997: Duvel

Name: Duvel
Brewery: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.5%
First Brewed: 1923

Tasting Notes
Golden straw-colored brew with notes of candi sugar, fruits, alcohol, hops, and yeast in the nose. Light bodied but with plenty of backbone to balance the hops and alcohol. Taste is dry with a warming alcohol, sweet malts, and a dry, semibitter aftertaste.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I had not even finished pouring this beer before I could smell it. HUGE nose. That’s a good thing, too. With a lot of the beers I have had in Europe, they not only pack a punch on the nose, but also with the alcohol content. This beer is just the same. With an ABV of 8.5%, you can have one or two pints of this and be feeling alright.

I just love how this beer smells. It smells light, somewhat crisp and clean… gets me excited for the first taste.

Talk about carbonation! Holy cow, this beer hits your palate like a fizzy cola. But the aftertaste is incredible. You taste the high alcohol content, but it’s not too much that you want to stop drinking. I wouldn’t call it fruity… but man, what great flavors. The bad news here is the alcohol content… it doesn’t taste like it has that high of a percentage, but you can sure feel it on the way down.

This beer would go well on a hot summer day, or in the pub with your friends after a long day at work. I really like this beer, and would totally order it again. I did learn that Duvel means devil in Flemish… I’m guessing it’s the ABV that made them decide to call it that! Delicious beverage; highly recommended.

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
The Duvel pours out into a glass as a thick lemony yellow color, which is also what it smells strongly of – lemon.  It’s got a thick white head and a strong smell.  The smell is good, now let’s take a drink.  Honestly, the first drink tastes very carbonated.  I like the taste, but the carbonation practically overpowers the taste of the beer.  While it looks kind of like a thicker “light” domestic beer, it tastes quite different.  It’s easy to drink and definitely tastes better than a domestic (I pretty much hate all domestic beers), but I’m not sure I’d pay too much to buy it again.  For me, the taste is just way too carbonated, not something I look for in my beers.  With the lemon flavor, it’s almost like a Sprite that’s flavored with beer instead of sugar.  Not bad, but just not quite my style.

Rating: 3/5

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