Duvel Belgian Golden Ale | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

7,901 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 Franck
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than expected, but prefer other Belgians

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With 2,136 reviews for this beer before me, what can I possibly add? I've had this fine beer before, just never reviewed it.

My 75cl bottle popped perfectly and poured the same. Clear, brass with a super highly carbonated look. The head retention was epic, staying the entire time I sipped.

The nose is delightfully complex with light candied sugars, pepper and a lovely lager-like yeast.

Fantastic flavor... Complex, clean and refined. Much like champagne, but with bold flavors including candied sugars, lemon yest and a fantastic malt base.


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Photo of CaptainPancakes
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Photo of cmq103
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured an apple juice like color into a New Castle Brown Ale Schooner beer glass, but with lots of carbonation action going on here. Nice thick off-white foamy head with decent lacing. A mighty fine looking beer you want to watch after the pour.

S: Definite a spicy Belgian scent here, with a slight hint of clove, banana and bubblegum. If you take a deep enough breath, you'll finally get the gentle boozy background that's just barely noticeable. Short breaths don't do this beer justice.

T: Great citrus, fruity and spicy yeast intial flavors, followed by an tinge of moderate bitter-sweet (apple-pear mixture) alcohol bite at the end. Oh so very impressed.

M: Creamy, but pretty bold carbonation that tingles and dances on the tongue. More carbonation for a Belgian beer, but in a good way. I think it makes the different flavors in this beer come through better.

D: I'm going to answer that easily in two words, "Hell yeah". You don't notice the higher ABV that is typically found in your Belgian style beers. This one seems lighter lighter and fresher to me, making it real easy to have a couple in a sitting. I would take my time savoring this one with each and every sip though. Great job Duvel, I think I'm going to pour myself another!!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice, slightly hazy yellow with a nice amount of bubbly head that lingers nicely and is pure white, leaves a suprisingly large amount of lacing

S: nice wheat notes witha very nice lemon undertone

T: very nice wheat taste, sweetness of lemon helps to brighten it up

D/M: very strong carbonation tingle, smooth drinking, easy drinking due to the nice lemon notes

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ggaughan
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duvel. What a beer. I lived off this beer in Amsterdam for a few months but never thought to review until I had a bottle last night at the BXL in New York.

Had it severed in a proper Duvel tulip glass. As usual it poured a nice golden bright color with a very thick white bubbly head. The body is just like a good champagne and has the activity of one.

This beer has a great balance between it hoppy character and a sweet taste to round out on the tongue. The great taste lingers in your mouth which is all for good.

Although it rings in at 8.5%, it is a pretty easy beer to drink and I have experienced having a bunch in one night but still being able to taste them all.

Just picked up a 4 pack with the glass for $12.99, what a deal!

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Greggy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice 2 finger head that recedes slowly into a thin fluffy cap. The body is pretty clear with only a little bit of haze. As the head recedes, you get a nice clinging lace.

Smell- Nice complex smell that consists of a nice straw, light alcohol, yeasty, light citrus (lemon, orange), like pepper. Nice..

Taste- This reminds me a bit of bells batch 8000, although it's not really the same style. Initially, I get a nice orange, lemon component but also a dryer tart fruit and finally some pepper. The alcohol is pretty nicely hidden but as it warms, it becomes a little bit more evident.

Mouthfeel- Initially, the carbonation is a bit cloying, but can be spritzy, in a good way.

Drinkability- It took me a while to get into this beer, but I didn't have trouble putting down the 750 bottle. I can see myself getting this again sometime in the future.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Homebrew
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like liquid gold, with a generous white, foamy head that was born to lace. Looks fantastic.

Smells of biscuity malt and fruity esters, grassy hops and very mild citrus.

The nose is well reflected in the taste. This does not taste like an 8.1% ABV beer at all, the alcohol is masterfully hidden. It's crisp, fresh and lemony-orange hops with a dry finish. It has that musty Belgian yestiiness that, love it or hate it, works really well with everything that is going on in this beer. There's a slight pepperiness in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very crisp yet smooth and velvety. It's a joy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this one while I was sitting on a nice terrace in the sun next to the sea; the perfect setting for this beer.

A - A good creamy white foam settles to a thick cap. The body is yellow straw color and bright with bubbles racing from the center of the glass to the top. Very nice and appealing.

S - Citrus, lemon and yeast

T - Hop bitterness, lemon, bitter after taste.

M - The carbonation is harsh to medium, minimal alcohol warmth, medium body, with minimal stickiness in the finish.

D - A very good Belgian beer, very easy to drink considering the higher ABV.

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Photo of magpieken
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle. 10 2016. Very pale straw colour, effervescent, towering white head which refused to go away and sensational lacing. Gentle fruity aroma of apples and pears, floral, yeast, and some alcohol. Light fruity sweetness and light to medium bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied and spritzy with a bitter, dryness in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Perilously drinkable at 8.5%abv. A classic. 10.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Pours into Duvel's tulip. I am feeling lucky I tried this one after several saisons. Duvel shares many characters with saisons, but more intense and complex, which in my opinion, on the good path.
It also costs effectively here, very good beer in the summer.

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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,901 ratings.
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