Duvel Tripel Hop - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
Bottle picked up at Capone's. Served in a wine glass.
A hard pour yields a golden-bodied brew with lots of visible carbonation. The head that forms is monstrous, filling a little over half the glass. Really, really impressive head retention, even for Duvel. The white head that forms is uber-thick, almost like meringue. Even as the sides start to fall, there's a thick melted-marshmallow bit of foam in the middle that stays up throughout the glass.
The nose is fantastic. The Styrian Goldings are present atop the typical Duvel characteristics. There is some very mild grain plus an explosion of beautiful fruit. I got a bit of tropical-fruit character plus a bit of ripe honeydew. Slight bit of yeast spice in there as well. Faint whiff of alcohol. The taste really hits all of these components over the fence. The tropical fruits coalesce into what I could best describe is not-quite-ripe mango plus a bit of mango skin. Fresh honeydew in there as well. Also a bit of citrus rind and white pepper toward the finish.
The mouthfeel was exquisite. I loved the fruit character plus a nice dry finish that is really accentuated by the hops. Incredible. Great medium body with high levels of carbonation. Just killer. This is what a "triple hops brewed" beer should taste like. Damn. I really like traditional Duvel, but this beer is on a whole different playing field. Well done, very well done.
02-25-2011 14:21:11 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and poured with a thick white head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The floral hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of spicy aromas to the nose.
T: There is a mild amount of bitterness in the overall taste, which is similar to the smell and has notes of lemons and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable despite its high alcohol content, although the dryness lends this to being one best sipped.
01-01-2011 01:32:17 | More by metter98
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
It won't affect the appearance score, of course, but this is one of the most impressive looking presentations that I've ever seen. Silk-screened label tastefully done in classic red, white and gold. Cork-and-cage covered by thick gold foil. Informative booklet on heavy paper slung around the bottle neck with red string. Very nice.
Pastel pineapple beneath a majestic crown of alabaster cream that displays all that is great about Belgian foam, the best in all the world. The head is ridiculously rocky and supremely sticky, with small chunks of suds already appearing on the upper reaches of the glass. Exceptional without a doubt.
The nose is a noble hophead's dream. Saaz (Czech Republic), Styrian Goldings (Slovenia) and Amarillo (U.S.) are the 'tripel hops' in question. Each inhale delivers a nostril pleasing cloud of lupulin goodness. Believe it or not, the orange peel character of Amarillo is noted beneath the grassy-musky-herbal blast of the more dominant Europeans.
Duvel Triple Hop is outstanding beer, as I was sure it would be. Adding even more hops to one of planet Earth's finest ales was bound to turn out well. Is DTH better than the original? Probably not (since Duvel is about as close to perfect as beer can get), but it's blowing the doors off my palate with each upending of the glass.
The second pour results in even more of a visual masterpiece than the first pour. Wow! This is one of those rare cases in which the addition of a massive amount of hops might have screwed with the base beer's balance. However, that's only because Duvel is so impeccably balanced to begin with.
The kaleidoscopic flavor profile includes yeasty French bread (with crusts), ripe pears, meadow grasses, orange zest, and a considerable white pepper and clove spiciness. What a hoptastic treat! The ABV has to be a mistake. Never has a 9.5% ale had its alcohol buried this well. Never... ever.
The mouthfeel, while good, is not up the usual standards of Belgian beer in general and Brouwerij Duvel Mortgaat in particular. For starters, it's a little more thin than it should be. In addition, the bubbles, while appropriately sparkly, don't add that amazingly silky and expansive creaminess that Belgianophiles crave.
Trying to improve on a bona fide classic is a worthwhile endeavor, but it usually comes up short in the end. No matter, because Duvel Triple Hop is incredibly delicious beer that can proudly take its place alongside the best Belgian IPAs ever brewed.
01-17-2011 13:39:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Bottle: Poured a hazy bright orangey color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of dry floral hops is quite intense with notes of cat pee. Taste is totally dominated by the hops mix with great green floral notes with a dry hoppy finish. I thought there was a clear cat pee presence similar to Orval in this beer. Body was quite full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and something ZI would like to have access to on a regular basis.
05-20-2011 19:36:22 | More by Phyl21ca
4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
An exquisit display of what it means to be a Belgian IPA. A whole-hearted and classy Belgian Strong Pale Ale with the complexly integrated hops of Belgium/Czech/German and American. ...and then the beer never waivers from its Belgian soul.
As with the original Duvel, the beer has a medium gold color with that classic billowing fluffy white head that eventually settles into a rocky sturdiness, intricate lacing patterns, and hearty retention that is constantly fueled by steady streams of carbonation from below. Where this beer differs is the medium haze, obviously from the dry-hop processes. The quentessential stickly lace of the original Duvel plays at least an equal role here.
Taking the original Duvel and superplanting the hop character of citrus, spice, earth, and ultimate perfumy and floral scents, this beer is everything that makes Duvel ideal, except for more.
The zesty fruity aromas of Duvel are alive here with a lemony, tart apple, under-ripe pear and berry mix is now met with a spicy counter of hop spice, earthiness, smooth bitterness, citrus/tropical fruit rinds, fresh orange zest, pine and fresh cut grass. A yeasty/spicy interplay goes from pepper, spice, and lightly phenolic character to creamy, yeasty, confectioner's mix.
Still, the body of this Tripel Hop Duvel is as full and effervecent early as ever. The medium weight magically evaporates just as the mid palate turns to finish and then 'poof!', the beer is gone. All that's left is a bitter whisper of the beer with an aftertaste of spice, fruit, hops, and bitterness.
As wonderful as Duvel is, this new highly hopped version makes for the best Belgian IPA I've had to date. But it looses some of the simple beauty of original Duvel with all of this complexity. Did the beer demand more complexity? No, of course not but the result is powerfully playful yet delicately orchestrated. Well done Moortgat!
10-06-2010 04:17:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured a very light hazy golden amber with a full two fingers of frothy white head on the top. Very nice and slow recession finally gave way to a decent layer of lace and froth across the top that stayed with it until the bitter end. Good amount of suspension visible as well as a decent amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top.
The aroma was fantastic coming off of this one. A very full and bright vibrant smell, lots of yeast and light citrus aromas. Hints of fresh grass, lemon, and coriander were very apparent and gave this a very big hop nose. I was quite shocked and surprised by how nice this was. It started with a nice light peach or pear flavor but was then hopped and taken out of the realm with a good deal of grapefruit and lemon flavors. This nice tart and bitter finish was beautiful. Such a light bright but yet full flavor was a really big surprise. A very fruity and hoppy Belgian,
05-27-2011 01:39:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -10.2%
A: The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a huge white head.
S: Lots of yeast esters here. Big time banana, pear, and apple on the aroma. A moderate spice note, primarily white pepper. Pale malts and floral hops with a mild straw note to it.
T: The flavor is sort of like Duvel light. Nice fruit notes to it with a sort of light malt character. The hops aren't super intense, but it does have a nice floral quality. Mild to moderate sweetness overall.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: This wasn't too shabby, but not worth the $20 most places are charging for it.
06-11-2011 19:39:56 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an explosive, foaming white head.
Smell: Spicy, floral, soapy aroma with a touch of peach juice and some candyish hints in the background.
Taste: Pale malts with a candi sugar sweetness. Dash of fruit peach juice. Plenty of spiciness to the hops added. Slight kick of acidity. Floral hints. Pinch of coarse ground black pepper. Warm, fruity finish with a lingering sour yeastiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: It's pretty decent. The bumped up hoppiness compliments the original Duvel fairly well.
05-23-2008 19:53:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Picked up a bottle right after it came in at Abe's and put it away for a little while. Opened it with a friend of mine and was very excited to try it. The brew poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head. The smell of the Saaz hops were running wild on the nose along with some yeast. The taste of the set had a very crisp hoppiness to it. The flavor had a strong bite to it and a light earthiness too in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and sharp, medium bodied and refreshing. Overall this beer is quite expensive but I'd say it's almost worth it.
06-30-2011 03:18:43 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Served in a plastic tumbler.
I've been eying this for a while, but was dismayed for most of that time by the price tag. Here goes nuthin': It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. Quite lovely, actually. The nose comprises wheat, rice, coriander, lemon zest, light black pepper, and spicy pine. The taste returns all of last year's (AKA the smell's) starters, along with some flowers and some light orange peel. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one I'm glad I eventually got to try.
02-17-2011 00:01:25 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -5%
Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Duvel is one of my favorite beers, so I had high expectations for this.
Appearance: Blond in body, perhaps a shade darker than Duvel, with a slight haze. It's highly effervescent, a gentle pour leaving me with two inches of sticky, clingy head.
Aroma: Herbal, floral hops. A bit of lemon grass, perhaps. This is strikingly floral and botanical, with grassy undertones. Yeast lends a peppery, spicy kick.
Taste & texture: Pear-like esters, spicy white pepper, rather different than the nose; the yeast comes through much more. Floral and grassy hops are nonetheless prominent, along with a little candi sugar sweetness, though this is largely dry. The finish is peppery, dry, floral, and the 9.5% ABV is surprisingly noticeable, even a bit harsh.
I enjoyed this, probably more than anyone else at the tasting I opened the bottle at, but it's simply not as good as regular old Duvel.
10-21-2010 06:10:42 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
750ml, caged and corked, gold foil capped bottle, packed in a tetrahedral white box, 2010 edition. Bought for Christmas, more or less overlooked, and forgotten about, really, until now. Nice international lineup of guest star hops.
This beer pours a pale, hazy yellow straw colour, with a silly amount of columnar, puffy, chunky, frothy, and near overflowing bone-white head, which settles agonizingly slowly, eventually leaving some random, but less than innocuous slabs of sudsy lace around the glass.
It smells of perfumed floral, grassy hops, mild wild yeast, grainy pale malt, semi-sweet cantaloupe and honeydew, aged lemon, and softly spicy tea leaves. The taste is more sweet than I was expecting - grainy, crackery pale malt, a sugary floral white wine essence, bready yeast, and pushy spicy, grassy, and herbal hops. The 19-proof booze does well to remain mostly unnoticed.
The carbonation appears to be on the low side, after that initial outburst, but it is really quite intensely frothy, and near gag-inducing, at times, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth but for a bit of latent booze astringency. It finishes well off-dry, and rather yeasty, with a bitter citrus bent - the malt's still there, yet somehow diminished.
What the hell is it with these Belgian-made IPA bombers? Every one, including this here, has been a volcano of a pour - not what I want for my 30 bucks worth of one-off special release. Besides all that, I actually like this one - it's as complex as the base supastah, and the finishing hops are subtle enough, making for a nicely drinkable mirror-world IPA 'grosse'.
02-09-2011 04:17:58 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.
S - Citrus notes of orange and lime with some licorice aroma. Zesty and very interesting.
T - Tangy wheat malt up front with a little bit of graham cracker malt flavor. Zesty, citrus hop character washes over the palate in the middle with notes of lemon-lime and orange as well as a hint of pine. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a light, bready malt note with a bit of lingering anise.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - Very odd, this is a beer with a unique character that reminds me of nothing else except, perhaps, for the few beers I have had that were brewed with Sorachi Ace hops. The lime zest notes that characterize the aroma and flavor of this beer are truly unique and mix strangely with the bready malt. This is a nice beer, and so unique that it really must be tried to be understood, but I don't think it any any way eclipses the original Duvel. Belgian IPA is such an idiomatic style, with so many divergent interpretations and this is one of the few that stands out from the pack. Still, I prefer the versions that are brewed with fruity American hops to this unique style.
01-21-2011 05:40:16 | More by nickfl
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
750ml brown bottle with a vintage date.
LOOK: Classic Duvel style head, massive, bubbly, perfect clarity, amazing
SMELL: Oily hop resin, alcohol, grassy, juicy fruit, clean
TASTE: Excellent crispness, moderate body, stone fruit, dried grass, crackers, yeast, warming alcohol, pulling dryness, lemon pith, bone dry finish
This beer exudes greatness though it does not reach the heights of the original, very happy to run into this specialty brew and hope to see it again.
07-24-2012 03:16:10 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
Picked this up at Dennis Brothers - haven't seen it around in Chicago. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass. Bottle is dated May 18th, 2010.
A - Looks like Duvel. Pours with a huge white foam that eventually settles to big chunk cap, leaving splotchy lace everywhere. Transparent golden straw body with lots of bubbles.
S - Smells like hoppy Duvel. Big zesty noble hop character - herbaceous and lemony - along with some spicy esters from the Belgian yeast. Some alcohol gets in the way of things unfortunately - seemed boozier than the regular stuff.
T - Taste has some cattiness, herbal leafy zest, and floral notes over top of a pale malt and Belgian yeast backdrop. Also finishes with a hint of alcohol. More of a 4.25 for me so I bumped up appearance a notch to compensate.
M - Creamy medium body, low carbonation (it's all in the foam), a touch of alcohol warmth, and a dry finish. Solid in this department.
D - This was quite drinkable. I had a few pours and would purchase it again if it weren't so dang expensive. It's like a slightly more boozy Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus.
10-29-2010 20:06:07 | More by MasterSki
4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
Duvel Triple Hop. Special Edition Ale. 750 ml bottle. Complete with lushly illustrated booklet. Saaz, Styrian Goldings, plus Amarillo, the newish tropical-fruity American hop. $20 bottle. I don't usually drop that much on a single beer. But, this is Duvel. And, well, I've heard good things. Brewed on May 18, 2010.
In a Duvel goblet, of course. Bright golden coloration, fierce, incessant carbonation, bubbles rising valiantly to the top, with a typically enormous, bone white, lacy, and lovely head.
Aroma spills out at first pour, and distracted me while describing the appearance. This addition of Amarillo to the usual combo of Saaz and Styrian Golding hops was ingenious. Floral, fragrant, aplomb with many associations found in these hops, the citrus, the spice, the distinctive pungent "cat pee" , well, that one peeks out, but is smothered by the pleasanter feelings. And underneath the pretty floral and fruity emanations, comes the bitterness. Beautiful bitterness.
Taste: Light is the body, and high is the bitter hop flavor. A great cornucopia of hoppy goodness. Fruit, spice, and bitter-tangy. Some pineapple pops up, with a twist of lime, trickle of pepper. Smooth down the throat, and over the palate, with the pleasing hop flavor riding along. Each sip is quenching and bracing, with bitterness. You get the sizzle of the Saaz, the classic feel of the Belgian-y Styrian Golding, the funky twisted nature of the thing, with the tropical fruity American Amarillo bringing that pineapple, mango, banana. Wonderfully hoppy. And, as it ages, it gets better an
This = yum. Me likey long-time. Unfortunately, it won't be returned to, due to the price. Amazing, for what it is. And I love it. Like I already said, = yum + my. Mmmm, mmm, mmm...
12-03-2010 01:00:46 | More by feloniousmonk
Duvel Tripel Hop from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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