Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.85/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
330ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by date: July 2012.
Appearance: Careful pour yields a one inch fizzy and pillowy white head (which crackles audibly). Color is translucent golden yellow with numerous bubbles rising up in the middle. Both the head and the beer leave a lot of bubbly lacing all over the glass.
Smell: Apple, Belgian yeast, and a bit of funk. The smell grows and changes as the beer warms and the smell interacts with the flavor (apple drops off, replaced by other fruits); I get notes of lemon, green grapes, banana, etc. Big, pleasing Belgian yeast smell doesn't let up.
Taste: First sip is an explosion of sweet and subtle esters giving way to a strong, funky Belgian yeastiness and a crisp, clean finish. On the next, a stinging tartness emerges and transforms into a smooth banana note. The tartness is mildly lemony, and a little soapy. It sticks around along with the yeast as a dominant and constant aspect of the flavor. Alcohol warmth gradually present at the end. The taste up front is various esters; banana, plum, berries, etc, always sweet but not candy sweet. The lightly sweet fruits develop and change, but are always there; they're never dominated away by bitterness or tartness, even though they're different with each sip. Aftertaste is like fresh white bread/potato bread.
The complexity of a great quad with lighter flavors. One of those rare beers the depth of whose taste can't be plumbed before the glass is empty.
Mouthfeel: Juicy and creamy, with lots of carbonation. Eventually starts to finish a bit warm. Body is light but not thin, if that makes sense; the carbonation and creaminess give it a lot of substance, but it's still very light and smooth.
Drinkability: If I could only choose 10 beers to drink for the rest of my life (maybe even 5), this would be on the list without a second thought.
Duvel is a classic beer. I've loved it for years, having tried it early on in my foray into craft beer. No matter how much my palate develops, Duvel keeps delivering new and delicious flavors with every sip. World class.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2010 03:55:38 | More by Pahn
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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 6,139 ratings.