Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

2,815 Reviews
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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Reviews: 2,815 | Ratings: 7,883
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow and gold pour, bright, white head 3/5" deep. Aroma was of fusel like alcohol, or it just didn't hide the normal abv. Either way, hot stuff.

Same with the taste, super amount of alcohol and phenolic yeast. Bitterness is higher than desired. So much of that phenolic spice rack going on. The citric acidity in the mouthfeel seems to bring out the alcohol and sting even more.

Throw me in the unpopular opinion thread, but in Murica, we want our pale ales to have more discernable barley and hops as opposed to yeast and alcohol. YMMV.

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Photo of grandcentral
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Muted gold with a frothy white head. Clouds and settles quickly. Head does not dissipate.
S: Bright, open, hints of lemon and bread.
T: Again, quite light and airy. Bitter. You wouldn't know it's 8%. Very easy to drink.
F: Very effervescent, very dry.
O: Delicious Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft into a duvel tulip in Brussels.

Look is a hazy golden with a thick foamy white head.

Aroma is a biscuity malt with estery yeast.

Taste is light and zingy. Little lemon tartness with some amazing malt backbone.


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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright light yellow with a foamy white head
S: sweetness, yeast, malt, hops...raw ingredients
T: sharp green apple sweetness, but the hoppy bitterness balances it out. Very tasty
F: smooth and easy drinking, I don't taste the 8% abv

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Photo of Skaterdude97
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - 5 | cloudy golden straw, 2 finger head that doesn't dissappear and bubbles forming on the glass.

Smell - 4.5| fresh bread, cherries plums and clove and nutmeg

Taste - 4.75 | clove, plum, bread, pepper, pine bitterness. Finnish dominated by pine.

Feel - 4.5 | medium body with high carbonation and a dry finish

Overall - 4.75

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Photo of Pontzie
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: The pale yellow beer with a hazy tint was amazing in appearance. Everything that a good Belgian Pale Ale should be.
S: Bright and lemony. Made me feel like summer in a Belgian field
T: Surprisingly the taste was very straightforward. Lemony with nice bitter hops. The alcohol seemed to disappear.
F: Lively carbonation. Alcohol was hidden. A very dry finish.
O: Excellent Belgian Pale Ale. Have had beer with a deeper flavor profile.

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

A nice dry, punchy Belgian golden ale. 330ml bottle poured deep yellow with a large pillow head. I got notes of malt, candy sugar, lemon and something like dried banana chips (?). Paired well with a thin crust eggplant pizza.

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

Spicy and juicy aroma. White pepper, lemons. Szechuan peppercorn, kumquats, vanilla, clove. A hint of bubblegum. Chamomile. Unripe pear. Somewhat earthy. Spice forward, not overly fruity.

Pours clear gold with massive frothy white head. Gushed a little. Endless retention and sticky lacing.

Bitter apple, pear, Szechuan peppercorns. Meyer lemons and honey. Dry crackery malt. A hint of bread dough. Juicy and almost tart. Spicy, bitter hops. A touch of banana. Lemon peel and spices linger on the palate.

Light body, super heavy carbonation. Bone dry. A certain silky mouthfeel.

Nothing else like it. Pair it with Ma Po Tofu.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well ,this is review number 3,000 for me. It has been a wonderful 7.25 years 0n this site, and I really appreciate the world of beer it has opened up to me. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, fruit. Taste is spices, malts, light fruits, alcohol makes it presence felt. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 mL bottle (best before "08-2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright, pale golden yellow. Towering clouds of lasting, white sudsy foam, thick and creamy - almost like whipped cream - coats the glass with clumpy lace. Visibly effervescent.

Smell: Bright lemon zest, apple peel, fresh baguette, delicately spicy yeast.

Taste: Complex layers of malty grains, fruity esters, honey, black pepper, balancing bitterness and slight bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: Possibly the best looking beer I've ever poured from a bottle. Complex and flavorful - a classic.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a frothy, rocky, ever lingering head. Bready malt, drinks very smoothly and finishes dry. Prickly mouthfeel with high carb level. Very refreshing and non boozy but the alcohol can catch up to you. One of the best!

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L: The label says to pour slowly, and you better believe it! A slow pour yields a very clear light-gold or yellow color, and a voluptuous pure-white frothy head. Excellent head retention, and the lacing was amazing. A beautiful beer to look at. The 2nd pour was a little hazier, due to the remaining yeast in the bottle.

S: Very fruity with some yeast/bread notes.

T/F: Very complex flavoring, mostly following the smell. Lots of fruit, balanced with the yeast and bread. Has some spiciness at the end. Didn't really notice much of a hops presence, but that is probably because I'm used to a very upfront IPA hop flavor. Clean and dry finish.

O: Excellent beer. I've been mostly drinking American style beers, leaning toward the IPA side, and this was one of my first tries at Belgian beer. Obviously not as hoppy as an IPA, but a very clean and drinkable. This one goes down smooth, and can pack a punch. I didn't even realize it was 8.5% ABV until looking at the bottle after feeling a little tipsier than I thought I should.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white foamy head.
The smell is of citrus, pepper, sweet banana, and a floral aroma.
The taste is a sweet pear, followed by citrus, pepper spice, and a malty bitterness that is not too strong.
The alcohol is not noticeable.
The feel is not too thick or thin and watery.
This is a very good bad Pale Ale. I really love these Belgian Beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow! I feel ashamed that it has taken me until now to drink & review this venerable classic. 8=( In fact, the last time that I remember drinking it was during a field trip to BAL with Bob & Karen Hollman, Sheesh! That's gotta be close to a decade or more at this point in time.

From the stubby bottle (that will be rinsed & set aside for use as a Molotov cocktail shaker): "Belgian Golden Ale Bottle Conditioned"; "Patience - In Your Pour - Ness"; "If you've ever done something in a hurry, you know it often ends in disappointment - and sometimes a full body cast. So here's to an unhurried pour. Not only will it release Duvel's essential aromas, you can use the time to write a short poem: 'Pour slow there you go.' On second thought, no poetry, please."; "Share your #masterfulness ".

I Pop!ped the cap and went with a very gentle pour as directed. I know that it may be hard to believe, but I actually can follow directions. It is simply that I just choose NOT to do so. Even a gentle pour brought forth three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. The remaining lacing was spectacular. Color was a slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a dry mustiness, like those old newspapers up in my grandmother's attic. I really do mean to bundle them up and put them out for recycling one of these days. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant effervescence on the tongue. The taste had a light tartness, like green apples. Boy, howdy, it is one dry beer! Phew! Just one sip later and I felt really parched. Man, I am all for dry beers, but this one is almost vinous, like a really dry white wine. Finish had a long, lingering dryness that led me to hear the zephyr winds blowing across the sands of the Sahara. And I still have half of the bottle yet to pour! Wow. Plus, I am doing a side-by-side today with their Tripel Hop Ale (Belgian IPA).

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very light yellow with an amazing head that remains, very impressive. Smells of sweetness and a little back ground funk almost cannabis like. Taste is similar with a hit of citrus and that background cannabis with a very light feel but amazing mix of flavor that keeps me wanting more and more. Finish is very clean and refreshing, this is always going to be in my fridge, just a great beer all around.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale with a finger of white sudsy head thick lacing
S: Cannabis resin pale malt
T: Matches the aroma with an earthy yeast flavor
F: Lower carb on tap here than I remember it being out of the bottle
O: It's a classic. Comes a time...

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Photo of Guppy314
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a well chilled bottle, pours a cloudy straw gold with a one finger white head. It has a malt-forward finish, but initial flavors are all bready with citrus and some pepperiness. I gotta say, it's really OK, but I just don't see what all the excitement is about. I could list a dozen beers that a better and more interesting at half the price.

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Photo of bigdaddymick
3.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured 25 ounces directly in my Game of Thrones mug.

Voluminous snow-white head with retention that even Turritopsis dohrnii would be jealous of.

Besides that, I didn't really like it. I am a huge fan of trappist ales and this Duvel just tasted bizarre. Not necessarily lacking flavor, the flavor was just very dry and lacking in any big barrel characteristics. For the price, I would not recommend it. Stick to a Maharaja.

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Photo of delta490
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, cloudy, with a huge foamy white cap of head. Great retention and total lacing coverage, mostly small and sticky. The aroma is floral, spicy, and sweet, in turns. The taste follows closely with the aroma. It is lighter bodied, but not thin or watery, with a little hint of carbonation and a crisp finish.

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

Pours a hazy straw color with a massive white meringue head, this beer is full of energetic bubbles.
The aroma is banana, clove, some nice funk, leamon and a touch of pepper.
The taste is ripe banana, a touch of lemon, some clove with a touch of pepper. A nice bit of bitter and a mineral crisp finish. A bit of an alcohol bite as well.
Moutfeel is medium, bubbly, refreshing and cleansing.

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not very clear, presenting a yellowish golden pour. Very foamy as some of the other reviews already state. Strong aroma, maybe a bit too pepperish and malted. The taste is very characteristic, you can definitely taste the 8.5vol in it's dry end. It has a bit of malted smell that is complemented with some notes of citrus mixed with spices, the mouth end is very bready, malty and somewhat bitter in a pleasent way. A complex, different and very likely recommended beer experience. If you see it, don't hesitate, just go for it.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clear golden hue with a big frothy, foamy head. Nice big bubbled white lacing on glass. Nose is a spicy, herbal hop profile. The smell has a lot going on similar to a hefeweizen. Bananas, cloves, bubblegum. Belgian yeast in the taste, and all follows the nose very well. Bananas, cloves, and more of that spicy herbal kick with linger around for a while. Mouthfeel has relatively medium to high carbonation, and an overall easy sipper.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a Duvel snifter, this fine Belgian pours a lightly hazy golden color with a firm astounding head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, big thick layer, and excellent sudsy lacing. Nose of candy malt, light bubblegum, subtle citrus notes, and light herbal notes of clove with a healthy dose of classic Belgian yeast. Flavors exceed the nose with candy touched citrus notes on the front and middle featuring lemon zest and light banana flavors from the yeast, more candy on the sides and then a nice warming glow from the strength of the alcohol. Crisp and effervescent mouth feel, excellent carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall an excellent ale from a great brewer.


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Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy yellow. Biggest pillow of white head I've seen. Smell is slightly bready, subtle phenols. Taste is golden, strong, peppery but not all the whacked out bubblegum and clove like most Belgians. Bit boozy on the finish

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. Despite pouring "gently," I produced an enormous, frothy, milk-white head that puffed up and looks like gelato. The color is a hazy gold straw with significant bubbling. It has a champagne look. It smells of Belgian yeast, clove, and lemon peel, and a whiff of sweeter fruit. The taste is sweeter than the smell with banana and some honey, along with lemon, coriander, clove, pepper, and malt. All the flavors blend beautifully to produce a full taste experience. This ale is highly carbonated, crisp, dry, and the 8.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, it is easy to see why Duvel is considered world class. It really has no flaws.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,883 ratings.
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