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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured appropriately into a standard tulip.

A: A very pale golden hue with some haze provided by the yeast that pours out due to the brew's bottle conditioning. A frothy bleach white head forms as you delicately pour, and it leaves THICK patches of pure white silky lacing down the glass as it deflates to a perfectly creamy cap.

S: Clean, faint aromas reminiscent to an apple and pear orchard on a chilly day. Some alcohol spice seeps through, mixed with some fresh yeast.

T: A bit fruity at first, like the skin of a fresh-picked apple. The yeast floats through to add a bit of earthiness to it. A little bit of bitterness and alcohol spice in the finish does well to balance this one out. Complexity through simplicity. Duvel does a great job of not getting in its own way.

M: A perfect level of carbonation gives the brew a nice bite without getting in the way of the full, juicy body. I can't even begin to explain in full how this brew feels in the mouth... It's hard to wrap my head around how a brew can be as full-bodied as this, but still remain light and airy in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV obviously affects the feel, which can be off-putting for those used to lighter, more sessionable brews, but I find no negative connotations in the texture, regardless.

O: As I've been delving deeper into the world of beer, Belgian Strong Pales have been dropping farther and farther down on my list of preferred styles so, admittedly, I've been slacking on Duvel. As I sit here typing this conclusion, sipping the last few ounces, I'm metaphorically slapping myself in the face for putting this brew off for so long. You know you have something special on your hands when you're utterly dumbfounded by how good a brew is, regardless of the fact that it's a style you're not fond of. Duvel is the top of the line. It is the be-all-end-all Belgian strong pale ale. It is the gold standard in which every BSPA aspires to be. If you're looking for the definitive, look no further. Duvel is here to satisfy.

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A - Pours a clear straw gold color with a large 2 inch stalwart head that fades slowly. Pillowy head, tiny bubbles, and rich lacing. Perhaps the best head ever. It's a champagne like beer.

S - Meditation. Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt.
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Needs a moment to let loose the sweet shoppe, and calm down into the more grassy, champagne like body it will become.

T - RISING on the tongue, with sweet malts, a little bitterness, spices. Pepper & champagne.
So much going on. Such a clean long, long, cleansing finish, that makes you want another kiss, I mean sip.

M - pinpoint carbonation. Dry and crisp like champagne. Slightly chauky in a good way.

D - Must try. A best beer in the world?
As Alstrom wrote "Close to champagne but so much more"

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A: Slightly cloudy bright straw color, lots of bubbles streams quickly rising. The distinctive feature is the massive, massive frothy head that easily appears. Looks amazingly refreshing. Bottle art is regal and appealing.

S: Some notes of grains like in a 'domestic beer'. Backed up by undertones of tropical fruit and spice, it turns out to be OK. Mild hop presence back there too.

T: Those same fruity notes and spice, coriander, a bit of yeastiness. Lemon rind. Grainy aftertaste. Reminds me of cheap champagne.

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A: Opaque golden body with a Massive white frothy head, tons of retention and lacing

S: Belgian yeast scents as well as spices fill the nose. Fruity note as well as alcohol when this warms up.

T: Earthy bitterness As well as some fruity esters, banana and bubble gum tastes. Taste a bit boozy but thats to be expected at 8.5% Grassy hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, with an earth feel on the back end. Carbed well but not so much that it stings your palette. Very little alcohol warmth.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I got it on sale at $10 a 4 pack, regular price it $15 a 4 pack which is a bit pricy, however for the occasional treat I think its worth the splurge.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,032 ratings
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