Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,904
Reviews:
2,820
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
1,599
For Trade:
5
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Photo of mariposafan
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was preparred to be less than impressed with this beer. Wrong again!

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. It poured a hazy light golden color with an amazingly fluffy head that stayed and stayed. Nice lacing on the glass showing a timeline of the entire drink.

The smell was citrusy with some banana - it reminded me of a hefeweizen almost but with an underlying maltiness. There was also something a little sharp about the smell that had me worried that there'd be too much bitterness in the taste.

Not to worry. The taste was just fine. There was a sharpness there but it wasn't tongue clenching bitterness so much as a citrus bite. Malty, fruity, altogether enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd hoped for with this much flavor but still very nice. The carbonation that produces that amazing head kept it nicely tingly without feeling like a soda.

This isn't the sort of thing I'd even consider drinking multiples of at one sitting but for what it is it's very drinkable. The alcohol didn't make itself known until I stood up.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a pale, opaque straw w/ a assive head. Good retention, leaves soiid lacing.

S - strong fruit and yeast - raisins and possibly some apple in there as well. A bit of floral hops hiding in there as well.

T - strong fruit up front, sweet, but no syrupy. There is a great crispness on the finish, champagne like as others have noted, and then I get a great crisp apple pop right at the end. Some malt & hop character in there as well, but the fruit flavors are definitely the star here.

M - medium bodied, with high carbonation. Fantastic - the high carbonation really works well with the crisp fruit flavors.

O - Wow...even better than I hoped. This is an absolutely delicious, absolutely drinkable beer. I will definitely be going back for more than one of these babies.

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Photo of ShawnMH
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BuccoFan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of esullivan880
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of treeslothguy
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of JSuperman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large Duvel glass. Nice white head. Good golden yellow color. Aroma was champagne and so I was expecting a very sweet beer. Not so at all. You are expecting g champagne and the taste is the total opposite so it gives your senses a nice wallop. Good body and a minor rustic after feel. A tremendous amount of carbonation. Bubbles keep coming out on the bottom from nowhere and goes on forever. You can taste the alcohol lingering at the end. Nice sweet aroma. Overall a nice beer but I was not totally wowed by it. Will have to give it some more tries to see if my opinion improves.

Edit to above. Tried my second bottle. This stuff is fantastic! Still can't get over the visual of bubbles coming up forever. Highly recommended.

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Photo of itsscience
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden colour topped by a huge nice head. The aroma of this beer is a bit spicy with hints of malt. Flavor is malty and spicy. Mouthfeel is quite strong due to carbonation and don't forget that the alcohol level is 8.5%. One the finest strong pale ales of Belgium.

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Photo of btesta
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mbabble
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of swungomonkey
2.25/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of VictorWisc
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of JDavidRice
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Dizzydsmith
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChristianT
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Karo
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluesyasian
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first I thought this beer was all hype. I couldn't have been more wrong. Wow, what a great beer. I am beginning to love Belgian Strong Pale Ales. It pours a cloudy lemon yellow color and has a thick white head that leaves a ton of lace in my glass. It has a fruity, yeasty aroma and a very yeasty fruity flavor. Very well balanced and definitely world. If only it was a bit cheaper. I could go broke drinking this bier.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,904 ratings.
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