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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,917
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 311
Gots: 795 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of hmf05
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from the tiny bottle into the signature Duvel glass

A: straw gold with one of the most insane heads i have ever seen. it leaves incredible spiderweb lacing along the side of the glass

S: some banana, pear, apple, spices. really light but still a complex smell.

T: this is one of the best tasting beers i have ever tried. i tasted a little banana and a decent amount of apple. some spice also..cloves? this beer is extremely smooth and you can barely notice its 8.5 ABV

D: i can drink this all day which can be extremely dangerous. it's light, but you still get an explosion of flavor in your mouth

Photo of madvoice
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden straw colour with a thick foamy head that lasted for what seemed like forever. Smelled very sweet, fruity and hoppy. Has very banana like flavours but becomes a bit bitter towards the end. I expected more from this. Mouthfeel was light and low on the fizz. Something I could enjoy drinking in the right mindset. Just a shame it didn't impress me much as I thought it woud.

Photo of argock
3.39/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wineglass. Freshness date on label. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.45.

A: Unbelievable white head with easily the best retention of any beer -- I think it is actually growing bigger after pouring and sitting for a few minutes. The head's consistency is like frosting made of bubbles. The clear golden hue after careful decanting accentuates the active carbonation.

S: Tart green apple, sharp yeast, and noble hops aromas are most prominent.

T: The flavor, however, is a let-down. There is unique-good, unique-bad, and unique-and now I've tried it. Duvel fits category three. The flavor is of apple skins, breadiness, and noble hops. It's enjoyable but nothing otherworldly. There are at least 10 other Belgian ales I'd rather drink.

M: I did not enjoy the bubbly, champagne feel which was overly drying. The body is way too light for the style.

D: I can see why people like this beer -- there are few other beers with this refreshing combination of quenching tartness, light body, and beautiful, appealing appearance. I love the look of this beer, but the tartness and light, bubbly feel are a negative. I would rather drink La Fin du Monde, Maudite, St. Bernardus or Watou Tripel, or even Victory Golden Monkey anyday.

12/11/09: Trying an 8-month old version (best by 4/11 date). Not much difference although malts are a little more prominent and hops seem more herbal and are less assertive.

Photo of strangemusic
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, straw gold with a chunky, large snow-white head (gorgeous!) and a very characteristically Belgian aroma of strong orange, banana and yeast on the nose but nothing too special. These flavours persist in the sip with a dominance of banana and yeastiness (fairly aggressive) with a medicinal background and aftertaste which I was not fond of at all. The mouthfeel is soft and dry and quite nice, and the drinkability is really excellent, it's light and refreshing and doesn't feel like 8.5% at all. I may re-review this one as I am feeling a bit sick and that might be affecting my perception of the taste... It's a nice beer, it seems, in all areas except for the taste, especially the aftertaste.

Photo of taylor714914
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw a gift pack that had 4 duvels and a duvel glass and decided I couldn't pass it up and that now was the time to try it.

A- I poured the beer into the Duvel snifter class according to the directions on the back of the bottle. This produced a HUGE 4 finger head of tight, medium sized bubbles. As the head subsided, lacing was left all over the sides of the glass. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen.

S- Yeasty, some banana, spices, and a light sweetness all came through in the nose. There wasn't as much smell to this brew as I had expected.

T- Not knowing what to expect because I hadn't read over other reviews, I was a little shocked that there wasn't more complexity to this beer. At 8.5%, I was hoping for lots of different flavor layers. Very light tasting with banana and clove, almost reminded be of a hefe. A little bit of citrus in the mix, but it comes and goes without showing itself too much. The finish is slightly bitter, but in a good way.

M- Duvel is quite the carbonated beer if going on pour alone, but once I took a few sips, I realized that the carbonation doesn't come though as much in the mouthfeel. A bit thin feeling for 8.5%.

D- I could drink one, maybe 2, but there just isn't enough complexity to keep me interested much past that.

I was hoping for a bit more of a wow, considering Duvel is a world class beer and a legendary beer at that. I have 3 more I'll cellar for a while and return to in a few months to review again.

Photo of BermahOne
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a lot of head. The head is really thin though. Once the beer passes through the head and touches your tounge, you immediately taste the wonderfulness of this beer. Slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. It is pretty hoppy but a great beer. My favorite beer just to sip on.

Photo of drtth
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass cold from the fridge and given several minutes to warm. Glass of cold water on the side to rinse mouth occasionally.

Appearance: The thick fluffy head rose almost to the lip of the glass completely covering the golden yellow beer but eventually receding and leaving some nice lacing. Carbonation was steady from the etched D and lasting almost to the end of the beer.

Aroma: Creates an impression of fresh fruity blend, something like green apple and pear. Also there is a hint of spice and faint fresh grass.

Taste: The taste is incredibly fresh and tartly fruity. There is pale malt here, possibly a mild trace of hops and some green apple and possibly bitter lemon. As the beer warms the flavor opens up even more

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with active carbonation for most of the period of drinking the beer.

Drinkability: This beer could trap you. It is so easily drinkable one could easily slip down too many without realizing it.

Photo of ruckus232
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass it was clear yellow in color with amazingly huge foamy head that stuck to the sides throughout drinking. There was only carbonation right in the middle where the D is etched into the bottom of the Duvel glass. When the last bit of the bottle was poured in the color clouded up but the head and lacing remained.

Smell: Very fruity smell, especially apple and pear. Smells very similar to champagne.

Taste: Fruity taste just like you would expect from the smell but there is a slight taste of alcohol (not a strong taste though). This was so good that it was a little scary how easy it was to drink more then you planned.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby into a snifter. Pours clear golden with a ridiculous white frothy heading that lasts to the very end. A nice fruity smell with different smells of malts and hops.A very sweet taste alot like an apple,an awesome juicy taste.This beer is like drinking champagne truly the best beer I've had. Was very aggravated when I first opened this brew as it exploded all over my hands. Like someone played a trick on me and put it into a paint shaker.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle of this at the Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

330ml stubby brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Sadly, no better glassware was available, but would have undoubtedly enhanced this already excellent beer. Freshness date is a testament to bottle conditioning, being over two years away.

Brilliant, bright clear golden straw capped by a billowing fluffy white cloud that hangs around until the end, leaving thick patches of stick on the glass.

Mild grass and fresh green apple in the nose, with just the very lightest hint of clove way in the background.

Light on the tongue yet still rich in body, with a nice bite of carbonation. Clean pale malt flavors combine with a faint hoppiness and slight touch of clove spiciness on the palate; alcohol is virtually undetectable until the beer warms, making this wash down as easily and refreshingly as a pilsner, finishing a bit dry and leaving one wanting for more.

The origins of this beer's name are not at all unfounded. The 8.5% alcohol is unfathomable while quaffing, creating one decidedly devilish deceiver.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

short squat bottle like the above pic.. purchased at Belmont Station in Portland a while back.... don't remember the price... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

nice 3 finger rocky stark white head... stick around forever and leaves a great bunch of lace... the brew is very pale straw gold.

musky fruitiness.. sorta like a dusty pear essence.. traditional Belgian yeast spiciness.. zesty.

Flavor is clean pale malts layered with yeasty spiciness.. peppery and lite lemon zest... more complex than I describe... I am just sorta having a hard time tonight.. really is the benchmark for the style.. very very drinkable... dangerously so. The body is on the light side.. and the carbonation is fairly prominent... sorta green apple skin tartness..

Really a great beer... I wonder if it ages well... I've never been able to hang onto them long enough.

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml stubby brown bottle with a best before date. Quick tips on how to pour the beer as well as "Bottle Conditioned" on the label.
Appearance: golden yellow with a firm white head.
Smell: strong spiciness with a fruity aroma
Taste&mouthfeel: medium bodied crispness with a slightly sweet taste. Very dry.
I have to give this "5's" accross the board. I had my 2nd one today(one per day that is). Fruity smell, great appearance, tastes excellent all around. Less expensive at the national chain "Total Wine & More" compared to a local discount store. Go figure. $12.99/4 pk. Drinking from a Duvel glass ($14.99/4pk and glass!) Let me know if you find it cheaper elsewhere.

Photo of imagineiii
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my new Duvel glass.

Straw color. Huge fluffy head, excellent head retention. constant carbonation eminates from the D etched in the bottom of the glass.

Sweet, yeasty, light fruits like apples, honey. could use a little more bitterness.

Tart green apples, honey up front. Slight hop bitterness (saaz?) at the back. wonderfully well balanced.

Sparkling carbonation, smooth alcohol warms the stomach but not the mouth. finishes clean, almost dry. however, as beer sits, carbonation dissipates quickly, completely changing the beer.

Drinkable, almost too drinkable. This beer is incredibly smooth.

Photo of Jasel
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When somebody describes a beer in anything...this is the one I will think of.

Consumed with a stemmed pint glass.

Appearance - Perfect light color with a think almost chewable yeasty head.

Smell - Powerful yeast hoppy smell.

Taste - A true beer taste - hoppy, yeasty, wheat - all crisp - all good.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and fizzy.

Drinkability - Beer as it should be defined in the dictionary. It's light color, heavy head, great yeasty/hoppy crisp taste are all the combination as beer is seen or imagined in any literature.

Photo of fingerlaker
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

F*cking bonkers this beer is. "A true devil" indeed.

Opening it up I'm hit with the cornfield/stable/farm smell with nice hints of hops. Can I say it just smells special?

The pour takes well over a minute so as not to make the head get to such levels that it overflows. It still is three inches tall! Parts of the foam dissipate leaving taller bits that look like animal heads- or devil's horns. The beer itself is a perfect translucent gold.

The taste is quite dry, very little sugar to it. Up front one notices lemon, orange and a TON of spices. The hops, all from Bavaria, are moderate and citrus-y. The body is quite light for such a high alcohol content so near the end the alcohol note is very prominent and warms as it goes down.

This beer should be savored but golly, do I ever just drink it fast. it's just incredible. One imperial bottle isn't enough for me.

Note: I can't put it down. This is deserving of all praise. This beer has it's own personality. It's as if it is a living entity that does what it wants, not what you ask of it.

Once again, "A true devil" indeed.

Photo of bonkers
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a very clear yellow with an impressive white head. The aroma is spicy with phenolic notes. The flavor is sweet and spicy with alcohol notes throughout. The finish lingers with sweet alcohol. A light bodied beer that is easy drinking. Duvel is a great beer.

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

Serving date: 2009-01-26. Served in tulip.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date on label (Best before September 2011). Some brief recommendations on serving temperature and pouring procedure on the label.

Appearance: A very pale golden yellow, basically totally clear as most of the yeast stayed in the bottle. Despite a gentle pour, the white head is enormous and rocky with big bubbles in the foam. Incredible head retention with big chunky lacings on the glass. The production of bubbles in the brew seems endless.

Smell: Lemon, ripe green apples and a distinct yeast aroma.

Taste: More lemon and fruit - mostly apples. Some sweet malts becomes present just for a little while. Then, a more sour fruitiness develops in tandem with some spices just before the finish. Here, a slight perfumy character becomes evident as well. The semi-dry finish is subtle but distinct with a nice mix of gentle bitter hops, more sour notes and a complementary sting from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but the head provides creamy foam to every sip more than halfway through the beer. The seemingly endless carbonation provides pleasant bubbles. All in all, a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer is truly well-balanced, but still bold with fantastic flavors. However, I would say that it's in the drinkability department that this one truly excels: it just drinks very very well. Of course, the alcohol will sooner of later take its toll, but it should be noted that it's not before the very end that the taste of alcohol becomes prominent.

Photo of bum732
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color, ridiculous head. Over time the head forms valleys and peaks of pillowy goodness. Smells of grassy earthness, spicy coriander, a nice sweetness with mild hop aroma in the background. Tastes spicy crisp up front followed by a medium sweetness followed quickly by carbonation and residual dryness. Tastes of lemon, white pepper and grassiness with a great balance of sweetness. Hops barely present. Great carbonation that lends to the dryness and crisp bite to the beer. Alcohol is ridiculously hidden.

A fantastic beer, truly reprentative of the style. Great balance is the key, too many belgian ales are boozy sweet. This beer is able to balance the sweetness and the carbonation/hops yielding a truly magnificent beer.

Photo of xfactor9600
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter

A - A beautiful wine/champagne color with a long lasting head.

S - Some notes of citrus along with a "fizzy" type fragrance.

T - An experience that tastes just like you believe it will based on smell. I noted a mellow citrus flavor which blended in to the overall presentation of he beer in my mouth.

M - Agree with the poster below. A champagne experience.

D - I'd seen many people mention this beer on the site. I was in a store and notice some additional glassware with purchase of a Four-Pack of Duvel. I figured this would be the time to try. I'm glad I did... and can't wait to have a few with friends.

Photo of DannyS
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel-branded tulip glass, poured 'unhurriedly' from a 750 ml bottle

A - Like champagne; a beautiful golden color with delicate bubbling and a thick, indestructible head. I've never seen a head stay this thick this long.

S - Light, slightly Yuzu-like citrus, mostly hops and yeast

T - If refreshing had a specific taste, it would be this. A strong hoppy start mellowing into a clean pale ale taste, like a bitter citrus, before its amazingly clean finish. 'Kick ass' is the only appropriate description i can think of.

M - Screw That miller high life crap. THIS is the champagne of beers. The fizz is strong but pleasant, and the logic defying head adds a dimension of smoothness to its bite.

D - Absolutely dangerous. I don't taste the alcohol much, but the 8.5% goes right to your head. i could probably drink this 24/7, but I'd never be coherent again for the rest of my life. Best to stick to one or two drinks worth.

At first, I was skeptical of the high praise this beer has gotten, and I don't remember exactly enjoying it when I first tried it, but now that my tastes in beer have grown considerably, I can say that this one deserves all the hyperbole it gets. If you like beer, you owe it to yourself to try this one at least once. You won't regret it.

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

There's something to be said for any beer that inspires 100s of imiitators. Duvel is such a beer. Served from the classic caged corked big bottle into the stamped tulip glass, the amazing rocky head iis truly a sight to behold, and an important lesson for BA wannabes who think that the less head is better. Brilliant quite clear orange in color, with orange peel and coriander up-front, and a pretty significant alcohol aftertaste. Having tasted Duvel in the corked cage, 330ml and on cask, I must advocate for the big bottle, the bottle conditioning sets it apart from its brethren. For anyone looking towards gaining an appreciation for Belgium's weighty contribution to the world of brewing, this beer is an absolute must. Looking forward to cracking my stash open in about 6 months. The scary part is despite the high ABV, this is a very drinkable brew-very tasty! Unquestionably one of the world's great beers.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my no name goblet.

A: Very nice and translucent golden color with a very strong pure white head that lasts for days.

S: Powerful, to say the least. Cloves, pepper are dominating. Nice usual wheat flavor there. Malty sweetness hiding there too with some apple peel.

T: Nice crisp taste. Pepper is strong, cloves being somewhat more hidden than in the smell. Wheat is stronger too. Yeast is there, as well as a nice and subtle hop bitterness. Very nice malt sweetness to end it. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Light, but still carbonation is high, giving the brew a nice crisp feel. Not watery at all, creamy-like feel to it too. Nice warmth at the end too.

D: High, nothing is overpowerful here, making it easy to drink. Alcohol might slow you down, but that's bout it.

Photo of digitalbullet
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep golden color. It has a head that goes on for days. Excellent lacing.

Smell: This is a Belgian ale at its finest. Great hop character and a hint of malty sweetness at the back of your olfactory nerves.

Taste: My tongue came out of my mouth and gave me a hug. Hoppy but not overpowering. Sweet but not too sweet. This beer is a shining example of fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbination and it has a great warming effect as it goes down the gullet.

Drinkability: Two words: Great BEER.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and lemon-drop yellow. Active carbonation, absolutely ridiculous pure white head, like a snow peaked mountain in the Alps. Head eventually settles into a volcanic looking, mold-like, holding pattern. I'm ok with that.

S: Clean yeast, watered down apple and white grape fruit juice, ultra-light hopping.

T: Slightly soured apple, grape, and pear juice with a sharp yeast funk, touch of alcohol and a soft wash of hops.

M: Wickedly crisp and prickly.

D: Refreshing and delicious, a subtly complex beer. For a beer with a medium caliber abv, very drinkable.

Photo of timtim
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the one (and i consider it a belgian style golden ale if there is such a thing) to judge the others by. in my opinion, it looks just about perfect. hazy golden straw color with a fluffy, pillowy, white head that never goes away, and leaves gorgeous lacing on the glass. apples and pears in the nose as well as a touch of musty hoppiness, lemon zest, candi sugar and some clove/pepper yeastiness. everything the nose hints at comes together in an extremly well balanced way that is light and full in body at the same time and carrying a pleasant bitterness in the finish. too easy to drink and amazing for a beer that is produced in such quantity. the cream of the crop. the only beers that will give this one a run for the money in my opinion are russian river's golden ale (damnation? I always get them mixed up) and surprisingly, brooklyn's local1. both of which i believe are modeled after this beer. quality.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,917 ratings.