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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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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 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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Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of bmmortale
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of Wrigfen
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured great in a chilled glass, served cold. Hazy golden color with a rich thick foamy head.
Dynamite tasting beer. I am not good with words, so I would just recommend you buy some and try it yourself. Small bottle gives it a neat look but cuts by of 12 ounces by .8 but gets away with it in my book by it's great taste and nice alchol content. If more affordable I would drink it more frequently. Hope you enjoy some.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than expected, but prefer other Belgians

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Fitzy01
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

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 HoldenDurden
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of gkoz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vidisad
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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