Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.6/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass at The Bistro in Hayward, CA.
Appearance: Golden orange color with a thin and sticky white head. The head is smooth and sandy looking. The beer is well carbonated and looks very nice with all of the bubbles coming up from the "D" engraved in the center of the glass.
Smell: The aroma is very pleasant with a very fruity base to it. There's some green apple and a sweet, straw scent.
Taste: Big malt flavor up front with seemingly creamy fruit flavors. Apple, pear, vanilla, and a spicy/peppery end. There is a floral flavor mixed up in the bready and pasty ending. Some light hop flavor near the end.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light. It has a clean and dry feel in the mouth. Very pleasant.
Drinkability: This is an excellent beer all around. It's nice that such a great beer is so readily available, too. Nothing short of excellent.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2005 15:09:01 | More by BrewMaster
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4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #46 of the ones I've reviewed here.
Well, this one is a classic, probably the benchmark for the Belgian "Golden Ale" style. I think I read somewhere that a lot of the ones that came after -- Lucifer, Delirum Tremens, etc -- riffed off Duvel's name.
This is a favorite beer of mine, as well: I like Belgian Golden Ales and in this case do believe the hype, this is a standout. Although it doesn't taste a hell of a lot like other Belgian Goldens, like La Chouffre's offering, for instance. Duvel is much dryer, with a concentration of yeast and a bit of hops that linger satisfyingly at the finish. I finally, just now, realized what Belgian Goldens taste like -- or at least what Duvel tastes like. It tastes a lot like champagne, it even has a similar mouthfeel, with its pleasant lightness, it's effervescent, and it's long, tart, yeasty farewell on the palate. It doesn't smell like champagne, though, at least to my nose: it smells a little like Mead, with its honey notes sitting on top of a fair amount of yeast and alcohol.
I won't say its the best Golden out there, I haven't tried them all and if anything this is a bit atypical (dry) for the style. But it is a classic, one of those beers every beer drinker should try, whether he likes it or not.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 19:47:19 | More by dougbassett
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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