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

Sampled from the 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold color with unbeliveable carbonation. Thick head of dense foam that doesn't give ground easily. Frothy lacing effects. I kid you not, as the head settled it formed a rosette on the surface of the beer. The bottle mentions almost off-handedly "Pour unhurriedly". Take their advice!

Aroma: Subtle. Notes of alcohol (almost whisky-like) and light hops. Candi sugar and clean, citrusy malt.

Taste: Sweet as it hits the tongue, then warming as the alcohol finds the back of the palate. Dry in character. Definitely a keeper.

Light mouthfeel. This would make a lovely apertif at the end of a good meal. Belgians - they are masters!

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

Not much can be said about the appearance that hasn't already been said. Clear yellow color with a beautiful huge white frothy head in the Duvel tulip. Just lovely.

Spicy fruit scents in the nose, lots of yeast and spice, maybe some peppery alcohol.

Taste: Crisp malt taste with lots of alcohol and a little bit of an apple and other fruit flavors in there. There's some pepper and spice that comes through with the big alcohol, but overall it's a pretty easier drinker for its heft. There's a real nice zing of carbonation in the mouhtfeel, and it ends crisp, sweet, and delicious.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle.
Has a clear straw hue with a huge white head; nice lacing. Classic Belgian spice, pepper smell. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Has a peppery, lemongrass, spicy , slightly sweet taste.
Highly refreshing. A great summer beer , but the ABV 's probably a little high for pounding.

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

Duvel was a pretty good beer.

Poured a deep amber, with a large foam head. The foam was good as it trapped some of the bitterness of the beer.

The beer tasted had a good hop bitterness followed by a spicy middle with a crisp malt finish.

Was a little over carbonated, but not too much. Very good beer over all. Definitely one to drink cold on a hot summers day.

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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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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,786 ratings.
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