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 PisoMojado
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer must be served in its appropriate glass. Tilt glass and pour slowly. A thick head will form and stick to the glass as the beer is slowly consumed. Duvel has a light golden color with a spicy scent. This beer goes down smooth and the spiciness almost tickles the throat. Duvel is an enjoyable beer. Its light and somewhat hoppy character mask the bold 8.5% abv. A trip to Moortgat brewery is impressive and educational. Only 20% of the brewery's production is exported. The rest stays in Belgium.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has to be one of my favourite Belgian ales, a superb beer looks great, drinks well. Thanks to peorgarmpe.

Poured into a Maudite goblet, half filling the glass, high white head a pale yellow gold hard working beer. The bubbles work hard like champagne, the head sits so hugely that it's a shame to break through it to drink...

Couldn't really smell anything until I got rid of some of that tasty head. Smelt of malt, yeast, spices, alcohol. Aromas of spicey Saaz(?) hops, intoxicating.

Tastes awesome, I remember the first time I had this, I thought I'd died and gone to Valhalla. Complex flavours of spices, malt, ripe pears and fruits, giving way to an easy bitterness. The alcohol comes through nicely, though the body is still that of a lower abv beer. Perfect. The finish is long, gets drier the more I drink. I top up my glass, watching the head grow again. It's almost pornographic.

Deceptively strong, not a big quaffer, but I'd like to give it a burl.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a recently purchased Duvel glass. The appearance is a dull golden with a never-ending cascade of tiny bubbles heading towards a gigantic white frothy head. The head will lessen but stick around and lace the glass with white frothy bubbles. The smell is light and spicy with a hint of alcohol. The taste is nice smooth, crisp and carbonated. You hardly notice the alcohol, but it warms the body. Head still existent throughout. A drinkable beer indeed.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cap with a big hiss and poured into a glass.

A - Pours a thin, light golden color, a little hazy with a head that kept on growing, I left it for a minute and it almost cascaded over the glass. The lacing on this is also more than I've ever seen, for people who like head, divulge in this!

S - Hmm, the head was so big I couldn't smell much, and even with the head gone, I couldn't get a lot of aroma either, but I do have a foamy mustache, yay!

T - A very sharp, crisp taste. Gives merit to the pilsner malts, didn't notice much in the hops or the alcohol, this is a great tasting brew.

M - Very light on the mouth, a nice bubbly texture, the old line "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"

D - Awesome, awesome drinkability. Really the only downside is the high ABV, that you can't taste, so you might buy a sixer of this and take down a few and it will hit you hard.

I thought I'd like this beer, but I am really enjoying it, it really suprises me how good this is. I only wish it was a bit cheaper so I could have this on a more regular basis.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the color on this sample is a pale golden yellow and cloudy. very light light,crisp, fruity taste. a great beer to sip in the summer shade. i thought the smell was more pronounced than the taste. it has alot of champagne character. you just cannot taste the alchohol in this one. it is one of the most drinkable beers that i have ever had. one is not enough!

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy pale light gold with a 2 finger creamy white head.
Smell is of tropical fruit, nectarines, light zesty malts, spices featuring pepper, and hops.
Taste is of spicy orange peel, and black pepper mixed in a pilsner brew with definite Belgian yeast being implimented.
Mouthfeel is slightly harsher than smooth with a slight sweetness, bitterness, and just a touch of off skunkiness that's hard to place.
Drinkability is ok. Definite alcohol presence which makes me want to sip this more than anything else.

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

Presentation: 330ml bottle (BBD January, 2008) poured into a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a bright golden color (deceiving if you know nothing of Belgian ales) with a head that took up about half of the glass. Both the color and head are exquisite.

Aroma: Pepper, some spiciness and malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor is present throughout. You get a little bit of the alcohol in the finish, but for a 8.5% ABV beer it certaintly goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is also excellent.

Overall: This beer is perfection in a bottle; one of, if not the best that I have ever tasted. If you've never tried it, do so immediately.

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Photo of freed
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprising (even knowing it's a golden ale) golden with high carbonation and a mountain of fluff for a head. The white creamy foam has endurance and that cool topography of a Belgian ale.

The aroma is sweet and flowery with a finishing curl of sourness. Apples, malt, and wild fermentation. Lovely without overdoing any of the constituents - a shortcoming among most new world attempts.

The taste is bright and crisp with barley and cider flavors, tart with yeast remnants and just a final bit of dry breadiness. There's no excess of sugar in the body which makes it a warming, filling beer without the young sweet affects. Really quite excellent.

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

11.2 oz. stubby, brown glass bottle with a best by date of November 2007, and also boasts some great label writing: "Pour Unhurriedly" it advises. I poured it into a snifter glass.

The beer itself poured a beautiful gold with a 1+ in. white, frothy head. The head retained incredibly well; it stayed as I drank the beer down and left thin, semi-sticky lacing.
The beer smelled wonderful: malts and a grassy sweetness.
This beer tasted and drank so well. Crisp. Clean. Flavorful and direct but eluding with a medium body. The 8.5% alcohol was not evident or overpowering in the taste. The beer got better as it warmed... I wish I had bought a few more of these. It's insanely drinkable. A simply great beer. I will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of mortarit
3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this before when I travel out of state. I was impressed then but having a hard time adjusting to it now. I for got, you really need to pour slowly. Feeling really blothed may have something to do with the scoring.
I had to go with the 750ml due to the price.
If you over do it when pouring you can enjoy the fluffy head. This brings a new meaning to head texture.
The Golden Ale has earned it's name by matching the color to the style. It's different when all of the ales I have had consumed are darker.
I like the smell really well but when tasting, throws me the other way. I can really taste the increase in alcohol in it.

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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 fingolfin72
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Total Wine in my area finally has stocked >6% stuff.

Color- pale gold, almost like luminous straw. An inch and a half of fine-textured, pure white head persisted for a couple of minutes.

Nose- clean and sugary with orange and lemon zest aromas. Hints of spiciness.

Palate- bracingly spicy, clean and dry. The subtle sweetness is balanced by a fine effervescence, a bit of quinine bitterness and spicy notes. The finish lingers satisfyingly.


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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, huge head, some carbonation. It has a malty, hoppy, sweet scent. Very nice sweet taste with a medium body, there's a little hint of alcohol at the end. This is very drinkable, and also a great beer. This is my first time drinking a Duvel and it won't be my last.

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Photo of Brian700
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a huge billowy white head.

The aroma is a light and wheat malts with some candi sweetness.

The taste is also of light and wheat malts with some mild spiciness to it with a little bit of candy. Excellent beer.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

I think this is a great beer and highly recommend it.

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

The colour is pale yellow with a tint of orange; the liquid is a little bit cloudy. The high compact firm foam builds a fine crown.

A wheat-beer flavour dominates the smell; there are also notes of sour yeast, and some roasted, spicy notes.

The taste is very balanced and clean, yet complex. There are sweet notes of wheat, fruit candy, and a mild bitterness. The aftertaste got flavours of wheat dough, alcohol and some bitter hops.

The carbonation is quite strong with large bubbles, which suits the style fine.

This is a great beer that complements all sorts of cheeses in a fantastic way. Great stuff.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a lovely, huge head that recedes slowly, sticks to the glass and looks so inviting. Pale, unfiltered straw colour. Smells so good. God I love Belgians! Citrusy, spicy aromas, nice and complex.

This beer goes straight to the nose at first sip. My God, it's everywhere! Mild alcohol, but it's hidden well in all the flavours. Coriander spice, yeasty, banana perhaps? Tangy on the tongue, but goes down creamily smooth with a nice aftertaste that's only mildly bitter, and the taste of fruit sticks around long after.

if it wasn't for the ABV, I could drink this all day long. a very exceptional beer in one of my favorite styles. Cheers!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly crystal clear straw yellow, with a huge rocky, frothy white head...the definition of what a belgian strong pale ale should look like. Aroma has citrusy and spicy hop notes with a fruity ale yeast and biscuit like malt background...certainly appealing. Flavor begins with a crisp hops profile of citrus, spices, and minerals followed by a distinct malt profile of biscuit and dry toasted bread flavors, then a background of fruity ale yeast. Intriguing and original, really a combination of a pilsner and a blegian pale. Very good brew, glad it was one of the first high gravity beers available in NC.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2 yr old black label 750... Poured a hazy, large, egg shell colored head that left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of citrus, and spices (mostly cardamom). Sweet, slight citrus hoppiness, mildly spicy, and finishing alcoholic as well.

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Photo of Luigi
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale cloudy color with a massive, creamy, rocky head that never goes away! Plenty of carbonation bubbles. Smells clean with an alcoholic sweetness backed up with yeast. The taste is crisp and fruity. Kind of grape like. Sweet alcohol and pale malts too! Oh my God! You just can't drink one! The problem is with 8.5% alv you have to be careful.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the 330 mL stubby. Pours a cloudy yellow with an active carbonation, nice head retention.

Smell: Fruit, spice, wheat? and grass.

Taste is pure Belgian strong ale. Delicious. Very juicy, finishes with a near puckering sweet sour twang. Carbonation makes the brew feel very light, most welcome on the palate. Finishes clean with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

This is incredible stuff. Truly worth all the hype surrounding it. Cheers.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours a pale yellow color and makes a HUGE fluffy and clumpy white head. Aroma is very yeasty with some citrus fruit lingering around. Flavor is quite complex with notes of lemon zest, coriander, nutmeg, fresh baked bread, yeast, alcohol and caramel bananas. Light to medium on the palate, carbonation is firm, strong dry finish. This is a very quaffable brew, the strength creeps up on you. I enjoyed several of these while in Brussels last week, it was nice to see something so good and readily available everywhere.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from the Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden / yellow colour. Big foamy white head with quite big beading lasted until near the end...

Aroma of pear, pepper, spices, hint of lemon and other citrus.

Taste – quite noticable alcohol taste. Quite peppery with hints of honey, vanilla and lemon...

Feel - Quite sharp on the tongue... turns creamy quite soon after the initial sharpness...Acidic notes...

Overall - probably the best strong pale ale there is.. an exceptional beer...

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Photo of Citadel82
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have always loved this brew. I originally puchased it as part of a gift set to get the funky giant tulip. I have since puchased it many times without the tulip and keep going back for more.

What can one say? Pours out clear, faultless burnished gold with a massive white head that leaves sheets and clumps of lace as it withdraws.

Aroma is distinctly fruits - plums, green banana, some spice and some leafy hops. A whiff or two of alcohol in the back. Intriguing and beckoning...

The taste is slightly sweet almos candy sugar, some spicy, leafy, hops, a strong presence of alcohol and more fruit and spice. A complex and tasty brew.

For such a pale beer the mouthfeel is heavy. coating the mouth with rich layers of flavor that linger long after each sip.

Yes, I will buy again!

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Photo of asabreed
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle, purchased and enjoyed with mustard crusted rabbit at Can Can in Richmond. I figured there was no better time to try it.

Appearance: Huge head that slowly dissipates at a crawling pace down the glass. It wasn't going anywhere. Nice champagne-like color, though this was a pretty gorgeous lemon yellow color with tons of bubbles climbing their way up.

Smell: It was nice to have this chilled and keep getting my nose in the glass as it warmed. The alcohol is present, but it melds perfectly with the banana and candi sugar aromas. Some citrus, yeasty bread. Some pepper, spice, and lemon peel. I suppose this is what a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should smell like, but this is one of the best aromas I've ever gotten from the style, from chilled to room temperature.

Taste: Does justice to the aromas for sure. Sweetness is balanced with the yeasty flavors, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Banana, alchol, and candi sugar are at the forefront, but there's certainly a near-perfect balance going on.

Mouthfeel: What I was hoping for with the taste and aromas. Light to medium body, perfect carbonation. I don't think this could be better.

Drinkability: Duvel's fairly expensive, yes, but it's definitely worth it. I think rather than a corked and caged, I'd know prefer the 4-packs, which I certainly will make a staple since I know I can get them around here.

This is an all around exceptional example of the style, and surely one of the best. I'd recommend, if you haven't had many, trying some from some other breweries, then trying Duvel to see what you think. Either way, it's a great beer, and one worthy of celebration.

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

Appearance: Almost completely clear yellow straw color at first pour. The beer had a huge thick head on it made up of mostly large bubbles. Now this is what I would call mousy. Drinking the beer left a thick Belgian lace on the glass. After quite a few minutes, there was still a very prominent head being held together by a bunch of bubbles rising.

Aroma: Through the foam I get a good bit of citrus in the nose. There is so much going on in the aroma, but the hops are there to add to the complexity. As it warms a bit, I notice a faint banana in the background. The Pilsner malt is also becoming a much larger part of the aroma profile as it sits a bit.

Taste: This is a really clean beer that is medium bodied...however you can't even tell from the generous carbonation. The flavor is as complex as the aroma. There is a lot of malt presence for a beer this light. You can pick out some really subtle spiciness from the Hops, but this really blends well with the whole tasting experience. As it warms up, I am getting a lot more spice that is deeper than just the hops. It is gaining a very slight peppery note. This is probably about the only thing that is noticeable from the alcohol. Other than this, I wouldn't think that this beer had 8.5% ABV at all.

Opinion: Of course you know that I am of the opinion that this is an incredible beer! It is light, and very well balanced. The mix of subtle flavors masks the bite that this beer packs. After finishing this 750mL bottle myself, I am feeling a bit warmer. I highly recommend this beer!

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,841 ratings.
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