Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,929 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 dhd1491
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, slightly cloudy, yellow with tall white head of meringue-like bubbles. Aroma is subdued with some cloves and little alcohol, despite the high ABV. Sweet malty, citrusy flavor with some yeasty bite. Turns mildly sour and acerbic. Very faint cloying metallic after-taste.

Curiously, reminds me a lot of the first home-brew I ever attempted. A buddy of mine and I had purchased a home-brew kit and followed the directions assiduously. The results actually resembled beer and we were so proud that we painted our first bottle gold and saved it as a trophy for posterity.

Chugged the last 1 cm Duvel sediment alone for a richer, yeastier experience. Some coppery aftertaste from that.

One 11.2 oz bottle was $4. 36 cents per oz.

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

For as many times a I have this, that I never did a review. Straw yellow capped by a large foamy white head. Bubbling carbonation. Alcohol, cracker, light grass, an booze waft in the nose. Sweet bodied with crockery goodness. Alcohol says hello. Light bodied yum! Surprising is a good choice for gateway beers for the gmc crowd as my research has proven.

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

Appearance - Poured from. 33cl bottle into a tulip glass. Great huge foamy head. Maybe three fingers. It was pillowy and tons of lace down the glass.

The beer was crystal clear honey Amber.

Smell - Tons of amoma of a pilsner?

Taste and mouth-

Super clean mouth finish. Just enough carbonation to leave a little tingly feeling.

This was not as crisp as others I've had, which were more champagne like.

Overall - this is still one of my favorite belgim beers

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

It has been a long time since I've had this beer. Probably 30 years! That was when I was totally new to beer and all it's complexities.
Look: Poured a pale, clear golden ale into a tulip glass that foams with a good 2 inches of white head. Abundant lacing and head retention.
Smell: Lemon, grass, coriander.
Taste: Spicy, lemon, tart finish
Feel: Crisp start that extends into sour funk. Very smooth.
Overall: It's a pleasure to swirl this beer around the mouth picking out the abundance of flavors. If anything predominates for me it might be the sour funk on the finish. Not that it is overpowering. A very mature tasting beer.

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

Sampled at the bar of the Conrad Hotel at 521 North Rush in Chicago. This bar has surprisingly decent beer options.

The brown stubby bottle had clear freshness dating and some informative tips on how to pour.

The beer pours with a massive & dense chiffon like white head. Excellent lacing. The beer its self is a light yellow.

The nose is a mix of spices, yeast, straw and malts.

The taste is a bit sour with white pepper, malts and wet straw. There is a bit of pears and the hops come late but are evident.

The mouth is blessed with great carbonation. This is a nice beer and well deserving of its fan base.

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

Tasted on 12th June 2005, bottle best by end 03.2008. Poured into my Duvel glass. As a previous reviewer stated, it's hard to control the pour. Massive head formation, white foam on a straw/golden colour with a slight haze.

The first smell is faint, probably due to the head, slight hops, bitter honey maybe some ginger.

Taste very good, not sweet, mild alcohol fruit changing to some bitterness. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A very well rounded beer; it's the full monty start to finish. Head returns with a swirl of the glass.

Footnote: I measured the Duvel glass tulip afterwards and the volume is 600ml (20 fl. ozs). Even with my bottle being 330ml, the massive foam head easily fills the space. I don't know how the glass was designed, but it is a perfect accessory to the beer.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Beer pours relatively clear until the end, turning into a light, golden, straw. Ginormous, ivory, pillowy head receding to a thick rim, leaving incredible lace.

S: Musty and funky. I think this is what "horse-blanket" means. Very yeasty.

T: Sweet, funky, musty. Crisp and clean. Very mild. Absolutely no alcohol taste.

M: Crisp and clean, slightly thin yet smooth like velvet.

D: Very easy to drink. Much too easy for such a high ABV.

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

Had a Mikasa Tulip glass just waiting for an opportunity to shake hands with a Duvel. Started with approx 3.5 inched of fluffy foam in the glass but no problem getting a sip through.It was a hazy pale yellow in the glass. I purchased this at the EMart in Seoul and it showed an expiration date of Nov 2012. Nice taste and mouthfeel. I did not get overtaken by the purported 8.5% ABV but maybe it will catch me later. A lttle fruity maybe pears and citrus. I am not great at identifying the flavours: I can just tell you if they don't taste right. I look forward to trying this again. For me, however, I could use more hoppiness. Cheers.

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

Very biig foamy head that last long. Very pale yellow color. It smells very sugary, with hints of coriander and clove. Flowers and prunes too.
Citric flavor, with spices, coriander and fruits in the mouth. Citrusy, bready and flowery. Very complex you keep discovering things as you drink.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2oz bottle. served chilled.

Smell: Sour apples, mild alcohol, and yeast

Taste: Initially there is a crisp citrus note that's pleasantly bitter combined with in your face carbonation. Halfway through pale malt character emerges - grainy and clean. Finish is apple, tart and crisp, followed by a prolonged yeast and grain flavors.

Notes: Crisp and delicious. Very refreshing. I've heard this is much like champagne and I couldn't agree more. Great summer beer and would be really excellent paired with just about any food.

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

App - golden color, sparkling clarity. Big foamy white head with good retention.

Aroma - Some hop spiciness, a bit of alcohol, and an earthy character presumably from the yeast.

Flav - Gentle malt and cidery fruit flavor initially. Dries out significantly to a slightly dry finish

MF - Medium body, high carbonation. No asgtringency, slight alcohol warming

D'ability - Moderate body, muted flavors, and dry finish give it the drinkability of a lager.

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

Note: Pour this one as directed on the bottle, unhurriedly.

Poured a hazy pale golden straw color with a meringue-like white two fingers of head. Lacing is quite generous and obscenely thick, I love it! Effervescence is just shy of champange.
What can I say that has not been said time and time again. Truly the quintessential example of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. All others are trying to achieve what Duvel has already done.
Exquisite! Outstanding and highly reccomended!

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

Appearance: Golden straw yellow. The very generous foam head lasts forever. High carbonation (bubbles).

Smell: A mix of cereal and stereotypical beer smell. An excellent reference smell.

Taste: Very sweet and sour. I don't believe is so high in alcohol. (Ok, it got some alcohol in the back, but it is not that bad.)

Mouthfeel: A very good typical mouthfeel for a beer. Not much to complaint here. :)

Drinkability: Here's a good way to get loaded fast with quality beer.

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

Appears cloudy and yellow/gold in color with off-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aromas of bananas, hops, pine, and dried fruit (apricot) come to mind. The taste is smooth and dry with a crisp, unmistakable fruity flavor that seems very tropical. The alcohol taste blends with the bitterness nicely to generate an evolving flavor spectrum from which this beer draws it's taste. Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the finest examples of this style.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet (no duvel glass).

Pours clear, light yellow with champagne like carbonation trickling up with the classic huge pillowy white head.

Strong blend of smells. Banana, clove, and yeast are the ones I can pull out, but the smell is very complex.

Very crisp initial taste of chalky yeast and some mellow hops.

Very full, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very loud taste is not as mellow as I would like. Great beer none the less.

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

750ml bottle, cork and wire
Hazy yellow with a foaming head, this isn't your standard head it has the heft of whipped cream. Make sure you use the correct glass, and wetting it down first may be wise. That head doesn't quit either, it will be there when the beer is gone.

Pepper in the aroma and taste - thats the alcohol coming through, and coming through right, some spice, green apple and lemon. The hops remind me of hops from a lager not an ale.
Very carbonated, like a glass of champagne. This one made me sleepy, that would be the only thing keeping me from drinking a few.

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

It pours a cloudy, vivid lemonade yellow, enlivened by carbonation. A hellacious many fingers of pillowy white head swells and stays a long, long time. the anticipated Brussels lace adorns the glass.

In the aroma, a light, mellow malt sweetness wafts in along with a credible note of coriander. A tangy yeast sourness finishes along with a rounded doughy kicker.

Upon sipping, a gentle malt sweetness surfaces first in the flavor as well. A mild lemony tide, ever so slightly acerbic, mingles with a playful spicy nature. A yeasty sourdough tang nips the palate almost whimsically. An understated but veritable alcohol presence glides on through the middle. A vague sour undertone lingers at the finish. Overall, the sum flavor profile is fuller than any individual component.

Slightly more than light bodied, it coats nicely, and the flavors left behind leave sensations as they fade.

"Pleasant" pretty much sums it up, and while not amazing, pleasant works real well. The individual pieces are light in nature but they combine to flesh out a lively identity. The ABV is real and present, maybe the most substantial of the separate elements, and you have to regard it, but the full flavor and effervescence make it nicely drinkable. So even if it doesn't floor me, I'd never feel cheated while I'm drinking one.

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

Stubby bottle pours into a tulip glass. Pours a bright golden color with plenty of building, and bubbling rocky, foamy white head. Smell is faint with citrus, with some Belgian spice in the background. Taste is crisp with some of the citrus coming through. Mouthfeeling is heavily carbonated making this a refreshing drink.

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

Poured a lovely light golden color into my Troeg's wheat glass. Insane amounts of carbonation rising continuously forming a rocky two inch head that lasted throughout.

Smell is banana and bubblegum - a hint of apple.

Taste is outstanding, crisp and light with a warming presence of alcohol.

Feels rounded and fizzy - with a clean and crisp finish.

Not sure I would chance more than one of these - it would certainly sneak up on you. But a wonderful beer and glad I finally had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Maudite snifter. Poured the color of pale straw; ample light penetration, but somewhat murky. Voluminous white head (about three inches) with excellent retention and generous clumpy lacing throughout the tasting. Scent of belgian yeast, citrus and clove. Taste similar to nose. Lively mouthfeel and ample carbonation during the duration. Finish was crisp and clean with a bit of citrus that lingers in the mouth. Very refreshing, but deceptively so given the 8.5% abv. No wonder Duvel is considered to be the archetype of the style.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be quite pleasant, with a soothing aftertaste. Like drinking fine brandy or wine. Dark reddish in color, with a moderate head. Spicy indeed, with somewhat floral tones. Alcohol taste comes through, and makes for a nice finish. Drink this one slow!!

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

Poured a golden yellow with a pure white frothy head. Amazing retention on the head, at least a half finger lasted the whole beer.

Smells of yeast and light fruits along with an array of spices such as clove, pepper, banana and a small whiff of alcohol.

The taste is quite complex, yeast and fruit then an alcohol warmness then finishes off with a slightly dry quality. Probably the strongest aspect is the sweet malts. Several complexities that I cant quite put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a small bite of carbonation. Every drink has the distinct possibility of leaving a foam moustache.

Even aside from the high ABV the drinkability is excellent. Everything from the appearance to the taste exudes quality.

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Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip, best before March 2011, bottled March 2008??

Pours a golden pale orange with just a touch of haze. Tons of fluffy and pillowy white head erupts and sticks around forever, leaving chunks of lacing behind...

Spicy and malty. Bananas and cloves with a strong Belgian yeast aroma...

Fruity and thick, bready malts with a bit of yeasty spice. Balanced and crisp, full flavored but light...

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, slightly drying with a bit of a lingering alcohol burn...

It's Duvel, we pretty much all know what to expect, good beer, but not something I am ever salivating over...

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

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

I hadn't had this in a while...nice to come back to!

I grabbed the appropriate style glass, poured this baby and waited for the head to settle...10 minutes later, I was all set. The head took up half the glass, and really didn't settle down until I was about half down. Sort of a hazy buttercup yellow. Nice lace left in the glass.

Spicey in flavor, with a hint of citrus. Also, I did start feeling the alcohol in this before I was through...didn't really taste it though.

I gave this a 4 for the taste characteristics. While this was very balanced and smooth, I enjoy a little more flavor. Still very good.


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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,929 ratings.
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