Duvel out of a Chimay goblet ( because I do not have the Duvel glass) at room temperature. It is 8.5 % alcohol but not cloying. You could easily drink lots of this and not notice how strong it was until the damage was done. I am only having the one glass.Original review (330 ml, cold)
This bottle-conditioned top-fermenting ale is pretty much a style in its own right - a Belgian golden ale. It is certainly a much-imitated classic. Pale golden yellow in colour with a thick, bubbly head, it has a nose rich in vanilla, with some hop and spice content. On the palate it is smooth, light and lively, almost creamy, with a taste and texture that give a dangerously low impression of its strength. It has a distinct bitterness, along with citrus and vanilla flavours in abundance, but the strength only becomes apparent towards the finish - there is a rush of hop character and a hefty, malty kick that lets you know you're drinking something stronger than your average tipple. This becomes more apparent the further you get down the glass. Aftertaste is somehow fizzy, with lingering vanilla and hop notes. This is a very palatable beer which can be consumed either cold as an aperitif, or at room temperature as an alternative to port. Surprisingly, the yeast originates from the Scottish McEwan's brewery.www.bottledbeer.co.uk
God Bless the Belgians !