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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,968
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 845 | 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 CHSLBrew
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Squat bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

A-Pours a huge, pale-white head, strong retention and rocky as it receded with nice lacing. Beer was a pure golden color, with an ever-minimal haze and a visible carbonation bubble stream (from the etched D at the bottom).

S-Spicy clove, slight black pepper, bready malt with a hint of wet yeast.

T-All the same spiciness of the aroma is transferred directly to the flavor, along with some additional yeast-influenced spices. Some sharp fruitiness mingles with a smooth alcohol character. Hint of vanilla with a slightly creamy semi-sweetness.

M-High carbonation, characteristic of this style of brew. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. Slight warming after the first sip let me know I was drinking a moderately high ABV brew.

D-So drinkable. Oh so drinkable. Delightfully drinkable, complex and smooth. A classic brew, with good reason.

Photo of david18
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best beer in the world as far as i'm concerned. I stated with the ipas, strong/old ales and then the double ipas. Then i started drinking the classic belgiums; singles, doubles, triples and quadruples. And this one was often overlooked. But now it's my by-far favorite. Taste, ballance, hops, bitterness, mouthfeel. There is nothing about this beer that's bad.

I opened a 750 ml bottle of this the other day and forgot about it in my fridge. I used poured it into a glass and it's still fully carbonated.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light golden color with a large pillowy white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma exhibits qualities that are fruity, yeasty and spicy. At the end, there is more of a citrusy smell on top of the already present light fruit aromas.

Taste is mostly like the smell. A very dstinguished spicy profile surrounds flavors of lemon, apple and pear, and some light yeast notes can also be detected.

Mouthfeel exhibits a lot of active carbonation and overall very crisp. A classic Belgian ale and all around very refreshing.

Photo of
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a chilled glass, i bought this beer because it seemed different and came in a cool looking bottle and well i like trying different things

Appearance - pours a mildly cloudy beautiful light yellow with head nomatter what, started 2 fingered but went down to 1 and stayed so till the very end

Smell - something complex and hard to describe, it seems every damn time i review a beer my nose is plugged

Taste - Crisp and mildly citrusy,tart mildly bitter aftertaste, doesnt feel like its 8.1%

Mouthfeel - carbonation, lighter than i expected

Drinkability - stuffs great, would been even better if it was slightly less bitter afterwards

Photo of DefenCorps
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a 4-pack the day before and this is the last bottle :-(

A: In my trusty Duvel glass, a careful pour yields a brilliantly clear light yellow beer with a massive 2-finger plain white head. The high carbonation makes this look more like a champagne. Very attractive, especially with the sheets of lace left behind as I drink this.

S: Light and grainy with a delicate floral character and a combination of dry fruits and spice. While there are notes of apple, apricot and maybe peach, this is purely the fruit character but not the sweetness associated. Spicy with aromas of nutmeg. Everything is beautifully balanced, with no characteristic overpowering the other. Excellent.As it warms up, a little alcohol appears on the nose, adding another dimension to this beer.

T: The exceptional balance of the nose is replicated on the palate. Opening up mildly fruity with apples and pears before segueing into a mid palate that has a grainy sweetness with a mild lemon zest bitterness and ending long and glorious with a combination of spice (nutmeg again), bitterness and fruity character, this beer is fantastic! The nuance and balance is impeccable, no characteristic overpowers the other. In this regard, Duvel stands above every other imitator out there. I have a predilection for balanced beers, and this beer delivers on that front.

M: Heavier than one would expect from such a pale beer, the high carbonation both offsets this aspect, and enhances the fruit and spice character of the beer. Drying on the finish with spice and bitterness, this beer is remarkably refreshing

D: This is an exceptionally crafted beer, and that shows in the drinkability. I'm almost done, and I crave another

Photo of deaconoflove
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very light pale golden color with a fantastic head and lacing that stays for the whole session.
Sm. Very different from what I've been having. Spice, maybe yeast and alcohol.
Ta. Follows the smell, spice, tangy, bitter.
Mf. Nice carbonation, light in the mouth.
Dr. Easy, crisp, clean, delightful.

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

Bottle to newly received Duvel tulip glass.

A: Light golden body with champagne bubbles. An unreal creamy white head with great retention, just a few swirls brings it right back. Tremendous cobweb lacing.

S: Sour fruit, some straw and yeast. Something more complex that is hard to describe.

T: Crisp, sweet citrus upfront - with a tartness like unripe fruit. Finishes with some malts and hops - wonderfully balanced. Leaves a sweet/sour flavor.

M: Great carbonation - fairly light. Super clean.

D: Amazingly so. If not for the price, would be my go to beer. This beer leaves a grin on my face every time. Pure liquid pleasure.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I came back from a "British" Pub, in which ironically the selection of Belgian beers is the biggest.

This Devil was poured to perfection by the waiter into a big, branded tulip glass. Big chunky foam on top. It looked so damn good, that the girls and boys on the nearby table (who were drinking swill) stared at me as if though they were mesmerized. That's one sexy beer!!

Smells a complexity of fruits, yeast and alcohol lurking behind. It's a really awesome smell that puts a smile in your face.

Sweetness from the malts and fruity tastes, bunch of yeast in there. More fruit again, and the relaxing, indulgent warmth of the alcohol.

Super crisp feel and very gentle in fact; kind of light. Like champagne with more bubbles and more taste.

This beer's incredible taste, looks etc., combined with the fact that it's pretty drink-friendly, make for a really deceptive beer. If you don't read the ABV in the bottle, well, you might just keep going until you die!! (or run out of money like I did)

Anyway, this beer is absolutely bonkers. You definitely have to try it. Wonder what's it like if it's aged...

Photo of jackofclubs
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on a few times before yet to have one in the duvel glass had it in a stella glass

A- hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head

S- slightly fruity yeasty sour apples maybe

T- mellow the the 8.5 abv is nat vary aparent alittle on the yeast side same fruity notes as the smell

M- light on the mouth vary nice

Photo of wd40
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a Duvel tulip glass. I love the foam this beer produces and the way it lingers. It's like having a puffy cloud above the beer that enhances the whole experience. Duvel has a champange-like richness to it that the carbonation enhances into by making it creamy and frothy. A really special beer that stands out among other beers within its style due to its complex rich, chewy texture balanced by a subtle biterness of Saaz and Styrian Golding hops. It's delicious.

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

Single bottle (no date) served in a tulip glass. The color is a pale yellow but what makes the appearance is the head and carbonation. When poured you get the classic image of a beer is a glass. The carbonation was coming up from the bottom of the glass in a torrent - really pretty to watch. The foam is very persistent and you get very strong lacing all over the glass.

The smell to me is a little bit like bourbon upon first pouring and as it warms up I'm getting more hops and some wheat smells.

Taste is good and really too complex for me to sort out. Bitter at the first and at the end, with floral hops in the middle and just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - heavily carbonated and bubbly on the tongue. Spicy almost.

Drinkability - I'm glad I had it but this is a beer for sitting back and savoring, not really making me want another. One is good enough.

Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that i havnt tried for ages and just wanted an excuse to try it again so thought id buy it and review it,i love the shape of this bottle its so original and have never see another beer come close to this beer as establishing its look that everyone knows yet keeping its own status,this beer pours a sparkling yellow semi hazy colour which leaves a nice three finger frothy,bubbly head it is so full of bubbles eventually the froth mound sort of collapes to a big frothy mound in the middle with loads of prominent lacing all down the glass,the smell is fresh apples,pears,white grapes and candy not a hint of alcohol,the taste is very fruity with some hints of yeasty characters which leaves you with a nice full bready,caramelish finish on the pallete and a little alcohol warmth on your first taste but after my second sip i dont taste it again its one of those beers that you still cant believe is 8.5% it goes down that easy and in saying that, thats probably the only reason i wouldnt drink to many of these in one sitting but i definately appreciate this beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. I need my own Duvel tulip :-(

A- The label warns front and back of the beastly head that a hasty pour will produce. I took heed, but still got a massive 3 finger head that stands over the top of the glass. It took me a long long time to finish pouring all the rest into my snifter.
Visually there is lots of activity. Little bubbles rush up the sides to join their brethren in the massive riot that is the head.
Color is a light straw, slightly clouded by yeast.
The lacing is out of control.

S- The smell is very Belgian mixed with floral hops. It reminds me of some pale wheat ales Ive had, only better.
Im detecting some grainy pale malts and floral hoppiness. Some light fruits like apples.

T- The head finally went down just enough for me to actually drink some of this...Here goes...
Unlike anything else Ive gotten to try. Smooth, yeasty and grainy up front, the middle is really juicy and fruity. Its like eating an apple. Slight hop bitterness in the finish but this beer is really balanced, leaning more toward sweet and juicy. Each sip finishes so clean there is almost no trace of any flavors left.

M- Thin mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Slightly dry, very crisp and very refreshing.

D- WOW. Sooo drinkable. Nothing harsh about this beer anywhere. Just watch it drinks too easy for a beer with a 8.5% ABV. Nevertheless I could knock back many of these.

Photo of a4tuurbo
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head from a conservative pour. Very clear and light colored.

S- I had seen some reviews describing the smell as having a hint of apples and Id have to agree. There is also a semi-strong hops presence.

T- I definitely taste what seems like grapes. Grains are present although not very unique in taste. There is a nice bite towards the end and surprisingly it hides its alcohol well.

M- Very crisp and dry. Like champagne.

Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 million Belgians can't be wrong....

Poured into, what else, a Duvel glass. Pours a bubbly golden yellow, with a thicker than thick creamy foamy head. Even after it recedes, there's a ice cap floating in the middle.

Smell is classic Belgian - not sure quite what it is, but it reminds me of the style.

Taste is complex - there's a variation of sugar in there, there are pears, other fruits, mild spiciness, a slight hop at the finish - nothing that stands out, but nothing that hides too much. Very dry. Just works very well.

A tasty, drinkable brew.

Photo of dbalsock
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a duvel glass giving a large bubbled white head of only about 1.5 fingers, much less than I was expecting, but I poured it slow. The smell was of grains and yeast funk with most of the intricacies in the yeast funk. The grain was plain, somewhat bland in both aroma and in taste giving a vague note of frutiness. It seemed a tad like wine and it seemed as if I could taste some green grapes in their with the yeast funk that reminded me of a very very laid back lambic. The mouthfeel was bitter, crisp, refreshing and full all at the same time and was the best part of the beer. It was rather drinkable, but I found it to be bland, although it did hide it's alcohol well.

Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a bottle into a chalice.

I don't drink a lot of blondes but this is one of my favorites.

It has a nice head, but not a lot of aroma.

The color is a pretty straw.

The taste is unique and has a nice bite at the end. At almost 10% its a fav to drink regularly.

Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this one in the fridge for a while now and I've been excited to try it, so here goes. Poured from one of the funkiest little bottles I've ever seen into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very pale, light yellow straw-like color with a massive three finger head that is so fluffy that it looks like a merengue with incredible retention (seriously, the retention is so strong that I almost want to deduct points because it's making me wait so long to actually sip this beer); body is suprisingly clear and shows super strong carbonation;

Smell: An interesting smell emanates from my glass, as I definitely pick up a strong presence of yeast, but there is something very grainy and familiar about it as well so as I read the bottle, I see it is brewed with pilsener malts, so it all falls into place as it is very reminiscent of a pilsner in scent; light fruity esters that are a bit like apple, but a hint smoother and don't seem quite as acidic; and light notes of spices as well.

Taste: Yeast, a bit of a grassy and bitter hop presence as well; very grainy malt presence; very subdued spice notes. Not as rich as I would have expected and the spices are definitely downplayed -- much more of a bitter and earthy presence. It's still quite good, just not what I was expecting. Aftertaste is especially bitter and the alcohol becomes more of a presence as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full of carbonation, a slightly drying effect on the roof of the mouth in the back and slight stickiness over the rest; belly is warmed quite nicely from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's not too bad, I guess I have found a preference for other Belgians though that don't have quite the bitter preference. It's got a nice flavor and a beautiful appearance, but the ABV is a bit high for too many of these in a row, plus, it's a bit on the pricey side.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head. The head stays for as long as you are drinking and there is a ton of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is of the Belgian sweetness of apple and dark fruits.

The taste is very much like the nose. A big dose of apple and dark fruits that is rounded out by the alcohol and a little sourness. Easily the best tasting Belgian I have had.

The mouthfeel is a perfect medium body with a smooth, creamy feel. The beer touches your tongue in the most perfect ways.

This is very drinkable except for the high ABV which sneaks up on you after two beers.

Photo of oldpinecone
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Im not a Belgian drinker at all but i wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

:Poured into a white wine glass.

Poured a golden color with an extremely full white head which suprised me. The smell was mildly fruity. Very mild. I didnt care for the taste at all. It tasted of over fermented apples. It freaked me out because I thought it was bad but my dad said it was delicious when I made him taste. It was alot more full in body then I expected but it was hard to get over the disctracting taste. I wouldnt drink this on the regular, maybe I need to work my way up to it in the Belgian world.

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

Pours like liquid gold, with a generous white, foamy head that was born to lace. Looks fantastic.

Smells of biscuity malt and fruity esters, grassy hops and very mild citrus.

The nose is well reflected in the taste. This does not taste like an 8.1% ABV beer at all, the alcohol is masterfully hidden. It's crisp, fresh and lemony-orange hops with a dry finish. It has that musty Belgian yestiiness that, love it or hate it, works really well with everything that is going on in this beer. There's a slight pepperiness in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very crisp yet smooth and velvety. It's a joy to drink.

Photo of endovelico
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a slinder Baloon glass. Best before date: 08/2011. Taken from notes. Reviewed under medium low artificial light.

Appearance: Forms a four thinger rocky white head. Semi hazy yellow brew. High perceived effervescence. Excellent head retention given that the head lasts thourought. Thick cap. The lacing is also excellent, being composed of big thick patches and rings of foam scattered around the glass.

Aroma: Foreground is mostly Malt and a Alcoholic zing. On the background there is Banana and slight spiciness from the Yeast esters. Well balanced, could use a little more spiciness on the nose to be honest.

Taste: Malt sweetness, Banana, bubblegum, slight spiciness which meshes well with the slight alcohol zing. Saaz like hop spaciness and flavour. Orange peel?

Palate: Medium to Medium High Bitterness. Medium to Medium light Body. Medium carbonation. Clean Finish, with lingering Btterness from the hops.

Drinkability: Well balanced overall with the spiciness from the hops and Yeast bi-products masking well the high ABV of the brew. Fits the style guidelines. Its also very light bodied and easy to drink if you take into account the ABV.

On a final note: A legendary beer, what can i say?

Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with a very rocky pure white head that leaves sheets of lace. Bright nose with lemon rind and yeast. Sherbet-y malts with ginger juice-type zest but also vanilla notes at the back. Big interplay between sweet and spicy. Hops open with more flowers and anise on the finish, with a burst of sour. Lively, with very creamy mouthfeel. ABV is there but doesn't burn, considering how high it is.

Understandably, a classic. But take it slow!

Photo of shark262
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden color, excellent clarity and amazing carbonation, nice fluffy head of foam after pouring

Smell: peppery, pear-like fruit, alcohol

Taste: yeasty with nice fruit, good balance of hop bitterness and malt/fermented sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: effervescent and crisp, alcohol warmth remains on the palette

Drinkability: the sticking lace shows my quick progress, I'll have another but might pay for it in the morning

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

Bottle with a "best before" date of 09 2011 poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A- Even a conservative pour left a 2+ finger, pillowy, white head. This head never fully drops and leaves wonderful sticky spots oon the side of the glass. The body is a clean, golden color with pleanty of heavy carbonation rushing toward the surface.

S- Duvel's aroma has always reminded me green apple. There's a pleasant mustiness, a hint of alcohol, and mix of spices (maybe a touch of black pepper in there).

T- More of that great combination of fruit and spice suggested by the aroma. There's more green apple and pepper along with a touch of alcohol. It finishes clean and dry.

M- It leaves a very dry feel in the mouth. There's a good prick on the tongue that I'd attribute to a combination of hopping, high carbonation levels, and relatively high ABV.

D- This beer is just so good. Whenever I drink this beer, I feel like reaching for another. Drinker beware: The alcohol can easily sneak up on you.

Overall: There are very few beers that I associate with the "face" of a style. Duvel is what I think of when somebody mentions a Belgian Strong Pale (or Golden) Ale. Everything I drink in that category, I find myself comparing to this beer. It's hard for me to think of a way to improve this beer.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,968 ratings.