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

Had this on tap at the beer bistro in Chicago, I was very let down that they had just run out of their cask of Two Hearted, but this was a nice replacement.

Served in a nice Duvel Stemmed glass, classic duvel appearance, hazy bright golden color with a huge pillowy white head.

The smell was light and a bit floral with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor was simple but very solid, with nice clean light belgian spices, a touch of sweetness and some nice floral hop flavors and a light lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel had lots of carbonation zip with a bit of a dry yet resiny finish.

Very solid Belgian Pale Ale, could easily sit and drink this all day.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, Belgian candy sugar and a pils like hop. In the taste, sweet to small dry fruitiness and a note of a pilsner like hop. A small hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness to clean aftertaste. Easy and nice, quite pilsner like.

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

On tap at Manneken Frites in Arvada, CO. Served in a Duvel tulip, the beer arrived a slightly hazy gold with a soapy bone head. The foam sticks nicely and a bit of lace is left behind.

The mustiness of Belgian yeast hits first. Pear, coriander and a touch of pepper sit behind. The flavors fall nicely into a body that's a little too light. I was expecting a Duvel light feel, but this a different beast all together. It's extremely drinkable and a nice complement to the Frites I ordered.

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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 Tilley4
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single fermented Duvel? Had to try this one...

Very similar in appearance to the standard... Golden, large white head... Beautiful...

Lots of Belgian yeasts present with hints of spiciness on the nose... Not unlike the regular version... Nice but not special...

Differs from the original here in that there isn't as much pop to the mouth... Much smoother and cleaner without the overcarbonation sometimes present in its predecessor... Still delicious with the yeast and earthiness but kinder to the palate...

A good beer for sure but there's not enough difference between the 2 beers to really stand out...

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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 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 jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap

Pours a hazy golden hue with a frothy white head. Earthy hops with some banana bread and clove on the nose._

Taste is slightly similar with a spicy phenolic presence up front. Subtle Belgian yeast flavors delivered in a clean,  crisp and smooth fashion. Some bubble gum after taste. Hop presence provides a nice and smooth balance.

A bit hoppy for a Belgian which is nice

A good introduction to Belgian styles for someone not so familiar

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint night at Tylers in Durham. Pours very slightly hazy yellow, almost like a half flitered hefeweizen. Ring head with great lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen. Maybe Abbey single is Belgian for hefeweizen. Full of banana and clove. Smells like it has a full body. Esters everywhere.

Taste is full of Belgian yeast. Banana is the featured flavor here, with accents of clove. The yeast full-flavored, yet not chewy and over-done. Well dont, Duvel. I feel it at the back of my mouth. Sits very light and feels clean. It feels like a euro lager. All the flavors are there, but when you finish you drink, all the flavors fade insanely quickly. It makes you want all those good flavors to come back—making you drink more. Drinkability at its finest.

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Photo of osusullins
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The ultimate BPA I guess. Very popular around the bar I work, but it is not my favorite.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head.

Nose is of belgian malts and subtle banana. Some clove.

Taste is of tropical fruit and subtle belgian malts. Light bodied and easy to drink. Nothing that blows me away, but an ok beer. I would never order this for myself, but I know alot of people who like it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Old Monk in Dallas. Has a huge, resilient white head that slowly breaks into large chunks. Clear gold in color. Smells, malty, yeasty, spicy and phenolic. Bubblegum notes come through upon a second take. Tastes of apricot and apples, with an afterthought of malt. Dry and light to medium bodied. Feels empty, comparatively speaking, like it needs something else involved, but I can't quite put a finger on it. Needs some balls.

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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 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 BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a tulip at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego.

Color was light gold. Maybe an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Nice circle of film.

Smells were cloves, banana and wheat grass.

Banana cloves dominated the taste. Strong flavor with a good first kick of peppery spices.

Medium body. High carbonation. Decent mouthfeel. Syrupy aftertaste.

A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely give it another try.

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

Served on tap in a Duvel tulip at Northdown.

Appearance: My Duvel single arrives in a 25 cL Duvel branded tulip with gold lettering. The beer itself has a pale golden color, mostly transparent and missing any real yeast particulate. The trademark white monster head is present, although it does not last as long.

Smell: Crackery malt provides the base aroma, and cracked pepper and spicy yeast add some zest. Modest white grape and honey smell. There is a light grassy hop character as well.

Taste: There is a mild sweetness up front despite having a crackery malt flavor. Honey and white grape add some gently sweet fruit notes. Soft spicy yeast, coriander, and white pepper step in during the middle of the sip, and the end of the sip lingers on a grassy hop note.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit dry, in stark contrast to the regular Duvel. Full carbonation helps the flavors pop a little bit, and this has a clean, medium feel.

Overall: To me, this beer strips away what Duvel is. Lacking the huge dryness and yeast character, this is simply a step down. My guess is that this was created in order to appeal to more of the mainstream market. Having this on tap is a ruse to trip up newcomers to the craft beer scene - order the regular Duvel.

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Photo of readbaron
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, crisp, light golden yellow w/ plentiful white head.

Smells crisp - initially of sweet malts and banana esters from the Belgian yeast, before finishing with faint hop aroma.

Taste follows the nose, only lighter in intensity. It's mostly malts - some sweetness - more grape than banana - with some spice from the yeast - maybe pepper? A refreshing and crisp beer. Much less intense than the "regular" Duvel.

Feel is crisp and light. Well carbonated.

Overall, really nice. For my palate, better than the regular, but I'm sure that's the minority opinion.

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

On tap at Acadia and referred there as Duvel Single.
Quite white full head covering a yellow body (thanks to the staff for a slightly bigger pour).At first head settled quickly, then slowed down and was never without a white cap.
Soft malt aroma with hints of hops and mild spicy yeast.
Rather clean flavor with pils malt primary, but also mild hops, soft phenols and occasional interjections of citrus. For a soft and subtle beer contained interesting and enjoyable complexity.
Moderately light body with enhanced carbonation. For a lighter body even held some smoothness.
Nice drink. Not as complex as original, but had a quality for summer drinking.

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

Poured a pale yellow-gold into a pint glass with two fingers of fluffy white head. Mild aroma of lemon and gentle spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Bready pilsener malt mingled with lemon and a little earthy spice.

Clean and refreshing. Lacks the personality of the standard Duvel, but like its big brother this one drinks much lighter than the ABV would indicate. Very nice,!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub on Duvel glass pint night. This is the first time I have seen this beer available in Dallas.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt with a lot of spices and some grassy hops. The beer smells much hoppier than regular Duvel. The flavor is also quite hoppy for a Belgian Pale Ale. I get some yeast as well as some spicy, European hops which compliment the bready malt very well. The alcohol is more well hidden than in regular Duvel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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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 ferrari29
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Duvel Green labeled Tulip glass - served at St. Arnold's in DC

A - Beer was served with a 1/2 finger white colored head; body had a clear golden color; moderate amount of carbonation; little lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Smell is clean and crisp; pilsener smell; some floral spice with a touch of malty backbone; herbal

T - Slightly sour; some bitter pilsener taste; strong pale ale flavor; nice biscuit; some spices

M - Subtle bitter aftertaste; clean and crisp feel on the tongue; not very bubbly and a bit thin; flavor lingers for a while

D - Great drink out of the tap; I really like Duvel from the tap; give it a try, you won't be disappointed

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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 ryantaussig
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has the typical Duvel color, but not the characteristic half-the-glass-head. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but it's still decent. Aroma is also decent, but not particularly amazing. Good overall flavor profile, but not enormously complex. Good belgian style balance of malts and hops. Smooth and a bit bubbly on the tongue. Overall a decent choice, but I'd rather go with the original.

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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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