Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,662
Hads: 7,250
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,082 | FT: 6
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

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 Dukeofearl
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle. Poured a light golden color that was a little cloudy after a careful pour per instructions on the label. Head was composed of small bubbles in a large white setting. It then settled down and left a sticky, sugary, cotton-candy look on the side of the glass. Aroma was very clean, fresh, and floral. The flavor was very nicely balanced among all elements. No flavors jumped out at me, it wasn't too sweet, too hoppy, too anything. But it was good! Lots of floral, butter, herbal notes with a slight tart edge. Loved it! Alcohol was a little sneaky. (582 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge foamy head on a glittering golden color. Nice smell of yeast, grain, wheat. Alcohol too. The taste is a smooth yeast, citrus and banana flavor at first, very similar to a hefe weizen. Quickly, the hops and the alcohol give you a strong kick and the taste becomes way more aggressive, with a thick mouthfeel and a dry long lasting floral hoppy aftertaste. I like how this beer combines two very different feelings and tastes, and how the change in taste is very sudden and kind of unexpected. After a while, the two distinct aspects mix together to form this beer's unique character. Very nice. (600 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The thing that impresses me most about this beer is its appearance. I am not talking about the colour, which is attractive, but about the incessantly rising bubbles that replenish and form the head.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of oranges and lemon working in conjunction with a yeast-induced light clove and banana aspect. The taste is initially sweet and finished slightly bitter.

I could easily detect the strong presence of alcohol on the palate.

Duvel may very well be an acquired taste. It reminded me, to be honest, of a beer that had been crossed with cognac or brandy. (595 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!

P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had read that the pour was crucial and to be honest, I fucked it up a little. The head exploded and now stands before me, appearing like a mountain sitting almost 3 inches above the glass. We will be referring to him as Mount Duvel. He is slowly subsidding and turning quite ugly, developing lumps and hairy mumps. The ground beneath Mount Duvel is sinking and Mount Duvel is gaining more strength and more power. Do I dare put my nose near this thing?

As I put my nose near the glass, I hear a monumental explosion. Suddenly, chunks of bubble gum, lemon drops, pears and peppers come spewing out.

Without warning Mount Duvel destructs and the tasting begins.

The flavor is surely not overwhemling but still has its many strongpoints. Very spicy and peppery with some pineapple, green apples and pear. The finish is well hopped but somewhat lacking only leaving a banana/clove spicyness and then quickly it scampers away. The high carbonation definately affects the mouthfeel.

Very good beer though. (1,014 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle served in one of the Duvel tulip's included within the gift pack poured up to three fingers of light, sculptable foam. There was good retention, and ample Belgian lace. The aroma was dominated by alcohol, and strong spicy scents. The flavors were well balanced and earthy with grain, spicy, and hints of the strong alcohol. It's a smooth drinkable beer, that I will enjoy again. (394 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from a gift set that included two tulip glasses. Best before 9/2006.

The head on this one looked like the top of a rootbeer float, thick, rich and very creamy. The head started out three fingers and settled down nicely to about a quarter inch. Lacing circled the top of the glass, towards the mid point the lacing formed clumps around the glass.

Smells strongly of alcohol and grain. A lot of carbonation feel in the mouth with a smooth, sweet taste that arises after a moment.

Extremely light and drinkable. I'd still grab a Fin before this, but I have a newfound respect for this Belgian Golden and look forward to drinking the other three bottles in my fridge. (687 characters)

Photo of Trentonator
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a head! This thing looked like a junior high science class volcano project, the head was a good inch above the rim of the glass, with no spillage. The initial taste had some bite to it, you know this beer has some serious ETOH. I liked the smooth taste and mouthfeel, it had a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma to it though. Overall, I liked this beer, just didn't fall in love with it. (388 characters)

Photo of slushthelush
2.8/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer looked very good going into the glass. It had a great white head on it. The aroma was very noticable. This was the first time I have ever experienced a Belgian Strong Ale. I guess I just don't care for the sour aftertase which I believe is typical of the style. I am sure it is a great beer it's class. It is just not for me. (335 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork on my 750 mL bottle of Duvel blasted off like a rocket across my kitchen and bounced off the wall almost five feet away. I consider that a fortutious sign.

This ale is a brillant golden color with a large frothy super-white head and tons of carbonation. The head does shrink a bit but it leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

Duvel smells of grain (not quite malt) and alcohol. No hop aroma.

I can't believe I've been enjoying this style of beer without knowing that Duvel is the original Belgian strong pale ale. Shame on me. Well of course Duvel tastes good. It is crisp and sharp with noticable alcohol. I'd say the flavor is a bit more subtle than Lucifer, another one of my favorites in this style.

The mouthfeel is super bubbly, what with all the carbonation. Duvel practically explodes with fizziness in my mouth. It also has a fairly light body with a bit of slickness from the alcohol.

Overall a very good beer. If you enjoy La Fin Du Monde, Rare Vos and others, try the ale that inspired 'em all. (1,027 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a few 33 cL bottles of this for a bargain. I brought them home and whipped out the Duvel tulip glasses, which are the only way to drink this beer. This guy pours out a beautiful pale golden color, and has the most incredible fluffy white head billow atop of the beer. There's instructions on how to pour it so that it does that too. Just in case. The smell is of active little hop, some citrus, small fermented esters. The taste is wonderful. Can something be rich and light? It glides easy, with clean feel. Again, light citrus and hop prescence with a very clean malt to give structure. Interesting spice notes play with the body of the beer. No way you'd know about its high ABV. This is the best looking beer on the planet, and among the best tasting. They're not just being cocky when the last of the pouring instructions tells you "Enjoy perfection." (866 characters)

Photo of luigi205
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is my all time favorite. It pours frothy. Has a wonderful aroma and taste. It is a heavy beer, so I wouldn't recommend it with a big meal. The ABV of 8.5% seems low - this beer has quite a kick to it, so be sure to have something light to eat with it.

Enjoy (270 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, pale, golden ale with a large white head and vigorous carbonation. This smells great with a peppery maltiness and some spiciness underlaying it. The aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened. The taste is a clean, malty ale with almost no bitterness, and a hint of sweetness. There are spices present that I have a hard identifying but this is a powerful elixir. It has a clean, bubbly feel in the mouth and then the alcohol hits. It is excellent from the first drop to the last. It gets more drinkable as it warms up. The only drawback is my inability to drink more than one due to the alcohol content, but I'll be back tomorrow. (645 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is a clear, pale golden color with a big, fluffy head. The aroma has some delicate hops with a touch of citrus. It is smooth and light. The finish is a spicy, crisp dryness. It is refreshing and wonderful, and it goes down so easily despite its high alcohol. (261 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle
Let me preface this by saying this is my favorite beer. It pours to a crisp golden hue which is protected by a massive white head. Champagne like bubbles rapidly race to the surface of this beer. Aroma is of spice but with some notes of yeast. The taste is clean and yeasty but balanced well with some spicey aftertaste. I thought the 750 ml bottle had less hoppiness than I am used to in the 33 cl bottles. The same duvel character remained though. Mouthfeel is exceptional as this beer goes down creamy and bubbly. Drinkability is also amazing considering the massive alcohol content of this brew. I wish I could have more than a couple of these in a night and still feel fine the next morning. This beer is a true masterpiece in my mind. (772 characters)

Photo of Dmann
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. This one poured a pale yellow color with a really nice frothy white head that left little specks of lace down the glass. The smell was quite unique, with a slightly bitter apple scent and a grainyness to it as well. The taste was quite dry like champagne but with better flavor. The apple scent came out slightly in the flavor but I mostly detected a peppery spice which was very nicely paired with the bubbly mouthfeel. This is definanlty not a beer that I could drink all of the time, but I think it would pair well with many meals and would convert some wine and champagne lovers to beer as well. (622 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel pours with a giant head that takes a long long time to diminish. Almost whipped cream-like. The beer is a cloudy golden color. Nose is full of hops and spice. Taste is very bitter, with some finishing sweetness with a slight bready flavor. A true classic, served best cold unlike most Belgians. (300 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this into the logo tulip glass that I acquired with the beers. THe brew is a very clear yellow similar to a pilsner in appearance. The head is bleached white and foams up easily. Fades very slowly and looks almost marshmallowy as it settles. I have one column of bubbles rising in the center of the glass this seems almost planned.
Aroma is some bready yeast scents, pepery hops, maybe some cloves and a hit of alcohol too.
First sip gives me rather sharp bubbly carbonation and average body. The flavor improves as it warms with a slight sweet malt flavor first, some general spiciness in the middle, and a crisp mild hop finish.
Verysmooth and drinkable and no taste of the 8.5%. (692 characters)

Photo of sprackops
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz capped bottle

Appearance: This one rushed out of the bottle with an enormous head that began to fizzle out after about five minutes. I left most of the yeast in the bottle. In the Duvel tulip it looks simply spectacular - bright gold with columns of carbonation rising to the top in a manner which appears much more controlled than other beers. This is supposedly an effect created by notches on the bottom of the glass. A very elegant effect.

Smell: Quite complex, with hints of coriander, pepper, yeast and various fruits from apples to citrus dominating at different times while enjoying the glass. Very nice.

Taste: Starts off sweet with a bit of yeast in background, balanced by a gentle but assertive tartness. The presence of crisp apple from before returns here, subtly obscured by the sweetness of candi sugar, coriander and herbal hops. The ABV is hidden very well. Perfect dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This is probably the creamiest pale beer I've had the pleasure of trying. Not nearly as heavy as something like an imperial stout, but this beer certainly has a unique presence. Level of carbonation is perfect for the style, in my opinion.

Drinkability: I could see people easily drinking themselves into stupors with this without realizing it. This makes for as easy drinking as a nice pilsner or wit, though it loses some points here as the ABV makes this one a poor session beer.

Before I had this one I'd heard it described as "beer crossed with champagne", and while that's a fine description for a layman, I'd have to say it's much better than that. I'd keep this one around 365 days a year if the price was right. Certainly in my top 20. (1,676 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Expire date '06
This beer really likes its own glass.
Crystal clear, pale straw color w/ a billowing bright white head that drapes and blakets the cruve of the goblet.
Steady streeams of carbonation rocket to the top from the etched 'D" in the bottom.
Aroma is clean; light and spritzy - hints of vanilla , lemon zest and fresh rolls.
Sharp, saazy hop up front- tart and lemony. A bit of carb bite on the tongue gives way to medium bodied malt with a hint of melon sweetness. Then the hop takes charge w/ warm, peppery bittering through the finish.
Mellow, long, lingering dry aftertaste.
I bet this bottle would have been better w/ another year in the cellar. Classic Belgian Golden Ale. (721 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a stubby bottle (just under 12 ounces) from the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Gigantic head -- fluffy, bright cloudy white. I've never seen lacing like this -- globs of foam literally clinging to the glass long after the head recedes!

Smell is of spices (corriander, pepper corns) encompassed by the sweetness of malts. A very big smell here. I also pick up on candied cherries and grapefruit rinds submerged in sugar.

Taste is a dense spicy maltiness, followed by a peppery hop and alcohol aftertaste. Quite rich and rewarding after waiting for the massive head to recede. Mouthfeel is heavy enough to deal with these big, bright flavors.

This beer deserves the hype! (701 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel poured a cloudy effervesent light gold with two fingers of white head. It had an aroma of malt, fruit and flowers. The taste was sharp with hints of malt and good hop bite to it, a finish that had a mint and bananna taste to it. It was well bodied with a honeyish feel to it. This is a fine beer and the taste and body make you want to drink it in volume, the bite though encourages a little slower pace. (410 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale pour, with a monstrously large head (the bottle's "Pour Unhurriedly" caveat was no lie). Classic "Belgian" aroma: light and airy, yet bold and fairly spicy. There was a rather pleasing taste of bananas and fruit. Smooth, medium body. Slightly sour aftertaste.
All in all, tastes much the same as other beers of its kind, but certainly a genuine original. (360 characters)

Photo of downes51
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Simple. It's the best beer in the world. First of all, the appearance... crystal clear sparkling pale yellow. I'm thirsty already.

Smell... subtle just about sums it up. Not in your face, but sniff it again and there is so much there!

Taste... subtle again. Think honey. Tobacco. Spice. (But all in the background). I want more. And more.

As for the texture... yes it's creamy, yeasty, thick and sooo refreshing.

I don't criticise but, much as you would like to, you just can't drink this stuff all day. Or not unless you are taking the next 2 days off work. (570 characters)

Photo of ToolHead
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle, served in Duvel tulip.
Golden colour; mammoth head w/ good retention. This is one impressive-looking beer.
Delicate, flowery aroma. Very inviting.
Fresh, delicate, fruity taste. Ends up slightly dry in a long, pleasing finish. Hides the alcohol incredibly well.
Superlative mouthfeel and perilously drinkable.
A classic, and deservedly so. A beer I'll be returning to over and over again. (407 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.