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%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cs1987
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold, one and a half fingers of head in a goblet, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruit and wheat, fairly alcoholic.

Taste - Great spicy taste, though it does overpower the fruity notes in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, foamy head feels great. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Fairly easy drinking for the style.

Overall - A classic, and quite unique, Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw Yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma of fruity Belgium ale yeast, bready malt and grassy hops. Smooth natural carbonation and hybrid flavour of clean pilsner malts and ale yeast fruitiness. Complex malt, sugar and gentle hops profile with well disguised alcoholic strength. A definite winner in my book.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass.

A - Dark, golden amber colour. Some sediment floating around with lots of bubbles. Thick head with thick lacing developing. A mountain of froth would be an understatement.

S - Sweet mild scent. Hints of banana and mango with some vanilla thrown in. Smells somewhat like a mild wheat beer. Maybe a bit of bubblegum as well.

T - Sweet. A bit of spicy banana with some vanilla. Aftertaste is slightly smoother than the early bitterness would suggest - almost herbal in nature.

M - More bitter than I'd expected. Bitey, with a lot of carbonation present. Nothing special.

D - Not a bad beer but not something I'd want to drink over and over again. Carbonation actually makes it a bit gassy so might be an issue to drink more than a couple. Herbal flavours become more obvious as you drink which is good but then so does the alcohol content which is not so good.

I first drank this beer a few months ago and wasn't really impressed. However I thought I'd give it another go for the sake of the positive reviews it's had here (and the fantastic glass!) Once again I don't think it lives up to the hype. Personal preference in this style of beer would be Kwak over this anyday.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of punkrkr27
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, yellow pour with a massive, rocky, white head. The aroma is floral, funky, and yeasty with some light citrus, apple, fresh bread dough, and faint candi sugar. The classic Belgian esters and very subtle in the nose also. The flavor is very herbal, floral and citrusy upfront with some light fresh bread and soft banana/clove esters rounding out the middle. The finish is lightly yeasty with just a touch of sweet candi sugar to balance it all. The body is very light, and refreshing with lots of tingly carbonation.

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

i'm drinking this wonderful beer this evening out of a delirium noel glass as tis the season.

i have enjoyed a couple of these, but it was before i was rating, so here goes...

i have to restrain my tendency to pour aggressively with this one as i know what i'm getting into. instead, this beer was carefully poured into the glass and i still managed to get about two inches of creamy off-white head. high carbonation. this beer never stops bubbling. this is a great looking beer. this beer leaves lacing all down the glass. this is a beautiful representative of this style beer.

the smell is fruity, hoppy and yeasty it seems. i also smell a bit of spice. this beer smells great as well.

the taste is just as the smell. i notice the alcohol, but not as much as i thought i would. this is an easy tasting beer that goes down well.

i love the mouthfeel. the high carbonation is a real treat.

this is a very drinkable beer. deceptive. it drinks much lighter. these things could make short work of me, but since i don't drink to get tanked, it's a great one off beer for an evening. nice high alcohol content that serves as a good nightcap or would pair greatly with some grilled fish or even boiled seafood.

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4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.

Sunshine yellow, bright light with a huge towering rocky head. Two inch thick and sustainable head. Nice thick lace. The total appearance looks like lemon merang pie.

Smell is juicey ripe friut and spicey hop; peppery.

Taste is a creamy buttered biscuit with marmalade and spicey pepper in the finish.

This is outstanding! I am very pleased.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been five years since I've had one of these!

Poured into a tulip. Enormous white head, very thick with excellent retention, the thing lasts over a minute. The beer itself is a light straw color with very visible carbonation.

Nose is very yeasty up front. Some banana, some cloves, a bit of red fruit, a lot of pepper on the back end.

Sweet apples is the first thing I taste, much sweeter than the nose. Some banana bread, with sweet malts and spices on the back end. Bright, light mouthfeel, and it would be easy to mistake this for a less strong beer. This helps the drinkability a great deal--I could happily have several and not realize what I'd done until I tried to stand up.

I never regret having one of these. World class.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,045 ratings