Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,941 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Pours a gorgeous golden blonde with a huge white head that slowly recedes to a rocky cap. Good amount of fruity aroma. Very lively looking beer. Tastes are fruity for most part with a bitterness toward the end and a fairly hoppy finish from the saaz. Excellent mouthfeel. Very lively carbonation with a dry finish. Will definately try again. Very high quality stuff.

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Appearance: Translucent golden hue with a strong stream of effervescence rising from the bottom. Huge four finger white foamy head. Leaving great lacing.

Aroma: Bready grain and yeast. Some apple and fruit juice notes. A 'dry' aroma.

Taste: I'd attribute most of the flavor here to the yeast. Fruit notes of pear and apple paired with spices. The malt bill seems almost simplistic as to let the yeast's flavors shine through. A little bit of biscuit malt flavor. There's some bitterness in there but not really noticeable. Finishes dry. Wouldn't guess it's as high as 8.5% ABV, although there is a nice warmth in the back of the throat after a while. Nice aftertaste of apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but feels lighter due to the high carbonation. Almost below average drinkability because of the drying effect on the palate.

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S - Aroma can best be described as a subtle blend of grapefruit, lemon grass, and malt. With the high alcohol content I expected something very different....something overpowering. The smell of alcohol is masked very well and the overall bouquet comes across as very layered and refreshing. Very fine!

T - Again, refreshing and complex. Slight citrus notes, toasted grains, and then a subtle warmth to the finish. Hops are not overwhelming but are very well balanced with the rest of the brew. Again, the high alcohol content is masked well but is present none the less....this is not a bad thing.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,941 ratings.
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