Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavour, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Thanks to its high CO2 content, this beer has a wonderful roundness in the mouth. A Duvel is both the perfect thirst quencher and the ideal aperitif.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,437
Reviews:
2,883
Ratings:
8,127
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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496
Gots:
1,731
Trade:
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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale straw coloration with visible coloration and a large, foamy/creamy head. Smells of light biscuity malt and fruity esters of green apple, with just a hint of citrus and mellow funk coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, with the fruity and mildly tart apple/pear and just slightly peppery yeast esters in the foreground, complemented by citrus notes, light biscuity malt and just the merest hint of mellow funk. Finishes with a very light bitterness and a very mild funky tartness lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. First off, it's incredibly how easy-drinking this is at 8.5% ABV, with a great balance of mildly tart and spicy fruit esters, citrus notes and very mild funk.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:. Pours a straw gold yellow with a small white head and no lacing.

S:. Fresh baked bread, Belgian yeast, lemon, some peach and a slight bit of orange. Very inviting.

T:. Strong Belgian yeast with clove and coriander mixes with a slightly orange and lemon, some fresh baked bread and a slight funkyness. Booze is slightly noticeable wonderful taste.

F:. Medium body and generous carbonation.

O:. This beer is an absolute classic.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes 4/9/12: Pours a clear medium gold producing a tall, frothy, very persistent, white head which leave chunky and sticky lacing. Aroma and taste: Belgian fruity esters of apple, pear and white grape, light Belgian funk, pale malt and spice with delicate hop hints. Alcohol is noticeable in both nose and mouth. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, lively in the mouth.

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Photo of Shenk87
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edy-Cantarero
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of batu
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heymikew
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angryderunkcarnt
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These stupid parameters. I suppose it's based on the the style. Duvel checks all boxes but to someone who isn't familiar with Belgian beer, it might be confusing. Who cares what it looks or smells like? The taste overcomes all. Abilitiy to get drunk comes shortly later. This is the best beer of this kind by far. It might be the only beer of its kind. Others strive to mimic, but only Duvel tastes like Duvel.

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Photo of juablu
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barley
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Sampled this tasty beverage with a cheeseburger the other day before attending a rock concert and was not disappointed. Great beer, great burger and a phenomenal show.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JonnyGoldsbrough
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Duvel 8.5% Belgian Wheat beer

L4.25 Good cloud, excellent head. Light colour.
S4 Big wheat
T3.5 Wheaty (obviously), but with sour notes, not quite to my taste.
F3.75 Average body, good carbonation
O3.75 looks & smells great. Classic inviting branding with talk about 3 months (probably leading to sour notes!). Sour element not to my taste, but an interesting beer none the less.

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Photo of elnachooo
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Viene con una cabeza blanca que perdura por bastante tiempo. Es de cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. En boca es una cerveza muy rica con una sensación cítrica.

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Photo of onewayboogie
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful, crystal clear gold with a nice, big thick white head that had great retention.

Aroma is a just a slightly less than I want it to be. The taste, though, is full fruity with the distinctive Belgian yeast, really spot on.

Feel is medium, terrific lively carbonation with a bit of solid bitterness.

Overall, very easy to see why this is the standard for the category. I only wished the aroma was a bit more intense. Absolutely love the flavor and feel of this classic.

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Photo of festizio
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GaryG7
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best I've ever had. Like other Belgian ales, Duvel is deceptively strong. I bought it based on the rating and that it was $1 less per bottle than the Delerium Tremens I was going to buy. Since then, I've bought it from another store that is much closer to my home but it doesn't carry DT. Pour it slowly and you will be rewarded with minimal foam and a great aroma.

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Photo of bubbler
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samhhhh
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eltrandos
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billybrewer
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Is it Doovelle or Dooooooovle? I am hearing it’s the latter..lol. Ah, who cares. This is a great golden ale superb in taste and carbonation. It’s a party in your mouth. Let’s gooooooo!

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Photo of gongfu
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,127 ratings