1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

6,493 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,493
Reviews: 2,585
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 250
Gots: 570 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Duvel Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,493 | Reviews: 2,585 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev -4%

This may be the most famous beer I've not gotten around to reviewing. I do remember probably trying it for the first time at a Belgian Beer tasting many years ago, when the concept of a beer over 5% ABV was unknown to me. Needless to say it was a messy night. This is a 330ml stubby Belgian bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a clear, effervescent golden colour, with a frothy, crackling head of white fed by that effusive and exuberant carbonation. Lace forms as patches of bubbles left behind. body is very light, certainly not 8.5%'s worth of residual sugar sitting around in this baby. Overall, it's refined and sophisticated.

Nose is spicy but crisp. Some phenolic characters come through, along with some apple skin, wine barrels, a little vanilla and some white pepper. Dusty, earthy tones are also noticeable. The vanilla becomes more prominent as it's warmed, and the phenols and detection of booze subsides. Nice stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, with a long palate that stays fluid and light throughout. Alcohol is well hidden, just a slight upturn of those phenolic characters on the finish. As it warms, sweeter notes come through as well. More of that vanilla aroma, along with some banana esters and a hint of marzipan. Very tasty, but always subdued and pulled along into that all-encompassing cleanness.

Feel is very light and smooth. It really shouldn't be any other way.

Yes, dangerously light and drinkable, and exceptionally refined. This is a very well made strong Belgian ale, and a worthy canonical example.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Kerrie, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Rbrown542
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Rbrown542, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of RoninTK3
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from 750ml into Corsendonk tulip.

A - Bright, translucent gold with a ton of head that settles to about 1 finger but sticks around.

S - Yeast, grapes, sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. Definitely very fruity and sweet.

T - Yeast with some bready malts and fruit. A bit spicy with just a touch of tartness in the finish. A lot going on with this beer.

M - Light with TONS of carbonation. Very champagney and crisp.

This is about as perfect a Belgian golden ale as you're going to (easily) get. Tons of flavor with a lot of complex notes. Crisp and refreshing. Love it.

RoninTK3, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev -6.1%

BeastLU, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of splendidsplinter
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

splendidsplinter, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of mjn5036
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mjn5036, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of BeerSnobery
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BeerSnobery, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Jballn
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Jballn, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Bobbydigi, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of DJButters
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DJButters, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

JVan, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Rainier
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rainier, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of VDODSON
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

VDODSON, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -6.1%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bill235, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of SloppyJoeWasAMan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

SloppyJoeWasAMan, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Maakun
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Served in Duve glass. Pours a pale straw/gold, with a big bright white head. Lots of carbonation in the glass.

Smell: yeasty, some bananas, bread, slight hint of fresh mowed grass, some herbs, and even some mint. Later on some hint of lemon. It's all quite fresh, but very complex.

Taste: starts with yeast, very light malts, toast. Then some citrus (lemon) with a nice bitter touch of hops, alsmost like lemonpeel. Aftertaste is slightly sour and fades into more bitterness. Slighty less complex than the nose, but wow I really like this a lot.

Mouth: quite dry and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. This feels light for the ABV, but it really works very well. Love it.

Overall: a true classic. Complex but very drinkable. Hard to beat in the style.

Maakun, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of drbenderdo
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

drbenderdo, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of PieOhMy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

PieOhMy, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of mendonza
4/5  rDev -6.1%

mendonza, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Yung_Phuk
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Yung_Phuk, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a hazy, dark lemon color with a 2" white head. Big clumps and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sweet and sour lemons with lots do spices from the Belgian yeast.

T- pale malts, some caramel, lots of lemon and lemon rind, nice amount of spices and light pine bite.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Crisp, nice and creamy with slight dryness.

O- nice Belgian pale. Has huge lemon and spice characteristics.

kawilliams81, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Riverared
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Riverared, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of JC333
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

JC333, Mar 04, 2013
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,493 ratings.