Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,662
Hads: 7,246
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,079 | FT: 6
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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 a4tuurbo
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a clear yellow-gold with a 1 finger head from a conservative pour. Very clear and light colored.

S- I had seen some reviews describing the smell as having a hint of apples and Id have to agree. There is also a semi-strong hops presence.

T- I definitely taste what seems like grapes. Grains are present although not very unique in taste. There is a nice bite towards the end and surprisingly it hides its alcohol well.

M- Very crisp and dry. Like champagne. (481 characters)

Photo of hailtotheale
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As far as beers of this style go, I've got to give this one a solid B. I've had far too many great beers that are far more preferable to this that pure-and-simple blow me out of the water in this particular style. My scale may be jaded by the Golden Ales from Russian River and Iron Fist, which have so far set my standard for this beer.

Appearance: Nothing unusual - classic golden style, clear finish, golden with a mild-brown in color.

Smell: Derived pretty evenly from hop, yeast, and malt characteristics. Nothing remarkably obtrusive about the smell, some mildly floral hop characteristics.

Taste: Average. Really about all I can say. Perhaps my favorite characteristics of this beer come from truly accentuating the yeast. Fermentation temperature issues? Not sure, but overall, I have to say that this beer doesn't quite blow my mind in taste as its American imitators do...

Mouthfeel: Great - even with extensive traveling, this beer maintains a good carbonation level, and a smooth overall mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty good. Not exceptional. A function of mass-production? (1,085 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:Bright golden yellow with a bright shiny white sparkling head that sticks to the glass. The foam crazy
S:I am picking up a lsight nutty smell, similar to a pils. Light citrus
T: Big lemon zest explodes right away and lingers through out
M: The fizz gives you a nice warm sensation
D: Its good, but a bit to pils like for me. Not a huge pils fan (346 characters)

Photo of techfed87
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clean and sharp with a thick white head.

Color is a transparent yellow, with a steady stream of bubbles percolating from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is sour, with tones of malt that appear very much lager like.

First sip is light, with several complex flavors appearing up front in the pallet. Has the qualities of a very nice Pilsner, with the complexities of something much more mature.

In terms of Belgian Ales, this ranks right up with the best of them. And while I may not put the type in my favorites list, I can definitely appreciate it for what it's worth. (579 characters)

Photo of maltysfalcon
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color with ample creamy froth. Flowery hops on the nose give it great aromatic character. Fuller in body than it looks, this is really well-balanced between a delicate bitterness and light malt flavors. The alcohol is prevalent but in-check. Well-done ale. (281 characters)

Photo of rawthar
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, diluted pale sunbeam yellow with a white merengue of thick head

S- Hints of caramel over ripe dark fermenting fruits, some pepper, maybe a bit of coriander, and lots of Belgian yeast

T- Bready, nutty, flavors follow the nose, a bit of phenol, a tart and pilsy finish

M- Smooth carbonation, silky body

D- Goes down easy, inoffensive (344 characters)

Photo of mudhoney
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip glass this beers appearance is highly impressive.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a super frothy white head that lingers for the duration.

The aroma screams spices. Not much fruity aroma detected at all.

The flavors are malty and citrusy. Honey, lemon, and a hint of pepper that warms the beer well with each drink.

The mouthfeel is robust and definitely not shy with a lingering spicy taste.

A very strong beer not intended for session drinking but a good choice for a belgian ale nonetheless. (549 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've been having a lot of stouts lately that haven't had too much head, so I've been pouring my beers pretty hard. Anyways, I decided to do this while pouring this beer....big mistake! This beer is so heady, that I wasn't even sure it even had beer in it. LOL. Anyways, let me get serious with this review.

A: Big and frothy looking head along with a rich golden color.

S: A mix of apple cider and banana aroma followed by subtle Belgian spices.

T: Again, a strong apple cider influence along with some sort of citrus fruity character.

M: A light to medium body that leaves your mouth refreshed and rejuvenated; lower carbonation than expected.

D: Good with no hints of alcohol; a good beer to enjoy after a long day.

Overall: A good beer, not mind-blowing for me. It's definitely worth a try if you get a chance. (821 characters)

Photo of BabyBastard
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle, best by date of June 2012. Pours into tulip a great looking pale yellow, with about a fist worth of huge, rocky white head that looks delicious enough to eat with a spoon. Crazy bubbles from bottom of the glass seem never ending. Clarity seems to cloud up as time passes, insane amount of lacing is left all around the inside of the glass. Truly one of the better looking ales available. Very unique in its own right.
Smells of alcohol and a yeasty, subtle malt character.
Tastes of nice malt, sweetness in the middle, followed by warming from the alcohol, which is hidden so well you might not even know that it is there. Has a dry finish. Refreshing taste, to say the least.
Feels great, lively carbonation and a smooth, slick feel make this a deceptively easy brew to drink. Almost too easy, considering the alcohol content. (842 characters)

Photo of jackofclubs
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on a few times before yet to have one in the duvel glass had it in a stella glass

A- hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head

S- slightly fruity yeasty sour apples maybe

T- mellow the the 8.5 abv is nat vary aparent alittle on the yeast side same fruity notes as the smell

M- light on the mouth vary nice (321 characters)

Photo of nickss
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle. Best before 9/08
Pours an straw-golden yelllow with an unbelievably immense head. The brew is moderately cloudy in appearance due to the bottle fermentation, but through the yeast I can see millions of little bubbles struggle their way to join their brethren at the surface. Maybe the most beautiful head I have ever seen on any beer.

Initial spicy saaz hop aroma... very pils-esque (not a positive feature in my mind, but that is just my personal preference of course). This is followed by a huge yeasty backbone. Lots of citrusy lemon zest. Malt is easily identifiable in this brew as well, although it takes back seat to the other aromas.

Perhaps it is the intense carbonation in this brew, but I have a hard time discerning any strong independant flavours. Lots of yeast, but other than that, somewhat boring. Perhaps a bit of doughy breadiness. Kinda disappointed here. It's not bad by any means.... I just don't see what is so spectacular about it.

This brew is way too highly carbonated in my opinion. Carbonation destroys the flavour in this case, and makes the mouthfeel too tight and dry. While the overall thickness of the beer is about right, the total mouthfeel is only average.

I have mixed feelings regarding the drinkability. For one, the 8.5% abv is nowhere to be found in this light crisp beverage. On the other hand, the carbonation is so extreme that it kinda ruins this brew for me. So I will leave it at this... while I think this brew is different, and I respect that, it is not for me. I doubt I'll be dropping $8 for a 750ml again any time soon. (1,605 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance was a cloudy gold, a huge head came forth and was there even at the end,more bubbles than a warm champagne cereal hoppy aroma, very hoppy appleish taste, didn't seem as good as I remember although it might have been to cold, because it did seem to get better at the end. (284 characters)

Photo of dauss
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml caged corked.

Appearance: light hazy straw color. Small bone white head with good retention. Effervescent, lots of bubbling in the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, slight phenol, very light green apple, and a slight sourness

Taste: very effervescent, light phenols, lots of fruitiness, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light body, dry, a little astringent, and sour. I don't remember this beer being this tart, maybe it was a bad bottle. (459 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear yellow with a medium bubbly white head, and very good lacing.

smell is of fruit (pear, apricot, some banana), spice, pepper, light wheat, and floral.

taste is of pear, a touch of peach, a little sour malt, a little sweetness in the back, and a few hops, end is smooth. (289 characters)

Photo of artusory
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with notes of bananas, pears and peaches. The flavor is apricots, grapes, pepper, lemon and apple. The finish is of a medium length, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel is light with very lively carbonation. (280 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately poured into my Duvel chalice.
First off, without taking my first drink, visually this is the best looking beer I've ever poured!
Half the glass is huge, frothy, rocky head. The bottle pours perfectly into the glass, no room to spare. The carbonation being released from the inscribe "D" on the bottom of the glass leaves a steady stream of beautiful bubbles constantly rising to the top of the beer. Nice!
Smell is yeasty with some alcohol and lemony zest. The mouthfeel is really smooth considering the carbonation that is prevalent. This is a really easy drinking, enjoyable beer. This is a very sessionable beer due to the taste and smoothnesss, but be careful it packs a punch and after a few of these you'll definitely be feeling it. This has been a very pleasant surprise and something I'll revisit quite often. (834 characters)

Photo of djura
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably most famous "champagne" beer.

A-light pale almost yellow color. White two finger head,lasting few minutes.
S-Fresh and outstanding aroma of fruits.
T/M-It is just too carbonated! It does not feel good for my taste. It is crisp,refreshing and tasty,but,carbonation is too high.

O- One of the best known beers fur sure,in the old way. (352 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: thin gold with a tint of orange, fairly large seafoam head with lots of rising carbonation.
S: apples and grass. thin scent
T: such an interesting flavor. it's actually quite similar to 3 monts. difficult to describe. biere de garde. mildly sweet and sour, grass and honey. apple juice
M: smooth, juice like, light to medium body
O: Rather nice but a bit overrated. (368 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/2 Bottle - Nice pour, dark orange in colour with minimal white head. Fruity malt smell was pleasant. Tasted somewhat strong, decent texture, felt good drinking it. Didn't feel as strong as the ABV. Overall good beer offering. (227 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those beers that I tried along time ago that I figured was worth a revisit. Here she goes...

A: The pour is very pale yellow/straw in color with an initially huge white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer.

S: Smells sweet and apple juice-like with a lot of yeast contributions. Some slight banana and spice notes going on, along with pears and perhaps some grassy hops.

T: The flavor is similarly sweet with lots of apples and pears with hints of banana and orange zest. Bread and a slight candi sugar note in terms of the malt character. Maybe a bit of skunk to go along with some grassy hops.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Definitely different from what I remember. Not really worse or better, just different. Still not my favorite beer. (828 characters)

Photo of youngleo
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a two fingered head that had lots of big bubbles. Head was white in color and brew itself was hazy golden. Not a lot of lacing going on. Very light smelling. Just a hint of alcohol and maybe some grain. Had a fruit taste. Maybe apples or pears. Also tasted slightly sweet. Good all around balance. Not bitter by any means. It didnt have any type of aftertaste at all. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I think it would make a good session beer. But you would have to be carfull. Lots of alcohol. Ill buy again. (533 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a huge thick white head and a light haze. The head has a great level of retention, but it eventually fades to leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is heaviest of a pepper, yeast, and banana smells. Mixed with these aromas are notes of a citrus and biscuit smell as well as some aromas of an herbal and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a combination of a biscuit and sour but lightly sweet citrus taste. As the taste advances the sour and slightly drier flavors up front are met with notes of yeast. Accompanied by the yeast are flavors of banana and a light peppery taste. Toward the end of the taste some other spice flavors as well as a lightly herbal hop flavor comes to the tongue to leave a rather dry but smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side for an ABV of 8.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The lighter body and carbonation are rather fitting for the more sour flavors of the brew, with the lighter body only accentuating the very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall - A very delicious and drier but quite flavorful Belgian. Renowned for a reason. (1,245 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a gusher with a head that would not die, white and huge. Pale yellow color, cloudy, obviously bubbly. Spicy aroma with a flavor to match. Alcohol is not present which is surprising given that it is close to nine percent. This is tasty and easy to drink but not really my speed. (290 characters)

Photo of WesM63
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Stella Tulip

A: Clear Golden with a decent 3 finger gold tinted head. Decent lacing.

S: Apples and slightly hoppy.

T: Sweet dry, apple-ish with hoppy taste and a spicy finish. Almost wine/champagne like.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

O: Not what i was expecting from a Belgian (expecting a quad). Overall, pretty good, i was pleasantly surprised the more i drank. Although the thing i found odd was the more I let it sit, the better it tasted. Not sure if they're all like this or just the batch i got. Either way, worth trying if you haven't. I'd buy again when the mood strikes. (625 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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 (313 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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