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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,214
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 233
Gots: 439 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ultralarry2006


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

Poured from an 11.2 oz' er into a Duvel tulip glass. First, let me say that this left the most amazing head and lacing that I have ever seen - simply amazing !! The foamy creamy white head was two fingers deep and, it never receded, it was two fingers all the way down. It left the thickest lacing I've ever seen, all the way from the top to the bottom. The color was a clear medium yellow gold, like a lager.

Aroma - fruity and estery, slightly spicy, and sweet, bready pale malt.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Fruity esters, slightly sweet bready pale malts, and all balanced with subtle spiciness from both the laid back hop profile and the yeast, and even possibly, the high abv. The alcohol in this was totally not detectable in the taste, except, as noted to lend a subtle spice note, and this, to me is excellence in brewing a high abv brew. All the components are harmoniously balanced, and they finished together in a clean, crisp, refreshing way. I completely savored every sip.

Mouthfeel - a delicious fullness, with moderate cabonation. Clean finish. Ever so slight hop slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down so very easy and is completely satifying that you have to have the next one one. The high abv is totally not evident from the taste, and only after you've had a few does that fact sink in. Still, if you don't have to drive, or be to work in the morning.. well, try not to get carried away, the hangover's a b&%#$ if you do. This is excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 20:31:14 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of KarlHungus


3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear pale yellow-orange color. The head is massive, billowy and white, and lasts forever. The aroma is of oranges and lemons with a barnyard funk in the background. It is rather mellow, however, more mellow than other strong pales that I have had. The taste is of citrus with an earthy and alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and very dry. Overall, this beer is easy to enjoy. However, I choose La Fin Du Monde over Duvel anyday, as La FIn is so much more complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 20:01:26 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of SethB2


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers ever. I guess I should do a formal review.

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a transparent gold color with a huge fluffy head that recedes leaving lacing like you see in your dreams. Smells good. Sweet bananas and overripe melons. Taste is spiced and fruity. Lots of melon and banana (like the smell) but also a very pronounced clove. Mouth is medium, silky smooth and dry. Perfection, really. Drinkablity would only be helped if I had another, because I would drink it if I did.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 02:22:17 | More by SethB2
Photo of haz77


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

A - Pours a clear straw colour with lively carbonation. Foaming white head sits onto and slowly reduces to a finger thick layer.

S - Smell is sweet, peppery and full of esters and phenols. Very inviting.

T - Sweet upfront, then the pepper and fruit come through. Finishs with a dryness that lingers. Alcohol is well masked.

M - Perfect carbonation and body.

D - Very drinkable for such a strong beer. A classic that doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 16:35:25 | More by haz77
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 2/08. A beautiful yellow color with the thickest head I have ever seen. Nice carbonation. I just sat and looked at the glass for a while. It has a sweet, vaguely citrus, odor with some grain. A sweet taste, some malt/yeast, dry on the palate. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 11:55:09 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of soultrain

New York

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

Poured lovingly into a Duvel Tulip.

A-The Perfect head: the most magnificent head in beerdom. If it was possible, i'd give appearance a 10, as this beer is one of the finest visions in the world to behold. The most fun beer to watch, ever. I've been hip-mo-tized.
S-Heaven smells like Duvel, Duvel smells like heaven.
T-Citruc twang, fruity and hoppy with an ever so slight alcohol zip, then dry finish: deliciousness! Refreshing! Can I have another?
M-Once the massive head had settles down, drinks like a pilsner or something, but more warming, of course. Light/medium mouthfeel.
D-Supreme drinkability. I was gonna dock it 1/2 point for the alcohol level, but nah, but this beer really is perfect. Pure delight.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 21:47:29 | More by soultrain
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the Duvel is a beauty to behold in a 750ml bottle. But even more sensual foaming out of a stemless wine glass, This sweet nectar pours a clear, bubbly, golden color. The head is monstrous (so much so that I was tempted to eat it witha spoon), the loud uncorking was a harbinger of this foamy beast. The smell is sweet, faintly citrus (orange peels come to mind), but not overwhelming. The taste is slightly sweet and nonalcoholoic. The after taste is pleasantly crisp. This is a very nice Belgian ale. I will certainly seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 20:10:41 | More by BadBadger
Photo of nlmartin


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. The best by date was 10 of 2008.

Appearance: The beer poured nearly flawless. The color was a very pleasing golden yellow coloration. There was a rolling boiling carbonation present in the glass. The head was one and a half inches thick white coloration. The head was nearly immortal and never resolved. There was thick lacin remaining behind on the glass. This is one sexy looking beer!

Smell: The beer is loaded with a very nice peppery lemon zest citrus punch. There is a nice fresh bread smell to the beer. The beer has a wild yeast (Brett) smell.

Taste: Holy molly Batman! This beer delivers on the smell. The beer has a pleasing maltyness. The beer has a nice hop combo. The beer has a great citrus and peppery goodness taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer is crisp with a dry finish. The beer is well balanced. This is a very tasty beer treat from the Beer Gods. This is a nearly perfect beer drinking experience. There is very little a man could ask for from his beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 18:28:28 | More by nlmartin
Photo of HardTarget


3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best before 09 2008 (enjoyed 04 2006) pouring directions “pour unhurriedly “and details on the back, glass suggestion, web site to get the proper glass, 8.5%.

Aroma: Classic Belgian, almost a Unibroue yeast smell, aromatic malt, white pepper spice

Appearance: Many tiny carbonation streams feed a full white chunky head. Lace hangs over the downward edge in big soapy rings. Glass is a pale gold

Flavor: Aroma broadcasts the flavor pretty accurately. Clean light malt, crisp hops, Belgian yeast, and pepper. No alcohol noted which might be why some call this the Devil!

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation at almost champagne level, light body, lingering finish

Overall Impression: I first tried this about 3 years ago just as I was getting into BA, and I was disappointed; too much bite, just too funky. Now I find it to be much more enjoyable. I like the Belgian aspects, but the carbonation level is just a bit annoying to me. Even though I’m not wowed, I respect the craftsmanship and enjoyed the stubby little bottle (which will see many future homebrews). I think this is a bit over rated, but a solid beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 04:07:16 | More by HardTarget
Photo of RenoZymurgist


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

I didn't have a Duvel Tulip so I used my well traveled Chimay chalice.
Poured a crystal clear straw gold with tons of little strams of CO2 witha thick foamy white head that filled the top 1.5 inches of the chal,ice and then began to grow in the center forming a plateau like foam layer above the rim of the glass. It leaves thick lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is very dry with a slight bready note and a spicy and fruity character. Very balanced and not overpowering at all.
The flavor begins with a crisp rush of the carbonation and then the sweet light malty flavor settles in and blends with a delicate yet very noticeable spicyness from the hops. Then the malt backs away and allows the spicy hops to blend in with the fruity esters and then the whole thing finishes so clean that it is as if you never took a drink at all. For some reason the yeast character reminds me of Ommegangs brews.
The mouthfeel is perfect as the carbonation is high enough to give the sweetness of the malt a perfect balance so as not to be cloying. I find it very hard to believe that no kettle sugars were used in this ale as it has such a clean flavor and is so drinkable. I bet i could convert many Bud drinkers to this if it were cheaper and more readily available. I had to drive into the next state (California) to get this but on my next trip i will definetly get one more.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 03:07:52 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of artusory


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with notes of bananas, pears and peaches. The flavor is apricots, grapes, pepper, lemon and apple. The finish is of a medium length, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 19:49:05 | More by artusory
Photo of Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – When poured this beer has a hazy pale yellow color with orange tinges. The head is generous and frothy making interesting formations at the top of the glass. Very thick lacing is everywhere as this goes down.

Smell – This beer smells quite good. Lemons are very present along with some orange peel, pepper, and strong yeast. I really like what I smell here but it could use a little more punch.

Taste – The taste of this beer is remarkable. It leads with a spicy yeast flavor which quickly transforms into a bombardment of citrus. There is a slight hoppy bitterness as well with traces of alcohol. This beer makes you want to savor every drop.

Mouthfeel – This beer almost has a light creaminess to it. Good body anyways. The carbonation is high but does not bite hard. There is a touch of dryness to finish as well. Cant complain at all.

Drinkability –This beer hides it’s 8.1% ABV so damn well its scary. I can drink this effortlessly. Perfect drinkability.

Duvel is just plain outstanding. It has excellent flavors, balance, and smoothness like no other. Right up there in my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 05:13:31 | More by Orrshow
Photo of phisig137


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle pours a clear straw color, with a huge head that settles very slowly. As it falls, the head looks soapy and very rocky. Quite nice to look at.

Aroma is dominated by light fruits, and spicy yeast. Apples and white grapes are prevalent, and grain pops in at the end.

Flavor is enjoyable as well. Very fruity maltiness, with hugh spicy yeast notes. Dry finish, and fairly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is hurt a bit by this beer's charictaristic carbonation. It's just a bit too agressive. Drinkability is dangerously high.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:17:15 | More by phisig137
Photo of scottoale


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. stubby brown glass bottle pours a slightly murky, pale gold with an awesome lofty, pure white head. The thick frothy head lasts till the last drop, hugh thick lacing rings after each quaff.

The nose is sweet and fruity with notes of yeast and hops lingering in the end. Wiffs of aromatic alcohol upwell as the brew warms a bit.

Sweet light malty flavor with fruity esters, a bit of yeast into a balanced hop bittering finish...crisp and clean ! Duvel is consistant in flavor and quality and has remained one of my old time favorites...always a pleasure to drink this Belgian "Blonde" if you will.

Good medium body with exceptional natural carbonation, give a nice smooth mouthfeel to this fine ale. A nice warming of alcohol, yet very easy to consume quantities of this solid Belgian brew...I recommend this
one highly, Cheers !

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 08:15:02 | More by scottoale
Photo of HaVoKnYnJ

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Large 750 ml corked bottle that I had received as a Christmas present, finally opened at Easter to share with my father, a recent entry to the home brew revolution (well, he did a kit, but that's better than nearly 100% of the rest of humanity!)

Great golden color, slightly opaque. Poured with a HUUUUGE head...luckily, it came with pouring directions, and if you look closely at the little inch tall picture of the final pour, it has 1/2" of head (ie, half the glass) so I felt a lot less dumb having 2-3 inches of thick, frothy perma-head. I felt like Willy Wonka had slipped a fizzy-lifting roofy into the bottle! Poured some into an Ommegang Hennepin glass, some into a chilled glass mug.

Taste is light and crisp, aided (in some ways) by a fairly heavy carbonation. Hints of citrus, a bit of hop, and a big yeasty explosion of flavor. As has been pointed out before, you barely taste the alcohol in this bad boy. However, the carbonation definitely leaves the mouthfeel lacking...too close to weak soda, in that its there, and then it disappears...there is too little tail on the taste, too little ability to savor the lingering taste between sips. However, when you do sip it....utter beer bliss.

This is definitely a drinkable beer, almost dangerously so. Definitely good stuff. When there's a lot of alcohol, I prefer to know it bodily. Better to know you're drunk than to not realize it...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:40:58 | More by HaVoKnYnJ
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunny yellow in colour with a bit of haze. Huge carbonation with a very lasting head. Strong yeasty aroma, as one would expect from this type of beer, along with some more subtle notes of light malt, citrus, and a touch of spice. Tastes of buttered bread, lemon, and a hint of pepper. Warming, with a mild grassy hop flavor on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 01:49:08 | More by fisherman34
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330mL stubby brown bottle with "best before" date clearly printed on back label. Poured reserving about 2 ounces for yeast pour later.

Appearance: Smallish white head, that lasts fairly well and leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Body is crystal-clear and bright golden, with lots of streams of carbonation.

Smell: Spicy, warm, peppery; this is definitely a bottle-conditioned, all the yeast characters are at the party.

Taste: put a clean pilsener on steroids, and you've got this. Really full and rich, but clean and crisp at the same time. Buttery, spicy, slightly fruity. Mmmmm

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitey, with a medium dry finish.

Way too drinkable for 8.5% -- you can't taste it at all.

Note: left three ounces in the glass and swirled and dumped the yeast in. Let it settle a bit -- in my mind, this completes the beer: makes the head huge and rocky, rounds out the mouthfeel, dries the finish, and fills out the flavor. Much better. I would pour this like a Hefeweizen the next time, but then I'm a yeast nut.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 03:17:38 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may very well be my favorite brew, seems to be a perfect marrige of pils & trippel. Poured into my favorite Trmens glass I found it remarkably drinkable especially for an 8.5% beer. A bit hoppier than typical belgian gold ales but nowhere near dominating. A regenerating white head & golden hue are somewhat hypnotic I keep staring. Sip after bigger sip and so on, I pour another "Devil"

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 15:04:56 | More by InandOutBeerGuys
Photo of nickss


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle. Best before 9/08
Pours an straw-golden yelllow with an unbelievably immense head. The brew is moderately cloudy in appearance due to the bottle fermentation, but through the yeast I can see millions of little bubbles struggle their way to join their brethren at the surface. Maybe the most beautiful head I have ever seen on any beer.

Initial spicy saaz hop aroma... very pils-esque (not a positive feature in my mind, but that is just my personal preference of course). This is followed by a huge yeasty backbone. Lots of citrusy lemon zest. Malt is easily identifiable in this brew as well, although it takes back seat to the other aromas.

Perhaps it is the intense carbonation in this brew, but I have a hard time discerning any strong independant flavours. Lots of yeast, but other than that, somewhat boring. Perhaps a bit of doughy breadiness. Kinda disappointed here. It's not bad by any means.... I just don't see what is so spectacular about it.

This brew is way too highly carbonated in my opinion. Carbonation destroys the flavour in this case, and makes the mouthfeel too tight and dry. While the overall thickness of the beer is about right, the total mouthfeel is only average.

I have mixed feelings regarding the drinkability. For one, the 8.5% abv is nowhere to be found in this light crisp beverage. On the other hand, the carbonation is so extreme that it kinda ruins this brew for me. So I will leave it at this... while I think this brew is different, and I respect that, it is not for me. I doubt I'll be dropping $8 for a 750ml again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 22:52:25 | More by nickss
Photo of jwc215


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I poured this into a Duvel glass. It pours a gold color with an amazing, almost overwhelming head with high carbonation. It smelled floral with a tinge of alcohol. The taste was like biting into a lightly sugared, spiked green apple. It was very refreshing and unique. I ordered another and let others taste it and everyone was simply amazed at the unique flavor. This is a beer unto itself. The taste of alcohol does become apparent, otherwise it would be endlessly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 05:23:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of atigerlife


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel goblet.

Visually...just amazing! Even though I poured it slowly, the head just kept growing! Very white, very fluffy. Like shaving cream on top of the beer [and it lasted until it the beer was finished]. Tons of carbonation can be seen. Pale yellow.

Aroma comes flying at you...many different things...lots of citrus [lemons, orange]. Spicy. Very nice.

The taste is wonderful. Light, creamy. Again, alot going on here: pears, spiciness, pineapple, citrus, etc. Light hops. Quite complex.

The mouthfeel is nicely balance and cleansing. Overall, a very refreshing, crisp and wonderful pale ale. Very impressive. Amazingly, I didn't taste the 8.5% ABV, but I defnitely feel it. While I would like to, I certainly couldn't drink too many of these in a night. It did go well with my stuff salmon.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 04:46:27 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh...Duvel. A fan favew of mine. Pours hazy yellow with a head that lives forever, smells a bit sweet and yeasty. Taste is a very powerful yeasty, hoppy flavors with a bit of alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is really nice and finishes up slightly bitter. A nice sipping beer after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 01:50:56 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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South Carolina

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

Fluffy rocky head. Thick lacing. Golden pale color. Beautiful brew.

Sweet apple smell, slight pale malt with Belgian yeast and alcohol smells.

Smooth crisp taste. Belgian yeast taste with alcohol warming and nice carbonation tingle.

This is a great beer. I hope I come across this again often.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 03:52:45 | More by timtheenchanta
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my brand-new authentic Duvel goblet. Light golden color with a MASSIVE foamy head (fills half the goblet) that stays around forever & clings to the sides of the glass. Tons of bubbles rise to the top, especially a pillar of carbonation in the middle where the stem meets the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very sweet with hints of fruit. Taste is surprisingly dry considering the aroma. There is some initial sweetness followed by a dry, white wine type of bitterness. There is a sharp, spicy bite of yeast, hops, and alcohol in the swallow, but nothing overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel that tingles on the tongue from all the carbonation. All in all, pretty good stuff!! Not quite on the level of say, Delerium Tremens, but not a bad 2nd choice, either. Well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 23:55:09 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of markman


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

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Duvel, 11.2 oz stubby:

There ain’t much more inviting than a Duvel Tulip full of Duvel. Classic, shimmering crystal clear gold under a three finger head that is Duvel. This seems to me to be the standard of the BSPA category…appetizing, subtly sweet, yeasty, crisp, silky, and refreshing. A pepper-like quality sneaks in, along with some citrus…and the 8.5% ABV is nowhere to be seen. Dangerously drinkable, yet so very simple that I sometimes forget what a great beer this really is; I’m glad I took the time to remind myself.


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 22:50:01 | More by markman
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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