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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,677 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,677
Hads: 7,329
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 388
Gots: 1,153 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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 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


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


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


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)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (390 characters)

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)

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.