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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale

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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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Ratings: 7,991 |  Reviews: 2,852
Photo of mikeinportc
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dmsharma
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slow sipping or thirst quenching (with caution), highly satisfying beer.
On a given evening I could sit with a nice single malt scotch, aged rum or a Duvel.

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Photo of c014572
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nirvana in a bottle. Light bodied, very smooth finish and hides the ABV perfectly. Pours deceptively light with a huge head that wont' quit. Initially hits you with with Belgian yeast funk perfectly balanced through the malts. Then, for lack of better description, I get a saison like spiciness followed by some alcohol presence. OMG. Love this stuff.

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Photo of tedho21
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spezz
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thommo_nk
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is world class!!

Pours a golden yellow hazy colour.

Taste is dry, bready, malty, sharp but well rounded and leaves you wanting to open another bottle. In the UK £2.79 for 33cl.

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Photo of wmartin
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No problem giving this a high score.

Drank from 750ml bottle sourced from Belgium (and dated 7/2017) into teku. Was concerned when I saw the date, presumably an expiration date, a month from now, but was not disappointed.

If you like foamy beer, this is for you! Poured from the bottle 4 times; each time was more careful to pour so as to limit foam production. Each time failed. Has a lemony orange clear color with a thick white frothy head that lasts longer than usual. It looks like something you would really like to try.

I wouldn't say the taste is strong compared to some other "burly" beers, but it is smooth and elegant, with a nice bitter finish. Bottle lists some of the hops used, which were unfamiliar to me. Yeast flavor is mild, but Belgian-type. Malt flavor is difficult to detect.

Top marks for a very smooth and drinkable ale!

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Photo of Briggsy43
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a fat-bottomed tulip
L- Surprisingly it is clear when coming out of bottle but settles into a hazy, muted gold when in glass. Has good carbonation with a thin white head sitting on top.
S- Spice, clove, cinnamon, garlic, lemon zest, peach, parsley, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, grass. Very complex.
T- Similar to notes as smell. Nice balance between sweet and spice with a nice creaminess carrying it to the finish.
F- Incredibly smooth and bounces on your taste buds.
O- A well balanced, quality beer that is rightfully a classic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a golden bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head, somewhat fizzy but holding. Once it fell off, sly messy lace ran around my glass.
The aroma had a beautiful blend of sweet grass, Belgian yeasty/breadiness, light clove, floral hop bits, touch of herbal and some light Belgian candied fruits.
The flavor blended wonderfully between the sweetness to the spice and creating a well blended smooth aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian strong ale always lovely to have at practically any time of the year.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Between the Heineken, Grolsch and the Abinbev beers always the winner; Fresh, light maltic acid and tart sweet, beautiful bitter edge and the famous Gisttoon

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle BB 8/2017 poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp 8.5% ABV (allowed to warm 30 minutes.) The beer pours a mildly hazy orange yellow color with prolific off white head. Lacing is strong from top to bottom. The aroma as this warms is apple, pear and slight generic Belgian smells. The flavor is fruity with mild tartness playing off sharp carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated and finishes dry. Overall, very good. I'm not sure the age of this but I believe this is best enjoyed fresh. It's nice, but not worth the premium over some craft options.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rexyphi
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weaker in comparison to other Belgian, both in ABV and "back of mouth" flavor. Frothy head and clear, golden color, but lacking in distinctive "image" that other slow brewed beers have. Great taste and overall great beer, just slightly off the pace car.

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Photo of RMW66
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the stubby 330 ml bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours cloudy golden with a 1 in. thick puffy white head, that leaves a thin layer resting on the beer throughout the drink. Nice wispy lacing around the glass. Great Belgian smell - tart and spicy. Tastes sweet and tart, with apple, apricot and pepper. Light mouthfeel and moderately carbonated. A rare treat.

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Photo of dfconnor
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting beer featuring a complex bouquet of yeasty, spice and fruit flavors. Very delicate on the palate, and the high alcohol content does not give this a boozy aftertaste. One of these days I will have to do a head-to-head comparison with Orval, which is a very similar Belgian ale, to see which one I like the best. I hope I like Duvel better because it is a lot cheaper than Orval.

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Photo of MikeNatalie
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Strohm
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rojavaga
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I've had whose head actually *increases* in size in the minutes following the pour. Looks like a highly effervescent champagne. Head is big, pillowy, and solid white. Awesome retention and moderate lacing. Grains, mild malts, and some yeast esters on the nose. Taste is much more doughy, with the same AAL-like graininess I picked up on in the aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, a little puckering on the finish. Overall very refreshing summertime sipper, but because of the importing/shipping costs, the price is pretty prohibitive in MA at ~$16/4-pack. Better without bottom sediment mixed in


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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden yellow with huge foamy head. Smells of ripe bananas, pear, a little orange and grapefruit, a little spice and yeast and wheat. Goes down absolutely smooth with no alcohol detected despite being over 8%. Taste follows the nose, with a nice little bready biscuity taste as well and a slight hop bitterness. Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation that adds to the crispness and cleanness. No unpleasant aftertaste though it does finish dry. Nearly perfect.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,991 ratings
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