Duvel is a beer I’ve seen loads, but never actually tasted. I was a bit wary of the 8.5% ABV, but was pleasantly surprised. On the pour, I was greeted with a very hefty bubbly head which took a minute to subside. The aroma is of pear, and reminded me of some perry I tried recently, quite light and sweet. It’s an unexpectedly drinkable beer, impressed that the alcohol does not come through to overpower the palate. There’s a definite flavour of green apples, with an enjoyable late tang of lime citrus. Not sure this would do as a session beer, but rather as a wee treat or a good drink to start a session with.
Colour: Very pale yellow
Head: White, huge and bubbly
Aroma: Pears, reminiscent of pear cider/perry.
Flavours: Hoppy bitterness, green apple-like. Bit of citrus tang.
Verdict: A quality, deceptively light-tasting beer, which has the advantage that high alcohol level does not dominate the flavour.
Duvel HGG Rating: 79