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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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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chickenm
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Gorgeous looking beer, pale golden color with a massive white head, and lots of bubbles. Aroma of yeast, citrus, spices, and a little honey. Taste is sweet, yeasty, and fruity with some mild bitterness. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, a little bit like champagne. Decently drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one of these at once.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured for me by Christian Bauweraerts, co-founder of Brasserie d'Achouffe (what a gift!)

A- Poured carefully into a tulip glass with a hand-high rocky white head, which was well retained and SLOWLY gave way to some incredible lacing. The body was a bright yellow featuring abundant visible carbonation. Just picture perfect- my words do it no justice!

S- Classic yeasty belgian aromas and pale malts are accompanied by some spritzy stale hops in the nose. Further examination reveals TINY hints of straw and earth.

T- The taste is simple, yet elegant- pale crackerlike malts meet low-alpha hot bitterness. It all ends with a long and dry finish.

M- TONS of carbonation. This beer is very well attenuated, thus making a thin body.

D- A pleasure to look at, smells wonderful, and super-tasty... very very drinkable until the 8.1% ABV gets you!!

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Photo of Lerxst
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a pale crystal clear yellow with a gentle pour producing a huge billowy white head that lasts forever and leaves tons of sticky lacing. This is one great looking beer!

S-Nose is not particularly distinctive, but I'm picking up some fruit and yeast and thats about it.

T-Very crisp taste of light fruit/citrus, malt and spice. Its not terribly complex but it is good.

M-Crisp, dry, light body. A bit of a sting from the carb, but it suits the beer well. Very clean finish.

D-Very drinkable beer. Several of these in a sitting is certainly doable.

Overall, this is a very good beer. But of course, you knew that already.

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Photo of Night
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure gold with strains of cloudy yeast here and there. Massive white angel-food-cake head billows up and lives forever; an iceberg of cream sits in the middle with big bubbly arcs all over the glass. Aroma reveals rich and sweet bread / dough malts, fruit and musty yeasts, and distant hop spiciness. Cream and flowers throughout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sharply effervescent with a dry quality. Flavor is well-matched to the nose with the addition of a considerable sourdough malt quality; notes of lemon and pepper from the hops. Aftertaste is primarily sour and tingly. In the end dry and a touch warm.

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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of budsboy
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color, slightly hazy, with a monstrous bone white head that sticks around and forms cloud-like formations on top of the beer. Lots of tiny, frenetic bubble streams in there.

Smell is sweet malt and woody spice, faint coriander and citrus fruit, all subdued.

Taste is biting hops, coriander and cool, sweet malt with a big warming alcohol in the gullet. Bitter, spicy finish. Addictive. Spiceness increases as it warms.

Nimble and light on the tongue, heavy dose of champagne-like carbo.

Very tempting brew. Wonderful cap to this warm, sunny day as night and mercury fall. Try some.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmitC
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small Duvel bottle of white color and red markings, into a snifter.

Color is straw pale. About one and one-half finger white colored head with decent retention. Good lacing on the sides. Some bubbles. Cloudy and hazy appearance. Suspensions.

Aroma is the weakest thing about this beer. I don't know if the bottle was too old or whatever. It is highly unlikely though. Slight Belgian yeast. Very little hop aroma, dry nuts, Crispiness, effervescence, malts. Some yeast. Strength is moderate at best. Very low profile. Complex - definitely.

Taste follows the nose. A lot of things going on simultaneously. But I think I have better and more intense BSPAs than this beer. A big disappointment or rather lack of aptitude to be a big beer - my personal opinion. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is light to medium. High carbonation. Easy to drink. Hides the strength very well.

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Photo of chrissy820
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZechariahLyons12
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ironmark666
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served a hazy light yellow with a thin off-white head. Good retention from the minimal head that was there.

S - Some subtle Belgian yeast, weather, lemon.

T - More Belgian style yeast, citrus lemon, wheat, corn. Pretty mild.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Light, citrusy and a Belgian delight.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a huge bubbly white head that turns to meringue at the top. A constant flow of carbonation bubbles feed a head that persists forever and making pouring 12 oz into a pint glass impossible in one attempt. The aroma on this is quite unique. Apple cider and pears along with a bready yeasty aroma are quite inviting. Bits of pepper and spice round out the nose quite well. The flavor is crisp and just a hint of sugary sweet with a heavy does of apple and light fruits. Light hints of pepper and other yeast derived flavors balance this quite nicely. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart and bubbly mouthfeel. This is a unique and wonderful beer, how come I am just trying this now?

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ingles1989
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of articode
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: medium-gold and slightly cloudy, with a 2-finger head and nice lacing
S: yeast, mild citrus and slight spice
T: taste is a little sharp up front, but mellows into tingly orange yeasty with some spice
M: tingly with dense, small bubbles like champagne
O: true to the style, and well-balanced

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Photo of Kyseber
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Refloosh
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WaringYouOut
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The pour is a hazy medium yellow, big head, small lacing
S - Strong yeast with sweet overtones
T - First taste is incredibly full and sweet, reminiscent of bananas. Herbs include mostly clove with a bit of nutmeg and vanilla
M - medium-light, a bit creamy towards the end, lots of lively carbonation
O - On tap, the beer lives up to the hype. I find that in the bottle, the first impact is a bit too heavy; give the beer a bit of time to breathe before partaking. When possible, find on tap, the effect is much better. By far one of my top choices among the Belgian beers. I prefer on tap a bit on the chilled side. Once warmed, the sweet flavored really stand out to the point where it's almost overpowering - a bit strong for my taste.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bobikel
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a 500ml goblet

Appearance - Pours a Bud colored pale golden with a thick two finger clunky head. Retention is very good. Lacing could be a little better.

Smell - Very lager like, with hints of bannanna. A little bite from the alchohol is present, but understated.

Taste - Very dry with a nice spicyness. Hot alchohol hits the tongue, and fades down the throat. Slightly cloying with the diacetyl crispness of a lager. Although an ale, it seems more lagerish to me. *edit* As it warms some more fruity esters can be found.

Mouthfeel - Thick creamy explosion happens as soon as the beer hits your tongue. Very typical for this style.

Drinkability - I'll be all Duveled out after this 750. Tasty, and easy drinking. But just not as complex as I would like. Now, the Maredsous 10...

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best before 12/2016, pour unhurriedly. It's been a few years since I had this, so it was definitely overdue for a review.
A - pale golden ale with a towering white head tha holds amazing retention leaving thick lacing down the glass as it slowly fades
S - straw, lemongrass, spicy yeast, faint bubblegum
T - spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, lemongrass, quite sweet
M - effervescent medium body, finishes dry with a slight bitterness
O - better than I remember, but for some reason I'm still not crazy over it. I'll gladly drink it again if the opportunity arises, but I don't see myself seeking it out any time soon.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy nice white head. Good lacing and retention. Golden hazy body. I swirled the yeast and the end of the pour.

Smells fairly complex. I get big vinous white wine notes, like a muscato, sugary white grapes, some grainy malts, light clove and light brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet sugary white grapes, light pepper and white wine. Some grainy malts and a light belgian yeast quality ( fruity and spice). Very sparking white wine like in many ways.

Medium bodied that is broken up with high carbonation. Firmly dry on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty beer. I had high hopes for this one and wasn't disappointed yet wasn't blown away either. I'd pick this up again to age for a few years like this one has.

Best by 05 2015. $4.50 a small bottle.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,010 ratings
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