Rating: 3.35

Time for the last of the three beers I was brought back from Mallorca last week, this one another none Spanish offering that in fact hails from Belgium; at least it’s not one I’ve had before nor have I seen it anywhere in Glasgow so that’s a good thing. It is a beer I’ve heard of before and as some might have guessed from the name it is inspired by Duvel (‘Devil’) so I’m expecting the two to be fairly similar in taste and style which can only be a good thing considering Duvel is one of my go-to beers. I was originally going to save this one for a while and perhaps even try after having another bottle of Duvel at some point but seeing as it was one of the very few beers I had in the cellar that fell under 9% abv. and wasn’t an imperial stout I thought I’d have sooner rather than later.


Appearance (4/5): Pours a very clear looking and quite light straw colour that hints at being golden but probably falls just short. The head is about two centimetres tall and foamy looking with pretty good retention considering the strength of the beer, there is little movement or reduction over the opening couple of minutes at least.
Aroma (7/10): Light fruits and perhaps some floral notes come through straight away with this one, there is some citrus too but this is quite light and I could detect light alcohol and grain. Some sweetness starts to come through from about the middle on with touches of spice and if you really try, some banana too with this being especially true once the beer has had a little bit of time to open up some.
Taste (6/10): Quite spicy and more fruity that the nose indicated but also with a lot more alcohol coming through as well. There is some grain, yeast and plenty of sugar with apple, citrus and grapes following on not far behind. There was a bit of bread and some sweet, almost floral like flavours coming through with various fruits combing to see things out.
Palate (3/5): Spicy, very much so with a massive tang on the tongue and quite a lot of alcohol coming through. There was hints of sweetness dotted across the palate and the beer was a little grainy, quite dry and with plenty of carbonation but it proved a little more difficult to work my way down than I would have liked sadly; still a very nice beer but not one that’s going to take the place of Duvel any time soon.

Overall (13/20): It was swings and roundabouts with this one really, the beer didn’t look all that great as I poured it but the head turned out to be pretty nice and held well so it gained some points there. Then the nose wasn’t anything special but it wasn’t all that bad either but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the taste or the palate with the beer not seeming that well balanced to me, it seemed as if the spice and alcohol were beginning to dominate at this point. Not a bad beer really but I expected a lot better and it’s not one of the better Belgian beers or even strong pale ales out there.

Brewed In: Jumet, Walloon, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Alken-Maes
First Brewed: 1986
Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Abv: 8.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Mallorca, Spain
Price: Gift

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