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Seeing as Belgium has more beer styles than the rest of the world put together, do you mean all Belgian beers ? Or do you mean that your favourite beers are invariably Belgian ? After all, a good lambic or gueze aren't really in the same brewing philosophy as megakeg beers like Stella Artois.

My favourite beer, as I explained here, is German but my preferred beer styles are invariably British.

As for Duvel, I am concerned that the flavour lacks the depth of a decade or so ago, as if over-production has led to some short cuts in the brewing process. It's a little thing but I'm quite aware of it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 11:14:54 AM EST
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Stella Artois has also gone commercial and it is out of the running with respect to Duval. If Duval was greater ten years ago than it is today, then we have certainly missed out on the Greatest.


by shergald on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 01:02:36 PM EST
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My fear is that they've actually dumbed the beer down by introducing brewing candy (extra sugar). That knocks it from being a good beer to being a poor one cos there's not enough taste to support the strength.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 02:16:46 PM EST
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I think you might be right as far as Artois is concerned. But Duval, no, I don't think so. Still I would like to sample Duval as it was ten years ago to see if it is really any different. It is still a great beer, whatever they did.

by shergald on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 02:24:11 PM EST
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I appreciate you want to believe that, but I've noticed the pretty unmistakable tang of brewing candy in Duvel.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 02:32:02 PM EST
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You see. That's my point. The more you go over and taste the bitter ones, the more you come back and claim the old favorites are now candied.

So let's agree Helen. We both know when a dog is a dog. But when we get to the top, life is relative. It's anybody's say. Here's where we are all on our own, and everyone's right and wrong. It's the beer summit, and everyone is on top because everyone is right.

by shergald on Sat Aug 7th, 2010 at 05:02:27 PM EST
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