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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Photo of birderbeerer
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%

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

Photo of Skibum211
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mattmaples
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what the style is all about, strong but easy to drink. With its sweet, fruity, spicy flavors, wonderful head and high Belgian level of carbonation makes for one perfect package.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/9/09.

A: Light golden in color, a little hazy, maybe I was a little aggressive in the pour but it was a significant amount of head and it stuck around for a while.

S: Citrus and spice, green apple, musty. That's pretty much it, and it's good. A little yeast aroma to it as well.

T: Very crisp on the mouth, very light. Wonderful flavors of coriander, lemon, clove. Very wonderful.

M: Light bodied, dances on the tongue almost. Very enjoyable.

D: I can't believe I waited so long to try this beer. Whenever I see it I'm going to have to really give it a strong consideration now. Highly drinkable, highly enjoyable.

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

This beer has a lovely lushes head that rises to the top off its glass. The effervescence is comparable to Champagne. The sent is of citrous, cloves, pleasant mild alcohol vapors and so much more. The taste is wonderful. If you allow it to wander to the tip of your tongue it will over power your taste with it's wonderful carbonation. It's delicious, it only makes me want more ( in fact I am about to go to the store and buy another four pack). This beer is amazing, both refreshing and delicious, but one must be careful, on an empty stomach it will pack quite a wallop. Thank you Duvel

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of SickBrew
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Beauty pours a mountainous load of bright white foam which leaves ribbons of lacing. The clarity is outstanding and it has a straw color. Nose is fragrant: fruity, yeasty, mild malts and hops with some sweet candy in there and they are all very well balanced! Flavors are complex with all the great tones of golden: rich, sweet, malty and just a touch hopy. I'd say more but you really need to just try this one. I reviewed this one a touch on the cold side, guess I'll have to review again!


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

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a beautiful clear golden yellow with a 4 finger head with great retention and a ton of lacing. Smell is of apples citrus and bananas. Kind of like a hefeweizen, but less spice. Taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, some pepper. Some spice and bananas in here as well, but not as much as in the smell. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but still fairly creamy; crisp. Drinkability is good, especially with 8% abv.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally giving this one a proper review.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Wow! Just a mountain of foam on top of a beautiful, mostly clear, golden beer. Kinda soapy looking, with big chunks of thick foam hanging all over the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Leaves just a thin layer of head sitting on top. Very pretty.

S: Spicy, fruity, floral hops up front. Hints of citrus and other spices come through as well, but that seems to be about all I get.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell. Some aromatic, biscuity malts make their way to the surface. I'd like a bigger malt presence, but it just seems to be covered up by the hops and yeast.

M: Probably the best part of Duvel. Almost perfect. There's really good bitter properties, nice slightly oily residue. Even so, it leaves me just a touch dry afterward. Only fault I can find here.

D: As a starter, I'm not that impressed, but once I've had one, I could probably easily kick back a few more. Goes down real smooth.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Best before 08 2014. Poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance. Crystal clear golden straw in color. Huge amounts of effervescent bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Pours with 4 fingers of dense head which dissipates to make a more rocky head with lots of lacing.

Smell. Very clean and very fruity at the same time. Very refined peach and banana fruit aromas are joined by subtle spices, almonds.

Taste. Starts out with some of the nuttiness and spice found in the nose. This melds into a more clove and subtle fruit character. It then becomes decidedly more floral, accompanied by a warming alcohol presence. A more pronounced peach, and tropical fruitiness returns. A burst of sweetness leads into a dry and nutty and spicy finish.

Mouthfeel. Absolutely decadent with a very tight carbonation and creamy body. Really delivers the refined flavors to the palate.

My brain has been trained to see a clear golden beer and not expect fullness of flavor and body, but this one breaks both of those assumptions.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of STEG
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one so many times I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it. Poured from a 330ml bottle into, what else, a Duvel tulip, the glass adds a wonderful effect to the beer allowing it to showcase its four finger head and the tornado bubble gimmick doesn't hurt either. Smell is yeasty and spicy. Taste has tropical fruit up front followed by alcohol presence and a peppery spice character following. Mouthfeel is smooth but slightly watery with a semi-dry finish. Highly drinkable, not hard to finish. Always a staple for me.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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