Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Taking a break from Augustfest for now. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, because the beer police would take me away otherwise.
A: Pours a golden color with moderate clarity. This has some of the most intense looking carbonation I've ever seen in a beer, as scores of bubbles rise up to the top. The head is a one finger white color with fantastic retention and texturing.
S: Aside from the light, pilsner-y malts, there's a pleasant layer of noble hops, and of course, the typical fruity Belgian yeast. Quite enjoyable to smell.
T: Fruity esters to start, before smoothing out into crackery, bready malts in the midtaste. The finish is lightly hoppy and yeasty, even a bit biscuity. Not quite as complex as I hoped, simply because it seems to eschew a little (but not all) complexity for increased drinkability, but it's still an enjoyable drink that doesn't come across as being anywhere near 8.5%.
M: No surprises here - this has very strong carbonation, almost too strong. Carbonation issues aside, this has a great feel, with a good blend between alcohol concealment/integration and crisp lightness.
O: I've mentioned before I'm not the biggest Belgian ale fan, simply because I find them too bloaty and overcarbonated; this does a decent job of not falling into those pratfalls. A very sophisticated yet easy to drink beer that every BA needs to have at least once in their lifetime. Having said that, it wasn't quite the masterpiece I expected it to be.
EDIT: After letting my third bottle decant before serving, I can now say it is as good as I initially expected, and as such, will bump up scores accordingly. It features this amazing citrusy note (both in the aroma and flavor) that's damn near orgasmic, and it feels even lighter and more refreshing on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 01:28:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
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