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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Jon
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow with a meringue-like white head. Great lacing and even better retention when poured in the Duvel glass. Nose features aromas of herbal hops, yeast, mild spice, fruit and maybe a touch of candy sugar. Taste is complex, round, and quite enjoyable. The yeast character never strays far, while notes of passion fruit, apricot, sweet malt, candy sugar and spice lead to a zesty hop kick on the finish. Effervescent mouthfeel lends itself well to this beer's overall characteristics. Incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% ale, Duvel is something else. Truly a favorite, this is the beer that morphed me into a Belgian ale fan. Wonderful stuff and a must-try. I can't believe it took me so long to review this one....

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Photo of bditty187
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden hue with a slight haziness from the yeast, the white head is magical in its fluffy nature, a soft pour can easily produce three fingers in height of a pillow head. This is an outstanding looking beverage, even more so if you serve it in the Duvel glass. The nose is lemon, pepper, spice, yeast, and sweet malt. The bouquet is delicate but alluring. The flavors on the palate are remarkable with a wonderful blend of citrusy grapefruit and lemon, pepper, intermediate hints of sweetness and full-blown hoppy bitterness. The beer finishes dry yet fruity and spicy. Good acidity. There is a creaminess and liveliness produced by the massive carbonation on the tongue. This is more than beer, it is magic in a bottle. Obviously the high alcohol content makes this a devil of a drink, mainly because you can’t detect it, and, well, it is so damn pleasant to quaff it is impossible to be satisfied with one glass. It’s like champagne but far more sophisticated. Duvel is flawless. It is worth every penny. I’d say this is my favorite beer all-time.

In Omaha four-packs run $12.00, however in Kansas City they run $8.00, a good buy!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this is my first time enjoying a Duvel.

Chubby bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (what else??)

A- This is the best looking beer I have ever seen. An incredible massive head emerges from a slow pour, as directed on the back of the bottle. This head might be 3 inches. Deep rich golden color, carbonation bubbles flowing through the middle of the beer, rising quickly and fast.

S- Smell was of citrus zest (mostly lemon)- floral hops and yeast. Alcohol is also noted in the nose.

T- Taste is as balanced as possibly imaginable, with the 8.5 % abv well hidden, but prevalent to those who are not ready for it. A peppery spice mixed in with citrus flavors, hops, and biscuit.

M- Mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated- thirst quenching at times.

D- This is to be sipped and enjoyed. A couple of these in a sitting would be appropriate, but one must beware of the consequences.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – When poured this beer has a hazy pale yellow color with orange tinges. The head is generous and frothy making interesting formations at the top of the glass. Very thick lacing is everywhere as this goes down.

Smell – This beer smells quite good. Lemons are very present along with some orange peel, pepper, and strong yeast. I really like what I smell here but it could use a little more punch.

Taste – The taste of this beer is remarkable. It leads with a spicy yeast flavor which quickly transforms into a bombardment of citrus. There is a slight hoppy bitterness as well with traces of alcohol. This beer makes you want to savor every drop.

Mouthfeel – This beer almost has a light creaminess to it. Good body anyways. The carbonation is high but does not bite hard. There is a touch of dryness to finish as well. Cant complain at all.

Drinkability –This beer hides it’s 8.1% ABV so damn well its scary. I can drink this effortlessly. Perfect drinkability.

Duvel is just plain outstanding. It has excellent flavors, balance, and smoothness like no other. Right up there in my favorites.

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Photo of silverelizard
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour, it foamed up with a great white head, that left lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The very nice soft golden color reminded me of ripened wheat fields, and the bubbles that continued to fizz after the pour made it a great drink to look at, let alone drink. The aroma ascending from the delightful little bubbles was very nice, a bright floral zesty scent.

I expected to have my mouth knocked around a bit with the alcohol content of 8.5, but it was exceedingly drinkable! I was surprised! The flavor is sunny, with a zest that holds some citrus notes (to my palate anyway) and leaves a mild and rather lingering (though not unpleasant aftertaste).

This beer was recommended to by by a little shop owner who thought it was great fun to tease me about American macros! He was great though, and this is the first of a long line of recommendations the nice gentleman gave me. Expect more!

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Photo of funkyspunk87
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.50 %

From: Bottle, 11oz

A golden god. This beer is sooo good. You cannot believe it's 8.5% ABV because of the color and smooth finish of this beer. A pale ale that has the punch of an imperial IPA. Great beer, will absolutely buy this again.

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Photo of pallagust
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its not easy to make a review for a beer that has almost no faults, its simply a world classic. By far one of the best beers I have ever tried (not that many at this point) The foam is exceptional. Fruity and complex in a clean, delicate way. I will have a few more in the future...

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Photo of scottyshades
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is easily in my top 5 beers of all time (so far) and my #1 BSPA. Had this bottled and on tap, both equally enjoyable
A: Massive white, frothy head that poured beautifully into the snifter
S: very fragrant, I noticed a yeasty, fruity melody which is the best memory of the beer I have
T: Is this really an 8.5% beer? I could not notice the alcohol at ALL. Earthy, spicy, fruity, yeasty
MF: perfect body for the style
D: This beer is soo good I could drink this all year long

Unfortunately, this is one of my favorite beers and it happens to be expensive for a college student, however every time I'm in town with my parents, I'm ordering a Duvel.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my chimay chalice.
pours, light, bolden and clear, full two inches of soft foamy head, with carbonation rising in an unending stream from the bottom.
smells of bread, bannana, yeast, malt, and alcohol.
taste is bannans, ripe fruit, figs, bread, yeast, malt, hops, and citrus notes.
smooth in the mouth, still highly carbonated, slight boozey feel, . this beer is nearly flawless imo. without a doubt the best looking beer i have ever seen, best head retention, good lacing. This is what all other beers , of any style, should strive for.

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Photo of jwc215
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I poured this into a Duvel glass. It pours a gold color with an amazing, almost overwhelming head with high carbonation. It smelled floral with a tinge of alcohol. The taste was like biting into a lightly sugared, spiked green apple. It was very refreshing and unique. I ordered another and let others taste it and everyone was simply amazed at the unique flavor. This is a beer unto itself. The taste of alcohol does become apparent, otherwise it would be endlessly drinkable.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a bottle here in Montreal for 3,65$

Look: golden color and about 4 fingers of white head

Smell: Lemon and some hops

Taste: Citrus with some light hops. Goes down really easily. No alcohol burn at all. Really refreshing.

Feels: Citrus, lots of carbonation, refreshing.

So overeall would I recommed it ? For sure ! What a beer !

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a duvel tulip.

A: Clear golden color with the famous, huge, lush head

S: slightly sweet, slightly spicy. Very apetizing

T: everything that is in the nose and more. Spicy flavors mix with a banana like malt sweetness and a hint of hops in perfect balance

M: just right for a refreshing beer like this-not thick, but not too watery. Moderately high carbonation goes well with the spicy flavors

D: out of this world. I could easily sip one of these over the course of a couple hours or chug it in minutes-it's that good

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Photo of jcpaulun
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review since joining BA and I could think of no better beer to start with.

A: Poured from a bottle into an authentic Duvel tulip. The beer pours a beautiful golden straw color with a huge head. The carbonation nucleation point on the glass forms a nice column of bubbles to maintain the head. Lacing on the glass is fantastic.

S: Subtle yeast with hints of malt. I also detect sweet fruit notes, apples and pears.

T: Very much similar to the nose. Some yeast with a candy fruit backbone. Absolutely delicious. It is crisp with a dry finish.

M: The carbonation is the thing that really is apparent in this beer. It is very upfront and reminds me of champange.

D: Very drinkable considering the relatively high ABV. The carbonation practically begs you to have another sip. I won't consider this a session beer, but I definately would have a second after the first.

All in all, this is one of my favorite beers. There is not too much I can say that has not already been said about it. I may just have to have one now.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers in the world and for good reason, Duvel is a treasure to behold.

The appearance is golden, much like that of a pilsner with a massive white fluffy head that reaches the very top of my Duvel tulip. This beer is a joy to look at and pretty close to the equivalent of beer sex. Belgian lace is left throughout and the head lasts the entire duration of the glass. Impressive!

The scent has a slight banana feel, but is dominated by spice more than anything with hints of other fruits coming to the forefront as well.

The taste is heaven in a glass. It's as flavorful as they come, with hints of saez hops and an ever so slight hint of bitterness, all this balanced out by just enough malt.

The drinkability and mouthfeel are both well above average and both are quite suitable for a session beer. When I say session... I mean session... this one simply put goes down with ease and could easily be drank over and over again. (scary given the 8.5 percent abv.... an 8.5 that is virtually nonexistent in the taste.

I'm disappointed in myself for waiting this long to review this gem. I'm a long established sucker for Belgian beers and have been since shortly after discovering better beers and this is truly World Class and every way. Quite possibly 'the' prime example of why Belgian Ales are held in such high esteem.

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Photo of orfeu
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750 ml bottle this pours a pale golden color with a fluffy and lathered cloud-like head that sticks around forever and laces tremendously. It's pretty cool to see this beer poured into a Duvel tulip with the etched "D" causing a steady stream of carbonation rising up, maintaining the head. The nose picks up yeasty bread aromas right away with some cidery fruits at the end. The taste is beautifully malty with an estery sweetness and a spicy hop kick; the alcohol warmly creeps up as this hits my throat. There's some mild apple candy business going on, too. White pepper spiciness throughout. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with delightful light carbonation and juicy body. Eminently dirinkable. A standard-bearer for the style.

[lazily updated 19 September 2006]

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Photo of gloobygloob
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gigantic frothy white head that stayed forever. Once it dissipated i was left with big frothy mounds and beautiful lacing. Body is a bright yellow and clear as glass. I think the most beautiful beer I've ever seen.

S: wonderful scent of yeast, citrus and a bit of alcohol, not as much as expected with such a strong ale.

T: BALANCE! yeast, citrus, and sweet balanced wonderfully by the perfect amount of hops.

M: average carbonation and a little bit of sticky ness as it lingers.

D: I could drink 4 bottles of this in a row. I have no idea how they did it at 8.5 abv. so easy to drink and its flavor is big and devine all the way to the end.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fantastic looking beer. Hazy yellow body with just a few yeast particles that escaped from the pour. Dvuel boasts a huge, solid white head that is thick and rocky, leaving a tower of foam on top of the ring that settles onto the body. Retention is fantastic, the head sticks around during the entire drinking of this beer. Lacing isn't so much lacing as walls of chunky foam on the sides of your glass. A great looking beer.

Sweet sugary aroma combined with some ripe fruits. Apple and banana come to mind. Banana is probably the strongest fruit aroma. A little bit of alcohol. Overall, Duvel actually smells a little bit like champagne.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but I think better. Lots of sugary sweetness with some fruit flavors. I taste apple, pear and banana. Unlike the aroma, the banana isn't dominant. A good, bready, pilsner malt flavor rounds things out nicely. Just a touch of alcohol and a lot of dryness toward the finish. Duvel is full-flavored and complex, while remaining balanced; it is a great example of a Belgian Pale Ale, if not the best example.

Medium bodied with a somewhat slick feel on the tongue, but a with dry finish. A ton of active carbonation that suits this beer very well.

This beer has pretty good drinkability. I probably prefer to sip rather than down it, but it is well balanced and worth spending a little bit of time enjoying. As beer goes, it tastes a little bit like a very dry champagne, but the sweet grape flavors are replaced by sweet malt and yeast characteristics.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of the greats. Here goes...

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with a huge, rocky white head with excellent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace - damn near perfection. Could make a blind man see again.

S: strong aromas of apple, yeast, banana, and spice

T: nice floral hoppiness, yeast, rich fruit flavours (apple, pear, stone fruit), a slight touch of sweetness, and a dry spiciness on the long finish - very well put together

M: medium bodied and crisp, sight cream, good carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing, somewhat dry finish.

D: I love this beer! Despite the its high ABV, it's decently easy to drink. However, for me, I prefer to sip slowly and enjoy the complex range of flavours, textures, and physical features that it offers. Truly one of the greatest Belgian Pale ales out there - very highly recommended.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh, devil beer.

Nice golden color, thick head with great holding power. Perhaps the head of all heads, it's an amazing, white fluffy cloud on top of a beer. Cascading bubbles.

The aroma is intoxicating, almost literally. Fruit (apples?), malt and alchohol with a touch of floral undertones.

Wow, does this beer taste good! Those Belgians know their stuff and this beer proves it. Slightly fruity, malty, just the right amount of hops. Dry finish with subtle undertones. This dude means business.

Creamy and crisp on the palate.

I could drink a lot of this but with an abv of 8.5% it's pretty sneaky.

One of the best beers.

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Photo of jii
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Translucent gold with a huge frothy white head. Just looking at it whets your palate.

Clean, malty, spicy aromas, with a hint of yeast. Each sniff brings a new scent with it.

From the first sip the taste coats your mouth. This is a very well balanced beer. The yeast offsets the bitterness. The spicy notes compliment the malty flavour. The mouthfeel is constantly smooth.

By the time the narrow portion of the glass is gone, there is a thick sudsy lace. The decrease in head size expands the fullness of the taste; all the flavours intertwine.

Finally, the potency of the brew becomes fully apparent, and the drinking experience encompasses your temples as well. Your whole face is seduced by this stuff. Devil's brew, indeed.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured very slowly "unhurried", into a tulip. Best by date of 09 2013.

A: The head is the stuff of legend. Massive 3 finger white, creamy, though lumpy head. Slowly dissipates into about 1/2 finger, and never goes less than that. Easy to bring back some also, with a slow swirl of the glass. The color of the beer is a beautiful golden, dull lemon color. Slightly hazy, about perfect. Awesome lacing down the sides.

S: Everything seems very present. Yeast is strongest, but I also smell a lot of citrus, mostly lemon. Biscuit last. There is a lot going on, it is very complex. Slightly sweet too.

T: This is my first time trying this, after reading about it on this site. I am absolutely amazed, one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. Citrus comes through pretty strong. More than just lemon, some grapefruit and others. A hit (not a mistype) of alcohol in the middle, with biscuit and yeast. Very nice indeed. Still more going on at the finish, I must say, this is amazing. I get toasted malts, light hops, and more...it all blends very well.

M: Good amount of carbonation, dances on the tongue. Solid medium bodied. The aftertaste, I think, is helped with the light coating this beer leaves on the the tongue. The taste just lingers, and it is quite enjoyable.

O: Absolutely wonderful. This beer became even better after it warmed up a touch. I don't believe it has taken me this long to try Duvel, but I am really glad I did. So complex, yet extremely drinkable. Great tingle in the mouth, with a wonderful taste. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of njbeernj
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding taste, perfect head. It's more than a beer, each bottle is an "event". This is not a beverage to "pound down a six.". Have 1 to 3, that's it. Savor it, don't slurp it. If you don't appreciate it, don't drink it and there'll be more for me!

I don't understand why this beer isn't more readily available in the United States. It's more money than some, but not as much as others, and it's the best beer made. Bar none.

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Photo of Higravity
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proper glassware but they served it a bone chilling temps. I let the bottle sit unopened as I worked through two other beers, finally it had warmed up some. As always this is a beautiful pour, golden clear with a head that filled the glass out. The head takes a minute to settle and the smell is of spicey hops topped back with a malt ester wind that carries the idea of alcohol. The glass is starting to be laced as I take the first sip. Truly an artful construction of a golden ale with high ester yeast. Slightly fruity and sweet with a spice zing from the hops and alcohol make a play on the tongue. Finishes very clean with a nice full yet light body. Very drinkable just be warned on the near 9%.

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Photo of meatyard
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear, golden yellow with a monstrous and thick white head that slowly falls leaving nice lacing. It's a great look in the Duvel tulip glass.
The smell is of sweet lemon and some bread aromas. The bread becomes stronger as it warms..
The taste is a smooth, sweet malt with a lot of subtle flavors. A complex and wonderful taste.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue and a dry finish.
It's very, very drinkable and one of my favorite beers. A must for all to try and some will love it's unique qualities.

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Photo of wschumac
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml (11.2 oz)bottle drank from Tulip shaped Duvel Glass at around 50 degrees F.

A - When I opened the bottle immediately began burst with energy. Poured mildly cloudy, light amber color but clear after settling. This beer is very carbonated and pour perfectly into the glass with 2" white foamy head. Head lasted about five minutes remained throughout leaving rings, very dense and frothy.

S - Smells like perfection. Smells almost fruity with a hint of grainy punch. The aroma is complex but simply extraordinary. The aroma creates yearnig for what is to come.

T - Complimentary taste preluded by its smell. Light but strong at the same time. Hidden complexities in this brew. One of the best in creating warming feeling throughout. Slightly lingering aftertaste makes you yearn for more.

M - Velvety and smooth complex feel for such a light looking beer. Head creates feeling of carbonation but smooth from lips to the belly.

D - Excellent all around beer. Fulfilling in every way. One of those beers that you can enjoy anytime.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,787 ratings.
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