Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

2,809 Reviews

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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 baugherlager
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sweet malty goodness. I first had this beer in Maarssen the Netherlands at a bar. Poured golden with a white large pure white head that lasted forever.

The taste is of sweet malt, pears, and fruity sweetness. just a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel has alot of body but the beer is well balanced. I get excited everytime this beer is spoke of. This beer will always have a place in my heart.

Definately a must for someone experiencing belgians for the first time.

A truely remarkable beer!

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

poured a clear golden color with a head that just would not stop rising, white and puffy. Smell is malty and candy-like with all the pleasures of a Belgian Ale. Taste is malty and sweet with spicy notes. The alcohol aroma is there, but not as strong as you would thing. It carresses the tongue as only this style of beer can. A great drinker. Easy to forget the amount of alcohol present.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, huge white head fills up to the rim of my big Duvel tulip. Lace all around the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, spicy and grassy hops. Taste is very malty, slightly sweet, spices in the middle and a nice clean bitter finish. Very smooth mouth, the alcohol is perfectly hidden, very refreshing, excellent and timeless beer.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this several times but thought that last night was a good time for a review. I poured a cold bottle into a tulip glass anddid it real slow to achieve some clarity.

It is a pretty beer. Perfectly golden with a faint orangey hue, a big, pillowy, bitter, yeasty head that is most similar to whipped cream. Fantastic carbonation. Perfect amount.

The nose on this beer is complex and sweet and it makes you want to swirl it and smell it over and over before each sip.

Upon first sip there is a cold deep sweetness, balanced absolutely perfectly by a hoppy bitterness; they both must be there and coexist, they make the beer refreshing, they cover the strong alcohol, and provide a wonderful aftertaste. As you progress with the glass, the flavor becomes a bit maltier with some citrus and fruit. The bitterness eases up.

Two final thoughts.
First: I have heard that beer is linked to simplicity. In that respect, this beer is as complex as anyone would ever need- and there is no sense drinking black glasses full of swamp mud and coffee grounds to have a "superior feeling" about your beer. This is as good as it gets.

Secondly: I was at a homebrewing store and talking to a frequent Belgian traveler who said Belgians, and Duvel don't travel well; it was a much better beer in Belgium. I can't imagine that, it is so good here.

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

Foamy and pillow-like, bright white head with remarkable retention. Thick, condensed lacing with great strength. Bright golden in color with a slight chill haze; noticeable spirals of carbonation.

Semi-sweet candied sugar aroma. Mild mix of corriander and pepper with a touch of diacetyl.

Sweet candied malt character. A wonderfully balanced peppered spice that gives the sugary sweetness a nice kick. A touch of earthiness and hints of citric fruit; lemon and orange peel. Some whaffs of alcohol and diacetyl in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; smooth and syrup-like on the palate. Prickly, but not annoyingly overcarbonated.

Light and refreshing with a lot of substance. A classic that deserves the credit it gets.

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Photo of budsboy
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a monstrous bone white head that sticks around and forms cloud-like formations on top of the beer. Lots of tiny, frenetic bubble streams in there.

Smell is sweet malt and woody spice, faint coriander and citrus fruit, all subdued.

Taste is biting hops, coriander and cool, sweet malt with a big warming alcohol in the gullet. Bitter, spicy finish. Addictive. Spiceness increases as it warms.

Nimble and light on the tongue, heavy dose of champagne-like carbo.

Very tempting brew. Wonderful cap to this warm, sunny day as night and mercury fall. Try some.

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Photo of Zraly
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. Light, golden hue topped with a soft, pillow-like, white head that clings dearly to the side of my glass. It appears to be soft and delicate. An eye catcher to the female eyes.

The delicacy pours over into the subtle nature of the general smells: alcohol, bread, and a nice hint of noble hops.

The flavor is absolutely divine. Smooth to the bone. Light and bubbley on the tongue, but full of rich, fruitiness that rounds out on the palate. There is a fun snap that lingers, somewhat lemony in quality. Mild, phenolic afterglow keeps things on the clovey-spicey-warm end of things, and reminds you that you are drinking a heavier, belgian ale. Because the truth is that this lil' devil will sneak up on you and knock you onto your pushin' cushion in terms of alcohol. The alcohol is more than appropriate for this paradoxical, little number.

You could easily pair this number with a variety of foods. A nice veal francese wouldn't hurt. But mostly, behold this fine selection and savor each and every naughty moment.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It has been a glorious week for John's Grocery, as we've recently acquired several new Belgians (Duvel, Maredsous 6/8/10, Saison Dupont, Scaldis, Foret, many others, including American and English... and soon to come: Tripel Karmeliet, Hoegaarden, and more).

This is a very fine beer, indeed. Pours to a clear golden yellow pilsener color with a very lively carbonation, particularly from the etching in the bottom of my Duvel tulip. This is an extremely heady beer. As it is tipped back, the four finger head forms a marshmallow mountain in the center of the tulip. It truly is a sight to behold, as it the abundant pillowy lacing.

The smell is very bready and yeasty, paired with a generous serving of clove notes. The pilsener malts provide a distinct pils character, but it is much more exotic than that. Also quite sweet from candi-sugar, but not disgustingly so like many strong belgian beers. Underlying all of this is also a sweet berry flavor. It's quite good, especially when it warms up a bit.

The taste is very delicious. It's like a pils, but not bland and skunky/saazy. Despite the alcohol content, it is just as refreshing as a good pilsener as well. The taste profile matches up quite well with the aroma.

The mouthfeel is quite light and refreshingly swillable (though this is quite far from swill). The finish manages to stay quite moist with a small otherwise un-noticeable alcohol burn coating the mouth. Despite the high proof, this is beer is damn drinkable. I drank mine in several gulps, though I'm sure it will catch up with me shortly.

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

They don't make 'em much better than this.
Packs a punch too.
This ain't no ..."sit at the bar and down a 6 pack while watching a football game "... beer.
Is a beer to be savored.
Looks fantastic when poured correctly in a Duvel glass.
Have yet to see it on tap...
So...I wont call it the best beer ever ...but even in a bottle...it's in my top 3 I've ever had...


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

A perfect looking poor, massive cumulous head with a slightly hazy golden straw head.

A yeasty aroma with a mild green tea and clove scent. The peppery scent is noticable.

Peppery, orange peel with coriander with spicy hops. Super clean and finishes bone dry.

This beer is classic in every sense of the word. Created the style and still the standard bearer. There is nothing like a bottle of Duvel. Its reputation is completely deserved.

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

Tasted on 12th June 2005, bottle best by end 03.2008. Poured into my Duvel glass. As a previous reviewer stated, it's hard to control the pour. Massive head formation, white foam on a straw/golden colour with a slight haze.

The first smell is faint, probably due to the head, slight hops, bitter honey maybe some ginger.

Taste very good, not sweet, mild alcohol fruit changing to some bitterness. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A very well rounded beer; it's the full monty start to finish. Head returns with a swirl of the glass.

Footnote: I measured the Duvel glass tulip afterwards and the volume is 600ml (20 fl. ozs). Even with my bottle being 330ml, the massive foam head easily fills the space. I don't know how the glass was designed, but it is a perfect accessory to the beer.

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Photo of OatherS
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The short stubby bottle has a white label with a nice crested bottle cap.

Appearance: Poured just a tad too quickly and the head is MASSIVE. Effervescent, champagne like quality. The head is very slow to fade. Laces nicely. Very transparent golden color. Awesome.

Smell: Not very strong aroma. Somewhat of a fruity odor, with a slight alcohol smell as well.

Taste: Very nice smooth almost liquor type flavor. The strong alcohol percentange taste is there but it is not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as bubbly as I thought from the head and bubbly appearance. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer, drink this one slowly.

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

Everytime I open a bottle I am always asking, "Now why is this not the best beer in the world?" There are few beers that single-handedly define the style ideally. Duvel does it as well as any other beer.

A careful pour is needed as the beer's head fills the chalice at about twice the pace of the liquid itself. Medium straw and with brilliant clarity. The carbonation contiunes to build a head that is shows great stability, longevity and airiness. The beer leaves impressive lacing thoughout the session.

Moderate, yet complex aromas of fruity pears along with sharp acrid scents of under-rippened berries and apples. Softer pilsner malts soon find the olfactories, giving a firm malty base for the esters, acidity, and spices. Noble hops give a perfume and lemongrass note that again gives complexity while balancing the malts. Spiced with subtle white pepper and zesty alcohols, this beer takes on a ligtly vineous, berry-like, citrusy, lightly tart taste. Again the hop flavor perplexes the taste with a light earthiness that complements the fruits with vibrant lemmon counterparts.

The beer is as dry in the body as a beer can be without getting chalky or powdery. Acidity cleanses the palate very well. The beer expands wonderfully in the mouth with its abundance of controlled carbonation, yet evaporates with a cotton-candy like whimsy. Alcohols accentuate the carbonation and accompany the spiciness into the finish. Effortless to drink and dangerously smooth.

The beer is basically ideal!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the 750ml bottle. Even better than the 4 packs. What can I say? This is the ultimate of beers. Poured out to an amazing clear and beautiful golden color with a white cloud like foamy head. Dream like aroma of sweet spice and crisp herbs. The taste is heavenly, with the carbonation demanding attention from your tastebuds to savor every drop of this brew. Flavors of citrus, sweetness and bitterness were most noted, but this beer is almost beyond words. Finished crisp and clean, like it was daring me to not take the glass from my lips. The ulitimate beer in my opinion. Well worth the price tag of the big bottle. Highly recommended. This is the end all be all of world class beers in my opinion. The only brew that has every earned all 5's in my reviews. This is beer from Heaven. Grace be to GOD, this brew is the ultimate.

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

750ml bottle, poured into a Duvel chalice glass. Pours a light, pale, and slightly hazy yellow-gold, crowned with a huge supporting head of foam. Nose is spicy, even peppery, with lots of phenols, accompanied by a floral and fruity scent. First taste is dry and citrusy, reminiscent of lemongrass, or perhaps curacao orange peel. Fruity and floral, like apple blossoms, light and delicate. Finally, it finishes dry, lingering for long moments. Body is very light for the strength, deceptively so. The mouthfeel and texture is very effervescent.

I've reviewed nearly 300 beers, but somehow I'd not gotten Duvel, despite it being a favorite I drink 2 or 3 times a month. One of my favorite beers of all time, light, easy to drink, but with a substantial punch. A classic and a style unto itself, without equal.

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a huge fluffy white head that lasts and lasts feed by lots of rising bubbles. Tons of lace every where a very nice looking beer.

Aroma is nice light fruity, apple and banana most noticable on top of nice bready malt. Light spicey pepper and grassy hops sneaking into the mix also.Very nice and inviting.

Taste is where it falls short. Kind of, the overpowering carbonation that distracts from the wonderful flavors reminds me of Corsendonk's Brown Ale, not quite as bad though. Taste coming thru the fizz is nice bready malt, fruit banana's dominating again, finishes with light pepper and grassy hops. Will admit by the time I finished the last of the 750ml the carbonation had almost died down to acceptable levels. Don't think a beer should have to sit for an hour to breath though.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp but thecarbonation makes it less the good not bad really but definatly not good.

Drinkability is the same as taste and mouthfeel marked down for the fizz.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liberated from its corked 750 mL bottle that I am sharing with an uber-discerning good friend (as per the instructions on the bottle), a gargantuan head immediately crops up and threatens to get out of control. Rocky pure white head plumes above the glass and taunts me. As I sip, sticky pactches of foamy lace are left behind. Floral aroma greets my eager nostrils and fills them fresh cut apples, herbs, bitter lemons, some grass, and a little brash alcohol. Taste begins deceptively mellow - one sly devil of a brew. Smooth bready malts take the lead before being outshined by strong spices and some herbs. Yeast is noticeable and transitions into clovey bananas before giving up to warming alcohol. Finish is bitter lemons with some alcohol and a slightly drying acidity. Crisp, clean mouthfeel compliments the complex flavor.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass at The Bistro in Hayward, CA.

Appearance: Golden orange color with a thin and sticky white head. The head is smooth and sandy looking. The beer is well carbonated and looks very nice with all of the bubbles coming up from the "D" engraved in the center of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very pleasant with a very fruity base to it. There's some green apple and a sweet, straw scent.

Taste: Big malt flavor up front with seemingly creamy fruit flavors. Apple, pear, vanilla, and a spicy/peppery end. There is a floral flavor mixed up in the bready and pasty ending. Some light hop flavor near the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light. It has a clean and dry feel in the mouth. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer all around. It's nice that such a great beer is so readily available, too. Nothing short of excellent.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a bright gold color with a big, thick, white head. There is a lot of carbonation bubbling up. It smells citrusy and spicey. And a little yeasty too. It has a very clean crisp fruity flavor with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, there is a lot of carbonation. The fact that it is 8.5% is not obvious when tasting it. I'm sure it becomes obvious after a second or third glass.

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Photo of bultrey
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... I haven't reviewed a beer in a while, but after revisiting this old standby, I realized I had never reviewed it... and needed to.

This is an exceptional beer -- perhaps one of the most balanced and smooth Belgian strong pale ales ever created. The appearance out of the bottle is amazing -- no matter how careful you are, this produces a pillowy, meringue-like white head on top of a relatively pale yellow liquid with lively carbonation. The effect is intensified if you pour it into a tulip glass.
The smell is very yeasty and doughy, with hints of orange and coriander.
What an astounding taste. Sweet biscuity flavors up front, followed immediately by mango, pineapple, pear, and an extremely dry cidery finish that carries with it a long, lingering spiciness that is reminiscent of white pepper, coriander, and lemongrass. The crisp finish makes this a natural match for many foods, but particularly spicy foods such as Indian, Thai, or Middle Eastern.
The mouthfeel is smooth, with lively carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts, and the relatively high alcohol percentage is oh-so-very well hidden.
One of the classics.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had read the reviews on here but I was still a bit shocked by the head. Although i poured as per the directions on the bottle, I still had to wait a while to drink anything but foam. After the pour, you can see bubbles frenetically racing through the beer, which is a light blonde in color. Aside from the head, the beer actual looks too much like a light beer.

But the taste is anything but light. Instantly you feel the warming presence of 8.5% alcohol. The flavor manages to be strong yet easily drinkable. Lots of fruit flavors throughout the tasting process. Initially I tasted the apple flavors, but the banana had the more lasting impression.

After the rave reviews I was expecting a lot from this beer. For a pale ale, I suppose it was decently complex, but I guess I was just expecting more. It is quite refreshing and would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Duvel. I hadn't had a Duvel in quite a while but last night seemed like a good time to get re-acquainted.
Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass, Duvel had a lightly hazed golden color topped by a massively pillowy white head. Looked like merangue and stuck to the glass like glue. Carbonation kept churning up from the bottom of the glass, stoking the head constantly.
The nose had a fruity sweetness and nice spicey bite. Caught a few whiffs of wheat, faint banana, and apple skins. Noticeable alcohol fumes waft from the glass but aren't a detractor. Rather, they blend in quite well and accentuate the other aromas.
A couple good pulls and I caught the exceptional balance Duvel possesses. Nice maltiness up front, more hints of apples and tart green grapes, and a pleasing peppery hops flavor that compliments the sweetness. At the back of the tongue I picked up the taste of wheat. Oh yeah, there was an omnipresent alcohol bite. The feel was light, lush, and velvety.
Duvel remains one of my favorite beers. The beer's character and seamless integration of flavors makes it the defining example of the style, IMO.

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Photo of beersarang
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful pale peach color with a light tan head that leaves considerable lacing in wispy sheets down the wine glass.

Smells like apple peels and spices.

Malt presence is smooth and huge, apple peel dominates the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is mildly spicy and floral and blends in well with the overall flavor. This beer finishes sweet and mildly Belgian style yeasty, which is a good thing. One of the best tasting beers in the world, overall very drinkable and very good.

Lighter to medium bodied with a noticable alcohol character that does not really dominate or detract from the fruity and amazing flavors.

Quite drinkable, I will buy many more.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Duvel has a very pale blonde appearance with a nice creamy foamy head that stayed all during the course of his delight by myself.

Smells very fruity and hops, clear and fresh.

Her taste is very fruity, flavours of apple, banana and fruits were present, clear fresh hops and some roasted malt were shy but there. A very smooth beer than doesnt show his alcohol content. Well drinkable, nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel, as most everyone on this site knows is one of the best Belgian Ales around. At 8.5% alc. it can really pack a punch, but try serving it instead of wine (it does come in a 750ml bottle) at your next dinner party and you may just be surprised at the reaction you get. It has a wonderful smell that reminds me of a field in the summertime, a rich golden color and a creamy, thick head.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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