Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 6,825
Reviews: 2,615
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
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Gots: 721 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of hunteraw
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I reviewed La Fin du Monde last night, I thought now would be a good time to review this other heavyweight of the style.

Appearance: Big rocky white head, golden color, clear... exceptional head retention. Stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my chalice (no Duvel tulip yet). Amazing lace. Hard to imagine how a beer could look better.

Smell: Citrus, spice, and that trademark Belgian yeast scent. A hint of alcohol. Mouth is watering.

Taste: Sweet malt at the tip of the tongue, but only briefly before the bitterness takes over, with a Saaz spiciness. Slightly yeasty. Drier than La Fin du Monde, I think, and I'd say the alcohol is better hidden (granted, this is 0.5% less ABV). Some cloves and an apple finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, but extremely carbonated. Almost want to let it sit for a while so I can taste more of the beer and less prickly CO2. Finishes very well on a dry alcohol note.

Drinkability: I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't like this. This could be a fine introduction to the world of good beer. One complaint: too much carbonation - I had to drink it slower than I wanted to ;) In the battle of the Belgian Strong Pale Ales, in my opinion Duvel wins, but it's tough to compare. While classified in the same style, La Fin du Monde is fruitier and has more body, while Duvel is dryer, more approachable, and looks better in the glass.

Photo of deuschbag
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

best before date 10/08. 330 ml bottle pored into a snifter. pores a light gold color with a massive white fluffy head that never goes away. leaves great lacing.

aroma is spicey, yeasty, lemony, bready and malty.

the taste has just the perfect amount of spiceness to it. lightly malted, riped fruits, floral hops and yeast.

big thick bubbly mouthfeel. goes down clean and smooth.

a fine easy drinkable belgian ale this is. one of my favorites.

Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle inspection: stubby 11.2 oz. bottle with proper serving temp, glassware suggestion, and instructions on the proper pour. Cool.

Aroma: Belgian yeasty funk, ripe bananas, fresh pears, and a hint of some wheat bread.

Appearance: A cloudy pale yellow pour with a super-thick and sudsy cavernous white head.

Flavor: Fresh melon, white grapes, a hint of chardonnay, some green apple, and more pear. Champagne-like qualities abound here. It is quite flowery, wheaty, and a touch yeasty at times.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and light-bodied.

Overall impression: Very good. I get why this is classic but it doesn't blow my doors off. The alcohol is well hidden but the carbonation is a bit powerful at times. Still, one to hold as a gold standard. Worth trying on the road to beer advocacy. Recommended.

Photo of MiScusi
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's been too long of wait before I've been able to try this beer. First thing you notice is, as a pale/golden ale, it's about as pale as you can get. Very light yellow with as huge of a bubbly white head as you want. The smell is fruity and of alcohol and the taste is the exact same. I would describe it as a mini-champagne.

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

Proper glassware but they served it a bone chilling temps. I let the bottle sit unopened as I worked through two other beers, finally it had warmed up some. As always this is a beautiful pour, golden clear with a head that filled the glass out. The head takes a minute to settle and the smell is of spicey hops topped back with a malt ester wind that carries the idea of alcohol. The glass is starting to be laced as I take the first sip. Truly an artful construction of a golden ale with high ester yeast. Slightly fruity and sweet with a spice zing from the hops and alcohol make a play on the tongue. Finishes very clean with a nice full yet light body. Very drinkable just be warned on the near 9%.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving- 11.2 oz. stubby bottle. Best before date 10-2008

Appearance - Poured into my duvel tulip a glowing pale copper hue. Meringue like head that you can literally scoop out with your fingers and it holds its shape. Good lacing, sticky stuff this is. 50/50 beer to head ratio, perfect.

Smell - Somewhat floral with a very slight hint of hop. Could hardly smell any alcohol, though a bit was there. Spicy and a little fruity as well, just the distinctive Duvel scent.

Taste - Once it hits my tongue I can already taste the spice, not overpowering and not undetectable, the perfect balance. The hops come in next, and this Belgian Strong stands right up and shows you what its got. Nice hop bite in the finish, perfect for a Belgian Strong.

Mouthfeel - Floods the mouth and hugs the corners yet finishes clean and smooth. Crisp and extremely refreshing.

Drinkability - If I had to bring one beer to a deserted island for the rest of my life, it would be Duvel, hands down.

Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, golden yellow with a huge head. It was highly carbonated, too. It smelled of alcohol, corn and grass. The taste was spicy and hoppy. I also detected a clove or vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy. It is highly drinkable, except for the 8.5% ABV.

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

I have had this beer about three times each time in a large bottle with champagne like cork. The carbonation like the cork is very similar to champagne. The beer has a nice white head and beautiful golden color. The smell has hints of citrus. The taste is clean crisp and has a slight warm taste from the high ABV. Good classic Belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of errantnight
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a fantastic brew all around.

Pours a beautiful golden hue with immense, frothy head. Sweet fruits and earthy yeast aromas abound as the baby takes her sweet time settling down. Tons of lacing. I left the yeast behind, so nice and clear.

Tastes like a dream. Slightly sweet maltiness abounds, and the finish is crisp and dry. The carbonation is definitely a factor here, it's almost like a drinking sparkling wine. Not for the beer drinker who takes two or three swallows every time they raise their glass. But at 8.5%... does anyone need to? There's just a hint of acid, maybe some lemon/orange zest... but the musty, earthy yeast notes (which are mild) keep things in balance whenever the hoppy bitter notes don't. Just amazingly well balanced with an incredible finish.

Dangerously sessionable, I'm not as high on the uber-carbonation as some, but it certainly isn't a bother, and it helps define this extraordinary brew.

A special occasion brew, sure, but for the strength and availability (at least in Boston), I could see this substituting for wine in a lot of dinners.

We'll be carrying this at Cafe D soon, fer sure.

Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a highly carbonated bubbly golden body with a strong thick white head. The aroma is floural, sweet candy, musty, golden raisins, citrus lemon, with grassy fresh notes. This is a very complex nose that just gets your senses ready for a taste. The taste is tart upfront, crisp, fresh with a sour/bitter tanginess in the back of the throat. The alcohal is warming but not overpowering, this is a classic belgian pale ale very nice.

Photo of b33rb3lly
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first experience with Duvel and I have to tell you, this may be one of the best ales I have ever had! I know, pretty strong statement. From the aroma as soon as you start to pour all the way to the last drop, this is a winner from the word go. I was lucky enough to get a free Duvel glass and it really seems to make a difference with this beer. At 8.5% and $12.00 for a 4-pack, this is a "special occasion" drink. I plan on always having at least a 4-pack or two on hand for when I really want a world class ale/beer.

Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

"best enjoyed chilled with discerning friends or good-looking strangers." Love it. 11/08 freshness date

A: Pours a straw color with a massive frothy head. The head subsides in its monstrousity fairly quickly, yet sustains with good volume and tons of lacing.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, citrus, and lots of spicy notes including clove and pepper.

T: Somewhat tart with prominent a lemon flavor. Also features some bready and yeast flavors with an alcohol foundation.

M: Medium bodied with an abrasive carbonation. It seems the carbonation takes much from my ability to taste all of this beers flavors.

D: I hate the mouthfeel, but ignoring that, this is a wonderful Belgian.

Photo of Teke0611
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review -
Poured from a 750 corked & caged bottle into 'signature' glass. As reported on the duvel website, the beer filled about half of the glass followed by an intensely (sp) white head almost to the brim.

Tiny bubbles continued throughout the experience from the center of the bottom of the glass where a small, raised "D" acted its part.

Super easy to drink, with a wonderful taste. Nothing assualted the nose, and it was quite pleasant. Definitely recommended, either for just yourself or on those great occasions.

Purchased for about seven bucks at Bittersweet Liquors, along with a four pack each of La Fin Du Monde and Allagash white.

Photo of brushpig
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at Blue line bar in Wicker Park Chicago. Served in Duvel wide tulip glass.

The appearance is quite a site with its cloudy yellow body and creamy huge white head.

It's aroma is light, sweet malts with a peppery spice.

Its flavor is perfection, well balenced, smooth, creamy, lightly fruity,
with a lively carbination and a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable going down, but watch out when you stand up, it's a little potent. Great beer.!

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

Pours a gorgeous 4 inch head atop a golden orange almost Pils colored beer. I happen to like yeast so I added the last few drops from the bottle to the glass making it only slightly cloudy.
Aroma is spicy and fruity and yeasty with a touch of citrus on the end.
Flavor is sweet malts and bready yeast...mixed spices and numerous fruits....finishes to a hop bite that leaves a drying sweetness behind.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...carbonation fills you completely and pushes the warming alcohol down to your belly.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pour to be thankful of. Straw colored body is topped by what you'd think of as a nitro tap head. Nose is just too faint for me. I get a smidge of lemon and what I can only call white grapes. Taste is pretty much identical to the nose ... I guess my gripe is that it doesn't do more. It's decent but there's just too much out there that I'd buy first.

Photo of jmz62565
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow straw with a giant white foamy head. The carbonation of this beer is huge. The smell is wheat, candy sugar, and some citrus,lemon or orange? The taste is crisp refreshing citrus lemon, wheat, candy sugar, and spices,pepper and coriander. The m/f is light and well balanced with a great mixture of flavors. This is a classic beer that should not be missed. A beer for all seasons. Cheers.

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

This is an amazing beer!

Appearance alone is something to behold. Shaving cream thick white head that lasts and lasts. . .
When served in a Duvel glass the bubbles do a dance that I could stare at like a lava lamp.

Smell is sweet candi sugar, slight hops, lemony zest and sweet, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent and refreshingly light, tingly.

I could drink them all day and all night long. Just excellent.

Photo of hero27
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Best before 07/11/06 stamped on the side. 8.5% abv.

Chunky white head..hazy straw color. Head retention is damn near ridiculous..and thick enough to eat with a spoon. Some small yeasties float aimlessly in the glass. Belgian yeast and robust spices take up the majority of the aroma. The flavor has a distinct bready quality to it, with accompanying orange peel, spices, lemon, and yeast.
Carbonation a bit too lively for my taste, not quite as smooth as I remembered this being.
This may be a brew that could reasonably claim to be the champagne of beers.. it's a classic Belgian ale that has been around forever and isn't going anywhere.

Thanks go to mynie for the bottle.

Photo of k75
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

25oz - corked / caged
Great satisfying pop from the opening - good geist (spelling?)
pours that amazing head that I've seen before - defines gravity
such a great feat to pull off a big beer that is both subtle and satisfying
notes of faint tropical fruit and a little spice
very smooth on the palate and sublime
finish is clean. not drying

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

Photo of denjen
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at/Price: Woodman's / $5.99 750 ml
Dennis: Duvel, translation: Devil, is one of the best examples of a belgian triple ale you'll probably ever have. Incredibly carbonated, the taste at first delivers a flash of tart yeasts and deep candied fruits...that is assuming you'll be able to pour a full glass on the first attempt. At 8.5% after a few sips you won't be feeling any pain, but the alcohol never takes over the simple tastes that are blended so well.
Jen: I would have to say that the second time around with this brew is better (or maybe it is the sudden heat wave that makes it so refreshing). It is light and bubbly, with a bit of tartness at the end. It is smooth with an almost creaminess to it. This brew is well crafted and quite easy to drink, but be careful, it is 8.5%!

Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Cork comes flying off without much effort. Pours a beautiful straw yellow with lively carbonation rising to the top much like a champagne creating one of the fluffiest heads I have ever seen! The head is thick and fluffy like whipped cream. Aroma is fruity, spicey and yeasty. Again, this is probably the most beautiful head I have ever seen! Taste is very dry and yeasty with earthy and slightly spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is light and crisp that can be quite prickly from the carbonation. This is definately a world class brew! I bow down even to the empty bottle as it is contained something of pure art that I greatly admire and enjoy.

Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an effervescent straw yellow with a huge, rich, long-lasting head. Aroma was dry malt, musty hops, and a good bit of Belgian phenolics. Great beer to look at and smell. Decent amount of alcohol in the nose as well. Light-to-medium body, which is pretty remarkable considering its alcohol content. Flavor had alcohol up front, some malt sweetness (though it was pretty dry), and a bunch of hop flavor. Not as much Belgian funkiness as some, but you'd definitely know where this one came from. Maybe some fruit in the taste. Had a bit of creamy smoothness in the mouthfeel that was quite pleasant. Also, very little fusels/harshness. Drinkability was probably as good as it could be considering the puch it packs.

Overall, a very nice brew and a good gateway beer for someone who is looking to branch out into Belgians.

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

A true classic. Wide, foamy , creamy head, one of the biggest heads I've ever seen. Yeasty smell with peach aromas. The taste starts with a quite sweetish note, dominated by peach aromas, then , about the middle, the yeasts gives more fruity, banana like aromas, and the end is ruled by an surprising hop bitterness.
This beer is , for me, an almost perfect compromise between complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,825 ratings.