Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BEER INFO

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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,786
Ratings:
7,760
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
19.16%
 
 
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Photo of twentyfour01
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Not really into pale ale or Belgian beer but I much prefer this to Three Philosophers which is the only other one of this general style I have tried. This beer has a great sense of occasion about it! Love the mouth feel.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very light straw color with a very thick, creamy white head. Visible co2 coming out of solution.

Smell - A little peppery. A lot of mineral and perhaps even a bit metallic. After those I get the characteristic belgian aromas. Some clove, spice, and yeast. A touch of hops.

Taste - More hops than I was expecting. It was a nice surprise. Again, a little peppery, which may be accentuated by the higher abv. A clean grainy flavor.


Feel - High volumes of co2 of course. Velvet, dry, cloudy mouthfeel.

Overall - It deserves its world class distinction. It had more pepper than I would like, but as far as style goes it is sensational.

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Photo of OlaB
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: clear golden color, gives of a massive top of head that gives beautifull lacings on the sides of the glass ,

S: Light malts , hops, citrus , especially lemon rinds , some hints of spices like corriander i can notice to

T&F: Spices pepper and small hint of corriander, yeast, citrus rinds , especially lemon, hop bitternes in the aftertaste. prickling feeling on my tongue, this beer is extremly well balanced in all the different flavours .Very easy to drink, the high abv is not very noticable in the flavour at all .

O: A delicious beer, a classic beer that i never get tired of. Very drinkable and have amazing taste on the beer . It,s not the best belgian beer out there, but it sure comes high on the list

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Photo of MAB
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew gets a lot of praise but, for my tastes, it's way down the list of Belgian Beers that I'd order.

It is a pale straw yellow, which begins clear and then the chill haze takes it.
It has abundunt white head and foam, initially, but it quickly dissipates into thin and non-clingy leavings.

The aroma is all yeast up front. The flavor is full of banana-like esters, and clove notes; more yeast on the palate, but the 8.5% alcohol is well hidden.
There is a short period of sweetness after sipping, but it becomes sour and then goes bitter after that.

Even still, it's a very drinkable beer. But I can think of three other Belgian Strong Pale Ales that I'd rather have.

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Photo of Shanex
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Duvel (Devil) lives up to its name, please have a seat especially if you're drinking the 75cl bottle. It's 8,5% ABV and delivers the most beautiful head with the proper glassware, Triple Karmeliet close second. It's tasty, complex and balanced. It's the kind of beer you want to do a marathon on, and that you will for sure buy again. World-class

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

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass. Golden color with 2 finger head that shrank to 1/2 finger but stuck around.

As others noted, high alcohol content was well hidden, and I didn't realize it was so high until I had halfway finished glass and was starting to feel really nice and mellow.

I'm not one for describing the different tastes, other than to say this beer reminds me somewhat of Fin Du Monde, which I love.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a tulip: yellow color, hazy, light but tenacious head of foam. Fruity esters on the nose. Pilsner accents taste wise; also citrus rind. Very dry; excellent lingering aftertaste. Such a delicious beer. I would never ever guess this is 8.5 ABV; tastes so good you should sip it but it sure goes down easy.

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Photo of twozni
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice golden color with a very fluffy two finger head.

S: Light citrus smell, a bit hoppy.

T: Light citrus aftertaste, has a bit of spice to it, slight bitterness.

F: Very smooth, mild carbonation.

O: Really delicious beer and definitely worth a try

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - A pale golden yellow type color. Hazy but not completely opaque. Awesome super fluffy/soapy 3 finger white head.
Smell - Spice, Belgian yeast, lemon peel, earth
Taste - Spice, peppery notes, earthiness, lemon zest, hints of orange peel
Feel - super crisp and clean. 8.5% is well hidden (but makes you aware it's there) and the carbonation is on point!

Overall - This beer is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of tduecen
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I had in Belgium. Would have loved to tour the brewery and try it that way. Was a nice pour and had a nice head on the beer, certainly fit the characteristics of a Belgium beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass at a wine bar (I know). Poured a hazy yellow (actually pretty clear). Nice 2 finger head. Nice malt upfront light peppery lemon finish. The thing that is amazing is this beer retained a 2 finger head for a solid 30 minutes. Will definitely have this beer in the future. One of the better looking beers that taste damned good

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hmmmm... a magical Christmas elixir, drunk from a large tulip Duvel glass. Well done team. This golden treat really just hit the spot. Crisp bright flavor with a light mouth feel. I personally felt this one was a little deceptive on the alcohol side in that I couldn't tell it was 8.5%. This is a beer I would drink after shoveling the driveway... or maybe a few. Refreshing.

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Photo of jtaylord
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle with best before 04/2017 date. Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Refreshing Belgium taste. A+beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and gold, huge white head and very visible carbonation. Another review described the smell as a tire fire and I'll be damned if that's not a fair description. Not scared though, got some citrus smells and I've had it before so I know it's good. Light body, but that carbonation is a mouthful. Dry, crisp and super smooth; I could drink this all night, what booze?

Finishes super clean with just a touch of bitterness lingering on the tongue. This may not be the sexiest old girl, but she's worth bumping into from time to time.

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

33cl bottle, best before 11/2016

Appearance: pale golden and cloudy, builds a beautiful big iceberg head that stays there forever.

Smell: clean sweet incensey like maltiness, really great.

Taste: malty, spicey, a bit fruity, sweet and dry, but all very balanced, it's addictive.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated but so creamy and smooth it makes you want drink more and more.

Overall: delicious, amazing beer, as I said, it's addictive. This is really good beer.

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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 Stakebone
2.8/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear straw colored beer with impressive and long lasting head. Alcohol level is way in the background. However it's light body does nothing to counter the extreme bitterness and the smell is more tire fire than spicy hops. Any complexity or fruity character is masked by the overall harshness of the dominant flavors and aroma.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer has a light golden color with a fluffy white head that had some lasting power. Malty, lemony citrus and a little banana peel. Taste is light and refreshing disguising the elevated alcohol content very well. Highly carbonated and crisp in the mouth with a light feel. I feel the beer is right on the mark for a Belgian strong pale Ale.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The purest white pillow of everlasting dense foam on top of clear straw color. Aroma is slight citrus zest and mild spice. Yeasty esters dominate the taste. It's fairly dry, and very carbonated. with a bit of a tart finish I enjoy Delirium more.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I hate pale ales but this was such a nice one i didnt even notice it was classed as a pale....crisp,smooth and overall a very well crafted beer, i would even consider buying again even though i dont like this style.

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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 EMV
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

L: Pours a light clear golden color. 3 fingers of the creamiest white head I've ever seen which lasts forever. Delicate lacing and great legs.

S: Lemony citrus and mild hops.

T/F: Belgian yeasts are all over this brew... complex esters with an almost fruity-citrus character without being sweet. Mild hop bite... just enough to keep things honest. Spicy character. Light and creamy on the mouth... carbonated yet smooth.

O: This is a delicious and complex beer, and one that's meant to be sipped and savored. You can't go wrong with Duvel, and it's one of the Belgian standards for a reason.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed glass. Hazy golden color with a multiple finger head that recedes super slowly leaving lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma of fruity esters, floral hops, and bread. Taste follows the nose with a slightly tart yeast, floral hops, spicy hops, and biscuit taste before the dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden and the feel is creamy and luscious.
The feel is what really makes this beer. Everything is well done, but the creaminess and hidden alcohol make this a gem. I could really savor this and I don't see how this beer could get old.

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Photo of nflowers
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear and golden with a thick, fluffy head. Looks like there's tons of carbonation.

Smell is of bread, banana, lemon zest.

Taste is very complex and bright. Lots of fruit, but it comes across as light and refreshing. No alcohol burn. Does not taste like a 8%+ beer.

The finish is dry, and leaves you wanting more. Great beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Three finger fluffy white head, almost like marshmallow foam. Clear, pale yellow body with a strange hazy ribbon under the head.

Smell: Light fruits, banana, clove, notes of straw and honey.

Taste: Apple, banana, clove, and a note of pepper.

Feel: Massive carbonation, medium body. Slightly tart, but also a bit dry.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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