Monday, May 25, 2009

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Today is my other son's third birthday. I don't have any hectic stories to go with his birth like my other son, but if it matters, I've already had to clean a few accidents today, if you get my drift. So he gets to share his birthday with Memorial Day at least once every 7 years, and this year is the first time. Not sure that is such a big deal, though.

In case you hadn't heard, Memorial Day honors soldiers that died protecting this country. So I am thinking about that now. It also made me think back to my time in the Army at Fort Dix--yep where those psychos got arrested for terrorist threats against the base. Of course I was actually a K and 1st grade army base member, but I lived on the base. Dad was the one that was an actual soldier. Anyway, I'm forever appreciative to all that gave their lives in the name of the United States. Nothing can ever repay them or their families.

Long overdue, today I'll be drinking Duvel Belgian Golden Ale brewed by Duvel Moortgat, NV in Puurs, Belgium. This beer has a very good reputation as a superstar. The stubby 11.2 oz. bottle says it's best enjoyed with discerning friends or good-looking strangers. Unfortunately, I have neither available. Oh well!

Some fruity apple and lemon citrus aroma, mostly mild. Up front, there is a big mouthful of carbonation along with some lemon and orange citrus flavors. As the carbonation brings out some of the complexities, you taste some bready yet spicy flavors in addition to a noticeable alcohol bite. And the beer ends with quite a sharp bitterness that lasts a long time on your palate. Duvel Belgian Golden Ale is not sweet at all. Rather it reminds me of a glass of champagne with all the carbonation in there. Most of the flavors are so subtle or dominated by that aspect. It's a nice beer but I must say I was very disappointed as my expectations were much higher.

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