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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 7,014
Reviews: 2,656
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 338
Gots: 896 | FT: 6
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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 BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw color with a thick white head. The aromas are medicinal, and fruity. The flavor is somewhat fruity; apples maybe? A sweet herbal flavor also comes through. This smooth, medium-full brew is easy drinking, finishing with a dryness that sticks with you. It has a strength that will easily sneak up on you.

Photo of HopsAround
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sonicdescent
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold with a bubbly white head.

Smells fruity and almost wine like. Very nice.

Taste is a very dry fruit taste and a biscuity flavor. Not as complex as a westy or bernardus but good no less.

Mouth is dry and thin with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is good but I couldn't do too many of these in a row.

Photo of lionchow
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a small, creamy, white, lingering head.

A- mild barnyard and malt with a hint of banana.

F - Dry, mildly bitter, with very light malt. Mild banana and spice. It is elegant and smooth, and very enjoyable.

M - dry and highly carbonated.

Overall very good.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of yankeeheel
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a champagne yellow with a big billowy white head. very nice lacing and retention. Smells strongly of grass, lemon citrus, and yeast. The smell makes me weary that it will be overly-hoppy.

My fears are allayed upon the first sip. Clove, bannana, apple, and pear come through in a very soft and clean wave. The taste just seems to ebb away to a subtly dry finish. If it wasn't for the 8.5% ABV, you could drink this all night. Can't emphisize enough how clean and finished this beer is.

Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow-golden color that reminds me of apple juice. Mammoth, white, bubbly head takes up about half the glass. The head looks glued to the sides the way it's lacing. Lots of fine, champagne-like carbonation bubbles rising very rapidly.

Scent is very fruity. Pear, apple, and banana in particular. There's a caramel scent too. Smells pretty good, but I was expecting a little more.

Taste is more complex than the scent. There's the fruit (particularly apple) and caramel, but there's a spicyness too. I'm getting a slightly tart flavor too. Some grain-like flavors. Quite tasty.

Smooth and mellow as advertised. Mostly sweet, but with a refreshingly bitter finish. Feels very clean on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. Fairly well-balanced too. Pretty unique and almost refreshing really.

This is tasty. I'll have another and recommend it to my friends. The flavor does come off just a little too tart to be a mainstay for me.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at some liquor store in Milwaukee on Oakland across from the Miramar Theater.

Pours a golden yellow/light amber, clear, with ample snow-white creamy head fed by a steady stream of bubbles from my chalice. Nose is musty/yeasty up front, with citrus, apricot, pineapple, and a slight hint of alarming vinegar in the end. Taste starts off similarly with tropical fruits, yeast, some grainy/grassy notes, and again, the slightest bit of puckering vinegar. Mouthfeel is typical Belgian pale - light, dry and bubbly. This was a tasty BSPA, but I've certainly had better. That vingar sourness just through me off a little. I tend to like my BSPAs a little sweeter. Still a good example of the style though.

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 julian1117
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Visual appeal: a bubbly, misty bar of shining gold, appealing streaks, almost continuous effervescence

Smell: very reminiscent of hard apple cider, mild hop aroma, strong yeast, really grew on me as beer warmed

Flavor: Pilsner malts and Bohemian hops and very strong cloudy yeast flavor lingers a long time, feel warmth of alcohol on back of palette, hints of citrus but not strong enough, I'd prefer this a little sweeter, however

Mouthfeel: lovely effervescence plays with whole of tongue

Drinkability: heavy ABV--sipping beer, definitely would not drink more than one at a time

My first ever Belgian ale, right before the yank Memorial Day weekend, and I'm definitely feeling it (the ale, that is.) I have "gained a level." Combined with spicy tacos, and not a good choice. Beer became bitterer. Lager would have beer better.

Photo of TeeCee
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color - a light gold in the bar light. Maybe pale to whitish yellow in the daylight. The pour, my pour, developed into a mountain of head; very rocky collapsing inro a smaller mountain, leaving a white walled glass as it dissipated. Topping off the glass is a repeat performance. At the end of the bottle, I had a mouthful of foam; it had a structure like meringue.

Smell - (through a congested nose) light malt, flowerey hops, and maybe a little bit of lemon zest.

Taste - some malt that I couldn't smell. I should have known, it is Belgian. Hop bitterness is there. I get the flowers if I smell it, but that's not something I can really taste.

Mouthfeel - medium thin in the mouth. This seems like a good summer beer for the hoply inclined.

Photo of bierguru
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A -
white soapy looking head body is the color of apple juice lots of carbonation

S -
sweet matly with a slight pepperiness

T -
big sweet malty taste finishes with some pepper spice and alcohol taste pepperiness lingers on the tongue along with some citrus notes

M -
crisp with a lot of carbonation however it isnt unpleasant

D -
by far my favorite pale ale having said that im not a big pale ale beer liker but this one is really good and will definitly have it again

Photo of jacobseyb
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Clear and golden with an ample bright white head

S=Appealing, fruity with some malty hints

T=Fruity, hints of yeast and malts, enjoyable balance

M=very nice, carbonation tickles, light dryness

D=easy to enjoy the 750ml, possibly even two, any more might be a stretch

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

short squat bottle like the above pic.. purchased at Belmont Station in Portland a while back.... don't remember the price... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

nice 3 finger rocky stark white head... stick around forever and leaves a great bunch of lace... the brew is very pale straw gold.

musky fruitiness.. sorta like a dusty pear essence.. traditional Belgian yeast spiciness.. zesty.

Flavor is clean pale malts layered with yeasty spiciness.. peppery and lite lemon zest... more complex than I describe... I am just sorta having a hard time tonight.. really is the benchmark for the style.. very very drinkable... dangerously so. The body is on the light side.. and the carbonation is fairly prominent... sorta green apple skin tartness..

Really a great beer... I wonder if it ages well... I've never been able to hang onto them long enough.

Photo of mrnobody
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Actually, I bought the beer just to get the glass but let's give it a go...

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold with 3 fingers of frothy white head. Crazy retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is yeasty, hoppy and fruity but not sweet fruit, maybe some sour apple.

T: The flavour is definitely vinous and quite dry with a tiny alcohol burn in the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is light-medium with very crisp carbonation.

D: For the ABV, the drinkability is very good.

Photo of climax
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The gentlest of pours undoubtedly yields a still impressive white fizzy head. It fades lazily leaving a crater in the center. The color is a brilliant gold, even in low light; cloudy but not completely so. Lace is pretty much a solid sheet of tiny white bubbles, a promising beginning.

Tart and sweet aromas fume from this one, with no alcohol tones whatsoever. Banana and yeast are the most discernible flavors, while modest mandarin orange and clove aromas come and go. A sweet white wine character comes to mind as well.

Alcohol is evident in the flavor, but more as a phantom warmth as opposed to twang; the way it should be. It starts with a full dose of yeast and begins to take on a pleasant sour tone before the finish. The aftertaste is soft and clean, with no real dryness.

It's heavier than it looks, yet so easy to drink. The carbonation is sharp enough that you've gotta sip it though. Solid beer, as it's sterling reputation suggests.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and lemon-drop yellow. Active carbonation, absolutely ridiculous pure white head, like a snow peaked mountain in the Alps. Head eventually settles into a volcanic looking, mold-like, holding pattern. I'm ok with that.

S: Clean yeast, watered down apple and white grape fruit juice, ultra-light hopping.

T: Slightly soured apple, grape, and pear juice with a sharp yeast funk, touch of alcohol and a soft wash of hops.

M: Wickedly crisp and prickly.

D: Refreshing and delicious, a subtly complex beer. For a beer with a medium caliber abv, very drinkable.

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gerardoluna
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Eyes] A clear golden with excellent foamy head retention.

[Nouse] Smells like a REAL belgian yeast, the notes of banana and clove, i feel spices and sweet malts

[Mouth] Very good carbonated, excelent body a great tones of cereal is freshhh
belgian yeastiness followed by a light sweetness/sourness, light bitterness, carbonation... alcohol feels low is very creamy, light bitterness, extremely deliciously.

mmm my favorite in ths style, amazing flavor, excelent look & aroma. in mouth invites me to... take the next!. like michael said "the devil of a beer" please enjoy it listening the miles davis "Doo-bop" record. Uff!

Photo of arturorg
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

Appearance: Very beautiful clean golden color with a very white big head.

Aroma: Hops and a bit metallic.

Taste: Beer bitter (wich is good in my book), for a strong beer doesn't show it in alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing.

You cant go wrong with this one.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lively carbonation on a very slightly hazed bright-straw/light-gold colored beer. Head is massive, bubbly, creamy, bright-white, and has great retention. Big fluffy cap and collar. Nice notches of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast up front. Minor spiciness coupled with grass, some touches of earthy and hay, and a bright pale malt sweetness. Some hints of banana and alcohol as well. Some apple flesh and pear. Very bright and clean. Some nice floral elements as well.

Taste: Big powdery yeast drops some minor spiciness. Nice layer or ripe banana, Belgian spice, and grass/earth. Minor floral hopping. Malts are pale, slightly sweet, and dry. Very clean. Nice herbal component as well. Alcohol starts on the hidden side, but as the beer warms, it jumps out and becomes distracting. Apples and pears. Lots of flavor that blends well. Some phenols as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a lively carbonation. Slightly dry. Bubbly and clean.

Overall: Classic.

Despite my general dislike of Belgian yeast, this is a good beer. A true benchmark for the style, and the bar it sets is extremely high. Incredibly drinkable with enough flavor to be memorable.

Photo of jonb5
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle, poured into Palm tulip. Fairly light colour, slight haze, large foamy head, good retention, lots of lacing. Aroma was dominated by Phenol. Tasted yeast, sugar and phenol. Later I picked up some bready maltyness. Hid the booze very well. Creamy texture, very light body, moderate carbonation. Overall a beer without weakness, other SBPAs have more depth but this is what they modeled themselves on.

Photo of rodrot
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle, Duvel has a brilliant gold color with a huge pillowy head that wouldn't go away. Every time I scooped some of the head out, it just kept coming back. Aroma was sweet and winey, almost champagne-like. The beer was quite sweet but had a dry finish with a slight herbal hoppiness. Duvel was smooth on the palate and had excellent balance between the sweetness and dryness. This beer is incredibly drinkable for the strength. In my opinion, this is the "Champagne of Beers". Excellent!

Photo of TripelJ
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Duvel Red

330ml stubby poured into goblet.

Initial pour was a perfectly clear gold with an agressive white head that fills the remainder of the glass. As I swirled the bottle and decanted the yeast sediments (which is my personal preference), liquid gold turned into hazy apricot. Aromas are sweet and spicy--bananas and cloves perhaps and there is some grain in there to hold it all together. The first sip is an arsenal of spicy fruit flavors with a nice bite from the carbonation and alcohol as if the beer is reminding you show respect where its due. Everything becomes extremely balanced and much more mellow as I take a few more sips, which is where the deception begins. This beer is 8.5% ABV, but the devil doesn't show its true identity until the goblet is drained. Very smooth and very drinkable, a must for any belgian lover.

Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Duvel Tulip that came with 4 bottles.

A: Pours light and bubbly with a large white head. Amazing retention and very thick.

S: Citrus and Belgian, very sweet and refreshing.

T: I get some alcohol right up front, but a nice, long lasting finish. Crisp with a bit of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol feeling.

MF: Light and very crisp. Although I said I noticed alcohol in the taste, it isn't overwhelming.

D: Very high. Extremely refreshing.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 7,014 ratings.