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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,598
Reviews: 2,596
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 260
Gots: 617 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a snifter a pale golden with a big fluffy inch or so of white head that hangs around for a fair while. Little spots of lacing.
S - Belgian yeastiness & spicy phenols. Really not much else.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a musty, earthy sort of touch. A pretty dry finish.
M - Medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation bite on the back of the tongue.
D - Not something to session but a nice beer. It MAY be the "original" Belgian Strong Pale Ale but it's not the best.

brendan13, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is easily in my top 5 beers of all time (so far) and my #1 BSPA. Had this bottled and on tap, both equally enjoyable
A: Massive white, frothy head that poured beautifully into the snifter
S: very fragrant, I noticed a yeasty, fruity melody which is the best memory of the beer I have
T: Is this really an 8.5% beer? I could not notice the alcohol at ALL. Earthy, spicy, fruity, yeasty
MF: perfect body for the style
D: This beer is soo good I could drink this all year long

Unfortunately, this is one of my favorite beers and it happens to be expensive for a college student, however every time I'm in town with my parents, I'm ordering a Duvel.

scottyshades, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge white head with a lot of bubbles rising to the top, other than that, a bright golden color (looks like a pilsner). Leaves a ton of lace on the side of the glass.

S: Faint hops, malt, yeast with floral and citrus (still reminds me of a pilsner)

T: Complex spices with a little alcohol burn. Hops, malt and citrus are present with a good amount of banana flavors.

D: Good for how high the alcohol content is, but it is still very noticable. Don't drink this too fast.

I like this beer a lot, but Belgian strong pale ales are not my favorite. As I have noted, this reminds of a pilsner but with more alcohol. Duvel is one of the best example of a Belgian strong pale ale though.

champ103, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML bottle of Duvel....I admit, I didn't get the pour right until the last pour. Even though I "poured unhurriedly" into my Duvel tulip, the beer I poured was almost all head. As I said, I didn't get it right until the end. I don't think there's a tougher beer out there to pour correctly....but once I did so, it's a solid 5 in appearance. Liquid right at the level of the "Duvel" lettering, head the rest of the way up.

Smell - big, phenolic aromas, a little cotton candy. Spicy too...Duvel always strikes me as a fairly odd, distinctive-smelling beer. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste - that Belgian candi sugar taste, some sour mash, and a fair bit of spiciness. Mouthfeel not as sharp with carbonation as you might think, given the enormous head - goes down with ease.

Drinkability, forget about it. In my opinion, every BSPA worth its salt should score a solid 4.5 or above in drinkability, but this sets the standard. You could, if so inclined, drink this until you pass out. It's a dangerous beer - feels way too light and fluffy for 8.5%. Incredible.

Patrick999, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Poser
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow topped with a thick, foamy head. The top is solid white, thick, frothy and never seems to completely go away. The appearance is just exceptional. Smell is a little more subtle than I would have expected but there are definitely some spices and sweet malts present. Goes down very smooth and creamy with a layered taste that you can't quite explain the first time. There's some sweet malts, some bitterness, even a hint of earthy texture.

If I was stuck on a deserted island with nothing but an infinite supply of Duvel, I would consider myself lucky.

Poser, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from grub courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong sourness and flavors of Belgian yeast and spices. There’s a mild hops presence and a thin malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter as there isn’t very much sweetness throughout the taste to counteract the sourness and bitterness.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, I had tried this beer at a tasting once long ago and didn’t like it very much, however, that was before I had tried many Belgian beers. I liked many Belgian beers that I tried since then and realized that I may not have given this beer a fair shot, thus I was anxious to give this beer another try. However, I was disappointed again. I realize now that I simply don’t like this beer as much as I appreciate its craftmanship.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Beautiful clear, gold color with an ample white head which leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass.
Apples, pears, hay, in the aroma.
Some apple like flavors, candy sweetness along with some mildly bitter hops, a bit of spice. very pleasant and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated.
Very drinkable for 8.5% but one of these is enough for me if I still have to drive home.

kwakwhore, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my chimay chalice.
pours, light, bolden and clear, full two inches of soft foamy head, with carbonation rising in an unending stream from the bottom.
smells of bread, bannana, yeast, malt, and alcohol.
taste is bannans, ripe fruit, figs, bread, yeast, malt, hops, and citrus notes.
smooth in the mouth, still highly carbonated, slight boozey feel, . this beer is nearly flawless imo. without a doubt the best looking beer i have ever seen, best head retention, good lacing. This is what all other beers , of any style, should strive for.

redneckchugger, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful golden yellow with 3 fingers of lace that sticks around for the duration of the beer.

S- Light but lively. A real wake-up for the taste you are about to endure.

T- Excellent flavor! Full flavor that does not go overboard. Would never suspect this from an 8.5% beer!

M- Tingly and overly refreshing! Lace sticks around in your mouth and on the glass.

D- For an 8.5%, it is very drinkable. This clean tasting belgian is one of the most drinkable beers I have had to date! Anyone from the novice, to the expert will be quite impressed with this beer.

I will have to say this is one of my favorite beers of all time. I urge EVERYONE to try this beer and give it your own rating.

MMAJYK, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Date: 01/2010

A: clear, pale gold with amazing foamy, cratered white head with fantastic retention. highly carbonated. foam clings to the glass, what a sight

S: faint hops, grassy, floral hints. a little sweet

T: malt up front, some hop bitterness a little spicy, i think it's pepper i detect

M: foam on the top lip - like a kid with chocolate milk. light body with high carbonation, making it quite crisp. slightly dry finish

D: awesomely drinkable. I"m glad I picked up the 4 pack

I waited a long time to buy this, for some unknown reason. It certainly lives up to it's hype.

Rainintheface, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of sirpsycho
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into glass, best before date 4/2009. Nice golden color. Head was frothy and full. Taste was kinda spicy, hoppy, citrusy, carbonated. Not what I was expecting after hearing about this from so many people. Thought I was going to be blown away, but then again, maybe it's just not not my favorite style of beer.

sirpsycho, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a couple fingers of foamy white head that gets smaller, but never fades.

Smell: This is the classic (This is going to be a recurring theme) Belgian strong pale ale nose. Fruity esters bring pears and gala apples. Behind that is a musky hoppiness, followed by a touch of pepper. Unfortunately, the aroma isn't doesn't quite pack the punch I had hoped for.

Taste: Whatever the nose lacks in intensity, the flavor profile makes up for. Again, the fruity esters bring pear and apples up front, followed by pepper, and hops in the mid-palate, and some funk-the-funk Belgian yeast before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and dry with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is the classic BSPA. It's fundamentally stunning and dangerously drinkable.

goschool, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of marcpal
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel chalice glass..

A: Very light coloring, ridiculously large pillow on top that I have rarely seen on any other beer. Added a lot to the experience of the beer.

S: Spicey aroma to the beer, nothing overwhelming.

T: Spice is much stronger in the taste than in the smell. The back-taste after swallow leaves a whole different flavor and great taste for this beer. I tend to notice the alcohol on the back end but not in a bad way, and not as strong as is.

M: Very very smooth and dominated by the residual head that sticks throughout.

D: Again, noticed the alcohol but still a beer that is much too drinkable for its 8.5%

marcpal, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of jar2574
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely white frothy head that dissapears only very slowly. The head explodes as you pour the beer. Light yellow color, plenty of carbonation. Bubbly lacing clings to the sides on the way down.

Smell -- hops, a light scent, but inviting.

The taste is smooth, buttery, hops and slight bitterness. But it's very well balanced with maltiness and a touch of spices. The mouthfeel is wonderful and this is very easy to drink. It would make a great session beer. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, so watch out!

jar2574, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby brown bottle from Party Source poured into an oversized wine glass. Best by 3/2010.

A: Big ass pillowy head. Nice retention throughout and very strong lacing. Poured very slowly resulting in a perfectly clear golden color.

S: Juicy acidic fruits along with some floral hops. In the back of my mind I keep thinking witbier. Slight presence of alcohol.

T/M: First taste makes me think witbier, too. Has a strange tasting bitterness to it that leads to the alcohol and big medicinal phenols. Citrus twist at the end for a dry finish. Higher carbonation makes it pretty light on the palate.

D: Has a very different taste than what I was expecting. It's not bad but not something I'll get often. Easy to drink and refreshing, though.

pwoods, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of bradley194
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer. It is actually one of my personal favorites. It pours a medium goldish color and starts off with a two finger head which very slowly goes down.

The smell is great; citrus (especially orange), hoppy. Very nice.

The taste has a fairly strong hop flavor to it; to me the bitterness of it is very minimal and there is a nice balance of carbonation. It has a strong citrus taste to me. It is almost like a really nice champagne.

Overall I would give this a 4.5 out 5. It is really complex and big tasting. You have to give it a couple of sips to really get a lot of the complexity out of it.

I would recommend it to anyone.

bradley194, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Despite the many glowing reviews, this is one of my least favorite Belgian beers.

Pours a glowing yellow with a big white head. The taste is ... strange. Bone dry, some interesting spices, a bit of yeast with a malty backbone. Upon repeating sipping, the spicy yeastiness didn't really agree with me.

Overly carbonated.

Overlord, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Chimay chalice; Unfortunately it only held 9 or so of my 11.2 oz of Duvel. Without the last two ounces this brew was pretty transparent and just looked like another tripel so I drank just enough to get the rest of the bottle in the glass and the last 2 oz. really made a difference in appearance and mouthfeel. I'm going to have to get myself a Duvel tulip glass.

A-Very cloudy translucent pale golden yellow body that pours with 2 fingers but eventually fades to a wonderful 1 finger smooth and creamy white head. Lots of lacing is left behind in the glass. A volcano of tiny bubbles constantly rises to the top the whole time. Cloudiness is uniform but yeast sediment can be seen constantly stirring with the bubbles.

S- This brew has a great smell but it doesn't show as much promise as every other characteristic. The smell is rather light. What dominates the nose is a combination of spicy yeast and spicy hops with a hint of hop bitterness. What I would expect from a good saison but it doesn't highlight the complexity of this brew.

T- A wonderful balance of citrus, peppery spice, pear, spicy yeast, and a bready yeast sweetness upfront. The finish is much more dry and clean cut with a bouquet of bittering and refreshing hops making their presence along with a peppery spiciness and the slightest presence of an alcohol acidity/warmth. What lingers is a magnificent combination of yeast, spiciness, and just a touch of bitterness and sweetness.

M- Amazing. Medium carbonation and light body. Texture is delicate and velvety-very smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel even lingers with the taste. excellent.

D- Well after the initial pour and throughout this review I only have one sip or two left of the Duvel. 11.2 ounces was certainly not enough of this brew. This is an excellent example of a BSPA (my favorite style) and one I will purchase again and again. The ABV is almost undetectable and this is one that's complexity will have you sipping and sipping again.

PittBeerGirl, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one erupted into my glass like a volcano,massive,rocky,pillow like head that was gorgeous,what a sight,with lots of sticky lacing.The color was a hazy cloudy yellow with sparkling like bubbles,made for a perfect beer picture.
The aroma is fruity and citrus with some peppery to it and a little kinda like brandy.
It goes down creamy and the spice flavors hit you half way with a dryness and some bitterness towards the end.
Full body to this one with the feel of the spices with the pepper to it.
This is an excellant beer,just sit down and relax and enjoy,the flavors all blend in just superb with just the right touch of spices and bitterness and that creamy feel to it.The 8.1% alcohol,hell man,you can't even tell.Duvel is a little on the pricey side but worth every penny.Do give this one a try,well worth it...excellant!!

GrimmReaper, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, 1010 review as of this writing. How often does that happen in my beers reviewed list? I have had this often enough but have strayed into other areas. I decided to have a go for the football weekend and shared a bottle with my brother. Perfect as always. With all the other descriptions on flavors I'll pass and just note that once again I find the easy to get (for me) and in my backyard is damn good. In this case the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.

barleywinebrewer, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised to see I hadn't reviewed Duvel when I checked the Best of BA list the other day. I thought I had better get round to it.

All the best superlatives have been used by other BA drinkers and I don't want to copy anyone. So this is just an amble type of ramble. Needless to say, I think this is a fantastic beer and have scored it accordingly.

I started drinking Belgian beers on a regular basis back in 1993 and I have always thought Duvel to be a great beer and a leader within the stronger Pale Ales produced in Belgium.

I have two Duvel glasses and there are always some bottles in my garage waiting to be cooled and drunk. My local supermarket (Morrisons) has Duvel on offer at £4.00 for three .33 litre bottles, that's about $8.00 at todays exchange rate.

Being a member of the CAMRA Investors club means I have a few shares of the Duvel Moortgat brewery (part share of $67,000) and have had the pleasure of visiting the said brewery in 2005.

A very drinkable beer, one that I hope never changes its top quality ingrediants and I have put my money where my belly is too!

BlackHaddock, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Lothore
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange hue with an absolutely massive whipped cream head that goes on for miles. Breathtaking to look at in a duvel glass (imagine that!)

S- Smells of belgian yeast, sweet grains and some slight indistinct fruits.

T- Taste is rediculously well balanced. Sweet, slightly grainy and yeasty flavor followed by the slightest hint of alcohol.

M- Slightly thin and extremely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable for an 8.5 percent abv brew however I find it somewhat of a sipper.

Lothore, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz stubby bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Wow, I ever-so-carefully poured this beer into my chalice. Seeing that the head was rapidly rising I stopped about halfway through the bottle. After a few seconds of looking at BA.com, I turn back and the head is billowing out of the goblet and onto my desk. I've had Duvel and other Belgian Strong Pale Ales many times and never seen this happen.

Ok, the head has settled a bit and left amazing lacing and an intense rockiness that remains at about 1 inch throughout. Body color is light, golden straw and somewhat clear. Head is eggshell white. A beautiful beer once it is reigned in.

S - A floral bouquet of light hops and well-presented spice to match. Flavors complement each other incredibly well. Light citrus and pepper come to mind. Alcohol is well hidden.

T - Smooth, slight lemony citrus kick things off with a bit of malty sweetness to boot. Belgian spices come to play in the form of pepper and perhaps coriander. Alcohol becomes more present as this beer warms, but its spiciness never contrasts with the other flavors, it only complements them. A real joy to drink with its subtle complexity that combines to form a delicious whole.

M - Moderate carbonation adds a lively punch to an otherwise light, smooth and somewhat creamy beer. Aftertaste leaves much flavor to be admired, but little in the way of a drying bitterness.

D - A classic beer that I have enjoyed many times but never reviewed. Although it has always been tasty, this beer really shines when you are actually thinking about the flavors and how they complement one another. A must-try and the definitive Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

gmcfarre, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Maracuja
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured perfectly clear until the end of the bottle when the yeast was roused. A perfect decant was not possible as the head was literally rising out of the glass! Hazy yellow-gold body with an orange-cast topped by a dense, rocky bright-white head that holds extremely well - buoyed by a tight-beaded effervescent carbonation - and leaves some exceptional
lace. Aroma is quite fragrant: fruity, yeasty, candy sweet and malty, lightly peppery with a touch of spicy hops. The body is light/medium with an extremely fine and highly effervescent carbonation that is pillowy soft and velvety smooth in the mouth.
The flavor is surprisingly full and rich, starting with a candyish malty sweetness, becoming dryish in the middle with some earthy and lightly spicy hop flavors, and finishing long and malty with some more distinct Saaz notes and touches of bitterness. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Impressively balanced with a fresh hop presence and bitterness that dances amongst such sweet malt character. Amazing. As Michael Jackson notes, Duvel is equally impressive served chilled, or as it warms toward cellar temperature. This makes it quite drinkable, and enjoyable, as a glass can be savored over a period of time. One of my favorite beers in the world, and absolutely recommended.

Maracuja, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 330 ml bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a clear, bright, and light gold with a massive head that intially takes up more space than the liquid (five fingers or more). The head is sticky and leaves curtains of lace down the inside of the glass.

S: A complex and pleasant aroma. I can pick up some fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Combines both sweetness and spiciness. The sweetness has fruity hints of pears and Jonathan apples, with a dollop of honey. The spiciness is influenced by a white pepper flavor that complements the breadiness. Very enjoyable.

M: Smooth and refreshing, sweet and sharp, and complex and balanced.

D: Spot on. Carbonated and smooth. Kicks a little--while being very refreshing. No lingering bitter aftertaste and no overwhelming sweetness. .
Comment: I have passed this beer over in the past…but no more. It belongs among the best of the class and I will keep it in my private stash for special occasions (think Thursdays).

dnichols, Aug 30, 2007
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,598 ratings.