Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Duvel - Beer Review

Duvel is a Belgian Golden Ale that has inspired numerous imitators. It also led to a BBA record and a unanimous decision by our judges. Tune in to learn more about beer that is "a Devil of a Drink".

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Duvel

Hi I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority. Today we are talking about Duvel from the Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Breendonk, Belgium.

The brewery was founded in 1871 and Duvel was created to commemorate the end of WW1. It was initially named "Victory Ale", but renamed Duvel in 1923. Duvel is derived from the Flemish word for Devil -- as in "This is a real Devil" of a drink.

Be cautious -- this beer looks tame, but has an ABV of 8.5% and an IBU of 30. You may be seduced by its light, golden color, generous head and unique flavor -- but it will knock you on your donkey pretty quickly.

This beer is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale and has inspired numerous imitators. It comes in at #67 on beeradvocate's list of the Top Beers on Planet Earth.

For those who don't know -- Fact - Belgium is one of the best beer countries in the world. One reason for this is that throughout Belgium's complicated political history it was never subjected to beer purity laws like Reinheitsgebot in Germany. Belgian brewers take a more artistic and experimental approach to brewing and are not constrained by traditional styles.

Q&A

Duvel gets a (???) on the BBA Scale. Let us know what your favorite Belgian beer is in the comment section. And if you'd like to learn more about Belgian beers then check out Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium at a bookstore near you.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."

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