Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.09/5 rDev -4%
This may be the most famous beer I've not gotten around to reviewing. I do remember probably trying it for the first time at a Belgian Beer tasting many years ago, when the concept of a beer over 5% ABV was unknown to me. Needless to say it was a messy night. This is a 330ml stubby Belgian bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.
Pours a clear, effervescent golden colour, with a frothy, crackling head of white fed by that effusive and exuberant carbonation. Lace forms as patches of bubbles left behind. body is very light, certainly not 8.5%'s worth of residual sugar sitting around in this baby. Overall, it's refined and sophisticated.
Nose is spicy but crisp. Some phenolic characters come through, along with some apple skin, wine barrels, a little vanilla and some white pepper. Dusty, earthy tones are also noticeable. The vanilla becomes more prominent as it's warmed, and the phenols and detection of booze subsides. Nice stuff.
Taste is clean and bright, with a long palate that stays fluid and light throughout. Alcohol is well hidden, just a slight upturn of those phenolic characters on the finish. As it warms, sweeter notes come through as well. More of that vanilla aroma, along with some banana esters and a hint of marzipan. Very tasty, but always subdued and pulled along into that all-encompassing cleanness.
Feel is very light and smooth. It really shouldn't be any other way.
Yes, dangerously light and drinkable, and exceptionally refined. This is a very well made strong Belgian ale, and a worthy canonical example.
03-09-2013 04:26:09 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.51/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from 750ml into Corsendonk tulip.
A - Bright, translucent gold with a ton of head that settles to about 1 finger but sticks around.
S - Yeast, grapes, sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. Definitely very fruity and sweet.
T - Yeast with some bready malts and fruit. A bit spicy with just a touch of tartness in the finish. A lot going on with this beer.
M - Light with TONS of carbonation. Very champagney and crisp.
This is about as perfect a Belgian golden ale as you're going to (easily) get. Tons of flavor with a lot of complex notes. Crisp and refreshing. Love it.
03-08-2013 01:02:08 | More by RoninTK3
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
Served in Duve glass. Pours a pale straw/gold, with a big bright white head. Lots of carbonation in the glass.
Smell: yeasty, some bananas, bread, slight hint of fresh mowed grass, some herbs, and even some mint. Later on some hint of lemon. It's all quite fresh, but very complex.
Taste: starts with yeast, very light malts, toast. Then some citrus (lemon) with a nice bitter touch of hops, alsmost like lemonpeel. Aftertaste is slightly sour and fades into more bitterness. Slighty less complex than the nose, but wow I really like this a lot.
Mouth: quite dry and medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. This feels light for the ABV, but it really works very well. Love it.
Overall: a true classic. Complex but very drinkable. Hard to beat in the style.
03-05-2013 19:31:05 | More by Maakun
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.
A- pours a hazy, dark lemon color with a 2" white head. Big clumps and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.
S- sweet and sour lemons with lots do spices from the Belgian yeast.
T- pale malts, some caramel, lots of lemon and lemon rind, nice amount of spices and light pine bite.
M- medium body and high carbonation. Crisp, nice and creamy with slight dryness.
O- nice Belgian pale. Has huge lemon and spice characteristics.
03-05-2013 02:55:33 | More by kawilliams81
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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