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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,928
Reviews:
2,836
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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470
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11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 05/2014.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold with a huge fluffy white head. The head drops to about a quarter inch within a minute and then holds. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Bursting with fruity, estery aromas. Really accentuates the Belgian yeast well. There's a bit of tartness to the smell, almost a sour green-apple, along with some clove. The smell is very clean despite all of the esters.

Taste: Similar yeast-dominated flavor profile. Very fruity, with the same subtle tartness that I picked up in the aroma. A little bit of bready maly balances out the yeast, but it's barely apparent beneath all of the yeast character. Once again, I'm extremely impressed by how clean the flavor profile is - I often find Belgians come off a bit messy due to too much going on with the yeast, but this is perfectly crisp and clean.

Moughtfeel: Light, very dry, extraordinarily crisp. Very thirst-quenching and near-impossible to put down.

Overall: I'll admit the Belgian pale ales are not near the top of my list of favorite styles, but this is simply a flawless beer. Extremely flavorful, quite complex, yet very clean. Similar to champagne in many ways (although I'd take Duvel over most any champagne in a heartbeat).

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A - Semi-clear golden straw with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. The bubbles in the head are a bit larger than most beers.

S - Dry fruit and the characteristic belgian yeast aroma. It has a hint of skunkiness, but not enough to overpower the other smells.

T - A very clean, dry, peppery taste. Somewhat tart apple, very yeasty, and a slight hint of clove on the end. Possibly a little bit of sweet grape as well.

M - Moderate body with massive carbonation. The beer is super prickly in the mouth, and just assaults the tastebuds with its yeasty tartness.

O - Overall this beer is on the dry side, but there's a little bit of sweetness to round it out. The belgian yeast combined with huge carbonation makes this an amazing beer.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,928 ratings.
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