It's always nice to go out drinking with friends, especially when there's a world of alcohol to try. Here, I was fortunate to have a taste of Duvel, a brand of Belgium beer I've definitely seen being sold in the States.

Duvel beer in Duvel glass and a bottle of Duvel.
In the background, you'll find two De Konincks.
In the foreground, there's a bottle of Boon Oude Gueze.

I wrote: "Duvel has a standard beer smell. It also smells like it has some citrus. Yes, there's somewhat of a bright citrus flavor, but overall the beer feels a bit heavier than what I expected of this beer. There's a nice lingering aftertaste."

I'm not entirely sure about what I wrote, but perhaps I thought Duvel was a witbier (like Allagash White, Hoegaarden Original White Ale, or Blue Moon Belgian White) as opposed to a Belgian strong pale ale. While I was lucky enough to have a sip of this Belgium beer in Belgium, if you like Belgian strong pale ales, then you should try a Duvel wherever you are in the world.



Relevant Links:
Duvel (BeerAdvocate.com)
Duvel Moortgat Brewery (Wikipedia.org)
Duvel (Duvel Website)

Website Information:
1 It all starts with a Duvel that has been stored upright in a cool place. Otherwise, the yeast which gathers at the lowest point in the bottle will be mixed with the beer. 2 A Duvel is ready to drink if it has been chilled in the refrigerator to the ideal temperature of about 4°C. Another equally important factor is a clean, dry Duvel glass at room temperature. 3 A beer that takes 90 days to brew should be poured with respect. So don't rush, take your time and pour the beer slowly into the glass, holding it at a slight angle. 4 Avoid contact between the bottle and the glass and, as you pour, gradually lift the bottle a bit higher to form a full, creamy head. 5 Leave about 1 cm of beer in the bottle. This contains the yeast which can make the beer rather cloudy and bitter. 6 For a rich, full head, slowly bring the glass upright as you finish pouring. The head that forms should ideally start from the middle of the Duvel logo. Don't allow the beer to foam excessively but pour until it reaches just below the edge of the glass. 7 Admire and enjoy. Cheers!

A Duvel is still seen as the reference among more full-bodied lagers. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavour, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Thanks to its high CO2 content, this beer has a wonderful roundness in the mouth. A Duvel is both the perfect thirst quencher and the ideal aperitif.

STYLE Special beer, re-fermented in the bottle
TASTE Slightly fruity, dry aroma, well-hopped beer and with a slightly bitter aftertaste
HOPS Saaz-Saaz & Styrian Golding
SHELF LIFE 36 months
SERVING TIPS Always serve in the tulip shaped Duvel glass at 6°C
PACKAGING 33cl, 75cl, 1.5l magnum bottles

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