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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,014
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 338
Gots: 896 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Ratings: 7,014 | Reviews: 2,656
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. glass into snifter.

A: I was not at all impressed with the pale straw color, but the head was one of the most substantial and beautiful I've seen. Gorgeous lacing left on the glass.

S: Alcohol and a sweet wheatiness predominate.

T: Dried apricot and earthy wheat were the first flavors I noticed. Upon warming, the flavors intensified and I noticed a spicy pepper finish as i drew near the end of the glass. One thing I was slightly put off by was the strength of the alcohol flavor throughout. Normally, I don't mind an astringent alcohol bite, but I felt it interfered with this beer's flavors.

M: The color suggests a thin, watery mouthfeel, but Duvel is anything but.

D: Aside from the alcohol overtones, this is a delicious brew.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice thin head with a golden body.

Aroma is a bit musty with a hint of lime.

The carbination combined with the twang of the alcohol scream champange but the secondary flavors say otherwise. The alcohol is subtle with an applesauce hint which is masked by a wheaty bitterness and wonderful amount of alcohol. A unique balanced beer that I would love to discover in the back of my fridge.

Photo of kcillini77
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head retention is amazing on this beer. Pour it correctly to avoid too much head. No pouring straight down the center for this one.

Looks a lot like a domestic lager in terms of color, but the taste is anything but. Smells of hay, flowers, spicy hops. Taste is similar and is very yeasty.

Just a great beer. I was craving some last night but the store I picked it up at didn't have it cold, so am enjoying it tonight. Should never go very long without filling my Duvel tulip with its namesake.

Photo of skylab
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. A lot. It was quaffed initially from a bottle which is probably not the proper etiquette for such a beer but sometimes we do not have time for frivolous formalities.

My ex-brother-in-law brought some over one evening - which made me suspicious from the beginning - and he showed me the receipt from the purchase. To say I thought he overbought would be an understatement. $15 for a 4-pack? After one sip I had to re-evaluate my position. This stuff is righteous!

We used a cabinet-mounted opener to open the first bottle which was a mistake. It resulted in an overflowing, overpowering blast from the bottle which we felt ruined the initial impression of taste. This was also true with the second bottle. The third and fourth bottles were opened with a "church key" and the experience was entirely different. No overflowing blast and a much more crisp, tingly impression up front.

I MUCH preferred this crisp/tingly impression. Many beers I have tasted have disappointed me by a lack of carbonation. But this one - opened by key - did not disappoint in that respect. I like a little tongue-tingle from the carbonation process. I believe it is part and parcel for the experience and has a definite place in the taste spectrum. That's why "nitro beers" lack in taste in my opinion. Lotsa head but no taste; like a cheap date. But I digress...

Anyway, short story long, this is a beer not to be missed. Very drinkable - if not frat-boy material - but it definitely drinks softly and carries a big stick. A really big 8.5 stick. Not overly sweet like a barley wine but certainly not weak like your average mass-produced Belgian. Use with caution. Perfect for forgetting one of "those days" at the office. Just don't plan on leaving the house.

Photo of nightswatch
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Duvel. Oh how I love it.
Theatrics aside, this truly is a phenomenal beer. Poured properly and into the right glass, the lacing is uniquely tenacious (not to mention gorgeous) and the nutty head persists for HOURS. It truly looks appetizing like no other in a tulip. It smells great as well. A fair bit of alcohol in the nose. Whats truly exceptional about the beer is its mouthfeel and drinkability. at 8.5% it really is a devil, and the alcohol is hidden so well that it will put you under the table if you choose to session it. Its perfectly carbonated and even sweet on the tongue, and leaves just a slight crispy finish coupled with enough alcohol to make you want to dive right back in. It tends to be prohibitively expensive to drink on a super regular basis, but on occasion its a tremendous treat. Miller High Life's slogan has always been a joke, THIS is the champagne of beer.

Photo of erok
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a clear golden color with a fluffy, voluminous head that took a long time to recede to 1/2 inch thick. Vigorously rising, tiny bubbles sustained the head.

S - The best part of this beer for me. Has the trademark belgian spiciness (particularly coriander) that all of my favorite beers have.

T - the same spiciness as in the aroma (coriander and pepper) with hop bitterness. Very little sweetness from the malt.

M- Medium-bodied with the carbonated effervescence making its presense throughout the palte

D- Quite. I'd have two if I had two.

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

Poured from a stubby into my new 'Duvel' glass. Pours a light golden with a volcanic boil emanating from the bottom center of the glass. Head is well represented but not as robust nor as meringue like as I've seen in pours elsewhere(just realized that was at 8000 feet!). Offers sticky lacing and a nice easily regenerated frothy head, but not the retention I expected.

Smell is somewhat odd yet rather enticing, mostly of muddled and candied fruit with some semi-sour yeast notes. And the malty structure grows on you a bit. I sense I'm converting to a degree, or maybe not. Otherwise this brew reminds me a bit of a typical Euro lager, albeit with a more robust mouthfeel and a higher ABV. Yet that alone is not enough to encourage me to purchase again. A Damnation I would prefer. Will try again if I see it poured more richly as I may have had a corked bottle. Otherwise I don't see Duvel getting any more of my money,

Edit: August, 2009:

Picked up a 750ml. bottle and the meringue is back. A ridiculous head forms and fills the glass for like three and a half weeks. The cork put a dent in my ceiling and I was careful. Alas, I would like to consume this beer as opposed to just look at it. Patience my friend.

Smell is improved over the stubby but not by much and remains quite sweet on the tongue. Lager notes are not present either. Carbonation is a friend to this beer and apparently the stubby bottle may be a victim of carbonation loss, particularly with respect to the robust bottle conditioning of the 750 ml. bottle.

What a difference...review updated accordingly..

Photo of Traquairlover
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml of pure goodness poured into snifters.

A = Clear golden liquid with a brilliant white head, good retention, great lacing.

S = White pepper, toffee, spun sugar, wet hay, good yeasty esters.

T = Sweet candy up front with an immediate bitter sour candy taste to pull you back into balance, white pepper, An excellent beer. Would go great with mussels for breakfast.

M = Medium body, great mouthcoating, foamy but not creamy.

D = A great easy drinker, come back again and again.

Photo of Shumista
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my snifter. This is my 3 of the 4 pack and the second one that has overflowed with foam when I popped the top off. I wonder why that is happening? Unfortunately I didn't remember that it happened last time so now I have a big mess to clean up.

A- Duvel pours a very nicy golden straw yellow with a huge head. Lots of lacing left on the glass after each sip.
S- Not my favorite aroma. Slight yeastiness with some fruitiness (apple I think), and some sourness. There is something in the smell that reminds of belgian beer that has dried onto the inside of the glass overnight.
T- A big improvement over the smell. Theres a lot going on here. Crisp, yeasty, fruity (lots of apple) and spicy. Sour at the end.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable in the back of the throat but not in a boozy or unpleasant way.
D- Very high, I would have no problem going through a couple more.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal-clear straw with a bubbly white head. Forms some nice lacing.

Smell is slightly yeasty, though is mostly dominated by grassy hops and pale malts.

Pilsener-like malt and hop profile, but smacked with Belgian yeast. Absolutely glorious.

The effervescence challenges that of champagne. In fact, it tells champagne to fuck right off. Bone stankin' dry on the finish.

Duvel is a classic for a reason. There's nothing else quite like it.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a beautiful golden yellow. Thick foamy head with good retention. Leaves a nice coat of lace on the glass. It's got a nice aroma; fruit, wheat and spice. The taste is a real crisp and has a wonderful bite to it. Tastes like it smells, with fruit and spice and some nice bitterness. The alcohol is noticable and that is something I like. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and a little bubbly. This is a very easy beer to drink and I enjoy the heck out of it.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip from the 750mL size bottle.

A pale yellow straw color- very light with a huge white head that never fades and leaves incredible lacing. This beer really is perfect in its appearance.

Smells of straw-like malts, a balanced herbal hop note. Nice yeast character and some fruitiness, perhaps apple or pear. Pepper and noble hops.

The taste followed with clean sweet malt flavors, yeast spiciness and some fruitiness (maybe some berry?), crisp hop bite. This was definitely very smooth and drinkable for its ABV, very balanced. Nicely carbonated and a classic gateway beer for people just getting into the craft beer scene.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999. Review number 666 !

Appearance : blond color, with abundant foam head and quite tight, long held, nice hook, clear (yeast).
Smell : rich nose and fruity aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : powerful, delicate and strong. Very good bitterness. Fresh hop aroma, delicate long mouth, complex.
Drinkability : Superb beer, in the style "golden ale".

Beer added in oct. 2007, review translated from french 11-11-2008.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/29/2005 (750ml bottle):

Has a sweet floral aroma. Body is golden yellow in color. Taste is slightly bitter, and the palate is slightly fizzy. Good, but I've had better Belgian ales. Kind of a let down, maybe it was hyped up too much to me.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in appropriate glassware at Cafe Hollander on the eve of Obama's presidential victory. Can we drink? Yes, we can! Bottle conditioned. Poured unhurriedly.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a billowy, two-finger head that slowly dissipates to a rimming of lace that sticks in patches.

S: Belgian yeast, green apple, and a trace of soap.

T: Opens with a flourish of yeast and prominent notes of green apple and pear. Well-balanced exchange between hops and malt. Generously spiced. Turns grainy towards the middle. Heavy carbonation lends Duvel a champagne-like mouthfeel throughout the entire session. Brief metallic note strikes an irregular chord. A rush of alcohol warms the belly on the back end. Finishes extra dry.

M: Well-carbonated with a crisp and grainy mouthfeel that's rough on the palate.

D: A complex character brimming with delicate intricacies makes Duvel a pleasure to explore.

Photo of mgaddy
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer runs at about $15-$20 for a 4 pack here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. So, I have wanted to try this beer for a long time, but couldn't get myself to empty my wallet so quickly. But, today is my lucky day. It's my birthday and my wife is awesome. This is a sweet birthday present. This is my second legit beer review ever, this is fun.

A- Beautiful transparent golden hue. Thick white head built up quickly, and lasted til the very bottom of the glass. The carbonation streaming to the top. Strong lacing

S- Sweet floral scent. Smells excellent. Vinegary.

T- Incredibly unique. It has a bold 'kick in the mouth' taste. Very strong alcohol presence. Delicious.

MF- Has a bitey/crisp mouthfeel. Even if you couldn't smell it or taste it, you'd tell it had a high abv by the feel on your tongue. Just a few sips in and has that classic tingle feeling.

D- This beer is super yummy. I'd drink it often if my budget were larger and the abv weren't so high. The abv doesnt bother me, it's just a bit high for daily drinking.

Photo of Likeburning
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just poured this clear golden brew into one of my favorite glasses. The head is white with a little bit of coloration on the individual bubbles if I look closely enough. A slightly sweet aroma creeps out of the glass. The taste is crisp clean and refreshing. Mountain streams are envious, it's that good. I'll use this as a benchmark for other beers of the type from here on out.

Photo of lhaqq
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a light transparent gold with tons of carbonation and a resultant generous white head with great retention.
S: Grains and some light sweet fruit. Reminds me a lot of a champagne/white wine aroma.
T: Similar to the smell with some noticeable alcohol. Apple is a lot more noticeable too. Has a light molasses-like finish.
M: Drinking it right away, the bubbles dance in your mouth. Decarbonates relatively quickly, though, and becomes pretty smooth with a bit of a kick from the alcohol.
D: Despite picking up on the alcohol flavor, it masks the 8.5% well. Definitely will have it again.

Photo of Stro23m
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a 4 pack of this that came with one of the famous duvel glasses.

It was quite expenisve i beleive but not sure because i got my beer store to get me 3 types of beers and i just bought all of them for 37 dollars.

I got a 4 pack of samuel smith's winter ale, the 4 pack of duvel with special glass, and a 6 pack of hobgoblin ale.

This is the first belgian ale that ive tried before that is not a wheat ale.

Might as well start at the top =).

Ive always heard so many great things about this beer like how it is one of the best beers that you can buy and now i strongly agree!

Smell: The banana esters in this beer will slap you in the face if u spin the beer alittle and smell it.

Apperance- A beautiful golden color that is kinda cloudy (im not sure if this has yeast in the bottle and this may be why)

Taste- this beer taste amazing and unlike any other beer ive ever tried (maybe the yeast strain or bohemian hops which ive never had b4)

Fruity,dry taste with the perfect level of carbonation and also this beer has a tiny bit of a quality champange taste to it.

Mouthfeel- perfect I cant put it any other way.

This beer is soooo delicious i think most beer drinkers out there would absolutley love this beer.

Another thing is that at 8.5% ABV this beer should knock your dick in the dirt but amazingly at 8.5% this beer goes down very very very very easily and just by drinking it you prob couldnt tell it has a high % like that, even though u can taste the alcohol when going down ur throat.


Photo of Cs1987
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold, one and a half fingers of head in a goblet, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruit and wheat, fairly alcoholic.

Taste - Great spicy taste, though it does overpower the fruity notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, foamy head feels great. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Fairly easy drinking for the style.

Overall - A classic, and quite unique, Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce stubby bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow body with a large white head. The head is kept alive the entire time thanks to the nucleation from the "D" on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Rich fruity yeasty smell. Some sweet apples and pears. Mild alcohol and a doughy aroma.

Taste: More apples and pears. Acidic sweetness. A nice spicy alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Very full frothy and smooth.

Photo of sethmeister
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 330ml bottle with "best before 03 2010"

Poured into a tulip this beer floats three fingers of diaphanous cloud-like white head atop a clear golden body. Soft fluffy cotton candy lace sticks to the glass in great sugary patches.

Scent is spicy alcohol, pear, yeast.

Taste is spicy, fruity, sweet. Apples, pears, lemons. Icing sugar. Ginger? An almost spearmint like coolness burns in the mouth, tingling and peppery.

Drinkability is astonishing. High abv is almost completely undetectible.

Mouth is somehow both wafer-thin and juicy with a fantastic tingling sensation.

Duvel is still one of the most amazing beers I've ever had. What else is there to say?

Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden hue with enormous ice cream cone head. A sweet aroma of lemon zest and alcohol. Tastes of lemon zest, fruit tang, alcohol takes over the palate for a bit, and ends with some nice lemon sweetness. A good carbonation that doesn't attack the tongue but settles on it comfortably creates a very enjoyable drinking experience. Amazing looks, great aroma complimented by great taste equals a great-genre defining beer.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer, huge white head that doesnt disappear, a yellowish hazy colour with tons of carbonation

Smells fruity, bready/yeasty and winey.

Tastes of bananas/fruit, sort of winey and sweet like candy sugar with some alcohol and hops in the aftertaste.

A nice bubbly aftertaste, but overall I think this beer is a bit overated compared to other belgian beers.

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

Duvel has its own look. Golden haze with a thundering white cloud. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Pears, lemons and apples.
Taste is amazing. Fruit. Cloves. Pepper. Saaz hops. Sooo smooth. Dainty light body that manages to haul tremendous flavor. This goes down too easily. Great gateway beer to craft brew.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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