Duvel Single | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is the same with a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer regular Duvel from the bottle much more than this.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brabant, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured into a tulip glass with a finger and a half high head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and pale malts and a light amount of bitterness with some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness, but this diminishes as the beer warms up.
O: This beer is a lot easier to drink compared to regular Duvel and seems to share some properties of a pilsner in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a softer palate and a more pilsneresque demeanor, Duvel Draft carries a calm and refreshing session with ease and satisfaction; and still with the unmistakable fingerprints of the Duvel brand.

A brightly golden beer portrays its sheen through an effervescent dance of carbonation with bright and brilliant clarity. The classic persistent white airy foam blankets the glass and laces in nearly rediculous fashion. Maybe a little less sticky and stubborn then the stronger pale ale, but a classy and inviting loon nonetheless.

Pilsner and biscuit build the malt bill with a crisp, cracker-like refinement yet with a touch of sweet breadiness for sturdiness and support. Herbal with elements of lemongrass, honeysuckle, spice, and mild acidity all provide a nose that's both delicate and formitable.

Malty sweetness is short-lived but provides the base of crisp light breads, yeast, and freshely kilned barley. Hops and mild esters give a subtle acidity of green apples, fresh cut grass, and a fresh herbal, floral character. Morphing from floral and into a soft grassy, spicy bitterness, the beer provides a touch of power and pep going into the crisp and bittering finish. Lightly sulfury and a touch of grainy notes provide a glimpse into the raw and unveiled nature of this unforgiving beer.

Early creaminess quickly gives way to the crisp and clean textures of the beer well before mid palte. Sharpening very early, the beer has a quick and bone dry bitterness that evades the palte with only a dry memory of hop bitterness. All this allows for quick consumption and a refreshing session.

I keep wanting to read both elements of well made pilsners and the original Duvel beer in the same glass as if they were blended. But this beer borrows what's best of both styles and brands and allows for a remarkably sessionable beer.

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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 kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into improper glassware at a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high as I enjoy the regular Duvel.

A: Pours a two finger head of bad thickness, no cream, and bad retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Light cream, full barley, a handful of hops, and a light grainy wheat touch.

T: Slightly creamy, with a fairly full barley foundation. No alcohol comes through. Fairly complex. The crisp barley is pleasant. Balanced and well built. On draught, it has depth. I imagine this is best bottle-conditioned.

Mf: Slightly coarse but wet. Moderately suitable for the flavour and style.

Dr: It's a touch straw-laden for my tastes. Very drinkable for the ABV, but it's just nothing special.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Map Room.

25cL glass, around a 10 oz. pour for $6.50. Huge puffy white head that looked like the pitted and irregular surface on a head of cauliflower. Highly sticky lace that ringed the glass. So far so good, it also glittered a bright gold.

Aroma was slightly peppery and phenolic, but less so than it's bottled counterpart. Some grain and light fruit, but nothing especially well defined. First sips had a crisp feel with sharp carbonation. Dry in the finish, with some very light hop element, and phenolic/clove traces. Flavor seemed less developed than bottle-conditioned Duvel also. No big fruit, just a slight banana taste from the yeast. It was refreshing, but for the price, i'd go with something different next.

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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 jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA. It was a couple weeks ago and I'm looking through my notes, so I hope I can remember.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear with pale yellow golden color. Light but thick and frothy head that takes its time disappearing.

N: SImilar to a lager, crisp and clean with light toasted malts and some yeasty and crisp aromas, reminiscent of a nice Marzen. A slightly sour aroma is also detected.

T: Taste is also Marzen like with lots of toasty malts and crisp taste, as well as a slight fruity and slight sour taste. Some more Belgian yeast flavors (the fruit especially) and a slight lager taste I can't put my finger on. A slightly sweet malt taste also comes through, and it's very crisp and refreshing.

M: Light mouth with good carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry and almost disappears from the palate completely. A light banana taste seems to poke it head out at the finish as well, and a touch more Belgian yeast to finish it off.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a crystal clear, pale-golden brew with a large, effervescent head.

Light-to-moderate aroma, yet marvelously complex. Lightly spicy, hoppy, and fruity, with yeasty overtones and a hint of bubblegum.

Taste: largely follows smell, with hops and some fruitiness, but less yeasty and more malty. Excellent balance!

M: strong carbonation and effervescence. Champagne-like spritziness. A lovely dryness.

A: Compared to 'regular' Duvel, this is softer, milder and, most obviously, less strong. I need to try a head-to-head, but from memory I may actually prefer this little brother to the big devil due to adverse(to me) effects of the higher ABV.

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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 Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured straw-yellow with a large white head that lingered throughout. Aroma of citrusy hops and grass. Taste started out similar to a witbier almost, with the citrus hops and mild spice, but shifted into Belgian yeast and the funk and grassiness that was in the nose. Light, and finishes off crisp with a semi-funky aftertaste. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, modestly-hued yellow body served up in the miniature, kid brother-version of the standard Duvel glass sans the etching in the bottom of the glass. 2 finger-high, fluffed white head. Tons of splotchy lace on the way down.

Smell: Displays a very delicate maltiness, with only understated hints of crisp grains and simple honey. Modest note of fruit. Small zip of spicy hop character.

Taste: A touch of mildly sweet, light maltiness with an equally light touch of honey and grains. Slight undercurrent of fruitiness hinting at juiced apples and white grapes. Spicy hops with a complimentary bitterness to balance. Finishes drying and nicely crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply a lighter version of the classic Duvel in all aspects, from the flavor, to the body, to the alcohol, to even the small-sized glassware. Which isn't a bad thing, really. Sometimes a Whopper Jr. instead of a Whopper will do just fine.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brabant Belgian Brasserie in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear pale straw yellow in color . The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a film, some condensed patches, and a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer had aromas of light lemon, floral hops, herbal hops, and some yeast spiciness (maybe white pepper). Very inviting.

T: The flavor follows the smell, with a little bit of bready malts upfront followed by some light lemon/citrus, and a little bit of subtle sweetness. The finish is lightly bitter with hints of the floral and herbal hops.

M: Light to medium bodied (though certainly on the lighter side) with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very refreshing, easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. This was only the second time that I had the opportunity to try this beer but I will likely try it again when I come across it next.

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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 smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy, near white head. Lots of chunky lace on the tulip glass. Nearly clear (mild chill haze?). Light gold color

Blend of pale malt, Belgian yeast and alcohol nose. A bit sour.

Starts with a rich body and the pale malt, but no graininess. Next comes the sourness, followed quickly by a notable and balanced hop. The aftertaste is short and mostly sour. The carbonation is low.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel Green tulip glass at The Firkin.

It's about time I had this. It pours a clear saffron/dandelion topped by over two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises flowers, grass, wet hay, and a rather light vein of lemon peel. It all combines into quite the olfactory blast. The taste holds notes of earthy hops, pepper, clove, banana, orange peel, and lemongrass. It's all kinda one-sided, even if it's enjoyable. The body is a medium light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this is pretty good, but I don't think I could really drink all that much. So much Belgian-ness...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 05/07/11 notes. Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, and wheat. Not bad but pretty average; lots of yeast and spices.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, bready malts, citrus hops, and wheat. A nice step up from the nose and a lot more going on with the bananas and citrus.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice beer. Not my favorite Duvel beer but worth checking out. I enjoyed the citrus and bananas in the taste, and wish they had come through mroe in the nose. Worth trying but next time I would just order the regular Duvel.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. Duvel Single Fermentation is how the menu referred to this beer. I've wanted to try this for some time.

The beer is clear and light golden in color, with 1/2" of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the snifter. The aroma is rather weak, offering hints of malt, Belgian yeast, and bread. Decent flavor, though I much prefer the standard version of Duvel. This version of Duvel is much lighter in seemingly all facets: appearance, aroma, flavor, and body. That said, it's a nice, light, crisp, refreshing beer. Drinkability is high. I would have this again.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe served in a matching Duvel tulip. This brew appears a clear golden straw yellow color with 2 fingers worth of white head that sticks inside the glass with mountainous uneven fluff. Thick patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is bold with Belgian yeast notes smelling like banana and clove spiciness. A light tingle of fruity alcohol is present with an earthy component. It is lightly grassy across the back of the nose.

The taste is spicy with Belgian yeast imparting flavors of clove, banana, spices and a faint candy dryness across the back and into the finish. It is earthy with herbal hops. All these flavors blend well contrasted nicely by the Belgian phenols. A grain character almost wheat-like is present across the back.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall well done. The alcohol is well integrated but creeps out with greater presence as the brew warms and seems slightly more than the listed 7%. It maintains a pleasant warmth down the back of my throat and was a perfect pairing for my meal. This brew did not offer a drastic change from the standard Duvel offering, if anything it is lighter and a bit more approachable. Well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear yellow with a thin white head. Yeasty funky nose. Flavor is kind of sour almost. There is a noticeable yeasty funk. What's missing IMO is the sweet tone I've come to expect from a Duvel (and most other Belgians for that matter).
Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is fine. This comes off as a pilsner mixed with a Belgian Ale to me.

My overall verdict: eh.

Not blowing my socks off. And for $10 a tulip? Psssh. Smokin' something are we? Word on the NYC streets is that you have to agree to take this beer on for 6 months in order to get it. If I owned or managed a bar, I would not want this beer taking up a line for 6 months. If Duvel is trying to work their way into the more mainstream market, this is the wrong beer to do it with IMO. Hopefully for their sakes I'm wrong.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear, golden, huge, majestic head, much puffery, lovely to look at, delightful to know.

Angelic aromatics, utterly gorgeous. Lightly spicy, lightly fruity…just beautiful.

Taste: the same hops, the same fruit, the same effervescence, the same spark on the tongue is here, without some of the alcohol, and without certain of the complexities. Would be great to try side by side with a bottle of regular Duvel. Well, why don't I?

Great idea, here goes…

Duvel bottle…mmm, ahhh…, Wow! A blast of citrus fruit, mild spice, and intense carbonation and effervescence. Champagne-like spritziness. A joy in the mouth, dazzling, and delicious, and begging the mouth for more. This reminds me of why I love Duvel and why everyone else should. Damn, this is great stuff!

The draft version? Softer, milder, easier down the ol' gullet…lacking in several flavor areas, as well. But, if that's the best they can do to replicate it in a keg, well, they're doing okay. Not great, just okay.

What can I say? wish them the best of luck with this, but it in no way replicates the true joys of Duvel in the bottle. It is no substitute at all, and if they fear that this will hurt sales of Duvel in bottles at on-premise accounts, they need not worry.
There's simply no comparison.
But, perhaps there's a niche market for those looking for lighter, simpler experience. I'm not going to be in that camp.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this one on tap at the Dive Bar at 96th and Amsterdam , NYC, NY. Pours bright, clear and light glowing glowing amber. White tiny bubble head, and then leaving high quality, intricate lace. Grassy nose, with a mild hit of Belgian yeast funk. Lighter in color, flavor and character then the well know bottled version. Great as an accompaniment for light fare, tasty, crisp and clean on the palate. Belgian sessioner?

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duvel green is equivalent to Duvel draft in case anyone else was wondering. Served in a tulip. Beer i yellow and clear. Carbonation is moderate and the white head of small and large bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks like a clearer version of Duvel.

Aroma is mostly spice and yeasty esters -- smells like Duvel.

The carbonation is really dominant in the palate of this beer, a lot. There is almost a citrusy brightness to this beer, tastes almost like a tripel in flavor. Good yeast character, drinkability high and mouthfeel is good. I think there's a little too much carbonation in the mouth. Otherwise its good. Not as good as Duvel in my opinion but its a good beer overall.

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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 DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 512 Kitchen & Cocktails. Served in its own Duvel Draft glass. On to the beer:

It looks just like a Duvel. Big, fluffy, dense sexy head served on top this shimmering golden colored beer. Outstanding head retention and lacing. The aroma....yum. It's got some pears, cinnamon, and dry notes of leather and blanket. It doesn't resemble much of the triple fermented Duvel from the bottle.

A very dry beer. Pears are the sweet tasting note found in this beer, but for the most part, oddball notes of leather, blanket, and aspirin bitterenss are found in this beer. Perhaps the big difference is the carbonation; the draft version is not very carbonated. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden, and it's drinkable (but don't rush it).

I figured Duvel Draft would be lighter, but not taste so much different. This is closer to an Orval than an original Duvel, but I'm not complaining.

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