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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

2,778 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 Billolick
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle , with cork and cage. Pours very light wheat, cloudy, head is the stuff of beer dreams. Lacing is world class. Intricate,fluffy, voluminious. Great retention, finally dissolving to the tiniest of tiny bubble sheens. Nose of yeast, pepper, powdered sugar, alcohol, citrus and a light fruityness. Taste is of limes, gin, tart, peppery, bitterness late. mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time. World class Belgian. Its a blessing to us all that this nectar of the gods is widely available. Go get some now, chill, pour and enjoy with a wide variety of foods.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

duvel, my first belgian love.

i opened the short bottle with the new "old" white label and up spurted some head right to the top of the bottle, despite the fact that it had been at rest forever. You know why they built the duvel glass so big.

I pour the beer into a duvel glass. the huge head puffs up tremendously, looking like an unfinished sculpture. The beer itself is a straw yellow with an orangey hint when you look straight through the glass. its not a beautiful color, though it is amazingly clear, and when you see it with the monstrous head it looks like a work of art.

my first swoop through the beer's aroma brought out grassy and kumquat flavors, with a bit of that special funk one associates with belgian yeast. now that the head has fallen to a much smaller level--though still with a contorted shape--i stick my nose deep in the glass and reveal a bundle of fruit flavors--green apple skin, pear, peach, and key lime pie along with floral overtones much like hibiscus. though the detectors in my nostrals may be shot by now, there's also a deep bready flavor that pokes through at the end of the fruit and flower medley.

on to the taste. those bread flavors really start to come through in that first big sip--it's sweet and soft with a bit of fruit character on the middle of the tongue, though less than the nose. A sweet herbal taste descends into a dry, mineral-like finish. from what i understand this beer began its life long ago as an english or scottish ale, and the firm bready middle really recalls that region. the saaz hops and super pale malt (pilsner malt?) bring it over to the belgian side.

Duvel sits up there with some of the best. the complexity of the taste is not overwhelming, but the balance between sweet and dry is phenomenal. also, the 8.5% abv hides incredibly well in such an "open" beer-- the hops and malt are in almost perfect unity, one leading to the other, and the strength doesn't reveal itself at all in the flavor profile. the best indication that it's there, other than the bottle, is i just tried to write "halt and mops" rather than malt and hops.

as an end note, once the beer warms a bit a peppery alcohol taste steps in front of the warm bready flavors. in my opinion this is definitely a beer to enjoy on the cooler side of the temperature scale.

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Photo of Suds
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this beer dozens of times, I was shocked that I hadn’t reviewed it.
From a corked 750 ml bottle, it pours with an enormous white head. The head is head itself is absolutely amazing. Stable and rocky, with large pockets between the bubbles. It reminds me of glass insulating foam (the kind used on chemical piping). Lace is phenomical. The aroma is flowery, a mix of hops and esters. It’s got a peppery tinge to the smell as well. The beer itself is crystal clear and effervescent. My glass has a scoring at the bottom, and the steady stream of bubbles that rises from it looks vaguely like a flame on a roaring fire. The taste is sweet up front, followed by an intense hoppiness. I remember the surprise that I experienced when I first tasted this beer. It’s so intensely flavorful. In some beers, the aroma is the dominant attribute, but with Duvel, the mouth-taste is essential. It’s full, and almost chewy. I get a yeasty taste throughout the beer as well. This beer is simply marvelous.

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

I bought a gift set that included the Duvel glass, and let me say, this beer looks dead sexy sitting in it's own glass. Golden in color with a bit of roange and a giant white clumpy head with tiny bubbles surging towards the top in a column in the middle of the glass. It smells like freshly cut grass and pears, and though it doesn't really make sense, it smells like it's color. It tatses like i'd think grass would with a touch of peper. the carbonationa nd alcohol burn on the outside edge of the tounge a bit and the aftertaste is lemony with other cirtus characteristics.The head lingers for a long time. It is thin in the mouth but the carbonation really gives it a fuller feal. While you can taste hints of the 8.5% abv, it adds to teh beer, and overall youwouldn't think the abv was that high making it quite drinkable. I probably drink this beer slower then most, a definate sippin' beer because the flavor burst on your tounge with each small sip, and as it warms the pear/cirtus flavor comes out more and the slight peppery flavor disapears. I think pepper might be the wrong word but i can't think of how else to describe that flavor.

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Photo of govtmule
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip glass that came in the 4 pack. Wonderful pillowy white head about 2 or 3 inches thick. The head stayed pretty thick through the entire beer, and lots of lacing. Golden yellow and very clear. Strong stream of bubbles rising from etched D in glass through out the beer.

Smelled floral, spcies, some alcohol. I liked the beautiful strong aroma.

Tasted an array of spices. I thought I detected some grapefruit. The alcohol is present but balanced well by the aroma, bitterness, and spices.

Surprisingly drinkable for 8.5% alcohol.

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Photo of DPMomutant
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured slowly...very slowly...and got a 3 inch head (admittedly not in the recommended type of glassware). Very creamy, very sticky, and a good portion of this just will not go away. Body is a cloudy golden, a bit lighter than I expected....why do I think it won't taste that way?

The smell is quite spicy, and that's a good thing. A great combination indeed.

That spiciness really comes out in the taste. Almost covers the alcohol. Very little bitterness at the end with an unmistakable white grape aftertaste.

This doesn't feel bad going down. A bit more carbonated than I would like. The alcohol is a bit noticeable in the warming feeling you get about 15 seconds after each sip.

This is my 4th beer tonight and the other 3 were not particularly big. Halfway through this I start to notice. Makes me think I probably shouldn't have too many of these even though I could.

This is becoming quite available in this area so I think I'll be picking some up as the occasional nightcap.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33 cl. stubby bottle poured into Scaldis tulip glass.

Appearance: This pours with the biggest head I've ever seen in a beer. It takes several minutes to pour, though well worth the wait. Patience is a virtue. The beer has a very beautiful, pale yellow color, with some yeast cloudiness. The head retention is superb and super creamy, and a nice lacing coats the glass, lasting well after the beer itself is gone.

Smell: Spice and yeast with some fruity (citrus) overtones.

Taste: This beer is very crisp, yet smooth, and has a nice, rather refreshing effervescence. Up front tartness with sweet, citrusy fruit. The finish is quite dry and a bit spicy.

Overall: This is one amazing beer, and it deserves all the credit it receives. This beer is incredibly drinkable with its deceptive 8.5% alcohol content. This beer looks beautiful when poured. The taste is even better. All-in-all a world-class beer from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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

Huge, froathy, brilliant white head left a ton of lace. Looks like a giant fluffy white cloud. Sunny wheat colored beer. Smells of fresh grass-skunky hops, very inviting. Light refreshing beer, lots of carbonation makes it float across the tongue. Hints of lemon, grass, light piney-citrus hops. Smooth clean finish. Great beer, very enjoyable.

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

Finally got around to reviewing this after all these years. Pours a very light straw color, slighty hazy yet very light looking.. A nice white head floats on top. Aroma of yeasty malts and spices greet the nose hairs - nothing overpowering, yet inviting. Taste is fairly clean for a belgian. Starts off very clean and carbonated, then the flavors kick in . Slight tropical fruitiness along with a slight bready malt. All flavors are subtle here. A nice fine carbonation holds this together. slight hoppy finish to keep things dry. Quite drinkable but not quite spectacular. Just a good belgian triple, and perhaps a benchmark. very dry and subdued.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Rapscallion glass. Which produced an enormous white head. It looked like the merienge on a Lemon Mereinge Pie.The color was a cloudy yellow and the head left a kind of chunky lace on the glass. It has a strong fruityand spicey aroma. Reminded me of Apples and Pepper. The strong alcohol (8.5%) and the hops bitterness hits you all at once and settles into a crisp finish. I would have liked to get more flavor characteristics from this beer after smelling it.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head that looks like a mountain range after 30 seconds. Great lacing as well noticed. Aromas of stong floral hops, fruits, yeast, and spices. Great smelling beer whatever is in there. It's just smells too good to drink. Taste however is better. NIce hoppy bite that smooths out into a nice finish. So many flavors going on here. It's great to taste. Carbonation is big on this one and I could drink this one all the time. Great brew. I love it.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a golden straw color with a creamy, porus white head. Lots of carbonation.
Smell is fantastic. Breadiness, fruity (grapes, plums, various unnamed exotic fruits), and you can definitely smell the spicy hops used in the brew.
Taste is equally impressive: still very bready, but there is so much more. This is a very spicy brew, in part, I would think, because of the hops, but also I seem to taste plums, grapes, and maybe coriander?. There is some alcohol heat as well, but it is not overpowering as in some other belgian brews.
I understand now why there are so many proponents of this beer. A fine one indeed. I will try it again.

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Photo of shapudding
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Golden Ale. Pours cloudy golden with a lusciously thick white foamy head that has very nice retention. Good amount of carbination but not overwhelming. Great spicey bite in the aroma and taste, very peppery and wonderful. Good creamy body that is not too thick in your mouth, you can taste the alcohol- cream sherry comes to mind. Wonderful ale, great drinkability.

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

It pours a cloudy, vivid lemonade yellow, enlivened by carbonation. A hellacious many fingers of pillowy white head swells and stays a long, long time. the anticipated Brussels lace adorns the glass.

In the aroma, a light, mellow malt sweetness wafts in along with a credible note of coriander. A tangy yeast sourness finishes along with a rounded doughy kicker.

Upon sipping, a gentle malt sweetness surfaces first in the flavor as well. A mild lemony tide, ever so slightly acerbic, mingles with a playful spicy nature. A yeasty sourdough tang nips the palate almost whimsically. An understated but veritable alcohol presence glides on through the middle. A vague sour undertone lingers at the finish. Overall, the sum flavor profile is fuller than any individual component.

Slightly more than light bodied, it coats nicely, and the flavors left behind leave sensations as they fade.

"Pleasant" pretty much sums it up, and while not amazing, pleasant works real well. The individual pieces are light in nature but they combine to flesh out a lively identity. The ABV is real and present, maybe the most substantial of the separate elements, and you have to regard it, but the full flavor and effervescence make it nicely drinkable. So even if it doesn't floor me, I'd never feel cheated while I'm drinking one.

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

A beer well-deserving of a very good reputation. Poured from a 14 oz. bottle into a tulip Duvel glass. A truly exceptional appearance. Nice gold color with a creamy white head which lasts a while. When it does go down, it maintains a pretty thick lace. The smell and taste are intertwined. You can just smell the spicy, fruity Belgian yeast esters. The taste definitely has those. It reminds me of Grand Cru's I have tried. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. And honestly, that is a hard category for me to rank. The esters, while they make for a very good taste, it reduces its drinkability for me. A truly great beer.

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

Duvel poured a nice pale golden yellow with a large white head that had an incredible amount of staying power. When it finally diminished, it left a nice lacing all the way around. The smell was a nice spicy aroma with hints of citris. The taste was fairly sweet with citris flavors on the front end and a little bit of a peppery kick to it on the tail end. The carbonation made the mouthfeel failry light and gave it an almost champagne-like quality to it. Overall the drinkabilty is remarkably high as it is a very smooth beer. Of course, that can be quite dangerous due to the alcohol content. This is definitely one of the best beers that I have had the privilege of drinking and I recommend it to any and everyone.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 750 ml bottle. Poured a light golden color that was a little cloudy after a careful pour per instructions on the label. Head was composed of small bubbles in a large white setting. It then settled down and left a sticky, sugary, cotton-candy look on the side of the glass. Aroma was very clean, fresh, and floral. The flavor was very nicely balanced among all elements. No flavors jumped out at me, it wasn't too sweet, too hoppy, too anything. But it was good! Lots of floral, butter, herbal notes with a slight tart edge. Loved it! Alcohol was a little sneaky.

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Photo of tjd25
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge foamy head on a glittering golden color. Nice smell of yeast, grain, wheat. Alcohol too. The taste is a smooth yeast, citrus and banana flavor at first, very similar to a hefe weizen. Quickly, the hops and the alcohol give you a strong kick and the taste becomes way more aggressive, with a thick mouthfeel and a dry long lasting floral hoppy aftertaste. I like how this beer combines two very different feelings and tastes, and how the change in taste is very sudden and kind of unexpected. After a while, the two distinct aspects mix together to form this beer's unique character. Very nice.

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

The thing that impresses me most about this beer is its appearance. I am not talking about the colour, which is attractive, but about the incessantly rising bubbles that replenish and form the head.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of oranges and lemon working in conjunction with a yeast-induced light clove and banana aspect. The taste is initially sweet and finished slightly bitter.

I could easily detect the strong presence of alcohol on the palate.

Duvel may very well be an acquired taste. It reminded me, to be honest, of a beer that had been crossed with cognac or brandy.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale yellow body that is initially clear and displays an onrush of carbonation reminiscent of Champagne. Outrageously sized head is at least four inches tall, with a full two inches of it standing up on its own outside the goblet I poured it in. Once I poured in the yeast, the body became substantially hazy looking, quite similar to a Hefeweizen. The aroma is like ripening tropical fruits with no detectable alcohol smell. Taste is very refreshing with bananas in the main flavor profile. There are also notes of sourness in the taste like a Lambic. The mouthfeel is silky sooth, enhanced by the tiny carbonation bubbles. There is no way to guess the strength of the beer unless you look it up or feel it going to your head. What a masterful work of art!

P.S.. - I finally bought the glass pack to enjoy Duvel in a tulip, and it made quite a difference. The carbonation was good before, but now there are a ton of bubbles constantly streaming up from the D etched on the bottom of this glass. If you ever are looking to buy a tulip style glass, this is the best way to get two of them for a great price and see a demonstration of the magic they do on a beer.

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

I had read that the pour was crucial and to be honest, I fucked it up a little. The head exploded and now stands before me, appearing like a mountain sitting almost 3 inches above the glass. We will be referring to him as Mount Duvel. He is slowly subsidding and turning quite ugly, developing lumps and hairy mumps. The ground beneath Mount Duvel is sinking and Mount Duvel is gaining more strength and more power. Do I dare put my nose near this thing?

As I put my nose near the glass, I hear a monumental explosion. Suddenly, chunks of bubble gum, lemon drops, pears and peppers come spewing out.

Without warning Mount Duvel destructs and the tasting begins.

The flavor is surely not overwhemling but still has its many strongpoints. Very spicy and peppery with some pineapple, green apples and pear. The finish is well hopped but somewhat lacking only leaving a banana/clove spicyness and then quickly it scampers away. The high carbonation definately affects the mouthfeel.

Very good beer though.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle served in one of the Duvel tulip's included within the gift pack poured up to three fingers of light, sculptable foam. There was good retention, and ample Belgian lace. The aroma was dominated by alcohol, and strong spicy scents. The flavors were well balanced and earthy with grain, spicy, and hints of the strong alcohol. It's a smooth drinkable beer, that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle from a gift set that included two tulip glasses. Best before 9/2006.

The head on this one looked like the top of a rootbeer float, thick, rich and very creamy. The head started out three fingers and settled down nicely to about a quarter inch. Lacing circled the top of the glass, towards the mid point the lacing formed clumps around the glass.

Smells strongly of alcohol and grain. A lot of carbonation feel in the mouth with a smooth, sweet taste that arises after a moment.

Extremely light and drinkable. I'd still grab a Fin before this, but I have a newfound respect for this Belgian Golden and look forward to drinking the other three bottles in my fridge.

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Photo of Trentonator
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a head! This thing looked like a junior high science class volcano project, the head was a good inch above the rim of the glass, with no spillage. The initial taste had some bite to it, you know this beer has some serious ETOH. I liked the smooth taste and mouthfeel, it had a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma to it though. Overall, I liked this beer, just didn't fall in love with it.

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Photo of slushthelush
2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer looked very good going into the glass. It had a great white head on it. The aroma was very noticable. This was the first time I have ever experienced a Belgian Strong Ale. I guess I just don't care for the sour aftertase which I believe is typical of the style. I am sure it is a great beer it's class. It is just not for me.

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