From David- Founder of Sommbeer:
I’ve been accused within my beer circles of trying too hard to like Belgian beer. I admit it hasn’t come easy. I also admit after drinking a super dark super strong Russian Imperial Stout that a light and tangy Belgian demands a “pinkies up” approach. That said I have a special place in my heart for Duvel.
Two Years Ago………..I was on a business trip in Holland. I had just finished a bowl of mustard soup – no kidding. Having finished my first forgettable beer, I asked my local business partner to recommend something else. He suggested Duvel. It arrived in a tulip style glass, a presentation that honestly did not appeal to me at the time. I wanted a strong local beer and the glass suggested this experience might be something akin to champagne – how wrong I was. I drank it, liked it and the flavor has forever entwined itself with the the fond memories I had with that region of the world.
Last night ………..So I cracked open that huge Duvel bottle I’ve had sitting in my cellar since forever ago. Poured it into the wrong glass and immediately recognized this is a super carbonated beverage. Once it settled down, I was overwhelmed with the aroma – so unique and nuanced! I couldn’t stop smelling it. Now for the record, Duvel has all that spicy tangy flavor that you expect from a top shelf Belgian but its balanced, it is not overwhelming. I would consider it a gateway Belgian for newbies because it offers that Belgian style but is so incredibly balanced ie. It’s not so “Belgian” that you grimace upon your first sip. Rather it has a wonderfully unique flavor and aroma that is all Duvel and just happens to be made in Belgium. It has nice body and is a bit high on the abv.
Bottom line: I like this beer. I might drink it in a fancy inappropriate glass with my pinky in the air but I’m going to enjoy every sip nonetheless.
No soup for you!
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