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

Large bottle , with cork and cage. Pours very light wheat, cloudy, head is the stuff of beer dreams. Lacing is world class. Intricate,fluffy, voluminious. Great retention, finally dissolving to the tiniest of tiny bubble sheens. Nose of yeast, pepper, powdered sugar, alcohol, citrus and a light fruityness. Taste is of limes, gin, tart, peppery, bitterness late. mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time. World class Belgian. Its a blessing to us all that this nectar of the gods is widely available. Go get some now, chill, pour and enjoy with a wide variety of foods.

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

Duvel means devil. This is a great great beer.

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip (0.33L bottle with no date). Beer is hazy and yellow, forms a thick aggressive white head that slowly falls away leaving a complicated net of lacing all over the glass. Good head retention.

Sweet fruit, esters, some yeast, some alcohol, some wheat like aromas, smells amazing.

A little sweet, medium to low bodied. A slight wheaty aftertaste but its not disturbing. Nice fruit flavors. Drinkability insanely high. I love this beer. Mouthfeel has great connectivity and overall one of the best IMO. I love this beer.

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

12/22/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Small stubby 11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden coloring, huge foamy at first, then creamy head, above average lacing throughout.

Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit scents. Maybe a tad bit of alcohol. A nice mouthwatering smell.

Taste- Very sweet and sugary fruitiness. Some bitter hops and a light tinge of medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel- This is one damn carbonated beer. Way to much for me. Took me about an hour to suck down this bottle, which was good because the taste came out a bit more as the carbonation went down.

Drinkability- If I let this one sit for an hour before drinking it would have been better. The carbonation is about the only drawback in this beer for me. Otherwise it would be one of my top 10 probably. Very tasty.

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Photo of stevoj
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a perfect beer. Towering head poured into Duvel tulip, aroma is soft and sweet, hay and grass. Taste is caramel, butterscotch, bread. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale straw yellow with a finger of bubbly white head that left great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lite belgian yeast aroma with slight citrus and spice notes that also had faint booze notes.

T: apples, belgian yeast, and cloves strike first on the palate with apices and citrus accents. It also had some booze punching through the flavor.

M: duvel was light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but citrusy crisp finish.

D: duvel drank very good and has been a go to beer when there is not a big variety of beer at certain liquor stores but has always been a tasty beer for me.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer. If it were more affordable, I'd drink, well, way too much. It's a little funky, a little fruity, and a whole lotta belgian.

This is kind of the gold standard when it comes to appearance. A rocky, yet fluffy white head with fine white bubbles and lacing that never stops. Aroma of belgian farmhouse funk and sweet malt and light candi sugar. The taste expands on the aroma with a mellow bitterness over candi sugar and light malts. Very drinkable. Damn what a beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip ... of course.

A - Pale yellow in colour with a lot of thick, bubbly white head and also a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Some light bitter hops up front with bready malts. Typical nose for a Beldian Pale Ale.

T - Some bitter hops up front and sweet bready malts: well balanced. An ever-so-slight spice taste with some bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body, heavily carbonated.

D - A solid beer. I am happy that I bought this but would not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden. Ridiculously frothy two-inch white head in my tulip. Spotty lacing. The effervescence is incredible.

S- Sour apples, cloves. Belgian yeast.

T- Slightly spicy. Sour finish, lemon or apple-ish.

M- Carbonation is spot on. Mouthwatering. Dry finish.

D/O- A true celebratory beer (review #100!), Duvel needs to be respected. Don't think you'd want to make a night of this as that's probably not what the brewer wanted. This one 11.2 ouncer won't be difficult to finish at all...craving the next sip already. Great world-renown beer.

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

didn't pour into snifter as represented on the bottle. Used pint glass.
What a head! Thick, foamy, white and didn't go anywhere (but in my belly!)
Good golden, yellow, rich glow in the glass.
Smell was sweet, malt, orange, flower, hops.
Taste was rich, and richer as it warmed, with a bit of salt at first, them malt and sweetness. Hops were present middle to end. Aftertaste lingered just enough to want more.
Could drink a few more. the appearance was the best part of this beer although the other components were impressive.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a thick fluffy 3" white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head slowly fades, leaving a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: the aroma is of yeast, grass, and citrus.

Taste: the yeast is very prominent on the tongue, along with a pepper spiciness, citrus, decent malt levels, and crisp bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: super crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is slightly dry. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: superb drinkability as this is one of the more refreshing Belgian beers on the market. This was one of the first Belgian beers I had many years ago, and I still enjoy it to this day.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light golden color with a frothy white head that lasts. The nose is fruity with belgian spices. There is a banana smell and a hint of corriander. The taste is good; again with the spices and the fruitiness. This is a good Belgian ale straight from the heart of Belgium. The mouthfeel is a bit too intense. The carbonation reminds me of a few bottle conditioned homebrews that went wrong. The beer is light bodied. It is a good drinking beer and one that I would love to enjoy again, although Ommegang's Hennepin is better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from BevMo at $2.99 for a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Poured slowly into a chalice, it pours a light blonde with a heavy, cloudy body. The head retention is excellent and there's plenty of lacing sticking to the glass as the beer is sipped. An extremely addictive sweet smell of ripe fruits arise from the glass. The taste too is extrememly sweet, but with a big kick of peppers and alcohol to follow. The ladder will slap your tongue around, and the vast carbonation numbed my tongue. AHHH!! My palate can't take that kind of abuse yet! It still has a nice flavor though.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a pale cloudy golden amber. One finger white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spice, wheat and light citrus fruits. Light fruit and Belgian spicing up front, transitioning to light malt and citrus and finishing with a mild spice bitterness. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice Belgian.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with some lemon citrus and grassy and spicy hops. The flavor is lemon and oranges with low to medium bitterness, spicy hops and pilsner malt. The beer is very dry. Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of aasher
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with a three finger white foamy head. It looks like a pale cider. The aromas are kind of bland. It's kind of spicy and it kind of smells like freshly cut apples. It's mellower than I thought it would be. I'm not really impressed with the taste either. It's ok but just ok. It slowly gets better the more sips you take. It's a standard Belgian pale. There's definitely worse beers out there but this doesn't impress me. It drinks light and smooth and you'd never know that it's 8.5%. It's just not that great in my opinion.

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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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well ,this is review number 3,000 for me. It has been a wonderful 7.25 years 0n this site, and I really appreciate the world of beer it has opened up to me. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, fruit. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, alcohol makes it presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle into a tulip style glass, fairly fresh bottle also.

A- Bright golden that has some yellow highlights here and there. A steady pour yielded over an inch of fluffy white foam that kept rising, over the rim of the glass actually. some lace and nice looking.

S- A lot of Belgian yeast with some spices in the mix. Not the boldest scents coming from this which is surprising. Some faint fruit off in the distance.

T- Improves upon the smell with more fruits coming through including banana and some apple and pears working well with each other. Belgian yeast blast through with some light hops sneaking through. Some freshly squeezed lemon thrown in as well.

M- A large step below medium bodied with a ton of carbonation which you can tell is there just by looking at it while it is heavy on the tounge. With some warming Duvel gets smoother and is easier to pick up on the tastes.

D- I was not blown away by this but Duvel certainly is worthy of it's place within this style, of which I buy a lot of replica's of which do not compare. A bit high in alcohol which is O.K. by me but a tad to much carbonation.

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

Duvel, the quintissential belgian strong pale ale.

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a chalice. Huge pillowy head. A hazed straw yellow with ample lace.

Aroma of fresh baked honey bread. Yeasty notes. Apple like fruitiness as well.

Tart apple with some spiciness. Bready malts and a tangerine like fruitiness. Muted banana notes. Hop bitterness reaches into the finish. Fruity esters and just a hint of clean alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering bitter dry finish.

Drinkability rates high for this gem. A great example of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. Wonderful.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is bright gold and clear, basically looks like a good Pils. This one tries to jump out of the glass as it pours with a lively carbonation that creates a thick white long lasting head. The head is Meringue like in consistency. The beer smells sharp and slightly herbal and fruity, accompanied by a woodiness. Has a lightly sweet taste with a complex herbal aftertaste. Lightly bitter and hoppy. Leaves one with a soft maltiness in the finish. A very light beer that hides its alcoholic strength well.

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surely this brilliantly clear, incredibly fair and glossy yellow beverage has been mislabeled. The Devil? This? But it's so sunny and pristine and, with the massive white cloud atop it, almost angelic looking. That head, for which this beer (and Belgian beer in general) is renown, is truly epic in size and sheds in big clumps along the sides of the glass.

Dynamic yeast and bready malts greet you with a tight, warming embrace as if they were your parents before seeing you go off to war. Children commonly use stuffed animals or blankets as objects of comfort - beer drinkers have Duvel. Passionately phenolic yeast, a confident maltiness and some sneaky hops combine for something ambrosial.

Mirroring their performance in the smell, savory notes of dried herbs, warm white bread crusts, vine-ripe hops, dollops of apple and pear puree and a dash of something zesty are the flavour precedent of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style and the yardstick against which all others continue to be measured. This intricate blend of fruity esters, spicy phenols, gritty hops and pale malts is the touchstone of stability and harmony in beer.

Duvel is curiously light-bodied for a beer that is reportedly so strong; you'd never guess close to the 8.5% that the label lists. The beer is clean and quenching as a Pilsner, but with the added complexities of a finely-tuned Belgian yeast. Those zestful phenols and a strongly carbonated effervescence are what steer that wheel, with soft water, earthy bitterness and the sweetness from the added sugars accompanying in the backseat.

Every genre of music and film have their all-time classics, the mainstay and must-haves for any collector, the benchmarks upon which so many others have been either inspired or emulated. For Belgian beer, Duvel is certainly just that. It is at once light and refreshing yet bold and complex, simple but elaborate, a beer so suited to quick, mindless quaffing precisely because it is so mindful of balance and proportion. A true magnum opus.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

short squat bottle like the above pic.. purchased at Belmont Station in Portland a while back.... don't remember the price... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

nice 3 finger rocky stark white head... stick around forever and leaves a great bunch of lace... the brew is very pale straw gold.

musky fruitiness.. sorta like a dusty pear essence.. traditional Belgian yeast spiciness.. zesty.

Flavor is clean pale malts layered with yeasty spiciness.. peppery and lite lemon zest... more complex than I describe... I am just sorta having a hard time tonight.. really is the benchmark for the style.. very very drinkable... dangerously so. The body is on the light side.. and the carbonation is fairly prominent... sorta green apple skin tartness..

Really a great beer... I wonder if it ages well... I've never been able to hang onto them long enough.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl short brown bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Best bu date of 06 2009.

A: Perfect. Nice slow pour leaves a massive, foamy white head that has great retention and leaves plenty of clumpy lacing. Liquid is a pale, clear golden color. The etching in the bottom of the glass agitates a constant stream of carbonation.
S: Ripe fruit (apple), yeast, spice and a little bit of alcohol.
T: Very creamy, smooth with very active carbonation. Slightly sweet with taste of ripe fruit, some peppery spiciness and a light hop bitterness. Mild yeast presence in middle and finish with slight tight of alcohol and very clean and refreshing. Begs for another drink.

Excellent beer, very drinkable for abv and always leaves me wanting more. Don't overlook this because of how easy it is to find.

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

330 mL bottle, poured into its own glass, a Duvel tulip,

A: Golden yellow, with a thick, white, billowing head, almost looks like a cumulonimbus cloud, excellent lacing all-around.

S: Spices, some lemon/orange, somewhat medicinal.

T: Lemon and other citrus upfront, pears, yeast esters, with a hoppy finish that is quite understated, from the Bohemian hops which are mentioned on the label.

M: Smooth, dry, spritzy, creamy, and phenolic.

D: Very good for an 8% beer, a classic of its style, Duvel is a great beer, quite simple really, but quite delicious.

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

Pours a very slightly cloudy yellow with more than a few bubbles, looks like a good Lager.

Pleasant Spicy smell! Smells lightly of pears and perfume.

Very mild flavored, not too sweet at all. It .has a bit of woody tartness in the finish.

This is much drier than most Belgian strong pale ales. There is a bit of spice and fruitiness in this, but it is hard to pin down the exact taste.

Extremely pleasant! Taste more like "Beer" than most Belgian beers of this type, I really like it.

Mouthfeel is thicker than you would expect for such a pale colored beer. It is just about right, satisfying but no sensation that you need to chew it.

Drinkability is very good! I could drink one of these every night and be VERY happy!

A superior brew in all respects!

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,802 ratings.
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