Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,886 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 redgorillabreath
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll avoid redundancy, considering the number of reviews already here.

To me, this is very, very refined for the style. Nothing is present that doesn't belong or required. The yeast certainly carries the day.

I prefer my beer/ale not too cold, and opened a 750ml bottle at 60F. It gushed. The other bottle which was refrigerated at ~42F did not. Not a complaint, just a commentary on the degree of carbonation. Cheers!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had many Belgium-American beers, but this is my first true Belgium. Duvel is considered the paradigm of the style, and it's easy to see why. First of all, Duvel smell the way a beer should, and the tastes has a distinct and appealing character. This was a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 12/16/16:

Have had this for about a year, from a four-pack. Unfortunately, I didn’t review my first one which I enjoyed back in January, and this is only my second. I am using a Duvel chalice/tulip I managed to pick up recently. Semi-clear, swirling with fine haze, metallic straw gold, capped in three inches of pure white seemingly weightless fluff that suggests effervescence. Moderately tart aromas, of vinegar and phenol, but also influenced by grain and booze. Main flavors are somewhat harsh grain and spiciness (from yeast or brewing spices or both?), strong Band-Aid, some lemony tartness. Balanced by fairly sweet malt and booze. Good but it is still a little too harsh for me, though appropriate for the style. I prefer darker and either more overt fruitiness or spiciness for my Belgians, not so much vinegar or medicinal phenol. Retro-olfaction is my second-favorite thing about this beer, just boozy and slightly spicy. My favorite part is the mouthfeel. Light to medium in body, thin for mere moments but level of fine effervescence passes it off as creamy, warming.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours foggy hazy yellow gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like golden grains, fresh apple, pear, some grapes, sweet malt, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like tart apple, pear, grape, sweet malt, golden grains, with mild earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, soft and creamy with crisp low carbonation. Overall a really great Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There is no argument that this is an impressive beer, beginning with its mighty presence. Beautiful golden yellow with the foamiest, thickest, billowing white head imaginable! Lovely peppery, clove, and subtle sweet aromas carry over perfectly to compliment an earthy and grassy addition in the flavor. Silky smooth, and light enough feeling to make this well balanced beer go down exceptionally well. Overall, this is a world class Belgian golden ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle with freshness date of AUG17 into stein glass.

L: Cloudy gold is the perfect example of a wheat ale, Three finger head is pillowy and sticks around forever. Clumpy lacing.

S: Peppery, clove, almost witbier in aroma with small amount of banana.

T: Very spice prevalent. Lots of clove/coriander and not much hop to it. Too spicy for my palate.

F: Creamy and smooth on the palate. Medium body.

O: Just not my type of beer. Well made.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter is a gold body floating a pillow-y white head. Bottle date: 12 2017
Aroma is sour, I guess it's apple-ish, but at the very least it is yeast.
Flavors include coriander and clove spices, as well as a citrus hint.
Mouth feel is clean and crisp with a dry finish.
This is classic to the style. It's just not mine.

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Photo of Aidenkim
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my favorite beer of all time. I usually like golden beer, and its the best of the best. A crazy foamy head with fruity aromas. Light flavors with high alcohol percentage.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What more can be said, but that this is one of the classiest, classic tripels in the world. Bright and fizzy. Dry and slightly fruity (apples). As my dad once said after I introduced him to his first glass of Duvel: this is like the REAL champagne of beers. And while he is no beer expert, he knew he was drinking something very special, and something worth savoring.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 6/2017
L- gold, clear, with huge fluffy head that turns rocky and slowly dissipates into lacing that literally clings to the glass
S- floral yeasty notes, green apple, with hints of herbs
T- delicate sweet malt, with a strong funky linger, followed by a slightly bitter herbal finish
F- light bodied, crisp carbonation
O- an interesting ale, as it strong (8.5%) but drinks lightly, as the golden color hints to, also interesting tasting as well.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass - the usual massive fluffy white Belgian beer head and lots of lacing - very pale golden colour.

Nose is malty sweet with a hint of spice, a little bready and spicy.

Lovely light spicy palate with some nice bready malt and some spice.

Mouth is good despite the light body - very easy to drink but alcohol coming through - not a hge problem at 8%.

Overall a very well made beer - great balance, complex and very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured--from a 330 ml/11.2 oz short. Relatively newly born--August 2016, so only two months old.

Look--Classic unfiltered cloudy (just beyond hazy) and pale-gold. Big rocky head, more like a wit than a Belgian strong. The head has some serious staying power, and the lacing is creamy and fabulous throughout. This is just a stupdenous-looking beer.

Aroma--Perhaps a bit subdued in the aroma department compared to some of its fellows, but still very complex. Fruity aromas mixed with spice and just-there maltiness.

Taste--The first word that comes to mind, sip after sip, is balance. In every possible way. Malty sweet. And fruity sweet. Yet just-so on the bitterness. There is also an herbal or spice note that combines with a distinctively strong carbonation to provide a dry kick to finish. The alcohol is definitely there, but strictly as a pleasing and additional drying element--no bite or burn.

Feel--Difficult to separately quantify or qualify from the taste, because it is such a strong component of that aspect. Wonderful carbonation and warming booziness provides a fine drying finish to a complex flavor. "Crisp" doesn't do this justice.

Overall--Everything that makes me favor the Belgian/Flemish approach to brewing is here and then some. If you haven't--you must and soon.

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Photo of twage04
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky gold with a big foamy head and high carbonation. Aroma is a little spicy or funky but not out of the ordinary for a Belgian golden. Taste was much of the same with a candy like sweetness while still being dry and crisp. I had read a bit about this beer and my expectations were a bit off as this was very subtle and there was no heavy handed funkiness like you might get from some other beers fermented with Brett. All in all this was a very easy to drink, balanced, enjoyable beer. One of the few beers I've had where the flavor has been very interesting and fulfilling while not being over the top.

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Photo of kevintaraross
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BELGIAN GOLDEN ALE. 750 ml. Best by 09-2017. Bought in Septmber 2016.
FIRST POUR TASTE - ahh just OK. Maybe cause I'm not a fan of the Pilsners base?

Second half of the bottle - grew on my taste buds. Like drinking a dry Champagne-ish beer - if there is such a thing.

In any case - Duvel is co-brewed at OMMEGANG (spelling?) brewery in Cooperstown SO that is an AWESOME THING!!!!

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Photo of daydesiang
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma malt, yeast and fruity. Golden color with a white head. High carbonation. Malty, wheat, fruity taste, finishes with slight bitterness and sourness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow and gold pour, bright, white head 3/5" deep. Aroma was of fusel like alcohol, or it just didn't hide the normal abv. Either way, hot stuff.

Same with the taste, super amount of alcohol and phenolic yeast. Bitterness is higher than desired. So much of that phenolic spice rack going on. The citric acidity in the mouthfeel seems to bring out the alcohol and sting even more.

Throw me in the unpopular opinion thread, but in Murica, we want our pale ales to have more discernable barley and hops as opposed to yeast and alcohol. YMMV.

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Photo of grandcentral
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Muted gold with a frothy white head. Clouds and settles quickly. Head does not dissipate.
S: Bright, open, hints of lemon and bread.
T: Again, quite light and airy. Bitter. You wouldn't know it's 8%. Very easy to drink.
F: Very effervescent, very dry.
O: Delicious Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft into a duvel tulip in Brussels.

Look is a hazy golden with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma is a biscuity malt with estery yeast.

Taste is light and zingy. Little lemon tartness with some amazing malt backbone.


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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright light yellow with a foamy white head
S: sweetness, yeast, malt, hops...raw ingredients
T: sharp green apple sweetness, but the hoppy bitterness balances it out. Very tasty
F: smooth and easy drinking, I don't taste the 8% abv

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - 5 | cloudy golden straw, 2 finger head that doesn't dissappear and bubbles forming on the glass.

Smell - 4.5| fresh bread, cherries plums and clove and nutmeg

Taste - 4.75 | clove, plum, bread, pepper, pine bitterness. Finnish dominated by pine.

Feel - 4.5 | medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish

Overall - 4.75

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Photo of Pontzie
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: The pale yellow beer with a hazy tint was amazing in appearance. Everything that a good Belgian Pale Ale should be.
S: Bright and lemony. Made me feel like summer in a Belgian field
T: Surprisingly the taste was very straightforward. Lemony with nice bitter hops. The alcohol seemed to disappear.
F: Lively carbonation. Alcohol was hidden. A very dry finish.
O: Excellent Belgian Pale Ale. Have had beer with a deeper flavor profile.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice dry, punchy Belgian golden ale. 330ml bottle poured deep yellow with a large pillow head. I got notes of malt, candy sugar, lemon and something like dried banana chips (?). Paired well with a thin crust eggplant pizza.

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

Spicy and juicy aroma. White pepper, lemons. Szechuan peppercorn, kumquats, vanilla, clove. A hint of bubblegum. Chamomile. Unripe pear. Somewhat earthy. Spice forward, not overly fruity.

Pours clear gold with massive frothy white head. Gushed a little. Endless retention and sticky lacing.

Bitter apple, pear, Szechuan peppercorns. Meyer lemons and honey. Dry crackery malt. A hint of bread dough. Juicy and almost tart. Spicy, bitter hops. A touch of banana. Lemon peel and spices linger on the palate.

Light body, super heavy carbonation. Bone dry. A certain silky mouthfeel.

Nothing else like it. Pair it with Ma Po Tofu.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well ,this is review number 3,000 for me. It has been a wonderful 7.25 years 0n this site, and I really appreciate the world of beer it has opened up to me. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, fruit. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, alcohol makes it presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 mL bottle (best before "08-2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright, pale golden yellow. Towering clouds of lasting, white sudsy foam, thick and creamy - almost like whipped cream - coats the glass with clumpy lace. Visibly effervescent.

Smell: Bright lemon zest, apple peel, fresh baguette, delicately spicy yeast.

Taste: Complex layers of malty grains, fruity esters, honey, black pepper, balancing bitterness and slight bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Possibly the best looking beer I've ever poured from a bottle. Complex and flavorful - a classic.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,886 ratings.
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