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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,740 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,740
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 286
Gots: 671 | 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 davidchollar
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting note - i got a 750 ml bottle of this life-affirming jesus juice tonight for 1050 yen, that's about $8.75. i don't know how much this costs back home, but i think this is worth every penny, or yen.

interesting note, part 2 - i don't have the proper glassware for this beer but - as i'm new to the belgian beer scene - i learned a valuable lesson. i poured my wife some in an oversized wine glass, and i served myself in a weizen. after a few minutes, my wife still had this amazing 1/2 inch thick and creamy glorious white - almost styrofoam - head and i had maybe an eighth of an inch around the edge. her wine glass was tattooed all up and down with a wallpaper of lace. it really makes a difference what you serve this beer in. (i know, duh, right? well i was skeptical until that little experiment) regardless, it looks great, golden and wonderful

there is so much going on in the nose i don't know where to start, it's almost like perfume. complex, sweet but also a strong alcohol smell, buttery toast in the background with a nice floral fruity bouquet up front. every sip gives new insight into the world of better beer. my first taste and first review, but i will re-visit this brew soon. this is definitely one for reflection. jesum crow, what an incredible beer!

davidchollar, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled multiple times. About time to review it. Poured a off straw colored yellow with light hues of amber. Head retention was ample and remained throughout the tasting. Decent lacing as well.

The smell has a strong indication of Belgium quality. Some light malt with a touch caramel. More noticeable is the spices and fruity esters. Definite cloves and cinnamon as well as some bananas and a bit of pears as well.

The taste has a good malt backing with a basic taste but the real flavor is noticed in the spice, yeast and fruity esters. The spice has some good biscuit flavor that reminds me of an apple pie. The fruitiness accentuates this but has more of a banana taste. This becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste. And the yeast has a smoothness to it that is not overly alcohol even with a high ABV.

The body is med to high. Very easy to drink with low phenol flavors. Overall a good example of a Belgium is pretty widely distributed.

Oxymoron, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of Finite
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew needs no help getting a head forming. The head is thick luscious and pure white with marvelous head retention and amazing lacing on the glass. Carbonization is a perfect flow of bubble. The colour is a dark lemon to light orange which is slightly pale. The brew smells of sweet fruits and well balanced spices.

The taste gets better as you go. At first I was unsure if I liked the taste but after a few sips I was enjoying it thoroughly and by the end I was I love. The flavors on the palate are unlike anything if witnessed. It’s sweet but lemony with hints of pepper and spice yet in the background at the back of my throat is the alcohol, untouched just reminding you of its power. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with great carbonization. The flavors in this beer are delicate yet at the same time there is something powerful and devilish about this beer. It’s a real sexy flavor range but quite strong at the same time. It really feels like this beer lures you in to something sweet but packs a punch just as you start to relax. The aftertaste is a perfect reminder of you last sip, tasting of citrus rine and spices with hints of bitterness.

This beer is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s a real trip and every sip packs a seductive punch. I will have a six pack of these in my cellar always.

Finite, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel
Served in an Allagash Belgian tulip glass
Bottle Conditioned
Best before date labeled for 10 2008

* Thanksgiving 2005 *

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a bunch of tiny carbonation bubbles. Looks like a pilsner with champagne bubbles in a haze. The head on this beer is unreal; it looks like it has the consistency of shaving cream. I was expecting a big head for a bottle conditioned beer, but this Duvel is massive. The head is sudsy, fluffy and all over the glass. One of the most aggressive heads I have ever seen. Patterns of sticky lace decorate the glass.

Whiffs of Belgian yeast....a blend of spices and light fruits.

Spicy and fruity with pear flavors and white pepper. Very clean and light with a creamy quality on the palate. Distinctive Belgian yeast taste. This is such a great beer with complex flavors that make this an interesting beer.

Hibernator, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of delicious
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL shorty into a dedicated Duvel glass.

Bubbles erupt like a volcano from the pit of the glass, erecting a scaffold of spongy head that is tenacious in its longevity. The bottle advises to “Pour unhurriedly,” and even while heeding this warning, the head soon reaches the top of the glass. The body is a golden yellow, made slightly cloudy by the yeast. As it is consumed, the bitter tasting head laces the glass like clinging stockings on a curvy, tulip shaped leg.
The aroma is floral and bitter with a citric acid bite, and completely fills the nose as the glass is tilted for a sip. Some coriander is noticeable.
The beer feels full in the mouth as flowery bitterness dances a stimulating and erotic tap-ensemble on the tongue. The bitterness is multi-faceted and complicated; it feels like much more then one glass is needed to fully understand it.
This beer is visually fascinating and has a spectacularly complicated nose and flavor, but I'm just not sure if I LIKE it! Maybe I'm just not ready, or maybe I'm not in the proper mood. This beer will have to be revisited for further conclusions to be drawn.

delicious, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of AltTrinker
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A shorty 330ml freshness dated bottle poures a HUGE, solid foam head. Great care needs to be taken to slowly pour this beer so as to not over-develop the head. The head lasts forever, leaving lacy traces all over the glass with chunks of foam in the center of the beer. I chose to pour the yeast, giving a slightly turbid, pale golden color.

The nose initially gives a sharp, bitter aroma that mellows to a citrusy, lemon and corianter scent. The taste is more muted than the aroma with pale malty sweetness noted in the mouth, followed by hoppy bitterness down the throat that lingers on-and-on. The mouthfeel is light to moderate.

This is an eminently drinkable beer, especially to perk-up the taste buds before the evening meal. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden in this smooth, very drinkable ale.

AltTrinker, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of LesStewart
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great though I don't know if it's worth the difference in price that it often manifests. This was the first beer that I tried in North Carolina that was greater than 6.5% alcohol as that we just passed out "Pop the Cap" bill allowing for a rush of new, often wonderful, beers

LesStewart, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw yellow crystal clear body with a few strands of tiny bubbles. The head is a thick creamy white cloud that turns rocky after the beer sits for a bit. This beer has nice Belgian lace throughout the drink.

S- The smell of perfume and light yeast and hints of pears and pepper are noted in the background.

T- Soft fruity notes are blended with a hint of spice and sourness. The fruit has qualities of pears, oranges with a slight buttery corn hint but it is very light. This finish has a nice hop bitterness that mixes with the spiciness of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel with a hint of fizz in the texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is truly light and it does have some nice complexity in flavor. The buttery corn notes as it warmed seem to interfere with the other flavors but not a great deal. The head is simply incredible and the lace just last and last. This is one fizzy yellow beer that is wonderful.

rhoadsrage, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a thick fluffy 3" white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head slowly fades, leaving a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: the aroma is of yeast, grass, and citrus.

Taste: the yeast is very prominent on the tongue, along with a pepper spiciness, citrus, decent malt levels, and crisp bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: super crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is slightly dry. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: superb drinkability as this is one of the more refreshing Belgian beers on the market. This was one of the first Belgian beers I had many years ago, and I still enjoy it to this day.

Gavage, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of psychoholicagogo
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden in hue, almost sparkling with a strong and persistent fluffy white head. Stong lacing that seems to leave a ring as the level drops sip after sip.

Smell: Rich and yeasty with mild scents of hay and alfalfa. Mildly sweet and refreshing.

Taste: Mellow immediately with tastes of the aforementioned yeast. Moments later hints of pepper and medium hoppy bitterness present themselves. Mild undertones of an undetermined sweet fruit. Perhaps banana?

Mouthfeel: Strong and immediate, the flavors fill the mouth and the strong carbonation makes the front of the tounge tingle.

Drinkability: I find this to be more of a sipper than a slugger, due in fact to the strength of the brew and the delicate nature overall. More of a "treat" beer for me.

psychoholicagogo, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at some liquor store in Milwaukee on Oakland across from the Miramar Theater.

Pours a golden yellow/light amber, clear, with ample snow-white creamy head fed by a steady stream of bubbles from my chalice. Nose is musty/yeasty up front, with citrus, apricot, pineapple, and a slight hint of alarming vinegar in the end. Taste starts off similarly with tropical fruits, yeast, some grainy/grassy notes, and again, the slightest bit of puckering vinegar. Mouthfeel is typical Belgian pale - light, dry and bubbly. This was a tasty BSPA, but I've certainly had better. That vingar sourness just through me off a little. I tend to like my BSPAs a little sweeter. Still a good example of the style though.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of damifino
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-=[Appearance]=-
Poors a nice golden hue with a frothy head. It is the perfect beer-stache beer for your "Got beer" commercials. The carbonation lasts on this one as well.

-=[Smell]=-
My sniffer is not as good as others, but it definitely had the fuit aroma.

-=[Taste]=-
You start off with some malt and end it on a hoppy note. It is very satifying as a sipping beer to gain the flavors.

-=[Drinkability]=-
I wanted a while on this one. It is one of those trappist that is always there, but you seemingly passed it over for another beer. Needless, I will not pass this one over.

damifino, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of fromage
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I waited so long to try this one--especially since I picked it up for only 7$. Paired with italian antipasto stuff wonderfully.

Served in champagne flutes after being left out for an hour. Unbelieveable frothy white head piling out of the glass. Quite difficult getting it under control. Nice straw color, quite carbonated, a bit hazy.

Smells of spice, cloves, corriander, some bananas, apples, pears. Just a tiny bit of citrus and grass.

Taste is mostly palate scrubbing bubbles, so it's almost an absence of taste. A little fruit manages to hit the tounge, but mostly spice and carbonation burning/lifting. The fruit doesn't last, but a dry aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, as mentioned! Medium body.

Highly drinkable, alcohol not noticeable at all.

fromage, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of mattdavis452
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. Head builds much more rapidly than most other beers, albeit a very fine, frothy head. There's a reason the bottle says "Pour unaggressively."

Smells slightly fruity, not so much of a citrus smell, but other fruit-like sensations are present.

The taste confirms the smell portion; mild to medium notes of fruitiness, but well balanced and exquisitely enjoyable. Crisp mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more, however, too much is not recommended due to the 8.5% alc./vol.

Drinkability is excellent. Indeed, I find myself agreeing with another quip found on the side of the bottle: "Enjoy with discerning friends or good looking strangers."

mattdavis452, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a scoopy-shaped chalice (Delirium Tremens chalice).

I can't really add anything new to the description of this famous beer that hasn't already been said. My take on it is that the appearance is awesome, mostly due to the clumpy sticky head which never dissipates. The taste is good, but not strong. I think I prefer more robust flavor than this offers. But the drinkability is high because nothing slows you down (goes down easy).

TurdFurgison, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of alysmith4
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The duvel is definitely in the details. Upon close examination, one can see a steady stream of tiny bubble spirits rising from the underworld of the glass. The smell is of fire-roasted banana, with a pinch of satan-chewed bubble gum. The taste is very smooth, and the flavors come together as it warms in the demonic inferno. Enjoy it on judgement day, but be sure to pour and drink slowly so not to open up the firey gates of hell!

alysmith4, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of crwills
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review! So, I figured I'd start with something easy and well known.

Reviewing my fourth of four bottles of Duvel in the last couple of weeks. Poured into an oversized wine glass, a very cloudy amber colour with a massive head, which leaves sticky residue on the glass when faded.

Smell is citrus fruit (oranges?) and spice, with a hint of grass.

I started the evening with a Brasserie RJ Ambree Speciale (also a Belgian pale ale), and it's incredible how different the mouthfeel of the Duvel is. Smooth, sticky, and doesn't remotely taste like 8.5%. A little more carbonation than I like (being a beer newby I'm still into the heavy stouts), but very drinkable.

Taste is citrus and pine, with a moderate sourness and a pleasantly bitter, hoppy aftertaste -- and maybe sour apples.

Overall, a great beer, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV. I will definitely be picking up more the next time I'm at a decent LCBO!

crwills, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was good to see that the establishment that offered this Belgian used the Duvel snifter-style tulip glass. The head was among the most impressive I have seen and smelled on a Belgian; large, white, and with hints of sweet fruits, citrus, bananas, yeasts and candy sugar. The taste was excellent, creamy and yeasty finishing dry and smooth. There was continuous carbonation, but enough to completely distract from the flavor. One of my favorite Belgians and a must-try for any beer drinker.

sinistrsam, Oct 24, 2005
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
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,740 ratings.