6.66 by Duvel
Belgian Blond, 6.66%
No fewer than 6 different hop varieties are used for Duvel 6.66, just like the classic Duvel, it’s based on the noble and exclusive hop varieties Saaz and Styrian Golding. The flavour is then balanced by adding four other hop varieties to the mix. Mild and eminently drinkable.
The live tasting of this beer was on 5th August 2021 #BeerBods
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 150 years, you’ll likely have tried or at least heard of one or two beers made by the global brewing giant that is Duvel Moortgat. The story began when Jan-Léonard Moortgat and his wife founded the Moortgat brewery farm in Puurs Belgium in 1871.
Jan-Leonard was ahead of his time when it came to brewing and found success mainly through trial and error. His top-fermented beers quickly became the talk of the town and before long had made their way to Brussels where they received critical acclaim.
By 1900 business was booming and Jan-Leonard’s two sons, Albert and Victor, joined the company. Albert became the brewer and Victor was responsible for delivering the beer to Brussels by horse and dray.
When the First World War brought Belgium into contact with England and especially with English ales, Albert was inspired to create a special beer based on the beers he had discovered. In the years that followed Albert would regularly travel to the UK in search of the best ingredients, this was met with resistance from local breweries and more often than not he returned empty handed. In 1918 he managed to get his hands on a precious sample from a Scottish brewery. Duvel’s yeast is still cultured from the very same strain to this day.
Over the 100 or so years that followed Duvel continued to grow, becoming widely recognised as the gold standard for bottle-conditioned 'special' beer. Today they operate in over 60 countries and have more awards for their beer than almost any brewery on the planet.
For tonight’s beer we have something quite special, a brand new beer from Duvel brewed to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Duvel introduce it for us…
“In honour of the occasion, our brewers have devoted their relentless passion and patience to create a new and special Duvel. One that embodies all the daring, youthful spirit and slightly Duvelish character of our team... A beer that offers the perfect balance between Belgium’s rich brewing heritage and contemporary innovation.”
6,66 is slightly milder than its 8.5% big brother but packs just as much of a punch. Notes of citrus on the nose are followed by Banana, clove, malt and that textbook spiciness from the yeast. Beautifully balanced and rounded, a masterpiece.