Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-15-2008

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Reviews by DannyS:
Photo of DannyS
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Obtained via growler fill at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, NY. Served in the requisite Duvel tulip glass.

A - Slightly darker than regular duvel, and the head, while nice and fluffy, is less resilient. Still leaves lots of very clingy lacing.

S - More pronouced than the bottled version. Fruitier and maltier, but less balanced. Also got a whiff of alcohol.

T - Just what I was hoping for. Crisp, citric, slightly yeasty, slightly hoppy, slightly malty, with just a twinge of spice. Bready and slightly bitter finish. Yum.

M - Less carbonation considering the serving type, but still rich and well balanced in body.

D - Still crazily drinkable, especially this time around with the lower ABV. It's still not in the session ABV range, but I'm totally going to session this anyway.

overall - I'm so glad I got the chance to try the draft version of my absolute favorite beer. It seems like a more sociable, accessible Duvel, which is definitely not a bad thing. The bottled Duvel is something you sit and savor, basking in its devilish glory. This is one you can drink more of, casually amongst good company. Either way, both are still excellent brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this one on tap at the Dive Bar at 96th and Amsterdam , NYC, NY. Pours bright, clear and light glowing glowing amber. White tiny bubble head, and then leaving high quality, intricate lace. Grassy nose, with a mild hit of Belgian yeast funk. Lighter in color, flavor and character then the well know bottled version. Great as an accompaniment for light fare, tasty, crisp and clean on the palate. Belgian sessioner?

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub on Duvel glass pint night. This is the first time I have seen this beer available in Dallas.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt with a lot of spices and some grassy hops. The beer smells much hoppier than regular Duvel. The flavor is also quite hoppy for a Belgian Pale Ale. I get some yeast as well as some spicy, European hops which compliment the bready malt very well. The alcohol is more well hidden than in regular Duvel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A clear golden and yellow with a thin white head, although this beer is missing the traditional huge, foaming, stiff head from the bottled version of Duvel. Still a beautiful beer.

A relatively faint and subdued nose. There's some mellow hops, a touch of Belgian yeast, some sweet and bready malt character, but not an overly aromatic beer.

An incredibly drinkable beer. There's a mild malty sweetness, a bready character, sweet Belgian yeast, but everything here seems very subdued, which actually blends together very nicely. A complete, balanced, accessible Belgian pale ale.

Unsurprisingly nearly perfect mouthfeel. This beer is soft and luscious in the mouth, airy even, nearly perfect!

A delicious, easy drinking, light Belgian pale ale. A proper little brother to the bottled version of Duvel. Very good.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy very light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head isn't nearly as pillowy as the bottle version and the lacing is decent but again nowhere near on par with the bottle.

Smells of sweet malt, leafy hops, and a very light tartness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A lot of things going on - sweet malt flavors are joined by leafy, almost herbal hop flavors almost immediately. A slight tartness joins in near the end of the sip before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness and moderate carbonation - not quite as active as the bottle.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few of these.

Overall this certainly is a "lite" version of the bottle conditioned ale, but it still is well worth a shot.

Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Eulogy in Philly, served in a Duvel Green (!!) glass

A - three+ fingers of the typical Duvel loose fluffy white foam. this quickly falls to a thin layer within a couple minutes unlike its bigger red brother. the beer is crystal clear, dark gold in color. minimal spotty lacing.

S - pretty mellow...field hay, some faint grassy hops, and a very light Belgian yeast.

T - very light but crisp malts provide a bed for some light spice (black pepper), earthy grassy hops, and a faint belgian "fresh" yeast.

M - light but refreshing body, but the carbonation was a bit too mellow, finishes clean though a little dull.

D - big fan of Duvel, had been wanting to try this since I found out it existed. left a little disappointed. it was certainly drinkable compared to a lot of the other Belgian's on tap, but I wanted to move onto something more substantial.

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as "Duvel Green" at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly. Served in a Duvel Green tulip, the beer was clear gold with a tall, fluffy white head. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this one really blew me away. It seemed to share little in common with the original Duvel. Instead of the soft vanilla candy and clove notes, this was hoppy with almost sour lemon rind and big (for a Belgian) grassy hops. That was wonderfully balanced against mild biscuit and bread crust malt flavors that ran under the yeast and hop character. Heck of a beer. Find it and drink several.

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of osusullins
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate BPA I guess. Very popular around the bar I work, but it is not my favorite.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head.

Nose is of belgian malts and subtle banana. Some clove.

Taste is of tropical fruit and subtle belgian malts. Light bodied and easy to drink. Nothing that blows me away, but an ok beer. I would never order this for myself, but I know alot of people who like it.

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a smallish pure white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is spicy and floral. Strong clove scents from the yeast, pepper and wild flowers. Some tart apple and bubblegum as well. Spot on for the BPA style.

The taste is not as strong as the aroma but is similar. Clove and pepper standout with wild flower sweetness. Some lemon and green apple skins bring a light tart flavor. Some grassy hops as well.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate but has a light tart finish.

Not as dry as the traditional Duvel but has great belgian flavors. Can't go wrong with this beer.

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap

Pours a hazy golden hue with a frothy white head. Earthy hops with some banana bread and clove on the nose._

Taste is slightly similar with a spicy phenolic presence up front. Subtle Belgian yeast flavors delivered in a clean,  crisp and smooth fashion. Some bubble gum after taste. Hop presence provides a nice and smooth balance.

A bit hoppy for a Belgian which is nice

A good introduction to Belgian styles for someone not so familiar

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Maz's.

A: The ale is a pale straw color that is absolutely the most brilliantly clear beer that I've ever seen. It is a stunning beer to look at, to see the steady stream of carbonation. Just beautiful.

S: The nose is very bubbly, well carbonated with a dry candi sugar finish. The aroma is dry with a strong sweetness underlying it.

T: The taste is restrained, I'm hesitant to even use the term 'Duvel lite'. Candi sugars are present, creating a sweet fruity flavor. The distinct Duvel flavor is restrained, present but a mere shell of its bottled fury. Pepper and more sweetness emerge as the ale warms. I wasn't sure what to expect from Duvel on draft but this one came up just a little short.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty run-of-the-mill for a Belgian pale. Dryness and pepper show up but not in the same strength that I'm used to.

D: Interesting but, as I jotted down in my notebook, underwhelming.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Map Room.

25cL glass, around a 10 oz. pour for $6.50. Huge puffy white head that looked like the pitted and irregular surface on a head of cauliflower. Highly sticky lace that ringed the glass. So far so good, it also glittered a bright gold.

Aroma was slightly peppery and phenolic, but less so than it's bottled counterpart. Some grain and light fruit, but nothing especially well defined. First sips had a crisp feel with sharp carbonation. Dry in the finish, with some very light hop element, and phenolic/clove traces. Flavor seemed less developed than bottle-conditioned Duvel also. No big fruit, just a slight banana taste from the yeast. It was refreshing, but for the price, i'd go with something different next.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz tap pour into a Duvel Green tulip. 6.8% ABV noted on the Duvel Green coaster.

A - Pale straw yellow and brilliantly clear with a strong white head. Great retention and perfect lace.

S - Fantastic pale malt nose and strong Belgian ester spice from the yeast. Heavily carbonated, even in the nose. Very nice and aromatic with subtle hops and a strong citrus aroma.

T - Lots of light but persistent floral hop flavor with a lot of lemony citrus and light Belgian yeast with some lingering spice flavor. Definitely more mild than the "red" Duvel.

M - Over-the-top carbonated with a light body with a spicy, mildly bitter finish. Very refreshing and crisp though.

D - So tasty and very well drinking, it's a fantastic version of Duvel available on draft (apparently in extremely limited quantities).

3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

8 oz pour into the Duvel Green short tulip. $6.95 for the pour.

A: Served with a finger of bright white tight knit foamy head. Decent retention and as the head recedes, lace begins to coat the glass in sheets of sea foam. (Lacing doesn't stick throughout the remainder of the beer.) The body is a light yellow color and brilliantly clear. Whether or not it's because of the green lettered logo on the glass, there is a definite green tinge to the body.

S: The nose has some sweet malts of hay and some sweaty yeast. Without any distinguishing character, the nose fails to impress me.

T: Taste follows the nose closely. Again, unremarkable. Grassy and lemony hops, maybe lime.

M: The mouthfeel is the most striking aspect of this brew. By far. Fine carbonation, well structured and very sturdy. Finishes clean and dry.

D: I wouldn't pay for this one again. Even if it was reasonably priced, it would be overpriced. Sorry Moortgat. The Duvel Draft was unimpressive and yet very expensive. That's a bad combination.

Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 200th Review! Had on-tap at L'Enfant Cafe in Washington, DC.

A: Gorgeous radiant gold with a large head that leaves lacing in the neck region of the Duvel glass. Duvel was always, for me, the brewer of quintessential Belgian blonde ales.

S: Belgian yeasts with cloves and white/black European peppercorn spiciness. Phenols also hit the nose.

T: Light biscuity taste with a subdued peppercorn spiciness, cloves, coriander, some faint citrus peels and banana.

M: Light carbonation hits the palate followed by a smooth, slightly watery maltiness. Crisp and a bit dry.

D: Very fresh and flavorful Belgian blonde in a textbook example of the style. Excellent job, Duvel.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled and reviewed in an 'All-Bar-One' while in Birmingham. For those that don't know, All-Bar-One is a chain of up market wine-lager bars that are dotted around britians major cities.

The Draught Green Duvel came in its own badged tulip shaped glass and it looked fine apart from no head. What little head there was after the pour had turned into a thin wisp by the time the beer was brought to me, so no huge head on this version at all. The body was a clear, light golden colour, not as effervescent or aromatic as the normal Duvel, or even the bottled Green Duvel, which I first tried in the tasting area at the back of what is now BeerMania in Brussels.

Taken on its own merits, it was a pleasant blonde/pale drink of beer, but knowing its big brother so well I was expecting a little more in the body and mouthfeel. Would I have another? Yes.

Photo of tzieser
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to regular Duvel golden ale out of the bottle-- just a little lighter all around. Lighter in color, smaller head, not as much carbonation, not as much alcohol by volume, not quite as much hop character.

however, Duvel Green (as I like to call it) is still a great beer, and is quite drinkabile, perhaps even more drinkable than standard Duvel white-label.

certainly worth a try, but only if you've had "original" Duvel first.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Pangaea in Sacramento. Poured into a .25 L Duvel Green tulip. Huge, familiar, fluffy, white, lacy head, 2 inches tall, rests atop a golden body and leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is zesty lemony citrus and a slight touch of Belgian sour yeast. Taste is biscuity, slightly bitter, and even a bit pilsner-ish. Very easy to drink, which is no surprise whatsoever considering how well the abv is hidden on the "regular" Duvel. I ain't mad at 'em.

Photo of fmccormi
4.19/5  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.

Photo of gildobeer
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The reason why beer is popular, so phenomenal that my girlfriend likes it. A nice deep amber/yellow with a slight foamy head. Excellent, complex smell that provokes emotions it shouldn't with a simple beverage. And the taste, oh the taste, complex, subtle, not too strong of an alcohol flavor yet distinctly belgian, with moderate hop character. Lovely smooth flavor, delicate yet complex, very refreshing even when the AC's too strong. Fantastic beverage, thank you Belgiam.

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Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.