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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,816
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 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.

Photo of Moxley
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

I probably poured it a little too fast as it created a really thick foamy white head, reminiscent of cappuccino foam. The head settled somewhat, but stuck around for most of the beer. It was a clear golden color with good carbonation turning somewhat cloudy as I drank it with heavy lacing.

Had a fruity, somewhat apple like, yeast smell.

This is a fantastic beer that offers slightly sweet, but not too sweet malty goodness that's creamy, but a bit dry also. One sip leaves you wanting more. Although it is creamy it's clean and crisp and just a damn good beer.

I'd say this is definitely a session beer, but you'd have to build your tolerance up a bit as it packs a punch at 8.5% abv.

Photo of quad07
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at UFS for $8.49 a four pack of 330 ml brown bottles with pry off caps. Freshness date, drink before 9/2010.

Poured into a large 23oz beer glass a clear bright golden color with a lot of carbonation. Very exciting to watch. It produced a very tight white silky head that left lasing to the last drop. Looks great!

It has a sweet citrus taste with some bitter at the end. Kinds of a heavy sticky mouth feel but clean. Very refreshing. The alcohol is not over powering at all when served cold. In some ways it resembles founder's devil dancer with out all the green hops over tones.

It smells of flowers, citrus and almost has a cream soda smell going on.

I would have no problem drinking this any time of the year with or without any meal. To me the 8.50% ABV is not a problem so I could drink six or eight of these in an evening with no problem. That being said, pace your self it could sneak up on you.


Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a clear gold with fluffy white head, like a typical light Belgian ale. It smelled like sour yeast and lemon hops. It tasted like muted grapefruit bitterness and yeast sweetness, with no depth or real character. It was slightly thick with mild carbonation and a weak aftertaste. Overall this was a mediocre example of a beer style I don't really like; not worth drinking again.

Photo of JackWeizen
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncorked a 750 of this stuff. It pours a nice airy snow white head that jumps up past the rim of the glass, but doesn't spill over. It leaves a good lacing, and is a crystal clear light golden color.

Fruity Belgian nose is nice. The taste is fantastic. What can I say? This beer defines the style to me. Strong, but not overbearing. Balanced. Dry on the tongue. Not as boozy as some beers in this style, and very clean crisp malt profile. The carbonation is very high.

I could drink this stuff all the time, but I would just become spoiled.

Photo of churchillps
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable. Bottle-conditioned into a Duvel glass. Thick, frothy head with great retention -- huge stickiness. Smells of apples, yeast, and fruits. Flavor delivers on all odors. Heavily carbonated and crisp. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. A great classic!

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

This classic pours a pale yellow with a mountainous head. lace stays and head lasts eons. Nose is floral, yeasty. Taste is nice and smooth with great floral taste, and some appley crisp taste. awesome taste. mouthfeel could be thicker, but is still quite good. Drinkability here is second to none. Excellent beer. Excellent. If there ever was a "session belgian" which makes no sense to me, this is it.

Photo of ewpgolf2
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle w/ a best "before date" of 06-2010.
this ale pours a hazy translucent yellowish gold with a head firm as Cool Whip(tm). The foam took a while to dissipate and left Brussels Lace from top to bottom well after I was completely finished. The smell offered a myriad of fruits and mellow peppercorns w/ a presence of the 8.5% ABV. The taste was smooth and clean and reminded me of white gum balls. Has some characteristics of a witbier less the telltale suspensions and allows the alcohol to surface again in the aftertaste.
I would certainly drink more than one of these but it wouldn't take many to sense inebriation rapidly approaching. This is a very good Belgian pale.

Photo of joezak5
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 4 pack gift set at Wegmanss in Princeton, NJ for $11.99. I pretty much purchase Duvel once a year when these sets come out (with the Duvel glass of course) because they're the same price as the 4 pack without the glass. I could drink anything of of these glasses.

Appearance: There is no more perfect head on a beer than Duvel. Every time I pour this I try to see how high I can get the head to extend past the lip of the glass. It is pure white with large bubbles. After about 5 minutes it will dissipate around the edges and leave an idea of head floating. The beer itself is a cloudy light gold with champagne-like bubbles right in the middle.

Smell: Spicy and peppery yeast. Just a little fruit sneaking in.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly in the mouth. A little hops but alcohol well hidden.

Taste: Beautiful spicy yeast flavors with some chewy lemon on the swallow. Very well balanced with alcohol well hidden. Pure warmth on the finishing exhale. The inch they have you leave is the bottle is amazingly nutty and yeasty.

Drinkability: Light, crisp and balanced. This one always leaves you wanting another.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel...finally, in a corked bottle.

Poured into a wine glass, big fluffy head on top of a pale golden color.

Smell of flowers, hops and alcohol, heavenly aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel is strong, alcoholic, flowery, at the beginning. A slight acid bite appears with lingering sweetness and fluff but a silky smoothness. Varying flavors, almost saison like in the finish.

Drinkability-Complex, a lot going on but smooth and flavorful and overall drinkable.

Overall- a great Belgian ale, I can't say anything that hasn't been said.

Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Wonderful golden body.. fluffy white head... lots of lace.. a great looking belgian.

S: Balance between sweet malts and a bit of yeastyness... lots of fruit notes.. lots of pears and peaches... lots of alcohol comes through though.

T: The taste is very much like the nose... the yeast and alcohol don't quite blend the way many other in the style do it for me.

M: Medium to light body... crisp finish.

D: The taste just doesn't sit well with me... ive tried time and again to like this beer as much as "im supposed to" but i find the beer coming up short each time.

Photo of andreasmwatt
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - If you dont pour slow you will for sure have a glass full of head. Bottle states " Pour Unhurriedly." Boy is that an understatement. Very nice strong head, reminded me of the meringue on a lemon meringue pie. Color was a hazy golden color.

Taste - Smooth, no bitterness at all. Very floral in taste. Best part is that the taste stays with you for a long period.

Aroma - Very Sweet Smell.

Mouthfeel - Gives a clean fresh feeling after impact. Mouth feels super clean.

Overall - Funtastic beer. Really great ale. World Class.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light champagne yellow with a very impressively thick head of cumulous white foam. Stealthy but constant carbonation. Thick, sticky lacing. Outstanding-looking beer.

Nose has lots of malted wheat characters. Hints of sour, underripe fruit; cherries, pawpaw and the slightest touch of nutmeg. Very pleasant and complex.

Taste is dominated by sticky wheat malts throughout palate, blended with the same hints of tropical fruits suggested by the nose. A sign of a truly classy beer to my mind when the taste matches the nose so well. The palate is however slightly short, but it's imbued with such assertive pleasant flavours it's definitely worth it. I can bearly tell it's 8.5% as well, it's complex, sweet and rich but the mouthfeel is sticky and wonderful and there is no sign of a vodka-like alcohol burn as I experienced with Lucifer - for example.

This brew yells out that it was brewed by someone who genuinely understands beer. Very, very impressive.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starting to hit the Belgian's now. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pristine golden in color with a huge white foamy head. A look like this allowed for much promise.

S - Fruity, like pears or apples, a bit nutty perhaps hazelnut or almond.

T - Fruity upfront followed by an earthly hop that was quite interesting. The linger was very impressive. Very crisp, not all what its cracked up to be, kinda overrated.

M - Light bodied and very well balanced. Left the palate very clean.

D - A slow drinker at 8.5% but very enjoyable and recommended.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Beautiful golden color with a nice rocky head and plentiful lacing.

Smell was complex, sweet, and fruity.

Taste and mouthfeel were really something special. Very complex flavor with just the right amount of hop to it. Definitely on the sweet side with a nice lingering aftertaste.

As with most anything Belgian, I could drink this stuff all day.

Absolutely wonderful beer.

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

33 cl short brown bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Best bu date of 06 2009.

A: Perfect. Nice slow pour leaves a massive, foamy white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of clumpy lacing. Liquid is a pale, clear golden color. The etching in the bottom of the glass agitates a constant stream of carbonation.
S: Ripe fruit (apple), yeast, spice and a little bit of alcohol.
T: Very creamy, smooth with very active carbonation. Slightly sweet with taste of ripe fruit, some peppery spiciness and a light hop bitterness. Mild yeast presence in middle and finish with slight tight of alcohol and very clean and refreshing. Begs for another drink.

Excellent beer, very drinkable for abv and always leaves me wanting more. Don't overlook this because of how easy it is to find.

Photo of Slatetank
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bierman2000 - poured from two 11.2 oz brown stubby bottles w/ freshness dating of 10/2010 into my Caracole and La Fin du Monde tulips so I could enjoy both bottles at different temps.

Deceanted slowly as directed
A - A pristine golden w/ nonstop currrents of bubbles riding the liquid to the snow white head. The head is frothy and whipped w/ a gentle mousse-like smooth texture that is satiny visually under the light.

S - The aroma is both nutty w/ a subtle fruit element that is a yeasty ester w/ traces of Belgian funky character and the spice note is hinted at in the aroma.

M - The strong ale dances as it hits the tongue and with its highly carbonated essence spreads out w/ a dry texture that is preceded by a creamy quality in the feel. Mildly warming w/ a very faint sweet element and hop spiciness.

T - This ale's flavor is both dry w/ the hop and yeast notes rushing forward and a toasty grainy malt that fits perfectly when nestled whithin the other ingredients company. It tastes sweet and creamy w/ a hint of alcohol w/ a fruity tartness that only presents itself momentarily so more hops and spice can be noticed. The crisp malt keeps a central role in the flavor as a fonundation w/ a very pleasant dry malty and spicy blend of flavors. The warming boozy taste is gradually more noticeable, but barely. I found the fuit to be gentle, melon like in the taste w/ such condensed and focused, excellent clean notes in the flavor profile.

D - Very pleasant, legendary in the realm of 'Devil' beers. It took a lot less time to drink 22.4 oz than I would have imagined while reviewing. That is a nice quality considering it is 8% strength. I like the balance of subtle malt, hops and yeast that seems refreshing colder, yet more focused and less disjointed whe it opens up. The aroma and sweetness blossum at closer to 55 degrees and is more pleasant to my taste. A very fine compliment to my filet and asparagus, a second bottle seem mandatory practically.

Photo of Slynger
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, zee Duvel. Beautiful. Pale golden locks which rocks a huge fluffy white head.

Glorious golden orchards greet the nostrils with malty sweet and yeasty, peppery, spice all playing equal roles. The perfect amount of warm alcohol completes an outstanding nose.

The taste doesn't back down a bit. A perfect match of the nose, with an incredible light medium body that brings a messagingly prickly sharp effervescense, while managing a smooth and creamy, warmly carbonated mouthfeel.

Truly the outstanding classic of BSPA's.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance briliant golden yellow huge white head that stuck around for a while. I think the appearance was one of this beers strongest points. Smell I smell Sazz as well as some english hops also had some yeasty notes as well. Taste nice cookie/breadlike backbone followed by a wallop of spicy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability a great before dinner beer.

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

Not much more can be said about this libation. This was poured into my Duvel Tulip from a 33cl bottle.

Few beers look as good as this one. It has the biggest imaginable head that never goes away, with a tower of suds that remains in the middle. Perfectly transparent light gold body.

Nice aroma of pears with a hint of spicy peppercorns.

Clean crisp flavor, light fruit with a very dry finish. A wee bit of hot alcohol in the finish.

The beer feels very light and well carbonated; not much else could be expected after the massive head.

I will always go back for more Duvel. I dont get the complexities in this brew like others, but this is still one of the finest beers in the world.

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

330 ml (11.2 oz)bottle drank from Tulip shaped Duvel Glass at around 50 degrees F.

A - When I opened the bottle immediately began burst with energy. Poured mildly cloudy, light amber color but clear after settling. This beer is very carbonated and pour perfectly into the glass with 2" white foamy head. Head lasted about five minutes remained throughout leaving rings, very dense and frothy.

S - Smells like perfection. Smells almost fruity with a hint of grainy punch. The aroma is complex but simply extraordinary. The aroma creates yearnig for what is to come.

T - Complimentary taste preluded by its smell. Light but strong at the same time. Hidden complexities in this brew. One of the best in creating warming feeling throughout. Slightly lingering aftertaste makes you yearn for more.

M - Velvety and smooth complex feel for such a light looking beer. Head creates feeling of carbonation but smooth from lips to the belly.

D - Excellent all around beer. Fulfilling in every way. One of those beers that you can enjoy anytime.

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

A - Into it's proper chalice it pours a clear light gold with a powerful effervescence and a massive fluffy white head.
S - Smells almost like sour green apple candy, with hints of green grapes and white wine. Fruity smell of overripe pears and apples. Through all the fruity smells comes the strong scent of wheat and Belgian yeast.
T- Very light tasting beginning with lots of wheaty malt tastes and moves towards a complex sour network of fruit flavour, as many as in the nose, but more pronounced as the smell and taste mingle. A nice burn of alcohol emerges as the beer warms, not overpowering and belying the powerful %ABV. Flavours of white wine, green grapes and even grappa, brandy, and light fruity scotch come through in this beer.
M - So sparkling and effervescent, tingly and light, beyond refreshing.
D - Surprisingly and deceivingly high.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So here, we have this wonderful brew. No believe it or not, with over 800 reviews I had never done one for this. I was shocked when I noticed this, but to be honest it had been a long time since I had last had a bottle, so I knew I was going to have to pick up another one to be able to review it properly, which is just what I did on the way home last night. Got this 750 ml bottle and took it right out of the cooler section, put it on ice and brought t it home. Served it at around 50 degrees and poured it into a Rodenbach chalice all night to finish this one off.

Appearance - Poured an extremely vibrant and bright straw colored yellow. Very clear, I mean very clear, one of the clearest beers I have seen. An absolutely enormous amount of carbonation on this one. In fact, when I popped the cork it damn near woke up my son. This was a seriously well-carbonated beverage if I have ever seen one. A huge white head, pretty much immeasurable formed across the top and spilled over the sides of the glass coating everything in huge frothy bubbles. This would not fade at all, and I mean at all. There was just a huge pillow like layer of foam across the top of this throughout the session, and it must have literally took close to seven pours before I could fit the whole bottle into glasses. It just would not give up. Huge side glass presentation, leaving sticky blobs of foam pretty much everywhere throughout the glass. The carbonation bubbles were streaming up from the bottom of the glass so quickly and in such abundance, if I did not know better I would have thought it was champagne. Overall, I was very impressed with the look of this one, I could see why people rave about it!

Smell - The aroma was very light and airy, and to be honest much fruitier then I thought it would be, which came as a bit of a shock at first. I had expected a strong grainy Belgian pale, but this was quite nice and light. Waves of light fruit and light grain came over me all at once. Hints of light pear aromas, mixed in with apples were now commonplace. A nice light alcohol smell mixing in and giving it a little bit of depth and letting you know this was quite a bit bigger then you thought it was. Very light cereal and earthy grains coming on now, and just a touch of something sour sitting off in the background, not too strong, just maybe a hint of grapes. Not bad overall, and much lighter then I would have thought.

Taste - The flavored followed along the taste perfectly. A wonderfully light mixture of soft bright fruit flavors that was layered on top of a light alcohol warming with ample amounts of fresh light grains thrown in. Hints of pears and apples were more then abundant here and were really showing off how well this was put together. A nice light cereal grain was the backbone, blended seamlessly with the yeast and a nice light grassy flavor. Some hints at a light sour grape were near the end of it. The finish was very quick and clean, but very dry. It was a weird champagne like dry if you know what I mean, just kinda leaving it all out there.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this was superb as well. Really one of the lightest, and definitely one of the most highly carbonated beverages I have ever had. A very nice blend of flavors really hid the alcohol well and I could have just kept on going with this one as it was just effortless.

Drinkability - As for a nice strong Belgian, this was about as sessionable as you can get. Light flavors were abundant here, really being very bright and expressive and allowing it to be refreshing at the same time that you could be exploratory with the flavors. Really quite well put together and I would have definitely had another when I was done.

Overall, I thought this was outstanding. Now is it worth the hype and the high rating, hard to say. Something does not get such a high ranking after almost 1200 reviews without having something going for it. Are there better ales out there, sure there are, but this is a classic, and will always be. If you are looking to introduce someone to the style this would work perfectly.

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

A-Light, pale straw with a nice head that lasted until it was almost gone.

S-Fruity notes w/hint of spice and honey. The combination is reminiscent of bubble gum.

T-The malts are terrific, and the sweet aromas make you think the ale is sweeter than it actually is...delightful. There are hints of spiciness, and the hops wash the palate clean at the end. Class act.

M-Medium bodied with perfect level of carbonation. This drinks nicely, goes down smooth, and makes you want more. The alcohol bares itself just before the finish, and it makes me feel good all over.

D-I just had this stuff tonight after several years without. I forgot how good it was. I'm going to stock up next time I'm at the store.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,816 ratings.