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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,017
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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
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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 alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +6.6%
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 +4%
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 +12%
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 +0.2%
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 -11.8%
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 +10.1%
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 +13.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +7.8%
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%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.8%
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 +13.6%
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.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold with a bubbly white head.

Smells fruity and almost wine like. Very nice.

Taste is a very dry fruit taste and a biscuity flavor. Not as complex as a westy or bernardus but good no less.

Mouth is dry and thin with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is good but I couldn't do too many of these in a row.

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

Poured an 11.2oz (I think) bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A - light golden color with no head...are you kidding me? The head was massive. half of the tulip was beer and the other half was head. I'd estimate 4-5cm of white pillowy head that actually seemed to get bigger instead of dissipating as time wore on. The most peculiar thing was when it finally did dissipate, a 2cm cylinder in the center of the glass (directly above the 'D' etched into the bottom) continued to rise until it eventually toppled over. The glass was left coated with layers of white foam.

S - yeast, some fruit, and what I think it lactic acid (it reminds me very much of Weihanstephaner 1809, the sour smell, that is.)

T - very low malt. there's a subtle spiciness throughout with noticeable fruity esters (apples, maybe bananas) and a hoppy finish with more fruit and spices. As the beer warms, a slight lactic acid sourness develops, but it's VERY slight.

M - I think the nucleation point in the glass (the 'D') helped adequately carbonate this beer because otherwise it would have been waaay too carbonated. it had a nice, crisp mouthfeel.

D - very easy drinking and the alcohol is hidden very well.

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

Appearance -- Poured carefully into my Duvel tulip, this beer cannot be stopped from forming an absurdly massive, meringue-like head. This is the reason the Duvel tulip is so big: to contain that prodigious, snow-white foam. And it is beautiful indeed. Oh, and for the duration of the drink, the beer produces INSANE lacing. Actually, scratch that -- it's not just "lacing." In fact, it looks more like full-sized cumulus clouds clinging to my glass. Vigorous carbonation punctuates a pale golden liquid -- the color of some white wines. If I'd swirled the bottle's yeast into the glass, it would have clouded the beer; I've learned that I prefer Duvel without the sediment. At any rate, this is a BEAUTIFUL beer to look at.

Smell -- Again, I get kind of a white wine character, accented by fermented pears and something vaguely apple-like. In other words, the best single word I could use to describe Duvel's aroma is "fruity," but that doesn't do it justice. There's also just enough of a hint of Belgian yeasty funk to let you know it's there. This is a truly unique-smelling beer.

Taste -- This beer defies categorization. In my mind it's in its own category. I've heard that there are other beers out there that mimic Duvel in some way, but I can't help but believe that any attempt at imitating this one would fail miserably. Such complexity...white grapes, powdery yeast, pears, mild apples, and a tiny, tiny hint of funk.

Mouthfeel -- Similar to a lot of German hefeweizens, with prickly, fine-bubbled carbonation and a light body. When I've had this with the yeast swirled and poured in, the resemblance to a hefeweizen is even stronger. Please note that I'm referring strictly to the mouthfeel when I say that; the flavors are altogether different. This beer enters the mouth and travels down the throat without coating or warming perceptibly. Clean, clean, clean.

Drinkability -- I've only ever had Duvel during "sipping occasions," so it feels to me like a sipping beer. The 8.5% ABV isn't apparent by way of heat or astringency, yet your throat somehow lets you know that you can't guzzle this stuff down. As such, I hesitate to call the alcohol "well-hidden," but it's certainly not in your face.

Highly recommended to all lovers of beer, Duvel is something you've just got to try at least once. Chances are, you'll be coming back for more.

Photo of xxHelderxx
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured it into a tulip glass.

This beer formed a wonderful, thick, fully cloud-like head that simply hung around FOREVER with some of the most amazing lacing I've ever seen. Great yellowish gold color with a slight haze but great clarity otherwise.

The nose is very sweet and aromatic, zesty lemon peels and yeast. Very pleasing.

The taste of this beer is also very refreshing. Its got a nice little bite at the beginning, almost like Pilsner Urquell, but sweeter and a bit more yeasty. Nice rounding out at the end with some hops notes.

The mouthfeel is nice, a bit dry with a good amount of carbonation.

This beer is very refreshing and easy on the taste buds. One of the greatest ever produced!

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

poured it into a goblet

A,a thick fluffy white head with great retention and nice lacing that seems to last forever .

S, sharp crisp and clean light yeast and pleasant citrus

t,a bit sweet,sugary,with lemon and a pilsner bite to it, slightly dry.

m,it taste great but a little sweet ,lite malt and the hops are there that balance it out.

very drinkable easily one of the top beers in the world ..

Photo of OlRasputin989
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in the official Duvel glass that I have just recently aquired....BALLIN'!

A: beautiful, golden color. huge marshmallow-ish head. leaves beautiful lacing

S: Exceptionally clean pilsner malts. you can smell the freshness with every bottle. nothing too complex. I'm not even gonna try to say it smells like freaky deaky shit.

T: sweet, sugary, pilsner-like tastes. slight yeast taste

M: perfect carbonation. doesn't leave mouth feeling too tingly, nor does it feel flat.

Overall, my favorite beer. It's one of those things that hasn't seem to got old yet. I went through alot to get my favorite beer stop to order it. It's one of those rarities you can't expect to find around here.

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

Bottle directly into a Duvel tulip.

A: Blonde straw appearance with huge foamy head.

S: Slight fruit and bread aroma.

T: Nice light well balanced flavor.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable...with warning that you don't feel the ABV until much too late!

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


A - white formed tall and high when poured and settled into a nice tight head about a finger or less. color strong gold, tawny grain hue.

S - farmy, lemon, citrus, bread like

T - matches nose for the most part. stronger citrus but not over powering.

M - medium body, too high carbonation.

D - drinkable, better than the first time I had it. Over carbonated then. Now, good, much better balanced, probably got a bad bottle that's why I was hesitant to try it again.

Photo of larsee01
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into glass chalice from a 750ml glass bottle

A--Translucent yet slightly opaque, with rich golden color as advertised.

S--Grainy, grassy dry malt w/ a touch of yeast skunk. Sweet andd grassy at finish.

T--Dry and grassy-like scent. Mild touch of bitter phenols. Balanced and smooth. No sign of 8.5 ABV. Pleasant, unassuming aftertaste.

M--Dy and smooth. Pleasant, thin coating on palate.

D--Warming eventually comes on. NOT a thin/weak-bodied beer. Just smooth. Not a pounder, not a meal.

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

Poured to a nice golden color with a big, thick white head that has good retention and left nice sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. The first thing that the aroma brings to mind is yeast that gives off a nice fruit aroma, banana, apples and slight citrus. Also spicy smells waft out which are nice mixed with the hop aroma, Saaz? The flavor comes across as sweet at first from the malts then breaks to a mix of fruit (apple and/or pear) and spicy pepper. At the end the hop aroma identified in the nose comes out on the pallet and mixes extremely nicely with the carbonation levels. The 8.5% alcohol is so well hidden that even as it warms I am not really picking it up, just dynamic flavors that play together so well. Overall this is a fantastic brew, clearly the best Belgium strong pale I have had, though I have not had many. I will admit that I like some other Belgium beer types more this one bit it is one that I will want to introduce to friends as it a very, very good.

Photo of freewill35
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've recently been drinking Grade "A" beers and this is my favorite. It is so tasty. It doesn't get any better than this. It has a world class taste to it that is like no other beer that I've tried. It doesn't taste like it has 8.5% ABV. It seems less so it will sneak up on you. Everybody should try it.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 7,017 ratings.