Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.79/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured "unhurriedly" from a 750 mL bottle with the classic champagne cork etched with hop leaves. Poured into 15 oz tulip glass. Bottle stamped with 'enjoy by' date of 8/1/2015.
Appearance - A vibrant straw-colored hue with plenty of transparency to allow the light to pass through, creating shadows and bringing the yellow to life. Signature carbonation bubbles drift to the top from the etching on the bottom of the glass. Head is frothy and rich and clings to the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates and is the first clue that, while this beer may have a similar color to your classic American pilsner, that is where the similarity ends.
Smell - Hints of freshly cut hay and an almost imperceptible hint of barnyard funk, like you'd expect from a Saison. The barnyard aromas give way to fruity esters and hints of flower petals. Promise of freshly-baked bread.
Taste - Here is where this beer shines. The nose is crisp and has a pleasant bite of alcohol, but rounds out into a bready, yeasty finish, again hinting at barnyard funk. Again, notes of light fruits with subtle tartness, but not full-on citrus.
Mouthfeel - The floral and bready undertones linger well after the beer has been swallow. Just enough of a lining on the mouth to entice that next sip or full-on swig.
Overall one of my favorite beers; I've been known to down entire 750 mL bottles of the stuff before I even realize it's gone. Clean enough to be accessible to even those who don't necessarily prefer the Belgian style of brewing, but also so quintessentially "Belgian". You can taste the flavors from the unique yeast strain that make Duvel it's own beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2012 05:02:14 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle. Duvel Oversized Tulip glass. Bright gold color, clear appearance. White, foamy & close crown, thick layer head & lasting lacing rings. Belgian yeast, pale malt, deep herbal, slight spiced & sugary aromas. Malty, crisp & hoppy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Hints of ripe fruit, honey & citric zest in the middle. Well integrated high ABV. Well balanced malts & hops slightly tend to a bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 17:27:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A - Pours a thick fluffy head with good retention and nice lacing. Color is vary light yellow, slightly hazy but very little. Heavy carbonation.
S - Floral, sweet, boozy, citrus notes, grassy notes. It's all there. A lot of smell here and a lot of different things going on. The main notes are the boozy, sweet, and grassy notes.... I think. Hard to pick just a few notes out.
T - Light, crisp, and very well balanced. I was a little worried by the smell that this would be too sweet for me, but the sweet boozy smell does not overpower the flavor at all. While still detectable, this beer is very smooth and drinkable. The grassy and citrus flavors come through the most, in an excellent balance.
M - Light and crisp, very good. The high carbonation works well here.
O - This is an excellent beer and easy to see why it is the standard for the style. While not something I usually go for, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was worried from the first sniff that I wouldn't like this, I thought it would be too sweet and boozy for me, but it definitely is not. Very well balanced and smooth. This is a beer that is good because there is not that big punch of flavor, just a very well crafted and balanced beer. Well worth the try and the hype.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:55:28 | More by cottonkoozie
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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