Musical Cheers: Duvel

Andrew Kruse-Ross

In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.


Guest reviewer name/occupation: Andrew Kruse-Ross, editor/writer, nice guy.

Currently listening to: St. Vitus "Born Too Late"

Currently reading: Knut Hamsun's "Growth of the Soil"

Britcom you're currently watching: "Father Ted"

Favorite Voltron lion: Pidge's green one, obviously

Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Miller High Life, Stroh's, Corona, Modelo, Guinness

Preferred White Collar Brews: Chimay, Westmalle


Name of beer reviewing: Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Type of beer: Strong Golden Ale

ABV: 8.5 percent

Pre-tasting: Duvel is often available in the squat bottles like many other Belgians in its class. I've often been known to advise others that if it's from Belgium and comes in a squat bottle you'd best put on your seatbelt. I expected that much like its contemporaries, the ABV is going to crush me and the alcohol is likely going to lead the flavor notes. Nose isn't overpowering: only slightly citrus-like and mostly malty. Pours beautifully with a frothy head.

Post-tasting: Surprise. It's hard to believe so much alcohol content could be contained in a drink this balanced. The perfect amount of crisp carbonation and smooth mouthfeel; this is an amazing beer. Rich malt flavors lead the way. It reminds me of a rustic French bread followed with a touch of spiciness and only the slightest hint of citrus and fruit but at no point does it fail to be well, beer. The alcohol content is palpable and it's a one-and-done (ok, maybe two-and-done).

Let's be clear: This is the best beer I've ever had.

You'll like this beer if: If you like beer or think that higher-end beers aren't for you, try this. This is the gateway beer you've been looking for.

You'll dislike this beer if: Your name is Carrie Nation. I've yet to meet anyone that claims to like beer and not enjoy a Duvel.

Rating: 10/10

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