Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine goblet, reminiscent of the duvel tulip glass, but bigger. Consumed on September 10, 2012 with a "drink by" date of April 30th, 2014. Gorgeous presentation, truly a clear golden beer, living up to their claim of looking like a rich pilsner.

Smell: green apples and pepper yeast.

Taste: crisp big smack of zesty citrus at the start--this beer hits you big--with a thick, bitter honey in the middle, and then a lingering sour tangerine rind at the end. Lots of layers, yet still clean and crisp. Only hint of its actual 8.5 ABV is in the "tangerine honey" middle.

Mouthfeel: literally like champagne. I'm honestly a little thrown off here...this beer really feels like high quality champagne...the assault of tiny bubbles on the tongue and mouth are strong...they really sizzle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a much bigger part of this beer than most others...the best word I can come up with is "zesty".

Overall: This is a wonderful enigma of a beer...bold, crisp, and refreshing at the front end, yet layered in complexity with plenty of alcohol for anyone. Fantastic beer...stands at the front of the line in its class.

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A - Poured into the Duvel Tulip, this is a golden pour with a cloying white foam. Foam retention is nice, and has a cloudy look.

S - Scent of citrus fruit, and belgian yeast. A bit of spice is also present.

T - Initial tartness has elements of spice and lemon. The belgian yeast gives this a tangy taste. The finish seemed to be sweeter and tasted like sugary fruit.

M - Very easy drinker and perfect to sit back and enjoy. Feels light for the style and ABV. Slight carbonation, but overall a very smooth belgian ale.

O - An iconic belgian pale. I'm finding I like other a bit more, but this is the poster-child for the style.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,035 ratings