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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,594
Reviews: 2,596
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 259
Gots: 616 | 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 pinotboy007
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall: wonderfull stuff!

Advice: if you're new to Belgian ales, this is where you need to start.

Served in the Duvel tulip glass after allowing 20-minutes to warm from being in the fridge.

Splendid aroma, mouthfeel and appearance; especially the head, which looks like storm clouds over a golden ocean. The citrus hints make this ideal for year-round enjoyment.

I'll admit to a certain bias as I discovered this while stationed at NATO HQs; fond memories indeed (well, at least from what I can still remember!).

pinotboy007, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-16-07
Best before 6-09

Pours a nice and clear golden color with an unbelievably massive head that just sits on the top and then settles on the sides of the glass.

Smells of citrus, mainly lemon, with Belgian yeast and slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is crisp, wheaty, with a definite hop bite and a nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation add to the spiciness.

Drinkability is also good, the relatively high abv does not hurt at all.

Overall a staple of Belgian beers. Very light and easy to drink, it's a refreshing change.

BMoney575, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of JimsArcade
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber from a 750ml bottle into a tuilp glass, the head almost wants to explode from the glass.

S: A mild but refreshing aroma of malts and yeast dominate the nose. A slight hint of alcohol is present as well.

T: Mild and crisp, this beer is the closest beer gets to champagne. Malt and yeast dominate, with hops almost nonexistant.

M: Never overpowering, a perfectly mild effervescense dances in the mouth.

D: Without any overpowering attributes, finishing the 750ml bottle is not a difficult propostion.

My feelings on Duvel are mixed. I seem to be in the minority because I feel that Duvel is only an above-average beer. The mouthfeel is exceptional, though.

JimsArcade, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of brucepepper
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden straw colour. Thick head with fine bubbles and a whipped top.(I love that) Plenty of lacing and the head outlasted the beer.

S - Fruity, mostly apples.

T - Couldn't taste what I smelled. Full flavour, and surprisingly a bitter aftertaste.

M - Plenty of carbonation. I may have chilled this beer a bit too much.

D - Very easy to drink. Never would have guessed 8% abv.

The bells and whistles are great. Smell intruiged me, and looks were fantastic. The taste was good but I was hoping for a little more. It may have just been too cold. I'll have to review it again another day.(darn!) Great beer.

brucepepper, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing. pours fairly clear at first until the yeast is stirred. very floral, candy sweet yeast with a touch of spice. real nice. the bubbles almost shoot off the bottom. pillowy light head. the mouthfeel is beautiful. the bubbles play on your tongue. very smooth. sweet yeast taste, fruit notes. perfect in every way i think, just amazing. one of my favorite beers i have ever had. one that i will remember for a long time.

scarletfire79, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of meatyard
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear, golden yellow with a monstrous and thick white head that slowly falls leaving nice lacing. It's a great look in the Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is of sweet lemon and some bread aromas. The bread becomes stronger as it warms..
The taste is a smooth, sweet malt with a lot of subtle flavors. A complex and wonderful taste.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue and a dry finish.
It's very, very drinkable and one of my favorite beers. A must for all to try and some will love it's unique qualities.

meatyard, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and capped

Pours with a straw yellow body, thin yellowy body with a thick tight bubbly white head with good retention. Forms about two inches thick and finishes up an inch thick, bubbly with good retention. Lots of thick patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, thick whiffy almondy malt, dry slightly hoppy belgian yeast character. Some fresh fruit and a huge whack of peach and melon. Slightly alcoholic estery warmth

Taste, thick and crisp mouthfeel, light peppery hop character, some slight clove flavour. Rich syrupy fruit along with a lasting hop bitterness and dry yeast flavour on the finish

A fresh and complex belgian, you definatly have to try this one at some point

cypressbob, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a beatiful gold with an awesome rocky head into a duvel glass. lacing? how can there be lacing when the head doesn't move? the bouqet on this is exceptionally complex. some things that i can detect/remember are: bread, honey, dough, floral notes, apricots, yeast, and much more...i was annoying the gf due to constantly smelling this beer. taste was of the above, like drinking a wonderful liquid bread mixed with honey, flowers, and light stone fruits balanced beautifully by the subtle yet present on the tongue hops. finish is not overpowering but long. medium/full bodied, mouthfeel is spritzy, quite carbonated but not fake carbonated like a macro, drinkability is great for a beer of this body and abv but i know i can't have too many or i will be drooling on myself again by the end of the night like the last time i had the devil.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from 11.2oz bottle(room temp) a clear light gold with a huge billowy head of foam that hardly shrinks at all and has lots of lovely lacing.

The smell is very floral with strong notes of yeast and hops. Very nice..

The taste has a nice sour-bitterness(lemon?) up front with a lot of malty tones in the background and a heaping helping of yeastiness that is very complex and tasty. At 8.5%abv, there's some warming as it goes down but it doesn't show up too much in the taste at all. Very very nice indeed. The sourish finish is also very flavourful and lingering and that demands my taking another sip...great stuff!

I'm just pouring the last bit into my glass and I'm getting some sediment making for a more cloudy appearance and wow...the malt just kicked it up a few notches and some apple and clove. So many flavours come out of this brew during various times in the session. You just *can't* lose interest...it refuses to let you. ;^)

Bottom line: This is a very tasty Golden Ale that I've enjoyed every time I've had it. Highly recommended!!

Bitterbill, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crisp yellow with a picturesque head that rises and falls at will. what should beer look like? this. aromas of sweet and spicy malts and notable yeast, only hinting at traditional belgian odors. champagne in the mouth -- crisp carbonation and a dry finish. drink quickly and enjoy the carefree nature of the beer, or sip slowly and discover the hints of fruitiness, floral elements, and spices. drinkable, addictive, and never hints at its abv (until it hits your constitution, of course).

schusterbauer, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Yotus
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chilled tulip glass. Massive, white head with copious release of CO2. Hieroglyphic-like Belgian lace - almost indicates the date and time I took a sip!

Crystal clear, golden - more depth of color than a standard Euro Pilsener-type beer.

Unique yeasty aromatics, no spicy phenols of the type usually associated with a lot of other Belgian ales - much cleaner, but still complex with some earthy undertones. Almost wine-like in its dryness.

Solid Pilsen-type malt backbone, but with a very light body. Very crisp with a Saaz-type hop character. Dry finish makes this a very dangerous beer to drink, as the alcohol character is subdued.

A very unique beer, very drinkable and one of the driest beers I've ever tasted.

Yotus, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Jcdolan
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint for $8.95 was purchased for me in Massachusetts on my birthday (a little pricey if you ask me). Nice looking offering, corked, with and an interesting write up about the brewery and how to serve the beverage was printed on the bottle.
Poured into a glass it was yellow with noticable hazeyness. Poured like it was champaigne, with tons of bubles and a rediculously thick white head that stayed on the glass and looked like a solid substance when I was done. I could tell this was going to be a good beer.
The smell was fruity/citrus with alcohol. MINOR hints of hops broke through at times.
Taste was very complex with alcohol taking over at the end. Almost too complex of a taste to describe. Very pleasing however.
Tingley mouthfeel that smooths out and goes down easy. This drink is very strong but very enjoyable. Clearly a well brewed beer.

Jcdolan, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Northcoast Coop here in Eureka, CA this set me back a full $7.99. Serious money, but then this is a serious beer. Poured into my Duvel glass it was a slightly cloudy golden color with a gigantic head that looks like a mushroom shaped cloud. The head lasted a long time and left big chunks of lacing in the glass. Aroma is cloves spices with a lot of coriander, floral hops, and yeast. Mouthfeel is rich and greasy. Simply wonderful. Flavor is yeasty, with some floral notes. Nice dry finish and good to the very last drop. A really nice brew

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz funky little bottle. Served 40-45 degrees in a sniffer.

Pours a pale yellow slight haze. Amazing head, almost looks like meringue – foamy, creamy, and soft. It lasts for a long while and leaves thick lacing. Ample carbonation. Can’t say no to these looks.

Sweet malt, sugary and light toasty biscuit/nut. Hops balance well: floral and spicy, interesting sharpness pokes out.

Medium bodied and thick. Dry and complex. Twangy hops first, floral and spicy. Deeply sweet malt base, toasty biscuit and mild nut. Sweet and tart fruit character. Distinct yeastiness. Mild warmth, seems to struggle with the alpha acids. Decently bitter. Plenty of carbonation, enough to eat through one’s tongue. Finishes tart, bitter, and dry.

As it warms in temperature, it warms accordingly in alcohol - almost astringent flashes pop out every so often. Yeast personality becomes more prominent. Sweeter more-complex malt and bitterness. Deeper we plunge into the rabbit hole.

The infamous Duvel. Strong yet subtle. Almost painfully enjoyable. What can I say? Interesting brew, at least. Not to be taken lightly. Or perhaps best: a force to be reckoned with.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a nice pale color with a gigantic, white, frothy head. Lacing is very good and continues throughout, as does a bit of the crown.

Smells of of sweet honey, fruit juice and malts; almost candy like.

Very crisp and smooth for both mouthfeel and flavor. Almost has a champaign-like quality. Hints of fruit juice and, again, a candy-like malt flavor. Hops are there, but are balanced so well, it is hard to tell where one flavor ends and another begins. Alcohol is masked and balanced extremely well.

I could drink this one all night...not before I lost my senses so I'll keep it to one or two so I could enjoy every second.


penguinjive7, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a foggy yellow that gives a huge white foam that sticks around forever.

S- has a very clean crisp smell, hoppy with a little banana trace. very bready

T- light malt flavor witha very crisp dry hoppy finish. keeps a heavy carbonation throughout.

M- hasa light body very dry taste that leaves a clean finsih

A very good beer one of my recent favorites

D- is a very good beer that is easy to drink alot of

Atron67, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale yellow, green tint, very slight chill haze, aggressive bubbling, a devistasting rocky white head that can be as big as you want.

Smell: Clean and crisp light malt, faintly sweet, yeasty and bready, not fruity, a little green, grassy, faint alcohol, banana bread.

Taste: A dry sweetness upfront, light and grainy, clean and crisp ,alcohol and hops in the nose, clean, incredibly dry finish. Light lager like malt, zero metallic flavors, light fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, nice and fizzy carbonation, enough to make you want to burp, clean and crisp like a soda, but smoother, not abrasive.

Drinkability: This beer is amazing, always delicious. I'd describe it to myself like an alcoholic lager with more flavor, with hefeweizen banana bread flavor, but cleaner and lighter than both.

guitarmage, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of theformula
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous, angelic golden body that strangely lager-like, with the most massive, foamy white head...wow. Very sticky lacing with everlasting retention. Near perfect.

S: Soft hops, yeast and sweet malts lend a complex aroma, but foremost citrusy hops and yeast. Some nice bubble gum and fruit esters going on as well. An herbal/floral aroma is present.

M: Medium body with a puch of carbonation, giving it a pretty full and crisp mouthfeel.

T: Not much to complain about. This is complex. There's beautifully bitter (a little piney and citrusy) hops, Belgium candy sugar, and honey-sweet malts. The mid-section shows off the candy sugar with bubble gum, along with a balancing yeast bite and mineral notes. Finishes with a very subtle alcahol spice and a dry, champagne-dry finish.

D: Even on my second taste, it's still king of its kind. Complex, crisp, big and drinkable. The 8.5% ABV is so very well hidden. Why is it called "Devil" when it's nearly god-like in perfection?

theformula, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Atch
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a large goblet

Appearance: cloudy golden color, weiss like. Nice carbonation and an icredible meringue like head. I poured it so carefully and my first bottle is more than half head which goes down eventually, but remains throughout the glass. Insane lacing as well.

Smell: I get a slight citrus, maybe pear also.

Taste: Call me crazy, but I almost taste a hint of banana and the pear I smelled. Being 8.5 abv I would never guess. For me the alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels wonderful on the palate. It has a medium but very smooth feel. I like the carbonation lasting the whole glass.

Drinkability: I would Definitely have Duvel again.

Comments: Mostly sticking to American pale ales, this was different for me. And I loved every minute of it. I wish I would have tried this beer years ago. I know for most people this is a pretty mainstream beer, but if you haven't tried it or are looking for a change... This one won me over.

Atch, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a nearly clear, almost perfectly pale golden color. MASSIVE 3+ finger foamy white pillowtop head, takes forever to diminish. You need a goblet for this bad boy.

S: Smells deliciously sweet, not too cloying, and reminds me of ripe fruit, namely bananas, pears and even apples. Nice!

T: A very complex brew, at the right temperature it almost tastes like a high-quality sake, specifically a pear-flavored one. An immensely tangy bite beyond the initial fruity burst, and a bit hot on the finish. Very enjoyable though.

M: As is the case with so many Belgians, this beer is incredibly carbonated; drink it too quickly and you'll be burping like a newborn. Still nice & creamy though.

D: Pretty easy to drink given the high ABV, though 1 bomber is more than enough in a sitting. I'd definitely go back to Duvel again.


markgugs, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

squat 11.2 oz bottle.

poured and drank two of these in quick succession. On the first I didn't see the pale tendrils of yeast escaping the bottle until it was too late. Still it was fascinating to watch as it slowly dispersed throughout the beer. It created a whiteness that made the already pale golden beer seem even paler. On the second I watched more carefully, and was able to keep the yeast in the bottle to be enjoyed later by itself.

It occurred to me that unless someone shoved a bottle of BMC-style lager in my hand last summer at a BBQ, I haven't had something this pale in a very long time. There is no mistaking this for macro-crap-lager though. The head was big and frothy and slightly off-white despite the careful pour. Perfect the 2nd time around when I was even more careful. Head retention is terrific, and lacing is in huge clumps all over the glass.

Nose is very clean and fresh - lemon, and some other fruit I'm not sure of - Pear? Aspects of the smell are redolent of some wheat beers. Definitely a bit of alcohol noted along with an undefined spiciness. Intriguing.

Taste is very nice. Refreshing to say the least. Rather sweet, but with a nice dash of sourness and some bitter. Alcohol is noted but not overwhelming. Yeasty and a great drying crispness as it finishes.

Mouthfeel is great - everything about this beer is crisp and clean. Carbonation on the high side of medium, but it does not detract from the...
Drinkablity? I'm opening my 3rd, and better finish typing this while I still can. Can't believe I missed this beer until now. At 8.5% it'll knock ya on your butt, so watch it. I think it was $8.99 for a 4-pack, and if that is correct it was worth every penny.

udubdawg, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a single at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy peachy orange/yellow colour in an over sized wine glass. Huge fluffy, bone white head with amazing retention.

Aroma: Rich malts with tons of spicyness and loads of citrus. Quite a complex aroma, a little too complex for this intermediate nose.

Taste: Very complex flavours here. Managed to pick up on caramel. candied fruit, maybe some coriander. Yeasty and smokey, hard to get a handle on the taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body, a delight with a very warm alcohol finish.

Final Statement: Although I respect Belgians a lot, I'm still not a huge fan of them. I see their strong points, and will savour one here and there, but I'm still a die hard English style ale kind of guy. Duvel is the best Belgian I have had though, I highly recommend this one.

MMansfield, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A light golden color that is a tad hazy (Probably due to the bottle-conditioning and my sloppy pour). Has an epic, thick, white head that has some decent staying power and leaves behind a white, frothy lacing.

Aroma- Cool mix of both sour and sweetness. Never smelled anything quite like it. Has some light, indescernable fruits and a hint of citrus. The aroma is very tantalizing.

Taste- Very complex. There's a lot going on with this beer. Has stong fruity tones that start out like the aroma, but then get puckerish. Almost no hops (either bittering or flavoring). Just enough to keep this drinking like a beer. Also get some fresh-baked bread in there.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light body, with lots of carbonation. I'd say it's over-carbonated, but the high CO2 level brings out the sweet-sour complexities very nicely, and really get the beer dancing over your toungue.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I'm not much into Belgian beers, but this one really is nice. I can't say enough nice things about it.

theopholis, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of kevinhulit
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking this beer from its designed glass is amazing! never have i had a beer look so good in its behavior. semi-cloudy pale copper color with and enormous, carnbation-fueled thick head. true belgian yeast taste with sweet fruity character. a bit carbonic in the mouth but not near too much. Very drinkable - i've been out at the bar and drank 5 (8.5 % ABV) and loved every minute and after thought about it!

kevinhulit, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of rec
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacing and head retention are spectacular, however the colour of the brew is much to be desired. It looks like a cheap pils, thankfully it doesn't taste or smell like one.

Light fruits and spice come through in aroma - specifically, pear, banana and peppers are most noticable. It's a floral, yeasty, fruity champagne - which while not sounding all that attractive, turns out bloody brilliant.

Lighter fruits and alcohol shine in the aftertaste, but are overshadowed by the immediate upfront taste of clove, spice and sweet malts. It feels creamy and exotic and goes down almost too well.

Despite the alcohol content and its high carbonation, it's extremely drinkable, although in my opinion La Chouffe is more so. I'd honestly place it up there with some of the best Belgian Pale Ale's.

rec, Feb 13, 2007
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,594 ratings.