Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,901 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 grue_soda
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westmalle318
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of illidurit
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realized I hadn't drank any Duvel since getting a Duvel glass, so I thought I'd revisit this classic properly.

The 'perfect pour' according to Duvel's website comprises liquid halfway up the lettering and head from there to the rim of the glass. I manage this feat effortlessly, confirming the spot-on engineering of the trusty tulip. The beer is clear pale gold and the head is a bright dense white. The head is so perfect in this glass that even though it's about 3 inches high, the liquid slips right underneath as you tip the glass, saving my nose and upper lip from an embarrassing beerstache.

Smell is appley, flowery, yeasty and sweet. Banana phenols and hints of spice and pear.

Taste is of green apple and soft mellow fruits, citrus twang, wheaty malty background with floral and herbal hops. Phenols and spiciness are in the flavor as well as the smell.

Really rich and creamy. Full carbonation and body, beautifully smooth. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of roscoehnj
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with an unmatched billowy cumulus cloud head into my duvel tulip. Pinprick bubbles rise much like a fine champagne.

Doughy yeast on the nose with hints of orange and bananas.

Tastes slighly sweet (but not too) woth lots of different fruit tastes to baffle the toungue. Beautiful mouthfeel with the right amont of carbonation and zing. The ultimate belgian pale for a reason.

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Photo of axisjones
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect looking poor, massive cumulous head with a slightly hazy golden straw head.

A yeasty aroma with a mild green tea and clove scent. The peppery scent is noticable.

Peppery, orange peel with coriander with spicy hops. Super clean and finishes bone dry.

This beer is classic in every sense of the word. Created the style and still the standard bearer. There is nothing like a bottle of Duvel. Its reputation is completely deserved.

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Photo of bboelens
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip of course.

A-Wow, I don't even know where to begin, a gorgeous light golden color,a bit cloudy from the yeast sediment, an incredibly huge 3" stark white fluffy head sits atop this amazing looking beer and slowly turns to beautiful lacing. Also there is an odd cyclone of carbonation spinning around on top of the etched D of my glass, it's truly a sight to behold. This is hands down one of the best looking beers I've ever seen

S-Spice, fruit, yeast, muddled hops and malt.

T-An explosion of spiced fruit, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, molasses and carmel; my words really can't do the flavor of this beer justice.

M-Full bodied, very carbonated, my mouth is considered lucky to have had the honor to feel this.

D-Is this really 8.5%? The alcohol is almost a non-factor in this beer, this is incredible, simply stated one of the best, period.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass from a 4pk gift set. Pours a hazy translucent golden-yellow pale body with an enormous airy head. One of the most beautiful beers out there... Smells delightful with hints of banana, clove, slightly metallic and whiffs of EtOH. Tastes spectacular-it is best to dive into the beer and get a froth moustache to enjoy the full flavor. Has a distinctive banana bready sweet flavor with a nice aromatic feel on the tongue. Just enough bite from the hops to balance the sweetness. Overall an absolutely excellent beer!

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Photo of Amanspearfishing
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios, feels like heaven. Very sweet with undertones of cinnamon, a crispy and crackling body, incredibly easy to quaff. It only gets better with warming so there's no need to hurry but it's so hard to drink slowly when it's this good. The quintessential craft beer conundrum.

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Photo of direwolf00
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atsprings
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter a nice hazy pale yellow with a great frothy head. Aroma is sweet malt, coriander and spice. The taste is a wondeful blend of sweet fruits, bubblegum and a nice yeast bite. The beer is crisp and surprisingly light with just the right amount of carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This one is very enjoyable, but is certainly one to be careful with.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this at Spike's last night. Served in a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: HUGE 4-finger, pillowy, white head, piles up on top of a clear, golden body. After five or ten minutes, the head has only decayed a bit (maybe a half inch) around the sides of the glass, leaving a pillar of soapy bubbles standing in the middle. This is straight-up ridiculous. Turbulent carbonation feeds this massive head throughout the sesh. I don't really know what else to say... this beer is one of a kind.

Smell: Banana and clove are the main scents, and are accompanied by orange zest and spice.

Taste: Similar to the taste, but with more citrus and clove. Perfumy hops add to the taste as well. Banana still there. Alcohol kicks in at the end. Finishes sharp, dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and certainly dry. Certainly warm. Lots of carbonation. I like.

Drinkability: I'd love to have this again, and I'm sure I will. Not the most complex beer out there, but very balanced and fun. Carbonation provides for a lot of excitement in both look and feel. Flavors work well with the alcohol too. I could easily drink several of these.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in duvel tulip

A: rose a massive bone white head of stiff foam. pale golden one of the best heads i have seen on a beer. peaks of head remain till the last sip, lace covers the glass in thick patches

S: hops, malts, spice, like a pale ale.

T: balance, spice and tasty, complex, this is the best belgian strong golden ales i have had to date. it is perfect. one of the best.

M: high carbonation helps the beer through the pallet and is an important part of the balance, when the beer is simple every little thing makes a huge difference, Duvel is a pleasure to drink.

D: this stuff is so good i would drink it anytime,

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Pure gold, two fingers of thick soapy head, endless rising bubbles, looks like champagne as you pour, little lacing.

Pear, alcohol, yeast, wheat. Straight forward.

Definitely a Belgian beer! Sweet, bitter apple and grape skin, funky yeast, tinge of alcohol.

Lots of bubbles! Very crisp, light body, bitter on tip of tongue, sweet in backā€¦ extremely drinkable, finishes dry.

Wow, damn good Belgian beer. Very straight forward beer. Produces excellent beer burps. Many qualities of champagne.

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Photo of Converge
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a mountain of snow-white head, clearing the top of the glass by a full inch easily. Hazy golden color. This beer looks absolutely perfect. Incredible head retention that leaves behind a web of sticky, bubbly lacing.

S - Sweet malt and fruitiness backed by some nice grassy hops. Apple and pear notes make of much of the fruit aspect, but a light citrusy zest comes through as well. A touch of spice and some barley are also detectable. I don't get a lot of yeastiness here though, kind of odd.

T - Tons going on here. Lots of fruity flavors, with tart apples, light banana notes, white grapes, and a touch of pear coming through. Yeast is much more apparent here, really bready and distinctly Belgian. Finish is a barrage of tart apples, floral and grassy hops, bready yeast and strong spices. While the spices do have a citrusy coriander like character, there's a powerful peppery quality that gives the finish a really unique feel. While this beer is very true to what Belgian ales are, it has a different feel than any I've come across. Aftertaste is light bitterness, yeast, peppery spice, light but earthy malt, and a faint touch of alcohol warmth. Fairly complex, but at the same time balanced really well.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Carbonation is quite high, but feels nice and bubbly, and not fizzy. Finishes spicy and dry. Just a touch syrupy from the alcohol. While the carbonation is nice, as I can feel the bubbles lightly prickle my tongue even after the beer is gone, the feel overall wasn't as smooth as I had hoped. For a brew that I've heard considered the 'champagne of beers', this area was a slight let down.

D - Overall, an excellent beer. It's easy to see why this one is an absolute classic and a must-try for any beer-lover. While the flavor profile is fairly big and complex, it's also balanced and extremely easy to drink, and the drinkability on this one is through the roof. A great Belgian and a fantastic beer overall.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damned fine beer!

Looks fantastic in my duvel glass, beautiful rocky head that lasted nearly the entire glass. Lacing very prevalent. Nothing at all I would change.

Smell's a little weak, lots of fruit and alcohol. Nothing really grabs me tho.

Taste is fantastic, but slightly lacking in complexity. I was expecting a little more, I must admit. Either way, it tastes great... apples and citrus mostly, alcohol comes throught at the end but not overwhelming. Nice warming of the tummy on this cold winter night.

It's got a great body and perfect amount of carbonation. Leaves a slight hoppy finish.

I don't know if I'd drink more than 2 of these in a sitting, but they're awfully easy to put down, and at the price I found it, it can't be beat.

I'll make sure to pick up a couple more bottles next time I go to the store!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/11/2011

A: an absolute beauty! an almost clear golden/straw yellow with a huge foamy white head, leaves spotty lacing. looks just like the image on the bottle

S: bananas, cloves or some sort of spice, slight peppery scent, and a hint of yeast

T: bananas, cloves, a hint of lemon, lingers just the perfect amount of time on the tongue

M: mild carbonation, crisp, well-balanced

D: a great tasting, refreshing beer that slowly sneaks up on you, you are too busy enjoying the flavor bouquet that you don't realize that ABV if coming to get you. would definitely drink again


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Photo of kevinhulit
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking this beer from its designed glass is amazing! never have i had a beer look so good in its behavior. semi-cloudy pale copper color with and enormous, carnbation-fueled thick head. true belgian yeast taste with sweet fruity character. a bit carbonic in the mouth but not near too much. Very drinkable - i've been out at the bar and drank 5 (8.5 % ABV) and loved every minute and after thought about it!

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Photo of ballewblake
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into.. you guessed it, my Duvel glass.

What used to be my old go to beer, this bottle has been in my fridge for over a year easy, from the last case I bought probably two years ago. Four finger white pillowy head that slowly fades down to a transparent golden body. Messy lacing with gobs of the massive head still clinging to the glass. Nose is a Duvel.. heh, smells as good as it always does, pilsner malts, belgian yeast, light hops. Taste is just that, slightly sweet and grassy, very carbonated, greatly balanced. This is the standard I judge other Belgian Strong Pale's by. This brew helped get my alcohol tolance where it is today. :) So one doesn't even phase me anymore. Nice.

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Photo of damifino
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a nice golden hue with a frothy head. It is the perfect beer-stache beer for your "Got beer" commercials. The carbonation lasts on this one as well.

My sniffer is not as good as others, but it definitely had the fuit aroma.

You start off with some malt and end it on a hoppy note. It is very satifying as a sipping beer to gain the flavors.

I wanted a while on this one. It is one of those trappist that is always there, but you seemingly passed it over for another beer. Needless, I will not pass this one over.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Crisp and clear gold body set under a massive four finger billowing head. Retention is ridiculous and the lacing is absurd. Truly world class appearance if I have ever seen it.

Sharp spice and fruit aromas. Golden delicious apple and pear smell mesh with coriander and subtle cloves. Earthy hops and musky yeast notes round out a rather enjoyable aroma.

Sweet and spicy up front. Citric and pear fruitiness followed soon after with a peppery and subtle clove flavor. Hop flavor are more spicy and earthy than bitter, provide an excellent compliment. Very so slight bubble gum flavor left on the tongue.

Incredibly smooth and surprisingly creamy. Prickly carbonation with a medium body.

Tremendously drinkable and very enjoyable. Fantastic brew all the way around.

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Photo of louisbr
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 erok
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a clear golden color with a fluffy, voluminous head that took a long time to recede to 1/2 inch thick. Vigorously rising, tiny bubbles sustained the head.

S - The best part of this beer for me. Has the trademark belgian spiciness (particularly coriander) that all of my favorite beers have.

T - the same spiciness as in the aroma (coriander and pepper) with hop bitterness. Very little sweetness from the malt.

M- Medium-bodied with the carbonated effervescence making its presense throughout the palte

D- Quite. I'd have two if I had two.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ETA: This is a review of a Duvel that I have been aging for a little over a year.

Pours into a Duvel glass a beautiful and slightly cloudy golden-yellow (yeast added) with the signature billowy Belgian head and tons of carbonation racing up the walls of the glass.

Smells of heavy malts and bakery fresh bread initially on the intake. Hints of sour green apple tartness as well as a gentle alcoholic sweetness.

I taste tons of fruitiness: green apples as well as lemon peels and grapefruit. A crisp cracker malty-graininess leads to a very champagne like lingering aftertaste carries the only hint of alcohol.

The duvel has a refreshingly light-medium velvet-like body with tremendous carbonation which in no small way make this a deceivingly drinkable big Belgian beer!

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Photo of fsvan
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Massive amounts of head. 1st pour was pretty much all head. It's thin, but structured, and sticky. Pale, clear yellow. Streaming carbonation.

S- Pale bready malts. Earthy, peppery yeast. Some light apple/pear notes. No alcohol. Extremely clean.

T- Right in line with the nose. Nice malt backbone. Light bread. Some green apple-like sweetness. A big bite of spicy Belgian yeast Both a little sweet and spicy on the finish.

M- Fairly light and easy drinking for the levels of yeast, alcohol and carbonation.

O- There are a handful of beers that I consider true benchmarks of their style, and Duvel is one of them. It manages to toe the fine line between pleasing discerning beer geeks, and being so easily approachable for those without a big beer background.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,901 ratings.
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