Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,928 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Golden and pale yellow with the nicest head in all of beerdom. Great clarity. Honestly, I've seen it matched by a couple other Belgians, but this is basically the best looking beer ever. Carbonation not only comes from all over the glass, but shoots up in an intense stream from the laser etching at the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S - Pale, grainy malt is dominant. Light, musky, slightly lemony hops are there, joined by spicy notes from the yeast, along with some green apple.

T - The malt is upfront, with lots of lively spicy, lightly peppery notes. There's some fruitiness as well, though it's less discernible than in the aroma. The hops contribute an underlying, slightly musky herbal bitterness that really seems to cling, despite the carbonation.

MF - The insane amount of carbonation makes this the most lively beer I've ever had. It just exploding across the tongue with each sip. It gives the impression of a nice, light body. It's just really fun to drink.

D - While the carbonation makes this great to look at and fun to drink, it also makes it pretty filling. Given that, one is enough; I'd prefer less carbonation if I wanted a second. At the same time, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden in flavor, and the light mouthfeel just reinforces it.

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Photo of ReFill31
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A : The beer itself in its glass is really beautiful! A lot of foam with excellent retention and a nice ring on the glass. There is about 2 inches of foam on top of the beer. The beer has a nice pale yellow color with little carbonation.
We cannot serve Duvel in another glass than its own!

S : Some light hops, some cereals, and a little bit of alcohol in the end. We can smell also some bananas. Really appealing.

T : Some light hops,some citrus taste and earthy note from the malt. There is also some alcohol in the end but not in a bad way.

M : Very enjoyable, Some carbonation, the foam that stays on top adds something else.

D : Although it is a high ABV (8%) it can lose points... But this beer is so enjoyable that I could easily drink many of those (not on the same night though). I will always some back to this one, as it is one of my favorites!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pale golden color that is quite see through, with about 3 fingers of white foam and a lot of retention. Moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of bananas, citrusy hops, yeast, and hints of spice.

t - Tastes of citrusy hops, bready malts, and banana.

m - High carbonation and light body.

d - A decent belgian that is readily available in grocery stores. I would agree with others that this could be a good gateway beer for people looking to get into Belgians, but I don't think it is as good as some others I've had. Thought the high carbonation hurt it a little bit, but still a nice beer that I'd have again.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold, ridiculously huge white head. Took almost ten minutes to get the head to settle enough. Aroma of yeast, bread and touch of banana and spice. Little sweet followed by funky Belgian yeast finish. Little lingering bitterness. A very solid Belgian golden, but just not really my thing.

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

750ml corked deal - found it on the top shelf, hidden behind about twenty other bottles of "Arrogant Bastard Ale" - was the last one left in stock. I put it in the fridge and then decided, after twenty minutes that I had made a mistake. Uncorked at about 60deg. F and was blown away...

Pour - frothy, thick, four fingers of creamy, tiny bubbles. Color is golden, crisp and vibrantly yellow, almost flourescent - pour SLOWLY (as directed).

Nose - hoppy, crisp with a very nutty undertone. Smells like spring time in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Taste - a dull malty start leads to a cocophony of strong citrus, mineral and organic flavors. Notes of parsely, coriander and lemon rind fill out a palate worthy of the most finely tuned taste buds. This beer could make even the most timid bow down and say uncle...Impressive is the only word that comes to mind. There is a reason this was on the top shelf, in the back, hidden behind the rest...someone was out in their car scratching together change to get it.

Mouth - smoothe and biting, a great summer beer. I may have found a new favorite. As the danes say "Skol!"

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 limited release 3000ml corked and caged bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very clear and golden color with lots of nice champagne like bubbles and a small white head with some mild lacing. Nose is a bit boozy but has a nice hop finish

Taste is very crisp, and smooth, there's a light booziness but it desnt seem anything like 8.5% it seems much lower and is super drinkable. As a 2 year old bottle it obviously ages very well.

330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip, says best by 2013.

This looks amazing in it's glass, nice big 3 finger head with a clear yellow straw color with a really cool stream of bubbles up from the etched D on the bottom. Really nice big thick lacing unlike any other beer. Nose is breast, yeasty, citrus, light sulfur and sharp hoppy notes.

Taste is very yeasty and bready it's hoppy but not in the American way, the Saaz is similar to a pilsner but different. There isn't another beer like this, it's got sulfur and pilsner malt but with the Belgian yeast it's quite different from a pilsner. Super dry finish with a sharp bitter finish. Huge mouthfeel with lots of carbonation that's very similar to Westmalle triple. Very drinkable - no idea this is 8.5% as i said
before. Great beer and worth every penny especially if you can find the gift pack with a free glass.

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Photo of deathcab
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful beer, almost looks like champagne.

S: Citrusy the alcohol is barely noticeable.

T: Great taste, full of carbonation..good, solid aftertaste with some alcohol.

M: Carbonation is the main thing i'm feeling.

D: Only downside to the beer, you could get drunk rather quickly off of these.

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Photo of GaryKing28
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(review from a 330ml bottle . Drank in a Duvel Tulip)
Duvel has been a "go to" beer for me for some years.
I consider Duvel to be a loyal ally . A damn good piece of Belgian brewing construction.
Duvel is an excellent "gateway" beer for people starting out in good beer .
It resembles a Pils in appereance , so novice beer drinkers are at ease with it.
When presented in its legendry tulip ,how could you say no?. It looks fantastic.
Big foamy top ,above glowing yellow base.
The aroma is estery ,with banana , apple and pear . Citrusy noble hops,with some pepper corn vibez.
Drinking this is damn refreshing and dangerously fun. Very dry ,fruity(esters mentioned in the aroma)..peppery ,spicy hops are alcoholic and cloying to your mind.
Light backbone sweetness.
Duvel is flavoursome , refreshing and dangerously easy to drink.
A classic.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow color with a very generous four-finger foamy white head. Excellent retention. Plenty of visible carbonation. Very good lacing/head "stick"

Smell: Smells or bubblegum. Banana, cloves, cinnamon scents as well. A mild sweetness.

Taste: An earthy malt taste, with mild banana and clove flavors. Some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation bite and tingle. Very filling.

Drinkability: A very good Belgian ale. Incredible head. Spicy Belgian spices, with an earthy maltiness. You don't notice the alcohol, but it creeps up on you.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of MikeGill
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle "unhurriedly" poured into a couple of white wine glasses.

Cloudy bright gold with an enormous chunky head which looked like whipped cream. Smells like lemon pastry and apple skin. Plenty of sour yeast on the nose.

Bold with big time ale roundness juxtaposed with crisp quinine-like freshness. Alcohol is well integrated. Flavors of orange and spices like coriander are generous and there is also a subtle note of lemon verbena. Finishes dry and somewhat grainy.

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

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a 1-1/2 inch white head. Very foamy with an impressive lace. Some cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - citrusy-floral aromas with some very light hops. Not a lot of malt to detect - has a very witbier quality to it.

Taste - sweet and bready with a heavy dose of nutmeg and citrus thrown in. A delicate hop bitterness on the finish with a cider-like dry quality to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty active throughout, both with the carbonation and the citric-acid/hop qualities. Not really smooth but interesting.

Drinkability - you would be silly to have more than a few of these and the price is a little prohibitive as well. Still an enjoyable offering and worth a try.

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

Look: Pale golden color, massive fluffy head with excellent retention & lacing

Smell: Apple, Belgian yeast, alcohol

Taste: Up Front: Strong bite, hops. Finish: Spicy, bready, and fruity

Mouthfeel: Super clean and highly carbonated, with a very dry finish

Drinkability: One of the few Belgians you can pound, not that you'd want to

Overall Impression: It's a CLASSIC Belgian Pale Ale. Need I say more?

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Photo of colts9016
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A very thick two finger head that is solid, foamy, and creamy. The head in color is ivory and has really good retention. The color of the beer is medium straw with amber, orange and copper hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some yeast floating The head on the beer beer leaving a beautiful lacing pattern.

Nose: A rich fresh floral aroma teases the nose. The aromas are floral esters, citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemons), a rich phenol note, light toasted biscuit malt, hints of solvents and yeast.

Taste: a vibrant fresh floral flavor, grapefruit, lemon, orange, light toasted biscuit, and yeast.

Overall: Mouth feel is bright, light, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish medium full.This is a really good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking. The flavors were just wonderful and put together.

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Photo of Thur123
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured unhurriedly into a flute. Lots of swirling carbonation and three solid finger s of thick creamy head. I did actually try to make this an unhurried pour and I still got this maelstrom of bubbles going on. The color is a clear golden body with no yeasty haze. The smell is funky yeast and something that reminds me of fresh fish or fish scale for some reason. There's also a slight cereal or grain smell in addition to a thin hop presence.

Glug glug glug

The taste is fruity, reminding me of bananas and fresh red apple in addition to a spicy blend of flavors that adds a bit of heat to this. That flavor may also be the yeast, which also adds a kind of bread like funk to the whole thing...something like sourdough. Also I'm reminded of raspberries for some reason. Overall the mouth feel is crisp and not too watery with a consistency something like a wheat beer. Very good, but not as mind blowing the second or third time, but still very well done.

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Photo of Luff
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pale straw colored with a large thick white head.

S: Yeast and bread, fruit maybe apple.

T: First a bite from the carbonation followed by subtle hops, spice, bread, hints of fruit, finishes sweet then dry.

M: Highly carbonated but not overly so. Great body for a light beer.

D: Exceptionally easy to drink, my glass empties quickly. This is a beer that lives up to its reputation. Try it if you haven't!

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

Poured into the signature Duvel tulip a golden yellow with a massive creamy/frothy/awesome head. It seems to stall in time and retain better than any other beer head. It is of white color and leaves blankets of thick lacing. I have never seen one centimeter lacing before this beer. Smell is mostly Belgian yeast and breadiness to me. A good amount of citrus, probably from hops comes through in the nose also. The standard dark fruits gets into the mix too. Taste is a great balance of flavors. I get a lot of yeast/breadiness. The dark fruit and belgian typical spices are nice. There is a citrus peel hoppy bitterness aspect that I really like. These are greatly balanced to almost perfection. A really nice laid-back belgian strong pale. Moderate body and carbonation suit the flavor balance well. The beer coats the tongue with the citrus peel bitterness. A tiny bit of warmth feels good also. I could session this and the 8.5% ABV is hidden amazingly. This is definitely one of the better Belgian beers I have had. The price is a bit much for me right now but I understand why it is that way. The citrus bitterness might get to me after a few of these, good beer worth trying.

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Photo of Prostman81
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply a fantastic beer. Well crafted doesn't do this one justice. Everything from the sturdy bottle, to the well made duvel tulip, to the carbonation & clarity of the beer, and to the amazing taste has been well thought out and executed. One of my favorite aspects of this is the appearance of the beer, which isn't at all indicative of the flavors contained therein. Tasting provides flavors of Belgian pilsner malt, the Saaz hops, and the unique tart/pear-like flavor that comes from the yeast strain used. Just a hint of alcohol lets you know that this is a serious beer, but is so well blended that it is hardly noticeable. Completely refreshing, could be had at any time of the year. Definitely a must try if you haven't ever picked this one up.

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

A: Straw colored, slightly hazy, lots of carbonation, effervescent. The head looks like cumulus clouds. What a great looking beer!

S: Malt, slight funk (in the best way), Belgian yeast

T: This beer is delicious and wonderful in its complexity. The pilsner malts really add a special touch to this unique brew. The flavors are balanced very well. I taste a slight funkiness, that typical Belgian yeast flavor I enjoy so much, and a clean, pilsner-like finish and aftertaste.

M: Crisp carbonation, ABV hidden well, nice long aftertaste. You can take your time with a bottle of Duvel.

D: An awesome beer that I'll always look forward to having.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very very light golden yellow with a nice foamy head and excellent lacing.

The smell is very bready/yeasty with hints of banana and other fruits.

Taste-wise, the alcohol is pretty strong as expected and you taste it. It has a watery quality to it, but that is the initial flavor. Your tongue is bombarded with lots of bready, malty, alcoholy awesomeness!

Excellent brew!

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Photo of DNICE555
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip.

A - Sparkly straw color. Looks beautiful. Golden delicious.

S - Lemony Belgian yeast stink. Almost smells like a Chiquita banana.

T - Tangy lemony grassy yeasty belgian. Not as bready as most Belgians I have had.

M - Light and slightly warming in the finish. Smoothest Belgian I have ever tasted. Nice twang to it.

D - Soooo well balanced.

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Photo of VTaler
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - It looks like shitty macro beer with a little nicer head.
S - Grapefruit is the prominent smell followed by yeast
T - Tastes a lot like champagne. Overall not what i was expecting. It does not taste like a normal belgian beer. Grapefruit and orange are primary flavors.
M - Very fizzy and light body
D - incredibly drinkable

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Photo of pvsob
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold/straw color with a solid two-finger head (white). Head is meringue-like. Great retention and leaves outstanding lacing. A beautiful beer!

S- Pilsener malt, banana, clove, light hops, and Belgian yeast. Hints of pear/apple.

T- On par with the aroma characteristics, but the yeast and hops help create a spicy, slightly bitter finish. Little to no alcohol presence, but half way through the chalice you definitely start to feel a mellow buzz.

M- Medium feel with moderate-high carbonation that cleanses the palate and makes you ready for another sip.

D/O- I really enjoy a good pilsener, whether it be German or Czech, so this is probably my ideal beer. Add into that the traits of the Belgian yeast and I'm a happy imbiber. Bottom-line: This is just a great beer, easy to find, and reasonably priced. There's a reason this brew gets so many great reviews; it delivers on all aspects of what a world renowned beer should have. I've been drinking this gem for years and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Get it in ya. Cheers.

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Photo of tjinohio
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer to look at. Great color, wonderful head and lacing. However, I found it a bit lacking in other categories. The bouquet is extremely subtle. The taste was full and alcoholic, both good things in my book, but doesn't last. The mouthfeel was okay. I would have liked a little more carbonation. Nevertheless, it is a very easy, drinkable beer. But, for me, not one I would go out of my way for.

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

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip from a 750 ml corked bottle.

This beer looks absolutely perfect when you pour it. A nice white mountain of foam sits atop a very light, golden, pale colored beer with bubbles flowing up from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Heaven in a glass.

The smell might be the best part of this beer. I was smelling it forever trying to find out what fruit smells i could decipher and after a while i decided that it smells like apples and strawberries. Maybe even like pears and bananas at the end? There is also that Belgian bitter yeast smell floating around in there, mmh! I love this beer way too much.

The taste is just beyond words. It is a strong beer and alcohol is evident in every sip. The malts definitely take the back seat in this beer, but hey that is completely fine. Its not like you cant taste the delicious pilsner malts, they just complement the hops and the yeast perfectly. The beer is perfectly hoped, not so much that it outshines the yeast, but not so little that you cant taste them. The only way that i can describe what this beer does to my taste buds is that it gives them multiple orgasms. Its perfect in every way!

The beer is pretty carbonated, i would compare it to champagne after it has been sitting out for a little while. You just never want this beer to leave your mouth... ever. Its light, but fills your mouth flavor at the same time.

This beer is all too drinkable and goes way too fast.

Its is a bit spendy for my budget, but when i get the craving for Duvel, nothing can satisfy me but Duvel.

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Photo of csais75
2.84/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A heavy blonde beer you can find everywhere in Belgium or in France. Classical smell fot that kind of beer. In fact I must admit that subtlety is not his first quality. In my opinion it is has a conventional aspect. Okay to drink but overestimated in my opinion.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,928 ratings.
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