Brewing Duvel Single Fermented
Created by the Moortgat family, Duvel is one of Belgium’s favorite ales. The secret of its success lies in using only best-quality ingredients, and in the well-balanced, very specific, complex brewing and refermentation process that takes over 90 days.
After brewing and first fermentation – which takes about 30 days – the beer is tasted by the brewmaster and his staff. At this stage this beer is called “single-fermented.” Typical Duvel flavors and aromas are already emerging, but the beer is lower in alcohol and carbonation, and the taste is slightly lighter and crisper.
The Perfect Pour
1. Always serve Duvel Single fermented in its own tulip-shaped 25cl glass. Start with a clean, dry Duvel Single glass at room temperature.
2 Open the tap handle in one firm move.
3 Let a few first drops of beer flow away, then place the glass at a 45° angle under the tap.
4 Gently straighten up the glass and set down on the counter. Let the glass fill until the head flows over the rim. Remove the glass from the tap and close the tap handle.
5 Use a skimmer to remove the overflow of the head, holding the skimmer in a 45° angle, moving the skimmer away from you.
6 After skimming, rinse the glass in the sink to wash off the foam overflow. Lift glass out and serve.
Style – Single-fermented, cold-filtered, and on draft with an ABV of 6.8%
Taste – Dry and crisp with mild yeasty citrus notes. More hops on the plate than in the nose. The beer is carefully balanced so that hops play off equally with malt and citrus. Intentionally not heavy or complex.
Appearance – Golden-blonde, fine soft carbonation, large head with good retention. The beer is transparent with no residual yeast. Lively and enticing carbonation and typical Belgian head.
Aroma – Subtle citrus notes, and gentle herbal, green hoppiness.
Mouthfeel – Light on the tongue, smooth, bright and alive. Young, crisp beer taste.
Drinkability – Brewed with drinkability and refreshment high in our minds. Simple, clean, easy-to-have more than one.
Serving Tips – Always serve in the tulip-shaped 25cl Duvel glass at 3°C.