Duvel with a taste of the Caribbean
Discover Duvel Barrel Aged - The Rum Edition
The fifth batch of Duvel Barrel Aged is ready. Duvel master brewer Hedwig Neven wanted to reinvent the ‘barrel aged’ concept and went looking for a rum distillery instead of bourbon barrels. He found it on the other side of the ocean, in Barbados, a world away from the brewery in Puurs: The West Indies Rum Distillery.
It turned out to be the perfect match and after a successful initial meeting, a fantastic new beer was born. Hedwig and Alexandre Gabriel, owner and master blender of the West Indies Rum Distillery, co-created Duvel Barrel Aged n° 5, The Rum Edition.
A unique tasting-beer (12% ALC) brewed with respect for the authentic taste of Duvel, but with an unexpected Caribbean twist featuring the sweet, potent rum notes of vanilla, dried fruit and oak. An absolute first.
#01 - DUVEL & RUM: A DEVILISH COMBINATION
In 2017, the first Duvel Barrel Aged was created. A unique tasting-beer aged in wooden whiskey barrels from renowned American bourbon distilleries. Three years and four successful Duvel Barrel Aged editions later, the Duvel brewers wanted to do things slightly differently. Instead of bourbon barrels, this time they used rum barrels. Duvel master brewer Hedwig Neven had wooden barrels from The West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados installed in the Duvel cellars. After months of maturing, you can now top off a cosy dinner with friends and family this autumn with a glass of Duvel Barrel Aged, The Rum Edition – available from October 2020.
Founded in 1893, the West Indies Rum Distillery is located on a Caribbean beach in exotic Barbados. Their rum barrels remain infused with the original rum, even after years. Aging the classic Duvel in the oak barrels allowed the golden-coloured specialty beer to absorb the rich, characteristic rum notes of vanilla, dried fruit and oak wood.
Hedwig Neven, master brewer: ‘Brewing a beer as complex as Duvel is always a challenge. Maturing Duvel in wooden rum barrels is an even bigger one. You really only have "one shot" to get it right. But what a bull’s-eye it turned out to be. It became a beer that combines respect for the authentic taste of Duvel with a surprising Caribbean twist.’
#02 - DUVEL LOVE & LOVERS
Duvel Barrel Aged, The Rum Edition, is a beer for tasters, connoisseurs and Duvel lovers. Made to be enjoyed with friends and family. Perfect to serve at the end of a festive meal or beside a crackling fire this autumn. This specialty beer pairs well with strong cheeses, game dishes, (grilled) meat dishes, chocolate, exotic fruit, pumpkin, sushi or cinnamon.
#03 - A TOUCH OF THE CARIBBEAN
This specialty beer will be available starting from October 2020. And because both the experience and the beer are so unique, the beer comes in a special gift box.
By the way, it’s a limited edition. There are only 71,820 bottles. So, Duvel lovers will have to be quick if they want to get their hands on a coveted bottle of Duvel Barrel Aged 2020.
Duvel Barrel Aged (12% ALC), in a numbered 75cl bottle, is the ultimate treat for any Duvel lover, but it’s also perfect for serving at a special moment among gourmets and foodies.
#04 - HOW TO SERVE
A beer that has matured to perfection deserves special treatment. Ideally, you should serve Duvel Barrel Aged Rum Edition at a temperature between 8 °C and 10 °C. The heavenly aroma best comes into its own in the specially developed tasting glass included in the gift box. Of course, a wine glass, a tulip glass or a tumbler can also be used to taste Duvel Barrel Aged.