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Duvel
Rating
8
Duvel

Family Belgian Ale Style Pale Belgian Ale
Country Belgium ABV 8.5%
Price $$$$ Packaging 11.2oz/330ml, 25.4oz/750ml b
Characteristics Unusual, yeasty

Overview Belgian beers frequently distinguish themselves from their peers through the use of proprietary house yeast strains. Duvel’s yeast traces its roots to Scotland; proprietor Albert Moortgat purchased it on a visit shortly after World War I. No less formidable than the yeast is Duvel’s marketing—the brand rivals Chimay in strong-Belgian-ale dominance around the world.

Flavors and aromas Duvel has a restrained, subtle nose, with mild esters and intriguing dry spices. The carbonation was very high for the dry palate, which appealed to some tasters and turned off others. There are some sharp edges here; tasters mentioned pepper and sulfur, and the finish is dry, intensifying a bitterness that would seem mild in a beer with more malt.
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