Duvel Single | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel SingleDuvel Single

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of gildobeer
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The reason why beer is popular, so phenomenal that my girlfriend likes it. A nice deep amber/yellow with a slight foamy head. Excellent, complex smell that provokes emotions it shouldn't with a simple beverage. And the taste, oh the taste, complex, subtle, not too strong of an alcohol flavor yet distinctly belgian, with moderate hop character. Lovely smooth flavor, delicate yet complex, very refreshing even when the AC's too strong. Fantastic beverage, thank you Belgiam.

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Photo of david18
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No matter how many beers a bar might have if they have the Duvel Green I'm gonna order one. As amazing as the original but lower enough in alcohol that you can drink it a lot easier and there is no alcohol aroma or bite to interfear with the pure pleasure of this beer. Get it anywhere any time.

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Photo of CBearNM
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The initial smell is very pleasant, kind of hoppy and flowery.

There is no bite or strong alcohol bite to it, very nice and smooth.

The aftertaste lingers without being overpowering.

I was very happy to find it available on tap for growlers in a local package store (QB's in Pojoaque, NM)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a taste last year at BCTC'08 and a taste at Teresa's Next Door, This review is from BCTC'09.

A - Clear golden straw w/ 3 fingers of snowy white (fresh keg). The cap turns to rings of lace like the rings of saturn, the small remaining head is rocky

S - Spicy, herbal and mild alcohol nose w light malt and a yeasty tinge

M - Crisp, relatively light body for the abv w/ spicy and dry finish, very mild alcohol in the feel

T - Crisp green pine hops and mellow pils malt w/ sweet grainy taste. An almost peppery flavor w/ hints of green herbs and creamy grainy malt flavor. The taste is dry as it finishes w/ spice from the yeast and subtle alcohol presence

D - A great draft version of the Duvel, all the hops + yeast w/ a lighter feel and more quaffable effect. Very smooth and worthy of praise - a great representation of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a fluffy hgead that leaves strands of lace atop the clear golden liquid

Smell: Bready, with hay and white peppery esters

Taste: Bready up front, with a growing peppery bitterness by mid-palate; herbacious tartness after the swallow, with a floral finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink; a brisk, but welcoming Belgian pale; not the most complex beer out there, and it shouldn't be considered for anything other than what it is

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Photo of adamette
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to find Duvel Green...served from tap for $6.25 in appropriate Duvel Green tulip glass...at Winking Lizard last night in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Very cool to find this. I guess I should stop being surprised at what I find at Winking Lizard, an increasingly excellent BA spot.

A Fluffy white 3 inch head, took a full 3 minutes to dissipate down to a one cm topping. Reminded me of whipped egg whites, not unlike its bottled version. Body is translucent lager like. Very cool, very devilish.

S Yeast, malt barley, alcohol, great.

T Belgian yeast, malt grains, possibly lighter than the bottled Duvel?

M Thin but beefed up a bit by alcohol, grains taste.

D Highly drinkable, highly dangerous.

Notes: An all time classic on tap. Who could ask for more?

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Pangaea in Sacramento. Poured into a .25 L Duvel Green tulip. Huge, familiar, fluffy, white, lacy head, 2 inches tall, rests atop a golden body and leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is zesty lemony citrus and a slight touch of Belgian sour yeast. Taste is biscuity, slightly bitter, and even a bit pilsner-ish. Very easy to drink, which is no surprise whatsoever considering how well the abv is hidden on the "regular" Duvel. I ain't mad at 'em.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as Duvel Green Label. Pours a transparent yellow with a nice white head. Rich, malty, yeasty, slightly fruity and slightly sweet aroma is quite appetizing. Lively flavor is malty and yeasty with a citrus undertone and a hint of butterscotch. Smooth, fizzy texture leaves a fruity and slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of DannyS
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Obtained via growler fill at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, NY. Served in the requisite Duvel tulip glass.

A - Slightly darker than regular duvel, and the head, while nice and fluffy, is less resilient. Still leaves lots of very clingy lacing.

S - More pronouced than the bottled version. Fruitier and maltier, but less balanced. Also got a whiff of alcohol.

T - Just what I was hoping for. Crisp, citric, slightly yeasty, slightly hoppy, slightly malty, with just a twinge of spice. Bready and slightly bitter finish. Yum.

M - Less carbonation considering the serving type, but still rich and well balanced in body.

D - Still crazily drinkable, especially this time around with the lower ABV. It's still not in the session ABV range, but I'm totally going to session this anyway.

overall - I'm so glad I got the chance to try the draft version of my absolute favorite beer. It seems like a more sociable, accessible Duvel, which is definitely not a bad thing. The bottled Duvel is something you sit and savor, basking in its devilish glory. This is one you can drink more of, casually amongst good company. Either way, both are still excellent brews.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bricks

A - You know it, you love it, and it's right here in this glass. It is not quite as radiantly golden as the original; more of a copper hue is expressed. The head is not quite as stratospherically large, but it behaves in the same way as the original; fabulous retention is acheived as the head becomes a rocky island of froth that floats atop the brew.

S - The nose is really nice, but nowhere near as sharply dry as the original; clean notes of pale malt are somewhat tamped by a residual caramel sweetness, and the softer effervescence combined with the lower alcohol seems to offer less in the way of yeast-borne fruity aromatic suggestions. This is all nitpicking, though, because the brew still smells quite nice. Notes of slightly sweet pale malt are apparent, as are floral and herbal hops. Hops are perhaps more noted in this version.

T - The taste is delicious, though short of the original by a fair margin. That said, it is better than most offerings in the style, hands down. Pale malt is the star, and suggests pristine mineral waters and lightly toasted grain. There is a larger hop component here, in terms of flavor impact; herbal and floral notes are quite notable over the more sublime yeast-driven notes that are a hallmark of the original incarnation. The feel is softer, and I think that significantly changes the flavor profile, as Duvel derives a good deal of its deliciousness to the synergy between the dryness of flavor and the sharpness of its effervescence.

M - The feel is very nice; it is softer than the bottled brew, and much easier drinking a a result. There is a luscious creaminess about it that stands in dynamic contrast to the generally dry nature of the brew. With all that said, I have to detract from the feel a bit because it does not fully enhance the brew, whereas the bottled incarnation is indelibly integrated with the feel.

O - I may has skew towards rating this higher just because I love Duvel, and this brew does Duvel justice. Drinking this, finally (!), makes me angry with myself for not buying Duvel Triple Hop when it was extremely fresh; this beer has convinced me that even the slightest variance on the basic Duvel is worth experiencing.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a great clear gold color with a big fluffy/rocky white head. Head eventually comes down, but still has great retention. Aroma of fruits and yeast. Some apples, pears, and bread. The taste starts off with yeast, then some spicy malts and bread come in, followed by the apple and pear. The aftertaste is a bit yeasty. Light- to medium-bodied. Quite refreshing and tasty. I definitely prefer this to the regular Duvel - hope I can continue to find it on tap!

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as "Duvel Green" at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly. Served in a Duvel Green tulip, the beer was clear gold with a tall, fluffy white head. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this one really blew me away. It seemed to share little in common with the original Duvel. Instead of the soft vanilla candy and clove notes, this was hoppy with almost sour lemon rind and big (for a Belgian) grassy hops. That was wonderfully balanced against mild biscuit and bread crust malt flavors that ran under the yeast and hop character. Heck of a beer. Find it and drink several.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/20/2011 at Rose Alley Alehouse, in New Bedford, MA, served in an odd-shaped tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, light malts, bananas, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and bananas. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. the hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice lighter Belgian-style beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of garydemp
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this today on tap at the brewhouse in santa barbara - man it was wonderful! I had never had it before, and didn't notice in any reviews of it the fact that it has a noticeable brett character - but the one I had did, and it's awesome! Has most of the qualities I love about Duvel - the crisp pilsner malt character, the light/dryness, fresh crispness, 'appley' qualities, and nice big foamy mousse...but with the addition of the funky, brett character, that put it over the top. Totally awesome, like a farmhouse Duvel! I will drink 1 or 2 on tap each time I go there until it's gone...wonderful beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at sierra grill for the Duvel Green release, i wanna take the glass home. Poured a great lime green/yellow with a 1-2 finger head in the signature glass. Great belgian lacing is left behind and the head retains well for a pale. Smell is kind of weak, cant pick up much, belg yeast, spices, a bit of citrus and malts. Taste is better than smell, same elements but better balance, great citrus in here along with a solid belgian flavor. Mouthfeel is light with great carb, substance and a great belgian aftertaste coat, no alcohol taste for me. Extremely refreshing, 7% makes no appearance, hopefully i can enjoy this one again.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy very light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head isn't nearly as pillowy as the bottle version and the lacing is decent but again nowhere near on par with the bottle.

Smells of sweet malt, leafy hops, and a very light tartness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A lot of things going on - sweet malt flavors are joined by leafy, almost herbal hop flavors almost immediately. A slight tartness joins in near the end of the sip before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness and moderate carbonation - not quite as active as the bottle.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could easily have a few of these.

Overall this certainly is a "lite" version of the bottle conditioned ale, but it still is well worth a shot.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz tap pour into a Duvel Green tulip. 6.8% ABV noted on the Duvel Green coaster.

A - Pale straw yellow and brilliantly clear with a strong white head. Great retention and perfect lace.

S - Fantastic pale malt nose and strong Belgian ester spice from the yeast. Heavily carbonated, even in the nose. Very nice and aromatic with subtle hops and a strong citrus aroma.

T - Lots of light but persistent floral hop flavor with a lot of lemony citrus and light Belgian yeast with some lingering spice flavor. Definitely more mild than the "red" Duvel.

M - Over-the-top carbonated with a light body with a spicy, mildly bitter finish. Very refreshing and crisp though.

D - So tasty and very well drinking, it's a fantastic version of Duvel available on draft (apparently in extremely limited quantities).

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip shaped glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer arrived from the bar a clear, bright gold color with a fluffy white persistent head and some very nice lacing. Eventually the foam settled to a small ring and patch of foam on the surface. Sipping left interesting patterns of lacing.

Smell: The aroma contains some yeast and the pale malt. There are also spicy grassy hops and possibly a hint of faint alcohol. It is pleasant and reasonably well balanced.

Taste: Based on the aroma the flavor does not disappoint. The is the light sweetness of pale malt, some fruity components from the yeast. This is all well balanced with the light grassy, herbal taste of hops. The whole thing is light, clean, crisp, and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light to medium medium bodied with some softness from the carbonation. The finish is medium long and is dry and bitter from the hops.

Drinkability: This would be a perfect summer beer, refreshing and pleasant, and easy to drink. While it seems less complex than the bottled Duvel, that would make it better for drinking on a social occasion over a meal or at a party. It would be very easy to finish off several of these.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a huge head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings grain, Belgian yeast, and a bit of floral hops. Taste is light fruits, lemon, grain, citrus, a bit of spice, and some hops. Good, light mouthfeel with good carbonation levels. Drinks really well and is a nice spin on a classic.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ Blind Tiger on the official release day.

Pours a pale yellow, crystal clear, big white head.

Nose is faint, grassy with a bit of pale malt, and a bit of yeast as well.

Taste is big on grassy hops - starts of clean, crisp, light, bit of yeast and pale malt, but largely dominated by grassy, herbal hops. Dry, light finish that's mildly bitter.

Light body, moderate carbonation.

Very close to a Belgian pils. Really great beer.

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Photo of beauweaver
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went to the Boston Belgian Beer Fest this afternoon. I rushed to the Duvel stand. I wanted to taste the Duvel Green I had heard so much about. Well, there it was under another name: Duvel Single. They changed the name as Green implied being green (saving the planet kind of thing), or being of a green colour and there was a lot of resistance from people. So they told me. Anyhow, I tasted the Duvel Single and it is all that I expected. It's a Duvel in a smaller package. Less alcoholic, more refreshing, like a everynight after work kind of beer. I truly enjoyed it. A nice alternative to a Leffe or a Stella which I tend to get a bit bored with at times.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Daily Pint:

Strong/gold body crowned with a creamy head that maintains its character and leaves behind sheets of sticky lace.

The nose is definitely a knockout with its enticing complexity. Oranges, cinnamon, biscuit malts, Candi Sugar, touch of yeast, and some citrus freshness.

Taste is complex yet well balanced and not messy. Sweet grain, herbal hops flavor and white pepper with a yeast twang. A nice spiciness comes from the Styrian Goldings hops. A blanket of bitterness hits near the finish, which ends long an dry.

The mouth feel is spot on with a medium to high carbonation and light body; devilishly drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, bubbles

S: Spice, banana and a hint at light clove

T: Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, light fruits and sweet taste, dry, clean and crisp finish

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: I coulld drink alot of this! Great rep for the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Duvel Single

LOOK: Pours a clear yellow, with a large pillowy foam and good lace. Appears like what you might expect from a Belgian pale ale.

SMELL: Powdery Belgian yeast, fresh pear. A touch of flowery hops. Very clean and more than slightly inviting.

TASTE: Grainy malts and a strong burst of earthy, slightly sour noble hop variety. Leaves a light citrus, mint and grass behind. Acidic hop oils linger on the palate. This is a refined ale.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Has a soothing, refreshing character.

OVERALL: A very good pale ale. Solid flavors, nothing earth shattering, but a lot can be said about execution. I'd have this again. Duvel is a great brewery.

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Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Squealing Pig, Boston, MA
Served in a signature "Duvel Draft" tulip

A creamy, bubbly, bright white, one-finger head of foam topped the nearly clear, golden colored liquid. The head retreated rather quickly, leaving behind only minimal amounts of lacing.

The aroma was a bit more subtle than I anticipated. Powdery and off-dry with a fruity, Belgian yeast quality. Citrus notes were noticeable. Some hay as well. Slightly hoppy, in a grassy sort of way. A touch of candi sugar appeared as the beer warmed.

Although the nose was a bit restrained, the flavor profile was nearly as good as the original Duvel. Crisp and bright with a smooth, grassy hop character. Dry and spicy (peppery) up front. Notes of orange peel and clove appeared in the center. The finish was snappy and clean with lingering hop notes.

The mouthfeel was rather unexciting. Medium bodied with a carbonation that bordered on low for the style. Slightly creamy and slick.

Like the original Duvel, this rendition is crisp and refreshing. Flavorful yet so drinkable.

Despite the different categorization on style, I would be hard pressed not to compare Duvel Draft to the bottled version. While the original has a more impressive appearance and a snappier mouthfeel, the draft version definitely holds it own. A nice, "lighter" spin on the original.

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