Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Pours a five+ finger white head that takes forever to fade and leaves a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet citric nose. Flavor is balanced, slightly dry and has a citric fruitiness. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Sep 2010.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into brandy glass.

The color was a clear yellow with a slight white head and some slight lacing.

The smell was a bit dull, some yeast, and a bit of a pair flavor.

The taste was a bit tangy. Toasted pale malts some corn feel with a bit of a Belgian flavor.

This beer was a nice champagne type beer that seems to have a bit of carbination but did not leave the palete to overwelmed. Good drinkability but I feel I may need to give this another try it did not meet expectations.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first time my duvel glass has contained duvel!

superfoamy. lots of suds and they are well reinforced from below, so there's nowhere to go. good lacing on the glass wall. the beer itself is quite light in color, and brilliantly clear. as a consequence the head is totally white

the aroma is clean and pilsy, with a definite but not overpowering yeasty effect. some hop character lends a slight lemon zest. caradamom

light in mouthfeel, and hot. very hot, actually. bitter and not at all sweet (that's not a criticism). pilsymalt-forward, hot and hoppy (interesting how these seem to unify into a single characteristic) finish and spicy/yeasty in between

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

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a duvel glass.

A- A rich golden straw color with a fat fizzy white bubbly head. Clearly it is well carbonated. Large streaks of bubbles rapidly bubbling forth from the bottom up to the top of the glass, yet despite being able to view them the beer is rather murky.

S- Strong Belgian yeast sent coupled with bubblegum, bananas, pears. Has an estery skunkiness to it that is very reminiscent of many American adjunct and light lagers. Slight slight hop bitterness .

T- starts of sweet with a sour slightly bitter finish. fruity with hints of banana and pears coupled with very slight candy notes. Ends with a sourness akin to slightly sour apples, some spice notes, and a faint hint of lemon zest. Leaves a nice bubbelgym sweetness on the back of the tounge

M- Light to medium body feel and heavily carbonated.

O- Very decent, like I expected. While it IS good, there isn't really much I would say that is memorable about this beer. It is a very delicious straight forward Belgian ale. Because of the price I probably wont buy this again, but other than that this is an overall good beer. Very classic.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have heard so many good things about this one that the anticipation was heavy. The beer label says to pour carefully and to take your time, which is what I did, being that it is bottle fermented. It pours a very pale amber, straw color with a good deal of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. By pouring slowly, I was able to create a perfect head, about an inch thick, a white, rocky froth. Belgian lace is all over the glass from the beginning to end.

The aroma is distinct, an alcohol tinged banana coconut smell. Hard to pinpoint, though. The taste is faintly alcoholic and yeasty. It leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. This is a distinct and unique beer that has few equals.

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Photo of changeup45
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/11/2005. Wow, this was an interesting beer to sample. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge, thick, creamy white head. Almost out of control and the fluffy head sits on top of the beer forever. The aroma was a little fruity with a touch of malt. Somewhat sweet tasting, fruity with malts and a bitter bite to let you know there's alcohol in it. First time I had this I expected one of those refreshing type of summer beers, which obviously it's not. Good beer.

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Photo of fiver29
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours golden color with white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and spicy. Tingly mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is real fruity, has lots of yeast in it, and has a nice white pepper spice to it. Finishes semi dry. Nice solid brew. This is exactly what I thought it would be.

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

Served in appropriate glassware at Cafe Hollander on the eve of Obama's presidential victory. Can we drink? Yes, we can! Bottle conditioned. Poured unhurriedly.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a billowy, two-finger head that slowly dissipates to a rimming of lace that sticks in patches.

S: Belgian yeast, green apple, and a trace of soap.

T: Opens with a flourish of yeast and prominent notes of green apple and pear. Well-balanced exchange between hops and malt. Generously spiced. Turns grainy towards the middle. Heavy carbonation lends Duvel a champagne-like mouthfeel throughout the entire session. Brief metallic note strikes an irregular chord. A rush of alcohol warms the belly on the back end. Finishes extra dry.

M: Well-carbonated with a crisp and grainy mouthfeel that's rough on the palate.

D: A complex character brimming with delicate intricacies makes Duvel a pleasure to explore.

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Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review refers to the 12 oz. bottle


Pale yellow with an insane amount of head.


Bitter and hoppy with some mild malty undertones.


Some great fruity characters burst on the tongue. No sweetness, just fruit followed by bitter finish that lingers.

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Photo of puckjer
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear golden beer with a tight white foam head. the beer almost appears champagne like with the bubble streams coming from the bottom of the glass. fruity undertones and over decent belgian golden ale. worth the price...meh. overall decent golden ale offering.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at an LCBO in Burlington I believe. Recall it being one of the top 100 beers, so I thought I would give it a whirl.

Appearance: Holy crap does this beer have head. It poured with three fingers of head and made the glass into a lace magnet. The beer itself is a crystal clear yellow gold, that has a certain charm to it. The only downside is the carbonation is massive. I've never seen a beer more carbonated then a soft drink.

Smell: I'm catching some sour apple notes, although not sour in a beer has gone bad way. Also has a nice backing of barley and a malt texture. This beer didn't take any warming to come out, but it's high alcohol content can definitely be sniffed out.

Taste: Well it certainly doesn't mask it's high alcohol content, as it permeates until the end. Starts with a fruity apple and grape taste that shifts to a more malty and bread/yeast taste and ends with a hint of citrus hops. I wouldn't say it's a buffet of flavor but it has a good taste that is not subdued.

Mouthfeel: Unsurprisingly way too carbonated, this causes it to get an almost liquored up soda pop kind of texture. However, it leaves a nice bread aftertaste and transitions decently. It's also worth noting that this beer is so carbonated, in what was not an aggressive pour that I spent a good deal of time sipping at the head before I got to the beer, and I'm not one to want to wait that long for my beer.

Drinkability: Well it does a lot of things right. It is easy on the stomach, but surprisingly it isn't giving me any gas issues given the carbonation. It's refreshing but it's got a bit too strong an alcohol taste for a beer to be that easy a drinker, and is a bit too carbonated for practical drinking for anything but a special occasion. Still, a fairly solid offering.

Final Thoughts: This clearly a beer for the beer enthusiast and not your average drinker. It's good, yes, but I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites. This beer honestly reminds me of champagne, in that yes it is good, but only in small doses. You should try this beer at least once, and this would be a great session ale, if it's alcohol content wasn't so high.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've managed to avoid this beer for many, many years. Finally saw a single of it & figured it would make a good a Halloween beer as any. Popped open while sitting at the table with a diminuitive elephant & blond Cupid, both hopped up on sugar & chocolate.

Poured into my Ommegang chalice, looks pretty, dim yellow sun with a billowing head (I hate that word, but it seems to fit here, unfortunately). Smell is overwhelming Belgian yeasties & pale malts.

Duvel tastes light & airy. The yeast retains the upper hand, with a vague, uninsistent fruity taste, like a smoothie. Citrus is the only thing that jumps out, along with the backdrop of spices. Feels a touch jumpy in the mouth, backed up by the never-say-die head, but seems almost appropriate in something this indulgent. No apparent alcohol. Easy, smooth, & I could see that this would be something that would knock you off your barstool unexpectedly after a few pints.

Very good beer. Not the world class mana from heaven that seems to be the consensus in this place, but not something I'd ever be upset to see on the menu.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer I really didn't care for it. I guess my beer senses just weren't ready for something like this yet. The beer seemed to taste like metal or blood each time I took a sip, don;t know why but it kind of sucked at the time.

After trying this again a year or so later I found that this beer is a gem. It's just about as much of a Classic as Chimay or St. Bernardus.

The beer pours out with a bright yellow hazy color with a big foamy head on it. This beer is a lively one. The aromas of Belgian Yeast and some funk with booze mixed together. Some intense hops are on the nose too. The taste is quite bitter and it stings the tongue with lots of needle like sensations on every sip. This beer is really worth trying, every now and then you need to let the Devil loose!

Green Devil Beer Cocktail:
1 Bottle of Duvel
1oz of Bluecoat Gin
1oz of Absinthe

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Photo of arfenhouse
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw with large white head. Retention is good and has decent lacing.

S: Mix of sweet malt, sour apple, orange, and lemon. Slightly herbal. Yeast funk is present but low.

T: Very slightly sour lemon mixed with a light apple taste. Some sweetness comes in. Ends with lemon, herbs, and some spicy hop.

M: Medium bodied with medium-full carbonation. Prickly and semi-dry.

O: I usually don't like beers with funky yeast but this beer kept it low. Decently tasty, coming from a person who usually doesn't like these kinds of beers.

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

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Aged about a year, March 2010 expiry date. Pours a cloudy light yellow with lots of carbonation and decent head. Decent grassy, slightly funky aroma. Flavour is solid and full. Belgian yeastiness up front, leading to a rounded fruitiness. A bit of lemon. Ends with a light peppery spiciness. Similarities to Unibroue beers. Great lacing. Nice.

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

Rating this beer poses a challenge. A lot of reviews give it A or A+. A lot of others question that saying it's good, but not really a stand out. I have to decide do I want to rate this beer against all others, or do I want to rate it by itself? There are other's beers I would choose first, if foreced to choose, but I would never sit with a glass of Duvel and think I wish I had something else. This is a rather large beer that is incredibly drinkable, the flavores are good but not so strong as to put off novice craft beer drinkers. With that in mind, I think I should review the beer on it's own merit and not in relation to countless others.

A - poured from bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy yellow color. It has a huge shaving cream head that coats the glass.

S - spice, piney, peach? orange?, tart but not the lemon zest I expected.

T - light malt start folled by spice. I looks like a pilsner, but it is heavier and not as crisp.

M - high carbonation medium bodied, clean and dry.

D - Spicy with a piney, undertone. It's crisp and refreshing and dangerous due to the unobtrusive high ADV.

Duvel will remain a standard in my cellar for it's drinkability and the pleasent experience of sipping it over dinner on the deck in the cooling fall evening.

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

purchased in a 4 pack with 2 sweet Duvel tulip glasses. Beer poured a pale straw with tall, fluffy head that lasted the whole beer. I agitated once in a while and released more and more carbination (and aroma). Aroma changed as it warmed, initially, cool crisp malts and as the beer warmed figs and plums fille dmy nose. The beer's taste also changed as it warmed. Initially crisp flavors of bananas, pears and grassy dry finish. Later, diacytle flavros abounded with adry lemon drop finish. Yeast flavors present thoughout also changed as the beer warmed to add to the overall enjoyment of this beer.

Most enjoyable and the abv well disguised amidst the many flavors present in this offering

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Photo of stimy
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a huge white head. Champagne mouthfeel, very carbonated tasting. I'm not a huge fan of "champgney" beers.

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sandy blond nectar pours out of a bottle into an official Duvel glass leaving a clumpy head, lacing here is pretty good

This beer definitely smells Belgian wheaty yeast and faint hops follow crisp fruit and alcohol

Yummy! subtle wheat malts and a crisp hoppy finish. There is a light presence of spices and fruit alcohol is easily detectable

Over carbonated in my opinion and the the spirityness detracts from the body leaving it lacking in substance

The high level of carbonation and alcohol make significantly detract from the drinkablity of this brew

This is a good brew one of my favorite widely available beers i, i think they could have masked the alcohol better and given it a tad less carbonation otherwise go out and buy some, enjoy

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours a very unclear light straw color. A big head which dissipates some but stays until the end. The scent is very green tangy apple. There is some slight pepper and spice as well.

The flavor is strong green apple. There is a slight grassy flavor as well. Very tangy and finishes with a very dry crispsness. A very champagne like finish.

It is smooth with a tiny bite. A very crisp feel in the mouth. Refreshing. A quality ale for a hot day.

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Photo of maccroz
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light cloudy beer that pours with a thick, and I mean thick, foamy head. I tried to pour this slowly, but I got lots of head. According to the picture on the package, this is normal.

It tastes very sweet with a fruity yet bitter aftertaste. The first sip tasted a bit reminiscent of my Colt 45 days, but it has a very extravagant array of tastes that follow the initial shock.

As for drinkability, I'd say this is a beer to try once in a while. It's good, but it's hard to knock back more than one of these 8.5% alcohol havin' beers.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours to my Tremens tulip light clear gold with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast funk, hay, hops, and light sugar. Flavor is sweet dry and effervescent hay and honey. Light mouthfeel and very easy drinking. While I like others like Piraat a bit better than this one, it is an excellent choice and could be enjoyed in any occasion or weather.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw gold with a massive head in the tulip glass. Almost looked like water coming out of the bottle. Lots of soapy foam and nice lacing.
Smell is fruity and floral yeasty hops.
Taste is very complex fruits, apricot, slight banana, apple and spice. Some floral character as well.
Feels just too carbonated for my taste. This hurts the drinkability for me as it's too filling due to the carbonation.
Well crafted and complex, deserves to be in the top 100.

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Photo of brendan13
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a snifter a pale golden with a big fluffy inch or so of white head that hangs around for a fair while. Little spots of lacing.
S - Belgian yeastiness & spicy phenols. Really not much else.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a musty, earthy sort of touch. A pretty dry finish.
M - Medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation bite on the back of the tongue.
D - Not something to session but a nice beer. It MAY be the "original" Belgian Strong Pale Ale but it's not the best.

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Photo of icetraxx
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The first two glasses I poured out of the bottle were crystal clear golden colors, the last looked more like a Witbier as it was slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning yeast. I had to pour slowly due to massive creamy head formation. The head fades in spots and doesn't in others, making it look like melted marshmallows are floating in the beer. This is by far the best lacing beer I've ever had. My empty glass is filled with tons of bubbling foam and lace, it looks like my glass was once filled with whipped cream. Amazing.

S: A bit of honey (due to the fact this Duvel was aged and the hops settled down and made a honey-like aroma), noble hops, sweet malty grain, and belgian yeast (little funk though). Unfortunately the aroma isn't very powerful, even with the higher ABV acting as a vehicle for aroma.

T: I originally thought this tasted too much like a Pilsner, but I have warmed up to it quite nicely by my second glass. There is a tinge of skunk in the particular bottle I am drinking, which really worried me, but it has settled down nicely with some decanting. This beer has a slightly sweet edge, but not too sweet. The sweetness is mildly balanced by hop bitterness, and a slightly spicy/yeasty element. The Belgian yeast is very conservative in this one, which is very disappointing. No tartness and no funk. Crisp, clean, and refined.

Complexity seems to be lacking, possibly due to age. Age has definitely added a honey-like edge, but the hop fruitiness seems to be completely lost. Drink this one fresher.

M: Super creamy for the light color. Mixing in the yeast even adds better mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to drink for the high ABV, yet I can't see myself having too many due to a lack of complexity.

O: I prefer the beer with the yeast mixed in. I have had Belgian-style brews that I have enjoyed quite a bit more for the money; this is a solid beer, even so, I have yet to be a fan of Belgian-style Pale Ales. Serve this one at a higher temperature (55 degrees F) in order to get the most flavor out of it as possible.

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