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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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Ratings: 7,992 |  Reviews: 2,852
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mtc23
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of davidanastas
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yoann
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tweeder263
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a light golden color,,man is this stuff carbonated.Major head and i poured it slowly,,unbelievable amount of carbonation coming up the glass.Smell is sweet,,nothing outstanding.Taste is remarkably light but pleasant considering its alcohol content.Nice mouthfeel.Overall a nice beer,ill have to get a true tulip and re-review.Major lacing thruout the glass still present as i finish the beer.

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Photo of matt062286
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 750ml magnum, caged

Some of Warren's friends brought this, and I guess I never reviewed it! Pours a cloudy straw gold, small pour but big head. Greater-than-average lacing. Aroma of such a rich Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Perfect wheat and citrus balance. Taste of wonderful wheat, rustic orange peel (no idea what the hell rustic has to do with oranges, it just pops into my mind), unmistakable and not-overpowering Belgian flavor. Enough said. Instant classic.

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

750ml bottle conditioned poured into tulip.

Aggressive pour was, well a bit too aggressive given the carbonation of this beer. Produced huge head that lingered for a long time. Light golden color, great lacing.

Smells initially of cakelike yeast and some citrus and hint of banana.

Incredible taste, some hops, some malt, plenty of bready yeast flavor. This is my first Duvel and was not at all disappointed. This is just an incredibly balanced beer leaving you wanting nothing more.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby into wine glass (due to the abscence of a snifter)

A: cloudy golden straw color with a fantastic head of chunky white foam. Looks great and the head won't die.

S: the other reviews don't lie juicy fruit on the nose. Lots of apple almost like cider. Good yeasty smell like a bread starter. A bit of alcohol on the nose but it makes it smell like white wine. The apple smell is so strong I can smell it a foot from the glass.

T: sweet, more cidery apple flavor with great yeast flavor. Same as the nose, but it has more to it than that. It finishes a little bitter but not overpowering. Really good. It finishes good and dry like brut.

M: smooth and devilshly good. Lighter body than expected almost like a lager but the carbonation gives it a very champagne like mouthfeel but thicker. Like a lager. Wonderful.

O: no wonder it is called one of the worlds best beers. This is great. Not much else I can say really but ohh hell yeah.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

I must recommend that you have the proper glassware for this one, otherwise you are in for a difficult pour. Pours a clear golden into the Duvel glass with half the glass being a fluffy, pillowy, meringue-like head that gets thicker with time and laces like nobody's business. Smells slightly sour and clovey. Taste was a spicey light malt with a long dry finish, very complex, sometimes varying with the bottle. Mouthfeel was rather smooth and dry. The high ABV is very well hidden. This is a very good and easy to find beer, and quite an experience visually. I must find a Duvel glass for home use.

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Photo of JoePat
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright golden yellow color with a bright white head towering over the beer. The head lingers for a very long time almost looking like a kruasen in a fermenter as it subsides.
I smell some clodeves, apple, and banana in the head. There is a little yeast in there as well.
The taste is a little sweeter than the smell with some earthy hop flavor as well.
The mouthfeel is almost explosive at first with all that carbonation but afterwards it is smooth and goes down well.
While not an extremely drinkable beer due to the carbonation the taste keeps me coming back for more.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a DFH snifter, this one marked best by 2-12, followed the directions for pouring:

A-pours a beautiful straw yellow with insane pillowy head that has yet to go away after 10 minutes

S-citrus, maybe some pear and just plain great

T-equally awesome, this masks its abv in an awesomely sneaky manner, this is definitely worthy of its reputation

M-continued amazingly awesome

D-very high

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BillDon
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from. 33cl bottle into a tulip glass. Great huge foamy head. Maybe three fingers. It was pillowy and tons of lace down the glass.

The beer was crystal clear honey Amber.

Smell - Tons of amoma of a pilsner?

Taste and mouth-

Super clean mouth finish. Just enough carbonation to leave a little tingly feeling.

This was not as crisp as others I've had, which were more champagne like.

Overall - this is still one of my favorite belgim beers

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rugene
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TechMyst
2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this beer is rated pretty high on this site...Sorry, didn't really care for it. Got a taste of apple and plum, but the conditioning was way to harsh for me. This is one of those times where I tend to differ with the crowd. I do understand this style, but I don't care for this one...

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

I poured this beer from a 330ml brown bottle at 55° into a balloon wine glass. A thick 2 ½ fingers plus white foamy head resulted with nice Brussels lace being left when it dissipated. The coloring was clear and golden with nice carbonation being held under the foam. A best consumed by date was on the back label.

A clean, bitter, off aroma which I credit to the yeast was easily detectible. The beer turned more fragrant and heady with each additional smell.

There was a good mixture of sweetness and bitter with the initial taste. A slight candy sugar lingered in the background.

A musty taste which was not offensive and I lack better descriptors seemed to prevail. There were also a lot of intangibles for me lurking in the background. A slight taste of coriander and citrus fruit was detected with subsequent tastes and swishing in the mouth.

This is another enjoyable beer to be savored and not consumed at the pace of a lighter, refreshing beverage. Take your time with this one and see what else is there to enjoy.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,992 ratings
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