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Duvel Single - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | 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 selecter70
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

Maybe not a pale ale, per se, but rather, a Belgian Hefe-Blonde? Eagerly anticipated on draught at our local, Independent, my wife & I sampled it during the Fluff Festival. Underwhelming. I expected so much for a relatively rare & anticipated beer, especially from Duvel. Perhaps this is an attempt to win over the summer/hefe beer crowd who like lemon wedges & dancing ponies. The pour was a bright yellow with full white, fluffy head that left some good lace, with an aroma of crackery yeast & lemon-pepper. The flavor was a bit of a Hefe-Blond mix, not horrible if that's what you expect, but simplistic I thought. Yeasty with some spice & lemon, the drinkability was good, nice smooth & crisp. Definitely better for a nice summer day rather than fall evening. All in all, I'd rather save a couple bucks & have an Allagash white.

selecter70, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -1%

On tap at Redbones in Somerville for $6.50. Served in the proper glass. Huge fluffy white head. To start, two things I notice different from regular Duvel: first is the much lighter yellow color of the body, and second is that it does not seem to be as carbonated. Smell was yeasty and spicy. Tasted like a normal Duvel also. Crisp and sharp on the palate too. The abv is a bit lower, which is what the brewery was presumably going for. It is actually noticeable, which not a bad thing. If they are trying to make an even smoother-to-drink Duvel, they have succeeded. It went well with a plate of BBQ food.

morebeergood, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Had on tap @ Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA. It was a couple weeks ago and I'm looking through my notes, so I hope I can remember.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear with pale yellow golden color. Light but thick and frothy head that takes its time disappearing.

N: SImilar to a lager, crisp and clean with light toasted malts and some yeasty and crisp aromas, reminiscent of a nice Marzen. A slightly sour aroma is also detected.

T: Taste is also Marzen like with lots of toasty malts and crisp taste, as well as a slight fruity and slight sour taste. Some more Belgian yeast flavors (the fruit especially) and a slight lager taste I can't put my finger on. A slightly sweet malt taste also comes through, and it's very crisp and refreshing.

M: Light mouth with good carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry and almost disappears from the palate completely. A light banana taste seems to poke it head out at the finish as well, and a touch more Belgian yeast to finish it off.

jlindros, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of atremains
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Very good lacing on this one. Light golden. Citrus grains hops and spices in the nose. Belgian spice and yeast dominant in the taste. Grains and hops are nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Pretty much a lighter version of duvel. Hopefully I can find this one in bottle form in the future for when I'm going Belgian crazy.

atremains, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

thekanna, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of quinnsi
3.58/5  rDev -8%

A: a nice, vibrant straw color with that classic duvel billowing head, which leaves a perfect Brussels lace as you sip.

S: Mild belgian yeast and spices, particularly coriander. Slight hint of sweetness

T: Very light at first, washing over the mouth and leaving a slight bite on the end. Some, but only some, of the nose makes its way to the mouth.

M: Nice and light with strong carbonation

D: Good in hot weather, or when out in the sun.

quinnsi, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Had this served in the proper glass at Armsby Abbey. The light, bright gold colored beer was topped with a light foamy head.. Some nice sticky lacing remained as I enjoyed the beer.

The aroma was fantastic. Fresh & bright, full of spice.

The spice notes certainly carry over to the flavor and are joined by some light fruit and some candied sugar. Bright, fresh and crisp. The ABV is very well hidden. Scary hidden. I have to look again to ensure I read the 6.8% correctly. Nice light citrus notes compliment the yeasty spice and depth.

Fairly light and crisp mouth feel.

Highly drinkable and again, you should probably watch out for the 6.8% ABV.

I would like to try this next to the standard Duvel to really note the difference.

Reagan1984, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Duvel tulip with a green logo.

A: Golden with a big head. Similar to regular Duvel.

S: Pears, hops, and yeast.

T: Pleasantly bitter. Not quite as complex or fruity as its big brother.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Not quite as interesting as regular Duvel, but easier to put down. Give it a try if you're a fan of Belgian ales.

BarrelO, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

BlackHaddock, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

A different version of one of my all-time favorite beers? Yes, please.

Appearance - A light straw colored pour with a nice rocky head. The head wasn't the huge, incredible pillow of the "regular" Duvel, but it was still nice. The lacing was good, but also did not live up to the high standards of the brand.

Smell - Not overwhelming at all. Pretty mellow, some definite bread with a lot of that Belgian yeast. Some spice as well. More mellow than expected.

Taste - Good and crisp. It's got a nice bread taste, and the yeast shows up for sure. There's a real graininess in the taste that isn't doing it for me.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly and disappointingly thin. I love the Duvel mouthfeel with it's prickly carbonation. This just wasn't even close. Not bad, but not very good. Such a shame.

Drinkability - Goes down easy, so no complaints. No hint of the abv.

Why bother? It's worth trying, but the far more widely available variety is significantly better. Just disappointing all around. Still, it's nice and quite drinkable.

callmescraps, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

On tap at sierra grill for the Duvel Green release, i wanna take the glass home. Poured a great lime green/yellow with a 1-2 finger head in the signature glass. Great belgian lacing is left behind and the head retains well for a pale. Smell is kind of weak, cant pick up much, belg yeast, spices, a bit of citrus and malts. Taste is better than smell, same elements but better balance, great citrus in here along with a solid belgian flavor. Mouthfeel is light with great carb, substance and a great belgian aftertaste coat, no alcohol taste for me. Extremely refreshing, 7% makes no appearance, hopefully i can enjoy this one again.

cbutova, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Looks like this is also known as Duvel Green here. On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a pale, wonderfully clear straw color with substantial off-white head in the tulip. Lots of effervescence up the glass, which enhances retention and leaves nice lacing down the sides.

S: Straw, candi sugar, pale malts, and substantial amounts of yeast. Kind of dry in the nose.

T: Bready / pale malt at first, getting peppery and yeasty in the mid-taste. Yeast dominates the flavor into the finish, which is straw-like with a lightly floral touch to it. Decent.

M: Thin-bodied. Well hidden ABV and prickly / cleansing carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I prefer the regular Duvel to this one, considering the cost.

Arbitrator, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

HAd this on draught yesterday evening

Pours a straw colour with medium large frothy head - worth the wait

Smells hoppy, flowery and little sweetness

Taste is bitter hops some flowery notes and a faint taste of honey

Mouthfeel is prickly with medium body but very refreshing

I would definitely drink this again

DerBayer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

I had a taste last year at BCTC'08 and a taste at Teresa's Next Door, This review is from BCTC'09.

A - Clear golden straw w/ 3 fingers of snowy white (fresh keg). The cap turns to rings of lace like the rings of saturn, the small remaining head is rocky

S - Spicy, herbal and mild alcohol nose w light malt and a yeasty tinge

M - Crisp, relatively light body for the abv w/ spicy and dry finish, very mild alcohol in the feel

T - Crisp green pine hops and mellow pils malt w/ sweet grainy taste. An almost peppery flavor w/ hints of green herbs and creamy grainy malt flavor. The taste is dry as it finishes w/ spice from the yeast and subtle alcohol presence

D - A great draft version of the Duvel, all the hops + yeast w/ a lighter feel and more quaffable effect. Very smooth and worthy of praise - a great representation of the style.

Slatetank, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Served in a Duvel tulip glass, this beer poured a beautiful bright yellow, with a billowing rocky white head nearly four fingers tall. Some nice bubble trains worked their way upward from the bottom of the glass... this beer was picture perfect.

S- Sweet pale malt and Belgian yeast dominate the nose. More subtle grassy notes, stale hops, and perhaps a touch of lemon zest play in the background here...

T- Sweet and DRY. This tastes like a lighter and crisper form of the Duvel we all know. Slightly sweet, stale hops and Belgian yeast are (not surprisingly) the most prominent flavors here. Nearly everything in the nose was translated into taste... even the subtler notes of grass and lemon zest. Nice clean finish.

M- The light body works well here, and the "refreshing" characteristics of this beer are further supported by the high carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable... and particularly appropriate for warm weather. This beer is incredibly refreshing... almost thirst quenching. Highly recommended!

jgasparine, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of david18
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

No matter how many beers a bar might have if they have the Duvel Green I'm gonna order one. As amazing as the original but lower enough in alcohol that you can drink it a lot easier and there is no alcohol aroma or bite to interfear with the pure pleasure of this beer. Get it anywhere any time.

david18, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

Also known as Duvel Green (at least in Buffalo).

For all intents and purposes it pours like Duvel. A fantastically clear golden body, with a billowing soft white head. Sheets of lacing are left on the side of the glass, and even as I take my last sip there's still a good finger of foam. The aroma would dispel any confusion around which version you're drinking. Gone is the rich dense bouquet, and in its places is a sparser version - like a dozen red roses cut down to six. Sadly, extend this to the flavour too. Duvel 'lite' would be a better name for this beer, as it has all of the flavours you would expect in Duvel, but dumbed down and fainter. Looking at it the other way round, classic Duvel takes this base beer and turns it up to 11. Its actually not all that bad (as my B+ shows), but you'll always be comparing it to its bigger and better brother. It really suffers in comparison though. At least things pick up with its body, which mimics the original almost exactly.

Yeah... it is a little 'green' and lacks the complexity of its big brother. I can't say that I'm that impressed with it, but it has made me appreciate how a few extra steps can take a relatively ordinary beer and make it into a world classic. Worth a try, but I won't be getting it again.

bobsy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

popery, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

rtepiak, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of cbros
3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

cbros, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

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?

adamette, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

DmanGTR, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

atsprings, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1%

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.

emerge077, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of ShareANevada
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

ShareANevada, Jun 29, 2009
Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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