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Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | 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 popery


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer but not nearly as good as a normal Duvel. This beer tastes a Duvel robbed of much of its complexity and depth of character. It's a light, refreshing version of Duvel that I enjoyed, but it's not something that I would seek out. The wide distribution and relatively cheap price of Duvel are pretty incredible for such a world class beer. I appreciate the brewery's attempt to make a light version, but the magic of the original just isn't there for me. This beer pours a clear bright yellow with a decent head. The aroma is yeasty and malty. There's a grassy note to it. The flavor is bright and adds in some apple cider flavor and light Belgian spicing. Mouthfeel is lively. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 01:05:10 | More by popery
Photo of rtepiak


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

goes also by the name of duvel green.

a milder version of a duvel in the sense that its a plain solid bpa. very nice crisp pine hop with that 'green' grassy quality. a very well formed head of the brewery's form. a very consistent and text book beligan style pale ale. crisp hop and refreshing with a nice clean bitter finish that seems to have a mild mint quality to it. formulaic... not particularly unique.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 06:23:46 | More by rtepiak
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

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

Had this on-tap at The Local Option in Chicago. Poured into a green Duvel glass.

This pours, looks and smells almost exactly like a Duvel, which for me is a great thing. It had a nice great big white head and the cling to the glass was awesome. Overall if you placed this beer beside a Duvel it would be difficult to tell the two apart.
However those are where the simalarities end. The taste of this beer reminds me of what a Duvel light tastes like. Even though the ABV is only off by 2% the taste to seems considerably more. There was also no carbonation activity present after the pour, something that Duvel is known for. As a stand alone beer this would be a good offering but I am handicapped by the fact that this is under the Duvel name and because of that I automatically assume some stuff about the beer. It is an unfair comparison but it happens. Overall a good beer but if I want a Duvel I'll just reach for the original.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 17:47:04 | More by cbros
Photo of adamette


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to find Duvel Green...served from tap for $6.25 in appropriate Duvel Green tulip glass...at Winking Lizard last night in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Very cool to find this. I guess I should stop being surprised at what I find at Winking Lizard, an increasingly excellent BA spot.

A Fluffy white 3 inch head, took a full 3 minutes to dissipate down to a one cm topping. Reminded me of whipped egg whites, not unlike its bottled version. Body is translucent lager like. Very cool, very devilish.

S Yeast, malt barley, alcohol, great.

T Belgian yeast, malt grains, possibly lighter than the bottled Duvel?

M Thin but beefed up a bit by alcohol, grains taste.

D Highly drinkable, highly dangerous.

Notes: An all time classic on tap. Who could ask for more?

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 23:18:56 | More by adamette
Photo of DmanGTR


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried Duvel Green in Philly toward the end of April at the St. Stephen's Green bar. Review from notes.

It poured nearly identical to any Duvel I've had before, gorgeous golden blonde with a towering white head, however it left much less lacing and dissolved much more quickly than the normal Duvel. Bubbles drift upwards rapidly from the apex of the tulip. The smell was a bit different from the regular Duvel. It had a bit more hop presence and more fruitiness of a Belgian pale ale such as Heylissem or Grimbergen than the pilsener bite of Duvel. Also, the nose was indeed a touch weaker than expected. Very similar to the smell came the taste. Flavorful but not overly so. I didn't think much of it actually. Light and refreshing with very crisp carbonation dancing on the palate. Not very outstanding but a solid beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 17:33:53 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

10oz pour into the appropriate glass at Flying Saucer served a surprisingly crisp gold with a massive head that slowly diminished to a clump of froth but left great lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice amount of crisp hops and sweet malts. The taste is somewhat like a Duvel light, but the lingering finish comes through nicely and leaves a great balance of sweet malts, citrus hops and mild spice. The beer is quite light, crisp, and refreshing, much more drinkable in the summer than its bottled brother. This is just about as special as the bottled version, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 22:39:58 | More by atsprings
Photo of emerge077


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 18:21:00 | More by emerge077
Photo of ShareANevada


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try Duvel Green on tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Cleveland.

Pours your normal smarkling, slightly champagne-y looking Duvel. Shiny brassy gold, with fine bubbles wafting through. Not quite the standard glamorous duvel head, but perhaps it was not a very vigorous pour.

The scent is light and crisp. The standout is when this hits the back of your tongue. After the expected smooth crisp greeting of Duvel, you get a small punch of barnyard to chase it down with. Just a gentle bit of horseblanket making this a much more earthy version. It indeed, did taste a bit 'green'. Not overpowering, but certainly present. The 'wildness' made this just a little more interesting to drink.

I don't think this would replace Duvels spot in my book, but could certainly be a refreshing change of pace, and I would like to see how these flavors offset some richer food. Glad I got the chance to try, worth checking out for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 16:07:10 | More by ShareANevada
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour in a goblet at the Taco Mac Alpharetta.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw like yellow color with a finger thick tiny bubbled head that leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: A bit of a lemon scent tartness mixed in with classic Belgian yeast aromas. Nice aroma, but its very subtle and doesn't pack the punch I would expect. I wonder if it was just a bit too cold.

T: Almost as expected, it tastes like a Duvel Light. Very similar taste to the bottle but it doesn't have the same level of flavor as its bottled brother. Belgian yeast and lemony citrus notes combine to make the main flavor profile. Slightly less tart than the bottle version. This one really suits my tastes better than the bottle.

M: Kind of thin in terms of body, but that is kind of what I expect for this particular style. The carbonation is much less aggressive than the bottled version which works better for me.

D: The subtlety this one has makes it go down really easy. I am glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 02:33:42 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of glid02


4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 01:41:06 | More by glid02
Photo of ders

New York

2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was at Ginger Man in NY where they have Duvel on tap. My GF who doesn't like beer normally, but likes Duvel ordered a Duvel. He asked Green or bottle.. Huh? He said he doesn't recommend green so she got the bottle. Can never go wrong with Duvel. Anyway, later he brought a sample of Duvel Green to taste and I know I had an IPA on my mouth and she a Duvel on hers, but my only impression of Green was, well, unremarkable. You expect DUVEL and get, eh. Want a light beer that doesn't taste like crap, this is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 05:23:16 | More by ders
Photo of drtth


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip shaped glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer arrived from the bar a clear, bright gold color with a fluffy white persistent head and some very nice lacing. Eventually the foam settled to a small ring and patch of foam on the surface. Sipping left interesting patterns of lacing.

Smell: The aroma contains some yeast and the pale malt. There are also spicy grassy hops and possibly a hint of faint alcohol. It is pleasant and reasonably well balanced.

Taste: Based on the aroma the flavor does not disappoint. The is the light sweetness of pale malt, some fruity components from the yeast. This is all well balanced with the light grassy, herbal taste of hops. The whole thing is light, clean, crisp, and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium medium bodied with some softness from the carbonation. The finish is medium long and is dry and bitter from the hops.

Drinkability: This would be a perfect summer beer, refreshing and pleasant, and easy to drink. While it seems less complex than the bottled Duvel, that would make it better for drinking on a social occasion over a meal or at a party. It would be very easy to finish off several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 18:34:00 | More by drtth
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a fluffy hgead that leaves strands of lace atop the clear golden liquid

Smell: Bready, with hay and white peppery esters

Taste: Bready up front, with a growing peppery bitterness by mid-palate; herbacious tartness after the swallow, with a floral finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink; a brisk, but welcoming Belgian pale; not the most complex beer out there, and it shouldn't be considered for anything other than what it is

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 23:25:45 | More by brentk56
Photo of BARFLYB


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

On-Tap at the drafting room.

A- Duvel Green is not green but a bright golden yellow color with a frothy white head.

S- A bit of a dirty yeast smell with Belgian influence. Some earthy hops, a bit of sweet malt.

T- A mix of earthy, grassy hops, sweet malt and Belgian yeast. Some faint spice in the background. I found it no to off from the bottled version.

M- Lighter than the bottled version but very smooth with carbonation felt. Perhaps a little less carbonation than a bottle as well leaving for a easier ride.

D- Less alcohol as well but this is not to far off from the bottled version, just with a different body. I could drink a few of these though and I am glad to see it on draft, I just wont be getting it that much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 04:40:58 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ Blind Tiger on the official release day.

Pours a pale yellow, crystal clear, big white head.

Nose is faint, grassy with a bit of pale malt, and a bit of yeast as well.

Taste is big on grassy hops - starts of clean, crisp, light, bit of yeast and pale malt, but largely dominated by grassy, herbal hops. Dry, light finish that's mildly bitter.

Light body, moderate carbonation.

Very close to a Belgian pils. Really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 13:24:11 | More by JohnQVegas
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2009 19:30:23 | More by DannyS
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear, brilliant golden yellow with a large, fluffy, bright white head. Decent lacing left along the sides.

S-Light, bright, spicy hops with a nice Belgian yeast punch. Nothing overwhelming but nice nonetheless.

T-Sharp, bright, clean and crisp. A nice balance with just enough malty sweetness with just enough hop bitterness with a little spice thrown in for good meausure thanks to the yeast.

M-Light bodied, sharp,crisp and clean with a lasting spicy bitterness.

D-Very nice. A flavourful "light" brew. I found this to be like a Belgian Pils....if such a thing existed!

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 15:54:38 | More by Deuane
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of having this beer on tap poured into a Duvel Green glass during Philly beer week at Local 44.

This beer poured a very light, clear, see though yellowish color with a huge, fluffy, clean white head that you would expect from a Duvel. The smell was a little faint but i got mostly some yeast and spices.

I did my best not to compare this beer to Duvel, however the best way i can think of to describe it to someone is as a lighter, cleaner Duvel. I found some yeast, slight sweetness, and it had a thin mouth feel with a dry finish. None of these were very pronounced.

The drinkability on this one is very very good. Its almost to easy to put a few of these down.

Overall this is a great beer that you should try giving the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 01:28:32 | More by william5586
Photo of Kadonny


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from draft at the Philly release day of the Green on 3/6/2009 at TJs in Paoli. Poured into a green Duvel tulip glass.

A: A light straw pale yellow color that is almost transparant. It almost looks like a BMC beer but with a superb bubbly fluffy head. Three finger white fluffy head with full ring glass lacing.

S: Yeasty, grassy, lemony with a bit of candy sweetness.

T: Same as nose. A nice yeasty funky flavor with lemon, grass, candy bubblegum sweetness and some funky peppery spicy flavor. A nice drying hop flavor finishes. A toned down version of the regular Duvel. Still has that signature flavor that we all love.

M: A bit thin. It really doesn't linger or coat the mouth and it ends up very dry. No alcohol detection and very little if any bitterness.

D: High, enough said.

Overall a great session style beer from Duvel that is uber drinkable. Still, even with this the quality is top notch as expected in Duvel. Seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 20:05:50 | More by Kadonny
Photo of John_M


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 hours of Belgium at Max's. A beer I had been looking forward to.

The beer pours a very light gold color with fair at best head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose either, just some light honey and spice. On the palate, the flavors are nice, albeit a bit lighter then I was expecting. There is sort of light straw or grass flavor, coupled with the light honey and spice. The beer has a light mouthfeel and drinkability is high.

This is a nice beer, but I confess I was expecting a bit more from the folks at Duvel. This is a solid beer, but really is nothing to get very excited about. The bottled, higher abv. version, is vastly superior IMHO.

Note from 11/11/11. Now called duvel single. No change otherwise; beer tastes exactly the same as before.... good, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 19:15:03 | More by John_M
Photo of medic25


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

Served on-tap at BXL cafe in the correct glassware. The color was a crisp golden one, with a thick white head. Aroma was slightly sweet. Taste was quite interesting; the sweet candy sugar taste of a Belgian, but lighter and cleaner than a traditional bottled Duvel. Minimal aftertaste, very easy drinking session beer. A nice change of pace from the sweeter bottled brews I associate with the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 16:47:55 | More by medic25
Photo of akorsak


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 02:27:51 | More by akorsak
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at GingerMan in New York City...
Bright-golden, clear hue...
Ample carbonation and a minor head present...
Sweet, candied-aroma...
Taste strongly complemented the smell...
Sugared candies, honey...
Spicy aftertaste...
Whether in bottle or on draft,
still a top-notch beer...

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 15:34:05 | More by dsa7783
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District of Columbia

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

(From notes)

A - Straw, clear yellow color with lots of rising carbonation. Pure white head that had decent retention

S - Tart apple aromas, with some yeastiness and a touch of malt sweetness

T - Definitely tart and yeasty, but not overpowering in any one flavor. Flowery and dry hop bitterness

M - Bubbly and thinner MF and a dry finish

D - Very good drinkability. As drinkable as its "big brother", and even accessible given the abv for some

Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid brew. I've read a lot of people becoming annoyed with the product after all of the advertisement. However, I have to say that this is definitely a different brew than the bottle conditioned Duvel, and deserves praise as such. Good stuff, and definitely check it out!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 00:47:56 | More by Nickls
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 14:25:42 | More by Billolick
Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.