Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ML bottle. Poured into a chalice.

Atomic activity with extra jazzy carbonation, classic Pale gold/Straw color. Impressivly thick and foamy head 3", retained well. Super light and fluffy

Smells of fine,herbal and spicy belgian yeast upfront and semi-sweet Pilsner malt. Fresh herbals, golden wheat, dry leaves and green veggies round out the nose.

The most impressive aspect of this classic is the BALANCE. It's perfect, with semi-sweet, crispy, wheat flavored malt. The malt is super light and crispy pilsner malt. Very herbal and spicy yeasties combined with a green, leafy hop finish. right on. The yeast is packed with flavor, earthy, musty, wheatie, it's got it all! and the clean, crispy pilsner malt adds a sublime edge that forces you back for more!! The finish also has a bitter, earthy, dry and tangy yeast/hop flavor. To be honest, I feel most American brewed versions pale in comparisson to the lively energy in the yeast strain that provides so much unique flavor.

Feels very clean and crisp, refreshing and active with a decent bite and gritty, dry edge, with a Belgian smoothness at the end, extremely complex feel.

This is a pure classic.

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Photo of Mises85
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a duvel branded tulip glass

Appearance: Golden body with 3-4 fingers of head. Nice lacing and definitely had a fresh look

Smell: Pronounced lemon and citrus, biscuit malt, some yeast, touch of spicy hops.

Taste: lemony, seltzer like character. I would say that there is a good amount of hop character backed by some malt but not too much. a little bit of alcohol shines through. A slight hop aftertaste that reminds you that it is a little strong.

Mouth feel: medium just right. Not too watery but not viscous either.

Overall I think it is an excellent beer and definitely would drink it if someone gave it to me or if I saw it on tap.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft into a duvel tulip in Brussels.

Look is a hazy golden with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma is a biscuity malt with estery yeast.

Taste is light and zingy. Little lemon tartness with some amazing malt backbone.


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Photo of Prostman81
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply a fantastic beer. Well crafted doesn't do this one justice. Everything from the sturdy bottle, to the well made duvel tulip, to the carbonation & clarity of the beer, and to the amazing taste has been well thought out and executed. One of my favorite aspects of this is the appearance of the beer, which isn't at all indicative of the flavors contained therein. Tasting provides flavors of Belgian pilsner malt, the Saaz hops, and the unique tart/pear-like flavor that comes from the yeast strain used. Just a hint of alcohol lets you know that this is a serious beer, but is so well blended that it is hardly noticeable. Completely refreshing, could be had at any time of the year. Definitely a must try if you haven't ever picked this one up.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: pale gold and crystal clear, with vibrant bubbles that stream from the bottom and persist throughout the drink. The Duvel head is legendary: I call it, "big-as-ya-want-it," because you could easily overfill even the most generous glass with a center-pour of this beer.

S: golden orchard fruits, earthy and bright; floral; tangy yeastiness

T: sharp, crisp, alcohol, yeast, hops, some pepperiness and spice, deeper pale fruits and darker spices orchard rich, yet with a crispness

M: astringent, tart, biting, brisk; light-medium body, super carbonation; scintillating

O: this is a classic drink - limitless in its pairings, BTW - I honestly consider this beer to be the a top 5 Belgian strong pale ale. Duvel is my standard by which other Belgian strong pale ales are measured. Any BA is best served by having a Duvel at some point.

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

Found at Blue line bar in Wicker Park Chicago. Served in Duvel wide tulip glass.

The appearance is quite a site with its cloudy yellow body and creamy huge white head.

It's aroma is light, sweet malts with a peppery spice.

Its flavor is perfection, well balenced, smooth, creamy, lightly fruity,
with a lively carbination and a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable going down, but watch out when you stand up, it's a little potent. Great beer.!

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

My 2nd ever BA review on one of my longtime favorite brews. Poured into a tulip from a 330 ml stubby bottle.

A: Sublime, pure-white head, it almost makes you giggle with surprise at the shear size of it, an easy 4 fingers that keeps a pretty solid retention throughout. I don't know if you could call it "lacing", more like "chunking", giant craggy cliffs of meringue-like foam left behind on the sides of the glass and on top of the brew itself which was a beautifully clear pale-gold color until i disturbed the yeast and it became a little more hazy and somehow more gold in color. I've never seen anything like it -5.0

S: The smell is very subtle, strong scent of pastoral hay, light citrus and apple with some distinct peppery belgian yeast. Nice, but nothing mind-blowing -4.0

T: This is one area where Duvel shines in my opinion, it has all the flavors you'd expect from a belgian; the peppery yeast, apple skin, grapefruit, hay, banana phenols, light pilsner-esque hops and bright, sweet toasted wheat, maybe a touch of corriander. The only difference is the extreme balance achieved by duvel, every time you think one flavor is taking a dominant role, you take another sip and the flavor changes leaving you want to explore deeper. Also, alcohol content should be discussed here; with an 8.5% abv, you'd expect to taste some alcohol, and you do, especially as the brew warms. But its as if all the other flavors come in to perfectly support and mask it ever so slightly, the alcohol adds to the taste rather than detracts. One word to describe duvel's flavor? "elegant" 5.0

M: Champagne-like carbonation, airy/cloudy head. It starts out juicy and creamy gets sort of dry towards the middle where you're introduced to some warmth from the alcohol content and it ends sort of tart and sweet, leaving you wanting another sip. Very nice -4.5

D: This is where the "Devil" moniker comes into its own. So light, crisp and refreshing for an 8.5% brew, just the slightest hint of alcohol and each sip leaves you craving another one. Endlessly drinkable, if i could drink only one beer for the rest of my life, it would be duvel, hands-down. i had to struggle to keep some in the glass to finish the review -5.0

Overall, I'll admit i'm slightly bias. The first time i tried this beer i was living in india at the time, and had nothing but terrible terrible beer for months, until a friend of mine offered me an unassuming glass of pale, yellow beer which i assumed to be either carlsberg or tuborg . . . until it hit my tongue. he said that i had the biggest, most over-the-top, cartoonish double-take after my first sip as my mouth filled with the golden nectar. i wasn't expecting it and was absolutely floored by the depth and complexity. I thought i was looking through rose-colored glasses without having anything decent to compare it to for months, so i was cautious when i went to taste it again back in the states, and was pleasantly surprised when i found it just as heavenly as the first sip. I cannot rave enough about this beer.

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

I had been looking forward to trying this, and it did not disappoint!

This beer pours with a huge thick head that will not go away. It has a deep golden yellow that is exceptional against the bright white head. Just a beautiful beer.

Nose borders on overpowering, but let's you know there is a formidable beer in your glass. A big chewy beer bursting with toasted grains and a perfect sour sweet balance. I found it to be mildly tangy and carbonated at first, but this seemed to diminish (likely due to the 8.5% abv washing over my tongue combined with lessening carbonation).

Just a wonderful drink....I can't wait for next one!!!!

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

Served in tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold. Very noticeable carbonation. Snow-white head with ridiculous stickiness and outrageous retention. It isn't going anywhere.

Aromas of green apples, flambéed bananas, spices and yeast are prominent.

Very crisp pale malt flavor balanced superbly with a mild bitterness and a very pleasant carbonation. Alcohol is very elusive. Finishes quite dry with notes of clove and fruits.

Mouthfeel is just fantastic. Very clean and very smooth, with a medium-yet-lively body.

Drinkability is off the charts for me. Almost too delicious. But not quite.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.71/5  rDev +10%

Poured beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a billowy, long lasting white head. Excellent lacing.
Clove like aroma, with peppery notes, taste is unique to this brand, almost pepper like with a good spice mix, some yeast in background. Mouthfeel is more dry than full, with a light warmth at the finish

Overall, this is worth the price and hype. Truly outstanding in all aspects

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

A - Can you say gunshot sounding when the cork is popped? Holy crap that was loud. I poured it unhurried just like they suggest. The beer is pale yellow. The bubbles are rising.. and never-ending. Pretty cool to watch this upside down waterfall. The head is gigantic. 3-4 fingers, and fluffy as a pillow. Lace is just stuck all over the glass. This is probably the best looking beer I have ever seen.

S - Powerful yeasty aroma with a slap in the face of hops and citrus. That's the best way for me to describe it. More specifically it smells like lemon, not orange. Has a flower like smell to it. It's nice.

T - The taste is like no beer I have ever tasted before. It's actually going to be kind of hard to describe. It's actually a little spicy, almost kind of peppery. Once you get past to that it hits you with the citrus. Coriander and lemon. The hop smell is barely traceable in the taste, in my opinion. It's got a real dry smooth finish to it, and the aftertaste is barely noticeable. The alcohol isn't disgustingly high, but at 8.5%, I figured I'd get at least a taste of it. I'm glad I'm not. I like it much better this way.

M -Very crisp, and super carbonated. It's almost like a champagne on the tongue, it's so bubbly. Like I said before, the finish is pretty dry, smooth, and refreshing all at the same time. All that complicated stuff aside, surprisingly, it's light bodied which brings me to the next category of drinkability.

D - Due to it being low bodied and just amazing, makes this an ideal drinkable beer. It's so drinkable that I would say it's borderline dangerous because of the alcohol level. I'd definitely advise to try to take it easy, although you can definitely get caught up drinking a few of these. I'm going to be guilty of finishing this entire bomber much quicker than I had planned. I'm going to cut this review short now so I can get to finishing the beer!

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

I poured the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. The best by date was 10 of 2008.

Appearance: The beer poured nearly flawless. The color was a very pleasing golden yellow coloration. There was a rolling boiling carbonation present in the glass. The head was one and a half inches thick white coloration. The head was nearly immortal and never resolved. There was thick lacin remaining behind on the glass. This is one sexy looking beer!

Smell: The beer is loaded with a very nice peppery lemon zest citrus punch. There is a nice fresh bread smell to the beer. The beer has a wild yeast (Brett) smell.

Taste: Holy molly Batman! This beer delivers on the smell. The beer has a pleasing maltyness. The beer has a nice hop combo. The beer has a great citrus and peppery goodness taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The beer is crisp with a dry finish. The beer is well balanced. This is a very tasty beer treat from the Beer Gods. This is a nearly perfect beer drinking experience. There is very little a man could ask for from his beer.

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

Crazy head that piles up two inches above the glass if you let it.

Simple and clean aroma of lemon and doughy Belgian yeast.

Light and bubbly on the palate, with complex Saaz hops, lemon, pepper, and spice. Big yeast character, and perfect balance. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. Long, evolving finish. I gave this a 4.5 at first, but was so impressed by the end of the glass that I had to come back and give it a 5. So interesting and delicious. Too bad I only had one.

This beer is what so many others try (and fail) to be. The sophisticated way to brew an intensely flavorful, hoppy beer (as opposed to many of the "extreme" american brews).

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Photo of DarkSideof3Floyds
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Crisp golden yellow with a big foamy white head.

S: Tart, fresh apple, yeast, slight hint of spice

T: Absolutely wonderful. Very clean taste of sweetness and an apple-y spicy flavor. Finishes dry but the aftertaste is pronounced and very fresh.

M: Tingly from the high carbonation and abv. One of the smoother beers I've tried

O: My top 5 beers of all time. Flavorful and light, yet highly drinkable and inviting.

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

As far as the 'standard' Belgian beers go, I like Duvel over Chimay or Hoegaarden. You can get it anywhere in Belgium and many places throughout Europe - as well as in the USA. Duvel has an attractive, thick and creamy head. The flavor is rich yet the beer itself, by my estimation, is relatively light. (The alcohol is hidden but it hits you. Hard.) This is a beer to be sipped slowly and appreciated.

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Photo of grandcentral
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Muted gold with a frothy white head. Clouds and settles quickly. Head does not dissipate.
S: Bright, open, hints of lemon and bread.
T: Again, quite light and airy. Bitter. You wouldn't know it's 8%. Very easy to drink.
F: Very effervescent, very dry.
O: Delicious Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spectacular! Served in a unique bubble necked bottle. Head is creamy, thick, condensing and everlasting. Color is a somewhat unattractive golden yellow, the only downside. Smells sweet and wheaty, and other indiscript pleasant aromas. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had, hints of malt, sugar, hoppy thickness. Carbonation stays with the flavor and enhances it. Aftertaste is much the same, but dies with a hint of wheat. Buy this when you see it!

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Photo of eagles22
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is the best of the best

Appearance: Is wonderful...nice big white head with a gold body

Smell: some hops...malts and also some yeast and some citrus notes

Taste: superb ..nice and light but not to light its just wonderful...and aftertaste leaves you wanting more and more i should of picked up a couple of these bad boys

Mouthfeel: is not thin at all full of flavor and also aftertaste is great nothing bitter

Drinkability: is very very high too high for a 8.5% hah

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Photo of Faaphotog
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass

L: light golden color lots of carbonation and a creamy white head that dissipated extremely slowly.

S: smooth hops with a little hint of lemon.

T: citrusy clean smooth hops with a nice yeast undertone, very light alcohol. Lots of lemon on the aftertaste.

F: heavy carbonation

O:very good beer. Will definitely pick up more if I have the chance to.

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Photo of Kromes
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A pale gold color with a fluffy white head and lacing down the glass. Crazy carbonation bubbles inside the beer.

S: Clove spice, hop, belgian yeast, funk, some biscuity malt aromas, a little alcohol and some fruity esters. Lots to appreciate in this aromatic beer.

T: The beer is very fruity to start and has sweet biscuity malt flavor up front also. There is a little bit of clove or coriander spice. Then the peppery alcohol warmth and hop flavors kick in along with the yeast funkiness. The finish is on the bitter side with the hop, clove, and peppery alcohol still on the tongue as the mouth dries.

M: very spicy and highly carbonated. Leaves the mouth semi-dry. Very refreshing for such a strong beer.

D: One of the best. Delicious, looks great, smells awesome, can drink a ton of it.

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Photo of tviz33
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330 mL stubby in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a semi-transparent straw yellow with the most beautiful craggy white head I've ever seen on a beer. The head sticks around until the beer is gone. Also, there are tons of tiny bubbles are shooting up towards the top. This looks amazing.

S- The smell is pure sex. Mostly Belgian yeast, but there's so much more: apples, pears, bananas, citrus, clove, sweetness, sourness, hops. It's all there.

T- Everything mentioned in the smell applies to the taste. There's just little nip from the alcohol at the end, but I find that to be a positive thing.

M- The body is pretty light, but tons of carbonation fill your mouth with lively bubbles. Finishes clean and crisp.

O- This beer is just awesome, and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of n0315
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance and smell are great. Nice head that stays and a VERY nice yellow with small but constant bubbles.

champagne taste but still a very crisp and clean taste. I dont see a white ale getting better, to be honest.

A VERY drinkable beer that I would like to drink many more if not for the near $7 a bottle price. Beautiful. I think I have to have a bottle or two of this alwys read for drinking.

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Photo of dream
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Saw the price and the rating and took the plunge. Great beer that looks like Snoopy's root beer on Bon Voyage charlie brown. HUGE head, which i enjoy. Smells refreshing, almost like Sprite. This brew tastes heavenly and will having you craving another sip, and the mouth on this is delectable. Overall a definitive Belgium brew which others should strive for.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What else can I say that everyone hasnt already? Poured from 750 mL bottle, best buy 11/09. Pops like a bottle of chamapne, pours a golden yellow with massive head, thick, rocky, and left large amounts of lace. Smell is of sour citrus, some alcohol, and other fruits, I swear I detect some banana and at times reminds me of a hefe. Taste is superb, thats the only way to describe. High carbonation and an almost creamy feel to it. This might be the best beer I've every had so I dont have too many words to describe it other than that. Only a 4 for drinkability as it does pack a punch to it so a couple glasses of this and I couldnt handle any more.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,842 ratings.
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