Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,943 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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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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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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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,943 ratings.
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