Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

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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7,902
Reviews:
2,819
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
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Photo of ommegoose
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle.

Classically beautiful beer in the namesake goblet. A few inches of head stay strong for a while, but even when they give way, chunky lacing remains. Coats the glass with a perfect while sheet when I tilt the glass. The colors are like a lemon meringue pie in the glass.

Lovely aroma. Crisp, zesty, flowery, herbal, earthy. Notes of lemon zest, doughy bread, fresh cut grass, and some pepper.

Malty and dry, but never puckering. Just a hint of tartness in fruit notes of white grape, apple, pear, and lemon. Strong yeast profile that's peppery, grassy, and almost like a buttery sourdough bread. Touches of grassy German hops add some bitterness. It all blends perfectly.

Feel is impossibly soft, and it's almost like the beer isn't even there. Tingly at times, but mostly sits like an airy beery foam in the mouth. Given some additional time to flatten, it stays very delicate and extra smooth.

Classic beer with good reason. I loved it the first time, and after having a lot more beers, my opinion is not diminished at all. It calls for sip after sip, and is a good thirst quencher to boot. Capable of complementing meals in addition to being worthy of serious study on its own.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pale, golden color with a nice thick head that sticks around.

S: Lots of cloves with some banana and yeast.

T: Starts with some malt sweetness with cloves, banana, and Belgian yeast. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warming and floral hops.

M: Medium body with noticeable carbonation.

D: Medium. Fairly strong.

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

Appearance: This is one of the most beautiful beers in the world. Poured into a tulip a massive head forms, the head becomes puffy like seafoam whenever the beer is sipped. The head is a beautiful white while the rest of the beer is a cloudy golden color with plenty of carbonation rising up.

Smell: Exactly what this style should smell like. Wheat with a touch of lemon. Little to no bite, which is impressive given the ABV.

Taste: Coriander, Lemon, wheat, refreshingly alcoholic. The coriander lingers and becomes sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated. Easy to drink, extremely refreshing. Glad I cracked this on the first nice day of the year.

Overall: If you haven't tried this you need to. Probably the pinnacle of this style.

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Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow ale with a mountainous head. Head never goes away and leaves a frothy lacing behind. Hazy also.

Spicy, citrusy aromas. Hint of skunk but in a pleasant quantity. Lemon and fresh yeast. Pinesol.

Fresh lemon and raw hop flavor. Spicy alcohol bite. Touch of skunk but not overpowering. Yeast and wheat flavors. Overall, fresh and brite flavor.

Medium-bodied with lively bubbles. Drying from the alcohol and hops.

Overall, an excellent brew. I am almost always amazed at the stuff that comes out of Belgium and this is no exception. A classic!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my 100th review, so I thought I'd better dig out something special. Duvel hits the spot - I don't have it that often but it's always good.

A 330ml stubby bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. The label states that it is bottle conditioned and matured for two months.

Poured into a Stella chalice (yeah, it's about time I invested in a Duvel chalice...). A hazy pale golden hue with visible yeast towards the end of the pour. Profuse fine carbonation results in a column of bubbles rising from the centre of the glass. Produces a massive foamy white head with the consistency of meringue; this is the standard by which all other beers should be judged. The head lasts quite a while before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma is sweet and complex: lots of upfront yeasty, ester and banana notes as well as a considerable whiff of alcohol (which increases as it warms).

The taste resembles the aroma but an order of magnitude more involved. The overall impression is a light estery sweetness with a mild sour character. Distinctive notes of bananas and yeast with hints of almonds, marzipan and pears. An alcohol note is present, lending warmth and a tingly astringency to the flavour. The booziness becomes more evident upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, coating the palate and leaving the mouth dry. Aftertaste of yeasty notes and ethanol.

A classic, and worthy of being ranked among the world's best beers. The flavours are both intense and subtle, but never overwhelming. It is also highly affordable, and should be on every beer lover's drinking list.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. This beer looks amazing! HUGE pillowy head that lasts for days. great lacing all over the glass. Crystal clear golden color with lots of bubbles floating to the top, thanks to the etched glass.

This beer has a wonderful nose. I get some nice floral, belgian yeast, citrus and hop notes. Nice and complex.

Tastes very similar to the smell. A little bit of hop flavor. Lots of citrus, a little fruit and some yeasty flavors. Nice dry crisp hop finish.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Nice carbonation makes it feel soft in your mouth. Goes down very easy, almost too easy!

This beer is one of my all time favorites. A true classic!

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Photo of chrisemmons123
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times here in the US and in Europe and it is always consistant and one of the best beers in the world. I have tried a lot of other beers that try to compare but this is truly a one in a million brews, very hard to find a better beer.

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Photo of yisseroff
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice gold with a white foamy head that clumped interestingly. Plenty of CO2 that kept the head strong the whole way through.
S- A blast of super-fresh yeasty bread. Hint of citrus and lemon. Pretty full and intense.
T- Bread, then light malts. Alcohol comes through at the end. Very fresh taste. Quality of the taste is like a leather couch- that may or may not mean something to you.
M- Very fluffy and carbonated, tingles the tongue.
O- Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, even with the high alcohol. Looking forward to enjoying more where this came from.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden with an unstoppable head. Nice, sticky lacing. So light in color that it seems like it should be clear, but it's fairly opaque.

Smells yeasty and hoppy with pear scents too. Very prominent Belgian yeast aroma.

Tart and refreshing taste. An apple and pear flavor with herbal hops. The yeast is more subtle in the taste. Drinks softly and dryly. Very sweet. Similar to a pilsner attacked with yeast and brewed with pears.

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

Duvel is certainly a nice looking beer. It pours slightly cloudy with insane amounts of carbonation and a very dense head that just won't quit. Its smell is just as intense as the carbonation, with strong fruit and floral hop notes dominating. The Belgian yeast also comes into play, along with a bit of bread.

I wasn't at all expecting such an up-front bitterness to this beer. Even at the front of my tongue its apparent. The taste retains the floral qualities of the smell, but introduces new flavours like apple and lemon.

The carbonation really comes into play in the mouthfeel to bring the smells and flavours together in this well-rounded beer. Its quite smooth and is about halfway up the scale for dryness. Overall, I think this beer is worth much more than I paid for it, so I'll be coming back for sure. Great stuff.

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Photo of Skeeter206
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A ~ This beer pours a very nice golden color, POUR THIS BEER SLOW!!! The head on this beer is ridiculous, on a moderate pour I got a 16 oz glass over half full of the white foam. Once it sits it shrinks down to a one or two inch head that looks lightly like whipped cream.

S ~ Smells very fruity and citrusy, definitely some wheat and yeast in there.

T ~ Some apple... maybe pear, some hop bitterness lasts for a little while after each sip. Very good flavor.

M ~ Very carbonated, especially when first served and chilled, less noticeable once the beer warms a little.

Overall a good beer, definitely happy with the purchase... wish they gave you a full 12 oz instead of 11.2, but its not the end of the world. Will buy again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip. The "D" in the bottom has never produced such a steady stream of bubbles making the head last and last!!

Appearance. Light straw with a hint of amber. A finger of thick, white bubbly head that leaves some pretty lacing.

Smell. Light grains, sour apples, belgian yeast, and some floral hops. Real nice.

Taste. Again, sour apples, toasty light malt, a little citrus bite. Bit of a bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel. Light-medium body with strong carbonation. Just a bit of alcohol warming. Just plain feels like an exemplary, high quality pale ale.

Overall. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of engagechad
3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*disclaimer*
I have only tried approximately 5 belgian style beers including this one to this date, therefore my palate is most likely unrefined and a bit unappreciative of the style, but nevertheless I do intend to continue to try these beers and eventually revisit these reviews.

This beer pours absolutely beautifully, pale yellow in color with a massive and I mean massive head.
Citrus aromas followed by spicey wheat notes with some astringency that kind of stings.
Tastes a bit like a boozy wheat with spice. Citrus notes in the taste are nice.
This beer suffers from being stingy on the mouth for me and it's not really enjoyable.

I intend to revisit this as well as other belgian brews but overall I didn't really like this.

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Photo of sj660
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Riesling glass to focus the nose. A thick, thick foam that leaves something transcending "laces" (belts? skirts?) on the glass and staying there.

I only smelled a faint apple/pair aroma.

This has a great pale malt flavor with a straw and apple/pair liaison with a phenoli hint followed by a mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel is like good champagne, without the mineral taste. Highly bubbly (your eyes don't lie) and a warming full body.

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

Review from notes 5.27.10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium Tulip.

A: Golden yellow with no opacity. Confluent ribbons throughout life of beer. Thick meringue like two finger pillow of white cannot be dissipated.

S: Bouquet of coriander accented with a touch of copper and overtones of sheet grass. Good grainy background. Sweet golden ale. Nice.

T: Grain flavor balanced with a light bittering of bohemian hops - obviously a belgian beer. Lowly soured by yeasty estering. Great example of Belgian Golden.

M: Medium body with lively carbonation. Almost too much carb for me, but nonetheless, maintains throughout life of ale.

D: Great beer. Whenever asked about Belgian Goldens, this automatically comes to mind.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle in Chalice, a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head leaving patches of lacing on the glass.
smells of fruity esters, pepper, belgian yeast, floral hops
Taste is wonderful, belgian yeast, floral hops, grassy and fruity notes, beautifully complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, juicy, high carbonation
Overall an exceptional beer. A World Class beer.

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

Served out of a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass

A: The beer pours a clear gold with a huge head.

S: I mainly pick up the yeast ester and phenolic smell that is normally associated with Belgian yeast (a little more subdued). I pick up the faintest bit of floral hops as well.

T: At the forefront is the yeast flavor of the beer. It imparts a slightly sour green apple flavor with some spiciness. There is also the some amount of a floral hop bite to balance the beer, but definitely plays second fiddle to the yeast. The alcohol is really hidden and does not belie its high abv.

MF: I love the mouth feel of this beer. I wish all beers with light malt flavor and light bodies could have this mouth feel. The beer is super carbonated, and is thinner than you would think for a beer with 8.50% abv.

Overall: Duvel is a refreshing, light bodied beer. It is very sessionable, to the point where it could get you in trouble.

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

pours an impossibly crystal-clear straw color. the bubbles are as fine as you will find in a beer, crazy lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice fruity, estery nose, more subtle than a lot of belgians, but deceptively so; there's a ton going on here.

Great blend of floral hoppage, but enough spiciness to really make the back-end explode on the palate. Only real complaint - I think it's slightly over-carbed, but not distractingly so.

Impossibly drinkable beer, sessionable to the point of getting into trouble!

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

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The beer pours a pale, golden, yellow colot with an extremely lofty, bubbly, white head. It smells of apple and apricot with a hint of spice in it. The taste is a bit tart with hints of green apple, some banana and a leafy, bitter aftertaste. The beer is light but full bodied with lots of sharp carbonation. It's warming and has a dry finish. I thought the Duvel was great, I'd drink it any day, it's refreshing and light enough for warm weather, and it's nice and warming if it's cool outside.

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

Catching up on some notes from the last couple weeks...

A - Pours a light golden color, with a slight, but retaining white head. Very nicce lacing. Cloudy. Carbonation is obvious.

S - Maybe a strange way to describe it, but it smells very clean. Not soapy, but clean. A little fruity, maybe apricot.

T - Sweet, not pungent. Some awesome flavors...Belgian goodness. Still a bit of fruit, not sure if it's apricot. Strangely enough, I'm picking up a bit of cucumber. Very pleasing.

M - Highly carbonated. Very interesting. Crisp.

O - What a really good beer. Very flavorful, very drinkable. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of 77ships
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been drinking this one for a while, it is very common & well-known in Belgium, the first non-macro/ fizzy yellow beer I tried, I don't drink it that much these days, I used to be more exited about it but it is still a nice beer:

A: big fluffy white head that sort of collapses instead of disappearing, always nice to see, slightly but not much hazy yellow, cool glass
S: strong smell of hops, floral, yeast, hint of citrus/lemon peel
T: yeast, clean bitter hops (strong by Belgian standards), hint of sweet malts, lemongrass, slight alcohol bite in finish
M: lot of carbonation, dry finish
D: given the abv, this one is not hard to drink, easy even, hard to believe for me actually how hyped this is in the States

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was some real pressure in this 750ml corked bottle. Opened like a bottle of champagne. Big four finger head of soap suds looking bubbles, pure white. Very good looking lace with lots of clinging power. The color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart, but don't let the color fool you, this is some fine beer, not a light beer. Smell is a bouquet of savory fragrances: apple, spices, pepper, and sweet malt. Flavor is what a beer should taste like; clean tastes of apple, spices, sweet malt, and just the right amount of citrus. Very creamy and full feeling in my mouth as I savor every taste. Warning: Drinking the complete 750ml bottle at one setting will put a real hurt on you. I had no idea by the flavor that this beer was hiding a mule kick. Drink this wonderful beer when you have nothing to do for a good three hours, because you won't want to do anything for that time...maybe want another...but that is a whole new story.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Poured from a 330mL bottle with a best before date of 05, 2013. The color is pale yellow with a thin white head that remains throughout. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom and sides of my snifter glass.

Smell: Strong aroma eminated from glass as I poured it, gently into the snifter glass. Smells of sweet fruit, yeast, and as the beer warmed I picked up some grassy notes.

Taste: Bitterness, very citrusy with faint notes of the yeast. As the beer warmed I also picked up grassy notes and a bit more malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp is what really comes to mind here. The carbonation in combination with the crispness gives it a very dry feel. The alcohol does not come through eventhough this beer has an ABV of 8.5. Mouthfeel reminds me of a dry white wine.

Drinkability: Too much carbonation in combonation with bitterness for me. Don't think I would have more than 1 of these during a session.

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Photo of bobhits
1.86/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Recalling the massive head this beer pours I poured about as carefully as humanly possible into my snifter. Either this beer is old or I am pretty good at this. Tall white head built from somewhat larger bubbles over a pale and honestly pretty yellow body. The head being kept by multiple streams of bubbles racing to the top. There is a haziness to the body I can only assume comes from yeast.

The nose is dominated by a dry fruity yeast aroma. Mixed in with the yeast are hops but I can't tell which aromas are which here.

Citrus flavors finishing with a dry yeasty finish. Some cloves and a few others spices here as well. There are certainly some flavors here I cannot place, but they are subtle and frankly nothing here excites me what so ever. Where I find Duvel Triple Hop rather exciting, the regular is simply bland and lacking to me.

A very dry and high abv drink here that isn't refreshing. The carbonation requires one to drink slowly or burp uncontrollably.

Medium-thick bodied, but the just insane amount of carbonation on the tongue makes this beer feel very different. Unlike some beers that become creamy form that carbonation this one becomes drier as a result.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this numerous times so I thought I'd finally review it. Best Before April 2012.

A - Typical Duvel head is fluffy and thick just like this one. Two fingers tall and leaving stunning lacing. It sticks as mountains, lovely. Slightly cloudy yellow colour.

S - Strong lemon and yeast aroma. Lot's of citrus. Nice.

T - Same as aroma with lemon, yeast, and citrus. Quite zesty. Not overly complex, but there shouldn't be a correlation between complexity and quality.

M - Medium carbonation and mouthfeel Really, really smooth going down.

D - Awesome on this. Maybe better with some age than fresh. Smooth, flavourful and not a hint of alcohol noticable.

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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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