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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of blackc5
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an their 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a glossy golden yellow with quite a thick, cloud-like head. Easily 2 and a half fingers despite a careful pour. Medium lacing.

S - Lots of fruitiness right off the bat, bready maltiness, and you can definitely catch the alcohol right there on the nose.

T - Quite complex with great threads of fruit, bready yeast, sweet malt and just a touch of proper bitter twisting through it. The fruit is mainly citrus with a bit of tart apricot, yet also some sweet peach. Quite perfectly balanced between all of the flavors going on. That said, perhaps just a bit mellow yet for my taste, but that is not a knock on this most excellent beer. Sometimes mellow is exactly what you want.

M - High carbonation and a dry finish. Some bubbling action like champagne almost. Very nice.

D - Sky high. Too easy to drink as it is so smooth and balanced. The 8.5% is very well hidden even though you do catch in in the aroma. That said, it is best enjoyed as a sipper.

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Photo of thegrifter
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of reefa
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jdub2839
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of pvsob
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold/straw color with a solid two-finger head (white). Head is meringue-like. Great retention and leaves outstanding lacing. A beautiful beer!

S- Pilsener malt, banana, clove, light hops, and Belgian yeast. Hints of pear/apple.

T- On par with the aroma characteristics, but the yeast and hops help create a spicy, slightly bitter finish. Little to no alcohol presence, but half way through the chalice you definitely start to feel a mellow buzz.

M- Medium feel with moderate-high carbonation that cleanses the palate and makes you ready for another sip.

D/O- I really enjoy a good pilsener, whether it be German or Czech, so this is probably my ideal beer. Add into that the traits of the Belgian yeast and I'm a happy imbiber. Bottom-line: This is just a great beer, easy to find, and reasonably priced. There's a reason this brew gets so many great reviews; it delivers on all aspects of what a world renowned beer should have. I've been drinking this gem for years and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Get it in ya. Cheers.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watched Duvel's video on the correct way to pour the beer, I added the yeast into the beer.

L - Big white foamy head, lots of thin bubbles, loads of lace clinging to the glass as it dissipates. Since I added the yeast, it's slightly foggy. Really great head retention throughout the drink.

S - Light apple, maybe pear, and yeast.

T - Sharp and crisp, big juicy apple throughout the drink and on the finish. The ABV is obnoxiously well hidden. Only deeper into the drink do you get a little warming alcohol sensation.

M - Good amount of carbonation on the tongue.

D - Drinks way to easily for a beer at 8.5%. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of horsehockey
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of racer2k
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light haze with a dark straw yellow color and good carbonation in the tulip. The head grows thick and is quite chunky and lumpy with exceptional lacing around the glass throughout.

S - Bread, biscuit, yeast, grassy hue and a hint of alcohol

T - Great balance of yeast, malt and hops with a very nice dry finish which produces a nice bite.

M - Quite smooth, dry and crisp for a 8.5% ABV beer

D - Excellent beer. I was not overly impressed with my first experience drinking this beer a couple of years ago but I must say for the 2nd time around this is an excellent beer!

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Crystal clear yellow gold with much bubbling and a tight foamy head and thick lacing. Smell is spicy, toasty, malty, yeasty, bready, fruity. Taste is crisp and clear, straightforward, spicy and toasty, cutting, sour, pungent. Mouthfeel is very biting and tight, drinkability is great.

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a big, fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves great lacing. Smells of apple and bear, with a slight hop presence.

Taste has apple and pear notes, with a nice level of spice from the hops (saaz noteably) and a slight bitterness that rounds into lemony citrus. Clean, crisp mouthfeel, with some prickly carbonation. Tasty brew.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked bottle to a tulip. Best before 12/24/2013.

A: Between golden and lemon yellow and clear with thick, bubbly white head that leaves great lacing.

S: Strong nose of apple pulp, Belgian yeast, and light spices such as coriander and pepper.

T: Great balance between fruits (apple and grape skin), Belgian yeast, Bohemian hops, and a spicy finish of coriander and white pepper. Classic Belgian ale pulled off beautifully.

M: This is where the namesake comes in. Surprisingly crisp for the ABV, with a tangy spice to the finish that makes its presence known without leaving the palate too dry. The complexity and balance of the taste really mask the 8.5% ABV.

O: Great beer. I see why this is a classic that has been around so long. One of the torch bearers that got us through the Dark Ages before the craft brewing boom.

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4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 8-25-11

Appearance: Tall foamy white head that quickly settles and has low retention. Clear, beautiful pale golden color. Highly carbonated.

Smell: Some fruitiness, with some alcohol on the nose. Intriguing array of smells.

Taste: Piney, some fruits, especially banana. There is a sugary taste as well. So many flavors that I am having trouble describing them because they meld so beautifully. One of the finest tasting beers I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated--springy, leaves the mouth wet and drooling for more. A very juicy beer.

Overall: An outstanding beer that truly takes a full bottle to meet, as new flavors and aromas emerge throughout the drink.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting strong beer that will kick ur butt. I don't care for the name but still.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit dissapointed by this one.

Pours a light yellow, exactly as a macro lager. Big white head and good lacing, though.

Aroma was faint, Belgian no doubt, reminded me a Gueuze. Sweet, hops in the end.

Taste is nice, good actually. Very balanced. No hint of alcohol. It's 8.5 ABV were very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was, well, refreshing. Way too refreshing for an ale with this level of alcohol.

Drinkability is dangerously high. A beer to be careful with.


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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,064 ratings