Monday, May 28, 2018

Duvel (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Best before date: 6/19

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale

AROMA: Fruity yeast esters are quite prominent with notes of green pear and apple, orange and a touch of banana. Though fruity, it is not especially sweet. Malt base has no specialty character. There is a spicy/peppery aroma as well from yeast phenols and the hops. No alcohol presence. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-4 SRM). Large, bright white, marshmallow-like froth retains and laces wonderfully. 3/3

FLAVOR: Complex, robust and delectable all around. Fruity yeast esters impart apple, pear, orange and banana flavors. These characteristics are slightly sweet or candy-like. The malt base is rather simple; just pale malt with a slight cracker quality. In no way bready or rich because it is so highly attenuated. There is a consistent spicy/earthy sensation which becomes quite strong on the backend and leads to a dry, slightly peppery aftertaste. The alcohol is quite subtle indeed; it offers little character of its own but seems to boost the flavors that are already there. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied; highly carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth. Though a strong brew at 8.5% ABV, it is remarkably refreshing while in the mouth with no alcohol warmth or distraction. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer invented and still defines the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style. It's not only World Class, but a well cared-for bottle contains an immaculate beer. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 50/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/08/duvel-belgian-golden-ale-chadz-beer.html

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