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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,911
Reviews: 2,633
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 310
Gots: 790 | FT: 4
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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 IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous 4 inch head atop a golden orange almost Pils colored beer. I happen to like yeast so I added the last few drops from the bottle to the glass making it only slightly cloudy.
Aroma is spicy and fruity and yeasty with a touch of citrus on the end.
Flavor is sweet malts and bready yeast...mixed spices and numerous fruits....finishes to a hop bite that leaves a drying sweetness behind.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy...carbonation fills you completely and pushes the warming alcohol down to your belly.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pour to be thankful of. Straw colored body is topped by what you'd think of as a nitro tap head. Nose is just too faint for me. I get a smidge of lemon and what I can only call white grapes. Taste is pretty much identical to the nose ... I guess my gripe is that it doesn't do more. It's decent but there's just too much out there that I'd buy first.

Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a yellow straw with a giant white foamy head. The carbonation of this beer is huge. The smell is wheat, candy sugar, and some citrus,lemon or orange? The taste is crisp refreshing citrus lemon, wheat, candy sugar, and spices,pepper and coriander. The m/f is light and well balanced with a great mixture of flavors. This is a classic beer that should not be missed. A beer for all seasons. Cheers.

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

This is an amazing beer!

Appearance alone is something to behold. Shaving cream thick white head that lasts and lasts. . .
When served in a Duvel glass the bubbles do a dance that I could stare at like a lava lamp.

Smell is sweet candi sugar, slight hops, lemony zest and sweet, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent and refreshingly light, tingly.

I could drink them all day and all night long. Just excellent.

Photo of hero27
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Best before 07/11/06 stamped on the side. 8.5% abv.

Chunky white head..hazy straw color. Head retention is damn near ridiculous..and thick enough to eat with a spoon. Some small yeasties float aimlessly in the glass. Belgian yeast and robust spices take up the majority of the aroma. The flavor has a distinct bready quality to it, with accompanying orange peel, spices, lemon, and yeast.
Carbonation a bit too lively for my taste, not quite as smooth as I remembered this being.
This may be a brew that could reasonably claim to be the champagne of beers.. it's a classic Belgian ale that has been around forever and isn't going anywhere.

Thanks go to mynie for the bottle.

Photo of k75
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

25oz - corked / caged
Great satisfying pop from the opening - good geist (spelling?)
pours that amazing head that I've seen before - defines gravity
such a great feat to pull off a big beer that is both subtle and satisfying
notes of faint tropical fruit and a little spice
very smooth on the palate and sublime
finish is clean. not drying

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

Photo of denjen
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at/Price: Woodman's / $5.99 750 ml
Dennis: Duvel, translation: Devil, is one of the best examples of a belgian triple ale you'll probably ever have. Incredibly carbonated, the taste at first delivers a flash of tart yeasts and deep candied fruits...that is assuming you'll be able to pour a full glass on the first attempt. At 8.5% after a few sips you won't be feeling any pain, but the alcohol never takes over the simple tastes that are blended so well.
Jen: I would have to say that the second time around with this brew is better (or maybe it is the sudden heat wave that makes it so refreshing). It is light and bubbly, with a bit of tartness at the end. It is smooth with an almost creaminess to it. This brew is well crafted and quite easy to drink, but be careful, it is 8.5%!

Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Cork comes flying off without much effort. Pours a beautiful straw yellow with lively carbonation rising to the top much like a champagne creating one of the fluffiest heads I have ever seen! The head is thick and fluffy like whipped cream. Aroma is fruity, spicey and yeasty. Again, this is probably the most beautiful head I have ever seen! Taste is very dry and yeasty with earthy and slightly spicey flavors. Mouthfeel is light and crisp that can be quite prickly from the carbonation. This is definately a world class brew! I bow down even to the empty bottle as it is contained something of pure art that I greatly admire and enjoy.

Photo of shererjt
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an effervescent straw yellow with a huge, rich, long-lasting head. Aroma was dry malt, musty hops, and a good bit of Belgian phenolics. Great beer to look at and smell. Decent amount of alcohol in the nose as well. Light-to-medium body, which is pretty remarkable considering its alcohol content. Flavor had alcohol up front, some malt sweetness (though it was pretty dry), and a bunch of hop flavor. Not as much Belgian funkiness as some, but you'd definitely know where this one came from. Maybe some fruit in the taste. Had a bit of creamy smoothness in the mouthfeel that was quite pleasant. Also, very little fusels/harshness. Drinkability was probably as good as it could be considering the puch it packs.

Overall, a very nice brew and a good gateway beer for someone who is looking to branch out into Belgians.

Photo of KlausKinski
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true classic. Wide, foamy , creamy head, one of the biggest heads I've ever seen. Yeasty smell with peach aromas. The taste starts with a quite sweetish note, dominated by peach aromas, then , about the middle, the yeasts gives more fruity, banana like aromas, and the end is ruled by an surprising hop bitterness.
This beer is , for me, an almost perfect compromise between complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I have great respect for and therefore, deserves a review. Poured (appropriately enough) into a Duvel glass slowly, to form a huge white stucky head that faded into chunks of foam as it faded. Coloration was similar to what champaigne looks like, very lush looking. In the nose were some light fruity apple flavors, a touch of mild earthiness, pears, overall extremely clean. Flavors detected included spicy pepper in the beginning, fruit in the middle, and alcohol hitting you right at the end. Duvel is one crisp beer, and by crisp I mean that it is pretty big on the carbonation. This one seems to turn to foam straight away when sipping, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I could see myself drinking a few of these and liking it more with each sip. I was never truly impressed with this beer until I gave it a fair chance, and began to appreciate the vast amount of complexities it has to offer. A superb beer.

Photo of cracgor
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with a lot of carbonation and a cloudy white head. A sweet grassy smell. Has the characteristic hops of a pilsner. An interesting smell. Flavor of this beer is more bitter than most belgians. It opens with a sour/bitter almost champagne like flavor without the sweetness and has the characteristic finish of a belgian. Very dry. Not overly alcoholic, but more than I am used to in the style. It is a good beer, just nothing I would call exceptional.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow, generous carbonation, and a massive white head that hangs around forever. Lacing is simply amazing thick gooey globs.

Smell is yeasty peppery spices, malty sweetness, slight fruit and alcohol.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Strong bready spicy character. Bananna and citrus flavors. Quite sweet with a touch of hop. Finish is lingering fruity sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is the classic BSPA. Dangerously easy to drink. I really enjoy the spicy yeasty flavors but the general sweetness seems a little much to my taste.

Photo of tastybeer
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Belgian. Amazing hite fluffy cream head fills half the glass and towers way above to the rim of my Duvel glass. Big patchy lace covers the glass to no suprise. Color is brilliant, glowing cloudy gold. Now that's a beer. Aroma is a yummy extravaganza of a treat for the nose. Sweet delicious spice, banana cream and citrus candy. Taste is similar. I can't find any evidence of alcohol here, It would seem the Duvel is decieving and delicious. The mouthfeel is juicy, smooth and creamy with the thick retention. Crisp and refreshing and certainly really really drinkable.

Duvel all the time would be the best.

Photo of wedge
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant pale gold with vigorous carbonation and a massive, staying puffy / rocky / chunky head of bleach white foam. This head is rediculous. Aroma is lightly fruity - yeasty, peppery. Clean, crisp spicy fruit in the mouth with adequate malt sweetness for support. Dry yet, somehow juicy apple-like esters and modest phenols. Very pleasant and refreshing for such a strong one. Clean, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Thats just classic Belgian ale right there. Devilish only in its wicked level of drinkibility.

Photo of copasetic
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light straw-colored pour with a resilient fluffly rocky head that remains to the last goddamned drop. Aroma is strong tart fruits, but light and magical. Hints of corianter and overripe bananas predominate. First through last taste is dominated by a slight tang, not as strong as a tripel, but clearly fruity and funky. Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat alcoholic, but not as heavy as the 8.0% ABV would suggest.

A very fine and drinkable beer.

Photo of marcobrau
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yikes! My first review of Duvel. I have to start out by saying that I've enjoyed this beer before, I just haven't got around to putting words to paper about it.

Duvel is one beautiful beer that is stunning in its simplicity. The head that is created by pouring Duvel in its own special glass is incredible and I don't know of any other beer that puts on quite the same display. The head is voluminous, taking up at least two thirds of the glass. I stop pouring and slowly resume the pour and the incredibly fluffy, delicate head (as delicate as a spider web) pushes itself up like tiny mountain range. Once the head slowly -- ever so slowy -- starts to fall it leaves behind sticky, spider web-like structures of beer foam along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is just as delicate as the appearance (pretty much to a fault), with just the softest, slightest hint of spicy hops laced with spun sugar. The mouthfeel is soft, soft like the finest pilsner. The flavor of this beer is of sweet, honeyish malt, balanced just perfectly by subtle hops and its own minerally dryness. Perilously drinkable, Duvel is despite its demonic name, an exceptionally delicate and pure brew. Although seemingly not quite as spicy and hoppy as I recall from years ago, this is still an exceptionally well crafted ale.

Photo of waldowin
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL corked bottle. Cork came out with a massive *POP*, nearly causing me to punch myself in the face.

Pours a crystal-clear light yellow, with an absolutely massive thick-as-pudding head that can actually be molded by your fingers. Intense carbonation visible, and not even slowing after several minutes.

Smell is of butter, flowers, and grapes. Very light.

Taste is of candy sugar, peaches, and a hint of toffee. Light, airy, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is intensely carbonated, but otherwise smooth and sweet. The alcohol is completely invisible.

Had the 750 all to myself, and loved it. Though more than that would require sharing, most likely.

Photo of Pingotas
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I almost always prefer the better brews at higher temperatures - I can discern the flavors better. Duvel is the exception - when chilled slightly, it comes alive with a zesty, almost perfume-like taste that wasn't there when it was warmed. I can barely detect any alcohol, at any temp range. The color is pedestrian, however, and the lacing/head unimpressive. Aside from the boring physical attributes, the gustatory experience makes Duvel a solid choice for any serious beer drinker.

Photo of Cresant
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opened a 11.2 oz with a best by date of 11/08 and poured (poorly) into a wine glass. I did not pour agressively enough to get a lasting head. It peaked at about two inches and then receded leaving sparse strings of lace. I could revive the head somewhat by gently swirling.

The smell was very pleasant. Yeasty. Frosted flakes and wine.

Isolated streamers of bubble trickled up the hazy pale golden ale.

Malty grains and faint under-ripe bananas is what I tasted. A smooth buttery flavor gave way to alcohol as it warmed. The malt/hop balance changed to a strong alcohol flavor and smell.

I loved the mouthfeel. The fizziness made me swallow faster. A pleasant burn; a sensation that my mouth was filling with gassy bubbles, like latte foam and an overflowing soda. Crisp and active.

This one became more filling as the alcohol presented itself. The sparkling nature of this one reeled me in but then I hit a wall; I dont think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of schiaveto
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer, with a singular combination of malt, hops and fermentation characters.
Its famous white head is a pleasure for the eyes.
A pale golden colour that hides the strong flavours.
Equilibrium between hop and malt flavours.
A fantastic fermentation flavor profile, increased by flavours from the bottle refermentation.
You must try.

Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz' er into a Duvel tulip glass. First, let me say that this left the most amazing head and lacing that I have ever seen - simply amazing !! The foamy creamy white head was two fingers deep and, it never receded, it was two fingers all the way down. It left the thickest lacing I've ever seen, all the way from the top to the bottom. The color was a clear medium yellow gold, like a lager.

Aroma - fruity and estery, slightly spicy, and sweet, bready pale malt.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Fruity esters, slightly sweet bready pale malts, and all balanced with subtle spiciness from both the laid back hop profile and the yeast, and even possibly, the high abv. The alcohol in this was totally not detectable in the taste, except, as noted to lend a subtle spice note, and this, to me is excellence in brewing a high abv brew. All the components are harmoniously balanced, and they finished together in a clean, crisp, refreshing way. I completely savored every sip.

Mouthfeel - a delicious fullness, with moderate cabonation. Clean finish. Ever so slight hop slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down so very easy and is completely satifying that you have to have the next one one. The high abv is totally not evident from the taste, and only after you've had a few does that fact sink in. Still, if you don't have to drive, or be to work in the morning.. well, try not to get carried away, the hangover's a b&%#$ if you do. This is excellent beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear pale yellow-orange color. The head is massive, billowy and white, and lasts forever. The aroma is of oranges and lemons with a barnyard funk in the background. It is rather mellow, however, more mellow than other strong pales that I have had. The taste is of citrus with an earthy and alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and very dry. Overall, this beer is easy to enjoy. However, I choose La Fin Du Monde over Duvel anyday, as La FIn is so much more complex.

Photo of SethB2
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers ever. I guess I should do a formal review.

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a transparent gold color with a huge fluffy head that recedes leaving lacing like you see in your dreams. Smells good. Sweet bananas and overripe melons. Taste is spiced and fruity. Lots of melon and banana (like the smell) but also a very pronounced clove. Mouth is medium, silky smooth and dry. Perfection, really. Drinkablity would only be helped if I had another, because I would drink it if I did.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,911 ratings.