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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Beer Me...

I decided to try a new beer for tonight's game so I went with a little Belgian steez and picked up some Duvel . Duvel is the archetypal Belgian blonde ale, and the most popular bottled beer in the country as well as being well-known internationally. The ABV (alcohol by volume) is 8.5% but it goes down so smooth you'd think you were drinking a 5% beer......but don't get it twisted that 8.5% sneaks up on you fast, trust me!!! This beer poured a light golden color with a very foamy white head. The smell tends to the sweet side, with some fruit and a little spice notes similar to Chimay. I highly recommend giving Duvel a try next time your at the local beer store.

History: To commemorate the end of World War I, the Moortgats named their main beer Victory Ale. But during the 1920s, an avid drinker described the beer as "nen echten duvel" (a real devil in Brabantian) - perhaps in reference to its formidable alcohol content (8.5% ABV) - and the name of the beer was changed to Duvel. It has become the brewery's flagship beer. Considered by many the definitive version of the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style, Duvel is brewed with Pilsner malt and white sugar, and hopped with Saaz and Styrian Goldings, the yeast still stems from the original culture of Scottish yeast bought by Albert Moortgat during a prospection-tour in the U.K. just after WWI.

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