Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,949
Reviews:
2,841
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
470
Gots:
1,626
For Trade:
5
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Photo of saboliver
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Antique, 'old gold' appearance, with large thin bubbles in a frothy head. Very 'Belgian' nose, with sweet, spicy, yeasty aromas. There's rich fruitcake in there alongside the farmyard notes. Flavour complements the smell, with only a touch of bitterness offsetting the sweetness. Savouring a longer sip reveals some candied and sherbet flavours Too carbonated for my taste but not for the style.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Willgooding35
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Darandos
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just slightly hazed gold with a finger of white head that leaves decent lacing.

Lovely, skunky barnyard aroma that continues to the taste with a nice blasts of Belgian yeast and a slight black pepper.

Medium bodied, slightly prickly.

Delicious.

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kollan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karenremom
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of al2913
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nace4
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color. Started with a light haze that slowly dissipated leaving very good clarity. Poured with a huge, billowy, bright white foam that hung on to the bitter end. Sweet pilsner malt aromas with candy suger, floral hops, light peppery notes and touch of booze at the end. Medium light bodies with effervescent carbonation. Light creaminess beneath the aggressive carbonation followed by unmistakeable, pleasant, boozy warmth through the finish. Flavors of pilsner malt, sweet sugar, light under ripe banana, bready yeast and spicy pepper. Medium light bitterness through the middle tempers the sweetness fillowed by light floral hoppiness. Finished with some boozy warmth along with floral and peppery notes that linger a bit. Dangerously drinkable and refreshing considering the higher abv. A wide array of flavors, aromas and feel that combine perfectly.

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Photo of clm9
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a pale straw color with plenty of carbonation. A thick, white, bubbly head.
S- Hop and yeast, lemon.
T- Taste follows the nose. Yeast blends wonderfully with fruitness and spice. Hop is there, but not dominating. A nice little funk.
M- Complex taste that finishes dry. Quite pleasant.
O- Wonderful examole of the style.

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Photo of Robertas
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Belgian beers. Huge frothy head, pleasant smell. Taste is smooth and light. Does not have the extreme funky taste you get from some of the Belgian beers.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stavroghin
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A high quality Belgian Ale, the most distinctive feature being the taste. Much like a strong ale, except in the middle there is a spicy taste. Beer is refreshing and has a good overall feel. Overall a good ale but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of -steve-
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a long time since I've had this beer. Probably 30 years! That was when I was totally new to beer and all it's complexities.
Look: Poured a pale, clear golden ale into a tulip glass that foams with a good 2 inches of white head. Abundant lacing and head retention.
Smell: Lemon, grass, coriander.
Taste: Spicy, lemon, tart finish
Feel: Crisp start that extends into sour funk. Very smooth.
Overall: It's a pleasure to swirl this beer around the mouth picking out the abundance of flavors. If anything predominates for me it might be the sour funk on the finish. Not that it is overpowering. A very mature tasting beer.

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Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeinportc
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dmsharma
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slow sipping or thirst quenching (with caution), highly satisfying beer.
On a given evening I could sit with a nice single malt scotch, aged rum or a Duvel.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,949 ratings.
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