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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Duvel Single Fermented

Duvel
Single Fermented

I guess that there are two ways to look at this. Firstly, if you take it for what it is, then it's not bad (even if I think it's a little too hop forward even for a Belgian Pale or Blonde). However, if you start comparing it to Duvel - which IMO is simultaneousoly inevitable AND unfair - then it's going to be a disappointment. Am I supposed to compare this to that? Of course not, they are different beers, but I'm sat here thinking, "Well. I wish this were a Duvel". Light, straw colored pour...

Duvel X Magritte

Duvel X
Magritte

Brewed in 2023 to commemorate the 125th birthday of the Belgian painter René Magritte. You can read all about it (and him) here. $23.99 from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH, USA in April of 2024. Typical Duvel high, white cloudy head sits atop an atypical Duvel body. This beer is unfiltered and that's the overwhelming note on the appearance. A really quite beautiful, golden, cloudy, yellow body is found in the glass. Great looking. Light, bready alcohol on the nose as I would expect. Some...

Duvel 6.66

Duvel
6.66

Another Duvel variant that we don't need, but as you know I'll try all that I can. Here we go with 6.66. A pour that looks suspiciously Hefeweizen-like. Large, pitted, white head. Nose and tastes are surprisingly sweet with a light bitter overtone. It caught me a bit off-guard TBH, with the beer drinking very easily with a light, medium body, Nothing harsh here, but never to the point of being bland. It's pretty tasty if not my cup of tea. The hop bill is quite complicated and they blend well,...

Duvel Jamaican Rum Edition

Duvel
Jamaican Rum Edition

Batch 6. Bottle # 21421 out of 101325. 390 Barrels. Packaged in a box with an open face and comes with a small, highball type glass (pictured). If you've ever read any of my notes regarding barrel aged Belgians of any descriptions, you know I just don't see the point and I never believe that the base beer is improved or enhanced. You'll also know that I'll try anything once. So here we are. The rum barrel has imparted a light copper colored to the otherwise golden Duvel. Nose offers some...

Maredsous Kerst Noël

Maredsous
Kerst Noël

If I'm honest I had no idea that this beer even existed. It's pretty new, has flown under the radar of many folk, and I believe it may have originally been produced for a festival. I acquired by accident too, when it was used to replace a beer that was unavailable in an order from Belgian Happiness that I had placed previously. Almost black body on the pour. Great creamy head, and the lace and retention are both amazing for a 10.0% beer. Flawless appearance. Some delicious raisin and dark plum...

Duvel Tripel Hop Cashmere

Duvel
Tripel Hop Cashmere

Second time I've had this, last time was the 2020 version that I did NOT take notes on, but did take a picture of. Very light, golden pour whose color has the look of a macro, adjunct lager! Thickish, ice-cream like head retention good, lacing good. I was expecting this to drink in a similar manner to the Citra that I drank and made notes on yesterday, of course with different attributes of each hop coming through, but I was taken aback by the level of sweetness that I got immediately here....

Duvel Tripel Hop Citra

Duvel
Tripel Hop Citra

Belgian IPAs ... ... the best way for me to describe just about every one is, "I don't hate them, but even after all of their years of being around, I don't really understand why they exist." Over-hopped (or perhaps better put, highly hopped) beers are best left to the Americans, and even though this, and other such beers aren't bad per se, I see no point in devoting any production time that could be put to better use making regular Duvel. High, but very wispy and lightly sticky head sits...

Duvel Tripel Hop (2010 Amarillo)

Duvel Tripel Hop (2010 Amarillo)

OK, not really sure what the purpose of this beer actually IS, as it seems as though Ommegang (in its American way) has had a reverse influence on Moortgat. As much as I love Ommegang, this is not an influence or input that is needed under ANY circumstances when you consider the superb, supremecy of Duvel. Extravagant presentation with thick, gold foil and corked & caged presentation with a fancy label. Close to @$20 for the chance to try this. The pour is interesting since on the first...

Duvel Draft

Duvel Draft

Having missed out on the first wave of this coming to Atlanta several months ago, I've managed to catch it about four times in the last few weeks - pleasing. On each occasion (The Fred, The Brick Store and Ormsby's) the beer was served in the Duvel Green glass. Appearance is a nice golden clarity with a billowing head, but the whole package seems a lot flimsier than regular Duvel. Much wispier head, and although the lace is good the retention is not great. Well carbonation, even feeling a...

Maredsous 6 – Blonde

Maredsous 6 – Blonde

Additional notes 03/02/24 (pictured) I love this glass. The "6" appears to have been dropped from the name these days. This is a lovely beer, but perhaps not my favorite of all of the Maredsous range these days, There is a LOT od underlying, disguised fruit here. As the beer warms it gets REALLy fruity. Lots of extra esters that I also noted below (pineapple). Great beer and still not the best Maredsous! Original notes 11/21/09 11.2 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA in the same stubby...

Maredsous 10 – Triple

Maredsous 10 – Triple

Additional notes 04/19/24 (pictured) These days the "10" moniker in the name is missing, although the beer still comes in at 10%. The pour seems darker than in the past. Head is still as amazing as it ever was, and when it settles it forms a hugely, creamy, almost nitro like foam - a real feature of this beer. Plenty of soapy alcohol and a alcohol bite in the finish. It's a little more earthy than many Tripels, and doesn't feel quite as spicy or peppery as some in the style.  As such this beer...

Duvel Tripel Hop (2010 Amarillo)

Maredsous 8 – Dubbel

750 mL bottle, Green's, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. Fantastically complex and layered beer, with it packing every ounce of its 8.00 % ABV. I love this "Brune" Belgian style as it reeks of "real" beer. Tasty, with a subtlety that belies its relatively high alcohol content, it truly warms the cockles of the heart. I find that the alcohol in this brew takes on a real, depth, like a complex after dinner liqueur it has the ability to satisfy from all angles - aroma, taste, complexity, warmth,...

Duvel

Duvel

$13.90 for 330 mL, 4 pack, Arbor Beverage, Douglasville, GA. (Yes, I was ripped-off, but this is the first time in four years I have been able to buy this in the US, so give me a break). I drank Duvel for years in the UK before coming to the States four years ago, and today was a great day, when I cracked my first bottle since that time. God I forgot what a stunning brew this is. It seems to have everything in the perfect proportion. The color and the voluptuous head, the lemon and yeast...