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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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel, which translates in Flemish as Devil, is one of my all time favorite Belgian blonde ales. Its flavor, color, name, availability, and ease of drinking makes it almost perfect.

A - Golden, with tall a bubbly head

S - Sweet, floral, fruity

T - Crisp, refreshing, sweet, and tasty

M - Not too overpowering, bubbly

O - Like I said, my go to blonde. Having visited Belgium 5 times I just cannot seem to find a better replacement.

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

330mL bottle poured into a tulip

A golden yellow color with a huge, fluffy white cap. Slow to recede, clingy lace and huge sip marks. Tons of visible carbonation.

The nose is of grassy, earthy hops and mild fruit (apples and pears) with some white pepper and doughy yeast in the background.

Smooth and crisp as it rolls onto the palate. Some fruitiness up from with some clean malt and doughy yeast through the middle. A touch of spice yields to earthy and grassy hops. A mild bitterness with a bit of a grainy flavor lingers.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth, and dry.

This is pretty much the landmark example of the style. Smooth and crisp with a punch of flavor. Nothing overly complex. Simple and restrained.

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

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass halfway up the Duvel label (proper pour, even on draft (single))

Appearance: Blonde in color with a nice creamy head after being poured with correct vigor. The lace clumps to the glass.

Smell: yeast, malty, sweet fruity smell!

Taste: A mix of flavors, but sooo good. Complex, spicy, funky and immensly complex.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and tasty. Goes down very smoothly. The taste lingers on the tongue - in a good way. It can stay there forever as far as I'm concerned!

Overall: Oh so drinkable. One of my favorite Belgians. I've been drinking it for years and still get that 'Yup, this beer is still that good' feeling whenever I have it. The warmer the better too as with most Belgians.

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

Poured into goblet

A: Poured a little cloudy and kind of a light orange color. Wonderful fingers worth of head that settles to a good layer of head with wonderful lacing front start to finish. Just a fantastic looking beer.

S: Smell is very sour with a mix of yeast, malt and a little tart fruit.

T: A wild mix of flavors here....There is a lot of tangy flavors here, mix of various citrus mixed with little sweet malt, a lot of yeast and a nice touch of hoppy bitterness. Good balance of flavors, sweet, bitter and tart.

M: Pretty lively carbonation that makes it crisp yet the ABV smooths everything out. Finish is on the dry side.

O: This is a fantastic beer worthy of a try... Fantasic mix over everything you would ever want in a beer... A must try.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,991 ratings
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