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 Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in the proper glass at Armsby Abbey. The light, bright gold colored beer was topped with a light foamy head.. Some nice sticky lacing remained as I enjoyed the beer.

The aroma was fantastic. Fresh & bright, full of spice.

The spice notes certainly carry over to the flavor and are joined by some light fruit and some candied sugar. Bright, fresh and crisp. The ABV is very well hidden. Scary hidden. I have to look again to ensure I read the 6.8% correctly. Nice light citrus notes compliment the yeasty spice and depth.

Fairly light and crisp mouth feel.

Highly drinkable and again, you should probably watch out for the 6.8% ABV.

I would like to try this next to the standard Duvel to really note the difference.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Duvel tulip with a green logo.

A: Golden with a big head. Similar to regular Duvel.

S: Pears, hops, and yeast.

T: Pleasantly bitter. Not quite as complex or fruity as its big brother.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Not quite as interesting as regular Duvel, but easier to put down. Give it a try if you're a fan of Belgian ales.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled and reviewed in an 'All-Bar-One' while in Birmingham. For those that don't know, All-Bar-One is a chain of up market wine-lager bars that are dotted around britians major cities.

The Draught Green Duvel came in its own badged tulip shaped glass and it looked fine apart from no head. What little head there was after the pour had turned into a thin wisp by the time the beer was brought to me, so no huge head on this version at all. The body was a clear, light golden colour, not as effervescent or aromatic as the normal Duvel, or even the bottled Green Duvel, which I first tried in the tasting area at the back of what is now BeerMania in Brussels.

Taken on its own merits, it was a pleasant blonde/pale drink of beer, but knowing its big brother so well I was expecting a little more in the body and mouthfeel. Would I have another? Yes.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A different version of one of my all-time favorite beers? Yes, please.

Appearance - A light straw colored pour with a nice rocky head. The head wasn't the huge, incredible pillow of the "regular" Duvel, but it was still nice. The lacing was good, but also did not live up to the high standards of the brand.

Smell - Not overwhelming at all. Pretty mellow, some definite bread with a lot of that Belgian yeast. Some spice as well. More mellow than expected.

Taste - Good and crisp. It's got a nice bread taste, and the yeast shows up for sure. There's a real graininess in the taste that isn't doing it for me.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly and disappointingly thin. I love the Duvel mouthfeel with it's prickly carbonation. This just wasn't even close. Not bad, but not very good. Such a shame.

Drinkability - Goes down easy, so no complaints. No hint of the abv.

Why bother? It's worth trying, but the far more widely available variety is significantly better. Just disappointing all around. Still, it's nice and quite drinkable.

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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 Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks like this is also known as Duvel Green here. On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a pale, wonderfully clear straw color with substantial off-white head in the tulip. Lots of effervescence up the glass, which enhances retention and leaves nice lacing down the sides.

S: Straw, candi sugar, pale malts, and substantial amounts of yeast. Kind of dry in the nose.

T: Bready / pale malt at first, getting peppery and yeasty in the mid-taste. Yeast dominates the flavor into the finish, which is straw-like with a lightly floral touch to it. Decent.

M: Thin-bodied. Well hidden ABV and prickly / cleansing carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: I prefer the regular Duvel to this one, considering the cost.

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

HAd this on draught yesterday evening

Pours a straw colour with medium large frothy head - worth the wait

Smells hoppy, flowery and little sweetness

Taste is bitter hops some flowery notes and a faint taste of honey

Mouthfeel is prickly with medium body but very refreshing

I would definitely drink this again

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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 jgasparine
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Served in a Duvel tulip glass, this beer poured a beautiful bright yellow, with a billowing rocky white head nearly four fingers tall. Some nice bubble trains worked their way upward from the bottom of the glass... this beer was picture perfect.

S- Sweet pale malt and Belgian yeast dominate the nose. More subtle grassy notes, stale hops, and perhaps a touch of lemon zest play in the background here...

T- Sweet and DRY. This tastes like a lighter and crisper form of the Duvel we all know. Slightly sweet, stale hops and Belgian yeast are (not surprisingly) the most prominent flavors here. Nearly everything in the nose was translated into taste... even the subtler notes of grass and lemon zest. Nice clean finish.

M- The light body works well here, and the "refreshing" characteristics of this beer are further supported by the high carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable... and particularly appropriate for warm weather. This beer is incredibly refreshing... almost thirst quenching. Highly recommended!

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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 bobsy
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also known as Duvel Green (at least in Buffalo).

For all intents and purposes it pours like Duvel. A fantastically clear golden body, with a billowing soft white head. Sheets of lacing are left on the side of the glass, and even as I take my last sip there's still a good finger of foam. The aroma would dispel any confusion around which version you're drinking. Gone is the rich dense bouquet, and in its places is a sparser version - like a dozen red roses cut down to six. Sadly, extend this to the flavour too. Duvel 'lite' would be a better name for this beer, as it has all of the flavours you would expect in Duvel, but dumbed down and fainter. Looking at it the other way round, classic Duvel takes this base beer and turns it up to 11. Its actually not all that bad (as my B+ shows), but you'll always be comparing it to its bigger and better brother. It really suffers in comparison though. At least things pick up with its body, which mimics the original almost exactly.

Yeah... it is a little 'green' and lacks the complexity of its big brother. I can't say that I'm that impressed with it, but it has made me appreciate how a few extra steps can take a relatively ordinary beer and make it into a world classic. Worth a try, but I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer but not nearly as good as a normal Duvel. This beer tastes a Duvel robbed of much of its complexity and depth of character. It's a light, refreshing version of Duvel that I enjoyed, but it's not something that I would seek out. The wide distribution and relatively cheap price of Duvel are pretty incredible for such a world class beer. I appreciate the brewery's attempt to make a light version, but the magic of the original just isn't there for me. This beer pours a clear bright yellow with a decent head. The aroma is yeasty and malty. There's a grassy note to it. The flavor is bright and adds in some apple cider flavor and light Belgian spicing. Mouthfeel is lively. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

goes also by the name of duvel green.

a milder version of a duvel in the sense that its a plain solid bpa. very nice crisp pine hop with that 'green' grassy quality. a very well formed head of the brewery's form. a very consistent and text book beligan style pale ale. crisp hop and refreshing with a nice clean bitter finish that seems to have a mild mint quality to it. formulaic... not particularly unique.

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Photo of cbros
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at The Local Option in Chicago. Poured into a green Duvel glass.

This pours, looks and smells almost exactly like a Duvel, which for me is a great thing. It had a nice great big white head and the cling to the glass was awesome. Overall if you placed this beer beside a Duvel it would be difficult to tell the two apart.
However those are where the simalarities end. The taste of this beer reminds me of what a Duvel light tastes like. Even though the ABV is only off by 2% the taste to seems considerably more. There was also no carbonation activity present after the pour, something that Duvel is known for. As a stand alone beer this would be a good offering but I am handicapped by the fact that this is under the Duvel name and because of that I automatically assume some stuff about the beer. It is an unfair comparison but it happens. Overall a good beer but if I want a Duvel I'll just reach for the original.

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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 DmanGTR
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried Duvel Green in Philly toward the end of April at the St. Stephen's Green bar. Review from notes.

It poured nearly identical to any Duvel I've had before, gorgeous golden blonde with a towering white head, however it left much less lacing and dissolved much more quickly than the normal Duvel. Bubbles drift upwards rapidly from the apex of the tulip. The smell was a bit different from the regular Duvel. It had a bit more hop presence and more fruitiness of a Belgian pale ale such as Heylissem or Grimbergen than the pilsener bite of Duvel. Also, the nose was indeed a touch weaker than expected. Very similar to the smell came the taste. Flavorful but not overly so. I didn't think much of it actually. Light and refreshing with very crisp carbonation dancing on the palate. Not very outstanding but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10oz pour into the appropriate glass at Flying Saucer served a surprisingly crisp gold with a massive head that slowly diminished to a clump of froth but left great lacing on the glass. Aroma was a nice amount of crisp hops and sweet malts. The taste is somewhat like a Duvel light, but the lingering finish comes through nicely and leaves a great balance of sweet malts, citrus hops and mild spice. The beer is quite light, crisp, and refreshing, much more drinkable in the summer than its bottled brother. This is just about as special as the bottled version, very enjoyable.

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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 ShareANevada
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try Duvel Green on tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Cleveland.

Pours your normal smarkling, slightly champagne-y looking Duvel. Shiny brassy gold, with fine bubbles wafting through. Not quite the standard glamorous duvel head, but perhaps it was not a very vigorous pour.

The scent is light and crisp. The standout is when this hits the back of your tongue. After the expected smooth crisp greeting of Duvel, you get a small punch of barnyard to chase it down with. Just a gentle bit of horseblanket making this a much more earthy version. It indeed, did taste a bit 'green'. Not overpowering, but certainly present. The 'wildness' made this just a little more interesting to drink.

I don't think this would replace Duvels spot in my book, but could certainly be a refreshing change of pace, and I would like to see how these flavors offset some richer food. Glad I got the chance to try, worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour in a goblet at the Taco Mac Alpharetta.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy straw like yellow color with a finger thick tiny bubbled head that leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: A bit of a lemon scent tartness mixed in with classic Belgian yeast aromas. Nice aroma, but its very subtle and doesn't pack the punch I would expect. I wonder if it was just a bit too cold.

T: Almost as expected, it tastes like a Duvel Light. Very similar taste to the bottle but it doesn't have the same level of flavor as its bottled brother. Belgian yeast and lemony citrus notes combine to make the main flavor profile. Slightly less tart than the bottle version. This one really suits my tastes better than the bottle.

M: Kind of thin in terms of body, but that is kind of what I expect for this particular style. The carbonation is much less aggressive than the bottled version which works better for me.

D: The subtlety this one has makes it go down really easy. I am glad I got a chance to try it.

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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 ders
2.62/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was at Ginger Man in NY where they have Duvel on tap. My GF who doesn't like beer normally, but likes Duvel ordered a Duvel. He asked Green or bottle.. Huh? He said he doesn't recommend green so she got the bottle. Can never go wrong with Duvel. Anyway, later he brought a sample of Duvel Green to taste and I know I had an IPA on my mouth and she a Duvel on hers, but my only impression of Green was, well, unremarkable. You expect DUVEL and get, eh. Want a light beer that doesn't taste like crap, this is for you.

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

On-Tap at the drafting room.

A- Duvel Green is not green but a bright golden yellow color with a frothy white head.

S- A bit of a dirty yeast smell with Belgian influence. Some earthy hops, a bit of sweet malt.

T- A mix of earthy, grassy hops, sweet malt and Belgian yeast. Some faint spice in the background. I found it no to off from the bottled version.

M- Lighter than the bottled version but very smooth with carbonation felt. Perhaps a little less carbonation than a bottle as well leaving for a easier ride.

D- Less alcohol as well but this is not to far off from the bottled version, just with a different body. I could drink a few of these though and I am glad to see it on draft, I just wont be getting it that much.

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Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.91 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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