Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
7,976 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured the Devil oh yeah, into the Belgium Duvel glass.

A - The clear beauty, is light yellow grass with a two finger of white puffy head.

S - Getting some Belgian yeast, touch of clove with mild sweet light fruit.

T - Ahh, nice crisp and refreshing, I taste more clove, Belgian yeast, bread, some citrus mid palate. Not noticing hardly any alcohol. Some tartness.

M - Highly carbonated, with a silky smooth light finish.

O - This is a nice beer, Gotta give it high marks. Highly Recommeded! Cheers!!

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one so many times I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it. Poured from a 330ml bottle into, what else, a Duvel tulip, the glass adds a wonderful effect to the beer allowing it to showcase its four finger head and the tornado bubble gimmick doesn't hurt either. Smell is yeasty and spicy. Taste has tropical fruit up front followed by alcohol presence and a peppery spice character following. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly watery with a semi-dry finish. Highly drinkable, not hard to finish. Always a staple for me.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely carbonated (quite a spectacle), head froths so easily and endures long long after initial pour. Super pale yellow, almost white. Mellow spices on the nose, a typical belgian scent. Initial shock comes when the razor sharp bittersweetness hits your tongue, follows through with a spicey almost hot notes. The flavor penetrates deep into the palate, leaving a long aftertaste. A sharp tangy crisp mouthfeel. Would be quite the summer refresher beer, despite the 8.5% ABV. Always wanted to try this infamous brew, was worth $9 for the four-pack.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

This renowned ale pours a dark, clear golden color and is topped by a head of two fingers, consisting of bright white foam that leaves walls of lacing all over the glass. Carbonation jets from the bottom of the glass, and the beer stays lively through all the drinking. Excellent looking stuff.

Duvel's nose is somewhat faint, but what's there is excellent. Compared to the only other Belgian strong pale I've had (Delirium Tremens), I would say this lies more on the spicy/alcoholic end. There's some grainy/biscuity maltiness in there too, but predominantly, I get spices and some alcohol with some fruity esters (apple and clove?) in the background. Subtle, but incredibly enticing.

Oh sweet Moses, the taste on this bad boy. With a somewhat aggressive spicy/herbal note from the hops, this beer asserts itself on the palate at first, only to smooth out with bready malt and some slightly fruity yeast on the finish. Some characteristics of green apple and clove come to mind, specifically. Some alcohol bite comes in the finish, but it's well-disguised by the other taste characteristics. This is a very refreshing drink, surprisingly so for the ABV, but it is robust enough to be qualified as a sipper.

Duvel's mouthfeel is what makes is somewhat... dangerous. This does NOT drink like a beer at 8.5% ABV. Its crisp body and aggressive carbonation remind one more of a pilsner rather than a strong ale. The dry finish also has a tendency to make you want another drink, but be wary - drink this one slowly to savor it.

There's not much for me to say that hasn't been said. Duvel is a great beer and is worth checking out, even moreso since it's widely available. Best enjoyed with contemplating the deeper things of life, such as R.W. Emerson's essay, "The American Scholar" (my personal choice). Absolutely a great beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a light golden color,,man is this stuff carbonated.Major head and i poured it slowly,,unbelievable amount of carbonation coming up the glass.Smell is sweet,,nothing outstanding.Taste is remarkably light but pleasant considering its alcohol content.Nice mouthfeel.Overall a nice beer,ill have to get a true tulip and re-review.Major lacing thruout the glass still present as i finish the beer.

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

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 750ml magnum, caged

Some of Warren's friends brought this, and I guess I never reviewed it! Pours a cloudy straw gold, small pour but big head. Greater-than-average lacing. Aroma of such a rich Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Perfect wheat and citrus balance. Taste of wonderful wheat, rustic orange peel (no idea what the hell rustic has to do with oranges, it just pops into my mind), unmistakable and not-overpowering Belgian flavor. Enough said. Instant classic.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle conditioned poured into tulip.

Aggressive pour was, well a bit too aggressive given the carbonation of this beer. Produced huge head that lingered for a long time. Light golden color, great lacing.

Smells initially of cakelike yeast and some citrus and hint of banana.

Incredible taste, some hops, some malt, plenty of bready yeast flavor. This is my first Duvel and was not at all disappointed. This is just an incredibly balanced beer leaving you wanting nothing more.

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4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby into wine glass (due to the abscence of a snifter)

A: cloudy golden straw color with a fantastic head of chunky white foam. Looks great and the head won't die.

S: the other reviews don't lie juicy fruit on the nose. Lots of apple almost like cider. Good yeasty smell like a bread starter. A bit of alcohol on the nose but it makes it smell like white wine. The apple smell is so strong I can smell it a foot from the glass.

T: sweet, more cidery apple flavor with great yeast flavor. Same as the nose, but it has more to it than that. It finishes a little bitter but not overpowering. Really good. It finishes good and dry like brut.

M: smooth and devilshly good. Lighter body than expected almost like a lager but the carbonation gives it a very champagne like mouthfeel but thicker. Like a lager. Wonderful.

O: no wonder it is called one of the worlds best beers. This is great. Not much else I can say really but ohh hell yeah.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,976 ratings
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