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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

2,780 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the tulip crystal clear pale goldne with a white everlasting frothy head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongy estery with an alcohol spice phenolic. The aroma had an apple peel character followed behind by a light caramel maltiness. The aroma was also floral

The flavor was crisp and highly carbonated with a light malty presence that was accentuated by more floral, fruity and apple flavors. The bittering component kept the malt presence in check. Speaking of Czech, this beer has a strange similarily to a Bohemian Pilsner. The main disparity between the two is fruitiness.

The finish was dry with lasting bittering and crisp fruitiness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light to medium and very highly carbonated. The alcohol was present in the aroma causing some spicy phenolics, not present as all in the flavor, back again at the finish, and reared it's head one last time in the warming sensation after consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best berfore 10 2007 on bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA. Served at home in a Duvel glass...how appropriate. The first time I had this beer I dubbed it "headache in a bottle". With the phenolics and alcohol that name probably is appropriate, but it is, after all, a well crafted ale.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most impressive lacing I've ever seen in a beer. Besides that, it's extremely light colored and clear, which makes me want to chug it, if I wouldn't gag on the foam. Smell is medicinal with lots of yeasty goodness. Taste is very spicy, dry, and alcoholic, with more of that great yeast flavor - the yeast really stands out in this beer. Mouthfeel stands out as very smooth and silky. This is one I will pick up more often!

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Photo of DrJay
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy straw yellow beer topped by a bright white, rocky head. Thick foam stuck around for a long time, supported by generous carbonation. Nice lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma. Floral hops mingle with a peppery character. Very light sweetness mixes nicely with fruitiness.

Starts with a creamy sweetness mixed with light fruit (apple?) flavour. This changes to a pleasant spiciness with some additional sweetness. Mostly phenols and a bit of peppery bite. The finish is very smooth warm alcohol that ends on the dry side and allows a bit of the hop bitterness to peek through. Bitterness is restrained overall, but provides adequate balance. Quite a delicate flavour overall with no one aspect overpowering anything else. Very nicely balanced. The carbonation is on the high side, but doesn't interfere at all with the creamy texture at any point. Medium/light body. Very pleasant beer that tastes like you could drink it all night, though the high abv suggests moderation...

330 mL brown stubby bottle with best before date stamped on the rear label.

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Photo of joecast
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been saving this bottle a couple of months (about as long as i can wait for a beer in the "cellar").

settled extremely clear with not much carbonation after uncapping. however another story unfolds when pouring. an enormous white head forms above tiny bubbles streaming up through a clear pale golden beer. a quick swirl of the last few mls. ensures enjoyment of the yeasty goodness.

aroma is sweet, tart, and winey. just fabulous. this aint my grandmothers bspa!!

very deceptive flavor. not a hint of alcohol. some fruity/spicy (clove/banana) hints making it quite hefe-like. yeast becomes more prominent as it warms.

mouthfeel is just enough to give an impression as it goes down, as there is no burn to accompany the 8.5%abv.

well well well. i thought i perhaps built this beer up too much in my mind. but now i just think the bottle is too damn small!!

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden coloured brew with an enormous fluffy head. This head just lasts and lasts. Tons of sticky and chunky lacing. This looks awesome. Highly carbonated as well. By the end of the glass, I had a foam biscuit sitting in the bottom of the glass that I ate with a spoon. Sweet.

The smell is not really much of anything. Spice and air. It has that pilsner aroma that reminds me of a less fortunate beer. Not really a whole lot going on in the scent.

The taste is super light and crisp. Not an extremely bold flavor, but it tastes great. Spices and pilsner malts with an ever so modest hop character to round out the whole affair. This is like a heavyweight ABV light beer. Very strange and wonderful. You could guzzle these down and be caught totally unaware by the alcohol which remains completely undetectable in taste or smell. Very excellent choice for warmer weather, when a refreshing and high powered beverage is called for. This sucker is a very good beer. It deserves the adoration that so many seem to have for it. Surprising and impressive.

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Photo of elricorico
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah Duvel, what is left to say about this beer? This was one of the first beers I had that was rated in the top 100 and one of the best that I've had to date.

Pours like the picture, the hazy orange hue with a pile of marangue like head. The head grows for a while after pouring, then starts to fade while leaving thick lacing everywhere.

Smell is nice, but I've smelled better from belgian beers. Perhaps Duvel's weak point, there isn't as much aroma as one would expect from such a flavourful brew.

Duvel's taste is great, from sweet to dry with a hint of bitter. Sugar and wine type flavours, pepper and spice, all layered on top of a hint of citrus.

Duvel's mouthfeel is what I use to judge beers of this style. There is a bit of weight to is and the carbonation is just right. Enough that you feel it, but it is not an irritant.

Duvel is a dangerous beast, so much alcohol, yet so easy to drink.

A pleasure each time I have it. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw body, very clear, lots of bubbles. Poured into a Duvel glass with an brilliant white huge head which never goes away. Aroma is sweet, a little fruity, and very spicy. This tastes great, very sweet and citrusy upfront with a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, thicker than expected from appearances. After a few sips and as it warms spices start to come through. This is an immensely drinkable beer, which is a dangerous combination with its alchohol content.

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Photo of whynot44
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light/medium bodied, hazy gold color with a fantastic, never-ending white head. More bubbles than chamagne, beware when pouring, finally retreats but never really goes away, leaving chunks of foam on the side of the glass.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, citrusy, floral hops.

Taste is fantastic, perfectly balanced, fruit - apples and limes, spicy, like a hefe-weisen on steroids. Dry peppery finish, extremely smooth and extremely easy to drink. If anything the taste improves as it warms up. Incidentally, Duvel is flemish for "Devil" and this stuff is deceptively smooth for 8.5% alcohol.

You get some of the warmth, but otherwise it hides it's strength well.

One of the great beers!

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Photo of hefevice
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Looks fantastic, pale yellow (almost like champagne) with a reasonable creamy head that retains well and plenty of lacing. Aroma is subtle - sweet, spicy with hints of honey. Taste is very well balanced starting sweet and finishing slightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden and hardly noticable. Could drink a lot more of these if only I could afford to the ridiculous prices you need to pay over here.

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Photo of Barraclou
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw yellow. The very generous foam head lasts forever. High carbonation (bubbles).

Smell: A mix of cereal and stereotypical beer smell. An excellent reference smell.

Taste: Very sweet and sour. I don't believe is so high in alcohol. (Ok, it got some alcohol in the back, but it is not that bad.)

Mouthfeel: A very good typical mouthfeel for a beer. Not much to complaint here. :)

Drinkability: Here's a good way to get loaded fast with quality beer.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 into an oversize wine class. Best before 10-10-05. served at 55. Once the cork budged, i watched it rise on it's own the other 9/10 of the way out of the bottle, until it went *BANG* and shot up, hit my ceiling, and rebounded with enough force to hit me kind of hard. Awesome!

Appearance is a nice light yellow, lots of bubbles. a Giant foamy head that makes noises. i poured a littel vigourously to get this head and it sort of leaked out of my glass. no worries.

aroma. not much here. a little bit of yeast, some alcohol, just a smidgeon though. couldn't realy detect much here.

taste is really interesting, in a hard-to-define kind of way. it's tart and bitter at first. tastes like lettuce that has started to bolt just a little bit. this settles down into something of a sweetness, but, not quite. other than faint green apple, and of course bitterness, i can't really pick out anything else, or even detect that there are any other flavours present. Oh yeah, alcohol is pretty present, as well.

mouthfeel is spritzy, lots of carbonation, pretty nice. feels like the beer is whole in your mouth, as in, beer with a good sized head. id' imagine this is probably the case. drinkability is good, though, it's going to take some time to polish off 750 ml.

Good beer, I'd say. Nothing to go nuts over, though.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml into a tulip.

Mellow gold with a white head that is tall and rocky. As it recedes, a formation resembling Uluru/Ayer's Rock grows in the center of the foam. Where's my didgeridoo?

Tastes dry overall, with some green apple notes coming through before a dry finish that's almost tart.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit off. Lighter than expected with a bit too much carbonation. I could see where others would like this as it is like champagne in its own way.

Despite the high abv, this is a damn drinkable beer that goes well with a lot of different foods.

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Photo of horndecker
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from the little stubby 330ml bottle.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, none too aggressively, yet still a bright white effusive head nearly foams over the top before I have half the bottle in there. Amazing. It really is a thing of beauty. The beer has a pale lemony straw cast to it, and a little tornado of carbonation swirling in the center. The head lasts forever, yielding a rocky, clumpy lace.
The smell of pine and pears at first. Hint of grapefruit and granny smith apples. A whiff of alcohol.
The first taste is apples and oranges, herbal bitterness, and subtle malt in the center. The citric fruit and gentle bitter hops are hand in hand throughout. It has a bitter but fruity finish. I'm not sure how that happens, but that's the only way I can describe it. An unexpected and perfect flavor combination. Fabulous.
A soft, silky mouthfeel and everpresent fizz make for an absurdly drinkable brew, despite the 8.5%.

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Photo of GreatLeo
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Came in a 33cl short stubby brown bottle with freshness date 09/2007. At first it looks harmless but its alcohol content (8.5%) makes you have to respect it aswell as watch how much you consume of it. Quite an exceptional beer overall and very easy to drink I found. Very well rounded beautiful golden colored body and its rich complexity makes this a top notch beer that I would recommend to all!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice.
I liked this beer but from the rating and the reviews I was expecting a bit more impact from the experience. If it wasn't for all the hype there wouldn't have been much that was memorable about this beer aside from the price. I suppose this beer just isn't my style. I wasn't wowed by Rare Vos either which is very similar to this but findable for about half the price.
Extremely drinkable at 8.5%... vitually undetectable. Very mild in taste. An attractive pale ale. Dry, but not as crisp as I'd like.
Easy to drink and accessable but not "World Class" in my mind. Either I have more to learn or others are too easily impressed.

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Photo of HogHill
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this Duvel 750 for $8 bucks. It poured an awesome straw gold with a very impressive 4 finger head off pure white fluff. Lots of carbonating bubbles, much clear than an Abbey style ale.

Smell: That pillowy white head does a good job at trapping the estery aroma, which consists mostly of pear notes, some spices are detectable too.

Taste: Damn, this is a great beer! A wonderful spiced belgian ale, pears are the fruit notes in this one. This is the 'Belgian Strong Golden'. The carbonation in this brew helps enhance the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: on the light to medium body level, it is very bubbly, a good palette scrubber.

Drinkability: This is one you could drink all night, but at 8.5% you'd best be careful of the beer goggles that the Devil will subvert your vision with, you'll probably wake up next to another type of 'devil'!

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Photo of carln26
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass a brilliant clear gold with a thick, dense white head, Te head retained well, and when it did recede it left a chunky lace on the side of the glass. A stream of champagne bubbles rise from the bottom, a testament to the carbonation of the bottle conditioned beer. I detect characters form the yeast in the nose. A doughy hint followed by apples, pears. There is a hint of citrus and just a touch of spice (pepper). The flavor has more of the spiciness up front followed quickly by more of the apple/pear character and topped by grapefruit and orange. Bright slightly slick mouth feel and surprisingly drinkable despite the high alcohol content.

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Photo of rowew
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz short bottle. ABV and some beer facts on the label. Pouring instructions and best by date on the back (01 2007).

Appearance: Wow - I poured this into a Duvel tulip that I got with the four pack. Beautiful frothy white head that fills the glass. Head is slightly chunky and stays. Slightly bubbly with a slight cloudiness and a bright golden color. This goes far beyond lacing. Absolutely beautiful!

Smell: Fruity, yeasty, and just a hint of hops. The yeast profile is very noticable in the aroma.

Taste: Once again, wow .. hard to believe this is 8.5 % ABV. Taste is very complex, and surprisingly full-bodied given the color. Taste is both fruity and peppery, with a strong yeast flavor. Just enough hops to add a slight bitterness. There is far more going on than I can adequately describe.

Overall impressions: This is a thing of beauty in all aspects. Next time you see it pick up the four pack with the tulip glass - it makes for an amazing presentation. This beer is incredibly drinkable, yet complex at the same time. One of my favorite beers to date.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can be said about a near perfect beer? Near Perfect for starters. I enjoyed this feast of brew while eating some Latin food. A great pairing.

Appearence: good, beautiful golden yellow. A bit cloudy though
Smell: nice and fruity with a bit of yest.
Taste: a wonderfully creamy belgian flavor. More to come on this.
Mouthfeel: normally I don't put much stock in this, but it had a nice creamy champagne feel.
Drinkability: all day. A bit potent, but very drinkable.

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Photo of karst
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ordered from a local english/american pub/resturant in Rolla, Mo. I asked to open and pour the beer. The going on 40ish gal behind the bar removed the cap and sat the unpoured bottle beside a Duvel glass and bluntly stated: "you can't take the bottle from the premises" and ignored me not offering a menu or any further service.

Looking for a special brew for the 100th review I was looking forward to a great experience, so much for the atmosphere. Pouring the beer a perfect head formed while the obnoxious person behind the bar complained about the music and swore. A great nose arose that could only have came from Belgium. I knew its taste would peak my appetite and when a male owner/cook came to the bar I thought I would be offered a menue. At least no one was smoking and I was going to appreciate the fine aroma. Looking around the bar I saw nothing to advertise the presence of this awsome tasting import only Budweiser, Millers, and Killians decorated my surroundings. A second waitress/owner sat at the bar and lit a cigarette. I warmed the Duval tulip glass with my hands trying to drive its temperature to a minumim of 40°F from the near 30° it was served at. Finally as the last few sip went down I obtained ideal temperature range. A constant fountain of beads eminating from the center of the stemed glass built a marshmallow sized island with a finger thick layer of foam around it. This head was so persistant that I considered asking for a doggie bottle to take it home. But feeling ignorned and unwanted I did not take a chance on the employees/owners having a sense of humor. Great beer.. wrong place to drink.

At last finishing an unending banter with another employee the waitress/barmaid returned taking the bottle and glass and asked for "five dollars" without a please or thankyou.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Duvel. It has a crisp, balanced character I don't find too often in Belgian beers. Its appearance is unparalleled.. the first time i properly poured one i was astounded (and still am every time!) This is an utterly sophisticated drink that could appeal even to those who don't drink beer. Highly reccomended: I'll leave detailed descriptions to those who are better at that sort of thing.

Also: I use my Duvel tulip religiously for a variety of beers. I got this 750ml on sale for $5.99 and it was a joy to employ the tulip for its intended brew!

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Photo of skybluewater
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass, because I don't have a tulip. Looks pale gold, and becomes cloudy when I pour the yeast. Huge, very strange head of very light foam (starting to see why the glass may be important) that leaves almost no lace. Smells of clove and bananas. Tastes of spicy clove, banana, and yeast. Be careful when drinking, because this is a pretty refreshing beer (especially on a warm summer's eve) where the ABV is barely noticible-this isn't called the Devil for nothing.

Despite the lack of a proper glass, I found this to be quite a good beer, although one that may take a bit of getting used to. I may re-review this one when I have that tulip.

Still don't have that tulip, but I decided to re-review this one. I'm glad I did. My palate has apparently grown up since I first reviewed Duvel, and I now consider it to be one of the best beers in the world. I still wish I had a tulip, but I don't think it matters, and it certainly didn't affect the taste of the beer, nor the drinkability. The aftertaste is a bit too dry for my liking, and the smell is a touch weak, but other than that, this is one good brew.

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Photo of vwahaszee
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I poured this I thought I did a terrible job, and maybe I did, but the picture on the bottle shows a lot of head there as well, so I guess that's normal. As for the beer itself, it was about as smooth as anything 8% that I've had. Tastes a lot like Maredsous, another one I liked. The beer just kind of floated its way down into my stomach. I finished it without even noticing my progress, I think that says something about a beer. Oh yeah and I wasn't drunk either, so it must have been the Duvel.

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Photo of dren
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Watch out when you pour this baby...there is even a warning on the bottle. The head explodes into something similar to what the picture shows above. Very foamy and long lasting. I like a small creamy head and this just was a little too much, so the next few I poured with great care and very little head was produced.

A very vibrant golden color reminicent of...believe it or not...Schlitz. The smell and flavor are far from the Schlitz though. Fruity with a small touch of spice. Reminds me of apple juice. The beer goes down very smooth. Some say you can't tell that there is an alcohol content above 8% but I can taste it. The taste isn't biting like the taste you find with high gravity malt liquors though...more of an acidic apple juice flavor without the acid bite if that makes much sense?

I was expecting great things with this beer, but I didn't quite receive them. It is just a very good easy drinking beer, but not outstanding. Very well ballanced I might add too. I enjoyed it, but for the price, I wouldn't buy it again. Watch the alcohol content, it will sneek up on you.

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Photo of droomyster
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel as comfortable sipping this beer by day as I do by night. The most beautiful foamy head I've ever seen, and it lasts forever in the Duvel glass, sitting atop a gold so intense it almost glows. Fragrant fruity spiciness, sweet yet crisp and clean.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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