Duvel Single | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#14,250
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
490
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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23
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Ratings: 490 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of Eychung
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sarah_Bearah
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like sweet memories flitting through the brain, hints of honey and hay float on a citrus breeze across the surface of the glass. Wrapped in a bubbly embrace, winter spices and warm pepper dance remembrance across the palate. As with nostalgia, the initial sweetness fades into bitterness. This beer brings emotion to the table, but at least it also supplies the alcohol

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml can poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

L---Quite pale golden color. Crystal clear. Fluffy white head with an aggressive pour. Minimal retention and great lacing. Retention was a shock to me. I was expecting the giant, rocky head with a casual pour and eternal retention as with Duvel's standard golden ale. Effervescent bubbles from the bottom of the glass throughout the drink.

S---Clean, crisp. Bright lemon. Banana & spices are obvious. There's clove & a healthy helping of yeast in the nose as well. A good deal of complexity from what honest to god looks like a Coors Light.

T---Follows the nose closely. Spiciness is foremost. Pepper & clove. Banana & lemon follow as well. Creamy yeast flavor is there as well. Complex, as in the nose. Really nice.

F---Medium to light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. A bit dry at the finish.

O---Not what I was expecting, but still really f'ing good stuff. The folks at Duvel really know what they're doing. I will pick this up every single time I see it in my build a six rack.

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Photo of generallee
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single fermented can. White head. Clear golden yellow.

Earthy, grassy, cloves, spice, bananas, Belgian yeast. Much more drinkable than regular duvel. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. A bit dry.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a crystal clear straw color with lots of rising bubbles, forming a large rocky white head. Good retention. Sheets of lacing are left behind.
The aroma is tart green apple and apple skin, ripe pear, lemon zest, banana, clove, coriander, hay, and crackers.
Follows the nose. Crisp green apple, lemon zest, pear, and a hint of banana. Cracker malt with a hint of honey, leading onto hay and a dry, lightly spicy clove finish. A bit more subdued than the nose, but quite thirst-quenching.
The mouthfeel is medium, highly carbonated, champagne-like. Smooth, crisp, clean, and dry.
Overall, a damn fine and refreshing Belgian golden ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of MacStinson
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is yeast, lemons, light spices, some hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer and easy drinking for the abv.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with one finger of soapy white head. Smell: soapy, sugar cookie, spicy, lightly citric. Taste: better here, pear, lemon, coriander, sugar cookie, herbal, black pepper. Medium bodied, light carb. sticky finish. Takes time to open up but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Exceptionally clear gold with tons of bubbles. A little more than a finger of thick, creamy white head.

Smell: Mild, sweet malt and faint hops. A little peppery.

Taste: Bready and sweet malt with a very tiny hint of bitterness on the back end. Maintains that slight peppery note.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: A sweet, quaffable beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can, tulip glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, frothy lacing. Smell is grassy hops, a bit of lemon, grain, straw, light floral. Flavour is crisp grass, freshly baked bread, grainy wort, a bit more floral as well. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, floral notes lingering all the way through on the finish. Overall solid belgian pale ale, nothing too crazy. Nice one to have in a can.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV "Duvel Single"
500 ml can, "BBE 16-04-2019"

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have to laugh, I had this on tap somewhere in Europe, I don't recall where, I think it was Roma, and I thought that I had just drank too much because my Duvel didn't taste right! Ha, as it turns out this is a different beer. So, let's see if this is what I remember. The can has opened with a nice 'crack' and it's poured a clear straw gold body beneath a finger thick head of bright white. I can see my fingerprints throught the glass. It's easier to pour than a regular Duvel, that's for sure! And it's lighter in color. The head is not nearly as dense either. OK, in the nose I'm getting a bit of sweet lemon, grainy malt, and some mineral from the yeast. It's clean and fresh. The flavor is where the real difference shows up though, it's much lighter in flavor, particularly in maltiness. There's less yeastiness as well, and that lemon chiffon is there. It's a totally different beer altogether. I had no idea that Duvel was built in layers, I thought it was just a very long conditioning period that did it, but if it's kreusened then I guess that makes sense. I now have a new respect for it. Back to the single, it's very nicely balanced, and that makes me wonder about the bittering for the regular Duvel but I guess it all works out in the end. Mouthfeel... light-medium in body, maybe medium-light, and effervescent and gently crisp. There's a bit of a bristle at first but then it warms in the mouth and becomes smoother. So, what do I make of this overall? Well even though I thought it was off it did go with my pizzas, so there's that, but then again almost any beer goes with pizza! Seriously, I think this is an excellent golden, sparkling ale that you could enjoy at any time.
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Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden brew, as advertised, with plenty of foam in the Ommegang chalice. Delightfully non cloudy! Sudsy mouthfeel with clouds of bubbles melting in the mouth. Light body but substantial flavor, and a long-lasting complex bunch of sensations. Some dried pear taste like a Saison, a hint of citrus, and that long wheaty, creamy flavor of a good Belgian brew.

Warm and malty with that Belgian yeasty tang. It dries out from the slight sweetness, but in a subtle way. This was not expensive, even compared to local IPAs in cans, and such a welcome change from too much oat dander and orange juice hops. From the 500 ml can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. I"m going back looking for the rest of he four-pack.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of monk2021
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CR2036
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL can into a Stella Artois chalice.

L: Pours a clear, pale golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of slightly dense white head. Some lacing left on glass after drinking. Good head retention.
S: Aromas of fruits, banana, clove, yeast, spices, and a substantial smack of herbal hops. Balanced really well.
T: Immediately tastes of banana and clove with spices and yeast, followed by some sweet malts and finishing with herbal and grassy hops with some bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. All flavors are balanced very well.
F: Crisp and full while still being light with great carbonation. Finishes dry with you wanting more.

O: Regular Duvel is probably my favorite beer of all time, and this is very close to the original. However, the flavor isn't quite as full and is overall lighter. For $14.99 a 4-pack, I feel this is a little overpriced considering Duvel costs $16.49 a 4-pack and is better overall. If this were around $14.99 a 6-pack, this would be a much better deal. Overall, a damn good Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can into signature tulip glass, best before 6/22/2019. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/floral/grassy bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and spicy yeast balance; and not astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this a fantastic Belgian pale ale! All around outstanding omplexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Fantastic balance of classic Belgian yeast complexity, clean pils malts, and earthy noble hop presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 490 ratings