Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of tito42
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked bottle to a tulip. Best before 12/24/2013.

A: Between golden and lemon yellow and clear with thick, bubbly white head that leaves great lacing.

S: Strong nose of apple pulp, Belgian yeast, and light spices such as coriander and pepper.

T: Great balance between fruits (apple and grape skin), Belgian yeast, Bohemian hops, and a spicy finish of coriander and white pepper. Classic Belgian ale pulled off beautifully.

M: This is where the namesake comes in. Surprisingly crisp for the ABV, with a tangy spice to the finish that makes its presence known without leaving the palate too dry. The complexity and balance of the taste really mask the 8.5% ABV.

O: Great beer. I see why this is a classic that has been around so long. One of the torch bearers that got us through the Dark Ages before the craft brewing boom.

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Photo of fdig23
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of threeviews
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml (11.2oz - Best Before Date: 10 2014) bottle into THE Duvel tulip glass.

A- Adhering as closely as possible to Duvel's pouring instructions, it pours a clear, golden-yellow with a white, 3-finger sea-foam head (which leaves ample lacing). At the precise location where the etched 'D' is located at the bottom of the glass, insane amounts of carbonation geyser straight up.

S-Wonderfully aromatic from the moment I uncapped the bottle. Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear, banana, clove/pepper and lemon zest

T- Typical of the style (and of the aroma), everything is packed into this treasure: Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear, banana, clove and lemon zest all dance on across the palate. It finishes only semi-dry with slight breadiness and lingering tartness. Despite a quite hefty 8.5% ABV, no alcohol is detected.

M- Strong carbonation and light body make this one refreshing and highly drinkable beers. Again, without any trace of alcohol, The Devil just may make a visit after a couple...tread lightly.

O- The ratings for this beer do not lie. This is simply a world-class offering that everyone needs to try. Despite its long shelf life, I would recommend acquiring it as fresh as possible (according to the website, it has a 36 month shelf life). Furthermore, follow the instructions on pouring a Duvel and that will guarantee you an even more enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy nice white head. Good lacing and retention. Golden hazy body. I swirled the yeast and the end of the pour.

Smells fairly complex. I get big vinous white wine notes, like a muscato, sugary white grapes, some grainy malts, light clove and light brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet sugary white grapes, light pepper and white wine. Some grainy malts and a light belgian yeast quality ( fruity and spice). Very sparking white wine like in many ways.

Medium bodied that is broken up with high carbonation. Firmly dry on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty beer. I had high hopes for this one and wasn't disappointed yet wasn't blown away either. I'd pick this up again to age for a few years like this one has.

Best by 05 2015. $4.50 a small bottle.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a duvel glass.

A- A rich golden straw color with a fat fizzy white bubbly head. Clearly it is well carbonated. Large streaks of bubbles rapidly bubbling forth from the bottom up to the top of the glass, yet despite being able to view them the beer is rather murky.

S- Strong Belgian yeast sent coupled with bubblegum, bananas, pears. Has an estery skunkiness to it that is very reminiscent of many American adjunct and light lagers. Slight slight hop bitterness .

T- starts of sweet with a sour slightly bitter finish. fruity with hints of banana and pears coupled with very slight candy notes. Ends with a sourness akin to slightly sour apples, some spice notes, and a faint hint of lemon zest. Leaves a nice bubbelgym sweetness on the back of the tounge

M- Light to medium body feel and heavily carbonated.

O- Very decent, like I expected. While it IS good, there isn't really much I would say that is memorable about this beer. It is a very delicious straight forward Belgian ale. Because of the price I probably wont buy this again, but other than that this is an overall good beer. Very classic.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Oct 2013

Pours a clear yellowish-gold with a huge, fluffy white head. Recedes slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is lovely. Yeast, light fruit such as green apple, spice and candied fruit. Smell hits you as soon as it starts pouring.

Taste is also great. The green apple flavour is strong but nicely coupled with a dry spiciness and yeast flavour that provides a great balance. A bit of a hop flavour, but mild.

Highly carbonated, full bodied. Alcohol is noticeable but not greatly.

Overall, a true classic. Not sure why it took me so long to review this one, but I am a big fan.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 7,964 ratings
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