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Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-15-2008)
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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 taigor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into official Duvel green glass.

A - Poured clear golden yellow color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Very floral with citrus, belgian yeast and grassy scents.

T - Very close to original Duvel but lighter and crisper in flavor. A little sweet to start but has a very nice distinct citrusy and hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very nice belgian pale ale that I would recommend to someone who wants a lighter version of original.

Photo of impending
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a decent pure white head, minor lacing.

Everything about this brew says its a single version of the bottled Duvel. The head, nose, taste and aftertaste are simply a lite version of the world classic.
not its fault

perfectly fine for pairing with food

Photo of bshanly
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brightish yellow, relatively clear, white foamy head - not the best pour though. Good lacing.

S: citrus, yeast, faint hops.

T: bright, clean, yeast, little alcohol, quick finish.

M: quick, bright and light.

D: very drinkable. Wouldn't order another one if they had a decent selection but if I'm stuck somewhere with limited selection and this is on tap...I'm a happy guy.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Delilah's; poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Has the amber/gold colour of regular Duvel, but lacks the famous head. Just not as impressive.

S: Spice, funk and hoppiness.

T: A lot of the funk from bottled Duvel is present here, but the hoppiness is the star of this show. It is bitter and grassy, with a funky finish.

D: Drinkability is good and I had no problem finishing one of these, but I wasn't running back for a second one.

Overall: This is a decent example of the style but it really just pales in comparison to the ambrosia that is bottled Duvel. I wouldn't turn this down, but if I had a choice, I would pick the bottled version every time.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel glass. Displayed as "Duvel Green."

A: A big white head fades down to about one finger. The colour is clear, golden yellow, and glows in the light.

S: Grassy, floral yeast. Light, but nice.

T: Not nearly as good as Duvel (White). Some yeastiness with tart citrus. Not as flavourful as I'd like; spiciness is present, but muted. The aftertaste is great either -- lightish, slightly sour, and meh.

M: A light and lively beer. Pleasant carbonation.

D: A good beer, but normal bottled Duvel is still much better. Not recommended; I wouldn't drink it again.

Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Saw "Duvel Green" on their board and I wasn't sure what it was. Seems it is this beer. Pours a pale golden-yellow colour with a finger of white head. Really nice head retention, some lacing down the glass. Smells of more hops than a typical Duvel, I think it worked nicely for this. Spicy Belgian yeast in the aroma as well. Some bitterness, dry flavour. Really nice mouthfeel. I enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in an odd-shaped tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light malts, bananas, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and bananas. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. the hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter Belgian-style beer worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was called Duvel Green, so I hope this is the right place. Served on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY. Served in a Duvel glass.

Look: pale, golden body with a thick, four finger voluminous white head. Excellent retention and a great deal of lacing is left behind.

Smell: spicy, some flowery character, some pale malt and a bit of yeast character.

Taste: follows the nose and is spot on for the Belgian Pale Ale category. A bit of sweet maltiness from the pale malt, bits of fruitiness and a bit of spicy hop. A little bit of pepper is there too.

Feel: thin in body, crisply carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

Drink: certainly sessionable.

Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale. Its certainly worth a try and I think I might prefer this one over the normal Duvel. Give it a try! Cheers!

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. A fluffy head froths up towards the rim of the glass and slowly dissolves into some ligher film. Decent lacing on the glass while drinking.

A nice whiff of light fruit sweetness with apple and pear coupled with some citrus tones and grainy malt.

A touch bitter up front with some toasted malts and grain. Slash of citrus with lemongrass and fruit. Apple and pear sweetness along with a light hit of peppered spice. Finishes dry with some lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation. Pretty refreshing and smooth drinking, definitely a nice change from the traditional Duvel offering.

Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served up in a green-logoed Duvel tulip glass.
Fluffy, white head floating on a clear yellow body. Lots of chunky lace left hanging around.
Smell, though light, has all the expected notes, grainy maltiness, honey sweetness, some fruit.
Taste is of mild sweet, malt. More honey and fruity sweetness, a bit tart like green apples. Slight yeasty spice at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, higher amount of carbonation than most drafts, finishes dry and crisp.
A lighter version of the classic Duvel, but just not worth the extra cost ($10.95 / glass), glad to have tried it once.

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

on tap at Barley House. Poured into the proper Duvel glass.

(A)- Pours a clear, slightly hazy golden hue. Produced a minimal white cap of foam that dissipated after awhile.

(S)- Smells like regular Duvel, only with a slightly "greener" grass-like aroma. Drier as well.

(T)- Like the smell predicted, this is very much like regular Duvel, only lighter, not quite as rich, and has that present dry grassy hoppiness fitting the style.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level with a good balance of lightly earthy belgian notes with the dry grassy hop aspects. Refreshing and smooth.

(D)- I think I like the regular better, but this was a solid beer that went down easy and quick. I would certainly have it again if the mood for it hit.

Photo of LittleDon
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. in a tulip shapped glass at Swell in San Francisco. Golden and clear, nice white head with good lacing. Average head retention. Muted malt aroma with some fruit notes. Nice amount of carbonation. Bitterness in the middle which quickly fades on the finish. Medium-light bodied. All-in-all a slightly above average beer, nothing bad, but nothing outstanding about it.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this one...on-tap at Bucktown Pub on Jan 15, 2011. Compliments to the bartender on a nice clean pour into a Duvel Green Tulip. Had a few Alpha King's and Gumballhead's on draft before this, so hopefully my palate wasn't bittered out by the time I drank this delightful beer.

Pours a bright golden with a big fluffy white head...no, it's not the huge head of the bottle-conditioned duvel, but it is lacier and billowy. Aroma is hoppier than Duvel but you get a nice funk from the Belgian yeast.

Quite good on the tongue, the hops are more pronounced than in Duvel, and the yeast and malt are both enjoyable, less spiciness but good funk and a well-balanced character.

Highly drinkable, especially with the slightly lower alcohol than Duvel. Recommended, a welcome addition to the draft list at this bar and I hope others around here start to carry it.

Photo of flannelman808
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks good, like a paler version of Duvel golden. Very bright, though a few shades lighter pale straw color. Bone white head not quite the usual froth but good, and decent retention.

S: Malt comes through, cereal grains, and a hint of spice.

T: Flabby and underdeveloped in my opinion. It comes off more like a slightly spicy pilsner than a belgian strong golden (maybe thats what they were going for but I doubt it). I think this beer was a bad idea in general. Why take a great recipe and then just decide to use the exact same recipe to make a new beer except for one thing... don't finish the recipe. Its like a chef suddenly deciding to start making a dish they were known for only leaving out the final few steps which made it complete. If you want to make a belgian single I get it... but use a new recipe, find a new creative way to do it. Don't give us 3/4 of a product already on the market dressed up in a new skirt. This notion is what this Duvel green feels like to me. Get your head on straight Duvel Moortgot !

M: light prickle

D: Its drinkable but I'll never order one

Photo of smokeypeat
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Judge's Bench, Ellicott City, MD

Poured a light straw-like color with a nice 2 finger white head that left a solid lace on the glass. Aroma is great with a grassy floral smell. Some lemon zest, spice, yeast is there as well. Taste is what I expected from the smell. Really refreshing and crisp with some citrus, hay, and spice yeast. Definitely a "lighter" feel than standard Duvel. The drinkability on this was high, and a great beer to start the night with.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a soft white head. Nowhere near as impressive as the regular Duvel. Solid lace.

S: Green grassy notes, hay, quite herbal.

T: Light malt, the flavour is dominated by the hop flavour. Grass, Saaz-like attack, quite flavourful.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and smooth.

D: Not as impressive as Duvel or the exemplary Triple Hop, but as a stand alone Belgian it's quite nice. For me really a light version of Triple Hop. Very American oriented, so if you like the hoppy American brews, this is a beer you need to try.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Green tulip glass at The Firkin

This beer appears pale with at least 2 maybe more fingers of bone foam. The smell the smell is lots of lemon curd, some grassy notes and a wheat malt aroma. To me it smells like a sweet pilsner. The flavor is just as sweet as the aroma had dictated. The flavors are similar to malted sugar and lemon meringue pie. The odd part about the flavor is the odd perhaps off putting aftertaste. The flavor I found to best equate it was steamed carrots. Which I like for dinner, but not in my beer. But it is still a fairly good drinking brew, but it just has an odd component that I found it hard to get past to say it's anything special.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel Green tulip glass at The Firkin.

It's about time I had this. It pours a clear saffron/dandelion topped by over two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises flowers, grass, wet hay, and a rather light vein of lemon peel. It all combines into quite the olfactory blast. The taste holds notes of earthy hops, pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, and lemongrass. It's all kinda one-sided, even if it's enjoyable. The body is a medium light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this is pretty good, but I don't think I could really drink all that much. So much Belgian-ness...

Photo of Damian
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Squealing Pig, Boston, MA
Served in a signature "Duvel Draft" tulip

A creamy, bubbly, bright white, one-finger head of foam topped the nearly clear, golden colored liquid. The head retreated rather quickly, leaving behind only minimal amounts of lacing.

The aroma was a bit more subtle than I anticipated. Powdery and off-dry with a fruity, Belgian yeast quality. Citrus notes were noticeable. Some hay as well. Slightly hoppy, in a grassy sort of way. A touch of candi sugar appeared as the beer warmed.

Although the nose was a bit restrained, the flavor profile was nearly as good as the original Duvel. Crisp and bright with a smooth, grassy hop character. Dry and spicy (peppery) up front. Notes of orange peel and clove appeared in the center. The finish was snappy and clean with lingering hop notes.

The mouthfeel was rather unexciting. Medium bodied with a carbonation that bordered on low for the style. Slightly creamy and slick.

Like the original Duvel, this rendition is crisp and refreshing. Flavorful yet so drinkable.

Despite the different categorization on style, I would be hard pressed not to compare Duvel Draft to the bottled version. While the original has a more impressive appearance and a snappier mouthfeel, the draft version definitely holds it own. A nice, "lighter" spin on the original.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed October 17th, 2010 at the Los Angeles Beer Week Festival.

Beer is an ever-so-slightly hazy light gold. Nice white frothy head.

Aroma is the way I remember Duvel, but less complex: fruity, yeaty, spicy, pale malts.

Flavor follows nose; this is a great beer on draft, but lacking in that world-class complexity that comes form the secondary bottle fermentation. Not as dry, as fruity or as yeasty, but more sweet than the bottled version. Yes, you can still taste all the citrus and yeast, though the edge is blunted.

Drinkability on this is very high due to the relative lightness of the flavors and correspondingly lower ABV.

Duvel Lite? Yes, please.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a huge head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings grain, Belgian yeast, and a bit of floral hops. Taste is light fruits, lemon, grain, citrus, a bit of spice, and some hops. Good, light mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Drinks really well and is a nice spin on a classic.

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

I had this one at Palmers in La Grange, IL. They are always bringing in new beers.

Served in a marked Duvel Green Glass, the beer arrived with large meringue like white head. It was seriously thick! The beer is a slightly hazy gold.

I like the spices, grains and hay in the nose. It is distinct and fresh.

The beer has a nice combination of tastes. There is some pepper, a bit of lemon rind, grains, and fresh cut hay. It gets a little sweeter at half glass and finishes nice and dry.

The mouth is sharp with good carbonation laid over a medium body beer. I think this is a pretty easy drinker and could be paired with cheeses, a good salad and definitely some mussels or shellfish.

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland. Served in a Duvel Green tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Duvel Green (or Duvel Draft) is a very refreshing beer that went great with the hot weather. It's basically Duvel except lighter in every way. The appearance is a lighter shade of gold, and very clear. The huge whipped egg-whites head on Duvel isn't as thick or long lasting on this one. Still it left extremely impressive thick rings of sticky lacing after each sip. The nose isn't as strong or complex as Duvel, and neither is the flavor. There are a lot less spice and yeast flavors. The body is closer to the light side of medium rather than full and thick like Duvel. Overall, this is a very drinkable light beer, and for what it is, it deserves a good score. I would probably choose the fully fermented regular Duvel given the choice again though.

Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
88 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.