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

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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of mverity
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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 WholeLottaTricks
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been waiting forever to try this! I shall not let stellar reviews affect my opinion. Really cool 11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle. Fancy label, printed on good paper. hiyooo. This poured a gorgous pale gold color that kinda looks like a wheat beer, nice and hazy. Cool linear specific carbonation and some trippy yeast spots floating within(hey I tried to be careful!). The head is amazingly rocky and white. Very airy. I tasted the head and got stung by pepperiness! The smell is nice and spicy, citrus is there. Alcohol smell not kicking my ass though. And not in the taste either. The alcohol kinda there but not too intense. Some good hop bitterness here. The mouthfeel is sharp and stingy. This is clean and drinkable. Wish i had a bigger bottle than this stubby stubby.

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Photo of MrNate
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Backer2004
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I could have tried a Duvel since October, when NC popped the cap, I always held this one in higher regard and wanted to wait until a special occassion. Last Saturday night was that unnamed special occassion.

Unfortunately, this was given to me to pour in a 20 oz. pint-type glass. Lots and lots of head, some due to my bad pouring. This one just typifies a very good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Perfectly balanced with hops and malts, not hot at all (very smooth). Nice mouthfeel and easy to drink. I've enjoyed others by this style even better, but in my opinion, this one should be the standard of high quality..

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap in a pub in Utrecht. The beer had a nice golden yellow color, with a three finger thick fluffy bright-white head, that stayed there during the drinking.

Smell: fruity, spicy, alcoholic, and some smell I couldn't define, a bit like sour sewer water.

Taste: a mixture of apple cider and champagne, fresh taste! A bit sour-bitter hoppy after taste. Spicy and some hints of alcohol

Mouthfeel: thin and smooth. Medium high carbonation
Overall a nice refreshing beer. Not my favourite because of the smell, but will never refuse one.

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

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of Jan, 2013 poured into a Duvel tulip on Nov 05, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
The looks of this beer cannot be put into words and it's an experience in itself to achieve the perfect pour that showcases the brilliance of Duvel. Brightly clear and golden with massive sudsy head that takes a while to come down to a manageable level, which is still very dense and rocky and is getting fed continuously by the stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. The lacing is similar to head: chunky, dense and sticky.

Aroma 4/5
Light phenols and fruit (pear, apricot) dominate the nose, with hints of soft alcohol creeping in with warmth. Little sweetness from the malts, hints of toast, and some dark fruit are also present.

Taste 4/5
Opens with slight fruitiness, but quickly displays the hop bitterness and its rich malty, vinous, and soft alcohol character. The finish, however, is amazingly dry and long with dry bitterness of dark fruit, and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Effervescent with medium body.

Drinkability 5/5
Recipe for disaster!

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Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGuapo
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is one fine piece of beer crafting magic. i could not believe the silky smoothness of this fabulous belgian ale. delightful from start to finish, and quite potent. definitely one of the greatest beers i have had

rich and hearty with a slight hint of alcohol (they do a good job of hiding the 8.5%)

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a 750ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. The color is nicely golden with a thick frothy head. The head retention from this one is amazing the lacing left behind coats the glass.

Aroma: Sweet apple faintness of floral hoppiness. Not too much from the malts but alcohol notes. There is a faint dryness in the nose.

Taste: A relatively smooth moutfeel. A floral hoppiness a slight dryness. Apple notes along with alcohol.

Notes: This is a very clean beer. Cheers.

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Photo of proc
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where are those crazy monks who brew this stuff? I want to party with those guys. Duvel is a very fine beer. Is it my favorite Belgium? No, but it is good. Hints of fruit in the taste and nice, warming alcohol presence.

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

Even though this is a very good beer, I did expect it to be a little better.

Pours a golden but not completely translucid tone with carbonation that runs up only through the center of the glass- an interesting image- and builds up a creamy and sparkling white head that lasts longer than expected.

The smell, a mixture of wheaty/ malty contrasts with some soury ingredients, makes it certainly complex. But what you dont identify here and that perhaps I found somewhat reppeling was that the tasting, as you progress, you find the alcohol being ever more perceivable. That held me back from another one and left me a bit disappointed, but not enough to undermine its overall quality.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet (no duvel glass).

Pours clear, light yellow with champagne like carbonation trickling up with the classic huge pillowy white head.

Strong blend of smells. Banana, clove, and yeast are the ones I can pull out, but the smell is very complex.

Very crisp initial taste of chalky yeast and some mellow hops.

Very full, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very loud taste is not as mellow as I would like. Great beer none the less.

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Photo of everetends
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I picked up in Cheers in Carrolton, GA. I have been dancing around a bottle of this for a while because . . . well, I always know it is going to be there and I pick up seasonals or limited release brews instead. Well, after Frank riding my ass for a couple months, I picked one up. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a really vibrant, straw colored, pilsner yellow. The show stopper is the friggin head. I don't give out fives on a regular basis but the head just blows me away. A very careful pour builds a huge multiple finger head that doesn't go away. As I let the beer sit for a moment, the head continued to build and reached a finger over the rim of the glass. This is the tightest, richest, foam I have experienced in a beer. The head almost resembles a creamy whipped cream at times when it is not disturbed. The lace is tight and incredibly sticky as it just sets on the glass and doesn't move. Its ridiculous actually. Just stupid. The carbonation doesn't stop in this beer, constantly and quickly rushing to the top an supporting the head. Really good looking brew.

S: The aroma that strikes you first is a really big belgian yeast character. There is a really nice lemon and orange zest and peel scent coming out of here. Then there is a touch of apple peel in here as well. There is also just that smell of a perfect pilsner. At times, it just smells like a simple but well done pilsner but it also has those Belgian characteristics.

T: Yet again the first thing that hits you is the Belgian yeast and character. Just that really nice earthiness that comes with that Belgian yeast. There is a nice presence of sour and juicy lemon along with the bitterness of the zest and skin. There is a touch of alcohol flavor in here, but it is really clean and light, kind of like a low alcohol and incredibly smooth vodka. There is a slight bit of metal coming out, but it isn't to crazy. The pilsner flavors are there as well, but just enough and mixes wonderfully with the other elements this beer has going on.

M: Light to medium in body with just a wonderful amount of heavy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. Just so easy going down and incredibly light on the palate. The ABV doesn't have any burn on the palate or the throat. Just nicely controlled. Aftertaste is mostly some Belgian yeast and a touch of metal.

D: Very drinkable for a decent sized beer. This is a nice combination of flavors and beer styles. It just goes down so easyily and is nicely drinkable. The only problem is I could see the ABV catching up with you because it feels more like a pilsner rathe than a Belgian. Just very light and enjoyable. Sa it took so long to get around to it but I feel like I finally have an appreciation for a beer like this. Well done and just amazing.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,082 ratings