Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,916 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alesaram
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was truly looking forward to tasting this beer and I will have to say I am disappointed. It has everything a true beer lover is looking for when you are rating it, however as a beer drinker, I can not say I am thrilled for one reason and one reason only: the aftertaste gave me the impression of synthetics; I immediately thought of perfume, which was odd. It tastes like a cross between a pilsner and a belgium witbier.

However, as far as presentation, absolutely crystal clear and beautiful head that would make anyone cry. It had a crisp and clean initial taste and is truly beautiful, which is why it still rated a 4.5 in my book.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's been too long of wait before I've been able to try this beer. First thing you notice is, as a pale/golden ale, it's about as pale as you can get. Very light yellow with as huge of a bubbly white head as you want. The smell is fruity and of alcohol and the taste is the exact same. I would describe it as a mini-champagne.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip produced a huge fluffy meringue head that stayed until about halfway through the beer.

Smelled of sweet honeyish malts and noble hops.

Taste was of honey, spicy noble hops and some citrus with an almost white wine like tang.

Mouthfeel was perfect with the sweetness and spiciness accentuated by a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer rocks. It was one of the beers that introduced me to the wonderful things being done with beer in Belgium and going back to it, it is still a well crafted and delicious beer for any time of year.

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Photo of Pippomaraf
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edmiglia
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured into a tulip glass with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell isn't that strong, but there are notes of citrusy and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of fruit, spices and yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the aroma but is much stronger and has flavors of apples, bananas, pears, spices and yeast. There's a sight amount of bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't detract from the taste.
M: It feels light-bodied, crisp and very highly carbonated on the palate. There's also a significant amount of dryness.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden ale with a contemplative huge mushroom white head that sticks to the glass forever. Hops and lemon aroma. Complex body like every ingredient was added to the others thoroughly the tasting: citrus, good quality hops that create a memorable dry bitterness. Delicious and incredibly well done. World Classic in every regard and if I could only give one 5 for the appearance, Duvel would get it.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic brew. Every beer lover must try this one. It pours a deep, slightly hazy straw color with a voluminous, champagne-like, brilliant white head. The fruity ester and yeast smells are quite subtle and do not betray the treasure yet to come. Silky smooth, the "Devil" comes on in a wave of lightly sweet bready malt combined with a bit of banana and mildly spicy esters. There is no hint of alcohol taste despite the relatively high alcohol percentage (8.5%) making this one of the most aptly named brews around. Deceptively smooth and drinkable, this beer can unleash a stealth attack on your sobriety lest you take care with your pace.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - the beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour with a huge fizzy/foamy white head. I can make out an average amount of carbonation. There is a fair amount of lacing on the glass, and the head sticks around for a long time.

Smell - First off I notice a light apple juice like scent, also some floral notes. There is a medicine like smell and faint hops.

Taste & Mouth - Wow.. in a word - delicious. Not to mention that it hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. First off is a nice grainy bready taste, and some fresh fruit notes, followed by some light hops, and nice sweet and sour finish. It also provides a nice warming feeling in my chest.

Drink - A top notch brew. This will be become a staple in my beer fridge. It may be the perfect all around beer.

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Photo of mrbosworth
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Duvel poured properly into a large goblet looks absolutely amazing - Clean, bright goldenrod color swirled with smokey looking yeast, with a thick white layer of foam made up of large champagne size bubbles and fine spongy head. There is a crisp, wet bite with fruit, strawberry and light coppery bitterness. A little pricey but very worth the cost.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer pours a crisp golden, yellowish pale color, with a head that measures almost 2 inches and tries its hardest to run over the sides of the tulip glass. The stream of bubbles rising to the head is mesmerizing, like watching fish in a tank. The smell reminds me of candy, sweet delicious candy made of fine yeast and malts, its a very savory scent that grabs your nose and doesn't let go. The taste is incredible. Comes in sparkling and rough and leaves soft and sweet. This beer has amazing drinkability, there really isn't enough i can say about this except that tasting this makes me so happy that i got out of drinking cheap domestic beers, and broadened my beer horizons.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian golden ale
8.5 abv

Drank out of a snifter and a tulip. Pours into a beautiful huge frothy fizzy white head that seams to last forever. The body is a golden yellow with a very lively active body. Lots of carbonation (make sure your glass is completely clean otherwise you'll see which part you have missed!) The aroma was very pleasant with bread, light grains, and dough on the nose. Taste seems to follow the nose with additions of coriander and a light leafy after taste. I can see what the fuss is. I've always skipped over this beer at the local beer store. I now see it was due to my ignorance that I was missing out on an incredible golden ale.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow color with two fingers of very fluffy white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass, very lively carbonation.

The scent is of citrus, alcohol, and some yeast.

The taste is of apple, citrus, alcohol, light hops, and yeast.

Light bodied, very crisp, high carbonation.

Very tasty beer, lots of interesting flavors here, the alcohol can be strong at times but it is well balanced with the other flavors. Also very easy to drink.

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Photo of cowace2
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I call this the most beautiful beer in the world. The way this beer looks in the glass is the way every macro brew beer commerical out there tries to get their beers to look on TV.

Golden color is gorgeous, topped by the legendary enormo-head. I told my wife I had topped it with whipped cream and she believed me.

Smell is good, but not earth shattering. Light fruits and malt. Alcohol is apparent which I don't like.

One of the better tasting golden beers around. I'm a stout man, so I'm always skeptical of beer I can see through. This doesn't disappoint. Wonderful mix of fruits and malts. Bit of alcohol present at the end. Very clean with a delightful aftertaste (how many times does that happen).

Maybe a bit light and fizzy in the mouth for my tastes.

I've been drinking this beer a long time, and I've taken to calling it the "Budweiser Select" of Belgian ales. Bold Taste, Clean Finish. Expect Everything.

But for real, in this case.

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Photo of epyon396
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th of my great trade with the Captin!

12 oz bottle poured into a delirium noel glass.

Terrific appearance. Huge foamy head that lasted forever, even with a careful pour so as not to disturb any sediment. Golden in color and very slightly hazy. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rising. Lots of thick lacing.

Powerfully pungent aroma even at the beginning of the glass. Strong smell of yeast, with a funky aroma that I'm trying to put my finger on... bubble gum. Mixed with the yeast I think it's quite funky. Slight alcohol smell too.

Tasted fantastic! Great balance between hops, malts, yeast, spices, light sweet fruits like apricots, pears and apples, very reminiscent of the saison I had earlier actually.

Feels absolutely delightful. Rich and smooth, tangy from the ample carbonation, lovely light bitterness that lingers on.

Drinks great too. I could easily drink this beer every week and never get tired of it.

A truly great beer.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz funky little bottle. Served 40-45 degrees in a sniffer.

Pours a pale yellow slight haze. Amazing head, almost looks like meringue – foamy, creamy, and soft. It lasts for a long while and leaves thick lacing. Ample carbonation. Can’t say no to these looks.

Sweet malt, sugary and light toasty biscuit/nut. Hops balance well: floral and spicy, interesting sharpness pokes out.

Medium bodied and thick. Dry and complex. Twangy hops first, floral and spicy. Deeply sweet malt base, toasty biscuit and mild nut. Sweet and tart fruit character. Distinct yeastiness. Mild warmth, seems to struggle with the alpha acids. Decently bitter. Plenty of carbonation, enough to eat through one’s tongue. Finishes tart, bitter, and dry.

As it warms in temperature, it warms accordingly in alcohol - almost astringent flashes pop out every so often. Yeast personality becomes more prominent. Sweeter more-complex malt and bitterness. Deeper we plunge into the rabbit hole.

The infamous Duvel. Strong yet subtle. Almost painfully enjoyable. What can I say? Interesting brew, at least. Not to be taken lightly. Or perhaps best: a force to be reckoned with.

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Photo of taylocd
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from the 330ml bottle with a 'Best Before' date of 09 2013, and a lot ID of L1951 0441.

Appearance - The brew initially poured up a mostly clear yellow gold, but as with many bottle conditioned beers, it was clouded by the final bit of liquid from the bottle. The head was a tall, porous, and bone white. It left great lacing that clung to the tulip like meringue. The head was reduced to about an eighth of an inch by the last sip, but, importantly, it did remain throughout the session. 4.5 of 5

Smell - From the bottle, this one had a truly fantastic 'Beer Aroma' that was much more than I expected from the small bottle opening. Unfortunately, I can't adequately describe that great inital aroma, so I'll just leave it at that. Once poured, it seemed to lose some of that powerful smell, but if did have a sort of spicy (peppery even?) phenolic scent. 3.5 of 5

Taste - The first sip of this one had a prominent hop bitterness, but as the beer warmed, that characteristic gave way completely to the spicy and almost peppery flavor that matched the aroma. The taste that did linger, however, again hinted to the hop bitterness. It had a very complex flavor, without being overpowering in any way. 4.5 of 5

Feel - The carbonation level was as close to perfect as I can imagine. The balance of the beer was ever-so-slightly thin, but it made for a very easy drinker, even at 8.5% ABV. The beer finished very crisply. 4.5 of 5

Overall - The only part of this brew that didn't overwhelm was the aroma, but even that was still better than most. 4.5 of 5

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Photo of mariposafan
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was preparred to be less than impressed with this beer. Wrong again!

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. It poured a hazy light golden color with an amazingly fluffy head that stayed and stayed. Nice lacing on the glass showing a timeline of the entire drink.

The smell was citrusy with some banana - it reminded me of a hefeweizen almost but with an underlying maltiness. There was also something a little sharp about the smell that had me worried that there'd be too much bitterness in the taste.

Not to worry. The taste was just fine. There was a sharpness there but it wasn't tongue clenching bitterness so much as a citrus bite. Malty, fruity, altogether enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd hoped for with this much flavor but still very nice. The carbonation that produces that amazing head kept it nicely tingly without feeling like a soda.

This isn't the sort of thing I'd even consider drinking multiples of at one sitting but for what it is it's very drinkable. The alcohol didn't make itself known until I stood up.

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Photo of Keffa
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

A: This is the best looking beer I have had, bar none. Slightly cloudy/hazy pale yellow, rocky/fluffy sticky head that stayed around for about 10 minutes (and it wasn't a vigorous pour either) and settled into a 1/2" cap and left lacing all over the glass. This is what a beer should look like, IMO.

S: Lemon, lightly flowery hops, cracker, a little bit of Belgian yeast, slightly musty/earthy smell in the background, a little bit of a toffee sweetness. This smells very, VERY enticing.

T: Holy crap. First taste is a lemony hop and Belgian yeast, turns into a cracker/bready like malt and a little bit of that earthy note on the aroma. Turns into a slightly fruity finish that leaves very little hint that it's such a high ABV. Extremely good flavors going on, and not one flavor takes the lead, IMO. They all play their part and do so with no problem with going into the background while another flavor comes forward.

M: Very tingly, highly carbonated, extremely smooth, almost creamy. Nice feel for sure.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to the point of being ridiculous. The slight hint every so often a slight hint of the high ABV is the only thing that keeps this from being able to be pounded away, not that you'd want to with it being 8.5%.

This is one of my new favorites. Extremely good flavor, well balanced between the Belgian yeast/floral, slightly fruity hops/cracker-like malt that shows a little sweetness. This is a Devilish brew indeed. Partake with caution. It'll get you in trouble if you aren't careful.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that's long overdue for a review.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, two fingers of bright white bubbly head with relentless retention, fat and chunky sheets of sticky lacing and solid body carbonation. Outstanding presentation.

S - Nice and fruity with bananas, cloves, nutmeg and a touch of pineapple.

T - Very sweet and fruity with bananas and cloves dominating the flavours and the higher ABV is very nicely hidden. Touch of citrus flavours linger on the finish with a slight bitterness that remains. Top notch Belgian flavours with a nice balance between fruits and spices.

M - A medium bodied ale which fills the palette nicely, goes down smooth and provides you with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - Given the high ABV this stuff is delicious and incredibly drinkable. I can understand why this offering is so well rated, and is highly recommended to any fan of Belgians.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy and pillow-like, bright white head with remarkable retention. Thick, condensed lacing with great strength. Bright golden in color with a slight chill haze; noticeable spirals of carbonation.

Semi-sweet candied sugar aroma. Mild mix of corriander and pepper with a touch of diacetyl.

Sweet candied malt character. A wonderfully balanced peppered spice that gives the sugary sweetness a nice kick. A touch of earthiness and hints of citric fruit; lemon and orange peel. Some whaffs of alcohol and diacetyl in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; smooth and syrup-like on the palate. Prickly, but not annoyingly overcarbonated.

Light and refreshing with a lot of substance. A classic that deserves the credit it gets.

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Photo of stof0048
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Used a Derlirium Tremens glass. Huge, light head on this beer. Beer pours perfectly clear golden color with bubbles rising to the top like champagne. Head diminishes somewhat after beer sits for several moments. Lacing is incredible... still have bubbles hanging on to the top of the glass 10 minutes after the pour.

Smell: Smells stongly of yeast and maybe hay.

Taste: Taste is quite good. Starts out stinging the tongue a bit from all of the carbonation. Very yeasty taste, smooth with little bite at the end. Tastes somewhat fruity. Fades into a bready taste. Glides over the tongue smoothly with an explosion of bubbles... very unique and pleasant.

Drinkability: This beer goes down quite easily and could easily drink more than one.

Overall a good, solid Belgian.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally time to review one of my absolute favorite beers. Poured ever so slowly from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my Duvel tulip (is there really another way?). This is hands down the most beautiful looking beer I have ever seen. Straw colored with the most breathtaking stormcloud of white towering foam. If poured correctly you should have roughly half beer and half head in your glass. The head retention is pretty amazing and the lacing extensive. Really a site to behold. The smell is hay, pepper, and lemon zest. Taste is light, crisp at first. Taste of rich spices like coriander and pepper, a little lemon, and some nice buttery malts. Aftertaste is that wonderful spice flavor followed by a nice glowing warming sensation in your belly and body. This must be what it feels like to give your spirit a bath. Alcohol feeling is present and strong, but not so abundant in the taste. Still a quaffer and a sipper...take her real easy. Drinkability suffers slightly because of the high alcohol. Overall, one of my top ten favorite beers and one that never dissapoints.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,916 ratings.
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