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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,522
Reviews: 2,589
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 251
Gots: 579 | 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 mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle inspection: stubby 11.2 oz. bottle with proper serving temp, glassware suggestion, and instructions on the proper pour. Cool.

Aroma: Belgian yeasty funk, ripe bananas, fresh pears, and a hint of some wheat bread.

Appearance: A cloudy pale yellow pour with a super-thick and sudsy cavernous white head.

Flavor: Fresh melon, white grapes, a hint of chardonnay, some green apple, and more pear. Champagne-like qualities abound here. It is quite flowery, wheaty, and a touch yeasty at times.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and light-bodied.

Overall impression: Very good. I get why this is classic but it doesn't blow my doors off. The alcohol is well hidden but the carbonation is a bit powerful at times. Still, one to hold as a gold standard. Worth trying on the road to beer advocacy. Recommended.

mattcrill, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's been too long of wait before I've been able to try this beer. First thing you notice is, as a pale/golden ale, it's about as pale as you can get. Very light yellow with as huge of a bubbly white head as you want. The smell is fruity and of alcohol and the taste is the exact same. I would describe it as a mini-champagne.

MiScusi, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proper glassware but they served it a bone chilling temps. I let the bottle sit unopened as I worked through two other beers, finally it had warmed up some. As always this is a beautiful pour, golden clear with a head that filled the glass out. The head takes a minute to settle and the smell is of spicey hops topped back with a malt ester wind that carries the idea of alcohol. The glass is starting to be laced as I take the first sip. Truly an artful construction of a golden ale with high ester yeast. Slightly fruity and sweet with a spice zing from the hops and alcohol make a play on the tongue. Finishes very clean with a nice full yet light body. Very drinkable just be warned on the near 9%.

Higravity, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving- 11.2 oz. stubby bottle. Best before date 10-2008

Appearance - Poured into my duvel tulip a glowing pale copper hue. Meringue like head that you can literally scoop out with your fingers and it holds its shape. Good lacing, sticky stuff this is. 50/50 beer to head ratio, perfect.

Smell - Somewhat floral with a very slight hint of hop. Could hardly smell any alcohol, though a bit was there. Spicy and a little fruity as well, just the distinctive Duvel scent.

Taste - Once it hits my tongue I can already taste the spice, not overpowering and not undetectable, the perfect balance. The hops come in next, and this Belgian Strong stands right up and shows you what its got. Nice hop bite in the finish, perfect for a Belgian Strong.

Mouthfeel - Floods the mouth and hugs the corners yet finishes clean and smooth. Crisp and extremely refreshing.

Drinkability - If I had to bring one beer to a deserted island for the rest of my life, it would be Duvel, hands down.

rsyberg01, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, golden yellow with a huge head. It was highly carbonated, too. It smelled of alcohol, corn and grass. The taste was spicy and hoppy. I also detected a clove or vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy. It is highly drinkable, except for the 8.5% ABV.

zeff80, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of boblog
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer about three times each time in a large bottle with champagne like cork. The carbonation like the cork is very similar to champagne. The beer has a nice white head and beautiful golden color. The smell has hints of citrus. The taste is clean crisp and has a slight warm taste from the high ABV. Good classic Belgian strong pale ale.

boblog, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of errantnight
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a fantastic brew all around.

Pours a beautiful golden hue with immense, frothy head. Sweet fruits and earthy yeast aromas abound as the baby takes her sweet time settling down. Tons of lacing. I left the yeast behind, so nice and clear.

Tastes like a dream. Slightly sweet maltiness abounds, and the finish is crisp and dry. The carbonation is definitely a factor here, it's almost like a drinking sparkling wine. Not for the beer drinker who takes two or three swallows every time they raise their glass. But at 8.5%... does anyone need to? There's just a hint of acid, maybe some lemon/orange zest... but the musty, earthy yeast notes (which are mild) keep things in balance whenever the hoppy bitter notes don't. Just amazingly well balanced with an incredible finish.

Dangerously sessionable, I'm not as high on the uber-carbonation as some, but it certainly isn't a bother, and it helps define this extraordinary brew.

A special occasion brew, sure, but for the strength and availability (at least in Boston), I could see this substituting for wine in a lot of dinners.

We'll be carrying this at Cafe D soon, fer sure.

errantnight, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a highly carbonated bubbly golden body with a strong thick white head. The aroma is floural, sweet candy, musty, golden raisins, citrus lemon, with grassy fresh notes. This is a very complex nose that just gets your senses ready for a taste. The taste is tart upfront, crisp, fresh with a sour/bitter tanginess in the back of the throat. The alcohal is warming but not overpowering, this is a classic belgian pale ale very nice.

Franchise, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of b33rb3lly
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first experience with Duvel and I have to tell you, this may be one of the best ales I have ever had! I know, pretty strong statement. From the aroma as soon as you start to pour all the way to the last drop, this is a winner from the word go. I was lucky enough to get a free Duvel glass and it really seems to make a difference with this beer. At 8.5% and $12.00 for a 4-pack, this is a "special occasion" drink. I plan on always having at least a 4-pack or two on hand for when I really want a world class ale/beer.

b33rb3lly, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

"best enjoyed chilled with discerning friends or good-looking strangers." Love it. 11/08 freshness date

A: Pours a straw color with a massive frothy head. The head subsides in its monstrousity fairly quickly, yet sustains with good volume and tons of lacing.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, citrus, and lots of spicy notes including clove and pepper.

T: Somewhat tart with prominent a lemon flavor. Also features some bready and yeast flavors with an alcohol foundation.

M: Medium bodied with an abrasive carbonation. It seems the carbonation takes much from my ability to taste all of this beers flavors.

D: I hate the mouthfeel, but ignoring that, this is a wonderful Belgian.

klewis, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Teke0611
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review -
Poured from a 750 corked & caged bottle into 'signature' glass. As reported on the duvel website, the beer filled about half of the glass followed by an intensely (sp) white head almost to the brim.

Tiny bubbles continued throughout the experience from the center of the bottom of the glass where a small, raised "D" acted its part.

Super easy to drink, with a wonderful taste. Nothing assualted the nose, and it was quite pleasant. Definitely recommended, either for just yourself or on those great occasions.

Purchased for about seven bucks at Bittersweet Liquors, along with a four pack each of La Fin Du Monde and Allagash white.

Teke0611, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of brushpig
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Blue line bar in Wicker Park Chicago. Served in Duvel wide tulip glass.

The appearance is quite a site with its cloudy yellow body and creamy huge white head.

It's aroma is light, sweet malts with a peppery spice.

Its flavor is perfection, well balenced, smooth, creamy, lightly fruity,
with a lively carbination and a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable going down, but watch out when you stand up, it's a little potent. Great beer.!

brushpig, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous 4 inch head atop a golden orange almost Pils colored beer. I happen to like yeast so I added the last few drops from the bottle to the glass making it only slightly cloudy.
Aroma is spicy and fruity and yeasty with a touch of citrus on the end.
Flavor is sweet malts and bready yeast...mixed spices and numerous fruits....finishes to a hop bite that leaves a drying sweetness behind.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...carbonation fills you completely and pushes the warming alcohol down to your belly.

IntriqKen, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pour to be thankful of. Straw colored body is topped by what you'd think of as a nitro tap head. Nose is just too faint for me. I get a smidge of lemon and what I can only call white grapes. Taste is pretty much identical to the nose ... I guess my gripe is that it doesn't do more. It's decent but there's just too much out there that I'd buy first.

TheBungyo, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow straw with a giant white foamy head. The carbonation of this beer is huge. The smell is wheat, candy sugar, and some citrus,lemon or orange? The taste is crisp refreshing citrus lemon, wheat, candy sugar, and spices,pepper and coriander. The m/f is light and well balanced with a great mixture of flavors. This is a classic beer that should not be missed. A beer for all seasons. Cheers.

jmz62565, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer!

Appearance alone is something to behold. Shaving cream thick white head that lasts and lasts. . .
When served in a Duvel glass the bubbles do a dance that I could stare at like a lava lamp.

Smell is sweet candi sugar, slight hops, lemony zest and sweet, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent and refreshingly light, tingly.

I could drink them all day and all night long. Just excellent.

BillyB, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Best before 07/11/06 stamped on the side. 8.5% abv.

Chunky white head..hazy straw color. Head retention is damn near ridiculous..and thick enough to eat with a spoon. Some small yeasties float aimlessly in the glass. Belgian yeast and robust spices take up the majority of the aroma. The flavor has a distinct bready quality to it, with accompanying orange peel, spices, lemon, and yeast.
Carbonation a bit too lively for my taste, not quite as smooth as I remembered this being.
This may be a brew that could reasonably claim to be the champagne of beers.. it's a classic Belgian ale that has been around forever and isn't going anywhere.

Thanks go to mynie for the bottle.

hero27, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of k75
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

25oz - corked / caged
Great satisfying pop from the opening - good geist (spelling?)
pours that amazing head that I've seen before - defines gravity
such a great feat to pull off a big beer that is both subtle and satisfying
notes of faint tropical fruit and a little spice
very smooth on the palate and sublime
finish is clean. not drying

k75, May 29, 2006
Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

IceAce, May 28, 2006
Photo of denjen
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at/Price: Woodman's / $5.99 750 ml
Dennis: Duvel, translation: Devil, is one of the best examples of a belgian triple ale you'll probably ever have. Incredibly carbonated, the taste at first delivers a flash of tart yeasts and deep candied fruits...that is assuming you'll be able to pour a full glass on the first attempt. At 8.5% after a few sips you won't be feeling any pain, but the alcohol never takes over the simple tastes that are blended so well.
Jen: I would have to say that the second time around with this brew is better (or maybe it is the sudden heat wave that makes it so refreshing). It is light and bubbly, with a bit of tartness at the end. It is smooth with an almost creaminess to it. This brew is well crafted and quite easy to drink, but be careful, it is 8.5%!

denjen, May 28, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Cork comes flying off without much effort. Pours a beautiful straw yellow with lively carbonation rising to the top much like a champagne creating one of the fluffiest heads I have ever seen! The head is thick and fluffy like whipped cream. Aroma is fruity, spicey and yeasty. Again, this is probably the most beautiful head I have ever seen! Taste is very dry and yeasty with earthy and slightly spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is light and crisp that can be quite prickly from the carbonation. This is definately a world class brew! I bow down even to the empty bottle as it is contained something of pure art that I greatly admire and enjoy.

cjgator3, May 26, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an effervescent straw yellow with a huge, rich, long-lasting head. Aroma was dry malt, musty hops, and a good bit of Belgian phenolics. Great beer to look at and smell. Decent amount of alcohol in the nose as well. Light-to-medium body, which is pretty remarkable considering its alcohol content. Flavor had alcohol up front, some malt sweetness (though it was pretty dry), and a bunch of hop flavor. Not as much Belgian funkiness as some, but you'd definitely know where this one came from. Maybe some fruit in the taste. Had a bit of creamy smoothness in the mouthfeel that was quite pleasant. Also, very little fusels/harshness. Drinkability was probably as good as it could be considering the puch it packs.

Overall, a very nice brew and a good gateway beer for someone who is looking to branch out into Belgians.

shererjt, May 26, 2006
Photo of KlausKinski
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true classic. Wide, foamy , creamy head, one of the biggest heads I've ever seen. Yeasty smell with peach aromas. The taste starts with a quite sweetish note, dominated by peach aromas, then , about the middle, the yeasts gives more fruity, banana like aromas, and the end is ruled by an surprising hop bitterness.
This beer is , for me, an almost perfect compromise between complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

KlausKinski, May 23, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I have great respect for and therefore, deserves a review. Poured (appropriately enough) into a Duvel glass slowly, to form a huge white stucky head that faded into chunks of foam as it faded. Coloration was similar to what champaigne looks like, very lush looking. In the nose were some light fruity apple flavors, a touch of mild earthiness, pears, overall extremely clean. Flavors detected included spicy pepper in the beginning, fruit in the middle, and alcohol hitting you right at the end. Duvel is one crisp beer, and by crisp I mean that it is pretty big on the carbonation. This one seems to turn to foam straight away when sipping, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I could see myself drinking a few of these and liking it more with each sip. I was never truly impressed with this beer until I gave it a fair chance, and began to appreciate the vast amount of complexities it has to offer. A superb beer.

jamie2dope, May 23, 2006
Photo of cracgor
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with a lot of carbonation and a cloudy white head. A sweet grassy smell. Has the characteristic hops of a pilsner. An interesting smell. Flavor of this beer is more bitter than most belgians. It opens with a sour/bitter almost champagne like flavor without the sweetness and has the characteristic finish of a belgian. Very dry. Not overly alcoholic, but more than I am used to in the style. It is a good beer, just nothing I would call exceptional.

cracgor, May 22, 2006
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,522 ratings.