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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Photo of OnThenIn
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I poured the Duvel into the Duvel glass and had a perfect pour, with the division between the foam and beer at around the middle of the Duvel symbol and the foam reaching the very top of the glass. This ment about four fingers of super fluffy white head that left the most incredible lacing. The color of the beer was a pale golden straw.

Smell: A little sweet with a tiny bit of floral hoppyness. There was also a slight banana and clove aroma. Aroma is this beers worst aspect due to how weak it appeared.

Taste: There was a huge spice flavor with a backing hop bitterness that finishes beautifully clean, crisp, and mildly sweet. There seems to be a bit of clove and banana, as there was in the aroma. It was dry. It is rather reminescent of a hefeweizen and saison put together.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was to the point of prickly, which is not a personal preference, but it worked rather well in this beer. The body was medium to thin body, with the carbonation providing a great deal of body.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerous. I didn't really fall in love with the style or it after drinking it, but other than in the aroma I couldn't mark it down. I mean this is one of the most finely made beers I have ever or probably will ever have. You can not tell its 8.1% until you start feeling it and if the carbonation was a little lighter you would drink it like it was water. I really wish it was lower abv and cheaper so I could session it.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear yellow with a medium bubbly white head, and very good lacing.

smell is of fruit (pear, apricot, some banana), spice, pepper, light wheat, and floral.

taste is of pear, a touch of peach, a little sour malt, a little sweetness in the back, and a few hops, end is smooth.

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Photo of ribby
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Maybe I don't get this style.

Appearance is exceptional. I have never poured a bottle-conditioned brew that is so clear. A lot of carbonation that bubbles up into a head that is tall, but delicate, almost meringue-like.

The smell is fresh and mildly hoppy, with a hint of vegetal character that is stronger in the taste. Maybe it is the nature of the hops, maybe its the alcohol, but it seems a bit off.

The carbonation and head give this an exceptional mouthfeel.

I think that I will try to retaste this one when I work my way through what the beer elves brought me.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is very abundant and thick. The nose is powerful fresh hops but some also reveal the apple and pear. Beer is cool but it still remains very powerful and sparkling, we also feel a slight tingling pleasant and characteristic of language. And despite the undeniable taste of alcohol mild and dry, it remains mild in flavor and thus easier to digest. Archetype International and mother of all Devil beers, this beer is always pleasant at a terrace.

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Photo of burnstar
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times but finally getting around to reviewing it. Pours a clear light gold with lots of visible carbonation. Huge persistent white head. Very nice earthy yeasty spicy smell. Light malt with fairly low sweetness. A hint of tartness. The main things here are earthy slightly phenolic yeastiness and lots of spiciness. Medium bodied and dry. Very easy to drink. Pretty much the prototypical Belgian strong pale and very good.

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Photo of RppIII
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chalice

Appearance- Light Golden with a magnificent cotton froth white two fingered head. Phenomenal head retention and lacing.

Smell- Banana, citrus, and spicy yeast notes assault the olfactory senses.

Taste- Hint of alcohol on top of a heavy pilsner flavour that is in perfect symmetry to the bitterness of the hops. The complexity of this beer is overwhelming and seemingly changes in character as I work my way down the bottle. The yeast, while not overwhelmingly present in its spicy character, adds another layer upon this multifaceted beverage. Together the delicate yeast character, malt flavour, and subtle alcohol presence works in concert to create a beer masterpiece.

Mouthfeel- Holy Bible Batman! The smooth, carbonation, and clean crispness of this beer is absolutely devastating creating an inexorable force that makes you pick up the glass for more of it's aesthetic perfection.

Drinkability- If I did not have a limited supply of this beer I could not stop because of it's sheer drinkability. It is absolutely absurd that a beer this complete, complex (in all aspects of the senses) yet balanced could be created! Astounding!

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Photo of lamergod
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serve from a bottle to a Wine glass as it's the closest thing I have to a tulip glass
A-Fabulous!The greatest beer I've ever seen .Very thick head,probably around 4 fingers thick,murky gold because of the unfiltered yeast left in the drink

S-This is tricky .Maybe I'm still not at that level to understand smell but I got some slight banana smell,some hops

T-Fabulous down the throat!Smooth .Just like smell,some bananas but this time some apples

Highly drinkable!Smooth down the throat,no taste of alcohol but you can feel the burn due to the high ABV .
I'm still amazed how they hid the alcohol smell so well even though the ABV is so high

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is a reason I keep 8+ bottles at all times and have a stash of matching Duvel glasses. This is the standard by which all Belgian strong golden ales are measured. I only rated the beer this highly because nothing else I have tasted comes close.

The color is perfectly golden with a thick mousse, you could put it on pie instead of whipped cream it's so thick! When it finally fades it leaves a gorgeous lace. Once the beer warms a touch, it begins to express itself magically. The nose is rich with the sourness that all Belgian golden ales seem to have (from their yeast I bet!), also are hints of banana, clove, hay, and hints of white pepper and other spices. The palate explodes with banana, white fruits, spice, and grass. Very rich. The texture is rich with great balance of flavor, alcohol, and bitterness. So rich yet so smooth, this beer is perfect.


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Photo of thecarster1
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers of white bubbly head that fades very slowly to a thin layer of creamy lace that sticks around, loads of carbonation, bright straw yellow coloring, also i'm loving the shape of the stubby bottle.

s- first off i'm getting loads of belgian yeast, some banana, peppery, sweetness, grass.

t- nice yeast, ripe banana, tart apple - maybe more like pear, some fresh pineapple as is warms, dry finish with some sharp bitterness, noble hops, suprisingly refreshing, some slightly alcoholic esters, the flavor really opens up as it warms, it sweetens and smoothes out, then in the next sip i think it gets more peppery and bitter. this is one complex brew.. a devil if you will..

m- very smooth then rocky and highly carbonated - light in the mouth but substantial at the same time - crazy but i'm liking it.

d- at long last, the highly regarded duvel. not what i was expecting, but i really am enjoying it, for me this isn't an everyday drinking beer, but i can see myself having this again, maybe for say thanksgiving dinner, i think this would pair well with turkey and gravy. very nice

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

ive had this several times, but im finally getting around to reviewing it.

This is one of my favorite beers.

Poured out of a bottle into a duvel glass.

A. a crisp golden color with a very big head. The head stayed a good size until the end.

S. the smell up front was like a lager, very crisp. smelled yeast, bread, and a faint hop smell. very well balanced.

T. smooth taste, not too overpowering, bready taste, but with a small citrusy hop flavor.

M. awesome. a very crisp feel. the carbonation was perfect. didnt linger, and was very refreshing.

D. one of the most drinkable beers ever! over 8% so you have to be careful because i could drink it all day.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received the Duvel gift set with glass for Christmas-

A: pours a hazy yellow with a huge foamy head- probably 5 fingers. Lots of retention. Huge pieces of foam stick to the sides as the beer goes down

S: spicy yeast character on the front of the nose with some bread grain and lemon zest

T: the tartness from the citrus quality comes through strong on the front of the palate and follows with the lots of Belgian yeast. The flavors are balanced wonderfully and it leaves a nice fruity taste in the mouth.

MF: this one is quite bubbly with a medium body

D: this has excellent balance and flavor, the alcohol is very well hidden

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Duvel goblet

A: pours golden yellow, with frothy four finger head. leaves chunks of foam not just lacing.
S: strong malt and yeast spiciness. a slight pine hop aroma
T: mildly bitter hops with light roasted malt, pine and slight citrus. can barely taste the alcohol
M: crisp, medium high carbonation
D: easy to drink for a high abv brew.

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

Poured from a 33cl stubby bottle into a Duvel branded tulip. Bottle has a best before date of 07/2012.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a billowing 4 finger white head that filled the rest of the glass. It receded in about a minute to a nice protective layer upon the beer. With each sip new lacing can be seen on the sides of the glass.

Smells almost of a clean crisp lager. I'm just detecting just a little bit of Belgian yeast character.

Taste is near perfection and what I look for in a great pale Belgian. It has this great pilsner malt taste with just a enough floral hops to balance it. The yeast character is complex and so interesting. There is this restrained appleish fruitiness that still lets the malt shine but exhibits its flavors in the background.

The high carbonation fits perfectly and adds to the crispness of the beer. It goes down like water and leaves you wanting more and more.

I'm assuming this is a relatively young Duvel as the best buy date is 2.5 years out and this bottle is from a Christmas gift pack so I'm very interested to see how the flavor profile changes in 1 year, 2 years and maybe even 3 years.

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Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: 750ml cork bottle version.
Glassware: Generic tulip glass.
[Appearance]: Bright golden color, hazy, lots of nice carbonation, nice fluffy head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.
[Smell]: Fruity (banana, orange, touch of pineapple), some Belgian spice, yeast, bread.
[Taste]: Very crisp up front, citrus fruit (orange/pineapple), banana, Belgian spice, nice bready yeast at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation feels great on the palate, very clean finish, alcohol is very well hiding.
[Drinkability]: An awesome beer!! Highly drinkable.

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Photo of scootny
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge head with a ridiculous amount of lace atop a light gold fluid. some carbonation from the nucleation sit on the bottom of the tulip ( Duvel of course ). Smells of sweet malt, breads, apples, pears. Belgian yeast. Taste is light and sweet with a light white wine and nice funk. Dry finish with more malt and bready rolls lingering. An effervescent creaminess in feel that is just perfect. Refreshing and quenching. Alcohol is so well integrated as to be transparent. Drinks like a Belgian lager it's so quaffable.

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Photo of Long813
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Clear golden body with three fingers of foamy white head. Great head retention and stellar lacing. Fantastic.

S: Mixture of fruits upfront, very distinct belgian yeast, hops and some spices.

T: Citrus fruits, strong fronts of yeast and hops with an ending of mild spices. Very complex beer ans very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation creates a frothy feeling in the mouth with is still smooth. Leaves a sticky feeling.

D: What a great beer. Aromas and flavours are outstanding and the alcohol is unnoticeable. I'll be picking more of this out very soon.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml pours a clear golden colour on the first pour, and a hazy golden colour on the second duvel glass. Each glass was loaded with foam lacing the glass. The first pour actually formed a marshmallow of foam, interesting. Taste is of very sweet fruits with the slightest of tingles for the abv%. Fairly drinkable overall though, and a decent beverage.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely adore this beer.

Of all the times I have had it, this is the first review I have ever written of it.

Pours out a crystal clear shining gold with massive meringue like head.

Smell only hints at the dry malt within, slightly masked be a quick hop snap.

Drinks so smooth and easy. The devil is deceptive. When cold it just slides down, almost like a lager, though the finish is much more full. Then as it warms the body comes into its own, making the beer speak of itself, yet still never hanging around too long.

A masterpiece.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice dec20 2009

A slightly cloudy golden yellow with a massive head that forms a peak over the rim of the glass slowly falling to an island leaving decent lace the whole way down

S fruity with some hops and mild yeast

T not far of the smell with the tropical fruits becoming more noticeable with a little apple and the booze is nowhere to be found

M fairly light and fluffy with a crisp bite

D an all around solid beer and easy to drink for the 8.5 alc%

a classic beer that's very well rounded and a great value

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Perfectly poured from the 11.2 oz. stubby into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful hazy golden blonde. The thick head is creamy white.

Smell: Wide array of scents come forward, and surprisingly none of them is the 8.5%abv. Good amount of yeast, bitter hops, citrus, and pepper.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is, of course, the crowning moment. Thick creamy texture gives way to a well-balanced carbonation--light and crisp acidic finish. The bitterness comes first, with the yeast a steady background. Next comes a fruity sweetness: a bit of apple and orange. The yeast gives way to pepper as the citrus dominates the sweet. The alcohol briefly comes forward as you reach that "crisp finish."

Drinkability: Goes down very easy.

Notes: On the pricey side, but definitely worth it. One of the best brews I've ever had. You'll never find my fridge without one left in it!

20 December 2009

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Photo of cavedave
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

The look of this is astoundingly good. A light golden color, a bit cloudy with fine yeast, topped by an incredibly full head of white foam that doesn't go away. A shame to destroy this by drinking it.

The nose is a full aroma of light fuits, mild spice, sweet grain, vibrant yeast, alcohol, and hints of floral and citrus at the edge. Very bright bouquet, very seductive, very complex.

The taste of this enters the mouth in a way no other beer can match. It softly climbs onto the palate, bringing a gradual parade of pleasure. Soft and light fruit, a touch of citrus, gentle and tart yeast, sweet grain, a spicy undernote, blended into a long sip that ends between dry and juicy, sweet, tart, and delicious. Alcohol appears as it warms, but the flavors of the fruit, esp. citrus, become more pronounced, and the combination of a bit of alc warmth with the fuller flavors turn this beer into a beautiful drink, art.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, no other word has a hope of explaining how fine this feels in the mouth, how well the feel brings out the best in the flavor, and how the combination creates a marvelous experience.

Drinkability is exceptional. Had I a large enough supply, and readily available medical help, I would undoubtedly drink this until alcohol poisoning prevented me.

Impression: truly one of the finest beers in the world, one I've enjoyed for many years, and the benchmark for simple complexity. This is what beer can be.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, just because I didn't have the proper glassware. This was a beautiful golden blond and the head that was produced from the pour was very strong and withheld the whole drink, providing outstanding lacing.

S: Once the pour started, I caught extreme amounts of hops and a great yeasty smell.

T: The taste was nearly exceptional, I loved the taste immediately of the hops and the malt that just kind of lingered on your tongue.

M: This beer was fairly fullbodied, but allowed for some flavors to really be highlighted.

D: The beer was outstanding, I'd drink it at any chance I had. The price was fairly reasonable, however I'd like to see it priced lower for a 11.5 FL OZ.

Overall, great beer, try it. Cheers.

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Photo of zdk9
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale yellow with just a touch of orange tinge. Head forms a strong white foam that leaves only with the passing of lots of time or lots swishing.

S- A bit of spice. A bit of pale malt- strawlike. A bit of lemony citrus.

T- Much more complex than the aroma. There's dynamics from malt, hops, yeast, and alcohol with none really dominant which is nice and interesting. Pepper, lemon, clean vodka, wintergreen, lime pith.

M- Great, goes down easy. Not long lasting but it keeps me drinking and thinking.

D- I think this is the first beer I've reviewed with a sample from it's namesake glass (such awesome glasses they are!). And a good way to start that trend.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a tulip glass and I'm excited.

A: Bright golden, hazy appearance with a thick white head that lingers. Leaves fantastic lacing. You can really see the carbonation as it goes and goes....

S: Yeasty aroma with zest. Lemony with a good amount of spice underneath. No alcohol in the scent; good sign.

T: Fantastic taste to this one with great depth. There's bread, yeast, and lemon. Each time I take a drink a different one seems to dominate the others, but it doesn't matter: I'm always satisfied.

M: Great mouthfeel, the carbonation really tingles the tongue. The longer it sits the more the alcohol warms you up.

D: The alcohol is amazingly hidden, and I can drink these non-stop if I'm not careful. Great brew.

Overall... well, this is a great beer. It's the quintessential Belgian Strong Pale for a reason. Find it, enjoy it.

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Photo of Kristing
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is bright, cloudy gold and there is a thick, creamy head, that slowly dissolves.

There is a very floral aroma with tones of hops and a slight citrus note. The taste is full of a pleasant hop bitterness. There is also a mellow malt taste that settles down into a warming alcohol aftertaste. The beer also has a floral freshness that compliments the general complexity of the taste.

It's interesting that this beer is so fresh, yet so complex. It really makes for a brew that you can relax and channel out with.

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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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