Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,917 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

complex corn nose, good head retention, white fluffy creamy head, sweet fruity upfront,floral middle, semi-lagery, dry finish, very smooth yet strong, unique beer

Classy beer to drink one off or have a night on, works well with either situation. Packs a punch at a sneaky 8.5%!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

About time I've reviewed this classic and classy Belgian ale. I had it on draft at the University of Chicago Pub in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25/5): Duvel has that class golden ale look–beautiful clear golden/pale yellow body with a massive three-finger head of pillowy white. Looks luxuriant.

Smell (4/5): Hoppy, very clean, crisp and beautiful light candy-like pale maltiness. Yeasty, though not strongly so. A subtle grassy/herbal noble hop presence is noticeable, though it is pretty subtle and combines well with the yeast and malt characters.

Taste (4.5/5): Clean hoppiness from the grassy, herbal, and lightly citric hops and lightly musty yeast dominate the flavor. This is certainly not a sweet Belgian pale ale. Very well balanced, Duvel is only modestly hop-forward. Its flavor is extremely refreshing and you don't notice any of the alcohol in the flavor, which is impressive considering this an 8.5% ABV beer. This is a sure sign of masterful brewing.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): A nearly champagne-like medium-high carbonation gives this brew a really nice pop on the tongue. This beer is medium-light bodied, so the relatively high carbonation really adds a nice dimension to the beer. The mouthfeel on this beer is impeccably pulled off. The combination of hoppy-yeasty flavors with the champagne-like carbonation mesh really nicely.

Overall (4.5/5): Duvel is considered a classic for a reason. It has a wonderfully balanced sweet-bitter flavor profile that is boosted by the excellent mouthfeel and never reveals the high alcohol content. Here is a Belgian beer that is more accessible than most, but its accessibility does not make it any less of a class act. Excellent.

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