Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,915 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stella77artois
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

A - A very pale yellow, with a fair amount of carbonation. A very thick 3" head appeared after a mellow pour. Very "shapely" on top, and left a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Belgium malts up front, in a big way. Also detected booze early which suprised me, as at 8.5% ABV it's not THAT strong of a beer. Lot's of dark fruit noticeable, especially figs and grapes. Certainly smells like a Belgian ale.

T - All the aromas were noted in the taste, with the exception of the booze. Extremely smooth and the malts are absolutely killer. Dark fruits weren't quite as noticeable in the taste. Really not a ton going on, but the malt is excellent. An excellent representation of a Belgian ale.

F - Smooth and crisp, just a tad on the thick side. Certainly drinkable and easy on the stomach.

O - Took me a while to try this, not really sure why. I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian ales, but this along w/ a few of the Unibroue Belgians are outstanding representation of the styles. I really like the malt in this brew, and the dark fruit isn't as noticeable in this one, which is good. I think the dark fruit in some Belgians can make the beer wine-like, which I do not care for. Overall, an excellent Belgian Strong that I look forward to sampling again.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pale, yellow, big head

Aroma: Hops and pears

Taste: Malty, a little bitter

Remarks: This was one of my earlier reviews, so the info isn't as complete.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores as listed and just go by the overall total.

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Photo of Gunch52
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Xandrose
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mbmiche
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Skabiski
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color. The huge frothy white head is the show stealer here. Mountains of sticky foam make you anxious to give this one a sip. The smell is of belgian yeastyness, slight pepper and fruity. The Saaz hops come through too. The first sip gave me a huge wheat impression. Some lemon zest shows along with some alcohol. As it warms the malt flavors come though more distinctly along with some earthy tones. Very lively highly carbonated mouthfeel. Dry finish. Overall, this one didn't dissapoint. A beer that is worth the hype it gets.

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Photo of Tanktizzo
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jtaylord
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle with best before 04/2017 date. Pours a pale golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Refreshing Belgium taste. A+beer.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see this beer at the stores all the time and the reviews on here say it's one of the best representations of this particular style. It's really good but it isn't a gift from God as so many have said.

It pours a dark golden color with so damn much foam and carbonation it takes several tries to fully empty the bottle into my Perfect Pour glass. The aroma is fruity and floral and has citrus as well. When I took a gulp it had those characteristics but seemed to have a slightly stale feel to it, kinda hard to put into words. It was fantastically smooth and clean finishing. If it didn't have that odd twinge to the taste it would have received a five. The label says it is good for another two years, I don't know. I'm not sure if this is a repeat buy for almost five dollars a pop. Maybe I'll retry down the road.

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Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: thin gold with a tint of orange, fairly large seafoam head with lots of rising carbonation.
S: apples and grass. thin scent
T: such an interesting flavor. it's actually quite similar to 3 monts. difficult to describe. biere de garde. mildly sweet and sour, grass and honey. apple juice
M: smooth, juice like, light to medium body
O: Rather nice but a bit overrated.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed glass. Hazy golden color with a multiple finger head that recedes super slowly leaving lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma of fruity esters, floral hops, and bread. Taste follows the nose with a slightly tart yeast, floral hops, spicy hops, and biscuit taste before the dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. The alcohol is completely hidden and the feel is creamy and luscious.
The feel is what really makes this beer. Everything is well done, but the creaminess and hidden alcohol make this a gem. I could really savor this and I don't see how this beer could get old.

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Photo of gelasin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of IceAce
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle Best Before 08 2008

Immense stark-white rocky foam tops off a golden liquid sending streamers of tiny-bubbled CO² from the nucleation points inscribed in the depths of its namesake tulip.

Beutiful nose promises wonderous Belgian yeast, pale malts, and sweet fruits. Entry bathes the tongue in soothing carbonation and communicates a palate-pleasing mouthfeel.

The finish is very tripel-like with the exception of the well-hidden alcohol. Sneaky, sneaky...little Devil.

A 'must have' in the back of the cooler for just the right occasions.

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Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a cloudy brown with a thin head that trails the glass. Smells of banana and wheat while having a good amount of hops on the back end. The taste is sweet in the beginning and then transfers to more earthy tones, before a crisp finish that leaves you wanting more. A must try for me.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,915 ratings.
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