Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

Pale golden color with a thick head

There is a malt scent that I notice in a lot of Belgians, but something else in the background that I can't put my finger on

As I was taking the first sip, I was getting a flavor and smell that was all Pilsner. As soon as it hit my tongue, it turned into something else. Something spicy and a little bit bitter.

Those tiny, sharp bubbles of Belgian beer are here, and they are quite welcome and refreshing

This beer is excellent. It's interesting, flavorful, and refreshing

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4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeously hazy straw color, with about three fingers of thick, luxurious, pillowy white head.

Smell: Tons of citrus fruits, pineapple, orange, lemon, bit of grassiness, and a great bready yeast note, with a slight kiss of clean alcohol.

Taste: Nice bitter spice from the hops, good amount of citrus notes in the taste. Has a very dry, almost Champange taste to it on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp medium body that encourages you to take another sip time and again.

Overall: Simply a world class brew. This beer gets a lot of praise, but it is certainly deserving of such accolades. This is for sure in my top 5 beers. Almost the perfect brew IMO.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330mL bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 08/2014.

A - Bright light yellow color, very clear, showing an active carbonation. Pouring the yeast turns the color into a cloudy yellow. The snow-white head is very generous, fluffy, with a excellent retention. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Very complex smell! Malt is dominant but I pick out a lot of aromas besides: candy sugar, yeast, spices, pepper, apricots, apple, dry fruits. The whole blend is extremely inviting!

T - I'm slightly disappointed by the taste. It's not as complex as the smell, though it's much better than the average. It reveals malt, plums, spices throughout, but the most remarkable thing is this distinctive taste which appears in the middle, something close to caramelized apple (I'm not quite sure...).

M - Medium to full bodied, this beer is very crispy on the palate and the high carbonation is slightly over-powering in my opinion. Sugar is well balanced by the hop. Good warming touch and very dry mouthfeel at the end.

O - A classic Belgian Pale Ale, very easy to drink and full of complexity. A must in the Belgian landscape and on the shelves of any beer enthusiast!

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

Poured from 25oz bottle into oversized tulip

Appeared a bright, transparent gold with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Smelled of light citrus, apple and malt with a sweet undertone. Taste was spot-on for a Belgian Pale Ale. Very crisp, clean flavors with hints of apple, pear and light citrus. Great mouthfeel as it left you with a refreshing taste. Overall, a great beer that I will certainly have again. This one sets the standard for this style. Plus, it paired very well with all of the meat I was being served at the Brazilian Steak House.

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

Poured into the signature Duvel glass. Apparently I did not get the perfect pour but I was pretty close to the "recommended" pour. Anyhow, poured the trademark big head which was soapy and fizzly. Honey colored body with some yeast present as I did decide to pour the settlement in. I feel as the beer is not complete without it! Smells of strong character malts followed by a wave of corn, banana, biscuit and sweet cane sugar. Tastes of banana, yeast, a biscuit with a slight hop finish. The mouthfeel was almost like drinking a soda. Fizzling sensation throughout the whole drink but somehow it works out. Very well balanced belgian ale.. i want more!!

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Best before 03/2014. Poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Giant pillowy white rocky head. Hazy golden with many CO2 bubbles releasing from solution.

S - Spicy and wonderful fruity yeast esters are exceedingly complex. Lemony hops. Touch of soft alcohol. Delicate toasty malt otherwise no other malt smells coming through. A little bit of tartness. No Brett characteristics.

T - Green apple skin, candy sugar doesn't leave a syrupy sweet cloying flavor. Alcohol shines through, could mellow with some aging.

M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate to high carbonation makes for a crisp finish. Dry finish with alcohol warming but not as much as the 8.5% would believe you to think.

O - My Second Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Very nice yeast characteristics. Not hop forward like APA, really its own beast. Well enjoyed

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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