Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by tfinn:
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I was thinking "orval" in my mind when I asked the steward at the beer store for two bottles of duvel. "do you want the small or the big bottles?" he asked. the big ones of course.
pours bright clear golden yellow with a wonderfully large fine creamy-bubbled head, fed by champagne-like trails of carbonation. lacing? but of course!
the smell is primarily sweet fresh malt with aromatic hops somewhere deep in the profile, beckoning the drinker to imbibe. reminds me of sweet straw. (not grass.)
taste is a perfect balance between sweet maltiness and bitterness. (I keep trying to think of how it could be improved, but fail to come up with ideas.) there are some sharp flavors in here, perhaps phenolic in nature? definitely not fruity esters. it could be the yeast: it settles out very well in the bottle, but I'm sure some of it remains in suspension. I'm one of those people for whom sour and bitter are very close in taste; it wouldn't surprise me if people found sour components in the flavor, or just found it overly bitter. for me it's perfect.
mouthfeel is thin yet thick with complexity. it's a little grainy, but that works in this situation. overall impression is light, but still substantial flavor-wise. the fine carbonation helps the proces. the finish is clean, with perhaps a faint hint of alcohol, but nowhere near what is expected for an 8.5% beer. its drying properties only encourage another drink.
drinkability? going through a full 750ml of duvel would not be a problem due to its exceptional attenuation and clean finish -- but I know better. this devil is one to make deals with in moderation.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2004 22:56:02 | More by tfinn
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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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