Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.79/5 rDev +12.7%
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
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4.95/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
330ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Pours a bright golden honeyburst color with a tall fluffy white head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing as it dissipates.
Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light and citrusy fruits.
Taste is of sweet malt and bitter hops up front, picking up the light fruits and citrus from there along with herbal spicyness and the 8.5% alcohol comes in to say hello. Finish is clean and dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated, and almost creamy.
Overall, one of the best beers on the planet. Refreshing, crisp, flavor packed, and easy drinking, even at 8.5%.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:55:10 | More by HuskerTornado
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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