Bel Pils | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2004

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2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.46/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Beer Revolution, served in a standard tall glass. Can also be found at 1600 or 1410 Bier Haus last time I checked. A Belgian pils brewed by the famous purveyor of Duvel, this is a very pale lemon yellow brew, maybe just a shade darker than straw-colored, with around an inch or so of stark white foam. My initial impression is that this one does have some unique features, even if it falls short of "world beater" standards. Smells almost buttery, with a distinct spicy note that recalls coriander seed even though I am pretty sure there is no such spice in this beer. I also get some standard grainy pale malt and grass notes along with some less standard Belgian yeasty funk, although the latter is so subtle that it could purely be a phantasmal inference of my brain alone. Taste includes all these features as well, along with the fruity character typical of European lagers that registers as "white grape" on my palate, some lemon rind, a tinge of sour berry, and a dull white pepper spice ... Still getting that coriander-type huskiness. Light, crisp, and dry, almost carbolic, with a mellow bitter finish that features the tangy spice note from the initial impression. Body is light and just a little dextrinous, with the requisite aggressive carbonation. Leaves a rather nice lacing on the glass. Can't say this was a negative experience, as I seem to get some unique tastes and smells vis a vis most pilseners.

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.74/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml tall, skinny bierstein, duly brand-specific, at the Sugarbowl, rated at 5% abv.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy, frothy, tightly foamy white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of ornate webbed lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of somewhat crisp, warm grainy pale malt, a hint of aged lemon, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is quite consistent, the graininess getting a bit doughy, though, and the lemon attaining a bit of an acidic edge, all which lifts this beer up, and carries it gently through the fields of laid-back noble hops waiting at the back of the palate.

The bubbles are a tad fizzy, but settle down well enough to a dull hum, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly low-rent smooth. It finishes predominantly on the dry side, the biscuity grain and leafy, earthy hops not really having anything sweet left to give.

Not a bad Pils, especially coming from decidedly non-Pils country. That said, this could use a dose or two of crispness, on both the hop and malt fronts. Worth a try, but further rounds are a no-go at the going rate of 9 bucks apiece.

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1.75/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bel Pils is one of the first "real" beers I tried. Haven't had it for years, but here we go! On tap at ressklubben in Stockholm.

Pours a clear light yellow, fine white foam.

Smell is very clean and malty, with just a hint of hops.

Taste is very crisp and clean. Malty with a hint of rye and backed by a soft floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost a bit creamy.

This was way better than I remembered, but I appreciate a good pilsner more now than I did.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bier Circus (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in Pils glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ¼ finger cap that leaves back some rich spotty lacing. The aroma smells fresh, grassy, and a bit tart, with a crisp breadiness across the back.

The taste is very crisp on the palate, with green citric hops, a splash of tart lemon, and sweet grains that snap across the back. The finish has a clean and dry feel to it. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied; with a very a drinkable and quenching feel it.

This was a fresh and tasty choice to nimble on while I perused the extensive beer menu here. I think that this was only like 2 euro a glass as well. I was happy with it.

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Bel Pils from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 36 ratings