Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,930 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a mountain of snow-white head, clearing the top of the glass by a full inch easily. Hazy golden color. This beer looks absolutely perfect. Incredible head retention that leaves behind a web of sticky, bubbly lacing.

S - Sweet malt and fruitiness backed by some nice grassy hops. Apple and pear notes make of much of the fruit aspect, but a light citrusy zest comes through as well. A touch of spice and some barley are also detectable. I don't get a lot of yeastiness here though, kind of odd.

T - Tons going on here. Lots of fruity flavors, with tart apples, light banana notes, white grapes, and a touch of pear coming through. Yeast is much more apparent here, really bready and distinctly Belgian. Finish is a barrage of tart apples, floral and grassy hops, bready yeast and strong spices. While the spices do have a citrusy coriander like character, there's a powerful peppery quality that gives the finish a really unique feel. While this beer is very true to what Belgian ales are, it has a different feel than any I've come across. Aftertaste is light bitterness, yeast, peppery spice, light but earthy malt, and a faint touch of alcohol warmth. Fairly complex, but at the same time balanced really well.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Carbonation is quite high, but feels nice and bubbly, and not fizzy. Finishes spicy and dry. Just a touch syrupy from the alcohol. While the carbonation is nice, as I can feel the bubbles lightly prickle my tongue even after the beer is gone, the feel overall wasn't as smooth as I had hoped. For a brew that I've heard considered the 'champagne of beers', this area was a slight let down.

D - Overall, an excellent beer. It's easy to see why this one is an absolute classic and a must-try for any beer-lover. While the flavor profile is fairly big and complex, it's also balanced and extremely easy to drink, and the drinkability on this one is through the roof. A great Belgian and a fantastic beer overall.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duvel could be a cross between La Fin du Monde and Bitburger Pils IMO,without the value[Bitburger's way under 1/2 the price[for 4 500 ml],and LFDM's tastier with a higher ABV].
Duvel's nice, yet it's an emperor without any clothes kind of beer,since few want to criticize it openly.
Duvel doesn't blow me away,and I suggest while it's worth a visit,the living ain't easy.
Hit it,forget it,and find something steadier instead.
My preference to this is Hennepin,which is outstanding!

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A: Bottle states “Pour Unhurriedly”...you bet. A careful pour resulted in more than a three finger head. Large bubbles. Excellent retention. Lacing as good as I’ve seen on any beer. Body is crisp, golden and crystal clear. The champagne of beers? :)

S: Very forward Belgian yeast and light fruit. Banana, pear, apple and orange peel. You get a sense that there may be some sweetness here. Also some grassy hops and breadiness.

T: Starts slightly sweet and crisp but then becomes nicely bitter and dries out fairly quickly. There is some spice from the yeast and hops. Some banana. Some woody characteristics mid-palate right as the dryness sets in. Strong alcoholic and warming finish. You really get shot of pure alcohol flavor if you aerate this in your mouth a bit.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. The light body, crisp flavor profile and heavy carb make this very drinkable despite the very present warming alcohol. I kept checking the empty bottle hoping there would be more.

O: Such a delicious beer. It’s most devilish quality is that even though the alcoholic warmth lets you know you’re dealing with something powerful, the taste makes you dive headfirst into the deal anyway. A classic.

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Smell = like a moscato wine. Apples, grapes and pears. Just a little bit of alcohol in the background.

Taste = just like the smell, dry and fruity, not champagne dry, more wine dry. I even get a little banana flavor from the yeast.

Overall = unique to say the least. I liked it, definitely refreshing. Something to drink on a "Wine" occasion.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,930 ratings.
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