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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review: 330ml Bottle of Duvel: ABV: 8.5%

Like the cutesy small stubby brown bottle, with the well known Duvel brand. Ideally to be drank in a tulip glass as all good Belgian ales should be, but I am not a connoisseur just a regular beer dude so an ordinary beer glass will just have to do. Sorry!

Got a massive head on pour, gee whiz a very big frothy head!

Good bit of carbonation, nice creamy white top, took a while to settle.

Colour was cloudy orange, doesn’t look great at all, looks shit in fact.

Head collapses and dies.

Some good lacing……..

On the nose has that usual Belgian ale smell, wheat, the yeast, the coriander, floral hops, fruits of lemon and banana. A very typical Belgian!

A very strong intense smell, really powerful stuff on the nose….which is too be welcomed as I usually smell fuck all from my beers, lol!

On the taste I found it very strong, with a sour taste, very bitter aftertaste and can definitely feel the beer. Yeast and firm hop bitterness. Very strong, got a powerful kick, alright.

Didn’t initially like it at all, but in the end I liked it, took a while for my taste buds to get to enjoy this beer. Found it a slow burner and not bad overall.

Wow, I was buzzing after the two. The 8.5% definitely kicks in.

Nice, I like it, strong to drink, but it does the business in the end.
Have a few of these and you are off your head!!!

One of the strongest I have had in a while.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful pale peach color with a light tan head that leaves considerable lacing in wispy sheets down the wine glass.

Smells like apple peels and spices.

Malt presence is smooth and huge, apple peel dominates the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is mildly spicy and floral and blends in well with the overall flavor. This beer finishes sweet and mildly Belgian style yeasty, which is a good thing. One of the best tasting beers in the world, overall very drinkable and very good.

Lighter to medium bodied with a noticable alcohol character that does not really dominate or detract from the fruity and amazing flavors.

Quite drinkable, I will buy many more.

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

Poured from bottle into stemmed tulip.

A-Very light yellow color, not impressed, but the head was so thick that it became a nice fluffy white head that stuck to the glass for the duration of my drink.
S-Smell was good, sweet malt with the typical belgian yeasty bread smell with a little citrus from the hops.
T-For an 8.5% strong ale that had a color similar to a coors light I wasn't expecting too much but wow this is amazing. Nice sweet openning all the way to the finish with a little of that Belgian yeast flavor. Don't really notice the alcohol at all, just very smooth.
M-Thin body, thick head that leaves a moustache, good carbonation, not overpowering, very good flavors.
D-Finished my bottle quick and looking for another. Very good beer and will definately be storing a couple of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden and clear, nice thick foam sticks around. Aroma is pear and grape, faint malt. Taste is yeast, malt, clean bitterness, well rounded. Dry finish. Stands up to the reputation.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle from gift-set, into Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0): Attempted to pour as the instructions on the side of the box state. This worked for the most part but I did manage to get a little too much foam. Had to set it down for a minute and eventually cut the head off with a knife, like they show in the stella artois commercials. I'm not sure if that is correct handling or not.

Smell (4.0): Smelled great!

Taste (4.0): Taste great, higher alcohol content but barely noticeable with all of the complex flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel (4.5): As with most of the Belgian beers, this one doesn't disappoint in the mouthfeel category.

Overall (4.0): A solid, world class beer. And I am also excited to get the tulip glass that came with the 4 pack gift set!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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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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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,107 ratings