Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,891 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

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

I have awoken late at night, from a terrible nightmare, in the past. I dreamt that Duvel could no longer be imported to the US. WOW, what an awful dream, just plain awful. This beer is almost indescribable. It seduces you with fruity and spicy aromas and flavors, yet every drink begs another, until the 4 pack that you bought is gone. And, of course you're incapacitated on the floor from the 8.5 ABV. Think of a heavy bodied beer, how it tastes/feels, then somehow make it as easy to drink as iced tea. Amazing, but be careful, your wallet and your liver do pay the price!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this after sharing some Kwak at a Christmas party, what a difference! Pours a hazy straw color with a big puff of pure white head. Enticing aromas of fresh bread, yeasty must, cloves, banana, and cotton candy. Oohh baby, this is good! Doughy malts, yeast, clove and pepper, banana, yellow raisens, and rock candy. Sweet without tasting sugary. Quite complex and warming, alcohol not obvious. Light to medium bodied with a tight, bubbly mouthfeel. Very well done, it makes the Kwak look like an amature offering. More please!

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Photo of mrfosters
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Devil,huh ? Well come on in.This belgian poured a bright clear gold with a wonderfully foamy head that left heavy lacing all the way down,The champagne -like carbonation was a definite plus.This looked just beautiful sitting there in my goblet.Both aroma and flavor were subtley citrucy and spicy with slight hints of clove and banana.Overall, full bodied and extremely smooth.This one is definitely a keeper.

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

Happy Christmas to me. I found a 750 ml bottle of this for sale at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois, right in time for Christmas Eve dinner. Ho ho ho.

Sunshine colored. Cloudy. Pretty, blank white head. Very nice.

It smells like candy fruit, only not in the too-sweet icky way that candy fruit can smell. This is old, like grandma's candy jar. Fizzy yeast that tickle the nose. Nice

Bit hit of fruity yeast upfront. Nice. Followed by a really juicy citrus BANG that is from either the malt or the hop--I can't tell. There is a really nice alcohol dryness at the end.

The mouthfeel is what takes the cake. It's like I'm tasting the stars. Or wait--that's a bit of a trite simile. It's umm, like, what that kid whose stomach exploded from mixing coke and pop rocks must have felt like before the horrible pain of an exploding organ kicked in. Fabulous.

Despite the high alcohol content, I should have no problem finishing off this bottle.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/22/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- Small stubby 11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden coloring, huge foamy at first, then creamy head, above average lacing throughout.

Smell- Mostly some sweet fruit scents. Maybe a tad bit of alcohol. A nice mouthwatering smell.

Taste- Very sweet and sugary fruitiness. Some bitter hops and a light tinge of medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel- This is one damn carbonated beer. Way to much for me. Took me about an hour to suck down this bottle, which was good because the taste came out a bit more as the carbonation went down.

Drinkability- If I let this one sit for an hour before drinking it would have been better. The carbonation is about the only drawback in this beer for me. Otherwise it would be one of my top 10 probably. Very tasty.

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

I must recommend that you have the proper glassware for this one, otherwise you are in for a difficult pour. Pours a clear golden into the Duvel glass with half the glass being a fluffy, pillowy, meringue-like head that gets thicker with time and laces like nobody's business. Smells slightly sour and clovey. Taste was a spicey light malt with a long dry finish, very complex, sometimes varying with the bottle. Mouthfeel was rather smooth and dry. The high ABV is very well hidden. This is a very good and easy to find beer, and quite an experience visually. I must find a Duvel glass for home use.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sin in a glass. Anything this good must be sinful and will send you straight to hell. And I don't care. Sending me to hell is worth it for this magnificent brew. Poured into a large sniffter, this beer appears to be clear. It's a golden honey, clear colour. But no, that's an optical illusion. It appears clear, but it's actually quite cloudy. I couldn't see through the glass like I thought I could. Large, puffy, five finger head that ever so slowly settles down to three. Lace abounds the glass like etched artwork. I wonder, how can this look any better? Simply put, it can't. Such a delicate aroma. Spices, peppers, sweet and pale malts, juicy apples, ripe pears, and an almost juicy hop bitterness. Tastes just as good as it smells. Starts out with a bready maltiness, mingled with a pepper and spice taste that tingles the tongue. Middle is very fruity. Dry apples, pears, and just a touch of sourness. Citrus maybe? Leaves with a spicy bitterness, with still a bit of sweet and juicy fruit. Damn, what a mouthfeel. Smooth, thick and creamy. Excellent drinkability. Can be savoured and quaffed. An excellent thirst quencher as well. A beer worthy of respect. If ever I find an LCBO that stocks this, I'll pick up every damned bottle they have.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a light golden color,,man is this stuff carbonated.Major head and i poured it slowly,,unbelievable amount of carbonation coming up the glass.Smell is sweet,,nothing outstanding.Taste is remarkably light but pleasant considering its alcohol content.Nice mouthfeel.Overall a nice beer,ill have to get a true tulip and re-review.Major lacing thruout the glass still present as i finish the beer.

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

330 ml bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a huge foamy white head that just fits into my Duvel glass. Clumps of lace left on the side of the glass. Constant flow of bubbles from the D etched into the bottom. Malty aroma with lemon and grass. Big, sweet malty flavor. Finishes crisp and hoppy. High level of carbonation. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden. One of the first good beers I tried, and one I still often come back to.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the pioneers of classic beers of belgium is Duvel and for me one of the best too! What a wonderfull and everlasting foam, great colour and that together with a wonderfull nose make this beer great without even tasting it. Nose is most hops& malt and hardly any yeastsmell. Nice and clean taste wich is mostly malt with a nice dry aftertaste of fine hops. One that I go for and I would recomend to relax and just enjoy the great taste that beer can have

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Photo of ElGordo
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice, slightly cloudy golden hue with a frothy, stark white head that's going nowhere fast. The head also seemingly defies the laws of physics - it sits unevenly on the beer, asymmetrically dipping into the beer around the rim. Tough to explain, but it really doesn't look like something that should occur in normal gravity.
Beautiful, near-perfect aroma of muscadine grapes, pears, Belgian yeast, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is a little understated. Like a typical Belgian blonde, the palate is dominated by yeast, a touch of light malt, and a fleeting sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little foamy. Still, very drinkable. A wonderful Belgian ale.

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Photo of arizcards
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle at Papago Brewing for $2.25.

This brew poured a huge head that is a cloudy golden color. The head is left behind quite distinctly on my glass. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is heaven on earth! A seamless blend of malts, hops, and an unnoticeable high ABV creates one spectacular beer! It is very lively on the palate and very fulfilling for a golden ale. Despite the high ABV one can sip this thing of perfection all night long! Talk about your value beers, this is one of the most complete beers I have had for an outstanding price!

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

I first had Duvel years ago after a store owner told me about it. I have to admit I was intrigued by the high alcohol at first. The taste was so far out there and unique I loved it immediately. I dont have regular access to it so when I saw the gift pack of 4 bottles and a glass I jumped on it.

Pours a gorgeous golden color with a head so thick you need a spoon. You could even float a bottle cap on it Jim Koch!!! Great lacing all the way down the glass. If it wasnt for the huge head I would think BUD-really!!!

Wonderful aroma. Sulphury. Phenolic. Earthy. Woody. Spicy. Extremely complex. Black pepper essence.

Extremely citrusy flavor. Spicy notes. Yeasty. Malty with a tart finish.

Body is extremely complex as well. The beer is very "bright" on the tongue. Somewhat sweet at first but dries out quickly.

An amazing brew. My first all 5s. I have had this over the years and it ranged from "eh" to wow!!! This is a great beer all around. I wish I could find it more often. Truely a classic.

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Photo of KoG
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Little stubby bottle foamed like a rabid dog upon opening. Poured it into the glass and came out with a nice pale yellow that resembles a witbier. Tons of white head that leaves good lacing and doesn't go away.

Smell is not overpowering and slightly sweet. Fruity smell of apple cider and fresh apple peel with a bit of grain.

Taste was clean, crisp, and refreshing. No trace of the 8.5% abv anywhere around and not overtly bitter or sour, slightly swet.

Mouth is amazing. Rich, creamy, and well carbonated. goes down smooth as silk.

If not for the 8.5% abv, this would be awesome for extended sessions.

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

Pours a pale golden color with a huge head that stays forever. The lacing stuck to the entire glass for the duration. The head looks like a fluffy cloud after the beer sits a while, nice.

Smell is of wheat, banana, yeast and slight alcohol.

Taste is very nice, clove, banana, lemon, yeasty, with a slight bitter, dry, hop finish. My,my,my this is lovely.

Mouthfell is great smooth, velvety, (did I say the most smooth and refreshing beer ever) medium bodied with excelent carbination, small bubbles.

Drinkability is incredible, I could put these away all night. The alcohol is nicely balanced with the malt and hops.

This is the best example of this style that I have tried. Duvel is smooth and deceiving. This beer will sneak up on you and kick you in the arse. It is sooo smooth and tasty, you won't notice the alcohol until the Duvel boot is planted forcefully on your backside.

Great, Great Beer!!!!

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

Pours an absolutly stunning Golden Yellow with a huge pillowy white head that seems to linger forever, and leaves tons and tons of thick white lacing all the way down the side of the goblet. Maybe one of the best looking beers I have ever poured.

Smelled of a heavy honey and citrus flavors with a nice creamy maltiness coming through.

Tasted as it smelled with a heavy sweet honey malt flavor mixing well with a zesty citrus and wheat flavors that is quickly balanced nicely by the decent earthy hops.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and pleasant which lends to a very good drinkability on this yummy belgian.

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

This is the quintessential Belgian Beer. Yes, it's way too commercial and too popular, but, really, there's a reason for that. It embodies all the characteristics of Yum City. The pour into its own tulip is a golden body with a thick pillowy head even with a slow, unhurried pour. I love making it froth and almost escape from the glass. Huge, thick feathery down lacing along the glass. Scent is sugar and spice and everything nice. Well, just spice and sweetness wafting forth. Taste is a bomb of spiciness and bitternessa dn finishing off slightly bitter with a warm sweetness and ending with the hops. I have to mark down mouthfeel only because the bubbles are occasionally intrusive. They fill the mouth and you really have to fight them to taste the beer and then it's over and you have the nicest hops and spice coating your tongue... I really could drink this all night. Bring a couple of four packs or a few 750's and you've got the perfect night.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this once before and was unimpressed. But then I had it in the proper galss and it made a world of difference.

Duvel pours a beautiful cloudy yellow colour with a huge head. It looks like someone dropped a big chunk of merengue in my beer. I had Mike Meyers come over to make fun of it so it would cry itself to sleep on it's huge pillow.

You'd think that this would make it difficult to drink, but when you use the correct glass, the head moves back into the bulbous part, revealing a nice fruity, wheaty brew.

Still not amazing, but much, much better than drinking it out of a normal chalice.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I poured this into my Duvel goblet "Trusty", it poured a nice honey/gold color w/ a nice large foamy head that SLOWLY dissipated, and appears to be a medium to full bodied beer.

UPon smell, I had a hard time distinguishing anything major, but I found it to be malty w/ a slight belgian fruitiness (if that makes any sense)- citrus maybe.

Taking the first sip, I caught some pale malts w/ honey, and even some light hops flavor w/ some fruitiness that I was not able to distinguish what fruit it was. However, great flavor!

Mouthfeel- the carbonation stings the front of your tongue right away, and the body is more medium than it looked. This even left a pretty pleasant aftertaste. I had 2 bottles due to how drinkable it was!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh Duvel... one of my favorite beers of all time. I cant believe I never got around to reviewing it yet.

It pours a cloudy glowing gold color with torrents of multi-sized bubbles racing to the top. The head is a sight to behold. Its enourmous and lasts forever. It has big bubbles at the base and mocroscopic bubbles at the top that make it look like vanilla ice cream, truly remarkable. It coats the glass with loosely formed rings of thick lace.

The aroma is a delicious blend of bready malts, citrus, floral hops, green apple skins and candy sugar. Theres also an incredible yeast smell thats spicy and typically Belgian. The taste is remarkably hoppy and also very citrusy and malty. Its reminiscent of Orval. The hops are grassy and herbal and the malt has a great perfumey character. The flavor is very full and rounded.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. The finish has an alcohol kick and then a prolonged, intriguing green apple tartness mingled with hoppy bitterness and Belgian yeast. This beer is close to perfect, everyone should try it.

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Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with a very substantial white head which slowly subsides into lots of clingy lacing. Aromatic and appetizing, with plenty of hop flower smell backed by alcoholic spice and yeasty notes. Mellow, subtle, and rounded flavors. The floral and hop bitterness are intertwined and constantly vying for your attention. Very well balanced with neither flavor over-powering the other. A great dry finish which leaves you wanting more. Lovely creamy, yet carbonated body. Very light and easy to drink despite the 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pear gold with very active fine carbonation. The head is simply a marvel to behold; pure white, whipped cream thick, rocky with endless retention. It leaves little foam "icebergs" after a while, although a quick swirl will instantly bring back a perfect head. Wow. Needless to say, leaves thick lacing on the glass wall. For this style, it's just flawless.

Smell: If you had to bottle "Belgian Ale" fragrance, this would be your first choice. Billowing waves of scent first reveal sharp citrus/lemon, pear, and a bit of spiced apple. The "meat" of the scent is an herby, yeasty spiciness with strong notes of clove. As it warms, a caramel maltiness makes itself known.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is suprisingly light and crisp, given the big ABV. The flavor starts spicy, with the usual corriander/clove mix. The body is all sweet candi sugar and caramel malt. The finish sours up with a combination of citrus and bittering hops. Good stuff.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Light, crisp, but also quite complex and flavorful. Really hard to beat.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden champagne color with a huge rocky white head. lots of carbonation. the head lasts and lasts. I could look at this forever.

Aroma: champagne like with some peppery spiciness and some malt in the background. pretty good.

Taste: astringent hops with a good malt backbone that provides a nice texture and good bitterness. Dry, bitter aftertaste with a nice alcohol presence. Wonderfully crisp, bitter, and smooth.

Mouthfeel: crisp but not thin. carbonation is prickly and does a great job.

Drinkability: 8.5% hardly noticeable. I'll definately have another.

Notes: This is a quite enjoyable brew that I could drink every night. I love the hops. The bitterness is just wonderful.

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Photo of rousee
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure blonde gold -honey color with an extremely appealing degree of murkiness. You can almost see the other side of the glass, yet you can't-like a mirage in the desert. Pours one of these fluffy lemon-merengue pie type heads and settles within a few mins. to a speckling of foam on top. Fabulous thick lace is left on the side of the glass with nice consistent rings.

Lemon, honey, sour apples and some maltiness are the things I am getting on my nose when I take a whiff. Very clean and some grassines too.

Taste is just amazing. There is some tart chalky fruitiness up front. It has some stickiness but finishes light and dry. The alcohol is not very strong tasting and this comes in at 8.5%. This is a testament to the expertise of these people. They own Ommegang and I have been buying Ommegang stuff cuz it was 1/2 the price. There's a reason this stuff costs more..(besides being imported)

Mouthfeel is great-Kinda dry but satisfying, warm and clean.
Drinkability -I need to make sure I never have more than 2 or 3 of these bomber bottles laying around or I will simply have to drink them all.

Extra note: Strikes me as being very versatile in combination with a wide variety of food.

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Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black bottle version, aged for atleast 1 year. Humungus, cumulonimbus powder white head over a bubbly, golden straw body. WOW! Smells of tangy, fruity malt, sour apples, light barnyard funkiness. Yeast. Hoppy oil scent as well. Taste and Mouthfeel: tangy, acidic, champagne-like--dry, bubbly. Sweet/sour apples, alcohol, yeast, some farm residue, banana. Delicious! Ample bitterness. Finish is bitter with lingering alcohol and sweetness. A classic that I look forward to having many more times.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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