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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a thick two-finger head that is fluffy as clouds and stays just about forever. A nice amount of lacing left on the glass as well.

Smell: Slightly earthy, tart, fruity, boozy

Taste: This is what I love about Belgian Strongs: this beer is bold. There is a a zesty fruitiness to it, like plums, a nice taste of sweet hops, and a hint of sweet maltyness. It is also tart all the way throughout, with a spicy alcohol burn on the nose, but the alcohol taste is not that prominent.

Mouthfeel: The body is moderate to light, which is surprisingly light for this type of beer. There is also a high amount of carbonation, also not common in this beer style. This allows the beer to be insanely drinkable, pretty much a session beer, but with those great Belgian fruit tastes and a nice buzz.

Overall: One of my favorite Belgian Pales so far. So damn flavorful and complex, yet so easy to drink and enjoy. You MUST try it.

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

Duvel is my go-to beer whenever I can find it in a store. A reasonable price for an amazing brew. As I cruise up and down the aisles, i'm always telling myself, "I can always get Duvel..." I'm a sucker for Belgian strong pale ales, and this is the one that turned me onto them. The head on this beer is thick enough to support a dime. Sometimes, I get a bit of a sour scent that comes off of it, but other than that, this beer is damn near flawless. Amazing floral mix in the taste that incorporates lots of hops with a mix of fruit such as citrusy gold. Pour this into a tulip glass if you have one, but even a pilsner will do... anything that will lead the head expand and release all of its magic.

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

Straight pour from 330ml / 11.2oz bottle to a classic Duvel tulip. I thought about pouring it into something else just out of spite, but I figured the head on this bastard should be a bit colossal for something any more narrow-mouthed . . . freshness date of May, 2014 printed on the bottom left corner of the back label (“Best before: 05 2014 L2611 2115”)

Appearance (4.5): 24ct golden color, moderately hazy, rising quickly to four or five fingers of bone-white head, mix of fine and fat bubbles, until the head collapses to a chunky cookie on top a still-pretty-fat-head, with dry, sticky lacing all over the sides. Nice, steady stream of fine bubbles streaming to the top from the little “D” etching. Impressive, without a doubt.

Smell (4.0): Nothing but biscuity bread aromas, white pepper and floral hops, and a bit of spice. Some light coriander, maybe. Very clean, classic aroma.

Taste (4.5): Definition of dry. Nice peppery body and a very long finish, moving from bitter-herbal to a light floral note. This beer is peppery all over the place but not overbearing in any way. Some light lemon and pear juice mixed in with that lightly sweet biscuit character. Understated, well-put together, subtle and well-crafted. Not as fruity, rich and tart as my favorites, maybe, but this is still great.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly light mouthfeel, way below medium-bodied with a nice mix of fluffy and prickly carbonation—not as aggressive as I remember, but it’s still quite nice.

Overall (4.5): Duvel is a beautiful beer. It never gets old, is about the most approachable thing out there but is still so well done that anybody can appreciate it. I might prefer the style to be funky with more fruity esters and a wheat edge in there, but Duvel really is a benchmark in BSPAs.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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