Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 6,832
Reviews: 2,618
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12/2005, cellared for a few years as an experiment.

Appearance - starts to foam up at the uncap, almost coming out of the bottle but not quite. Pours a straw color, lightly hazed, and lots of white foam. Leaves rings of lace as it recedes, it definitely hasn't gone flat in storage.

Aroma - lightly crackery, sweet, and little else. Very faint odor, there's very little here at all.

Taste - mellowed sweetness, almost like an imperial pilsner flavor, but the Belgian candi sugar keeps it in the ballpark style-wise. As it warms, more of the Belgian sweetness comes through. Nothing fancy on the finish, perhaps a glimmer of hops. Some warm breathy alcohol, pretty decent on the whole.

Mouthfeel - vapor from the alcohol fills the mouth, very well-carbonated as you might expect. Well done.

Drinkability - good beer, not really worth cellaring though. It keeps great, but it doesn't turn into anything special. Still, right tasty and a highly sessionable brew for 8.5 abv.

Photo of akorsak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale is slightly chilled, as I only put it in the fridge 30 minutes ago.

Appearance: The ale pours a crystal clear, brilliant yellow color. There is no sign of any sediment in the ale. The ale pours with an intense deep head that keeps going and going and going... The result of this head is an incredible ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a slightly sweet candied aroma to it. There are also peppercorns in the nose.

Taste: The ale has a light sweet candied sugar taste to it. Beyond the sugars, I pick up some spices that remind me of a good tripel: peppercorn being the taste on the forefront.

Mouthfeel: The ale's hyper-carbonation provides a welcome cleansing taste with every sip.

Drinkability: This ale is a winner. The candied flavors work well in warm or cold weather and the sweetness of the ale really hits the spot.

Photo of bigdaddyv10
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass ( should probably get a tulip shaped glass to truly appreciate the complexity's of this beer ).

This is my first Duvel and have never had a beer quite like it.

Even though I gently poured it into my tilted glass the foam head quickly filled my pilsner glass 2/3 full of effervescent fluffy white foam, which was very slow to dissipate.

Duvel is medium to light golden color with lots of tiny bubbles that don't quit.

Smell is of hay,yeast, and fruit.

Taste is of hay, yeast, slight fruitiness, pepper and malt with a touch of bitter. I can taste the alcohol ( not to mention feel it ) but not so much that it is unpleasant.

Duvel kind of reminds me of drinking champagne with all the bubbles and the higher alcohol content but is most definitely beer with a unique taste that is hard to pin down. I think I will have to keep sampling these from time to time to get a better feel for them.

I bought a 4 pack of these at Corral liquor in Granite City IL for 7.99

This is my first post on a beer forum, and I'm not hip to all the Lingo, but I do enjoy Beer and trying new things and have been using this site to pick new beers to try, so hopefully I will eventually get better at my evaluations. Cheers Bigdaddy

Photo of sabrills70
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle with a best before date of 6/08. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a beautiful fluffy white head, great longevity and equally great lace. Nice yeasty aromas, slightly orange citrus. Slight wheat malt and yeast flavors with fair amont of hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden. Slightly citric and peppery. A beautiful example of the style. A true classic and one for ll the others to be judged by.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bubbly pilsener color with a nicely laced white head. Very lively mouthfeel. Alcohol is covered fairly well. Rather sweet, peppered, and candied flavor with a spicy hop finish. Smells of bubble gum and candy. Simple and deliciously drinkable. Wonderfully dry, almost brut champagne like..

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

Finally time to review one of my absolute favorite beers. Poured ever so slowly from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my Duvel tulip (is there really another way?). This is hands down the most beautiful looking beer I have ever seen. Straw colored with the most breathtaking stormcloud of white towering foam. If poured correctly you should have roughly half beer and half head in your glass. The head retention is pretty amazing and the lacing extensive. Really a site to behold. The smell is hay, pepper, and lemon zest. Taste is light, crisp at first. Taste of rich spices like coriander and pepper, a little lemon, and some nice buttery malts. Aftertaste is that wonderful spice flavor followed by a nice glowing warming sensation in your belly and body. This must be what it feels like to give your spirit a bath. Alcohol feeling is present and strong, but not so abundant in the taste. Still a quaffer and a sipper...take her real easy. Drinkability suffers slightly because of the high alcohol. Overall, one of my top ten favorite beers and one that never dissapoints.

Photo of dieselboy914
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle and accompanying tulip-shaped glass it is served with is a show-stopper immediately in any bar. People will look at you and know you are well-versed in beers... but that is the least of concern, to you the drinker.
The beer must be poured slowly, as the head gives rise quickly and without hesitation... patience is rewarded. The smell is light, but not mysterious. One can definitely detect a slight hint of weight, and also several fruits. An apple maybe, but definitely a little lemon rind. Very carbonated, and light in the mouth; combined with the taste it is fun to drink, but be careful. At 8.5%, the fun can get ahold of you quick...
An exquisite beer to say the least.

Photo of zjungleist
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea why I havent reviewed this yet. Pale yellow color, with a hue white head (if poured into the right glassware). The smeel is grassy and yeasty. Malts are not a huge factore, but the yeasty esters (nearly hefe-like... spicy) and grassy hop flavors are quite complex. Mouthfeel has decent carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer to unwind with.

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

Duvel comes by its legendary status deservedly — a first-class example of its genre from start to finish.

It poured from the bottle into my snifter with a large, three-finger head that sat perched over a golden, straw-coloured beer with some cloudiness. The head had considerable retention, and remained till the end, leaving a sticky lace on the glass.

The smell was yeasty with fruity esters and a hint of malt — very inviting, though maybe not as complex as my favourite Belgian pale ale, Fin du Monde.

This is a pleasant, well-balanced experience despite its classification as a "big" Belgian beer. It hides its 8.1% ABV (that's what the bottle said — I know it differs from the info up top) well and goes down smooth. I personally favour a bit more carbonation than Duvel offers and marked its drinkability down only slightly because of what I perceive as a bit of a dry, astringent aftertaste.

Photo of kkipple
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Any review of Duvel would be incomplete without first singing the praises of the head on this beer. The head on a glass of Duvel is massive, tremendous, and a joy to behold. It sits commandingly atop the clear golden beer and takes up nearly 2/3rds of the glass. The lacing is the best I’ve seen. It just may bring tears to your eyes. In all seriousness however, the thick, meringue-like head on this beer is just the icing on a very tasty cake.

The smell overflows from the glass. I was initial concerned by a mild skunk tang, but that is soon left behind by a wonderfully sweet floral smell, along with the Belgian yeast that's typical of these kinds of beers. The smell gets sweeter as the beer warms, eventually leaving a nectar scent in the glass.

The taste is light malts with a mild bitterness, with hops, yeast, and mild alcohol present. There's a lesser wonderful spicy clove taste and a fine tartness to round it off. Finishes dry, warming, and crisp. The 8.5%abv is cunningly hidden, and the sheer drinkability of this beer means if you have a steady supply at hand you could be in trouble.

Drinking a Duvel is delightful. I strongly recommend you seek one out.
It's just a fantastic beer and one that I can't wait to try again.

Photo of Jredner
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda a rauchbier aroma, but less pronounced, though still unexpected. Some maltiness. Pale golden in color. The head rioted in my glass. After calling in the authorities it settled down somewhat, but continued to stand around leering at me. Malt profile with some tickling alcohol and pear notes. Mild spice, but much less than many Belgian Strong Ales. Much ado about nothing it seems.

Photo of Optimat0r
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

appearance - i do as the bottle instructs(how i pour all my beers anyway), slowly pour about one ounce and have to stop because my glass almost foams over. takes about 3 minutes for the foam to go down so i can pour another once. color is almost water like with a small tint of yellow. so far it looks and pours just like a coors light. its very ironic how it recieved so many high marks for appearance while the same people would probably slam identical appearing beers such as coors light.

smell - like mainstream american crap beer, but with a slightly more sweet presence that lets you know it will probably taste better.

taste - it didnt taste much better. its like a slightly improved coors light, with a sweeter, fruity taste that becomes sour as soon as you swallow. not much depth or complexity at all. not much else to say, very disappointing.

mouthfeel - extreme carbonation makes for a thin, sour, unpleasant mouthfeel.

drinkability - i was all exited to try this one but i failed to finish my 11.2 oz bottle. for reasons listed above. tastes like something id drink out of a keg at a party.

Photo of jabocu
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into the oversized Duvel glass.

A - Golden and bright. It almost sparkled it was so clear. It had a thick sudsy head that had valleys in the top as it slowly dissipated. The etchings in the bottom of the Duvel glass created a constant uprising shower of bubbles to constantly replenish the cap.

S - Very clean and aromatic. The bouquet was a little above medium. I could get hints of apples, cloves and pear. Sweet and a little grainy. Couldn't wait to try this for the first time.

T - Crisp and refreshing. The sweetness of the apples and cloves were apparent right away. Floral hops had a perfect balance that brought everything together. The taste became even better as it began to warm up. Bananas and citrus became more apparent then.

M - Carbonation was just right. Nice little kick in the beginning that made everything come alive. The hops hang on in the back for the entire ride. The ABV is not noticeable at all, and felt smooth going down.

D - Excellent beer. I will be keeping this around from now on. This would be perfect for any occasion or sitting.

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

This beer scores big in appearance. The pale yellow body is home to sparkling, active carbonation. Walls of foamy lace ring the glass as the beer disappears. And look at that head...I've never described a head as "complex" before, but here you have it: fluffy and well-retained, it's always abundant no matter how slow the pour, with a stiffness around the middle that reminds of meringue. One of the best looking beers, ever.

The aroma is a bit low-key: definitely fresh-smelling, with a balanced lightness, nothing is really dominant, all the expected smells of the core ingredients, plus fresh apples.

Taste-wise, Duvel is always a great recommendation for those just starting to move away from macros and into craft beers. It's not extreme but not at all unremarkable. It recalls a malt-soaked apple peppered with cloves and banana, with a subtle alcohol/yeast nip.

Feels light and crisp in the mouth, with a good bit of banana-like creaminess. Nice zing to the carbonation.

Very versatile when paired with food...just enough alcohol content to relax with...not so much alcohol that you can't have 2 or 3 in a sitting. A classic.

Photo of becktone
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I won't be the first to say it but this beer has absoutely the best appearance I have ever seen. It ends up being a pale golden color.Infact the color reminds me of lemon jello shots. The large amount of carbonation in this beer makes it look quite alive. The head can be described with the following: four finger, billowly, pillow-like, whte, rocky/craggy. Not only does the head look great but it looks great the entire time one is drinking it, excellent head retention. Also a great amount of lacing, this looks like one good beer.

The aroma of this beer is also good. Not quite as potent as I would like (the more potent the aroma, the easier it is to describe it). Don't get me wrong, it's not like the aroma of this beer is hard to smell. It's just that if I could hold on to the smell a bit longer and have it be a bit stronger it would be much easier to describe. I get a butterscotch aroma from this beer. I also detect small amounts of diacetyl. I don't detect any hop character. It has a very distinct aroma, however, I can't seem to put a finger on it. It does however smell great.

The taste of this beer is great. It is very well rounded and complex. I can't really describe it much more than that. It has a sweet candy-like flavor that is balanced by just the right amount of hops. I also detect some spicyness in the flavor of this beer. This beer may contain 8.5% alcohol, but you surely can't tell by the way that it tastes.

Feels great in the mouth as well. It finishes dry and has a champagne character about it. The amount of carbonation is high, but I believe that it compliments the complex flavor and style very well. It is certainly not light on the palate, it has a pretty full body. In fact, this surprises me because in my experience pale ales in general don't have a full body. They are usually light-medium bodied, whereas this beer has a full body.

This beer is by far one of the best beers that I have ever drank. It has a great appearance and a taste that is quite good as well. This is a beer that I'll be buying again and again. It goes down incredibly easy espicially for having such a high abv. If you haven't tried this beer I highly recommend geting some of this next time you see it.

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

750ml bottle from AKSmokedPorter as part of Secret Santa 2005. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged, with a date (not sure what it indicates, probably best by) of 13.08.06.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2 1/2" bright white head above the clear golden brew. Head lasts and lasts, with rejuvenation from lots of deep bubbling, with lots of hunky foam lacing. Aroma is sugar and spice and everything, well, you know. Taste is spicy sweetness also, with bready undertones. Mouthfeel is light and smooth over the tongue, and drinkability is very nice. Sweet could possibly get a tad cloying after awhile, but nonetheless, a classic.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it took me so long to try this classic beer. But now that I have there may be no turning back!

The appearance is one to remember. Golden, straw-like color with the fluffiest, most pillowy white head imaginable. The head seemed to explode right out of the bottle. Floral and citrus fruits make up the aroma. Mostly orange and lemon. The flavor brings out more of the the fruit and also has a spicy character to it. It matched perfectly with the meal I was eating at the time which I'll talk about in a minute. Big flavor that's easy on the palate. This beer really changes over time. It starts out crisp and spicy and as it warms, turns into a pleasant, mellow beauty.

I had this Duvel at a restauant paired with Alaskan black cod marinaded in mushroom soy and garlic served with a ginger-coconut sauce and sweet pepper salsa. The flavors matched up prefectly and really made this beer one to remember. Excellent!

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

A - A monsterous white head over a clear urine yellow beer. Thick carbonation bubbles intensely to keep the head lingering. Way too intense, it makes ginger ale look flat. After it finally reaches a manageable level, rings of lace are marked down the side.

S - Floral notes dominate over fainter white grape, pear and banana odors.

T - A strong ascerbic hop kick initially, not a pine flavor, but more of a floral flavor. A bit of faint white grape and pear in the taste. There is a light-bodied maltiness and a lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Abv is completely masked.

M - Slick, smooth and very, very refreshing.

D - It is an excellent brew that is easy to drink. It could pair well with foods as well. Strong pales are not one of my favorite styles, but I do see why people love this beer.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I had not reviewed this standard long before now ... oh well ...

Poured into a Duvel tulip-style goblet. Golden straw color, very crisp and clean, with a tremendous white head of epic proportions. The nose is of tropical fruits and candy. A gorgeous smelling ale. Tastes of malty sweetness up front, with strong fruity flavors behind ... and finishes with a much drier, clean taste in the mouth. Ample carbonation and a unique crispness. For me, a standard in the Belgian variety ... very, very drinkable and always enjoyable. Duvel is a reliable and regal ale.

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

I poured this beer into an oversized Duvel tulip glass. That's 12 oz of beer into a 22 oz container and the snow white frothy head came right to the top. There’s a chaotic vortex of bubbles erupting from the bottom of my glass sustaining this mammoth head. As the head collapses, it leaves behind a meringue-like cratered head. Almost looks like some forgotten water-carved desert valley in AZ. As I drink this beer, the head collapses and leaves big awkward clumps of head hanging out on the surface. The color of the beer is soft honey. Truly one of the most visually entertaining beers I can ever imagine drinking. The smell consists of tangerines and plumbs, an enticing spicy yeast and what I can only describe as dark brown lake water. These smells are magnificently intertwined with each other that make this really unique. Tastes surprisingly bland compared to the smell, but far from bad. I’m getting some very dry grapefruit rind, black pepper and fruity orange jello with a medicinal, dry yeast finish. If I allow some air to stand trapped in my mouth, I pick up strawberries. I must add that this is the most prominent spicy yeast flavor I’ve had with out it being too dry. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a lot of unobtrusive carbonation that disappears when I swallow. This beer is surprisingly simple, but wonderfully put together and an absolute delight to watch.

Photo of MagicLantern
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass. I'll get a Duvel Glass soon.

Pouring this beer for the first time was amazing. The whole glass turned into a thick head. And I when say thick I mean like cool whip thick. It looked wonderful and gave me an immediate appetite. The head was long lasting, slow to fade, and laced the glass perfectly.
The lace was about 1/8" over the beer through out my entire sample. It did not fade, break up or go away. I covered my beer and the edges of the glass was something to admire.

The beer had a rich gold color with the color deepening as it neared the center. My notes say, "Translucent beauty."
A light carbonation bubbled through the entire beer and just made it look like what I imagine a beer is suppose to look like. For that reason I gave it a 5. Even in the wrong glass it was picture perfect.

Fruity, maybe banana. My notes are sparse here. I have written, "Didn't smell bad, didn't smell great. Smell is subtle and light." I think that's why I have it a lower rating. I just couldn't smell much.

Sharp! Bitter! Spicy! Yum! That's what I wrote and thats what I like. A crisp light burn follows from the carbonation which gives it a great aftertaste. I did not taste any sort of alchohol after taste. The flavors of this beer float in your mouth long after you drank it and it's a very pleasant feel in deed.

I want to point out that this beer got better as I let it warm. That is, it started great and finished better. With that in mind, it was smooth through and through.

I was going to give this a 4 for drinkiablity. It was a great beer that I could probably drink at anytime, but I didn't want to over rate. Then my girlfriend came along and she doesn't drink beer at all because it tastes "like beer". Maybe it was the note book, or maybe it was my crazed look, but she picked it up and said "Let me try a good beer." She tried it and said, "This is fantastic." This is the first beer my GF LIKES. That merits .5 doesn't it? So drinkability is a 4.5

Price: Reasonably priced the quality of beer. Buy yourself the four pack with the Duvel glass so you can drink this right. If you still not convinced accept the next one offered, you won't regret it.

Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured golden with a big soapy head. aroma yeast , citrus on the lemon side a hint of alcohol. flavor lemon, orange,light yeast and malts as it warmed got some sweetness.usually when the yeast and citrus are the 1st thing that hits my nose I get this feeling I am not going to like this beer but this one was good

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

Pours a pale golden color with a montainous rocky head that actually grew as it sat for a few minutes, and hardly fades away. There's tons of lacing left behind on my glass.

Smell; at first I was a little dispointed in the smell, as it came of more tame than I was expecting. I let it sit for a few and came back and it really opened up. It has a really nice lemony citrus and a spicy pepper like smell, with yeast and hints of bread dough.

Taste; that spiciness really jumps out at me, followed by citrus and a nice malty bread dough, with a bit of a grassy quality thrown in. There's enough of a hops to add just a touch of bitterness in the finish. I thought the carbonation would have more of a bite, instead it's really smooth and creamy, and very refreshing.

I had this beer many years ago, and didn't care much for it at the time, but now I have to say that this is one hell of a beer. I'm glad I gave it another chance after nearly eight years.

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

didn't pour into snifter as represented on the bottle. Used pint glass.
What a head! Thick, foamy, white and didn't go anywhere (but in my belly!)
Good golden, yellow, rich glow in the glass.
Smell was sweet, malt, orange, flower, hops.
Taste was rich, and richer as it warmed, with a bit of salt at first, them malt and sweetness. Hops were present middle to end. Aftertaste lingered just enough to want more.
Could drink a few more. the appearance was the best part of this beer although the other components were impressive.

Photo of Hautacam
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this with great anticipation and expectation.
Pours beautifully golden slighly cloudy with a huge head into the Duvel chalice...really, really huge...fun to watch it slowly recede with nice lacing and little sinkholes throughout ( I'm sure there's a better beer geek term for that,sorry ).

Smells nice..malt, yeast , slight fruit.

Taste at first was a little disappointing...first few sips.."what's all the fuss about this stuff ?"...way too carbonated for me , interfering with the flavor. Anyway, that sure changed....once it de-gased a bit and warmed just a little, the complexity came out...there's so much going on on the palate...I kept looking at the simple gold color and wondered where all this was coming from. There's fruit, malt, sweet, hops, alcohol.. and more...all well balanced....every flavor I love in Belgian goldens was there in just the right amount.
3/4 the way through this glass I had decided that this is just a perfect beer and deserves all the praise it gets.

Drinkable....I would have a few. I'd love to make this one of those that's always in the fridge, but it's a little too pricy for that.

I told a few friends about this..and a few weeks later they said they had almost exactly the same experience...although you may resist initially ; the Duvel gets your soul in the end.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,832 ratings.