Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer was from the 330ml bottle with a 'Best Before' date of 09 2013, and a lot ID of L1951 0441.
Appearance - The brew initially poured up a mostly clear yellow gold, but as with many bottle conditioned beers, it was clouded by the final bit of liquid from the bottle. The head was a tall, porous, and bone white. It left great lacing that clung to the tulip like meringue. The head was reduced to about an eighth of an inch by the last sip, but, importantly, it did remain throughout the session. 4.5 of 5
Smell - From the bottle, this one had a truly fantastic 'Beer Aroma' that was much more than I expected from the small bottle opening. Unfortunately, I can't adequately describe that great inital aroma, so I'll just leave it at that. Once poured, it seemed to lose some of that powerful smell, but if did have a sort of spicy (peppery even?) phenolic scent. 3.5 of 5
Taste - The first sip of this one had a prominent hop bitterness, but as the beer warmed, that characteristic gave way completely to the spicy and almost peppery flavor that matched the aroma. The taste that did linger, however, again hinted to the hop bitterness. It had a very complex flavor, without being overpowering in any way. 4.5 of 5
Feel - The carbonation level was as close to perfect as I can imagine. The balance of the beer was ever-so-slightly thin, but it made for a very easy drinker, even at 8.5% ABV. The beer finished very crisply. 4.5 of 5
Overall - The only part of this brew that didn't overwhelm was the aroma, but even that was still better than most. 4.5 of 5
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2011 00:45:51 | More by taylocd
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