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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I love the categorization for this beer, listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, I would call it a "Belgian Strong Golden Pale Ale", there's nothing quite like it. Snagged one of these in a corked 1pt 9.4oz bottle, which is usually a sign of great things to come. In this case it definitely was.

Look - Impressive bottle and artwork, not much more to say here. Pours light and slightly hazy with an aggressively bubbly head. Golden with a slight touch of amber.

Smell - Resembles a high-end pilsner here, a little bitter smelling. Made my mouth water.

Taste - Crisp, citrus (lemon? apple?) with just the right amount of hop overtones. Almost spicy and zesty, incredible!

Mouthfeel - This brew is so refreshing and thirst-quenching. It made a cold January evening feel like mid-summer. Could drink for a while but it is strong so take it easy!

Overall - This is a terrific brew, met all of my expectations and shattered them. Disclaimer, I am a huge fan of golden-style ales in general so this taste may not line up with yours, but for me this is one of the best of this style I have ever had.

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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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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,007 ratings
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