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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,609
Reviews: 2,597
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 263
Gots: 621 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of Byeast
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured slightly opaque , lighter golden color , massive frothy white head that lasted the whole way through.

Smell: candied fruit , pear , yellow apple , slight yeast and tinge of alcohol.

Taste: very tasty and smooth , pear and yellow apple fruitiness , nicely balanced maltiness , slight bit of tart twang from the yeast , and a nice edge of hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth , very effervescent , with a chapagne like dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: An exellent belgian pale ale , very well balanced , flavorful , and elegant. With a nice alcohol kick to boot! Great beer!

Byeast, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this one one another try. I didn't think too much of this brew before and I'm thinking I might have drank it too cold and in the wrong glass (Straight out of the fridge and in a Pilsener glass) This time I let it sit a while, and drinking out of an oversized wine glass.

I poured this one nice and slowly as I remember the crazy head this gave off last time I tried it, It poured a translucent yellow with a head that remains on top ever so slightly. The smell had some banana clove notes almost like a Hefe Weizen, but at the same time had the signature smells of a belgian ale (that nice fruity aroma that I can't quite describe, but almost all belgians except lambics have it).

At first taste, it tasted as i remember, but as it warmed slightly, the flavor became quite enjoyable. Sweet banana clove and a very delicate aroma of prunes made its way through the palate, coming to an exceptionally clean finish. For a 8.5% ABV this is remarkably smooth and quite easy to drink.

Much better than I remembered it to be. I'll be sure to keep a bunch of these in the fridge over the winter, it warms you up nicely.

funkengruven, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gently hazed champagne body with a soft, stiff, enormous, airy, white head with great retention.

Smell: Fresh apples; tart and musty yeast; spicy alcohol; light, sweet malts; and piquant, herbal hops. It smells nice but it doesn't have the depth that I expect from the style.

Taste: Brilliantly spicy from a chord of alcohol, hops, and yeast. Light and mellow at first, then piquant and zesty as you swallow and bittersweet in the finish. Fruity, vinous, bitter, earthy, and paradoxically bold yet light.

Mouthfeel: Airy, soft, chewable, and sticky. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: This is good stuff, completely enjoyable and respectable.

soulgrowl, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Injemanze
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again desperate for a respite from the local swill, I purchased a couple bottles at a French supermarket in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Belgian Pale Ales have since become one of my favorite styles.

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellowish-orange. The head is massive and frothy. I had to wait several minutes for head reduction and even then with substantial lacing.

Smell – Lemon scents, yeast, perhaps a bit of grass. Pleasant overall but not overtly noticeable.

Taste – An excellent ale. You are hit at once by strong hints of spice and citrus that reappear more subtly as you progress. Some hop bitterness is noticeable but I really couldn't taste the alcohol until I had nearly finished the second bottle.

Drinkability –Perhaps a bit too drinkable for an ABV of 8.5%. The alcohol is masked well, need to be careful.

Duvel is outstanding. Great flavor, smoothness, and balance. I place it in my top 5

[ serving type: bottle ]

Injemanze, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of silenius
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How is it that I haven't reviewed this beer yet?

Pours a beautiful light gold. Super clear and massive head and vigorous carbonation bubbles make this beer quite beautiful.

Smell is bubblegum, pepper, marshmallows, cloves, and lemon rind. Very little hops detectable.

Taste begins on the sweet side with bubblegum flavors segueing into peppercorns and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is like a fluffy cloud of beer in my mouth.

Very drinkable and food friendly.

silenius, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into the Duvel glass with a huge meringue-like head. Carbonation is awesome with the stream of bubbles from the center of the glass. So very smooth with just a touch of the alcohol content showing through. Smells great, so convenient to bury your nose in that glass and savour the aroma as you have another sip. A totally enjoyable experience.

techdiver, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: pours into a wine glass with massive carbination, yet the heads fades quickly enough, which works out ok. The beer is a very light yellow color, with some haze. The carbination continues throughout the glass.

smell: yeah i should probably get a Duvel glass, yet I'm not at home anyways. Still the smell is pretty mild by any standard. I do get hints of pears, and bit of that crisp bone dryness. Just kinda weak to merit a higher score.

taste: now that's a beer. The crisp dryness is the key here, with flavors of peaches and pears added by the yeast, but in a restrained amount. Tasting about as dry as a beer can get, I'm tasting the bitterness of the hops, and it seems almost like there is pepper in here.(I have no idea if there is or not)

mouthfeel: So light, so smooth, so great. Really typifies how a Belgian Strong Pale beer should be, deseptive. Hence Duvel.

drinkability: yeah, this one goes down good, really a fantatic drinker that sort of demands quick drinking. Yes you savor it, but it's pretty hard to go slow on it. This beer is worthy of the respect it gets. A must try, and a must re-buy.

pjwilson, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
1.58/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750 mL

A: Looks good, crystal clear with a HUGE head that sticks all over the glass. Lots of bubbles and a very very light yellow color.

S: Spicy and I dont know light? I smell corny but I think a lot of people would get pissy at me but hey fuckem. I smell a spicy coors light, and I swirled and warmed the beer to no end.

T: Meh. I think I just dont like the mouthfeel, but that caried over into the taste. Like drinking air that has spicyness. Not a real fan. The taste has very limited hop presence with a ... no wait no malt prescence because it was so carbonated I couldnt taste a damn thing...

M: Light, dry did I say light? For being so alcholic it doesnt carry over into a unique taste or mouthfeel. Just like an extremly fizzy beer with very few good qualities. Carbonation waaay to high, and I know its a Belgian, which apparently gives it supernatural qualities, but Im calling it saying I think what they did to this beer sucked.

D: I struggled and struggled to finish my 750 mL, but ended up tossing the rest. If you want a quick buzz go for it. But a good beer? Try DFH or stone. Because all I tasted here was hype. Belgian beers can make some crazy good brews, but this was not one of them.

KyleVick4, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice light clear golden with a nice foamy white head that rests on top.

Smell. Nice light spices, fruitier than i remember, some bananas, apples and fresh peahes. sweet and nice.

Taste. Dry and peppery. Light fruit flavors- some apple and spices- just a touch of clove. High carbonation and high alcohol gives it a nice bite on my tongue. Good yeast character. Aftertaste is just slightly tart, and has more pepper characteristics.

Mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation, just the slightest sip will fill my mouth from that carbonation. Body is about medium and behind the carbonation it seems a little slick.

Overall, just an excellent beer. Honestly i'm not into it being so dry, but it is still great. I have mentioned the alcohol in some places, but i do think it does cover the alc content quite nicely. I would love to have this again and again, but personally i'm a la fin du monde fan (sweeter).

acrawf6, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very malt dominant aroma. Belgian pils and lots of it. Fermentation aromas include honey and lots of fruit (apples and peaches) and also a spicy component that I pick up as peppery.

Huge pillowy white head that really fills the oversized tulip Duvel glass. Pale golden colored and clear with lots of inviting rising carbonation bubbles.

Flavor is very malt dominant. It's a full flavored of malt, mostly belgian pils flavors. Hop bitterness is pretty high but there's very little hop flavor or aroma. I get more of the honey flavor effect and nice yeasty-estery effect that is both like bread and fruity. There's a lot of complexity in the flavor but it's all so well blended that it is also really straight-forward tasting.

Body is mediud. Carbonation level is a little biting that adds to the bittering effect. Not at all alcoholic in the mouthfeel but it has a warming effect in the stomach.

A great beer. It's strong and complex enough that you could sip and savor it. But it's brewed to hide the strength so you could also drink it as a thirst quencher. One of my favorites.

czechsaaz, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best looking beer...ever.
Pours a light golden color (think pilsner) with a head that's as thick an unending as possible. Leave it sitting for more than a minute and it'll solidify into a legitimate beer merangue. Carbonation never stops and the lacing is unparalelled.
Smell is actually of a slightly sour and spicy malt. Again, my first though was "pilsner!" though I know well that it's not.
The taste is fruity, yeasty, and malty all at the same time. It has a lot of the characteristics of a belgian ale, but crossed with a german malt flavor. The yeast is there, but it's not the star of the show like many other Belgians.
Mouthfeel's not as thick as you might expect from the head. Goes down easy and is VERY drinkable for a beer over 8%
This is great!

Domingo, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a hard beer to pin down. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales but then this is not really typical of Belgian ales

. It's way fruitier and more estery than I usually like but yet it somehow works, but just barely.

It's a hazy yellow with the most monstrous head ever. Huge and the word I usually use --persistent-- doesn't begin to do it justice. I think if you left it alone it would be perpetual; the beer would evaporate eventually but the head would simply petrify and be discovered by 23rd Century archeologists.

The aroma is yeasty and fruity with something else I can't describe in the background-- maybe rye bread or some spice. It is also very volatile for some reason; even with the huge head, you get a lot of vapors.

Tthe taste is extremely tart, fruity and on the verge of being cloying but it somehow finished very clean with just a hint of the bitter hops. It's not like the Trappist Ales and Lambics but there is noticeable alcohol warmth. Again, when /i describe the beer, there are alot of individual characteristics that are not usually to my liking, but for some reason I do like this.

The body is medium and it's to the dry side despite the sweetness, if that makes sense. The mouth feel is bubbles; it has extremely intense carbonation-- maybe more than any beer I've ever had including American macros. It is almost overwhelming and if you drink too much it feels as though it might come out your nose before you can swallow.

I'd label this more interesting and unique than drinkable. It's good but I doubt I'd ever be inclined to drink more than half a 750 and even that's pushing it.

Deconstructionis, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had and reviewed this before, but I felt that this was such a classic and my palate has changed so much since then, I should revisit it.
It poured into the proper glassware a cloudy pale yellow with a big snow white foamy head that stayed around for several minutes. Thick sticky lacing clung like webs to the sides of the glass. Constant streams of CO2 bubbles travel upward fueling the foamy cap. Nice look ale, this.
Smell is fruit, hops, and alcohol and in that order. Almost reminds me of a toned down tripel.
Taste is more of the smell, with a semi-dryness to it countered by an appearance of cooked fruit. This is a little better than I remember it being, or rather, I am enjoying it more this time around.
I'll certainly buy Duvel again.
*I poured this from a 330mL bottle with a best by date of 03 2007.

SilentSabre, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color from a brown, 330ml bottle with a freshness date of 03/09. The carbonation results in a cyclone of spouting up through the center.

The white fluffy head takes up half of the tulip, it's creamy and stiff and I think would stick around forever if I didn't eventually take a sip. A merengue dome solidifies a good half inch abouve the rim. The foam around the edges eventually recedes, but a puffy, marshmallow plateau remains in the center. The immense lacing clings to all contours of the glass in an intricate spider web pattern.

The fragrant aroma consists of citrus, apple, honey, clove, yeast and malt. Flavors of lemon, orange, apple, pear, candied malt, clove, caramel, subtle hobs, and warming alcohol. The mouth is light and vibrant with ample carbonation, yet complex. Plenty of citrus dancing on the front, mellowing into a mid section of malt and spice, then finishing with a touch of hop, a citrus aftershock, alcohol, and a refined touch of syrup sticking sweetly to the lips.

This ale is highly drinkable.I could always have four pack of Duvel on hand, like Joe Six Pack keeps a sixer of Bud.

Osiris9588, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle into snifter

Appearance: golden/ blonde with 2 inches of fluffy white foam. In short, eye candy.

Smell: Saaz hop spiciness and some pale malt, with the malt coming through more as it warms.

Taste: Slightly sweet and dry at once, again with the Saaz hop spiciness and mild fruitiness from the ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, which disguises the alcohol very well. Carbonation tickles.

Drinkability: I've learned the hard way that I have to be careful with this one. It looks like a Pilsener, but drinking it like a Pilsener is a bad idea. A sipping beer.

MurphyMacManus, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, without a doubt, the greatest looking beer of all time!! It looks as if someone put cool whip in yer brew. Great creamy head, never goes away with some nice fruit esthers. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smooth beer and highly drinkable as the alcohol is undetectable. Feels remarkable on the palate. I highly recommend this one and it is resonably priced.

bigdeuce, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly good beer and usually is a style I don't like.
It pours with a huge white head that fills up about half the Duvel tulip glass. Is a golden color that is very light cloudy (probably from the yeast). The head has great head retention that ends up going into what looks like a crumbled up white silk sheet just truly beautiful lacing.
The nose is filled with bananas and other light fruits and maybe a hint of lemon. Has some sweet malts and European hops.
The mouth has these fruits all over it. Also some light grains and maybe some bread also. Theres sweetness in the taste and aftertaste. As warms you do get a very light warming in back from alcohol.
Is thin/medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp and maybe a bit sticky.
This is a very good brew. Great for a nice hot day. Could drink this on a regular basis.

BlindPig, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Nesued
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Short stout brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label showing "month/year" with a batch number below.

Appearance - Clear pale/golden color. Pour was complex, and even with the "warning label" regarding the relaxed pour, I over filled twice! Wow amd I out ofpractice!! The head, good god the head! Big, white and looks like a well-whipped marangue.

Smell - Yeast, yeast and more yeast (and malt)! There is a peppery spicy bite to the smell that barely comes thru the yeast presence.

Taste - Now that I've written the "Appearance" and "Smell" sections, the head has finally decreased low enough to enjoy! Very creamy presentation (due to the carbonation) with a crisp presence. I would have expected this to last for days due to amount of carbonation feeding the sip, but it cleared well with little after taste. A majority of what I tasted was a excellent yeast-based and malt-based balance with a bit of a spice finish.

Mouthfeel - wow, the depth is so pronounced. This is as close to perfect of a balance as I've had in recent memory. This is a dense beer, but not heavy at all. The density does not feel totally due to the carbonation present at pour. This is all taste, not air.

Drinkability - This is one of my top 5 beers. Please pass me another, and another. Not at the same time however, this 8.5% adv will knock you on your arse!

Nesued, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been passing Duvel on the shelf for a while since I had it in France last Summer. Tonight, I saw a fresh case being put up in the Whole Foods, so I lifted one out for my cart.

I chilled it down in the fridge and then poured the golden ale into my 50cl glass to a great looking head. The first smell was very yeasty and tart. I couldn't put it down as I was looking for more variants in the flavor.

I was rewarded with all kinds flavors as the ale settled down and I was thinking how this reminded me of Ommegang Witte, Hennepin,
and a few Hefewiesen kind of beers.

bonbright7, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4 pack at Alpine Beverage in Helen, GA on a recent visit. Pours a beautiful bright gold color with a head that just won't quit. Even with a relaxed pour, the head just billows up thick, creamy, rocky and just will not go away. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass. Very complex aroma of fruit, citrus, yeast and spice. Taste is well balanced and complex. Hinds of fruit, peppery yeast and just the right amount of bitteness to balance the malt sweetness. A true classic and one to savor!

clemtig76, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of Liquor Barn's ultimate brew crew- Aug '06 Belgian Ales

A: Pale gold color with champagne bubbles and a mountainous white head.

S: The aroma of ripe fruit dominates

T: Some floral hop bitterness on top of ripe fruit.

M: Lots of carbonation with medium body

D: A very good belgian ale of any style.

beakerboy, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great head, good retention. But damn, this beer goes a little too crazy with the carbonation.

Smell is strong, almost watered down liquor like at first. The hops come through on the nose.

Taste: smooth, balanced. I can taste a little bit of darker malts in the mix. Caramel malts?

Mouthfeel: crisp

Drinkability: easy to drink sessionable beer. Too bad it costs a shitload. It's not really worth the price IMO

jasonjlewis, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy, extremely pale, straw-like yellow with tiny bubbles flowing up the side of the glass. An absolutely ridiculous head - huge, fluffy, rocky, like a huge cloud floating on my beer. Terrific lacing as well. Smells of yeast, cloves, spiciness, white grapes. Taste is extremely crisp. Touches of yeast, bready, clove, some bananas, spices. It starts off rather sweet and evolves into a very tart and semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels very light, champagne-like carbonation - tons of tiny little bubbles. This beer, in many ways, does remind me of a fine glass of champagne. Maybe Miller, with their moniker "Champagne of Beers" could use a lesson or two from the Belgians. This is the true "Champagne of Beers."

Doomcifer, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured the 11.2oz. bottle to a goblet.

A: Enorrmous chunky/fluffy white head, with great retention - almost 3 fingers high - there are very few beers that come close to this kind of rockiness. A hazy straw-colored golden with copious amounts of tiny carbonation.

S: Lots of clove, spiciness. Also, some lightly herbal grass & wheat.

T: Mild fruits, orange. A bit of banana ester. Some wonderful clove & spices. A beautiful beer with expressive malt and yeast. Initially slightly sweet, but evolves to a hint of sourness then a dry finish. Alcohol is well-masked.

M: Clean & crisp with a slight prickle, evidently due to the constant streams of carbonation! Medium body but with a nice, lighter mouthfeel.

D: A delicious drink, seems too easy to not stop at one. "Devilishly" sneaky big ABV. A personal favorite which I recommend highly. If 'drinkable' is found in the dictionary, there's a picture of Duvel next to it, which is kinda scary when the ABV is 8.5%.

msubulldog25, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of BlackAngus
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is fantastic...crystal clear pale yellow, HUGE rocky, meringue-like head that lasts forever.

Smell is spicey, floral, fruity.

Taste is actually something of a letdown. I get a distinct cidery flavor I can only guess is the Belgian candi sugar. Otherwise, a crisp, sweet, citrusey flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, with champagne-like carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Drinkable, definitely drinkable.

BlackAngus, Aug 31, 2006
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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