Duvel Review

DUVEL

I found a 4 pack of this beer at the local store, that included the special Duvel glass. Normally I stay away from these seasonal gift packs due to their general age, sometimes sitting on the shelf for a very long time. But I found this one in a walk in cooler, with a best by date many years into the future, so I could only assume it was fresh as I could possibly find. So I adopted it and brought it home. The glass included has a special shape that is designed to trap aromas and produce the correct head formation as you pour. The packaging is very specific on how to pour the beer. It is also interesting that the glass has a laser etched “D” in the bottom to facilitate nucleation of CO2 bubbles, thereby producing a steady stream of bubbles as you drink the beer. Gimmick? I brave the unknown and pour.

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Etched "D" in the bottom of the glass

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As you can see in the above photo, there is a line of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly, this produced a steady stream of “just poured” aromas while I drank. To test this further, I also used the same glass to drink one of my saison brews from last spring. I have to say this is a great glass to drink saison from! The things I noted while drinking this beer were that it is very drinkable, with a mild Belgian yeast character. I think this would be a good beer to introduce an inexperienced drinker to the Belgian style without turning them off. Most newbie drinkers of the style find very strong horsey/baryard  and bananna / clove Belgian beers offensive, so this is a good place to start. Also, my sample seemed to have a very pilsner like hop quality about it which I could not put my finger on as it is very subtle. At first I thought it was a lightstruck quality, but after discussing with JMan I think it was just the hop presence mixing with the yeast aromas and flavor. So I give this beer a “buy it” rating if you can find a fresh example. And the glass is a “buy it” as well, unless you can “borrow it” from your friends bar.

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