Single Fermented Belgian Golden Ale
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Single Fermented Belgian Golden AleSingle Fermented Belgian Golden Ale
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #6
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,896
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
548
From:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  26
Gots
  66
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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass: color is straw, transparent, bright white head with fine bubbles, frothy top and head presents nearly 2 fingers thick.

Smell is cracker malt, crisp noble and light citrus hops, musty yeast but not overpowering.

Taste is light, dry, just the right amount and balance of hops, malt, and yeast; flavors are crackers, biscuit, lemon, grass, musty yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, low sweetness, dryyy finish.

Overall an excellent golden ale - bright, crisp, pleasant malt and yeast notes.

Apr 05, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at House of Brews Jensen Beach. Clear golden. Smells of Belgian yeast, light fruitiness, some grain, pungent peppery aroma. Tastes of yeast, pepper, light grain, a bit of a fruity note. Earthy peppery finish. Medium body. Good.

Apr 04, 2021
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Beertsipper from New York

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light straw color with a small white head after an aggressive pour. Nose is sweet, bubble gum, funky, lemon, hoppy, banana and pear. Taste follows the nose and you pick up some white pepper and cloves, as well. Has a medium mouthfeel and a dry finish. No detection of alcohol and drinks like a five percent. Not bad, but pricey for a 4 pack. Not as good as regular Duvel.

Jan 26, 2021
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: light gold, big white head, good lacing
S: bready, a little funky, Belgian yeast
T: follows the nose to a tee, also I get apple/pear
F: good mouthfeel for a light beer
O: nice twist on a classic

Dec 20, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can into a chalice.

Pours a hazy straw color with minimal white head. Leaves some sticky lacing before settling into a thin halo.

Lots of fruity esters and Belgian yeast on the aroma. Banana chips, clove, and peppery spices throughout. Faintly hoppy on the back end. Good aroma for the style.

The flavor is much of the same, lots of yeast and clove and fruity esters. Some dark fruits. Banana bread. Good stuff. Just a faint touch of pepper and hops on the finish.

The body is medium-light, with moderate carbonation. Crisp and nicely dry. About right for the style.

Overall, this is a very good Belgian ale that's highly drinkable but flavorful too. Not a good appearance for the style but otherwise everything is on point. Good beer.

Dec 16, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $4.50. There is a lot code on the bottom of the can, hard to tell if this is a Julian date or not. If so, 127 would correspond to a canning date of 5/6/20. Can also has a best by date of 1/26/21.

Look: Pours a beautiful golden color. No haze at all - completely clear. A nice white head upon the pour, reduced to a thin cling to the rim of the glass. Very tiny bubbles quickly rising to the surface.

Smell: Lots of Belgian yeast character in the nose - spicy/peppery, clovey, and nice lemony/grassy hop aroma. Underlying sweet biscuity malt aroma present also. Given that this is dry hopped with Citra, the citrus aroma is pretty reserved. The noble hop aroma is more dominant.

Taste: This is pretty refreshing, crisp, and dry. It's very drinkable and the 6.8% ABV is hardly noticeable. Up front, notes of clove from the Belgian yeast along with biscuity malt. The beer moves through the palate quickly with moderate carbonation and finishes with peppery spicy and slightly bitter and grassy Noble hop notes. Finish is very dry and crisp, refreshing. The Citra dry-hopping is not so prevalent in the taste to me. I'm getting some mild citrus notes reminiscent of lemon zest lingering on the finish, but I wouldn't mind if they were more agressive. They may also be subdued based on how fresh this beer is, which is hard to know.

Feel: Mouthfeel is relatively light to medium, yet full and appropriate for its weight. It works very well for this type of beer.

Overall: This is a solid Belgian Golden Ale. Given the freshness questions that I mentioned above, it's hard to say how much the Ctira dry-hopping is enhancing this beer. I think that it definitely works well, but personally I think that it is too subtle. I would like to try a fresher can.

Nov 27, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap in Idaho Falls; served in a chalice.

A: Beautiful clear pale with a soapy bright white head.

S: Fruity yeast esters, musty Belgian tones, bright citrus and banana aromas, hints of black pepper and coriander spice.

T: Malty sweet banana and light clove, smooth dryness with a musty, phenolic flavor, ghostly grassy character, vanilla.

MF: Creamy medium body, very smooth, slightly dry:

O: A pleasant Belgian pale/strong - has all of the notes you’re looking for in a malty pale with Belgian yeast.

Nov 05, 2020
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SFACRKnight from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a thick bone white head. Nose is yeast driven. Citrus esters and a cellar must type phenol that's common with Belgians. Flavor is yeast driven and follows the nose with a slight lactic bite. I'm not getting the citra hops. Its effervescent and bone dry. I dig the beer over all... it's not a citra ipa, but is a great Belgian beer that I could drink by the gallon.

Oct 12, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow with a small white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells of Belgian beer yeast and coriander. Spicy scent of black pepper. Mostly it is coriander a yeast in smell.

Starts out neutral sweetness and a big coriander bite. Mild bitterness and a slight trace of sour. Tastes like Duvel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it tastes like Duvel.

Sep 23, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz. can that is stamped on the bottom: L52538-066818-BBE 22-06-2019. Not sure if that means it is past it's expiration date. I sampled it on Sept. 2020.

The appearance is golden with decent clarity underneath a modest lingering white head.

The aroma is grassy and floral upfront with a white bread and biscuit and Belgian yeast sensation. I also note a little pear.

The mouthfeel is a smooth light-to-medium texture.

Th taste begins sweet with even a little lemon zest before the grass and floral hops sneak up behind. Clean, crisp, and dry.

Sep 07, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Certainly Belgian. Pours translucent yellow with a thick white head (plastic cup doesn't help here). Aroma is that Belgian kinda skunky thing, not bad. Taste is Belgian yeast and citra hops, crisp and a bit fruity. Feel is crisp and clean. Overall it is a solid Belgian golden ale.

Aug 29, 2020
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frbnsn from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad...nothing that makes me go "ahhh". I has a great golden look, but an average smell and taste. Feels good going down, but not sure I would purchase it again...maybe..depends on price.

Aug 24, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draught
Fluffy white head. Bright and clear, light gold appearance. Even though it's a lighter bodied than usual Belgian ale, it still has the great sweet spiced aroma of clove and maybe allspice. Taste is similar to aroma with a touch of malt sweetness and a lingering sharpness, well into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Aug 18, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has citrus and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with citrus and hoppy flavors.
A light bodied very well carbonated and refreshing beer
A good Blonde Ale

Jul 31, 2020
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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 (AB)

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
Single Fermented Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 548 ratings