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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BA SCORE
4.25/5
Outstanding
8,009 Ratings
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:
#763
Reviews:
2,857
Ratings:
8,009
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
476
Gots:
1,655
Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mschind
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a stubbie with a 2014 freshness date.

A- I let some yeast get away so it's a bit cloudy but still a nice lemon gold color and the head... wow. Huge, fluffy, meringue like with superb retention and excellent lacing.

S- Not as fruity as I remeber but still spicy with some hop notes and then that distincttive Belgian yeast fruitiness.

T- Dry and clean with some spice and fruit. The Pilsener malt really shines and gives way to a dry, crisp finish.

M- So smooth for a beer with this much carbonation. Rich medium body with the alcohol nicely concealed.

O- First tried this years ago as part of a sampler basket put together by my brother. It was a revelation then and still is. Outstanding.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden pilsner looking ale. Grassy sunshine meadow. A tall fluffy white head sits on top propped up quite well with a boat load of carbonation.

Aroma is tart lemony and yeasty.

Taste is refreshingly dry, pungent and spicey.
Some hops and pilsnen malts finish before the yeasty finish.
Thin and smooth on the palette sharp and crisp finish.
Drink this with sympathy for the devil by the rolling stones. (get it!)

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of freditoj
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Yellowish color, not too dark. Clear. The beer appearance is very inviting.

Smell - Sweet smell, perfumy smell.

Taste - Amazing taste, well built beer. The aftertaste it leavves is amazing, the taste is very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Feels very smooth and well balanced.

Overall - Amazing belgian beer, highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

After watching the almost "beer porn" like videos on the duvel.com website, and seeing that it was rated as "world-class", I had to try this beer.

A - Very cloudy, to the point that I could probably see someone else on the other side of a pint of Guinness than on the other side of a pint of this. Almost looks like a wheat beer. Majestic head - like cumulonimbus storm clouds.

S - Sour, malty, fruity.

T - Delicious - a tangy sort of malt flavor with a nice surprise finish of bitterness (not a hoppy IPA bitterness but a German pilsner style bitterness - actually good in other words)

M - Perfect. Not too carbonated.

Overall - Really really satisfying - this is what beer is meant to taste like. Blows most out of the water. Tastes like how I imagine beer tasting in the medieval era.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured "unhurriedly" from a 750 mL bottle with the classic champagne cork etched with hop leaves. Poured into 15 oz tulip glass. Bottle stamped with 'enjoy by' date of 8/1/2015.

Appearance - A vibrant straw-colored hue with plenty of transparency to allow the light to pass through, creating shadows and bringing the yellow to life. Signature carbonation bubbles drift to the top from the etching on the bottom of the glass. Head is frothy and rich and clings to the side of the glass as it slowly dissipates and is the first clue that, while this beer may have a similar color to your classic American pilsner, that is where the similarity ends.

Smell - Hints of freshly cut hay and an almost imperceptible hint of barnyard funk, like you'd expect from a Saison. The barnyard aromas give way to fruity esters and hints of flower petals. Promise of freshly-baked bread.

Taste - Here is where this beer shines. The nose is crisp and has a pleasant bite of alcohol, but rounds out into a bready, yeasty finish, again hinting at barnyard funk. Again, notes of light fruits with subtle tartness, but not full-on citrus.

Mouthfeel - The floral and bready undertones linger well after the beer has been swallow. Just enough of a lining on the mouth to entice that next sip or full-on swig.

Overall one of my favorite beers; I've been known to down entire 750 mL bottles of the stuff before I even realize it's gone. Clean enough to be accessible to even those who don't necessarily prefer the Belgian style of brewing, but also so quintessentially "Belgian". You can taste the flavors from the unique yeast strain that make Duvel it's own beer.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taking a break from Augustfest for now. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, because the beer police would take me away otherwise.

A: Pours a golden color with moderate clarity. This has some of the most intense looking carbonation I've ever seen in a beer, as scores of bubbles rise up to the top. The head is a one finger white color with fantastic retention and texturing.

S: Aside from the light, pilsner-y malts, there's a pleasant layer of noble hops, and of course, the typical fruity Belgian yeast. Quite enjoyable to smell.

T: Fruity esters to start, before smoothing out into crackery, bready malts in the midtaste. The finish is lightly hoppy and yeasty, even a bit biscuity. Not quite as complex as I hoped, simply because it seems to eschew a little (but not all) complexity for increased drinkability, but it's still an enjoyable drink that doesn't come across as being anywhere near 8.5%.

M: No surprises here - this has very strong carbonation, almost too strong. Carbonation issues aside, this has a great feel, with a good blend between alcohol concealment/integration and crisp lightness.

O: I've mentioned before I'm not the biggest Belgian ale fan, simply because I find them too bloaty and overcarbonated; this does a decent job of not falling into those pratfalls. A very sophisticated yet easy to drink beer that every BA needs to have at least once in their lifetime. Having said that, it wasn't quite the masterpiece I expected it to be.

EDIT: After letting my third bottle decant before serving, I can now say it is as good as I initially expected, and as such, will bump up scores accordingly. It features this amazing citrusy note (both in the aroma and flavor) that's damn near orgasmic, and it feels even lighter and more refreshing on the palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,009 ratings
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