Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,928 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clear yellow, rife with rising carbonation bubbles rising at high speed. A one-finger eggshell-white head sits atop the body and slowly dissipates, leaving cascading lacing. Aroma is out of this world. You're first hit with some crisp, citrusy hops ala lemon zest, some pines, and a faint trace of spiciness. Some bready malt backbone to the scent can be detected, but it's not exactly at the forefront.

Taste is simultaneously refreshing and complex. Straight up on the tongue is a crisp citrusy lemon note; incredibly balanced with some yeast notes. Plunge a little deeper and there's a delicious green apple note that is more than welcomed. Other citrusy notes combine perfectly with the yeast and create a miasma of flavor. Mouthfeel is slick, wet, and infinitely refreshing all the way through the finish. This reputation is well-deserved.

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

750mL bottle for a New Year's toast.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a full bright white cap of foam that persists. Plenty of lace on the glass throughout the tasting.

The aroma is dominated by black peppery phenols with a low underlying pear fruitiness and a slight grainy pils malt aroma.

The flavor is mostly peppery phenols with a touch of that pear fruitiness. Some noble type spicy hop flavor comes through later with a hint of grainy pils malt. The bitterness is rather firm and enhanced by the almost complete lack of sugar sweetness. The aftertaste is lingering phenols and light noble hop flavor. I don't get any sense that this beer is 8.5% alcohol.

A rather firm bitterness and high carbonation level enhances the bone dry mouthfeel.

In many ways, this beer exemplifies the basic qualities of the best belgian beers. It's dry, with pleasant phenols and fruitiness, and it's shockingly easy to drink considering the relatively high alcohol content.

Truly a classic and highly recommended.

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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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