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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
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Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
750 ml bottle I picked up in Cheers in Carrolton, GA. I have been dancing around a bottle of this for a while because . . . well, I always know it is going to be there and I pick up seasonals or limited release brews instead. Well, after Frank riding my ass for a couple months, I picked one up. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really vibrant, straw colored, pilsner yellow. The show stopper is the friggin head. I don't give out fives on a regular basis but the head just blows me away. A very careful pour builds a huge multiple finger head that doesn't go away. As I let the beer sit for a moment, the head continued to build and reached a finger over the rim of the glass. This is the tightest, richest, foam I have experienced in a beer. The head almost resembles a creamy whipped cream at times when it is not disturbed. The lace is tight and incredibly sticky as it just sets on the glass and doesn't move. Its ridiculous actually. Just stupid. The carbonation doesn't stop in this beer, constantly and quickly rushing to the top an supporting the head. Really good looking brew.

S: The aroma that strikes you first is a really big belgian yeast character. There is a really nice lemon and orange zest and peel scent coming out of here. Then there is a touch of apple peel in here as well. There is also just that smell of a perfect pilsner. At times, it just smells like a simple but well done pilsner but it also has those Belgian characteristics.

T: Yet again the first thing that hits you is the Belgian yeast and character. Just that really nice earthiness that comes with that Belgian yeast. There is a nice presence of sour and juicy lemon along with the bitterness of the zest and skin. There is a touch of alcohol flavor in here, but it is really clean and light, kind of like a low alcohol and incredibly smooth vodka. There is a slight bit of metal coming out, but it isn't to crazy. The pilsner flavors are there as well, but just enough and mixes wonderfully with the other elements this beer has going on.

M: Light to medium in body with just a wonderful amount of heavy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Just so easy going down and incredibly light on the palate. The ABV doesn't have any burn on the palate or the throat. Just nicely controlled. Aftertaste is mostly some Belgian yeast and a touch of metal.

D: Very drinkable for a decent sized beer. This is a nice combination of flavors and beer styles. It just goes down so easyily and is nicely drinkable. The only problem is I could see the ABV catching up with you because it feels more like a pilsner rathe than a Belgian. Just very light and enjoyable. Sa it took so long to get around to it but I feel like I finally have an appreciation for a beer like this. Well done and just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-20-2009 06:13:12

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
750ml
$6.99
Sam's Downers Grove

Duvel. Pours a crystal clear straw golden. I can't remember seeing another Belgian beer as clear as this. An enormous fluffy airy white head forms and sticks like meringue. A glassful of swirling carbonation bubbles rise to keep the head going strong. Leaves the "Belgian lacing" after each and every sip.

Smell starts off heavy on the biscuity malts but they're quickly pushed aside by an abundance of fruitiness. Lemon zest, pear skin, and granny smith apple tartness. Solid clove yeastiness with a hint of alcohol toward the back. Complex deep aromas. The aromas continue to evolve as the beer warms.

So many different flavors are present in this beer and all of them dovetail together perfectly. Biscuity and doughy to get things going. Quickly overtaken by fruit, yeast, and mild hoppiness. Pear skins and apples, clove and a grassy hop finish. I can't even put into words the spectrum of flavors in this ale and it keeps growing as it warms.

When I first started drinking this I thought the mouthfeel should be just a little bit lighter but as I drink on it actually does seem to get a little lighter. Airy with solid carbonation that awakens the tongue for the complexities it's about to expierence.

It's another one of those dangerously drinkable brews. No alcohol in the flavor (except for a little spiciness), so this one could easily sneak up on you.

Duvel is a classic for a good reason. A hard brew to compete with and in a league of it's own.

Price: $6.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Oxymoron on 09/21/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2009
Pours a off straw colored yellow with light hues of amber. Head retention was ample and remained throughout the tasting. Decent lacing as well.

The smell has a strong indication of Belgium quality. Some light malt with a touch caramel. More noticeable is the spices and fruity esters. Definite cloves and cinnamon as well as some bananas and a bit of pears as well.

The taste has a good malt backing with a basic taste but the real flavor is noticed in the spice, yeast and fruity esters. The spice has some good biscuit flavor that reminds me of an apple pie. The fruitiness accentuates this but has more of a banana taste. This becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste. And the yeast has a smoothness to it that is not overly alcohol even with a high ABV.

The body is med to high. Very easy to drink with low phenol flavors. Overall a good example of a Belgium is pretty widely distributed.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
The foam had nice thickness and lasted. Now we get to the good stuff. Next time i will just drink this from the bottle(hillbilly style). This thing was awesome to drink. The smell flavor and everything else was really great. Could put back quite a few of these.

Served In: Pint Glass

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