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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
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