What’s brewing: Duvel | Gourmand and Gourmet

What’s brewing: Duvel

Belgium has a reputation for making some of the best beers in the world (yes, better than our craft beer) and Duvel is one of the reasons for that. Made in the village of Breendonk-Puurs, which is south of Antwerp and rather difficult to say after you’ve had a few of the brews, Duvel is one of the Belgian beers that has taken the world by storm. Probably in no small part due to the rhapsodies on it from beer writer (not pop singer) Michael Jackson. Duvel (which means devil) is a Belgian strong golden ale, meaning it’s a golden ale that’s been refermented in the bottle to produce a higher ABV (hence the name) and greater complexity in the flavour. It looks uber drinkable, with a brilliant clear gold with a fluffy white head, and wafts aromas of apple, cinnamon, lemon, pepper, white bread and banana from the glass. The flavour is fruity at the front, with apple and peach evident before a peppery spice hit in the mid-palate. Lemon and cinnamon come through at the end, leaving a long finish with a fresh lemony aftertaste. All in all, it’s a beer you should start drinking if you haven’t already, never mind what the ‘devil’ will happen after you’ve downed a six pack. Beer: Duvel Newstead Liquidambar Style: Belgian strong golden ale ABV: 8.5% Retail Price: Around $7.50 for a single or $27 per 6-pack – but worth it. Food match: Sunday’s roast chook. Best enjoyed: On the verandah in a tattered recliner. Beer review by David Edwards, Drink Less Drink Better