Duvel

$13.90 for 330 mL, 4 pack, Arbor Beverage, Douglasville, GA. (Yes, I was ripped-off, but this is the first time in four years I have been able to buy this in the US, so give me a break).
I drank Duvel for years in the UK before coming to the States four years ago, and today was a great day, when I cracked my first bottle since that time. God I forgot what a stunning brew this is.
It seems to have everything in the perfect proportion. The color and the voluptuous head, the lemon and yeast aromas, perfectly balanced hops and malts and just the right amount of alcohol to make the package near perfect. It’s just about as drinkable as a beer can be, it’s 100% quality.
Only one cloud on the horizon, I’m not sipping it in a French or Belgian Cafe as I did so often before coming to the US. Those places are infinitely more refined, less crass and able to support a level of socialized behavior that beers like this demand, that will never, ever appear in the USA.

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07/08/2004
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.50 %
Appearance: 5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 5
Total: 4.68
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