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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,909
Reviews: 2,633
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 310
Gots: 789 | FT: 4
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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 jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with the best by date of 05, 2010 into a brandy snifter. Not a Duvel glass but the best I could do on short notice. The beer is a clear honey color with a nice soft floating off white head.

Smell is crisp and has hints of green apples, spicy hops and is all dominated by strong yeasts.

Taste is very well balanced. It has some nice pale malt sweetness that moves into an some fine fruity and yeasty flavors. This beer has a spice that is accentuated by the above average carbonation. All those combined flavors yields a sharp pleasing beer that still has a soft silky, almost creamy texture on the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer well worth the price of admission.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful pale hazy golden hue, under a fluffy three-finger head. I wish I owned a tulip glass, but a goblet worked for me well enough. The head dissipated really slowly, and left fluffy patches here and there as it laced really, really well down the sides.

Smell: Strong yeast, with honey, tart fruit and hops bouquet. The alcohol makes a strong showing as well, and understandably so!

Taste: The yeast and fruit hit immediately, with the bitterness and alcohol hitting immediately thereafter. The honey hits on the finish, leaving a sweet, delicious aftertaste even when the beer is well on its way to your gullet.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and crisp. The low acidity of the fruit and yeast combined with the high alcohol content make for a fantastic combination of sweet, bitter, and tart.

Drinkability: With the 8.5% ABV, you'd better drink them slowly. You should anyway. This is the kind of beer whose taste you should savor. I loved it, and could drink it all afternoon on a nice mild sunny day (or, let's face it...pretty much anytime). Better walk home, though. ;)

Photo of pirates
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a yellow color with a good head that last all the way.

S - Spicy and somewhat citrus.

T - This is where the citrus characteristics of this beer comes through. Tastes of orange/lemon rind. A very rich flavor of citrus that lingers.

M - Very high carbonation. A tad too fizzy for my liking.

D - Carbonation makes this beer difficult to consume too many.

I have mixed feelings about this beer. This beer did not blow me away however, credit must be given where due. This is an exceptionally well constructed and balanced beer, but just not to my liking.

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

A: Pours a pale pilsner gold, clear with a big frothy 2 finger white head.

S: A little candi sugar sweetness on nose, wildflowers, and a some lemon grind.

T: Very fruity (apples, pears) with a spiciness. Has a dry champagne like texture and is very clean and crisp from start to finish with some fresh lemon merrang bread notes, apples, and subtle spicing that is clean and eloquent. Has a dry champagne like texture and is very clean and crisp from start to finish.

M: Mouthful is fizzy from the high carbonation

D: Overall a solid Belgian, very good to style and a good entry for those unfamiliar with the style.

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

As of this writing, there are 1119 reviews for this beer. What could there possibly be left to say that hasn't already been said?

Okay, I'll say this: Duvel is good, drinkable, and enjoyable. There is nothing 'wrong' with this beer. However, it is *highly* over-rated.

So while there is nothing wrong with Duvel, nor is there anything particularly distinctive or memorable, except for the artful way the 8.5% ABV is hidden.

The beer world has moved on since Duvel's heyday. It's a fine brew, but you can find other ales these days, Belgian or otherwise, that are far more interesting, challenging, and palette expanding.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy straw-color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind long-lasting lacing on the glass, all the while a small white ring floats atop the brew. Can't expect any better from the style.

S - Yeast and spices first rise from the glass, and they are quickly met by scents of bananas, pears, and tart apples; alcohol is present in the background.

T - No matter how many times I drink this, I come up with a different description of the taste, so this is as best as I can put it. Initial flavors of yeast, barley, and spices are dominant upon a flowery base. Strong fruit notes of tart apples, bananas, and oranges, with maybe some sweet berries in the background. Full body that reveals new flavors with every sip, finishing with a creamy alcohol tone. In all its complexities, one doesn't lose sight of the many flavors working together - they are just difficult at times to pinpoint.

M - Full, creamy body with strong carbonation and a very strong juicy (but not sweet) finish. Alcohol is present after a few seconds.

D - This is my first time reviewing a Duvel because I could never find the words to describe the whole experience, and I still feel somewhat dumbfounded as to my description...it is definitely something you need to try, but as with everything, drink in moderation and don't underestimate it. It is a very refreshing and crisp beer, so the 8.5% is quickly forgotten about. Suitable for almost any situation/dinner in which white wine would be appropriate - beit a sweet or dry selection.

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

Enjoyed from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

I poured the beer slowly and patiently and a towering, rocky head emerged. It's a truly astounding beer to look at. It smelled and tasted of fresh, dry fruit, yeast and a bit of alcohol. It was extremely warming and very drinkable for the high ABV. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Hoegaarden because I think it shares a couple flavor notes with it.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marvelous looking beer. Golden colored elixir with champagne like bubbles rissing from my glass. Thick and foamy white head with perfect lacing.

Earthy Belgian yeast with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet candy malts and fresh floal hops.

Again of blend of fresh fruits that yield a delicous balance between sweet and sour. Candy and grain malt with a fresh hop bouquet and tart Belgian yeast.

Thick and creamy texture up front with a crisp dry finish. Just enough carbonation to enhance the flavor profile without getting in the way.

Exquisite example of the style. Vast in complexity while keeping perfect balance. Pairs especially well with seafood and fine cheese.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this is my first time enjoying a Duvel.

Chubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (what else??)

A- This is the best looking beer I have ever seen. An incredible massive head emerges from a slow pour, as directed on the back of the bottle. This head might be 3 inches. Deep rich golden color, carbonation bubbles flowing through the middle of the beer, rising quickly and fast.

S- Smell was of citrus zest (mostly lemon)- floral hops and yeast. Alcohol is also noted in the nose.

T- Taste is as balanced as possibly imaginable, with the 8.5 % abv well hidden, but prevalent to those who are not ready for it. A peppery spice mixed in with citrus flavors, hops, and biscuit.

M- Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated- thirst quenching at times.

D- This is to be sipped and enjoyed. A couple of these in a sitting would be appropriate, but one must beware of the consequences.

Photo of DLucky
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Q: If stranded on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere what beer would you like to have and why? Be succinct.

A: Duvel, because it is the perfect balance of ale flavor and lager finish. And with 8.5% ABV, you won't need much of it to forget you're stranded on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

But seriously...

I've been drinking Duvel for over 5 years, I guess it's time to get serious and write a review on the subject.

Appearance: Beautiful innocent straw colored beer with the fluffiest of white heads. Brussels lace clings to the edge of the glass forever, defying gravity until it dries everywhere but where you have taken your last sip.

Smell: Bright, fresh bubbles almost make me sneeze. fruity aromas give way to a deeper, malty odor. Not as much spice as I would have hoped.

Taste: Ma-ma. Full, warm flavors dominate the mouth, filling every nook and cranny. The smallest of hop bites pucker the bottom of my cheeks while yeasty malt flavors really whomp on my tastebuds. Alcohol is present, but neither overly sweet nor linear/hot. Just warming and happy.

Mouthfeel: full, slightly syrupy at first then copious bubbles scrub the pallet clean. near perfect mouthfeel

Drinkability: Could be the single most versatile food beer i've ever had. I have put this up against big flavors, light flavors, desserts, even cooked with it and it just goes with everything. The only reason this is not a 5 in this category is the alcohol content. Ounce for ounce, it is perfect, but very few of us drink just one ounce, eh? As Rolling Stone once said: Duvel is Flemish for the word Devil, but have three of these and you'll see God.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the greats. Here goes...

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge, rocky white head with excellent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace - damn near perfection. Could make a blind man see again.

S: strong aromas of apple, yeast, banana, and spice

T: nice floral hoppiness, yeast, rich fruit flavours (apple, pear, stone fruit), a slight touch of sweetness, and a dry spiciness on the long finish - very well put together

M: medium bodied and crisp, sight cream, good carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing, somewhat dry finish.

D: I love this beer! Despite the its high ABV, it's decently easy to drink. However, for me, I prefer to sip slowly and enjoy the complex range of flavours, textures, and physical features that it offers. Truly one of the greatest Belgian Pale ales out there - very highly recommended.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a .33 L bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best served before date 05/2009.

Appearance is absolutely gorgeous. Head is a thick, billowy white, and retention is out of this world. Carbonation is as lively as any I've ever seen, hue is a beautiful yellow gold, and lacing is thick and full. This is how God intended beer to look. For the record, after I had consumed the entirety of the beer, lacing remained on all sides of the glass, and the carbonation kept going until the bitter end.

Nose is airy and light, with the citrus (orange and lemon) and yeast sourness prevalent, and the floral crispness of the hops playing the subdued but nonetheless important part of second violin. Slightest hint of alcohol is present in the harmony.

Taste is indescribable, but I'll try for the sake of the review. It's so balanced, so damn smooth, with the tartness of the fruit and the sourness of the yeast and the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the grain and the spiciness of ... something, perhaps cloves, perhaps something else ... all playing off one another, no one overpowering any of the others, each making its own important contribution in concert with the others. The sourness of the yeast and sweetness definitely become more prevalent as this magnificent brew warms up.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, despite the carbonation, which isn't nearly as formidable once it's in your mouth as it appears it probably should be. The finish is outstanding.

Drinkability is superb, and I could finish a four pack easily if the diet I was currently on allowed for it. I'm writing this as I finish off the last few sips (carbonation is STILL going, and there's lacing three and a half inches up the sides of the glass - unbelievable!!), and the alcohol has definitely crept up on me by this point, but you definitely don't feel it until it's upon you. This sets a very high bar for other beers of the style, and I highly recommend this to anyone interested in exposing themselves to Belgian beer.

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

"pour unhurriedly"

it's been a long time comin.

A- most ridiculously excellent looking snow-white head forms with no effort at all. it's light, airy, and nerf-like and it rises out of the tulip glass and blooms into the shape of a fully blossomed rose. and that's only half the bottle. how can this beautiful thing be the devil? the pour with this beer is a process, and i respect that greatly. this head morphs in a psychedelic fashion into something that resembles the matterhorn, or the K-13 in asspen (for any south park fans) and as the foam sets, it becomes rigid and resilient and rubbery to the touch and leaves groovy geometric fractal patters of lace. body is a pale golden and clear initially, with many streams of tiny champagne bubbles replenishing what the laws of physics take away, then by the end of the bottle we have a beautiful hazy banana peel yellow, still with rising bubblies.

* a dented ping-pong ball size clump of lace is still clinging to the inside of my glass about 1/2in down from the lip...and i finished the beer 1/2 hour ago. i took digital photos, i wish i could post them somehow. i'd give duvel a 5.5 if it was possible.

S- sour belgian yeast and tart citrus, lemony candy, sour apple, pear, sour cherry candy, all in all a very aromatic citric acid. wildflowers, gardenia, and a tropical beach come to mind when taking in the spicy floral hops. pale malt and raw barley also, it is my understanding that the malt is steamed to retain the beer's pale golden color. white wine (reisling, spatlese), oranges and the smallest hint of clove become apparent as the devil warms.

T- ahh where to begin...bubblegum/banana and white pepper spiciness, alcohol hides well but can't escape my olfactory sensors! i know you're there. fine champagne, candied citrus, again almost unnoticeable clove, maybe some mace or nutmeg flavors as well, i'm not sure about anything right now. very belgian, very unique yeast taste is pungent but cleaner in the smell taste and feel than others such as orval. green apple, unripe pear, white grape, all sitting on a very pale, very light malt background. delicious. mildly bitter grassy floral hop finish fades away like a lucid dream.

MF- light, crisp, refreshing feels so much like a pils but most def is not! damn! ranges from tart and puckering to powdery to prickly, to juicy, transitioning flawlessly into an ultra clean finish. finnish! hah! it's beyond my conception at this time how a beer so light can be packed with so much flavor and alcohol.

D- i need to go get a snack and lay down. and then have another devil. i might have to edit this tomorrow with a fresh review. unless all 5's really is possible...it can't be.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - golden yellow color with a slight haze and a 2 finger white head. Watching the carbonation in this beer is amazing. Good lacing.

s - citrus, apple, yeast

t - citrus flavor with a slight spiciness. Some good hops to finish it off. Very well balanced.

m - the most carbonated beer I have ever had, it is alive!

d - A very interesting beer. The appearance of this beer is top notch. It looks so delicious. Great balanced taste.

Photo of iasanlee
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours into a tulip a pale golden yellow with slight haze. Huge bright white head, and loads of chunky lacing.

S- Most noticeable is yeast. Citrus and spice.

T- Very crisp. Spicy, Sweet fruity lemon. Hop bitterness. One of the most balanced beers I have had.

M- Medium in body. Intensely delicate carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

D- If this was the only beer I could drink the rest of my life, It would be a great life.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


· Appearance: Golden yellow with lively carbonation and a two finger frothy white head, subsiding into a medium lacing.
· Aroma: Lively yeast and nose tingling hops. Light citrus lemon and perhaps some spice.
· Taste: WOW, crisp, yeasty, and a hop aftertaste that encourages a second take. Similar to the aroma, there is a nice citrus flavor, maybe even ginger and a lighter spice. Also, a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish.
· Mouthfeel: This beer is ALIVE! Great carbonation, yet very smooth.
· Drinkability: Dangerous. Absolutely delicious and easy to drink. Many stories could be told with a Duvel in hand!

Photo of Scottsan
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a "big" 25-ounce(ish) bottle.

Nice, pillow-y head (solid . . . and seemingly eternal). The appearance (pale golden yellow) and smell are very attractive. The mouthfeel is very light, as is the flavor . . . sweet up front and progressively more bitter at the finish.

I was really surprised by this . . . not really excited by the prospect of a Belgian beer (was a gift). I'd buy this in the future (should I see it).

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

Stubby bottle pours into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden color with plenty of building, and bubbling rocky, foamy white head. Smell is faint with citrus, with some Belgian spice in the background. Taste is crisp with some of the citrus coming through. Mouthfeeling is heavily carbonated making this a refreshing drink.

Photo of stimy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a huge white head. Champagne mouthfeel, very carbonated tasting. I'm not a huge fan of "champgney" beers.

Photo of fank2788
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle dated best before May 2010 served in a snifter
Pretty exceptional in the glass this beer is bright clear yellow gold with a huge frothy head the volume of which is almost equal to the volume of the beer. The smell is dominated by lemon and pepper, delicate hoppy spice and ripe summer fruit. The taste is upfront peppery spice, some due to hops but a good deal of it is from the alcohol. Incredibly brash and right out in your face just under the pepper is a fair amount of sweet pale malt along with a lemony tart kick with a bit of yeast ester as well. This beer feels very lively in the mouth clean yet drying with a near stinging peppery bite that invites another sip almost slightly harsh but in a good way. Overall this is quite good definitely a style defining beer and world class by all accounts. A good choice to have on hand at all times for special occasions.

Photo of Natural510
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with loads of creamy head which stays in the glass.
Smells lemony & yeasty, tastes the same...goes down very smooth & crisp, almost like a lager. Very tangy.
The mouthful is excellent...the carbonation jumps around in the mouth, especially with a swish or two.
I recently tried St Bernardus Tripel, and this has similar qualities, but more subtle. It is not as tart, more smooth, and therefore a very drinkable brew.

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

pours bright gold with a billowy two finger head of white suds.

aroma is distinctly belgian. there's a tangy fruit component to the slightly wild, spicey nose which i find especially peppery.. exhilerating.

taste- there's a judicious amount of hops, though their flavor is subdued, very spicy in style with a broad candied malt palate, some sweet ethanol and slightly fruity character. the carbonation is intense and adds a bit of a creaminess to the ale. drying up on the finish, but lingering on the palate with deft balance.

mouthfeel, the beer is somehow light, but lush. creamy and tender, yet iron hard. there's a great intensity at every point on the palate and for such a high grav brew it maintains it's drinkability with ease. all this is complimented by sublime complexity and nuance. drink duvel.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Maudite snifter. Poured the color of pale straw; ample light penetration, but somewhat murky. Voluminous white head (about three inches) with excellent retention and generous clumpy lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of belgian yeast, citrus and clove. Taste similar to nose. Lively mouthfeel and ample carbonation during the duration. Finish was crisp and clean with a bit of citrus that lingers in the mouth. Very refreshing, but deceptively so given the 8.5% abv. No wonder Duvel is considered to be the archetype of the style.

Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled this bottle overnight in the fridge.

Poured it in my Trappist chalice slowly. A nice, creamy head developed over the golden colored ale.

A nice aroma of yeast and something sweet

Taste is of something sweet with a slight bitter finish

An overall good beer. Will try it again and again.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small stubby to a snifter, The liquid looks great yellow and sparkling with nice carbonation, the head is outstanding, big, smooth, fluffy, white, good retention and lots of lace.

The smell is sweet and delicious, yeasty but nice not over done.

The taste is great, fruity and sweet, mild citrus and berries, very good stuff.

The mouthfeel is also very good, great carbonation that picks right up with a few swirls of the glass and good body.

The drinkability is very good I see why this brew continues to get attention. Prosit, MK

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,909 ratings.