Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,931
Reviews:
2,837
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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470
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Belgian beers this one holds up pretty good, had three different ones tonight, and this one fits the bill.

Belgian beers have this fruity Honey twang to them followed by a slight bittering after taste. They are definitely in a class by themselves! I drank this one "Golden Ale"right after a Atomium "Grand Cru" ...and you know what, they were pretty much the same thing ...to me anyway. I noticed a difference in the triple and that was that it had three times the flavor!

The review before this one said it tasted like a Heineken ... No!

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Welp, Time to be " that guy " once again.

A - Poured a limestone color with a monster white frothy head that left a small amount of lacing.

S - Smells like an adjunct. A lot of creamed corn and rice adjunct along with a bit of pepper and yeast.

T - Some hay and westmalle yeast followed by a bit of creamed corn and pepper. That's about it.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - I'm sorry, but this beer is so unbelievably overrated that it is ridiculous. IN MY OPINION, It tastes like a glorified Euro Pale Lager. I love how I'm seeing people review this beer noting it's flavors which compare quite well to adjuncts, Yet they are rating it so highly simply because they feel obligated and they are completely biased. i deliberated this beer with two friends, Both craft drinkers. One of them has been drinking craft only for over twenty years and they both completely agree that this beer does not live up to any of the hype. One of them actually called it " Rancid Bud Light ".

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4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be the most famous beer I've not gotten around to reviewing. I do remember probably trying it for the first time at a Belgian Beer tasting many years ago, when the concept of a beer over 5% ABV was unknown to me. Needless to say it was a messy night. This is a 330ml stubby Belgian bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours a clear, effervescent golden colour, with a frothy, crackling head of white fed by that effusive and exuberant carbonation. Lace forms as patches of bubbles left behind. body is very light, certainly not 8.5%'s worth of residual sugar sitting around in this baby. Overall, it's refined and sophisticated.

Nose is spicy but crisp. Some phenolic characters come through, along with some apple skin, wine barrels, a little vanilla and some white pepper. Dusty, earthy tones are also noticeable. The vanilla becomes more prominent as it's warmed, and the phenols and detection of booze subsides. Nice stuff.

Taste is clean and bright, with a long palate that stays fluid and light throughout. Alcohol is well hidden, just a slight upturn of those phenolic characters on the finish. As it warms, sweeter notes come through as well. More of that vanilla aroma, along with some banana esters and a hint of marzipan. Very tasty, but always subdued and pulled along into that all-encompassing cleanness.

Feel is very light and smooth. It really shouldn't be any other way.

Yes, dangerously light and drinkable, and exceptionally refined. This is a very well made strong Belgian ale, and a worthy canonical example.

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Poured from 750ml into Corsendonk tulip.

A - Bright, translucent gold with a ton of head that settles to about 1 finger but sticks around.

S - Yeast, grapes, sweet fruit and a bit of spiciness. Definitely very fruity and sweet.

T - Yeast with some bready malts and fruit. A bit spicy with just a touch of tartness in the finish. A lot going on with this beer.

M - Light with TONS of carbonation. Very champagney and crisp.

This is about as perfect a Belgian golden ale as you're going to (easily) get. Tons of flavor with a lot of complex notes. Crisp and refreshing. Love it.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,931 ratings.
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