Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
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
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Poured an extremely bright golden color with a pure white head. Poured about a solid inch of foam into my old standby, the Deschutes Rastal snifter. Foam reseeded but still left a solid layer continually fed by a medium high carb. Ever so slight haze. Love the color--so vibrant and great silky texture. Only downside was the foam got a little bit sticky.
S: Big cloves, and sweet fungus and tropical fruit. Lots of mango and pineapple. Meaty mushrooms. Wet deep woods rich soil.
T: Huge floral cherry blossom and sweet light malt. Big tangy musty fruitiness comes in next. Notes of fresh bright peppercorns and a saltiness comes through. Bittering comes through with wet greens and dry golden straw which finishes nicely. Was overly musty at first, but the bottle was refrigerator temperature and needed 5 or 10 degrees more. A sweet strawberry note along with a sweet orange came in on the finish after the brew warmed a tad. Most unexpected. It also mellowed the funkiness and rounded out well.
M: Good consistency. There's enough body but still remains light and refreshing. Good clean light dry finish leaves a longer salty feeling that leaves you wanting more. This kind of detracts from the refreshing quality as it leaves a parched feeling. Weird.
O: Great beer. I think I ruined it to start with because it was too cold right out of the fridge. The musty flavor overpowered the beer at low temperature while the other flavors receded. Once it warmed up it rounded out beautifully.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:37:54 | More by constantine_272
4.95/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
330ml bottle poured into Duvel glass. Pours a bright golden honeyburst color with a tall fluffy white head that has very good retention and leaves a lot of lacing as it dissipates.
Smell is of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light and citrusy fruits.
Taste is of sweet malt and bitter hops up front, picking up the light fruits and citrus from there along with herbal spicyness and the 8.5% alcohol comes in to say hello. Finish is clean and dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated, and almost creamy.
Overall, one of the best beers on the planet. Refreshing, crisp, flavor packed, and easy drinking, even at 8.5%.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:55:10 | More by HuskerTornado
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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