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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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4.25/5
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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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#763
Reviews:
2,857
Ratings:
8,009
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
4.75
 
 
Wants:
476
Gots:
1,656
Trade:
5
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Photo of DW78715816
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look it's a beautiful golden ale with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and a slight hoppy pine smell. Has a kind of a cider note.

Taste: it is very crisp and bright, reminds me a little of cider because of the fruit notes. Some hoppy goodness and slightly sweeter.

Feel: very crisp

Overall: this is just a great ale.

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

Photo of Ekish58
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing this one, bottle BB 12/2018:
Pours a lovely golden with a light chill haze (and yellow with a murkier haze if proper decanting is not done). Of course, the cumulonimbus cloud of white head is a well-known property of this beer. This falls into rocky peaks in an interesting near-geologic study. Lacing isn't as heavy as expected, but is quite strong.

The nose is a nicely balanced combination of sweet-leaning orchard fruit and a grassy to very lightly piney hop note. There's not much more complexity than that, but that simple recipe is very enticing.

Taste starts with a light, white cracker malt note. Upon this is layered a thin spread of apple butter. This provides the base upon which a spritz of citrus is added (with a little more tang when the dregs are included). The carbonation isn't as powerful as expected, but is in multitude with each sip. This might aid the pepper notes that come on as we transition towards the back of the beer. The orchard fruit becomes citrus pith as the bitterness starts to gain, combined with the pepper, there's a combined zesty bitterness here.

No surprise, just a well put together pale ale that is medium dry in the end. No frills because none are needed - a moderately complex beer without any extremes.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting strong beer that will kick ur butt. I don't care for the name but still.

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Photo of shbris
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Golden yellow (duh) with the thickest head I've ever seen. Head lasted forever and left tremendous lacing.

S---Citrus (lemon), sweet & floral.

T---Citrusy (grapefruit & lemon). Excellent balance between hops & malt. A little pleasant funkiness.

F---Lots of carbonation. Lingering taste/aftertaste.

O---An excellent Belgian. This is what so many American Belgians aspire to be, but fall short.

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Photo of pure_guava_
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazingly refreshing and crisp ale.

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Photo of mrjosephruiz88
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wubba lubba dub dub

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Photo of cmsiii
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden body with lots of carbonation; frothy, sticky, sculpted head. Excellent fruity aroma; notes of pear and grapefruit. Beautiful light malt backbone with a light, estery flavor; alcohol builds up slowly yet never overpowers the overall taste; very subtle sweetness off-setting the hops and alcohol. Relatively light body; powdery; dry finish overall.

This is a strong beer with character. It exudes a kind of lightness in mouthfeel while also delivering a lot of depth and balance with great flavors. Well-rounded, easy drinking (for a relatively high ABV), and quite satisfying.

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Photo of huthuty
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yellow, hazy, giant stubborn head
Smells brightly of pepper and tons of sweet malt
Tastes extremely smooth for the style, tastes like licorice and pepper, with some citrus
Overall my favorite Belgian style ale thus far

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Photo of phatsmackey
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dawon
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

정말.. 악마의 맥주 알콜 느낌을 전혀 받을 없고 밸런스 또한 너무 훌륭한 맥주. 부담 없이 매일 찾을 수 있는 맥주 같다. 하지만 색깔이 다른 맥주와 비교 했을 때 그리 특별하지 않지만 여튼 매우 훌륭한 맥주임은 틀림 없다 굿! 그리고 가격도 매우 합리적임

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SimplySinister
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured standard size bottle into pint glass. Straw colored and transparent. Gorgeous snow white 3 finger head without an aggressive pour. Supernatural retention. Unbelievable lacing. Moderate to high carbonation.

S- Hops. Yeast. Maybe lemon/ citrus/ something? Maybe? I'm not exactly sure and this isn't my first time having this beer.

T - Strong and lingering but pungent and enjoyable. Weird beer in the best way possible.

M - Not clean, not crisp. Lingering- in a good way.

D - Duvel is one of the prettiest beers I've ever seen poured. Bar none. It is a supermodel beer. It is also definitely drinkable. Unfortunately, that's where my love affair with Duvel ends.. It's a good beer but I don't think it's an amazing beer. Sure, it is totally unique and high strength and for that it gets points. With that being said, if I'm drinking for enjoyment, there are other offerings that I enjoy more. It's a little overrated.

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yannis77
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

**
10/19/17

I know I've rated this before, but lost it somewhere on a previous spreadsheet. Here goes again.

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Light yellow; big foamy head.
AROMA: belgian yeast, esters, touch of citrus, touch of banana
TASTE: balance of hop and malt, touch of banana with the yeasty flavors.
FEEL: thin body, but a sturdy head keeps it creamy, excellent carbonation.

A classic. I think I can appreciate this more now. Still not my type of beer, but you can notice attributes here that are similar to great heavier belgians.

**

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Photo of willcumbie
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChristineHeubusch
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,009 ratings
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