Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BA SCORE
90.1%
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4.25 w/ 7,964 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
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#734
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7,964
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7,172
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
11.53%
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4.75
 
 
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Photo of btorsdog
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe a small grocery near my house sells this for $9.99 all the time, great buy!
if you look up the word "beer" anywhere this is the picture that ought to be beside it! Golden Yellow with a slight haze to it but probably the best head ever, thick and dense, impressive!
Slightly "Grolsh" like with a touch of white peppery skunk to it, belgian scent comes through also!
taste is as gold as she looks ,slight bitter sting with a sweetening malt effect, so cleanly crisp at the end its almost frightening!
medium mouth with an effervescant thing happening, somewhat dry.
This is where the "Devil" comes into play with ya.So tasty but dry so you what more to quench that spot, Alcohol seems non-existant so you just keep pounding 'em down, Great Brew!!!!

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass and poured from a bottle.

A: Pale yellow, not the greatest colour. Great head and incredible lacing though. The consistency is suprisingly clear.

S: Luxurious, with a plethora of fruits; grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas with a heaping serving of clove. Belgian yeast scent comes out beautifully.

T: Malty, sweet, complex and yeasty, all similar to a Chimay. Flavours are top notch. Like a fine wine; rich like a glass of brandy.

M: Harsh on the tongue, very carbonated, and very very boozy. Quite the number on the mouth, but in a good way.

D: This beer is so damn good, but its so alcoholic that its damn near impossible to stay sober after having more than 2 or 3.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a huge head that nearly towered out of the glass.

S: Immediately reminded me of a pilsner, perhaps it was the color that had me thinking that way. Smelled peppery and citric, perhaps lemon.

T: A slightly bitter hoppy start, with a fruity and citric rind middle with an alcohol push at the end.

M: Creamy head beginning, feels very light. Almost like an extra dry champagne with the way it dissipates.

D: Very easy to sip. Much lighter than the bold full taste suggests.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Translucent, hazy, golden, thick creamy head. Oddly clear in the center. This looks promising. Nice lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a pilsner, with some faint skunky notes and fainter spice. Pretty nice, but muddled and muted.

T: Scrumptious; exceeded my expectations. The main taste is refreshingly robust for a beer that looks so pale. There is a carbonated creaminess preceding a sharp spiciness. This spice, in turn, gives way to smooth estery malts which escort the remaining flavours -- fruit, yeast, through to the aftertaste. Aftertaste is light, ever-so-slightly dry, but with a stickiness in the back of the throat.

M: The initial mouthfeel is fizzy and encompassing, the creamy head filling the mouth. A balanced sharp-sweet effect simultaneously soothes and pricks the mouth. Very nice.

D: Drinkably smooth but still interesting. The alcohol is detectable. Not the *very* best BSPA I've ever reviewed (that honour goes to Unibroue's Don de Dieu) but Duvel is a better example of the style (indeed, probably the epitome of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale). Highly recommended; I will buy it again.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Sometime ads exaggerate how a beer looks in real life. This beer is beautiful! A clear golden yellow sits underneath a huge frothy head. Wonderful head retention and amazing lace.

S: A light floral aroma with hints of lemon, apple, and pear. Also getting some grassy & peppery notes.

T: The initial taste is sweet acidic flavor, then goes into a short bitter phased, followed by a cereal malty finish. A dry aftertaste with hints of doughy yeast. Flavors picked up throughout the beer are Belgian yeast, banana, herbs, & spices.

M: Light body with lively carbonation. Tickles on my tongue.

D: Must drink again. Must drink again. Must drink again.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle to a duvel tulip.

A: Clear golden color with the famous, huge, lush head

S: slightly sweet, slightly spicy. Very apetizing

T: everything that is in the nose and more. Spicy flavors mix with a banana like malt sweetness and a hint of hops in perfect balance

M: just right for a refreshing beer like this-not thick, but not too watery. Moderately high carbonation goes well with the spicy flavors

D: out of this world. I could easily sip one of these over the course of a couple hours or chug it in minutes-it's that good

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Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip! Been waiting a while to match this combination.

A: This beer has one of the most recognizable pours. When you say huge egg-whipped frothy white head, you automatically think Duvel. Head slowly receded into the bowl of the tulip forming an oily dollop of cream over the light golden liquid that stuck around until the last drop. Great head retention, amazing lace.
S: Sweet pears and apples amongst peppery Belgian spices. Slight apricot and nectarine.
T: Loads of Belgian spice with some fruit. Notes of clove, cardamom, pepper, banana, and herbal hops. There is an overall sweetness to the brew. Finish is lightly bitter. Aftertaste is full of banana and brown sugar. Light bubblegum and doughy yeast as well.
M: Full body with a rich flavor and soft carbonation. Alcohol is masked but lends some viscosity to the body. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit chewy. Perfect.
D: One of the classics. Everyone should try this beer. Even my non-craft drinking friends admit this beer is good. I could drink this again and again.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel (pronounced Doo-vle) is a beers which is synonymous among beer aficionados. It is a reference point for brewers and a staple for beer drinkers.

At the LCBO Duvel is available in 330ml short capped bottles for $3.10, and is 8.5% abv. It is also available elsewhere in 750ml corked bottles, and 1.5L Magnums as shown. All bottles are bottle conditioned. This beer is a Belgian Pale Ale, and should be served cold between 4 to 7C (39 - 45F); Moortgagte suggests 6C. This will allow you to enjoy the beers magnificent quenching and refreshing characteristics, and as it warms gently, added layers of aroma and complexity will show themselves.

One of my favorite things about the Duvel is its chalice, which was designed specifically for this beer. You will notice if you stand the bottle and glass next to each other that the glass is almost double the size of the bottle; this is no mistake. The Duvel should be poured slowly on a slight angle with the glass gently rotating upright and lifting the bottle higher so that just after halfway you are pouring directly into the beer. A large and mountainous head should form a pure white clouds with massive amounts of air pockets filling it.

The head should begin close to the middle of the gold Duvel logo, and should raise to the top of the glass' lip. This may seem like a large amount of head if you are used to drinking commercial beers, however this is the perfect amount of foam for a beer like the Duvel. Its natural carbonation is going to create a luscious head no matter what you do, it is filled with rich aromas and unique flavors, and the glass was also designed specifically to allow this to happen.

Moortgat also suggests leaving about one cm of beer in the glass so that you do not pour the sediment (yeast from the bottle conditioning) into your glass. This is a personal preference. Depending on the beer, the sediment can add funky earthy flavors to the beer, or can impart a light sour or tart sensation to the beer. Personally, I think its all just more flavor. There are a couple beers which I reserve the sediment and enjoy the beer clean, however I pour every last drop of Duvel into my glass.

The beer itself is golden straw yellow and completely transparent. A laser etched "D" inside the bottom of the glass creates ridges for bubbles to form, and a clean stream of carbonation pours straight up the middle of every properly served Duvel, helping the head stay where it belongs.

The nose is delicate and sweet, it has very soft floral aromas of fresh hops and herbs, tickling spices, ripe soft fruits like peaches, bananas and apple, and a purely Belgian yeast character. It doesn't pour at your with riches or power; the alcohol is not close to noticeable. The Duvel thus far is very delicate and pleasing, and shows characteristics which should prove to be exceptionally refreshing.

Tilt the chalice gently towards you and be delightfully treated to a smooth and effervescent beer gliding under the head into your mouth - the chalice was designed for a purpose. The Duvel first brings soft blond malt sweetness in a complex and round group of flavors. Light malts, sweet earth, yeast and fruits all show their presence on your tongue and gently into your cheeks.

Easily, light spice and precise carbonation begin to raise your taste buds to attention as the beers floats across your palate. More hints of candy sweetness and the lightest caramel show up on your palate, and soon floral hops bring quenching dry, but soft bitterness in to balance the experience. The mouthfeel is elegant, smooth, and very refreshing. A richly carbonated beer usually is aggressive, but the carbonation here is all natural and pairs with the beer's flavors effortlessly.

Once again, the soft and hugely aromatic characteristics of the beer have created something absolutely delightful. The alcohol is perfectly hidden by this beer's balanced and layered flavors, and a severely impressive overall experience. The finish is quick, quenching, and crisp with a sweetly citrus touch - think fresh green apples. It really is a beautiful beer experience, and very deserving of its reputation.

I do love the Duvel with earthy soft cheeses, lamb, salads of almost any variety, and even grilled foods like hamburgers and shish-kabob. But mostly, I enjoy the Duvel, outside, when its hot, and I need to be confidently impressed.

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Photo of gford217
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

The look is virtually perfect for me. It's got a slightly hazy golden yellow body with an enormous fluffy white head that's fed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom. The retention is ridiculous with clumps of white foam lasting for the duration and leaving sheets of lacing. Beautiful pour.

The aroma is fresh and grassy with lightly floral hops and slightly earthy. Lemon zest with some pears and green apples mixed in.

The taste is wonderful as well. It's got an earthy hop and musty Belgian yeast presence up front which mixes perfectly with the sugar-coated pears underneath. The finish is dry, crisp and lightly tart and bitter.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with tons of carbonation. Smooth but crisp and very bubbly on the palate.

After the rare beers I've had from all over the place, it's refreshing to taste such a stunning beer that almost everyone can get. Rarity be damned, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. An absolute classic.

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Photo of RiverCityBrews
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale yellow. Very faint light orange/brown underskin. Massive bubbly head that gets bigger after sitting for a bit.

Smell - Super sweet but not overwhelming. Faint cloves and citrus.

Taste - Bright asnd lingering sweet malt. Hops are calm.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly but not in a trashy miller high life type of way. Coates the tung but melts away soon enough.

Drinkability - I could drink just this all night. Doesn't sit heavy or get boring.

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

appearance: Wow, this golden beauty has the most amazing head. Massive and frothy, like a big beer bubble bath.
smell: Apple fruity with some subdued spiciness.
taste: More of the same. Some fruity sweetness with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very nice.
mouthfeel: Another treat...full and like a beer bubbly.
drinkability: For me, a wonderful treat but a little overwhelming to be a gulper.
Hmmm....the champagne of beers.

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

Reviewed from my notes. A corked and caged 750ml bottle, best before 21/11/2012, poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet.

The bottle opened with a loud pop. Visible vapors could be seen escaping from the chilled bottle. Pouring into my glass produces a huge white foam head. It settles into soap bubbles strung across and around the glass, like regular lacing, by in three dimensions. Lots of rising carbonation is visible in the clear straw liquid. Not too much film is left behind when I swirl the glass around, but some good lace remains.

Duvel has, to me, a great sweet Belgian aroma. It's a great mixture of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, bready malts, orange peel and coriander.

The flavor begins with some pale malts that provide a small amount of sweetness. Each sip finishes with some alcohol and a peppery bite. It's a great strong Belgian pale flavor.

You can feel a lot of carbonation in each mouthful, but it works well. The coat is slick and a little buttery (but without any butter flavors). It has a medium/ful body and a quick dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable. In a single glass, each sip goes down well. It also works over a longer session--I'll finish off this 750ml bottle myself without issue. Duvel is worthy of the praise it receives and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Keffa
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

A: This is the best looking beer I have had, bar none. Slightly cloudy/hazy pale yellow, rocky/fluffy sticky head that stayed around for about 10 minutes (and it wasn't a vigorous pour either) and settled into a 1/2" cap and left lacing all over the glass. This is what a beer should look like, IMO.

S: Lemon, lightly flowery hops, cracker, a little bit of Belgian yeast, slightly musty/earthy smell in the background, a little bit of a toffee sweetness. This smells very, VERY enticing.

T: Holy crap. First taste is a lemony hop and Belgian yeast, turns into a cracker/bready like malt and a little bit of that earthy note on the aroma. Turns into a slightly fruity finish that leaves very little hint that it's such a high ABV. Extremely good flavors going on, and not one flavor takes the lead, IMO. They all play their part and do so with no problem with going into the background while another flavor comes forward.

M: Very tingly, highly carbonated, extremely smooth, almost creamy. Nice feel for sure.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to the point of being ridiculous. The slight hint every so often a slight hint of the high ABV is the only thing that keeps this from being able to be pounded away, not that you'd want to with it being 8.5%.

This is one of my new favorites. Extremely good flavor, well balanced between the Belgian yeast/floral, slightly fruity hops/cracker-like malt that shows a little sweetness. This is a Devilish brew indeed. Partake with caution. It'll get you in trouble if you aren't careful.

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Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into its own glass. Big fluffy white head on a clear golden yellow. Vigorous carbonation. Good lacing and head retention.

Spicy malt smells. Sweet fruity malt taste up front with a dry, light hop twist at the end. Well melded and balanced flavours throughout. ABV is not too obvious in the taste but definitely there.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Drinkability is very good and could be sessionsble but for the ABV.

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Photo of chaz410
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the flying saucer in bottle.
Pours like the "headiest" pilsner you've ever seen. HUGE HUGE white head on this puppy after the pour. I've honestly had this beer more times than I can count and I've never been able to none stop pour into any glass even when taking my time without the head getting too large. Pilsner like body that's ver very yellow and almost like champagne. Good carbonation bubbles.
Smells dry, corn note, pine, citrus and little spikes of belgian sweaty funk.
Taste similar to smell but more on the pilsner malts with a toasty character and some very crisp finish.
Easy-ish to drink for the abv but pretty dry

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Billowing rocky white head that is over three fingers. Golden body, semi-hazy body. Amazing retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers ever.

Banana esters, some phenols, a slight cereal maltiness, and a ague aged hop presence.

Fruity esters (banana, strawberry, and green apple), some clove like spicy phenolic flavor, and a delicate leafy hop flavor cleans out the back end.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp.

The definition of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it already.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow unleashes a giant frothy head.

S-Fruity, spicy, boozy, and sweet.

T-The taste in my opinion is much better than the nose. Belgian brews are not my favorite but this guy is a flavor bomb. Very spicy and yeasty. The alcohol is present but adds to the taste. Ends with nice sweetness.

M-Thicker than expected. Bubbly and complex.

D-Fairly high alcohol content and extreme taste makes me only want one. Very tasty but wouldn't want to drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top squatty bottle. Back label dated Best Before 01 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with billowing bone-white head that leaves lots of lacing and spotting.

Nose: Some spicy, woody notes atop a clean pale malt bill, some dry pine-y hops and a little note of corn (under-modified malt). Quite pleasant.

Palate: Lots of prickly carbonation, explosive on the palate. Some alcohol is present all the way through but the light hop bitterness sweeps it away. Some fruity flavors (apricot, pear) and some earthy/mineral notes too. Something a little wood-like from the hops. Long, but crisp finish.

Notes: An outstanding beer. Should be revered by all as the archetypal Belgain Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Erish
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a portion of a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: bright gold, steady stream of carbonation emanates from the stem, rocky white 3-finger head falls into a stable cap, very good lacing.

S: slightly herbal, slightly earthy Belgian funk, dry malt, there is a floral/honey note, apricot.

T: dried apples, apricots, lemon, sweetbread; the middle releases some green apples, floral accents, white pepper, and a flash of alcohol; the finish features grassy hops, and white pepper, and is long lasting and very dry.

M: medium weight, a tiny bit hot, moderate carbonation.

D: in my mind this is a prototype for the style, and while not my favorite, it is very good.

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Photo of MattyV
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Duvel tulip

Pours a hazy, straw yellow colour with a nice and big fluffy white meringue-like head that sticks around forever and even has a big gob left at the bottom of the glass

Aroma is initially quite restrained, probably due to the large head. Eventually some pale malts make an appearance, as well as that unexplainable Belgian character, along with some apple, some alcohol coming through. Pretty muted overall.

Taste is a mix of sweetness and bitterness which meshes together wonderfully. The pale malts are apparent, as is the spice and yeast. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

Highly carbonated and champagne-like... once again, very refreshing.

The 8.5% ABV is quite well hidden. The refreshing aspect of this beer makes it a highly attractive option in the summer months, especially as an apperitif in place of a sparkling wine at a dinner. The only hit against this beer is that its glowing reputation may have inflated my expectations, but I learned to appeciated its slightly muted merits.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a head that looks like shaving creme.
The smell is dominated by alcohol. It reminds me of wine. If I was blindfolded and did not know better, I'm not sure if I could identify it as beer.
The taste follows the nose. Alcohol followed with some bitterness. This is a good drink, just not worthy of $5 out of my pocket for a little bottle.
With respect to it's price, I find this beer highly overrated. With respect to it's flavor, I find it somewhat overrated.
If money is no object, then drink up!

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Photo of BogleHill
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After seeing the video on the Morgaat website, I realized that I had never tried this remarkable brew. Amazing clear golden color with a big white bubbly head. Lots and lots of carbonation. Amazingly clear. Pleasant aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty and very well balanced. Super crisp finish. The alcohol is incfredibly well masked. Superbe!

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Photo of dubinsky
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Chimay goblet, they come in the same shape bottle after all.

A- Poured a cloudy, light, gold hue with huge two finger fluffy white head. The head hung around through the entire session and left behind a lovely lacing.

S- My wife and i smelled apples, pears and spices which smelled like cinnamon and cloves. Tartness and fruitiness ring through the smell as well.

T- Fruity, tart, crisp and yet somehow incredibly smooth. Reminds me of a witbier with more spice and more malt flavor and aroma. Extremely dry finish. Kind of like eating a tart green apple.

M- Very dry and smooth with great tight carbonation.

D- Ummm, yeah, this is a dangerous beer. Very drinkable. found myself gulping it, and at 8.5%, i could see myself getting into trouble. The ABV is hidden very well. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Duvel tulip.

A: Now I remember why the Duvel tulip is so big. Four full fingers of chunky billowy head fill the glass to the brim. Carbonation steadily streams from the glass etch to the head long after the beer has been poured. Pale golden color with epic head retention.

S: Yeasty with sweet fruits. Apples, ripe bananas, and a sweet spice. Perfect intensity of smell for the style IMO.

T: Taste like is smells, with the yeast and spice downplaying the sweetness of the fruits.

M: Very crisp. Medium to light body with very high carbonation. This one just feels right on the palette.

D: Awesome beer from top to bottom. Had this one about a year ago and didn't think much. After a year of developing my taste, this one is a true great. Carbonation limits the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of arturorg
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

Appearance: Very beautiful clean golden color with a very white big head.

Aroma: Hops and a bit metallic.

Taste: Beer bitter (wich is good in my book), for a strong beer doesn't show it in alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing.

You cant go wrong with this one.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 7,964 ratings
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