Monday, December 21, 2015

Duvel Moortgat Brewery's Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Crank it whens youse dranks it.

This is a review of Duvel Moortgat Brewery's Duvel Belgian Golden Ale or as the lazy man calls it "Duvel". Founded in '71 (1871), these guys teamed up with Tuborg which, after some research, is not an Orc from Lord of the Rings (or Uruk-Hai). Long story short, messy divorce and in 1999 they really started pushing Duvel (one of their beers) which is probably why your old granddad wasn't drinking it. They have a couple of beers other than their flagship "Duvel". They got Duvel Tripel Hop, Maredsous (a line of abbey-style beers). and some wheat beers and pilsners that you will probably never see. Really, unless you're more snob than slob, this will be the only offering you'll see from these guys. They were the principal investor in Ommegang which you've probably picked up at the store, and quickly placed back down after seeing the price before picking up a rack of Old Style Light. They ended up buying Ommegang. They also partnered up with Firestone Walker which is a common name with my California friends. They also bought the majority stake of Boulevard from Kansas City, which makes Duvel sound more like a "Bully-vard".

Well let's talk about the taste why don't we? You like spring water? Check. How about a subtle bitterness? Oh yeah. Dry finish? Like a post-menopausal housewife. You might find this beer is a little more bitter than you are used to. Well, you might be doing it wrong. Leave 1000 microns of beer at the bottom because you don't wanna suck down all the dang yeast!

It has a cloudy, golden hue topped with a relatively high, frothy head. They pull the old 330mL trick in traditional bullshit European style. Add that with the centimeter of beer you are supposed to leave in the bottle and you got about 3oz of drinkable beer. Good thing this sucker is 8.6% ABV and my buddy left this over from our Christmas party so the price is right and it can take paint off of your car.

It has a dry, floral scent that is as refreshing as a spring morning or some freshly laundered underpants. The bottle itself is pretty tight. Short and stout (like a few teapots I know) and a no-nonsense label that will make the babymamas say "Who dat man over there, he must be rich". Yeah, you'll be rich, yeah. And the bottle is so thick your drunk friend will knock himself out before it would break over his skull. So if you have a friend that like to break bottles over his head, have him try this. Especially if he like to run his mouth about his ex-girlfriend a lot when he's drunk.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 8/10
Swayze Movie: "Tiger Warsaw"
Overall: 6.25/10

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