Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 6,825
Reviews: 2,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 298
Gots: 722 | 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 yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +12.2%
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 +9.9%
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 +12.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +11.5%
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 +2.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.3%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured four fingers of fluffy cream coloured head that has brilliant retention. Colour is a cloudy pale amber.

Smell - 4.0
Highly floral aroma entices with smells of musk, stone fruit, sweet malt and fruity yeast.

Taste - 4.5
Lower alcohol profile than the 8.5%ABV suggests. Starts with smooth malt, honey, fruit and a little spice. Warming alcohol in the slightly bittter, biscuit-like finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Constant light carbonation and moderate weight in the mouth make the beer go down very smoothly for a strong ale.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could easily go for a second in a sitting, which impressive considering the strength.

Truly a great beer by any standards, and one of the most drinkable strong Belgians. The brewery reccommends that 1cm of beer is left in the bottle due to the yeast for fermentation. However, I felt compelled to drink that also after finishing my glass. Delicious!

Photo of FleeVT
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby with 08/2010 "best by" date. Rookie pour left me with 3+ inches of head. Slightly cloudy with a pale yellow color. Very little carbonation action after the initial head, but the head stays throughout. Clean on the nose, with a mix of citrus and a little spice, mostly clove. Palate starts with citrus, again, but the spices are not as defined. Finishes quick. Excellent!

Photo of IgotsHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a large corked bottle. I had heard about this beer but never tried it.
Poured out into a wine glass, got a huge 3.5 finger head. Gorgeous golden, crisp color. Strong carbonation
Strong banana ester scent, mild (very mild) even hop aroma, light honey-like notes.
The banana ester was much more evident when I got half way through the glass and had the space to agitate and swirl the brew around. MAN that banana was strong, clean, and impressive.
The taste was that of banana, honey, super pale malt, light bittering hop that was very well balanced. Dry and highly carbonated with a slight warmth from the 8.5% ABV.
As I am not a huge fan of the banana flavor, this was quite good for the style, and everyone that tried it agreed that it was exceptional.

Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!!! I lost about an ounce when opening the stubby brown bottle. Huge pillowy white head that holds up throughout. Spicy aroma, Belgian yeasts and astringent citrusy smells.

Tastes like a witbier on steriods. More subtle than some Belgians on the sourness but plenty of complexity and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is rich and drinkability is great.There was a big pillow of head on the bottom of the goblet...kinda like sucking the last bit out of a milkshake.

I could see swilling several of these before I figured out it was 8.5 percent abv. An extremely tasty beer...good for any time...any place.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a colossal head. Clump of the head stick to the glass as you drink.

Smell was citrus and sweet. Very clean smelling, if that makes sense. There were no unpleasant odors lurking about.

Taste started with the citrus flavors, and a little spice, like pepper. I can see how that could detract some people, but I enjoyed it. Finishes with crisp apples.

Very carbonated, which gives it the crisp feeling. Hides the alcohol well and is highly drinkable.

Photo of mrbosworth
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Duvel poured properly into a large goblet looks absolutely amazing - Clean, bright goldenrod color swirled with smokey looking yeast, with a thick white layer of foam made up of large champagne size bubbles and fine spongy head. There is a crisp, wet bite with fruit, strawberry and light coppery bitterness. A little pricey but very worth the cost.

Photo of ojclark
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. Subtle dry, hoppy aroma with "Belgian" estery overtones. Clear yellow color with an enormous white head and lots of fine bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Complex flavor: dryness, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol all present in varying degrees from start to finish of each sip yet well balanced overall. Equally complex aftertaste with the same components as the flavor. Well carbonated, light bodied, with a long finish. Fantastic beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with the best by date of 05, 2010 into a brandy snifter. Not a Duvel glass but the best I could do on short notice. The beer is a clear honey color with a nice soft floating off white head.

Smell is crisp and has hints of green apples, spicy hops and is all dominated by strong yeasts.

Taste is very well balanced. It has some nice pale malt sweetness that moves into an some fine fruity and yeasty flavors. This beer has a spice that is accentuated by the above average carbonation. All those combined flavors yields a sharp pleasing beer that still has a soft silky, almost creamy texture on the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer well worth the price of admission.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful pale hazy golden hue, under a fluffy three-finger head. I wish I owned a tulip glass, but a goblet worked for me well enough. The head dissipated really slowly, and left fluffy patches here and there as it laced really, really well down the sides.

Smell: Strong yeast, with honey, tart fruit and hops bouquet. The alcohol makes a strong showing as well, and understandably so!

Taste: The yeast and fruit hit immediately, with the bitterness and alcohol hitting immediately thereafter. The honey hits on the finish, leaving a sweet, delicious aftertaste even when the beer is well on its way to your gullet.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and crisp. The low acidity of the fruit and yeast combined with the high alcohol content make for a fantastic combination of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Drinkability: With the 8.5% ABV, you'd better drink them slowly. You should anyway. This is the kind of beer whose taste you should savor. I loved it, and could drink it all afternoon on a nice mild sunny day (or, let's face it...pretty much anytime). Better walk home, though. ;)

Photo of pirates
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a yellow color with a good head that last all the way.

S - Spicy and somewhat citrus.

T - This is where the citrus characteristics of this beer comes through. Tastes of orange/lemon rind. A very rich flavor of citrus that lingers.

M - Very high carbonation. A tad too fizzy for my liking.

D - Carbonation makes this beer difficult to consume too many.

I have mixed feelings about this beer. This beer did not blow me away however, credit must be given where due. This is an exceptionally well constructed and balanced beer, but just not to my liking.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale pilsner gold, clear with a big frothy 2 finger white head.

S: A little candi sugar sweetness on nose, wildflowers, and a some lemon grind.

T: Very fruity (apples, pears) with a spiciness. Has a dry champagne like texture and is very clean and crisp from start to finish with some fresh lemon merrang bread notes, apples, and subtle spicing that is clean and eloquent. Has a dry champagne like texture and is very clean and crisp from start to finish.

M: Mouthful is fizzy from the high carbonation

D: Overall a solid Belgian, very good to style and a good entry for those unfamiliar with the style.

Photo of watchnerd
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As of this writing, there are 1119 reviews for this beer. What could there possibly be left to say that hasn't already been said?

Okay, I'll say this: Duvel is good, drinkable, and enjoyable. There is nothing 'wrong' with this beer. However, it is *highly* over-rated.

So while there is nothing wrong with Duvel, nor is there anything particularly distinctive or memorable, except for the artful way the 8.5% ABV is hidden.

The beer world has moved on since Duvel's heyday. It's a fine brew, but you can find other ales these days, Belgian or otherwise, that are far more interesting, challenging, and palette expanding.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy straw-color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind long-lasting lacing on the glass, all the while a small white ring floats atop the brew. Can't expect any better from the style.

S - Yeast and spices first rise from the glass, and they are quickly met by scents of bananas, pears, and tart apples; alcohol is present in the background.

T - No matter how many times I drink this, I come up with a different description of the taste, so this is as best as I can put it. Initial flavors of yeast, barley, and spices are dominant upon a flowery base. Strong fruit notes of tart apples, bananas, and oranges, with maybe some sweet berries in the background. Full body that reveals new flavors with every sip, finishing with a creamy alcohol tone. In all its complexities, one doesn't lose sight of the many flavors working together - they are just difficult at times to pinpoint.

M - Full, creamy body with strong carbonation and a very strong juicy (but not sweet) finish. Alcohol is present after a few seconds.

D - This is my first time reviewing a Duvel because I could never find the words to describe the whole experience, and I still feel somewhat dumbfounded as to my description...it is definitely something you need to try, but as with everything, drink in moderation and don't underestimate it. It is a very refreshing and crisp beer, so the 8.5% is quickly forgotten about. Suitable for almost any situation/dinner in which white wine would be appropriate - beit a sweet or dry selection.

Photo of cbleary
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

I poured the beer slowly and patiently and a towering, rocky head emerged. It's a truly astounding beer to look at. It smelled and tasted of fresh, dry fruit, yeast and a bit of alcohol. It was extremely warming and very drinkable for the high ABV. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Hoegaarden because I think it shares a couple flavor notes with it.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marvelous looking beer. Golden colored elixir with champagne like bubbles rissing from my glass. Thick and foamy white head with perfect lacing.

Earthy Belgian yeast with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet candy malts and fresh floal hops.

Again of blend of fresh fruits that yield a delicous balance between sweet and sour. Candy and grain malt with a fresh hop bouquet and tart Belgian yeast.

Thick and creamy texture up front with a crisp dry finish. Just enough carbonation to enhance the flavor profile without getting in the way.

Exquisite example of the style. Vast in complexity while keeping perfect balance. Pairs especially well with seafood and fine cheese.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this is my first time enjoying a Duvel.

Chubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (what else??)

A- This is the best looking beer I have ever seen. An incredible massive head emerges from a slow pour, as directed on the back of the bottle. This head might be 3 inches. Deep rich golden color, carbonation bubbles flowing through the middle of the beer, rising quickly and fast.

S- Smell was of citrus zest (mostly lemon)- floral hops and yeast. Alcohol is also noted in the nose.

T- Taste is as balanced as possibly imaginable, with the 8.5 % abv well hidden, but prevalent to those who are not ready for it. A peppery spice mixed in with citrus flavors, hops, and biscuit.

M- Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated- thirst quenching at times.

D- This is to be sipped and enjoyed. A couple of these in a sitting would be appropriate, but one must beware of the consequences.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,825 ratings.