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TheLionDragon 01-06-2013 10:35 PM

Serious question about evil names on beers
What's the relationship between evil names even for Trappist inspired beers that some breweries name their beers? I thought I read something like they used these kind of names to show how a beer was so strong that could be devilish or something like that. Is there a connection between the good and the bad on beers?

McGarnigle 01-06-2013 10:41 PM

Here's the story behind Duvel ("devil"). I suspect this is usually the story: alcohol associated (teasingly) with evil. There are also lots of copycat names.


To commemorate the end of World War I, the Moortgats named their main beer Victory Ale. But during the 1920s, an avid drinker described the beer as "nen echten duvel" (a real devil in Brabantian Dutch) - perhaps in reference to its formidable alcohol content (8.5% ABV) - and the name of the beer was changed to Duvel.

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