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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,634
Reviews: 2,599
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 269
Gots: 630 | 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 Gmann
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750 ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy straw color with an insane white puffy head that left fantastic lacing as it dissipated. The smell is juicy, a bit sweet. However the taste is not overly sweet. There is a bit of a sweet maltiness to it, a bit of champagne, then it end dry with a little twang of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with fizzy carbonation. This beer has great balance and is scarily drinkable. Has always been a favorite of mine since I first tried it.

Gmann, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden color with a large puffy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like yeast and spices, and also like pears. It tastes the same way to me, but with more sweetness, spicyness and fruityness to the taste. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Drinkability is good, but not great because of the very high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer, but I don't know if I could drink it all the time.

bluejacket74, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of kenito799
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle "good until 2/2009" poured into a Duvel glass

I figured it is time I review this beer since it was my introduction to the art of Belgian beer craft. Since I first tried it I have tasted many more Belgians (with many more to go)....

Gorgeous yellow-golden color, clear (bottle stored upright, yeast only came out in the last pour); giant actively rising massive foamy white head, recedes slowly leaving big chunks up and down the glass, with a perfect coat of lace.

Aroma is beguiling; there is fruitiness, citrus, pilsener maltiness...super-active carbonation foams in the mouth early after the pour, later calms down some.

The flavor carries through with a dancing array of complex, transforming flavors...refreshing like a pilsener, yet ale-like fruity sweetness and pleasing bitterness dance across the tongue. Every sip brings something new; no aspect of the character dominates, the pilsener/Belgian ale kaleidoscope of flavors makes this both a refreshing, delicious beer and one that can be contemplated.

kenito799, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of PGCelebration
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have enjoyed this beer for a couple of years. It was one of the first Belgium beers I ever tasted. I think the best way to enjoy this beer is with a number of friends when you have the time to sit back talk and enjoy each others company. It should always be presented in the proper glass and poured properly to fully enjoy this beer master.

PGCelebration, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Light yellow translucent body with several inches of white head. Smells malty, citrusy, and slightly skunky (uh-oh...). Tastes citrusy and peppery with a hint of skunk... On the upper side of light-bodied, with a fair bit of carbonation in this one. Relatively drinkable. I have to believe this wasn't the best bottle. I'm sure I'll try it again though.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle.

Pours a light pale golden yellow color with a good bit of carbonation and a big, billowy white head. Great retention and lots of frothy lacing along the glass. Beautiful.

Smell is sweet and fruity with some Belgian spiciness. Hints of spicy, herbal hops as well.

Taste is light and sweet, smooth with malt followed by yeasty fruitiness. Finish is spicy with hops and a slight clove character.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation makes it smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very nice, light refreshing beer with some good Belgian hints and a beautiful appearance.

AaronHomoya, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Talk about a head! Its massive,white with a golden body.TONS of little bubbles stream to the top of my snifter.The head dwindles slow and amazing lacing on the glass.There are clumps of head on the top of my glass,I never saw that before.

s-I wanna say booze is the first smell that comes to mind,but this is a smell that I have smelled in many belgians Ive had.Mabey cherrys or plums are the smell.

t-The sips are pleasent,again that smell is now tasted and it taste like cherrys.There is a musty taste to this beer,I remember it with some of the belgians Ive had.Its not very strong though, there is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

m-Not overly carbonated,I think its fits the style quite well.Some of the belgians I drink tend to make them hard to drink as the beer warms due to the candy sugar I think but this one is very easy to drink and not overly sweet.

d-I like this alot.Im gladd I have 3 more of them in storage.Thanks to my girl for picking me up the gift pack and thanks to Duvel for making this fine brew.

MmmIPA, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer. If it were more affordable, I'd drink, well, way too much. It's a little funky, a little fruity, and a whole lotta belgian.

This is kind of the gold standard when it comes to appearance. A rocky, yet fluffy white head with fine white bubbles and lacing that never stops. Aroma of belgian farmhouse funk and sweet malt and light candi sugar. The taste expands on the aroma with a mellow bitterness over candi sugar and light malts. Very drinkable. Damn what a beer.

tempest, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of slyke
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours a bright, slightly hazy golden color into my Duvel snifter with a head about as high as the rest of the beer. As I drink the beer, there is great lacing with a couple of large "head remnants" of foam above the hip of the snifter. The aroma is sweet malt with a little alcohol and hops. Taste mimics the aroma. There is more alcohol present in the taste than the smell lets on. The remaining head gives some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Despite owning large snifters, I am glad I bought the gift pack with the Duvel snifter. This is the type of beer to enjoy in the labeled glassware as is the tradition and expectation in much of Europe. This is a great sipper and a must-try for true beer enthusiasts.

slyke, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of mnfinnkidd
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been meaning to try this one out. Finally bought it with the snifter gift pack. Glad I did. I can always use another snifter.

First thing I noticed was the pure clarity of this brew. It's amazing. My pour was a little bit under par but it had a huge white head. It was thick and shapeful. Lacing all the way down the snifter. Carbonation is astounding a constant line of bubbles from the base of the snifter. Fruity aroma. Taste of alcohol and mild hop combination.

One of the best brews I've had. The paleness is deceiving. This is delicious. I'm going to love the next 4 that came with the pack.

mnfinnkidd, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold, slightly hazy. Billowing white head, tenacious. Thick lace.

Smells of fruity and solventy esters. Apple, lemon, dates, nail polish remover. Somewhat sweet, yeasty, spicy. A touch of herbal hops. Cohesive.

Tastes fruity and yeasty, with very balanced sweetness. Grassy hop flavor, and a little bitterness. Spice in the back of the mouth and throat. Long finish - dry, spicy, yeasty, somewhat astringent.

Great mouthfeel - astringent, spicy, finely carbonated. But it can get a bit too fizzy at times. Very, very drinkable.

Great combination of yeast character and noble hops. A classic.

Beerzebub, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy whipped egg white head that persists well and thoroughly laces the chalice

Smell: Lemon and yeasty funk dominate but there is a subtle candi sugar aroma underneath

Taste: Starts with a tangy lemon and green apple flavor that is soon joined by a vaguely funky/vaguely sweet element; after the swallow, the bitter grassy Saaz hops hit their stride and persist well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent with warming alcohol on the way down the gullet

Drinkability: Not my favorite among the Belgians but I respect it for what it is; always welcome when available

brentk56, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My trip in October to Virginia HAD to include a trip to one of my favorite beer stores: Once Upon A Vine. This visit was exclusively for my Belgian habit. I was able to score about a case of Belgians for just over $100. Well worth the trip, given the sad state of beer in PA.

One of the gems I returned with was Duvel. I can't believe I haven't tried this yet.

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass (thanks, AKSP). Splendid, bubbly bright golden yellow in color. BOISTEROUS head threatens to overrun the glass. Thick and long-lasting white lace. Aromas are a myriad of spices, estery fruit, maybe a dash of alcohol. Flavors are intense. A rush of spices at first, with the middle seeing lots of fruity and "wheaty" influence. Warming ABV near the end with a long-lasting spicy/hoppy finish. It got better and more complex as it warmed closer to room temperature.

Slick mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. Must get more...soon.

OldFrothingSlosh, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of btmo
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now, this is one right out of the box! (ie - it is good...)

Appearance is slightly cloudy, pale in colour, and is nothing to write home about BUT that head!!! It goes on and on and on.

One could write poems about head that lasts so long, but one shan't. Wrong website...


The flavour is AMAZING. Fruity, complex, just the right amount of bitterness, a sweetness that isn't cloying. And while a strong beer, you won't notice the alcohol until it is far too late. It sneaks up on you, and then pounces.

Think of this as some sort of liquid feline, and you, dear reader, are the rodent...

My only real gripe with this beer was the amount of carbonation.

I suppose it is possible that it should be like this, but for me, it felt TOO carbonated.

However, the taste (good Lord - the TASTE!!!) more than made up for this, and this is certainly a beer I will be drinking again.

btmo, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a BBD of March 07

Pours straw colored with a slight chill haze & super fluffy 2 fingers+ white head. Says a little hazy, but throws a parfait-like head that retains superbly with insane lacing, couldn't figure out where my duvel glass was, had to make to with an a'chouffe glass; same-same!

S: Pears & apple skins, along some perfumy hop notes

T: Fruitty (dates& a little lemon& tangerine) with some dryness up front. Some peppery hop notes follow along with some breadyness. A slight warming alcohol presence is felt as much tasted. Finishes with a jammy fruittyness, earthy & lemony hops& a slight pepper edge

MF: medium bodied & slick with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the abv. A nice Belgian pale, that probably has done more to define the style than any other offering, just because it its widespread availability. Either this or Palm was among the 1st Belgian ales I ever had. Oh, the memories!

russpowell, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take the "Pour Unhurriedly" statement on the bottle very seriously, as this beer will escape the confines of your glass with no objection. Quite a spectacle this beer creates, the bubbles in the beer hurl themselves like their is a storm brewing in the liquid, to form the rich creamy white head which grows like nobodies concern. A very aromatic scent, floral and fruity, quite welcoming. The taste is rich in flavor, fruity, slightly hop-y, and strong in the alcohol region. This beer reminds me of champagne, without the outrageous amount of carbonation and sweetness. This wont be the last time I shall enjoy this brew, that’s for sure...

GregBrewski, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer, that will give the hickups if not careful.

Beautiful pour and fluffy head. Pour it into a Duvel glass and go to town, it's a great beer that's open to the masses.

Probably one of the best pale belgians I've tasted in the US, it still lives up to it’s reputation.

Dubbercody, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of ekempey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. What a Beer. It has hazy golden color with a nice big fluffy white head that laced all the way down. It smelled of vibrant citrus and tasted overwhemingly of fruits and citrus. The taste just overwhelms you when it hits your taste buds. It felt very fullbodied, and is very smooth. I agree with a previous reviewer that this beer is best to be sipped and savored. I didn't want this glass to ever run dry.

ekempey, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of IdentityAles
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

IdentityAles, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of eberkman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a snifter. A slow pour created a beautiful, towering, billowing ivory head. The nose brought out aromas of peaches, citrus and sweet malts with a subtle scent of hops and alcohol.

Initial taste is an evanescent hoppy bitterness that transitions quickly into a malty, fruity finish accompanied by a strong, warming taste of alcohol. Very nice overall, but didn't have the richness and complexity I anticipated.

Beer brings a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer and very drinkable for its style. It seems like a good sipping beer -- nice to unwind with at the end of a long worknight. I will say, however, that it wasn't as good as I expected. I actually found the lower-rated (on here at least) and less expensive Don de Dieu from Unibroue to be much more enjoyable.

eberkman, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of bgraney
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just like the label say's, it's golden. A little bit hazy with a spectacular head; fluffy white filled with moon craters with an almost marshmallow like consistency.
Aroma was on the spicy-citrusy side but the first thing I thought of was green apples.
Smooth, well balanced flavor, mellow citrusy expansion but confined to the tongue area. Not much flavor left once the alcohol burns off.
A little thin in the mouthfeel I thought. It seemed to fade fast.
Very drinkable for a strong ale. Flavors are laid back, allowing for a full night of sipping.

bgraney, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour out a golden yellow color with a huge head that lasts a long time. Left lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. With a citrus, fruity, yeasty aromas. Flavors of Citrus, tartness, hops, yeast. Mouth feel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Gaseous feeling. A beer to try, with very little complexity, yet is not overwhelmed by alcohol. It is a decent interpretation worth a try. After warming up and carbonation dies down more of a flavor and aroma.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A- Huge, fluffy, rocky head. Bright white micro-bubbles. Pale golden ale with tons of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of the wine glass I drank it from.

S- Light and citrusy. Very sweet, crisp, peppery, and spicy.

T- Orange peels, clove, yeast, pears, other citrus. Very complex, sweet to start with a huge burst of different flavors. The end is crisp and pronounced. Well balanced. Well made. Great beer.

M- Light and refreshing with a bunch of different sensations throughout the drink.

D- Every sip is a treat. You can pick out a different taste every time you drink. I need to age some of this stuff...

Rudgers73, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a somewhat hazy, light straw with a huge, five-finger bubbly head. The resulting chunks of froth eventually faded to a dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, which lasted for most of the drink. Tons of bubbly, sticking lacing throughout.

Smell was of smooth Saaz hops. Grassy and hay-like notes were apparent. Clean and fresh like the countryside. Some alcohol noticeable as well. The aromas became gradually more intense as the beer warmed.

Taste was hoppy as well (Saaz hops), with an astringent alcohol bite. Some alcohol warming throughout the entire mouth. Peppery notes were detectable along with a slight grainyness. Crisp, clean, snappy hop finish, but not as dry as expected.

Mouthfeel was medium-light. Carbonation was somewhat heavy and tickled the tongue.

This is a nice beer to pair with fish. It is fairly easy drinking regardless of the fact that the alcohol can become a bit overwhelming.

Damian, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of RustythePelican
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer, and pairs well with a variety of foods. Pay heed to the 8.50% ABV, however - it really sneaks up on you.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass; even with a light pour, 50% of the glass was filled with a dense head. Color was surprisingly light. I'm always impressed with the "fountain effect" of bubbles making their way from the bottom of the tulip glass to the head.

Smell: Not particularly noticeable, particularly for a Belgian ale.

Taste: Perhaps a little mild for a Belgian ale. Sweet, tongue-coating malts predominate, with a very faint hop taste on the finish. Absolutely no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dense carbonation makes this beer "thick" without being heavy.

Drinkability: Fabulous. Take time to enjoy a Duvel. A great beer for introducing someone to the beers of Belgium.

RustythePelican, Nov 20, 2006
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 6,634 ratings.