Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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7,901 Ratings
Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,901
Reviews:
2,818
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
1,599
For Trade:
5
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3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color. The huge frothy white head is the show stealer here. Mountains of sticky foam make you anxious to give this one a sip. The smell is of belgian yeastyness, slight pepper and fruity. The Saaz hops come through too. The first sip gave me a huge wheat impression. Some lemon zest shows along with some alcohol. As it warms the malt flavors come though more distinctly along with some earthy tones. Very lively highly carbonated mouthfeel. Dry finish. Overall, this one didn't dissapoint. A beer that is worth the hype it gets.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tanktizzo
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jtaylord
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle with best before 04/2017 date. Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Refreshing Belgium taste. A+beer.

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Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see this beer at the stores all the time and the reviews on here say it's one of the best representations of this particular style. It's really good but it isn't a gift from God as so many have said.

It pours a dark golden color with so damn much foam and carbonation it takes several tries to fully empty the bottle into my Perfect Pour glass. The aroma is fruity and floral and has citrus as well. When I took a gulp it had those characteristics but seemed to have a slightly stale feel to it, kinda hard to put into words. It was fantastically smooth and clean finishing. If it didn't have that odd twinge to the taste it would have received a five. The label says it is good for another two years, I don't know. I'm not sure if this is a repeat buy for almost five dollars a pop. Maybe I'll retry down the road.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: thin gold with a tint of orange, fairly large seafoam head with lots of rising carbonation.
S: apples and grass. thin scent
T: such an interesting flavor. it's actually quite similar to 3 monts. difficult to describe. biere de garde. mildly sweet and sour, grass and honey. apple juice
M: smooth, juice like, light to medium body
O: Rather nice but a bit overrated.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

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Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a cloudy brown with a thin head that trails the glass. Smells of banana and wheat while having a good amount of hops on the back end. The taste is sweet in the beginning and then transfers to more earthy tones, before a crisp finish that leaves you wanting more. A must try for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SargeC
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow. Dense white head with flowing carbonation.

Smell: Citrus peel, yeast.

Taste: Hints of citrus. Alcohol starts the initial bite that builds to a finish that is sparked by hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Firm texture. Head has excellent staying power.

Drinkability: Very satisfying. The drinkability can make this beer a troublemaker. A classic.

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Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Best before date: May 2012

Pours a brilliant clear golden color right up to the bottom, when the yeast is introduced to the glass, adding a slight haze. The tiniest of bubbles work their way up the glass to greet the larger than lift white head.

Sweet fruity accents greet the nose, hinting at apples and complimented by a yeasty spiciness unlike any other.

First taste is a whole boat load of flavors on the palate. Lots of sweetness from the malt but well balanced by a slightly earthy character before the spice makes it way through. Peppery and clove-like spice make a strong showing before another round of a candy sweetness lead you to the finish. Noble hops contribute a musty herbal note to this finish, helping round out the beer. Medicinal phenols and warming alcohol notes may be a bit too much but they don't take that much away from the beer.

With so much going on at 8.5% abv, this has a surprisingly lighter feel than one would expect. Quite a strong carbonation seems to be a bit too much. Overall Duvel sets a high standard for the style and certainly one that shouldn't be missed.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Thrasher
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My initial impression is that this beer is overrated. That said, it's still pretty good. I am unclear on the delineation between a tripel and this style; no matter. Prolific frothy head, very pale; vaguely reminiscent of Aying's Jahrhundert although milkier and lacking the lager characteristics. Also a hidden spice but this is very subtle. It is an unseasonably hot and humid day today, and this seems to be affecting the beer in positive ways. It is crisper, more refreshing. This is the 3rd bottle of a 4 pack and the most enjoyable so far. The first 2 (and this one, to a lesser extent) had vague euro-skunky characteristics, much like Heineken. Expiration date is 5/04 so that can't be it. I wonder if this is a slightly off batch since I've recently had Victory Golden Monkey and Unibroue Eau Benite, and greatly prefer them both to this world-class, top-rated brew.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,901 ratings.
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