Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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4.25/5
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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:
#797
Reviews:
2,869
Ratings:
8,055
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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481
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Trade:
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Photo of Johnpaulzay1981
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, tasty in every way, it's sneaky with the high 8.5 abv and is incredibly drinkable. Great head retention, lacing, hoppy with sweet and golden tones. Great body!

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Photo of Bennyduce86
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GIZ204
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monoceros
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cardfan212
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a glass. Split across two glasses.

Look - First glass was incredibly clear with a light golden color. Large fluffy white head with great retention. Second glass was much cloudier due to the yeast. Head was smaller and also shorter lived.

Smell - Almost nothing on the nose from the first glass. The second glass had a more funky malt smell.

Taste - The first glass was an amazingly balanced drink, malt forward with a mildly hoppy backend that works together as a cohesive whole. The second glass was similar with a bit more tang from the yeast.

Feel - The strong carbonation gives this wonderfully balanced beer a great lively character. Really feels good on the tongue.

Overall - A truly great beer, very neutral and balanced. Warmer is better than colder, and with yeast is better than without.

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Photo of shrimply_pibbles
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillNJ
3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not sure the attraction to this insanely expensive beer. tastes like skunked spaten to me.

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

Photo of Beerucee
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice all around. At Claire's in San Antonio

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Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prime example of the style. Pours straw-light gold. Thick foamy white head with considerable lacing. Aroma is somewhat spicy with hints of banana/orange. Taste is similar and somewhat soapy. Just enough bitterness - highly carbonated and full in the mouth. Overall, very good.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of llamajuice
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Junior
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a long time ago so this review is stale. Just logging for my information. I bought a six pack and never wanted to to buy again. I think I drain poured the last two. Probably need to try a single bottle again to confirm or disprove.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp and allowed to warm. Pours a nice deep yellow with a considerable amount of white head. This was an aggressive pour. Nose is really unique and nice. Lots of citrus peel, pine, wheat, and a bit of funk. Getting a bit of lactose as well. Maybe a bit of leather. Taste is crazy. Definitely a bit bitter up front. Good amount of wheat, pine, and citrus, but man there is a good amount of bitterness. Really get the feeling I'm sucking on grapefruit peel. I like it. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky. Overall, fantastic golden ale.

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Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corona1106
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nass
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first Belgian strong pale ale that I have tried out. Interesting. It reminds me of a hefeweizen but a little more soury & spicy tasting. It's not clovey tasting, but their is just some sort of spice going on. It is quite lovely. This would go great in the spring & summer time of the year. That high abv is hidden consummately. It's still not better than a lot of German Hefeweizens that I have had. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of Dovers
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rairis01
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopsohard
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,055 ratings