Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,945
Reviews:
2,841
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the Belgian abbey-style beers that we drink pretty often.

A golden hue, almost cloudy, with lots of foamy head. The scent is very yeasty, almost musty.
The taste is much sweeter, even a little citrus-like. A lighter flavor than what you might expect, masking the 8.5% ABV.

A little hoppiness comes through on the tip of the tongue on aftertaste. Maybe even a bit of "metallic-ness" on the back of the tongue (like a wine aged in copper rather than oak).

Drinking the Duvel with home-made Belgian fries: perfect!

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
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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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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,945 ratings.
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