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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,500
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 250
Gots: 572 | 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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy whipped egg white head that persists well and thoroughly laces the chalice

Smell: Lemon and yeasty funk dominate but there is a subtle candi sugar aroma underneath

Taste: Starts with a tangy lemon and green apple flavor that is soon joined by a vaguely funky/vaguely sweet element; after the swallow, the bitter grassy Saaz hops hit their stride and persist well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent with warming alcohol on the way down the gullet

Drinkability: Not my favorite among the Belgians but I respect it for what it is; always welcome when available

brentk56, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My trip in October to Virginia HAD to include a trip to one of my favorite beer stores: Once Upon A Vine. This visit was exclusively for my Belgian habit. I was able to score about a case of Belgians for just over $100. Well worth the trip, given the sad state of beer in PA.

One of the gems I returned with was Duvel. I can't believe I haven't tried this yet.

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass (thanks, AKSP). Splendid, bubbly bright golden yellow in color. BOISTEROUS head threatens to overrun the glass. Thick and long-lasting white lace. Aromas are a myriad of spices, estery fruit, maybe a dash of alcohol. Flavors are intense. A rush of spices at first, with the middle seeing lots of fruity and "wheaty" influence. Warming ABV near the end with a long-lasting spicy/hoppy finish. It got better and more complex as it warmed closer to room temperature.

Slick mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. Must get more...soon.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of btmo
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now, this is one right out of the box! (ie - it is good...)

Appearance is slightly cloudy, pale in colour, and is nothing to write home about BUT that head!!! It goes on and on and on.

One could write poems about head that lasts so long, but one shan't. Wrong website...


The flavour is AMAZING. Fruity, complex, just the right amount of bitterness, a sweetness that isn't cloying. And while a strong beer, you won't notice the alcohol until it is far too late. It sneaks up on you, and then pounces.

Think of this as some sort of liquid feline, and you, dear reader, are the rodent...

My only real gripe with this beer was the amount of carbonation.

I suppose it is possible that it should be like this, but for me, it felt TOO carbonated.

However, the taste (good Lord - the TASTE!!!) more than made up for this, and this is certainly a beer I will be drinking again.

btmo, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a BBD of March 07

Pours straw colored with a slight chill haze & super fluffy 2 fingers+ white head. Says a little hazy, but throws a parfait-like head that retains superbly with insane lacing, couldn't figure out where my duvel glass was, had to make to with an a'chouffe glass; same-same!

S: Pears & apple skins, along some perfumy hop notes

T: Fruitty (dates& a little lemon& tangerine) with some dryness up front. Some peppery hop notes follow along with some breadyness. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt as much tasted. Finishes with a jammy fruittyness, earthy & lemony hops& a slight pepper edge

MF: medium bodied & slick with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the abv. A nice Belgian pale, that probably has done more to define the style than any other offering, just because it its widespread availability. Either this or Palm was among the 1st Belgian ales I ever had. Oh, the memories!

russpowell, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take the "Pour Unhurriedly" statement on the bottle very seriously, as this beer will escape the confines of your glass with no objection. Quite a spectacle this beer creates, the bubbles in the beer hurl themselves like their is a storm brewing in the liquid, to form the rich creamy white head which grows like nobodies concern. A very aromatic scent, floral and fruity, quite welcoming. The taste is rich in flavor, fruity, slightly hop-y, and strong in the alcohol region. This beer reminds me of champagne, without the outrageous amount of carbonation and sweetness. This wont be the last time I shall enjoy this brew, that’s for sure...

GregBrewski, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer, that will give the hickups if not careful.

Beautiful pour and fluffy head. Pour it into a Duvel glass and go to town, it's a great beer that's open to the masses.

Probably one of the best pale belgians I've tasted in the US, it still lives up to it’s reputation.

Dubbercody, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of ekempey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. What a Beer. It has hazy golden color with a nice big fluffy white head that laced all the way down. It smelled of vibrant citrus and tasted overwhemingly of fruits and citrus. The taste just overwhelms you when it hits your taste buds. It felt very fullbodied, and is very smooth. I agree with a previous reviewer that this beer is best to be sipped and savored. I didn't want this glass to ever run dry.

ekempey, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of IdentityAles
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

IdentityAles, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of eberkman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a snifter. A slow pour created a beautiful, towering, billowing ivory head. The nose brought out aromas of peaches, citrus and sweet malts with a subtle scent of hops and alcohol.

Initial taste is an evanescent hoppy bitterness that transitions quickly into a malty, fruity finish accompanied by a strong, warming taste of alcohol. Very nice overall, but didn't have the richness and complexity I anticipated.

Beer brings a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer and very drinkable for its style. It seems like a good sipping beer -- nice to unwind with at the end of a long worknight. I will say, however, that it wasn't as good as I expected. I actually found the lower-rated (on here at least) and less expensive Don de Dieu from Unibroue to be much more enjoyable.

eberkman, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of bgraney
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just like the label say's, it's golden. A little bit hazy with a spectacular head; fluffy white filled with moon craters with an almost marshmallow like consistency.
Aroma was on the spicy-citrusy side but the first thing I thought of was green apples.
Smooth, well balanced flavor, mellow citrusy expansion but confined to the tongue area. Not much flavor left once the alcohol burns off.
A little thin in the mouthfeel I thought. It seemed to fade fast.
Very drinkable for a strong ale. Flavors are laid back, allowing for a full night of sipping.

bgraney, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour out a golden yellow color with a huge head that lasts a long time. Left lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. With a citrus, fruity, yeasty aromas. Flavors of Citrus, tartness, hops, yeast. Mouth feel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Gaseous feeling. A beer to try, with very little complexity, yet is not overwhelmed by alcohol. It is a decent interpretation worth a try. After warming up and carbonation dies down more of a flavor and aroma.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A- Huge, fluffy, rocky head. Bright white micro-bubbles. Pale golden ale with tons of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of the wine glass I drank it from.

S- Light and citrusy. Very sweet, crisp, peppery, and spicy.

T- Orange peels, clove, yeast, pears, other citrus. Very complex, sweet to start with a huge burst of different flavors. The end is crisp and pronounced. Well balanced. Well made. Great beer.

M- Light and refreshing with a bunch of different sensations throughout the drink.

D- Every sip is a treat. You can pick out a different taste every time you drink. I need to age some of this stuff...

Rudgers73, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a somewhat hazy, light straw with a huge, five-finger bubbly head. The resulting chunks of froth eventually faded to a dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, which lasted for most of the drink. Tons of bubbly, sticking lacing throughout.

Smell was of smooth Saaz hops. Grassy and hay-like notes were apparent. Clean and fresh like the countryside. Some alcohol noticeable as well. The aromas became gradually more intense as the beer warmed.

Taste was hoppy as well (Saaz hops), with an astringent alcohol bite. Some alcohol warming throughout the entire mouth. Peppery notes were detectable along with a slight grainyness. Crisp, clean, snappy hop finish, but not as dry as expected.

Mouthfeel was medium-light. Carbonation was somewhat heavy and tickled the tongue.

This is a nice beer to pair with fish. It is fairly easy drinking regardless of the fact that the alcohol can become a bit overwhelming.

Damian, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of RustythePelican
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer, and pairs well with a variety of foods. Pay heed to the 8.50% ABV, however - it really sneaks up on you.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass; even with a light pour, 50% of the glass was filled with a dense head. Color was surprisingly light. I'm always impressed with the "fountain effect" of bubbles making their way from the bottom of the tulip glass to the head.

Smell: Not particularly noticeable, particularly for a Belgian ale.

Taste: Perhaps a little mild for a Belgian ale. Sweet, tongue-coating malts predominate, with a very faint hop taste on the finish. Absolutely no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dense carbonation makes this beer "thick" without being heavy.

Drinkability: Fabulous. Take time to enjoy a Duvel. A great beer for introducing someone to the beers of Belgium.

RustythePelican, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear light yellow with a thick creamy head. It is highly carbonated and you can see the carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass (this beer was poured in a Duvel glass and the bubbles emanated from the bottom center of the glass). It has very nice lacing. It has a sour/sweet smell. The taste is hoppy and cereal, with a bit of sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy dose of noticeable carbonation which is brite in the mouth. This is a delicious beer that is well balanced and would be quite drinkable on a hot day;

barefootbrewer, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of jubnat
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. This is one fine beer. Poured it into an oversize wine glass, the head is just amazing, billowing out the top but staying intact. Thick white foam, looks like meringue. Very light golden color, with continuous bubbles rising to the top, looks almost like champagne. Very nice fruity, yeasty smell. Nice light, dry taste. I mainly taste some apple flavor and yeast. Even at 8.5% ABV, I'm not tasting any alcohol. So, be careful. This is very good, a wonderful sipping beer. I think we can move Miller High-Life's title over to this as the true "Champagne of Beers." I think this beer is too good that I'll have to limit it to special occasions. I don't want to spoil myself.

jubnat, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color. The huge frothy white head is the show stealer here. Mountains of sticky foam make you anxious to give this one a sip. The smell is of belgian yeastyness, slight pepper and fruity. The Saaz hops come through too. The first sip gave me a huge wheat impression. Some lemon zest shows along with some alcohol. As it warms the malt flavors come though more distinctly along with some earthy tones. Very lively highly carbonated mouthfeel. Dry finish. Overall, this one didn't dissapoint. A beer that is worth the hype it gets.

beermanbrian, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 5 finger rocky lively frothy head, no matter how passive the pour, there is always a massive head when pouring into this duvel tulip.Very pale straw body - looks great in the proper serving glass

S -Malty sweety spicy goodness, lots of yeast with lemon zest, perhaps a hefeweizen fruit banana cloves note aswell. Smells fantastic

T - very subtle alcohol kick in the finish that is also very sweet, no dry hoppiness to be found here, very smooth indeed. Lemon zesty is less apparent, but sweet malts are definitely there are the start, at times this tastes like a hefe weizen on steroids

M - A previous reviewer was right - it is slightly too carbonated at the pour, but as it warms through the glass, it becomes wonderfully subtle, a nice gentle spritzy feeling. Very clean on the palate for a strong ale.

D - not one for a session, but as a sipper its great, wouldnt want more than 1 in a night, a belgian to savour!

seanyfo, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a country.

A proper pour results in a hazy golden beauty with all the frothy goodness you want. The star of the show is the sniff, which is as Belgian as you're gonna get, and contains some Yuletide elements like nutmeg & cinnamon. The taste is similar, but with more bitterness than I expected. The mouthfeel is rich at first, thins out, and ends dry as hell.

In closing, I have no idea why in the hell it took me so long to try this legend of a brew, but it will be followed by many, many more. Be careful, though... that 8.5 do pack a whallop.

jeffjfindley, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and golden with an outstanding head that leaves the definition of lace on the glass.

Noble hops aromas mingle with huge, spicy candi sugar fantasticness.

A bit sweet, alot spicy. Leaves a noticeable hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied with a huge, insane carbonation. Very, very drinkable, just an all around awesome beer.

nortmand, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out murky, yellow-gold colored, with some orange hue. Nice light, white, fluffy head and good carbonation and great lacing. Smells very sweet, malt with no hops to be found. Also some lemon and lime with a dash of mint and black pepper. Taste is very sweet, but not sugary sweet, more like caramel or honey. There’s a hint of lemon citrus but not that big. Extremely dirnkable for a Belgian.

On a side note, this is the beer I drank after each of the three Devils Stanley Cup wins. Duvel... Devil. Let's go Devils!!!

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of monkaass
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer for the first time and I was pleasantly suprised with the incredible mouth feel and wonderful smoothness even before enjoying the first swallow of this fine Belgium ale.

I noticed a high carbonated bite that made me wince slighty but not enough to quel the fine complexity and taste of this beer.

This beer is most enjoyed when you have the opportunity to slow down which is required right off the bat when you are forced to slowly pour this brew. I feel that this is the type of beer that can put a huge smile on your face when your mood calls for a Belguim.

monkaass, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of surcorx
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is without question a beer like few others. It would not matter even if you didn't enjoy its taste--though I could hardly imagine such a thing. To simply view it in Duvel glassware is enough to realize you are experiencing something special. The foam is not merely substantial, but astonishing. Pure, snowy, creamy soft white foam that does not quit! It is beautiful to behold. The bottle itself reminds you “to pour unhurriedly.” It doesn't matter, because no matter what you do this thing is going to rise.

How does it taste? Very good. Extremely good. It is hard to describe. There are no overwhelming characteristics outside of the head. It is well carbonated, and pleasantly drinkable. At the same time, it is ever so slightly sweet yet an assertive bitterness just sneaks in and then quickly dissipates. It is strongly reminiscent in appearance and somewhat taste to a filtered hefeweizen. Yet, it's taste is much more assertive, spicy and mildly bitter. It is clean and refreshing, yet more complex and sophisticated and could easily be served with nearly any cuisine. The name Duvel is Flemish and means devil and the devil is certainly in the details of this beer.

This is an excellent beer. Highly potent, but drinkable nevertheless. It will sneak up on you. Enjoy.

surcorx, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice upon pouring this beer is the huge, billowing head. Very impressive. The beer itself is golden and brilliantly clear.

The nose is full of estery goodness, banana and lemon, and a touch of pale malt.

The flavor is strongly citrusy; lemon grass and orange peel, mild malty sweetness, and a lightly hopped finish. Extremely dry in the finish.

The mouth is heavier than I was expecting from such a pale beer, but then it does have 8.5% alcohol. However, it's not nearly as filling as, say, Rochefort 10. The carbonation is extremely crisp and refreshing, like champagne.

largadeer, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of norwichboy
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a thing of beauty Duvel is, sitting just poured into its own branded glass, I'm almost moved to tears just looking at it. Clear lager-like golden beneath topped with the most gigantic white head that fills the rest of the glass. Lasts forever, leaving clumps of foam on the glass during drinking. I could sit and smell this all day,although describing aromas of banana and Juicy Fruit doesn't quite convey it. Explosive flavour on tasting with a lingering length. You would not know the high alcohol. Great mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Drinkable? Hell yeah. Pure enjoyment. Undoubtedly one of the world's great beers.

norwichboy, Nov 08, 2006
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,500 ratings.