Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a completely translucent pale gold with three full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving a huge rocky layer all along the beer. Huge bubbles dominate as the smaller ones break. Lots of good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light and sweet with notes of fresh cut grass, mild spice, and mild fruit. This beer smells light and refreshing.

T: This beer starts out with sweet and spicy. The spice is mild and dances on the palate. I get some ripe bananas, come clove, and some mild earthiness in the middle. As the beer transitions to the finish, the sweet malt dominate.

M: Light bodied beer. Sweet and spice play off each other in great balance up front. The beer coats the palate, but slides off smoothly. It's a bit sticky in the back end but dries up once the beer is gone.

O: Very nice beer. The flavors are really good, the mouthfeel is very good, and I don't get even the slightest bit of alcohol in this beer. It's unbelievably well done. Might be one of the best Belgian Pale Ales that I have ever had.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very large white foam head with long retention on a clear bright golden body. Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, herbal hops, lemon custard, musty malts. Flavors provide an excellent Belgian experience with nice yeast presence, very herbal hop flavors, tart citrus, some pine resin and a little more alcohol presence than I feel us typical of the style. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation with a dry finish. As stated above, the Belgian character is excellent with this one being very complex and yet still nicely drinkable. I am surprised I have gone this long without having tried this one.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, BB May 2014, served in oversized tulip

A - Chunky, web-like, head. Clear, golden body.

S - Bitter hops, some crystal malts, some sour

T - Same as taste. A little funk in there. Ages nicely. Light candy sugar. Hides ABV pretty well. After taste of pointed bitterness.

M - Nice. High on the carbonation, but good density in body.

O - Tried and true classic. Can't get much better.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant medium golden with a foamy 2 inch ivory head that lingers, with big bubbles dominating the texture. Yeast sediment clouds the color as I empty the bottle.

Butter, lemon, grain, and peaches form the initial aroma. Pear and coriander esters add complexity. Yeast emerges late, with notes of tangerine, clove, and pepper.

Flavor reveals a fairly sweet malt backbone, accented well by bananas, corn, and lightly toasted bread. Notes of caramel emerge. Peaches and tangerines underlie the profile, which finishes fairly dry, peppery, and a touch bitter. Yeastiness is evident throughout. Buttery notes provide an impression of richness.

Body is on the full side, rich, smooth and a little syrupy, but fairly high carbonation prevents it from being cloying. Alcohol warmth is substantial.

Good yeast ester character with enough malt to support and not overwhelm. Finish is dry enough to keep me wanting more, but a little to bitter for my liking. Alcohol is a touch hot.

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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%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow with two fingers of snow white, fluffy, pillowy head and a champagne-like effervescence. Superb retention and brilliant clarity.

S: Banana creme, blondish malt, apple, a bit of spice and bread.

T: Light banana, a little bready yeast, and a dusting of vanilla and apple, finishing with some slight sweetness. Overall, pretty clean flavors.

M: Champagne like, super soft carbonation and medium body. Slightly warming but hides the alcohol exceedingly well.

O: A highly drinkable, well crafted beer. Superb example of the style. I think the balanced flavors and slight residual sweetness lets this pair exceptionally well with food.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 7,964 ratings
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