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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%

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of gotweid


4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had 2 bottles. A very thick, foamy head with sticky lacing. Very pale yellow in color. Aroma & taste are the same. Comes across as sweet yet malty wheat & alcohol. I find that the sweetness seems to dominate over the slight, light bitterness. Very crisp & light mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:39:52 | More by gotweid
Photo of denver10


4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I last drank this one, finally returned to it last night and very glad I did. Pours a light yellowish golden with a big off white head. Aroma offers some nice super balanced spiciness from the yeast, nice bright lemon rind, and some grassiness. Flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel was active and on the thinner side. Overall, a great beer. Not really a fan of too many golden ales, but am definitely a fan of this one. Such a well constructed beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 18:41:35 | More by denver10
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Pure gold, two fingers of thick soapy head, endless rising bubbles, looks like champagne as you pour, little lacing.

Pear, alcohol, yeast, wheat. Straight forward.

Definitely a Belgian beer! Sweet, bitter apple and grape skin, funky yeast, tinge of alcohol.

Lots of bubbles! Very crisp, light body, bitter on tip of tongue, sweet in back… extremely drinkable, finishes dry.

Wow, damn good Belgian beer. Very straight forward beer. Produces excellent beer burps. Many qualities of champagne.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:52:24 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of TastefulNudity


4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to Duvel tulip (proper glassware!)

A: Big foamy lacy head that sticks upon a golden, well carbonated body.

S: Candi sugar, pear juice, fresh apple, yeast.

T: Yeasty and then quickly phases in to a sweet explosion toward the middle/back of the mouth. Fruitiness fades in to a noticeable alcohol taste/burn with a slight touch of hops.

M: Exactly like champagne.

O: The one other time I tried this beer, I hated it. Tasting this again, I don't know how I ever could. This is definitely the Belgian Strong Pale benchmark. A classic and would be a great introduction for someone to Belgian beer. A+

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 08:55:41 | More by TastefulNudity
Photo of Franziskaner


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colored with an inch of tightly woven Brussels lace at the top. Serious carbonation bubble action going on here. Smell is mineral like along with Saaz & Styrian Golding hops. Light Belgian candy sugar is also detectable within. The mouth is crisp,dry,and refreshing. This is like Belgian ale (candy sugar and Brussels lace) meets Czech Pilsner (hops and crispness)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:38:34 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large Duvel glass. Nice white head. Good golden yellow color. Aroma was champagne and so I was expecting a very sweet beer. Not so at all. You are expecting g champagne and the taste is the total opposite so it gives your senses a nice wallop. Good body and a minor rustic after feel. A tremendous amount of carbonation. Bubbles keep coming out on the bottom from nowhere and goes on forever. You can taste the alcohol lingering at the end. Nice sweet aroma. Overall a nice beer but I was not totally wowed by it. Will have to give it some more tries to see if my opinion improves.

Edit to above. Tried my second bottle. This stuff is fantastic! Still can't get over the visual of bubbles coming up forever. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 15:26:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of troppoveloce


2.18/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Assuming I didn't get a bad batch or a bottle from a case left outside for a week in summer, I expected more. To the nose and tongue this beer lacked the Belgian flavors of other golden ales and tasted very much like a high gravity, slightly more flavorful corona. I seriously considered finding a lime. I might try again in the future, but for now I can't say I like it at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:36:31 | More by troppoveloce
Photo of djura


3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 15:15:13 | More by djura
Photo of BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold in color with a big white head, Heavily carbonated, Lacing is insane!
S - Yeast, Apple, Pear, Banana, Slight Pepper, Overall a very pleasant smelling beer.
T - Belgian yeast with a nice spicy fruitiness that gives way to a nice bitterness at the back. You can definitely taste it's over 8% ABV but it sort of lends to the characteristic of the beer!
M - Carbonation dancing on the tongue. Dry, Crisp, Clean, Champagne like. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 11:46:27 | More by BeerDrinker01
Photo of SmashPants


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: a stumpy brown 330mL bottle with aa typically Belgian label.

Appearance: poured into my St Feuillien abbey goblet. An extremely clear and crisp light yellow-amber, with sparse yet fine carbonation visible. An enormous pristine white head leaps up to an inch, and slowly recedes to a rocky finger with great, thick lacing. Looks exactly like a top-end Belgian Strong should.

Aroma: plenty of Belgian yeast aromas up front, with lemon citrus and biscuit malts.

Taste: again plenty of Belgian yeast across the flavour profile, with spices, citrus and some orchard fruits. A well-rounded, full flavoured Belgian ale.

Aftertaste: a slight warming alcohol sneaks in on the finish, with some lasting bitterness.

Mouth feel: moderate- to- heavy in body with a fairly minimal carbonation. Could possibly use a touch more carbonation as it starts to feel a touch flat after a while.

Overall: a fantastic example of a Belgian Strong Ale - there is a reason that Duvel is regarded as one of the best. The well-rounded profile makes the higher price of AU$130 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2013) worth it once every now and then (or perhaps a 4-pack for us peasants).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 11:22:38 | More by SmashPants
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle decanted into a genuine Duvel goblet at 1410 Bier Haus in Calgary. This classic world-renowned brew pours a lemon-drop bright yellow with the oft-cited bright white head that forms a nigh-impenetrable cap that bottlenecks right at the rim of the glass and protrudes a bit over said rim without spilling. A majestic sight. Exudes an aroma of fruity yeast and very clean pale malt, some green apple and Saaz hop perfume. Palate is quite crisp and dry but with some residual sugars and a lot of fruit: Apples, pears, and a little banana perhaps, white sugar, candied ginger, citrus pith and white pepper spice against a backdrop of floral perfumed lemon cake. A large bloom of alcohol along with noticeable Saaz hops. Finish is bitter with a little cork. Clean, without noticeably funky flavors. Hard to argue that this isn't the perfect example of the style ... It is the original after all and the intent to to yield something clean and crisp: Perhaps less complex in terms of yeast-derived spicy ester profile than some similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:20:12 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of fourstringer


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork & caged 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. I've had this many times, but never reviewed. Dated 06/07/15.

A: Hazy golden yellow with 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Great retention and leaves icebergs of residual foam floating around. Moderate lacing. Fine looking brew.

S: Tropical fruit and banana. The belgian yeast is there for sure, but a bit more integrated than typical. Orange. Lemon. Apple. Pear. Light spice. Really great.

T: Spicy yeast & fruit up front with a mild malty sweetness that gives way to a fine noble hop type bitterness. Fairly dry finish, although the fruitiness lingers and makes it seems a bit sweeter than it would otherwise. Alcohol is noticeable, but appropriate and actually adds to the whole experience.

M: High carbonation with a relatively light body. A bit prickly and a touch filling. Not quite my cup of tea.

O: So after you've had a beer a number of times, you start to take it for granted. Glad I took the time to review this one, pick it apart and remember how good it is. Well balanced with great scents and flavors. A bit fizzy for my preferences, but overall very solid. Consistent as well. Great stuff.


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:55:49 | More by fourstringer
Photo of a0lbudman


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy light gold in color with a large white head that leaves a heavy lace on the glass
S-pears with some spice
T-a tart pear with a slightly bitter aftertaste with a slight warming and spice in there. You get a malt taste at the end.
M-high carbonation and light body
O- great balance and very complex. It seems to have it all, pear, spice, and some hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:53:47 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of tmm313


3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw in color with a ton of bubbles. The 3 finger head actually sounded like “Rice Crispies” due to the carbonation. Great lacing.
S- Pear, apple and banana. A lot like a fruit cocktail. When you really dig in, there's a wine-like effervescent booziness.
T- Follows the smell almost exactly up front. Bready yeast kicks in on the back end.
M- So light, it caught me off guard. Carbonation was alive and sharp. Dry finish with a slight peppery burn.
O- Glad to say I had it, but I'll take Russian River Damnation or Delirium Tremens over this any day of the week. I'm curious if I had a bad batch or something. The best by date indicated I had 9 months left.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:53:40 | More by tmm313
Photo of Bowers-Brew


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light crispy golden color with thick white head.

S - Very refreshing - sweet, citrus, hops, floral and sour - Good balance of smells.

T - Lots of pilsner taste. Crisp and complex with a nice, albeit slightly alcohol, finish.

M - Lots of tingle on the tongue, almost champagne like.

O - This isn't my first Duvel, just the first time I decided to review it. It's a nice change of pace to the typical Belgian style. I will continue to keep it in my rotation. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:29:32 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of Uniobrew31


4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours bright golden with a thick white head. Carbonation is heavy with a lasting frothy head and champaign like bubbles tracing up the center. A nice sour tart crisp ale. Top notch beer. Lacing is rediculis down the glass. Pilsner malt is very up front and well placed. Dry finish. I would describe this beer as a slightly sour super pilsner. I am impressed. It's worth the 16 bucks a four pack price.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:10:54 | More by Uniobrew31
Photo of cyclonece09


3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Smells of fruit, especially banana and berries, with Belgian yeast. Tastes of cirtis, banana, berries, and light grain. Beer is light bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:17:44 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ML bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear, golden, looks incredibly refreshing! Thick, foamy, white head. Lacing crawls all over the glass!
Smell - sweet nectar, honey, mild spice, coriander, lemon zest; fantastic!
Taste - oh my! This is about as tasty and refreshing as it gets! Follows and exceeds the nose!
Feel - refreshing, flavorful, and seems way too light for 8.5%...in a good way!
Overall - I wish this wasn't so pricey...potentially my new favorite, otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:16:24 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of _--TAD--_


4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall this is a great golden ale, it can be expensive and is usually cheaper to buy as a 4 pack ($14)of 11.2 floz each (1.3l Total) instead of in the 750ml - 3l bottles, which range from $12-$115. It is a beer you want to take your time to enjoy as it boasts a 8.5 abv. As well it has a very fine fruity flavor to it, the amout of foam that comes with this drink is something I didn't care for, but the taste made up for it. I would recommend that you drink this Belgian ale in the proper glassware, in other words use a chalice glass it will brining out the fruit like smell that Duvel has and add to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:58:26 | More by _--TAD--_
Photo of scotorum


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought four bottles of this with the snifter I will be drinking it from in a gift set for an irresistable price back in July. Just opening my first one now.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel snifter

a: Nearly clear gold topped by a frothy tall white head which receded to extensive spotty lacing and rocky surface foam.

s: Very mild pear.

t: Mild light fruit. Almost like a toned down saison. Alcohol is hardly evident.

m: Light to moderate. Pretty good body for the light color.

o: About what one would expect of a good "Belgian golden ale." Quite drinkable with enough yeasty fruity zing to keep it interesting. I get the feeling I'm drinking it in the wrong season though, it would probably be a very fine summer refresher. But the amazing part of this beer is that 8.5% alcohol tastes more like 4. Someone who didn't know better might take it for a sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 05:17:43 | More by scotorum
Photo of Slamms


4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This rating is for a good batch of Duvel. Note: for anyone saying it has a lemon taste to it, that is a BAD BATCH. It is NOT supposed to taste sour, AT ALL. If it hasn't gone bad, Duvel is the best beer in the world. PERIOD. But is not supposed to taste sour to the slightest degree. And this is a big problem with a lot of premium European beers sold in the US, at least in the flyover states.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 04:07:14 | More by Slamms
Photo of Wamesit


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

A - Pours a pale blonde with a very large bright white head that gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Powdery malt sweetness, some peppery spice, a hint of apple and yeast.

T- Smooth, crisp all at once. Peppery hops and pale malt create a very refreshing balance throughout. Fruit esters become more apparent during retro-olfaction. Subtle alcohol presence in the finish. This is a very tight Belgian. Much lighter and more brisk flavor than other Belgian Pales/Blondes.

M - Medium-light.

O - A great summertime Belgian. Again, this is a very focused and sharp Belgian Ale. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:44:27 | More by Wamesit
Photo of zookerman182


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

Pours a yellowish golden color.
Aroma is sweet and yeasty . Almost a grape smell.
Tons of carbonation and a nice two finger head.
Flavor is so of peppery and yeasty with citrus undertones,
Very dry beer but its delicious.
Hides the high abv very well.
Had it with a grilld ribeye and it was the perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:04:40 | More by zookerman182
Photo of dbarny76


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

I really enjoy this beer. Very clean and crisp. Has a golden color with very nice head retention. The abv is hidden extremely well in this beer. Overall one of my favorite non trappist Belgians. Has a nice citrus hint to it. Not as foggy as most Belgian beers. I really dont know what else to say except, try this one. You will be thankful.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:49:28 | More by dbarny76
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

THE cleanest belgian blonde i've ever had. a light hue of yellow, 2 fingers of foamy white head (great retention, slow dissipation), tons of lacing left behind, tons of carbonation bubbles shooting up the glass.. this looks like the perfect beer.

a skunky hoppy aroma, lots of pilsner malt present, very bready with a belgian yeast scent. the flavor is your basic belgian blond.. but double as sweet, double the hops, and twice as tasty. a very well balanced beer, nice grassy hop bitterness up front leads perfectly into the sweet bready malt backbone.. a peppery hint from the yeast, this beer's got it all.

for a high abv beer, this drinks way too easy. body feels light, with high carbonation.. a nice dry finish.

this was a very pleasant re-visit. haven't had this since maybe 2005 or so, and it is way better than i remember it. i say give it a shot if it's your first time having it.. and if you haven't had it in a while, try it again.. you may enjoy it way more.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:44:00 | More by facundoCNB
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