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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,971 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,971
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 850 | FT: 5
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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 Dubbercody
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer, that will give the hickups if not careful.

Beautiful pour and fluffy head. Pour it into a Duvel glass and go to town, it's a great beer that's open to the masses.

Probably one of the best pale belgians I've tasted in the US, it still lives up to it’s reputation.

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

Wow. What a Beer. It has hazy golden color with a nice big fluffy white head that laced all the way down. It smelled of vibrant citrus and tasted overwhemingly of fruits and citrus. The taste just overwhelms you when it hits your taste buds. It felt very fullbodied, and is very smooth. I agree with a previous reviewer that this beer is best to be sipped and savored. I didn't want this glass to ever run dry.

Photo of IdentityAles
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

33cl 2005 bottle. Effervescent, pale/golden in color, with a large white pillow like head. Aroma of spices, clove, bananas, pineapples, and some earthy/mustiness. Flavor dances across your tong with pepper, spices and some metallic hints. Very dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming on the way down.

Photo of eberkman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a snifter. A slow pour created a beautiful, towering, billowing ivory head. The nose brought out aromas of peaches, citrus and sweet malts with a subtle scent of hops and alcohol.

Initial taste is an evanescent hoppy bitterness that transitions quickly into a malty, fruity finish accompanied by a strong, warming taste of alcohol. Very nice overall, but didn't have the richness and complexity I anticipated.

Beer brings a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer and very drinkable for its style. It seems like a good sipping beer -- nice to unwind with at the end of a long worknight. I will say, however, that it wasn't as good as I expected. I actually found the lower-rated (on here at least) and less expensive Don de Dieu from Unibroue to be much more enjoyable.

Photo of bgraney
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just like the label say's, it's golden. A little bit hazy with a spectacular head; fluffy white filled with moon craters with an almost marshmallow like consistency.
Aroma was on the spicy-citrusy side but the first thing I thought of was green apples.
Smooth, well balanced flavor, mellow citrusy expansion but confined to the tongue area. Not much flavor left once the alcohol burns off.
A little thin in the mouthfeel I thought. It seemed to fade fast.
Very drinkable for a strong ale. Flavors are laid back, allowing for a full night of sipping.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour out a golden yellow color with a huge head that lasts a long time. Left lacing. Carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. With a citrus, fruity, yeasty aromas. Flavors of Citrus, tartness, hops, yeast. Mouth feel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Gaseous feeling. A beer to try, with very little complexity, yet is not overwhelmed by alcohol. It is a decent interpretation worth a try. After warming up and carbonation dies down more of a flavor and aroma.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A- Huge, fluffy, rocky head. Bright white micro-bubbles. Pale golden ale with tons of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of the wine glass I drank it from.

S- Light and citrusy. Very sweet, crisp, peppery, and spicy.

T- Orange peels, clove, yeast, pears, other citrus. Very complex, sweet to start with a huge burst of different flavors. The end is crisp and pronounced. Well balanced. Well made. Great beer.

M- Light and refreshing with a bunch of different sensations throughout the drink.

D- Every sip is a treat. You can pick out a different taste every time you drink. I need to age some of this stuff...

Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a somewhat hazy, light straw with a huge, five-finger bubbly head. The resulting chunks of froth eventually faded to a dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, which lasted for most of the drink. Tons of bubbly, sticking lacing throughout.

Smell was of smooth Saaz hops. Grassy and hay-like notes were apparent. Clean and fresh like the countryside. Some alcohol noticeable as well. The aromas became gradually more intense as the beer warmed.

Taste was hoppy as well (Saaz hops), with an astringent alcohol bite. Some alcohol warming throughout the entire mouth. Peppery notes were detectable along with a slight grainyness. Crisp, clean, snappy hop finish, but not as dry as expected.

Mouthfeel was medium-light. Carbonation was somewhat heavy and tickled the tongue.

This is a nice beer to pair with fish. It is fairly easy drinking regardless of the fact that the alcohol can become a bit overwhelming.

Photo of RustythePelican
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer, and pairs well with a variety of foods. Pay heed to the 8.50% ABV, however - it really sneaks up on you.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel glass; even with a light pour, 50% of the glass was filled with a dense head. Color was surprisingly light. I'm always impressed with the "fountain effect" of bubbles making their way from the bottom of the tulip glass to the head.

Smell: Not particularly noticeable, particularly for a Belgian ale.

Taste: Perhaps a little mild for a Belgian ale. Sweet, tongue-coating malts predominate, with a very faint hop taste on the finish. Absolutely no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dense carbonation makes this beer "thick" without being heavy.

Drinkability: Fabulous. Take time to enjoy a Duvel. A great beer for introducing someone to the beers of Belgium.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear light yellow with a thick creamy head. It is highly carbonated and you can see the carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass (this beer was poured in a Duvel glass and the bubbles emanated from the bottom center of the glass). It has very nice lacing. It has a sour/sweet smell. The taste is hoppy and cereal, with a bit of sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy dose of noticeable carbonation which is brite in the mouth. This is a delicious beer that is well balanced and would be quite drinkable on a hot day;

Photo of jubnat
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. This is one fine beer. Poured it into an oversize wine glass, the head is just amazing, billowing out the top but staying intact. Thick white foam, looks like meringue. Very light golden color, with continuous bubbles rising to the top, looks almost like champagne. Very nice fruity, yeasty smell. Nice light, dry taste. I mainly taste some apple flavor and yeast. Even at 8.5% ABV, I'm not tasting any alcohol. So, be careful. This is very good, a wonderful sipping beer. I think we can move Miller High-Life's title over to this as the true "Champagne of Beers." I think this beer is too good that I'll have to limit it to special occasions. I don't want to spoil myself.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color. The huge frothy white head is the show stealer here. Mountains of sticky foam make you anxious to give this one a sip. The smell is of belgian yeastyness, slight pepper and fruity. The Saaz hops come through too. The first sip gave me a huge wheat impression. Some lemon zest shows along with some alcohol. As it warms the malt flavors come though more distinctly along with some earthy tones. Very lively highly carbonated mouthfeel. Dry finish. Overall, this one didn't dissapoint. A beer that is worth the hype it gets.

Photo of seanyfo
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 5 finger rocky lively frothy head, no matter how passive the pour, there is always a massive head when pouring into this duvel tulip.Very pale straw body - looks great in the proper serving glass

S -Malty sweety spicy goodness, lots of yeast with lemon zest, perhaps a hefeweizen fruit banana cloves note aswell. Smells fantastic

T - very subtle alcohol kick in the finish that is also very sweet, no dry hoppiness to be found here, very smooth indeed. Lemon zesty is less apparent, but sweet malts are definitely there are the start, at times this tastes like a hefe weizen on steroids

M - A previous reviewer was right - it is slightly too carbonated at the pour, but as it warms through the glass, it becomes wonderfully subtle, a nice gentle spritzy feeling. Very clean on the palate for a strong ale.

D - not one for a session, but as a sipper its great, wouldnt want more than 1 in a night, a belgian to savour!

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a country.

A proper pour results in a hazy golden beauty with all the frothy goodness you want. The star of the show is the sniff, which is as Belgian as you're gonna get, and contains some Yuletide elements like nutmeg & cinnamon. The taste is similar, but with more bitterness than I expected. The mouthfeel is rich at first, thins out, and ends dry as hell.

In closing, I have no idea why in the hell it took me so long to try this legend of a brew, but it will be followed by many, many more. Be careful, though... that 8.5 do pack a whallop.

Photo of nortmand
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and golden with an outstanding head that leaves the definition of lace on the glass.

Noble hops aromas mingle with huge, spicy candi sugar fantasticness.

A bit sweet, alot spicy. Leaves a noticeable hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied with a huge, insane carbonation. Very, very drinkable, just an all around awesome beer.

Photo of dherling
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out murky, yellow-gold colored, with some orange hue. Nice light, white, fluffy head and good carbonation and great lacing. Smells very sweet, malt with no hops to be found. Also some lemon and lime with a dash of mint and black pepper. Taste is very sweet, but not sugary sweet, more like caramel or honey. There’s a hint of lemon citrus but not that big. Extremely dirnkable for a Belgian.

On a side note, this is the beer I drank after each of the three Devils Stanley Cup wins. Duvel... Devil. Let's go Devils!!!

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

I tried this beer for the first time and I was pleasantly suprised with the incredible mouth feel and wonderful smoothness even before enjoying the first swallow of this fine Belgium ale.

I noticed a high carbonated bite that made me wince slighty but not enough to quel the fine complexity and taste of this beer.

This beer is most enjoyed when you have the opportunity to slow down which is required right off the bat when you are forced to slowly pour this brew. I feel that this is the type of beer that can put a huge smile on your face when your mood calls for a Belguim.

Photo of surcorx
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is without question a beer like few others. It would not matter even if you didn't enjoy its taste--though I could hardly imagine such a thing. To simply view it in Duvel glassware is enough to realize you are experiencing something special. The foam is not merely substantial, but astonishing. Pure, snowy, creamy soft white foam that does not quit! It is beautiful to behold. The bottle itself reminds you “to pour unhurriedly.” It doesn't matter, because no matter what you do this thing is going to rise.

How does it taste? Very good. Extremely good. It is hard to describe. There are no overwhelming characteristics outside of the head. It is well carbonated, and pleasantly drinkable. At the same time, it is ever so slightly sweet yet an assertive bitterness just sneaks in and then quickly dissipates. It is strongly reminiscent in appearance and somewhat taste to a filtered hefeweizen. Yet, it's taste is much more assertive, spicy and mildly bitter. It is clean and refreshing, yet more complex and sophisticated and could easily be served with nearly any cuisine. The name Duvel is Flemish and means devil and the devil is certainly in the details of this beer.

This is an excellent beer. Highly potent, but drinkable nevertheless. It will sneak up on you. Enjoy.

Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing I notice upon pouring this beer is the huge, billowing head. Very impressive. The beer itself is golden and brilliantly clear.

The nose is full of estery goodness, banana and lemon, and a touch of pale malt.

The flavor is strongly citrusy; lemon grass and orange peel, mild malty sweetness, and a lightly hopped finish. Extremely dry in the finish.

The mouth is heavier than I was expecting from such a pale beer, but then it does have 8.5% alcohol. However, it's not nearly as filling as, say, Rochefort 10. The carbonation is extremely crisp and refreshing, like champagne.

Photo of norwichboy
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a thing of beauty Duvel is, sitting just poured into its own branded glass, I'm almost moved to tears just looking at it. Clear lager-like golden beneath topped with the most gigantic white head that fills the rest of the glass. Lasts forever, leaving clumps of foam on the glass during drinking. I could sit and smell this all day,although describing aromas of banana and Juicy Fruit doesn't quite convey it. Explosive flavour on tasting with a lingering length. You would not know the high alcohol. Great mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Drinkable? Hell yeah. Pure enjoyment. Undoubtedly one of the world's great beers.

Photo of calinative68
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in glass from 750ml.
Golden color with great head. The head lasted a long time.
Pretty smooth taste with a slight hoppy taste. Balanced
Very good mouthfeel
This is a good example of a ale that I can drink all night, not to say I would be able to stand after that, but it would be fun!!!!

Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cracked this evil brew on the stroke of midnight on Halloween. I felt that this was a very appropriate time to review a beer that's name means "Devil." Like Faust, I'm conjuring the Duvel...here goes nothin'.

This one has a giant 4 finger head that just keeps rising like a monster from the depths. Lots of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass like champagne, and the big bubbles in the head look like a honeycomb. Lots of small wet spots of lacing coat the glass.

Smells like wet barnyard hay. Grassy, lemon rinds, dry pine forest needles, dried flowers, and a touch of alcohol. Also, hints of sweet honey.

Tastes strongly pastoral. Farmyard hay, dusty yeast, lemon grass, and spicey hops. There is alot going on here. It's almost assaulting to the taste buds at first, but also very nice once I became aquainted with the assertive and unapologetically bizzare flavor. Sweet in the middle with a dry and dusty finish with loads of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish that lasts quite a while. Decently drinkable, but the high alcohol content and uniquely dry flavor could prevent me from drinking more than one or two.

Photo of fido
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel pours a clear yellow color, very cloudy, Excellent foamy head and very good lacing; Smell is spicy and citrus; Taste is citrus and fruits; Mouthfeel is dry, a little bit of carbonation; Drinkability is good.

Alcohol is evident but a very good choice for a session beer.


Photo of merlin48
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a four bottle box with tulip glass, so a good time to revisit this Belgian classic. The pour produces a radiant golden body swarming with carbonation bubbles. Head is snow white, and towers tall. Rocky and pitting, is the head.. Lacing is extravagant. Final pour clouds the body a bit.

Aroma is unique. Saaz hops, lilacs, wet flower blossoms, earthy yeast, and notes of white grapes and Anjou pears.

Mouthfeel is pleasant enough, with a light medium body and a velvety and assertive carbonation.

Taste is complex and interesting, with fruit notes of green apples, kiwi, and white grapes layering upon an earthy yeastiness, accented by a clean and dry Saaz hoppiness. White grapes and bitter Bohemian hops serve up a clean and crisp finish.

I'm really blessed by revisiting this one. This is a Belgian Blonde Ale as the gods intended. Highly recomended!

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer puts to death the myth that a light colored beer has no flavor. I made the mistake of not being that carefull when I poored it and the head just took off! Wow what a huge, fluffy, white head with lots of lacing that lasts. The smell is really sweet with what I think is the yeast flavor coming through also. It has a great balance to it. You barely notice the alcohol. This beer finishes well with a smoothe dry finish. I haven't tried too many European brews but i'm looking forward to getting more aquainted after having tried this one.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,971 ratings.