Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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4.25/5
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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:
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:
#798
Reviews:
2,868
Ratings:
8,054
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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481
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1,680
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Ratings: 8,054 |  Reviews: 2,868
Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prime example of the style. Pours straw-light gold. Thick foamy white head with considerable lacing. Aroma is somewhat spicy with hints of banana/orange. Taste is similar and somewhat soapy. Just enough bitterness - highly carbonated and full in the mouth. Overall, very good.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of llamajuice
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Junior
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this a long time ago so this review is stale. Just logging for my information. I bought a six pack and never wanted to to buy again. I think I drain poured the last two. Probably need to try a single bottle again to confirm or disprove.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp and allowed to warm. Pours a nice deep yellow with a considerable amount of white head. This was an aggressive pour. Nose is really unique and nice. Lots of citrus peel, pine, wheat, and a bit of funk. Getting a bit of lactose as well. Maybe a bit of leather. Taste is crazy. Definitely a bit bitter up front. Good amount of wheat, pine, and citrus, but man there is a good amount of bitterness. Really get the feeling I'm sucking on grapefruit peel. I like it. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky. Overall, fantastic golden ale.

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Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corona1106
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nass
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the first Belgian strong pale ale that I have tried out. Interesting. It reminds me of a hefeweizen but a little more soury & spicy tasting. It's not clovey tasting, but their is just some sort of spice going on. It is quite lovely. This would go great in the spring & summer time of the year. That high abv is hidden consummately. It's still not better than a lot of German Hefeweizens that I have had. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of Dovers
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rairis01
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopsohard
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of voizes
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lock-beer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid offering. Always good!

A classic example of a good Belgian beer. I find the Belgian style too abv heavy for many occasions though!

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Two two and a half fingered THICK bubbly/frothy headed beer with a bubbly straw golden body.
S- I get grape, apple, pear, lemon zest, phenol, barley and malt. The smell is a crisp and immediate aroma. Very sour.
T- Biscuit, lemon, grape and apple. Very delicious. The flavor is honest, quick, and sharp. Extremely fresh
F- Medium bodied, pretty dry finish. Works well with the beer.
O- Extremely well crafted beer. Very champaign like. Delicious.

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Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of detgfrsh
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle marked best by 12/2018. Straw color with a good two fingers of white foam. Citrus and yeast funk smell. Medium feel, good carbonation. Tastes of lemon, spice, and floral hops. Certainly good, but not my favorite in this style.

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Photo of devinr12
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I spent $8200 on this beer for my wedding. Think that explains how I feel.

However I'd like to forewarn there is a difference between bottle conditioned and biere conditioned. One tastes a lot better, I always forget which and it's hard to clarify. When you get the right one it's the best beer on earth.

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Photo of Storm_Rryder
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I imagine this is the perfect example of a belgian strong pale ale, but somehow I like Piraat better. Can't say why, would have to try both at same time.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maxpower086
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Colour is yellow gold with good head (to be poured slowly) and excellent carbonation. It smells of toasted cereals and baked barley. On the first taste, the toasted notes of cereals and barley really come in to fruition followed by a subtle hoppy malt and lemon grass. The finish is a lasting; smoothened and enrobed layers of malt.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,054 ratings