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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5789
Reviews: 2550
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Photo of BSK_ONE

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light yellow color with one finger head with minimal lacing. Some cloudiness.
S: Citrus, straw, and wheat.
T: the alcohol content of 8.5% is well hidden. Pretty good flavor with hints of wheat and citrus.
M: interesting trick which can extract the alcohol flavor, (why would you want to) is to smack your tongue off the roof of your mouth a few times. Suddenly, you can taste the alcohol.
O: Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:23:53 | More by BSK_ONE
Photo of gregb13


4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A near perfect beer in every way if served under optimal condition. Appearance - can't think of a beer that looks better in the glass. The head is almost a meringue and it sticks around. Smell - a bouquet of apples and pears, and some very subtle spice. Taste - apple, pear, champagne, faint spicy-bitter aftertaste that does not linger. Alcohol is very well masked. Mouthfeel - medium-dry. Overall an outstanding beer that I would never turn down.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:46:29 | More by gregb13
Photo of LVituri


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uma cerveja muito famosa e de qualidade. Acredito que se ela fosse uma simples belgian blond ale mereceria mais pontos, mas pelo fato de ser uma strong, ela poderia ser mais aromática e possuir um aroma um pouco mais complexo, porém mesmo assim, é uma ótima cerveja, vale a pena conferir.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:37:47 | More by LVituri
Photo of Fcip78


5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel is pretty close to my palate's perfect beer. Duvel is real juggernaut of Belgian pale ale....candi sugar and pilsner blend together boost up the alcohol % but thanks to two stage yeast additions, there comes across a clean very dry finish with glorious head retention. It's a devil of beer and a world class one too....

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:44:19 | More by Fcip78
Photo of PorterLambic


4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, straw yellow color. A voluminous white head develops from a not-so-aggressive pour. It dissipates at an expected pace, not too fast, not too slow. The result is a chunky, rocky remnant with a decent amount of lace.
Smell is malty first with notes of light fruits, faint hops, a light sour/funk aspect, and yeast and straw notes. Good balance, well blended.
Taste is exactly what the nose promises. Notes of malt, light fruits, yeast, straw, a light hops presence and just a whiff of sourness/funk. A fairly substantial alcohol bloom/warming is added to the rest. I like the balance a lot.
Nearly full bodied with a lighter effervescence which comes across quite tart. Warming with a slight cleanliness to the finish. This brew is world class, not just in its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:33:10 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a bright, light golden in color with a giant head. Gentle pour still produced a head of at least 4 fingers. Retention and lacing are both amazing. Moderate level of haziness in the body, as to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer.

S- Light, a little esthery, and fruity. Small hints of apple and citrus with a bigger dose of pear-like scents intermingle for an enticing overall scent. Just a bit of yeasty scent towards the end.

T- Starts with light, grainy flavors consistent with a Czech pilsner. A little bit of fruitiness comes next with the apple and pear flavors being prominent again. In the middle of the drink, the beer turns toward a heavier, more yeast centered flavors. Biscuity malts and yeast mix in with some dull alcohol bitterness to finish out the drink.

M- Big carbonation and a nice, creamy feel are the headlines here. A rather light looking beer drinks more like an imperial as far as weight goes. Fairly smooth across the palate, but the alcohol in this one warms as it goes down and makes itself felt.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. I could drink this beer in a variety of beer settings; sessions, hot days, cold days, it's just a really versatile feel as far as flavors and feel goes. I'm going to try to keep some of these in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:01:46 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of jbaker67


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, golden color into a Duvel glass leaving a thick, bubbly, white long lasting head. Notes of pear, apple, yeast, biscuit. Lots of carbonation, bubbles throughout. Flavors of sour apple, pear, yeast, biscuit. Not too boozy in the mouth given the 8.5%ABV but notice it in the throat after a few minutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 12:58:38 | More by jbaker67
Photo of SavvyStudent


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like a pilsner yellow with strong lacing and carbonation
S: Mustiness, pepper, floral
T: Ripe banana, spice, bread, muddled hops
M: medium heavy, high carbonation
O: one of the more popular tripel/strong pale ale beers available in the US.. the high alcohol content and drinkability are nice and make it a must buy if searching for a solid belgium ale

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 15:01:22 | More by SavvyStudent
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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I've had this classic many a time before, but haven't yet reviewed it somehow (though I could swear I remember reviewing it in Holland). "Best before: 09/2015." 11.2 fl oz brown glass "snub" design glass with iconic label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Colorado beer store and served into a Duvel stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Props to Duvel for the pouring instructions - "Pour Unhurriedly." 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin and airy. No real creaminess. Not as fluffy or soft as it should be. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent clear pale gold of above average vibrance. Has some yellow and copper hues. Very clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing, classic appearance for a Belgian golden ale.

Sm: Starches, Belgian golden malts, clean crisp barley, floral hop character, and Belgian pale malts. Hints of vitamin-y biscuity yeast character. Sweetness seems perfect based on the aroma. Has a kiss of candi character and a faint trace of peppercorn. There's also a vague fruitiness - perhaps from the hops? As best I can tell, it's crisp ripe apple. The distinctly Belgian character of the yeast - the light fruitiness, the spiciness - is what really elevates the aroma for me.

No alcohol is detectable - a feat at 8.5%. If I smelled it blind, I'd guess it was maybe 5%. Wow.

It's an inviting, alive aroma of moderate strength.

T: Light starchiness is present, and doesn't work too well in this flavour profile. The bulk of the body is comprised of Belgian golden malts. Hop character is predominantly floral, with a kiss of fruitiness in there too - crisp apples and pears. The yeast is lightly biscuity and spicy, and definitely feels like a Belgian strain. Clean crisp barley lends it some added depth of flavour. Light clove and grassiness also make an appearance. Quite estery. Duration and intensity of flavour are average for the style.

What's amazing here is how well the beer hides its ABV; I'd never guess this was 8.5%. Dangerously downable stuff.

It's also very well balanced, and boasts some impressibe subtlety. Decent complexity. It could be more intricate and nuanced.

Mf: Could be softer. It's nicely smooth and dry, and is well-carbonated. Aptly medium-bodied, with perfect thickness given the flavour profile. Very good presence on the palate; it's almost fleetingly light - which greatly aids drinkability. Not as crisp or ripe as many beers in the style; it's a bit more subdued. Effervescent. The texture complements the taste well, but isn't quite ideal. There's room for improvement.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Extremely drinkable - especially for the ABV. Every time I drink it, I'm shocked how quickly it disappears from my glass. Undoubtedly a classic beer in a demanding style, Duvel remains one of the beers you have to try if you're an enthusiast. It's one of the best in its class and is absolutely a style-defining beer, but I don't know that it's the best Belgian golden ale out there. Still, I could happily kill 12 of these in a night without getting tired of it and definitely plan on picking it up again in the future. I can see why it's in the top 100, but I don't know that it's amongst the best 100 beers I've had personally. What sets it apart for me isn't the taste necessarily, but more its incredibly light feel and dangerous drinkability. This is the definition of easy drinking.

Probably the best widely available beer in the world, period.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:50:50 | More by kojevergas
Photo of BeerDocT


3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received a liter bottle of Duvel for Christmas and could not believe I had yet to review this world-famous brew! Here goes... .

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.5: Pours out a brilliant, light golden color. Nice 1" head faded slowly into a 1/4" that stuck around the entire session. Good lacing and lots and lots of little champagne-type bubbles all over the place. Just an amazing looking beer in the glass.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued nose. I detect yeast, some malt and a certain very slight hop scent. Kind of a letdown in this category.

Taste 3.75: Front is almost completely void of any taste. I do detect a slight hint of malt, but that's about it. Middle is where a pleasant and warming maltiness seeps in along with a nice feel of alcohol. Finish is slightly sweet and there is a nice taste of light Pilsner malt along with a very light hoppiness. Aftertaste was of medium length and featured more malt and a slight taste of yeast.

Mouthfeel 3.75: The mondo-carbonation made this beer very enjoyable. It certainly concealed many of the beer's defects.

Overall 4.0: Great beer, but I found it a bit off in several vital categories. Smell was far too subdued for the style and the taste was too bland and generic. I was hoping for something more "Belgian"...i.e. a big hit of malt or hops or spicy yeast. Instead, I am left thinking that Duvel is the lager-drinker's Belgian ale. Not that this is bad. It's just that -to me-- Duvel is a bit "dialed down" for the international market. Again, just my opinion and this is not to say that I would not buy Duvel again, I would. Certainly recommended if you have not had it before.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 05:50:41 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of gotweid


4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had 2 bottles. A very thick, foamy head with sticky lacing. Very pale yellow in color. Aroma & taste are the same. Comes across as sweet yet malty wheat & alcohol. I find that the sweetness seems to dominate over the slight, light bitterness. Very crisp & light mouthfeel. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:39:52 | More by gotweid
Photo of denver10


4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I last drank this one, finally returned to it last night and very glad I did. Pours a light yellowish golden with a big off white head. Aroma offers some nice super balanced spiciness from the yeast, nice bright lemon rind, and some grassiness. Flavor follows suit. Mouthfeel was active and on the thinner side. Overall, a great beer. Not really a fan of too many golden ales, but am definitely a fan of this one. Such a well constructed beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 18:41:35 | More by denver10
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Pure gold, two fingers of thick soapy head, endless rising bubbles, looks like champagne as you pour, little lacing.

Pear, alcohol, yeast, wheat. Straight forward.

Definitely a Belgian beer! Sweet, bitter apple and grape skin, funky yeast, tinge of alcohol.

Lots of bubbles! Very crisp, light body, bitter on tip of tongue, sweet in back… extremely drinkable, finishes dry.

Wow, damn good Belgian beer. Very straight forward beer. Produces excellent beer burps. Many qualities of champagne.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:52:24 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of TastefulNudity


4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to Duvel tulip (proper glassware!)

A: Big foamy lacy head that sticks upon a golden, well carbonated body.

S: Candi sugar, pear juice, fresh apple, yeast.

T: Yeasty and then quickly phases in to a sweet explosion toward the middle/back of the mouth. Fruitiness fades in to a noticeable alcohol taste/burn with a slight touch of hops.

M: Exactly like champagne.

O: The one other time I tried this beer, I hated it. Tasting this again, I don't know how I ever could. This is definitely the Belgian Strong Pale benchmark. A classic and would be a great introduction for someone to Belgian beer. A+

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 08:55:41 | More by TastefulNudity
Photo of Franziskaner


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colored with an inch of tightly woven Brussels lace at the top. Serious carbonation bubble action going on here. Smell is mineral like along with Saaz & Styrian Golding hops. Light Belgian candy sugar is also detectable within. The mouth is crisp,dry,and refreshing. This is like Belgian ale (candy sugar and Brussels lace) meets Czech Pilsner (hops and crispness)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:38:34 | More by Franziskaner
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large Duvel glass. Nice white head. Good golden yellow color. Aroma was champagne and so I was expecting a very sweet beer. Not so at all. You are expecting g champagne and the taste is the total opposite so it gives your senses a nice wallop. Good body and a minor rustic after feel. A tremendous amount of carbonation. Bubbles keep coming out on the bottom from nowhere and goes on forever. You can taste the alcohol lingering at the end. Nice sweet aroma. Overall a nice beer but I was not totally wowed by it. Will have to give it some more tries to see if my opinion improves.

Edit to above. Tried my second bottle. This stuff is fantastic! Still can't get over the visual of bubbles coming up forever. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 15:26:03 | More by Richardbeerlover
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2.18/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Assuming I didn't get a bad batch or a bottle from a case left outside for a week in summer, I expected more. To the nose and tongue this beer lacked the Belgian flavors of other golden ales and tasted very much like a high gravity, slightly more flavorful corona. I seriously considered finding a lime. I might try again in the future, but for now I can't say I like it at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:36:31 | More by troppoveloce
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3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is probably most famous "champagne" beer.

A-light pale almost yellow color. White two finger head,lasting few minutes.
S-Fresh and outstanding aroma of fruits.
T/M-It is just too carbonated! It does not feel good for my taste. It is crisp,refreshing and tasty,but,carbonation is too high.

O- One of the best known beers fur sure,in the old way.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 15:15:13 | More by djura
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United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold in color with a big white head, Heavily carbonated, Lacing is insane!
S - Yeast, Apple, Pear, Banana, Slight Pepper, Overall a very pleasant smelling beer.
T - Belgian yeast with a nice spicy fruitiness that gives way to a nice bitterness at the back. You can definitely taste it's over 8% ABV but it sort of lends to the characteristic of the beer!
M - Carbonation dancing on the tongue. Dry, Crisp, Clean, Champagne like. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 11:46:27 | More by BeerDrinker01
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: a stumpy brown 330mL bottle with aa typically Belgian label.

Appearance: poured into my St Feuillien abbey goblet. An extremely clear and crisp light yellow-amber, with sparse yet fine carbonation visible. An enormous pristine white head leaps up to an inch, and slowly recedes to a rocky finger with great, thick lacing. Looks exactly like a top-end Belgian Strong should.

Aroma: plenty of Belgian yeast aromas up front, with lemon citrus and biscuit malts.

Taste: again plenty of Belgian yeast across the flavour profile, with spices, citrus and some orchard fruits. A well-rounded, full flavoured Belgian ale.

Aftertaste: a slight warming alcohol sneaks in on the finish, with some lasting bitterness.

Mouth feel: moderate- to- heavy in body with a fairly minimal carbonation. Could possibly use a touch more carbonation as it starts to feel a touch flat after a while.

Overall: a fantastic example of a Belgian Strong Ale - there is a reason that Duvel is regarded as one of the best. The well-rounded profile makes the higher price of AU$130 a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2013) worth it once every now and then (or perhaps a 4-pack for us peasants).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 11:22:38 | More by SmashPants
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle decanted into a genuine Duvel goblet at 1410 Bier Haus in Calgary. This classic world-renowned brew pours a lemon-drop bright yellow with the oft-cited bright white head that forms a nigh-impenetrable cap that bottlenecks right at the rim of the glass and protrudes a bit over said rim without spilling. A majestic sight. Exudes an aroma of fruity yeast and very clean pale malt, some green apple and Saaz hop perfume. Palate is quite crisp and dry but with some residual sugars and a lot of fruit: Apples, pears, and a little banana perhaps, white sugar, candied ginger, citrus pith and white pepper spice against a backdrop of floral perfumed lemon cake. A large bloom of alcohol along with noticeable Saaz hops. Finish is bitter with a little cork. Clean, without noticeably funky flavors. Hard to argue that this isn't the perfect example of the style ... It is the original after all and the intent to to yield something clean and crisp: Perhaps less complex in terms of yeast-derived spicy ester profile than some similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:20:12 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork & caged 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Gentle hand. I've had this many times, but never reviewed. Dated 06/07/15.

A: Hazy golden yellow with 3 fingers of rocky, white head. Great retention and leaves icebergs of residual foam floating around. Moderate lacing. Fine looking brew.

S: Tropical fruit and banana. The belgian yeast is there for sure, but a bit more integrated than typical. Orange. Lemon. Apple. Pear. Light spice. Really great.

T: Spicy yeast & fruit up front with a mild malty sweetness that gives way to a fine noble hop type bitterness. Fairly dry finish, although the fruitiness lingers and makes it seems a bit sweeter than it would otherwise. Alcohol is noticeable, but appropriate and actually adds to the whole experience.

M: High carbonation with a relatively light body. A bit prickly and a touch filling. Not quite my cup of tea.

O: So after you've had a beer a number of times, you start to take it for granted. Glad I took the time to review this one, pick it apart and remember how good it is. Well balanced with great scents and flavors. A bit fizzy for my preferences, but overall very solid. Consistent as well. Great stuff.


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:55:49 | More by fourstringer
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy light gold in color with a large white head that leaves a heavy lace on the glass
S-pears with some spice
T-a tart pear with a slightly bitter aftertaste with a slight warming and spice in there. You get a malt taste at the end.
M-high carbonation and light body
O- great balance and very complex. It seems to have it all, pear, spice, and some hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:53:47 | More by a0lbudman
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3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw in color with a ton of bubbles. The 3 finger head actually sounded like “Rice Crispies” due to the carbonation. Great lacing.
S- Pear, apple and banana. A lot like a fruit cocktail. When you really dig in, there's a wine-like effervescent booziness.
T- Follows the smell almost exactly up front. Bready yeast kicks in on the back end.
M- So light, it caught me off guard. Carbonation was alive and sharp. Dry finish with a slight peppery burn.
O- Glad to say I had it, but I'll take Russian River Damnation or Delirium Tremens over this any day of the week. I'm curious if I had a bad batch or something. The best by date indicated I had 9 months left.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:53:40 | More by tmm313
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light crispy golden color with thick white head.

S - Very refreshing - sweet, citrus, hops, floral and sour - Good balance of smells.

T - Lots of pilsner taste. Crisp and complex with a nice, albeit slightly alcohol, finish.

M - Lots of tingle on the tongue, almost champagne like.

O - This isn't my first Duvel, just the first time I decided to review it. It's a nice change of pace to the typical Belgian style. I will continue to keep it in my rotation. Prost.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:29:32 | More by Bowers-Brew
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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