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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5789
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of Rumrunner


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours a very unclear light straw color. A big head which dissipates some but stays until the end. The scent is very green tangy apple. There is some slight pepper and spice as well.

The flavor is strong green apple. There is a slight grassy flavor as well. Very tangy and finishes with a very dry crispsness. A very champagne like finish.

It is smooth with a tiny bite. A very crisp feel in the mouth. Refreshing. A quality ale for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 08:40:01 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of TheDM


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an extremely invigorated head of long lasting finely sized white bubbles with an excellent lacing and a cloudy wheat yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt-hop aroma and a flavor of fizzy banana clove and bread. It is a very smooth brew and hides its alcohol content well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 18:18:21 | More by TheDM
Photo of barleypop


4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sure glad I finally got around to trying this one. This is my definite favorite in its style.

The beer rushes to life as you unleash it from the bottle. Once slowly poured, it shows a thick dense head with a golden orange colored body.

The nose is very fruity. Most prevalent to my sniffer was an aroma of lemon,banana and spice.

The fruit comes alive on your tongue with agressive hops and carbonation. Very velvety on the tongue. Excellent finish. I enjoyed this one with a sharp cheddar and it was a nice combination. I can't wait to try this one on tap. Truly a special ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 19:27:52 | More by barleypop
Photo of granger10


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry, I know this is supposed to be a great beer but I just did not care for it too much. The head on the pour was too much for me to handle, out of control. At each taste it felt like the beer was turning to foam in my mouth. Because of that mouthfeel dropped. The taste was of a complex fruit sweetness that I did enjoy but nothing special. The balance was not there and the finish seemed too yeasty to me. Give me a Maudite any day over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 05:19:15 | More by granger10
Photo of vitesse


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

served in the famous little 12 oz. black stubby bottle...
this beer lived up to every bit of the hype. truly a world class beer. maybe the single greatest all-around beer i've ever tasted. every bit deserving of its huge reputation.
perfectly complex and balanced belgian beer flavor. balances sweetness and acidity perfectly. beautiful pale golden color and great thick fluffy head. lots of lace on the glass.
just perfect. worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 12:12:47 | More by vitesse
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review. I feel like I am losing my virginity. Forever I will now be branded with a mug, but enough of me lamenting my aging this beer deserves my full attention. I can mope later.

I chose this beer because the first real piece of glass I got was a duvel tulip glass, and now it can finally be put to its proper use. Housing an enrmous head. This head looked like someone had taking a can of whipped cream and just unloaded it into my glass. However, below the frothy, white clouds lay a beautiful straw colored liquid. As the head finally receded it left some of the largest lace I have ever seen. There were huge rings of it all down my glass and it was rocky and bubbly like soap suds.

The smell was of delicate malts that reminded me much of a white wine. Dry and sharp with just a hint of fruity honey. There was just a touch of the yeast to add a more earthy smell.

Tasting this was quite a sensation. It was crisp and refreshing, but it was not overly light by any means. The barest bit of hops and carbonation hit the front of my palette while a malty, bready taste full of honey and green raisins. The final third of the taste was just a little peppery displaying the 8.5%ABV quite nicely as it flowed down my throat. The aftertaste was suprisingly not dry but watering. What an interesting beer.

The mouthfeel was very much like a chardonnay or dryer white wine.

(There is still lace stuck to the top of my glass!)

Overall this is a great beer that I will never turn down. It is light, but at the same time full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing enough to drink on a hot summer day such as this, yet I could easily drink a couple of these on a frosty autumn night. I now join the ranks of true BAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 19:43:04 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of Realale


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a full clear gold, with a huge bright white head composed of very large bubbles. The head settles slowly to a rocky, incomplete 3/4" cap.

Nose is subtle. Some base bready maltiness, a touch of yeast, and a bit of phenol.

Midweight in the mouth, with a nice round malty feel. It is simply full of malt, and quite yeasty, despite a clean pour. The malt becomes bigger, and the beer more complex as it warms closer to cellar temperature, than fridge temperature. Some earthiness appears, as well as some spiciness. Great soft, fine carbonation from the bottle-conditioning adds a lot of character.

It is a subtle beer, but that can be a very nice thing, as it is here. Small bottle. Best before date of April, 2004.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 08:48:55 | More by Realale
Photo of Jables


3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 00:49:58 | More by Jables
Photo of jcalabre


2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 12 October 2002. This review is from my notes. I was underwhelmed by this beer. Pours w/ a big frothy white head; opaque golden color; I really thought that this would be a Grand Cru style of beer. It really wasn't anything special. The taste didn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 13:59:46 | More by jcalabre
Photo of taez555


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The infamous Duvel. Pronounced Do vull, not Do vell. Flemish not french.

tasted it out of an 11.2oz bottle. It poured a HUGE white head with large bubbles that just sat unmoved for several minutes. The body was a bright golden translucent yellow.

The smell of this beer was amazing. A full yeasty smell with a beautiful pear aroma. Almost reminisant of some german weis beers. Lots of fruit and soft spice hints.

The taste of this beer is amazing. Very easy drinking. Waves of flavor. Starting with soft chewy pear and apple fruit flavors, followed by subtle earthy hop aromas that blended well with the fruits. It then finishes with the reemergence of the fruit flavors and lingers off onto the soft bitterness. Almost reminding me of soft melted butter.

This beer is really the epitome of Belgian triples. No wonder it's one of Belgiums biggest selling beers. So complex and yet so light and easy drinking at the same time. It's amazing this beer is 8.5% alcohol. It sneaks up on you slowly, but you'd never notice it while drinking it. An amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 01:59:50 | More by taez555
Photo of BierReise


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking golden ale with a head white as snow. Interesting aroma, like another rater said almost a buttery aroma. Very smooth and drinkable despite the unnoticable high abv. I've never had this one before but it reminds me of the Urthel I had recently. I also taste a blend of fruit but nothing leaping out at me. This ale gives me a very relaxing feeling and I can see why some have such an affinity for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 16:12:58 | More by BierReise
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served from 330 mL bottle. Color poured a pale yellow with a good amount of head. The smell was that of fruit, with a bit of alcohol to it. The taste is fairly dry, almost like brut champagne, and the alcohol is somewhat detectable, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, with hints of alcohol. As for drinkability, I could drink these as long as I could hold out :) I had heard many good things about Duvel, and having tried it I have to say I heartily agree! Along with its darker cousin Maredsous, this is certainly one of my favorite Belgians!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 20:34:09 | More by beergeek279
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has always been one of my greatest faves, a fact I've often regretted the next morning. Pours into a thick, sturdy head that takes its time dissipating and leaves good lacing on the sides.

Cloudy in appearance yet bright, clean and crisp in taste. It has a strong and clear nose, sharp, yeasty with a very light citrus. A testament to brewing skill when a brew has an alcohol content this high and you aren't overwhelmed. Sneaks up on you, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 21:48:06 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of SheepNutz


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the Duvel in a 11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. Despite pouring it very slowly, there is still a good 2.5 fingers of fluffy head. The head dies down to about 1.5 fingers, but that's it. There is also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The color is a pale orange-yellow that is slightly cloudy. The smell is very fruity, mostly banana and citrus. It is very pleasant. The taste is a great blend of fruit, spices, and alcohol. It isn't overly sweet though, there is a good malt/hops balance. The beer has a great strong mouthfeel to it. The drinkability is just a little lower, because the alcohol doesn't seem to be masked, as in other stong ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 20:48:02 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of hotstuff


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

This brew poured an extremely large white foamy head. It left an excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It was observed to have a yellow in body. It also had a cloudy appearance to it. It had a flavor of clove. This was a smooth tasting brew in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 06:13:40 | More by hotstuff
Photo of usualpulp


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Photo of philipt

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was astonished to see that I have not yet reviewed this beer, it being one of best in my book. Duvel is responsible for my love of great beers, particularly Belgians.

Many other brewers try to imitate Duvel, and many reviewers compare other similar beers to Duvel, and for good reason. This is simply one of the best examples of a strong Belgian golden ale.

Perfect appearance. Clear, pale yellow in color (that is until the yeast is roused in the bottle) with a towering, rocky, pillowy, bright white head. Creates substantial lacing. The aroma is malty sweet, candy-ish, estery, and fruity, with a touch of spiciness. The body is incredibly light and smooth, but all the while this is an intriguing and complex ale. The taste is initially sweet, with candy like flavors. Subtle notes of pear and apple complement the sweetness. The sweetness is followed by a fresh hop flavor and spiciness. The alcohol is predominately hidden and the beer finishes slightly dry.

Thanks, Rodney.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 17:01:10 | More by philipt
Photo of tavernjef


4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby bottle: Unique color of light yellow, very gem-like in character looking much like a sparkling white wine, with lots of bubbly carbonation. The head on this was a monster, an amazing sight to behold, tall, bright bleached white head nearly over three inches. The head is super foamed cream, looking like light styrofoam, or more so, close to a meringue. Upon the first sip, the head barely moves, only where the liquid touches does the head dissolve, leaving huge cliffs of foam clinging on to the glass. I wouldn't even call it lace, it looks just like the origianl head just stuck like glue in marshmellow clumps all around the inside of the glass. Miraculously amazing!

Smell is super zesty clean of light lemon and orange peel and spicy, notes of yeast and sharp hops. A super sniffer and strikingly complex with brightness.

Taste is more of the same, mirrored of the smells, light, smooth, zesty clean and fresh with pops of lemon, orange, yeasty peppered spices, other bright fruits of apple and pineapple all just complexly mixing over the palette and taking it for a ride of enjoyment - finishing strongly twinged of bittering sweetness, zesty clean, and actually somehow smooth. Feels lightish-medium body but packed full of carbonating action with a perfect smooth hold and slightly drying and tart. How'd they do that. So complex in character and flavors its hard to use words to describe it, just drink it and see, you'll become stupified with levels of wonderment.

On another note: after drinking about half my glass I was shocked to see that on the bottle it is labeled 8.5% - that sure doesn't seem to be an effect until its "after-effect", so I say its sneaky head swimmingly delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 14:32:01 | More by tavernjef
Photo of MJR


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into it's proper glass, it pours a clear, pale gold with the characteristically massive head that intially takes up more space than the liquid. The head leaves gobs of sticky lace down the inside of the glass. Tons of bubbles race to the top, from the heavy carbonation. A truly classic appearance; if this doesn't rate a 5, nothing does...

Smell: The aroma is quite perfumy with a touch of spiciness, along with a faint fruity sweetness. Hint of bready yeast... A touch of Saaz is in there too.

Taste: Combines both sweetness and spiciness with a nice, firm Saaz bitterness. The sweetness has fruity suggestions of pear and apple, with a touch of honey, while the spiciness has a peppery note. The yeast imparts a touch of breadiness. A bit of a phenolic character shows up later in the finish. Finishes with a light alcohol flavor. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy with carbonation for days... It's very prickly on the tongue, with a dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Suprisingly good considering it's strength. This beer is well known for it's ability to hide it's 8.5%abv. You don't notice how strong it is until it sneaks up on you...

A world classic. I can't add anything that hasn't already been said...

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 22:10:33 | More by MJR
Photo of johnrobe


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic brew. Every beer lover must try this one. It pours a deep, slightly hazy straw color with a voluminous, champagne-like, brilliant white head. The fruity ester and yeast smells are quite subtle and do not betray the treasure yet to come. Silky smooth, the "Devil" comes on in a wave of lightly sweet bready malt combined with a bit of banana and mildly spicy esters. There is no hint of alcohol taste despite the relatively high alcohol percentage (8.5%) making this one of the most aptly named brews around. Deceptively smooth and drinkable, this beer can unleash a stealth attack on your sobriety lest you take care with your pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 18:14:48 | More by johnrobe
Photo of EagleTalon


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer very much. It had a hoppy and malty sweet "continental" aroma. Fluffy white head and hazy golden liquid. The taste is amazing. Soft malt and bready yeast notes with a nice crisp hoppiness. finishes clean and refreshing. This is a strong beer that you could easily mistake for a beer of a more moderate alcohol content. Be careful!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 17:37:49 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

Sampled from a 250ml bottle this legendary beer pours a very pale hazy golden hue, with a highly carbonated champagne like tawny white head. What a perfect pour with one of the most amazing head retentions I have seen, will have to credit this with the priming of the candied sugar. Brilliantly spiced aroma along with a thicket of musty maltiness and a decent amount of hopping. The mixture of malty sweetness, bready yeast notes, and striking bitterness equates to one of the most amazing beers in the world. The mouthfeel is a complex combination of fizzy carbonation and syrupy sweetness. If and when they begin to keg this stuff it is going to be the true end of the world. So, drinkable just imagine what it will be like on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 10:28:37 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of clvand0


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with large white head - Do not make my mistake and uncarefully pour it into a regular glass - it will foam all over the place. Pour it into the predescribed bowl-shaped glass. The aroma is fruity and very complex. The taste is very smooth and sweet with a lot of carbonation. It is slithgly dry, but sweet at the same time - I can't explain it well. This is a great beer and I would highly recommend it. The taste is one of a kind with a bit of spicyness about it. I love the taste, but I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a sitting because it seems like a very full bodied beer to me. Sorta fills me up.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 17:46:18 | More by clvand0
Photo of rabidawg


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged

Appearance: Tremendous creamy white head topping a highly carbonated body the color of sunshine. Great mosaic lace and excellent heat retention. Creamy, creamy goodness just waiting to be pierced.

Smell: Fruity nose that is much more complex than my smelling skills are talented. Alcohol very present, but not distracting. Just adds to the bouquet. I smelled this for several minutes before I took the first sip, in ecstasy the entire time.

Taste: Starts creamy and sweet, then the fizzy carbonation hits. Bitter, slight cork and oak dominate the middle. Finishes slightly numbing and dry, with more woody, earthen notes.

I've had this in Belgium in the smaller bottle, and I definitely thought the 750 mL to be drier and woodier. Very impressive and wonderful brew. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a favor and grab one ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 19:14:38 | More by rabidawg
Photo of daledeee


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

The mother of all heads! A full 2" head above the glass can be achieved and it stays around until the very end. Pours a beautiful yellow, straw color. I drink it moderately chilled.

A fair amount of hops with a nice malt balance. Biting carbonation. This tastes like pale ale and wheat beer all in one.

This is way too drinkable for a strong one. 8.5% but hard to tell until you are done! This is by far the most drinkable strong beer I have had.

Too bad I live in Iowa. Can't get it here. This is a top 10 beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 17:28:48 | More by daledeee
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