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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,015
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
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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 theghost3
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +6.1%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some unknown reason, I've passed this one by at the store or gin mill for the past two years. I reckon it was the color that confused me, but as soon as I saw it was a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, my desire to obtain and consume grew. Obtained a 750ml bottle that had been sitting in my job's pantry for about six months and they were going to throw it away!!! Brought home and forgot about it for a few more months. Finally asked my wife where it was and she told me she put it on the porch in front of the house. With the hot weather, I was not very encouraged about what would come out when corked. However i endeavoroed to persevre and chilled it in a picher full of ice for an hour which may have been a mistake. Almost killed myself when uncorking, 2 seconds after I untwisted the fastener, the cork shot up to the ceiling of my shed and punctured a hole in the insulation.

The head was so large that it filled the entire snifter and had to pour out entirely for the first and hopefully last time in my life. 2nd pour came out with a four finger head, no chunks, small hills of creamy white foamy head.
The color was murky golden with sediments at the bottom of the glass.

S: Not as stong as I would have predictd, yet I chalk that up to being stored incorrectly. For the most part, spices and cloves came first, yeast and could not determine if faint sweentess was estery or candy/gum.

T: A bevy of flavors coming in and out starting with moderate sweet malts, the spicyness following the nose, bitterness coming in third with high ABV ominimpresent.

m - Thick, rich and creamy, heavy carbonated to say the least maintaining a fantastic balance. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more noticiable but not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination.

D-Luscious. This is a heavy weight in my book under the Belgian Strong Pale Ale classification. The complexity is beyond impressive. Much brighter than other BSPA's but not weak in any category. Takes time to pour properly and gets better as it warms up.

Photo of ectomorph
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz short bottle, Best Before 11/2010 poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear gold in color with a HUGE bright white head that slowly fades in patches. Carbonation is staying busy!

S - Fruity, maybe apple with a little alcohol noticed.

T - Man that's good. Again the apple presence is slight, with a light malt and alcohol balance. Great taste.

M - The carbonation and head combine for perfection!

D - @ 8.5% alcohol I would normally say only 1 or 2, but I could drink these all day/night. I think I'm in lust.

Photo of giblet
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a good beer. i had it while traveling. poured from the bottle nicely into my glass with excellent head and steady carbonation. color was pale yellow. nice smell but less aroma than expected. the taste was good of malts with nice hopped finish. this is a very good beer. not an excellent beer in my opinion. so many on here feel it is near perfection. to each his own.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of ryrust5301
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass. I don't have the monster Duvel glass, so this one will have to do.

Appearance - Even in a smaller tulip glass this beers head is awesome to behold. Well over three fingers in length, with a creamy, white, cloudy, puffy look to it. Color is of a lite pale gold, almost a straw color.

Smell - Very yeasty with a peppery hop aroma. Very lite neat fruitiness to it as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Once again very yeasty as in the nose, but a clean malt creaminess doesn't let the yeast run away with things. Crisp and extremely refreshing feel to this one. Alcohol is just enough to make it's presence known, but not overpower. Finishes with a nice spicy pepper bite.

Drinkability - This one is a highly seductive sipper. No heaviness to it makes it so easy to consume, but be careful of the abv as you'll have no idea when it starts kicking around in your head. I make it a point to come back to this one often.

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

Nice golden color with a good , full , foamy white head that will last a while. A lot of carbonation , nice tight bubbles.

Aroma is a pleasant , spice smell with a slight sweetness.

I think the taste is very good , very well balanced with the sweetness of the malt , and the slight bitterness of the hops . Lacks some of the kick if you like hoppy beers .

Very drinkable , but watch it because the 8.5 apv will sneak up on you.
A very good , easy drinking beer . A good fall back beer that isn't over priced.

A good all around brew.

Photo of TwinSox33
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This fine ale poured in a Pilsnery-like fashion, with excellent foamy head. The head retention remains until the last sip, and the foam rings run down the inside of the glass!

The beer smelled amazingly like a Pilsner, even though it's an ale, kind of interesting here. The smell was of (Saaz?) hops, and a bit of fruitedness.

The taste was exquisite. It had hints of citrus, a slight unidentifiable fruitedness, and a nice balancing presence of Budvar like hops. There was a fine malt presence, and a nice spicy/peppery yeast action.

Drinkability: Give me another! It's wet&quenchy, and then fades dry. Intregueing and fantastic. I CAN'T beleive this is 8.5%.

One of the finest Belgian beers available in the USA.

Photo of elniko
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay snifter

A: Rich golden coloring, finger or so of head that did not dissipate. High amounts of carbonation. I was quite frankly mezmorized by looking at this brew.

S: Maybe it is because my nose is a little stopped up but I don't get a strong nose on the beer. I get a little spiciness mostly.

T & M: I am amazed by the taste of this beer considering the high alcohol content. It is simply not there. This is an exquisite tasting beer. There are many different textures. I do get a bit of pilsener, I also get some spiciness as well. This is one complex brew! Mouthfeel is excellent, this is a beer that remains on the palate and does not go away.

D: Highly drinkable despite high alcohol content. I fully understand the praise that is lavished on this fine beer now.

Photo of Goliath
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large one inch bright white head. Great retention and some nice lacing. Runs the legnth of the glass as you drink. It's just too gorgeous to put into words.

Aroma is delicious. Some pale malts, subtle citrus, spices, yeast, maybe a little fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is quite nice. A light fruitiness and spicey yeast up front with a pale malty finish. Light, crisp, refreshing, and not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors make this beer easy to consume. Alcohol is moderately high, but does not interrupt the drinking experience.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at World Market.

750ml bottle
Consumed in a Piraat tasting glass.

Appearance: bright, golden hay, slight haze
Smell: alcohol, light and fresh, citrus
Taste/Mouthfeel: spicy, a bit bitter, fruity in the finish

This is my second time trying Duvel. I might buy it again depending on my mood. I prefer ales with a little more robust flavor and deeper character. Overall, not too bad for the style.

Photo of oregone
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's all been said:
Clean, highly effervescent, spicy, and extraordinarily well balanced, with a beautiful (everlasting foam) presentation. And yes, you need to be careful with these as they go down waaaayyy to easy, especially on a hot day.
One of my top go to beers all year long, for quality, price, and availability.
If you haven't tried it, do so.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 750mL bottle.

The beer pours a light golden with a pillowy white head that holds beautifully and leaves as much lace as possible on the side of the glass. The aroma is full of bready malts, golding hops, and spicy phenols. The taste recounts all of these aromas, a wonderful spiciness from the yeast and hops and meanwhile the malty sweetness and breadiness balances beautifully. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with massive carbonation. Overall, a great beer. East to drink with plenty of flavor. Could pair well with almost any food.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light straw color. Slightly clouded; note: there was a brownish residue around the lip of the bottle after I removed the bottle cap. Very course head that persisted - literally stood on top the beer.

Smell: Light citrus, some spice (clove?). Not overpowering.

Taste: Malty, slightly sweet taste. Slight hop bitterness. Balance of this beer is exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very, very, very carbonated. Did I mention it was carbonated?

Drinkability: A very good beer. Easy to drink, but watch out for the alcohol - it'll catch you in beer that tastes this good, is this balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Very light straw color with great clarity and a thick, bubbly head.

S - Spicy with clove and vanilla. Some sweetness.

T - Very spicy and moderately bitter. Very crisp, clean and balanced. The best of its style.

M - Thin and quite carbonated but appropriately so.

D - A bit spicy for me but very good and very easy to drink.

Photo of nrbw23
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a really pale yellow color that is pretty much clear with just the smallest bit of a yeast haze. The head is white, huge and lasts the entire time of my brew.

S- Smells quite a bit citrusy and some spice nothing over powering here.

T- Sweet malts hit you right up front (apple and pear taste) then turns to a little spice, some yeast notes and then a little a hop bitterness in the end. Very crisp and very good.

M- Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A very good beer and a good change of pace.

Photo of Kraken
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Followed the directions on the bottle "pour slowly". Slow, gentle pour yields a nice tight 1 finger head with good retention. Head shrinks to a thin skim of tiny bubbles. Not much of a smell light malt and perhaps a hint of citrus. Taste is nice light, hints of citrus and light malt, light hop bittering. Very fine and prevalent carbonation. Finnish is nice dry and crisp. Mouth feel is creamy and light. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice beer.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot about this beer, so my expectations were very high.

Poured a light lemon-yellow color. I poured "unhurriedly" like the label said and still had to back off a bit due to the enourmous fluffy white head. Let it settle for a second, but the head didn't really reduce, it just transformed into this amazing rocky, chunky, clumpy, uneven, crater-like creation. The thick clumpy lacing was akin to dish suds or bubble bath (I mean that in a good way). Lumpy head stuck around till the very end, leaving a foamy clump in the bottom of the glass.

Smelled slightly spicy, with yeast, peppery clove, and a moderate fruitiness.

Flavor of light malt up front, all the elements of the nose in the middle including a pear-like fruitiness, with alcohol and a hop bitter in the finish that remained in the aftertaste. Pausing for a minute or two between sips revealed a residual flavor reminiscent of white wine/champagne.

Mouthfeel was smooth, yet mantained a crisp bite.

Definitely a top notch beer.

Photo of Roeters
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with a nice white layer of foam, great amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet smell, great traditional Belgium beer aroma

T: GREAT, sweet smooth with a slight sour that makes a great Belgium

M: Wonderful feeling across the mouth, with a slight fizz.

D: Could easily sit around a drink a few beers, I it will be a great summer beverage.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As belgian strong ales go, this one is very different than one would suspect. The normal flavors many associate with Belgian strong ales are not as prominent. Bannana/bubblegum tones from the wheat and yeast, candy-like fruity sugars,etc. This is not La Fin Du Monde or a Trappist beer. The malt flavor is more toward the pilsner or pale lager taste spectrum. That being said, it's really drinkable and I really liked the black pepper spiciness. And trust me, It is way more complex than most pilsner/pale lagers. It just looks beautiful in a glass with a crystal-clear pale golden color and a huge foamy white head. There's a good amount of bitterness and complexity but the sweetness you'd normally get in such a high ABV is just not there. I'd love to try a beer that is similar to Duvel in taste. The taxonomy "Belgian Strong Ale" (given on an different beer rating site) mislead me but I was stil pleased with the beer. If I had seen Belgian Strong 'Pale' Ale it might have made more sense on my first tasting.

Photo of JayDub
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Slightly hazy, light gold. Famous Duvel head, tons of lace, thick to the end.

S - Delicate aroma, apple skin. Clean sweet malt.

T - More apple coming through in the taste. Some nice malt sweetness. Juicy in the middle with some alcohol warmth.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium body, and super creamy. Finishes with some spice.

D - Goes down easy, but at 8.5% it comes on quick. I usually limit myself to one of these.

I enjoy the fruit notes and clean malt, love the creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a rich pale golden color with a light, white, but thick head that lasted awhile. The aroma was hops, yeast with a hint of spice and fruit. The taste was very good. I was actually expecting it to be weaker from its color, but it really came through for me. Great flavor, yeast and some spices. The high carbonation worked very well with the beer and I think made it all the more enjoyable. The beer was clean, high drinkability and I will be enjoying this one all summer long.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy white cloud, squeezable charmin soft.

Smells yeasty, some hops, spicy.

Nice sweet balanced taste, spicy, tart, wheaty, if this were a multiple choice question, the answer would be D.) all of the above.

Leaves a dry crisp finsih.

Du drink, duvel.

Photo of choyhosoi
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in to a glass

A-This pours a thick white head that lingers. The color is a nice gold with a slight orange tint. This looks very inviting when poured right.

S-This had a sweet scent fruits,hopps..

T-It had a sweet taste that made it hard to gulp down the ale.

M/D-It had a bubbly taste and should be enjoyed slowly. This is s great ale that I would try again.

Photo of Troy518
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is pale golden and yellow in color. Huge, thick, creamy head with massive lacing. Highly carbonated with dry finish. Very balanced malt and hop flavor. The high alcohol breaks through the palate on this one and gets in your face. Taste is yeasty, earthy, and plenty spicy from the hops with a faint pleasant fruitiness. Interesting shaped bottle will have to utilize for my home brew.

($4.45, 11.2oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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