Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
5/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750ml bottle into Bruery tulip. This is one of those iconic beers that it's almost impossible to believe that I haven't reviewed yet, much like Arrogant Bastard was not too long ago. Nice to finally sit down and make this one official.
Pours a quite-hazy pale straw, with a dense, rocky white head that towers above the rim of the glass as the beer is being poured. Once this one finally settles down to about 2 fingers, there are massive honeycomb-sheets of lacing, and the the bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass leave the sides of the head look like tiny, intricately stacked spheres that get progressively smaller from top to bottom. Stunning beer.
Nose is replete with a huge array of aromas - honey and white pepper, pears, just a bit of apple skin, just a bit of fresh-cut hay. What's amazing about this one is the clarity of each of these aromas - there's no sifting around through a set of muddled-together scents wafting about, these are beautifully clear and precise and distinct. A beautiful example of why yeast can be more important than any other ingredient in a beer.
Taste is world class as well. Lighter than the nose, starts off dry, white pepper and a bit of tangy yeast coming through, with the apples and pears coming through close behind. No honey sweetness here anywhere to be found, though a nice grassiness comes through in our first real glimpse of the hops. The finish carries a bit more pepper, light sourdough, bit of grassiness, and a kiss of lemon. Alcohol is barely there at all, only showing up just enough to add another wee layer of complexity. Absolutely beautiful beer.
Mouthfeel, not to be outdone by the other aspects, is as close to perfection as I ever expect to find. Light and delicate, yet with a creaminess from the persistent head, and just enough fullness from the suspended yeast that really, this beer is everything anyone could want it to be, and all at the same time.
I won't mince words with drinkability. Why bother? This beer is a masterpiece, in which every single characteristic is poured over until it's honed to perfection, and then all taught to dance together in perfect harmony.
My first perfect 5 rating.
Part of me wanted to deny it this, if only to say that I still hadn't rated anything a perfect 5. But honestly, with this bottle and at this moment, it was flawless perfection. At one point in my developmental craft-beer stages, Belgian Strong Pales were some of my least favorite beers, or at least so I proclaimed. Now, however, one sits perched atop my overall rankings ladder in a seat no other can lay claim to. What changes a couple of years can bring.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2010 01:12:53 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.75/5 rDev +11.5%
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 6,143 ratings.