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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 5814
Reviews: 2552
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 ToneControl

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very strong, warming beer, but it is very drinkable.

Since my homebrewing days, I have always decanted live beers into a jug before pouring into the glass, so as to avoid disturbing the sediment. For me, this help reduce carbonation a little, to a degree that pleases me. Done this way, Duvel is crystal clear after just 2 days in the fridge.

OK, this is a classic, it's hard to get this strength in a balanced drinkable beer (unless you already appreciate strong treacley lagers such as Special brew/Elephant beer, and the Scottish super lagers). It has a very round taste, and for me the hops don't really appear. I assume they are there as a balance, but they don't really stand out compared to some of my other favourites. I agree, in a way the mouthfeel is a little like champagne (as mentioned in various reviews here), but since I drink more Duvel than champagne, I'd say it was the other way round!

Since it's so easy to find this beer, you should really try it out.

After reading another reviewer's comments about drinking it with a chilli, I may try it with a curry - although most Brits drink lagers with currys, I have heard recently from some Indians that red wines work well, so I guess a really heavy beer might also do the trick

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 21:56:34 | More by ToneControl
Photo of Jon


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow with a meringue-like white head. Great lacing and even better retention when poured in the Duvel glass. Nose features aromas of herbal hops, yeast, mild spice, fruit and maybe a touch of candy sugar. Taste is complex, round, and quite enjoyable. The yeast character never strays far, while notes of passion fruit, apricot, sweet malt, candy sugar and spice lead to a zesty hop kick on the finish. Effervescent mouthfeel lends itself well to this beer's overall characteristics. Incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% ale, Duvel is something else. Truly a favorite, this is the beer that morphed me into a Belgian ale fan. Wonderful stuff and a must-try. I can't believe it took me so long to review this one....

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 02:08:46 | More by Jon
Photo of Ianhockey91


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light yellow wiht a massive massive fluffy white head. Smells quite dry, a little tough to discern certain things but alcohol was definetly present. Tastes slightly more hoppy in the front but wham then the malt hits you, the alcohol is present but hidden well for the most part. It almost has the mouthfeel of a sweet champagne, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 03:52:21 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a huge white fluffy head. Sweet, peppery, spicy, but clean smelling nose. Very creamy, yet at the same time has a crazy crisp mouthfeel. Almost like champagne. Starts rather bitter, but ends with malt sweetness. Minor fruitiness. Dry aftertaste. This is good stuff, and I can really appreciate it, but for some reason it just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 02:42:49 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of dannyvee


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a relative newcomer to beligian strong ales, but one encounter with this beauty was all it took to hook me. I ordered it at the Other Side Cafe in boston with a bowl of chili and was in heaven.

The huge head caught me off guard, but the duvel glass allowed the beer to be drunk without me ending up with a face full of foam. The little "tornado" of bubbles from the base of the glass is great, too.

This beer feels like champagne in the mouth- nice tight carbonation. The floral, hoppy flavors show little of the high alcohol content of this "devil". Since my first encounter I have been seeking this beer out whenever and wherever possible- what more could a brewery hope for?

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 19:30:24 | More by dannyvee
Photo of ZAP


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing that strikes me about this beer is how easily drinkable it is...I cracked this bottle anticipating a slow sipping beer, and boy was I wrong...sure this is made for sipping but it slides down way too easy for its strength...Almost thirst quenching while also being sweet and tasty..

pours a bright yellow....white lace rims the glass as you drink....pretty charged up....First impression on the nose was a skunkiness...then it became more noticable as a peppery/spicy smell...Body is on the high side of medium...highly carbonated... but easily drinkable....flavors are sweet at first...nice Belgian malt profile...also some lemony flavors...the spicy characteristics noted on the nose are less noticable on the taste...very small....

This is an excellent beer and a true treat....unfortunately I just about had to take out a second mortage to buy this bottle so I don't see drinking it regularly....It would be a nice treat now and then but to be honest I'd prefer a belgian that is more of a sipper....this slides down too easy for the $$$ I invested...still this is a great beer I'd love to enjoy more of in the future...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 05:38:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of RocketWidget


4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular! Served in a unique bubble necked bottle. Head is creamy, thick, condensing and everlasting. Color is a somewhat unattractive golden yellow, the only downside. Smells sweet and wheaty, and other indiscript pleasant aromas. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had, hints of malt, sugar, hoppy thickness. Carbonation stays with the flavor and enhances it. Aftertaste is much the same, but dies with a hint of wheat. Buy this when you see it!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 14:44:01 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of gnaussea


4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

They should have sent a poet. Nearly my favorite belgian to date. Billowy, ceaseless, virgin-white head. One it settles it leaves a pure lace on the glass. The color is absolutely golden. With yeast added, its opaque and brilliant when held up to light. The nose is very direct. Fine balance of belgian hops and malts, light fruitiness, more citrus than sweet. Spices present themselves, but not in memorable fashion. The mouthfeel is crisp and micro-bubbly, as much as any champange. It imposes itself and therefore detracts, on the flavor a bit. Tastes present are citrus malts, genuine Belgian hops, apple, and coriander. Even at 8.5% you have to search for alcohol flavor, which is dangerous if put in the wrong hands. A fine brew for nearly any night. For it's availability and price, it is a must-have.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 07:41:18 | More by gnaussea
Photo of smitty1080


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It’s so pretty. Poured out a golden yellow with a head that could support a beach umbrella. Bubbles danced on the sides of the glass try to get away from the alcohol. The aroma had yeast, citrus and alcohol. The taste was tart, yeasty and warming.

A definite wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 23:24:18 | More by smitty1080
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance was a cloudy gold, a huge head came forth and was there even at the end,more bubbles than a warm champagne cereal hoppy aroma, very hoppy appleish taste, didn't seem as good as I remember although it might have been to cold, because it did seem to get better at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 23:55:36 | More by grynder33
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites so excuse me while I gush...

Pour a hazy, bright pale gold. Head grows enormously and deliciously during the pour. Pure white with lots and lots of lace. Smell is floral and lemony. Very complex aromas. Light hops, light malt. Hints of apple and yeasty spice.

Sweet nectar...tastes bitter up front fading to light sweetness. Crisp sweet apple flavors. Light and smooth with a bit of warming from the alcohol. Light bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very complex and very strong and tasty ale.

A true king of beers but incredibly drinkable even with the strong ABV. If only I could afford to drink it on a regular basis, I certainly would.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 23:30:21 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden ale with one very nice head that stayed on top of brew for a few minutes. Quite refreshing with the right amount of spice. Alcohol taste is not too distinct. I could drink this one very often. I find a ressemblance in the malts to the one Unibroue use for their beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 14:49:32 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Scoats


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Duvel before and recalled being blown away by it. It was my first gold Belgian strong ale and I considered it my standard to rank all others of this style by.

Everything was right for this bottle to be a great beer experince. Fresh pallet, Thursday night - always a great night for amazing beer experinces, the proper authentic Duvel glass. All the stars were lined up.

The bottle hadn't been in my possession very long, but it must have been rather old. The beer was rather dull and fizzy. There were some interesting flavors, but they were very muted. It was good, very good, but not great. All in all a let down; this particular bottle anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 12:42:24 | More by Scoats
Photo of SetarconeX


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly visuals. In many ways, this doesn't look like beer. Weird cloudy yellow color, with a hint of green. Giant unpleasent bubbles. Smell's quite a bit better, however. Pure citrus all around. Interesting. The taste is much the same, pure fizzy citrusy beer. Hints of lime. But then, I suppose a lot of fruit once fermented could taste limey.

ABV of 8.5% however. By Hercules, that's some powerful stuff! Barely touched the bottle, and I already feel like I've been slugged. Strong pale ale? Damn right, it's strong. Careful with this stuff, but do try it!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 04:26:21 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a taste of bitter orange in my glass. Belgian style sugar does not interfere with the taste, and there is a nice hoppy nose, too. That and a head that can rise above the edge of the glass like a meringue! I wanted my tasting of this beer to never end.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 19:05:37 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is bright gold and clear, basically looks like a good Pils. This one tries to jump out of the glass as it pours with a lively carbonation that creates a thick white long lasting head. The head is Meringue like in consistency. The beer smells sharp and slightly herbal and fruity, accompanied by a woodiness. Has a lightly sweet taste with a complex herbal aftertaste. Lightly bitter and hoppy. Leaves one with a soft maltiness in the finish. A very light beer that hides its alcoholic strength well.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 16:04:11 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of steelreign

New York

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, what could I add to the prolific reviews already well known to those that have tried this amazing brew? Not much, actually. But what I can tell you is that if you enjoy a REALLY smooth, extremely well balanced strong ale that you can quaff down with unparalleled ease, then this is the one Belgian you cannot do without! Pudding like head, cloudy amber strong ale that is spicy, bitter and sweet all at once. Godly smoothness in the mouth, and a nice dry, semi-sweet finish. Liquid ambrosia! Buy or die.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 13:57:15 | More by steelreign
Photo of TripelJ


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 23:33:37 | More by TripelJ
Photo of ngandhi


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the Duvel into a pint -- my goblets are dirty. Last I checked, the head was four inches. As I type, the beer is consuming itself, cobweb lacing down the side of the glass and a giant marshmallow formation in the center. This reminds me of being 12-years-old and wanting to shave so bad that one day I went into the bathroom while my dad was at work and lathered a can of shaving cream on my face.

I haven't touched the beer yet. I feel so unnecessary.

This would be nice in a flute; more effervescent than champagne. The head needs to be controlled (or paroled). It's like pouring from a tap that's gone haywire. And having to sit around for ten minutes while this thing settles sucks. Straw golden body like an American lager, hazy but a good deal of light comes through -- Los Angeles in June.

All hops on the nose -- spicy, cidery, sharp. Is this a Belgian or a Pilsner?

Tastes like a smoky hefe. Very clean, lagery, with mild gumball from the yeast and some alcoholic exhaust. The strong hop aroma is all but lost on the tongue with only a minor tang that immediately fades out. Sweet and malty (creamy indeed), but where's my Saaz? For a Belgian Strong Pale, not much going on here. A total wash-out.

What the hell? This thing is still bubbling.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:49:55 | More by ngandhi
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a large bright white, rocky and retentive head that lasted to the end. The color is a bright yellow color. It is a little hazy with a good showing of effervescence. Smell is fruity, earthy, and citrus. Taste is sweet, fruity and with a dry peppery finish. It has a great balance of tastes, mouth feel, and a crisp finish. A very distinctive character.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 23:20:44 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of PZuke


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with an out of control head white head that last quite a while. Little bubbles continuously coming up from the bottom of the glass. It has a pleasant aroma of fruit and yeast. You can taste the light fruit and malty flavor it also has a nice little hint of spice. It is very drinkable even with the high content of alcohol. It might be a little pricey for some but I’ll take quality over quantity any day. It's good to have the Devil in your collection.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:11:22 | More by PZuke
Photo of putnam


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bright sunshine yellow giggled with careless white foam which rolls up and down the sides of my glass...

Cold, it tastes like beer-flavored Champagne.
Warm, it gives off a dense, voluptuous perfume of tangerine syrup and muscat. This is the essence of decomposing aromatic botanicals. A steamy, bubbling sludge of mint greens, pine, orange peel, sage and roses is offset by dusty chalk and stubborn fizz.
This is laughing, pitiless, beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 19:27:45 | More by putnam
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This stuff is daRn tasty.

Poured up with a huge, uncontrollable head that stayed with the beer right to the end. The head became creamy and soft. Delightful to look at and drink past. Lace and gobbets of foam stick to the sides of the glass. Wonderfully messy.

Pale, slightly foggy, straw yellow. Smells mildly of cloves/orange with a hint of pepper, spice and yeast. The first mouthful is quite bitter, but settles nicely into yeast, hops and fruit. Feels wonderful in your mouth, carbonated just about right.

Pleasant to drink. I'm going to go find another one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 18:32:21 | More by TerryW
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 33cl bottle at Falstaff in Paris and served with the proper Duvel glass. Hmm....neon Duvel sign in 1st floor window, I wonder who provided the glasses?

I have to say I had no idea what to expect from this beer. I didn't know what style it was, only that it was highly rated and I hadn't had it.

Poured a golden pilsner yellow with a volcanic eruption of head that did not allow you to empty the bottles contents in one effort even using proper form. Tiny streams of bubbles in the beer. The creamy white head was very pillowy and looked much like a fluffy white cloud on a beautiful North Carolina summer day. The head retention was very long (as I was trying to pour the rest of the beer in the glass) and the lacing was quite impressive as well.

The aromas were fairly muted at first, then came alive quite quickly. Scents of fruit, yeast, candied malt, and then hints of spice and hops. Very inticing and a little surprising, I would not expect such candied malt scents from such a light colored beer. If I smelled this blind I would have guessed its color more in the range of a Triple or a caramel color.

The taste was just as surpising as the aromas, but along the same lines. Full and rich the flavor started with candied malt and some sweet fruit. The middle started to become dry and slightly hoppy, but finished very crisp and clean. The alcohol is very well hidden, but you can note its pressence. The alcohol profile complements this beer and I don't think the flavor profile would be complete without it.

The body was light to medium light with amazing effervescences and carbonation that dances on the tongue and tickles the throught. The carbonation is very close to that of a good Brut (dry) champagne. This beer was as good cold as it was when it warmed. It did not last long enough to get to warm, but we were sitting outside and it was 93 at midnight, so it did warm some.

A wonderful beer that I cannot wait to experience again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 12:59:11 | More by Loki
Photo of beerguy101


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

Light gold color, large head. A full bodied Belgian golden ale. Very malty, slightly toasty and candy sweet. Slightly hoppy. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sharp. Some alcohol bite present at 8.5%

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 01:49:08 | More by beerguy101
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