Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
world-class

2,663 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,663
Hads: 7,252
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,086 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Bis4beer70
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one'a these that my brother brought up with him last night whilst watching the colts (unfortunately) get beat by the patriots!
Good beer,bad game...would rather spend the whole night out in the cold, pulling sludge at a waste water plant than see a game like that one again...the beer i will be revisiting sometime soon....the game,i would like erased from my memory banks forever. (388 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Woah, this is a very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I never gave it the chance because I thought it would be significantly less refreshing and never was too keen on the bottle shape. I could not be more incorrect. Refreshing, carbonated and perfectly balanced into a magnificent ale that bursts with flavors. The drinkability is phenomenal, and the alcohol is masked perfectly. Pretty good price too, I will absolutely be picking up more of this when I run out. (465 characters)

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

Brilliant straw color. Extra foamy persistent head, like a cloud that you could eat with a spoon. Incredibly well balanced aromas and flavors of grains and herbal hops, blended with a perfect fruity lemony sensation and a touch of spices.

The only drawback I have is a slight dry taste of alcohol at the end. Very nice slick roundness with a pleasant zesty feeling. Excellent aftertaste with great balance between sweetness and bitterness, intensity and length.

I can easily see why the Duvel is enjoyed by so many for its remarkable balance and craft. One of the best pale ale ever tasted. (593 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an interesting lime gold, is extremely heady, easy 3 finger head with whispy lacing. Head is very solid like a Snow White hockey puck.
S - Hops, pilsner, lime, alcohol and sweetness.
T - Slight hops with a bit of a pilsner taste, strong on the alcohol with an interestingly enough tequila wang. Limey, very interesting and delicious.
O - A one of a kind beer, will be a repeat buyer.
V - Quite expensive at 15 dollars a four pack. (444 characters)

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

I agree with the bros: 5/5. Perhaps the best beer ever made.

Heavy on the alcohol, yet light, yet satisfying. An unlikely contradiction that is so true you have to taste it. Simple ingredients with deep complexity. Epic head. If poured correctly, the last sip of beer will be all foam. And it'll get you buzzed in a hurry. (323 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Beautiful, crystal clear yellow color. Super frothy, and dense head. Great retention.

Smell - Bananas and bubblegum with bready, toasty malt undertones.

Taste - Bready, a little tart, very slight citrus, biscuity.

Feel - Very carbonated, but no burning sensation. Very crisp and slightly chewy. Very light-bodied.

Overall - Incredibly well crafted beer. The fact that it is 8.5%, but drinks like a session ale is awesome in and of itself. Delicious and beautiful. I would recommend this 100%. (503 characters)

Photo of jcbw
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate as I have encountered problems recently. Two cases recently have each contained several bottles which were bad. You can tell them as soon as opened - they start to overflow the bottle, and are so over-carbonated you can barely get them into a glass. Taste is nasty too. Rest of bottles in case are fine. I would rate 5 if not for the bad ones. (356 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with billowing white head, settles slowly to a thick cap, thick lace down half of the glass. Smell: pear, orange peel, floral and lightly spicy with some background white grape sweetness. Nice but subdued. Taste: quite spicy, grassy and lightly herbal, soft sweet apple, pear, lemon rind. Velvety feel, finishing peppery and dry. Delicious. Best by 11/2016. (391 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma comes across as latex-like with sweet, waxy honey, pear-like fruitiness, and a sour yeasty twang. It pours a massive, frothy, lumpy white head and a mostly clear, light gold body. The flavor is spicy with herbal/grassy bitterness, browning fruit, considerable alcohol, and some softening malty sweetness; the finish is dry and malty sweet. It is extremely carbonated with an intense bite; bubbly but crisp.

Crisp and frothy, spicy and bitter, and yet lightly sweet and fruity. The aroma isn't especially appealing, but overall it makes for a pleasurable drinking experience. (586 characters)

Photo of woutervaneijk
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Duvel glass from the famous brown wide 330ml bottle. 7 euros (8,40 dollars) for 6 of these bottles in most Dutch supermarkets makes it quite a cheap option for such a special beer as well. Having too work your way through the entire glass in less than 45 minutes is actually quite an exercise as it turns out, as the beer is pretty heavy I must say, at 8,5% ABV. (374 characters)

Photo of alicemcneil
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top notch, world class beer; as close to perfection as you can get. Light, fresh, with ample carbonation and a pleasant taste. The 8.5% ABV is undetectable. (156 characters)

Photo of Nevbo
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Good hop/malt balance. Banana, lemon, and spicy taste and smell. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Hides the high ABV very well! I could drink these all night : ) (192 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden amber colour that is simply a pleasure to look at. A huge foam head that had great retention and left some nice lacing in the glass.

Smell - Some sweet citrus orange and spice. Rather delicate and understated this beer smells fresh and inviting.

Taste - Sweet citrus malt flavour with a lovely amount of spice. This one is bang on for the style and delivers exactly what you expect and delivers it well.

MF - Creamy with good body and a perfect balance between dry and cloying there is a linger in the mouth feel but it is mild and not over powering.

Overall - looks goo, smells good and tastes wonderful. This beer is a fine example of the style and one I recommend everyone to try once in their life. (731 characters)

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

330mL bottle poured into a Belgian glass.

Appears to be a light golden-straw color. Ample carbonation streaming from the glass with an equally generous amount of fluffy white head.

Aroma is crisp yeast. You can tell this beer will be dry and yeasty. Slight notes of grain. The yeast is obviously present and quite complex!

Taste is absolutely spectacular. This is my go to beer. In my opinion, I wouldn’t change anything about this beer. Immediately when the beer kisses your lips the carbonation grabs you and keeps you the entire sip. The beer is akin to a dry champagne with notes of yeast and light hopiness. Some nice notes of grains or wheat in the mid-palate. Really no malt to speak of. Very little hop bitterness, however, the bittering-hops that are present act to balance and add characteristic to the beer rather than being added in for the heck of it. This beer is incredibly smooth even at such a high ABV! It drinks like a 4% (be careful!). I LOVE Belgian beers, and I think this is the best example of a Belgian bottle conditioned beer. So crisp!

Overall, this is a perfect beer in my opinion. It pairs with any dish. Non-beer drinkers will love this beer as well as more veteran beer drinkers. If you are getting into beer, getting into Belgians, or just want to try an EXCELLENT beer look no further. This is why this beer receives a 100/100!!!

*** Add on 3/22/15***
I aged this beer for just over a year to see how it turned out. While very similar to the original, it has more yeastiness to the flavor and aroma. Almost a slight funk to it (not in a bad way). However, it doesn’t change enough to warrant the year of aging, but it was still fun to try! (1,682 characters)

Photo of avwrite
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

Decadent and fancy looking but not necessarily the top for me. Taste wise, it's a great belgian. Nice light color, enough carbonation but not too much, but taste was nothing to shout about for me. Great though for celebrations. (230 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Light, cloudy yellow colour, probably the palest beer i've seen to date. Slight orange tint. Topped with a lumpy white two-finger head. Simply beautiful.

S- Soft spice, slight citrus (orange peel) character. Sweet malt backbone.

T- Extremely soft citrus and slightly spicy in nature. Yeasty notes in the background with a little hint of pilsner-like malt.

M- Aggressive carbonation. Definitely more carbonation than I was expecting but I suppose the notation of 'bottle conditioned' makes up for that. Smooth and creamy on the palate.

O- I can easily say that Duvel is one of the best beers that i've tried. It's not only a great looking beer, but it is a pleasure to the nose and palate. Two thumbs up. Totally recommend that anyone who comes across Duvel to try it.

Post Bottle Note: This beer is deceptively strong. Tread carefully, beer bros. (889 characters)

Photo of Elleyo9
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Great Belgian ale. Lovely strong citrus, pear and lemon flavour packs a punch. Light golden to the eye with a lovely fluffy cloud like head. Great with battered fish, light pasta dish or a rare steak (199 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

750 ml Bottle.Very sweet and very fruity.Pears apples a touch of banana.It`s not a bad beer but it`s not something I would get again.I read a lot of reviews on this so I had to try it. (184 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

A 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass (I don't own one of those tulip glasses).

Appearance - Pale yellow color. Slightly hazy. A meringue pie head! Good stickage.

Smell - Lemon. Straw. Sour.

Taste - A mild, lemony flavor. Moderately sour. Slightly acidic. A dry, peppery finish. Subtle yet wonderful.

Mouth - Fizzy. Dry.

Overall - Normally, I'm focused on the malt/hop ratio. This beer, however, is a different animal. The interplay between the fruit, sour, and spice flavors make for a unique experience. Eminently drinkable (despite the rather high alcohol content). (597 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Big, white head, cloudy, pale yellow color.

Aromas of yeast, wheat, lemon, hints of orange, clove and pear.

A yeasty sweetness is paired with spices and pepper, creating a crisp, vivid mouthfeel with a refreshing and still peppery aftertaste. Complex and challenging, at first impression, the various flavors seem to collide, but they all end up in a very well composed beer with gentle sweetness and complex body. Reminds me of summer, sun, fresh cut grass and flowers. Very easy to drink despite its 8,5% volume in it. Classic. (533 characters)

Photo of eskilgh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Very pale with a golden color. Chunky and frothy head that resides fairly quickly, but it should be said that my glass was a bit wet before pouring.

S - First thing I pick up is fruits and spices - mainly banana and cloves. Definitely a bit of black pepper there as well. Further in the background are some flowery, almost perfume-like aromas. Distant grainy malt notes.

T - Drinking the beer the phenols are more up front then in the smell. The black pepper taste is more obvious, and also more pronounced because of the carbonation. It starts out with a fruity sweetness that lasts almost all the way through, but is cut off by a bone dry finish.

M - Light body, with very high carbonation that works to play up the more spicy tones of the beer.

O - Really tasty! Packs quite a punch and can quickly make you rather buzzed because of the high carbonation. (867 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A hazy faded straw colored body under a white sea-foam head. Nice foamy lacing.

Aroma: Cardboard, yeast, banana.

Taste: Yeast with cardboard dryness, then faint banana notes. Very dry alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and boozy.

Overall: A tasty brew, but very boozy and dry. (316 characters)

Photo of dgraham
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Very light golden brown color. 15 bucks for a 4 pack. A little hoppy for my liking. I was looking for a beer to mimic tremens for cheaper- this is not the answer (164 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 7/16. Clear very light amber pour (pale gold). Superb head, lacing and retention. Wonderful nose of spicy Belgian yeast, banana, sweet fruit (pear with hints of orange) and subtle biscuit. Light medium body, yet nice and slick. Heavily carbonated with rich effervescent rushes throughout the profile. The flavor profile is of normal intensity, complex and balanced. The 8.5% alcohol is perfectly hidden. It begins with the fruit flavors, then flows into a light biscuit sweetness. In the middle, an effervescent light hop bitterness emerges coupled with a light note of pepper. The finish is rather clean, somewhat dry and a light bitterness lingers a bit over a blend of the previous flavors while notes of clove come to the forefront. World Class and one of the highest scores I've ever given. (809 characters)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.