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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,675
Hads: 7,323
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 385
Gots: 1,141 | 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 bigdowg
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. Well start on smell. Can't say that it is prevalent, it is fresh though. The pour is for the patient artistic type. What a beautiful beast of a beer! I'm not that patient. I want to drink this!

Foam and all it is nice. This is a beer I had when starting my craft beer adventure and all this time later I cannot say it tastes different than I remember. Orange peel, obvious alcohol taste (well it is +8 per cent!)

Lovely beer but that good? I need convinced... (469 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a very clear yellow with a massive white head of foam. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a glass. Smells of flowers, wheat, grass, spice, and yeast. Light weight and very lively on the palate, I think partially due to the high carbonation. Lots of flowery notes up front with a slight tang. I get more flavor on the back end than initially - green apples, spice, and a slight malt nudge. The aftertaste left is one of sweet fruit and grass.

Overall, this beer lives up to its reputation, in my opinion. It's delicious and incredibly drinkable. I honestly can't see anything negative about this one. (646 characters)

Photo of KF_MSU
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has good foam and is cloudy/golden in color. It smells grassy, fresh, and somewhat lemony. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! It was balanced with spice and fruitiness, but also smooth and dry overall. (219 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.79/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a herb and spice smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it is spicy and the finish of this beer is quite dry. (188 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby bottle into goblet. best before "12 2016". enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: a cloudy (i poured all the yeast in) ultra-pale lemony yellow hue, topped with two fingers of fluffy, quickly-dissipating true white head. be careful with the pour! very effervescent -- loads of bubbles streaming upwards. just gorgeous

s: mainly slightly-funky sour apple and lemon. yeast scents are there, but subdued. mild overripe bananas, hints of spices. further smelling reveals peach and apricot. this is actually a wonderful aroma. not explosive, but it's very complex

t: follows the nose. sour and funky in the front, with apple and lemon flavours. mid-palate exhibits white pepper, faint light malt notes, and phenolic characteristics (banana, band-aid, spices). spicy, bitter, bready-malty finish

m: medium-ish body. carbonation is rough when the beer is cold, so let it warm up a bit. very dry finish

o: the phenolic notes are too strong. maybe this would be different without all the yeast poured in (1,016 characters)

Photo of swarthybrews
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy light golden yellow. The carbonation is crazy. The line between a gentle and a vigorous pour here is very fine. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Initial aroma is that classic belgian yeast accompanied by some fruity notes, specifically sour apples and white grapes. Also getting a grassy/earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, fully carbonated, and dry finish (not too dry, just right).

Taste: Follows nose with the belgian yeast bringing that sour apple and white grape taste up front, followed by a slight citrusy/hoppy flavor. For this being a belgian pale ale, the hops are a lot more balanced with the rest of the beer than I was expecting. You could probably tell me I was drinking a tripel and my inexperienced palate wouldn't have argued.

Overall: This is far from my go-to style but I was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel really stood out for me which is why I described it before the taste. I just wasn't expecting it to be so crisp and then so full of flavor. All in all, very pleased. I'm not ready to call myself a Duvel Worshipper but I could be easily converted . (1,123 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Supercor Castilleja de la Cuesta. The best at supercor. Sometimes even its on sale. Ideal to

Oinión: De lo mejorcito del supercor. A veces incluso de oferta. Ideal to stand out when organizing evebts at home (215 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel - Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% ABV
Glassware: Tulip (heavily recommended by brewery)

Appearance: Bright gold and transparent body with a thick, heavy uneven head. Gotta have a steady pour hand with this one as it will head-up very easily. Beautiful beer though.

Smell: citrus and herbal notes with a good amount of hoppiness.

Taste: Dry and crisp. Citrus is a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Mouth feel: Light and bright on tongue and palate.

Overall: While it is not a preferred beer for me, it is potent and does seem to like to be paired with lightly seasoned steaks and chicken; and, settled well into the background of the meal. (633 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a good size foam white head that eventually recedes leaving a thin, uneven head. Some spotty lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is that classic Belgian smell. Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Lemon and grass, with some floral notes.

Taste is bitter, with a nice lemony tart sweetness up front. The fruitiness is there, just very subtle. Some very lightly toasted grains. Pear noted combined with carbonation give it a sparkling pear juice feel to it. Tartness really shines as it warms, letting the fruitiness come through.

Light bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

Great beer. Was hoping for a little bit more due to its reputation. Wanted a bit more from the flavors. Still just about as refreshing of a 8.5 that you'll find. A well rounded beer that would fit almost any occasion. (847 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by some ridiculous date in the future that this beer was never going to get to. Brandy snifter. Reviewed 11-27-14.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of just barely off-white foamy head. Plenty of effervescence and outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: Estery fruity aroma on top, needs time to warm a bit. Grapes. Smells characteristically Belgian. After it warms, I am overwhelmed by the complexity of aromas (earthy, fruity, estery, phenolic), but frankly, it's a bit too much going on at once. Just not my thing.

Taste: Dry arrival. Fruity/tart/bitter/phenolic. Complex across mid-palate. Bitter (unlike a German hop bitterness; quite distinct hoppy bitterness that strikes me as a little unpleasant). Lingering bitter/yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid-weight. Slick.

Overall: 8% is totally hidden. I can see why they named this after the devil. Despite my appreciation for how representative it appears to be of the style, this is not my style. I like phenols in whisky, not so much in beer. (I took note to leave the sediment in the bottle - had a bad experience with that once before, learned by lesson). (1,162 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this in a 33 cl bottle, the 750 ml bottle and on tap. It’s better from a bottle than on tap.
A: Brilliant straw to gold, huge 3” off-white moussey head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves shelves of lace.
S: Faint Belgian spice, bubble gum, whisper of banana, orange, hint of peach, traces of over ripe fruit.
T: Light grains, malt, banana, bubble gum, light orange initially but grows in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation, surprisingly light for the size.
O: A classic. Good restaurants should have this beer and if they do, order it. (589 characters)

Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deceptively higher in alcohol is the trademark of the Belgian brews and this is no different. If you follow the instructions of the brewery its recommended to leave a cm of liquid in the settled bottle unless you like the taste of yeast. A meal in a glass! Classic. (265 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow, with a nice two-finger head of white fluffy bubbles, great retention and lacing. Aroma is overripe apples, lemon, and that great belgian yeasty funky smell. Taste is tart and lemony, with some nice funk up front, and I get some apple and pear on the back end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer. (371 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

LOOK: Pours a clear pale straw with a huge, fluffy white head that just doesn't disappear, and leaves lots of lacing along the way down. This beer is extremely carbonated and there is a cascade of bubbles streaming to the top. Except for the lingering pillowy head, this resembles champagne more than beer. Becomes very cloudy if and when you add the yeast sediment.

SMELL: Apples, pears, lemons, and that distinctive funky Belgian yeast. A hint of spiciness, too, although I'm not sure if that's from the yeast or the hops.

TASTE: Very crisp and fruity. Apples, pears, and lemons are all there. Very yeast-forward; sour and tangy, with a hint of coriander-like spiciness. A good balance of sweet and bitter, although the bitter comes more from the yeast than the hops. Becomes noticeably more sharp and tangy when the yeast sediment is added. There's also a leafy and herbal hop character that reminds me of a pilsner. Finishes crisp and very dry.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, almost light, despite the high abv. Very fizzy and champagne-like. Dry and tangy, but very drinkable.

OVERALL: This is a very well-made beer. Complex and enjoyable. I'm glad that it's one of the more widely available Belgian beers in the US. Forget Miller High Life, this is the champagne of beers! (1,333 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked up mainly for the glass that the packaging came with but this is a very solid beer.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with some clean hazy notes. Very effervescent and lots of pillowy white head and some floating yeast within the glass.

Aroma: Esters and some tart notes kind of a blend of sour and tripel but different in that regard. Interesting beer.

Taste: Tart citrus notes some Belgian style esters and phenols in the notes finish is very clean and enjoyable overall.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all and one I would see out again. Cool that you get a glass for such a good deal and easily found in most stores that sell decent beer. (647 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 into a tulip, not a Duvel chalice. I'm OK with that. This was a bright gold with a giant white head that just lasted and lasted. Upon settling, there were nice lacings floating about. The aroma gave spice and a hint of the tart fruit that would come in the sip. The flavor was a neat and spicy up front (allowing the nose to influence). Across the palate there was a nuanced maltiness, so slight it wasn't biscuit but more sourdough bread - but this was a background note. There was an underlying tone of "European" less "Belgian." It finished with a lovely tartness that at first seemed like a mild citrus but upon reflection was more like a apple or pear. The lager people would say "crisp." Some reviews mentioned some alcohol in the finish, but I did not sense that s being of note (even though it is an 8.5). Pretty big bubbles in the carbonation, which gave a nice complement to the crispness. Awfully refreshing for an 8.5 brew. (951 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/2 Bottle - Nice pour, dark orange in colour with minimal white head. Fruity malt smell was pleasant. Tasted somewhat strong, decent texture, felt good drinking it. Didn't feel as strong as the ABV. Overall good beer offering. (227 characters)

Photo of ricardopritsch
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance

The Duvel has a bright yellow color with light and heavy cream.

Smell

The scent is sweet and spicy, it features yellow fruits, peach, mango and honey. Alcohol is also noticed in the nose.

Taste

The taste is sweet and fruity, with balanced alcohol content. Light beer with good carbonation and end with low bitterness and dry. (450 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is cloudy and light golden in color with a towering white head that slowly collapses. Lots of lacing all over the glass. Aroma is of ripe apples, pears, spices, cereal malt sweetness, and alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet with notes of fruit and cereal, balanced by a little grassy hop bitterness and spicy/peppery bite. Light bodied, creamy, champagne-like carbonation and drying finish. (429 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first Duvel and what a treat! I can absolutely understand how people could call this the best in the world, although I'm not quite there - tend to think I'm still looking. It's beautiful yellow-orange with a fluffy head and clouds up just a tad at the end when the sediment/yeast makes it out on the last drop. Nice citrus and floral on the nose, but the yeast really steals the show. It's a sweet organic scent that I normally wouldn't call appealing, but this just seems different, like the mastermind behind a great symphony. And the music that follows is special. Bright, bubbly, and complex, but balanced in an uncanny way. Didn't realize this was 8.5% until after I drank it, you'd never know. Could very well be the best there is, but Belgium definitely is. (775 characters)

Photo of MattyDTD
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Fruity, tart and looks amazing in the glass. Fruitiness includes; Citrus and Banana. Very well carbonated. A special beer, perfect for relaxing whilst watching sport or wth friends. (199 characters)

Photo of stephenipa
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Pours so well, nice foamy head, carbination is out of this worls, just love watching the bubbles eminate within the light body. One of the best beers I have tasted. (182 characters)

Photo of backwoodsbarstard
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dive bar, Amsterdam, drunk football hooligan won't go away and getting menacing. Suddenly it's sweetness, butterscotch and then a touch of citrus. It's good, it's really good. It's my first Duvel and I'm an instant fan. Can you be a beer hooligan, stupid question. (264 characters)

Photo of Islandrunner
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One word: Amazing
Beautiful golden color and nice head, with a foam that last to the last sip.
Fruity citrus smell, light but recognizable Belgian yeast aroma.
Perfectly balance sweet fruity, warming alcohol and a bitter very slight sour after taste.
Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing. Definitely one of the best beers out there. (331 characters)

Photo of taters21
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a massive 4 finger foam head that just stays forever.
Smell: Citrus, some hops, yeast, and booze.
Taste: Surprisingly light, malty, citrus, some hop, and yeast, with a very dry finish, and high carbonation. (The champagne of beers, people)
Overall: Light yet savory and refreshing, a Belgian masterpiece. (342 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,675 ratings.