Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
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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:
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: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle with best before date of May 2014

Duvel Golden Ale at the beginning of the pour was a clear golden blond color then towards the last third of the bottle the yeast entered my tulip glass turning the ale hazy. The head produced was beautiful; 2-fingers, stark white foamy looking like meringue and held extremely well – the best appearance of a beer I have seen.

The nose is of light fruit, and light spicy hops. The flavor is richer and fuller than the nose, starting out with a light sweetness then mid-way becoming dry with light spicy hops that finishes with a light lingering bitterness. The body is light/medium with fine and effervescent carbonation that is smooth in the mouth.

Yes, Duvel lives up to its fine reputation – a top shelf Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330 mL stubby in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a semi-transparent straw yellow with the most beautiful craggy white head I've ever seen on a beer. The head sticks around until the beer is gone. Also, there are tons of tiny bubbles are shooting up towards the top. This looks amazing.

S- The smell is pure sex. Mostly Belgian yeast, but there's so much more: apples, pears, bananas, citrus, clove, sweetness, sourness, hops. It's all there.

T- Everything mentioned in the smell applies to the taste. There's just little nip from the alcohol at the end, but I find that to be a positive thing.

M- The body is pretty light, but tons of carbonation fill your mouth with lively bubbles. Finishes clean and crisp.

O- This beer is just awesome, and extremely drinkable.

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

Very good belgian ale i typically do not enjoy styles such as this one but this was very refreashing and enjoyable nice head body slight hop character

enjoyed this beer at a beer tasting feathuring many other beers by ommgang and duvel and enjoyed almost all of them

Some of the darker belgians were a little less my style but still enjoyable

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with a fluffy white head. Retention is high with apparent bold lacing.

Aroma of soft malts, banana esters, perfumy spices.

Spiced estery flavors with a golden malt flavor and yeasty top notes on the tongue. Medium bitterness that carries a slight bite.

The light body is a bit drying with a smooth tongue-feel but the high carbonation tends to lift those flavors off the tongue.

Overall golden pale ale that is trying to be somewhat complex but still maintains the style in a straight forward manner.

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Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy whipped egg white head that persists well and thoroughly laces the chalice

Aromas begin with lemon and yeasty funk that dominate but there is a subtle candy sugar/honey sweetness that emerges as it warms.

The tastes begin with the same yeast driven tangy lemon and sourish apple flavors which is then greeted by a sweet element likely from some candy sugar additions. Crackery pilsner makes emerge more as it warms with some light grassy Saaz hops that are a nice complement.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is mainly light and effervescent with warming alcohol emerging more as it warms.

Overall while this is a classic example of the style, it is also a forgettable one. A bit too yeasty and one-dimentional that really doesn't invite you to consume more. The hop and alcohol add a slightly biting finish. Maybe just not my cup of tea.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter golden color with a huge thick white head and a light haze. The head has a great level of retention, but it eventually fades to leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is heaviest of a pepper, yeast, and banana smells. Mixed with these aromas are notes of a citrus and biscuit smell as well as some aromas of an herbal and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a combination of a biscuit and sour but lightly sweet citrus taste. As the taste advances the sour and slightly drier flavors up front are met with notes of yeast. Accompanied by the yeast are flavors of banana and a light peppery taste. Toward the end of the taste some other spice flavors as well as a lightly herbal hop flavor comes to the tongue to leave a rather dry but smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side for an ABV of 8.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The lighter body and carbonation are rather fitting for the more sour flavors of the brew, with the lighter body only accentuating the very drinkable nature of the brew.

Overall - A very delicious and drier but quite flavorful Belgian. Renowned for a reason.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A-Just as advertised. A Belgian golden ale with a lot of carbonation and a thick white head. The body is not much to behold however as it pours a clear fizzy yellow. Not that I was expecting a deep complex look, but the golden ale is what it is and nothing more.

S-Belgian yeasts are very apparent which are inherently complex. A touch of sweetness, mainly a light honey, cuts between the harsher animalistic undertones. Aside from the yeast, the malts are very apparent, but they are neither overpowering nor all that complimentary.

M-Much creamier than I would have thought. Creates a nice coating that makes the beer feel much denser and more complex than perhaps it really is.

T-Classically Belgian with malts and yeast cascading over one another. They blend nicely, but the flavors rush off the palate too quickly for my taste as the aftertaste is rather bland and mysteriously non existent.

O- Admittedly, Duvel was good but it did not sit as well with my palate than clearly it has with the majority of other drinkers. It was fine, but perhaps a good number of the complexities were lost on my palate leaving me disappointed overall.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,026 ratings
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