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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a huge thick white head and a light haze. The head has a great level of retention, but it eventually fades to leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is heaviest of a pepper, yeast, and banana smells. Mixed with these aromas are notes of a citrus and biscuit smell as well as some aromas of an herbal and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a combination of a biscuit and sour but lightly sweet citrus taste. As the taste advances the sour and slightly drier flavors up front are met with notes of yeast. Accompanied by the yeast are flavors of banana and a light peppery taste. Toward the end of the taste some other spice flavors as well as a lightly herbal hop flavor comes to the tongue to leave a rather dry but smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side for an ABV of 8.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The lighter body and carbonation are rather fitting for the more sour flavors of the brew, with the lighter body only accentuating the very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall - A very delicious and drier but quite flavorful Belgian. Renowned for a reason.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A-Just as advertised. A Belgian golden ale with a lot of carbonation and a thick white head. The body is not much to behold however as it pours a clear fizzy yellow. Not that I was expecting a deep complex look, but the golden ale is what it is and nothing more.

S-Belgian yeasts are very apparent which are inherently complex. A touch of sweetness, mainly a light honey, cuts between the harsher animalistic undertones. Aside from the yeast, the malts are very apparent, but they are neither overpowering nor all that complimentary.

M-Much creamier than I would have thought. Creates a nice coating that makes the beer feel much denser and more complex than perhaps it really is.

T-Classically Belgian with malts and yeast cascading over one another. They blend nicely, but the flavors rush off the palate too quickly for my taste as the aftertaste is rather bland and mysteriously non existent.

O- Admittedly, Duvel was good but it did not sit as well with my palate than clearly it has with the majority of other drinkers. It was fine, but perhaps a good number of the complexities were lost on my palate leaving me disappointed overall.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle straight from the brewery. Had a couple of these at a good friend's party yesterday.

A: Your penultimate sexy Belgian blonde. Poured aggressively with a huge white head, this beer just looks a million dollars with its golden color and condensation on the glass when served ice cold, as it should be.

S: Typical "beery" smells, with a good hop character and supporting malts.

T: Hops and malts, very straight forward. This is great for when you just feel like a beer without citrus, coffee, white oak, chillies or any of those fiddlesticks.

M: Huge fizzy, stingy carbonation. Clearly not to anyone's taste. 10% of the time spent drinking this beer actually involves drinking, the other 90% is belching and apologizing for said gastrical eruptions.

O: It beer. It good. Probably my oldest love and the first beer I actually remember liking. I don't always drink fancy barrel-aged stuff, and when I don't, just give me a few of these and I'm a very happy camper. Burp.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,065 ratings