Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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7,928 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:
7,928
Reviews:
2,836
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
470
Gots:
1,618
For Trade:
5
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MatthewD4
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle poured unhurriedly into a Duvel tulip.

Wow, bottle conditioning shows here. Huge ass head, white fluffy cloud pillowtops chillin. A light golden color with a crazy amount of lacing.

In the nose, pale sweet, funk, earthy hops and more sweet malts. Very non-chalant, balanced, subtle brew of perfection. Taste follows the nose. Nothing really stands out here, just a slightly funky, mildly hopped, highly drinkable classic elegant beer. Belgian yeast & hops stand out most, but nothing over the top. Light body (4/10) and well carbonated, light & crisp & refreshing.

This seems to be the epitome of the style, but all in all - nothing spectacular for me (personal taste). Easily downed the 25oz bottle & hides the alcohol really well. Picked up at Total Wine & More for $8.99, might do again someday.

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Photo of Zorora
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into, none other, a Duvel tulip. Hey, go figure.
The appearance was a hazy golden color with a finger's worth of foamy white head. While the head caves out a bit to allow a mushroom cap of a head, the dissipation picks up the pace in the wake and barely any lacing is seen. Its always a nice show to watch a Duvel head die off.
The aroma takes some banana, apple, lemon and Belgian spices to tighten a grip over some Belgian sugars. To sweeten the pot, gentle sweet grassy and earthy hops slide in to balance an overall wonderful unprecedented complexity.
The flavor yields a full sweetness coming from the fruity esters, and Belgian sugars colliding into the spices to build an eventful luscious aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a slightly sticky sort of feel. However, with that in mind, I do feel the alcohol a bit cherishing its return to my tongue.
Overall, what gets me the most with this beer is that though the alcohol is noted in the feel, one can still drink this beer with its respected food.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel glass. The beer pours a fizzy straw yellow color with a billowing white head. I get big lemon and lime notes with a dose of sugar and spice in the nose. The flavor is a bit lighter with with citrus and spice. Dry and crisp flavor. This beer is truly classic.

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Photo of slyke
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel pours a bright, slightly hazy golden color into my Duvel snifter with a head about as high as the rest of the beer. As I drink the beer, there is great lacing with a couple of large "head remnants" of foam above the hip of the snifter. The aroma is sweet malt with a little alcohol and hops. Taste mimics the aroma. There is more alcohol present in the taste than the smell lets on. The remaining head gives some creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Despite owning large snifters, I am glad I bought the gift pack with the Duvel snifter. This is the type of beer to enjoy in the labeled glassware as is the tradition and expectation in much of Europe. This is a great sipper and a must-try for true beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of leagr
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cozmo
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of wroywel
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of andrewj17
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GaBengal
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jah_Json
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Kwak
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Ellbert
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of FenwaySquid
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330ml bottle (BBD January, 2008) poured into a proper Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a bright golden color (deceiving if you know nothing of Belgian ales) with a head that took up about half of the glass. Both the color and head are exquisite.

Aroma: Pepper, some spiciness and malt as well.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, a clean malt flavor is present throughout. You get a little bit of the alcohol in the finish, but for a 8.5% ABV beer it certaintly goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, the carbonation is also excellent.

Overall: This beer is perfection in a bottle; one of, if not the best that I have ever tasted. If you've never tried it, do so immediately.

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Photo of dazedandconfused
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of clemson14
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of watchnerd
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As of this writing, there are 1119 reviews for this beer. What could there possibly be left to say that hasn't already been said?

Okay, I'll say this: Duvel is good, drinkable, and enjoyable. There is nothing 'wrong' with this beer. However, it is *highly* over-rated.

So while there is nothing wrong with Duvel, nor is there anything particularly distinctive or memorable, except for the artful way the 8.5% ABV is hidden.

The beer world has moved on since Duvel's heyday. It's a fine brew, but you can find other ales these days, Belgian or otherwise, that are far more interesting, challenging, and palette expanding.

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Photo of Kevinhcraig
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Nitty703
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A healthy golden with beautiful white fluffy foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles continuesly rising. Lacing all over the glass. The body looks almost exactly like Delirium Tremens.

Yeasty earthy nose.

Duvel has a bready taste. The yeast is very present. I suppose it is as yeasty and earthy tasting as it smells. Kind of more relaxed and mellower than Delirium.

Very easy going down, and deceptive (concerning the alcohol content). I liked it, but there are other pale Belgian strong ales I would choose first.

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Photo of kbeals
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale gold color with plenty of white, frothy head. As I was expecting, excellent lacing and head retention were a key feature for this beer.

S- Lots of cloves, very spicy. A bit of a sweet backbone to it, but the spices really dominate this one.

T- Once again, cloves and spices. Finishes off slightly dry. No boozy taste to it which I was kind of expecting.

M- Light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation. I could sit there and watch the bubbles rising to the top of the beer giving way to the aforementioned excellent head.

D- Pretty good for the high ABV. The beer isn't very boozy, just spicy so it makes it a pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of Benjiehorn
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,928 ratings.
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