Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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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

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Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that makes you wonder why you drink other things. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Absolutely gorgeous thick creamy head and great lacing. Fragrant sweet smell. Lovel sweet spice taste. Nicely refreshing. Great beer!

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Clear pale gold, two fingers of bright white head, great retention, no lacing.

Smell - Slightly musty, spicy, lots of yeast.

Taste - Unripened pear, faint grass, thin but delicious bready malt, loads of spice throughout, white pepper, clove, spices bring a refreshing bitterness, yeast has a strong presence. Alcohol has a gentle warmth towards the end and goes perfect with the spice. Finishes dry.

Feel - Medium bodied, loads of fine bubbles, dry finish with soft alcohol warmth.

Overall - Complex, balanced, drinkable, delicious. The world is a better place with this beer in it.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick foamy head that only very slowly recedes but never vanishes. Lovely lacing like a wedding dress. Aroma of overripe banana, pineapple, mango, sourdough bread, hop, lemon mirengue pie, vanilla cake with cream cheese icing; quite intense, rich, dessert. Palate of lemon, banana cream pie, pineapple upside down cake, into a solid warming and rich alcohol flavor and feeling (8.5%!), hops of pine needles, lemon, grapefruit balanced perfectly with sourdough, doughy goodness. Light texture, comforting efferscence. Pros huge into flavor, body, and experience yet balanced and refreshing. Went great with beer but also great alone. Cons boozy do not super sessionable. 97/100.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the same vicinity as the Delirium Tremens.

Very similar to look at, crystal clear pale blonde brew with decent foamage at its crown.

Not sure there is a massive Aroma to speak of, I genuinely can't pick anything out, seems to nullify itself.

The taste is definitely on the fruity side, and the 8.5% abv is noticed, but not excessively so. The aftertaste is gone in a flash, and this is a very easy to drink brew.

I think I find I difficult to call this a top top brew due to it's availability and very cheap price. Just over 1 euro for a 330ml bottle, and stocked everywhere in Northern Europe.

That aside, it is a decent beer, and was certainly my first experience of a true none draft Belgian Beer.

Very Good.

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Photo of BrendanHurley
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: So perfect and precise, they had to make their own style tulip glass. Beautiful large head with a golden yellow and visible carbonation rising from the center. Has a similar appearance to champange.
Smell: Dominated by spice and alcohol on the front and followed by a mild fruitIness followed by bitterness. Very refreshing finish and a complex character for scent
Taste: A combination of bitter hoppiness matched with a mild fruity and refreshing dry finish. An incredible hybrid between a Beligen pale ale and close to champagne like. One of my favorite combination of flavors.
Feel: Crisp and carbonated but takes it time through your mouth. A great natural feel that is very easy to drink but has all of the complexities of a full bodied beer.
Overall: An all-time classic and blue print for how all beers should be. This has always been one of my favorites since first sip. You can say you lived without drinking many beers, but not this one. Duvel is a beer that all beer drinkers deserve to drink at some point in their life.

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Photo of Dharmelink
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden and fizzy. Taste and smell dry, fruity and earthy. Terrifically crisp and dry mouthfeel. Makes my belly all bloaty. Makes me feel like a fancy man.


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Photo of Bombelsky
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass is dark yellow and cloudy. Appears huge and frothy foam which last until the end and it is accompanied by very good lacing. Plenty of malty notes, grains and hay. Some peaches, yeasty-spicy phenols (cloves) and nice amount of floral hops. Very citric. Flavor follows all scents. Well balanced and dry. Very fresh. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy later watery. Long dry finish with strong bitterness at the end. Some spiciness, maybe grittiness. Perfectly warms a throat. High alcohol grade well covered.

Fantastic beer.

Best before: 11.2017

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Photo of FredGaudreault32
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked 2 of these at my local liquor store for $3.55 each. Comes in a good looking old-style stubby bottle. Pours hazy with a HUGE pillowy head. And when I say HUGE, I'm not kidding.This is BY FAR the biggest head I've seen on a beer so far, and it lasts for a very long time, which adds to the experience in my opinion. The taste is just what you expect from a belgian golden. Taste reminds me of apples for some reason, which is a good thing since I love apples. In my opinon, you haven't drunk beer until you drank Duvel. A great, great beer!

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Photo of matcris
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm two feet away from the glass and I'm getting some nice fruity esters. White grape, pears, and green apple or apple cider are the three prominent notes. A touch of the farm yard scent, as well. The beer is a very hazy golden apricot up to the light with a ton of tiny bubbles rising and a monster whipped egg white head that lasts and clings to the glass in like soap. In the flavor, white wine like, loads of green apple, a little funky, pears for days. The feel is medium body, dry, and an Alka-seltzer like carbonation effect. First time having this. Really an enjoyable experience for me.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one fine beer!! Poured from 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Color of gold and clear with very slight haze.
Smells of grain and yeast. Reminds me of feed barrels in my grandfathers barn and bread.
Taste is awesome! Can taste apples, grain, yeast and hay. Sorta funky in a very good way.
As for feel++very carbonated/fizzy, but good.
This is a great beer! I will buy again as a treat to my self.
Wish it were less expensive at $15 for 4 pack.
Great, great beer!!!

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Photo of redgorillabreath
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll avoid redundancy, considering the number of reviews already here.

To me, this is very, very refined for the style. Nothing is present that doesn't belong or required. The yeast certainly carries the day.

I prefer my beer/ale not too cold, and opened a 750ml bottle at 60F. It gushed. The other bottle which was refrigerated at ~42F did not. Not a complaint, just a commentary on the degree of carbonation. Cheers!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 12/16/16:

Have had this for about a year, from a four-pack. Unfortunately, I didn’t review my first one which I enjoyed back in January, and this is only my second. I am using a Duvel chalice/tulip I managed to pick up recently. Semi-clear, swirling with fine haze, metallic straw gold, capped in three inches of pure white seemingly weightless fluff that suggests effervescence. Moderately tart aromas, of vinegar and phenol, but also influenced by grain and booze. Main flavors are somewhat harsh grain and spiciness (from yeast or brewing spices or both?), strong Band-Aid, some lemony tartness. Balanced by fairly sweet malt and booze. Good but it is still a little too harsh for me, though appropriate for the style. I prefer darker and either more overt fruitiness or spiciness for my Belgians, not so much vinegar or medicinal phenol. Retro-olfaction is my second-favorite thing about this beer, just boozy and slightly spicy. My favorite part is the mouthfeel. Light to medium in body, thin for mere moments but level of fine effervescence passes it off as creamy, warming.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours foggy hazy yellow gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like golden grains, fresh apple, pear, some grapes, sweet malt, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like tart apple, pear, grape, sweet malt, golden grains, with mild earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, soft and creamy with crisp low carbonation. Overall a really great Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There is no argument that this is an impressive beer, beginning with its mighty presence. Beautiful golden yellow with the foamiest, thickest, billowing white head imaginable! Lovely peppery, clove, and subtle sweet aromas carry over perfectly to compliment an earthy and grassy addition in the flavor. Silky smooth, and light enough feeling to make this well balanced beer go down exceptionally well. Overall, this is a world class Belgian golden ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle with freshness date of AUG17 into stein glass.

L: Cloudy gold is the perfect example of a wheat ale, Three finger head is pillowy and sticks around forever. Clumpy lacing.

S: Peppery, clove, almost witbier in aroma with small amount of banana.

T: Very spice prevalent. Lots of clove/coriander and not much hop to it. Too spicy for my palate.

F: Creamy and smooth on the palate. Medium body.

O: Just not my type of beer. Well made.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter is a gold body floating a pillow-y white head. Bottle date: 12 2017
Aroma is sour, I guess it's apple-ish, but at the very least it is yeast.
Flavors include coriander and clove spices, as well as a citrus hint.
Mouth feel is clean and crisp with a dry finish.
This is classic to the style. It's just not mine.

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Photo of Aidenkim
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my favorite beer of all time. I usually like golden beer, and its the best of the best. A crazy foamy head with fruity aromas. Light flavors with high alcohol percentage.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What more can be said, but that this is one of the classiest, classic tripels in the world. Bright and fizzy. Dry and slightly fruity (apples). As my dad once said after I introduced him to his first glass of Duvel: this is like the REAL champagne of beers. And while he is no beer expert, he knew he was drinking something very special, and something worth savoring.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 6/2017
L- gold, clear, with huge fluffy head that turns rocky and slowly dissipates into lacing that literally clings to the glass
S- floral yeasty notes, green apple, with hints of herbs
T- delicate sweet malt, with a strong funky linger, followed by a slightly bitter herbal finish
F- light bodied, crisp carbonation
O- an interesting ale, as it strong (8.5%) but drinks lightly, as the golden color hints to, also interesting tasting as well.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass - the usual massive fluffy white Belgian beer head and lots of lacing - very pale golden colour.

Nose is malty sweet with a hint of spice, a little bready and spicy.

Lovely light spicy palate with some nice bready malt and some spice.

Mouth is good despite the light body - very easy to drink but alcohol coming through - not a hge problem at 8%.

Overall a very well made beer - great balance, complex and very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured--from a 330 ml/11.2 oz short. Relatively newly born--August 2016, so only two months old.

Look--Classic unfiltered cloudy (just beyond hazy) and pale-gold. Big rocky head, more like a wit than a Belgian strong. The head has some serious staying power, and the lacing is creamy and fabulous throughout. This is just a stupdenous-looking beer.

Aroma--Perhaps a bit subdued in the aroma department compared to some of its fellows, but still very complex. Fruity aromas mixed with spice and just-there maltiness.

Taste--The first word that comes to mind, sip after sip, is balance. In every possible way. Malty sweet. And fruity sweet. Yet just-so on the bitterness. There is also an herbal or spice note that combines with a distinctively strong carbonation to provide a dry kick to finish. The alcohol is definitely there, but strictly as a pleasing and additional drying element--no bite or burn.

Feel--Difficult to separately quantify or qualify from the taste, because it is such a strong component of that aspect. Wonderful carbonation and warming booziness provides a fine drying finish to a complex flavor. "Crisp" doesn't do this justice.

Overall--Everything that makes me favor the Belgian/Flemish approach to brewing is here and then some. If you haven't--you must and soon.

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Photo of twage04
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky gold with a big foamy head and high carbonation. Aroma is a little spicy or funky but not out of the ordinary for a Belgian golden. Taste was much of the same with a candy like sweetness while still being dry and crisp. I had read a bit about this beer and my expectations were a bit off as this was very subtle and there was no heavy handed funkiness like you might get from some other beers fermented with Brett. All in all this was a very easy to drink, balanced, enjoyable beer. One of the few beers I've had where the flavor has been very interesting and fulfilling while not being over the top.

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Photo of kevintaraross
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BELGIAN GOLDEN ALE. 750 ml. Best by 09-2017. Bought in Septmber 2016.
FIRST POUR TASTE - ahh just OK. Maybe cause I'm not a fan of the Pilsners base?

Second half of the bottle - grew on my taste buds. Like drinking a dry Champagne-ish beer - if there is such a thing.

In any case - Duvel is co-brewed at OMMEGANG (spelling?) brewery in Cooperstown SO that is an AWESOME THING!!!!

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Photo of daydesiang
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma malt, yeast and fruity. Golden color with a white head. High carbonation. Malty, wheat, fruity taste, finishes with slight bitterness and sourness.

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