Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and golden with heavy champagne bubbles and some massive spatter like a horror show crime scene.

Smells of banana, yeast, white pepper, and flowers.

Tastes mimic the nose with a spicy finish and green apple fade.

Mouthfeel is light, alcohol is well masked, and bubbles are champagne-like.

I typically don't dig much on many Belgians and yeasty beers piss me off. This happened to avoid pissing me off, though the headache that often results from these beers is creeping in.

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Photo of Atch
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a large goblet

Appearance: cloudy golden color, weiss like. Nice carbonation and an icredible meringue like head. I poured it so carefully and my first bottle is more than half head which goes down eventually, but remains throughout the glass. Insane lacing as well.

Smell: I get a slight citrus, maybe pear also.

Taste: Call me crazy, but I almost taste a hint of banana and the pear I smelled. Being 8.5 abv I would never guess. For me the alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels wonderful on the palate. It has a medium but very smooth feel. I like the carbonation lasting the whole glass.

Drinkability: I would Definitely have Duvel again.

Comments: Mostly sticking to American pale ales, this was different for me. And I loved every minute of it. I wish I would have tried this beer years ago. I know for most people this is a pretty mainstream beer, but if you haven't tried it or are looking for a change... This one won me over.

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Photo of Premo88
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle (six-pack style) poured into glass mug

A = yellow, pale gold, lively carbonation ... and opaque but still very light. looks almost, dare i say, like an American lager, but with a rich white head, creamy almost ... a head full enough to hold up a bottle cap

S = subtle, almost stale, again more akin to what i think of as American lager than ale ... but a perfect beer smell. could've fooled me into thinking its a lager.

T = clean, crisp, relatively light but with a very strong hops taste that tips you off that this is no lager. i'm going to say a bit fruity, though my palette is immature.

F = again with the theme: light. almost watery. very carbonated.

O = really good but very different from what i was expecting, probably because i fell in love with Chimay's white earlier this week, and being a novice when it comes to Belgian ales and trappist, I'm confusing myself on tastes. I like this beer a lot and have a feeling I'm going to like it more and more.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white 2 1/2 finger head. Pale, golden body with lots of carbonation coming to the top. Great head retention and nice lacing

Smells of light sweet malt. Faint hint of alcohol, also some fruit and slight spice

Taste is light, mostly sweet malt. A little fruity with an after taste of alcohol.

Balance of carbonation is great. Head is semi creamy, body not too watery.

Over all drink ability is good. Nice flavors, would buy again. Not my favorite in this style but still a great beer

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Photo of tmoore600
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Woodstock Wine and Cheese, Devils Lake, MI. Best Befor 8/2012. So the bottle has been around for about 1 1/2 years.

Appearance: Golden as described. A continious stream of bubble coming from the bottom of the grass lace the edge of the bottle.

Smell: Yeasty, bananas, delicious

Taste: Yummy, hopps, malts, yeast, carbination,

MOuthfeel: Almost to much carbination, but very nice.

Drinkability: Good, not my favorite belgian, but good.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow, generous carbonation, and a massive white head that hangs around forever. Lacing is simply amazing thick gooey globs.

Smell is yeasty peppery spices, malty sweetness, slight fruit and alcohol.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Strong bready spicy character. Bananna and citrus flavors. Quite sweet with a touch of hop. Finish is lingering fruity sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is the classic BSPA. Dangerously easy to drink. I really enjoy the spicy yeasty flavors but the general sweetness seems a little much to my taste.

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Photo of everetends
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I picked up in Cheers in Carrolton, GA. I have been dancing around a bottle of this for a while because . . . well, I always know it is going to be there and I pick up seasonals or limited release brews instead. Well, after Frank riding my ass for a couple months, I picked one up. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really vibrant, straw colored, pilsner yellow. The show stopper is the friggin head. I don't give out fives on a regular basis but the head just blows me away. A very careful pour builds a huge multiple finger head that doesn't go away. As I let the beer sit for a moment, the head continued to build and reached a finger over the rim of the glass. This is the tightest, richest, foam I have experienced in a beer. The head almost resembles a creamy whipped cream at times when it is not disturbed. The lace is tight and incredibly sticky as it just sets on the glass and doesn't move. Its ridiculous actually. Just stupid. The carbonation doesn't stop in this beer, constantly and quickly rushing to the top an supporting the head. Really good looking brew.

S: The aroma that strikes you first is a really big belgian yeast character. There is a really nice lemon and orange zest and peel scent coming out of here. Then there is a touch of apple peel in here as well. There is also just that smell of a perfect pilsner. At times, it just smells like a simple but well done pilsner but it also has those Belgian characteristics.

T: Yet again the first thing that hits you is the Belgian yeast and character. Just that really nice earthiness that comes with that Belgian yeast. There is a nice presence of sour and juicy lemon along with the bitterness of the zest and skin. There is a touch of alcohol flavor in here, but it is really clean and light, kind of like a low alcohol and incredibly smooth vodka. There is a slight bit of metal coming out, but it isn't to crazy. The pilsner flavors are there as well, but just enough and mixes wonderfully with the other elements this beer has going on.

M: Light to medium in body with just a wonderful amount of heavy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Just so easy going down and incredibly light on the palate. The ABV doesn't have any burn on the palate or the throat. Just nicely controlled. Aftertaste is mostly some Belgian yeast and a touch of metal.

D: Very drinkable for a decent sized beer. This is a nice combination of flavors and beer styles. It just goes down so easyily and is nicely drinkable. The only problem is I could see the ABV catching up with you because it feels more like a pilsner rathe than a Belgian. Just very light and enjoyable. Sa it took so long to get around to it but I feel like I finally have an appreciation for a beer like this. Well done and just amazing.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 6/2017
L- gold, clear, with huge fluffy head that turns rocky and slowly dissipates into lacing that literally clings to the glass
S- floral yeasty notes, green apple, with hints of herbs
T- delicate sweet malt, with a strong funky linger, followed by a slightly bitter herbal finish
F- light bodied, crisp carbonation
O- an interesting ale, as it strong (8.5%) but drinks lightly, as the golden color hints to, also interesting tasting as well.

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Photo of bbeane
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... nice golden yellow color with a thick rockky head that recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing stuck to the glass. Very little activity

S- Not super smelly... some wheat and grain smell, bready with some citrus overtones. Hint of alcohol

T- Perfect hop and malt balance... starts off and finishes with some hoppiness with mixed in citrus and malt sweetness... no alcohol taste despite the hint in the aroma

M- Very smooth... little carbonation, light bodied

D- Very drinkable and refreshing, I would definately go for another

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Photo of BeerDrinker01
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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!

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Photo of BBM
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a lovely golden yellow color with a big, foamy white head that stuck around a long time. The aroma was that of some fruits (bananas), Belgian spices, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very well balanced, with fruits and spices up front and a big, warming alcohol finish. It is quite bubbly, and almost champagne-like in texture. Still, it's really a solid beer that is worth your money. Drinkability is a touch lower because of the high alcohol and astringent finish. Otherwise, a very good beer.

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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 taylor714914
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw a gift pack that had 4 duvels and a duvel glass and decided I couldn't pass it up and that now was the time to try it.

A- I poured the beer into the Duvel snifter class according to the directions on the back of the bottle. This produced a HUGE 4 finger head of tight, medium sized bubbles. As the head subsided, lacing was left all over the sides of the glass. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen.

S- Yeasty, some banana, spices, and a light sweetness all came through in the nose. There wasn't as much smell to this brew as I had expected.

T- Not knowing what to expect because I hadn't read over other reviews, I was a little shocked that there wasn't more complexity to this beer. At 8.5%, I was hoping for lots of different flavor layers. Very light tasting with banana and clove, almost reminded be of a hefe. A little bit of citrus in the mix, but it comes and goes without showing itself too much. The finish is slightly bitter, but in a good way.

M- Duvel is quite the carbonated beer if going on pour alone, but once I took a few sips, I realized that the carbonation doesn't come though as much in the mouthfeel. A bit thin feeling for 8.5%.

D- I could drink one, maybe 2, but there just isn't enough complexity to keep me interested much past that.

I was hoping for a bit more of a wow, considering Duvel is a world class beer and a legendary beer at that. I have 3 more I'll cellar for a while and return to in a few months to review again.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle with no date

Looks a lot like champagne. Pale yellow with a big white sudsy head. Smell is corn, wheat, a little clove and spice, and a touch of hops. Taste is full of zest: crisp corn and grain, with a bite of alcohol and lemon zest. There's an aftertaste not unlike champagne. Coriander and clove are present as well. Taste is very full and flavorful until it warms, when it becomes acrid, acidic, and somewhat unpleasant. Also troubling is a lack of hops. They're there, but barely noticeable in the back. Alcohol is hidden well, it's maybe a tad overcarbonated.

Great tasting beer but became hard to finish. If I had it again I would choose the smaller bottle.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml pours a clear golden colour on the first pour, and a hazy golden colour on the second duvel glass. Each glass was loaded with foam lacing the glass. The first pour actually formed a marshmallow of foam, interesting. Taste is of very sweet fruits with the slightest of tingles for the abv%. Fairly drinkable overall though, and a decent beverage.

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice light golden color with a tremendously large, thick and chunky head. Smells lightly of belgian spices, lemons, and other sweet citrus fruits. Taste starts off with flavors of sweet citrus fruits, then is complimented by notes of spice and peppar. Some nice yeast qualities are also prevelant with the alcohol that is rather well hidden. The finish is medium in length. A very enjoyable beer on any occasion.

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Photo of Jables
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

incredible drinkablitility light, yet strong. The flavor is balanced but the abv is high enough to have you singing by early early evening. This review is from notes. The nose is malty yet I can slightly smell the aromatic hops. The taste is sharp and yeasty , the prototytpical belgian strong ale, but witth hops to boot. The flavor is even and balanced yet strong enough to beat an average beer to a bloody pulp.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see this beer at the stores all the time and the reviews on here say it's one of the best representations of this particular style. It's really good but it isn't a gift from God as so many have said.

It pours a dark golden color with so damn much foam and carbonation it takes several tries to fully empty the bottle into my Perfect Pour glass. The aroma is fruity and floral and has citrus as well. When I took a gulp it had those characteristics but seemed to have a slightly stale feel to it, kinda hard to put into words. It was fantastically smooth and clean finishing. If it didn't have that odd twinge to the taste it would have received a five. The label says it is good for another two years, I don't know. I'm not sure if this is a repeat buy for almost five dollars a pop. Maybe I'll retry down the road.

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Photo of Meliorist
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review here on BA, so here goes

P- 330 ml bottle best buy date of 12/2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Golden and clear, looks like an American Lager....except for the head! This thing is a monster. Do not aggressively pour this beer. It can get 4+ inches tall and it lingers forever leaving huge chunks on the side of the glass. Carbonation bubbles lasted until the pint was empty.

S- sadly I cannot comment much on smell. My sinuses were destroyed through an infection when I was an infant and I have chronic sinus problems: however, I can definitely smell yeast and alcohol.

T- When it hit the palate I got a lot of malt, faint banana, some pepper, and just a hint of coriander. It hits very crisp. then balances out, and has a slight bitter and medicinal aftertaste. This aftertaste: however, cleanses the palate and makes you want to take another pull off the glass.

M- starts off crisp and light and then seems to me to seamlessly progress to a medium mouth-feel with a crisp but fading ending.

D- Its not called Duvel for nothing. Each sip/drink/slug leaves you wanting more, and at its 8.5% abv will quickly knock you on your arse. A 4 pack of these and I want to go to sleep, but then again, I'm an old fart at 50+.

~notes!~ I'm new to this. I stumbled across BA while surfing. I new nothing about beer other than American macros until I went into the Marines. Back then I thought Kirin and San Miguel were fantastic. The Corona Blitz hit but I didn't like it that much but found I did like Dos XX Amber. Ive been trying the higher rated beers I've found on this site and have been pretty much in agreement; Except for Porters...I just don't like them.

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Photo of Likeburning
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just poured this clear golden brew into one of my favorite glasses. The head is white with a little bit of coloration on the individual bubbles if I look closely enough. A slightly sweet aroma creeps out of the glass. The taste is crisp clean and refreshing. Mountain streams are envious, it's that good. I'll use this as a benchmark for other beers of the type from here on out.

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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 Naes
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color and a bit cloudy. The head is enormous, frothy and white, which laces wonderfully.
The aroma is a bit spicy and yeasty.
Its flavor is malty with spice and a bit of alcohol showing through as well. However, I must add that this is a nicely blended beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable.
Medium in body and highly carbonated.
This beer goes down quite easy for such a high ABV, so beware.

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Photo of jifigz
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This beer poured a nice slightly hazy golden yellow. The head was huge and white and lingered for a long time. It was very fluffy and filled with air-bubbles. The head and beer left good lacing during the drinking process. The aroma was very sweet an slightly banana-ish. The flavor is sweet at first which in turn yields to a booze factor and then fades back into a candy sweet aftertaste. The beer is fruity and satisfying. The mouthfeel is pretty high in carbonation and lighter in body. The high carbonation is the biggest downfall in my opinion.

This is a good Belgian Pale Ale. It is interestingly fruity with a little bit of complexity, just enough to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Forb
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork top bottle....

Appearance: A beautifully clean golden translucence with a healthy carbonation.

Smell: Floral hints are noticeable but the predominant feature is the spiciness.

Taste: The taste reminds a lot of a champagne beer with the finish being mostly spices.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: A good solid Belgian with an easy drinkability especially noting the %.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw in color, very fizzy. One-finger head leaves a bit of lacing and sticks around.

Smells of Belgian yeast, bananas and a lot of candied sugar.

Taste is a blast of fruity yeast flavors and candied sugar. Dry bananas, white grapes, dry sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, with some hop flavor. The dry, candied sugar quality is rather strong.

Light and fizzy on the mouth.

This is a good beer, and there are a lot of flavors going on. Not among my favorite styles, but this is a good example.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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