Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

2,815 Reviews
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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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not very clear, presenting a yellowish golden pour. Very foamy as some of the other reviews already state. Strong aroma, maybe a bit too pepperish and malted. The taste is very characteristic, you can definitely taste the 8.5vol in it's dry end. It has a bit of malted smell that is complemented with some notes of citrus mixed with spices, the mouth end is very bready, malty and somewhat bitter in a pleasent way. A complex, different and very likely recommended beer experience. If you see it, don't hesitate, just go for it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clear golden hue with a big frothy, foamy head. Nice big bubbled white lacing on glass. Nose is a spicy, herbal hop profile. The smell has a lot going on similar to a hefeweizen. Bananas, cloves, bubblegum. Belgian yeast in the taste, and all follows the nose very well. Bananas, cloves, and more of that spicy herbal kick with linger around for a while. Mouthfeel has relatively medium to high carbonation, and an overall easy sipper.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a Duvel snifter, this fine Belgian pours a lightly hazy golden color with a firm astounding head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, big thick layer, and excellent sudsy lacing. Nose of candy malt, light bubblegum, subtle citrus notes, and light herbal notes of clove with a healthy dose of classic Belgian yeast. Flavors exceed the nose with candy touched citrus notes on the front and middle featuring lemon zest and light banana flavors from the yeast, more candy on the sides and then a nice warming glow from the strength of the alcohol. Crisp and effervescent mouth feel, excellent carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall an excellent ale from a great brewer.


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Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow. Biggest pillow of white head I've seen. Smell is slightly bready, subtle phenols. Taste is golden, strong, peppery but not all the whacked out bubblegum and clove like most Belgians. Bit boozy on the finish

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. Despite pouring "gently," I produced an enormous, frothy, milk-white head that puffed up and looks like gelato. The color is a hazy gold straw with significant bubbling. It has a champagne look. It smells of Belgian yeast, clove, and lemon peel, and a whiff of sweeter fruit. The taste is sweeter than the smell with banana and some honey, along with lemon, coriander, clove, pepper, and malt. All the flavors blend beautifully to produce a full taste experience. This ale is highly carbonated, crisp, dry, and the 8.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, it is easy to see why Duvel is considered world class. It really has no flaws.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice hazy straw-gold. Head is white and seems rather weak; lacing is minimal. Nose offers a blend of bready and spicy yeast notes, with some floral and fruity aspects moving through as well. Taste likewise offers spicy, bready, and tingly flavors, and a little honey sweetness as well, all twirling together. Perhaps some bananas or other tropical fruit are hiding in there and coming out for a peek also. Given the sweet, spicy, and bready flavor, the tongue is left feeling surprisingly clean and dry once the beer is gone. Great beer. I'm surprised that the head was somewhat weak in my bottle, or the rating could have been even higher.

Drink-by date was 11 2016, and I had this on Drink with the Duvel Day, 4 June 2016.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color, clear. Foam white, tall, built of fine bubbles, very dense and durable. It leaves a lot of decoration on glass.
Hop aroma, malty with spice accents.
Taste: like aroma, notes of malt and hops combined with spices and herbs. It is slightly peppery, spicy.
Hop bitterness at the finish, not too intense, dry and clear peppermint. Saturation high, fits. Alcohol perfectly hidden.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a stunningly clear and bright straw yellow with a two finger head of fluffy foam.

Toasted biscuits, slightly herbal spicy hop character, banana, clove, and slightly lemony citrus character.

Bananas, lemon, clove, peppercorn, biscuits.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth, prickly carbonation.

Overall, a truly world class Belgian and worth every penny. Incredibly drinkable for 8.5%, it would be too easy to have a few too many.

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Photo of FBarber
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat color. Lots of small bubbles course upwards indicating decent carbonation. Two finger white head slowly dissipates leaving sticky lacing along the glass and a thin foamy head.

Smell has aromas of yeast, bread dough, wheat, slight hints of citrus zest and a slight peppery smell. Undertones of clove, spice, and coriander come through.

Taste is initially kind of yeasty and doughy - lots of wheat and bread notes come through, however this is quickly tinged by a nice citrus zest flavor eventually giving way to a slightly peppery and spiced yeast finish. Slight booze taste becomes apparent after sipping for a while, but even then it is sublet and quite nice.

Feel has a nice robust carbonation that somehow does not overpower the flavors. Very smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall this beer is amazing in and of itself, but rated against Belgian Strong Pale Ales - this is the standard that all others aspire to be.

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Photo of Squire123
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light clear yellow color with World class cap and lacing.

Aroma is like sticking your nose into a bouquet of fragrant tea roses. Speaking as an amateur rosarian I can say that. As an amateur cook I can also find Herbes de Provence, particularly lavender. I can't think of any other beer that has such a delightful fragrance.

Taste is marvelous. This is so good on so many levels it's hard to find a place to start. Floral hoppiness is in perfect balance with the rest. Malt is rich without being heavy, sweet without being cloying, full while remaining clean and a perfect example of when just enough is enough. Malt, yeast and hops all work together in a harmonious complexity that is seamless from start to finish.

Texture is medium.

Overall this is a head and shoulders above the rest sort of beer. A blazing pathfinder that still out distances it's many imitators.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Holds a head well. Intial pours quite robust though it settles, yet lingers. Straw colored, quite murky
S: Wheat, dough, yeast, sweet kitchen spices. Some estery smells as well, typical clove
T: Once again, dough and spices. Lots of pepper/phenol. Has some notes of clove, a nice rounding sweetness, and a crisp bitterness to balance it out.
F: Smooth as hell, that full yet light mouthfeel, pillowy, super well rounded and balanced. Bitter yet not remotely astringent. Refreshing. Excellent.
O: Rediculously solid. Not something that blew me away yet at the same time was impressed by. Does what it does well, but doesn't push the envelope. Definately will add to my regular import rotation.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style stemmed glass

A: Pours a bright golden color with a bright white head, head is full and creamy, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, great head retention, good amount of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, bready malts, very nice aromas, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, coriander, hint of citrus peel, finish is malty with more Belgian yeast characteristics lingering in the aftertaste, spice, banana, coriander, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, tons of carbonation.

O: A well made beer that is enjoyable to drink, lots of flavor, carbonation, and a great mouthfeel, first time trying and this will definitely be a beer I reach for when I'm in the mood for a Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow.
The smell is slightly peppery and there is some citrus rind.
Taste is sweet pale malt with apple/pale.
Complex as expected.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with large three to four finger foamy white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of Belgian yeast, green appe, pear and white pepper.

T - The taste is sweet pale malts, Belgian yeast, green apple, pear, clove and white pepper. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A classic that still holds up.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Murky golden color with pretty high carbonation. 3-4 finger white head.

S: Malts, malts, malts!

T: Really nice taste. Very drinkable besides the high ABV.

F: Malty and nice carbonation. Feels great on the palate :)

O: Good beer but highly overrated nonetheless. Would I have it again? Of course!

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Photo of SFNC
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy, light yellow with a fluffy head that rose up like a mid-summer thunderhead, even with a very careful pour. The head reduced slowly leaving some dynamic lacing. The smell is yeasty, fruity (apples, pears) and spicy. The taste follows suit with some medium hop bitterness tangling with a peppery bite. The feel is dry and a bite thin. Overall, this one earns it's classic status.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have much to say other than this is really the Platonic ideal of the Belgian strong pale ale. The notable thing coming back to this after years of trying many other Belgian beers is how impeccably clean-tasting it is. There's almost none of that Belgian "funk" (which I sometimes love) and all of the complex flavours -- this time around I picked up a flowery scent, some black pepper, pears and green apples, and freshly baked white bread, in particular -- just seem so bright and un-muddied.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale, 8.5% ABV, 32 IBU, style Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pours thin, hazy golden with huge persistent white foamy head, decent lacing. It was 80% head when first poured but took a while to get a decent picture. Not picking up much for nose, taste is malt, a bit bitter, a bit sour. I note it is highly rated, but for me it's just OKish.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque yellow, with a thick, bubbly, white head. Head retention is strong, with good lacing left behind. Aroma is of Belgian yeast spice, dark fruits, and raisin. Taste is Belgian yeast spice, with dark fruits. Very rich and complex flavor. Mouth feel is medium thick, with good mouth coating and filling characteristics. Overall, it's a lovely brew that makes for great sipping and enjoyment.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Angela1956
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, white, lasting head. Fair lacing, sparkling body, slightly cloudy. Light yellow color. Light malt aroma, nutty, herby, and citrusy. Light yeast and slight banana smell. To the taste it's light, thin, fizzy, lively and bitter. You can taste the maltiness and fruits. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of hennin55
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: average head, excellent lacing, light brown in color
Aroma: light in hops and malt aroma, but hey in yeast, clove, nutmeg and spice heavy
Palate: bitter finish but light fizzy carbonation
Flavor: more on the acidic and bitter side

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy pale yellow. Huge creamy white head.
Smell: Yeast, spice, some banana and mild hops.
Taste: Sweet pale malts and fruit (apple, banana, pear), followed by some clove and other spice. A little twinge of sourness.
Feel: Plenty of crisp carbonation, medium bodied, slightly astringent.
Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of stinewils24
3.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When poured, this beer resembles champagne and has a large pillowy head. It has metallic scents and hints of clove. It tastes peppery, has a high amount of hops, and is grainy. The texture is interesting and complex, having a high carbonation and dry taste.

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Photo of tomakara
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was very light in color and it was foamy after being poured. It smelled refreshing with a hint of tartness. It was a little fizzy and had a minty aftertaste to it.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an enormous and very fluffy head, probably the largest I've seen. Has a light golden color that is slightly murky. The aroma is very yeasty, and a bit spicy as well, with some hops thrown in also. The first sip tasted like champagne, likely exaggerated with the high carbonation. From there it started to taste more beer-like, yet very yeasty the entire time. Crisp and mellow, and nice for sipping slowly, yet not necessarily my style. As mentioned, a lot of carbonation, but with a pleasant feel in the mouth. Overall I respect this beer and its high quality. I think it's something that every beer lover should try. That being said, it was quite a pricey bottle and I'm not sure I would personally value it as high as I paid. A lover of Belgians would probably disagree with me.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,882 ratings.
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