white head that persists well.

A very Belgian nose - banana, clove and other yeast derived aromas including a sour bready note.

Acid and sweetness mingle and dominate the palate with more yeast flavours of bread, spice and more banana. Very tart finish and somewhat drying.

Creamy full feel but seems to be overly acidic. Loses out on drinkability because of this. Hides the high alcohol level perfectly.

A great beer, but not as drinkable as the really spectacular ones. Might try and cellar some to see if it takes the edge off a little.

koolk, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy straw color into a goblet, with a rough head about a half finger in width, and lots of carb action that make this entertaining to look at. Aroma is of orange, banana bread, yeasty breadiness, orange, and a little bit of plum. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, with abundant carbonation slicing through. Taste is tart, orangy with yeast and a slight hint of banana in the middle, fades to some smooth citrus hop bitterness at the end. Overall, a unique brew.

ljbrisson, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by date of 2010 poured into my massive 135th anniversary Duvel Tulip.

A: Poured with 4 fingers of white head. Massive floating glaciers of head floating around.Tons of lacing.

S: Tons of bread and yeast with some hints of spices and some notes of citrus.

T: Really nice. I know this beer has a little bit of time on it but it has really come together nicely. Just wonderful crisp bready notes. Some fruit thrown in. A nice sweetness ties everything together from beginning to end.

M: A super crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Which is great for an 8.5% beer.

D: This was really good. I have not had one in a while. Bought a 4 pack with the glass I am drinking from for like $13 which was a steal. I tend to overlook Duvel but it is a really good beer. I think I will grab some 750s and throw them in the dark for a while.

aerozeppl, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasnt really impressed by this famous beer before, and still Im not a big fan of belgian pale ales. However, when it comes to Duvel, Ive changed my mind. This is a complex beer, and I probably just didnt "get it" before.
The smell is fresh, citric, yeasty and sweet. Lots of different spices, most of them are hard for me to nail down; some fruits too (apples, grapes?). The taste is fantastic: sweet malt, fresh citric hops, spices - almost a champange/wine/vinegar charachter, but never too sour and with lots of fresh spices and "green" hops.

This is a masterpiece.

simonjohansson, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Poured into a North Coast snifter. Its a clear as day gold with a frothy white head. The aroma is subtle but sweet - not too revealing. It is still mysterious at this point. The taste is just awesome - clear, fresh, refined - it goes down like love in a glass. Nice carbonation, too. Totally drinkable - tastes like heaven and the alcohol is masked remarkably well. This may be my favorite lighter beer (I'm usually a fan of imperial stouts and IPAs). I'm about to drink a Chimay after this one to compare. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of gerardoluna
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Eyes] A clear golden with excellent foamy head retention.

[Nouse] Smells like a REAL belgian yeast, the notes of banana and clove, i feel spices and sweet malts

[Mouth] Very good carbonated, excelent body a great tones of cereal is freshhh
belgian yeastiness followed by a light sweetness/sourness, light bitterness, carbonation... alcohol feels low is very creamy, light bitterness, extremely deliciously.

mmm my favorite in ths style, amazing flavor, excelent look & aroma. in mouth invites me to... take the next!. like michael said "the devil of a beer" please enjoy it listening the miles davis "Doo-bop" record. Uff!

gerardoluna, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Beauty pours a mountainous load of bright white foam which leaves ribbons of lacing. The clarity is outstanding and it has a straw color. Nose is fragrant: fruity, yeasty, mild malts and hops with some sweet candy in there and they are all very well balanced! Flavors are complex with all the great tones of golden: rich, sweet, malty and just a touch hopy. I'd say more but you really need to just try this one. I reviewed this one a touch on the cold side, guess I'll have to review again!

Prost!

SickBrew, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from smaller bottle into official Duvel tulip glass, thanks to the fine establishment in which I was lucky enough to savor this beer of the gods (or the devil!). Beautiful creamy head that sticks around and stays fluffy. Rich gold color. Intense and pungent aroma of of spiciness and definitely some alcohol.

Taste is superb: hoppy and bitter, with a bit of sweetness. At 8.5% you can definitely taste the alcohol, so this one's a sipper, but that makes savoring it all the better. Some spicy and citrusy notes from the yeast are complimented by a solid bitterness. Other reviewers have commented on how Duvel tastes almost like a wine or champagne, and I'd have to agree with them-- hard to describe, you've got to try it to know what we're talking about (maybe the acidity?). Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and a sparkling carbonation. Really a treat: liquid gold. Be careful though, it's devilish.

dasenebler, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jii
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Translucent gold with a huge frothy white head. Just looking at it whets your palate.

Clean, malty, spicy aromas, with a hint of yeast. Each sniff brings a new scent with it.

From the first sip the taste coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer. The yeast offsets the bitterness. The spicy notes compliment the malty flavour. The mouthfeel is constantly smooth.

By the time the narrow portion of the glass is gone, there is a thick sudsy lace. The decrease in head size expands the fullness of the taste; all the flavours intertwine.

Finally, the potency of the brew becomes fully apparent, and the drinking experience encompasses your temples as well. Your whole face is seduced by this stuff. Devil's brew, indeed.

jii, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of jordoo
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poored into a tulip glass.

This one is a great pale golden yellew with a huge creamy white everlasting trademark head. It also leaves lace clinging to everything. One of the best looking beers I've seen to date. The nose is also very good displaying light colored orchard fruit mainly pears, spicey yeast in the form of clove and pepper and some earthy almost musty hop presance as well. The taste is again pears and spice with some alcohol apearing as well. The mouthfeel is both light and crisp form the carbination and creamy all at the same time. I really could drink this stuff endlessly if it wasn't 8.5.

jordoo, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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."

PerzentRizen, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

JBogan, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

aubuc1, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

tpd975, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

waldoiverson, Sep 04, 2008
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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