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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,977
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 851 | FT: 5
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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 thierrynantes
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999. Review number 666 !

Appearance : blond color, with abundant foam head and quite tight, long held, nice hook, clear (yeast).
Smell : rich nose and fruity aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerful, delicate and strong. Very good bitterness. Fresh hop aroma, delicate long mouth, complex.
Drinkability : Superb beer, in the style "golden ale".

Beer added in oct. 2007, review translated from french 11-11-2008.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/29/2005 (750ml bottle):

Has a sweet floral aroma. Body is golden yellow in color. Taste is slightly bitter, and the palate is slightly fizzy. Good, but I've had better Belgian ales. Kind of a let down, maybe it was hyped up too much to me.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in appropriate glassware at Cafe Hollander on the eve of Obama's presidential victory. Can we drink? Yes, we can! Bottle conditioned. Poured unhurriedly.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a billowy, two-finger head that slowly dissipates to a rimming of lace that sticks in patches.

S: Belgian yeast, green apple, and a trace of soap.

T: Opens with a flourish of yeast and prominent notes of green apple and pear. Well-balanced exchange between hops and malt. Generously spiced. Turns grainy towards the middle. Heavy carbonation lends Duvel a champagne-like mouthfeel throughout the entire session. Brief metallic note strikes an irregular chord. A rush of alcohol warms the belly on the back end. Finishes extra dry.

M: Well-carbonated with a crisp and grainy mouthfeel that's rough on the palate.

D: A complex character brimming with delicate intricacies makes Duvel a pleasure to explore.

Photo of mgaddy
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer runs at about $15-$20 for a 4 pack here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. So, I have wanted to try this beer for a long time, but couldn't get myself to empty my wallet so quickly. But, today is my lucky day. It's my birthday and my wife is awesome. This is a sweet birthday present. This is my second legit beer review ever, this is fun.

A- Beautiful transparent golden hue. Thick white head built up quickly, and lasted til the very bottom of the glass. The carbonation streaming to the top. Strong lacing

S- Sweet floral scent. Smells excellent. Vinegary.

T- Incredibly unique. It has a bold 'kick in the mouth' taste. Very strong alcohol presence. Delicious.

MF- Has a bitey/crisp mouthfeel. Even if you couldn't smell it or taste it, you'd tell it had a high abv by the feel on your tongue. Just a few sips in and has that classic tingle feeling.

D- This beer is super yummy. I'd drink it often if my budget were larger and the abv weren't so high. The abv doesnt bother me, it's just a bit high for daily drinking.

Photo of Likeburning
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just poured this clear golden brew into one of my favorite glasses. The head is white with a little bit of coloration on the individual bubbles if I look closely enough. A slightly sweet aroma creeps out of the glass. The taste is crisp clean and refreshing. Mountain streams are envious, it's that good. I'll use this as a benchmark for other beers of the type from here on out.

Photo of lhaqq
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a light transparent gold with tons of carbonation and a resultant generous white head with great retention.
S: Grains and some light sweet fruit. Reminds me a lot of a champagne/white wine aroma.
T: Similar to the smell with some noticeable alcohol. Apple is a lot more noticeable too. Has a light molasses-like finish.
M: Drinking it right away, the bubbles dance in your mouth. Decarbonates relatively quickly, though, and becomes pretty smooth with a bit of a kick from the alcohol.
D: Despite picking up on the alcohol flavor, it masks the 8.5% well. Definitely will have it again.

Photo of Stro23m
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a 4 pack of this that came with one of the famous duvel glasses.

It was quite expenisve i beleive but not sure because i got my beer store to get me 3 types of beers and i just bought all of them for 37 dollars.

I got a 4 pack of samuel smith's winter ale, the 4 pack of duvel with special glass, and a 6 pack of hobgoblin ale.

This is the first belgian ale that ive tried before that is not a wheat ale.

Might as well start at the top =).

Ive always heard so many great things about this beer like how it is one of the best beers that you can buy and now i strongly agree!

Smell: The banana esters in this beer will slap you in the face if u spin the beer alittle and smell it.

Apperance- A beautiful golden color that is kinda cloudy (im not sure if this has yeast in the bottle and this may be why)

Taste- this beer taste amazing and unlike any other beer ive ever tried (maybe the yeast strain or bohemian hops which ive never had b4)

Fruity,dry taste with the perfect level of carbonation and also this beer has a tiny bit of a quality champange taste to it.

Mouthfeel- perfect I cant put it any other way.

This beer is soooo delicious i think most beer drinkers out there would absolutley love this beer.

Another thing is that at 8.5% ABV this beer should knock your dick in the dirt but amazingly at 8.5% this beer goes down very very very very easily and just by drinking it you prob couldnt tell it has a high % like that, even though u can taste the alcohol when going down ur throat.


Photo of Cs1987
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold, one and a half fingers of head in a goblet, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruit and wheat, fairly alcoholic.

Taste - Great spicy taste, though it does overpower the fruity notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, foamy head feels great. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Fairly easy drinking for the style.

Overall - A classic, and quite unique, Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of BierFan
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce stubby bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow body with a large white head. The head is kept alive the entire time thanks to the nucleation from the "D" on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Rich fruity yeasty smell. Some sweet apples and pears. Mild alcohol and a doughy aroma.

Taste: More apples and pears. Acidic sweetness. A nice spicy alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Very full frothy and smooth.

Photo of sethmeister
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 330ml bottle with "best before 03 2010"

Poured into a tulip this beer floats three fingers of diaphanous cloud-like white head atop a clear golden body. Soft fluffy cotton candy lace sticks to the glass in great sugary patches.

Scent is spicy alcohol, pear, yeast.

Taste is spicy, fruity, sweet. Apples, pears, lemons. Icing sugar. Ginger? An almost spearmint like coolness burns in the mouth, tingling and peppery.

Drinkability is astonishing. High abv is almost completely undetectible.

Mouth is somehow both wafer-thin and juicy with a fantastic tingling sensation.

Duvel is still one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. What else is there to say?

Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden hue with enormous ice cream cone head. A sweet aroma of lemon zest and alcohol. Tastes of lemon zest, fruit tang, alcohol takes over the palate for a bit, and ends with some nice lemon sweetness. A good carbonation that doesn't attack the tongue but settles on it comfortably creates a very enjoyable drinking experience. Amazing looks, great aroma complimented by great taste equals a great-genre defining beer.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer, huge white head that doesnt disappear, a yellowish hazy colour with tons of carbonation

Smells fruity, bready/yeasty and winey.

Tastes of bananas/fruit, sort of winey and sweet like candy sugar with some alcohol and hops in the aftertaste.

A nice bubbly aftertaste, but overall I think this beer is a bit overated compared to other belgian beers.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel has its own look. Golden haze with a thundering white cloud. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Pears, lemons and apples.
Taste is amazing. Fruit. Cloves. Pepper. Saaz hops. Sooo smooth. Dainty light body that manages to haul tremendous flavor. This goes down too easily. Great gateway beer to craft brew.

Photo of ssinger
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is golden and cloudy, with a frothy head. It looks beautiful.
The smell is really amazing...I smelled bananas right away for some reason, that went away quickly and i picked up the citrus fruit. The cirtrus I get are those tiny sloppy oranges that you would get in school lunch, i think they were mandarin oranges.
The taste is kind of lemony citrus, the mid pallet is straight orange/mandarin, and the cirtrus and spicy finish lasts nice and long. There's almost no alcohol burn, but my stomach feels warm. The mouthfeel is a little bubbly, but smooth to coat my tongue.
This is an amazing belgain ale, and probably the best one I've had.

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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Duvel pours a paler shade of gold than I expected. The head on this beer is immaculate. It looks like someone cut out styrofoam and laid it on the top of my beer.

There is a constant stream of bubbles and the beer seems very alive.

In the mouth it is very lively and has the perfect weight. It is not too light or watery but it isn't heavy and lethargic either.

The blend of spices comes across right away. Coriander is most prominent but there are strong hints of red and black pepper and even a little hoppy bitterness. The flavor is strait forward yet mysterious. It has a bit of a white grape, sour finish but not enought to make you pucker.

An amazing beer that I could drink all night or have a snifter of.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged (BBD 2/2011). Big hearty pop and into the Ommegang chalice...

Pours a luxurious, clean (OK, slightly hazy) lemon honey body with ample carbonation rising to soapy meringue head with great lacing and good staying power. Light enough for Pilsener tones.

Mild spice (coriander, orange peel, the usual suspects) mesh well with very light Germanic malt and Saaz-ish hops and vibrant yeast electricity to create a light, fruity aroma.

This is extremely clean for such an enjoyable flavor profile. Mild shortbread cookie tones with hearty yeast electricity to generate a thirst-quenching, tingling classic Belgian pale.

Mouthfeel approaches perfection. Crisp, tingly and spicy but full flavor provides deep, enjoyable palate presence with slight piney Saaz hop bitterness to the finish.

Quite drinkable due to the true value proposition of lightness against the full flavor profile.

Photo of FatCaster
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man. I'm a poor college student and this is an expensive beer. As I journeyed to the specialty beer shop trying to find a pack of these, I pondered at how much food money I'd be slappin' to get this. A few minutes and a decidedly slimmer wallet later, I had the Devil. Would it be worth it?

Just after pouring this cloudy liquid gold into a snifter, I realized...it was.

A--A golden yellow with that foamy white head you get by following the directions on the bottle. Thought it was just the condensation on the glass at first, but actually soft and cloudy.

S--Sweet and fruity, with a savory base, but if I had to pick a "low point" this would be it. Mind you that low point is still fantastic.

T--First sip told the whole story. This is what they serve for breakfast in Shangri-La. Sweet, crunchy, to a lingering fruity (apply?) aftertaste.

M--As it goes into your mouth, clouds of tiny bubbles rush around and leave a creamy, smooth and somehow still light and refreshing tingle. A bit of alcohol fumes just tickle the sinus cavities and remind you that you are communing with Beelzebub.

D--This is scary. I put down two of these heady brews at way too much a pop and was still ready for the other two. It's taking a lot of willpower to save the others for another good night.

All things considered, I'm still relatively new at the beer tasting game. However, I've found my high point. This is what the rest are going to get compared to, and I don't see how its going to be surpassed any time soon.

Photo of SamMiller0
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured into a tulip glass, light golden color with a huge puffy white head.

S: very crisp, hint of fruits and slightly yeasty.

T: carbonated, somewhat dry, but very smooth.

M: much smoother than you'd expect for 8.5 ABV. Leaves a bit of a tingle sensation.

D: very drinkable for its alcohol content

Photo of johnd513
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my Duvel tulip glass. This beer pours a light golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Smells crisp and fruity. The taste is incredibly smooth, heavily carbonated, fruity and alcohol and is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, incredibly smooth. Drinkability is exceptional and is only hindered by the high abv. Overall an amazing beer.

Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one many times first time was in 1994 in Brussels.
Bottle into jar

A: Very pale with a huge dishsoap head.

S: Very nice whealty malty with a nice hop presence.

T: Very good and a tad sweet on the get go, but this lasts just a milisec. A bit of hops hits you then the bitterness that smooths the dry finish.

M: Pret-near purfect dudes.

D: As Lionel so eloquently stated: All night long.

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look of this beer is phenomenal. It pours a nice golden yellow with a thick white cap upon it. When sniffed I got a yeasty bready smell and nothing more, it smelled quite brut. The taste was simply boozy and nothing that I thought was too remarkable, but I'd be idiotic to not mention that it's flavor is remarkably clean- despite how weird it sounds after saying it was unremarkable. I kind of felt as thought I was drinking a cocktail. it also could have something to do with the temperature at which it was served, but I did warm it with my hands and had the same feelings about it. In the mouth it has crazy carbonation which I didn't mind at all. Its quite comparable to a brut champagne in my mind. When it comes to drinkability the beer is okay, it's light on flavor and has more kick than a line of Rockette's. I really would like to give this beer another try though.

Photo of deereless
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As soon as I popped the cap I had a foam over, though the label identifies it as a golden ale it is more of an anemic yellow, the head shows serious signs of staying power and has a dense cottony quality to it - 3.50, S: Spicy aroma, somewhat grassy and earthy, a faint sign of bubble gum, a very mellow yet pleasing aroma - 4.25, T: A powerful palate, quite dry, some bitter hops, rum soaked raisins which translates into noticeable alcohol - 4.00, M: Following the path of the taste, this one is dry - 4.00, D: It is hard not to be swayed by Duvel's solid reputation as the standard of the style and my distant memories which put this beer on a pedestal, and granted I do enjoy the beer and think it is nicely crafted but it just doesn't live up to all of this - 4.00

Photo of adamparker05
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 330ml stubby into belgian tulip glass

Color is nice golden straw with giant fluffy head.

Aroma is very light: Clove, some yeasty hops, bananas.

Taste is great; starts banana bread, moves into some great hoppy bitterness and finishes with a hint of spicy peppermint!

Mouthfeel is dangerously smooth (For 8.5% holy crap!) with crisp carbonation, almost like a nice yeasty prosecco.

I could drink this beer rain or shine.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best five beers that I've had.

Pours beautifully, smells deep and rich, like a clean and tasty version of walking into an underground cellar. I can't remember a beer that I enjoyed more in terms of flavor, it's a cornucopia of complexity, but it's not so strong as to be offensive. This is a beer I could drink all night, if it weren't for the price tag.

Photo of funkyspunk87
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.50 %

From: Bottle, 11oz

A golden god. This beer is sooo good. You cannot believe it's 8.5% ABV because of the color and smooth finish of this beer. A pale ale that has the punch of an imperial IPA. Great beer, will absolutely buy this again.

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