Duvel - Belgian Strong Blond
Strong Blond from Belgium 🇧🇪
Brewed by Duvel Moortgat Brewery
A bit about the beer
Ingredients - pure spring Water, Slovenian (Styrian Golding) and Czech (Saaz) hops, yeast, pale barley malts
Short history of the Duvel Moorgat Brewery -
1871 - Jan-Léonard Moortgat and his wife founded the Moortgat brewery farm.
1900 - Business starts booming and Jan-Leonard’s two sons, Albert and Victor joins the company. Albert became the brewer while Victor became in charge of transporting the beer to Brussels by horse and dray.
1900-1915 - The First World War brought with it the influence of English Ales to Belgium. Inspired by the popularity of English Ales at the time, Albert decided to venture into the English brewing model.
1918 - In order to create his beer, Albert travels to the UK to get a specific strain of yeast which he wanted. Only after a journey across England and into Scotland he finally got his hands on a precious sample from a Scottish brewery. Duvel's yeast is still cultured from the same strain until today!
1918-1923 - The brothers continued to experiment until they perfected their recipe, and to commemorate the end of the First World War they aptly named it - 'Victory Ale'.
1960 - The third generation of Moorgats (Bert and Marcel Moortgat, and the two brothers Leon and Emile Moortgat) decided that a unique beer deserved a unique glass. Duvel glass became the first tulip-shaped beer glass. The glass was designed to provide a more complete experience of the beer with the rounded shape allowing Duvel's great flavour and aroma to be fully enjoyed. The narrowing at the top also helps to retain the carbonation and as a result preserve the head.
2000 and beyond - The fourth generation of the Moorgat family continues to be invested in the brewery, keeping up the traditions and family heritage. Duvel began production with just a couple of crates of beer and today it is enjoyed around the world, in over 60 different countries.
The official description of the Strong Blond is as follows - "Duvel is a natural beer with a subtle bitterness, a refined flavour and a distinctive hop character. The unique brewing process, which takes about 90 days, guarantees a pure character, delicate effervescence and a pleasant sweet taste of alcohol".
I had this straight from the bottle, so cannot comment on the color or head but according to other reviews it pours a crystal clear golden amber colour and has a creamy thick head with excellent retention. You get aromas and flavours that are very typical to other Belgian beers, some nice spice, banana and malty aroma undertones and tastes very bitter, yeasty and hoppy. It is more carbonated for me than other Belgian beers, and the high alcohol percentage does come through in the taste. It is a beer with a lot of character and well loved around the world, but for me personally not one of my favourite Belgian beers.