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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,014
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
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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 Damian
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -4.9%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +13.6%
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%
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 -2.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +6.1%
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 -2.8%
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 +13.4%
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 -1.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +14.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +12.9%
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 +8.2%
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 +16.2%
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 -4.2%
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 +8.9%
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.

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