Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
2,799 Reviews
DuvelDuvel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,799
Ratings:
7,800
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
19.39%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,530
For Trade:
5
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,799 | Ratings: 7,800
Photo of Rukeli76
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have much to say other than this is really the Platonic ideal of the Belgian strong pale ale. The notable thing coming back to this after years of trying many other Belgian beers is how impeccably clean-tasting it is. There's almost none of that Belgian "funk" (which I sometimes love) and all of the complex flavours -- this time around I picked up a flowery scent, some black pepper, pears and green apples, and freshly baked white bread, in particular -- just seem so bright and un-muddied.

 501 characters

Photo of bbtkd
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale, 8.5% ABV, 32 IBU, style Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pours thin, hazy golden with huge persistent white foamy head, decent lacing. It was 80% head when first poured but took a while to get a decent picture. Not picking up much for nose, taste is malt, a bit bitter, a bit sour. I note it is highly rated, but for me it's just OKish.

 358 characters

Photo of THSdrummer
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque yellow, with a thick, bubbly, white head. Head retention is strong, with good lacing left behind. Aroma is of Belgian yeast spice, dark fruits, and raisin. Taste is Belgian yeast spice, with dark fruits. Very rich and complex flavor. Mouth feel is medium thick, with good mouth coating and filling characteristics. Overall, it's a lovely brew that makes for great sipping and enjoyment.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 430 characters

Photo of Angela1956
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, white, lasting head. Fair lacing, sparkling body, slightly cloudy. Light yellow color. Light malt aroma, nutty, herby, and citrusy. Light yeast and slight banana smell. To the taste it's light, thin, fizzy, lively and bitter. You can taste the maltiness and fruits. Pretty enjoyable.

 291 characters

Photo of hennin55
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: average head, excellent lacing, light brown in color
Aroma: light in hops and malt aroma, but hey in yeast, clove, nutmeg and spice heavy
Palate: bitter finish but light fizzy carbonation
Flavor: more on the acidic and bitter side

 242 characters

Photo of vainosuomi
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy pale yellow. Huge creamy white head.
Smell: Yeast, spice, some banana and mild hops.
Taste: Sweet pale malts and fruit (apple, banana, pear), followed by some clove and other spice. A little twinge of sourness.
Feel: Plenty of crisp carbonation, medium bodied, slightly astringent.
Overall an excellent beer.

 322 characters

Photo of stinewils24
3.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When poured, this beer resembles champagne and has a large pillowy head. It has metallic scents and hints of clove. It tastes peppery, has a high amount of hops, and is grainy. The texture is interesting and complex, having a high carbonation and dry taste.

 260 characters

Photo of tomakara
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was very light in color and it was foamy after being poured. It smelled refreshing with a hint of tartness. It was a little fizzy and had a minty aftertaste to it.

 173 characters

Photo of Kubishark
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an enormous and very fluffy head, probably the largest I've seen. Has a light golden color that is slightly murky. The aroma is very yeasty, and a bit spicy as well, with some hops thrown in also. The first sip tasted like champagne, likely exaggerated with the high carbonation. From there it started to taste more beer-like, yet very yeasty the entire time. Crisp and mellow, and nice for sipping slowly, yet not necessarily my style. As mentioned, a lot of carbonation, but with a pleasant feel in the mouth. Overall I respect this beer and its high quality. I think it's something that every beer lover should try. That being said, it was quite a pricey bottle and I'm not sure I would personally value it as high as I paid. A lover of Belgians would probably disagree with me.

 787 characters

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow color with a slight head and skimming. Belgium yeast scent. Yeasty sweet slight tangy golden ale. Medium body with a high level of carbonation. Great golden!

 171 characters

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Moortgat NV 'Duvel' @ 8.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $3.70
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a clear pale gold in the glass with a medium size fluffy white head leaving a streaky lace along the chalice
S-Belgium
T-classic Belgian golden ale with a bitter/mild yeast on the swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , full bodied
Ov-ok/good beer
prost LampertLand

 387 characters

Photo of princessbay710
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a thick frothy foam. This is probably the cleanest tasting beer I've ever had. Mild in all aspects, besides the fact that it contains a very, very well hidden 8.5%. Extremely drinkable, hints of a silky mouthfeel. I find myself trying too hard to compare it to La Fin Du Monde, a Belgian triple not a pale ale, seeking some sort of clove tint. Very clean drinking beer all in all. Cheers

 413 characters

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, got an incredible deal, four 12 oz bottles for $1.79 each. Best by October 2016. Golden hazy beautiful beer, big fluffy pillow of a head that sticks around for the entire duration of the beer. Some nice Belgian yeast on the smell, kind of like a La Fin du Monde, but much more pale. Taste is light, inoffensive, and bright. As others stated a little pepper like with the classic Belgian yeast. Carbonation is at a perfect level like champagne, not sure how it is so dialed in but the feel is incredible on this beer. A near perfect medium that succeeds in many different aspects and fails at none. Alcohol is devilishly hidden. Glad I was able to cop a few so cheap, these are expensive and I feel blessed. Cheers!

 742 characters

Photo of Beertsipper
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw color, big billowing foamy white head, lots of bubbles
Smell: Spicey, peppery, some lemon, yeast
Taste: Hard to pinpoint. Funky, yeasty, horse blanket
Feel: Almost Champagne like, high carb, finishes dry
Overall: One of my favorite styles, and this one does justice to it, considering that I've had some poorly constructed SBPA's

 341 characters

Photo of EMH73
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a two inch white head that is well retained and leaves excellent lacing. Smells of citrus,mostly lemon, spices and yeast. Taste is classic Belgian Ale-yeasty, citrusy (lemon), spicy (pepper) and a nice hop presence. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Very smooth with moderate carbonation. Excellent, a classic.

 362 characters

Photo of Jraiona
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light in color producing a very full pillowy head. The carbonation created a mouthfeel most champagne like. The flavor was not overly assertive for a strong ale.

 172 characters

Photo of twentyfour01
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not really into pale ale or Belgian beer but I much prefer this to Three Philosophers which is the only other one of this general style I have tried. This beer has a great sense of occasion about it! Love the mouth feel.

 223 characters

Photo of Dr-Baltar
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very light straw color with a very thick, creamy white head. Visible co2 coming out of solution.

Smell - A little peppery. A lot of mineral and perhaps even a bit metallic. After those I get the characteristic belgian aromas. Some clove, spice, and yeast. A touch of hops.

Taste - More hops than I was expecting. It was a nice surprise. Again, a little peppery, which may be accentuated by the higher abv. A clean grainy flavor.


Feel - High volumes of co2 of course. Velvet, dry, cloudy mouthfeel.

Overall - It deserves its world class distinction. It had more pepper than I would like, but as far as style goes it is sensational.

 644 characters

Photo of OlaB
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: clear golden color, gives of a massive top of head that gives beautifull lacings on the sides of the glass ,

S: Light malts , hops, citrus , especially lemon rinds , some hints of spices like corriander i can notice to

T&F: Spices pepper and small hint of corriander, yeast, citrus rinds , especially lemon, hop bitternes in the aftertaste. prickling feeling on my tongue, this beer is extremly well balanced in all the different flavours .Very easy to drink, the high abv is not very noticable in the flavour at all .

O: A delicious beer, a classic beer that i never get tired of. Very drinkable and have amazing taste on the beer . It,s not the best belgian beer out there, but it sure comes high on the list

 721 characters

Photo of MAB
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew gets a lot of praise but, for my tastes, it's way down the list of Belgian Beers that I'd order.

It is a pale straw yellow, which begins clear and then the chill haze takes it.
It has abundunt white head and foam, initially, but it quickly dissipates into thin and non-clingy leavings.

The aroma is all yeast up front. The flavor is full of banana-like esters, and clove notes; more yeast on the palate, but the 8.5% alcohol is well hidden.
There is a short period of sweetness after sipping, but it becomes sour and then goes bitter after that.

Even still, it's a very drinkable beer. But I can think of three other Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I'd rather have.

 676 characters

Photo of JakeScully
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Duvel (Devil) lives up to its name, please have a seat especially if you're drinking the 75cl bottle. It's 8,5% ABV and delivers the most beautiful head with the proper glassware, Triple Karmeliet close second. It's tasty, complex and balanced. It's the kind of beer you want to do a marathon on, and that you will for sure buy again. World-class

 351 characters

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass. Golden color with 2 finger head that shrank to 1/2 finger but stuck around.

As others noted, high alcohol content was well hidden, and I didn't realize it was so high until I had halfway finished glass and was starting to feel really nice and mellow.

I'm not one for describing the different tastes, other than to say this beer reminds me somewhat of Fin Du Monde, which I love.

 421 characters

Photo of ckornmannn
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip: yellow color, hazy, light but tenacious head of foam. Fruity esters on the nose. Pilsner accents taste wise; also citrus rind. Very dry; excellent lingering aftertaste. Such a delicious beer. I would never ever guess this is 8.5 ABV; tastes so good you should sip it but it sure goes down easy.

 328 characters

Photo of twozni
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice golden color with a very fluffy two finger head.

S: Light citrus smell, a bit hoppy.

T: Light citrus aftertaste, has a bit of spice to it, slight bitterness.

F: Very smooth, mild carbonation.

O: Really delicious beer and definitely worth a try

 255 characters

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - A pale golden yellow type color. Hazy but not completely opaque. Awesome super fluffy/soapy 3 finger white head.
Smell - Spice, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, earth
Taste - Spice, peppery notes, earthiness, lemon zest, hints of orange peel
Feel - super crisp and clean. 8.5% is well hidden (but makes you aware it's there) and the carbonation is on point!

Overall - This beer is absolutely delicious.

 407 characters

Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,800 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe