Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,902 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

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served this bottle nice and cold in a tulip shaped snifter style glass. The contents poured out brilliant gold with a soft white billowy head that quickly dissipates. It has a yeasty, lager-like aroma with hints of pears, apples, pine, and a slight whiff of ginger.

The first thing you notice when you taste it is a pleasant fruity sweetness, which gives way to a nice champagne-like dryness. This beer is very heavily carbonated, which accompanies the dryness very nicely. The dryness also helps to balance the alcohol, which while high at 8.5%, never lends any real booziness to the beer.

A wonderful drinking experience. A little pricy in this neck of the woods to enjoy regularly, but certainly a nice occasional treat.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with a best before date of 04/2013 on it. Poured into a C&B Belgian beer glass.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a billowing frothy white head. Very actively carbonated with a vigorous boil of bubbles. Excellent lacing patterns on the glass.

Aroma is spices, pepper, green apples, an intriguing mix of tart and sweet smells. Lemon, banana and bubble gum are present as well.

Taste is crisp and tart. Again, some green apple, pepper, lemon. Has a very dry finish with a bit of a bite.

Mouthfeel is again, crisp and tart with a very lively feel from the robust carbonation. Refreshing and dry. Overall a very nuanced, delicate ale with some very distinct, interesting flavors. The 8.5% abv was noticeably absent from the taste. A classic and worth a try by all means.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a nice frothy light head which eventually subsided to a nice ring of bubbles - semi-cloudy banana liquer / straw color - decent lacing

S - plenty of belgian yeast dominates the scent with a little malt thrown in - smells sweet and a little fruity - muted banana and white grape flavors

T - Yeasty up front, sweet and hint of bananas - well balanced hops finish

M - plenty of carbonation in this medium bodied quaff which makes for a great mouthfeel

O - I expected a great deal from this beer and was not disappointed - this is clearly a world class beer which I will keep stocked when it is available.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This isn't the first time I've had Duvel - but it's the first time I've poured one during a royal wedding. To William and Kate - cheers!

A: A pale gold body, letting about 80% of light through. Foamy as hell. The bottle says "Pour Unhurriedly," and boy do they mean it. A bubbly white head w/ sticky lacing forms almost instantly.

S: In the nose, there's a strong yeast presence. Phenols abound, with a complex, fruity sweetness underneath. Very Belgian.

T: Yeast, just like the nose, conquers the palate. Big fruity flavor - grape, apple, pear, banana, and orange marmalade make an appearance. The hops are there, but mild; uniquely spiced. The aftertaste is so crisp it's almost nonexistent. Spectacular balance for 8.5% ABV.

M: A bubbly, classy champagne feel. It gives this beer an exquisite texture that I've never experienced anywhere else.

O: The KING of Belgian Strong Pale Ales for good reason. It's a great beer for so many occasions. It's so hard to find anything bad about this drinking experience. I love it!

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

A- Pours a golden honey color with 4 fingers of beautiful pillowy white head that goes down very slowly. The lacing retains very nicely.
S- I'm getting banana, apples and possibly tangerine with citrus zest, even some white grape. Definitely citrusy hops and yeast.
T- Much like the smell, mostly apples, citrus, white grape, and yeast. Delicious.
M- Medium bodied, but on the lighter side. Smooth but crisp with a dry finish
O- This is a great beer, and that is an understatement. It may be the best beer of its class out there, and is a personal favorite.

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

The only way to christen my new Duvel tulip is, well, drinking Duvel out of it. So here we go.

Pours a pale golden yellow, translucent, with a fluffy white two-finger head that lasts and lasts, leaving clouds of foam on the sides of the glass that go way beyond lacing. Doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

Smell is that charismatic spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some gentle grassy hops. Slightly fruity, and very well-balanced. I could drink in the smell of this all day.

Taste is slightly hoppy up front, followed by a smooth subtle sweetness with a touch of sour, with tangy spice in the finish. A very nice balance of hops, malts, and yeast flavors. This is not a "kapow" beer, but it's not weak either. The flavors in it meld together very well and build a cohesive drink.

Medium-bodied, kinda light but sticky, with medium-high carbonation. The mouthfeel goes really well with the flavor.

I really like this beer. Everything about it is solid, and there are no obvious negatives. And all the pieces fit together really well. I really can't think of how I'd improve it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a monstrous white head that is near perfect. Great retention and great lacing.

S: The nose is pretty delicate with some light spice, banana, lemon and maybe a bit of clove.

T: This is pretty delicious and ridiculously drinkable. There's a bit of a sour lemon taste upfront and some nice grassy hops towards the end. In the middle are some notes of green apple and grain. Very tasty.

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Photo of njbeerlover
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It goes down smooth . It does have a fruity taste to it snd it somewhat dry. Always pours with a 2-3 finger head.Also is a cloudy amber color which I love.It is a great beer to come home to at the end of a hard day. It is a costly one but if it is in your budget, definetly worth buying.

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Photo of lionchow
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a small, creamy, white, lingering head.

A- mild barnyard and malt with a hint of banana.

F - Dry, mildly bitter, with very light malt. Mild banana and spice. It is elegant and smooth, and very enjoyable.

M - dry and highly carbonated.

Overall very good.

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Photo of jggibbs
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, hazy pale golden. Large fluffy head that stayed around for awhile.

The smell is nice. Fruity, sweet and light. Bananas and a yeasty note are the most apparent.

The fruity smell is backed up in the taste as apples and bananas are very present. The yeast is there as is some sourness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and bubbles slightly on the tongue.

A very enjoyable first experience with this one.

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Photo of jables7
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- exactly what the name promises. a great looking golden ale. it has just enough haze.

S- it has a strong, familiar nose. if you've had a belgian beer you've probably smelled this particular combination.

T- i know this is ridiculous but it tastes like what I imagine blue moon was going for. I usually don't like brews from Belgium but this particular version is balanced well enough to make it quite enjoyable

M- not the best I've ever had but substantial enough to hold it's own

O- probably the best Belgian beer that I've ever had. the spice notes are more subdued than most versions I've had. overall it's a well balanced quality brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy light gold. Has a huge foamy white head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Aromas of citrus, banana, pear, apple, and cloves. Has some fruity yeast in the background.

Taste: A fruity mix of citrus, banana, and apple with pepper spice. A decent hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: A great tasting classic import from Belgium.

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Photo of Blanco
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the appropriate Duvel tulip a bright golden color with a huge white fluffy head that almost fills the entire glass. There is a mini-spire of bubbles that roars from the "D" carved into the bottom of the glass. The smell is dry and almost lager-ish. Faint smell of Belgian spice. Nothing special here. The taste is also dry, crisp and refreshing. A hint of the belgian spice along with sour apple. mouthfeel is a lively. overall, a solid refreshing brew. I think some of the coppycats might actually be a little better, but it's nice to have a classic.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very slight hazy straw colour, with a pure white two fingered head that laces and retains.

S - Nice banana citrus aromas and a little grassy.

T - Nice apple flavours and grains, citrus also present with a little hop. Very well balanced indeed.

M - Medium carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - Hard to beat this brew for a BSPA.

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Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light pale yellow almost golden color, tons of carbonation running through, tightly packed white one inch head.

S- Lots of fruitiness, light bananas, some pear, definitely cloves a general yeasty aroma which lends all of these smells.

T- Like a yeast flavored juicy fruit, this packs a big punch full of banana and spice and a tingling spicy hop presence.

M- Highly carbonated which gives a lively feel to this brew throughout the experience.

O- Serious perfection here, this brew is the work of craftsmanship, so sweet and tasty with a perfect touch of hops it just never gets boring and the pairings are endless.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear golden color with loads of carbonation bubbles. There is an amazing two finger, frothy white head with excellent retention and incredible lacing.

S - There are some great fruity notes. There is banana with citrus, lemon, apple and grass.

T - Taste follows the smell. There are some great yeast tastes with apple, berry, lemon, banana, and other citrus.

M - A great amount of carbonation lets all these flavors be pronounced.

D - There is a reason why this is a staple for this style. Enough said.

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Photo of taylocd
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was from the 330ml bottle with a 'Best Before' date of 09 2013, and a lot ID of L1951 0441.

Appearance - The brew initially poured up a mostly clear yellow gold, but as with many bottle conditioned beers, it was clouded by the final bit of liquid from the bottle. The head was a tall, porous, and bone white. It left great lacing that clung to the tulip like meringue. The head was reduced to about an eighth of an inch by the last sip, but, importantly, it did remain throughout the session. 4.5 of 5

Smell - From the bottle, this one had a truly fantastic 'Beer Aroma' that was much more than I expected from the small bottle opening. Unfortunately, I can't adequately describe that great inital aroma, so I'll just leave it at that. Once poured, it seemed to lose some of that powerful smell, but if did have a sort of spicy (peppery even?) phenolic scent. 3.5 of 5

Taste - The first sip of this one had a prominent hop bitterness, but as the beer warmed, that characteristic gave way completely to the spicy and almost peppery flavor that matched the aroma. The taste that did linger, however, again hinted to the hop bitterness. It had a very complex flavor, without being overpowering in any way. 4.5 of 5

Feel - The carbonation level was as close to perfect as I can imagine. The balance of the beer was ever-so-slightly thin, but it made for a very easy drinker, even at 8.5% ABV. The beer finished very crisply. 4.5 of 5

Overall - The only part of this brew that didn't overwhelm was the aroma, but even that was still better than most. 4.5 of 5

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

A: Pours a nice golden yellow color, with a good amount of head that is retained pretty well. Looks to be pretty carbonated.

S: Citrus notes, some lemons and maybe pear. Yeasty as well. Smells good.

T: The lemon and pears are very noticeable. Hops are present, but nothing overwhelming, but it does add depth. Some spices, maybe clove is there too. Very balanced.

M: It's pretty carbonated, which works very well with this beer. Tastes phenomenal. Very enjoyable on a warm day.

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Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip; best before July of 2013.

A: Mildly hazy, blonde, ginger ale-esque color, with a nice finger or so solid white head that retained a frothy retention throughout the session.

S: Slight puff of Belgian funk, banana, and pears, along with nice yeasty, sweet bread-like presence.

T: Just enough sweetness to get by.... and it was presented in a brilliantly subtle, organic way. A bit of esters were in there and it had a very round, robust, fresh filtered water-like finish.

M: Bubbly and spritzy.... like a fine champagne. The sweetness was kept in check and the lacing was moderate at best.

O: Flavor-packed, highly drinkable, and flat out delicious. Also, rumor has it that this brew is fairly low in calories, especially considering the ABV. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- clear golden blonde, big fluffy-pillowy head.

s- sour apple, little bit of yeast in there mixed with some malt

t- citrus-y, light malt, fruity yeast

m- sharp carbonation, little bit of tingle on the edges of the tounge.

o- great easy drinking beer, awesome overall flavor profile and drinkability

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a rudimentary chalice. This beer is just gorgeous. Pours a bright gold color with loads of carbonation and a huge frothy head. Big Belgiany aroma that at first reminds me of pineapple. Smells semi-sweet, almost like a bread dough. Carbonation translates to a very fizzy mouthfeel that isn't unpleasant. Taste is of lemon grass with some spicy hop character in the background. Malt profile is deftly handled with the beer sliding more to the bready side of the spectrum. Taste finishes with a light sourness and is very dry. There's a little bit of alcohol warmth the more you drink it, but that's certainly welcome for the style. All of the components of this beer are harmonious, singing together to create a symphonic experience. A classic.

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Photo of jyuhas
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - right in between the colors of gold and hay; crystal clear; quite lively carbonation; nice, white head leaving behind some lacing

Smell - strong scent of bananas with some crisp spiciness and some earthy, floral aromas mixed in

Taste - banana here as well; flowery, nectar sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium-light body with a nice, effervescent creaminess; leaves behind a bit of a dry, puckering feeling

Overall - quite a good one for the style, really an enjoyable beer to drink

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer I really didn't care for it. I guess my beer senses just weren't ready for something like this yet. The beer seemed to taste like metal or blood each time I took a sip, don;t know why but it kind of sucked at the time.

After trying this again a year or so later I found that this beer is a gem. It's just about as much of a Classic as Chimay or St. Bernardus.

The beer pours out with a bright yellow hazy color with a big foamy head on it. This beer is a lively one. The aromas of Belgian Yeast and some funk with booze mixed together. Some intense hops are on the nose too. The taste is quite bitter and it stings the tongue with lots of needle like sensations on every sip. This beer is really worth trying, every now and then you need to let the Devil loose!

Green Devil Beer Cocktail:
1 Bottle of Duvel
1oz of Bluecoat Gin
1oz of Absinthe

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Photo of Genuine
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel Tulip glass. First time drinking out of it and it was quite pleasant.

Poured beautifully, yellow in color, slight orange tint in there. Nice white head that appeared with an easy pour.

Smell - the nose on this is fruity, sweet essence, very, very slight alcohol in the nose but it's barely noticeable. Crisp and I would even say zesty even.

Taste - The malts in this are wonderful, somewhat crisp and tart, gets the jaws tingling. Nice, dry, fruity flavor, wheat, some alcohol. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - medium to light bodied, the carbonation felt just right. Almost like champagne like

Overall - a damn fine brew. I can see this going extremely well on a hot summer day or a warm spring afternoon.

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Photo of WalterWalter
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying Duvel. Served from a bottle into a glass goblet, at around 10C. Nice head forms with a relatively non-aggressive pour, dissipating over about a minute to leave a fair bit of lacing that persisted. Nice bright semi-opaque yellow colour with a hint of orange.

Smell and taste are subtle but pleasing. Fruity and sweet, doesn't pack the intense malty-alcohol flavour punch of many other strong Belgian beers, but instead is subtle with sweet / fruity tastes and not much alcohol taste. Bit of hops and some pleasant sourness. I'd describe it as a complex mix of simple tastes - nothing on its own is a particularly novel or interesting flavour, but there are a lot of subtle simple flavours mixed together fairly well. Not as strong in flavour as I would like, however.

Mouthfeel is very interesting; light and frothy, like the fizz from a fizzing candy. Very unique among beers that I have had. Carbonation therefore seems fairly strong, but not biting.

Aftertaste is again very mild with subtle fruits.

This beer has very nice flavours, which are very attenuated compared to more flavourful Belgian strong ales. It reminds me somewhat of St. Bernardus Tripel in its subtlety, but a bit less interesting than that beer as the tastes presented are somewhat simpler.

Overall I prefer strong Belgian beer tastes to be a bit less subtle, but the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer are superb, so I rate it 4.5 overall.

I will definitely drink it again.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,902 ratings.
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