Duvel Moortgat started experimenting with extra hop additions in their now famous brew “Duvel” prior to 2007. The idea came from an old advertisement for Moortgat “Hopbier” from many years ago. In 2007, this hoppy version of Duvel was released, and sold out in a matter of hours. When the idea came up to brew it again, the brewery made this stipulation. Their facebook page had to break 10,000 fans.
As you can probably assume, the 10,000 mark was exceeded and the beer has arrived. 3 varieties of hops were chosen for Tripel Hop. Styrian Golding and Saaz are used in the original Duvel, with Amarillo joining the party in this beer. Tripel is dry hopped with Styrian Golding.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale
Hops: Styrian Golding, Amarillo, Saaz
Taste Expectations: Floral hops. Spicy flavors. Belgian candi sugar and yeast. Effervescent & crisp. With a finish of Duvel signature hop bitter, and some alcohol.
Availability: 750ml Corked & Caged. Very limited release. Retail $18
Duvel Green has made some rare and limited appearances on tap in Atlanta. If you have missed them before, here is another opportunity. Duvel Green will be tapping at The Porter Beer Bar on February 23rd @ 6pm.
Duvel was created by Albert Moortgat to commemorate the end of World War I, and was originally called “Victory Ale.” However, over time the name permutated into Duvel (spawning from a phrase ”nen echten duvel” referring to the high alcohol content of the beer.)
Duvel in a bottle as you have come to know — is brewed over the course of 90 days and undergoes 2 technical fermentations (You will also see it referred to as 3 fermentations — Top fermenting, Lagering, Bottle fermenting). After 30 days, the first fermentation is complete and is then tested. At this point, Duvel is light and less alcoholic than the final bottle product. (Est 6.5% ABV.)
When the results of the first fermentation are approved, it is added to the bottle with extra yeast and sugar, and fermented for an additional 60 days in warm and cold temperatures. The final result — Duvel — in a bottle, 8.5% ABV.
So what is Duvel Green?
Essentially, Duvel Green is the product of the 1st fermentation. It is what the brewers taste prior to secondary fermentation. Duvel Green has been bottled before, but is very small quantities sold only at the brewery in Belgium.
Why is it called Duvel Green?
“Green” doesn’t have any environmental connotation. Green in this case refers to its younger state. Duvel Green is a lighter tasting, single fermented version than its bottle predecessor. Hence the name – Duvel “Green.”
These kegs of Duvel Green have been very few and far between. I can count about 5 or less that I have seen since last June. So, grab a taste of a rare beer at The Porter.
The Porter Beer Bar, February 23rd — 6:30pm
1156 Euclid Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307