Duvel Moortgat Brewery
In 1871 Jan-Leonard Moortgat the son of a brewers’ family from Steenhuffel founded the Moortgat farm-brewery together with his wife Maria De Block. At that time the newcomer was just one of the 4000 breweries active in Belgium at the turn of the century. So initially things were not particularly easy: in the first few pioneering years Jan-Leonard tried to market a number of high-fermentation beers such as Stavelot. With varying degrees of success. Thanks to a combination of enthusiasm a passion for brewing and craftsmanship however Jan-Leonard gradually built up a loyal client base not just in the area around Breendonk but even as far away as Brussels by selling beer to the bourgeoisie. This is borne out by the opening of a warehouse in Laeken. The start as it turned out of a success story that has now lasted for over a hundred years.
Duvel has a bright yellow colour with a subtle haze running through it. The nose shows clove, pepper and spice with a yeasty background. On the palate there is some bitter hop flavours and a subtle orange peel and apricot hint on the finish.
It works well with strong cheese, particularly cambozola. Also great with peppered mackerel or other oily fish.