PW's Year of Beer: Duvel Single

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

The ubiquitous Duvel is world-famous as the definitive example of a Belgian-style strong golden ale. Many breweries make this style of beer, and all of them are invariably compared to Duvel. Less common than the brewer's namesake beer, though, is the similar-sounding Duvel Single. We’ll skip the technical jargon—let's just say that Duvel Single is Duvel's little brother. Lower in body, lower in alcohol but still plenty tasty, this delicious golden ale makes an ideal accompaniment to a good meal. At 6.8 percent ABV, it’s still fairly potent, while its dry finish plays nicely with a wide assortment of dishes; the shimmering gold brew is just delicate enough to not overwhelm roast pork or sausage, while also being robust enough to stand up to a creamy cheese or rich sauce. No wonder places with great food serve it. Try it at the Belgian Café and St. Stephen’s Green, along others.

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