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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Photo of kzoobrew
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Crisp and clear gold body set under a massive four finger billowing head. Retention is ridiculous and the lacing is absurd. Truly world class appearance if I have ever seen it.

Sharp spice and fruit aromas. Golden delicious apple and pear smell mesh with coriander and subtle cloves. Earthy hops and musky yeast notes round out a rather enjoyable aroma.

Sweet and spicy up front. Citric and pear fruitiness followed soon after with a peppery and subtle clove flavor. Hop flavor are more spicy and earthy than bitter, provide an excellent compliment. Very so slight bubble gum flavor left on the tongue.

Incredibly smooth and surprisingly creamy. Prickly carbonation with a medium body.

Tremendously drinkable and very enjoyable. Fantastic brew all the way around.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle of this at the Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

330ml stubby brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Sadly, no better glassware was available, but would have undoubtedly enhanced this already excellent beer. Freshness date is a testament to bottle conditioning, being over two years away.

Brilliant, bright clear golden straw capped by a billowing fluffy white cloud that hangs around until the end, leaving thick patches of stick on the glass.

Mild grass and fresh green apple in the nose, with just the very lightest hint of clove way in the background.

Light on the tongue yet still rich in body, with a nice bite of carbonation. Clean pale malt flavors combine with a faint hoppiness and slight touch of clove spiciness on the palate; alcohol is virtually undetectable until the beer warms, making this wash down as easily and refreshingly as a pilsner, finishing a bit dry and leaving one wanting for more.

The origins of this beer's name are not at all unfounded. The 8.5% alcohol is unfathomable while quaffing, creating one decidedly devilish deceiver.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into the Duvel glass.

A- Brilliant golden with a thick, rocky white head that lasts well after the beer is gone. Looks as good as this style possibly could.

S- Earthy hay, pear, Czech hops, Belgian yeast esters.

T- A touch of pale malt sweetness up front, fades to pear and tropical fruit about midway, and finishes with a slight alcohol bite and hoppiness. The yeast plays a big roll here.

M- A lot of carbonation but doesn't distract. Tastes even better as it opens up.

D- Not much to dislike with this. Simple ingredients, damn drinkable for the strength, well made.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured an extremely large white foamy head. It left an excellent lacing on the sides of my mug. It was observed to have a yellow in body. It also had a cloudy appearance to it. It had a flavor of clove. This was a smooth tasting brew in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of errantnight
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a fantastic brew all around.

Pours a beautiful golden hue with immense, frothy head. Sweet fruits and earthy yeast aromas abound as the baby takes her sweet time settling down. Tons of lacing. I left the yeast behind, so nice and clear.

Tastes like a dream. Slightly sweet maltiness abounds, and the finish is crisp and dry. The carbonation is definitely a factor here, it's almost like a drinking sparkling wine. Not for the beer drinker who takes two or three swallows every time they raise their glass. But at 8.5%... does anyone need to? There's just a hint of acid, maybe some lemon/orange zest... but the musty, earthy yeast notes (which are mild) keep things in balance whenever the hoppy bitter notes don't. Just amazingly well balanced with an incredible finish.

Dangerously sessionable, I'm not as high on the uber-carbonation as some, but it certainly isn't a bother, and it helps define this extraordinary brew.

A special occasion brew, sure, but for the strength and availability (at least in Boston), I could see this substituting for wine in a lot of dinners.

We'll be carrying this at Cafe D soon, fer sure.

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Photo of burnstar
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times but finally getting around to reviewing it. Pours a clear light gold with lots of visible carbonation. Huge persistent white head. Very nice earthy yeasty spicy smell. Light malt with fairly low sweetness. A hint of tartness. The main things here are earthy slightly phenolic yeastiness and lots of spiciness. Medium bodied and dry. Very easy to drink. Pretty much the prototypical Belgian strong pale and very good.

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Photo of jmryan8
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PhineasGage
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- clear golden blonde, big fluffy-pillowy head.

s- sour apple, little bit of yeast in there mixed with some malt

t- citrus-y, light malt, fruity yeast

m- sharp carbonation, little bit of tingle on the edges of the tounge.

o- great easy drinking beer, awesome overall flavor profile and drinkability

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JohnTurano
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel goblet.

Visually...just amazing! Even though I poured it slowly, the head just kept growing! Very white, very fluffy. Like shaving cream on top of the beer [and it lasted until it the beer was finished]. Tons of carbonation can be seen. Pale yellow.

Aroma comes flying at you...many different things...lots of citrus [lemons, orange]. Spicy. Very nice.

The taste is wonderful. Light, creamy. Again, alot going on here: pears, spiciness, pineapple, citrus, etc. Light hops. Quite complex.

The mouthfeel is nicely balance and cleansing. Overall, a very refreshing, crisp and wonderful pale ale. Very impressive. Amazingly, I didn't taste the 8.5% ABV, but I defnitely feel it. While I would like to, I certainly couldn't drink too many of these in a night. It did go well with my stuff salmon.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 06.23.09 from a 33cl stubby brown bottle. Poured, from a hotel bartender, into a 33cl Stella-branded tulip glass.

A: Pale, golden yellow with a BIG 2" white head that is kept alive by very lively carbonation. Plenty of lacing down the glass.

S: Quite fruity with sweet tones of candied sugar with a healthy yeast presence.

T: First sip = alcohol. Every other sip = Sweet with fruity tones & gradually becoming more spicy. Finishes with some earthy hops.

M: Medium-light, the carb level makes it very crisp...yet somehow creamy.

Always a good choice. I was impresses that the hotel bar had this and Chimay red to offer...

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dnichols
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 330 ml bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a clear, bright, and light gold with a massive head that intially takes up more space than the liquid (five fingers or more). The head is sticky and leaves curtains of lace down the inside of the glass.

S: A complex and pleasant aroma. I can pick up some fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Combines both sweetness and spiciness. The sweetness has fruity hints of pears and Jonathan apples, with a dollop of honey. The spiciness is influenced by a white pepper flavor that complements the breadiness. Very enjoyable.

M: Smooth and refreshing, sweet and sharp, and complex and balanced.

D: Spot on. Carbonated and smooth. Kicks a little--while being very refreshing. No lingering bitter aftertaste and no overwhelming sweetness. .
Comment: I have passed this beer over in the pastÂ…but no more. It belongs among the best of the class and I will keep it in my private stash for special occasions (think Thursdays).

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,050 ratings