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

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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of larryi86
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle best before 1/2014 poured into a tulip glass

A- A hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Spicy/earthy hops, yeast, tart apples, some wheat and malts.

T- Just great, complex, and balanced. Sweet citrus and malts upfront with a nice pepper/hoppy finish that is brought together by a very faint tartness in the middle.

M- Medium, smooth, crisp, dry, and very lively with the carbonation.

O- A fantastic beer that is easy to drink and hides the 8.5% ABV very well. Definitely will be pick up some more very soon!

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dirtyskunk
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Triple Petrus tulip. Beautiful looking beer. Tons of sloppy head that sticks around forever, lots of lacing and a permanent white cap on top of the cloudy golden yellow beer.

Smells like candied pineapple, just a little funky grass/straw. Light malt and a little wheat. Not overly complex, but definitely solid and pungent.

Bone dry pull on the tongue despite a little sweetness from that candied pineapple thing going on. The fruitiness has just an edge of tartness that also factors in and balances things. There's just a tiny bit of medicinal/metallic flavor going on. I guess you could say it's part of the funk/tartness. Incredible how well the booze is hidden, just a little peppery alcohol spice to hint at that 8.5 ABV.

Silky smooth texture. It's like drinking custard. Low carbonation though.

Not much else to say about this one. World class. It's a classic, and maybe my favorite trappist.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of AggieOso
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of kristenrae8
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It's charming and cute and pairs well with vegetarian dishes.

Appearance: Pale, golden, monster head is poured incorrectly. It's lacy, but the lacing is faint and delicate.

Smell: faint and whispers of hops and sweet and sour nuances. Hops and honey are what I'm smelling.

Taste: Solid or firm flavor, emcompassing the art of beer and adaptable with other beers and meal pairings. This beer would be a good stepping stone for a gal who likes Stella or Blue Moon. It's refreshing and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Perfected balance of carbonation and flavor

Overall: I really like this beer, it's my go-to beer, it's great with a really heavy meal - to lighten things up and it compliments vegetarian dishes nicely.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Appearance - Golden straw colour; White head, good retention; Strong carbonation

Aroma - Notes of: wheat, bananas, floral, apricot, rasin, vanilla; Sweet malt, alcohol presence

Taste - Notes of: citrus, peach, malt, banana, spice, hops; Tangy finish

Mouthfeel - Medium body; Good carbonation; Moderate tangy/dry/bitter finish

Drinkability - Very drinkable; Deceptively light for 7.5%

Overall - Great beer, well balanced, a fine example, really like this

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Photo of Agent1
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Moortgat was one of the first Belgian beers to grab my attention and thankfully, steer me away from the plethora of corporate beer companies masquerading as craft breweries. I've had this countless times, but still worth a review!

Appearance - A stern golden yellow. Quite vivid. The carbonation really brings this beer to life! Rather clear and it is obvious that this is filtered. A very bubbly, bright head. Nice and white. Great lacing.

Smell - The smell of yeast is the first thing that jumps out to me. The bouquet is quite piny due to the hops (definitely a characteristic of the Saaz hops). Lots of floral notes as well as some 'earthy' qualities.

Taste - I can immediately taste the white sugars in this, versus Belgian candy sugar or even some beers that use brown. It's fairly obvious if you focus on its sweet characteristics. Lots of flower and herb coming through. The hops bring out some pine as well. This beer is considerably bitter, but maintains a great sense of balance.

Mouthfeel - Great feel! I always find that some of the best beers I've had are the ones that stimulate all parts of the mouth. This beer always does that. However, I feel this mostly on the sides of my tongue. Very warm, smooth feel on the palate.

Overall - I still love this beer. Especially when on sale (which happened to be the case this time)! Hard to turn down such a solid import that delivers every time. When given the opportunity to introduce a more complex or foreign beer to friends, this is usually my brewery of choice. A solid Belgian blonde for sure.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Nice white foam heaf and slightly cloudy head at first pour but settles very quickly.

Smell: Light fruit and faint spice with a mild hop aroma.

Taste: Very smooth, clean & crisp. Nice faint fruit flavor with some bitterness from the hops. Slight alcohol taste but very drinkable.

Highly recommend this one

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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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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