Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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7,914 Ratings
Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,914
Reviews:
2,830
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
467
Gots:
1,605
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 7,914 |  Reviews: 2,830
Photo of acevenom
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy yellow with an abundant white head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The head retains fairly well, leaving less than a finger of head atop the beer and plenty of lacing on the glass. There's a strong aroma of fruity yeast, spices, and light malts. The flavor is very bold, but it does follow the smell. The yeast and malt flavors come together very well with the spiciness and the hops. There is some apple flavor as well. It's a very pleasing flavor and the sweet and bitter flavors balance extremely well. The alcohol is covered very well by all the flavors. The body is light and the carbonation is abundant. The finish is crisp and dry. This is very easy to drink for a beer that is 8.5% ABV. Overall, this is an excellent beer that every one exploring beer should consume at least once.

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Photo of FreshZ
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of petluo
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lucky13
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Yellow hazy color. This beer was really foamy I don't know if it supposed to do that.

s. You can smell the yeast and fruit aroma.

t. It really doesn't have a strong smell but it sure does have a strong taste but still light for its category.

m. It's easily drinkable beer. It was like 10 minute still the foam of the beer wasn't going away. I guess this beer supposed to do that. (correct me if I am wrong).

o. I would recommend this beer if you don't like strong beer. Very crisp taste. Just careful dont drink too many.

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Photo of Tarks
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of raynmoon
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time having duvet, even though I've that Duvel glass for awhile. Who doesn't have it =/.

It's really bright, I haven't poured in the yeast yet, but the carbonation is coming up from the bottom of the glass very quickly. Looks nice.

It smells awesome. Right after opening the bottle, I could smell it. Lots of fruity yeast, some light malts perhaps, and maybe a touch of alcohol but that is probably just the strong sweet presence of the yeast.

The taste is far different than the smell. You first get some of the yeast, perhaps a nice slight bitterness from the hops and alcohol, and a nice tart sparkling wine-like tartness on the way down. I'm tasting some really nice bready notes coming back after the finish.

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Photo of chel29
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of warpedrevolution
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy white head that reduces by condensing down to a thin layer with larger pillowy patches and a thicker ringer at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer does not have one of the strongest smells but it is definitely not weak either... I get some notes of yeast, spices, and some light fruit (possibly pear). Also, there are both floral and citrus hops present as well.

T: The flavor is far more intense than the smell but follows in the same vein. There is quite a bit of light fruit flavor including apple and pear as well as the banana + clove. There is a light hop bitterness in the finish but it is not overwhelming.

M: Light bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: A very enjoyable and easy to drink beer. A little strong to be sessionable but definitely a beer that you want to have many times. The presence of the alcohol is well hidden but this is a strong beer.

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Photo of hawkon
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Brianimator
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cmonfradi
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Profchaos20
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of scratch69
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pale, hazy gold color wit a thick three fingered head. Thick patchy lacing.

Smell- Malt, spice, yeast, and apple.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor with some yeast and hops for balance. Nice tart finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Dry finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall- Yum!! This is one of the best tasting beers that I have had. Each swallow made me look forward to the next. I definitely what some more of this.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TTAmod
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy bright gold color. Develops a mazzive white head. In this tulip, a constant heavy plume of carbonation can be seen in the center of the glass. The lacing is best in class.

S: Smell is grassy and spicy with hints of juicy apple, hay, and sugar.

T: Holy. Cow. The taste is more akin to a fine champagne rather than a beer. A touch of Belgian yeast combines with the spicy Saaz hops. This is supported by a sweet, juicy green apple undertone and cracker malts. Ends spicy and dry.

M: Mouthfeel is legendary. This is a medium bodied and velvety smooth beer. The massive amount of bubbles massage on the way down. There is a burning feeling from the alcohol a bit after I swallowed, though. This was mostly felt in the center of my esophagus.

O: Definitely a top-tier BSPA, maybe even THE best.

Pour and enjoy this elixir of the gods.

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Photo of SeanNaugs
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of StewartWatson
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,914 ratings.
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