Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5
Golden/straw color with a billowous, fluffy, white head. If you pour this correctly, you'll be left with an ever-lasting blob of foamy head. Big-time lacing and lots of aromatics: pear, citrus, alcohol, pilsener malt and a saazy hop nose.
Despite the high alcohol content, this is an extremely light-bodied beer due to the judicious use of either belgian candi sugar or honey (lots of debate in brewing circles about this). Though you can definitely taste and feel the alcohol, it is not over-powering. It's effects kind of sneak up on you. A Devil it is. The buzz I get from this beer is different than from anything else... maybe just psychological, but I get a little "devilish". A FUN beer! Anyway, about the flavor... crisp, malty, fruity (again, pear), a well-balanced hop bitterness (most likely Styrian Golding), and a smooth, dry finish. Spritzy, refreshing carbonation, and very thirst-quenching.
I can't think of one single detracting element in this beer. It is the definition of the style. No surprise, since it was the first of its kind!
Drink it in it's traditional tulip-glass or something like it. You want something that tapers at the top to make sure the head stacks up nicely and you harness that wonderful aroma. Also, I prefer the Duvel in a 750 ml bottle over the 33 cl one. The flavor, carbonation, and head formation are a bit more robust in the large bottle (my feeling is that they dose the large bottles with more sugar than the small bottles).
Note: On 22-03-2005, I decided to drop Drinkability to 2.5 and Taste to 4.0 because I'm sort of tired of this beer and I don't think it should be in my top five. Not sure if it's just me or if the beer has changed.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2003 13:47:29 | More by GreenCard
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4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Very light jonquil/gold body with a crisp ivory head.
Aroma: A beautiful blend of light grains, yeast, and grass-notes.
Taste: Much like the aroma, but with an earthy backbone and almost citrus-like resolve in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: A fair amount of carbonation, if not an ideal amount; very fitting for a strong ale.
Overall: We all know that 'Duvel' is one of those classics that work whenever and wherever; cool summer nights or by the fireplace in the dead of winter - a true classic. However, I felt that it was missing an extra...something. To be fair, I will stand behind 'Duvel' as one of the "can't-go-wrong" beers, but if only it had an extra bit of 'oomph'...
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 18:46:45 | More by MV_CHI-NS
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,152 ratings.