REVIEW: Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER NAME: Belgian Golden Ale
BEER STYLE: Belgian Golden Ale (Special beer, re-fermented in the bottle)
INGREDIENTS: Water, barley, malt, glucose, hops & yeast
BREWER’S NOTES: Bottle conditioned. Four generations of the Moortgat family have brought together Pilsner malts, Bohemian hops, and a unique yeast strain to create this intense, aromatic and beguiling ale. This Belgian favourite is best enjoyed chilled (40 – 50 F) with discerning friends or good-looking strangers.
A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. 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.
- APPEARANCE: Clear Yellow honey gold, generous thick creamy white head with good retention
- AROMA: Banana, pear, melon, lemon & citrus, a fruit-salad tickle for the nose
- FLAVOUR: Fruit salad & honey upfront, hint of sweat shop, ending with a lingering delicately balanced zesty & slightly sweat bitterness
- MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, silky smooth with perfect carbonation and warming sensation
- OVERALL: This is an incredible beer, rich in history and delicately complex in flavour. I think I’m going to add this to my favourites list.
- PAIR WITH: Many suggested options but the most common are chicken or Turkey and cheese such as brie, gouda or creamy blue cheese.
- OTHER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me92JY0QCvA
BREW REVIEW RATING: 8.5/10
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