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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Ratings:
7,914
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Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a huge bubbly white head that turns to meringue at the top. A constant flow of carbonation bubbles feed a head that persists forever and making pouring 12 oz into a pint glass impossible in one attempt. The aroma on this is quite unique. Apple cider and pears along with a bready yeasty aroma are quite inviting. Bits of pepper and spice round out the nose quite well. The flavor is crisp and just a hint of sugary sweet with a heavy does of apple and light fruits. Light hints of pepper and other yeast derived flavors balance this quite nicely. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart and bubbly mouthfeel. This is a unique and wonderful beer, how come I am just trying this now?

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ingles1989
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of articode
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: medium-gold and slightly cloudy, with a 2-finger head and nice lacing
S: yeast, mild citrus and slight spice
T: taste is a little sharp up front, but mellows into tingly orange yeasty with some spice
M: tingly with dense, small bubbles like champagne
O: true to the style, and well-balanced

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Photo of Kyseber
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Refloosh
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WaringYouOut
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The pour is a hazy medium yellow, big head, small lacing
S - Strong yeast with sweet overtones
T - First taste is incredibly full and sweet, reminiscent of bananas. Herbs include mostly clove with a bit of nutmeg and vanilla
M - medium-light, a bit creamy towards the end, lots of lively carbonation
O - On tap, the beer lives up to the hype. I find that in the bottle, the first impact is a bit too heavy; give the beer a bit of time to breathe before partaking. When possible, find on tap, the effect is much better. By far one of my top choices among the Belgian beers. I prefer on tap a bit on the chilled side. Once warmed, the sweet flavored really stand out to the point where it's almost overpowering - a bit strong for my taste.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobikel
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a 500ml goblet

Appearance - Pours a Bud colored pale golden with a thick two finger clunky head. Retention is very good. Lacing could be a little better.

Smell - Very lager like, with hints of bannanna. A little bite from the alchohol is present, but understated.

Taste - Very dry with a nice spicyness. Hot alchohol hits the tongue, and fades down the throat. Slightly cloying with the diacetyl crispness of a lager. Although an ale, it seems more lagerish to me. *edit* As it warms some more fruity esters can be found.

Mouthfeel - Thick creamy explosion happens as soon as the beer hits your tongue. Very typical for this style.

Drinkability - I'll be all Duveled out after this 750. Tasty, and easy drinking. But just not as complex as I would like. Now, the Maredsous 10...

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best before 12/2016, pour unhurriedly. It's been a few years since I had this, so it was definitely overdue for a review.
A - pale golden ale with a towering white head tha holds amazing retention leaving thick lacing down the glass as it slowly fades
S - straw, lemongrass, spicy yeast, faint bubblegum
T - spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, lemongrass, quite sweet
M - effervescent medium body, finishes dry with a slight bitterness
O - better than I remember, but for some reason I'm still not crazy over it. I'll gladly drink it again if the opportunity arises, but I don't see myself seeking it out any time soon.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy nice white head. Good lacing and retention. Golden hazy body. I swirled the yeast and the end of the pour.

Smells fairly complex. I get big vinous white wine notes, like a muscato, sugary white grapes, some grainy malts, light clove and light brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet sugary white grapes, light pepper and white wine. Some grainy malts and a light belgian yeast quality ( fruity and spice). Very sparking white wine like in many ways.

Medium bodied that is broken up with high carbonation. Firmly dry on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty beer. I had high hopes for this one and wasn't disappointed yet wasn't blown away either. I'd pick this up again to age for a few years like this one has.

Best by 05 2015. $4.50 a small bottle.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this accompanying a great dinner at the Mews in Provincetown with my girlfriend. Great beer to accompany great comapny, atmosphere, and food. If only they had better beers to go with the Duvel...

Appearance- Beautiful beer. Served with a Duvel tulip pint (is there any other way?!!) and happily the waitress didn't attempt to pour this one for me but rather let me do the honors. Massive billowing head off a mild pour. Sparkling golden body with lots of active carbonation. Head sticks around for quite awhile before dying down. Very impressive looking beer as always.

Smell- Very tasty smelling nose. Lots of big accents of bread and yeast primarily. The two scents work perfectly together and create an aroma that smells a little something like fresh baked sourdough. Quite nice.

Taste- Much like the nose, huge yeastiness. Lots of yeast, lots of malt, lots of bread, with just a touch of astringent alcohol bite on the way down to dry the palate and keep you drinking. A bit on the sweeter side, but not overpoweringly so by any means, and probably helps to hide the alcohol. Great flavor and a great example of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very nice with lots of active carbonation, any more and it would be boarding on too much, but I think it's just the right amount. Drinkability is great too for the alcohol content and despite the sweetness. Could have put back a couple of these.

Overall, not my favorite example of the style, but certainly a classic and a great example nonetheless in my opinion. Certainly give it a try if you haven't.

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Photo of LDuke
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 05Harley
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 07/2011 L0821 16:06

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $8.99/bomber

corked & caged, COOL..

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden color with champagne like suds. The head retention is there along with some artistic lines on the glass. Lacing, oh yeah.

Smell: The nose is spice,hops and lemon. Very fesh aroma.

Taste: A bitter pepper taste with some funk in the backround. I'm picking up a hint of banana in there as well with hop bitterness rounding it out.

Mouthfeel: A crisp clean effervescent experience with a dry finish. A little too ambitious with the carbonation IMO.

Drinkability: I prefer it more during the summer time. The alcohol is well hidden. At 8.5% it definitely deserves a bit of caution.

I appreciate it as a refreshing beer during the summer months, but for me personally it's over carbonated. That being said, it's still a more than worthy interpretation of the style.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the stumpy bottle into a chalice.

Pale gold and somewhat hazy with a head that looks like it belongs in the sky instead of in my glass. Quite effervescent, just looking at it. Leaves a generous web of lace. Quite pretty.

Yeasty aroma with hints of citrus and spice. A little bit earthy. Very inviting.

Tastes sweet up front quickly turning to a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness has a medicinal quality to it, but in a nice way. Alcohol is noticeable, but balances nicely with the other flavours.

The lively carbonation lends a pleasant texture to this beer.

The well balanced alcohol is deadly. I can feel this one bottle going to my head already, but the alcohol is so well balanced I could easily see myself having one to many. This beer is extremely easy to drink. And I feel a little tipsy from a single bottle. Not really a session beer, but so damned tasty and quaffable you wish it was.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, almost white. Has that classic, massive head. Malty, floral aroma. Flavors of citrus, spices, and aromatic hops. Smooth finsish with a hint of bitterness, with some noticeable spice. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the blackmetal beer, so put on your closest darkthrone record and crack this open. this pours pale/cloudy with a big pillow head. its smells mouth watering, pepper, spice, light lemon rind. the taste is a mix of malt, big spice, pepper and lemon all comming together in the most delightful of ways. crisp with big carbonation makes the mouth tingle and it all finishes on a dry note. damn smooth drinkin and big on the alcohol. i really like this. and when i pour it into a chalice it goes great with my gauntlets. (i kid)

paid $6.99 for a 750ml.

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Photo of jables7
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- exactly what the name promises. a great looking golden ale. it has just enough haze.

S- it has a strong, familiar nose. if you've had a belgian beer you've probably smelled this particular combination.

T- i know this is ridiculous but it tastes like what I imagine blue moon was going for. I usually don't like brews from Belgium but this particular version is balanced well enough to make it quite enjoyable

M- not the best I've ever had but substantial enough to hold it's own

O- probably the best Belgian beer that I've ever had. the spice notes are more subdued than most versions I've had. overall it's a well balanced quality brew.

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Photo of Jscheck
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon with a billowy, pillow head. Smell was grassy with some wheat-like notes...subtle malt undertones. Taste was tart, snappy with a desert-dry finish. Dry, refreshing quality in mouthfeel, surprisingly hiding the 8.5 abv. Drinkability was good...not a guzzler due to dryness..a good choice for a leisurely summer's afternoon.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden color with a large puffy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like yeast and spices, and also like pears. It tastes the same way to me, but with more sweetness, spicyness and fruityness to the taste. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Drinkability is good, but not great because of the very high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer, but I don't know if I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Duvel in the past, but never reviewed it. Since I just bought a Duvel gift pack for a new glass to replace the one I've broken, I have more Duvel to drink. Poured gently from an 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, leaving most of the yeast in the bottle. Slightly hazy yellow beer with an initial two fingers of snow white fluffy head. Laces nicely as the head dissipates slightly to just over a finger's worth, with the center of the head retaining a little bit of a peak. Plenty of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass keeps the head in place.

Nose is light pale malts that lends to a pleasant sweetness, with a bit of hops to balance it. Fairly strong aroma, aided by the large head. Not overly complex, though.

Taking a sip, the pale malts and hops are present at the tip of the tongue, but the alcohol content helps deliver a nice floral component to the flavor profile. Light biscuity sweetness stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Beer is light bodied, but the small bubbled but active carbonation makes it decently creamy in the mouth. Aftertaste is pleasant and not overpowering. A nice standby to drink that widely available now.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel take 2.

Pours a nice pale yellow. Rapid moving carbonation streams emit upwards. Massive white head retains excellently. Smell of light pears, malt sweetness, and spice. Taste upfront is tangy and crisp. Maltyness upfront with a solid spicy hop backbone. Low profile florals. Fruits are there, but only come in lightly. This beer fits the Belgian Pale Ale category perfectly. Duvel is crisp and light on the palate, and is dangerously drinkable.
Duvel is one of the best, much respect goes out to this beer. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright amber color, fairly hazy, huge fluffy white head with awesome retention and lacing, yeast sediment settles on the bottom

s - big banana, clove and yeast notes in the aroma, lighter hints of bubblegum and mixed spices, not much alcohol in the nose

t - big sweet maltiness up front, lots of spiced banana and yeast, a little hop bitterness mixed in with the strong spicy maltiness on the midpalate, finish is lingering spice and sweet banana with some light notes of alcohol along with a bit of bitterness

m - medium-bodied, good deal of carbonation, but not too much, nicely balanced finish, alcohol warming on the finish

d - pretty drinkable for a strong pale, alcohol is not overpowering though you know it's there, and it's pretty easy on the palat

Very good Belgian strong pale and worthy of the high regard in which it's held.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,914 ratings.
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