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: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lively carbonation on a very slightly hazed bright-straw/light-gold colored beer. Head is massive, bubbly, creamy, bright-white, and has great retention. Big fluffy cap and collar. Nice notches of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast up front. Minor spiciness coupled with grass, some touches of earthy and hay, and a bright pale malt sweetness. Some hints of banana and alcohol as well. Some apple flesh and pear. Very bright and clean. Some nice floral elements as well.

Taste: Big powdery yeast drops some minor spiciness. Nice layer or ripe banana, Belgian spice, and grass/earth. Minor floral hopping. Malts are pale, slightly sweet, and dry. Very clean. Nice herbal component as well. Alcohol starts on the hidden side, but as the beer warms, it jumps out and becomes distracting. Apples and pears. Lots of flavor that blends well. Some phenols as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a lively carbonation. Slightly dry. Bubbly and clean.

Overall: Classic.

Despite my general dislike of Belgian yeast, this is a good beer. A true benchmark for the style, and the bar it sets is extremely high. Incredibly drinkable with enough flavor to be memorable.

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

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle with best before date of May 2014

Duvel Golden Ale at the beginning of the pour was a clear golden blond color then towards the last third of the bottle the yeast entered my tulip glass turning the ale hazy. The head produced was beautiful; 2-fingers, stark white foamy looking like meringue and held extremely well – the best appearance of a beer I have seen.

The nose is of light fruit, and light spicy hops. The flavor is richer and fuller than the nose, starting out with a light sweetness then mid-way becoming dry with light spicy hops that finishes with a light lingering bitterness. The body is light/medium with fine and effervescent carbonation that is smooth in the mouth.

Yes, Duvel lives up to its fine reputation – a top shelf Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330 mL stubby in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a semi-transparent straw yellow with the most beautiful craggy white head I've ever seen on a beer. The head sticks around until the beer is gone. Also, there are tons of tiny bubbles are shooting up towards the top. This looks amazing.

S- The smell is pure sex. Mostly Belgian yeast, but there's so much more: apples, pears, bananas, citrus, clove, sweetness, sourness, hops. It's all there.

T- Everything mentioned in the smell applies to the taste. There's just little nip from the alcohol at the end, but I find that to be a positive thing.

M- The body is pretty light, but tons of carbonation fill your mouth with lively bubbles. Finishes clean and crisp.

O- This beer is just awesome, and extremely drinkable.

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

Very good belgian ale i typically do not enjoy styles such as this one but this was very refreashing and enjoyable nice head body slight hop character

enjoyed this beer at a beer tasting feathuring many other beers by ommgang and duvel and enjoyed almost all of them

Some of the darker belgians were a little less my style but still enjoyable

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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