Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,941 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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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip, best by 12/24/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, bready grain, grass, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices. Nice and clean aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, biscuit, light tart grains, pepper, grass, coriander, herb, clove, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; with some lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, bready grains, and yeast spices for a bit. Great flavor balance, with a good amount of complexity. Medium body with high carbonation; and extremely smooth drinking for the level of alcohol with the prickly carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden, which is surprising for 8.5%. Overall this is just a fantastic Belgian strong pale. Great balance, complexity, and smooth drinking; and also has the best glass in the beer world.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip, of course.

A - good thing I poured it in to a Duvel tulip because few glasses could contain the massive rocky head of foam that came forth. One of the most attractive looking beers I've seen.

S - Great smell of apples, pears, Belgian yeast, and candied citrus peel.

T - Follows the nose nicely with a nice crispness and a fair amount of alcohol. There is a light sweetness and overall everything is balanced nicely.

M - very crisp and dry with high carbonation.

Overall - It's a classic for a reason. This is a great Belgian pale that sets the standards for the others.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 02/15/12:
Best before Dec. 2013; Poured in a tulip.

A - Poured unhurriedly, as instructed by the bottle: Two inch white fluffy, bubbly, carbonated head with excellent retention; Pale golden color; Clear appearance with visible carbonation; Some lacing is left behind

S - Light aroma with notes of Belgian yeast, tart apples and grapes, lemons, and spicy and floral hops

T - Taste is much like the nose with flavors of Belgian yeast, tart apples and grapes, lemons, spicy/earthy hops, pepper, and light metallic and alcohol charater

M - Loads of carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Finish is pretty crisp and dry; This beer feels like it's a distant cousin of champagne

O - This is the type of beer to grab when you need something crisp, refreshing, and uplifting. It's very easy to drink and though a slight taste of alcohol is present, the appearance and mouthfeel help disguise the 8.5% ABV. I'm sure I'll have this beer again, but I am really looking forward to trying it on a scorching hot Summer day.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a composite review using my original review as a backbone. I drink this every week and I've had it in every form in all sorts of weird places around the world.

S: Sweet, hard to pin down. Vinous. Banana. Peppery cloves.

A: Poured into a medium red wine glass. The glorious head, I can only compare to the toxic foam on the River Ganges. It's so pretty. The body is a beautiful opaque golden colour with lots of active strings of bubbles and it looks like champagne.

T: Fairly tart bitterness. Dry and champagne like. Lots of white bread, green grapes, black pepper and vinous yeast. As it warms it gets very earthy. The unique black pepper/clove-like flavour reminds me of burning dust, like when you put on the fire for the first time after summer. Lemon and citrus in the aftertastes, but sometimes apples. Light on the tongue but not so carbonated as to dissipate.

A: Imparts a sharp bitterness on the back of the tongue. Once that's settled I get a nice soft bread flavour and lots of apple.

O: This is a true premium beer, in a totally different league from anything I've reviewed from Belgium. In my book it's a candidate for the best beer in the world. The nose on it is so good that I once spent ten minutes just whiffing it from a deep wine glass.

EDIT: The 750ml corked version is fresher and more alive. The foam is chewier and the lemons and apples seem to have been replaced with pungent fresh cut grass and earth. If this beer was hard to find I bet it would be more sort after than Westy Xll.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Truly golden in color, mostly clear, hyperactive streams of carbonation. A paper-white head builds and settles into a pretty thick covering.. You can actually see the bubbles rising up and add themselves to the head.

S: Bananas off the bat; honey, cut grass. Apple juice when it's warmer.

T: Hops come through nicely to compliment the banana/biscuity softness.

M: Damn--a fizzy shock completely wakes up your mouth. Dry and bubbly finish, a little bitter from the hops.

Overall: Tantalizing.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,941 ratings.
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