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Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel SingleDuvel Single

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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-15-2008)
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Photo of Bouleboubier


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in a Duvel tulip)

A: extremely clear, extremely pale-golden liquid... beautiful cottony, spongy white foam - takes forever to recede, maintains a thin, pillowy cap till the end... laces like a champ

S: sugar-cookie dough... mellow flowery hops... mild corn-mealy, moonshine-like phenolics

T: silken, lightly-toasted, graham cracker-y malt... delicately spicy hop and phenolic overtones... sort of background tinting of bright citrus zest... no one flavor really stands out - all are delicate and finely balanced

M: lager-light in body, crisp.... quite dry... only a faint glow of warmth

O: this is what I tell every customer it is - a mellower, more 'easy-drinking' version of Duvel (as if Duvel Sr. is laborious to drink!).... most casual or less-adventurous beer drinkers really dig it, while some feel it's too restrained... pleases most though

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 06:04:21 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Cylinsier


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light gold, slight haze and fine pillowy white head at about an inch. Slow dissipation.

Smells of coriander, wheat, and grassy malts. Fresh and lightly bitter.

Light grassy malts with a mild light bitterness over coriander and lemon citrus.

Full body with light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A nice lighter Belgian ale that goes down easy and is pretty satisfying. Not as good as the standard Duvel, but worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 23:06:46 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml sample bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pale golden color with a mild haze. Foamy white head holds at a quarter inch. Clumpy and foamy lacing sticks everywhere.

S: Pilsner malt and cracker. Dry herbal and grassy hop kick. Earthy and chalky yeast, lightly phenolic with a distinct black pepper scent.

T: Cracker and hints of doughy pilsner malt. Bone dry. Hint of orange zest. Hops lay in grassy and dry earthy/herbal tastes. Tropical fruits. Chalky yeast, peppery. Dry finish, cracker malt evaporates and leaves a lingering oily and spicy hop bite.

M: Medium-light in body. Creamy and very airy. Medium carbonation has a prickling, scrubbing action. Mild hop astringency. Crisp and very drinkable.

O: So they tweaked the Duvel recipe for draught. I guess I kind of get it, the bottled version of duvel does not lend itself to the tap lines, mainly due to its strength. So they take the abv down a little, lighten the body to make it more sessionable, and make it noticeably more hoppy for good measure (this is America after all). It's still a very good beer, just not the Duvel I know and love. It feels just a little dumbed down in all respects compared to its bottled counterpart. The real problem is the name. Putting 'Single' on the bottle in a Belgian context will lead people to believe that this is modeled after an abbey single. Certainly not the case at 6.8% abv. Maybe they should just make a beer more akin to an abbey single for draught. The market is trending in that direction these days anyway, demand for true session offerings is on the rise.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:28:19 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Brewery Ommegang to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. I ordered this beer with Café Ommegang’s chicken and waffle dish, for what it’s worth, but eh. Probably not.

Appearance (4.75): Comes out strong with three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that shoes very good retention and fat, clumpy webs of lace to start. The body is a perfect 24ct golden color with just a slight haze. As the beer goes on, it leaves exceptional lacing, with nearly a sheet of foamy lace on the far side of the glass and nice arcs and legs all around.

Smell (3.75): Mild, warm clove aromas with light black pepper and some grains of paradise. Warm biscuits, a little honey, and a very prevalent dry, dusty, warm straw aroma, along with some light apple tones . . . but the dusty straw is most prominent. Very solid (love the straw), but could be fruitier and more aromatic.

Taste (4.25): Excellent blend of common crackers, dry straw, grassy hops, light floral and herbal tones that blur the line between hops and phenols, all alongside an even balance of coriander, grains of paradise, and some white and black pepper notes—really everything is in balance. Hops bitterness characteristic of noble hops come through on the finish, and as it warms, more and more lemon character comes out.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Relatively light bodied with a dry finish, along with a smooth carbonation that comes around for a firm and active tingle before washing down. This is exceedingly drinkable.

Overall (4.25): I really, really like this beer. It typifies the style in terms of dry, relatively clear, golden, non-brett interpretations—to a “T.” Other than not being as fruity and not quite as spicy as a lot of other versions of the style, it takes the standard and nails it. Love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 21:38:37 | More by fmccormi
Photo of KYGunner


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light banana yellow color with a bright white head that was fizzy but long lasting.

The scent is quite clovey, with an undertone of banana, doughy malts and grain.

The taste is soft, much like the feel and very starchy. The cloves are strong but smoothed by the doughy malts. There are some fruity esthers, in the form of banana, and a fresh bread taste.

I really like this but can't say it strikes me as overally unique.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 02:11:50 | More by KYGunner
Photo of micromaniac129


3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A desent beer here.
Clear golden with a tall white head. Looked clean and refreshing.
Aroma was lean and hard to pull anything out aroma-wise. Some pale malts.
Taste was good although tasted a bit washed out. Honestly i thought I was drinking the more potent Duvel. Taste almost exactly like that but with less alcohol.
It's okay, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 19:44:50 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Duvel Single

LOOK: Pours a clear yellow, with a large pillowy foam and good lace. Appears like what you might expect from a Belgian pale ale.

SMELL: Powdery Belgian yeast, fresh pear. A touch of flowery hops. Very clean and more than slightly inviting.

TASTE: Grainy malts and a strong burst of earthy, slightly sour noble hop variety. Leaves a light citrus, mint and grass behind. Acidic hop oils linger on the palate. This is a refined ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Has a soothing, refreshing character.

OVERALL: A very good pale ale. Solid flavors, nothing earth shattering, but a lot can be said about execution. I'd have this again. Duvel is a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 21:49:25 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of smcolw


4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy, near white head. Lots of chunky lace on the tulip glass. Nearly clear (mild chill haze?). Light gold color

Blend of pale malt, Belgian yeast and alcohol nose. A bit sour.

Starts with a rich body and the pale malt, but no graininess. Next comes the sourness, followed quickly by a notable and balanced hop. The aftertaste is short and mostly sour. The carbonation is low.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 21:12:02 | More by smcolw
Photo of CBearNM

4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The initial smell is very pleasant, kind of hoppy and flowery.

There is no bite or strong alcohol bite to it, very nice and smooth.

The aftertaste lingers without being overpowering.

I was very happy to find it available on tap for growlers in a local package store (QB's in Pojoaque, NM)

Serving type: growler

01-29-2013 01:38:06 | More by CBearNM
Photo of HalfFull


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 25 cl bottlette poured into a wine glass. The diminutive size of the bottle was interesting and opened with a soft pop and quite unlike the robust nature of your standard Duvel. Pours clear and golden with a half inch of soapy white foam. Good retention and lacing follow despite the soft start.

Nose of light lemony Noble hops along with some Belgian yeast esters and a coarse graininess.

Taste is similar to Duvel but offers a lighter and less viscous body. The firm yet relatively light carbonation provides a good balance in that there is less residual malt to compensate for.

Feel is lemony and clean, full enough yet without being overly sweet. Finishes with more bready lemon character which lingers moderately on the tongue.

Overall pretty solid and better than the draft version in the U.S. with a more pronounced yeast spice character. Not as intriguing as your standard Duvel but surely more quaffable and of the same bloodlines.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:07:34 | More by HalfFull
Photo of sommersb


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-02-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: On tap at Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

Had this in a mini-snifter while browsing the bottle selection at Wino's...

A: Clear, bright and golden appearance, capped by a nicely sized white head. Lace and retention were good.

S: Spicy and peppery, with some citrus notes.

T: Tastes very similar to Duvel from the bottle, but this one is lighter in body and flavor. Still it is a very nicely balanced beer, with the sweet fruitiness matched by herbal hops and spices from the Belgian yeast.

M: Crisp, with lively carbonation. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: I really enjoyed this draft-only offering from Duvel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 19:48:11 | More by sommersb
Photo of AdamBear


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a very thick white head

S-great crisp pale belgian malts. very grassy as well! some honey. amazing scent. strong

T-comes in with a great taste of grassy, slightly bitter pale malts. some honey and slightly syrupy, only slightly. its a very crisp and light taste with an after-taste of honey and grains. has a lasting bitterness.

M-low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-a very drinkable and decent pale ale. has some off flavors, but they're forgivable. the carbonation is a bit off and gives the beer and almost watery aspect. an interesting try but a let down when compared to its big brother.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 01:33:16 | More by AdamBear
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Cheeky Monk over lunch. The beer was served in a CM Tulip and arrived transparent yellow with a finger's width of white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is relatively mild with hints of pilsner malt, earthy floral hops, and toast. A hint of belgian yeast as well. The flavor is very similar to what is experienced in the nose. Mildly bitter with a more pronounced bready character. Mildly sweet.Lighter end of medium bodied and crisp yet smooth. Moderately carbonated and a hint of dry. Easy to drink but not a lot going on here. Was expecting more. Not bad just not fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 19:44:29 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of tony223366


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin head poured on this duvet green. White and really fluffy. Color is a very pale straw golden yellow. Lots of action from the carbonation. Clarity is perfect.

S: Aroma is very fruity and bright. There are some spicy hops present that too. Really the bright fruitiness is what brings me in. Really bright beer.

T: it's a little too cold but it tastes great. So refreshing. The nice fruitiness is present along with some hop presence on the finish. The bitterness is relatively mild but just right for a Belgian pale ale.

M: huge carnation and a light body help carry this beer. Those factors, the bitterness and alcohol really work to clean the palate.

O: This is a really great beer and a surprise to have at BJs. Good for them. Not as tasty as duvel classic but perfect with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:04:52 | More by tony223366
Photo of metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brabant, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured into a tulip glass with a finger and a half high head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and pale malts and a light amount of bitterness with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness, but this diminishes as the beer warms up.
O: This beer is a lot easier to drink compared to regular Duvel and seems to share some properties of a pilsner in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 00:28:55 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brabant Belgian Brasserie in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear pale straw yellow in color . The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a film, some condensed patches, and a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer had aromas of light lemon, floral hops, herbal hops, and some yeast spiciness (maybe white pepper). Very inviting.

T: The flavor follows the smell, with a little bit of bready malts upfront followed by some light lemon/citrus, and a little bit of subtle sweetness. The finish is lightly bitter with hints of the floral and herbal hops.

M: Light to medium bodied (though certainly on the lighter side) with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. This was only the second time that I had the opportunity to try this beer but I will likely try it again when I come across it next.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 14:19:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer regular Duvel from the bottle much more than this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 06:16:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jdense


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex PDX Spring Fling, day of the living Saisons/Farmhouse March 2012.

Quintessential Duvel head, billowing and broken, over clear deep gold body, numerous trails of bubbles rising up side of glass. Fairly hop forward in the nose, light malt touch. Taste is more hoppy than floral, clean malt bill, though taste isn't as assertive as 'regular' Duvel. Medium-light mouthfeel, good effervescence. Glad I was able to try this, but my preference runs toward Big Brother Duvel, IMO one of the world's best beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 16:58:32 | More by jdense
Photo of bashiba


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the beer bistro in Chicago, I was very let down that they had just run out of their cask of Two Hearted, but this was a nice replacement.

Served in a nice Duvel Stemmed glass, classic duvel appearance, hazy bright golden color with a huge pillowy white head.

The smell was light and a bit floral with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor was simple but very solid, with nice clean light belgian spices, a touch of sweetness and some nice floral hop flavors and a light lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel had lots of carbonation zip with a bit of a dry yet resiny finish.

Very solid Belgian Pale Ale, could easily sit and drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 16:23:58 | More by bashiba
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, Belgian candy sugar and a pils like hop. In the taste, sweet to small dry fruitiness and a note of a pilsner like hop. A small hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness to clean aftertaste. Easy and nice, quite pilsner like.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 14:55:37 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Manneken Frites in Arvada, CO. Served in a Duvel tulip, the beer arrived a slightly hazy gold with a soapy bone head. The foam sticks nicely and a bit of lace is left behind.

The mustiness of Belgian yeast hits first. Pear, coriander and a touch of pepper sit behind. The flavors fall nicely into a body that's a little too light. I was expecting a Duvel light feel, but this a different beast all together. It's extremely drinkable and a nice complement to the Frites I ordered.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 21:19:56 | More by Rayek
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear, pale-golden brew with a large, effervescent head.

Light-to-moderate aroma, yet marvelously complex. Lightly spicy, hoppy, and fruity, with yeasty overtones and a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: largely follows smell, with hops and some fruitiness, but less yeasty and more malty. Excellent balance!

M: strong carbonation and effervescence. Champagne-like spritziness. A lovely dryness.

A: Compared to 'regular' Duvel, this is softer, milder and, most obviously, less strong. I need to try a head-to-head, but from memory I may actually prefer this little brother to the big devil due to adverse(to me) effects of the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 15:12:52 | More by chinchill
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single fermented Duvel? Had to try this one...

Very similar in appearance to the standard... Golden, large white head... Beautiful...

Lots of Belgian yeasts present with hints of spiciness on the nose... Not unlike the regular version... Nice but not special...

Differs from the original here in that there isn't as much pop to the mouth... Much smoother and cleaner without the overcarbonation sometimes present in its predecessor... Still delicious with the yeast and earthiness but kinder to the palate...

A good beer for sure but there's not enough difference between the 2 beers to really stand out...

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 21:58:04 | More by Tilley4
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, bubbles

S: Spice, banana and a hint at light clove

T: Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, light fruits and sweet taste, dry, clean and crisp finish

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: I coulld drink alot of this! Great rep for the style

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 13:37:52 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of kojevergas


3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into improper glassware at a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high as I enjoy the regular Duvel.

A: Pours a two finger head of bad thickness, no cream, and bad retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Light cream, full barley, a handful of hops, and a light grainy wheat touch.

T: Slightly creamy, with a fairly full barley foundation. No alcohol comes through. Fairly complex. The crisp barley is pleasant. Balanced and well built. On draught, it has depth. I imagine this is best bottle-conditioned.

Mf: Slightly coarse but wet. Moderately suitable for the flavour and style.

Dr: It's a touch straw-laden for my tastes. Very drinkable for the ABV, but it's just nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 23:40:36 | More by kojevergas
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Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.