Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
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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:
A Duvel is still seen as the reference among strong golden ales. Its bouquet is lively and tickles the nose with an element of citrus which even tends towards grapefruit thanks to the use of only the highest-quality hop varieties. This is also reflected in the flavour, which is beautifully balanced with a hint of spiciness. Thanks to its high CO2 content, this beer has a wonderful roundness in the mouth. A Duvel is both the perfect thirst quencher and the ideal aperitif.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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

Appearance - pale yellow. Very faint light orange/brown underskin. Massive bubbly head that gets bigger after sitting for a bit.

Smell - Super sweet but not overwhelming. Faint cloves and citrus.

Taste - Bright asnd lingering sweet malt. Hops are calm.

Mouthfeel - Bubbly but not in a trashy miller high life type of way. Coates the tung but melts away soon enough.

Drinkability - I could drink just this all night. Doesn't sit heavy or get boring.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Wow, this golden beauty has the most amazing head. Massive and frothy, like a big beer bubble bath.
smell: Apple fruity with some subdued spiciness.
taste: More of the same. Some fruity sweetness with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. Very nice.
mouthfeel: Another treat...full and like a beer bubbly.
drinkability: For me, a wonderful treat but a little overwhelming to be a gulper.
Hmmm....the champagne of beers.

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

Reviewed from my notes. A corked and caged 750ml bottle, best before 21/11/2012, poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet.

The bottle opened with a loud pop. Visible vapors could be seen escaping from the chilled bottle. Pouring into my glass produces a huge white foam head. It settles into soap bubbles strung across and around the glass, like regular lacing, by in three dimensions. Lots of rising carbonation is visible in the clear straw liquid. Not too much film is left behind when I swirl the glass around, but some good lace remains.

Duvel has, to me, a great sweet Belgian aroma. It's a great mixture of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, bready malts, orange peel and coriander.

The flavor begins with some pale malts that provide a small amount of sweetness. Each sip finishes with some alcohol and a peppery bite. It's a great strong Belgian pale flavor.

You can feel a lot of carbonation in each mouthful, but it works well. The coat is slick and a little buttery (but without any butter flavors). It has a medium/ful body and a quick dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable. In a single glass, each sip goes down well. It also works over a longer session--I'll finish off this 750ml bottle myself without issue. Duvel is worthy of the praise it receives and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Keffa
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip.

A: This is the best looking beer I have had, bar none. Slightly cloudy/hazy pale yellow, rocky/fluffy sticky head that stayed around for about 10 minutes (and it wasn't a vigorous pour either) and settled into a 1/2" cap and left lacing all over the glass. This is what a beer should look like, IMO.

S: Lemon, lightly flowery hops, cracker, a little bit of Belgian yeast, slightly musty/earthy smell in the background, a little bit of a toffee sweetness. This smells very, VERY enticing.

T: Holy crap. First taste is a lemony hop and Belgian yeast, turns into a cracker/bready like malt and a little bit of that earthy note on the aroma. Turns into a slightly fruity finish that leaves very little hint that it's such a high ABV. Extremely good flavors going on, and not one flavor takes the lead, IMO. They all play their part and do so with no problem with going into the background while another flavor comes forward.

M: Very tingly, highly carbonated, extremely smooth, almost creamy. Nice feel for sure.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to the point of being ridiculous. The slight hint every so often a slight hint of the high ABV is the only thing that keeps this from being able to be pounded away, not that you'd want to with it being 8.5%.

This is one of my new favorites. Extremely good flavor, well balanced between the Belgian yeast/floral, slightly fruity hops/cracker-like malt that shows a little sweetness. This is a Devilish brew indeed. Partake with caution. It'll get you in trouble if you aren't careful.

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Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into its own glass. Big fluffy white head on a clear golden yellow. Vigorous carbonation. Good lacing and head retention.

Spicy malt smells. Sweet fruity malt taste up front with a dry, light hop twist at the end. Well melded and balanced flavours throughout. ABV is not too obvious in the taste but definitely there.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated and dry. Drinkability is very good and could be sessionsble but for the ABV.

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Photo of chaz410
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the flying saucer in bottle.
Pours like the "headiest" pilsner you've ever seen. HUGE HUGE white head on this puppy after the pour. I've honestly had this beer more times than I can count and I've never been able to none stop pour into any glass even when taking my time without the head getting too large. Pilsner like body that's ver very yellow and almost like champagne. Good carbonation bubbles.
Smells dry, corn note, pine, citrus and little spikes of belgian sweaty funk.
Taste similar to smell but more on the pilsner malts with a toasty character and some very crisp finish.
Easy-ish to drink for the abv but pretty dry

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Billowing rocky white head that is over three fingers. Golden body, semi-hazy body. Amazing retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers ever.

Banana esters, some phenols, a slight cereal maltiness, and a ague aged hop presence.

Fruity esters (banana, strawberry, and green apple), some clove like spicy phenolic flavor, and a delicate leafy hop flavor cleans out the back end.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp.

The definition of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Surprised I hadn't reviewed it already.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light yellow unleashes a giant frothy head.

S-Fruity, spicy, boozy, and sweet.

T-The taste in my opinion is much better than the nose. Belgian brews are not my favorite but this guy is a flavor bomb. Very spicy and yeasty. The alcohol is present but adds to the taste. Ends with nice sweetness.

M-Thicker than expected. Bubbly and complex.

D-Fairly high alcohol content and extreme taste makes me only want one. Very tasty but wouldn't want to drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top squatty bottle. Back label dated Best Before 01 2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with billowing bone-white head that leaves lots of lacing and spotting.

Nose: Some spicy, woody notes atop a clean pale malt bill, some dry pine-y hops and a little note of corn (under-modified malt). Quite pleasant.

Palate: Lots of prickly carbonation, explosive on the palate. Some alcohol is present all the way through but the light hop bitterness sweeps it away. Some fruity flavors (apricot, pear) and some earthy/mineral notes too. Something a little wood-like from the hops. Long, but crisp finish.

Notes: An outstanding beer. Should be revered by all as the archetypal Belgain Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Erish
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a portion of a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: bright gold, steady stream of carbonation emanates from the stem, rocky white 3-finger head falls into a stable cap, very good lacing.

S: slightly herbal, slightly earthy Belgian funk, dry malt, there is a floral/honey note, apricot.

T: dried apples, apricots, lemon, sweetbread; the middle releases some green apples, floral accents, white pepper, and a flash of alcohol; the finish features grassy hops, and white pepper, and is long lasting and very dry.

M: medium weight, a tiny bit hot, moderate carbonation.

D: in my mind this is a prototype for the style, and while not my favorite, it is very good.

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Photo of MattyV
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Duvel tulip

Pours a hazy, straw yellow colour with a nice and big fluffy white meringue-like head that sticks around forever and even has a big gob left at the bottom of the glass

Aroma is initially quite restrained, probably due to the large head. Eventually some pale malts make an appearance, as well as that unexplainable Belgian character, along with some apple, some alcohol coming through. Pretty muted overall.

Taste is a mix of sweetness and bitterness which meshes together wonderfully. The pale malts are apparent, as is the spice and yeast. Finishes very dry and refreshing.

Highly carbonated and champagne-like... once again, very refreshing.

The 8.5% ABV is quite well hidden. The refreshing aspect of this beer makes it a highly attractive option in the summer months, especially as an apperitif in place of a sparkling wine at a dinner. The only hit against this beer is that its glowing reputation may have inflated my expectations, but I learned to appeciated its slightly muted merits.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a head that looks like shaving creme.
The smell is dominated by alcohol. It reminds me of wine. If I was blindfolded and did not know better, I'm not sure if I could identify it as beer.
The taste follows the nose. Alcohol followed with some bitterness. This is a good drink, just not worthy of $5 out of my pocket for a little bottle.
With respect to it's price, I find this beer highly overrated. With respect to it's flavor, I find it somewhat overrated.
If money is no object, then drink up!

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Photo of BogleHill
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After seeing the video on the Morgaat website, I realized that I had never tried this remarkable brew. Amazing clear golden color with a big white bubbly head. Lots and lots of carbonation. Amazingly clear. Pleasant aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty and very well balanced. Super crisp finish. The alcohol is incfredibly well masked. Superbe!

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Photo of dubinsky
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 mL bottle into a Chimay goblet, they come in the same shape bottle after all.

A- Poured a cloudy, light, gold hue with huge two finger fluffy white head. The head hung around through the entire session and left behind a lovely lacing.

S- My wife and i smelled apples, pears and spices which smelled like cinnamon and cloves. Tartness and fruitiness ring through the smell as well.

T- Fruity, tart, crisp and yet somehow incredibly smooth. Reminds me of a witbier with more spice and more malt flavor and aroma. Extremely dry finish. Kind of like eating a tart green apple.

M- Very dry and smooth with great tight carbonation.

D- Ummm, yeah, this is a dangerous beer. Very drinkable. found myself gulping it, and at 8.5%, i could see myself getting into trouble. The ABV is hidden very well. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Duvel tulip.

A: Now I remember why the Duvel tulip is so big. Four full fingers of chunky billowy head fill the glass to the brim. Carbonation steadily streams from the glass etch to the head long after the beer has been poured. Pale golden color with epic head retention.

S: Yeasty with sweet fruits. Apples, ripe bananas, and a sweet spice. Perfect intensity of smell for the style IMO.

T: Taste like is smells, with the yeast and spice downplaying the sweetness of the fruits.

M: Very crisp. Medium to light body with very high carbonation. This one just feels right on the palette.

D: Awesome beer from top to bottom. Had this one about a year ago and didn't think much. After a year of developing my taste, this one is a true great. Carbonation limits the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of arturorg
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass

Appearance: Very beautiful clean golden color with a very white big head.

Aroma: Hops and a bit metallic.

Taste: Beer bitter (wich is good in my book), for a strong beer doesn't show it in alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing.

You cant go wrong with this one.

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Photo of jonB
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light golden colored and smooth Belgian ale. Pours a big puffy white head with lacing that remains on the glass. There is steady carbonation without being overbearing. Has a sweet, dry taste with an even finish. Very pleasant and refreshing beer that pairs well with a meal.

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Photo of joeland
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearamce- a golden color with a orange tint. A very bubbly looking head one finger high, that stays awhile, leaving a great amount of lacing.

smell- a very notcable yeast smaell. A hint of spices and malt to go alnong.

taste- I get a mix of corriner seed and malt with a hint of alchol.

mouthfeel- a very foumay mouthfeel. Leaves a bubbly feeling on the lips.

Drinkability- a very drinkable beer that goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- has an orange cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of white head

Smell - smells very yeasty with some spice undertones

taste - a very strong coriander tone with some other settle spices in the background i can't put my finger on with a mild alcohol taste

Mouthfeel - a very crisp taste feel that is smooth with moderate carbination

Drinkability - very drinkable but for the price I wouldn't want to drink too many. At the same time i could savor this bee, there wasn't as many spices I've gotten off other Belgian strong ales

I was disappointed by this beer after looking at the strong reviews. so those reviews may have had an impact on my rating

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Photo of jsanford
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a hazy golden color with that unmistakable, huge Duvel head. Fluffy like a cloud, absolutely beautiful.

S - Yeast and light malt, with the slightest whiff of bananas and spices.

T - More light malt and banana, with slight notes of pear and coriander. Slight bitterness toward the end, and a little bit of alcohol.

M - Dangerous, but it ain't called "devil" for nothing. ABV is hidden well, carbonation is high, body is light. Extremely crisp and refreshing!

D - This is a benchmark beer for a reason, it's absolutely delicious and drinkable. Also, it truly is one of the prettiest beers to look at, especially in the correct glass. World-class!

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle, drink by date of 11/2012

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick patchy head. There is some thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: A definite yeast aroma with some spice and a faint lemon aroma and some green apple.

T: Definitely some yeast, and a really nice balance between the hops and malt. There is a floral aspect and also some banana.

M/D: Light bodied and extremely drinkable. A really good beer, something that would be a great with food. The 8.5% is slightly evident as it goes down, but it does not bother me one bit. I look forward to drinking another.

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Photo of GottBier
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean and golden, a bright, clear yellow. The head was a bit too much for the stripped-down, minimalist style of this brew. It was reminiscent of laundry detergent, but that's NOT a criticism. To fans of thick, rich heads I apologize. But really, something more tight might have been better.

Smell: A little more complex than the taste. In keeping with the beer's general or overall presentation, a crisp, simple aroma might have worked.

Taste: Can it get any better than this? In writing fiction, this would be called "the art of concealing art." It does not try too hard, it does not overload us with complexity, it simply states its case and moves on... and what a sharp, tangy case it states!

Mouthfeel: Appropriate to the taste. Clean, dry, tangy.

Drinkability: It would make a good session beer if it weren't so damned special!!

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-Amber in color. The head and lacing was dense and slightly off-white.

S-For lack of a better word, "acidic." Not terribly strong, but kinda weird,but not necessarily in a bad way.

T-Easily the spiciest beer I've ever tasted.

MF-The spice with the carbonation tingled the tongue a little, with a slight alcohol finish that lets you know that this is a high-gravity beer.

D-Fairly drinkable. By no means hard to drink, but I don't see myself drinking multiple in a row.

Overall-An interesting beer that I see myself drinking again. Highly recommended, if for no other reason than to try something different.

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Photo of jzm2500
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, pale yellow, thick white head.

S/T/M- Smell was uninteresting..yeast and malt. It was not much indicative of the flavor, which is wonderful. Was hit with a sweet and bready malt followed by a mildly tart yeast..alcohol warms things up here. There is a hint of banana or similar. Finish was sweet..caramel or similar is noted here. There is a very faint bitterness in the mix at the end as well. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, carbonation lends a pleasant creaminess to the feel.

D- This beer is made for sipping.

Love this brew. I was surprised by the taste compared to the nose.

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Photo of Meliorist
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review here on BA, so here goes

P- 330 ml bottle best buy date of 12/2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Golden and clear, looks like an American Lager....except for the head! This thing is a monster. Do not aggressively pour this beer. It can get 4+ inches tall and it lingers forever leaving huge chunks on the side of the glass. Carbonation bubbles lasted until the pint was empty.

S- sadly I cannot comment much on smell. My sinuses were destroyed through an infection when I was an infant and I have chronic sinus problems: however, I can definitely smell yeast and alcohol.

T- When it hit the palate I got a lot of malt, faint banana, some pepper, and just a hint of coriander. It hits very crisp. then balances out, and has a slight bitter and medicinal aftertaste. This aftertaste: however, cleanses the palate and makes you want to take another pull off the glass.

M- starts off crisp and light and then seems to me to seamlessly progress to a medium mouth-feel with a crisp but fading ending.

D- Its not called Duvel for nothing. Each sip/drink/slug leaves you wanting more, and at its 8.5% abv will quickly knock you on your arse. A 4 pack of these and I want to go to sleep, but then again, I'm an old fart at 50+.

~notes!~ I'm new to this. I stumbled across BA while surfing. I new nothing about beer other than American macros until I went into the Marines. Back then I thought Kirin and San Miguel were fantastic. The Corona Blitz hit but I didn't like it that much but found I did like Dos XX Amber. Ive been trying the higher rated beers I've found on this site and have been pretty much in agreement; Except for Porters...I just don't like them.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8,055 ratings