Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by talkinghatrack:
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
a - Light brown, nice foamy head. Too much foam, really. I do like the way it slims down into a little foam nugget with each glass, though. [Note: this is from my early fast pours]
s - Good but almost a little skunky until the head drops by 2/3. Then I finally get the spices and malts. Nice job hiding the alcohol notes - probably from the large head. I'm ranking this on its dropped-head smell.
t - Nice, complex malty and sour. Spices up front. Slightly bitter aftertaste pushes you to your next sip. No warming hits or rubbing alcohol notes for an 8.5% ABV.
m - A little malty but overall pretty thin
d - Given that I have to wait about ten minutes for the head to drop and can only pour a 1/3 full glass at a time, I have to factor that into the score. Taste-wise it's above average. Solid alcohol masking.
Not sure that I'm seeing the A+ that it gets here but let's see how my scores add up. I think it has to get a boost for masking its 8.5% pretty well even if it isn't top notch in other departments.
UPDATE: Wow. This is the first beer I've experienced where pouring style actually makes a considerable difference. I poured my third glass slow and easy and it really cuts down on the head while quite noticeably ramping up the carbonation. Pour it normally (1/2 tilted, 1/2 90-degree angle) and it foams up and tastes very flat. Pour it as directed and it's as bubbly as champagne. Very interesting. I think I prefer it somewhere in the middle.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2009 18:02:06 | More by talkinghatrack
More User Reviews:
3.56/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a one finger bubbly white head, hazy golden yellow body. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Beautiful.
Sweet banana bread, cinnamon, and clove in the aroma. Slight citrus and floral notes.
Some sort of spice-like note on the tongue. Grassy and earthy. Citrus and floral on the back of the tongue. Bit of cinnamon and clove.
Lot's of carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 20:36:05 | More by Scrylol
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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