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Beer #85 – March 29, 2010: Duvel

April 4, 2010

Beer: Duvel

Brewery: Duvel Moortgat Brewery, Breendock, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

Price: $2.99 / 11.2 oz bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Brandy Snifter

Strength: 8.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A very champagne-like mouthfeel and flavor, but with some spicy flavors… it could win some converts from the wine world.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pale golden hue with a big, white, meringue-like head.

Aroma: Honey, floral, slightly funky, yeasty aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light but big and fizzy mouthfeel.

Taste: A short honey and grape juice sweetness, with just a note of banana, moves quickly into a much drier middle where the carbonation builds.  Spicy flavors come forward: lightly peppery with tart grains of paradise and warming clove.  A yeasty finish has a somewhat harsh bitterness… I remember this being a little smoother in the past.

Pairing: Much like champagne, this is a great palate-cleanser before a meal or between courses.

Trivia: “Duvel” means Devil in certain Belgian dialects, which is appropriate for a beer with a deceptively high alcohol content of 8.5%.  The strength is not apparent in the relatively light flavor, making this a “devil” of a beer!

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