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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,740
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 286
Gots: 671 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of Scottsan
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a "big" 25-ounce(ish) bottle.

Nice, pillow-y head (solid . . . and seemingly eternal). The appearance (pale golden yellow) and smell are very attractive. The mouthfeel is very light, as is the flavor . . . sweet up front and progressively more bitter at the finish.

I was really surprised by this . . . not really excited by the prospect of a Belgian beer (was a gift). I'd buy this in the future (should I see it).

Scottsan, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of genog
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby bottle pours into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden color with plenty of building, and bubbling rocky, foamy white head. Smell is faint with citrus, with some Belgian spice in the background. Taste is crisp with some of the citrus coming through. Mouthfeeling is heavily carbonated making this a refreshing drink.

genog, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of stimy
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a huge white head. Champagne mouthfeel, very carbonated tasting. I'm not a huge fan of "champgney" beers.

stimy, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of fank2788
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle dated best before May 2010 served in a snifter
Pretty exceptional in the glass this beer is bright clear yellow gold with a huge frothy head the volume of which is almost equal to the volume of the beer. The smell is dominated by lemon and pepper, delicate hoppy spice and ripe summer fruit. The taste is upfront peppery spice, some due to hops but a good deal of it is from the alcohol. Incredibly brash and right out in your face just under the pepper is a fair amount of sweet pale malt along with a lemony tart kick with a bit of yeast ester as well. This beer feels very lively in the mouth clean yet drying with a near stinging peppery bite that invites another sip almost slightly harsh but in a good way. Overall this is quite good definitely a style defining beer and world class by all accounts. A good choice to have on hand at all times for special occasions.

fank2788, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with loads of creamy head which stays in the glass.
Smells lemony & yeasty, tastes the same...goes down very smooth & crisp, almost like a lager. Very tangy.
The mouthful is excellent...the carbonation jumps around in the mouth, especially with a swish or two.
I recently tried St Bernardus Tripel, and this has similar qualities, but more subtle. It is not as tart, more smooth, and therefore a very drinkable brew.

Natural510, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of beerbutcher
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright gold with a billowy two finger head of white suds.

aroma is distinctly belgian. there's a tangy fruit component to the slightly wild, spicey nose which i find especially peppery.. exhilerating.

taste- there's a judicious amount of hops, though their flavor is subdued, very spicy in style with a broad candied malt palate, some sweet ethanol and slightly fruity character. the carbonation is intense and adds a bit of a creaminess to the ale. drying up on the finish, but lingering on the palate with deft balance.

mouthfeel, the beer is somehow light, but lush. creamy and tender, yet iron hard. there's a great intensity at every point on the palate and for such a high grav brew it maintains it's drinkability with ease. all this is complimented by sublime complexity and nuance. drink duvel.

beerbutcher, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Maudite snifter. Poured the color of pale straw; ample light penetration, but somewhat murky. Voluminous white head (about three inches) with excellent retention and generous clumpy lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of belgian yeast, citrus and clove. Taste similar to nose. Lively mouthfeel and ample carbonation during the duration. Finish was crisp and clean with a bit of citrus that lingers in the mouth. Very refreshing, but deceptively so given the 8.5% abv. No wonder Duvel is considered to be the archetype of the style.

Jwale73, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled this bottle overnight in the fridge.

Poured it in my Trappist chalice slowly. A nice, creamy head developed over the golden colored ale.

A nice aroma of yeast and something sweet

Taste is of something sweet with a slight bitter finish

An overall good beer. Will try it again and again.

Matty1918, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small stubby to a snifter, The liquid looks great yellow and sparkling with nice carbonation, the head is outstanding, big, smooth, fluffy, white, good retention and lots of lace.

The smell is sweet and delicious, yeasty but nice not over done.

The taste is great, fruity and sweet, mild citrus and berries, very good stuff.

The mouthfeel is also very good, great carbonation that picks right up with a few swirls of the glass and good body.

The drinkability is very good I see why this brew continues to get attention. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured golden and very effervescent into my Duvel glassware. Head is white and billowy. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: Slight alcohol, a little yeasty, also a bit of spiciness.

Taste: Initial carbonated twang. Sweet malts, Candi, citric/flowery spiciness also here. Beautiful texture and well-balanced flavors. Finish is very clean. The alcohol presence noted upon smell seems almost more muted in the tasting, though it is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, almost to the point of being creamy.

Drinkability: For a Strong Ale, very drinkable despite the ABV. The alcohol presence takes a seat to this beer's complexities.

Overall: Haven't had this in a while, but glad I came back. A real pleasure to drink. This kind of beer is one reason why I became an advocate for better beer.

coalcracker, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2oz bottle good til January 2010.

Pours a clear yellow with tons of head and lots of lacing. Not typically a fan of the pale yellow look, but this one had an amazing head and great retention. At a point, it looked like I had scooped out some whip cream and put it on top.

Smell is fairly sweet with a sharp citrus edge. Bit yeasty.

Strong alcohol taste that is accompanied by the citrus elements and a slight fruit presence, finishes with a pleasant sourness. Carbonation was a bit much for my mouth to handle though.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had a Duvel tulip for ages, and it seems about time to put a review in the books.

330 ml stubby bottle poured into the Duvel glass. The first thing that stands out is the huge meringue-like head. Even with a steady pour, it takes up the top third of the glass. It never really recedes at all, and large bands of foam stick to the glass with each sip. Color is a clear golden yellow. The etching at the bottom of the glass sends a column of bubbles through the center to the top.

Smell has a distinct Belgian yeast mustiness with a bit of cloves, apples and bananas. Tastes has more of the clove spiciness and a juicy fruit flavor. Mild hop bitterness finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a very crisp carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. I have to catch myself and try to slow down.

Duvel is an absolute classic!

bort11, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Zeckster
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled, about 40 degrees, 330mL bottle into a chilled Duvel tulip glass.

Poured with a massively frothy head and a delightful golden color. The head left a light web like appearance on the glass as the beer was consumed.

It has a sweet citrus smell

There is a sweet citrus coupled with the taste of alcohol.

Loads of carbonation, I was afraid it would consume me when I pured it. Yet it was so very light.

I would certainly try this beer again. Although I think it would be a first beer selection.

Zeckster, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of srroos
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Obviously the perfect glass for this beer!

A: Poured clear and golden with an absolutely massive head that just fits in the glass. Carbonation coming from the etched D at the bottom of the glass. Lots of lacing left on the glass as the head shrinks. Never had a beer look this good!

S: Sweet with citrus and alcohol notes.

T: More sweet with a bitter finish. Lots of tart citrus.

MF: Obviously very highly carbonated and light in the mouth despite the fairly high alcohol.

D: Very drinkable and flat out delicious.

Flat out excellent in every regard. If you see a Duvel Gift Pack, buy it. The beer plus the glass is an experience not to be missed!

srroos, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, no Duvel glass. I will have to use the elongated Stone tulip.

A - Gold, straw color. Extreme careful slow pour still produced quite a head. White cloud of cotton it was. Lacing sudsy and persistent.

S - Grass, peppered pear and yeast. Belgian ale standard base.

T - Extremely carbonated - perhaps too much. Yeast, fruit, a little sour aspect and nice finishing bitter.

M - Medium to light body, fully coating, but just so darn fizzy.

D - I wouldn't purposely seek it out often, but if there were a few around, I wouldn't tire of them.

srandycarter, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look is a bright straw-yellow color. Massive puffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Transparently clear. Looks frosty. Ice cream float head. Frosty lace.

Spicy Belgian ale semll mixed with a lagery aroma. Golden ale definitely present. Slightly sweet.

Sour and spicy taste like a typical Belgian Ale. Tastes like a sweet lager but with sour spices. The prototypical Belgian Ale.

Feels fizzy and sour. Bubbly. Leaves a sour film. Turns creamy at the end. A bit dry like white wine. It's a good, spicy drink. Bubbly and fizzy. Sour and pretty good.

williamherbert, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a light amber color, with a little cloudiness. Poured a somewhat thick head. The smell was very nice, featuring a citrus blend of pears, apples and possibly something else. The taste was nice, but not overwhelming. You can definitely pick up the sugar content in this, though it's not immediately apparent. In a way, it reminded me of a lager or pilsener. This had a medium range carbonation, giving it a good mouthfeel. This is a drinkable beer, though I'm not as enthusiastic as others on it. I'm not huge on pale ales generally, but I thought I'd give it a whirl.

avalon07, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml purchased from Cost Plus. Drink before date on label, with a cask-top. Had a nice pop, should be very fresh.

A - Pale, yellow pour with firm body, lots of dsh-soap colored head, with bits of clumpy proteins.

S - Apple, pears, ester, and almond immediately fills the nostril with delight.

T - Notes of anjou pear, ester, with little taste of pepper, and an earthy-hoppy finish.

M - Moderate-heavy carbonation, light note of alcohol on finish, and moderately sour. Almost feels like it should be classed as a lager based on color and carbonation (but not abv content).

D - Recommend drinking in small quantities as an appertif or with a fruit-based dessert.

As much as I enjoy Belgians, and especially golden ales (see Delirium and Damnation), I really did not care for this one due to the moderate sourness and earthy finish. :(

MisterClean, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of nbree00
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautifully clear golden color with a snow white head. Carbonation is excellent and the head actually hangs around for a fair amount of time. The smell is awsome, I get a dry lager sort of aroma. The taste is simply amazing, a hint of sweetness up front with just the right amount of spicy earthiness and a dry incredibly refreshing finish, making particularly drinkable. Highly recommended!

nbree00, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A legendary beer poured into a legendary glass - the Duvel tulip. I've been drinking Duvel for many years, so by no means is this new to me, but I have taken my time getting around to reviewing it.

A - Perfect presentation. Cloudy golden concoction with a yeasty tornado swirling upwards to the massive head of froth. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Apricot and other citrus notes blend with a yeasty haze that fills the aroma.

T - Elegant and balanced, this brew is a cut above most others. Coriander, citrus, spice, and yeast shine through, though I am most certain there are flavors present I'll never even taste. Complexity is outdone only by the flavor itself.

M - Medium bodied, great warming and sticky feel. Perfect carbonation level.

D - Amazing, though you couldn't down a case, this is certainly a celebration brew, as well as a relaxation brew, and most definitely a perfect dinner brew. Recommended of course.

PhageLab, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rather murky straw colour with a HUGE, 3-finger head. I felt the pour was exceptionally slow, so I suppose it's just how it is.

S: Very mild, with not much of an aroma that I could find, honestly. Maybe the faintest citrus scent, but that's going out on a limb.

T: Citrus, also a bit buttery. Just a touch of a woodsy/earthy taste on my palate. Some bitter hops, and the slightest bit of alcohol - fairly well hidden and nice. A pleasant lingering taste in the mouth.

M: Pretty smooth. Not too carbonated, not too dry. I could almost stand for it to be a little more dry. Goes down fairly easy and light. Quite good.

D: Fairly high, though perhaps not up to the price that I found it for, especially in comparison to others I have had and enjoyed equally or more. I would certainly have it again, though, if the opportunity arose.

Proteus93, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Jameson480
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque golden with slight orange hues, poured into its special glass with thick head with rather large bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass, constant stream of bubbles from engraved "D" at bottom of glass

Smell - Slightly grassy, somewhat fruity sweet, hint of molasses

Taste - Crisp, taste leaves mouth rather quickly, cannot taste excess alcohol

Mouthfeel - Not excessively carbonated, easy to swallow

Drinkability - This is a reasonably strong (8.5%), easy to drink ale. Definitely recommended!

Jameson480, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:Bright golden yellow with a bright shiny white sparkling head that sticks to the glass. The foam crazy
S:I am picking up a lsight nutty smell, similar to a pils. Light citrus
T: Big lemon zest explodes right away and lingers through out
M: The fizz gives you a nice warm sensation
D: Its good, but a bit to pils like for me. Not a huge pils fan

Scoobydank, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of foles
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a crackerjack. The pour produces a puffy pure white head which settles a little like an ice cream! once it settles down the aroma is dry, with a light sweet lemon citrus aroma. The colour is dark lemon.

The mouthfeel & taste is similar, with less acidity and yeastiness than other belgian ales, and even than my previous memories of Duvel. This must of been a fresh one. I've always preferred freshness over aged beers, even for top fermented ales. The alcohol is well masked.

Not as complex as some of the others but certainly a masterful brew.

foles, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a heretic. The Duvel Belgium Strong Ale just doesn't do much for me. I've read plenty on this style -it's history, taste profile, as well as critics rave reviews. I finally broke down and purchased a 755ml bottle.

I will readily admit that Duvel is the class for its style. I just do not enjoy a skunky, very dry, tart ale.

Duvel poured a brilliant straw yellow. It was a very slow pour, and I allowed the head to slowly build. The carbonation was fantastic. A thick, long lasting white head built within seconds. The aroma was a tart apple smell very much like a white Riesling wine. As a matter of fact, the entire ale was quite dry, vinuous and tart. A definite sweetness was detected in the middle, but the skunky, apple esthers overpowered this beer, making it more of a wine than an ale. The finish was dry, with a lingering of juicy fruit and apples remaining.

I suppose this is the King of Belguim Ales, but it's not my cup of tea. A warning, the alcohol will hit the uninitiated. At 8.5% this ale is nothing to mess with

jpkoch1962, Jan 01, 2008
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,740 ratings.