Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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95
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7,949 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:
7,949
Reviews:
2,841
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
470
Gots:
1,626
For Trade:
5
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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

Photo of siebevl
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deltoro
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that makes you wonder why you drink other things. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Absolutely gorgeous thick creamy head and great lacing. Fragrant sweet smell. Lovel sweet spice taste. Nicely refreshing. Great beer!

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Photo of Curt3
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Estria
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Clear pale gold, two fingers of bright white head, great retention, no lacing.
Aroma - Slightly musty, spicy, lots of yeast.
Taste - Unripened pear, faint grass, thin but delicious bready malt, loads of spice throughout, white pepper, clove, spices bring a refreshing bitterness, yeast has a strong presence. Alcohol has a gentle warmth towards the end and goes perfect with the spice. Finishes dry.
Feel - Medium bodied, loads of fine bubbles, dry finish with soft alcohol warmth.

Overall - Complex, balanced, drinkable, delicious. The world is a better place with this beer in it.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,949 ratings.
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