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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Even if you don't like Belgians or appreciate the style, if you love beer (I do!) you cannot help but exclaim that this is one of the world's truly brilliant concoctions. Flavour, flavour , flavour, aroma, aroma, aroma, head, head, head and finish, finish, finish....without question one of the world's most perfect brews!

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as always a perfect beverage.
pours honey marmalade gold and gives head like a world class champion.
the head on this beer symbolizes all that makes it great. its a living monument to the wonderful duvel yeast. rocky cloudy and stiffens at the top.
it smells divine. a magical blend of spices malt and yeast.
dry sweet complex tasting. leaves a whirlwind of flavors on the palate during and long after each delightful sip.
sniffing this beer alone puts it heads and shoulders above the average fare. and it tastes so good you cant wait for the next sip while trying to savour the one you just had.
no alcohol taste whatsoever but a hearty warming from the high ABV is inevitable.
this is the good stuff.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.5% ABV, Best Before 07 2012. Thanks to my girlfriend for a GOOD bottle of this. I've been trying to review it for damn near a year and have been getting only crap bottles.

A - The pour, unhurried, like they suggest, leaves the beer a crystal clear pale yellow so the drinker can witness the never-ending chimneys of carbonation billowing bubbles upwards. The bleached white head is three fingers tall and filled with dense, creamy bubbles. Solid retention finally gave way to characteristic Belgian lace all over the glass like a beautiful veil.

S - The Belgian yeast creates a strong, perfumy aroma of yeast and mild spices with a touch of citrus in the nose. Saaz hops (I believe) add a little spice as well as giving off a floral scent and making it a nice crisp, clean aroma. Pale malts fall into the background but still have a touch of raw honey sweetness to them. Or perhaps there is a little candi sugar. Lots of nuanced in this intoxicating aroma.

T - Spicy all over the place. Black pepper and a...coriander-like hint coming from either the yeast or the hops. The hops give a delicate dryness to the finish which pairs well with the citrusy zest. The Belgian yeast, without sediment present, still gives a yeast flavor with light esters. Low sweetness poking through. Delicate but very deep.

M - Crisp and abundantly carbonated, it's as sprtizy on the tongue as champagne. The finish has a light dry and citrus kick that gives it a refreshing feel. It feels light bodied.

D - Insanely drinkable for the percent it contains making it a dangerous brew. I could have a few in a row. Fantastic flavor and feel, it is THE perfect example of the style and one of the greatest beers of all time when you don't constantly get skunked or bad bottles. Shoulda' had this at midnight instead of champagne.

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Look: Big billowing head is retained for a fair amount of time, leaving beautiful lacing. Opaque and pale gold in color. Active carbonation.

Smell: Bright tropical fruits and grape and slight banana esters. A little baking spice and some bready malts.

Taste: Pretty vinous. big bready malts. Some of the lighter and brighter cooking spices. Candied melon. Little bitter kick on the way down.

Feel: Little bit of heat from the alcohol forming on the gums and front of the tongue. Super dry finish. Pretty big body to boot.

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Color: poured out the yeast (ill try again without it). perfect cloudy, pure gold. two-finger head with constant replenishment

Smell: crisp, yeasty, slightly malty. typical belgian spices.

Taste: very crisp, citrusy (somewhat tart), yeasty and alcoholic combo. very clean finish with only a hint of malt and yeast and just a tich of bitterness

Mouthfeel: very sparkly. very light, crisp and smooth. high carbonation

Notes: what a gorgeous beer! totally lives up to its reputation. extremely easy drinking, despite the carbonation. delicious fruitiness. totally disappears from your mouth once you swallow. i know i gave it all 5's, but i just didnt know where to compromise, and this is a perfect example of what a strong golden should be

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,930 ratings.
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