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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,722 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,722
Reviews: 2,605
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 281
Gots: 661 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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

Appearance: This truly is a great looking beer; bubbling golden base with a massive puffy white head. Once the head finally subsides it looks like sculpted rock almost. The lacing is immense, with bubbles on the inside of the glass all the way down a good 10 minutes after finishing my glass.

Smell: A very fruity smell, hints of apples and grass, with underlaying elements of yeast. Also a slight hint of perfume and spices underneath it all.

Taste: Upon taking the inital sip you get a quick bite of a malty flavour. Then once you've swallowed it down, a distinct after-taste comes along. The after-taste is slightly bitter, but also very satisfying and more-ish.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, much more so than I was expecting. Its a little bit too fizzy for my tastes, but that doesn't spoil the fact this is an incredible beer.

Drinkability: Very moreish, its hard not to have quite a few, but the ABV tends to avoid that somewhat.

rhythmpirate, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Welp, the start was absolutely awesome – a straw yellow with MASSIVE pillows of white head, sticky laces all the way down. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and fruit. Malty in the taste, fruits and a candy sweetness – a small kick of the Belgium yeast taste.

The disappointing: wow, what a highly carbonated brew, almost champaign in the fizziness. Yeah, the alcohol was strong, I just expected a deeper taste in this Belgium.

Can’t wait to compare with LF du Monde.

Vancer, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale/cloudy straw color with a mountain head. Nice looking beer. Very thick and creamy head that stays and stays.
Smell is of yeast with some malt. Smells fresh, yet wonderfully blunt or dull.

Very smooth and very drinkable. Touch of pilsner on the palate. Bitter upfront and in back of the mouth. Finishes lemony. Bubbly and bright. Dry. Alchohol is warming and nice.

A great beer.

Fugazme, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of maggotbrain
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a deep golden color with a thick white head. The head was massive at first and has died down a bit, but is still a thick cap on the top of the beer. Some clumps of lace have formed on the glass as the beer has been consumed. Beautiful.

The smell is mildly sour.

This beer tastes wonderful—a moderate, crisp bitterness combined with a creamy, lightly sour background.

The mouthfeel is delightful, high carbonation with a moderately thick body.

The drinkability of this beer is excellent—dangerously so at 8.5% abv.

maggotbrain, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of stof0048
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Used a Derlirium Tremens glass. Huge, light head on this beer. Beer pours perfectly clear golden color with bubbles rising to the top like champagne. Head diminishes somewhat after beer sits for several moments. Lacing is incredible... still have bubbles hanging on to the top of the glass 10 minutes after the pour.

Smell: Smells stongly of yeast and maybe hay.

Taste: Taste is quite good. Starts out stinging the tongue a bit from all of the carbonation. Very yeasty taste, smooth with little bite at the end. Tastes somewhat fruity. Fades into a bready taste. Glides over the tongue smoothly with an explosion of bubbles... very unique and pleasant.

Drinkability: This beer goes down quite easily and could easily drink more than one.

Overall a good, solid Belgian.

stof0048, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring to a great golden color, this had a large head that shrank but lasted well. Lace is huge. This is gorgeous.

The smell is very good, bringing peppery spices, pale malt, hops, and alcohol all together at once. The taste follows up with more malt and spice, with hops dominating the finish. The mouthfeel is very sharp, and it's easy to drink for its strength.

World class, but everyone already knew that.

watermelonman, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been looking forward to this for a while. I finally worked my way through the entire World Beer section at the local megamart here in Incheon and I've been saving this for last as motivation to get me through the Korean and American macros. It's the most expensive individual beer in the store but I've got a feeling it's worth it, I've heard a lot of positive reviews of this beer.
Pours a pleasant cloudy golden color with a solid, lasting puffy, foamy,head. I smell fresh citrus, herbs and alcohol, strangely reminiscent of champagne.
Mouthfeel is crisp and satisying but a little heavier than I expected. The taste is dry and not as flavorful as i expected except for the alcohol, which is pronounced.
This is a good beer but not exactly to my taste. The alcohol is a bit higher than I generally prefer to taste, although it's still a quality bevo. I'll have to give it another shot a different time but right now I would rank it among my least favorite Belgians.

daliandragon, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of ghostwalker
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first Duvel, I have heard many good things.

Clear golden pour. Tremendous, frothy-white head, as was certainly expected, (poured into a proper Duvel glass, I was pre-warned).

Mild flowery/malty nose, reminds me of some Euro pilsners I have had, (maybe a little like a fresh draft Bitburger).

First pour. Fresh, crisp bite up front. Slight warming from the ABV, yet does not affect drinkability at all. Mild citrus with some spice highlights. Some yeast and grass, too. Nice creamy texture from occasional bits of head in some sips.

Second pour. Slight haziness I didn't notice the first time. Peppery finish becoming evident. Light on the palate, but still plenty of flavors to enjoy and savor. More spices coming through as it warms. One to savor, no doubt.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Light but complete and not watery, love the creamy head.

Drinkability is deceptive. I have heard there is a reason they call this one "Devil", it would be too easy to drink a few of these down quickly on a hot day. At this ABV, that could be trouble...

I will try this one again gladly.

ghostwalker, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow. It is slightly cloudy. The head is thick and white. It fades slowly leaving lots of laces. The aroma is a little hard to explain. This beer as a spicy aroma. I detect pepper, cloves, and a slightly malty sweet aroma. I detect very little in the way of hops. This beer has a strong spicy flavor. It has a sweet malty taste also. It is slightly hoppy. The 8.5% alcohol is hidden very well in the flavor. This beer is crisp and smooth. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but not so much that it detracts form the flavor. This beer leaves a spicy aftertaste. I think that this beer might make a decent session beer, but with an ABV of 8.5%, you might have a little trouble drinking it all night. Ultimately, I think this beer was great. Try it if you see it.

OStrungT, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of evh883
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian is my favorite nationality of beer and this was definetely one I can put high in the rankings. As soon as it comes out of the bottle you know you have something special. A massive, everlasting, frothy head looms up over the sparkling, hazy yellow beer and leaves behind very heavy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very malty with a pleasant smell of hay. The yeast aroma is the most dominant though with notes of leather and sweat (doesn't sound to appetizing but in this case it's great!).

An tongue pleasing sweetness caries from beginning to end and complinments the excellent mouthfeel. A nice fizziness with a hint of astringency show up here.

Overall, you must try this beer no matter what your preference. It truly is an excellent beer.

evh883, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color and a bit cloudy. The head is enormous, frothy and white, which laces wonderfully.
The aroma is a bit spicy and yeasty.
Its flavor is malty with spice and a bit of alcohol showing through as well. However, I must add that this is a nicely blended beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable.
Medium in body and highly carbonated.
This beer goes down quite easy for such a high ABV, so beware.

Naes, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer awhile ago, and wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, given the hype. Decided to give it another go and get pretty much the same results. It is one of the most visually pleasing beer I've ever had, I'll give it that. Big mountainous head, milky white, piling out of the top of my glass. Smell and taste are sugary sweet, with traces or Belgian spices and spicy herbal hops. Taste is nice, but there's a strong alcohol kick to it that doesn't seem to belong in this beer, and I have no beef in general with a little alcohol kick. And maybe a little overly sweet. Basically I'm pretty underwhelmed with this beer. Maybe if I'd had lower expectations I would've liked it more, but it still seems like an average Belgian ale to me.

twelvsies, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of PisoMojado
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer must be served in its appropriate glass. Tilt glass and pour slowly. A thick head will form and stick to the glass as the beer is slowly consumed. Duvel has a light golden color with a spicy scent. This beer goes down smooth and the spiciness almost tickles the throat. Duvel is an enjoyable beer. Its light and somewhat hoppy character mask the bold 8.5% abv. A trip to Moortgat brewery is impressive and educational. Only 20% of the brewery's production is exported. The rest stays in Belgium.

PisoMojado, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to be one of my favourite Belgian ales, a superb beer looks great, drinks well. Thanks to peorgarmpe.

Poured into a Maudite goblet, half filling the glass, high white head a pale yellow gold hard working beer. The bubbles work hard like champagne, the head sits so hugely that it's a shame to break through it to drink...

Couldn't really smell anything until I got rid of some of that tasty head. Smelt of malt, yeast, spices, alcohol. Aromas of spicey Saaz(?) hops, intoxicating.

Tastes awesome, I remember the first time I had this, I thought I'd died and gone to Valhalla. Complex flavours of spices, malt, ripe pears and fruits, giving way to an easy bitterness. The alcohol comes through nicely, though the body is still that of a lower abv beer. Perfect. The finish is long, gets drier the more I drink. I top up my glass, watching the head grow again. It's almost pornographic.

Deceptively strong, not a big quaffer, but I'd like to give it a burl.

revdrjbob, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a recently purchased Duvel glass. The appearance is a dull golden with a never-ending cascade of tiny bubbles heading towards a gigantic white frothy head. The head will lessen but stick around and lace the glass with white frothy bubbles. The smell is light and spicy with a hint of alcohol. The taste is nice smooth, crisp and carbonated. You hardly notice the alcohol, but it warms the body. Head still existent throughout. A drinkable beer indeed.

LucaBrasi, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cap with a big hiss and poured into a glass.

A - Pours a thin, light golden color, a little hazy with a head that kept on growing, I left it for a minute and it almost cascaded over the glass. The lacing on this is also more than I've ever seen, for people who like head, divulge in this!

S - Hmm, the head was so big I couldn't smell much, and even with the head gone, I couldn't get a lot of aroma either, but I do have a foamy mustache, yay!

T - A very sharp, crisp taste. Gives merit to the pilsner malts, didn't notice much in the hops or the alcohol, this is a great tasting brew.

M - Very light on the mouth, a nice bubbly texture, the old line "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"

D - Awesome, awesome drinkability. Really the only downside is the high ABV, that you can't taste, so you might buy a sixer of this and take down a few and it will hit you hard.

I thought I'd like this beer, but I am really enjoying it, it really suprises me how good this is. I only wish it was a bit cheaper so I could have this on a more regular basis.

Bumpon10s, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of flaminghomer
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the color on this sample is a pale golden yellow and cloudy. very light light,crisp, fruity taste. a great beer to sip in the summer shade. i thought the smell was more pronounced than the taste. it has alot of champagne character. you just cannot taste the alchohol in this one. it is one of the most drinkable beers that i have ever had. one is not enough!

flaminghomer, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy pale light gold with a 2 finger creamy white head.
Smell is of tropical fruit, nectarines, light zesty malts, spices featuring pepper, and hops.
Taste is of spicy orange peel, and black pepper mixed in a pilsner brew with definite Belgian yeast being implimented.
Mouthfeel is slightly harsher than smooth with a slight sweetness, bitterness, and just a touch of off skunkiness that's hard to place.
Drinkability is ok. Definite alcohol presence which makes me want to sip this more than anything else.

weeare138, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330ml bottle (BBD January, 2008) poured into a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a bright golden color (deceiving if you know nothing of Belgian ales) with a head that took up about half of the glass. Both the color and head are exquisite.

Aroma: Pepper, some spiciness and malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor is present throughout. You get a little bit of the alcohol in the finish, but for a 8.5% ABV beer it certaintly goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is also excellent.

Overall: This beer is perfection in a bottle; one of, if not the best that I have ever tasted. If you've never tried it, do so immediately.

FenwaySquid, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprising (even knowing it's a golden ale) golden with high carbonation and a mountain of fluff for a head. The white creamy foam has endurance and that cool topography of a Belgian ale.

The aroma is sweet and flowery with a finishing curl of sourness. Apples, malt, and wild fermentation. Lovely without overdoing any of the constituents - a shortcoming among most new world attempts.

The taste is bright and crisp with barley and cider flavors, tart with yeast remnants and just a final bit of dry breadiness. There's no excess of sugar in the body which makes it a warming, filling beer without the young sweet affects. Really quite excellent.

freed, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. stubby, brown glass bottle with a best by date of November 2007, and also boasts some great label writing: "Pour Unhurriedly" it advises. I poured it into a snifter glass.

The beer itself poured a beautiful gold with a 1+ in. white, frothy head. The head retained incredibly well; it stayed as I drank the beer down and left thin, semi-sticky lacing.
The beer smelled wonderful: malts and a grassy sweetness.
This beer tasted and drank so well. Crisp. Clean. Flavorful and direct but eluding with a medium body. The 8.5% alcohol was not evident or overpowering in the taste. The beer got better as it warmed... I wish I had bought a few more of these. It's insanely drinkable. A simply great beer. I will be coming back to this one.

edmundfitzoil, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of mortarit
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this before when I travel out of state. I was impressed then but having a hard time adjusting to it now. I for got, you really need to pour slowly. Feeling really blothed may have something to do with the scoring.
I had to go with the 750ml due to the price.
If you over do it when pouring you can enjoy the fluffy head. This brings a new meaning to head texture.
The Golden Ale has earned it's name by matching the color to the style. It's different when all of the ales I have had consumed are darker.
I like the smell really well but when tasting, throws me the other way. I can really taste the increase in alcohol in it.

mortarit, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750 ml bottle this pours a pale golden color with a fluffy and lathered cloud-like head that sticks around forever and laces tremendously. It's pretty cool to see this beer poured into a Duvel tulip with the etched "D" causing a steady stream of carbonation rising up, maintaining the head. The nose picks up yeasty bread aromas right away with some cidery fruits at the end. The taste is beautifully malty with an estery sweetness and a spicy hop kick; the alcohol warmly creeps up as this hits my throat. There's some mild apple candy business going on, too. White pepper spiciness throughout. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with delightful light carbonation and juicy body. Eminently dirinkable. A standard-bearer for the style.

[lazily updated 19 September 2006]

orfeu, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Total Wine in my area finally has stocked >6% stuff.

Color- pale gold, almost like luminous straw. An inch and a half of fine-textured, pure white head persisted for a couple of minutes.

Nose- clean and sugary with orange and lemon zest aromas. Hints of spiciness.

Palate- bracingly spicy, clean and dry. The subtle sweetness is balanced by a fine effervescence, a bit of quinine bitterness and spicy notes. The finish lingers satisfyingly.

Marvelous.

fingolfin72, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, huge head, some carbonation. It has a malty, hoppy, sweet scent. Very nice sweet taste with a medium body, there's a little hint of alcohol at the end. This is very drinkable, and also a great beer. This is my first time drinking a Duvel and it won't be my last.

Wasatch, Aug 30, 2005
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,722 ratings.