Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,931 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden in color but a bit hazy. Tons of carbonation. Nice beautiful foamy head.

S: I'm picking up a lot of smells here: clove, apple notes. The smell is very refreshing.

T: The taste is similar to how the beer smells. There's hints of clove and banana, some spices, and a bit of orange. It also has this apple cider-type flavor amongst all the flavors. The bitterness is very mild.

M: Light bodied, and the carbonation draws out the flavors. The carbonation really makes this beer stand out.

O: This is a perfect beer. It's very tasty and refreshing. It's a really good Belgian Golden.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

A classic example of the style!

Pours out a clear, bright yellow with about 3 fingers of a very fluffy, white head.

The aroma is packed with fruity esters. There are notes of bananas, apples, pears and white grapes, some lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, the typical Belgian yeast strain and some bready, yeasty notes.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Up front there are a ton of the bananas, apples, pears and white grapes which is followed by lemon zest, some white pepper, orange peel as well as coriander. The Belgian yeast strain is very dominant and it finishes with a decent amount of bready/yeasty notes.

Finishes very dry, has a crisp and clean mouthfeel, a light-medium body and is carbonated like champagne. Not trace of alcohol anywhere in this beer. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

If you like Belgian Ales you HAVE to try this one. Amazing.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The single most carbonated ale I have ever seen the rush of bubbles created a telescopic off white head. The more the bubbles rushed to the surface the farther the head retreated from the top of the glass. The ale had a cloudy golden hue that was quite striking.

The scent is of yeast, cloves, honey and even a bit of lemon. Very complex.

A kind of mead like quality the taste is like a Bit O' Honey candy. There is an apple taste at the back and I'm impressed with the variance on the tongue. There's even a bit of citrus somewhere in there but it is lost quickly.

Despite the immense carbonation the feel is light and tangy. Very smooth it drinks easy and well.

These are not my favorite flavors, especially in beer, but I understand the high numbers this ale receives as it is very intricate in its tones.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a slightly hazy, straw-gold with a small white head on top. Good retention, and there's plenty of lace left behind. The nose is sharp with Belgian yeast, sour citrus, dry grass, coriander.

This one starts out really spritzy and a bit harsh. A massive amount of carbonation on the palate. Thankfully, though, this smooths out as I sip. Gets much more mellow and cleans itself up. A bit dry on the finish.

Wonderful balance on this one. Completely understand now why this one is rated so highly. Spice, tart yeast, lemon zest, dry crackers. Just a touch of alcohol rounds this one out. Man this is incredibly balanced! Nothing really overpowers here, but every flavor plays their part and adds to the whole. A spectacular beer.

This is a style I don't drink very often as I haven't had many that I really crave, but this one jumped to the top of this list. One I will revisit again and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,931 ratings.
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