Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of BlindPig
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly good beer and usually is a style I don't like.
It pours with a huge white head that fills up about half the Duvel tulip glass. Is a golden color that is very light cloudy (probably from the yeast). The head has great head retention that ends up going into what looks like a crumbled up white silk sheet just truly beautiful lacing.
The nose is filled with bananas and other light fruits and maybe a hint of lemon. Has some sweet malts and European hops.
The mouth has these fruits all over it. Also some light grains and maybe some bread also. Theres sweetness in the taste and aftertaste. As warms you do get a very light warming in back from alcohol.
Is thin/medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp and maybe a bit sticky.
This is a very good brew. Great for a nice hot day. Could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of pants678
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold that's just about clear, reminds me of the generics that way. The headfoam is white stays puffed atop from start to finish.

The nose is a sharp melding of spices, honey and citrus.

A breaded beer that has the slightest hint of alcohol. Honey is an to spices. Like butter on sourdough with a predominating lemon flavor matched by waning honey blended with a tinge of cloves. What it lacks in definitive, polarizing character, it makes up for as a mastering of subtlety.

Only complaint is the bubbles can be sometimes too tough.

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Photo of Alpar
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of constantine_272
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured an extremely bright golden color with a pure white head. Poured about a solid inch of foam into my old standby, the Deschutes Rastal snifter. Foam reseeded but still left a solid layer continually fed by a medium high carb. Ever so slight haze. Love the color--so vibrant and great silky texture. Only downside was the foam got a little bit sticky.

S: Big cloves, and sweet fungus and tropical fruit. Lots of mango and pineapple. Meaty mushrooms. Wet deep woods rich soil.

T: Huge floral cherry blossom and sweet light malt. Big tangy musty fruitiness comes in next. Notes of fresh bright peppercorns and a saltiness comes through. Bittering comes through with wet greens and dry golden straw which finishes nicely. Was overly musty at first, but the bottle was refrigerator temperature and needed 5 or 10 degrees more. A sweet strawberry note along with a sweet orange came in on the finish after the brew warmed a tad. Most unexpected. It also mellowed the funkiness and rounded out well.

M: Good consistency. There's enough body but still remains light and refreshing. Good clean light dry finish leaves a longer salty feeling that leaves you wanting more. This kind of detracts from the refreshing quality as it leaves a parched feeling. Weird.

O: Great beer. I think I ruined it to start with because it was too cold right out of the fridge. The musty flavor overpowered the beer at low temperature while the other flavors receded. Once it warmed up it rounded out beautifully.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured four fingers of fluffy cream coloured head that has brilliant retention. Colour is a cloudy pale amber.

Smell - 4.0
Highly floral aroma entices with smells of musk, stone fruit, sweet malt and fruity yeast.

Taste - 4.5
Lower alcohol profile than the 8.5%ABV suggests. Starts with smooth malt, honey, fruit and a little spice. Warming alcohol in the slightly bittter, biscuit-like finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Constant light carbonation and moderate weight in the mouth make the beer go down very smoothly for a strong ale.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could easily go for a second in a sitting, which impressive considering the strength.

Truly a great beer by any standards, and one of the most drinkable strong Belgians. The brewery reccommends that 1cm of beer is left in the bottle due to the yeast for fermentation. However, I felt compelled to drink that also after finishing my glass. Delicious!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer that I have had several times but never reviewed it for some reason. This is reviewed from a 375 stubby bottle.

Appearance is beautiful. Pour slow so you don't get too much head. Head will form and stay on it's own. Beautiful light golden yellow with a beautiful head that lends sticky lace all the way down the glass.

Aroma is a little too yeasty. There is really nothing else going on. Just yeast.

Taste is wonderful. Very light crisp and refreshing considering the ABV. Very good hop flavor and Belgian yeastiness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice thin bubbles.

Overall one of the best beers you will drink and so easily attainable. Good job Duvel.

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

Photo of gkoz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Antyk
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MarioM
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ledouge
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tikk
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrNate
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of anticipation23
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jordanmtate
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of watermelonman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring to a great golden color, this had a large head that shrank but lasted well. Lace is huge. This is gorgeous.

The smell is very good, bringing peppery spices, pale malt, hops, and alcohol all together at once. The taste follows up with more malt and spice, with hops dominating the finish. The mouthfeel is very sharp, and it's easy to drink for its strength.

World class, but everyone already knew that.

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Photo of bccocx
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of greyghost86
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of neurobot01
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best-by dated 02-2017 into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pale yellow with a massive foam head, great lacing.

Smell: a smoky lemon/banana that I often get from this style.

Taste: sweetness, banana-esque but more complex, leads the way, with citrus, confectioners sugar, and faint malt following.

Feel: fluffy and just a hint of dryness. Enjoyable.

Overall: a really nice beer. Solid all around. I was probably a little harsh, but I imagine this as Belgium's version of, say, Anchor Steam—a very good beer, but not a world-beater.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 mL bottle (best before "08-2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright, pale golden yellow. Towering clouds of lasting, white sudsy foam, thick and creamy - almost like whipped cream - coats the glass with clumpy lace. Visibly effervescent.

Smell: Bright lemon zest, apple peel, fresh baguette, delicately spicy yeast.

Taste: Complex layers of malty grains, fruity esters, honey, black pepper, balancing bitterness and slight bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Possibly the best looking beer I've ever poured from a bottle. Complex and flavorful - a classic.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 7,964 ratings
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