Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured properly into a Duvel tulip. You'd assume either i'm the man to have a Duvel glass, or this is one of the 4 Duvels that came with the glass in the gift-pack...(the latter).
Given that the pour looks identical to what is considered "correct," including a towering head from the Duval logo up to the brim and a golden, relatively clear brew beneath, I'd say this is a beautiful beer. There is ample lacing and the head remains intact through most of the drink. An improper pour (from experience) has made an iceberg head phenomenon (?). The beer looks lively and very well carbonated. Plumes of bubbles rise from the stem where the Duval "D" is engraved.
The smell is that of a good Belgian ale. I actually performed a nasal rinse in preparation for this beer (no lies). There is well placed spice, notes of citrusy hops and a typical sour Belgian funk. I can almost smell a whiff of lavender that's relaxing enough to permit falling into a deep sleep.
So good. It tastes like liquid gold Belgian ale. My favorite part about this beer, which is why I give it such acclaims. It tastes floral, rich, yeasty, smooth, sweet mixed with a sour/bitter aftertaste. Which is how flavors should transition down the tongue. With the abv at a staggering 8.5% I am almost reminded of weak chardonnay. I could see this pairing with both good friends and good foods.
Bubbly, thanks to to the bottle conditioning and double fermentation at the brewery, as well as refreshing. For a golden ale this is more dense than usual, but still a bit watery for my liking. Hiving experience in brewing my own pilsner, this beer possesses deep complexity and the mouth approves.
Definitely drinkable year round and may become a new bar favorite. Pace yourself because this is almost too easy to drink. I would have another for sure, I'm super satisfied with the purchase.
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2010 04:31:30 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml bottle. Duvel Oversized Tulip glass. Bright gold color, clear appearance. White, foamy & close crown, thick layer head & lasting lacing rings. Belgian yeast, pale malt, deep herbal, slight spiced & sugary aromas. Malty, crisp & hoppy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Hints of ripe fruit, honey & citric zest in the middle. Well integrated high ABV. Well balanced malts & hops slightly tend to a bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 17:27:21 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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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