Smooth, strong and fruity enough for this blond, The Belgian brewery of Duvel has been churning out their flagship blonde ale in an exacting fashion, since 1871. I happened upon it during this past holiday season, and I was an instant fan. No other beer I’ve come across tastes quite like it!
I should note that Duvel is 100% pure and natural, with no additives or preservatives. It’s dry, complex flavoring of orange zest, lemon and hints of pear as well as apple and grapefruit (giving it a slightly bitter aftertaste) is accomplished through a careful maturation process that takes no sooner than 90 days…now that’s what I call devotion!!
Enjoy it on draft, or straight from it’s curvy cool container. It’s a beautifully clean gold that pours just right, so long as you avoid contact between the bottle and the glass. As you pour, gradually lift the bottle a bit higher to form a full, creamy head. This helps to spread the nutty, malt aroma throughout evenly.
Pairing it with poultry, like this Lemon Honey Cilantro Grilled Chicken, is also pure perfection. And at 8.5% alcohol content, it’s a definite winter-warmer, lending you that fuzzy feeling without compromising on balanced flavor.
A toast to the New Year!
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