Wednesday night, per usual, is glass night at Flying Saucer, and tonight the featured beer was Duvel.
It was also a very special night for the Houston beer scene, the start of a campaign to bring a Freetail Brewpub to Houston. After Scott announced (in the Freetail newsletter, see a post by Jennifer Litz of Texas Girls’ Pint Out for the details) that he wanted to expand his world-class brewpub outside of San Antonio, with Houston on the short-list, the beer nerd community rallied for the cause to create a game plan to show Scott that Houston should be the next Freetail location. The details are being worked out on the plan to wow Scott, but don’t worry Houston, we are working hard to bring you a brewpub! If you want to help out, email me!
Now on to the beer!
Brewed by: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV, Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The beer pours a rich golden color with a huge white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass, which I suppose has to do with the special construction of the glass that involves an etched ‘D’ at the bottom to keep the carbonation going. It smells of citrus and floral aromas with a sour note in there as well. The taste is very smooth for the ABV, the citrus and very balanced malts and hops shine through. It is very drinkable and highly carbonated, but it seems to work very well with the citrus flavors. This kind of beer is not my favorite style but it is done very well and would be a great beverage for the summer time, but probably not a cooler full because of the alcohol. Plus I scored a sweet glass!