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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,974
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 326
Gots: 851 | FT: 5
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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 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...

Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice 2 finger head that recedes slowly into a thin fluffy cap. The body is pretty clear with only a little bit of haze. As the head recedes, you get a nice clinging lace.

Smell- Nice complex smell that consists of a nice straw, light alcohol, yeasty, light citrus (lemon, orange), like pepper. Nice..

Taste- This reminds me a bit of bells batch 8000, although it's not really the same style. Initially, I get a nice orange, lemon component but also a dryer tart fruit and finally some pepper. The alcohol is pretty nicely hidden but as it warms, it becomes a little bit more evident.

Mouthfeel- Initially, the carbonation is a bit cloying, but can be spritzy, in a good way.

Drinkability- It took me a while to get into this beer, but I didn't have trouble putting down the 750 bottle. I can see myself getting this again sometime in the future.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into its own Tulip glass.

A-Cloudy golden color with a nice big head i'll start by saying this beer looks amazing poured into a tulip.
S-Citrus with hints of hops and spice.
T-Has an inital spice taste with hints of citrus and hops, the alcohol flavor of the beer lets in just enough as well. the finish leaves a little to much bitterness but still very good.
M-highly carbonated but suprisingly smooth and almost silky going down very nice.
D-Very easy to drink very good beer overall deserves all the praise its gotten.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into oversized snifter.

A - I probably didn't pour this correctly, because in the snifter I got a massive head, maybe six inches or so that took forever to die down. Nice and pillowy, with exceptional lacing and a nice patch still floating in the middle. Hazy bright yellow in color.

S - The main aroma is phenolic; plastic-like or something like the coating on a pill. Some spicy hops in the background, with myriad of spices, notably white pepper.

T - Faint malt to begin with, but then the brew unleashes it's full medicinal flavor. It's not terribly unpleasant, but it is a little overbearing. The finish yeilds a trace of hops providing ample bitterness, with a touch of citrus. Phenols return in the aftertaste, following slight, and pleasant, alcohol burn.

M - Moderately carbonated, but very slick. Seems a little out of balance to me, as if carbonation and slickness are busy competing. Surprisingly full bodied considering the color.

D - The beer gets better after the initial phenol shock on the taste buds which makes me think the more one drinks, the more one could drink. I definitely wouldn't have a problem kicking these back, but I wonder how long I could endure the medicinal flavor before I felt like I was chewing band-aids. It seems highly drinkable, but I'm only guessing.

I had Duvel once before, but regretfully I was fairly intoxicated when I got to it. The one thing I remember was it's phenolic character and that still stands out to me upon soberly revisiting this ale tonight. A good brew no doubt, but at least slightly overrated. Tastes a lot like Ommegang's Hennepin to me, only less complex.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a rich looking glowing gold with at least four fingers worth of chunky head that will not recede,still waiting...this left so much lace that the head is actually stuck in places to the sides of the glass (like super 3-D lacing) I've never seen anything quite like it!!

S-a lot of sweet fruits and yeast with trace amounts of coconut,vinilla and spice,a little peppery

T-this is superb with sweet apple and other light fruits being the first of many flavors going on all at the same time and most are equaly balanced,lots of sweet yeast flavors mix well with spicy ass cloves and strong alcohol taste that is very warming and deliciously smoothe

M-a medium body with an extra silky smoothness all the way around,a little tingly on the tounge,with a calm dryness that keeps you thirsting for another sip

D-this brew is remarkably drinkable for such a high AVB,this Belgian offering is the Bee's Knees!

Photo of rodcom
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the whole world! From the minute you open it you know it is different - huge carbonation (if you are not careful it will explode when you open it). You then have to carefully pour it into a glass or it will overhead and spill out the top. You then look at it and it will be a golden color bubbling up much like champagne.

Then the real fun comes with the taste. It is a perfect tasting beer with a bit of citrus flavor and goes down so smooth. Just remember with the large head you will get a beer mustache!

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

Pours a five+ finger white head that takes forever to fade and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet citric nose. Flavor is balanced, slightly dry and has a citric fruitiness. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Sep 2010.

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

Its got a very thick, white and bubbly head about two fingers thick and has lots of carbonation. The body is crystal clear and a pale golden color and is very nice to look at. It smells like dry hops mixed in with some citrus fruits and spices, I also pick up some hints of banana bread in there. It rolls on to your tongue pretty smoothly with a light semi-crisp feel to it, it has a medium body, but it is a bit more on the lighter side of the house. It's a bit bitter overall with some sweet undertones and a tangy aftertaste, the alcohol is very well hidden you can't even taste it in its aftertaste.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass. Appearance is a vibrant, yellow-gold with about 6 columns of bubbles rising towards the fluffy, two finger head (think of ocean surf); good amount of lacing.

Smell is of clove, various spices, lemon/orange citrus rind, & earthy yeast. Notes of raw sugars and ginger-caramel make their presence known. An interesting note is that I pick up so many different things in the aroma, the final being sour cream frosting and faint champagne.

Initial reaction is a crispy beer that hits the palate with bitter yeast, grapefuit, butterscotch, apricot, and peppery spice. A very nice balance between slick and tart leave the mouth with mild numbing & distinct alcohol warmth. Similar to the smell, a complex beverage that keeps the senses on their toes and discovering different things.

Duvel is certainly the real champagne of beers in that it has many qualities of a beer and champagne (which obviously comes as no surprise). Honestly, I cannot stand champagne but enjoy this beer a great deal. My personal tastes wants a little more malt but this beer is certainly opening up the Belgian gates for my palate. I look forward to more of these and picking up more Belgian staples.

Photo of dill
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - golden color with a rather thick and frothy white head.

S - spices and malty grains with a bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

T - strong in flavor with lots of grain and spice, but the alcohol comes forward at the end as well.

M - very creamy with medium carbonation.

D - it's a strong one as the style would suggest, but it's quite smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an oversized red wine glass.

A: golden, with large white head. steady carbonation. Beautiful.

S: yeasty and fruity. also vinous, somewhat like a pinot grigio or other crisp white wine.

T: like a perfect white wine on steroids. Flavors of pear, apple, combined with yeasty tartness, mildly sweet malts, and balanced by hops, that don't seem too assertive, but aren't passive either. Incredible, wonderful balance and a terrific array/depth of flavors. Also some alcohol coming through.

M: strong bodied. This beer is everything that you would not expect from something that looks so angelic and light. Moderately carbonated, but also rich and creamy.

D: absolutely delicious - one to savor sip by sip, and do sip slowly, because it can kick ass. The alcohol is high and toward the end of the beer, it is quite predominant - letting one know that one of these is probably enough. Spread out the enjoyment.

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

Appearance: It pours a light golden straw color. There is a haziness to it that adds quite a bit to its appeal. The head is an enormous four fingers deep. The bottle suggested to "pour unhurriedly" and I now understand why. This is the biggest head I've seen on a beer. Nearly unbelievable. It's extremely slow to recede and leaves thick sheets of lace all down the glass. It's damn near immaculate.

Smell: It drops off a little here. There's plenty of citrus fruit (pineapple, apple, a little orange, and pear) aroma. It's sweet smelling, but not overly so. There's very light spices and banana present. Wrapping it up is a faint yeasty smell that blends perfectly with a slight alcohol aroma. Ultimately, it just lacks the punch that it needs here. If this could be reconciled...wow.

Taste: Apple, orange, and pear flavors strike first and permeate throughout. It's fruity and sweet, but not in a citrusy way. It's more laid back and even keel. There is a bit of malty sweetness that's balanced perfectly by light hop bitterness. Perhaps this is one of the most balanced beers I've ever tried. It is a little yeasty and that flavor remains into the aftertaste. Alcohol is barely noticeable. It's very well masked and a true testament to this beer's balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Surprisingly, it has a very light feel to it. Carbonation is top notch and it goes down very smooth. Clearly its feel is an invitation. I could drink a number of these despite it being 8.5%, which leads to my next point. This beer is deceptively strong. Its abv is masked so well that it in no way feels or tastes like a beer of its strength. Simply another complementary feature.

Duvel is clearly all that it's cracked up to be. I was initially skeptical of its "Top 100" status, but I was gladly proved wrong. This is a stellar beer. It could be slightly improved with beefing up the nose a bit. But, it's still not to be missed. Highly recommended.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow, with a huge fluffy white head that just keeps coming. Smells of apple and grass. Tastes of apple, pear, white wine, herbs, and a bunch of other flavors I just can't put my finger on. A great blend of flavor--nothing sticks out and disrupts the harmony. Lots of carbonation, but not too much. Very drinkable.

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

Poured a lovely light golden color into my Troeg's wheat glass. Insane amounts of carbonation rising continuously forming a rocky two inch head that lasted throughout.

Smell is banana and bubblegum - a hint of apple.

Taste is outstanding, crisp and light with a warming presence of alcohol.

Feels rounded and fizzy - with a clean and crisp finish.

Not sure I would chance more than one of these - it would certainly sneak up on you. But a wonderful beer and glad I finally had a chance to try it.

Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although not my favourite for the style, this is still great.

This is gold, a little fizzy, with a huge, almost out-of-control white head that is somewhat airy but lasts 'till the end and leaves pretty good rings of airy lace.

The aroma is fruity with banana, somewhat, sharp piney-herbal hops, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is light, mostly sweet with a light bitterness that is more sharp and spicey than truly bitter. It has light fruit, banana, spiciness, a hint of toasted grain, light yeastiness, and a pleasant, smooth alcoholic quality and warmth. The palate is light but rather full and quite soft.

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

Poured into a Duvel snifter a nice hazy pale yellow with a great frothy head. Aroma is sweet malt, coriander and spice. The taste is a wondeful blend of sweet fruits, bubblegum and a nice yeast bite. The beer is crisp and surprisingly light with just the right amount of carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This one is very enjoyable, but is certainly one to be careful with.

Photo of santa109
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stored and served at cellar temperature (53).

A: Poured a light golden with tons of bubbles rushing to the very big foamy head. Large clumps form in the head after a few seconds and stick around until the end. Foamy lacing clings to the glass. Served in the Duvel tulip, it is a beautiful sight.

S: Apples, spicy pepperiness and some other fruity esters.

T: Interesting yeasty spicyness that I can't identify which then fades into a nice hop crisp finish. Yet there is a sweet undertone all along with a bit of fruit on some sips. But on most of them, the delicate spicyness really shines. As it warms (closer to 60 degrees), a bit of medicinal taste appears. A delightful beer.

M: Extremely creamy on the palate with a nice cleansing feel. Carbonation is a bit stronger than average and helps with the cleansing feel. The smooth creamyness from the head is soothing, the perfect mouthfeel.

D: Every sips makes me want to have another. The alcohol doesn't seem to poke through all that much but you can really feel it's warming presence. Although the abv commands respect, I would easily go for another.

Overall, a favorite of mine that I always go back to. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect in my mind.

Photo of TheBierBand
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I made a beer run to Jungle Jim's again this week.... got some good stuff including Duvel... I've seen so much hype on this one that I had to break down and try it.... so here goes.

Poured into a pint glass... sorry... I was at a friend's house and proper glassware was not available.... still, the head was a gratifying 2" of pure white pillowy foam that lasted and had good stickage. The beer itself was a slightly cloudy yellow... I drained the last drop out of the bottle and was pleased to see some rather sizeable chunks floating around in my beer!

Nose: Rather typical of most belgians I've tried... nice banana and spice mingle together.

Taste: Like it smells... lightly toasted malt with a subtile banana and spice (slight clove).

MF: fizzy... like most belgians.... but not too fizzy. Crisp, clean finish... not too heavy.

Drinkability: Good example of a Belgian SPA... Ist it worthy of the hype?.... maybe the jury is still out on that one...

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,974 ratings.