Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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7,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,178
Reviews: 2,704
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 369
Gots: 1,042 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much fun to drink. One of my favorites.

Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest thing I've ever had to a perfect beer.

Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I personally didn't like this beer that much.
Also, the carbonation of this beer is unreal. Pour very, very slowly!

Photo of humuloner22
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Badwolf333
2.08/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Great taste, but not the best. Great if there is no other option.

Photo of MisterGone
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of LukeMuller
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and delicious. I would like to go to Belgium now.

Photo of kw_pip
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good yeast flavors. Chewy body. Light color.

Photo of ricardopritsch
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of bmeGT
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the classics. Love it!

Photo of Foxybrau
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of sveinungws
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

no nonsense belgisk industri ale.

Photo of MattyDTD
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of stephenipa
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of backwoodsbarstard
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than expected, but prefer other Belgians

Photo of Islandrunner
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of taters21
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a big two finger fluffy white head that lasts. Aroma is very citric and yeasty. Taste is boozy(not a bad thing in this beer), hay like and yeasty, with a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel feel light-medium and very carbonated. Overall a very interesting beer that drinks easy but is easy to savour. I can see why it is held in such high esteem.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Looks very clear and pale, nice thick head.
S: Smells very light hoppy and citric
T: Tastes very alcoholic, you don´t expect that from a safe looking beer, it´s very good.
B: Medium body, high carbonated.
O: Very good beer, not what I usually look for but it´s great.

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 7,178 ratings.