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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,015
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
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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 rapidsequence
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -8.7%
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 +6.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 +10.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +12.5%
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 +17.6%
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 -1.4%
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

Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a tulip glass

Pours huge 2 finger pillow top head. Color of head is slightly off white. Color is a clear golden yellow. Nice retention with a ton of splattered lace and rings.

Aroma: Wow I am really enjoying the aroma. Nice clove and spice flavor. Some bananas and fruits. There is also a big yeast aroma. Everything blends together so nice here.

Taste: Very yeasty. A lot of clove and spices here. I get some bananas and a fruit flavor mix. Reminds me a little of a saison and hefe combined together. Well done. I really have to give this a 4.5 because it is simply amazing for how light of a beer it is.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the best crisp beers I have had. Very crisp, a little boozy, but smoothes out nice. It seems to be just a little to carbonated for me. It isn't bad or anything, just not for me. Body is actually fairly light for the abv it has. Ends with a pretty clean, yeast flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty solid. I will definitely be keeping this one around more. It is just so drinkable. It is just so well crafted. I am really amazed by this beer. The world needs to experience Duvel. I will recommend this to anyone.

Photo of PerroGrande
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a slightly hazy straw color with prodigious, wide-bubbled foam - almost soap-suds in appearance. Some unreleased carbonation (even after an aggressive pour) rises tantalizingly.

Smell: A delightful, yeasty, bready scent with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Wow! This is a great tasting beer. Starts out with subtle bread/yeast hints which give way to a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. I taste an ever-so-slight hint of alcohol, and get a gentle warming in my chest from this brew.

Mouthfeel: Good. Some unreleased carbonation hangs around the edges a bit. Light overall mouthfeel, but not watery.

Drinkability: This beer sports an ABV of 8.5% but is so smooth, tasty, and nice to drink, I would be hard pressed to guess this were it not printed on the label. The mild warmth that this brew imparts is perhaps the only clue to this relatively strong alcohol content.

I'm really glad this one made it into my cart. The Anderson's (Dublin, Ohio) has this beer, and I'm glad they do! One other note... If you're like me and prefer a fairly aggressive pour, go slow with this one. It produces substantial amounts of foam, and it would be a shame to waste even a drop of this delightful beer on a foam-over.

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

Had this out of a 750ml bottle last night, poured into a snifter and enjoyed around 50 degrees.

Appearance: As the style tends to go, pale yellow color with very white head and laced well. Carbonation is ample, with the cork leaving with a large pop, and poured bubbly like champagne.

Smell: Clovy, spicy, and yeasty in that Belgian fashion. I wasn't ever blown away by it, but the smells are layered and there. Allspice-type herbiness creeps in at the end, but the clove and slight hops are the more dominant scents.

Taste Light clove and spice flavor over an almost woody textured flavor. Apples and clove really strike a tone, and goes down pretty smooth. Texture is smooth and makes for a easy-drinking flavor as the flavors really aren't that strong. 8.5% alcohol is nowhere to be found, which is a testament to the smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Covered bove a bit, but very very smooth. Almost creamy. But the carbonation is so sharp, smooth almost isn't the word. But all of it attributes to its . .

Drinkability: Not amazing, but very quaffable and easy to drink. Not as great as I'd hoped for, and with the word of mouth I'd expected a bit better, but still a good drinking beer that at the right price I'm sure would make a fantastic intro-beer.

Photo of fropones
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a beautiful clear golden yellow with a 4 finger head with great retention and a ton of lacing. Smell is of apples citrus and bananas. Kind of like a hefeweizen, but less spice. Taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, some pepper. Some spice and bananas in here as well, but not as much as in the smell. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but still fairly creamy; crisp. Drinkability is good, especially with 8% abv.

Photo of kegger22
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, straw color with a generous head that faded to a thin skin. The aroma is fruity. The taste was sweet and fruity, with a lot of carbonation blurring the taste buds. Feel was light bodied, but crisp and clean. Drinkability was above average. I had 750 ml bottle and could have gone another. Nice, pleasant beer that didn't knock me out. Not grossly overpriced like some of the Belgians, I'd happily have it again. Late note: As I reach the end of the bottle and it warms, I find my opinion of the taste raising a half notch.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having had this beer numerous times, I finally got around to writing a review.

Thick with heavy bubbles after a pour...dirty blonde color with bright white head. Lots of spice in the nose, no alcohol, hoppy with sweeter notes coming it at the end.

White pepper, some zest, prominent bitterness, spicy with a crisp finish. Lots of carbonation.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of illinijer
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the unique Duvel 11.2oz bottle.

A - Poured a beautiful blonde color with a thick head, which disintegrated fairly quickly. Heavy carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of citrus and bananas, with a hint of spice.

T - Highly carbonated, which helps mask the alcohol. Nice crisp hop flavor, with a balanced golden malt flavor to balance it out. More hop flavor than expected, which is a good thing.

M - I love the mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect for this brew. Its thin, but it sort of sticks to your mouth.

D - Very drinkable. Would definitely have another if I had any more!

Overall its a great example of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Its flavorful, but the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of cwps48
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Duvel tulip.

L: Slightly murky golden color. Mostly transparent. Large, thick head. Impressive retention and significant lacing.

S: Sweet with notes of hops. Hops seem to mostly balance the sweetness. Spice definitely present, perhaps from the malts.

T: Sweet. Kinda wheaty. Hops provide a decent balance to the taste, but less obvious in the taste than the smell. Alcohol hardly noticeable - only gives a little kick to the back of my throat.

M: Good carbonation. Especially in this glassware. Nothing overwhelming, but a constant layering effect. Dry.

D: I could drink this beer all night. The lack of alcohol in the taste makes this brew dangerous. But delicious.

Photo of washburnkid
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stubby bottle to tulip.

A: Hazy (I swirled and poured the last quarter of liquid...I love my yeast!) straw hue with champagne-like bubbles that are helping to form a massive, active white head. The fluffy marshmallow head rocks. There's a ton of retention and spider web lacing. I love it.
S: Definite Saaz hop type aroma. There's a very clean, fresh cut grass hop on the nose. It's so crisp and clean. At first I think to myself, "Wow, there's no metallic at all!", but 3 more minutes of warmth say otherwise. The metallic starts at the back, sort of in passing. Then I get a sweet honey malt to balance it out and sort of shoo it away. Then one or two more minutes and the aroma is huge on metallic. I'm interested in why this happens? I look forward to the flavors.
T: Some great complexity here that I didn't immediately recognized with the aroma. There's some wheat and spice (clove, perhaps?) characteristics that really dominate on the first sip. Banana and unripe stone fruit. While there is heavy metallic on the nose, I don't get much of it in the flavor. I'm impressed. It is very refreshing and smooth...easy to drink (and with an 8+%ABV, it's bordering on dangerous!). Forget about decanting this ale. I swirled up that sediment and threw it in and got a ton of clove and yeast. So delicious. One other important note is that I can't sense the alcohol here at all.
M: Medium body with low-medium carbonation. Very smooth.
D: Wow, give me another because I finished this one in less than 10 minutes. Refreshing like a pils, tasty yeast like a wheat, mouthfeel like a strong ale. This beer deserves the praise it gets.

Photo of tjthresh
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel glass. The beer pours a fizzy straw yellow color with a billowing white head. I get big lemon and lime notes with a dose of sugar and spice in the nose. The flavor is a bit lighter with with citrus and spice. Dry and crisp flavor. This beer is truly classic.

Photo of johntangus
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into my duvel tulip glass.

I found this duvel for a great price at a store that i would never have imagined having it. Good by date is 07/2011. I saved it for my birthday.

It is now my birthday, and being the beer geek that i am, i am in front of the computer reviewing a beer instead of spending time with actual humans. Actually, I just stole away for a few minutes to review this amazing beer.

It poured a beautiful golden straw color. A vigorous pour into the tulip glass produced an enormous billowy, chunky, crazy huge head that never went away and made cotton candy-like lacing that clings like glue to the side of the glass.

The smell is of lemon and flowers.

The taste is a complex mix of citrus and belgian yeasty goodness. No alcohol burn noticeable, but at the end of this beer (as i am writing this), i'm feeling the woozy leg buzz.

It finishes quite dry and is very refreshing. This is truly a delightful beer.

Happy Birthday to me!

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color.
Smells strongly of lemon peel and orange.
Taste starts of peppery and like lemon peel then changes to a pepper orange taste that finishes a peppery yeasty flavor of hints of orange staying on your tongue. There is a lot going on in this beer.
You can feel the alcohol a bit but it's never harsh.
This is an excellent beer.

Photo of woosterbill
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle, best by date 25/07/2011, into the Duvel tulip - I use this glass for 90% of my home beer drinking, so it's awesome finally to give it its proper partner.

A: Breathtaking beer. Pours a clear gold topped with a full three inches of rich, chunky white head - three times in a row. The head is so clingy that what sticks to the glass can hardly be called lace: it's like half the head never goes away. The final pour from the bottle brings some cloudy yeastiness, but up until then the clarity left a great view of the carbonation rising steadily from the etched "D" on the bottom of the glass. Epic.

S: Not quite as epic as the appearance, unfortunately. Crisp hoppiness dominates (some floral, grassy notes), with a bit of malt sweetness and some warming alcohol as well. Pretty well balanced, but nothing to write home about. The German hops make it smell more like a pilsner than a Belgian to me.

T: Ah, this is better. All the clean notes from the nose carry through, but after the hops give way to the malt, the Belgian yeast comes through with a spicy, fruity, dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing, with only the mildest indication of the high ABV. Very tasty indeed.

M: Very highly carbonated (something that I like more for how it makes a beer look than for how it makes it feel), but the bubbles are fine enough to keep things fairly creamy. Medium-bodied and lively.

D: Hides the alcohol amazingly well, and the crispness of the finish makes me want to keep drinking and drinking and drinking. Devilish indeed.

Notes: I never though I'd enjoy looking at a beer this light, but something about the outrageous head and the appropriate glassware made this one a real sight to behold. A great example of the style, and just an all-around gem of a brew.


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