Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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7,942 Ratings
Duvel Belgian Golden AleDuvel Belgian Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,942
Reviews:
2,840
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
469
Gots:
1,624
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 7,942 |  Reviews: 2,840
Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a fat-bottomed tulip
L- Surprisingly it is clear when coming out of bottle but settles into a hazy, muted gold when in glass. Has good carbonation with a thin white head sitting on top.
S- Spice, clove, cinnamon, garlic, lemon zest, peach, parsley, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, grass. Very complex.
T- Similar to notes as smell. Nice balance between sweet and spice with a nice creaminess carrying it to the finish.
F- Incredibly smooth and bounces on your taste buds.
O- A well balanced, quality beer that is rightfully a classic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a golden bronzed yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head, somewhat fizzy but holding. Once it fell off, sly messy lace ran around my glass.
The aroma had a beautiful blend of sweet grass, Belgian yeasty/breadiness, light clove, floral hop bits, touch of herbal and some light Belgian candied fruits.
The flavor blended wonderfully between the sweetness to the spice and creating a well blended smooth aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian strong ale always lovely to have at practically any time of the year.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Between the Heineken, Grolsch and the Abinbev beers always the winner; Fresh, light maltic acid and tart sweet, beautiful bitter edge and the famous Gisttoon

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle BB 8/2017 poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp 8.5% ABV (allowed to warm 30 minutes.) The beer pours a mildly hazy orange yellow color with prolific off white head. Lacing is strong from top to bottom. The aroma as this warms is apple, pear and slight generic Belgian smells. The flavor is fruity with mild tartness playing off sharp carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated and finishes dry. Overall, very good. I'm not sure the age of this but I believe this is best enjoyed fresh. It's nice, but not worth the premium over some craft options.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rexyphi
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weaker in comparison to other Belgian, both in ABV and "back of mouth" flavor. Frothy head and clear, golden color, but lacking in distinctive "image" that other slow brewed beers have. Great taste and overall great beer, just slightly off the pace car.

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Photo of RMW66
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the stubby 330 ml bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours cloudy golden with a 1 in. thick puffy white head, that leaves a thin layer resting on the beer throughout the drink. Nice wispy lacing around the glass. Great Belgian smell - tart and spicy. Tastes sweet and tart, with apple, apricot and pepper. Light mouthfeel and moderately carbonated. A rare treat.

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

A very interesting beer featuring a complex bouquet of yeasty, spice and fruit flavors. Very delicate on the palate, and the high alcohol content does not give this a boozy aftertaste. One of these days I will have to do a head-to-head comparison with Orval, which is a very similar Belgian ale, to see which one I like the best. I hope I like Duvel better because it is a lot cheaper than Orval.

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Photo of MikeNatalie
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Strohm
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Holderness
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I've had whose head actually *increases* in size in the minutes following the pour. Looks like a highly effervescent champagne. Head is big, pillowy, and solid white. Awesome retention and moderate lacing. Grains, mild malts, and some yeast esters on the nose. Taste is much more doughy, with the same AAL-like graininess I picked up on in the aroma. Crisp mouthfeel, a little puckering on the finish. Overall very refreshing summertime sipper, but because of the importing/shipping costs, the price is pretty prohibitive in MA at ~$16/4-pack. Better without bottom sediment mixed in

85/100

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden yellow with huge foamy head. Smells of ripe bananas, pear, a little orange and grapefruit, a little spice and yeast and wheat. Goes down absolutely smooth with no alcohol detected despite being over 8%. Taste follows the nose, with a nice little bready biscuity taste as well and a slight hop bitterness. Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation that adds to the crispness and cleanness. No unpleasant aftertaste though it does finish dry. Nearly perfect.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atg1095
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraftDaddy
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BNarc
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nedster10
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,942 ratings.
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