Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by Philousa:
4.73/5 rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours a clear, pale gold with a big, billowy white head. The foam settles over time and creates irregular patterns on the glass. Aroma is sweet with Belgian pale malt, honey, and a hint of pepper and coriander or other light spices. The pale malt is really the showcase here, as it becomes more prominent as it warms. A big bouquet of bready malt and spicy yeast bursts from the suds. Flavors start sweet and go tart, flirting with metallic, coppery, before going bitter. The bitterness is a mix of malt and hops, as I get the pungent Belgian malt and the flowery, somewhat musky hops. I'm guessing of the noble variety. It starts very dry when sweet, but balances out towards the finish, although it is towards the dry end of the spectrum. The feel is very balanced as well. At times I thought it was watery, but then thought it was heavier on the tongue. I guess waffling between the two suggests this is about as balanced as you can get.
What can I say? This is Duvel, the epitome of Belgian pale beers. It's complex, it's thirst quenching, it's spicy and exotic. I could drink this all day, whether it's summer or winter. It's a great beer I will be going back to for years to come.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2012 04:02:18 | More by Philousa
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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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