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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,978
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 851 | FT: 5
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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 zoso493
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty into it's natural domain, a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice pale, straw color with an enormous, sticky head that leaves a tinge of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and yeast, apple, clove and pear. Not bad.

Taste: What an explosion of taste. Bright fruits and yeast jump out at you up front. Finishes with a touch of sourness but so clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. Full-bodied, sharp and leaves your mouth dry and wanting more. Stings your tongue just enough.

Drinkability: For an 8.5% beer, this hides its alcohol very well. Pretty drinkable for what it is.

I don't know why, but I thought this beer might have been hyped a little too much, perhaps because it's so available. After trying it, this is definitely not the case. Hugely flavorful and complex, this is an excellent brew. I look forward to trying more beers from Duvel Moortgat, if I get the opportunity. Make no mistake, this is an exceptional beverage.

Photo of Paisan
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Duvel", Flemish (not Dutch!) for "devil", is very aptly named, for this can be a sneaky little bastard. This beer is so drinkable, and the alcohol so well hidden that you tend to forget this is 8.5 ABV, and before you know it, it bites you in the lower posterior regions.

Pour this gently (sediment!) in its tulip glass, and you will create a whirlpool of gold, a tornado in a field of barley under a towering white cloud - and just like the weather in Flanders, this cloud will not easily disappear.
After the rising rain has stopped, you notice the nearby orchard, you can smell the apples and pears.
And then you get high on the bittersweet sensation of being part of and immersion in Nature's abundance.

This will quench your thirst any time: aperitif, with your meal, digestif, on a sunny terrace... The well-present bitterness of the fine hops is nicely balanced by the slight sweetness of the alcohol - the only indication you'll get of its presence... until it's too late.

This is most definitely not an average beer, but luckily in Belgium this is an EVERYDAY beer!
This is one every beer afficionado should try, over and over. Schol!

Photo of MrDanno96
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque, light golden color with about a finger of head and a medium amount of lacing.

S: Lots of fresh fruit comes to the nose; grains and some hops also.

T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a very sweet, citrus flavor/oranges. Some hops and slight tartness are apparent, especially in the aftertaste. Where is all the alcohol?

M: Lots of carbonation and a medium body. Leaves the mouth tingling, but in a good way.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - the carbonation and sweetness balance out quite well. If it weren't for the alcohol content, I would definitely session with this. This is a great Belgian style ale that is also widely available. I've seen it in my local grocery store before.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl.

Pours a faintly hazy lemony gold. Thick pillowy white head hangs around for a while.

Smells of citrus malts, fresh sweet grains and tart yeasts.

Tastes similar, citrusy and fresh with a yeasty tartness.

Full and fluffy mouthfeel with light but consistent carbonation.

Fantastic! Easy to drink, hides its alcohol well, sweet and citrusy, everything a light colored Belgian ale should be.

Photo of Mavajo
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

The thing that really makes this beer stand out, IMO, is its appearance. This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a pale yellow, slightly cloudy color. The head is absolutely tremendous - frothy, voluptuous excellence. Abundant lacing and great head retention. Head eventually settles into a thin crown around the glass, with a nice island of frothy head floating around. Truly gorgeous beer.

Smell is of fruity sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell - there's a slight spiciness here that's noticed immediately. Kind of lemon/citrus thing going on. Mild bitterness that becomes most noticed during the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Extremely drinkable. This thing is a pleasure on the tastebuds. There is a definite warming sensation, but the alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Sunshine yellow, bright light with a huge towering rocky head. Two inch thick and sustainable head. Nice thick lace. The total appearance looks like lemon merang pie.

Smell is juicey ripe friut and spicey hop; peppery.

Taste is a creamy buttered biscuit with marmalade and spicey pepper in the finish.

This is outstanding! I am very pleased.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass I just got in the mail from BeerGeekShop.com
Poured a golden hazy straw with massive billowy stark white head. It looks like a beer should. The head on this beer left me in awe. Leaves chunky lacing as the head retreats.
Smells of fruity and sour, is reminiscent of a saison or a weak gueuze. This sour does not really translate into the taste of this beer, only a slight tartness on the back end.
This beer tastes balances grain and fruit pretty well. The grain from the malt is what strikes the palate first with a bread ike characteristic then the fruit makes itself apparent as the beer creeps back. The fruit tastes like a bitter and sour green apple, maybe even the tart twang of a white grape. Nice dry finish.
Lively beer in the mouth. High carbonation, very light, with a dry finish
I enjoyed this beer, but I think it is better suited for an earlier time of day. I picture it best to be enjoyed in the early afternoon overlooking some rolling hills in the countryside. The light grain character to it makes it refreshing like a good Pilsener. The malt and the hop are very balanced, in accordance to the style. They are so well balanced in fact, initially it was hard to discern where one ended and one began.
This is a nice refreshing beer to have, but not entirely sessionable, a little too much carbonation and at 8.1%, I don't think you want to be drinking these all day, or the Duvel in you might come out.

Photo of bump8628
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with best before of 2012.

Served in a Duvel tulip at 45 degrees. Brilliantly clear light golden body with 3 fingers of fluffy white head. How a beer could look more perfect than a perfectly poured Duvel into the corresponding glass is beyond me.

The aroma is lightly fruity with notes of pear, apple, banana, and honey followed by deeper vanilla and black pepper tones as it warms.

The beer hits the tongue with an initial wave of yeast-derived fruitiness and a light hop spice coupled with the clean flavor of Belgian and French pilsener malts. An elegant bitterness shows up just before the ultra-dry and silky ale leaves the palate. The 8%+ alcohol is nowhere to be found.

As quickly as this complex, refresing ale hits the taste buds it goes, leaving the palate cleansed with a tickle of carbonation as it's swallowed.

This has to be the most refreshing beer on planet Earth. A devil of a beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 11 2011. Pours a medium yellow color with a huge white head that sticks around a good while. Tons of lacing as the foam forms a sweet looking mesa in the middle of the tulip glass. Exceptional looking beer.

Nose is of bready and fruity yeast, light graininess, rock candy and grassy hops. All the ingredients of beer are detectable in almost equal amounts in the aroma, very nice.

Grainy malt and alcohol are the first things to hit my palate with some bready yeast coming shortly after. Then a sharp bitterness at the end, accentuated by some more of the alcohol. Body is light and carbonation is high, perfect for the style. This is the quintessential Belgian golden ale and is always a fun beer to drink. The four-packs do not last very long in my fridge.

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

A- Pours a pale gold color with plenty of white, frothy head. As I was expecting, excellent lacing and head retention were a key feature for this beer.

S- Lots of cloves, very spicy. A bit of a sweet backbone to it, but the spices really dominate this one.

T- Once again, cloves and spices. Finishes off slightly dry. No boozy taste to it which I was kind of expecting.

M- Light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation. I could sit there and watch the bubbles rising to the top of the beer giving way to the aforementioned excellent head.

D- Pretty good for the high ABV. The beer isn't very boozy, just spicy so it makes it a pretty easy drinker.

Photo of jgasparine
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for me by Christian Bauweraerts, co-founder of Brasserie d'Achouffe (what a gift!)

A- Poured carefully into a tulip glass with a hand-high rocky white head, which was well retained and SLOWLY gave way to some incredible lacing. The body was a bright yellow featuring abundant visible carbonation. Just picture perfect- my words do it no justice!

S- Classic yeasty belgian aromas and pale malts are accompanied by some spritzy stale hops in the nose. Further examination reveals TINY hints of straw and earth.

T- The taste is simple, yet elegant- pale crackerlike malts meet low-alpha hot bitterness. It all ends with a long and dry finish.

M- TONS of carbonation. This beer is very well attenuated, thus making a thin body.

D- A pleasure to look at, smells wonderful, and super-tasty... very very drinkable until the 8.1% ABV gets you!!

Photo of silverelizard
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, it foamed up with a great white head, that left lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The very nice soft golden color reminded me of ripened wheat fields, and the bubbles that continued to fizz after the pour made it a great drink to look at, let alone drink. The aroma ascending from the delightful little bubbles was very nice, a bright floral zesty scent.

I expected to have my mouth knocked around a bit with the alcohol content of 8.5, but it was exceedingly drinkable! I was surprised! The flavor is sunny, with a zest that holds some citrus notes (to my palate anyway) and leaves a mild and rather lingering (though not unpleasant aftertaste).

This beer was recommended to by by a little shop owner who thought it was great fun to tease me about American macros! He was great though, and this is the first of a long line of recommendations the nice gentleman gave me. Expect more!

Photo of Spidey13
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a beautiful pale straw/gold with a huge fluffy white head that leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. The nose has lemon zest and pilsner malt notes. Maybe a bit of pear and pepper.

The flavor has more lemon zest along with some banana notes. There is a good size punch of hop bitterness on the back end that quickly leaves and the beer finishes dry. I got no hint of the high ABV on this. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with very high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, thirst-quenching beer.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: This is so appealing. Very light yellow. Almost like a pilsner, except that the head is huge-- foamy and rocky. Ridiculous lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Almost perfumey apples and pears. Spicy and yeasty.

Taste: The fruitiness is tart and sweet. There's almost peppery spice and some hops bitterness too. Clean pale malt and slight breadiness from the yeast finish it off.

Mouthfeel: So bubbly and tingly, almost like champagne. A little tasty foamy head in the sip really adds to it.

Drinkability: This is so good. Its not unlike champagne in the taste and feel. It forces you to take another sip. The 8% is well hiddden. I almost always have to have 2.

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

Sandy blond nectar pours out of a bottle into an official Duvel glass leaving a clumpy head, lacing here is pretty good

This beer definitely smells Belgian wheaty yeast and faint hops follow crisp fruit and alcohol

Yummy! subtle wheat malts and a crisp hoppy finish. There is a light presence of spices and fruit alcohol is easily detectable

Over carbonated in my opinion and the the spirityness detracts from the body leaving it lacking in substance

The high level of carbonation and alcohol make significantly detract from the drinkablity of this brew

This is a good brew one of my favorite widely available beers i, i think they could have masked the alcohol better and given it a tad less carbonation otherwise go out and buy some, enjoy

Photo of wknight167
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apearance - Pours an incredibly light and clear straw yellow, with a long lasting 2 finger head. Continues bubbles streaming from the bottom are reminiscent of champagne. Heavy lacing.

Nose- Somewhat subdued. Apples, lemons and pears show through a slight yeast spiciness that grows as it warms.

Palate- First sip is very crisp and almost cidery, then the beer opens up to reveal a very enticing brew. Hops up front, malt in the finish, but at the same time very dry. Yeast spiciness evident throughout. Slight alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Drinkability- Wow. I think that about sums it up.

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

One of the most awesome and big beers for me till now. Got it here finally in Hoboken, NJ. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The colour was a pale golden with a great, white head. Plenty of bubbliness evident. Smelt of lemons and fruit first up with liitle notes of grain. Ok, the beer is massive on taste - really bitter first up then dissolving into grain, malt and slight dryness, but the bitterness just stays on and on. Amazing tenure on the palate, keeps you wanting for more and more. Superb concelament of the alcohol. Great beer.

Photo of mightymoksha
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold. Very noticeable carbonation. Snow-white head with ridiculous stickiness and outrageous retention. It isn't going anywhere.

Aromas of green apples, flambéed bananas, spices and yeast are prominent.

Very crisp pale malt flavor balanced superbly with a mild bitterness and a very pleasant carbonation. Alcohol is very elusive. Finishes quite dry with notes of clove and fruits.

Mouthfeel is just fantastic. Very clean and very smooth, with a medium-yet-lively body.

Drinkability is off the charts for me. Almost too delicious. But not quite.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A nice translucent golden pour that creates an incredibly frothy and pillowy white head that retains for a longer duration that most beers. Knowing how to pour unhurriedly and patiently will really create the most eye-appeasing brew in your glass. That fat head really is an immense part to the visual aspect of the beer. The smell is full of an apple tartness, Belgian yeast, gentle spices and an alcoholic odor.

The taste is initially full of a hoppy forefront with a sort of bitterness, which leads to a malt breadiness and fruity tartness and subtle bitterness and then ends with the gentle alcoholic warmth. The brew has a light-bodied mouthfeel with some hints of carbonation and leaves a nice crisp and dry aftertaste. The drinkability is incredibly high - deserves the 5.

Definitely worth its accolades. Definitely worth the money. Definitely worth having in the fridge at all times.

Photo of bbeane
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... nice golden yellow color with a thick rockky head that recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing stuck to the glass. Very little activity

S- Not super smelly... some wheat and grain smell, bready with some citrus overtones. Hint of alcohol

T- Perfect hop and malt balance... starts off and finishes with some hoppiness with mixed in citrus and malt sweetness... no alcohol taste despite the hint in the aroma

M- Very smooth... little carbonation, light bodied

D- Very drinkable and refreshing, I would definately go for another

Photo of mirish72
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, let me admit that reviewing this beer is somewhat nerve wracking. It is a true classic and anything I write doesn't measure up to the true characteristics of this beer.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass, not a Duvel glass, but close. Having learned, I poured it slow so the head didn't explode. The pour was perfect and not too huge, that being said, when I let it settle, it had doubled in size and was perfect, probably 4 fingers and almost a third of the glass. The beer was golden and gorgeous.

The aroma was incredible, it was the perfect mix of apples, spices, pale malts, and cloves. The taste was dry with a perfect crisp finish. Others have said it reminded them of champagne and I tend to agree, truly amazing.

Obviously I cannot afford to drink Duvel every day, but it is an incredible beer, one that you measure all others against. Everything that accompanies this beer is amazing, from the bottle to the glass, it is truly an experience.

Photo of nickd717
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited this old buddy last night and figure it's time to update my prior ticker-like review of this beer to a better one. This is a solid widely available Belgian brew, always a crowd pleaser. It claims to define the Belgian Strong Golden Ale category, and it really does just that. 330ml squatty-ass bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a stunning clear golden-yellow color with a large white head that looks pretty impressive in that Duvel tulip. Good retention. I can see why this is a selling point for the beer, as it sure as hell looks impressive.

Aroma of yeast, grain, green apples, spice, and pale malt. Nothing too special, but just smells plain good.

Flavor is yeasty with fruity esters and well-spiced. Some slightly tart green apples, lemon, citrus, and mild hoppiness. Again, great balance. Very subtle.

Medium-light body with fairly high carbonation. Very dry, clean, and crisp, almost champagne-like.

Drinkability is very high. This is just so clean and balanced that it never overwhelms your palate and goes down amazingly easily. Not in the least bit boozy. Overall, just a plain, no-frills, well-done Belgian ale. Always a good call when options are limited, or even when they aren't.

Photo of duells2000
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the reason I'm here on beer advocate. It showed me there were incredible beers out there that I needed to find. I drank guinness like a fish before trying this beer, happy and content in my ignorant bliss. Now I rarely will go to the neighborhood bar, and my fridge looks like a liquor store of fine beers.

First as you pour this beer you must be careful not to have the head explode all over place. It rises like an atomic mushroom cloud, a yeast explosion that ends up like meringue filling the top third of your glass.

The smell to me is apples, green sour apples. Lemons come up a little but it smells alive and fresh.

The first sip is like super carbonated and dry but still has alot of body. It fills your mouth with the carbonation but after you swallow it's that famous AHHHH from every Coke commercial. It's not heavy, little or no alcohol bite, but it can sneak up on you. It starts to warm you up and you sense that you better slow down a bit and sip.

You can drink this very easily if you don't believe me google the "Duvel challenge". It's light and fresh but it will kick your ass if you over-endulge.

I think Duvel gets a slightly bad rap because it is becoming more available. Just because my local grocery store carries it doesn't mean it's suddenly bad. I'm sure Point Beer is rare in Belgium. Maybe they'll make a trade...

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

Probably my all-time favorite bottled beer.
Supple, complex, fruity, clean,crisp. All of the adjectives you'd want in a beer. I think there's a high degree of difficulty with this style and really, this is the only beer that really nails it for me.

A: The kind of head you want to take pictures of. Billowy and cumulus. I think I saw a sculpture of Jesus in one once.
S: Fruit and spice and all things nice.
T&M: Heavenly. I like to let the carbonation mellow a bit.
D: It demands respect. Savory!

Photo of Stunner97
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- poured out of 750 ml and pours just absolutely beautifully big thick foam white head and tons of little bubbles steaming up the glass in a constant flow, such a nice appearance when combining great carbonation with billowing head,

Smell- apples, citrus, yeast, and slight wheaty kind of smell, this smell is not over poweringly strong, more apples to me then anything else

Taste- bit of citrus fruit and flavor with a slight medicinal kind of finish, a mix of having a little bit of sweetness and a touch dryness at end, Slight yeast and spice, overall just really soft and easy drinking flavor, little bit of apples still in the flavor, a nice enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel- Its nice lighter then I would have expected and highly carbonated

Drinkability- The drinkability on this is obviously very very high, nice flavor and just no feeling of alcohol at all, nice light beer considering its 8 plus alcohol level, its enjoyable I am not sure its the greatest beer in the world to me and especially considering its 9 bucks a bottle not something I would get all the time but certainly a nice occasional visit that I will see again,

Tried again 9/24/2010-- almost a year later i keep my rating right around where it is at 4.3, very enjoyable beer or almost with flavor profile of an imperial pilsner with that yummy unique Belgian twinge, a real enjoyable beer thats complex yet quite simple easy drinking

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,978 ratings.