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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic)Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic)

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nmann08 on 02-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 368 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by thierrynantes:
Photo of thierrynantes
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color with a huge foamy head (w nice lacing)
Smell : citrus, lemon and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dry herbal and citrus flavors, with nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style "Golden Ale" (to drink at 10 °C).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 07 2016

Pours hazed near golden amber, nice looking loose yet sturdy near white head. Stays and stays. Goes to a fluffy film and leaves, nice low sheeting and a smattering of higher bits.

Super nice smelling fruity nose. Tropical fruits and pepper abound.

Dry, crisp and very tasty. Bracingly hoppy, earthy, fruity, spicy, yeasty.... Fine stuff, great as a sipper, night capper or with food.

Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle. Nice to be able to try these subsequent, additionally hopped versions of the original Tripel Hop.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky solar flare lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pungent - if only somewhat dank - piney, leafy hops up front, underripe orchard stone fruit, earthy yeast, gritty and grainy pale malt, lemon squares, and a further floral, certainly perfumed hoppiness. The taste is still big and hoppy at the outset (the Mosaic earning its guest star role here), with the tropical fruit, forest flora, and minor domestic citrus goodness, all over a still heady yeast-tinged, and sort of bready pale malt sweetness, with some late-arriving herbal, leafy, and yup, perfumed hops, which is my way of indicating that the 19-proof booze has found a way to hide out.

The carbonation is fairly strong in its supportive fizziness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, the Mosaic varietal capable of minding its own business during this stretch. It finishes off-dry, the base malt not ready to pack 'er in just yet, while the fruitiness of the hops starts edging out the bitterness.

A damned agreeable version of this progenitor of the style - changing up the extra (third, I suppose) hop just keeps things interesting, so kudos to the brewer for that! Here, the Mosaic is large and in charge, aided and abetted by the deft integration of the big ABV, while the yeast keep the noise down to acceptable levels. What's not to like?

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short bright white head that died down but consistently left lots of wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderately strong aromas of mangos are present in the nose
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of mangos along with hints of citrus. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes nowhere like being a 9.5% beer and hides its alcohol extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Piraat tulip (wah-waaaah): Light yellow, almost greenish, hazy, with dat Duvel head - fluffy, white, buoyant. It's been a while since I had a Duvel, but this looks lighter than my memory. Plenty of fast, tight nucleation. It's cool seeing the head drop around the edges & this plateau of foam waft around on the meniscus of the beer. Good lacing, no doubt.

Smells of sharp lemon/lime, menthol, slightly chalky, Juicy Fruit, underripe nectarine. Definitely hoppy & estery. Getting the perfume/bathroom soap/bubble formula quality from the Mosaic like back in the day when I first encountered it.

Hits me with more of that nectarine & bubble gum, but sharper & way dryPer than expected. Alcohol moves in soon & hits hard, very boozy spice dryness. Get a little pineapple.

Mouthfeel is intense. Piercing effervescence & mad alcohol heat. For as dry as it is, there's a sweet finish & I don't just feel completely punished.

Wow. It's been a while since I was into trying Belgian IPAs regularly, but I feel like this is a new level. It's one of those rare beers that's challenging without being wrong - it's intentionally formidable, & feels completely deliberate. I've long since blown through having any resistance to heavily-hopped beers, but I feel like a virgin again with this one. I enjoyed this, but even moreso I respect it & the fact that it really made me think.

Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA Glass from a 330 ml bottle purchased from a Carrefour Express in Brussels.

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and light yellow in color - ALIVE with carbonation. Big, thick white head at initial pour that quickly dissipates into a thin white band w/ sparse lacing.

SMELL: Interestingly hoppy yet malty sweet aroma.

TASTE: Parallels the aroma w/ a bitter beginning that fades into a lager-like maltiness and then finishes w/ a nice hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth mouthfeel that coats the tongue and sparkles with carbonation.

OVERALL: A good European beer -- not quite the same as an American IPA, but a beer that I’d be willing to buy again -- especially when swimming in a sea of German Purity Law homogeneity.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color with excellent clarity. There's an inch thick billowing eggshell colored head. Brussels lacing. There's a bit of a grapefruit floral hop note in the aroma. You can taste light malt,Belgian candy sugar,and that Belgian ale yeast note. The mouth is moderately carbonated, bone dry and refreshing.
Appearance: 4
Aroma:3.75
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.25
Overall:4

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger white fluffy head that slowly settles into a smaller bubbly layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty. fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, and pepper. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Also the typical Belgian fruit scent of banana, pear, and white grape. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. A very good aroma that is like a Belgian IPA.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian IPA like taste with a big presence of citrus fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some notes of funk along with clove and pepper spicing. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar. Big zesty taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, melon, and pineapple. Fruit esters of bananas, white grapes, and pear. Subtle note of blueberry among the citrus. A very good hopped up Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily. Spritzy and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good hopped up twist on a great classic Belgian ale. Good taste of citrus fruits.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2016. Picked up just the other day from Trembling Madness in York. The 2014 edition of this brew is hopped with Saaz and Styrian Goldings, followed by dry-hopping with Mosaic. Sounds promising...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden hue with faint haze and plentiful carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops and yeast esters, with hints of tropical fruits, mild citrus, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthy yeast, light malt and faint stewed hops. A twinge of buttery diacetyl in the background - surprising for a live beer. Pretty good.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops and yeast esters, with a dry, spicy finish. Notes of tropical fruits, lime, citrus, grass/hay, mild spice, earthy yeast, subtle malt and stewed hops. A touch of diacetyl lurks in the background along with a warming hint of booze. Well-attenuated, followed by a mild, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Quite astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of yeast esters, fruity aromatic hops and stewed leaves.

Mmmm - lovely. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour have a satisfying blend of fruity hops and yeast esters. It retains the essence of the original yet the hops add something extra. The only disagreeable note is the diacetyl, which is sufficient to be noticeable. Pleasant body. Another solid version of this beer - well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of Auraan
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful cloudy golden color with a one finger, fluffy white head that grew as the beer sat. Abundant lacing was left down the glass. Quite nice looking, very true to form. Scents of sour, lemon-like funk, slight barnyard funk and sweet, spicy Belgian yeast phenols, nutmeg with hints of clove. Undertones of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple and mango, notes of citrus zest and tangerine flesh and candi sugar notes. Slight hints of biscuit-like malt are also discernible in the background. An excellent, well rounded, hoppy, Belgian aroma. It combines the best of IPAs and the best of Belgian Strong Golden ales into a very pleasant whole. Flavor begins with a nice bitterness with notes of citrus, mostly lime and juicy tangerine, and herbal hop bitterness with some phenolic spiciness and a bit of sugary sweetness from the candi sugar and what I believe is pilsner malt. In the middle lime flavors continue to shine through, alongside a stronger herbal hop character and a hint of alcohol with notes of clove spiciness. Finish is dry with notes of herbal hops, citrus zest, alcohol and clove. Aftertaste is spicy clove and bitter herbal hop flavors. A very well done flavor profile. It captures the character of the hops used as well as the character of a fine Belgian Strong Golden ale and combines them in an excellent overall flavor profile that is spicy, herbal, fruity and faintly boozy all at once. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, slick feel, hiding the ABV. A wonderfully smooth feel, easy to drink and quite appealing. Overall this is a wonderful Belgian IPA. It combines the best of the Belgian Strong Golden ales with the best of hops and creates a complex, appealing, flavorful, aromatic and wonderfully drinkable beer. Highly recommended, despite its steep price tag.

Photo of dannydetox
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

great looking brew from Duvel. pours a hazy yellow with a massive, persistent head, leaving plenty of lacing on the sides of the goblet. nose begins with belgian yeast, some mandarin orange and old world herbal hops. i get some alcohol sweetness across the palate, but the beer ends with significant bitterness from the hops. lengthy finish with a full, creamy mouthfeel. drinks like a bitter, belgian golden more than an ipa in my opinion.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow body and a fast growing head that overflows what I thought would be an oversized glass. Sticky white lacing and a pillow of foam last throughout the duration of my libation. That was bad, sorry.

Smell - Tropical fruit, kinda grassy. Belgian yeastiness and a doughy malt. A little cidery.

Taste - Cidery flavors are more dominant as they lend quite a bit of sweetness. Hops are grassier and less tropical. Yeasty in the midrange and it builds into a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and I was stunned to realize this was 9.5%. I think I'll take the rest of it a little slower. High carbonation, probably too much.

Overall - This isn't my favorite style by a long shot. I just don't dig the fruitiness. I can't deny that this is pretty drinkable, though.

Photo of MisterGone
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, start with all of your understanding of the standard Duvel: the crisp almost pilsner-ish aspects combined with the mild Belgian profiles. Simply add a hoppy little pop in there. Mainly tropical, perhaps a little citrus on the finish (might be the crisp of the pilsner malt informing that, though). The bottle mentioned apricot. If you said that I wouldn't argue. It also said blueberries. I thought maybe in the nose, but couldn't find it in the taste.

Just a refreshing brew, but certainly not session at 9.5. Pool table side maybe, pool side definitely not.

Photo of Soygen
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

This is my current favorite. It has a great, floral hops taste to it. The mosaic hops are clearly present upfront. It's the classic Duvel quality with an extra bump.

I look forward to their Tripel for 2015, but will be sad to see this one go. A very big thumbs-up from me.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow ale with an off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian malt with some dry hoppy notes with light tangerine and spicy notes also noticeable. Taste is a very nice mix between some Belgian malt with almost no residual sugar notes and some spicy notes with some dry hoppy notes and light tangerine notes also noticeable. Body is light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wish this was available throughout the year.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Thanks to ray for this brew

A- highly carbonated clear golden yellow color. 2 finger carbonated mountainous peaked head. frothy and foamy.

S- strong yeast and herbal hops dominate the nose. alcohol lingers on the backend.

F- wow the herbal hops are strong but it is perfect. I also get hints of banana in the mouth as well. I also detect some lemon and pear as well. very good.

M- heavy bodied IPA that is strong on the alcohol. foamy and frothy at times because head is still on beer.

O- a good Belgian IPA...one of the best ive had.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Duvel in its proprietary glass is one of the finest looking things you'll ever behold. Shining clarity through the crystalline gold ale is broken by champagne bubbles effervescing continuously from the bottom. The head is a legendary lattice of white crystal bubble lace - notoriously more head than even the Duvel tulip can handle if you're not paying attention.

S: sharp young piney hops flying over earthy, grassy aromas; hints of vague citrus and herbs

T: Classic Belgian malt profile suggests tropical fruit, something citric; bitter and piney hops mingle with wet and spiced herbs; someone mentioned cedar - and that rung true with me, too - an accented woodsy-kinda taste

M: short of medium-weighted; sparkly and tingly on the tongue; hints of spice and tingle freely given; very lively and active on the palate.

O: instant classic, and there's no reason to expect any less - classic Belgian pale ale, here used to feature Mosaic hops in addition to Saaz Saaz and Styrian Golding. This is a beer that oughtta really pop on your beer palate - hits a lotta high points easily. Fans of Duvel, the style, or the featured hop will love this ale.

Photo of RuudJH
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to find the new tripel hop released. Good line.
Yellow golden, with a lot of carbonation, good white soapy head.
Smell is very much of citrus and tropical fruits indeed. Light touch of pine and floral.
Taste is light bitterness. Some malt sweetness. Good balance between the two.
Mouthfeel is crisp. The bitterness lingers long. Very refreshing and the alcohol is very well covered.
Overall I'd say this is the best of the tripel hop Duvel line so far. Mosaic great choice.
A real good weather treat.
Recommended

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While this is very different from the regular Duvel, it's no less well made. Lots of lime and spice flavors, a good bite of hoppiness, and plenty of rich, creamy mouthfeel. It hides the abv extremely well and only starts to hit you toward the end. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink. I plan to make these different one-offs a part of my rotations. Very nice.

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says 07 2016.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains very well before slowly diminishing to an 1/8 inch head with a large center bump of foam. Cobwebs of lacing adhere to the glass.

S- Musty Belgian yeast and grassy hops combine to create an almost white wine-ish aroma, especially since it's so effervescent.

T- Flavor has a near-perfect balance of Belgian yeast and subtle hop flavor. Notes of tangy citrus, pear and apple. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden.

M- Sharp and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Finally, a Belgian-made Belgian IPA that doesn't taste oxidized and actually has some lively hop character.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 has a thin, white head, an fiercely bubbly yellow-straw, hazy appearance, and stringy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, and light and bursting (think pineapple) hop resin. Taste is of the same, with low-level bitterness, some coriander, yeast, and pineapple. There is also a noticeable grain husk note, which one might detect in high gravity ales or lagers. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and the finish is not unlike champagne. Overall, I do not think this mosaic addition enhanced the original Duvel, and I find it to be a step down from Duvel, in fact.

RJT

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

4- Likes like the original Duvel, and is quite classic to the style. It's got The hazy, golden/light orangy look. Head is very frothy and rich, but dies to a nice rim around the top of the beer with some ok looking lacing.

S- Light tropical fruits and biscuits from the yeast. The bottle says you can get blueberry, and that's exactly what I'm smelling. Almost like a blueberry pancake with a fruit cocktail on the side. Very light banana. Light (I know I keep saying) spiciness. Not very resinous and dank, but nice. Smells refreshing.

T- Very spiced and citursy like grapefruit and pineapple. Some banana. But towards the end you get a big blueberry presence. That yeasty/malty biscuit note keeps showing up too. This really isn't that bitter at all. Kind of disappointed in that regard. Maybe the 2015 is more hoppy. No alcohol is felt in this beer whatsoever. It's great in that regard. But this beer, if not careful, will catch up to you in a hurry.

M- I'd say the body is a solid medium. Very dry finishing. It's super refreshing. Crisp. Not too, too, clean tasting. But that's a characteristic to a Belgian beer.

Overall, I'm kind of dissapointed here. The 2014 version is the only time I've ever tried Tripel Hop, so I guess my expectations were kind of high. Blueberry wasn't offputting, but that was such an unexpected flavor for a hoppy beer. And this beer wasn't even all that hoppy. Maybe the 2015 Tripel Hop is better. I really like the original Duvel. I'd drink that over the 2014 version for sure. But this is still an above average beer for me.

Photo of AndreasDif
3.02/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice rich deep, not the hoppy feeling

Photo of TBoneJones
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy straw yellow body, with plenty of visible carbonation and a tight white head. Looks crisp. (Head even became and maintained a creamy top as sipped to the glass's bottom).
Smells of funk and white grape skins, and tropical melon fruit. Wow as in different, delicious in how it smells. Complex.
With tasting this I still get the vin-like impression I did in the nose, along with antique funk and a dry, bitter initial feel. The fruit blends into all of the aforementioned along with spice, and a slight medicinal aspect. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, nicely carbonated. It finishes well, without becoming increasingly dry.
I like this better than Duvel's standard offering, from what I recall. There's also some sourness, and a bubblegum fruitiness buried within, as I'd normally come across in a brett as opposed to an ipa. Strong flavors and complex, and the alcohol doesn't intrude on this either. Terrific.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Slight hazy, effervescent Gold colour. The head stays the distance and laces. Absolutely nothing else that you could want.

S - Grassy, herbal aromas with flora. Also touches of citrus. No shortage of aroma here.

T - The herbal aromas translate to the palate nicely, with a nice hoppy backbone. Citrus and coriander also present. A little sweetness on the finish. A winner !
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M - Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O - A great BIPA with a nice twist. Recommended.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
92 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.