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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,909
Reviews: 2,633
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 310
Gots: 789 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

Enjoyed from the tap at Pub Concorde in Caen, France.

Appearance - Sediment-filled glass with cotton candy-like head.

Smell - Unbelievable. Fruit, spice, a little sugar.

Taste - Bubbles of sugar and spiciness all at the same time. Notes of fruit and grain. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - almost creamy.

Drinkability - It's not one of the best beers on the planet for nothing. If you think you know a lot about beer but haven't had Duvel, stop and enjoy a pint right now. Your education (and enjoyment) level will increase to the nth degree.

In case you're wondering, it's still phenomenal from a bottle.

Photo of mjl21
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Best before 05/2011. Comes in at 8.5%.

A-Fairly clear golden color with tons of bubbles shooting up from the bottom. The signature massive head is in full effect. Off a careful pour I still get a big two finger white head full of different layers. The head eventually reduces in size, but is still larger than most beers on the market.

S-A subtle nose. Yeast is the predominant aroma, along with clean malt and fruits such as apple and banana.

T-The yeasty flavor is very pronounced. The fruits really come into play in the middle giving it a nice sweet touch. As it goes down there is a nice peppery bite. As I work through the glass I pick up on sour notes, some nice bitterness from the hops, and the perfect amount of warming alcohol.

M-Superb level of crisp carbonation, reminiscent of a good dry champagne. The foamy head gives this a smooth mouthfeel.

D-A very refreshing beer. The higher abv limits this one from being a perfect 5.

A true classic that somehow always ends up in my shopping cart when I go to Trader Joes. It works great as a year round beer. One of these days I will get around to aging a few and see how they turn out.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter/ Best by date of 07/2011

P: Crystal clear yellowish gold with a huge, healthy head of white foam. One of the most awesome crowns in existence! This thing is dense, rocky, and looks like sea foam as its perched atop the body for what seems like an eternity. Upon settling, it plasters the side of the glass with ultra-sticky foam. Wow!

A: Smells of toasty malts, fresh bananas and pears, peppery yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Toasted pale malts are slightly grainy with a very warm & inviting, sensual kind of feel to them that massages the tongue into a trance. Fruits are bountiful, but stay very compact and tightly organized to deliver strategic hits of flavors that consist of bananas, apples, and pears. White pepper spices things up with a yeasty kick on the back end. Delicious!

M: Medium-full bodied with a volumizing carbonation that expands in the mouth to give a rich, creamy feel. Maybe the best mouthfeel for a BSPA that I've come across yet.

Notes: This is definitely the gold standard for which BSPA's should be measured. Having had this several times before, but reviewing it for the first time here, I can say that this one deserves all of the accolades it receives. Also, one of the best values out there. $9 for a 750, yes please!

Photo of himmelhuber
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden in the glass with a widely pored semi stable
head. Does not smell like much. Taste a bit sweet nearly
like Radler. Nice esters and subtle maltiness. The only
problem I have with this beer is that for 8.5 % alcohol is
feels a bit thin what makes it really drinkable, but with this
alcohol content you can't really drink a lot of it (thats why
only 2.5 for drinkability). The high OG that this beer has does
in my opinion not really contribute to its complexity.
Anyhow, good but dangerous beer.

Photo of MVotter
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma from the opening of the bottle: spices, clove, some yeast

Aroma after the pour: breads and yeast.

I poured the Duvel down the middle of a tall pils glass (ignoring the instructions on the label of the classic pudgy bottle). It produced a white head as tall as the glass itself! After a minute, it was still four fingers tall and the body of the beer was a foggy light gold.

The second pour was per instructions ... hehe.

Wow! This Belgian is so effervescent that it is reminiscent of champagne. If poured down the side be ready for an explosion of bubbles in your mouth. It all depends upon which experience you prefer.

The taste is a blessed union of malts and hops, with a clove-spice finish. Incredibly delicious.

The mouthfeel was alluded to earlier in this review ... note there is a vast difference in the experience with the pour.

It goes without saying that the drinkability of this Belgian is off the charts ... beware however, the abv is 8.5% and it will own you.

As for the Strong Belgian Pale Ales ... Duvel is thy Master.

Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a glorious clear pale yellow with huge two finger head of foam that appears to be growing. Tons of lacing down the whole glass. The carbonation is continuously active. It's alive!!!

S- Wheaty and flowery smell. Yeast.

T- Clean, crisp wheaty malt flavor. Hint of overripe banana. Light hop bitterness. I can't really taste the alcohol until it goes down. Light aftertaste.

M- All of the carbonation is like a massage for the mouth and throat. Warmness on the tongue from the alcohol. A bit of a drying effect on the tongue as well. Very unique.

D- The taste allows this to be quite drinkable. However, the alcohol makes you take your time with this one.

Not my favorite style of beer, so I am probably not able to appreciate this as much as others may. However, it is still evident that this is a well crafted brew.

Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saved for Review # 100

Appearance - Pours a pale golden color with a large perfect white foamy head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Sweetness of malt, hints of banana and orange.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor with orange, lemon, and banana.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp, light bodied.A little dry at the end. Has a sticky feel to it. I mean that in a good way. Makes you want to drink more of it.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A great brew which I am glad I saved for Review number 100.

Photo of xerxes2695
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fogish pale with a bizzare translucency that ghost-fades objects on the other side of the glass. Eerily optically perfect and inticing. Super duper head that lasts forever. 3-4 fingers. Leaves chunks of foam on the glass :)

S - Yeastey smell. Natural, like a bread factory with mild alcohol vapors and a refreshing and crazy complex malt aroma.

T - Mellow bitterness with just a shy hint of sour, like grape skins. Champagne-like carbonation that comes just short of tickling the nose. Refreshing and full of flavor

M - Light feeling with lots of carbonation, but stopping a safe margin from going overboard.

D - Scary drinkable! Addictive and refreshing and 8.5%!

Photo of jsh420
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

drink by 04/2011

poured into a unibroue tulip bright gold with a 3 finger head that grew out of the glass into a 4 finger head - head retention on this beer is the one of the best i have ever seen

smells of banana clove and grains - smells like a very strong hefe

taste is much like the smell with the grains shining through at the end

mouthfeel light and crisp for a 8.5%abv beer - perfect

drinkability is dangerous

overall this might be #1 in my books as far as taste and drinkability

Photo of nectar14
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 mL bottle.
Luminescent gold/yellow in color with a fluffy, tufty white head of about 2 inches or more.
Smells of some fruit, clove, grain/malt, and faint alcohol. Light in smell overall.
Taste is wonderfully pungent, with grain, malt, and some fruit-like flavors. Good cut on the palate... I think this would go very well with food.
Mouthfeel is great. It's light but full of flavor.
Drinkability is also great. I could have probably sucked down the entire 750 mL if it weren't for the other guys I had to share it with.

Photo of McDiddyPop
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

The beer poured a bright golden color. Crystal clear. A nice one-inch head slowly subsided to a quarter-inch ring with a thick ring of lace. Tiny bubbles slowly fight their way to the top. Sheets of lacing cover the glass as I drink. Impressive.

It has a very faint but pleasant aroma. Sweet grainy smell, a hint of yeast. None of the 8.5%ABV comes through in the smell.

Crisp sweet flavor. A mild tartness at the swallow with some earthy hops peeking in to make their presence known. A touch of yeast.

Finishes clean on my palate with a bit of dryness. My mouth can't get enough of this one. The flavor is so light and refreshing that it is deceiving. Alcohol is very well-hidden. This is probably the most sessionable beer I have had over 8%.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pale yellow with a crystal clear body if you pour it right. Champagne carbonation trails and a big white head that leaves a lasting layer of foam. Very pilsener like aroma, with saaz and pale malt, but an amazing tart citrus and pear character blends in too. Fruity sweet and tart all the same, with yeast and alcohol following. Elegant hop balance keeps it from being cloying. The body is suprisingly light and delicate for a beer this strong. I'm suprised at how easily it goes down. Very enjoyable and displays plenty of unique character compared to other belgians I've had.

Photo of bcdees47
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is pale gold in color with a good deal of bubbles in the glass and a thick, white, foamy head. Smells of cirtrus, and has a somewhat champagne-like quality on the palate, very clean, somewhat citrusy, warming alcohol on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable even at a moderately high ABV.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic, stubby 11.2oz Duvel glass into my new Duvel tulip (got it in a Duvel gift set!)

A: Holy $&%@! Huge, billowy, bubbly, thick white head, literally half the glass is head (just like you see in publicity photos on their website and e-store). Best head I've ever had... literally. Lots of lacing clings to the side of the glass in web-like patches. This beer looks gorgeous.

S: Hugely sweet, spicy Belgian aroma - so decadent; faint fruit esters of juicy apple, pear, fresh-squeezed lemon; cloves, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg; malt profile includes a hint of sweet, freshly baked bread, honey and toasted caramel/brown sugar. Fairly complex nose.

T: Apple and pear esters up front lead a burst of sweetness that is followed by a chorus of toasted malts and spicy-sweet cloves. Slightly peppery alcohol punch follows the malt background into the finish, which lingers on the tongue in the form of a slightly stale, yeasty bread flavor. The Belgian yeast flavor is also noticeable in the finish - slightly funky, peppery, but pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation; not as strong as other Belgian beers I have tried, but enough to give a slightly crisp edge.

D: 8.5% ABV, but as the Alstrom brothers note, the alcohol is devilishly powerful, and you don't realize it until its too late. Its presence is realized in the peppery flavors, but it doesn't grip you until the end of the bottle, and by then, its kicking your ass.

Wow. Last time I had a Duvel was roughly 6-8 months ago, and I don't remember it being this flavorful. Maybe my tastes have changes? Maybe I had a bad bottle then? I'm not sure, but what I know for certain now is that this is a killer brew and deservedly one of the best Belgians on the market. Bravo. Would definitely recommend and look forward to drinking the remaining three bottles.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Fantastic two inch pillowy white head. Straw-gold color with slight turbidity. Laces very well and great retention on the head.

S- Apples, some light citrusy notes, some pear maybe? Bready malt there too. Some clove comes through after it has sat for a bit.

T- I like this... delicious blend of light fruit--apples, pears, lemons. Followed up with cloves and Belgian spiciness. Finishes with a nice alcohol punch. Malt really only comes in with the aftertaste, which is pleasant.

M- Well carbonated, light-medium bodied, with a dry finish.

D- Great. This is a great Belgian brew.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Liquors.

I don't know why, but somehow I thought this would be hazy. Instead, I got a clear, yellow beer with a one finger white head on top. Quite impressive, even in the sample glass.

Aroma was of bready malt and apples. Not sweet, like an apple cake. Quite pleasant.

Taste was of subdued bready malt, slightly bitter, with a smoky taste. A big surprise, given the aroma, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated, refreshing without being weighted down by the higher ABV. It was well masked.

I willl revisit this one again, probably when I have a Belgian night with some friends.

Photo of callmescraps
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that started it all for me, so I thought it would be appropriate for review #100.

Appearance - Just about perfect. It's got a nice golden/straw color. The head is legendary. A foamy, soapy, rock of a stark white head. Like a giant soft pillow. The most incredible head of any beer, ever constructed. The lacing is great, as are the millions of tiny bubbles grooving their way up the sides.

Smell - Funky phenoms. Some real spice, but lots of that strange/wonderful medicine smell. A little lemon citrus, a little hint of clove. So sharp and crisp on the nose. Lovely.

Taste - Yum. Sweet bread, lots of spice, balanced by the citrus on the follow. Really nice tartness, green apples. Nice estery yeast action. Just a great taste.

Mouthfeel - One of my favorites. Lots of nice carbonation but somehow it isn't "gassy". It feels sharp and crisp in the mouth.

Drinkability - Very good. Goes down very smoothly for the amount of booze. Downright dangerous if you ask me.

One of my all-time favorite beers. I feel almost silly not giving this all-5's, as it pretty much is the definition of its' style. Just a great beer, and one I don't have nearly enough.

Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So carbonated that the cork popped out without me touching it and shot 30 feet in the air. Poured a straw yellow with a very large head. The smell is peppery, yeasty, a lemony. The taste has some peppery spice to it, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely bright carbonation. Drinkability is exceptional for an 8.50% beer.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Frothy two finger head with tons of staying power, and I poured it gentle. Bright gold color with plenty of effervesence.

S- Spicy/lemony hops with some estery yeast notes and a background hint of grainy malt.

T- Although the grainy malt sweetness is present it is very much in the background. The esters and noble hops work wonders together as neither one drowns out the other. Subtlely complex throughout with some peppery alcohol in the finish.

M- Light and well carbonated.

D- It's easy to forget the 8.5% on this one.

Worthy of it's following, and being the standard by which all other strong pales are measured against. I don't know if I'd say it was the best, but it's sure up there.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Quite pale and golden. Very nice white head and lacing.

S: Good smell of Belgian yeast a long with the tiniest bit of sourness and a little bit of dry sweetness.

T: Some hops with a good dose of Belgian yeast and pale malts. Slight sweetness and a tad bit of spice.

M: Very crisp. Fairly light mouthfeel, with a small alcohol bite.

D: Exceedingly drinkable--this will be a standby during the summer months.

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle, into a Duvel chalice, at a pool hall, no less!

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw colour, with lots and lots and lots (and lots) of thick, puffy meringue-like white head, that takes forever and a day to melt away, to a little puff of creamy iceberg-like foam floating dead center in the glass.

It smells of soft, feathery bready pilsener malt, a bit of overripe lemon, sugary pineapple, duly restrained earthy yeast, and floral, somewhat zesty hops. The taste is grainy pale malt - strongly hay-oriented - a touch of artisanal white bread, lemon and sour orange rind, apple skins, crackling yeast, pithy coriander, and somewhat phenolic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite obviously on the high side, but in a lighter, effervescent sort of manner, in that the bubbles are much finer than yer usual deal. The body has a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, and is much smoother than it has any right being from the outset. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet bready malt, baker's yeast, and boozed-up fruit salad notes doing the honours.

A progenitor of the style, for very good reason. Once past the aggravating opening theatrics, everything just goes so very smoothly for such an alcoholic pale ale, so much so that one might inadvisably be inclined to make a night of this. I would suggest looking up the name's literal meaning before deciding on such a course of action.

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

A true masterpiece of brewing; it's brewed on a large scale, and available allmost everywhere, and it's relatively low priced (at least where i live), yet it holds the depth and quality of excellent micro brewing.

A: Pale golden, straw colour. Carefully poured in a wide glass it's very clear, and witness the beautifull bubbling. This beer foams like there's no tomorrow, and the head lasts, thick and fluffy. Beautifull.
S: fresh hops, bread and fruits. A bit of spice, cloves actually, and a lot of floral notes.
T: A good hop taste, with fresh yeast and citrus-fruits, malts, maybe even some pepper.
F: The loads of bubbles are refreshing, and the finish is long and gives a warm feeling. Brilliant.
D: The alcohol is allmost completely masked by the wide range of flavours.

When i first tasted it in the 80s, I was defenately impressed with it, and I still am today.

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

This is my first review since joining BA and I could think of no better beer to start with.

A: Poured from a bottle into an authentic Duvel tulip. The beer pours a beautiful golden straw color with a huge head. The carbonation nucleation point on the glass forms a nice column of bubbles to maintain the head. Lacing on the glass is fantastic.

S: Subtle yeast with hints of malt. I also detect sweet fruit notes, apples and pears.

T: Very much similar to the nose. Some yeast with a candy fruit backbone. Absolutely delicious. It is crisp with a dry finish.

M: The carbonation is the thing that really is apparent in this beer. It is very upfront and reminds me of champange.

D: Very drinkable considering the relatively high ABV. The carbonation practically begs you to have another sip. I won't consider this a session beer, but I definately would have a second after the first.

All in all, this is one of my favorite beers. There is not too much I can say that has not already been said about it. I may just have to have one now.

Photo of holycrapamoly
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't really have anything negative to say about this beer. It is my Ale of choice.
Visually it is a beautifully crystal clear light golden yellow that pours what I can only describe as a perfect two finger thick head of pure creamy white foam. Excellent lacing on the glass.
The smell is subtle. Maybe a little sweet fruit, but doesn't reveal as much to me until it is paired with the taste.
The alcohol, yeast and hops are arranged to give a very crisp taste. Not at all overpowering. Extremely drinkable.
I haven't found another I like as well. My affinity for this one has earned me the "fancy beer guy" moniker from sweet Anna at Miller's. (Yes, I figured she deserves props.)

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pour is a light golden. crisp clear with a magnificent tight white head. smell of straw, a mild belgian sugar cane, and apples. palate is simple with a wonderful carbonation. a light floral astringent, crisp straw malt, apples, lemon, mint that tingles on the middle of the tongue, and a dry pepper with mid bitter. one of crispest for the alcohol content which is well hidden.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,909 ratings.