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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,814
Reviews: 2,612
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 295
Gots: 710 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of PatrickJR
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into oversized snifter.

A - I probably didn't pour this correctly, because in the snifter I got a massive head, maybe six inches or so that took forever to die down. Nice and pillowy, with exceptional lacing and a nice patch still floating in the middle. Hazy bright yellow in color.

S - The main aroma is phenolic; plastic-like or something like the coating on a pill. Some spicy hops in the background, with myriad of spices, notably white pepper.

T - Faint malt to begin with, but then the brew unleashes it's full medicinal flavor. It's not terribly unpleasant, but it is a little overbearing. The finish yeilds a trace of hops providing ample bitterness, with a touch of citrus. Phenols return in the aftertaste, following slight, and pleasant, alcohol burn.

M - Moderately carbonated, but very slick. Seems a little out of balance to me, as if carbonation and slickness are busy competing. Surprisingly full bodied considering the color.

D - The beer gets better after the initial phenol shock on the taste buds which makes me think the more one drinks, the more one could drink. I definitely wouldn't have a problem kicking these back, but I wonder how long I could endure the medicinal flavor before I felt like I was chewing band-aids. It seems highly drinkable, but I'm only guessing.

I had Duvel once before, but regretfully I was fairly intoxicated when I got to it. The one thing I remember was it's phenolic character and that still stands out to me upon soberly revisiting this ale tonight. A good brew no doubt, but at least slightly overrated. Tastes a lot like Ommegang's Hennepin to me, only less complex.

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

A-pours a rich looking glowing gold with at least four fingers worth of chunky head that will not recede,still waiting...this left so much lace that the head is actually stuck in places to the sides of the glass (like super 3-D lacing) I've never seen anything quite like it!!

S-a lot of sweet fruits and yeast with trace amounts of coconut,vinilla and spice,a little peppery

T-this is superb with sweet apple and other light fruits being the first of many flavors going on all at the same time and most are equaly balanced,lots of sweet yeast flavors mix well with spicy ass cloves and strong alcohol taste that is very warming and deliciously smoothe

M-a medium body with an extra silky smoothness all the way around,a little tingly on the tounge,with a calm dryness that keeps you thirsting for another sip

D-this brew is remarkably drinkable for such a high AVB,this Belgian offering is the Bee's Knees!

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

This is my favorite beer in the whole world! From the minute you open it you know it is different - huge carbonation (if you are not careful it will explode when you open it). You then have to carefully pour it into a glass or it will overhead and spill out the top. You then look at it and it will be a golden color bubbling up much like champagne.

Then the real fun comes with the taste. It is a perfect tasting beer with a bit of citrus flavor and goes down so smooth. Just remember with the large head you will get a beer mustache!

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white head that takes forever to fade and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet citric nose. Flavor is balanced, slightly dry and has a citric fruitiness. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Sep 2010.

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

Its got a very thick, white and bubbly head about two fingers thick and has lots of carbonation. The body is crystal clear and a pale golden color and is very nice to look at. It smells like dry hops mixed in with some citrus fruits and spices, I also pick up some hints of banana bread in there. It rolls on to your tongue pretty smoothly with a light semi-crisp feel to it, it has a medium body, but it is a bit more on the lighter side of the house. It's a bit bitter overall with some sweet undertones and a tangy aftertaste, the alcohol is very well hidden you can't even taste it in its aftertaste.

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

Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass. Appearance is a vibrant, yellow-gold with about 6 columns of bubbles rising towards the fluffy, two finger head (think of ocean surf); good amount of lacing.

Smell is of clove, various spices, lemon/orange citrus rind, & earthy yeast. Notes of raw sugars and ginger-caramel make their presence known. An interesting note is that I pick up so many different things in the aroma, the final being sour cream frosting and faint champagne.

Initial reaction is a crispy beer that hits the palate with bitter yeast, grapefuit, butterscotch, apricot, and peppery spice. A very nice balance between slick and tart leave the mouth with mild numbing & distinct alcohol warmth. Similar to the smell, a complex beverage that keeps the senses on their toes and discovering different things.

Duvel is certainly the real champagne of beers in that it has many qualities of a beer and champagne (which obviously comes as no surprise). Honestly, I cannot stand champagne but enjoy this beer a great deal. My personal tastes wants a little more malt but this beer is certainly opening up the Belgian gates for my palate. I look forward to more of these and picking up more Belgian staples.

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

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - golden color with a rather thick and frothy white head.

S - spices and malty grains with a bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

T - strong in flavor with lots of grain and spice, but the alcohol comes forward at the end as well.

M - very creamy with medium carbonation.

D - it's a strong one as the style would suggest, but it's quite smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an oversized red wine glass.

A: golden, with large white head. steady carbonation. Beautiful.

S: yeasty and fruity. also vinous, somewhat like a pinot grigio or other crisp white wine.

T: like a perfect white wine on steroids. Flavors of pear, apple, combined with yeasty tartness, mildly sweet malts, and balanced by hops, that don't seem too assertive, but aren't passive either. Incredible, wonderful balance and a terrific array/depth of flavors. Also some alcohol coming through.

M: strong bodied. This beer is everything that you would not expect from something that looks so angelic and light. Moderately carbonated, but also rich and creamy.

D: absolutely delicious - one to savor sip by sip, and do sip slowly, because it can kick ass. The alcohol is high and toward the end of the beer, it is quite predominant - letting one know that one of these is probably enough. Spread out the enjoyment.

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

Appearance: It pours a light golden straw color. There is a haziness to it that adds quite a bit to its appeal. The head is an enormous four fingers deep. The bottle suggested to "pour unhurriedly" and I now understand why. This is the biggest head I've seen on a beer. Nearly unbelievable. It's extremely slow to recede and leaves thick sheets of lace all down the glass. It's damn near immaculate.

Smell: It drops off a little here. There's plenty of citrus fruit (pineapple, apple, a little orange, and pear) aroma. It's sweet smelling, but not overly so. There's very light spices and banana present. Wrapping it up is a faint yeasty smell that blends perfectly with a slight alcohol aroma. Ultimately, it just lacks the punch that it needs here. If this could be reconciled...wow.

Taste: Apple, orange, and pear flavors strike first and permeate throughout. It's fruity and sweet, but not in a citrusy way. It's more laid back and even keel. There is a bit of malty sweetness that's balanced perfectly by light hop bitterness. Perhaps this is one of the most balanced beers I've ever tried. It is a little yeasty and that flavor remains into the aftertaste. Alcohol is barely noticeable. It's very well masked and a true testament to this beer's balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Surprisingly, it has a very light feel to it. Carbonation is top notch and it goes down very smooth. Clearly its feel is an invitation. I could drink a number of these despite it being 8.5%, which leads to my next point. This beer is deceptively strong. Its abv is masked so well that it in no way feels or tastes like a beer of its strength. Simply another complementary feature.

Duvel is clearly all that it's cracked up to be. I was initially skeptical of its "Top 100" status, but I was gladly proved wrong. This is a stellar beer. It could be slightly improved with beefing up the nose a bit. But, it's still not to be missed. Highly recommended.

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

Pours a medium yellow, with a huge fluffy white head that just keeps coming. Smells of apple and grass. Tastes of apple, pear, white wine, herbs, and a bunch of other flavors I just can't put my finger on. A great blend of flavor--nothing sticks out and disrupts the harmony. Lots of carbonation, but not too much. Very drinkable.

Photo of OldYoda
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely light golden color into my Troeg's wheat glass. Insane amounts of carbonation rising continuously forming a rocky two inch head that lasted throughout.

Smell is banana and bubblegum - a hint of apple.

Taste is outstanding, crisp and light with a warming presence of alcohol.

Feels rounded and fizzy - with a clean and crisp finish.

Not sure I would chance more than one of these - it would certainly sneak up on you. But a wonderful beer and glad I finally had a chance to try it.

Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although not my favourite for the style, this is still great.

This is gold, a little fizzy, with a huge, almost out-of-control white head that is somewhat airy but lasts 'till the end and leaves pretty good rings of airy lace.

The aroma is fruity with banana, somewhat, sharp piney-herbal hops, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is light, mostly sweet with a light bitterness that is more sharp and spicey than truly bitter. It has light fruit, banana, spiciness, a hint of toasted grain, light yeastiness, and a pleasant, smooth alcoholic quality and warmth. The palate is light but rather full and quite soft.

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

Poured into a Duvel snifter a nice hazy pale yellow with a great frothy head. Aroma is sweet malt, coriander and spice. The taste is a wondeful blend of sweet fruits, bubblegum and a nice yeast bite. The beer is crisp and surprisingly light with just the right amount of carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This one is very enjoyable, but is certainly one to be careful with.

Photo of santa109
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stored and served at cellar temperature (53).

A: Poured a light golden with tons of bubbles rushing to the very big foamy head. Large clumps form in the head after a few seconds and stick around until the end. Foamy lacing clings to the glass. Served in the Duvel tulip, it is a beautiful sight.

S: Apples, spicy pepperiness and some other fruity esters.

T: Interesting yeasty spicyness that I can't identify which then fades into a nice hop crisp finish. Yet there is a sweet undertone all along with a bit of fruit on some sips. But on most of them, the delicate spicyness really shines. As it warms (closer to 60 degrees), a bit of medicinal taste appears. A delightful beer.

M: Extremely creamy on the palate with a nice cleansing feel. Carbonation is a bit stronger than average and helps with the cleansing feel. The smooth creamyness from the head is soothing, the perfect mouthfeel.

D: Every sips makes me want to have another. The alcohol doesn't seem to poke through all that much but you can really feel it's warming presence. Although the abv commands respect, I would easily go for another.

Overall, a favorite of mine that I always go back to. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect in my mind.

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

So, I made a beer run to Jungle Jim's again this week.... got some good stuff including Duvel... I've seen so much hype on this one that I had to break down and try it.... so here goes.

Poured into a pint glass... sorry... I was at a friend's house and proper glassware was not available.... still, the head was a gratifying 2" of pure white pillowy foam that lasted and had good stickage. The beer itself was a slightly cloudy yellow... I drained the last drop out of the bottle and was pleased to see some rather sizeable chunks floating around in my beer!

Nose: Rather typical of most belgians I've tried... nice banana and spice mingle together.

Taste: Like it smells... lightly toasted malt with a subtile banana and spice (slight clove).

MF: fizzy... like most belgians.... but not too fizzy. Crisp, clean finish... not too heavy.

Drinkability: Good example of a Belgian SPA... Ist it worthy of the hype?.... maybe the jury is still out on that one...

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

Finally, I have some good Belgian brew to break up the monotony of German lagers and weizens.

Initially poured, this had a clear and pale golden color, but there is sediment at the bottom that clouds up the beer when all the contents are dumped. There's a massive amount of bright white head, and is sticks around for a good while. Carbonation is easily observed in the body of this brew.

There is an arid hoppy aroma, which is nicely countered by a robust malt presence. There's a slight grassy node here, along with a citrus, grapefruit like fragrance.

The taste is immediately citrusy, more of an orange with some rind left on it, as opposed to being totally bitter like a grapefruit.

Upfront, it's a little difficult to detect dominate taste characteristics, due to the massive amounts of carbonation. This has champagne like consistency, as is common with this beer style.

There is definitely a warming effect from the alcohol, but it's not overpowering.

Altogether, this is a great beer and a nice change of pace for me. I'll definitely add this one to my list of favorites.

Photo of TStandley13
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge thick creamy white head. Carbonation is excellent, especially when served in the actual Duvel glass. Very clear golden color.

S: Malty and fruity smell.

T: Sweet at first, with some spices and bitterness that lingers after you swallow. Pretty decent taste.

M: Very thin and bubbly.

D: Could drink many of these, but be careful!

Photo of dhd1491
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, slightly cloudy, yellow with tall white head of meringue-like bubbles. Aroma is subdued with some cloves and little alcohol, despite the high ABV. Sweet malty, citrusy flavor with some yeasty bite. Turns mildly sour and acerbic. Very faint cloying metallic after-taste.

Curiously, reminds me a lot of the first home-brew I ever attempted. A buddy of mine and I had purchased a home-brew kit and followed the directions assiduously. The results actually resembled beer and we were so proud that we painted our first bottle gold and saved it as a trophy for posterity.

Chugged the last 1 cm Duvel sediment alone for a richer, yeastier experience. Some coppery aftertaste from that.

One 11.2 oz bottle was $4. 36 cents per oz.

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

A: Very light colour with a bit of carbonation, and a huge head. It stays pretty long then eventually goes to a small one.

S: Malty with some fruits

T: There are some hops and malts in there with some alcohol that comes out. The malts come out first with a very slight bit of hops come in later. The alochol is pretty strong, but the more you drink the less you taste. There are some fruity undertones that are quite tasty.

M: Thin but a lot of carbonation

D: Not bad, I could definitely have another.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden with lasting white head served in the trappist glass. Smell is yeasty a bit with a corn like malt aroma. It is highly carbonated, refreshing simple and drinkable with a slightly spiced yeast character. The alchohol is well hidden for 8.5%. Decent.

Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bright Belgian ale. I got this in a 4 pack with its own signature tulip glass and coasters. "nice" Appearance is a light yellow/straw color with a thick head. very bubbely like champagne. the smell was of light crisp malts,pear and floral hops. flavor is wonderful,crisp and refreshing. notes of green apple, pear and herbal citrusy hops. very clean and drinkable, pilsner like but with a little more complexity. very drinkable but with 8.5% abv it could lead one into temptation.

Photo of dyingwrist
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a snifter glass. Bright pale golden color. Dense creamy white head that last forever. So pillow-y that I just want to lay on it. Smells of many fruits. Some apple comes through with a small touch of lemon zest. A sorta musky smell to it too which i assume comes from the yeast. Light body with medium to high carbonation. This is a spicy/acidic beer with a slight bitter finish. Leaves the mouth crisp and clean. I think the taste is pretty one dimensional, not that interesting.

Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle. Clear pale golden with a huge foamy fluffy head. The head is really quite amazing, as it stays for quite awhile before gradually dissolving.

Smell understated and mild. Apples, spices, clove.

Dominant taste is appley for me, with some lemon? Definite alcohol presence. A complex herbal finish. The reviewer who noted the resemblence to white gumballs was right on.

Mouthfeel quite good. Silky and substantial.

Overall, I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but this is pretty nice.

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

Pours a clear golden with a tremedously thick and foamy white head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left down to the very bottom of the glass during consumption.

The smell is mainly fruity. Grapes, apples, and pears combine for a sweet aroma. Slight spice like scents of cloves is also detected.

The flavor is, what can I say, unbelievably good. Light fruit flavors like apples, pears, and white grapes combine with yeasty spiciness to make a wonderful flavor profile. Some alcohol is detected to let you know that this is a strong ale indeed.

It has a light body with ample carbonation. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. Finishes dry with some fruit and alcohol aftertaste.

The high ABV cuts down on drinkability along with the high price. An extravegant and rare purchase for me.

Photo of Lukie
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy wheat golden with a big firm head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The head is well known with Duvel.

Lot's of bready yeast, with hints of citrus and sour apple. It's quite a different smell.

The taste! Oh the Duvel taste. Fabulous. So crisp, refreshing and well balanced. Sweet malt balanced with dryness in the finish. Slight candy tastes in the middle.

This is so easily drunk, it's not funny. One of the best offerings out of Belgium, and could easily sway drinkers to the premium way.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,814 ratings.