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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,740
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 286
Gots: 671 | 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 mbutter1997
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color w/ ~3 fingers of light head that sticks around and adheres well to the glass. Bubbles continue to rise along the side throughout the session. Word of caution...pour slowly. When I had this at a restaurant in Cooperstown, NY, the waitress was a bit rushed in the pour as wasted several ounces...it was tragic.
S: Very nice hop aromas, slightly sweet. A nice "prequel" of the taste to come.
T: This is what pale beer should taste like...nectar of the gods. Perfect blend of hops, barley, malt & yeast. The bottle conditioning gives a slight boost to the flavor.
M: High carbonation gives a moderate tingling; good aftertaste and an enjoyable experience.
D: Very drinkable and always enjoyable. I first had this many years ago in Switzerland, then again 2 years ago in Cooperstown. It has only been in the last year that I've been able to find it here in Omaha. But since my first tasting, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to each and every bottle.

mbutter1997, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of buliwuf
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - stubby, 11oz dark brown bottle with the words "pour unhurriedly" and instructions on how to do so

Appearance - a brilliant, clear yellow, like a cheap lager, yet with copious amounts of carbonation. But even poured slowly, which I thought I was doing, a massive, thick, meringue-like head formed and nearly overflowed the glass.

Nose - a tart, flowery, spicy aroma, with a yeasty undertone. Some fruit coming through, though what I cannot say with any accuracy, maybe pear and apple.

Mouthfeel - crisp, dry, light, and very carbonated

Taste - wow…what was just described in the nose meets the palate and then starts working together in a symphony of flavors. A sharp, apple-like flavor comes in at first and is over taken by a yeasty undercurrent, only to be replaced by a peppery spiciness that is sourish at the same time. Extremely complex and difficult to describe. There are still chunks, literally, of foam sitting on the surface of beer, despite the glass nearly being empty, and the entire glass is laced over from top to bottom.

Overall - Well-deserved for its reputation and definitely a standard-bearer for the style. A must-enjoy beer for Belgian aficionados.

buliwuf, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of hops1337
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of duvel recently, cost around 65 bucks but it was worth it. All were poured into a 16oz. tulip glass.

Head: huge!!! 3 finger head. Be carefull when pouring this beer. Just follow the instructions on the bottle, you should be alright. Settles into the rockiest head ive ever seen, with some serious laceing along the way.

Color: Golden, extremly light in color for a beer with such a high abv.

Mouthfeel: Good, carbonated and refreshing. Sort of dry.

Taste: Slightly smokey with a hint of hops good spring time brew

hops1337, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Dolamite
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light golden color. Large head, which settles slowly. Light complex nose of hopes and wheat. Similar taste, very even body on tongue, with hints of citrus flavor. Excellent summer beer.

This is easily one of the best beers I've had in a great while, I'd highly recommend this to anyone wanting to broaden their beer experience.

Dolamite, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color, generally clear, with a fair amount of visible carbonation in the form of small bubbles. White, thick, foamy head is generally rocky, and laces the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of spices, yeast, and some malts. A bit of alcohol seemed present as well.

Taste: Has a spicy malt taste to the beer. The spices I presume come mostly from cloves, hops, and the alcohol. There's a bit of undefined fruits and yeasts in the background too.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; generally smooth. Carbonation is soft yet tingly.

Drinkability: The finish is a bit harsh with the alcohol, but it never really comes out to bite you.

Though it's an enjoyable beer, I usually find Duvel far from impressive. It is, of course, manditory to try for those who enjoy Belgians, and I'll certainly have it again, but it is hardly near the top of my list.

mithrascruor, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Glorious cloud like head, crystal clear and pale with loads of CO2 bubbles streaming from the "D" etching at the bottom of the glass. Huge noble hop aroma, green apples and some alcohol. Has Champagne like flavors. Green apple, slight must yeast flavors, mild spiciness from the hops, and a clean/light bitterness. Finishes very dry and crisp. Extremely digestable.

One of the finest beers that I have ever had. Classic.

bosco7, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dry tart yeast
sweet grain malt
slight clove phenol spice
lemon pepper grass hop

Pours gold and tastes high
as in acidic spice zing

very good stuff
a belgian pale sort of king

pours clear clean yelllow
with a dollop foam head

smells hoppy and yeast-ish
in a wild grain sort of sense

mouthfeel is refined
carbonated and balanced

drinkability is great
if not almost fantastic

meadhead, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pale gold in color with a huge bubbly & rocky head. Very effervescent. Massive lacing going on in the glass.

S: Very clean nose filled with lemon, belgian yeast, and more citrus.

T: Exceptional flavors of citrus and dry malt. Tart, tangy, and slightly sweet.

M: Dry, puckery, tart, and very refreshing.

D: Unbelievable drinkability. A true classic that deserves all the hype heaped upon it!

GbVDave, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body looks like a nice golden pils/lager, but what about the incredible head! Even a gentle pour gives masses of foam. Very much part of the Duvel experience. Amazing.

S - Suitably complex, start getting wheatiness followed by citrus fruits but there is a hint of underlying bitterness. A beer that truly deserves a decent "nosing".

T - Creamy and with masses of flavour. Fruity with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M - Very smooth and lots of carbonation. Has a dryness also.

D - Feel my rating is a bit harsh here but this really is an intense beer. Taking into account the alcohol content having more than one seems to be a waste. One is very drinkable though.

Deserving of its classic status, a beer to treat yourself with once in a while.

Stephen63, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one impressed me.

Appearance - excellent bright golden colored beer with an amazingly huge and frothy pils head. My first two gulps from the glass were head alone!

Smell - In my opinion, it was exactly what beer should smell like. I am only slightly hesitant from giving it a 5.0 score. It is a confident smell of quality ingredients.

Taste - Clear orange/citrus smell. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Altogether, this beer has character. I can't do it justice, just offer my advice to try this one.

Drinkability - Went down faster than expected and was amazed at how little the alcohol was effecting me. When that deception's truth caught up to me, I agreed with the name choice.

Quality brew. I like this one a lot.

SaltyLime, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at fridge temperature into a Unibroue branded tulip glass.

A: A pale straw, very clear beer with high carbonation, but with some sediment appearing after the slow pour. I say SLOW pour because that is the only way to pour this beer, which forms an absolutely enormous, white head even with a very gentle pour and even when chilled down. The head actually continues to expand for a few moments after pouring is complete, and then slowly collapses into a large-bubbled foam similar to the cap on an over-frothed latte. Eventually, the head dissipates to a loose bead on the top of the beer. Surprisingly, lacing is only moderate. A beautiful beer to look at.

S: Aroma of noble hops, some spicy phenolic notes, and yeast. A very light catty smell.

T: This tastes almost like an "imperial" Pilsner and less like a Belgian strong golden. Crisp, clean malt supported by continental style hops. Some lemon, citrus flavors in the middle of the toungue. There is a spicy note that gives it some "Belgian ale" quality. Again, a very slight catty note that I sometimes detect in Pilsners. There is a slightly astringent quality to the finish.

M: Light, almost spritzy mouthfeel.

D: Quaffable, despite its high alcohol content.

Overall: I find this a little too much like a lager and less like an ale for my taste. It is well executed, but not as complex as I would expect a Belgian ale to be. A quite good beer, to be sure, and one I will certainly drink again, but shy of outstanding.

MCDuhamel, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of matsputis
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw color, the foamy head leaves large bubble lacing on the sides (it seems decorative) and a rocky island in the middle.

The smell is primarily bubblegum and light fruity flavors.

The taste flashes across the tongue. It's very clean, no alcohol presence. I picked up some apricot in the finish.

For mouthfeel, the only thing I could think of was the carbonation. Wayyy too carbonated for my tastes - almost like drinking foam. It's probably what makes the flavor dissipate so fast.

It's definitely unique, but I'll rather spend my money on any other Belgian because of the carbonation. The taste and smell are solid though... the price hurts.

matsputis, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Everyone's always talking about how much head this beer produces, so I had to see for myself! Love the corked bottle from Belgium btw. I poured this beer into a chalice of no speciality and half the damn thing was thick white cream. My face was in this beer before I could even reach the actual liquid through the head! Gotta love that, and on the two other pours the head stayed, even after sitting in the sun for a good 10 minutes. Thats damn good. The smell is like a hefe suprisingly, a little acidic though. The taste is like a hefe with balls, or like the Chimay White, but a little toned down. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but hey, its a pale beer, what do you want? The drinkability takes a huge hit after the first chalice-full, it just brings the alcohol out a little too heavily for how light the beer seems, so it plays tricks on you. I can see why they call this the devil...I was a gonner after just a bomber!

MusicmanSD, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle poured (unfortunately) into a pint glass. No Duvel glasses on hand unfortunately.

A: Poured according to the directions and wound up with a massive head. Toward the end of the pouring, the beer didn't even make it beyond the head- it hit the foam and just created more. Beautiful dark golden color, the head dissipates slowly, and leaves lacing all down the glass. Beautiful.

S: Fairly aromatic, similar to a citrus wheat almost, with citrus notes, some yeast, and malts.

T: Great taste, comprising elements of lemon and orange citrus, banana, and malt.

M: Warming, somewhat light, mildly carbonated (a lot of it was dissipated in the head).

D: If I could, I'd drink it much more often. A glorious brew, with a slightly high ABV. One of the first Belgians I ever tried, and I'm sure I'll have plenty more Duvels in the future.

fightingirishcmk, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a 50 degree Duvel glass. The beer was very pretty with a most gorgeous thick creamy white head that made little burgs in the glass. Beer had a slightlty sour smell. High alcohol made for a rather sweet brew I thought with a slight burn after but not bad. I know this beer is revered by many and I think everyone should try it, but it is just not my cup of beer. Will not buy again.

Minkybut, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Butch
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled 2 April 2007, purchased at Habanos in Slidell, LA

11.2 oz bottle (chilled to 42, warmed on counter 20 minutes), served in cognac glass

Color & Head: I have committed a grave sin by not having a camera handy so you could see this beer poured. Perfection. Head was taller than the beer itself (poured in a cognac glass remember), pure white. The beer was bronze-ish golden. Lots and lots of carbonation. Looks like a dark champagne.

Aroma: Yeast, a little alcohol, but not much. Smells refreshing and light.

Taste: Hell yes. There’s a lot going on in here. I’m getting lots of hefe flavors like banana. Also some sour pilsner type tastes. More alcohol than I like, even more than you’d expect at 8.5%. The funny thing is, even with all that going on, it still seems refreshing and light. The mouthfeel is a lot like champagne with the huge amount of bubbles.

Notes: I had to drive 80 miles one way to get this one, and paid about $12 for four of them. This is $3 I was happy to spend. I couldn’t drink it every day, but for a special occasion it’s a great “Me-Treat.”


Butch, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Beer pours relatively clear until the end, turning into a light, golden, straw. Ginormous, ivory, pillowy head receding to a thick rim, leaving incredible lace.

S: Musty and funky. I think this is what "horse-blanket" means. Very yeasty.

T: Sweet, funky, musty. Crisp and clean. Very mild. Absolutely no alcohol taste.

M: Crisp and clean, slightly thin yet smooth like velvet.

D: Very easy to drink. Much too easy for such a high ABV.

guinnessfan, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from short 330ml bottle to snifter. “Pour Unhurriedly.” Home.

A: Unbelievable head that bubbles up and stays for the duration of the drink. Pale straw to light gold coloring with a heavy, steady stream of carbonation up the center. Very clear (looks like a nice pilsner). Tons of Belgian lace through the snifter – I’m convinced this beer coined the ubiquitous phrase.
S: Lots of sweet/fruity and grainy malt coming through the nose – hint of some pilsner malts somewhere in there.
T: Fruity in the front followed by a nice spicy, pepper bitterness. Very good balance here. The label says 8.5% ABV but I can’t tell at all. I can also taste some of the dry grain, similar to that of a pilsner. Extremely dry in the finish with a linger alcohol taste. I definitely see where the champagne comparisons come from.
M: Fully mouth-coating. Decently carbonated, but very, very fizzy.
D: Very drinkable. Refreshing (uncommon for so much alcohol). Goes down very easy…too easy.

Outstanding ale. A mainstay in the cellar.

IgnatiusReilly, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third beer review. I haven’t had many Belgian Strong Pale Ales before, but this is a tasty beer.

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance – Clear golden color. Incredible head retention – 2 to 3 fingers of pure white bubbles. Lots of lacing.

Smell – Citrus malt and yeast. A second whiff brings out a flowery aroma and some kind of spice that I can’t put my finger on.

Taste – A very complex sweet citrus. Extremely crisp. I don't really taste the hops as much in this beer as I have in many others.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied. Lots of carbonation – almost like champagne. Has a very dry finish that makes you want to have another sip.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Hardly notice that it is 8.5 ABV. It is funny how the best beers hide the alcohol so well.

It is truly amazing how delicious this beer is, while at the same time it could be mistaken for a macro when just looking at it. I don't know how they pack so much flavor into such a clear effervescent beer. It is kind of deceptive, but in that good way. Of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales the only other ones I have tasted are the Delirium Tremens, and La Fin Du Monde, and I much prefer Duvel to either of those. If you haven’t tried it – buy some.

MiguelMandingo, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of vancurly
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 05 2009.
Pours a thick frothy, whipped egg-white head, that hangs around. Colour a slightly hazy pale gold, with a faint orange touch. Slight bubbling.
Big spice nose...cinnamon, nutmeg, musk. Cool green fruit notes...hard to pin down...tropical one minute, citrus the next...
Flavours of candy sugars, spice again, some alcohol heat.... Subtle citrus-pith-like bitterness.
Not very effervescent....
Arguably one of the world's great beers. Would drink it all night, if I had the money & the liver...

vancurly, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of VitBAficionado
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear (until the yeast) light golden hue, with a big chucky puffy white cloud. Once the head reduces (very stubbornly) lots of lace. Massive carbonation as well.
S: Pretty docile but layered... apple, lemon and yeast over some very subtle spices.
T: Like dig 'em... smack you back! It may be light in color but there's quit a punch of citurs zest, malt, yeast throughout with a bit of clove & alcohol coming through towards the end.
M: So cloy and bubbly you almost forget its a liquid. Velvet smooth and creamy while it sticks around but seems to evaporate with the carbonation.
D: Wouldn't want more than the one 750 mL but too delicious to stay around very long.

VitBAficionado, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear color with a little cloudiness high in the glass. Has a very large, very light head with remarkable staying power. Disapates (eventually) leaving a heavy lacing on my Duvel tulip glass.

S. Lemony citrus scent, a little malty, yeasty.

T: Mild, especially for a Belgian. A short malty foretaste before a lemony hops. Not a whole lot of depth to it

M: Pleasant not too heavy but not watery either.

D: Quite drinkable, won't leave you worn out after one, but you could easily be satisified with one glass.

Overall: A fine beer, but not a great example of Belgian styles. Is probably a bit more accessible than most Belgians though.

AlephNull, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of dgfair
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Beautiful clear golden color with a magnificient white head raised perfectly to the top of the glass. Head dissipates slowly leaving lacing all over the glass.

S - Banana, sweet sugar, belgian yeast, and clove lead the way on the first smell. A little bit of a fresh floral aroma with a slight honey scent underpinning. Very complex and very fresh smelling.

T - A tad sweet, a tad citrusy, and a touch of alcohol. A little bit of white pepper and coriander with a little bit of a dry woody taste. Just an overall nice, smooth, clean taste.

M - Creamy and perfectly carbonated, finishes perfectly clean and dry. Hold it in your mouth for a while...this is what a beer should feel like.

D - Perfectly drinkable for an 8.5% ale. I would love to be sitting outside on a belgian sidewalk cafe sipping these all afternoon.

Duvel is still the benchmark for Belgian Golden Ales.

dgfair, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of pinotboy007
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall: wonderfull stuff!

Advice: if you're new to Belgian ales, this is where you need to start.

Served in the Duvel tulip glass after allowing 20-minutes to warm from being in the fridge.

Splendid aroma, mouthfeel and appearance; especially the head, which looks like storm clouds over a golden ocean. The citrus hints make this ideal for year-round enjoyment.

I'll admit to a certain bias as I discovered this while stationed at NATO HQs; fond memories indeed (well, at least from what I can still remember!).

pinotboy007, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-16-07
Best before 6-09

Pours a nice and clear golden color with an unbelievably massive head that just sits on the top and then settles on the sides of the glass.

Smells of citrus, mainly lemon, with Belgian yeast and slight hint of alcohol.

Taste is crisp, wheaty, with a definite hop bite and a nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation add to the spiciness.

Drinkability is also good, the relatively high abv does not hurt at all.

Overall a staple of Belgian beers. Very light and easy to drink, it's a refreshing change.

BMoney575, Mar 17, 2007
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,740 ratings.