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Beer Pick: Duvel Green

Duvel Green
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, Belgium
On draft at metro beer bars (prices vary)

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Profile: Not exactly your usual St. Patrick’s Day pint of plain, Duvel Green is nonetheless one of the most refreshing “green” beers you could grab to toast the traditional Irish holiday with a hearty slàinte.

It’s sort of the gentler, less complicated little brother of the lively Duvel Belgian Golden Ale. And though it uses the same ingredients as the Golden, including Saaz and Styrian Golding hops,
Green is brewed exclusively to be poured on draft. It doesn’t go through a secondary fermentation and it’s lower in alcohol. In general, the hoppiness and carbonation are less pronounced. But it retains an elegant white head, beautiful pale golden color, and clean, slightly fruity flavor, with a smooth dry finish that recalls a great pilsner.

Pair with: Duvel Green would make a fine match for a variety of hors d’oeuvres, especially shrimp, oysters or clams. And it would pair well with fish, chicken or pork dishes.

9 comments Add your comment

Mark

March 8th, 2010
9:40 am

Huge fan of Duvel, but the Green was a little too restrained for me. Had it on draft at Taco Mac last year when it was first being distributed in a limited fashion and then again recently at The Porter.

The famous head was there, if not quite as rocky as the original. The color was a bit paler and the spiciness and complexity of the original was gone.

The Green is a “nice” beer, but not one that I would revisit soon, esp. given the price ($5.50 for 8 oz./6.8% ABV vs. $8/8.5% for original).

Jennifer O'Connell

March 8th, 2010
9:44 am

I ordered Duvel Green at The Brick Store last week, I paired it with their Pimento Cheese appetizer. The beer was very refreshing to the palate and cut the fat and spice from the cheese and the smokiness from the bacon. I have twice recommended it to others since then. It’s also perfect as a “first beer of the night,” the one you drink a little faster then the rest but Green doesn’t kill your taste buds.

I also happily won a Duvel Green tap mat at the BSP HMOG on Saturday.

Carl Perkins

March 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

Good pick, sir. I haven’t seen it anywhere yet. And I suppose you’d be breaking any number of laws by saying the names of establishments…

kp

March 8th, 2010
11:31 pm

It was on as recently as this weekend at the Brick Store. It’s still listed on their online draft list along with the excellent Dieu de Ceil Peche Mortel.

Michael

March 9th, 2010
7:34 am

I haven’t had it so I can’t comment on it first-hand, but I know that at least a couple of bartenders at the Brick Store are not fans. They earned the ire of some of the Duvel representatives by comparing it to Budweiser.

kp

March 9th, 2010
5:59 pm

I don’t know that I’d go so far as to compare it to Budweiser, but I am not a fan of Belgian goldens in general. To me, a Belgian golden is not much more than the bland lifeless American golden, but with a bit more complex character from the Belgian yeast. I’ll even go further to say that most Belgian tripples are just overgrown Belgian goldens. Give me a dubble or a quad any day. Especially the quad. I could wax poetic all day about the Belgian quads, but I’ll go wax my legs instead.

btownsend

March 10th, 2010
1:00 pm

Oddly, I agree with almost every the comment so far.

I’m a huge Duvel fan, and Green isn’t Duvel. But unlike kp, I think there’s a time and place for lighter, more refreshing beers. And I think Green is way better than, say, Stella.

Adam

March 10th, 2010
5:10 pm

I liked it, but didn’t love it. Too bad they can’t put Duvel proper on draft. It was nice and crisp though.

Brickstoredave

March 11th, 2010
7:44 am

I will somewhat defend the lad who referred to Green as budweisrr. It was a conversation he was having with a server and they made light of it. It was not described to an actual customer as Bud, so, in Green’s defense, I really like it. When we cycle thru as much Belgian
beer as we do, it comes as a really nice change. I do feel strongly however on how the beer is treated (as with all beer). Much like regular Duvel, the head you get is half the experience. I had it at another location, poured flat, little care, and I will say, left a bit to be desired. All and all, I hope Green can keep it’s legs. When cared for and poured properly, it’s a crisp palate cleanser and practically sessionable at just over 6%.