Duvel is no newcomer to the arena of Belgian ales. Brewed since 1871, most fans of the Belgian ales are familiar with this Golden Ale. Most commonly mispronounced with an emphasis on the second syllable, this beer really is a devil. Strong, flavorful, and complex, take some time with this beer and discover what really makes this a classic.
Detail #1: The bottle says to “Pour Unhurriedly.” this is an understatement. Even with a gentle pour, the head on this beer is impressive to say the least. After the initial pour I was able to ease in a little more beer and when I finally fir the entire beer into the glass, the appearance was rather striking. The head sits on top of this beer for quite a time, so if you pour poorly the first time, patience is a necessity.
Detail #2: The bottle description calls this an “aromatic and beguiling ale.” The fluffy head sitting in your glass is full of fruity aromas and subtle hop spiciness. The banana really comes out of the beer against a light malt base when you take the first drink, with a sharp, peppery hop finish. Very nice, and easy to drink.
Detail #3: There’s a big red circle on the front of the bottle telling you this beer is 8.5%. Don’t be fooled, this beer carries the 8.5% proudly. The alcohol is present in the aroma, flavor and definitely 10 minutes later in the bloodstream. Not that anyone who reads this blog fears a strong ale, but it is worth mentioning. Maybe it’s like champagne, the bubbles may magnify the affect of the alcohol.
These are just a few details pulled off of the label, readily accessible to even the beginner beer drinker. Spend enough time with this ale and more will emerge. Either way, through one sip or numerous bottles, this is beer is a classic among the Belgian Golden Ales, and if you have yet to try it, you owe it to yourself to have a bottle.