Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
7,974 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Fizzlybear
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a pale yellow, with a large fluffy head that had great retention. Took me a while to pour this one.

S - I found it to have a very sweet smell, Sugar and honey where prominent with crisp fruitiness to it.

T - A mixture of wheat and fruits where at the forefront of the taste with a sharp hops finish and I picked up a hint of liquorish.

M&D - A very good sipping beer, but after one sip you will want another one straight after. Surprisingly refreshing for its percentage.

Overall a good beer that it always a joy to have.

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Photo of Tabannon
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of xJMFCx
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bdiiorio
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrJones
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Squat bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

A-Pours a huge, pale-white head, strong retention and rocky as it receded with nice lacing. Beer was a pure golden color, with an ever-minimal haze and a visible carbonation bubble stream (from the etched D at the bottom).

S-Spicy clove, slight black pepper, bready malt with a hint of wet yeast.

T-All the same spiciness of the aroma is transferred directly to the flavor, along with some additional yeast-influenced spices. Some sharp fruitiness mingles with a smooth alcohol character. Hint of vanilla with a slightly creamy semi-sweetness.

M-High carbonation, characteristic of this style of brew. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. Slight warming after the first sip let me know I was drinking a moderately high ABV brew.

D-So drinkable. Oh so drinkable. Delightfully drinkable, complex and smooth. A classic brew, with good reason.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Allagash Belgian tulip glass
Bottle Conditioned
Best before date labeled for 10 2008

* Thanksgiving 2005 *

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a bunch of tiny carbonation bubbles. Looks like a pilsner with champagne bubbles in a haze. The head on this beer is unreal; it looks like it has the consistency of shaving cream. I was expecting a big head for a bottle conditioned beer, but this Duvel is massive. The head is sudsy, fluffy and all over the glass. One of the most aggressive heads I have ever seen. Patterns of sticky lace decorate the glass.

Whiffs of Belgian yeast....a blend of spices and light fruits.

Spicy and fruity with pear flavors and white pepper. Very clean and light with a creamy quality on the palate. Distinctive Belgian yeast taste. This is such a great beer with complex flavors that make this an interesting beer.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stagi
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice gold color with a nice thick head with plenty of lacing.

some spices accompany fruit and malt is also present.

Malty is the first thought that comes to mind, but as you get to the end, it smooths out nicely. I would say the carbonation makes it seems there is more alcohol than what you actually taste.. Great finish.

The malt and alcohol come to the tongue first, followed by the carbonation. Tough to swallow with the first sip, but becomes great as you drink.

I believe I will be drinking another and buying more in the future.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very carbinated, yellowish golden tan. Insane 4 inch white head, tons of lacing, beautiful.

Smell - Very belgium yeast tones. Floral hops, spices, grapes, mellon, light traces of alcohol. Has that pale ale malt smell, inpressed so far.

Taste - Very bold, tons of flavors. Floral hops, alcohol and yeast mixed with the spices, wow. Its much like a champagne with its rich complex and carbinated drink. The pale ale malts add to it, but doesnt sour or bitter it up any. Huge fruit flavors, grape and mellon really come out. This is impressive.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and bold on mouth. Tounge gets a workout with all the complex flavors, and palette gets warm and bitter as you swallow this beer down. Aftertaste is slighly dry and bitter.

Drinkabilty - Its too complex and strong to drink anymore then 2 really. Its a sipper to savior and enjoy. I wouldnt drink this weekly since you would become spoiled and possibly broke. World class, thank god i bought a 4-pack!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colored with an inch of tightly woven Brussels lace at the top. Serious carbonation bubble action going on here. Smell is mineral like along with Saaz & Styrian Golding hops. Light Belgian candy sugar is also detectable within. The mouth is crisp,dry,and refreshing. This is like Belgian ale (candy sugar and Brussels lace) meets Czech Pilsner (hops and crispness)

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked up a gift set with the giant tulip glass. Never had this one before, and I hear so many good things about it, so here goes.

A - Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden color with hints of amber, cloudy, and about 3 fingers worth of very foamy head. Great retention, awesome lacing. Plenty of carbonation. In short, it's gorgeous.

S - Kind of bready and yeasty. Notes of banana with some very subtle (not at all bad) alcohol smells.

T - Very sweet, like a wheat beer. The yeast is very noticable, and the banana from the nose is present, but only slightly. Kinda hoppy finish brings a very nice balance to it.

M - Very bubbly. Almost too much for my taste. Alcohol burn is somewhat noticable, but only near room temp. Very, very dry finish, like champagne or white zin.

O - I can see why this beer is so popular, but it's hard to justify $17 for a 4-pack for anything other than special occasions. That being said, I know I will buy this beer again because it is just plain great, and if High Life hadn't bastardized the concept, I would declare it's the beer equivalent to champagne.

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Photo of Soonami
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel is just a wow beer. I've had it once or twice, but hardly ever seek it out or try it when out because it's nearly ubiquitous at any good beer bar or shop. There is really no reason not to drink Duvel more often if one does not. The pour on this beer is perfect! The beer is a bright sunshine yellow with goldenrod highlights and is capped by billowy, finely held-together pearly white head that sticks and stays forever. Duvel has a nice fruity aroma with notes of spicy yeast and toasted malt. The beer has good flavors of apples skin, juicy asian pear, a little pepper spice and a nicely dry finish. The beer is highly carbonated and does a light spritzy dance on your tongue. Very easy to drink and the 8.5% percent alcohol is well hidden and with just a little warming in the throat but no burning taste.

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Photo of glid02
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color (some yeast made it out of the bottle) with a towering, frothy white head. The head sticks around for quite a while, eventually settling into a cloud sitting on top of my beer, leaving thick lacing. It's been well documented but bears repeating, this is a great looking beer.

Smells of grassy hops with hints of apples and pears. There's also an earthy yeast aroma that pokes out every now and then.

Tastes different than it smells. Loads of booze-soaked pear flavors are joined by solid sweet malt flavors and green apples. There's a ton of nuance going on in this beer, and I could have five more and not completely figure it out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. There's nothing about this beer that I don't like and I could have a lot of these.

Overall this beer has something for everybody - go find some if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of FBorrego
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave128
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into Duvel tulip. Picked up the gift set because I've heard the glass and beer are both awesome. So far the glass has not been a disappointment. I was saving this beer for my 50th review and am certainly looking forward to it. Enjoyed after mowing the lawn on a Fall Sunday afternoon.

A - Beautiful golden hazy color with a 3 to 4 finger white foam head that lasts forever. Like 3 minutes before I was about to take a drink that wasn't all foam. A pretty thick disc of foam sits on top after that. Lacing everywhere on the glass that the beer touches.

S - Very sweet and clean. That's about all I can say. It smells so clean and refreshing. A very simple beer with high quality ingredients. The only nag I have with this beer is that it doesn't really offer much in the nose that translates into the taste.

T - Crisp and refreshing. sweet and even a little bit tart at times. I assume its a side effect of the yeast strain, but it adds a ton of character to this beer. Absolutely delicious. Its hard to put my finger on what stands out in this beer because it is so simple in ingredients, but those simple ingredients make this a killer beer. Can detect a hint of alcohol in the finish, but nowhere near what you would expect from a regular 8.5% abv beer. Bitterness is apparent on the end and I'm not sure if I taste much hops.

M - Medium bodied with airy carbonation. Some sips almost feel creamy in the mouth from the delicate foam that occurs.

O - An outstanding beer. If it weren't so expensive, this would be all that I drink. Very nice look, flavor, and refreshing qualities give this one an A.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an excellent head with an off balance pure white head that looks like clouds or something I would want to fall asleep on. Body is a cloudy yellow color with carbonation throughout.

Citrus, almost exclusivley lemon. Farm smells, but appealing and a bready finish.

Lemon flavor, with a malt backbone. Very bready finish that is very pleasant.

Creamy, well carbonated and very pleasant.

Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer, and I could drink lots of this beer.

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Photo of jerryusc
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, golden color with a white bubbly head, just like you might expect a classic beer photo to appear.

Smell - Lemony sweet smell that includes a hint of fresh cut wheat. A tinge of alcohol lingers in the aroma. A classic sweet and sour food combination comes to mind. Curious smell that brings you back out of interest, but not one that I would seek out.

Taste - Refreshing and bold, this beer has hints of banana that balance the more citrusy flavors. Not to degrade this one, but it tastes like you wish many of the American pilsners would, even if a different style.

Mouthfeel - This one is surprisingly thick, given the clarity in appearance. It is similar in MF to a Trappist Dark Ale. The full body seems to match the banana hints in the taste. Great balance of carbonation helps make the thick MF.

Overall - exceptional. This was my first Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I was skeptical at first b/c I have high regard for Belgian Strong Darks. In fact, this one outperforms most darks in both complexity and taste.

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Photo of Gmann
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750 ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy straw color with an insane white puffy head that left fantastic lacing as it dissipated. The smell is juicy, a bit sweet. However the taste is not overly sweet. There is a bit of a sweet maltiness to it, a bit of champagne, then it end dry with a little twang of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with fizzy carbonation. This beer has great balance and is scarily drinkable. Has always been a favorite of mine since I first tried it.

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Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlphaFiend1
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is beautiful, through and through. Bright golden with a rich head - an impressive example of head retention. Natural, spritzy carbonation forms at the nucleation point in the base of the glass. The aroma offers subtle earth tones, light fruit, and a hint of spice. A medium, but surprisingly quaffable mouthfeel for the ABV is both inviting and alluring. A dry finish leaves you thirsty for more.

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Photo of rjp217
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330cl bottle with a best buy date of 03/2016 poured into my tulip...

A - Bright yellow as the sun, frothy one and a half finger head that quickly settles. Pretty nice lace retention as well

S - Lemon, green apple, lime, floral notes

T - Follows the nose to a tee. ABV is well hidden. Outstanding!

M - Light body, high carbonation, very smooth

O - Absolutely awesome. I can't believe I would bypass this all the time. I paired this with a nice sirloin and it complemented it perfectly. ABV isn't noticed much by me. Wonderful

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Photo of waldowin
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL corked bottle. Cork came out with a massive *POP*, nearly causing me to punch myself in the face.

Pours a crystal-clear light yellow, with an absolutely massive thick-as-pudding head that can actually be molded by your fingers. Intense carbonation visible, and not even slowing after several minutes.

Smell is of butter, flowers, and grapes. Very light.

Taste is of candy sugar, peaches, and a hint of toffee. Light, airy, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is intensely carbonated, but otherwise smooth and sweet. The alcohol is completely invisible.

Had the 750 all to myself, and loved it. Though more than that would require sharing, most likely.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its got a very thick, white and bubbly head about two fingers thick and has lots of carbonation. The body is crystal clear and a pale golden color and is very nice to look at. It smells like dry hops mixed in with some citrus fruits and spices, I also pick up some hints of banana bread in there. It rolls on to your tongue pretty smoothly with a light semi-crisp feel to it, it has a medium body, but it is a bit more on the lighter side of the house. It's a bit bitter overall with some sweet undertones and a tangy aftertaste, the alcohol is very well hidden you can't even taste it in its aftertaste.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,974 ratings
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