Single Fermented Belgian Golden Ale
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Single Fermented Belgian Golden AleSingle Fermented Belgian Golden Ale
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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,131
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
527
From:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  25
Gots
  67
SCORE
88
Very Good
Single Fermented Belgian Golden AleSingle Fermented Belgian Golden Ale
Notes: Nearly 150 years of brewing experience, tradition and innovation come together to create this exceptional golden ale. Brewed in Belgium with two-row summer malts and noble hops, then dry hopped with Citra, Duvel Single Fermented is crisp, beautifully balanced and remarkably refreshing.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The past couple of days have been an amazing CANmalgam of Goses & Pilsners, but now my supply is exhausted. I have this Duvel as kind of an oddball, but it will lead me back to some of the breweries from which I reviewed beers the last couple of days, including Transmitter, Manayunk (CANayunk), Sly Fox, Conshohocken (CANshohocken), Sloop & Great North. Following that excursion, I will be focusing on imports for a while, bringing me full circle to this one. Stay tuned. It's gonna be CANother wild ride on The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Nearly 150 years of brewing experience, tradition and innovation come together to create this exceptional golden ale."; "Brewed in Belgium with two-row summer malts and noble hops, then dry hopped with Citra, Duvel Single Fermented is crisp, beautifully balanced and remarkably refreshing."

I Crack!ed open the vent & be CAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was CANcerned about clarity, but about halfway in, it dawned on me as to its name. It was single-fermented, NOT CAN-conditioned! Duh. It foamed up beautifully to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste before they return to their sheltering in place. Nose was dominated by a musty, papery yeastiness (think old newspapers found in the attic), acCANponied by a grassy lemony quality. Lemongrass! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely solid. The taste was an amusing musty lemongrass.

I say amusing because it was just so … well, as they attribute it on sister (?) site, Untappd, "Belgian-y". LOL! I was put in mind of Pete Brown saying in his "Three Sheets to the Wind" (445) "... that modern Belgium is … the world's most elaborate practical joke."

I mean, honestly, Noble & Citra hops with their house yeast?!? Are they taking the piss?!? How CAN you help but smile at such a CANcoction? I know that I was enjoying it immensely, thinking that I was somehow in on the joke. This hits all of the markers mentioned in this site's Style Guide. The best part, for me, was how clean its flavors were. It was quite easy to parse one from another, all the while reveling in its pleasant dryness. It was a bit too easy-drinking for being 6.8%, but at this point, it takes a taser to stun me. Finish was dry with a lingering citrusiness. I think that I may be falling in love with this Blonde! YMMV.

May 09, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S; light malt, lemon, orange, and a little funk from the yeast;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: refreshing;

Apr 26, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a Captain Lawrence muffin top taster pint; BBE May 16, 2019.
A: Pours a nearly clear, straw color with a nearly 2 finger, foamy white head, excellent retention, but somewhat soapy lacing.
S: Tart side of tangy. Aromas of apple, caramel, honey, sweet hay, and corn predominate.
T: Sweet. Taste follows the nose. Bitterness in such balance it seems to contribute to a pleasant tingling.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Zero aftertaste.
O: This really would appear to be the bar that other versions are judged by IMHO. A bit lighter and crisper in finish than the others I have had, and I really like that. This will be my go to.

Apr 05, 2020
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pisomojado8 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My Belgian friends have done it again! This quaffable golden ale is one of my new favorites. The dry-hopped Citra is present and finishes dry, as you’d expect from Duvel. Love the 500ml cans. Find a friend and your 25cl goblets and split a can or four.

Jul 27, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bubbly golden body and white head. Very similar to the original is smell: grains, spices and moderate hops. Taste is pretty mild compared to the smell, just gives a watered down version of duvel, not a sessionable one. Hops and spices are dull, grains are cut back. Still a fine bpa, little over carbonated but I thought that about the original too

Jul 27, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light-yellow body with decent head and lace patches. Light aroma of yeast and earthy notes. A tad sticky and fuller bodied than expected with a light, floral sweet hoppiness and real smooth. Finish is real clean and this beer is real easy to drink.

Jun 11, 2019
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Viaduck from California

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden. Body with a smallish head. Very floral & fruity aroma. Salty up front with a sweet finish. Banana & fruit flavors with mild hoppyness & malt. Good carbonation. Excellent.

May 11, 2019
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scootny from New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with a large white head. Not much retention but decent lacing.

Great nose. Light sweet malt, apples and pears. Belgian yeast esters. Firm hop bitterness. Clean finish.

Honey and malt front. More apples and pears. Light bubblegum and Belgian funk. A bit of horse blanket. Spicy pepper. Light hop oil lingering on the finish.

Crisp feel. Well carbonated with an bit of tinglyness. Quenching and super drinkable. Highly sessionable and at 6.8 percent abv, it's easy to tie one on in a hurry.

A great brew. Big Belgian flavors with a form hoppy personality.

Apr 15, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pale golden clear with a slight foam on top
Smell - grainy slight citrus
Taste - a lot like the scent. A little bubble gum
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - alright, could use a little more smell and taste

Apr 07, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can - what the hell does 'single fermented' even mean?

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent gnarled tree branch pattern lace around the glass as it evenly blows off.

It smells of toasted cereal malt, honeyed crackers, lemon zest, some indistinct earthy spiciness, faint Belgian yeast, and some leafy, musty, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, dried lemon peel, clove and black peppercorn spice, some old-school estery yeastiness, wet hay, and more understated earthy, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a touch of spice and somewhat phenolic yeast maybe taking things down a notch or so from the ideal here. It finishes trending dry, the just-mentioned essences working the lingering field.

Overall - this comes across as a genial enough version of the style, nice and crisp and balanced. As it warms, I'm starting to get a bit of alcohol heat, but s'ok, I pretty much expect my Belgian offerings to tickle the old liver, at least a little, eh?

Feb 26, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden, appropriate carbonation. Light typical Belgian aroma. Flavor is malty, fruity, some clove, banana esters, light bubblegum. Medium bodied, efverescent carbonation. Decent Belgian golden ale, not my favorite, but pretty drinkable.

2/17/19
16 oz can
3.75 rating

Feb 18, 2019
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Sarah_Bearah from California

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like sweet memories flitting through the brain, hints of honey and hay float on a citrus breeze across the surface of the glass. Wrapped in a bubbly embrace, winter spices and warm pepper dance remembrance across the palate. As with nostalgia, the initial sweetness fades into bitterness. This beer brings emotion to the table, but at least it also supplies the alcohol

Feb 06, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml can poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

L---Quite pale golden color. Crystal clear. Fluffy white head with an aggressive pour. Minimal retention and great lacing. Retention was a shock to me. I was expecting the giant, rocky head with a casual pour and eternal retention as with Duvel's standard golden ale. Effervescent bubbles from the bottom of the glass throughout the drink.

S---Clean, crisp. Bright lemon. Banana & spices are obvious. There's clove & a healthy helping of yeast in the nose as well. A good deal of complexity from what honest to god looks like a Coors Light.

T---Follows the nose closely. Spiciness is foremost. Pepper & clove. Banana & lemon follow as well. Creamy yeast flavor is there as well. Complex, as in the nose. Really nice.

F---Medium to light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. A bit dry at the finish.

O---Not what I was expecting, but still really f'ing good stuff. The folks at Duvel really know what they're doing. I will pick this up every single time I see it in my build a six rack.

Jan 29, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single fermented can. White head. Clear golden yellow.

Earthy, grassy, cloves, spice, bananas, Belgian yeast. Much more drinkable than regular duvel. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. A bit dry.

Dec 30, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a crystal clear straw color with lots of rising bubbles, forming a large rocky white head. Good retention. Sheets of lacing are left behind.
The aroma is tart green apple and apple skin, ripe pear, lemon zest, banana, clove, coriander, hay, and crackers.
Follows the nose. Crisp green apple, lemon zest, pear, and a hint of banana. Cracker malt with a hint of honey, leading onto hay and a dry, lightly spicy clove finish. A bit more subdued than the nose, but quite thirst-quenching.
The mouthfeel is medium, highly carbonated, champagne-like. Smooth, crisp, clean, and dry.
Overall, a damn fine and refreshing Belgian golden ale. Highly recommended!

Dec 17, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is yeast, lemons, light spices, some hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer and easy drinking for the abv.

Dec 08, 2018
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babaracas from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with one finger of soapy white head. Smell: soapy, sugar cookie, spicy, lightly citric. Taste: better here, pear, lemon, coriander, sugar cookie, herbal, black pepper. Medium bodied, light carb. sticky finish. Takes time to open up but it's pretty tasty.

Nov 24, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Exceptionally clear gold with tons of bubbles. A little more than a finger of thick, creamy white head.

Smell: Mild, sweet malt and faint hops. A little peppery.

Taste: Bready and sweet malt with a very tiny hint of bitterness on the back end. Maintains that slight peppery note.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: A sweet, quaffable beer.

Nov 15, 2018
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can, tulip glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, frothy lacing. Smell is grassy hops, a bit of lemon, grain, straw, light floral. Flavour is crisp grass, freshly baked bread, grainy wort, a bit more floral as well. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, floral notes lingering all the way through on the finish. Overall solid belgian pale ale, nothing too crazy. Nice one to have in a can.

Nov 13, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV "Duvel Single"
500 ml can, "BBE 16-04-2019"

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have to laugh, I had this on tap somewhere in Europe, I don't recall where, I think it was Roma, and I thought that I had just drank too much because my Duvel didn't taste right! Ha, as it turns out this is a different beer. So, let's see if this is what I remember. The can has opened with a nice 'crack' and it's poured a clear straw gold body beneath a finger thick head of bright white. I can see my fingerprints throught the glass. It's easier to pour than a regular Duvel, that's for sure! And it's lighter in color. The head is not nearly as dense either. OK, in the nose I'm getting a bit of sweet lemon, grainy malt, and some mineral from the yeast. It's clean and fresh. The flavor is where the real difference shows up though, it's much lighter in flavor, particularly in maltiness. There's less yeastiness as well, and that lemon chiffon is there. It's a totally different beer altogether. I had no idea that Duvel was built in layers, I thought it was just a very long conditioning period that did it, but if it's kreusened then I guess that makes sense. I now have a new respect for it. Back to the single, it's very nicely balanced, and that makes me wonder about the bittering for the regular Duvel but I guess it all works out in the end. Mouthfeel... light-medium in body, maybe medium-light, and effervescent and gently crisp. There's a bit of a bristle at first but then it warms in the mouth and becomes smoother. So, what do I make of this overall? Well even though I thought it was off it did go with my pizzas, so there's that, but then again almost any beer goes with pizza! Seriously, I think this is an excellent golden, sparkling ale that you could enjoy at any time.
Review# 6,336

Nov 08, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden brew, as advertised, with plenty of foam in the Ommegang chalice. Delightfully non cloudy! Sudsy mouthfeel with clouds of bubbles melting in the mouth. Light body but substantial flavor, and a long-lasting complex bunch of sensations. Some dried pear taste like a Saison, a hint of citrus, and that long wheaty, creamy flavor of a good Belgian brew.

Warm and malty with that Belgian yeasty tang. It dries out from the slight sweetness, but in a subtle way. This was not expensive, even compared to local IPAs in cans, and such a welcome change from too much oat dander and orange juice hops. From the 500 ml can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. I"m going back looking for the rest of he four-pack.

Nov 07, 2018
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CR2036 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL can into a Stella Artois chalice.

L: Pours a clear, pale golden yellow with 1.5 fingers of slightly dense white head. Some lacing left on glass after drinking. Good head retention.
S: Aromas of fruits, banana, clove, yeast, spices, and a substantial smack of herbal hops. Balanced really well.
T: Immediately tastes of banana and clove with spices and yeast, followed by some sweet malts and finishing with herbal and grassy hops with some bitterness. Finishes dry with some lingering bitterness. All flavors are balanced very well.
F: Crisp and full while still being light with great carbonation. Finishes dry with you wanting more.

O: Regular Duvel is probably my favorite beer of all time, and this is very close to the original. However, the flavor isn't quite as full and is overall lighter. For $14.99 a 4-pack, I feel this is a little overpriced considering Duvel costs $16.49 a 4-pack and is better overall. If this were around $14.99 a 6-pack, this would be a much better deal. Overall, a damn good Belgian pale ale.

Oct 19, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can into signature tulip glass, best before 6/22/2019. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/floral/grassy bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, red apple, melon, peppercorn, white grape, light banana/clove, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and spicy yeast balance; and not astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this a fantastic Belgian pale ale! All around outstanding omplexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Fantastic balance of classic Belgian yeast complexity, clean pils malts, and earthy noble hop presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

Sep 22, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as dry or carbonated as most Belgian beers. Wow a light Belgian beer that has a bubblegum after flavor. Good beer that doesn’t seem 6.8 Abv. I’d like another.

Sep 03, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can from The Beermongers.

A spectacular crystal clear straw yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is fantastic. Grainy, mildly grassy with a beautiful noble hop note, there's a blend of mild clove, earth, dust and a touch of citrus. The palate opens crisp, snappy with a moderate lemony bitterness that's also a little oily. This is followed by flavors of grains of paradise, white pepper and clove. Mild citrus follows, with a cracker like finish with a dry, snappy feel. Wonderful yeast expression without tasting yeasty. Brilliantly carbonated, this has a perfect blend of delicate sweetness and pop from the malt and hop bite.

Aug 13, 2018
Single Fermented Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 527 ratings