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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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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4.48/5  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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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle with the best by date of 05, 2010 into a brandy snifter. Not a Duvel glass but the best I could do on short notice. The beer is a clear honey color with a nice soft floating off white head.

Smell is crisp and has hints of green apples, spicy hops and is all dominated by strong yeasts.

Taste is very well balanced. It has some nice pale malt sweetness that moves into an some fine fruity and yeasty flavors. This beer has a spice that is accentuated by the above average carbonation. All those combined flavors yields a sharp pleasing beer that still has a soft silky, almost creamy texture on the mouth.

This is a beautiful beer well worth the price of admission.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the one (and i consider it a belgian style golden ale if there is such a thing) to judge the others by. in my opinion, it looks just about perfect. hazy golden straw color with a fluffy, pillowy, white head that never goes away, and leaves gorgeous lacing on the glass. apples and pears in the nose as well as a touch of musty hoppiness, lemon zest, candi sugar and some clove/pepper yeastiness. everything the nose hints at comes together in an extremly well balanced way that is light and full in body at the same time and carrying a pleasant bitterness in the finish. too easy to drink and amazing for a beer that is produced in such quantity. the cream of the crop. the only beers that will give this one a run for the money in my opinion are russian river's golden ale (damnation? I always get them mixed up) and surprisingly, brooklyn's local1. both of which i believe are modeled after this beer. quality.

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice all around. At Claire's in San Antonio

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