Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
7,976 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 IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color. Started with a light haze that slowly dissipated leaving very good clarity. Poured with a huge, billowy, bright white foam that hung on to the bitter end. Sweet pilsner malt aromas with candy suger, floral hops, light peppery notes and touch of booze at the end. Medium light bodies with effervescent carbonation. Light creaminess beneath the aggressive carbonation followed by unmistakeable, pleasant, boozy warmth through the finish. Flavors of pilsner malt, sweet sugar, light under ripe banana, bready yeast and spicy pepper. Medium light bitterness through the middle tempers the sweetness fillowed by light floral hoppiness. Finished with some boozy warmth along with floral and peppery notes that linger a bit. Dangerously drinkable and refreshing considering the higher abv. A wide array of flavors, aromas and feel that combine perfectly.

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Photo of clm9
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a pale straw color with plenty of carbonation. A thick, white, bubbly head.
S- Hop and yeast, lemon.
T- Taste follows the nose. Yeast blends wonderfully with fruitness and spice. Hop is there, but not dominating. A nice little funk.
M- Complex taste that finishes dry. Quite pleasant.
O- Wonderful examole of the style.

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Photo of Robertas
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite Belgian beers. Huge frothy head, pleasant smell. Taste is smooth and light. Does not have the extreme funky taste you get from some of the Belgian beers.

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Photo of GlennWB
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stavroghin
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A high quality Belgian Ale, the most distinctive feature being the taste. Much like a strong ale, except in the middle there is a spicy taste. Beer is refreshing and has a good overall feel. Overall a good ale but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of -steve-
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a long time since I've had this beer. Probably 30 years! That was when I was totally new to beer and all it's complexities.
Look: Poured a pale, clear golden ale into a tulip glass that foams with a good 2 inches of white head. Abundant lacing and head retention.
Smell: Lemon, grass, coriander.
Taste: Spicy, lemon, tart finish
Feel: Crisp start that extends into sour funk. Very smooth.
Overall: It's a pleasure to swirl this beer around the mouth picking out the abundance of flavors. If anything predominates for me it might be the sour funk on the finish. Not that it is overpowering. A very mature tasting beer.

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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 mikeinportc
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dmsharma
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slow sipping or thirst quenching (with caution), highly satisfying beer.
On a given evening I could sit with a nice single malt scotch, aged rum or a Duvel.

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Photo of c014572
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nirvana in a bottle. Light bodied, very smooth finish and hides the ABV perfectly. Pours deceptively light with a huge head that wont' quit. Initially hits you with with Belgian yeast funk perfectly balanced through the malts. Then, for lack of better description, I get a saison like spiciness followed by some alcohol presence. OMG. Love this stuff.

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Photo of tedho21
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spezz
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thommo_nk
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is world class!!

Pours a golden yellow hazy colour.

Taste is dry, bready, malty, sharp but well rounded and leaves you wanting to open another bottle. In the UK £2.79 for 33cl.

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Photo of wmartin
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No problem giving this a high score.

Drank from 750ml bottle sourced from Belgium (and dated 7/2017) into teku. Was concerned when I saw the date, presumably an expiration date, a month from now, but was not disappointed.

If you like foamy beer, this is for you! Poured from the bottle 4 times; each time was more careful to pour so as to limit foam production. Each time failed. Has a lemony orange clear color with a thick white frothy head that lasts longer than usual. It looks like something you would really like to try.

I wouldn't say the taste is strong compared to some other "burly" beers, but it is smooth and elegant, with a nice bitter finish. Bottle lists some of the hops used, which were unfamiliar to me. Yeast flavor is mild, but Belgian-type. Malt flavor is difficult to detect.

Top marks for a very smooth and drinkable ale!

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Photo of Briggsy43
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a fat-bottomed tulip
L- Surprisingly it is clear when coming out of bottle but settles into a hazy, muted gold when in glass. Has good carbonation with a thin white head sitting on top.
S- Spice, clove, cinnamon, garlic, lemon zest, peach, parsley, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, grass. Very complex.
T- Similar to notes as smell. Nice balance between sweet and spice with a nice creaminess carrying it to the finish.
F- Incredibly smooth and bounces on your taste buds.
O- A well balanced, quality beer that is rightfully a classic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a golden bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head, somewhat fizzy but holding. Once it fell off, sly messy lace ran around my glass.
The aroma had a beautiful blend of sweet grass, Belgian yeasty/breadiness, light clove, floral hop bits, touch of herbal and some light Belgian candied fruits.
The flavor blended wonderfully between the sweetness to the spice and creating a well blended smooth aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian strong ale always lovely to have at practically any time of the year.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Between the Heineken, Grolsch and the Abinbev beers always the winner; Fresh, light maltic acid and tart sweet, beautiful bitter edge and the famous Gisttoon

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle BB 8/2017 poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp 8.5% ABV (allowed to warm 30 minutes.) The beer pours a mildly hazy orange yellow color with prolific off white head. Lacing is strong from top to bottom. The aroma as this warms is apple, pear and slight generic Belgian smells. The flavor is fruity with mild tartness playing off sharp carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated and finishes dry. Overall, very good. I'm not sure the age of this but I believe this is best enjoyed fresh. It's nice, but not worth the premium over some craft options.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rexyphi
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weaker in comparison to other Belgian, both in ABV and "back of mouth" flavor. Frothy head and clear, golden color, but lacking in distinctive "image" that other slow brewed beers have. Great taste and overall great beer, just slightly off the pace car.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,976 ratings
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