Alibi V.25 No.17 • April 28-May 4, 2016 

Wish You Were Beer


Fiction Belgian IPA
One fancy Fiction
Courtney Foster

I've recently fallen into an IPA hole. I love the hoppiness, the slight citrus taste and, of course, the alcohol content. So when I found out that Santa Fe-based Duel Brewing had opened a second location Downtown and boasted a Belgian style IPA, I had to go check it out.

I decided to take a break from the grueling demands of my awesome job and walked down the street to the bar. Being that it was about 2pm on a Wednesday, the place was dead. With no other patrons but me, the main room seemed way too big for its purpose and almost made me feel like I wasn't allowed to be in there. But Kelly, the sweet lady slingin' suds at that time, was incredibly welcoming and willing to chat.

Duel brewing interior
One long bar
Courtney Foster

We talked a bit about our beer tastes and I told her what I had come to try: Fiction, their 7.2% ABV Belgian IPA. Served in a pretty tulip style snifter glass, this beautiful amber-colored liquid was exactly what I wanted: not too bitter but still hoppy, and very smooth with an almost sweet and perfume-y citrus flavor profile all the while staying true to the Belgian style— floral and slightly spiced like fermenting fruit (but not in a gross way). I give it a thumbs up.

I was also fortunate enough to get a sample of the Goya, their 14.9%ABV imperial stout. And, even though it tastes very “Belgian” still, it was a nice, thick and chocolaty stout. My next time around this promising brewery, I vow to enjoy more of that.

Duel Brewing beers can be found in bottles at multiple locations around Albuquerque including Jubilation Wine & Spirits and Total Wine.