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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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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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with some haze and a huge frothy white head. Big inviting smell, the yeast is dominating, but smells great. Some peppery clove smells come through with some subtle fruit notes.. The taste is dominated by the yeast no one unique flavor come out of the yeast, but some spice and malt in there as well. This is a medium bodied beer, which adds to the beer, nice blend of all elements. This is the best aspect, every flavor seems to be in just the right proportion to every other flavor. Overall a good beer, nothing overpowering, can't really tell its a higher ABV. Definitely worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a mostly clear golden color. Has a nice head that becomes kind of bumpy, and recedes to a thin layer that stays with the beer. A bit of lacing but not much.

Smell – Yeast, spices, and a touch of lemon.

Taste – The taste is dominated by a spice I can’t quite place, but that I’m not real fond of. It’s kind of a bitter pepper taste. Also, a hint of cider.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation, and smooth. .

Drinkability – This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down very easy for 8.5% abv, although the spice could be better.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 06 2014

A: Pours a mostly clear light yellowish gold with a real puffy 3 finger white head. A lot of visible carbonation rising quickly to the surface. Head slowly becomes rockier and sinks over the course of 5 minutes. Leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First I get some light belgian yeast, and a mild malt aroma. Has some light fruit qualities as well banana, grape, peach. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T: Similar to the smell, has some belgian yeast but then some crisp hops make an appearance. There are certainly some smooth pale malts in there evening it out. Alcohol is more in the front than back. Ends with a nice belgiany banana.

M: Pretty high in carbonation, crisp, light bodied and pretty refreshing. Quite drinkable for 8.5%

Overall always a great beer to have. Hard to turn on down. Tasty, strong and easy to enjoy a few in a row. Always a point of comparison for the belgian style.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

date on the bottle is 2014.

Bright slightly hazy straw yellow body. i would almost swear its an AAL. Except for the head. Big thick white bubbly.

The smell is just amazing. Full of spicy peppery Belgian yeast. Banana and pear come to mind. Floral notes as well. Now this is how a Belgian Pale should smell.

I can see why Michael Jackson and this site rated this so highly. Everything is so balanced, yet every flavor is pronounced. The yeast feels spicy and floral. The main fruit flavors are pear and banana. It feels like like theres some biscuit malt in there somewhere as well.

So drinkable for 8.5%. full-bodied, and decently carbonated.

What a damn fine beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear yellow-gold with four fingers of white head that fades into a rocky cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with candy sugar following. Sweet light fruits aromas bring up the finish with a dry, champagne-like finish.

T: spices and candy sugar at first again with sweet and slightly tart light fruit flavors. The finish has a sweet bready flavor, but finishes dry and clean.

M: light body with high carbonation, this beer is super light and dry. Perfectly drinkable and crisp.

O: a great beer, overall. This is the gold standard for the style. Flavorful and so drinkable despite its abv.

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3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second attempt with this beer, this time in a more proper glass and after I have gained some XP.
Colour is golden yellow, with a huge white head with good retention.
Aroma of fruits, banana, some yeast.
Nice taste, fruity but the alcohol is so obvious, each sip a hit!
Thick body and quite carbonated.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,009 ratings
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