Duvel Belgian Strong Golden Ale
by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
I poured the 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel chalice that I received as a Christmas gift from Brett.
Poured a light golden yellow with medium sized carbonation. The chalice glass allowed for a large amount of head space – see pic above – so I was able to pour hard. It headed up with frothy chunky white head, with massive amounts of lacing and maintained that a few fingers thick the whole time.
The nose was up front with strong Belgian yeast, providing notes of banana, slight citrus, sweet malt, and hints of spices.
Sweet, mild malts with much of the flavoring being provided by the yeast, with many parallels to the smell. There is hints of heat from alcohol with blends very well with the other subtle flavors. Smooth and sweet finish makes you want to take another sip right away.
Light and refreshing, creamy through the head of the beer, with fine carbonation. The smoothness of how it feels is one of it’s strongest attributes.
Huge; this beer is one of the more drinkable beers with this high of an ABV. It has a great combination of taste and mouthfeel that makes you always wanting another.
There is a reason this is one of the best known beers; it is amongst the best there is. It paired great with Brie cheese and crackers. Looking forward to pairing it with some dishes and sharing the recipe.
Up in the next posting:
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier review and a recipe for beer bratwursts. Stay tuned.