Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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:
A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavour, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Thanks to its high CO2 content, this beer has a wonderful roundness in the mouth. A Duvel is both the perfect thirst quencher and the ideal aperitif.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (best by 4/12/2013) poured into a Duvel tulip. Pours a crystal-clear, slightly greenish pale gold with a blindingly white tower of fluffy white head that leaves chunks of gravity-defying lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Effervescent carbonation bubbles forth from the laser-etched gothic Duvel "D" at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is lots of Belgian yeast and crisp clean pale malt. Lemon, spice, and a slightly sour green apple funk.

Taste is sharp, clean, dry and slightly tart. Slightly prickly mouthfeel that cleanses the palate with each sip, really luxurious, just perfect. Nice lemony acidity.

Overall, for me this beer defines the style. Everything about this beer just works.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a tulip.

Pours a hazy light gold with plenty of head

Smells of yeasty fruit. Hints of pears and pineapple

Taste is much like the smell. Everything balances nicely and the alcohol is never present. Carbonation is crisp and the beer finishes quite dry.

This is one of my favorite beers and an excellent example of the style. I love it.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance: opaque, golden, with a white, one finger head that stays for the holidays. Some of the finest lacing I've seen.

Smell: citrus-y with lemons backed up with Belgian yeast. Also picked up some bananas and cloves.

Taste: fluffy; the citrus really comes through, followed by cloves and yeast. Clean, lemon-y finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; great carbonation. Creamy. Just envelopes the palate.

Overall: Been wanting to try one of these for a while now. What a perfect time for Thanksgiving. Now I see why Duvel is the benchmark for Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Simply excellent. Who needs champagne when you've got this?

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-golden in color with good clarity. Enormous, fluffy, densely packed white head which forms a rocky, tight (yet still large) cap of foam as it collapses. Amazing belgian lace on the glass. Truly one of the most beautiful pours in beer.

Aroma-Most prominent is the yeast character, with light, spicy phenolics and some fruity pear and earthy yeast notes. Lightly sweet bready pils malt presents as well along with some perfumy alcohol. Light floral hopping. Pleasant and very clean.

Flavor-Just the faintest bit of malt sweetness with notes of fresh hay and sourdough up front which fade quickly to strong, spicy yeast phenolics. There's just a hint of estery fruit in the mid-palate, along with pleasant spicy/floral hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderately low and the finish is quite crisp and dry with slight peppery alcohol and earthy yeast character which carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with very high, effervescent carbonation and a bit of carbonic bite. Alcohol is not hot, but leaves a pleasant warmth on the palate.

The benchmark of the style for all Belgian Golden Strong, this beer doesn't miss a beat. It's exemplary in all categories, and just generally kicks ass. Always a treat, and one I don't enjoy often enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up a gift set with the giant tulip glass. Never had this one before, and I hear so many good things about it, so here goes.

A - Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden color with hints of amber, cloudy, and about 3 fingers worth of very foamy head. Great retention, awesome lacing. Plenty of carbonation. In short, it's gorgeous.

S - Kind of bready and yeasty. Notes of banana with some very subtle (not at all bad) alcohol smells.

T - Very sweet, like a wheat beer. The yeast is very noticable, and the banana from the nose is present, but only slightly. Kinda hoppy finish brings a very nice balance to it.

M - Very bubbly. Almost too much for my taste. Alcohol burn is somewhat noticable, but only near room temp. Very, very dry finish, like champagne or white zin.

O - I can see why this beer is so popular, but it's hard to justify $17 for a 4-pack for anything other than special occasions. That being said, I know I will buy this beer again because it is just plain great, and if High Life hadn't bastardized the concept, I would declare it's the beer equivalent to champagne.

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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Stella Tulip

A: Clear Golden with a decent 3 finger gold tinted head. Decent lacing.

S: Apples and slightly hoppy.

T: Sweet dry, apple-ish with hoppy taste and a spicy finish. Almost wine/champagne like.

M: Medium body with loads of carbonation.

O: Not what i was expecting from a Belgian (expecting a quad). Overall, pretty good, i was pleasantly surprised the more i drank. Although the thing i found odd was the more I let it sit, the better it tasted. Not sure if they're all like this or just the batch i got. Either way, worth trying if you haven't. I'd buy again when the mood strikes.

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2.91/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a crisp apple smell almost like a cider. Nicely carbonated and pours a big frothy head. Golden yellow colour with lots of bubbles. It tastes a bit like champagne. Tangy. Actually a lot like white wine.. without so much of the sweetness. The 8.5% ABV has no where to hide, it's right up front. I would use this beer as a wine substitute in seafood recipes.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,050 ratings