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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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 jdoncbus
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA Imperial Pils glass. Appearance is a vibrant, yellow-gold with about 6 columns of bubbles rising towards the fluffy, two finger head (think of ocean surf); good amount of lacing.

Smell is of clove, various spices, lemon/orange citrus rind, & earthy yeast. Notes of raw sugars and ginger-caramel make their presence known. An interesting note is that I pick up so many different things in the aroma, the final being sour cream frosting and faint champagne.

Initial reaction is a crispy beer that hits the palate with bitter yeast, grapefuit, butterscotch, apricot, and peppery spice. A very nice balance between slick and tart leave the mouth with mild numbing & distinct alcohol warmth. Similar to the smell, a complex beverage that keeps the senses on their toes and discovering different things.

Duvel is certainly the real champagne of beers in that it has many qualities of a beer and champagne (which obviously comes as no surprise). Honestly, I cannot stand champagne but enjoy this beer a great deal. My personal tastes wants a little more malt but this beer is certainly opening up the Belgian gates for my palate. I look forward to more of these and picking up more Belgian staples.

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

Pours a pale blonde color. The head is white, frosty, persevering and reminiscent of a white water rafting experience. They are not kidding when they tell you to pour unhurriedly!

The aroma is subtly sweet, floral, and fruity with a slightly citrus feel. The esters mix well with candied sugar, doughy yeast and acidic citrus notes.

Taste is sweet at first of light fruit, champagne and coriander. This quickly mixes with a contrast of equal warm alcohol and slightly bitter hops. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of all the flavors combined. Lots of esters, candied sugar and earthy yeast qualities throughout.

This light bodied, well-carbonated brew is a pleasure to sip.

This is one of the defining Belgian strong pale ales and it is easy to see why.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a country.

A proper pour results in a hazy golden beauty with all the frothy goodness you want. The star of the show is the sniff, which is as Belgian as you're gonna get, and contains some Yuletide elements like nutmeg & cinnamon. The taste is similar, but with more bitterness than I expected. The mouthfeel is rich at first, thins out, and ends dry as hell.

In closing, I have no idea why in the hell it took me so long to try this legend of a brew, but it will be followed by many, many more. Be careful, though... that 8.5 do pack a whallop.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rosquin
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jayneo74
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jgiordano88
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaiyote
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy rocky head. Thick lacing. Golden pale color. Beautiful brew.

Sweet apple smell, slight pale malt with Belgian yeast and alcohol smells.

Smooth crisp taste. Belgian yeast taste with alcohol warming and nice carbonation tingle.

This is a great beer. I hope I come across this again often.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour this beer slow. The head on this beauty is at least four fingers!
And the extremely fragrant nose with citrus and perfume quality's.
The color is so golden and clear like a beer night light. For being bottled condition the clarity is so fine. Next comes the complex orange,pear brandy, green apple mid-palate. A like a good movie there's a strange twist on the finish has a smooth stony dryness. I have a buddy who only drinks domestic swill and he even loved this beer. Duvel beer is a great way to taste the saaz hops shining thru this world class brew.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

top notch beer to say the least....you will want to enjoy this beer out of a goblet of some sort....

murky, straw yellow color with a full fluffy white head....and splotchy lacing....

smells like champagne, the booze is apparent in the nose...with a slight banana as well....

taste is slight banana with a lovely subtle hop bouquet...

feel is very dry....this beer has a lot of characteristics of a dry champagne, crossed with smoothness!....

drink ability is very good even though the abv is high....just a great all round beer

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dwren89
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: slight floral, sweet malty,

Appearance: pale straw gold, hazy

Taste: well balanced malt with subtle hop bitter finish. A fuller taste and feel than the color would have you believe

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, tangy bitterness with thick malt feel,

Overall Impression: a straight forward, no holds barred Belgian strong blonde ale classic. Nothing too fancy about it, just pure Belgian brewing at its best and most delicate.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,076 ratings