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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3.95/5 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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