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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,257
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of TCgoalie


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp golden yellow with a huge head and a lot of bubbles. Fun.

There's essence of apples, honey, and some alcohol esters in the smell.

The first thing I notice in the taste is the spiciness...it is almost peppery. There is also a slightly sour taste that is like a mix of candy apples and lemon peel right after the spice.

The swallow leaves a bit of a dry finish. There is definitely a lot of carbonation happening in the mouth.

A very easy drinker for the high alcohol content. This is a very exciting and intriguing drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:35:34 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Clear golden body with three fingers of foamy white head. Great head retention and stellar lacing. Fantastic.

S: Mixture of fruits upfront, very distinct belgian yeast, hops and some spices.

T: Citrus fruits, strong fronts of yeast and hops with an ending of mild spices. Very complex beer ans very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation creates a frothy feeling in the mouth with is still smooth. Leaves a sticky feeling.

D: What a great beer. Aromas and flavours are outstanding and the alcohol is unnoticeable. I'll be picking more of this out very soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 06:17:45 | More by Long813
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; clear pale yellow(so long as the yeast does not get in the pour). Amazing white head, with beautiful lacing. Head retains thick and chunky throughout the drink, even bumpy thickness, it kind of looks like Ayers Rock in the Australian outback, only covered in snow. I'm really impressed!

smell; sour like a Gueuze but then bitter with a herbal hop bite, like a quality German Pils.

taste; slightly tart, with some alcohol. The hops give it some bitterness in the finish. Bready malts linger in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; like a hurricane of carbonation on my tongue yet amazingly smooth. Some alcohol burn but in a good way, crisp and refreshing.

drinkability; this is really drinkable but I drank a 750ml. bottle and I'm feeling it! A beer to be respected for sure, have a couple and call it a night. I can tell this beer will cause a headache in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:19:14 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of kimcgolf


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Poured from bomber into oversized wine glass. Probably the best appearance I’ve ever seen. Started out clear golden with a thick white pillowy head with excellent lacing. As the bottle progressed, the appearance turned more hazy amber, still with the same head. Fruity aroma was prevalent from the beginning. Taste seemed a mixture of the fruit and also a hint of spice, possibly clove. The 8.5% alcohol was very discreet; present but not tasted. A great finish topped off a very pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 00:56:38 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the classic, stubby 11.2oz Duvel glass into my new Duvel tulip (got it in a Duvel gift set!)

A: Holy $&%@! Huge, billowy, bubbly, thick white head, literally half the glass is head (just like you see in publicity photos on their website and e-store). Best head I've ever had... literally. Lots of lacing clings to the side of the glass in web-like patches. This beer looks gorgeous.

S: Hugely sweet, spicy Belgian aroma - so decadent; faint fruit esters of juicy apple, pear, fresh-squeezed lemon; cloves, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg; malt profile includes a hint of sweet, freshly baked bread, honey and toasted caramel/brown sugar. Fairly complex nose.

T: Apple and pear esters up front lead a burst of sweetness that is followed by a chorus of toasted malts and spicy-sweet cloves. Slightly peppery alcohol punch follows the malt background into the finish, which lingers on the tongue in the form of a slightly stale, yeasty bread flavor. The Belgian yeast flavor is also noticeable in the finish - slightly funky, peppery, but pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation; not as strong as other Belgian beers I have tried, but enough to give a slightly crisp edge.

D: 8.5% ABV, but as the Alstrom brothers note, the alcohol is devilishly powerful, and you don't realize it until its too late. Its presence is realized in the peppery flavors, but it doesn't grip you until the end of the bottle, and by then, its kicking your ass.

Wow. Last time I had a Duvel was roughly 6-8 months ago, and I don't remember it being this flavorful. Maybe my tastes have changes? Maybe I had a bad bottle then? I'm not sure, but what I know for certain now is that this is a killer brew and deservedly one of the best Belgians on the market. Bravo. Would definitely recommend and look forward to drinking the remaining three bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 02:21:43 | More by Buschyfor3
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip...long overdue reviewing this one.

A - Bottle opens with a very strong pop of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear pale,straw golden color with thick streams of carbonation rising thru the glass and a giant crown of fluffy white foam that lasts seemingly forever, falling slowly and leaving behind spiderwebs of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Very hoppy up front (noble hops apparently) with some lemony citrus, spicy and a bit peppery, maybe a light hint of cloves. Very clean, almost pilsner like in aroma. Bready and yeasty base that is well integrated with the hops and well balanced. Overall, intense and dense with a variety of aromas.

T - Tastes much like the aroma would suggest. Crisply bitter with fruity flavors of lemons and apples. Spicy with some cloves and the distinct flavor of black pepper that meshes well with the hoppy bitterness. Sweet underpinning of malt that also contributes some grainy aspects and fresh bread and yeasty flavors too. Alcohol is only barely noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with a vivacious carbonation. Belgian spiciness and hop bitterness linger far into the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing - carbonation seems to bring the flavor complexities out and gives a liveliness that enhances the refreshing qualities of the flavors too.

D - This marries the qualities of the best German pilsners and the unique spicy and yeasty aspects of Belgian ales. Crisp, clean bitterness and strong hop character combined with the fruity, estery Belgian yeast is a match made in heaven. Deserving of its reputation and scarily drinkable. This bottle is disappearing too quickly...maybe I should have taken the advice on the bottle and found a good looking stranger to share this with...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:15:49 | More by portia99
Photo of mdup8819


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer has an enormous following, and it definitely does not dissapoint. Even though I carefully poured this beer, a frothy, full head still formed, nearly going over the glass, most likely caused by the high amount of carbonation.

The alcohol is definitely there, I have to limit myself to one bottle at a time.

Plenty of flavor, an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:13:59 | More by mdup8819
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my spouse's favorite beer. So I've come to enjoy it myself.

Poured into a tulip creates a lively pearly white head. very nice
cloudy golden yellow

Smells yeasty like fresh bread

Very impactful taste. first sweet overtaking by strong abv left with nice full bread like finish

This beer feels similar to champange. Which probably explains my wife's love for it. very carbonated and crisp. however it still manages to end smoothly and fizz out towards the end.

overall very enjoyable. I'll have another. We'll be getting this one on anniversaries now instead of champange THANK GOD ! Hail to the beer gods

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 18:29:32 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of hops1337


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of duvel recently, cost around 65 bucks but it was worth it. All were poured into a 16oz. tulip glass.

Head: huge!!! 3 finger head. Be carefull when pouring this beer. Just follow the instructions on the bottle, you should be alright. Settles into the rockiest head ive ever seen, with some serious laceing along the way.

Color: Golden, extremly light in color for a beer with such a high abv.

Mouthfeel: Good, carbonated and refreshing. Sort of dry.

Taste: Slightly smokey with a hint of hops good spring time brew

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 16:11:15 | More by hops1337
Photo of scottfrie


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip! Been waiting a while to match this combination.

A: This beer has one of the most recognizable pours. When you say huge egg-whipped frothy white head, you automatically think Duvel. Head slowly receded into the bowl of the tulip forming an oily dollop of cream over the light golden liquid that stuck around until the last drop. Great head retention, amazing lace.
S: Sweet pears and apples amongst peppery Belgian spices. Slight apricot and nectarine.
T: Loads of Belgian spice with some fruit. Notes of clove, cardamom, pepper, banana, and herbal hops. There is an overall sweetness to the brew. Finish is lightly bitter. Aftertaste is full of banana and brown sugar. Light bubblegum and doughy yeast as well.
M: Full body with a rich flavor and soft carbonation. Alcohol is masked but lends some viscosity to the body. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit chewy. Perfect.
D: One of the classics. Everyone should try this beer. Even my non-craft drinking friends admit this beer is good. I could drink this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:59:33 | More by scottfrie
Photo of theformula


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous, angelic golden body that strangely lager-like, with the most massive, foamy white head...wow. Very sticky lacing with everlasting retention. Near perfect.

S: Soft hops, yeast and sweet malts lend a complex aroma, but foremost citrusy hops and yeast. Some nice bubble gum and fruit esters going on as well. An herbal/floral aroma is present.

M: Medium body with a puch of carbonation, giving it a pretty full and crisp mouthfeel.

T: Not much to complain about. This is complex. There's beautifully bitter (a little piney and citrusy) hops, Belgium candy sugar, and honey-sweet malts. The mid-section shows off the candy sugar with bubble gum, along with a balancing yeast bite and mineral notes. Finishes with a very subtle alcahol spice and a dry, champagne-dry finish.

D: Even on my second taste, it's still king of its kind. Complex, crisp, big and drinkable. The 8.5% ABV is so very well hidden. Why is it called "Devil" when it's nearly god-like in perfection?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 03:56:44 | More by theformula
Photo of bark


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is pale yellow with a tint of orange; the liquid is a little bit cloudy. The high compact firm foam builds a fine crown.

A wheat-beer flavour dominates the smell; there are also notes of sour yeast, and some roasted, spicy notes.

The taste is very balanced and clean, yet complex. There are sweet notes of wheat, fruit candy, and a mild bitterness. The aftertaste got flavours of wheat dough, alcohol and some bitter hops.

The carbonation is quite strong with large bubbles, which suits the style fine.

This is a great beer that complements all sorts of cheeses in a fantastic way. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 20:29:46 | More by bark
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With 2,136 reviews for this beer before me, what can I possibly add? I've had this fine beer before, just never reviewed it.

My 75cl bottle popped perfectly and poured the same. Clear, brass with a super highly carbonated look. The head retention was epic, staying the entire time I sipped.

The nose is delightfully complex with light candied sugars, pepper and a lovely lager-like yeast.

Fantastic flavor... Complex, clean and refined. Much like champagne, but with bold flavors including candied sugars, lemon yest and a fantastic malt base.


Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:50:11 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of Zeckster

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled, about 40 degrees, 330mL bottle into a chilled Duvel tulip glass.

Poured with a massively frothy head and a delightful golden color. The head left a light web like appearance on the glass as the beer was consumed.

It has a sweet citrus smell

There is a sweet citrus coupled with the taste of alcohol.

Loads of carbonation, I was afraid it would consume me when I pured it. Yet it was so very light.

I would certainly try this beer again. Although I think it would be a first beer selection.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 00:38:01 | More by Zeckster
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay snifter

A: Rich golden coloring, finger or so of head that did not dissipate. High amounts of carbonation. I was quite frankly mezmorized by looking at this brew.

S: Maybe it is because my nose is a little stopped up but I don't get a strong nose on the beer. I get a little spiciness mostly.

T & M: I am amazed by the taste of this beer considering the high alcohol content. It is simply not there. This is an exquisite tasting beer. There are many different textures. I do get a bit of pilsener, I also get some spiciness as well. This is one complex brew! Mouthfeel is excellent, this is a beer that remains on the palate and does not go away.

D: Highly drinkable despite high alcohol content. I fully understand the praise that is lavished on this fine beer now.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 22:44:59 | More by elniko
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poored into a tulip glass.

This one is a great pale golden yellew with a huge creamy white everlasting trademark head. It also leaves lace clinging to everything. One of the best looking beers I've seen to date. The nose is also very good displaying light colored orchard fruit mainly pears, spicey yeast in the form of clove and pepper and some earthy almost musty hop presance as well. The taste is again pears and spice with some alcohol apearing as well. The mouthfeel is both light and crisp form the carbination and creamy all at the same time. I really could drink this stuff endlessly if it wasn't 8.5.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 20:11:31 | More by jordoo
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light honey golden color. Has two full fingers of fluffy white head composed of slightly coarse bubbles. Bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass like champagne. Great retention--the foam lasts literally as long as the beer does. Impressive lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Aromas of toasted bread and sweet malt are noticeable first. Has a hint of coriander and a very nice floral hop presence. Mild, fruity esters are present too.

T- Dry sweetness and a subtle tanginess can be found up front. The tang lasts all the way through the finish and compliments the fruity, coriander-laced character of the beer well. Mild-to-medium bitterness hits toward the middle. Ever so slightly boozy in the finish. Has a great crisp, and dry character that makes this 8.5%-er extremely drinkable.

M - Thin body. Dry, with prominent carbonation. Very clean finish with almost no residual stickiness. Leaves a subtle warmth in the chest as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 03:55:15 | More by rundocrun
Photo of BDIMike


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would call Duvel one of the best widely available beers in America. In my mind, it has the ultimate appearance of a beer. It has a look that makes you badly want to drink it. Once you do, there is no disappointment in any part of this beer. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 02:35:40 | More by BDIMike
Photo of iasanlee


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours into a tulip a pale golden yellow with slight haze. Huge bright white head, and loads of chunky lacing.

S- Most noticeable is yeast. Citrus and spice.

T- Very crisp. Spicy, Sweet fruity lemon. Hop bitterness. One of the most balanced beers I have had.

M- Medium in body. Intensely delicate carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

D- If this was the only beer I could drink the rest of my life, It would be a great life.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 02:26:37 | More by iasanlee
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United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Duvel, flemmish for "Devil", is one of the most aptly named beers that I have come across. It is phenomenally quaffabble, and offers scarcely a hint of the high ABV that it contains. This is a strong beer that doesn't taste or go down like a strong beer. There are no discretely strong flavours or aromas that I note with this beer - just a smooth and well rounded beer. An 'everyday drinkable' beer that goes down easy.

In Brussels, this can be purchased at just about any corner grocery store or late night shop. It is best enjoyed in its intended Duvel glass, a stemmed tulip glass with a silver rim and distinctly strong curve to the rim. It has a beautiful clear golder color with a lively angel white head of small bubbles that stands long and strong like stiff egg whites. Duvel goes down quite nicely on a warm summer evening, sitting at an outdoor cafe, accompanied by a glass of water and some light food.

I greatly enjoy this beer, and recommend it highly.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 13:20:22 | More by ultrasupergenius
Photo of Mistofminn


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed on 03/10/09

Went out and bought a four pack of these cute little bottles. The only reason I didn't get the 750 ml caged and corked bottle was because I wanted to cellar 1 or 2 bottles to see how they mature, but I also wanted to enjoy it on the spot. It has been 3 months since I've had a Duvel and I need my fix!

Pours a clear light golden color. Lively carbonation and an aggressive pour produce a massive white and bubbly head. After a few minutes it shrinks to a chunky centimeter or so, and it stays that way through the last drink.

Ah, Duvel! Spicey yeast and fruity goodness! A little bit of hops are present. To me, Belgian Strong Pale Ale's are very similar to Tripel's, and this one stands up to the best of them. There is no alcohol that I can detect.

Down the hatch, golden nectar of the gods! Oh, fruity waves crashing into my taste buds. How gentle, how smooth! This has truly been touched by the hand of god himself!

Ok, now that I'm done being corny. Incredibly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Very light. Alcohol isn't in the least bit intrusive. Overall, one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 09:28:25 | More by Mistofminn
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

The look of this is astoundingly good. A light golden color, a bit cloudy with fine yeast, topped by an incredibly full head of white foam that doesn't go away. A shame to destroy this by drinking it.

The nose is a full aroma of light fuits, mild spice, sweet grain, vibrant yeast, alcohol, and hints of floral and citrus at the edge. Very bright bouquet, very seductive, very complex.

The taste of this enters the mouth in a way no other beer can match. It softly climbs onto the palate, bringing a gradual parade of pleasure. Soft and light fruit, a touch of citrus, gentle and tart yeast, sweet grain, a spicy undernote, blended into a long sip that ends between dry and juicy, sweet, tart, and delicious. Alcohol appears as it warms, but the flavors of the fruit, esp. citrus, become more pronounced, and the combination of a bit of alc warmth with the fuller flavors turn this beer into a beautiful drink, art.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, no other word has a hope of explaining how fine this feels in the mouth, how well the feel brings out the best in the flavor, and how the combination creates a marvelous experience.

Drinkability is exceptional. Had I a large enough supply, and readily available medical help, I would undoubtedly drink this until alcohol poisoning prevented me.

Impression: truly one of the finest beers in the world, one I've enjoyed for many years, and the benchmark for simple complexity. This is what beer can be.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 16:04:58 | More by cavedave
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly golden color, with a fluffy white almost creamy looking head. Fruit aroma is very present and can be smelled while pouring. The taste of Duvel is wonderful. Very fruity and hearty tasting, while being quite refreshing at the same time. It’s easy to forget that this brew is 8.5% abv. The power of this beer sneaks up on you. Banana flavor is very present here and very well balanced with the cloves and hops. So many flavors stand out, but none of them are too overpowering. Definitely one great Belgian beer, and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 18:00:50 | More by usualpulp
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Total Wine in my area finally has stocked >6% stuff.

Color- pale gold, almost like luminous straw. An inch and a half of fine-textured, pure white head persisted for a couple of minutes.

Nose- clean and sugary with orange and lemon zest aromas. Hints of spiciness.

Palate- bracingly spicy, clean and dry. The subtle sweetness is balanced by a fine effervescence, a bit of quinine bitterness and spicy notes. The finish lingers satisfyingly.


Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:29:36 | More by fingolfin72
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark banana peel. Fairly cloudy. The off-white head had mostly settled when I was presented with it.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, slightly sour smells. There is obvious citrus in the aroma, as well as banana and raisins. The fruit is spiced with hints of clove.

Taste: The sweetness from the fruit flavors help to smooth out the sharpness and slight bits of sour. The carbonation is slightly sharp and it tingles on the tongue. There is a bit of grape in with the other fruity flavors. Great mouthfeel

Notes: This beer has a nice warming quality. Because of it's great flavors and it's balanced taste, this one will stay in my good graces.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 13:13:30 | More by beerinator
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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