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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,506
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 249
Gots: 574 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of charlzm
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 06/08/08.

In a tulip glass: Pours a clear light yellow with a fine white three finger head. The head fades to a thick skin eventually, but foam sticks to the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and peppery, with citrus and white wine notes.

Flavor is just awesome. There's a little alcohol heat and juiciness, some lightly sweet malt, orange peel and some peppery spice on the ultra-clean finish. If not for the alcohol heat, this one could be gulped for its delicious flavor. Well carbonated and even a little tingly; reminds of sparkling wine a little.

Savor this beer, as it is one of the best on Earth.

charlzm, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of BullCityB
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet, it's a beautiful straw gold ale with a rocky foam head that shows no signs of dissipating two minutes after the pour. It's a simply gorgeous sight on a hot day! Tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the surface and contributing to the aroma... speaking of which...

The aroma is a heavenly concoction of pears, apples, and spicy citrus with a touch of grain. Beervana, I say. I really hate to give it two fives out of the gate, but I can't find fault anywhere so far.

The flavor is, again, near flawless. It's a dry beer on the finish, but up front is a load of sweet flavors from the yeast - apples and pears mostly, with a touch of spice perhaps. There's a little grainy malt, but the finish is a quick flurry of noble hops. It's marvelous. 8.5% ABV? You would never know, there isn't a hint of alcohol here.

Mouthfeel may well be the only place that I'll mark this beer down. It's just slightly too prickly for my tastes, though it remains quite creamy and delicious. I would give it a 4, but for the style it's not overcarbonated, so I'll compromise at 4.5.

As far as drinkability, I could quaff this stuff all day. Maybe it's just the heat, but this hits the spot. I simply can't fault it for anything here.

Ok, I don't mean to seem a sucker, but this beer is almost impossible to fault. It's creamy, delicious, and aromatic beyond belief. I'll be having many more bottles of this stuff in the future...

BullCityB, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy pale gold with a huge white head. The Duvel tulip really enhances the appearance: the laser-etched D provides a steady stream of bubbles that almost makes the head shoot right out of the glass. Pretty intense.

S - Yeast, banana, and clove. Very strong aromas, which I definitely respect

T&M - Spicy hops and barley flavors are very prominent. I understand that the yeasts used in Duvel really give it that charateristic flavor. A uniquely creamy and smooth mouthfeel really stands out to me. The flavor profile endures very well. Medium to full bodied. A nice, bitter, warming finish.

D - One to be savored, I think. High abv, a bit heavy, but still damn tasty.

AmishT, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher with a head that would not die, white and huge. Pale yellow color, cloudy, obviously bubbly. Spicy aroma with a flavor to match. Alcohol is not present which is surprising given that it is close to nine percent. This is tasty and easy to drink but not really my speed.

ArrogantB, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden with a massive head that looked like it was going to jump right out of the glass and punch me in the face. Incredible amounts of sudsy lace. A simply stunning appearance.

S: Spices, fruit, general sweetness. Some alcohol breaks through and really enhances the other aromas. New aromas continue to develop as the beer warms. Very strong and complex.

T&M: For starters, the mouthfeel of this beer is amazing. Ample carbonation creates a creamy smoothness unlike any other beer I've experienced. The taste has some fruity esters, pale malt sweetness, and spicy yeast. A small twang of alcohol and phenol on the finish.

D: For how strong in alcohol it is, Duvel is extremely drinkable. It's got the best mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had, and is a thoroughly enjoyable all-around drinking experience.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle:

Pours a lovely, clear golden color with an enormous head and gorgeous lacing down the glass. Carbonation is immense. Smell is of sweet pilsner malts and bready yeast. Taste is right on par with the smell. The pilsner malt is front and center with a hint of hops in the background and fantastic yeast strain that brings out the depth and spiciness of this brew. Slightly fruity, on the dry side, and wonderfully crisp. The cap that settled from the head just won't go away. So smooth, and so easy to drink. I LOVE this beer. One of the best brews in the world.

One for the ages!

KeefD, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, almost white. Has that classic, massive head. Malty, floral aroma. Flavors of citrus, spices, and aromatic hops. Smooth finsish with a hint of bitterness, with some noticeable spice. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle gently poured several times into a Duvel tulip-snifter yields a pale golden straw-colored body with a storm of active carbonation, capped with an 'enormous' creamy white head that stubbornly refuses to shrink smaller than 'gigantic-and-chunky' and leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smells of malty sweetness with banana, allspice, and hot peppers... faint grassiness with sunflowers, lemon juice, and hay.

Tastes floral and sweet with ripe yellow apples, a yeasty tang, a whiff of medicinal alcohol, and a nice mild bitterness.

Perfect carbonation. Smooth and silky with a lingering buttery feel and a zip of alcohol.

If I were a rich man, Duvel would be my go-to drink.

cvstrickland, May 31, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of rocky white head cover a clear, straw colored body and settle slowly, leaving thick lace.

S - Fruity and spicy with peppery hops and mango like tropical fruit.

T - Fruity with a bit of green apple. Spicy hops, a bit of pepper. Sweet and grainy malt with some DMS.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable with a nice hop character. The apple and DMS seem out of place, but I know this bottle has been well cared for. I will have to give this another chance in the near future to see if it can live up to my memories of it being a much better beer.

nickfl, May 28, 2008
Photo of sammy44
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. Looks exceptional with the huge white head over the golden body. Aroma was of citus and pine, a little weaker than some. Taste and mouthfeel both reminded me of dry champagne as there was definitely some fruitiness and tartness. For the mouthfeel the carbonation was off the charts reminding me of a drink from an old fashioned soda fountain. Finishes dry with a yeasty bread aftertaste. Exceptional beer.

sammy44, May 27, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted by the waiter into an oversized Duvel tulip.

Mounds of white pillowy head stick around supplied by a stead column of rising carbonation from the center of the golden clear beer.

Smells are sweet, fruity, spice, herbal hop character.

Taste is awash with sweet malt that dances in harmony with the swift feet of spice and fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation.

A great beer that went well with pan seared halibut.

rtratzlaff, May 20, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 11.5 fluid ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Poured a nice hazy light yellow brew with a 1/2" of foamy white head atop. Head dissipates to heavy bubbly lace.

Smell is slightly fruity with hints of malts - I get a little light banana as well. Taste is lightly fruity with slight citrus/spice hints. burns a little bit on back palate, but otherwise bubbles provide a nice treat with the slow but pleasant finish.

I wish I had another.

mattster, May 19, 2008
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I suppose if I were to define what Belgian beer means to me then this would be it - though of course that idea is really wrong since styles vary so widely. Nonetheless, there is perhaps one style that identifies a nation more than others. This to me is it. It also has its own goblet. Gabe at Two Brothers seemed to be on a mission to educate us late one evening and started opening various Belgians. Pale yellow and slightly hazy in the glass, the noticeable thing is the head like a meringue that lasts the entire time: such fine structure and density; amateurs beware when pouring. Aromatic and raisiny aroma. Excellent slightly sweet aromatic palate but with complexity and biscuit, yeasty earthy components. Savour and enjoy slowly. We are beginning to warm to that tiny nation's products.

AylwinForbes, May 18, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one from a 750ml brown bottle with cork and cage - poured in a Duvel tulip snifter glass.

A= This beer poured a beautiful pale yellow (almost paler than straw) that was almost perfectly clear except for a bit of yeast cloud in the glass. The head was out of control, 3+ inches of foamy white goodness. I seriously could have eaten this head with a spoon for the first 10 minutes or so. The head clung to the glass on the way down, more chunks than lace.

S= The aromas of this fine brew are a bit muted for my taste, but they do offer mild fruitiness (orchard fruits - apple/pear) and a sense of the looming alcohol.

T= This ale hits the tongue with a crisp, clean, malt flavor, followed by fruity yeast and a warming alcohol finish. There is also a nice level of hops - they are present as flavoring without being overly bitter. A big beer that doesn't taste too big (hence the devil reference).

MF= This ale has a big carbonation release throughout which lightens the already light/medium body. Completely cleanses the palate with its crispness!

D= This is a world class beer that is the benchmark of its style. I liked it the first time, and love it more every time I have it!!!

spointon, May 15, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

serving type- 750 ml bottle/ Tulip Glass

appearance- Golden color with perfect ratio of head to beer. Beautifully large head that lasts with you till end of the drink. Champagne type bubbles rise to the surface througout the duration.

smell- Abundance of citrus and spice. Hints of malt and pepper.

taste- Extremely smooth and easy to take. Comes on sweet in the beginning but a little bitter and dry by the end.

drinkability- Hands down the best beer I have ever had. Was fortunate to have a friend recommend this to me at a restaurant while out of town and fell in love. A perfect combination of taste and strength. This is a beer you must respect or else it will donkey punch you. This is the closest thing to walking sex I have ever had.

cbros, May 14, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright amber color, fairly hazy, huge fluffy white head with awesome retention and lacing, yeast sediment settles on the bottom

s - big banana, clove and yeast notes in the aroma, lighter hints of bubblegum and mixed spices, not much alcohol in the nose

t - big sweet maltiness up front, lots of spiced banana and yeast, a little hop bitterness mixed in with the strong spicy maltiness on the midpalate, finish is lingering spice and sweet banana with some light notes of alcohol along with a bit of bitterness

m - medium-bodied, good deal of carbonation, but not too much, nicely balanced finish, alcohol warming on the finish

d - pretty drinkable for a strong pale, alcohol is not overpowering though you know it's there, and it's pretty easy on the palat

Very good Belgian strong pale and worthy of the high regard in which it's held.

WeisGuy, May 14, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale muted golden straw color... Intense foam, slow to dissipate... Looks lush and creamy...

S - Yeast and grain... A smoky citrus scent... Complex...

T - Citrus and fruit, but not overwhelming... Perhaps slight malt and hop undertones... Complex, refreshing, and satisfying allat the same time...

M - Extremely pleasant... Creamy and coats wells... Lush...

D - A brew to be savored and enjoyed... An extremely gratifying experience... Two or three on a relaxing evening would make for a wonderful night...

philbe311, May 10, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice 2 finger head that recedes slowly into a thin fluffy cap. The body is pretty clear with only a little bit of haze. As the head recedes, you get a nice clinging lace.

Smell- Nice complex smell that consists of a nice straw, light alcohol, yeasty, light citrus (lemon, orange), like pepper. Nice..

Taste- This reminds me a bit of bells batch 8000, although it's not really the same style. Initially, I get a nice orange, lemon component but also a dryer tart fruit and finally some pepper. The alcohol is pretty nicely hidden but as it warms, it becomes a little bit more evident.

Mouthfeel- Initially, the carbonation is a bit cloying, but can be spritzy, in a good way.

Drinkability- It took me a while to get into this beer, but I didn't have trouble putting down the 750 bottle. I can see myself getting this again sometime in the future.

Greggy, May 09, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into its own Tulip glass.

A-Cloudy golden color with a nice big head i'll start by saying this beer looks amazing poured into a tulip.
S-Citrus with hints of hops and spice.
T-Has an inital spice taste with hints of citrus and hops, the alcohol flavor of the beer lets in just enough as well. the finish leaves a little to much bitterness but still very good.
M-highly carbonated but suprisingly smooth and almost silky going down very nice.
D-Very easy to drink very good beer overall deserves all the praise its gotten.

SpecialK088, May 08, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into oversized snifter.

A - I probably didn't pour this correctly, because in the snifter I got a massive head, maybe six inches or so that took forever to die down. Nice and pillowy, with exceptional lacing and a nice patch still floating in the middle. Hazy bright yellow in color.

S - The main aroma is phenolic; plastic-like or something like the coating on a pill. Some spicy hops in the background, with myriad of spices, notably white pepper.

T - Faint malt to begin with, but then the brew unleashes it's full medicinal flavor. It's not terribly unpleasant, but it is a little overbearing. The finish yeilds a trace of hops providing ample bitterness, with a touch of citrus. Phenols return in the aftertaste, following slight, and pleasant, alcohol burn.

M - Moderately carbonated, but very slick. Seems a little out of balance to me, as if carbonation and slickness are busy competing. Surprisingly full bodied considering the color.

D - The beer gets better after the initial phenol shock on the taste buds which makes me think the more one drinks, the more one could drink. I definitely wouldn't have a problem kicking these back, but I wonder how long I could endure the medicinal flavor before I felt like I was chewing band-aids. It seems highly drinkable, but I'm only guessing.

I had Duvel once before, but regretfully I was fairly intoxicated when I got to it. The one thing I remember was it's phenolic character and that still stands out to me upon soberly revisiting this ale tonight. A good brew no doubt, but at least slightly overrated. Tastes a lot like Ommegang's Hennepin to me, only less complex.

PatrickJR, May 07, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a rich looking glowing gold with at least four fingers worth of chunky head that will not recede,still waiting...this left so much lace that the head is actually stuck in places to the sides of the glass (like super 3-D lacing) I've never seen anything quite like it!!

S-a lot of sweet fruits and yeast with trace amounts of coconut,vinilla and spice,a little peppery

T-this is superb with sweet apple and other light fruits being the first of many flavors going on all at the same time and most are equaly balanced,lots of sweet yeast flavors mix well with spicy ass cloves and strong alcohol taste that is very warming and deliciously smoothe

M-a medium body with an extra silky smoothness all the way around,a little tingly on the tounge,with a calm dryness that keeps you thirsting for another sip

D-this brew is remarkably drinkable for such a high AVB,this Belgian offering is the Bee's Knees!

orangemoustache, May 06, 2008
Photo of rodcom
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the whole world! From the minute you open it you know it is different - huge carbonation (if you are not careful it will explode when you open it). You then have to carefully pour it into a glass or it will overhead and spill out the top. You then look at it and it will be a golden color bubbling up much like champagne.

Then the real fun comes with the taste. It is a perfect tasting beer with a bit of citrus flavor and goes down so smooth. Just remember with the large head you will get a beer mustache!

rodcom, May 04, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white head that takes forever to fade and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet citric nose. Flavor is balanced, slightly dry and has a citric fruitiness. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Sep 2010.

jdhilt, May 03, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its got a very thick, white and bubbly head about two fingers thick and has lots of carbonation. The body is crystal clear and a pale golden color and is very nice to look at. It smells like dry hops mixed in with some citrus fruits and spices, I also pick up some hints of banana bread in there. It rolls on to your tongue pretty smoothly with a light semi-crisp feel to it, it has a medium body, but it is a bit more on the lighter side of the house. It's a bit bitter overall with some sweet undertones and a tangy aftertaste, the alcohol is very well hidden you can't even taste it in its aftertaste.

vickersspitfire, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass. Appearance is a vibrant, yellow-gold with about 6 columns of bubbles rising towards the fluffy, two finger head (think of ocean surf); good amount of lacing.

Smell is of clove, various spices, lemon/orange citrus rind, & earthy yeast. Notes of raw sugars and ginger-caramel make their presence known. An interesting note is that I pick up so many different things in the aroma, the final being sour cream frosting and faint champagne.

Initial reaction is a crispy beer that hits the palate with bitter yeast, grapefuit, butterscotch, apricot, and peppery spice. A very nice balance between slick and tart leave the mouth with mild numbing & distinct alcohol warmth. Similar to the smell, a complex beverage that keeps the senses on their toes and discovering different things.

Duvel is certainly the real champagne of beers in that it has many qualities of a beer and champagne (which obviously comes as no surprise). Honestly, I cannot stand champagne but enjoy this beer a great deal. My personal tastes wants a little more malt but this beer is certainly opening up the Belgian gates for my palate. I look forward to more of these and picking up more Belgian staples.

jdoncbus, Apr 30, 2008
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,506 ratings.