jamie goode's wine blog: Duvel's awesome triple hop

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Duvel's awesome triple hop

Look, I'm sorry. About all the beer-related posts on a wine blog. It's just that I'm driven by interest, and I want to report here whatever I think is worthy of a plug - and tonight's tipple, the Duvel Triple Hop Special Edition beer, is certainly worthy of that.

This is a Belgian beer brewed with three hops: Saaz Saaz, Styrian Golding and Amarillo. It's fantastically complex with myriad flavours: amazing citrus and spice aromatics; rich, honeyed, spicy, sweetly fruity palate; tangy, herbal, hoppy, nicely bitter finish that goes on for ages.

At 9.5% alcohol you don't want to swill pints of this - rather, treat it a bit like a wine. It's food friendly and can go with a wide range of dishes. A first-growth of beers.



At 8:38 AM, Blogger gare aux goûts said...

Any idea where we can buy it in the UK?

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

They sellthis at a Belgian owned restaurant near us Jamie.
Agree it is fantastic stuff,although tends to give one a headache,when then moving onto the food,for which of course I need a bottle of wine!!

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous malcolmwilliamson said...

Tasty it may be but it comes (I've seen it in Sainsbury's) with a more wine- than beer-like price of £12.99 per 750ml bottle.

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Well, he does say it's a first-growth of beers...

I was also wondering, what kind of scoring system might one use for beers and how would it correlate with scores for wines?

I know some people score within context - so a 99 point Musacadet might be less "good" than a 95 point Chevalier Montrachet - and others try to keep it objective across the board.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger The Food Traveller said...

Best beer in the world ... I mean Bekgian beer!
Their wine is amogn the worst, but I love a pint here (= I live in Belgium).

Try to get hold of a Kasteel beer!

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I'll find out the availability.

I reckon it's worth £12, it's that good...

When I'm rating beers I give them a score out of 10. A 100-point scale flirts with silliness at the best of times, and I can't bring myself to use it with beer. I allow myself a half point gradation, too.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger The Food Traveller said...


Here we pay around 20 euros for 24 (33cl) of these Duvel and even less for the Kasteelbier ...


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