Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,914 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 beachbum1975
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With 2,136 reviews for this beer before me, what can I possibly add? I've had this fine beer before, just never reviewed it.

My 75cl bottle popped perfectly and poured the same. Clear, brass with a super highly carbonated look. The head retention was epic, staying the entire time I sipped.

The nose is delightfully complex with light candied sugars, pepper and a lovely lager-like yeast.

Fantastic flavor... Complex, clean and refined. Much like champagne, but with bold flavors including candied sugars, lemon yest and a fantastic malt base.


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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A delicate pour brings forth a solid 4 fingers of head. To the rim if done perfect. Clumpy, white frothy white head. Clinging to the sides as you enjoy. Crisp straw yellow.

Very pleasant aroma. Nice earthiness from the hops with a very nice grainy malt base. Very balanced on the nose. Awesome. Small alcohol note, but hidden.

The malt base gives off a very saltine like crispness. Hops bring out a nice citrus note that provides a very crisp and pleasant finish. For the style a bit more hops than expected. A small bit of funk, almost sourdough like. Intriguing to say the least.

So dang drinkable for 9.5%. Creamy texture is very, very quaffable. Yet, this is one to enjoy and savor.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic, one that I don't drink as much as when I started to get into craft beer. Pours a huge, billowing lacey, white-as-the -driven-snow head that must be properly poured into it's own glass, or the closest equivalent.Spicey, fragrant, floral, angelic. Pours clear and golden like a lager or a pils, but is far from. Letting the yeast in with the pour gives an extra amber/ orange. Taste: the yeast is very prominent on the tongue, along with a pepper spiciness, citrus, decent malt levels, and crisp bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticable. Mouthfeel: super crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is slightly dry. Medium bodied brew.Drinkability: superb drinkability as this is one of the more refreshing Belgian beers on the market.

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Photo of Valarauko
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Must say was looking forward to trying my first Duval and cracked it open, from previous reviews was expecting a huge head but it wasn't there at all. There was plenty of carbonation in the beer, so I don't think it was bum bottle.
The initial taste is quite a wallop to the taste buds, but initially I thought someone had mixed sparkling wine into my beer, a very sweet fruity bite with a bitter aftertaste.
Just didnt do it for me.
Has a nice colour and good aroma when you waft it, but overall just too fruity for me.
An overrated and pretty expensive beer. Won't be giving this one another chance unless someone pours me one.

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Photo of wschmit
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, straw yellow body rife with bubbles underneath a very pillow-y white head with some nice lacing. Almost like a souffle of beer on top. Pretty classic appearance.

S: A somewhat subdued yeast characteristic for a Belgian, methinks. A bit of muted hops, too, it seems. Otherwise, a bit of wheat and maybe some must. Underwhelming.

T: Here too the yeast-forward flavor typical to Belgians is really soft. I suppose this accounts for the relative popularity of Duvel--it's not too challenging, but obviously pretty good. I don't get too much else from this--a whisper of bitterness, a pleasant but mild sweetness, well executed pale malt beer.

M: Really carbonated, even a bit much. Flits across the tongue, for sure--this would be great in the summer. Thin body otherwise, however--just a bit more oomph here and this would be epic. The booze is apparent, but not cloying.

D: Very approachable, easy-drinking beer. Glad to have one any time, but a better warm-weather beer.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a cloudy light amber with a huge white frothy head that slowly dissapates throughout the drinking experience. It leaves behind a large amount of heavy gorgeous lacing that looks slightly like something my girlfriend would wear on my birthday.

S: over ripened orange and a malty quality that to me personally don't mix so well. Caramel apple finish off the barrage of smells that hit the nose. Don't get me wrong good smells but they really overly attack the nose in a way that's unbecoming.

T: the taste in no way resembles the nose. The smooth transition from light citrus in to pear and golden raisin like body. The bread mixed in from the malt give it a unique flavor with the pear and spice at the end.

MF: thick and creamy with a lot of effervescence and a nice astringent feel from the spiciness. The alcohol isn't noticeable really at all though if you really concentrate you can notice it try to linger in the after taste.

D: there's really no good reason to not buy this beer; (unless your not a fan of this style... But who isn't!) especially when its pretty readily available in a four pack that comes with a glass for a good price. A wonderful ale that has a lot going for it at a good price is a quick buy again.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, straw color from the unique 11.2 oz Duvel bottle with ABV and 'best-by' date on the label.
Massive head that dissipates very slowly to a thin head that stays.
Aroma is a very nice blend of fruity esters (banana and apples), with hints of yeast and some sweetness.
Taste is the crisp, very crisp. Sweet and malty with a tart, fruity finish. Alcohol definitely warms your insides on its way down.
Excellent lacing along the glass, coats the glass almost entirely on its way down with solid carbonation.
Mouthfeel is very good, making it a VERY drinkable beer. This is not the best belgian ale for no reason, this is IT, this is the best of the best. A must have for every belgian ale lover (outside of belgium, of course). Highly recommended.

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Photo of WildTurkey
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golde, light straw color. Clear. Plenty of carbonation. Big foamy head.

S: Sweet malts. Very fruity like pear and apple.

T: Big malty flavor and some yeast. Lots of sweetness. Pear and apple and a little citrus. A little hop bitterness at the back. Also a little alcohol coming through.

M: Very effervescent. A little dryness. Very smooth and clean, but maybe a little stickness also.

D: Very nice beer. Reminds me of a lager and an ale. Website says you can cellar this stuff for a few years. I'm going to throw one in the pantry and and see what happens in a year.

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Photo of shand
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This is, quite possibly, the best looking beer on the planet. It pours with a massive head, hitting the top of the tulip with ease, The head is white and extremely pillowy, and leaves pockets of clouds laced to the side of the glass. The nucleation spot at the bottom of the glass makes a perfect stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. Great looking. This is also a great smelling beer. Belgian yeast, hops and sweet fruits dominate the nose.

The taste is great. The fruity (banana) sweetness really comes to the front here, tied along with some clove. Just a hint of sourness goes along with the hoppiness, balancing out the fruitiness and stopping it from being cloying. The mouthfeel is a bit light and a bit carbonated, it goes down very smoothly. The drinkability is also exceptional given the ABV. I wouldn't peg this at 8.5% alcohol if I didn't know it before hand.

Duvel has a great reputation, and with good reason. This is a great Belgian pale ale, a stunning example of the style, and truly a world class beer.

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Photo of brendanbeer
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a. i really like the look of this beer. light golden delicious. the white head is so sexy and lingers forever lacing really nicely along the glass.

s. the smell is really enjoyable, fresh belgian hoppiness and sweet fruitiness.

t. mmm layered sweetness of fruits and fresh hoppiness. the alcohol adds a nice kick to the pleasantries that surround the brew

m. nice feel, carbonated well, but nothing overwhelming to me.

d. super drinkable, flavorful and deep, but an easy partner to hang with.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass from a 4pk gift set. Pours a hazy translucent golden-yellow pale body with an enormous airy head. One of the most beautiful beers out there... Smells delightful with hints of banana, clove, slightly metallic and whiffs of EtOH. Tastes spectacular-it is best to dive into the beer and get a froth moustache to enjoy the full flavor. Has a distinctive banana bready sweet flavor with a nice aromatic feel on the tongue. Just enough bite from the hops to balance the sweetness. Overall an absolutely excellent beer!

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

I just grabbed this beer in a gift pack with the

cool oversized tulip glass. Its very light with

a sweet taste. The taste is thick enough to

cover up the high alcohol content but not too

much. The only bad thing about this beer is it

goes to quick but it tastes so good you can't

help it

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Photo of swede96
2.24/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I was really looking forward to trying this beer after all the great reviews....I can say my taste is for sure different that a lot of folks on this site.

First appearance is pretty good with that awesome head that just keeps coming, but the color just seems to be too light and clear, something else is going on here.

Smell, is this an old adjunct of some kind or what?

Taste, is thin, but seems to hide the high abv very well, but again it tastes like an American adjunct to me.

Drink, one is enough, I have 3 more to go and I will finish them somehow, maybe I will become enlightened as to why this beer is supposed to be so great...

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

Pours a very hazy straw yellow with a BIG, white, frothy head. Aroma is strong funk with a bit of hay. I get a lot of lemon zest followed by light bubblegum aromas. A bit of earthiness and banana as well. Taste is absolutely delicious! I get that funky barnyard taste I get from most good saisons... with a lot of lemon and peppery spices. The clove and banana are not overwhelming, which happens a lot with Belgian pales and triples. The lemon gives a bit of tartness, and the earthy, Belgian yeast flavors make this one delicious treat. Mouthfeel is very complex and full bodied with a highly carbonated crisp finish. Drinkability is quite high, considering the ABV.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy golden color. Leaves a slight head, with alot of lace on the side of the glass.

S - You can definitely smell that it is a Belgian beer right away.

T - It tastes at 1st like a pilsner, but the finish is crisp and has an Ale finish.

M - High carbonation. Smooth.

D - As high as it gets. The alcohol flavor is masked for an 8.5 ABV. I am shocked at how smooth it is for a high ABV beer. I could drink many of these and probably get in trouble for it.

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

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: 750ml magnum, caged

Some of Warren's friends brought this, and I guess I never reviewed it! Pours a cloudy straw gold, small pour but big head. Greater-than-average lacing. Aroma of such a rich Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Perfect wheat and citrus balance. Taste of wonderful wheat, rustic orange peel (no idea what the hell rustic has to do with oranges, it just pops into my mind), unmistakable and not-overpowering Belgian flavor. Enough said. Instant classic.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very firm head, almost like yeast in an open brew tank ....
nose: fresh grass, spring meadow after a heavy rain, pleasant but not entirely palatable ...
taste: something like toasted bread with quince and granny smith apples on it ... sounds a bit weird, but the flavors are well embedded and very balanced
one of the 10 brews to be delivered on my lonely island ...

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

If real Czech pilsner and good champaigne could mate ( possibly after a romantic evening of consuming large quantities of cloves and very dry mead), this would be their offspring. This beer has all of the flavor and nuance that American lagers claim to have. Imagine if a BMC beer was actually as good as their advertisements claim and you will get a pretty good idea what Duvel tastes like.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz brown bottle
8.5% abv

Duvel was a hazy golden color. It had a large white head with impressive retention and lacing. The smell was fruit, yeast, hops, and a little pepper. The taste was excellent with a good mix of light malt, a little fruit, yeast and peppery spices. The finish was dry and lingering. It was medium-light in body and highly carbonated (in a good way). The drinkability was outstanding. This is a very good beer that is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving this beer another review. I wasn't impressed the first time I've had it a few years ago, but it has since become one of my favorite brews.

Poured into my brand new Duvel tulip, it is light yellow in color with good clarity. Head forms up very quickly, leaving a white froth on top for the whole glass. The carbonation bubbles are rapidly streaming from the "D" nucleation point.

Aroma is potent, with a ton of soft, pilsner malt character coming through. The yeast character is straight forward, with subtle spice and fruit notes. It isn't as characterful as many other pale Belgian styles, but it has a nice touch.

On the palate Duvel is light bodied and very highly carbonated. Flavor is delicate despite the high ABV. There is a light pale malt flavor, with a strong hop presence on the finish. Clean flavor overall, with only a slight, candy-like yeast presence adding depth. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and not just "for the ABV." This is a fast-sipper.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two things you need to know.

The Scottish connection. If it wasn't for a bottle conditioned McEwan's beer many decades ago, there would be no Duvel. As a little thank you for this I've long argued that Duvel should be free to all Scottish residents but unfortunately I've had no success as yet.

Secondly, when pouring always always ensure all of that fine sediment from the bottle goes into your glass. Always. Unlike almost all other bottle conditioned beers Duvel's sediment is there to be consumed and is paramount in appreciating this classic.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a tall white fluffy head. As the head slowly recedes it leaves some very cool lacing on my glass. The beer is no as transparent as I expected. The smell is wonderful, it smells of sweet grain. The taste is of lemon-citrus, yeast with bits of hops and wheat. The 8.5% is hidden quite well. Mouthfeel is perfect, light, crisp and refreshing without being watery. Drinkability is great, but at 8.5% ABV, I don't think I'll let myself have more than one glass at a time.

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Photo of tburus
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice!

Appearance: Foggy golden liquid with yeast swirling inside. Thick, bubbly head. Rapid stream of carbonation rising from center of the glass.

Smell: Nice intermingling of apple and hops/pine.

Taste: Enters tasting like a muted apple cider. This taste subsides in favor of the slight bitterness of hops.

Mouthfeel: Yeasty/wheaty flavor cover the palate. Subtle aftereffects of apple. Mild sour taste leftover, again reminiscent of cider. Slightly more carbonation than I desire.

Drinkability: It's gone already?!? Honestly, one of the best, easiest drinking beers I have tried to date. The price is the only thing that would keep me from drinking this several times a week.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Very carbinated, yellowish golden tan. Insane 4 inch white head, tons of lacing, beautiful.

Smell - Very belgium yeast tones. Floral hops, spices, grapes, mellon, light traces of alcohol. Has that pale ale malt smell, inpressed so far.

Taste - Very bold, tons of flavors. Floral hops, alcohol and yeast mixed with the spices, wow. Its much like a champagne with its rich complex and carbinated drink. The pale ale malts add to it, but doesnt sour or bitter it up any. Huge fruit flavors, grape and mellon really come out. This is impressive.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and bold on mouth. Tounge gets a workout with all the complex flavors, and palette gets warm and bitter as you swallow this beer down. Aftertaste is slighly dry and bitter.

Drinkabilty - Its too complex and strong to drink anymore then 2 really. Its a sipper to savior and enjoy. I wouldnt drink this weekly since you would become spoiled and possibly broke. World class, thank god i bought a 4-pack!

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has a translucent honey-amber color and a wonderful bouquet with hints of yeast and citrus overtones. This beer is very effervescent and has a large white head that very slowly fades to a thin frothy film. On tasting there is a pleasant, fine tingling that lingers on your tongue. There is a slight sweetness at the onset and firm but, subtle hoppiness to give a prolonged finish.

This is another beer that you will not tire of with frequent consumption. This is one of my all time favorite beers!

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,914 ratings.
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