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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear yellow with big white head. Carbonation is incredibly low.
S: Yeasty with some critus, maybe lemon, notes on the background.
T: The citrus on the smell can be tasted as well but there's some spiciness too.
M: Light but with a heavy end to it.
O: I've had a lot of Duvels before this one and I do think they were better than this one. I'm afraid this Duvel didn't get very well with the cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

It comes in a hazy yellow and a bit of green. Almost like a champagne with its carbonation. It comes in a huge huge head that does not go away from the bottle conditioning.

Fresh citrus smelling of orange, but big Belgian yeast, bready, and malt. It’s so fresh smelling.

Quite complex beer. It jumps out at you with a bit of hop. There a vibrant yeasty bready malt. However, it isn’t heavy. It’s weird to have something very carbonated and refreshing, but remind me of bread. What keeps it vibrant however is the fruitiness in there. The lemon and banana reminds me a bit of hefeweizens, but it has some more punch, spice, and breadiness to it.

The finish has a bit of stank and booze. It’s quite a lovely beer.

I taste tested this with La Chouffe and I would say I prefer that one.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 01/2015
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Duvel's flagship beer is an excellent BSPA. In summary, if you the idea of a pilsner on steroids that's been fermented with Belgian yeast sounds appealing to you, this beer, and the style in general, are something you must try. The beer is simultaneously filling and refreshing as it masks its alcohol content with ease. Flavors include pilsner malt, Belgian yeast and its byproducts, dried hay, and satisfying hop bitterness.

Pours a 2.5cm head of small, white bubbles, which gradually coalesce into larger bubbles, giving the appearance of a white sponge, as the head very slowly breaks down to a thick lacing atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, thick washes in a variety of patterns adorn the insides of the glass. The body itself is a transparent golden color, with light bringing out bright yellow hues. Carbonation is quite active and plentiful, rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is crisp, fairly clean, and primarily light and sweet. The pieces are of pilsner malt, light lemon, pineapple, lightly flowery European hops, and Belgian yeast byproducts. Good, though I perhaps enjoyed De Proef's take on the style more, which included a bit of one or more Brettanomyces strains to increase fruit-like esters and add further complexity.

Note: I don't recommend adding the yeast, despite the desire to see what it's like. It simply seems to dilute the aromas/flavors.

Front of palate is of bright, somewhat sweet pilsner malts with a pleasant spiciness from hop usage. Mid-palate is where the full flavors appear, like a strong Belgian pilsner. I find sweet pilsner malt that's been bittered substantially by European hops, with additional characters of dried hay, slightly medicinal phenols, and granny smith apple. Back of palate finds sharp bitterness, slight ethanol, and sweetish malts. Aftertaste is of lingering pilsner malt with slight graininess, sharp bitterness, and Belgian yeast notes.

Beer is medium bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, but quickly becoming smooth and foamy. Closes quite dry, somewhat astringent, with little residual stickiness lingering across the palate.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a corked bottle into a mid-size Duvel tulip glass.
Modest cork pop.
Pours a clear light yellow with big initial head.
Aroma of hay, powder sugar, candy sugar, light spice.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of rich malts, white and black pepper, funky fruit rind, light honey, spicy esters from the yeast., field straw hops. A big and bold beer that makes me think of a Stella Artois gone wild with mild steroids and minerals, a touch of spice and challenging yeast.
I can't say how many decades I've been tasting this brew, but it's many. The brew has changed over the years, and a corked bottle can be quite different from draft or small bottles (or the huge bottles). Generally respectable and gotta love the new marketing effort with designer glasses.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I honestly could not describe this ale in a way that is sufficient to acknoledge the exceptional taste of this beer.

This beer have a very rich and sharp taste that cannot be compared to anything else, it is the standard of the belgium ales and maintains the top place of most beer advocates.

The substantial head and odour immediately draw you in and the first taste, you will realize how much you have missed. I could not recommend a better brew than this impressive ale from this Belgium brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured great in a chilled glass, served cold. Hazy golden color with a rich thick foamy head.
Dynamite tasting beer. I am not good with words, so I would just recommend you buy some and try it yourself. Small bottle gives it a neat look but cuts by of 12 ounces by .8 but gets away with it in my book by it's great taste and nice alchol content. If more affordable I would drink it more frequently. Hope you enjoy some.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,026 ratings
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