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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale


Brewed by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat 
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel 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%

Duvel Belgian Golden AleLike 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!

Duvel Belgian Golden AleA 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.

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Abbaye de ourkerken

Abbaye de Oudkerken, a heavenly price!

Abbaye de Oudkerken

www. brasserielefebvre.be/

Brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium (Brewed for Lidl)

The popular Belgian Lefebvre brewery have produced an Abbey beer called Abbaye de Oudkerken, which Lidl, the German discount chain, have picked up and now sell in a lot of their supermarkets on the continent. As far as I can find, “OudKerken” stands for Old Church.

Abbaye de ourkerkenNow there is some controversy about the proliferation of “Abbey beers” from Belgium. The connections between the Abbey and the brew are sometimes tenuous at best. Many breweries are falling over themselves to cater for this new small specialty niche in the market, abbey beers are cool.  The marketing men have taken over.  A river runs near to an Abbey, there we have a brew.  An abbey was once here hundreds of years ago, good that’s the beer we will go with. And so on. Good luck trying to find the link with Abbaye de Oudkerken. Now some people get annoyed with this, yeah its a bit cheeky, but if its good enough beer then I am not so sure if I give a fig.

Abbaye de ourkerkenBut I see there is actually an international body that looks over these important matters. The International Trappist Association have drawn up an official Trappist beer designation which amongst other rules states that an Abbey beer may be:
• produced by a non-Trappist monastery — e.g. Benedictine; or
• produced by a commercial brewery under commercial arrangement with an extant monastery; or
• branded with the name of a defunct or fictitious abbey by a commercial brewer; or
• given a vaguely monastic branding, without mentioning a specific monastery, by a commercial brewer. (ref: Wikipedia)

Review: Bottle of Abbaye de Oudkerken Pale Ale: ABV: 6.2%

Bought a six pack of these beers in my nearest Lidl in France. Couldn’t pass by, noticing that they were so cheap (As far as I remember about 50c for a bottle). I like beer, but I love cheap beer! It also had a very distinctive packaging which caught the eye

Abbaye de ourkerkenAppearance: On pour there was a clear golden colour with a nice white head appearing, which doesn’t last, and some lacing.

Phew, what a smell, hitting immediately on the nose. Hints of lemon, roasted malts and yeast, a very strong alcohol smell. Like it a lot, rustic, a killer smell, like a fire burning on the nose, and very sweet.

A very deep taste of sweet syrupy malts, a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Overall I liked this beer, not going to set the world alight, but for the price it was decent, and was easy to drink and enjoy. Didnt quite feel the 6.2% ABV.

A good beer considering the price and value you are getting.

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