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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BeerLover50
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews, haven't reviewed it since now. Poured from a 750ml bottle into, go figure, a Duvel Tulip glass. I cannot stress how important it is to pour this beer correctly, or the suds will be quite overwhelming. Pours a light golden, with a very creamy, foamy, and thick head that does not go away. Ive seen some reviews of this beer in that it dissipates quickly and does not lace. This is because it was poured incorrectly. The lacing on this beer is extreme, almost can't see through the glass at times. The nose is very complex, a lot of deep fruit notes. First thought on the tongue, wow. So much going on here. You can almost pick any note out of this one. It's Duvel, it's well known and popular for a reason.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into, none other, a Duvel tulip. Hey, go figure.
The appearance was a hazy golden color with a finger's worth of foamy white head. While the head caves out a bit to allow a mushroom cap of a head, the dissipation picks up the pace in the wake and barely any lacing is seen. Its always a nice show to watch a Duvel head die off.
The aroma takes some banana, apple, lemon and Belgian spices to tighten a grip over some Belgian sugars. To sweeten the pot, gentle sweet grassy and earthy hops slide in to balance an overall wonderful unprecedented complexity.
The flavor yields a full sweetness coming from the fruity esters, and Belgian sugars colliding into the spices to build an eventful luscious aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a slightly sticky sort of feel. However, with that in mind, I do feel the alcohol a bit cherishing its return to my tongue.
Overall, what gets me the most with this beer is that though the alcohol is noted in the feel, one can still drink this beer with its respected food.

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Photo of Wasu
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:Clear gloden color, thick heading but disappear quite fast, almost no lacing S:yeast, not much alcohol T: a bit of citrus, quite refreshing, bitterness aftertaste alcohol is hidden well. Feel of alcohol afterward, warming. Overall: good one, not so complex

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Photo of Masonz223
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: huge white head beers a yellowish orange color
Smell: lemon malt citrus with a hint of alchool
Taste: lemon biscuity up front malt and grass towards the middle of mouth
Alchool warmth juicy in the finish
Feel:medium body with a nice warmth from the alchool
Overall: A great beer very balanced

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into the appropriate Duvel Tulip. Paid £2.00 for a single bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale, golden-straw coloured body with masses of intense, fine, streaming carbonation. A huge, four-finger in height, foamy, pure white coloured head with fantastic retention, gradually sinks to a dense cap, leaving clumps of thick, sticky lacing on the glass.

On the nose, delicate, fruity esters of banana, apple, and pear as well as spicy notes of clove and pepper float above a trace of crisp, light malt. Taste follows the nose almost exactly, adding just a touch of lemon rind to the fruity and spicy flavour profile, while in the mid palate, crisp, pilsner-like malts are bolder than the aroma suggested. A gently spicy, grassy and earthy hop bitterness builds towards the finish, joined by a touch of alcohol that adds a little warmth to lingering spices. In the mouth a light body and masses of endless sparkling carbonation give a champagne-like-feel, that’s crisp, dry and refreshing from start to finish.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Strong and complex but delicate and hugely drinkable, widely available at an excellent price point. My go to Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Recommended.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pale straw yellow in color with LOTS of visible carbonation. Large, fast-moving bubbles race throughout the beer, and it's topped with a huge fluffy white head.

Herbal notes of grass and hay pair with lemon zest and yeast to round out the aroma.

Flavor is bursting with complex fruit flavors. Sweet lemon, banana, clove, apples, white grape juice, and too many more to try and separate individually.

The carbonation on this beer is a whirlwind of magnificence. This must be the highest level of carbonation I've ever felt in a beer. Truly refreshing. I can't think of another beer I've had that is quite like this one. And then add in the fact it's 8.5%?!!!? Pure excellence.

*Note: The big white frothy head is a BEAST on this beer. It never leaves the glass, and leaves thick foam-sealed lacings everywhere.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Clear straw yellow, lots of carbonation and a huge fluffly white head with bubbles.
S- Yeast, malts, grass, hay.
T- Malts, spices, lemon, hay, alcohol.
F- Medium, smooth, warm (alcohol)
O- What an amazing beer, deserves the fame.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look, real pale yellow, smell bread and grass, taste bread and citrus feel is a sense of alcohol, and medium carbonation, good but expensive, paid 24 for a four.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look particularly good, though nice big head...

Smell is fruity and has about 10 different scents.

Very complex flavour, apricotty and flowery. And dry, complex. In terms of it's complexity, this is one of the best. Rationally a very good beer...

Definitely very apricotty.

For me, probably the best commercially available beer in the world. I have had this in Australia, England, France, Belgium...they sell it everywhere. Respect. Best cold in my opinion

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Photo of Spike
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two-fingers of fluffy, white head leaves mounds and plenty of lacing. Yellow gold. Poured yeast into the glass to produce a light haze. Some carbonation. Head is immense.

A ton of yeast in both nose and taste. Banana. Spices. Fabulously well balanced bitterness.

Slides down beautifully. Tingle is present from both carbonation and alcohol. For an 8.5% ABV beer there's no hint of syrup however. Dangerously drinkable.

One of my all-time favourites. So gratifying that a beer of this quality can be produced and distributed in such massive quantities. Well done the Moortgat family for keeping this business privately owened!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding ale - pours a light, slightly hazy gold. Fat fluffy head. Aroma of lemon, coriander and a melange of citrus. Taste follows suit with an addition of pepper, banana, grape and a little hay. Real nice effervescent, dry body and finish with a little alcohol warmth that mellows the palette.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased in a refrigerated state from Whole Foods, and consumed unhurriedly from a Spiegelau tulip. I have had the beer on quite a few prior occasions and have always enjoyed it, but that was before I had much experience with other beers within the category. I still like the beer but I find the taste a bit overpowering and I prefer the subtleties of La Chouffe, Delerium Tremens and La Fin Du Monde (yes I know, it's a Tripel, but what is a Tripel after all, but a Belgian Strong Pale Ale?). Would drink again but would prefer any of the 3 just mentioned.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours hazey yellow, big fluffy white head, laced glass quite well. Aroma banana, pepper, spices. Taste banana, fruity, citrus and spices. Very pleasant.

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Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep yellow, with a massive amount of white head. A slightly less than average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Smells like a pilsener with some Belgian spices added

T: Pilsener flavor is dominant, with slight Belgian spices and a banana aspect as well.

F: Smooth, medium bodied, medium-light amount of carbonation.

O: A decent beer. I'd say the ratings on BA for this are a little high, but still a great beer.

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

It gives you a very complicated impression when it first enters your mouth: a mixture of alcohol, malt smell and sweetness and bitterness(on the wings of your tongue yet not so much). On the end of your tongue, you sense a very harmonic taste of it, with not so much sourness, which make you wait a second before you swallow it. In your throat gives off a strong malt smell in your nose with a stronger bitterness sensed in your mouth. Very impressive.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best-by dated 02-2017 into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pale yellow with a massive foam head, great lacing.

Smell: a smoky lemon/banana that I often get from this style.

Taste: sweetness, banana-esque but more complex, leads the way, with citrus, confectioners sugar, and faint malt following.

Feel: fluffy and just a hint of dryness. Enjoyable.

Overall: a really nice beer. Solid all around. I was probably a little harsh, but I imagine this as Belgium's version of, say, Anchor Steam—a very good beer, but not a world-beater.

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Photo of Lpb1992
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: gold somewhat clear pilsner. Eternal carbonation, short perpetual foam.
smell: strong belgian yeast at first. grassy biscuit malt.
Taste: fuzzy european pilsner genius. Start with belgian yeast from aroma. Prolonged salty and alcoholic taste near the end. Biscuit malt taste long after drinking.
Feel: fuzzy, somewhat creamy due to the carbonation.

Overall: Good mix of belgian ingredients. Though not a great fan of pilsner, great choice for it's kind. European history class in my mouth.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pale clear gold like a pilsner but with huge fluffy white head, leaving lacing and a film of bubbles. A barely perceptible sediment at the base of the bottle.
Smell: Sweet floral and fruity belgian yeast aromas dominate with some mineral quality. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.
Taste: Sweet and tart fruity maltiness with spiciness and floral belgian notes throughout. Finishes with a moderate tingly herbal bitterness.
Feel: Medium-full body with very tingly active carbonation

Overall: I'm not too familiar with this style but having really enjoyed Saisons over the summer I thought this would be another belgian style to try. I came to it with pretty high expectations, and while enjoyable I can't say it lived up to whatever I was thinking... It just seems like a solid belgian ale to me. Plus, it's pretty expensive. Still, it seems to be considered the standard-bearer of the style, so it's hard to recommend against it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an antique German pilsener glass

Pale yellow, steady stream of carbonation, thick, seriously frothy head with beautiful great lacings
First pour was crystal clear. Subsequent pours were hazy.

Aroma of grassy , biscuity malts, apples, pears, grapes

Taste of sweetness, apples, pears, biscuit

Light on the tongue. Hint of alcohol, dry finish,

Very interesting. Looking at the liquid, it looks so pale, clear and unassuming. Definitely unique flavors and aromas . Great beer

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beer pours a beautiful light brown with what looks like three inches of head that lasts and lasts and lasts. The taste is smooth and clean with little to no hop bitterness and a somewhat sweet taste. Overall and outstanding readily available beer that is now on my highly recommended list.

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Photo of Loco-JoCo
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Still my favorite mass produced beer out there, I love the way you get that dry hopped essence and flavor without any bitterness or hoppiness. The slight sweetness makes it a perfect stand-alone beer but I also think it has merit as a great dinner beer. Definitely in my top 20 and as most of you have, I've enjoyed hundreds to thousands.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden color with frothy head.
Belgian yeast accompanied by apple pear aroma.
Refreshing fruit taste with nice carbonation. Pleasant dryness.
The lingering head complements the medium body.
Very nice classic

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Photo of mabermud
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Golden and corn yellow body from a distance. Straw colored body up close. Bubbly white head. Sticky and bubbly lacing.
Smell: Citrus and Belgian yeast aroma.
Taste: Clean, herbal, citrus flavors with yeasty sweetness. Banana and green grapes are also apparent. Very nice.
Feel: Medium-high carbonation. Crisp and very clean feel.

Overall - Very clean tasting, and made with love. This is the best Belgian style beer I have ever had. Maybe it is the pale ale part of the beer that I love. A masterpiece. This is impressive, and something I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of drmeto
2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-really sweet fruits hit first,lime,orange and sweet malt
-off flavors with cheap candy and dextrose energy
-Very noticeable alcohol
-low carbonation
-decnt hoppy finish

didnt impress me tbh,tasted like a beefed-up Radler

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden and clear, nice thick foam sticks around. Aroma is pear and grape, faint malt. Taste is yeast, malt, clean bitterness, well rounded. Dry finish. Stands up to the reputation.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.
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