Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 2,686
Hads: 7,375
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 397
Gots: 1,189 | FT: 5
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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 swarthybrews
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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 .

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of ricardopritsch
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of stephenipa
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of backwoodsbarstard
4.15/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Islandrunner
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of taters21
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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