Duvel is not simply a classic example of the style; it’s the beer that has inspired brewers the world over to brew Belgian strong ales, and frankly, it’s perfect. Clear, pale gold liquid wears a princely white crown that stands proudly above the glass’s lip. A magnificent aroma consumes the nose: pear, orange, floral hops, and Belgian yeast’s peppery spice flow harmoniously in the bouquet. The tongue melts under a graceful interplay of fruits and spice, beginning with ripe pear before gently moving to pepper and swan-diving into beautiful honey sweetness balanced by hop-spice sprinkles. The word “grace” can’t be overused with this beer; its smooth character, lively body and crisp, dry finish are simply enchanting.