Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.93/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is my first taste of this renown brew and whilst I'll give it a shot you'll see no sympathy for the Duvel from me, I'll be going straight for the jugular.
Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a 500ml tall chalice.
A: Straight from the cork popping you know you're in for a raging brew; fizzing out with intensity, pale orange cloudy body with a 3cm white head that dissipates to a sticky lacing around the glass... yep, that looks inviting, almost a challenge "look at me, I'm a Tripel!".
S: Wow! This is the first time I've taken a whiff of a beer and thought "Is this a beer?"... there's all kind of crazy going on here; the fruitiness of a Botrytis white wine, the sharp twang of over-ripe apples, bold musky yeast aromas and a hint of sugar syrup. I hope to think the beer tastes as interesting as it smells but I'm also certain it will... it must!
T: Buy me a case of this. Again there is so much going on it's difficult to put into words, there is a flavour that hits every part of the tongue in this Tripel; dry champagne mixes with a musky yeast and sourdough body, then you're presented with some sugar and alcohol notes (with sugar covering the 8.5% alcohol) with a slight (not nearly overwhelming) hop bitterness. The end result leaves your entire mouth salivating for more, even if you didn't like the taste of this beer you would still want to take another gulp... there is an art of seduction from this Devil.
M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is lighter than Champagne and adds to the creaminess.
D: This is the beer that makes everything else pale in comparison. It's not about the flavour either, because it really doesn't even have a great flavour to it, but the way it reacts in your mouth and the effect it has in the aftertaste is sublime. I really want to scull an entire bottle of this and cap it off with another six till I pass out in total inebriation, however I cannot afford to do this and must satisfy my beerlust with mere mortal brews... this makes me sad.
Food match: The finest of foods; caviar, lobster and truffles poached in a light saffron roux with Parma prosciutto wrapped asparagus.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2011 08:22:49 | More by doktorhops
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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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