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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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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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- has an orange cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of white head

Smell - smells very yeasty with some spice undertones

taste - a very strong coriander tone with some other settle spices in the background i can't put my finger on with a mild alcohol taste

Mouthfeel - a very crisp taste feel that is smooth with moderate carbination

Drinkability - very drinkable but for the price I wouldn't want to drink too many. At the same time i could savor this bee, there wasn't as many spices I've gotten off other Belgian strong ales

I was disappointed by this beer after looking at the strong reviews. so those reviews may have had an impact on my rating

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

Pours a very light straw color with white chunky head with some big bubbles that doesn't go away soon. Smells a bit yeasty with some sweet spiciness. Tastes very sweet with some alcohol vapor making the mouth feel very weird, but still very good. Mouthfeel is very heavy without any carbonation burn. All in all, it's very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear golden yellow. Nice foamy head that did its job and stuck around until the end. Surprised at how transparent it was considering its bottle conditioned.

Smells of yeasty spiciness and a bit of sweetness. Wasn't picking up much of anything interesting or out of the ordinary really. Slight hop aroma in there as well.

Taste and mouthfeel were almost akin to champagne at times, sweet and on the drier side of things. Highly carbonated with lots of bubbles that bombarded the tongue adding some acidity, but not in a bad way. Move over High-Life.

Very balanced. There's a slight warm alcohol splash somewhere in the middle of each sip, but its kicked off the palate quickly with some hop bitterness and more of that yeasty spiciness. Almost too drinkable for a beer of this ABV.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle into snifter

Appearance: golden/ blonde with 2 inches of fluffy white foam. In short, eye candy.

Smell: Saaz hop spiciness and some pale malt, with the malt coming through more as it warms.

Taste: Slightly sweet and dry at once, again with the Saaz hop spiciness and mild fruitiness from the ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, which disguises the alcohol very well. Carbonation tickles.

Drinkability: I've learned the hard way that I have to be careful with this one. It looks like a Pilsener, but drinking it like a Pilsener is a bad idea. A sipping beer.

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

Appearance: Translucent golden hue with a strong stream of effervescence rising from the bottom. Huge four finger white foamy head. Leaving great lacing.

Aroma: Bready grain and yeast. Some apple and fruit juice notes. A 'dry' aroma.

Taste: I'd attribute most of the flavor here to the yeast. Fruit notes of pear and apple paired with spices. The malt bill seems almost simplistic as to let the yeast's flavors shine through. A little bit of biscuit malt flavor. There's some bitterness in there but not really noticeable. Finishes dry. Wouldn't guess it's as high as 8.5% ABV, although there is a nice warmth in the back of the throat after a while. Nice aftertaste of apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but feels lighter due to the high carbonation. Almost below average drinkability because of the drying effect on the palate.

Final Thoughts: I'm not blown away but it is definitely a great example of the style with no off-flavors. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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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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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,841 ratings.
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