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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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Ratings: 8,009 |  Reviews: 2,857
Photo of jeremiahoden
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J_Dub
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a thick, white head.

S: Citrus fruit right away with some grassy notes. I also smelled some spicy cloves at the end and yeast throughout. Very clean and crisp.

T: Similar to the smell. Spicy hop flavors dominate but a mixture of banana, cloves and malt are also noticeable. Perfect balance of flavors and very drinkable.

M: Tons of carbonation that almost overwhelm your tongue. Crisp finish. Did I mention the assault of CO2 bubbles on your entire mouth?

Overall, this is a "dangerous" 8.5% beer as the alcohol is hidden underneath a wonderfully crisp flavor that leaves you wanting just one more sip. One of my (many) go-to beers for warm summer months.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of obywan59
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby.

I'd been eyeing the Duvel gift boxes for a month. Finally, last week I decided to snag the last one. I'm sure it must have been marked down, as the gift box was only a buck-fifty more than the Duvel stubby 4-pack. So now I have the famous Duvel glass--awesome!

Not being able to read the fine print on the label, I gave it my normal hard pour and ended up with 2 fingers of brew and a chunky, foamy-white head towering over the copious tulip glass. It took a few minutes, but I was soon able to get the rest of the beer in the glass. Easilly one of the most glorious heads ever. The golden "Duvel" lettering backed by the white head matched almost perfectly the color of the brew. The beer itself was tramslucent and light gold in color. As it receded, patches of foamy white lacing adorned the glass and a lump of foam (it looked like a Duvel float) rested on the brew being fed by a smoky tower of bubbles. One of the coolest looking beers ever.

A bit horsey from the Belgian yeast. Lemony. Peppery. A little apple. One single whiff of peppery watercress. Some sweet malt as well.

Some light lemony sweetness in the taste with a decently bitter finish.

Great mouthfeel. Somewhat drying with a light tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. Some burn from the alcohol which continues as a warming in the throat.

Quite easy to drink for a Belgian. Nicely warming for the winter, yet light enough to be a good summer brew. Two stubbys and I'm feeling good.

It's really hard for me not to pour all my beer knto the glass, but someday, I'll sample this again, and try to leave the yeast in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of matcris
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm two feet away from the glass and I'm getting some nice fruity esters. White grape, pears, and green apple or apple cider are the three prominent notes. A touch of the farm yard scent, as well. The beer is a very hazy golden apricot up to the light with a ton of tiny bubbles rising and a monster whipped egg white head that lasts and clings to the glass in like soap. In the flavor, white wine like, loads of green apple, a little funky, pears for days. The feel is medium body, dry, and an Alka-seltzer like carbonation effect. First time having this. Really an enjoyable experience for me.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light golden color with a massive 4 finger white head. The head continues to grow slowly, and doesn't start going down for about 10 minutes. A tornado of carbonation, and amazing lacing. Fairly clear to see through, although it changes to a little cloudy by the end.

S- The nose on this beer changes drastically from the time you first pour it until it airs out a bit. Hops, grapefruit, malt, wheat, grass, spice, some honey are what I pick up. Super complex nose, and very balanced.

T- Somewhat more smooth and malty than the nose, and still incredibly complex. Very smooth caramel malt aftertaste. Really nice taste, it seems I get something different w/ every sip. Dry hops a little on the aftertaste as well.

M- Full bodied, malt/dry hop feel on the aftertaste. Possibly the weak point of this beer, although it's still really good. Somewhat carbonated as well, although I think this is a new bottle.

O- Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended. I will continue to enjoy this one. Cheers.

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Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ipc2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of gmendez1122
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zhanson88
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well it's about time I finally gave this one a try after months of having access to it. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This is probably the most gorgeous pale beer I've seen up to this point. It's a hazy, bright, pale straw color with a full 3 fingers of egg-shell white head. Retention is ridiculous, and lacing is incredible. Superb.

Smell: I get hints of green apple and pear, with Belgian yeast and slightly citrusy esters. A very nice smell.

Taste: Up front I get some tart green apples and a bit of pear, with that Belgian-type quality and citrusy esters on the back end. Finish is dry and slightly tart. This beer does a great job having good flavor without being too sweet (or very sweet at all for that matter).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is definitely light bodied with a good deal of carbonation. It seems to fit in perfectly with the other qualities this beer has. It's incredibly drinkable. Great brew, no surprise it's a classic.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of B_B
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of diablo14
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly crystal clear straw yellow, with a huge rocky, frothy white head...the definition of what a belgian strong pale ale should look like. Aroma has citrusy and spicy hop notes with a fruity ale yeast and biscuit like malt background...certainly appealing. Flavor begins with a crisp hops profile of citrus, spices, and minerals followed by a distinct malt profile of biscuit and dry toasted bread flavors, then a background of fruity ale yeast. Intriguing and original, really a combination of a pilsner and a blegian pale. Very good brew, glad it was one of the first high gravity beers available in NC.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Curt3
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmmortale
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,009 ratings
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