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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Pepeton
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit dissapointed by this one.

Pours a light yellow, exactly as a macro lager. Big white head and good lacing, though.

Aroma was faint, Belgian no doubt, reminded me a Gueuze. Sweet, hops in the end.

Taste is nice, good actually. Very balanced. No hint of alcohol. It's 8.5 ABV were very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was, well, refreshing. Way too refreshing for an ale with this level of alcohol.

Drinkability is dangerously high. A beer to be careful with.


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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle served in one of the Duvel tulip's included within the gift pack poured up to three fingers of light, sculptable foam. There was good retention, and ample Belgian lace. The aroma was dominated by alcohol, and strong spicy scents. The flavors were well balanced and earthy with grain, spicy, and hints of the strong alcohol. It's a smooth drinkable beer, that I will enjoy again.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spectacular appearance: light hazy golden color, plenty of streaming bubbles. Tall, lasting head like a pillow or a cloud, very sticky and uneven on top, which I think is neat.

Fresh, crisp aroma, with sulphurous notes that remind me of a pilsner.

Strong carbonation all the way through. Tart, fruity hop flavor that's very dry.This is complemented well by dryness from the yeast, which adds a sort of woody twang.

This is a great beer, and fit well for a new year's celebration. Very drinkable -- the 750 went down without trouble, and it was a delight to keep tasting as the bottle warmed up.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of drewba
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Bright translucent yellow with a fluffy white head that doesn't go away. It looks very inviting, crisp, I'm half expecting the head to turn into a hand and start waving at me.

S - subtle pepper, moderate amount of lemon and orange peel, tons of yeasty yeast,

T - stale lemon juice, lemon & orange peel, clove, tons of fruity & sweet yeast, banana bread.

M - Crisp, lively, bubbly carbonation, well done.

O - The yeast character really takes over, which isn't really my bag, but the citrus character and solid mouthfeel are keeping me interested.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, slightly cloudy, yellow color with a huge white head.

S: The only thing I smell is booze for the first 3 minutes. After that some more character comes out. Yeast, wheat, earth, spice and lemon notes. A slight hint of a weird stagnant swampy smell is also present.

T: Sweet body with some big malt flavour. The sweetness is a bit strange in my mouth, it almost tastes a bit chemically. Other than that there is the big alcohol kick at the end mingled with some spicy bitterness.

M: Thick body and a nice warmth. The beer has a nice spicy carbonation and floats on your tongue.

D: I'm not completely sold on this one as one of the best beers in the world... maybe its the style I don't particularly like... it is too boozy, I prefer a regular BPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured the Devil oh yeah, into the Belgium Duvel glass.

A - The clear beauty, is light yellow grass with a two finger of white puffy head.

S - Getting some Belgian yeast, touch of clove with mild sweet light fruit.

T - Ahh, nice crisp and refreshing, I taste more clove, Belgian yeast, bread, some citrus mid palate. Not noticing hardly any alcohol. Some tartness.

M - Highly carbonated, with a silky smooth light finish.

O - This is a nice beer, Gotta give it high marks. Highly Recommeded! Cheers!!

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of scarletfire79
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing. pours fairly clear at first until the yeast is stirred. very floral, candy sweet yeast with a touch of spice. real nice. the bubbles almost shoot off the bottom. pillowy light head. the mouthfeel is beautiful. the bubbles play on your tongue. very smooth. sweet yeast taste, fruit notes. perfect in every way i think, just amazing. one of my favorite beers i have ever had. one that i will remember for a long time.

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Photo of theformula
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous, angelic golden body that strangely lager-like, with the most massive, foamy white head...wow. Very sticky lacing with everlasting retention. Near perfect.

S: Soft hops, yeast and sweet malts lend a complex aroma, but foremost citrusy hops and yeast. Some nice bubble gum and fruit esters going on as well. An herbal/floral aroma is present.

M: Medium body with a puch of carbonation, giving it a pretty full and crisp mouthfeel.

T: Not much to complain about. This is complex. There's beautifully bitter (a little piney and citrusy) hops, Belgium candy sugar, and honey-sweet malts. The mid-section shows off the candy sugar with bubble gum, along with a balancing yeast bite and mineral notes. Finishes with a very subtle alcahol spice and a dry, champagne-dry finish.

D: Even on my second taste, it's still king of its kind. Complex, crisp, big and drinkable. The 8.5% ABV is so very well hidden. Why is it called "Devil" when it's nearly god-like in perfection?

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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from short 330ml bottle to snifter. “Pour Unhurriedly.” Home.

A: Unbelievable head that bubbles up and stays for the duration of the drink. Pale straw to light gold coloring with a heavy, steady stream of carbonation up the center. Very clear (looks like a nice pilsner). Tons of Belgian lace through the snifter – I’m convinced this beer coined the ubiquitous phrase.
S: Lots of sweet/fruity and grainy malt coming through the nose – hint of some pilsner malts somewhere in there.
T: Fruity in the front followed by a nice spicy, pepper bitterness. Very good balance here. The label says 8.5% ABV but I can’t tell at all. I can also taste some of the dry grain, similar to that of a pilsner. Extremely dry in the finish with a linger alcohol taste. I definitely see where the champagne comparisons come from.
M: Fully mouth-coating. Decently carbonated, but very, very fizzy.
D: Very drinkable. Refreshing (uncommon for so much alcohol). Goes down very easy…too easy.

Outstanding ale. A mainstay in the cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden with an unstoppable head. Nice, sticky lacing. So light in color that it seems like it should be clear, but it's fairly opaque.

Smells yeasty and hoppy with pear scents too. Very prominent Belgian yeast aroma.

Tart and refreshing taste. An apple and pear flavor with herbal hops. The yeast is more subtle in the taste. Drinks softly and dryly. Very sweet. Similar to a pilsner attacked with yeast and brewed with pears.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Photo of acmurphy696
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had many Belgium-American beers, but this is my first true Belgium. Duvel is considered the paradigm of the style, and it's easy to see why. First of all, Duvel smell the way a beer should, and the tastes has a distinct and appealing character. This was a worthwhile experience.

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