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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,506
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 249
Gots: 574 | 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 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
Photo of calinative68
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in glass from 750ml.
Golden color with great head. The head lasted a long time.
Pretty smooth taste with a slight hoppy taste. Balanced
Very good mouthfeel
This is a good example of a ale that I can drink all night, not to say I would be able to stand after that, but it would be fun!!!!

calinative68, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked this evil brew on the stroke of midnight on Halloween. I felt that this was a very appropriate time to review a beer that's name means "Devil." Like Faust, I'm conjuring the Duvel...here goes nothin'.

This one has a giant 4 finger head that just keeps rising like a monster from the depths. Lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass like champagne, and the big bubbles in the head look like a honeycomb. Lots of small wet spots of lacing coat the glass.

Smells like wet barnyard hay. Grassy, lemon rinds, dry pine forest needles, dried flowers, and a touch of alcohol. Also, hints of sweet honey.

Tastes strongly pastoral. Farmyard hay, dusty yeast, lemon grass, and spicey hops. There is alot going on here. It's almost assaulting to the taste buds at first, but also very nice once I became aquainted with the assertive and unapologetically bizzare flavor. Sweet in the middle with a dry and dusty finish with loads of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish that lasts quite a while. Decently drinkable, but the high alcohol content and uniquely dry flavor could prevent me from drinking more than one or two.

pmcadamis, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of fido
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a clear yellow color, very cloudy, Excellent foamy head and very good lacing; Smell is spicy and citrus; Taste is citrus and fruits; Mouthfeel is dry, a little bit of carbonation; Drinkability is good.

Alcohol is evident but a very good choice for a session beer.


fido, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four bottle box with tulip glass, so a good time to revisit this Belgian classic. The pour produces a radiant golden body swarming with carbonation bubbles. Head is snow white, and towers tall. Rocky and pitting, is the head.. Lacing is extravagant. Final pour clouds the body a bit.

Aroma is unique. Saaz hops, lilacs, wet flower blossoms, earthy yeast, and notes of white grapes and Anjou pears.

Mouthfeel is pleasant enough, with a light medium body and a velvety and assertive carbonation.

Taste is complex and interesting, with fruit notes of green apples, kiwi, and white grapes layering upon an earthy yeastiness, accented by a clean and dry Saaz hoppiness. White grapes and bitter Bohemian hops serve up a clean and crisp finish.

I'm really blessed by revisiting this one. This is a Belgian Blonde Ale as the gods intended. Highly recomended!

merlin48, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer puts to death the myth that a light colored beer has no flavor. I made the mistake of not being that carefull when I poored it and the head just took off! Wow what a huge, fluffy, white head with lots of lacing that lasts. The smell is really sweet with what I think is the yeast flavor coming through also. It has a great balance to it. You barely notice the alcohol. This beer finishes well with a smoothe dry finish. I haven't tried too many European brews but i'm looking forward to getting more aquainted after having tried this one.

treedoctor5002, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Brewlore
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 1 pint 9.4oz Bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.

What a joy! It pours a nice cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around until the very end. Very amazing appearance!

The smell is fantastic! Very citrusy scent with some sweet malts coming through. The taste, oh my what a taste! The taste is lightly sweet and mostly of the malts but with some slight hops kicking through the end. Hints of yeast are there as well. The mouthfeel is quite outstanding with a lively carbonation that feels great on the tongue.

Highly drinkable beer. It exudes great aromas and flavors. It's a bit heavy but very easy to drink.

Highly recommended brew. Easy to locate and is well worth picking up.

Brewlore, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this beer slow. The head on this beauty is at least four fingers!
And the extremely fragrant nose with citrus and perfume quality's.
The color is so golden and clear like a beer night light. For being bottled condition the clarity is so fine. Next comes the complex orange,pear brandy, green apple mid-palate. A like a good movie there's a strange twist on the finish has a smooth stony dryness. I have a buddy who only drinks domestic swill and he even loved this beer. Duvel beer is a great way to taste the saaz hops shining thru this world class brew.

athensbeermaster, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of wavz
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stright out of the bottle this beer is heven.

A- Great light hazy kinda straw color. With a head that last for hours.

S- Malty aroma with hints of hops and yeast.

T- Sugary sweet malt with just an after taste of hops with a yeasty finish.

M- Smooth with a dry finish, and plenty of carbination.

D- I love Belgin style beers and this one more then fits the bill. Great for a summer afternoon.


wavz, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of isaac
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A very light, hazy beer with a pale yellow color. Pillowy, one fingered head sat delicately on top for a long time.

S - Very delicate smell, malty through and through with some hints of spices.

T - Smooth and creamy. Mostly malt here, followed by a slight amount of yeast, with a mildly bitter hops finish.

M - Crisp. Perfect for the flavor.

D - This went very well with my fish and though I like much hoppier beers, this a perfect beer to eat with. Yum.

note: I have now tried this from both sized bottles, and, i must say that the larger, corked version seems to have more noticeable alcohol in both the taste and the smell. (the smaller, capped version is reviewed above.)

isaac, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of uberabr
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a unique 12 oz into a tulip. This is the lightest beer I’ve had in a while. On the murky side and yellow, lemonade colored, with some golden hues. Nice light, white, fluffy head and good carbonation.

S: A very sweet maltyness. No real hops. You can feel them in the nose but they really just expand on the light, fruity malted quality. Well played! Lemon peel and limes with a dash of mint followed by a delicate balance of grassy and buttery notes with a hint of black pepper. Very complex and understated. I haven’t even tasted this beast yet, I could really just keep on smelling it (but I won’t!).

T: Very sweet, but not sugary sweet, more of a caramel-honey. Light and buttery. The malt character comes through mostly in the aftertaste. There’s a hint of lemon citrus but not the obnoxiously heavy malt-liquor twang that is all too common in high AbV citrusy ales. Speaking of ABV, where’s the alcohol?

M: Light and full. Crisp, clean, and perfectly carbonated.

D: This is one of the most drinkable Belgian ales I’ve ever had. I wish I had bought the big bottle. I don't like giving so many 5's but I just can't think of anything I'de really improve. I guess you just can't beat 140 years of craftsmanship!

Side note: The bottle has a "best before" date on it which reads 03/2009. Might be fun to leave this one in the cellar for a year and check back on it.

uberabr, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit dissapointed by this one.

Pours a light yellow, exactly as a macro lager. Big white head and good lacing, though.

Aroma was faint, Belgian no doubt, reminded me a Gueuze. Sweet, hops in the end.

Taste is nice, good actually. Very balanced. No hint of alcohol. It's 8.5 ABV were very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was, well, refreshing. Way too refreshing for an ale with this level of alcohol.

Drinkability is dangerously high. A beer to be careful with.


Pepeton, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 03 2009

HUGE fluffy white head full of soft champagne bubbles, the kind of head you can overflow out of the top of the glass and make a swirl on the top and it keeps its shape. Rich hazy golden color. One fine looking beer.

Rich nose with banana and nilla wafers. Hoppy profile with a rich sweet malt body and gentle but busy carbonation. Richness and hoppiness are well balanced. Alcohol is tastefully presented, and easy to palate. Slightly warming. Is this the predecessor to American Double Pilsners?

This is a beautiful beer and it's relatively easy to find, and I often overlook it. Dangerously drinkable. Cheers.

rayjay, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of sewald
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only I could buy this beer often. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had, if not the one. Citrus aromas, with a complex sweet and citrus taste. Carbonation and alcohol mouthfeel, a very heavy beer (which is what one should expect when drinking a strong pale ale, right). I could drink this forever...

sewald, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift from a friend. It was the squat 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours easily into my DeGroen's goblet. It's a nice light yellow color, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy white head of foam. There is lacing all the way down the glass. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is lemon citrusy/yeasty, very clean and inviting. A little bubble gum in the background adds to the complexity. Maybe a hint of alcohol and noble hops as it warms.

First sip is on the sweet side, but it's quickly overtaken by lemon citrus. Very refreshing and clean, with a yeasty bite. Hop bitterness is fairly low, and hop flavor very low. Very well balanced beer. There is a sweetness there, but it's still a crisp beer. Aftertaste is citrusy and yeasty, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a fairly active level of carbonation, which zings across my tongue. The beer is crisp and clean, but my lips are slightly sticky from sweetness. Cool! Warmth comes through at the very end.

This would be a great beer to introduce neophytes to Belgian beers. It's definitely Belgian, but not overwhelming in any way. Its very well made, well balanced and crisp, with enough ABV to please anyone. It also has a nice "yeastiness" which is typical to many Belgian beers. I really like this beer, and would drink one anytime.

jakester, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the traditional squatty Duvel bottle into a snifter.

A - light golden color, mostly clear. Head is huge, rocky and puffy, bright white like talcum powder. Lacing and head retention are good.

S - lots of fruity esters and alcohol. Spice, black peppercorn. Lots of tropical fruit aromas like pineapple, cherries. Alcohol very noticeable. No hop aroma.

T - taste a lot like the smell. Bubblegum, fruit, spice, slight bitterness but this beer is on the sweeter side. Nice, clean Belgian/pilsner malt profile of dry grainyness. Light hop flavor of noble spice, Hallertau it seems. Yum, classic Belgian flavor.

M - thin bodied, carbonation average to slightly above. Lots of alcohol warming.

D - very tasty, a classic. Alcohol content and cost makes it a little prohibitive to drink a ton.

gbarron, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

The appaearance of this beer is extremely impressive. Pours a clear light gold, with lots of bubbles quicly rising to the top. With a smooth pour the head absolutely explodes in the snifter. It keeps rising even after you've stopped pouring! Impossible retention. Head is extremely airy and fluffy. Lacing is extremely thick and sticky, I haven't seen anything like it.

Sharp fruit aromas stand out, some alcohol in the background. Slightly spicy and sweet. Very clean.

Sharp bittersweet taste with pear and apple-like flavors. Some alcohol mixed with light phenolic flavors.

High carbonation and light-medium body. Crisp and dry finish, very refreshing. The 8%ABV is hidden nicely.

Duvel means Devil. Only gets smoother as it warms. This is an extremely delightful beer. Definitely top of the beer food chain. Try this one, and you won't be dissapointed. This one was reasonably fresh, as it still has two and a half years before its "best by" date (April 2009). Should be good fresh or aged.

BeerSox, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured slightly opaque , lighter golden color , massive frothy white head that lasted the whole way through.

Smell: candied fruit , pear , yellow apple , slight yeast and tinge of alcohol.

Taste: very tasty and smooth , pear and yellow apple fruitiness , nicely balanced maltiness , slight bit of tart twang from the yeast , and a nice edge of hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth , very effervescent , with a chapagne like dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: An exellent belgian pale ale , very well balanced , flavorful , and elegant. With a nice alcohol kick to boot! Great beer!

Byeast, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this one one another try. I didn't think too much of this brew before and I'm thinking I might have drank it too cold and in the wrong glass (Straight out of the fridge and in a Pilsener glass) This time I let it sit a while, and drinking out of an oversized wine glass.

I poured this one nice and slowly as I remember the crazy head this gave off last time I tried it, It poured a translucent yellow with a head that remains on top ever so slightly. The smell had some banana clove notes almost like a Hefe Weizen, but at the same time had the signature smells of a belgian ale (that nice fruity aroma that I can't quite describe, but almost all belgians except lambics have it).

At first taste, it tasted as i remember, but as it warmed slightly, the flavor became quite enjoyable. Sweet banana clove and a very delicate aroma of prunes made its way through the palate, coming to an exceptionally clean finish. For a 8.5% ABV this is remarkably smooth and quite easy to drink.

Much better than I remembered it to be. I'll be sure to keep a bunch of these in the fridge over the winter, it warms you up nicely.

funkengruven, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gently hazed champagne body with a soft, stiff, enormous, airy, white head with great retention.

Smell: Fresh apples; tart and musty yeast; spicy alcohol; light, sweet malts; and piquant, herbal hops. It smells nice but it doesn't have the depth that I expect from the style.

Taste: Brilliantly spicy from a chord of alcohol, hops, and yeast. Light and mellow at first, then piquant and zesty as you swallow and bittersweet in the finish. Fruity, vinous, bitter, earthy, and paradoxically bold yet light.

Mouthfeel: Airy, soft, chewable, and sticky. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: This is good stuff, completely enjoyable and respectable.

soulgrowl, Oct 01, 2006
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,506 ratings.