Readers of prior beer related posts on this blog will know that one of the best Xmas presents I was given this year was an official Leffe Glass/Chalice. This glass was purchased for me by my sister on a trip to Belgium with her boyfriend James.
What remains hitherto undisclosed is that I was given another just-as-cool beer glass over the Xmas period by my girlfriend’s father. The purchasing of the glass took place on a trip to Avignon’s Auchan supermarket detailed previously in this post. At the front of the store there was a section selling various beer brand’s Xmas gift boxes – generally these contained a few bottles and a glass…
I have been a fan of Belgium’s ‘Devil’ golden ale Duvel since enjoying a few while watching the 2010 Champions League final at a bar in Lyon. I have been buying Duvel in the UK at my local Tesco ever since, however I have always lacked an appropriate glass from which to appreciate it. So when it came down to making a decision on which Xmas gift pack to pick-up there was only one choice.
The Duvel glass is definitely a goblet – with a short stem and deep, wide bowl that tapers in then fans out at the top. It has room for around 500ml I would say – this is required as a well poured Duvel will have a very decent sized head to it.
I really think the golden Duvel logo on the front of the goblet is a touch of class too – I have subjected it to numerous dish-washings now and it has not lost its luster at all.
The cool thing about the carboard packaging of the Duvel gift-set was that it had instructions of how to poor the perfect Duvel: Tilt the glass towards the bottle neck and poor in the liquid slowly. As your pour raise the bottle away from the glass – this creates a nice even head. You should aim for the head of the beer to start roughly half-way up the golden Duvel logo (so it’s not just there for show^^). Visually this creates what looks like a 50/50 split between head and beer but as the bottom of the glass is wider there is actually more liquid than it seems.
As you drink the Duvel the head slowly melts into creamy patches stacked up where the goblet tapers.
The amount of liquid the glass can take and its thin stem means that it has a satisfying heft and great hand-feel. Watching the golden ale bubble away in the cauldron shaped base of the glass is fantastic stuff too.
Well, that’s it for my new Duvel glass – I love it. Thanks very much to Daniel Ducret for buying it for me ! ^^ More soon.