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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A--Pours a massive volcanic head, better measured in hands than fingers, that's pure fluffy white with lots of loose bubbly sheeting leaving cotton candy lacy all down the glass as the head won't quit through the tasting. Body is pure tawny, a little more brown than a pilsner and clear as stained glass with a nice bubble thread percolating from the bottom "D" in the glass. This beer seems alive.

S--Tons of yeast, smells like dough, like a proof starter for a fancy breadloaf. I also caught some lemon astringency that clarified and stung the yeast, followed by some fresh hoppy bark that cut into my nosehairs. Strap in, kiddies.

T--Doesn't disappoint. This is like beer that goes to 11. Every aspect--the yeast, the malt, and the hops--is on overdrive, and somehow doesn't compete or crowd out. Everything compliments, and there is nothing but pure fermented grain coming through here. The yeast really assaults you at first with that Belgian glory of musty citrus, and the backend of the hops smacks you with dry like a cold wet fish you can't get off the line. To push the metaphor, this puppy don't let you off the hook. Malt vertebrae keep everything from teetering wildly off course.

M&D--I hate carbonation. I like a beer that tastes like a door after you remove the hinges--a thudding flatness. But the devil won me over, as the bubbles make it more champagne-like than astringent. Absolutely refreshing and absolutely drop you on the floor potent at the same time. Not many beers can say that--this is a creeper not to be trifled with, and more or less embodies this website's injunction to "respect beer." Good God does damnation taste fine.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pale, slighty hazy golden colour. 3 fingered off white head with nice lacing that hangs around.

S - Yeasty and citrusy with pineapple, apple

T - yeasty, bready with citrus and pineapple, green apple and a little pepper spice.

M - light to Medium with good carbonation

O - A very nice beer easy drinking beer that can be enjoyed any place at any time.

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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a two fingered head that had lots of big bubbles. Head was white in color and brew itself was hazy golden. Not a lot of lacing going on. Very light smelling. Just a hint of alcohol and maybe some grain. Had a fruit taste. Maybe apples or pears. Also tasted slightly sweet. Good all around balance. Not bitter by any means. It didnt have any type of aftertaste at all. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I think it would make a good session beer. But you would have to be carfull. Lots of alcohol. Ill buy again.

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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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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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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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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,093 ratings