Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#761
Reviews:
2,857
Ratings:
8,008
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
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476
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1,654
Trade:
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My all-time favorite. Glad I am getting around to reviewing this beer. Came as part of the gift pack which is great because it comes with its own glass.

A - Poured into my Duvel glass so there was 4 finger very white head. Body is golden wheat and hazy (or too many bubbles). Head sticks around for awhile and some solid lacing.

S - Crisp and fresh - a mix between green and red apples. Some cherries on the nose as well.

T - Just like the smell, so again green and red apples. The hops and malts are in perfect combination. Very light and wonderful. Light spices.

M - Very well balanced with super high carbonation but medium body which makes this crispy brew very drinkable.

O - Still on of my favorites but maybe not at the very top. My palate has grown but this beer is light and a go-to for me. Could drink it anytime and would love to share it with anyone. At $4 a bottle it is a deal as well.

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Poured from a 330ml into my Darkness snifter.

Holy shit that is a head. Towering, 4-finger head, from an "unhurried" pour. Moderate retention, but some of the most epic lacing I have ever seen. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow.

The nose is all belgian. Bright, floral, some banana, a little spicy and that classic yeast funk.

Clean and complex. A touch of citrus hops upfront. Kinda sweet kinda spicy middle. Banana bread? Grains and yeast in the finish. Very nice.

It's like drinking champagne. Super light and crisp with tons of tiny bubbles. Finishes so balanced and clean.

Overall I really like this. I've never actually had it before this tasting, but I know it's the gold standard for Belgian Strong Pales. Not cheap and I cant say I will be getting this regularly. I am intrigued to see what a year or two in the cellar would do for this brew. Recommended to any BA looking to dip their toes in the Belgian style of brewing. Cheers!

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,008 ratings
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