Duvel 666 – 20L Keg
666 references Duvel being the Belgium name of the devil and, not by coincidence, the beer’s abv of 6.66%. It is a blonde beer brewed by Duvel Moortgat to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2021.
There is a huge significance on this being on draught – in the UK trade have been bottle led. That was partly because Duvel is such a wonderfully lively brew, so it has proved very hard to find dispense equipment which can contain it and its legendary carbonation. But Duvel 666 can be served using standard dispense equipment.
No fewer than 6 different hop varieties are used and 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 expertly selected hop varieties to the mix, which also involves the dry-hopping method. Orange zest is also used as an adjunct.
Gold Medal – 2021 International Beer Challenge, in the category ‘Belgian Style Hoppy Blond’.
Grassy hop and lively fruity aromas. The taste is citrus and spice, full bodied and mildy bitter. With a natural haziness it is an expressive and deliciously drinkable blonde beer.
About the Brand
The brewery Moortgat was founded in 1871 by Jan-Leonard Moortgat, who was descended from a family of Belgium brewers. It’s name acquired the Duvel prefix owing to the huge success of that brand.
Duvel is the strongest performing and best-known beer in their portfolio which also includes Vedett (launched in 1945), Chouffe (acquired in 2006), Liefmans (in 2008) and Brouwerij ‘t IJ (in 2015).
It now produces over 2 million hectolitres a year but continues to experiment with exciting lines in their new microbrewery.