Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by Ralphus:
4.83/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Duvel. It's hard to believe it has been a 15 year on and off relationship and I'm just now getting around to reviewing you. We were first introduced when my friends and I had met a Belgian guy over the internet in '95 or '96. Dom was his name he came to Canada with all sorts of magical beers.
We were young and we lived in the poorest province in Canada. But the odd thing was we had the fastest residential internet feed on the continent. It was strange times and we were meeting lots of stranger people. The majority of our beer was, unfortunately, quite terrible. Despite this we knew there was better to be had.. Michael Jackson's pocket book on beer promised as much. And while our friends drank local versions of Labatt and Molson products we had moved on, past the imports and into the then exciting Upper Canada microbrewery. When Duvel arrived by way of our strange traveler it was a bit like handing a laptop to a neanderthal. We recognized it was far superior - but didn't understand how it worked, how it was created nor why we liked it so much.
That magic however was short lived. Dom was just as young as we were and he only had a backpack to hold his beer and clothes. He shortly returned to his life and us to ours. When you are young interests can be fleeting and intermixed with dozens of others. And even though Duvel was out of sight, it was not out of mind. There was potential there that none of us would forget.
It was Duvel that kicked open the door to the world that Michael Jackson wrote about. A world of great beers, great understanding and great friends. And for that reason it will always remain in my mind as the best beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2009 23:09:44 | More by Ralphus
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4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #46 of the ones I've reviewed here.
Well, this one is a classic, probably the benchmark for the Belgian "Golden Ale" style. I think I read somewhere that a lot of the ones that came after -- Lucifer, Delirum Tremens, etc -- riffed off Duvel's name.
This is a favorite beer of mine, as well: I like Belgian Golden Ales and in this case do believe the hype, this is a standout. Although it doesn't taste a hell of a lot like other Belgian Goldens, like La Chouffre's offering, for instance. Duvel is much dryer, with a concentration of yeast and a bit of hops that linger satisfyingly at the finish. I finally, just now, realized what Belgian Goldens taste like -- or at least what Duvel tastes like. It tastes a lot like champagne, it even has a similar mouthfeel, with its pleasant lightness, it's effervescent, and it's long, tart, yeasty farewell on the palate. It doesn't smell like champagne, though, at least to my nose: it smells a little like Mead, with its honey notes sitting on top of a fair amount of yeast and alcohol.
I won't say its the best Golden out there, I haven't tried them all and if anything this is a bit atypical (dry) for the style. But it is a classic, one of those beers every beer drinker should try, whether he likes it or not.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 19:47:19 | More by dougbassett
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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