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Duvel Single | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel SingleDuvel Single

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light gold, slight haze and fine pillowy white head at about an inch. Slow dissipation.

Smells of coriander, wheat, and grassy malts. Fresh and lightly bitter.

Light grassy malts with a mild light bitterness over coriander and lemon citrus.

Full body with light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A nice lighter Belgian ale that goes down easy and is pretty satisfying. Not as good as the standard Duvel, but worth trying.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

250ml sample bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pale golden color with a mild haze. Foamy white head holds at a quarter inch. Clumpy and foamy lacing sticks everywhere.

S: Pilsner malt and cracker. Dry herbal and grassy hop kick. Earthy and chalky yeast, lightly phenolic with a distinct black pepper scent.

T: Cracker and hints of doughy pilsner malt. Bone dry. Hint of orange zest. Hops lay in grassy and dry earthy/herbal tastes. Tropical fruits. Chalky yeast, peppery. Dry finish, cracker malt evaporates and leaves a lingering oily and spicy hop bite.

M: Medium-light in body. Creamy and very airy. Medium carbonation has a prickling, scrubbing action. Mild hop astringency. Crisp and very drinkable.

O: So they tweaked the Duvel recipe for draught. I guess I kind of get it, the bottled version of duvel does not lend itself to the tap lines, mainly due to its strength. So they take the abv down a little, lighten the body to make it more sessionable, and make it noticeably more hoppy for good measure (this is America after all). It's still a very good beer, just not the Duvel I know and love. It feels just a little dumbed down in all respects compared to its bottled counterpart. The real problem is the name. Putting 'Single' on the bottle in a Belgian context will lead people to believe that this is modeled after an abbey single. Certainly not the case at 6.8% abv. Maybe they should just make a beer more akin to an abbey single for draught. The market is trending in that direction these days anyway, demand for true session offerings is on the rise.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Brewery Ommegang to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. I ordered this beer with Café Ommegang’s chicken and waffle dish, for what it’s worth, but eh. Probably not.

Appearance (4.75): Comes out strong with three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head that shoes very good retention and fat, clumpy webs of lace to start. The body is a perfect 24ct golden color with just a slight haze. As the beer goes on, it leaves exceptional lacing, with nearly a sheet of foamy lace on the far side of the glass and nice arcs and legs all around.

Smell (3.75): Mild, warm clove aromas with light black pepper and some grains of paradise. Warm biscuits, a little honey, and a very prevalent dry, dusty, warm straw aroma, along with some light apple tones . . . but the dusty straw is most prominent. Very solid (love the straw), but could be fruitier and more aromatic.

Taste (4.25): Excellent blend of common crackers, dry straw, grassy hops, light floral and herbal tones that blur the line between hops and phenols, all alongside an even balance of coriander, grains of paradise, and some white and black pepper notes—really everything is in balance. Hops bitterness characteristic of noble hops come through on the finish, and as it warms, more and more lemon character comes out.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Relatively light bodied with a dry finish, along with a smooth carbonation that comes around for a firm and active tingle before washing down. This is exceedingly drinkable.

Overall (4.25): I really, really like this beer. It typifies the style in terms of dry, relatively clear, golden, non-brett interpretations—to a “T.” Other than not being as fruity and not quite as spicy as a lot of other versions of the style, it takes the standard and nails it. Love this beer.

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Duvel Single from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 435 ratings
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