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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,013
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 341
Gots: 898 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of drxandy
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml (11.2oz) to tulip glass, pours extreeemely carbonated, even a very slow pour yields incredible head, pours a clear golden shade with excellent head retention, dollops of foam whilest drinking

smells of belgian yeast (banana/clove), spices, sweet malts

tastes extremely drinkable! crisp belgian yeastiness kicks off the show followed by a light sweetness/sourness, light bitterness, carbonation makes everything pop, lingering spice, alcohol is certainly hidden devilishly.

mouthfeel is very creamy and slightly thick from carbonation, bubbles slide over the tongue, light bitterness, extremely drinkable for abv!

paired with aged cheddar grazier and cranberry white cheddar, deliciously

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Aged about a year, March 2010 expiry date. Pours a cloudy light yellow with lots of carbonation and decent head. Decent grassy, slightly funky aroma. Flavour is solid and full. Belgian yeastiness up front, leading to a rounded fruitiness. A bit of lemon. Ends with a light peppery spiciness. Similarities to Unibroue beers. Great lacing. Nice.

Photo of mcleod1455
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance : Very nice gold color. Huge head : You have to pour it slowly as this beer is like dynamite...

Smell : It's lemon-scented with hints of yeast and cereals

Taste : long aftertaste hop bitterness. Little bit of lemon and alcohol taste

Mouthfeel : High effervescence in he mouth

Very good beer, high drinkability

Photo of covepark
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a small head. Grew bigger as it sat for awhile. Creamy white. Great clear golden view with nice amount of activity.

S- Heavy grainy malt. Hints what I believe to be yeast. Complex aromas. Grassy tones.

T- Action gives a powerfully smooth hit to the buds. Slight malt linger. Nice spice blend.

M- Tasted the alcohol on the back side of the bud line. Not overwhelming. Hops came through with the typical Belgain flavors. What you would expect from a good ale.

D- Action on this makes it a great pub brew. Retains its Belgian quilities for a long time. Great to sit with during lenghty interaction with friends. Nice! Relax and enjoy.

Photo of mbenthall
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, very clear for an ale. With nice generous head that stays laced on the side.

Smell: First whiff of fruit followed by yeast and malt with a touch of spice.

Taste: Sweet with a fuity balance finished with bitter spiced hops.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable especially for the 8.5% abv. We've all heard the name and there is a reason its reputation proceeds it.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip from a 750mL bottle

A: What can I say, this beer is impossible to pour without creating a huge head. Lacing is great and body is a perfect cloudy golden yellow.

S: Strong Belgian spiciness from the yeast, and a slight fruitiness. Smell is pretty clean, and of course more complex than I can describe.

T: Nicely yeast spice, slight sweetness, long aftertaste and hop bitterness, all really wonderful and hard to describe. I would usually describe other beers a 'like Duvel', in this case it doesn't make sense.

M: Filling with a heavy carbonation, but not harsh on the tongue. Full feeling and a really clean finish.

D: Great drinkability, a clean finishing beer with no harsh lingering flavors.

I have forgotten how good this beer was, since it is so widely available, but this has reminded me its not something to overlook.

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of grainy malt thats a little on the sweet side

T - Is like the smell grainy malt thats sweet and some yeast to it

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation

D - Way to easy to drink you can get in trouble with this one quickly drinks easily that you have to remember its abv has a very good taste as well worth trying

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

Poured a golden yellow with a pure white frothy head. Amazing retention on the head, at least a half finger lasted the whole beer.

Smells of yeast and light fruits along with an array of spices such as clove, pepper, banana and a small whiff of alcohol.

The taste is quite complex, yeast and fruit then an alcohol warmness then finishes off with a slightly dry quality. Probably the strongest aspect is the sweet malts. Several complexities that I cant quite put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a small bite of carbonation. Every drink has the distinct possibility of leaving a foam moustache.

Even aside from the high ABV the drinkability is excellent. Everything from the appearance to the taste exudes quality.

Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- I thought this beer had a nice Champaign look to it with a lot of head, lace bubbles all with a lot of staying power. It is gold with a great straw like hue.

Smell- There is strong malt/grain aroma followed by a grassy bouquet.

Taste- This beer has a strong biscuit and yeasty flavor right off the bat. There is some great sweet malt tones too. All that followed nice balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Somewhere between light and medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice all around style of beer.

Photo of Vixie
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very nice yellow color, a beer I show to my non beer drinking wife, as it is a very good looking beer. Have to be careful pouring this, can form a huge head very quickly. Poured properly, has a very full white head, with a really nice yellow color.

S: Mainly malty, with a bit of a sweet smell.

T: If any beer could fit the description of beer being liquid bread, this is it. Has a sweetness to it that is not overpowering.
Can taste the malt and the yeast, balanced nicely by the hops. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M: The carbonation gives it a nice feel. Not too thick, but hardly thin either. Finishes clean, with not a long lingering aftertaste.

D: This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. The taste never gets old, it's so well balanced as to keep me wanting more. The only limiting factor is the alcohol content, don't plan on driving or doing anything else while enjoying this beer. I have a new favorite, and plan to drink a lot more of this in the future.

Photo of tronester
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow, with a medium, white head. The massive lacing is the only part of the appearance that doesnt look like that of a Macro Lager. Smells of cinnamon, alcohol and Belgian Yeast. The taste is very light, toasty malt, with a nice spicy yeast profile. You can also taste a hint of alcohol. Nice bitterness from the hops to balance things out that also imparts a tiny earthy flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, carbonation is very high from the bottle conditioning. Very drinkable and refreshing. A great treat that I wish was available in Oklahoma.

Photo of hwwty4
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2oz beer into a Duvel Tulip. This beer is perfection when it comes to its appearance. Duvel poured into its proper glassware pours a golden straw yellow with a big, almost overwhelming white head that leaves huge spots of sticky lacing. The glass replenishes the head always leaving about a half an inch worth of head on the beer at all times. The aroma is slightly yeasty with hints of green apple. The taste is bready satisfaction up front. Green apple esters and almost a peppery flavor come out also. The mouthfeel is light bodied with ample carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of Herrbrokt
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my spouse's favorite beer. So I've come to enjoy it myself.

Poured into a tulip creates a lively pearly white head. very nice
cloudy golden yellow

Smells yeasty like fresh bread

Very impactful taste. first sweet overtaking by strong abv left with nice full bread like finish

This beer feels similar to champange. Which probably explains my wife's love for it. very carbonated and crisp. however it still manages to end smoothly and fizz out towards the end.

overall very enjoyable. I'll have another. We'll be getting this one on anniversaries now instead of champange THANK GOD ! Hail to the beer gods

Photo of philipquarles
2.32/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clearish straw yelow with the trademark Duvel head. The foam lasts quite a while and leaves copious lacing. Smells of citrus and pear, with a bit of hop character and slight alcohol. Heavily (too) sweet. Citrus and other light fruits are again present in the taste, but the hops come forward to add some bitterness. The sweetness is still rather overstated. Some spice, and big alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. Not really a fan of this one at all; the ever-present sweet pear taste combined with the alcohol just aren't appealing. I've had this many, many times; it was a cheap nachtwinkel beer in BE that did the job. As a proper beer though, it's bad enough that I sometimes seriously consider pouring it.

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

Towering white head that looks thicker than any head on a beer I've ever seen--like whipped cream! bright yellow body, clear

Spices, banana, bread; doesn't hit me in the face, but I don't have to strain to get a sense of the beer either

Taste & Mouthfeel
Complex flavors from the nose; mouthfeel is exceptional--finely carbonated and lusciously textured; finishes lemony and bready sweet; it's a strong beer, but goes down easily, so drinkability doesn't really suffer, just sobriety

Extremely impressive beer and absolutely worthy of the accolades. It's strong in all areas.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally get around to reviewing this classic.

This hedonistic brew pours a pale yellow with a very full white head that refuses to die down. Being an experienced imbiber of this ale I was careful to pour gently in anticipation of the ever growing billowing white head.

First sniff their is a noticeably peppery spicing with a bit of apple. In addition to the aforementioned there's a wonderful interplay of hay and perfumy hops.

The ample carbonation creates a satiating feel, but remains light and airy making for a dangerous combination with the abv. The grass and hay combine with a lemon citrus for a quick zip of flavor that rounds out to a dry and spiced finish. It is no wonder that it is copied by so many.

Photo of jmmakare
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Duvel pours a golden yellow with a rich frothy head that stays for a long time. Significant lacing is also present. Really a pretty beer.

S- Nothing exceptional in my opinion. Yeasty and delicious.

T- Hints of banana at the beginning followed by malt and some light hops. Excellent balance.

M- Very interesting. A bit rough at first with the high carbonation and alcohol, but it soon mellows out. Quite a pleasing rollercoaster.

D- I wish I had another.

Photo of gfreed
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even when poured slowly you'll get a massive, fluffy, sticky head, reminiscent of a wheat beer but longer lasting-- you could probably carve your initials in it. Lovely floral aroma which deepens as the beer warms up. Yeasty taste with soft edges and a mild sting as it goes down. You'll get plenty of fruit, too, but the breadiness is most present. Very bubbly but very, very smooth. Frankly, I was expecting something more explosive-- I've found that American takes on Belgian styles are bigger by comparison, generally speaking, and I drink more American than Belgian beer-- but I found this to be a pleasingly subtle experience.

Despite the 8.5%, I didn't find the alcohol to be much of a problem, but I also took my time with it.

Photo of adamette
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Poured from "cone top" bottle into clean, clear glass. Front of bottle has the following statement: "Pour Unhurriedly." One should most certainly heed this suggestion. I did not on my first bottle and the 5 to 6 finger head easily poured over the top of my glass while the body of the beer was only one inch at the time. Upon closer inspection the back label even repeats this suggestion to pour slowly. Anyway, classic (albeit abundant) white head with a cloudy yellow body with streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S Mild hoppy, classic yeasty ale

T Nice, strong ale. Reminded me of a strong blonde ale but more activity in the taste buds than those. Very interesting and challenging.

M moderate to light, some bubbly, carbonation mouthfeel.

D Good. I could have 3 to 4 of these despite its higher alcohol content.

Notes: Watch how fast you pour!!!

Photo of midaszero
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light golden color with huge white head that sticks around. Actually the head is kind of ridiculous in that you could pretty much sculpt it.

S - Nice yeast smell with some malts and orange and lemon smell.

T - Apple with some pear and malts. Also an alcohol presence. Touch of spice.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D - It is good but I'd personally rather sit down with a Lucifer

Photo of DmanGTR
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fresh 750 mL bottle with best by 2010 stamped on the side.

A - poured a clear golden yellow with much bubbling within and a massive rocky 3" head that retained beautifully and towered over the top of the tulip glass. Excellent islands of lace as well.

S - dear me, this was quite a trip! Fresh hoppy notes mixed with light malts, hints of lemony citrus, and yeast. It wasn't pronounced at first but it did so as it warmed

T - very balanced hoppiness and maltiness, much like a good German pils but with a deeper level of complexity of the Belgians. Hoppy bitterness, floral and citrusy pucker.

M - light bodied and well carbonated. Soothing on the palate

D - extremely drinkable for a 8.5% ale. You nearly don't taste the high alcohol until it warms a bit.

Overall - Wow this is astonishingly drinkable for an 8.5% abv beer. Quite different from what I expected. The pilsener taste was a pleasant surprise. I'd say this could be a white wine substitute. Substantial enough to complement a pizza or an Italian sausage or could very well be paired with some fish or grilled chicken. Swirling the bottle and adding yeast gives it a whole new level of complexity and added cloudiness to the glass. The alcohol will catch up to you so if you bought a 750 mL like I did, please enjoy it with a special someone. As the temperature increases, so does complexity and detectability of the alcohol. I will definitely buy again and see how it ages.

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 33cl bottle with more than ample head.

Color is that of, I hate to say it, macro lager! Golden yellow, good, but not perfect, clarity, and foamy white head.

Smell is considerably more complex with that unique Belgian yeast strain along with fruit and spice.

Taste is equally enjoyable having complexities that are beyond my simple palate. Banana, fig, spice, and clove? I wish I could give a better evaluation but I'm still developing a vocabulary for the beglians.

Mouthfeel is typically high in carbonation and alcohol. Drinkability suffers as a result of the aformentioned.

Enjoyable and worth a try. This is probably the status quo for belgian strong pale ale so all others can be judged accordingly.

Edit: My 50th review! Milestone

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

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Best before 01/2011

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick, cloudlike head with great retention that leaves patchy lacing, absolutely gorgeous begging to be drank. Banana, vanilla and some spice aromas blend nicely. Up front banana flavor mix with a lemon hop bitterness that give may to caramel and a creamy vanilla with a hoppy finish and aftertaste. Medium high carbonation, light body, there is a seltzer water clean mouthfeel. Great drinkability, would love another.

Photo of theghost3
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a very thick, frothy head. Carbonation is apparent and lots of lacing. It smells of yeast, hops, with some hops. The taste starts out bitter, medicinal. Then it gives way to some sweet malts and a sort of sauvignon blanck-type flavor. The mouthfeel is interesting--carbonated and crisp but later its almost powdery. This is a drinkable beer but watch out--the ABV will sneak up on you.

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

I could hardly believe I hadn't reviewed this beer. Ghar. Anywho, label says best by date of 04/2009.

Served in my Duvel glass, pours a clear light golden color, a massive two inch head, frothy and lasting forever.

The aroma is everything light, springy, zesty, sexy, just a little. The yeasts and funky citric hops, fruity, wonderful. It even smells good through the two inch head, which doesn't happen often.

Sweet, candied, malty, fun beginning, a deliciously spicy hopping, the yeast bangs in, its a cacophony, a symphony. And the body is delightful, light on the tongue, good body, perfectly spritzy carbonation, drying finish.

There is no sense in saying I'm being objective here. I've had this beers dozens of times, loved it every time, and its a favorite. So I know its good, know its a classic, and rightly give it an excellent rating.

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