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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,978
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 851 | 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 mjaskula
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a pint glass. The first glass pours a bright and clear golden yellow, the last glass is cloudy with yeast sediment. Every pour results in a thick soapy white head that coats the side of the glass as you drink. The smell at first reminded me of a macro-brew. As it sat odors of yeast, banana, and alcohol are present. The taste is sweet with strong flavors of banana and yeast with little hop flavor. Carbonation is strong, but it is very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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

A - Poured into a tulip glass from a nice little bottle. Pours vibrant blond with a towering, foamy white head.

S - Lot of spices; cloves and the like, banana and citrus fruits, wheat and light sugars.

T - Chalky, yeasty frontend that is suddenly livened up by a nice citrus and hop bite. Finish is nice and mellow with some faint spices.

M - Thin bodied, light, good carbonation.

Photo of roddwolff
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is brilliant blond with a great good body; there's a lot of spices and grapes in the smell; the flavor is complex and very strong, like the smell, with spices and grapes, have bittersweet end; there's a lot of carbonation; i finished very fast; tasty to accompany pastes (although I took it with escalopes).

Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz stubby bottle poured into the duvel tulip that came with the 4 pack. best by date of 05/2009 on the back of the bottle.

A- this one was a gusher. poured into the glass a bright golden yellow colored body with a foamy white head that wont quit. steady closely packed stream of bubbles come out of the center of the glass. a finger and a half of the head sticks around for the entire experience and leaves its mark on the sides of my glass. cant ask for anything more for this style. beautiful.

S- sweet belgian yeast and a small dose of citrus notes in here as well. kind of lemony. somewhat spicy. i think the spiciness and lemon/citrus notes must be the hops.

T- musty and earthy. i wasnt expecting that. fruity and sweet as well. not as much yeast as i could smell. slight bite from the alcohol and faint hops.

M- very light and highly carbonated. crisp and balanced.

D- easy to finish and worthy of the reputation. a couple of these in a sitting would be a treat. its a shame this beer is often overlooked by me because of harder to find, and often less enjoyable beers. ill try to make it a point to pick this up more often.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

This beer just looks tastey from the start. It has a great pale orange color and a huge, foamy head that looks like it's been whipped. The head stays from start to finish and has heavy lacing all the way down.

The smell is intense and well balanced with citrus, a little spice, and then yeast.

The taste is also well balanced. A little bit of spice followed by orange and lemon flavors, then yeast.

Very crisp and refreshing in the mouth, with a slight alcohol presence. It finishes just a little dry.

This goes down exceptionally easy, especially considering the ABV. If it wasn't printed on the bottle, I would never believe this to be an 8.5%. Again, the flavor and mouthfeel make this a very refreshing beer.

Photo of Fenrisulfur
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review on BA.

Presentation: Big 750 ml bottle with cork.

Appearance: Very light yellow.

Aroma: Lemon and herbal aroma.

Taste: Spicy and sweet. Perfectly balanced, a bit dry. reminds me of champagne.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and with heavy foam.

Drinkability: This beer is the most drinkable beer I have tasted.

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

Poured into a snifter. 750mL corked bottle.

4.5 A: Slightly hazy diluted piss yellow color. Lots of whippy light head with moderate lacing. Really pretty.

4.0 S: Fresh and earthy. Some spicy pepper and cloves.

4.5 T: Pepper and spice. Yeasty, mild hop bitterness and flavor, rather dry.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very crisp and bubbly. Resembles a pumped up tripel.

4.5 D: This is some tasty shit.

Photo of johlendorf
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just starting to try Belgians.

A = Bright straw color. Well carbonated. Towering fluffy white head.

S = Yeast. Faint alcohol & hops.

T = Smooth and crisp. Mild hops, fruit. Yeasty.

M&D =Very light for the high ABV. I drink mostly heavy American beers so it's a treat to find something strong with such a light feel just in time for spring.

This beer is so well balanced I can see why it's a standard. Time to get a sixer and branch out.

Photo of Kevuas
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer. Very servicable to a 'novice' like myself, this beer was both clean and fresh. I was not impressed with the smell of the beer but the full rich taste more than made up for the SLIGHT offensiveness caused by the aroma. The book is definitely better than the cover here, and there is no reason to doubt this beer on your next purchase if you like ales or goldens or Belgian's of any kind. Truly a beer for all seasons and not disappointing in the least.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been very anxious to try this classic.
Pours a nice bright straw yellow. The head is a giant white foam. The head decreases but never fully leaves throughout each sip. Has a super clean crisp smell. Full of yeast, corriander, and spice. This is everything I hoped from this beer. Outstanding clean fresh taste. Has a hint of pear and banana as it warms a little. Even at 8.5 ABV I don't detect any alcohol. This will be a great session beer. I can't wait to have another.
My only regret is I didn't have a Duvel glass to try it in. That will be my next task.

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

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. I open the bottle with a bit of trepidation, given my history of gushers. After I pop the cap and confirm that all is clear, I twirl the bottle a bit to get the carbonation going and pour away.

A: At once welcoming and intimidating. The straw-colored golden body invites you to gulp away, while the foreboding massive head dares you to give it your best shot. The head eventually recedes but never fully dissipates even long after the last sip. In a word, majestic.

S: Aroma of noble hops with hints of lemon and grass. Reminiscent of a good Munich helles.

T: Starts off with crisp spicy hoppiness. Hints of pear in the middle. Bready maltiness kicks in and lingers to the end. Slight phenolic character in the finish.

M: Thanks to the carbonation, feels light and airy in the mouth. Has a drying effect on the palate. Both of these aspects make you want to keep on taking another sip.

D: To try to sum up this beer would exhaust my vocabulary of superlatives. Simply put, a world classic, and rightly so. An outstanding beer for just about any occasion.

Note: I drank my bottle after letting it warm up on the kitchen counter for about twenty minutes. When served cold, the flavor is crisper and the carbonation more subdued.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After seeing so many positive reviews on this beer, I decided it was time to give it a try.

Large head if poured hastily, still a nice healthy head left behind from the Pilsner malt i presume if poured carefully.

Delicious aroma of orange, Belgian yeast and spices - coriander .

This beer has a great balance. It tastes refreshing, spicy, and hoppy. Basically everything you cannot find in a light American macro brew ie Bud / Miller etc. Dont let the light color fool you. I have enjoyed Blue Moon for a few years , but this is far more complex, and the orange is integrated into the beer as supposed to dropped into it the day you drink it.

I have to assume Allagash White is a tribute to this beer after tasting it and noticing striking similarities. Both are delicious

Photo of juju7
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely pale yellow with a massive fluffy head and fine active bubbles. A bit of orange, banana and earthy spices jumping out of the glass. It's a pleasure drinking this every time. Beautiful mouthfeel, the alcohol is present and slighlt warming but in no way dominates. Such a good beer

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle tried 1 Mar 2009. Best before 07 2011.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils tulip. Large billowy very foamy white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden color. Sweet light aroma, white pepper, coriander, earthy, almost musty smell. Taste is crisp and light, apples and lemony tang. Light malt, some yeast. Somewhat peppery, some clove. Aftertaste is dry, reminiscent of champagne. Relatively light body. Alcohol noticeable as lightheadedness at the end of the bottle.

Very tasty, very drinkable.

Score is for above review. Below is a review of a 750 mL bottle I found at a friends place while helping him pack his house. He'd stored it in his pantry for a couple of years on it's side. Temp probably varied from 50-90 deg F from winter to summer. It was mostly out of sunlight though. I think it held up surprisingly well considering the abuse it most likely saw.

Duvel 23 Jan 2009
Review of 750 mL bottle found in friends pantry. Lot # 27 06 05 - looks like 3.5 yrs old at time of tasting.
Poured into three different glasses - 0.25 L Kasteel chalice type, 33 cL Vieux Temps semi flute and 0.4 L Schlossbrau.
Bottle is dusty and shows signs of seepage around the cork that has dried. Liquid level has dropped to the bottom of the neck. Lots of sediment on the side of the bottle.
Cork jumps out easy, lots of carbonation. Poured into glasses leaving 1 inch in bottle. Med white head quickly dissipates. Cloudy yellow orange color. Aromas of alcohol, bubblegum, peaches, caramel, cherry, earthy. Juicy but dry. Peaches, some citrus, apples. Slightly cidery, yeasty. Med body. Alcohol noticeable in finish. Finish also somewhat astringent, leaving tongue prickly.

Overall surprisingly good for the storage conditions.

Photo of JonMich13
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = If I were forced to put a beer in a space capsule for the universe to know what a beer should like like, this is it.

Huge white head (2"+) that stuck around to the bottom. Looked like merengue on a pie. Still some left after I finished the glass.

More lacing than I've seen on most any beer. Lacing is still on my glass, top to bottom, 5 minutes after I've finished.

S = Not a huge amount going on with the smell. Some sweet/sour fruitiness and a little alcohol.

T = Just an exceptionally well balanced experience. A nice subtle sweetness that evens out with some light bitterness and a little alcohol. Hard to pinpoint any exact flavors, but it all "works".

M = Very nice and crisp mouth. Excellent carbonation and dry finish.

D = Hugely drinkable. High ABV is nowhere to be found, except after you've had 3 and then you'll know. Dangerously drinkable brew.

Thank you Belgium. Can I become a citizen?

Photo of Rayek
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy brass with active carbonation. Huge rocky and soapy white head has excellent retention. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Coriander, lemon and sourdough. The weakest part of the beer.

T: The weak nose is quickly forgotten as a bevy of spices hit the tongue. Clove, coriander and pepper hit in equal doses right off the bat. Straw flavors creep in underneath. As the beer warms, apple and pear make themselves known. Finishes dry and lemony tart, with a slight sourness.

M: Medium light body belies the beer's strength. High carbonation level adds an extra bite to the spiciness.

D: Almost too drinkable, given the ABV. I was through my glass in no time and ready for another. Truly a classic.

Photo of thekanna
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken after drinking Duvel many times in Belgium; the first time I sampled this was in a pub at the Sablon in Brussels.

A: Lovely radiant gold with miles of thick, foamy head at first pour.

S: Yeasty, citrusy, fresh... like a field of freshly-cut hay.

T: Yeasts hit hard with strong notes of tulips, lemons, and hay. Pepper and other spices pique the tongue with a tingle and finishes slightly dry with more yeast. Alcohol flavor is a suggestion here.

M: Crispy, clean, and slightly effervescent on the palate.

D: Of course it's exceedingly drinkable. This is, for me, the quintessential Belgian Blonde.

Photo of tpistilli
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml of this Belgian deliciousness at the local Gristedes. Poured into a Duvel tulip that I figured was also necessary with purchase of such a beer. The bottle says "pour unhurriedly" and it wasn't joking. The head on this guy was ridiculous.

This poured a delightful golden straw color, almost opaque, with a fantastic, foamy, white, mountainous, and over zealous head that laced perfectly down the sides of the glass 'till the very bottom. There was plenty of lively carbonation that actually put me in a daze as it danced to the top of the brew. The smell was well balanced and appeasing to the nose. Citrus, wheat, malts and light spices were all evident; this is how I expect a true Belgian to smell. There was nothing overpowering, just welcoming. The mouth feel was beyond exceptional, very crisp with excellent carbonation, initial sweetness followed by a slightly bitter, yet satisfying finish. Perfect balance of flavors that tasted much like the nose. This beer is extremely drinkable. The only reason I give it a 4 is because of the alcohol content. A few of these may put you away for awhile. At 8.5abv, I might only be ale to do half a sixer of it, depending on my mood. Overall, a fantastic brew and probably on my list for top 3 Belgians. It certainly lived up to all of the hype.

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

Presentation- Small brown 330 ml bottle with freshness date on back label.

A- Golden with lively carbonation, a thick foamy white head, excellent retention and a lot of patches of lacing.

S- Malty, Grassy, yeast, citrusy.

T- Sweet at first balenced by a slightly bitter finish, yeast, malty, fruity with hints of citrus.

M- Light, smooth, crisp and clean.

D- An amazing beer, so enjoyable let it speak for itself.

Photo of jjazz
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crazy head that piles up two inches above the glass if you let it.

Simple and clean aroma of lemon and doughy Belgian yeast.

Light and bubbly on the palate, with complex Saaz hops, lemon, pepper, and spice. Big yeast character, and perfect balance. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. Long, evolving finish. I gave this a 4.5 at first, but was so impressed by the end of the glass that I had to come back and give it a 5. So interesting and delicious. Too bad I only had one.

This beer is what so many others try (and fail) to be. The sophisticated way to brew an intensely flavorful, hoppy beer (as opposed to many of the "extreme" american brews).

Photo of unclejimbay
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.50 %

Reviewed @ home on 1/1/2009. Thanks to Graham Cracker for the Duvel Gift set w/ a new "Duvel Tulip" glass for the review, Happy New Year!
A 5.0 - Pale golden yellow straw color, noticeable column of carbonation steadily rises from bottom etching on the glass. BEAUTIFUL head, huge 4 finger head that lasts and lasts, EXCELLENT lacing and head retention, very frothy foam and peak
S 4.5 - semi spicy sweet aroma, hints of Belgian spicy/Saison/pepper notes
T 4.5 - Sweet golden Ale taste, equally balanced with a mild spice hop profile so it's not to overly sweet.
MF 4.0 - Crisp. Semi thin but appropriate. Med+ carbonation.
D 5.0 - Love the Appearnace. The smell and tastes backs up the reputation. You have to try one of the in the Duvel glass to fully appreciate it. Take you time. Prep it well.

Photo of everetends
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I picked up in Cheers in Carrolton, GA. I have been dancing around a bottle of this for a while because . . . well, I always know it is going to be there and I pick up seasonals or limited release brews instead. Well, after Frank riding my ass for a couple months, I picked one up. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really vibrant, straw colored, pilsner yellow. The show stopper is the friggin head. I don't give out fives on a regular basis but the head just blows me away. A very careful pour builds a huge multiple finger head that doesn't go away. As I let the beer sit for a moment, the head continued to build and reached a finger over the rim of the glass. This is the tightest, richest, foam I have experienced in a beer. The head almost resembles a creamy whipped cream at times when it is not disturbed. The lace is tight and incredibly sticky as it just sets on the glass and doesn't move. Its ridiculous actually. Just stupid. The carbonation doesn't stop in this beer, constantly and quickly rushing to the top an supporting the head. Really good looking brew.

S: The aroma that strikes you first is a really big belgian yeast character. There is a really nice lemon and orange zest and peel scent coming out of here. Then there is a touch of apple peel in here as well. There is also just that smell of a perfect pilsner. At times, it just smells like a simple but well done pilsner but it also has those Belgian characteristics.

T: Yet again the first thing that hits you is the Belgian yeast and character. Just that really nice earthiness that comes with that Belgian yeast. There is a nice presence of sour and juicy lemon along with the bitterness of the zest and skin. There is a touch of alcohol flavor in here, but it is really clean and light, kind of like a low alcohol and incredibly smooth vodka. There is a slight bit of metal coming out, but it isn't to crazy. The pilsner flavors are there as well, but just enough and mixes wonderfully with the other elements this beer has going on.

M: Light to medium in body with just a wonderful amount of heavy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Just so easy going down and incredibly light on the palate. The ABV doesn't have any burn on the palate or the throat. Just nicely controlled. Aftertaste is mostly some Belgian yeast and a touch of metal.

D: Very drinkable for a decent sized beer. This is a nice combination of flavors and beer styles. It just goes down so easyily and is nicely drinkable. The only problem is I could see the ABV catching up with you because it feels more like a pilsner rathe than a Belgian. Just very light and enjoyable. Sa it took so long to get around to it but I feel like I finally have an appreciation for a beer like this. Well done and just amazing.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a beer advocate for this long and I've never had this before. Picked up a 4-pack of this, which came with a Duvel glass. Pours a golden color with a huge fluffy head. It's a cloud on top of a beer. Lacing stays on the side of the glass the whole beer and head retention is outstanding. There is a steady flow of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass the whole time. Smell is belgian yeast with hints of sugar, candy and alcohol. Sweet, crisp taste that starts off sweet with sugar and evolves into a more bitter taste that has hints of seafood almost, but it is just subtle enough to be enjoyable and not disgusting. Despite the appearance, the beer is not overly carbonated and has a mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, this is a great beer and I'm surprised I haven't had it yet.

Photo of Larrytown
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really a gorgeous pour. Bright gold with a huge head that doesn't go anywhere. The aroma is fruity and pleasant; there's an extra bit of uniqueness that I can't quite pinpoint. Very nice though.

The taste is very clean, straightforward pilsner, but sweeter and more complex. It's light and crispy in the mouthfeel, but interesting to the bottom of the glass. A very interesting brew and incredibly drinkable. I can't believe this is 8.5%.

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

Poured into Chalice (I don't have a Tulip). Poured a bright, clear, golden color with a thick, fluffy, white head of small, tight bubbles. Head was very long lasting with a lot of sticky lacing. A wonderful spicy aroma that can be picked up from a distance. The flavor follows where the aroma has led. The spice is the most noticeable, but is not overpowering. The secondary flavor is the unique yeast. A crisp, full body that leaves no aftertaste. Very drinkable, having several of these will make for a great evening. A true world classic.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,978 ratings.