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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale

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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 DoctorStrangiato
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a 1-1/2 inch white head. Very foamy with an impressive lace. Some cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - citrusy-floral aromas with some very light hops. Not a lot of malt to detect - has a very witbier quality to it.

Taste - sweet and bready with a heavy dose of nutmeg and citrus thrown in. A delicate hop bitterness on the finish with a cider-like dry quality to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty active throughout, both with the carbonation and the citric-acid/hop qualities. Not really smooth but interesting.

Drinkability - you would be silly to have more than a few of these and the price is a little prohibitive as well. Still an enjoyable offering and worth a try.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale golden color, massive fluffy head with excellent retention & lacing

Smell: Apple, Belgian yeast, alcohol

Taste: Up Front: Strong bite, hops. Finish: Spicy, bready, and fruity

Mouthfeel: Super clean and highly carbonated, with a very dry finish

Drinkability: One of the few Belgians you can pound, not that you'd want to

Overall Impression: It's a CLASSIC Belgian Pale Ale. Need I say more?

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Photo of colts9016
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very thick two finger head that is solid, foamy, and creamy. The head in color is ivory and has really good retention. The color of the beer is medium straw with amber, orange and copper hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some yeast floating The head on the beer beer leaving a beautiful lacing pattern.

Nose: A rich fresh floral aroma teases the nose. The aromas are floral esters, citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemons), a rich phenol note, light toasted biscuit malt, hints of solvents and yeast.

Taste: a vibrant fresh floral flavor, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light toasted biscuit, and yeast.

Overall: Mouth feel is bright, light, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish medium full.This is a really good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking. The flavors were just wonderful and put together.

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Photo of Thur123
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured unhurriedly into a flute. Lots of swirling carbonation and three solid finger s of thick creamy head. I did actually try to make this an unhurried pour and I still got this maelstrom of bubbles going on. The color is a clear golden body with no yeasty haze. The smell is funky yeast and something that reminds me of fresh fish or fish scale for some reason. There's also a slight cereal or grain smell in addition to a thin hop presence.

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The taste is fruity, reminding me of bananas and fresh red apple in addition to a spicy blend of flavors that adds a bit of heat to this. That flavor may also be the yeast, which also adds a kind of bread like funk to the whole thing...something like sourdough. Also I'm reminded of raspberries for some reason. Overall the mouth feel is crisp and not too watery with a consistency something like a wheat beer. Very good, but not as mind blowing the second or third time, but still very well done.

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Photo of Luff
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pale straw colored with a large thick white head.

S: Yeast and bread, fruit maybe apple.

T: First a bite from the carbonation followed by subtle hops, spice, bread, hints of fruit, finishes sweet then dry.

M: Highly carbonated but not overly so. Great body for a light beer.

D: Exceptionally easy to drink, my glass empties quickly. This is a beer that lives up to its reputation. Try it if you haven't!

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

Poured into the signature Duvel tulip a golden yellow with a massive creamy/frothy/awesome head. It seems to stall in time and retain better than any other beer head. It is of white color and leaves blankets of thick lacing. I have never seen one centimeter lacing before this beer. Smell is mostly Belgian yeast and breadiness to me. A good amount of citrus, probably from hops comes through in the nose also. The standard dark fruits gets into the mix too. Taste is a great balance of flavors. I get a lot of yeast/breadiness. The dark fruit and belgian typical spices are nice. There is a citrus peel hoppy bitterness aspect that I really like. These are greatly balanced to almost perfection. A really nice laid-back belgian strong pale. Moderate body and carbonation suit the flavor balance well. The beer coats the tongue with the citrus peel bitterness. A tiny bit of warmth feels good also. I could session this and the 8.5% ABV is hidden amazingly. This is definitely one of the better Belgian beers I have had. The price is a bit much for me right now but I understand why it is that way. The citrus bitterness might get to me after a few of these, good beer worth trying.

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Photo of Prostman81
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply a fantastic beer. Well crafted doesn't do this one justice. Everything from the sturdy bottle, to the well made duvel tulip, to the carbonation & clarity of the beer, and to the amazing taste has been well thought out and executed. One of my favorite aspects of this is the appearance of the beer, which isn't at all indicative of the flavors contained therein. Tasting provides flavors of Belgian pilsner malt, the Saaz hops, and the unique tart/pear-like flavor that comes from the yeast strain used. Just a hint of alcohol lets you know that this is a serious beer, but is so well blended that it is hardly noticeable. Completely refreshing, could be had at any time of the year. Definitely a must try if you haven't ever picked this one up.

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

A: Straw colored, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation, effervescent. The head looks like cumulus clouds. What a great looking beer!

S: Malt, slight funk (in the best way), Belgian yeast

T: This beer is delicious and wonderful in its complexity. The pilsner malts really add a special touch to this unique brew. The flavors are balanced very well. I taste a slight funkiness, that typical Belgian yeast flavor I enjoy so much, and a clean, pilsner-like finish and aftertaste.

M: Crisp carbonation, ABV hidden well, nice long aftertaste. You can take your time with a bottle of Duvel.

D: An awesome beer that I'll always look forward to having.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very very light golden yellow with a nice foamy head and excellent lacing.

The smell is very bready/yeasty with hints of banana and other fruits.

Taste-wise, the alcohol is pretty strong as expected and you taste it. It has a watery quality to it, but that is the initial flavor. Your tongue is bombarded with lots of bready, malty, alcoholy awesomeness!

Excellent brew!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip.

A - Sparkly straw color. Looks beautiful. Golden delicious.

S - Lemony Belgian yeast stink. Almost smells like a Chiquita banana.

T - Tangy lemony grassy yeasty belgian. Not as bready as most Belgians I have had.

M - Light and slightly warming in the finish. Smoothest Belgian I have ever tasted. Nice twang to it.

D - Soooo well balanced.

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Photo of VTaler
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - It looks like shitty macro beer with a little nicer head.
S - Grapefruit is the prominent smell followed by yeast
T - Tastes a lot like champagne. Overall not what i was expecting. It does not taste like a normal belgian beer. Grapefruit and orange are primary flavors.
M - Very fizzy and light body
D - incredibly drinkable

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

A- Pours a light gold/straw color with a solid two-finger head (white). Head is meringue-like. Great retention and leaves outstanding lacing. A beautiful beer!

S- Pilsener malt, banana, clove, light hops, and Belgian yeast. Hints of pear/apple.

T- On par with the aroma characteristics, but the yeast and hops help create a spicy, slightly bitter finish. Little to no alcohol presence, but half way through the chalice you definitely start to feel a mellow buzz.

M- Medium feel with moderate-high carbonation that cleanses the palate and makes you ready for another sip.

D/O- I really enjoy a good pilsener, whether it be German or Czech, so this is probably my ideal beer. Add into that the traits of the Belgian yeast and I'm a happy imbiber. Bottom-line: This is just a great beer, easy to find, and reasonably priced. There's a reason this brew gets so many great reviews; it delivers on all aspects of what a world renowned beer should have. I've been drinking this gem for years and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Get it in ya. Cheers.

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Photo of tjinohio
3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer to look at. Great color, wonderful head and lacing. However, I found it a bit lacking in other categories. The bouquet is extremely subtle. The taste was full and alcoholic, both good things in my book, but doesn't last. The mouthfeel was okay. I would have liked a little more carbonation. Nevertheless, it is a very easy, drinkable beer. But, for me, not one I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of AlexTheAleMan
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip from a 750 ml corked bottle.

This beer looks absolutely perfect when you pour it. A nice white mountain of foam sits atop a very light, golden, pale colored beer with bubbles flowing up from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Heaven in a glass.

The smell might be the best part of this beer. I was smelling it forever trying to find out what fruit smells i could decipher and after a while i decided that it smells like apples and strawberries. Maybe even like pears and bananas at the end? There is also that Belgian bitter yeast smell floating around in there, mmh! I love this beer way too much.

The taste is just beyond words. It is a strong beer and alcohol is evident in every sip. The malts definitely take the back seat in this beer, but hey that is completely fine. Its not like you cant taste the delicious pilsner malts, they just complement the hops and the yeast perfectly. The beer is perfectly hoped, not so much that it outshines the yeast, but not so little that you cant taste them. The only way that i can describe what this beer does to my taste buds is that it gives them multiple orgasms. Its perfect in every way!

The beer is pretty carbonated, i would compare it to champagne after it has been sitting out for a little while. You just never want this beer to leave your mouth... ever. Its light, but fills your mouth flavor at the same time.

This beer is all too drinkable and goes way too fast.

Its is a bit spendy for my budget, but when i get the craving for Duvel, nothing can satisfy me but Duvel.

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Photo of csais75
2.84/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A heavy blonde beer you can find everywhere in Belgium or in France. Classical smell fot that kind of beer. In fact I must admit that subtlety is not his first quality. In my opinion it is has a conventional aspect. Okay to drink but overestimated in my opinion.

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

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in duvel tulip

A: rose a massive bone white head of stiff foam. pale golden one of the best heads i have seen on a beer. peaks of head remain till the last sip, lace covers the glass in thick patches

S: hops, malts, spice, like a pale ale.

T: balance, spice and tasty, complex, this is the best belgian strong golden ales i have had to date. it is perfect. one of the best.

M: high carbonation helps the beer through the pallet and is an important part of the balance, when the beer is simple every little thing makes a huge difference, Duvel is a pleasure to drink.

D: this stuff is so good i would drink it anytime,

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Photo of DRMcKnight
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this beer is phenomenal!

[A]: A hazy pour that is bright golden-yellow with a tall white head. The bottle reads, "Pour unhurriedly" with a purpose! This beer is very carbonated... if you pour just a tad too fast I can only imagine the mess on your hands... not to mention the loss of tasty beer.

[S]: The smell was great- although I don't remember much of it because the taste blew my mind, which brings me to:

[T, M, D]: As said earlier, this beer is very carbonated, as well as dry and tasty. Definately a beer worth the $7. It is now a member of my beer hall of fame.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel bottle-shaped bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a pale, golden yellow that allows for translucency while being a bit hazy from the bottle conditioning yeast. The blisteringly white head is huge and creamy. It sat at three fingers at its peak, forming a thickness in the very center.

Lots of ripe green apple and yeasty tang and lemon juice and airy pilsner malt and band-aids. Everything is complimentary; each aroma builds upon what came before. There really isn't a lot more to say about the aroma and flavor besides that. Duvel is the quintessential Belgian Pale because of this incredible ability to be complimentary and whole in execution.

Duvel is super-carbonated which makes for one of the more sharp, prickly beers you will come across. The beer is very drying as well and the feel is definitely a large part of what makes the dry quality happen. The strong ABV% of 8.5 prevents this beer from getting a 4.5 in drinkability but you definitely get bang for your buck.

Duvel is a staple, a classic, a treasure.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 02/2012.

(A)- Pours a beautiful clear golden yellow/orange color that produced a large frothy pure white head that took some serious time to dissipated. Left rings of lacing all around the glass as it slowly went down.

(S)- Silky biscuit-like wheat with glorious clay & yeast here & there. Creamy banana & lemon with a light spiciness to it. I could smell this all day; its crisp, refreshing, and awesome.

(T)- Crisp, with a dry & light bitterness up front that flows into a silky lemon & banana fruits with a light yet earthy clay. Finishes dry with a crisp yet almost bitter yeast.

(M)- A great carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. A superb balance that is incredibly smooth despite the carbonation level & light bitterness. Crisp & refreshing; great mouthfeel. Superb alcohol integration.

(D)- A superb example of the style as well as a great beer overall. Defines the style. Crisp & refreshing. I could have one after another if this wasnt 8.5%abv. A superb beer that I always enjoy as long as I dont get a bad one (which happens often).

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

330ml bottle 8.5% abv poured into a sniffer.

(Note that this bottle has been aged for about 3.5 years)

Appearance: Perfect... Effervescent, beautifully golden beer (clear if yeast is not poured, otherwise slightly cloudy), with typically huge, white head rising out of the glass. Sublime lace work left on the glass.

Smell: Wonderful, complex aroma. Granny smith apples, lemon zest, pears, yeast, malt, spicy hops and a wonderful whiff of alcohol to finish it off.

Taste: This is a big beer with a strong flavour. The beer starts of with a malty sweetness, yeasty in the middle (slightly spiced pears) , rounded off with peppery and spicy hops. Alcohol is present in this beer, but unlike other beers I've had it works really well with the other flavours and is integral to the beer.

Un-aged beer has a much bigger hop bite and an incredibly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, aggressive carbonation (I do generally prefer understated carbonation though).

Drinkability: I find I can't drink more than 2 Duvels. Though that being said, both go down very very well.

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

This beer comes in a stubby short-necked brown 33 cl bottle with a white label with red writings. A coat of arms on top. Looks really nice.

A: This beer pours hazy pale golden with a massive white light fluffy head that slowly dissipates leaving rich lacings.

S: Smells very nice, yeast and spices (some pepper) - just like a nice Belgian should smell. There's citric notes and a touch of ripe bananas and some faint green apples.

T: Rich and full taste. Sweet malt, very nice balanced together with hops and spices as well as yeast. It's almost like a fruit-salad: ripe bananas, lemons, lime, green apples and maybe orange zest. A faint tone of wheat?

M: The longlasting aftertaste is mostly dry but also a bit sweet. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich. A very smooth beer that leaves a warm feeling in the chest (from the alcohol).

D: This is a very nice and complex beer, BUT it's much stronger than you think. It goes down almost to easy - be aware!

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally giving this one a proper review.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Wow! Just a mountain of foam on top of a beautiful, mostly clear, golden beer. Kinda soapy looking, with big chunks of thick foam hanging all over the sides of the glass as it slowly dissipates. Leaves just a thin layer of head sitting on top. Very pretty.

S: Spicy, fruity, floral hops up front. Hints of citrus and other spices come through as well, but that seems to be about all I get.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell. Some aromatic, biscuity malts make their way to the surface. I'd like a bigger malt presence, but it just seems to be covered up by the hops and yeast.

M: Probably the best part of Duvel. Almost perfect. There's really good bitter properties, nice slightly oily residue. Even so, it leaves me just a touch dry afterward. Only fault I can find here.

D: As a starter, I'm not that impressed, but once I've had one, I could probably easily kick back a few more. Goes down real smooth.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw the glass and four pack for sale at the Jasper Liquor Store and I had to have it. The glass is large and beautiful, much like the beer. It's bright golden, with the stylized etched 'D' on the bottom of the glass providing a constant stream of bubbles to feed to the bright white, monsterous, chunky, clinging head. The nose is floral hops mingled with bready malt and yeast with light spices poking through. On the tongue you get an extremely well balanced beer. Bready malt, banana, yeasty, sweet, light spices poking at the tongue, all while the hops whisper sweet nothings to your uvula. This effervescent beer is deceptively drinkable for 8.5%. The whole four pack would have been gone if I wasn't so careful.

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

The beer is hazy golden, with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is sour notes, yeast, a bit leathery. old stable. Also spices like coriander and cardamom.

The taste is sweet, candid sugar and raisins, balanced sour notes from lemon, lime and some vinegar. Spices like clove and ginger is also there.

Rather much carbonation and a refreshing feeling.

A very rewarding beer, especially with cheese.

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Photo of richmof
3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A commercial strong ale, with toe cheese on the nose and unrefined alcohol in the mouth. The alcohol dominates across the palatte, which is quite a feat, given it is only 8.5%.

I note this beer is currently 59th on the overall beerlist for BA, and 5th out of all the Belgian beers, and I just find that to be divorced from reality. I doubt it would make it into my top 59 for Belgium!

When I think of all the beers I know that are behind this on BA ratings list, it pains me.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 7,993 ratings
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