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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,391
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 246
Gots: 520 | 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 OStrungT


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

This beer pours a golden yellow. It is slightly cloudy. The head is thick and white. It fades slowly leaving lots of laces. The aroma is a little hard to explain. This beer as a spicy aroma. I detect pepper, cloves, and a slightly malty sweet aroma. I detect very little in the way of hops. This beer has a strong spicy flavor. It has a sweet malty taste also. It is slightly hoppy. The 8.5% alcohol is hidden very well in the flavor. This beer is crisp and smooth. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but not so much that it detracts form the flavor. This beer leaves a spicy aftertaste. I think that this beer might make a decent session beer, but with an ABV of 8.5%, you might have a little trouble drinking it all night. Ultimately, I think this beer was great. Try it if you see it.

09-25-2005 22:36:17 | More by OStrungT
Photo of evh883


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Belgian is my favorite nationality of beer and this was definetely one I can put high in the rankings. As soon as it comes out of the bottle you know you have something special. A massive, everlasting, frothy head looms up over the sparkling, hazy yellow beer and leaves behind very heavy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a pleasant smell of hay. The yeast aroma is the most dominant though with notes of leather and sweat (doesn't sound to appetizing but in this case it's great!).

An tongue pleasing sweetness caries from beginning to end and complinments the excellent mouthfeel. A nice fizziness with a hint of astringency show up here.

Overall, you must try this beer no matter what your preference. It truly is an excellent beer.

09-19-2005 19:08:23 | More by evh883
Photo of Naes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Golden in color and a bit cloudy. The head is enormous, frothy and white, which laces wonderfully.
The aroma is a bit spicy and yeasty.
Its flavor is malty with spice and a bit of alcohol showing through as well. However, I must add that this is a nicely blended beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable.
Medium in body and highly carbonated.
This beer goes down quite easy for such a high ABV, so beware.

09-18-2005 06:52:24 | More by Naes
Photo of twelvsies


3.3/5  rDev -22.5%

Had this beer awhile ago, and wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, given the hype. Decided to give it another go and get pretty much the same results. It is one of the most visually pleasing beer I've ever had, I'll give it that. Big mountainous head, milky white, piling out of the top of my glass. Smell and taste are sugary sweet, with traces or Belgian spices and spicy herbal hops. Taste is nice, but there's a strong alcohol kick to it that doesn't seem to belong in this beer, and I have no beef in general with a little alcohol kick. And maybe a little overly sweet. Basically I'm pretty underwhelmed with this beer. Maybe if I'd had lower expectations I would've liked it more, but it still seems like an average Belgian ale to me.

09-17-2005 19:31:54 | More by twelvsies
Photo of PisoMojado


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer must be served in its appropriate glass. Tilt glass and pour slowly. A thick head will form and stick to the glass as the beer is slowly consumed. Duvel has a light golden color with a spicy scent. This beer goes down smooth and the spiciness almost tickles the throat. Duvel is an enjoyable beer. Its light and somewhat hoppy character mask the bold 8.5% abv. A trip to Moortgat brewery is impressive and educational. Only 20% of the brewery's production is exported. The rest stays in Belgium.

09-17-2005 01:08:58 | More by PisoMojado
Photo of revdrjbob


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%

This has to be one of my favourite Belgian ales, a superb beer looks great, drinks well. Thanks to peorgarmpe.

Poured into a Maudite goblet, half filling the glass, high white head a pale yellow gold hard working beer. The bubbles work hard like champagne, the head sits so hugely that it's a shame to break through it to drink...

Couldn't really smell anything until I got rid of some of that tasty head. Smelt of malt, yeast, spices, alcohol. Aromas of spicey Saaz(?) hops, intoxicating.

Tastes awesome, I remember the first time I had this, I thought I'd died and gone to Valhalla. Complex flavours of spices, malt, ripe pears and fruits, giving way to an easy bitterness. The alcohol comes through nicely, though the body is still that of a lower abv beer. Perfect. The finish is long, gets drier the more I drink. I top up my glass, watching the head grow again. It's almost pornographic.

Deceptively strong, not a big quaffer, but I'd like to give it a burl.

09-16-2005 10:55:28 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle poured into a recently purchased Duvel glass. The appearance is a dull golden with a never-ending cascade of tiny bubbles heading towards a gigantic white frothy head. The head will lessen but stick around and lace the glass with white frothy bubbles. The smell is light and spicy with a hint of alcohol. The taste is nice smooth, crisp and carbonated. You hardly notice the alcohol, but it warms the body. Head still existent throughout. A drinkable beer indeed.

09-14-2005 20:24:32 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of Bumpon10s


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Popped the cap with a big hiss and poured into a glass.

A - Pours a thin, light golden color, a little hazy with a head that kept on growing, I left it for a minute and it almost cascaded over the glass. The lacing on this is also more than I've ever seen, for people who like head, divulge in this!

S - Hmm, the head was so big I couldn't smell much, and even with the head gone, I couldn't get a lot of aroma either, but I do have a foamy mustache, yay!

T - A very sharp, crisp taste. Gives merit to the pilsner malts, didn't notice much in the hops or the alcohol, this is a great tasting brew.

M - Very light on the mouth, a nice bubbly texture, the old line "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"

D - Awesome, awesome drinkability. Really the only downside is the high ABV, that you can't taste, so you might buy a sixer of this and take down a few and it will hit you hard.

I thought I'd like this beer, but I am really enjoying it, it really suprises me how good this is. I only wish it was a bit cheaper so I could have this on a more regular basis.

09-13-2005 05:58:00 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of flaminghomer


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

the color on this sample is a pale golden yellow and cloudy. very light light,crisp, fruity taste. a great beer to sip in the summer shade. i thought the smell was more pronounced than the taste. it has alot of champagne character. you just cannot taste the alchohol in this one. it is one of the most drinkable beers that i have ever had. one is not enough!

09-13-2005 05:47:08 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of weeare138


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Appears a hazy pale light gold with a 2 finger creamy white head.
Smell is of tropical fruit, nectarines, light zesty malts, spices featuring pepper, and hops.
Taste is of spicy orange peel, and black pepper mixed in a pilsner brew with definite Belgian yeast being implimented.
Mouthfeel is slightly harsher than smooth with a slight sweetness, bitterness, and just a touch of off skunkiness that's hard to place.
Drinkability is ok. Definite alcohol presence which makes me want to sip this more than anything else.

09-09-2005 16:51:30 | More by weeare138
Photo of FenwaySquid


5/5  rDev +17.4%

Presentation: 330ml bottle (BBD January, 2008) poured into a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a bright golden color (deceiving if you know nothing of Belgian ales) with a head that took up about half of the glass. Both the color and head are exquisite.

Aroma: Pepper, some spiciness and malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor is present throughout. You get a little bit of the alcohol in the finish, but for a 8.5% ABV beer it certaintly goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is also excellent.

Overall: This beer is perfection in a bottle; one of, if not the best that I have ever tasted. If you've never tried it, do so immediately.

09-09-2005 02:40:39 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of freed


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a surprising (even knowing it's a golden ale) golden with high carbonation and a mountain of fluff for a head. The white creamy foam has endurance and that cool topography of a Belgian ale.

The aroma is sweet and flowery with a finishing curl of sourness. Apples, malt, and wild fermentation. Lovely without overdoing any of the constituents - a shortcoming among most new world attempts.

The taste is bright and crisp with barley and cider flavors, tart with yeast remnants and just a final bit of dry breadiness. There's no excess of sugar in the body which makes it a warming, filling beer without the young sweet affects. Really quite excellent.

09-07-2005 23:41:11 | More by freed
Photo of edmundfitzoil


4.6/5  rDev +8%

11.2 oz. stubby, brown glass bottle with a best by date of November 2007, and also boasts some great label writing: "Pour Unhurriedly" it advises. I poured it into a snifter glass.

The beer itself poured a beautiful gold with a 1+ in. white, frothy head. The head retained incredibly well; it stayed as I drank the beer down and left thin, semi-sticky lacing.
The beer smelled wonderful: malts and a grassy sweetness.
This beer tasted and drank so well. Crisp. Clean. Flavorful and direct but eluding with a medium body. The 8.5% alcohol was not evident or overpowering in the taste. The beer got better as it warmed... I wish I had bought a few more of these. It's insanely drinkable. A simply great beer. I will be coming back to this one.

09-06-2005 04:13:06 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -20.7%

I have had this before when I travel out of state. I was impressed then but having a hard time adjusting to it now. I for got, you really need to pour slowly. Feeling really blothed may have something to do with the scoring.
I had to go with the 750ml due to the price.
If you over do it when pouring you can enjoy the fluffy head. This brings a new meaning to head texture.
The Golden Ale has earned it's name by matching the color to the style. It's different when all of the ales I have had consumed are darker.
I like the smell really well but when tasting, throws me the other way. I can really taste the increase in alcohol in it.

09-04-2005 02:03:55 | More by mortarit
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Out of a 750 ml bottle this pours a pale golden color with a fluffy and lathered cloud-like head that sticks around forever and laces tremendously. It's pretty cool to see this beer poured into a Duvel tulip with the etched "D" causing a steady stream of carbonation rising up, maintaining the head. The nose picks up yeasty bread aromas right away with some cidery fruits at the end. The taste is beautifully malty with an estery sweetness and a spicy hop kick; the alcohol warmly creeps up as this hits my throat. There's some mild apple candy business going on, too. White pepper spiciness throughout. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with delightful light carbonation and juicy body. Eminently dirinkable. A standard-bearer for the style.

[lazily updated 19 September 2006]

09-03-2005 22:31:10 | More by orfeu
Photo of fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

The Total Wine in my area finally has stocked >6% stuff.

Color- pale gold, almost like luminous straw. An inch and a half of fine-textured, pure white head persisted for a couple of minutes.

Nose- clean and sugary with orange and lemon zest aromas. Hints of spiciness.

Palate- bracingly spicy, clean and dry. The subtle sweetness is balanced by a fine effervescence, a bit of quinine bitterness and spicy notes. The finish lingers satisfyingly.


09-01-2005 01:29:36 | More by fingolfin72
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, huge head, some carbonation. It has a malty, hoppy, sweet scent. Very nice sweet taste with a medium body, there's a little hint of alcohol at the end. This is very drinkable, and also a great beer. This is my first time drinking a Duvel and it won't be my last.

08-29-2005 23:46:30 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Brian700


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a huge billowy white head.

The aroma is a light and wheat malts with some candi sweetness.

The taste is also of light and wheat malts with some mild spiciness to it with a little bit of candy. Excellent beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a great beer and highly recommend it.

08-29-2005 14:35:16 | More by Brian700
Photo of bark


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

The colour is pale yellow with a tint of orange; the liquid is a little bit cloudy. The high compact firm foam builds a fine crown.

A wheat-beer flavour dominates the smell; there are also notes of sour yeast, and some roasted, spicy notes.

The taste is very balanced and clean, yet complex. There are sweet notes of wheat, fruit candy, and a mild bitterness. The aftertaste got flavours of wheat dough, alcohol and some bitter hops.

The carbonation is quite strong with large bubbles, which suits the style fine.

This is a great beer that complements all sorts of cheeses in a fantastic way. Great stuff.

08-26-2005 20:29:46 | More by bark
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured with a lovely, huge head that recedes slowly, sticks to the glass and looks so inviting. Pale, unfiltered straw colour. Smells so good. God I love Belgians! Citrusy, spicy aromas, nice and complex.

This beer goes straight to the nose at first sip. My God, it's everywhere! Mild alcohol, but it's hidden well in all the flavours. Coriander spice, yeasty, banana perhaps? Tangy on the tongue, but goes down creamily smooth with a nice aftertaste that's only mildly bitter, and the taste of fruit sticks around long after.

if it wasn't for the ABV, I could drink this all day long. a very exceptional beer in one of my favorite styles. Cheers!

08-25-2005 23:55:59 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a bubbly crystal clear straw yellow, with a huge rocky, frothy white head...the definition of what a belgian strong pale ale should look like. Aroma has citrusy and spicy hop notes with a fruity ale yeast and biscuit like malt background...certainly appealing. Flavor begins with a crisp hops profile of citrus, spices, and minerals followed by a distinct malt profile of biscuit and dry toasted bread flavors, then a background of fruity ale yeast. Intriguing and original, really a combination of a pilsner and a blegian pale. Very good brew, glad it was one of the first high gravity beers available in NC.

08-25-2005 04:52:55 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of egajdzis


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

This was a 2 yr old black label 750... Poured a hazy, large, egg shell colored head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of citrus, and spices (mostly cardamom). Sweet, slight citrus hoppiness, mildly spicy, and finishing alcoholic as well.

08-23-2005 23:52:51 | More by egajdzis
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15%

Pale cloudy color with a massive, creamy, rocky head that never goes away! Plenty of carbonation bubbles. Smells clean with an alcoholic sweetness backed up with yeast. The taste is crisp and fruity. Kind of grape like. Sweet alcohol and pale malts too! Oh my God! You just can't drink one! The problem is with 8.5% alv you have to be careful.

08-20-2005 04:43:07 | More by Luigi
Photo of sinistermadman


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Served from the 330 mL stubby. Pours a cloudy yellow with an active carbonation, nice head retention.

Smell: Fruit, spice, wheat? and grass.

Taste is pure Belgian strong ale. Delicious. Very juicy, finishes with a near puckering sweet sour twang. Carbonation makes the brew feel very light, most welcome on the palate. Finishes clean with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

This is incredible stuff. Truly worth all the hype surrounding it. Cheers.

08-19-2005 23:32:40 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of kmcnair


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

750ml bottle. Pours a pale yellow color and makes a HUGE fluffy and clumpy white head. Aroma is very yeasty with some citrus fruit lingering around. Flavor is quite complex with notes of lemon zest, coriander, nutmeg, fresh baked bread, yeast, alcohol and caramel bananas. Light to medium on the palate, carbonation is firm, strong dry finish. This is a very quaffable brew, the strength creeps up on you. I enjoyed several of these while in Brussels last week, it was nice to see something so good and readily available everywhere.

08-17-2005 04:32:22 | More by kmcnair
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,391 ratings.