Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,915 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 barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best before 12/2016, pour unhurriedly. It's been a few years since I had this, so it was definitely overdue for a review.
A - pale golden ale with a towering white head tha holds amazing retention leaving thick lacing down the glass as it slowly fades
S - straw, lemongrass, spicy yeast, faint bubblegum
T - spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, lemongrass, quite sweet
M - effervescent medium body, finishes dry with a slight bitterness
O - better than I remember, but for some reason I'm still not crazy over it. I'll gladly drink it again if the opportunity arises, but I don't see myself seeking it out any time soon.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fluffy nice white head. Good lacing and retention. Golden hazy body. I swirled the yeast and the end of the pour.

Smells fairly complex. I get big vinous white wine notes, like a muscato, sugary white grapes, some grainy malts, light clove and light brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet sugary white grapes, light pepper and white wine. Some grainy malts and a light belgian yeast quality ( fruity and spice). Very sparking white wine like in many ways.

Medium bodied that is broken up with high carbonation. Firmly dry on the finish.

Overall this is a tasty beer. I had high hopes for this one and wasn't disappointed yet wasn't blown away either. I'd pick this up again to age for a few years like this one has.

Best by 05 2015. $4.50 a small bottle.

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

Had this accompanying a great dinner at the Mews in Provincetown with my girlfriend. Great beer to accompany great comapny, atmosphere, and food. If only they had better beers to go with the Duvel...

Appearance- Beautiful beer. Served with a Duvel tulip pint (is there any other way?!!) and happily the waitress didn't attempt to pour this one for me but rather let me do the honors. Massive billowing head off a mild pour. Sparkling golden body with lots of active carbonation. Head sticks around for quite awhile before dying down. Very impressive looking beer as always.

Smell- Very tasty smelling nose. Lots of big accents of bread and yeast primarily. The two scents work perfectly together and create an aroma that smells a little something like fresh baked sourdough. Quite nice.

Taste- Much like the nose, huge yeastiness. Lots of yeast, lots of malt, lots of bread, with just a touch of astringent alcohol bite on the way down to dry the palate and keep you drinking. A bit on the sweeter side, but not overpoweringly so by any means, and probably helps to hide the alcohol. Great flavor and a great example of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very nice with lots of active carbonation, any more and it would be boarding on too much, but I think it's just the right amount. Drinkability is great too for the alcohol content and despite the sweetness. Could have put back a couple of these.

Overall, not my favorite example of the style, but certainly a classic and a great example nonetheless in my opinion. Certainly give it a try if you haven't.

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

Photo of 05Harley
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 07/2011 L0821 16:06

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $8.99/bomber

corked & caged, COOL..

Appearance: Pours a hazey golden color with champagne like suds. The head retention is there along with some artistic lines on the glass. Lacing, oh yeah.

Smell: The nose is spice,hops and lemon. Very fesh aroma.

Taste: A bitter pepper taste with some funk in the backround. I'm picking up a hint of banana in there as well with hop bitterness rounding it out.

Mouthfeel: A crisp clean effervescent experience with a dry finish. A little too ambitious with the carbonation IMO.

Drinkability: I prefer it more during the summer time. The alcohol is well hidden. At 8.5% it definitely deserves a bit of caution.

I appreciate it as a refreshing beer during the summer months, but for me personally it's over carbonated. That being said, it's still a more than worthy interpretation of the style.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the stumpy bottle into a chalice.

Pale gold and somewhat hazy with a head that looks like it belongs in the sky instead of in my glass. Quite effervescent, just looking at it. Leaves a generous web of lace. Quite pretty.

Yeasty aroma with hints of citrus and spice. A little bit earthy. Very inviting.

Tastes sweet up front quickly turning to a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness has a medicinal quality to it, but in a nice way. Alcohol is noticeable, but balances nicely with the other flavours.

The lively carbonation lends a pleasant texture to this beer.

The well balanced alcohol is deadly. I can feel this one bottle going to my head already, but the alcohol is so well balanced I could easily see myself having one to many. This beer is extremely easy to drink. And I feel a little tipsy from a single bottle. Not really a session beer, but so damned tasty and quaffable you wish it was.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light, almost white. Has that classic, massive head. Malty, floral aroma. Flavors of citrus, spices, and aromatic hops. Smooth finsish with a hint of bitterness, with some noticeable spice. Well balanced, medium carbonation. Overall, a classic Belgian.

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

this is the blackmetal beer, so put on your closest darkthrone record and crack this open. this pours pale/cloudy with a big pillow head. its smells mouth watering, pepper, spice, light lemon rind. the taste is a mix of malt, big spice, pepper and lemon all comming together in the most delightful of ways. crisp with big carbonation makes the mouth tingle and it all finishes on a dry note. damn smooth drinkin and big on the alcohol. i really like this. and when i pour it into a chalice it goes great with my gauntlets. (i kid)

paid $6.99 for a 750ml.

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Photo of jables7
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- exactly what the name promises. a great looking golden ale. it has just enough haze.

S- it has a strong, familiar nose. if you've had a belgian beer you've probably smelled this particular combination.

T- i know this is ridiculous but it tastes like what I imagine blue moon was going for. I usually don't like brews from Belgium but this particular version is balanced well enough to make it quite enjoyable

M- not the best I've ever had but substantial enough to hold it's own

O- probably the best Belgian beer that I've ever had. the spice notes are more subdued than most versions I've had. overall it's a well balanced quality brew.

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Photo of Jscheck
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a cloudy lemon with a billowy, pillow head. Smell was grassy with some wheat-like notes...subtle malt undertones. Taste was tart, snappy with a desert-dry finish. Dry, refreshing quality in mouthfeel, surprisingly hiding the 8.5 abv. Drinkability was good...not a guzzler due to dryness..a good choice for a leisurely summer's afternoon.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden color with a large puffy white head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like yeast and spices, and also like pears. It tastes the same way to me, but with more sweetness, spicyness and fruityness to the taste. The mouthfeel is light/medium, with a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Drinkability is good, but not great because of the very high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good beer, but I don't know if I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Duvel in the past, but never reviewed it. Since I just bought a Duvel gift pack for a new glass to replace the one I've broken, I have more Duvel to drink. Poured gently from an 330 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass, leaving most of the yeast in the bottle. Slightly hazy yellow beer with an initial two fingers of snow white fluffy head. Laces nicely as the head dissipates slightly to just over a finger's worth, with the center of the head retaining a little bit of a peak. Plenty of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass keeps the head in place.

Nose is light pale malts that lends to a pleasant sweetness, with a bit of hops to balance it. Fairly strong aroma, aided by the large head. Not overly complex, though.

Taking a sip, the pale malts and hops are present at the tip of the tongue, but the alcohol content helps deliver a nice floral component to the flavor profile. Light biscuity sweetness stays on the tongue after swallowing.

Beer is light bodied, but the small bubbled but active carbonation makes it decently creamy in the mouth. Aftertaste is pleasant and not overpowering. A nice standby to drink that widely available now.

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

Duvel take 2.

Pours a nice pale yellow. Rapid moving carbonation streams emit upwards. Massive white head retains excellently. Smell of light pears, malt sweetness, and spice. Taste upfront is tangy and crisp. Maltyness upfront with a solid spicy hop backbone. Low profile florals. Fruits are there, but only come in lightly. This beer fits the Belgian Pale Ale category perfectly. Duvel is crisp and light on the palate, and is dangerously drinkable.
Duvel is one of the best, much respect goes out to this beer. Definitely recommended.

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

a - pours a bright amber color, fairly hazy, huge fluffy white head with awesome retention and lacing, yeast sediment settles on the bottom

s - big banana, clove and yeast notes in the aroma, lighter hints of bubblegum and mixed spices, not much alcohol in the nose

t - big sweet maltiness up front, lots of spiced banana and yeast, a little hop bitterness mixed in with the strong spicy maltiness on the midpalate, finish is lingering spice and sweet banana with some light notes of alcohol along with a bit of bitterness

m - medium-bodied, good deal of carbonation, but not too much, nicely balanced finish, alcohol warming on the finish

d - pretty drinkable for a strong pale, alcohol is not overpowering though you know it's there, and it's pretty easy on the palat

Very good Belgian strong pale and worthy of the high regard in which it's held.

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

A true classic. Wide, foamy , creamy head, one of the biggest heads I've ever seen. Yeasty smell with peach aromas. The taste starts with a quite sweetish note, dominated by peach aromas, then , about the middle, the yeasts gives more fruity, banana like aromas, and the end is ruled by an surprising hop bitterness.
This beer is , for me, an almost perfect compromise between complexity and drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of rec
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacing and head retention are spectacular, however the colour of the brew is much to be desired. It looks like a cheap pils, thankfully it doesn't taste or smell like one.

Light fruits and spice come through in aroma - specifically, pear, banana and peppers are most noticable. It's a floral, yeasty, fruity champagne - which while not sounding all that attractive, turns out bloody brilliant.

Lighter fruits and alcohol shine in the aftertaste, but are overshadowed by the immediate upfront taste of clove, spice and sweet malts. It feels creamy and exotic and goes down almost too well.

Despite the alcohol content and its high carbonation, it's extremely drinkable, although in my opinion La Chouffe is more so. I'd honestly place it up there with some of the best Belgian Pale Ale's.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- I thought this beer had a nice Champaign look to it with a lot of head, lace bubbles all with a lot of staying power. It is gold with a great straw like hue.

Smell- There is strong malt/grain aroma followed by a grassy bouquet.

Taste- This beer has a strong biscuit and yeasty flavor right off the bat. There is some great sweet malt tones too. All that followed nice balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Somewhere between light and medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice all around style of beer.

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Photo of WalterWalter
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying Duvel. Served from a bottle into a glass goblet, at around 10C. Nice head forms with a relatively non-aggressive pour, dissipating over about a minute to leave a fair bit of lacing that persisted. Nice bright semi-opaque yellow colour with a hint of orange.

Smell and taste are subtle but pleasing. Fruity and sweet, doesn't pack the intense malty-alcohol flavour punch of many other strong Belgian beers, but instead is subtle with sweet / fruity tastes and not much alcohol taste. Bit of hops and some pleasant sourness. I'd describe it as a complex mix of simple tastes - nothing on its own is a particularly novel or interesting flavour, but there are a lot of subtle simple flavours mixed together fairly well. Not as strong in flavour as I would like, however.

Mouthfeel is very interesting; light and frothy, like the fizz from a fizzing candy. Very unique among beers that I have had. Carbonation therefore seems fairly strong, but not biting.

Aftertaste is again very mild with subtle fruits.

This beer has very nice flavours, which are very attenuated compared to more flavourful Belgian strong ales. It reminds me somewhat of St. Bernardus Tripel in its subtlety, but a bit less interesting than that beer as the tastes presented are somewhat simpler.

Overall I prefer strong Belgian beer tastes to be a bit less subtle, but the mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer are superb, so I rate it 4.5 overall.

I will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Jae61
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A - Brilliant translucent golden color. Thick foamy white head that persists.

S - Yeast, alcohol, touch of fruitiness.

T - Grass, yeast, fruits, with some bitterness. Pretty dry overall.

M - Light on the tongue. Some carbonation. Goes down easy.

D - Crisp enough to distract from the ABV. Could have a few.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Russian River Stemmed glass

A yellow ale with fluffy white soapy looking head. A mix of large and small bubbles cling to one another forming a head that forms a giant mountain of head above the rim. Tons of carbonation bubbles are rushing to the suffice, reminds me of cream soda.

Aromas of pears and fruity yeast com through in the nose the most prominent. A bread like quality is coming through on the sweeter side as the ale warms. Booze and tannins are there as well but not in a offensive way, much more inviting.

The taste is very dry and the carbonation scrubs the pallet. The ale has a nice balance of hop bite with peach and pear bready yeast flavor. The alcohol burn is chased away quickly leaving very little aftertaste. This delicate Belgian is how champagne should taste. A thin body appears even thinner through all of the carbonation making it an easy drinker. You will not find many beers that come in this strong that are this easy to drink.

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

This pours a straw yellow with a huge fluffy head. Fantastic lacing is evident and highly carbonated judging by the constant beading.

The nose is of pears with a bit of alcohol evident.

Pear/apple continues on the palate. The alcoholic warmth is there but well integrated.

This is incredibly drinkable but the high ABV makes it very dangerous.

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

Appearance-neon yellow like it looks like it belongs under a black light!! Good solid 2 head which lasts through out the beer.

Smell- sour off the bat but in a good beligium way.

Taste-its almost like a pilsner gone belgium. Its got that light pilsner taste but has that nice sour/yeast flavor that is classic of belgium beer.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation and a slight bitterness at first.

Drinkability- careful not to drink more than one of these, this small bottle packs a big punch.

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Photo of Wasu
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:Clear gloden color, thick heading but disappear quite fast, almost no lacing S:yeast, not much alcohol T: a bit of citrus, quite refreshing, bitterness aftertaste alcohol is hidden well. Feel of alcohol afterward, warming. Overall: good one, not so complex

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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