Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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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
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
Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.