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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,977
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 327
Gots: 851 | 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 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.

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

Served from a 1 pint 9.4oz Bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass.

What a joy! It pours a nice cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around until the very end. Very amazing appearance!

The smell is fantastic! Very citrusy scent with some sweet malts coming through. The taste, oh my what a taste! The taste is lightly sweet and mostly of the malts but with some slight hops kicking through the end. Hints of yeast are there as well. The mouthfeel is quite outstanding with a lively carbonation that feels great on the tongue.

Highly drinkable beer. It exudes great aromas and flavors. It's a bit heavy but very easy to drink.

Highly recommended brew. Easy to locate and is well worth picking up.

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

Pour this beer slow. The head on this beauty is at least four fingers!
And the extremely fragrant nose with citrus and perfume quality's.
The color is so golden and clear like a beer night light. For being bottled condition the clarity is so fine. Next comes the complex orange,pear brandy, green apple mid-palate. A like a good movie there's a strange twist on the finish has a smooth stony dryness. I have a buddy who only drinks domestic swill and he even loved this beer. Duvel beer is a great way to taste the saaz hops shining thru this world class brew.

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

Stright out of the bottle this beer is heven.

A- Great light hazy kinda straw color. With a head that last for hours.

S- Malty aroma with hints of hops and yeast.

T- Sugary sweet malt with just an after taste of hops with a yeasty finish.

M- Smooth with a dry finish, and plenty of carbination.

D- I love Belgin style beers and this one more then fits the bill. Great for a summer afternoon.


Photo of isaac
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A very light, hazy beer with a pale yellow color. Pillowy, one fingered head sat delicately on top for a long time.

S - Very delicate smell, malty through and through with some hints of spices.

T - Smooth and creamy. Mostly malt here, followed by a slight amount of yeast, with a mildly bitter hops finish.

M - Crisp. Perfect for the flavor.

D - This went very well with my fish and though I like much hoppier beers, this a perfect beer to eat with. Yum.

note: I have now tried this from both sized bottles, and, i must say that the larger, corked version seems to have more noticeable alcohol in both the taste and the smell. (the smaller, capped version is reviewed above.)

Photo of uberabr
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a unique 12 oz into a tulip. This is the lightest beer I’ve had in a while. On the murky side and yellow, lemonade colored, with some golden hues. Nice light, white, fluffy head and good carbonation.

S: A very sweet maltyness. No real hops. You can feel them in the nose but they really just expand on the light, fruity malted quality. Well played! Lemon peel and limes with a dash of mint followed by a delicate balance of grassy and buttery notes with a hint of black pepper. Very complex and understated. I haven’t even tasted this beast yet, I could really just keep on smelling it (but I won’t!).

T: Very sweet, but not sugary sweet, more of a caramel-honey. Light and buttery. The malt character comes through mostly in the aftertaste. There’s a hint of lemon citrus but not the obnoxiously heavy malt-liquor twang that is all too common in high AbV citrusy ales. Speaking of ABV, where’s the alcohol?

M: Light and full. Crisp, clean, and perfectly carbonated.

D: This is one of the most drinkable Belgian ales I’ve ever had. I wish I had bought the big bottle. I don't like giving so many 5's but I just can't think of anything I'de really improve. I guess you just can't beat 140 years of craftsmanship!

Side note: The bottle has a "best before" date on it which reads 03/2009. Might be fun to leave this one in the cellar for a year and check back on it.

Photo of Pepeton
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit dissapointed by this one.

Pours a light yellow, exactly as a macro lager. Big white head and good lacing, though.

Aroma was faint, Belgian no doubt, reminded me a Gueuze. Sweet, hops in the end.

Taste is nice, good actually. Very balanced. No hint of alcohol. It's 8.5 ABV were very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was, well, refreshing. Way too refreshing for an ale with this level of alcohol.

Drinkability is dangerously high. A beer to be careful with.


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

Best before 03 2009

HUGE fluffy white head full of soft champagne bubbles, the kind of head you can overflow out of the top of the glass and make a swirl on the top and it keeps its shape. Rich hazy golden color. One fine looking beer.

Rich nose with banana and nilla wafers. Hoppy profile with a rich sweet malt body and gentle but busy carbonation. Richness and hoppiness are well balanced. Alcohol is tastefully presented, and easy to palate. Slightly warming. Is this the predecessor to American Double Pilsners?

This is a beautiful beer and it's relatively easy to find, and I often overlook it. Dangerously drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of sewald
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only I could buy this beer often. Simply put, one of the best beers I've ever had, if not the one. Citrus aromas, with a complex sweet and citrus taste. Carbonation and alcohol mouthfeel, a very heavy beer (which is what one should expect when drinking a strong pale ale, right). I could drink this forever...

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

This was a gift from a friend. It was the squat 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours easily into my DeGroen's goblet. It's a nice light yellow color, slightly hazy, with a big fluffy white head of foam. There is lacing all the way down the glass. Carbonation appears medium.

Aroma is lemon citrusy/yeasty, very clean and inviting. A little bubble gum in the background adds to the complexity. Maybe a hint of alcohol and noble hops as it warms.

First sip is on the sweet side, but it's quickly overtaken by lemon citrus. Very refreshing and clean, with a yeasty bite. Hop bitterness is fairly low, and hop flavor very low. Very well balanced beer. There is a sweetness there, but it's still a crisp beer. Aftertaste is citrusy and yeasty, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a fairly active level of carbonation, which zings across my tongue. The beer is crisp and clean, but my lips are slightly sticky from sweetness. Cool! Warmth comes through at the very end.

This would be a great beer to introduce neophytes to Belgian beers. It's definitely Belgian, but not overwhelming in any way. Its very well made, well balanced and crisp, with enough ABV to please anyone. It also has a nice "yeastiness" which is typical to many Belgian beers. I really like this beer, and would drink one anytime.

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

From the traditional squatty Duvel bottle into a snifter.

A - light golden color, mostly clear. Head is huge, rocky and puffy, bright white like talcum powder. Lacing and head retention are good.

S - lots of fruity esters and alcohol. Spice, black peppercorn. Lots of tropical fruit aromas like pineapple, cherries. Alcohol very noticeable. No hop aroma.

T - taste a lot like the smell. Bubblegum, fruit, spice, slight bitterness but this beer is on the sweeter side. Nice, clean Belgian/pilsner malt profile of dry grainyness. Light hop flavor of noble spice, Hallertau it seems. Yum, classic Belgian flavor.

M - thin bodied, carbonation average to slightly above. Lots of alcohol warming.

D - very tasty, a classic. Alcohol content and cost makes it a little prohibitive to drink a ton.

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

330ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

The appaearance of this beer is extremely impressive. Pours a clear light gold, with lots of bubbles quicly rising to the top. With a smooth pour the head absolutely explodes in the snifter. It keeps rising even after you've stopped pouring! Impossible retention. Head is extremely airy and fluffy. Lacing is extremely thick and sticky, I haven't seen anything like it.

Sharp fruit aromas stand out, some alcohol in the background. Slightly spicy and sweet. Very clean.

Sharp bittersweet taste with pear and apple-like flavors. Some alcohol mixed with light phenolic flavors.

High carbonation and light-medium body. Crisp and dry finish, very refreshing. The 8%ABV is hidden nicely.

Duvel means Devil. Only gets smoother as it warms. This is an extremely delightful beer. Definitely top of the beer food chain. Try this one, and you won't be dissapointed. This one was reasonably fresh, as it still has two and a half years before its "best by" date (April 2009). Should be good fresh or aged.

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

Appearance: poured slightly opaque , lighter golden color , massive frothy white head that lasted the whole way through.

Smell: candied fruit , pear , yellow apple , slight yeast and tinge of alcohol.

Taste: very tasty and smooth , pear and yellow apple fruitiness , nicely balanced maltiness , slight bit of tart twang from the yeast , and a nice edge of hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth , very effervescent , with a chapagne like dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: An exellent belgian pale ale , very well balanced , flavorful , and elegant. With a nice alcohol kick to boot! Great beer!

Photo of funkengruven
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this one one another try. I didn't think too much of this brew before and I'm thinking I might have drank it too cold and in the wrong glass (Straight out of the fridge and in a Pilsener glass) This time I let it sit a while, and drinking out of an oversized wine glass.

I poured this one nice and slowly as I remember the crazy head this gave off last time I tried it, It poured a translucent yellow with a head that remains on top ever so slightly. The smell had some banana clove notes almost like a Hefe Weizen, but at the same time had the signature smells of a belgian ale (that nice fruity aroma that I can't quite describe, but almost all belgians except lambics have it).

At first taste, it tasted as i remember, but as it warmed slightly, the flavor became quite enjoyable. Sweet banana clove and a very delicate aroma of prunes made its way through the palate, coming to an exceptionally clean finish. For a 8.5% ABV this is remarkably smooth and quite easy to drink.

Much better than I remembered it to be. I'll be sure to keep a bunch of these in the fridge over the winter, it warms you up nicely.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gently hazed champagne body with a soft, stiff, enormous, airy, white head with great retention.

Smell: Fresh apples; tart and musty yeast; spicy alcohol; light, sweet malts; and piquant, herbal hops. It smells nice but it doesn't have the depth that I expect from the style.

Taste: Brilliantly spicy from a chord of alcohol, hops, and yeast. Light and mellow at first, then piquant and zesty as you swallow and bittersweet in the finish. Fruity, vinous, bitter, earthy, and paradoxically bold yet light.

Mouthfeel: Airy, soft, chewable, and sticky. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: This is good stuff, completely enjoyable and respectable.

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

Once again desperate for a respite from the local swill, I purchased a couple bottles at a French supermarket in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Belgian Pale Ales have since become one of my favorite styles.

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellowish-orange. The head is massive and frothy. I had to wait several minutes for head reduction and even then with substantial lacing.

Smell – Lemon scents, yeast, perhaps a bit of grass. Pleasant overall but not overtly noticeable.

Taste – An excellent ale. You are hit at once by strong hints of spice and citrus that reappear more subtly as you progress. Some hop bitterness is noticeable but I really couldn't taste the alcohol until I had nearly finished the second bottle.

Drinkability –Perhaps a bit too drinkable for an ABV of 8.5%. The alcohol is masked well, need to be careful.

Duvel is outstanding. Great flavor, smoothness, and balance. I place it in my top 5

[ serving type: bottle ]

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

How is it that I haven't reviewed this beer yet?

Pours a beautiful light gold. Super clear and massive head and vigorous carbonation bubbles make this beer quite beautiful.

Smell is bubblegum, pepper, marshmallows, cloves, and lemon rind. Very little hops detectable.

Taste begins on the sweet side with bubblegum flavors segueing into peppercorns and lemon rind.

Mouthfeel is like a fluffy cloud of beer in my mouth.

Very drinkable and food friendly.

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

Pours into the Duvel glass with a huge meringue-like head. Carbonation is awesome with the stream of bubbles from the center of the glass. So very smooth with just a touch of the alcohol content showing through. Smells great, so convenient to bury your nose in that glass and savour the aroma as you have another sip. A totally enjoyable experience.

Photo of pjwilson
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: pours into a wine glass with massive carbination, yet the heads fades quickly enough, which works out ok. The beer is a very light yellow color, with some haze. The carbination continues throughout the glass.

smell: yeah i should probably get a Duvel glass, yet I'm not at home anyways. Still the smell is pretty mild by any standard. I do get hints of pears, and bit of that crisp bone dryness. Just kinda weak to merit a higher score.

taste: now that's a beer. The crisp dryness is the key here, with flavors of peaches and pears added by the yeast, but in a restrained amount. Tasting about as dry as a beer can get, I'm tasting the bitterness of the hops, and it seems almost like there is pepper in here.(I have no idea if there is or not)

mouthfeel: So light, so smooth, so great. Really typifies how a Belgian Strong Pale beer should be, deseptive. Hence Duvel.

drinkability: yeah, this one goes down good, really a fantatic drinker that sort of demands quick drinking. Yes you savor it, but it's pretty hard to go slow on it. This beer is worthy of the respect it gets. A must try, and a must re-buy.

Photo of KyleVick4
1.62/5  rDev -62%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750 mL

A: Looks good, crystal clear with a HUGE head that sticks all over the glass. Lots of bubbles and a very very light yellow color.

S: Spicy and I dont know light? I smell corny but I think a lot of people would get pissy at me but hey fuckem. I smell a spicy coors light, and I swirled and warmed the beer to no end.

T: Meh. I think I just dont like the mouthfeel, but that caried over into the taste. Like drinking air that has spicyness. Not a real fan. The taste has very limited hop presence with a ... no wait no malt prescence because it was so carbonated I couldnt taste a damn thing...

M: Light, dry did I say light? For being so alcholic it doesnt carry over into a unique taste or mouthfeel. Just like an extremly fizzy beer with very few good qualities. Carbonation waaay to high, and I know its a Belgian, which apparently gives it supernatural qualities, but Im calling it saying I think what they did to this beer sucked.

D: I struggled and struggled to finish my 750 mL, but ended up tossing the rest. If you want a quick buzz go for it. But a good beer? Try DFH or stone. Because all I tasted here was hype. Belgian beers can make some crazy good brews, but this was not one of them.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,977 ratings.