Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
Brewed by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Duvel Moortgat Brewery (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat) is a Flemish family-controlled brewery founded in 1871 by Jan-Leonard Moortgat.
Its flagship beer, the highly rated Duvel, is a strong golden pale ale that is exported to more than forty countries. Duvel is Brabantian, Ghent and Antwerp dialect for devil! The story goes that a regular drinker of the beer described it as a real devil to drink, what with the 8.5% ABV, and so the name of the beer was changed from Victory Ale, its original name, to Duvel.
The yeast used in Duvel is refined from the original strain of Scottish yeast that was bought back by Albert Moortgat during a business tour of the U.K. in 1918. On return he started Duvel. The brewery is still in the hands of the Moortgat family, now in its fourth generation of ownership.
The brewery also produce a variety of different hopped Duvels, some strong Abbey beers, and The Vedett which is a trendy luxury lager, but its their Duvel that is the big seller and main beer of the brewery.
The brewery has had a successful collaboration in the past with Tulborg, the Danish beer group, which helped it with international distribution lines.
In 2006, Duvel Moortgat bought fellow Belgian brewery the popular Brasserie d’Achouffe, and in 2010, they acquired 100 percent of the shares in the De Koninck Brewery, another Belgian favourite.
Review: 330ml Bottle of Duvel: ABV: 8.5%
Like the cutesy small stubby brown bottle, with the well known Duvel brand. Ideally to be drank in a tulip glass as all good Belgian ales should be, but I am not a connoisseur just a regular beer dude so an ordinary beer glass will just have to do. Sorry!
Got a massive head on pour, gee whiz a very big frothy head!
Good bit of carbonation, nice creamy white top, took a while to settle.
Colour was cloudy orange, doesn’t look great at all, looks shit in fact.
Head collapses and dies.
Some good lacing……..
On the nose has that usual Belgian ale smell, wheat, the yeast, the coriander, floral hops, fruits of lemon and banana. A very typical Belgian!
A very strong intense smell, really powerful stuff on the nose….which is too be welcomed as I usually smell fuck all from my beers, lol!
On the taste I found it very strong, with a sour taste, very bitter aftertaste and can definitely feel the beer. Yeast and firm hop bitterness. Very strong, got a powerful kick, alright.
Didn’t initially like it at all, but in the end I liked it, took a while for my taste buds to get to enjoy this beer. Found it a slow burner and not bad overall.
Wow, I was buzzing after the two. The 8.5% definitely kicks in.
Nice, I like it, strong to drink, but it does the business in the end.
Have a few of these and you are off your head!!!
One of the strongest I have had in a while.