Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
7,977 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 Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale murky yellow. Lots of pure white foamy head. Smells mildly hoppy with lots of floral and citrus on the nose. Tastes sweet and hoppy. Lots of citrus and some light bitterness from the hops. Vry nice mouthfeel. Well carbonated and very drinkable

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a light clear sparkling yellow with a large white frothy head and had poor lacing. The aroma was of a soapy yeast, herbal hops and a straw malt with notes of a blend of spices. It tasted light and mildy acidic in the beginning and finished with a nice light bitter hop flavor. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery/dry in texture. Overall a nice light, tasty, refreshing belgian Golden ale.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Watched Duvel's video on the correct way to pour the beer, I added the yeast into the beer.

L - Big white foamy head, lots of thin bubbles, loads of lace clinging to the glass as it dissipates. Since I added the yeast, it's slightly foggy. Really great head retention throughout the drink.

S - Light apple, maybe pear, and yeast.

T - Sharp and crisp, big juicy apple throughout the drink and on the finish. The ABV is obnoxiously well hidden. Only deeper into the drink do you get a little warming alcohol sensation.

M - Good amount of carbonation on the tongue.

D - Drinks way to easily for a beer at 8.5%. Very nice.

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Photo of ksimons
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-lots of visible carbonation bubbles, clear golden color with a finger's worth of white fluffy head

S-sweet, floral, yeast, and ester

T-spicy carbonation, lightly sweet, dry, creamy malt, fruity esters

M-medium body, high carbonation, crisp

D-world class, one of my favorites

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour into a glass and which made a lot of head. Not a lot of smell when swirled, but the little bit there smells sweet. Initial taste is light and smooth. The after taste is easy without much flavor. There seems to be a bit of citrus and a hint of vanilla in the beer. Cheers.

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Photo of Spider889
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of my bottles gifted by my wife for Christmas - though the tulip that came in the gift set is the gift that continues to give! Live review.

It is an awesome sight to pour Duvel into a signature Duvel tulip. This is one of those beers where I really have to take issue with how the Bros re-arranged the scoring weights. This beer looks so exquisite it really deserves more credit.

The pour yielded a three finger tall eggshell white head. The foam is as frothy and dense as any beer I've ever seen. The retention is seemingly everlasting, and the lace is a wondrous three dimensional exercise in Belgian beer perfection.

The liquid itself is crystal clear, the color of pale straw. Intensely vigorous carbonation is visible emanating from the laser etching.

The smell is at first simple, but with some consideration it is also well crafted. Deep layers of sweet tart yeast lend an almost funkiness to the brew, while more traditional notes of clove and cracked pepper assure you that this is a Belgian pale.

The flavor leaves very little to complain about. In fact, I have no complaints, I only wish there was a little more hop oomph. There's an almost hefeweizen type of sweetness there - light banana and clove esters. Then the hops jump in and add very clean bitterness. The malt is crisp and smooth, all pale and doughy.

Very highly carbonated - the bottle itself proclaims to "pour unhurriedly." The carbonation is spot on for the style though, and the beer itself isn't too strong or heavy as to cause any of the issues higher carbonation can sometimes create. The beer is slick and clean, with no real lingering dryness or stickiness, only the residual bitterness from the hops.

Very drinkable, this was the first Belgian beer I ever liked, and is still easily one of my favorite readily available imports.

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Photo of jboucher
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip goblet.

Appearance: Light golden pale hue. Excellent head with nice retention and great lacing. Good carbonation. Good clarity for being such a yeasty beer.

Smell: Fresh lemongrass, apple, pears, spice, and yeast. This brew has a very complex nose about it. Very intriguing.

Taste: Lemongrass, apple, and pear notes just like the nose. Hops are not overpowering. Malty sweetness. Spice and yeast blend. Wonderfully complex. The alcohol blends in nicely and is masked by the other characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, this medium bodied brew makes you want to come back for more. Solid carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, I could drink this all day. Goes down very easy despite the 8.5% abv.

Ending notes: One of the best (if not the best) that I've tried of the style. Would get again in a heartbeat. Overall, a very refreshing and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a wine glass. Very pale, clear yellow body. Glossy white billowing head that laces very well and dissipates to about one finger before resting. The head has lots of texture and retention.

Smell - Slight corn and wheat scent, slightly grassy. Nothing pronounced.

Taste - Corn. Sharp bitter aftertaste puts a damper on an otherwise awesome pale ale. Alcohol really shows in the finish. Surprisingly hidden, considering the ABV. Slight lemon peel finish.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation.

Drinkability - Best taste for any pale ale I've had. If it wasn't for the aftertaste, this might have made it on my regular rotation. But, grading it in style, it's absolutely great.

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

Appearance: A clear, inviting yellowish gold with nicely active but reasonable carbonation; fluffy white head with thick lacing.

Smell: Top notes are crispy spiced fruit on a butterscotch toffee core with earthy honey malt base notes. Sweet, but plays well with others, maybe a bit less well with salt than savory.

Taste: Duvel lives up so well to its aroma. It begins with a crispy freshness with a nice apple nut caramel core and a sultry roasty toasty finish with pleasant bitterness. The refreshing flavour masks the very high APV. Peppery, crispy, chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Duvel is so nice! My only (half-)complaint with this beer is that it is too easily drinkable.

A headache recipe- Turn the Duvel tulip glass upside down and place on top of the bottle, then invert. Slowly, slowly, slowly lift the bottle up for the perfect head ratio. Repeat about 2-3 times over the course of an evening. Good luck tomorrow!

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Photo of DoSerMaN
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip;

A: Pours a bright golden with a thick white rocky head that will slowly diminish to a nice ring and spotting.

S: Spicy, sharp, sweet honey bread.

T: An amazing balance of sweet citrus hoppy maltyness that masks the higher alcohol content.

M: Sharp carbonation sting that fades as beer warms.

D: A sometimes all too drinkable beer, it has earned it name, it is truly a devil in disguise.

I always try to have a few bottles of this on hand, one of my all time favorites.

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

Poured into, what else, a duvel tulip, with a bright golden color and a beautiful white billowy head with sticky lacing all the way down the side of the glass. The aroma is light and pleasant with Belgian fruitiness. The flavor is light and crisp, with esters, fruityness, a bit of spice and the faintest hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is great and light, with lots of refreshing carbonation. I really enjoy drinking this beer. It is one that I should always keep on hand. So light, refreshing, complex and well priced.

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Photo of TheBoog013
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I've always enjoyed beer but my first Duvel, poured into a snifter, was the reason I really started diving into the world of beer. I've had amazing experiences with other beers but this will always have a special place in my heart.

Appearance- Pours a golden color with a nice head. It's color has a refreshing quality that invites a lustful first sip.

Smell- Hits your nostrils with crisp, fruity notes.

Taste- The balance of alcohol, malt and fruit notes are seamless. The alcohol in this brew is instantly acknowledged but doesn't stop you from enjoying the other notes. Unreal.

Mouthfeel- Maybe I love this beer as much as I do because I've always enjoyed champagne and Duvel encompasses all that I love about champagne. The carbonation is strong with being overpowering. The liquid has weight but doesn't weigh your mouth out.

Drinkability- This is my favorite beer. I love the crisp, enticing flavors. It's got the fresh, invigorating appeal of just cut fruit. The alcohol flavor is balanced and enjoyable. You know right away you're drinking a formidable beer but it doesn't knock you over the head... right away. When I imagine Lords and Knights gathered around a thick oak table enjoying a well deserved feast after battle, I imagine them drink Duvel. Duvel is a masterpiece.

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Photo of zrab11
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color with lost of bubbles

S-smells of bannas and yeast

T-Hoppy maltiness with some citrus notes

M-Lots of carbonation and light bodied

D-Very clean,fresh taste...but it also had alittle too much yeast flavor and was alittle off for me. Might have just been a bad bottle.Still was a good beer but felt it to be too hyped for what it tasted like.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel on tap and from bottle (very similar) both times in a Duvel tulip (my own).

a - a beer can look different, but it won't look better. Golden light yellow with white head the color of fresh snow with some small particulate suspended in the uprising bubbles.

s - barley, a little tangy hops, bread, spices w/ some tart fruit notes

t - with a big whiff and a big mouthful, you can take it all in: everything in the nose is in the taste almost verbatim.

m - carbonated and lightly tart, nice body with a clean finish. Doesn't get much better.

Since this is maybe signature Belgian at it's finest, I'll spare the commentary. One of my favorites and always in my fridge.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: bring gold with a white, white big bubbly head. CO2 streaming towards the surface in an arrangement of sizes and speeds.

S: sweet toffee, baked bread. a sour tartness that mingles with a earthy noble hop aroma.

T: a touch of sourness. some solid hop body that has a mild linger. a touch of alcohol. finishes pretty clean.

M: bubbly and crisp on a delicate body. i thought the carbonation would be overpowering, but it works great.

D: refreshing and enjoyable. i would like to put some of these away to see if there are any discernible differences, but this one fresh is delicious as well.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into its Duvel tulip

A- A light clear golden, the colour of a lager. A quite huge and pastry head shows a decent retention and leaves lacing on the glass

S- Sweetness from the malts is balanced by yeast, and then there is pepper and alcohol. Sweet and spicy but still delicate

T- The malt flavour is nicely backed up by some fruity (citrus, apple) and spicy alcoholic notes from the esters. Hops are clearly detectable at times and their bitterness is nice balancing to the malt sweetness. The end is drier and maybe a bit more bitter. Very nice

M- This is what i love with this beer. The crispness is quite strong for the style but still delicate, and gives this beer a refreshing character that is not to be found easily in other strong ales. Clean but still enough complex

D- Clean, fresh, a really pleasant beer. Extremely drinkable given its ABV

This is an excellent and flawless beer. As complex as a good belgian strong ale is but yet refreshing with a very nice crispy character. I just can't see why so many people put this in the same league with the world's best

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Photo of mixitchugit
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very light almost goldend in color but not cloudly. Its almost a champane color with very ample head. Pour very slow and careful. Its a very drinkable beer that is very smooth and mellow in taste exact notes are hard for me to discribe. I love popping the cork on the brew.

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Photo of Taera
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Golden colour with great big head.

S - A nice fruity smell. Sorry that i can't distinguish wht it is. Also a very good yeast smell

T & M - I felt it is the one of most complete Ale I ever drink. Hoppy at the start then sweet with long After taste. Great carbonation, and the sweetness that on the border line of great and not too sweet. Every thing in the taste just make you want to take another sip.

D - Who would ever pass up a chance to drink one of the best ale in the world. Well except when it is aligned with other great beer then it is hard to choose.

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

From notes. Very pale golden, huge fluffy white head, great retention, thick lacing, and very active with excellent clarity.

Light malty sweetness, and grainy with some modest booze. Nicely balanced and subtle.

Taste follows the nose. Light grainy and malty sweet flavors balanced by mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is barley noticeable, and it finishes clean.

Perfectly carbonated, rich full body, modest warming, and a clean finish.

I know this is a standard for the style, but I can recall being underwhelmed by this one previously. But not this time. Extremely attractive, nuanced, subtle, balanced and complex. A very impressive brew, even if the style is not my favorite.

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Photo of puckjer
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear golden beer with a tight white foam head. the beer almost appears champagne like with the bubble streams coming from the bottom of the glass. fruity undertones and over decent belgian golden ale. worth the price...meh. overall decent golden ale offering.

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Photo of tmoore600
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Woodstock Wine and Cheese, Devils Lake, MI. Best Befor 8/2012. So the bottle has been around for about 1 1/2 years.

Appearance: Golden as described. A continious stream of bubble coming from the bottom of the grass lace the edge of the bottle.

Smell: Yeasty, bananas, delicious

Taste: Yummy, hopps, malts, yeast, carbination,

MOuthfeel: Almost to much carbination, but very nice.

Drinkability: Good, not my favorite belgian, but good.

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Photo of beastfromtheeast
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a substantial amount of puffy white head with superb retention and lacing. There is visibly a high amount of carbonation. The beer itself is a murky, pale gold color.

Smell: Not too powerful of a scent, but there are grassy hops, bread, alcohol, and mild fruity notes.

Taste: Very complex. Initially, it is dry and hoppy with a bready taste. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity, but it isn't too much to handle. Additionally, you can taste the alcohol, but it is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with fairly high carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: The head and retention is at its best, from what I have seen, but it would look far more impressive if it wasn't so murky. This is only a small price to pay for a beer with such a complex taste that isn't overpowering in any individual aspect, accompanied by a mouthfeel that is beyond satisfying. This is, without a doubt, a great beer, so the 8.5% Alc./Vol. will likely catch up to you if you overindulge.

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Photo of phishgator
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML into Duvel glass. Big foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The color is light golden and little chill haze. The aroma is grainy with fresh grassy hops. There is a perceived sweetness on the nose from the malt. The taste is crisp, peppery spiced hops followed by a nice malt backbone. The body is medium with good carbonation. A go to brew when you want to drink a great blonde belgian ale.

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Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent straw color, great carbonation great head pours very thick. Incredible lase as well with nice bubbles rising.

Smells of straw and earthy notes, not very sweet on the nose, belgian yeast banana citrus grainy. Smells great

Taste is more bitter and has a great bite light to medium body, the sweet and dry aspects play off each other really well. Crisp refreshing. The alcohol is there but its really well hidden.

Incredible beer I will be having more of this I would suggest to any fan of beer.

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Photo of glazeman
3.26/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

A: Light gold in color with a 3 finger fluffy white head. The beer has excellent retention and lacing.

S: The nose on this beer is very yeasty. There's a lemongrass and a little bit of orange in there as well.

T: There's some hops up front that come through as light citrus fruits, particularly lemons and oranges. The middle is the most prominent part of the beer and is dominated by the yeast that comes through as a yeasty earthiness and peppercorns and some light grapes. A little bit of chalkiness at the finish.

M: Very crisp, but perhaps a little over carbonated for my liking.

D: I didn't find the taste here all that interesting or unique. To me it was almost like a slightly more flavorful, over carbonated run of the mill pilsner. The drinkability is hindered by the high carbonation. To this beers credit it masks the ABV well. Still, I prefer delerium tremens to this any day.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,977 ratings
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