Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
At last... Living as I do in the middle of nowhere, I suppose it's less odd that it's taken me this long to get a chance to taste this - the original in the style. First - obviously this is a beer for those who like Belgian beers (it's odd to read so many negative reviews until one realizes that the common denominator in all seem to be a dislike of the style). If you want to know if you are going to like Belgian style ales then this is the benchmark and the starting point. If you like Belgian style ales, you owe it to yourself to go get this beer.
Initial pour shows a huge and incredibly active head, white and chunky and sticky. Eventually it fades into a very sticky lace. The beer itself is a gorgeous pale cloudy gold in colour. Aromas are of spice (cardamom?), pepper, malt sugar and underlying hops. It is unbelievably fragrant - even distractingly so!
First taste reveals a beer that is overwhelmingly creamy and smooth. Mouthfeel is perfection in my opinion due in part to the perfect balance of the smooth creaminess and the crispness provided by the active carbonation. While many talk about the sweetness of the beer (be it honey or candy sugar in source), this sweetness is balanced ideally by the bitterness and sharpness in the foundation. Fruit esters swirl on the palate, riding on the malt and that odd and oh so tasty spice flavor. The finish is perfectly dry, leaving you hungry for more.
There are beers that look gorgeous after your pour them and then disappoint when you drink them. This is not one of those beers. Each stage in the experience of this beer builds on the last - beautiful looking beer, leading to an incredible fragrence and then... the taste. Refreshing, crisp, flavorful, balanced... and right when you think "this beer is perfect for me" the alcohol kicks in and you suddenly remember that it's more than 8%ABV. Youch!!!
If I had could only have one beer in my fridge for the rest of my life it would be this one. It's that good.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2003 17:57:40 | More by SamuraiJack
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