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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,011
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
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Gots: 891 | FT: 6
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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 donteatpoop
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this for the longest time, finally got around to it when I saw it come in a four pack with a snifter glass. All I have are pint glasses and this is a nice addition to my collection.

Poured a slightly hazey golden color with a nice thick cap of foam that stuck around for a while; great lacing left behind on the glass.

Fruity pear-like aromas hit the nose on a fresh pour. Once the foam settles it is mostly yeast and hops, alcohol hitting the nose as well.

The alcohol is present on the tongue but not over powering. Really a great taste, very smooth going down; vague fruity and floral notes.

Photo of Frosty80
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: poured out the yeast (ill try again without it). perfect cloudy, pure gold. two-finger head with constant replenishment

Smell: crisp, yeasty, slightly malty. typical belgian spices.

Taste: very crisp, citrusy (somewhat tart), yeasty and alcoholic combo. very clean finish with only a hint of malt and yeast and just a tich of bitterness

Mouthfeel: very sparkly. very light, crisp and smooth. high carbonation

Notes: what a gorgeous beer! totally lives up to its reputation. extremely easy drinking, despite the carbonation. delicious fruitiness. totally disappears from your mouth once you swallow. i know i gave it all 5's, but i just didnt know where to compromise, and this is a perfect example of what a strong golden should be

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

APPEARANCE:It pours a beautiful bright gold with good carbonatioin. Beautiful dense rocky white head thanks to the secondary fermentation.

AROMA:Great nose of pear, cloves and spicy yeastiness with a hint of caramel and some floral aspects.

FLAVOR/MOUTH-FEEL: Dense and creamy with a nice hop bite and full bodied complexity. Slightly sweet but not over the top, well balanced by the ripe pear and fresh hops that come through nicely on the back end .

Overall an excellent beer!

Photo of glid02
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color (some yeast made it out of the bottle) with a towering, frothy white head. The head sticks around for quite a while, eventually settling into a cloud sitting on top of my beer, leaving thick lacing. It's been well documented but bears repeating, this is a great looking beer.

Smells of grassy hops with hints of apples and pears. There's also an earthy yeast aroma that pokes out every now and then.

Tastes different than it smells. Loads of booze-soaked pear flavors are joined by solid sweet malt flavors and green apples. There's a ton of nuance going on in this beer, and I could have five more and not completely figure it out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. There's nothing about this beer that I don't like and I could have a lot of these.

Overall this beer has something for everybody - go find some if you haven't had it before.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Best Before: 11/2010

Watch out kids, this one's a gusher! Only minimal loss, about two swallows, off of this 750ml bottle, so, all is well.

This pours the most crystal clear, golden yellow tinted, honey color that I've ever seen in a glass. It has just the faintest hint of copperish/orange tones to it. Massive head of super-sticky loose white foam. Retention is amazing and so is the lacing.
Very nice.

How about a nice glass of Belgian Yeast drink? Big yeasty nose. Not overdone or offensive, though. This one is most inviting. Nice hints of white fruits like peaches and apricots. Bananas and a touch of fresh figs. Slight hint of bubblegum. Some mild funk notes that remind me, oddly enough, of sandlewood. Never said that about a beer, before.
Almost smells like a 'new age' bookstore, that also sells fruit (probably organic, I'd guess).

Well, I don't know why I've waited so long on this one. Okay, one reason is because it's not available in my area. But I've had this bottle downstairs for a couple of months, now. What have I been waiting for?
Very tasty, I must say. Peaches, bananas, white grapes and green apples are rolling around in Belgian yeast. Clove is prominent, but not overbearing. Slight notes of orange peel. Nice earthy graininess.

Very clean feeling, while nicely creamy, at the same time. High level of carbonation, but it's those tiny little bubbles that this style is supposed to have. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Very drinkable, especially in warmer climates/seasons. The 8.5% ABV is very well masked. This is light and fruity, yet still has enough going on, with that, to keep me interested for along time to come.
Worth the wait.

Photo of Aenema
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw with a rocky, 2 finger white head. There are rings of clingy lacing around the glass.
Smell - Aroma is of spicy, sweet Belgian yeast, banana and clove.
Taste - Spicy, sugary yeast with hints of banana and citrus.
Mouthfeel - Effervescent with a light to moderate body and a crisp finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, especially for a beer of this strength.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a pale wheat color with loads of that famous, fluffy Duvel head. Great retention throughout.

Nose is a nice blend of banana, white grapes, cloves, wheat.

Taste is so lush and yet so balanced. Apples, banana, citrus fruits, slight hints of grains. Just so bubbly and alive and fresh. Faintest hints of the alcohol but this is such an easy drinking beer that you would never guess the ABV. Only complaint is maybe it's too carbonated for easy drinking?

What can a poor beer journeyman like myself say about a beer like this that hasn't been said? Top notch.

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

Nice pop (cage/corked), followed by a wafting of "beer smoke". Poured into Orval chalice, nice light yellow color, medium amount of head, very white.

Aroma of bread, orange peel, banana, and green apple, and cloves.

At first sip I felt it was a bit too "candied", but the second and third sips squashed that theory. It's quite tasty, sweet but not cloying, and has a bit of hops to balance everything out.

Perfect amount of carbonation, and has a smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. Best by date on 2/11 stamped on side. Opened with a massive pop. Was a slightly hazy pale yellow color. Lots of carbonation and slow sliding lace with occasional sticks. I geeked out and went to the website to see the perfect pour demonstration and followed it by still only got a thin white head. It settled into a broken film fed by the carb.

The aroma was a bid subdued. Green apple, lemon, corriander, yeast and alcohol. Sweet. What was there was good but really had to swirl to get it going. The taste was good but subtle as well. Starts out slow and then hits it stride but then had a slightly off aftertaste. Might need to re-sample this one at a later date since seems off in several areas.

Overall, a really good but not great beer. As noted above, I need to try again later since seems like it could be an off bottle. Based on other reviews, it seemed that this one would be right up my alley but misses the mark.


Photo of deanhead
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant straw colored with an enormous dense frothy rocky
Aroma is yeasty and earthy, with hint of spice
Taste is warming and solventlike.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.
Lingering astringency with this beer. Slight medicinal notes that overshadow the finish of the beer.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet since that's the closest thing to a tulip I own. Best before date is April of 2011.

The pour is a lighter shade of gold than I expected, but the tall white head is nice. It recedes ever so slowly (making it one of the nose-dippers!), and I had trouble seeing through the lacing because of the amount.

Fruits are the first aromas caught in the nose, especially apple, banana and orange. Spices and some woodsiness follow. The faintest smell is one of yeast. I don't notice anything of alcohol. The taste again starts with the fruits and adds more citrus, some lemon and grapefruit. The spices linger on the tongue for a while, certainly well after the sip is in my stomach. There is some, but not too much, bitterness present throughout. In addition, the alcohol is noticeable only if I take too much of a sip (which is hard to resist).

The beer is light-to-medium bodied with a large amount of carbonation. It is also one of the smoothest I have ever tasted. Drinkability is high, but again, taking too big of a sip reminds one just how much alcohol is present. I could definitely have a few.

I wish I didn't have a +/- 120 mile round trip just to be able to buy this beer. If it weren't for that, I would always have at least a couple of bottles on hand.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous. Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow, with a massive amount of white head. The head is four fingers thick, and dissipates at a glacial rate. As it does subside, it leaves blankets and blankets of lacing.

Smell: Muted notes of banana and pear, undercut by an almost woodsy note. Some honey notes. Some hops are noticeable, only to complement the dominant banana flavor.

Taste: A banana sweetness right off the tongue, backed by woodsy and some spicy notes. Favor fades to a mild hop bitterness, but some of the sweetness of the malt lingers well into the aftertaste. Very clean and crisp taking. There are no strong, overpowering flavors in this one, and each flavor is so delicate that this absolutely needs to warm up a little bit before drinking.

Mouthfeel: Thick, with prickly carbonation. The high carbonation keeps this one a sipper.

Drinkability: I'm torn on this one. It tastes outstanding, and the light flavors make me want to drink this quickly, but the prickly carbonation and high alcohol say otherwise. This beer would be almost perfect if it were lower in ABV/carbonation, making it easier to drink, or if the flavors were a bit more full. Regardless, this is an excellent beer, and one that I will likely constantly keep on hand.

Photo of johnmichael712
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date on the bottle is 05 2011. This beer pours a bright, translucent gold color that was perfectly clear until I swirled the last few drops in the bottle and added it so as the get the yeast into the glass. The head is a very bright white color and is supplemented by a steady torrent of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. I've said that heads have been soft and pillowy in the past, but the head of Duvel takes that one step further into a melted cream sort look that mimics the consistency of a dollop of cream atop a cup of coffee. The most amazing thing, however, is not only that the head maintains this consistency throughout the entire experience but it also maintains fabulous surface coverage all the way down and no gold is ever visible when looking straight down into the glass. It also leaves a huge amount of Belgian lace, and makes me pull the trigger on that five rating.

Smell: The nose of this beer showcases the significant fruity esters in the beer, with green apples, pears, and orange peel being the most prominent. There is also moderate clove spiciness in the nose that shouts "Belgian yeast", along with a very faint, musty hop aroma. There is also just the faintest hint of alcohol in the nose, but it's hard to say if it's really there or if I'm just making it up.

Taste: This beer begins with all the wonderful fruit esters that were present in the nose, green apples, pears, and bitter orange peel, but there is also a bit of lemon zest present in the flavor. This moves to a strong, peppery yeast flavor and spicy hoppiness that lingers on the palate for an absolute eternity, far beyond the extra dry finish. As this beer warms up to room temperature the spiciness and the hops become even more prominent, along with a hint of alcohol., and the flavor reaches new heights. I definitely recommend letting this one warm up a good amount before drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, which is one of the trademarks of the style. Besides that, this beer has a very light, crisp body and a heavenly smoothness to it despite the carbonation and it's a real pleasure to drink this. Incredibly smooth, light, crisp, and effervescent.

Drinkability: This is one beer that I could drink all night long. As I mentioned in the mouthfeel it's incredibly crisp, dry, and smooth, and it has all the qualities of good champagne but with so much more complexity and flavor. Watch out, though, because this little guy is still 8.5%. They don't call it the devil for nothing.

Notes: To be honest I'm sad that I've waited this long to try such a highly touted brew. One of Michael Jackson's top five beers in the world, this is definitely something that everyone should get a taste of at least once in their lifetime. I'm so glad I bought it, but sad that I only got one bottle. I'll definitely be buying more in the future.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless wineglass golden yellow with a nice thick white head that stays around for a long time, the way a belgian should. Good amount of bubbles, but the carbonation isn't evident in the mouthfeel. Smell isn't as strong as I expected, but the normal spices are present. The taste is a nice spiced hop bite, but not too strong for a BSPA. It's very well balanced.

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 750ml bottle into a tulip. chilled for 30 minutes in the fridge before drinking. perfect temp. Was really looking forward to this.

A- Golden, slightly cloudy

S- smells easy to drink. Malty

T- malty and crisp. Bubbly

M- very effervescent

D- easy but after the third glass it lost its strong ale taste and adopted a taste similar to a triple. Maybe this was just my palate.

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

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into a small stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw colored and translucent. Rather large, fizzy head that grows rather large if you don't watch it. Large numbers of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Has a sweet, almost apple juice like scent with definite bready under tones. Smells pretty tasty.

Taste: Wow!! It has a nice sweet taste to it that complements its bitter, hoppy aftertaste. This beer hides its alcohol content like none i've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost watery with little noticeable carbonation. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Great! I would definitely drink this one again if I saw it!

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

Pours an almost hazy, but mostly clear yellow/golden color, with a big, fluffy, white head. The head collapses, leaving a little lacing, and a thin puff of bubbles stays on top the whole time. The smell is nice. Powdery pilsener malts, some light sugary smells, but not a very intense sweetness. A very faint earthy spiciness from the noble hops. The taste comes across first with some nice pleasant pilsener malt. Then the noble hops kick in, with some minty, almost peppery spice with a nice earthy finish. There's a nice struggle between sweetness and dryness in the finish, and I enjoyed the battle. Very nice, right on, could maybe play more to some more raisiny, bready malts, but still a standard for taste I'd say. The carbonation is sharp on the tongue, which is kind of normal for a BSPA. The beer itself is kind of right on too, not too heavy/thick, or too light/thin. Good. The drinkability is good too. The alcohol warms a bit as you go on, but really you hardly notice it and this one can go down quick and easy.

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

A - Liquid gold and not the excreted kind. This is a beautiful looking brew that has a cloud of head that sticks around nearly the entire experience. Lace sticks to the glass as it is consumed, continuing the beauty.

S- Very crisp. Slight apple (slightly sour?) and bready scents. Very clean smelling.

T - Wonderful. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Very clean taste, concise. You can taste all parts nearly equally (hops, malt, etc.) Perfectly put together.

M - Light and refreshing, rolls on the tongue similar to champagne.

D - I'd love to drink these all night, they go down that easily. I would pass out eventually.

Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Thick white head of very large bubbles. Too much head to pour into the glass (probably poured too quickly). Head dissipates very slowly, leaving tons of lacing. Beer color is very pale, and cloudy.

Smells strong and Belgian, with yeast and alcohol coming through.

Taste is a tangy bittersweet mixture, but more sweet than bitter. Almost a slight sour taste. Alcohol comes through on the finish, and more so as I made my way down the glass.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation bite to it, more than any other beer I've tried.

Drinkability is moderate. It tastss great, but the highly ABV makes it more of a special occasion beer.

Photo of brianlg
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a sunny yellow color with thick head. Very nice appearance, even though I do not own a tulip glass. Duvel smells very sweet, citrusy, and nutty. On the taste I definitely tastes nuts, and fruit. It is very sweet as the smell indicates. It has a medium mouthfeel I would say, and it goes down very well. I really enjoy this beer, but I would have trouble drinking a lot of this in one sitting. But I have nothing but good things to say about this beer. It is definitely highly praised for a reason.

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

I poured a 11.3 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The pouring technique is important due to the incredible head. The appearance is pretty much perfect, if that is possible. The golden color with the thick white head in a tulip glass is wonderful.

The smell is strong and pleasant. The taste is the same. Not the best taste, but very good.

The mouthfeel is also exceptional. The natural carbonation fills your mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer for one or two bottles. The high alcohol content would keep me from drinking too many at once. Overall this is a great beer.

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

Heard nothing but good things about this beer and have been meaning to try it for awhile now. Love the classic stubby bottle. Pours a really nice deeper golden colour with a lovely two finger creamy rocky white head that's there to stay. Amazing retention on this thing with some nice thick, patchy lacing. Smell of banana, citrus and spices with a hint of alcohol. Banana and citrus up front in the taste with some sort of medicinal taste that follows. Finishes off crisp and hoppy, but nothing overwhelming. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and goes down without a problem. Duvel does a great job at disguising the 8.1% abv making this much more drinkable than expected.

Overall, an excellent beer that is both complex and well balanced. Love the fact that it's available at LCBO's all around here and will definately enjoy another soon.

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

Small 330ml bottle served in the proper Duvel tulip. First sip took place after fifteen minutes out of the fridge.

A gentle pour results a bright gold body with a gorgeous two-finger-thick foamy white head. Tilting the glass coats it with thick foamy lacing.

The nose is lemony citrus and banana esters, malt, and the expected Belgian funk. Hints of alcohol.

There's so much going on with the first sip. It's sweet yet tangy, with a great balance of citrus and malt. The swallow reveals spices and a yeasty breadiness. Finish is delightfully clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is creamy and best categorized as light to medium, which works very well with the huge carbonation. Alcohol is perceptible, but well-integrated considering the abv.

Drinkability is outstanding.

Beers like this always serve to remind me that the world of craft beer does not begin and end with huge IPAs and massive stouts. This is the ultimate Belgian Strong Pale, and one not to be missed.

Photo of schellsbeer
2.32/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I first want to say...Sorry Keith...I tried to like this beer, I really did. I know it is one of your favorites. Anyway, here is my review.

Purchased last night because my buddy KeefD swears by the Belgian beers. I realize that he loves this style. However, I just can't get around the funk taste of them. Don't get me wrong, wonderful look and great mouthfeel but for a Russian Imperial Stout lover, just can't get past the "feels like I am sucking on a field of really weird wildflowers" taste. I realize that Belgium beers use different yeasts than American beers which is all good but just not for me. Great head and lacing.

As far as for saying this is one of the "god of beers"....yeah, I don't think so. As far as for being a "god of cute little wildflowers that tickle your nose beers"...this is more like it. Just my 2.7 cents worth. Take it or leave it...your choice.

As for future Belgium beers, will I be trying them....of course I will. It is all part of the BA adventure. Someday, it is my hope that I will find a "famous" Belgium beer that I do like. In the mean time, I will continue to love my Stouts, Porters, and IPAs.

The next adventure awaits...later.

Photo of a10t2
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 330 mL brown "stubby" with best before date of 03/2011. On opening, the bottle slowly began to gush foam. The most careful pour I could manage resulted in a 20 oz glass being about half beer and half beautiful white foam with its justifiably famous lacing. Pale gold rather than yellow, with just a bit of haze being the only thing that knocked it to a 4.5.

S: Yeasty, typically Belgian aroma with quite a bit of funk, some fruitiness, and just a hint of alcohol. A little bit of sulphur that faded as time went on.

T: Very yeast-dominated, with substantial fruity esters. The aftertaste is where it really shines, as spiciness and bitterness from the hops come forward with sweet, warming alcohols that manage not to be harsh. If the yeast was just a little more in the background initially it would be perfect.

M: I want to take a bath in this beer. High carbonation means that it's down before you consciously think about it, and then you're left with a warming sensation from the back of the palate all the way into your stomach.

D: Good, given the amount of alcohol. There's a reason the Belgians have a reputation for doing strong ales better than anyone else.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 7,011 ratings.