Duvel Moortgat Duvel

Reviewed by on October 27, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

  • Origin: Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

  • Rated On: October 27, 2015

  • Best Before: January, 2017

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

  • Rating: WORLD-CLASS !!!

The Review

Duvel is the Moortgat conglomerate’s original, and best-selling strong golden pale ale, and takes 90 days to produce.  The name is rather appropriate for this week leading up to Hallowe’en – it means ‘devil’ in its native Flemish.

This 330ml squat bottle pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with lots and lots and lots (and lots) of thick, puffy, and meringue-like white head, that takes forever and a day to melt away, to a little puff of creamy iceberg-like foam floating dead center in the glass.  Praise be to bottle refermentation!

It smells of soft, feathery bready pilsener malt, a bit of overripe lemon, sugary pineapple, duly restrained earthy yeast, and floral, grassy, and somewhat zesty hops. The taste is grainy pale malt – strongly hay-oriented – a touch of artisanal white bread, lemon and sour orange rind, apple skins, crackling yeast, pithy coriander, and somewhat phenolic warming alcohol. The carbonation is quite obviously on the high side, but in a lighter, effervescent sort of manner, in that the bubbles are much finer than yer usual pale ale deal, the body comes in at a decent medium-heavy weight for the style, and everything is much smoother than it has any right being from the outset. It finishes off-dry, the semi-sweet bready malt, baker’s yeast, and boozed-up fruit salad notes doing the honours.

A progenitor of the style, for very good reason – once past the mildly aggravating opening theatrics, everything just goes so very smoothly and casually for such a high-test pale ale, so much so that one might inadvisably be inclined to make a (hallowed eve’s) night of this. I would suggest considering, as noted, the literal meaning of name of this brew before pursuing such a course of action.

Brady White



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