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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,739 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,739
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 285
Gots: 670 | 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 uconnalum2
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured unhurriedly as the bottle suggested but still ended up with a massive four finger white frothy head. The body is a hazy golden yellow with active carbonation. The smell is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. The taste is excellent. Citric, spicy and a little tart but perfectly balanced. The finish is dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and light yet it has a slightly creamy texture. Drinkability for this high of an ABV is simply outstanding. Only the effect of the alcohol will slow you down because it is well hidden in the taste. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. By far the best Belgian that I have had yet. It is similar to champagne in some ways but far, far better. If you need a beverage to celebrate with, use Duvel.

uconnalum2, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold with perfect head. I just just look at it and be happy enough.

Smeels mildly sweet, alcohol is there with slight yeasty tones.

Taste: I say goddamn!! Some fruit, some yeast, some alcohol, all perfect.

Feels light and crisp, invites more than a few drinks.

This is about as good as a beer can be. I understand why Michael Jackson (beer God) loved this brew. Some things are just that good and words don't do it justice. This devil is just that.

Homerbag, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of deepsouth
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm drinking this wonderful beer this evening out of a delirium noel glass as tis the season.

i have enjoyed a couple of these, but it was before i was rating, so here goes...

i have to restrain my tendency to pour aggressively with this one as i know what i'm getting into. instead, this beer was carefully poured into the glass and i still managed to get about two inches of creamy off-white head. high carbonation. this beer never stops bubbling. this is a great looking beer. this beer leaves lacing all down the glass. this is a beautiful representative of this style beer.

the smell is fruity, hoppy and yeasty it seems. i also smell a bit of spice. this beer smells great as well.

the taste is just as the smell. i notice the alcohol, but not as much as i thought i would. this is an easy tasting beer that goes down well.

i love the mouthfeel. the high carbonation is a real treat.

this is a very drinkable beer. deceptive. it drinks much lighter. these things could make short work of me, but since i don't drink to get tanked, it's a great one off beer for an evening. nice high alcohol content that serves as a good nightcap or would pair greatly with some grilled fish or even boiled seafood.

deepsouth, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My, oh my. Pours a nearly clear golden/straw with huge white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. On the nose you get a very sweet tone, alcohol, and the standard fruit. The taste is citric in style with a long lasting flavor. It stays constant and does not morph into anything else less desirable. I just have to give it a 5. Mouthfeel is terrific with a good combo of bubbles and flavor. This is easily drinkable in mass quantity. Outstanding brew.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a cloudy gold color with a huge white head, its cloudy head doesn't move at all. smell is alot like champagne, or a sparkling white wine, carbonation is everywhere and i assume thats what i'm smelling. taste is good, but not fantastic like i've read. maybe since i dont have a real duvel glass, i've heard that it helps. it has a sweety fruity taste to it, and some distinct yeast flavors, its a good beer, but i wouldn't call it great. maybe i got a bad apple

1fastz28, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes
A - Pours soft yellow with a froamy white head

S - Smells citrus and spice with yeastiness.

T - Citrus and spice with yeasty, bready malt. Much like it smells. Slight tartness, like Granny Smith apples maybe.

M: Thin, crisp carbonation.

D: Drinkable standard Belgian. Decent while not great.

Monsone, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of n0315
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance and smell are great. Nice head that stays and a VERY nice yellow with small but constant bubbles.

champagne taste but still a very crisp and clean taste. I dont see a white ale getting better, to be honest.

A VERY drinkable beer that I would like to drink many more if not for the near $7 a bottle price. Beautiful. I think I have to have a bottle or two of this alwys read for drinking.

n0315, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 Bottle into Duvel glass poured clear gold. (LOL what a head) the cork came off on its own, safe to say some carbonation (the steam of bubbles coming from the center of the glass is wonderful) Spice fruity (yeast) aroma film head .Citrus and malty sweetness crisp dry finish Crisp mouth feel reminds me of a champagne. The Alcohol is well hidden and very drinkable

joepais, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a snub nosed 11.2% bottle, this BSPA pours mostly clear with a rich golden color. Attractive, uniform rising bubbles are visible. The frothy, highly effervescent head stand bubbly, tall, and holds very well when decanted roughly. Soapy, spotted lace clings to the glass and the head rejuvenates with a simple swish.

A bit sweet and very yeasty on the nose. Some light honey and fresh, toasty wheat. Plenty of lemon, coriander, and clove provide citric tang and spice. A hint of banana and grassy notes as well.

Formidable and very bright in flavor. Boisterous but still crisp/bright. Spicy and a bit sweet with buttery wheat, doughy yeast, clove, coriander, citrus (lemon), sparkling apple juice, a hint of booze, tart berries, banana, fresh cut grass, and a hint of bubblegum. Pungent and big flavored not to mention very complex. Lots of big Belgian character. Some more yeasty/starchy fruit lingers through the finish.

Again very bright and crisp on the palate with high carbonation. A bit of booze warmth arises especially as the brew warms a bit. Semidry finish with a starchy film that lingers on the tongue (not as bad as it sounds, just reminds you that your drinking a big wheat beer that's all). Very complex and probably the best beer of its style. Tasty is an understatement.

letsgopens, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My rating is based on the warning that you'd better let this stuff set for at least 5-10 minutes after pouring, or you'll burn out your nostrils with a biting gas, and your throat as well.

Pour it slowly- as the bottle say, "Pour Unhurriedly."

A= nearly clear-yellow, immediate massive head at least equal to the fluid. The head gradually settles, forming chunky thick islands of foam that look like half-melted marshmallows.

S= nice, inviting, florals, evidence of the hops-bitters, slight reminder of lemonade, some bubblegum scent after it's been sitting for 10 or more minutes. Very Belgian-Ale typical. Whiffs of strong alcohol.

T= a little watery for my taste, and yet it rates so highly. Lots of sour-bitter hops, florals, typical trademark Belgian flavor, evidence of its 8.5%ABV alcohol on the tongue.

M= a bit more alcohol-burn than I like, and aftertaste more reminiscent of wine-sour than hops-bitters. A little more watery and lacking balanced flavor and bouquet than I'd like, afterwards.

D= as far as alcohol, not very drinkable in quantity, and for my own personal tastes, there are many other Belgian's that I'd prefer if I were going to knock off a quantity of 8.5%ABV beers.

I've had this in Belgium, where I noted a malt scent and slight sweet hints in the nose, possibly a taste of cardamom, and how it seemed to change character in the taste as it sat, over time.

therica, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of HopGoblin
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Pours golden with a huge extremely white three finger head. The nose is a bit funky with aromas of butter and candy. This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp, and clean with flavors of lemons and pears. Very balanced, not too hoppy, no to malty, quite refreshing. Drinkablity of this beer is good, however be weary it does sneak up on you. Its called Duvel for a reason.

HopGoblin, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of SMark
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 330ml brown bottle at 55° into a balloon wine glass. A thick 2 ½ fingers plus white foamy head resulted with nice Brussels lace being left when it dissipated. The coloring was clear and golden with nice carbonation being held under the foam. A best consumed by date was on the back label.

A clean, bitter, off aroma which I credit to the yeast was easily detectible. The beer turned more fragrant and heady with each additional smell.

There was a good mixture of sweetness and bitter with the initial taste. A slight candy sugar lingered in the background.

A musty taste which was not offensive and I lack better descriptors seemed to prevail. There were also a lot of intangibles for me lurking in the background. A slight taste of coriander and citrus fruit was detected with subsequent tastes and swishing in the mouth.

This is another enjoyable beer to be savored and not consumed at the pace of a lighter, refreshing beverage. Take your time with this one and see what else is there to enjoy.

SMark, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle which came in a $13.99 four-pack gift-set which included a unique Duvel glass, this beer pours a beautiful golden color with almost non-stop carbonation and a foamy head with serious staying power... After hearing so much about this beer, I was definitely impressed with the appearance... The aroma is so intricate and complex that it is hard to describe... somewhat fruity with a smell of bananas... Taste is equally complex with a nice, pepperish sting to it... The mouthfeel is good, somewhat acidic... and due to the hefty alcohol percentage, wouldn't want to down too many of these bad boys in one night... a distinct alcohol taste is definitely present, and the beer contains a white-wine character... Definitely an interesting brew, though the price is pretty steep... Wouldn't advise to drink too many of these in one setting, best enjoyed occasionally... Recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Bassetdawg
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle from Kappy’s

Appearance: huge, beautiful fluffy white head, with excellent retention and fine lacing.
Beautiful light golden color.

Aroma: honey with apple and a hint of clove and pepper.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A clean, crisp taste, a perfectly balanced strong pale ale.

Drinkability: This is an amazing beer. It is incredibly drinkable – a perfect treat.

Bassetdawg, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a unique 330ml brown stubby bottle into an over-sized wine glass. BB 05 2010.

A- Murky golden/yellow color and one of the nicest heads ive ever seen on a beer. Very fluffy white head remains and leaves excellent lace mainly in part due to very good retention.

S- Lots of spice and yeast, fairly fruity as well, with mineral aromas characteristic of a pilsner, interesting.

T- Very tasty!! Flavors of fruits up front, green apples, pears, some citrus and lemom. Flavors of yeast and clove caress the tongue, followed by spicy hops midway resembling Saaz hops. Bitter dry finish is surprisingly spicy. Alcohol is hidden, but not unnoticeable.

M- Magnificent! Very smooth with incredibly good carbonation. Effervescent.

D- Fairly good considering the ABV.

Overall I will be grabbing more of this for sure. Awsome beer and one of my favorites. Good for special occasions, just take it easy because the alcohol can creep up on you. Recommended.

drinkininthewood, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Stagi
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice gold color with a nice thick head with plenty of lacing.

some spices accompany fruit and malt is also present.

Malty is the first thought that comes to mind, but as you get to the end, it smooths out nicely. I would say the carbonation makes it seems there is more alcohol than what you actually taste.. Great finish.

The malt and alcohol come to the tongue first, followed by the carbonation. Tough to swallow with the first sip, but becomes great as you drink.

I believe I will be drinking another and buying more in the future.

Stagi, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yes, this baby is available in china, in the better restaurants and bars. in some specialty stores, you can even get two-packs that include a complimentary duvel glass.

and that's how i came to review it here, with a proper glass to pour into...

lovely gold color, with two inches of foamy, creamy head which barely even shrinks, leaving behind lots of lacing. one of the more beautiful sights to behold on this earth.

nose is flowery, fruity (pear? apple?), and spicy, with some malt background and yeastiness.

pale malts and prominent hops dominate the first sip, but give way to other complexities as you continue. the zestiness of the hops seems to prepare one for the sweet fruit notes that follow, but once again give way to the clean finish thanks to the pleasant bitterness. the high alcohol is not really all that subtle however.

very smooth, a slight astringency probably from the noticeably high alcoholic content. carbonation is lively but not overdone.

all in all, a great experience.

tai4ji2x, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The best looking beer, gold with streams of bubbles, huge head and good lacing.

Smell: Grapes, very wine-like.

Taste: Sugary, again very wine-like. I let it warm up for 30 minutes and a few bready flavors came through.

Drinkability: Not bad but not particularly memorable. Maybe I got a bad 4-pack?

This beer ended up disappointing me. When I had it several years ago, it seemed to be quite good, but for some reason this time around reminds me way too much of a high gravity malt liquor. I don't taste Belgian yeast notes, I don't taste a good mix of malty flavors. It looks absolutely perfect, but that's the best thing about it.

Mdog, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of thartman
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 330ml Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from bottle into a Duvel glass. Picture perfect 2 1/2 finger meringue-like foamy white head and a concentrated stream of bubbles emitting from the bottom of the glass. The color was hazy gold and there were nice lacings clinging to the glass.

The beer had a floral and fruit aroma with a hint of spice. There was a characteristic yeasty nose typical to the belgian style beer.

The taste was crisp and clean, medium to light bodied with a slight bitterness balance by sweetness. This is an excellent Belgian beer.

thartman, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of SeaBiscuiT
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tried in my entire life.
I first tried it about 9 years ago on an Irish Pub in Buenos Aires. I instantly fell in love. I friend of mine told me, one of his friends was always reluctant to try this beer, every time his uncle was offering him one. He uncle always said to him "You have to try a Duvel, you have to try a Duvel", and this guys was always negative about giving Duvel a try. So finally at a wedding, his uncle brought one for him to his table and he said "Here you go, now try it". And this guys said to my friend, that that was a magical moment in his life. The moment he tried it, everything around him changed to a better color almost with a background magical music like the ones you see on fantasy movies. That was life changing for him, and since that day; Duvel became his favorite beer.

When my friend told me that story, I remember that that was pretty much how I felt about 9 years ago at that Irish pub in Buenos Aires.

Since then, Duvel became 'my beer' and I wasn't able to find another beer that taste as good as Duvel. I tried many beers, including Trappist Westvleteren 12, which is ranked #1 here in BA.
I like many other ones, and even though I can say La Fin Du Monde is my #2 favorite beer on earth, no other beer came even close to my mouth's soul as Duvel.

The only not positive think I can say about the bottle of Duvel (1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. / 750 ml) is: it has too much foam when you first open it and you first serve it. You have to wait to your second glass until the foam 'calmed'.

A total pleasure to me is a cold Duvel with salty peanuts. Highly recommended.

Appearance: handsome label
Smell: like an expensive perfume without being perfume
Taste: like Duvel. No other way to describe it. It's unique.
Drinkability: Drink with a lot of respect.

SeaBiscuiT, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of tlinner
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer of all time. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said about Duvel (it's complex fruity taste, accompanying hoppiness and perfect mouthfeel are legendary) so I'll just reinorce the mass consensus that this is a brew that must be in one's repertoire if one is to consider themselves a beer lover. It's remarkably drinkable for a 9% ABV, so watch out not to treat it lightly; and with its distinctive taste and massive head it really separates itself from the pack. There's no doubt in my mind that Duvel is the greatest-tasting readily available beer on the planet, and if you've never had one, you're in for a treat. There's no greater pleasure for me than when I go to the local English Pub with a friend and introduce them to Duvel.

p.s. A word of advice: pour with the utmost care and only ever in a proper Duvel tulip glass, otherwise you'll literally be overwhelmed by the head.

tlinner, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first time my duvel glass has contained duvel!

superfoamy. lots of suds and they are well reinforced from below, so there's nowhere to go. good lacing on the glass wall. the beer itself is quite light in color, and brilliantly clear. as a consequence the head is totally white

the aroma is clean and pilsy, with a definite but not overpowering yeasty effect. some hop character lends a slight lemon zest. caradamom

light in mouthfeel, and hot. very hot, actually. bitter and not at all sweet (that's not a criticism). pilsymalt-forward, hot and hoppy (interesting how these seem to unify into a single characteristic) finish and spicy/yeasty in between

bruachan, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Antilochus
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 330mL bottle best before Jan 2010. Canadian Duvel appears to be 8.1% abv. Appearance is a warm, orangeish yellow with lots of streaming bubbles under a large, soapy white head with lots of lace. Superb look!

Smell is candied fruit, apples, low amount of yeast (refreshing as a big Unibroue drinker!).

Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, with good carbonation. Taste was a bit light at first so I let it warm for the while. Sweet taste hits the tongue first, followed by lots of dryness, citrus finish with noticeable spice. Clean and crisp. Not as complex but just as tasty as others in the style. Low alcohol in the finish. Abv is very manageable and tasty.

Just a fantastic example of the style as many have noted. Always a classic.

Antilochus, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly clear blond with a soapy white head the laces along the sides of the glass. Smell sweet, candied, lightly fruity and a very little spice. Starts out sweet as it transitions to a little bitter followed by a malty and fruity hop finish. Magic in the mouth with a soft tickle of carbonation and smoooth taste. Insane drinkable, this cannot be alcoholic. A delight to drink.

franksnbeans, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my 100th review i saved for this gem ; pours a clear light golden color w/ a huge fluffy white head which lasts forever, lots of lacing that covers the entire wall of my snifter ; a very clean smell, low yeasty by-product aroma, mostly spicy hops and a pilsen-like malt smell, faint alcoholic undertone as well ; wow, an incredible, crisp malt flavor perfectly balanced w/ the hops, a faint fruity flavor underneath, kinda like a pilsner on steroids w/ a lower hop rate, hides the alcohol well ; a nice light-med body actually, slightly dry w/ a creamy texture, very interesting ; much better than most other belgians i've tried, i can see why this is one of the most sought after beers it's an extremely well drinking brew, i wish i had this on-tap in my house...

animal69, Nov 29, 2007
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,739 ratings.