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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 5798
Reviews: 2552
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 BitteBier


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

Hazy golden lemon color and a formidable head (even after a gentle pour) with the consistency and color of stiff egg whites. Persistent carbonation adds to the attraction of this pretty pour. Smell is very pleasant though a tad weaker than one might expect given the "action" of this beer. Clean malty grains and yeast with some spice on the edges. A really wonderful, interesting taste. The easiest aspect of the taste to pick out is the yeasty, bready finish. Sweet grains start it out, giving way to noticeable carbonation and an astringent warmth and finally the afore-mentioned finish. Mouthfeel is clean and pleasant--the flavors linger without coating the mouth. Given the strength of this ale, it has an ominously drinkable character.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 17:29:51 | More by BitteBier
Photo of Rocko


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First thing you notice is that if foams alot, you need to pour this up easily. The color is golden with a misty touch from yeast sediments. Imho the smell is nothing special... It tastes great though, it's bready taste that sticks around for a while with a citrus tone. If you are sensitive you might taste a little alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 01:36:14 | More by Rocko
Photo of Dogbrick


3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a mammoth and lasting head. Very minimal lacing. Sweet, bready aroma. Very tingly on the tongue, and the flavor was not overly complex. I tasted citrus (lemon mainly), vanilla, a little alcohol, and some yeast. Very smooth finish makes this beer quite drinkable. Very good Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 08:58:09 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of bog

New York

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

There's not too much to say about this beer, and yet there's so much to say. It is perfection. Each time I taste it, I can taste a different aspect: it's sweet, yet not overpoweringly sweet while a little bitter; it's spicy, but not so much to hide its flavors; it tastes light on the tongue, but it has depth (it feels like no other beer I've had). It's as though someone took an excellent Pilsner and slapped an amazing brew on top of it. At 8.5% alcohol, you'd think that you could taste the alcohol, but the flavors all work together to leave no hint of alcohol, making it that much more dangerous. This only bad thing I have to say about this beer is that my local beer stores often run out of it leaving me to desire it almost all the time.

Serving Note:
While I don't buy into the Belgian ideal that every beer deserves its own glass, there's something satisfying about pouring Duvel into its glass and letting the head almost overflow taking up half the glass. It's a beautiful glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 07:11:58 | More by bog
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer (hence the nickname). A much copied style (and copied very well by many), this stands out even amongst the great competition. There is just a little something extra-tangy in the taste that I haven't experienced, even after trying many of the greatest Belgian ales (my favorite style). The appearance and taste are legendary. Huge, lemon meringue looking head, fruity, spicy taste. Unbelievable drinkability for such a potent beer! I'm sure these strong ales aren't for everybody, but every beer lover should give this a try. As for you Belgian beer fans, try it head to head against the "competition". Somehow, the Duvel is totally unique. Enjoy!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 21:30:33 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of Mitchster


2.42/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Phoosh, off goes the cap with a blast. Pouring it slowly was not enough to tame this wild head. The head literally GROWS before your eyes, forming a peak of meringue so thick, you can float a half dollar on it. The beer itself is highly carbonated. It actually formed whirlpools of spiral bubbles in my glass. The color is crystal clear straw golden. Aroma is typical Weihenstephan Weizen yeast, with that banana/clove tang. Pretty typical in the aroma department. The taste is also pretty typical bavarian wheat, but with a warming punch of alcohol. No lambic aroma or taste. Has a sweetness in the back of the throat for the finish, and not much for hop flavor. Fumes of alcohol warm the nostrils after a hearty gulp. Aside from the wonderful head, I don't know why this beer earns such stellar reviews. It may be a Belgian-style strong pale ale, but it tastes like a typical bavarian wheat, and not even a good one at that. In my opinion, it tastes like a "DoppleWeizen". I had a hard time finishing just one bottle, and would not buy another in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 16:08:37 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Naerhu


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing mountainous head and a wonderfully integrated pepper/citrus/alcohol aroma. It has a good citrus/ alcohol flavor with a creamy medium/light body. Slight pleasant after taste reminds you of how good the last drink was and invites you back for another drink and before you know it the whole 1.5 liter bottle is gone. This beer is too quaffable (not a bad thing).

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 16:51:15 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer scares me....I love it, but it still scares me.....I have never seen such a thick head and yet the colour is weak.......medium body at best but a wonderful citrus flavour.....ABV is just to high.....Damn.
Slight pleasant after taste and rewarding....

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 21:33:31 | More by Shiloh
Photo of kunzbrew


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

Pours a clear straw color until the last drops of the yeast fall into suspention then the beer turns a hazy which is quite pleasing. The citrus fruit fills the nose with hop overtones that are lovely. I wonder if they use candi sugar like homebrewers do to get the high alcohol content. The alcohol is not over powering for being 8.5% abv. I now see why this beer is number 3 on top ten list.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 18:18:20 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of doho95fu


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this for my New Year's stash, and it was a pretty good choice, because it actually reminded me of champagne in some ways. The beer is golden with the thickest head I've ever dealt with, there were icebergs of foam. The lacing was thick and pervasive. The beer had a cloudy, mucky appearence as well, with lines of bubbles dragging up the sides. The smell is of fruits and alcohol in my book, even here I notice some champagne-like characteristics. The taste again was fruity, with currant, and alcohol kicks involved. The mouthfeel is good and the beer brings to mind the word effervescent. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 05:35:43 | More by doho95fu
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Duvel is probably my least favorite beer from this fine Belgian brewery. The hoppiness is excellent but he finish is rough. It is also lacking in body. I prefer a more rich beer like the meredsous 10 or 8. This is still drinkable but I won't be stocking it in my fridge on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 11:54:02 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of francisweizen


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

Duvel(Belgian White Label 330ML) definately is Belgians Devel. With all of the holy trappist and abbey beers that come out of Belgium there has to be some evil beers as well, and this is one of them! Thie beer pours a syrupy golden colour with an ultra dense rocky head that just won't quit, and it smells excellent. The aroma of Duvel is hard to pin down but it is very spicy, peppery, and full. The taste is more of the same and not as alcoholic as many would expect a 8.5%abv beer to be. The mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and full which lends an excellent level of drinkability to this beer. Another true belgian classic(much better in the white label and the 750ml bottles IMHO)
but if you can't get it in the white label the black is great as well

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 09:50:25 | More by francisweizen
Photo of cretemixer


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy golden straw color. Beautiful white frothy head that never quits, but leaves a delicate lace as you drink. Hoppy citrus aroma dominates the nose. Smells clean. Tastes as refreshing as it looks. Highly carbonated, well balanced, very drinkable. I'm glad I have 3 more in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 06:37:37 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

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

Package: 750ml corked bottle, Black Label, labeled 8.5% ABV

Cost: $6.99

Presentation: Duvel glass at ~45º

Appearance: Rich yellow color. Cloudy. Moussy head lasts forever. Extremely fine bubbles. Strong lace as beer is finished.

Smell: Citrus, apple, pear, and hops. Mustiness. Marks off for slight alcohol bite.

Taste: More integrated than the aroma. Creaminess, yeast, and malty sweetness moderate the hops, fruit and alcohol. Vinous quality appears as beer warms. Spice notes are well-incorporated. Elegant. Dry palate-cleansing finish. Ready for more!

Mouthfeel: Warm. Carbonation plays across the palate. Mouthfilling.

Drinkability: Very quaffable despite relatively high ABV.

The Real Deal! Duvel was my introduction to great beer. I read an article about the 10 best beers in the world. Duvel was #1, so on my first trip to Europe, I couldn’t wait to try it. I remember sitting in Brussels' Grand Place with my father. They came out with that lovely golden brew with a beautiful head of foam. We were amazed by how good this was! I have seen this reaction from many people to whom I’ve introduced this masterpiece. At Belgo in London. one friend mentioned liking Pawel Kwak, so we each agreed to order the other’s favorite. Needless to say, after that round, we both ordered Duvel. It is the perfect “food” beer, especially for highly-spiced or “sweet” cuisines like Indian, Thai, or Szechuan. My only quibble is I think the “white label” is better than the “black label” version despite protestations from the importer that they are the same. The “white” seems smoother and less carbonated. Winstonian says that the “white” is lower in alcohol, but I have no corroboration. More amazing is that this is no “boutique” beer. In fact, it is practically the Benelux Budweiser, and is still made by the family-owned brewery. I admire the Unibroues of the world, but this is the original and still champ; le vrai roi des bieres!

Backwash: Often someone on the forum asks which beer would you drink if it were your “desert island” beer. Well, I can’t think of a better one: refreshing, complex, satisfying, and devilishly drinkable. Appropriate in almost every circumstance. I’ve seen a novelty item, which enclosed a cigarette and match in a glass tube, marked “break glass in case of emergency.” Well, this is the beer I would want in that (bigger) tube.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 14:50:34 | More by Dantes
Photo of stoutlove77


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It started as I seen the bottle, it was the only one left sitting on the counter as it seemed it was destined for me to cherish for the night. As I poured I was curious as one of the most noticable details was the foamy top that reminded me of such south american beers I had before. It poured a rich golden blonde with a sweet aroma and luscious fruity essence that was one of the main attractions I had hoped for. The taste was rather clean and crisp with a warm spice of after taste. The ABV of 8.5% was cleary masked in the flavor though it later help in keeping warm. This is a keeper, if you have a chance to spot the black label give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 07:39:32 | More by stoutlove77
Photo of Winter


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A delicate, white, bubbly, rocky head sits a top a body of hazy golden liquid. The head remained throughout consumption. Carbonation present. Aroma consists of Saaz hops and a pleasant fruit (slight citrus or pear) scent. Touch of alcohol in aroma can be noticed as the ale warms. The crispness from the carbontation dominates the mouthfeel. The taste is exquisite. Some citrus flavor and pepper in midtones. Excellent balance to hop bitterness. Dry finish. Warming effect noticed as it goes down. Very drinkable for having an 8.5% abv content.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 10:29:36 | More by Winter
Photo of Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic. Possibly one of my all time favourites. Extremely easy to drink considering the alcohol content. I could go through six of these and not even notice until I passed out.

Possibly my favourite part of this beer is the head. Very creamy leaving a really nice looking Belgian lace. Possibly the head with the most flavour of any beer I have tried.

This is a fantastic middle ground for luring over lager fans to the ale side of beer. Duvel has that same clean and bitter refreshment of a lager but so much more complexity. Could also win over Champagne drinkers.
Overall, astounding.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 02:51:49 | More by Ardon
Photo of aaronh


4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden straw colored beer that pours with white, piloowy head that seems to stay perched atop the beer forever. Very fine bubbles of carbonation can be seen trailing up through the liquid. The lacing this beer leaves on the glass leaves no doubt why the call it "belgian lace". The aroma is unmistakably Saaz hops, with some similarities to Pilsner Urquell. However, this beer has much more going on in the nose. An overall sweetness, with some fruity pear notes dominate the aroma. The taste is fantastic. At first, it doesn't seem like much is going on, but then the flavors start developing. None of the tastes are stronger than the others, as this is a beautifully balanced beer. Alcohol notes of sweetness are present immediately, but just a hint. Then a light peppery citrus flavor appears, only to be replaced by a spicy bitterness. Then some sweetness reappears, but it's different than the initial sweetness. The finish is clean but yet flavorful. The mouthfeel is very good, but the carbonation seems a little strong as it tickles the back of my throat. For 8.5% ABV, this beer is amazingly drinkable. the alcohol is present in sweetness only, and that nice warming feeling your throat gets as you swallow the beer. I could easily make drinking this beer a regular occurence. Truly an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 10:28:21 | More by aaronh
Photo of Morris729


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

Saved for my 100th Review.
Pours a slightly hazy beautiful golden color with perhaps the most magnificent head I have ever seen on a beer—thick, rocky, and creamy white that you can have billowing out of the top of your glass with no spillage. It also has an outstanding retention and laces the sides of your glass as the head eventually dissipates. Nose is clean and fruity with notes of citrus, sweet malts, pepper, and spice. A light fruitiness of orange and lemon come through in the taste upfront with a nice blend of sweet malts and bitter and spicy hops. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a very nice carbonation. This is one of the finest beers on the planet. Simply delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 19:34:05 | More by Morris729
Photo of BeerAngel


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not as into belgians as some here at BA, but this one wowed me. Awesome appearance with a slightly hazed yellowish hue and one massive white rocky head that lasted longer than Duracell batteries. The aromas were a bit strange at first with a slight skunky twang to the aromas, but after letting it sit for a while, nice fruity esters and spices with a slight hint of yeast in the background revealed themselves. The taste was out of this world with nicely blending of yet again, fruity twang, spices, and light yet not sticky yeast and alcohol on the tail. It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel and it leaves you wanting more. Simply amazing! Op uw gezonheid!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 08:15:17 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of ipogios


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

Pours a golden colour topped by a huge nice head. The aroma of this beer is a bit spicy with hints of malt. Flavor is malty and spicy. Mouthfeel is quite strong due to carbonation and don't forget that the alcohol level is 8.5%. One the finest strong pale ales of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 00:40:14 | More by ipogios
Photo of Wildman


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

This beer poured a pale straw color and formed an amazing foamy-sudsy head like a float that left circular lace. A beautiful heavy carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and spice. A flavor of malt, citrus and spices with a mouthfeel quite tangy, but not overpowering brought on by the heavy carbonation and the citrus elements. Truely a great find with the new Ohio law change. Also good review for my 500th Karma level.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 19:37:17 | More by Wildman
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Huge, billowing lacey, white-as-the -driven-snow head that must be properly poured into it's own glass, or the closest equivalent. You know, I've seen people gulp Duvel out of the bottle, and I didn't have my gun on me? Their loss! This is a golden beauty whose aroma has to savored and worshipped. Spicey, fragrant, floral, angelic. Pours clear and golden like a lager or a pils, but, buddy, it ain't!
Letting the yeast in with the pour gives an extra amber/ orange haze: go ahead, drink the yeast, it's good for you! Flavor floods the tongue, Saaz hops jitterbug along the taste buds, and the finish will not quit the mouth. Overwhelmingly pleasant! Head settles some, but remains as a 1/2" ring. Excellent with the Thai ginger & curry noodles I'm having. The flavor, the spark, the spice, it all lingers on and on. Is there any greater delight? Do five stars mean anything at all if they are not applied to a brew so fine and lovely?

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 20:12:39 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in colour, large white head. Nicely hopped nose. This beer goes down like a champagne, well carbonated, with a dry finish. A nice balance of hops and an alcohol kick that is hidden in the wonderful mouthfeel of this classic. be careful, this one will sneak up on you!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 08:33:53 | More by Popsinc
Photo of mjohn27603


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fluid oz. bottle best before 4/04 served right out of the refrigerator. Poured very slowly as recommed by the bottle and fellow BA'ers. I got a fizzy carbonation like a seltzer. Aroma reminds me of cider. First impressions of taste indicate dry flavor with a hint of spiciness. Fizzy carbonation leaves light impression in mouth. High alcohol kicks in by stealth - deceptively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 20:20:20 | More by mjohn27603
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