Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,904 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,904 |  Reviews: 2,820
Photo of Lion088
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of adamcthomp
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

This is my favorite beer in the whole world! From the minute you open it you know it is different - huge carbonation (if you are not careful it will explode when you open it). You then have to carefully pour it into a glass or it will overhead and spill out the top. You then look at it and it will be a golden color bubbling up much like champagne.

Then the real fun comes with the taste. It is a perfect tasting beer with a bit of citrus flavor and goes down so smooth. Just remember with the large head you will get a beer mustache!

 536 characters

Photo of Vanz
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Corkpuller
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SCE2011
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of slasich
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of gunterheidrich
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of despond
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of EBeckett3
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of flayedandskinned
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of rwill2001
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JBaker515
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of vulcan1429
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of spakman
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BourbonDemocrat
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Jbrads51
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

This is the absolute king of belgian ales. No other ale i've tried anywhere comes close to the way these brewers are able to get such a bone dry feel with such power and finesse. They have a good secret.

A - Straw pale yellow which in itself is unique for such a high abv brew. I've heard that duvel uses a proprietary steaming process to cook the malt which allows the barley malt to retain the lightest color (everybody else roasts the barley into malt). Also, the head is famously huge, pillowy and voluptuous - Like beautiful crisply white clouds.

S - Awesome yeasty character that is often imitated but NEVER duplicated exactly. Its like a dry sweet smell with a unique almost mineral like yeast aroma. Literally you can smell the dryness of this brew.

T - Elegance at its finest. Dry upfront malt with slight hop balance and finishing equally as dry - with the unique yeast character coming through. The yeasty taste is mindblowing and hard to describe - almost like a shimmering, mineral-ness. Reminds me of a very very fine champagne almost with the fine bubbles and shimmering effervescence

M - The BEST mouthfeel of any belgian ale imo. I don't think any other brewery has accomplished what these guys have - the dryness yet with such body and flavor and abv is truly a triumph. Very sharp and totally awe inspiring.

D - I could drink these with no problem even with the high abv. In fact, i've been known to sit and drink a whole 4 pack by myself in an evening - awesome awesome awesome brew. The dryness which is so beautiful keeps the beer totally drinkable and never boring or tiring.

World class and a triumph of modern brewing technology. I would classify this beer as one of the top 3 in the entire world.

 1,730 characters

Photo of ccoppel
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of t-rav
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Acoke
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,904 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.