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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,966
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 845 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Troy518
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is pale golden and yellow in color. Huge, thick, creamy head with massive lacing. Highly carbonated with dry finish. Very balanced malt and hop flavor. The high alcohol breaks through the palate on this one and gets in your face. Taste is yeasty, earthy, and plenty spicy from the hops with a faint pleasant fruitiness. Interesting shaped bottle will have to utilize for my home brew.

($4.45, 11.2oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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

Served out of a bottle into a chalice.

Much to my surprise, immediately after opening the bottle overflowed, but once poured into the glass had a nice strong 1+ cm head that lasted for the whole 20-30 minute drinking session. The beer was a bit clearer than I had expected but had a wonderful nose, that was inviting me to enjoy it. It poured wonderfully over the palate with a fruity and spicy finish. The beer continued to fizz in my mouth. Overall a stelar beer, one I would buy more often if not for the cost.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden with a huge rocky head. The head stops forming after a few seconds but never settles. Aroma of yeast and pears. The taste is unreal, light crisp slightly sweet with a little tartness. Mouth feel is the perfect mix of slight CO2 sensation and pillowy head. Drinkability? If I could survive on duvel I would try...

Photo of marksto
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright pale with a huge, pillowy head with large bubbles that dissapate slowly. As the beer recedes down the glass it leaves a glob of whipped-cream like froth suspended in the middle, very nice.

Aroma displays a grainy malt sweetness with underlying fruity esters. Flavor starts with a spicy fruitiness that quickly gives way to a quenching, sharp dryness. The high carbonation accentuates the dryness and gives an explosive quality to the mouthfeel. There is also some hop bitterness in the finish, but it is overridden by the spice and tang. The alcohol is hardly noticible behind all going on here, you'd never know it weighs in at 8.5%.

Overall, an excellent Belgian Ale, worthy of its status as a classic. Recommended.

Photo of treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stumpy bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a light gold color with slight haze and huge 2" frothy head that stays throughout the whole sitting. Even at the end, when no beer was left, the head was still sitting at the bottom of the glass

S: Smell of grassy notes and cereal grains along with spicy yeast

T: Similar to the smell with strong yeast notes and tons of light grains

M,D Mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is very high. I could drink this all night


Photo of czfreeman
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites, I just realized that I had never reviewed it.
I have never seen a beer produce or hold a head like Duvel. Poured into it's proper chalice, the Duvel is unleashed. Pure golden yellow carbonated effervescence is how I can describe this stunning beer.
Nose is very fuity, green apples,apricots, passionfuits, oranges, yeasts, straw. peppers, Alcohol is apparent, but well masked
Flavors are so light, so crisp,tart. Nice apple fruitiness, light yeasty- oranges, warming in throat, cloves, light peppercorns. This beer requires high levels of self control not to take the bottle and chug it like water.MOuthfeel is clean, crisp, immensley flavorful, long finishing but always leaves on anxious for the next sip. This beer is so drinkable it's amazing!. Its one of those how-do-they-do-thats?
A standard setting BSPA.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a Tulip Glass, has a bright golden straw color with a massive 3 in whie foamy head that had a long retention and left considerable amounts of lacing down the glass. You can see the head be substaned by massive amounts of carbonation. There is a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Crisp and clean aroma of wheat, grains, tart citrus, semi-sweet carmel. Very nicely balanced.

T - Clean bright character with a lively amount of citrus and semi bitter hops. There is a wheaty earth flavors that mellow out the bitter hops and tart citrus. Extremely balanced and a wounderful flavor.

M - Light to med bodied with lively carbonation that leaves a crisp and clean finish.

D - Fantastic beer, this is a great summer night beer and deserve the honor of one of the best beers.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review... I totally admit I did not appreciate the complexities of Belgian beers when I began rating beers on this site almost a year ago. My original review sounds borderline silly at this point and must be replaced. Here is a fresh review for a beer I am excited to try again with my newly formed appreciation for Belgian beers..

Here goes.

About as bright of a golden beer as I've seen. Perfect clarity and lots of active carbonation. The head is almost two fingers thick in a wide mouth wine glass...so that's rather hearty.. Pretty nice retention and a good amount of lacing stuck on the inside of the glass..

Aroma is bright, fresh... light malts..a bit of clove and a sense of the yeast. Some fruit notes, but nothing I can specifically point out... Maybe peach or white grape.

Very nice....I had a feeling I would enjoy this now... it's not nutty, but I get a sense of almond.. Juicy fruit gum? Really delicate . Some nice layered malt tones behind the fruit.. Very light and crisp.. Towards the end there is a nice subtle but definite lingering hop effect. This is very nice combined with the crisp nature. Some spice tones, but nothing is overpowering..

Body is feather light but with lots of flavor. The carbonation bursts the flavors into your mouth... This hides the 8.5% ABV very well...

Very drinkable... Could be scary on a warm summer afternoon..

Photo of charlzm
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 06/08/08.

In a tulip glass: Pours a clear light yellow with a fine white three finger head. The head fades to a thick skin eventually, but foam sticks to the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is sweet and peppery, with citrus and white wine notes.

Flavor is just awesome. There's a little alcohol heat and juiciness, some lightly sweet malt, orange peel and some peppery spice on the ultra-clean finish. If not for the alcohol heat, this one could be gulped for its delicious flavor. Well carbonated and even a little tingly; reminds of sparkling wine a little.

Savor this beer, as it is one of the best on Earth.

Photo of BullCityB
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet, it's a beautiful straw gold ale with a rocky foam head that shows no signs of dissipating two minutes after the pour. It's a simply gorgeous sight on a hot day! Tiny bubbles are constantly rising to the surface and contributing to the aroma... speaking of which...

The aroma is a heavenly concoction of pears, apples, and spicy citrus with a touch of grain. Beervana, I say. I really hate to give it two fives out of the gate, but I can't find fault anywhere so far.

The flavor is, again, near flawless. It's a dry beer on the finish, but up front is a load of sweet flavors from the yeast - apples and pears mostly, with a touch of spice perhaps. There's a little grainy malt, but the finish is a quick flurry of noble hops. It's marvelous. 8.5% ABV? You would never know, there isn't a hint of alcohol here.

Mouthfeel may well be the only place that I'll mark this beer down. It's just slightly too prickly for my tastes, though it remains quite creamy and delicious. I would give it a 4, but for the style it's not overcarbonated, so I'll compromise at 4.5.

As far as drinkability, I could quaff this stuff all day. Maybe it's just the heat, but this hits the spot. I simply can't fault it for anything here.

Ok, I don't mean to seem a sucker, but this beer is almost impossible to fault. It's creamy, delicious, and aromatic beyond belief. I'll be having many more bottles of this stuff in the future...

Photo of AmishT
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy pale gold with a huge white head. The Duvel tulip really enhances the appearance: the laser-etched D provides a steady stream of bubbles that almost makes the head shoot right out of the glass. Pretty intense.

S - Yeast, banana, and clove. Very strong aromas, which I definitely respect

T&M - Spicy hops and barley flavors are very prominent. I understand that the yeasts used in Duvel really give it that charateristic flavor. A uniquely creamy and smooth mouthfeel really stands out to me. The flavor profile endures very well. Medium to full bodied. A nice, bitter, warming finish.

D - One to be savored, I think. High abv, a bit heavy, but still damn tasty.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher with a head that would not die, white and huge. Pale yellow color, cloudy, obviously bubbly. Spicy aroma with a flavor to match. Alcohol is not present which is surprising given that it is close to nine percent. This is tasty and easy to drink but not really my speed.

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

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden with a massive head that looked like it was going to jump right out of the glass and punch me in the face. Incredible amounts of sudsy lace. A simply stunning appearance.

S: Spices, fruit, general sweetness. Some alcohol breaks through and really enhances the other aromas. New aromas continue to develop as the beer warms. Very strong and complex.

T&M: For starters, the mouthfeel of this beer is amazing. Ample carbonation creates a creamy smoothness unlike any other beer I've experienced. The taste has some fruity esters, pale malt sweetness, and spicy yeast. A small twang of alcohol and phenol on the finish.

D: For how strong in alcohol it is, Duvel is extremely drinkable. It's got the best mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had, and is a thoroughly enjoyable all-around drinking experience.

Photo of KeefD
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle:

Pours a lovely, clear golden color with an enormous head and gorgeous lacing down the glass. Carbonation is immense. Smell is of sweet pilsner malts and bready yeast. Taste is right on par with the smell. The pilsner malt is front and center with a hint of hops in the background and fantastic yeast strain that brings out the depth and spiciness of this brew. Slightly fruity, on the dry side, and wonderfully crisp. The cap that settled from the head just won't go away. So smooth, and so easy to drink. I LOVE this beer. One of the best brews in the world.

One for the ages!

Photo of RomanW70
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, almost white. Has that classic, massive head. Malty, floral aroma. Flavors of citrus, spices, and aromatic hops. Smooth finsish with a hint of bitterness, with some noticeable spice. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle gently poured several times into a Duvel tulip-snifter yields a pale golden straw-colored body with a storm of active carbonation, capped with an 'enormous' creamy white head that stubbornly refuses to shrink smaller than 'gigantic-and-chunky' and leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smells of malty sweetness with banana, allspice, and hot peppers... faint grassiness with sunflowers, lemon juice, and hay.

Tastes floral and sweet with ripe yellow apples, a yeasty tang, a whiff of medicinal alcohol, and a nice mild bitterness.

Perfect carbonation. Smooth and silky with a lingering buttery feel and a zip of alcohol.

If I were a rich man, Duvel would be my go-to drink.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of rocky white head cover a clear, straw colored body and settle slowly, leaving thick lace.

S - Fruity and spicy with peppery hops and mango like tropical fruit.

T - Fruity with a bit of green apple. Spicy hops, a bit of pepper. Sweet and grainy malt with some DMS.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable with a nice hop character. The apple and DMS seem out of place, but I know this bottle has been well cared for. I will have to give this another chance in the near future to see if it can live up to my memories of it being a much better beer.

Photo of sammy44
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. Looks exceptional with the huge white head over the golden body. Aroma was of citus and pine, a little weaker than some. Taste and mouthfeel both reminded me of dry champagne as there was definitely some fruitiness and tartness. For the mouthfeel the carbonation was off the charts reminding me of a drink from an old fashioned soda fountain. Finishes dry with a yeasty bread aftertaste. Exceptional beer.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted by the waiter into an oversized Duvel tulip.

Mounds of white pillowy head stick around supplied by a stead column of rising carbonation from the center of the golden clear beer.

Smells are sweet, fruity, spice, herbal hop character.

Taste is awash with sweet malt that dances in harmony with the swift feet of spice and fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation.

A great beer that went well with pan seared halibut.

Photo of mattster
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 11.5 fluid ounce bottle, poured into snifter.

Poured a nice hazy light yellow brew with a 1/2" of foamy white head atop. Head dissipates to heavy bubbly lace.

Smell is slightly fruity with hints of malts - I get a little light banana as well. Taste is lightly fruity with slight citrus/spice hints. burns a little bit on back palate, but otherwise bubbles provide a nice treat with the slow but pleasant finish.

I wish I had another.

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

I suppose if I were to define what Belgian beer means to me then this would be it - though of course that idea is really wrong since styles vary so widely. Nonetheless, there is perhaps one style that identifies a nation more than others. This to me is it. It also has its own goblet. Gabe at Two Brothers seemed to be on a mission to educate us late one evening and started opening various Belgians. Pale yellow and slightly hazy in the glass, the noticeable thing is the head like a meringue that lasts the entire time: such fine structure and density; amateurs beware when pouring. Aromatic and raisiny aroma. Excellent slightly sweet aromatic palate but with complexity and biscuit, yeasty earthy components. Savour and enjoy slowly. We are beginning to warm to that tiny nation's products.

Photo of spointon
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one from a 750ml brown bottle with cork and cage - poured in a Duvel tulip snifter glass.

A= This beer poured a beautiful pale yellow (almost paler than straw) that was almost perfectly clear except for a bit of yeast cloud in the glass. The head was out of control, 3+ inches of foamy white goodness. I seriously could have eaten this head with a spoon for the first 10 minutes or so. The head clung to the glass on the way down, more chunks than lace.

S= The aromas of this fine brew are a bit muted for my taste, but they do offer mild fruitiness (orchard fruits - apple/pear) and a sense of the looming alcohol.

T= This ale hits the tongue with a crisp, clean, malt flavor, followed by fruity yeast and a warming alcohol finish. There is also a nice level of hops - they are present as flavoring without being overly bitter. A big beer that doesn't taste too big (hence the devil reference).

MF= This ale has a big carbonation release throughout which lightens the already light/medium body. Completely cleanses the palate with its crispness!

D= This is a world class beer that is the benchmark of its style. I liked it the first time, and love it more every time I have it!!!

Photo of cbros
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

serving type- 750 ml bottle/ Tulip Glass

appearance- Golden color with perfect ratio of head to beer. Beautifully large head that lasts with you till end of the drink. Champagne type bubbles rise to the surface througout the duration.

smell- Abundance of citrus and spice. Hints of malt and pepper.

taste- Extremely smooth and easy to take. Comes on sweet in the beginning but a little bitter and dry by the end.

drinkability- Hands down the best beer I have ever had. Was fortunate to have a friend recommend this to me at a restaurant while out of town and fell in love. A perfect combination of taste and strength. This is a beer you must respect or else it will donkey punch you. This is the closest thing to walking sex I have ever had.

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

a - pours a bright amber color, fairly hazy, huge fluffy white head with awesome retention and lacing, yeast sediment settles on the bottom

s - big banana, clove and yeast notes in the aroma, lighter hints of bubblegum and mixed spices, not much alcohol in the nose

t - big sweet maltiness up front, lots of spiced banana and yeast, a little hop bitterness mixed in with the strong spicy maltiness on the midpalate, finish is lingering spice and sweet banana with some light notes of alcohol along with a bit of bitterness

m - medium-bodied, good deal of carbonation, but not too much, nicely balanced finish, alcohol warming on the finish

d - pretty drinkable for a strong pale, alcohol is not overpowering though you know it's there, and it's pretty easy on the palat

Very good Belgian strong pale and worthy of the high regard in which it's held.

Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale muted golden straw color... Intense foam, slow to dissipate... Looks lush and creamy...

S - Yeast and grain... A smoky citrus scent... Complex...

T - Citrus and fruit, but not overwhelming... Perhaps slight malt and hop undertones... Complex, refreshing, and satisfying allat the same time...

M - Extremely pleasant... Creamy and coats wells... Lush...

D - A brew to be savored and enjoyed... An extremely gratifying experience... Two or three on a relaxing evening would make for a wonderful night...

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,966 ratings.