Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by Damian:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 750ml/1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a Duvel tulip
Remarkable appearance. The beer poured a near crystal clear, pale golden color. An enormous, bright white, large bubbled, meringue-like head topped the liquid. As the head receded, the bubbles that formed it became even bigger. The wily mass eventually fell to a frothy clump of foam. Spotty patches of lacing coated the glass, but it was a far cry from the signature Brussels lacing that "regular" Duvel is known for. A steady stream of bubbles ascended in the liquid.
The nose was fragrant and punchy. Much different from the standard Duvel. Citra hops dominated initially. Notes of peach, nectarine and a generic tropical fruitiness came through strong. Touch of candied orange peel. Some crisp, grassy, Saaz hops were detectible in the background. The Saaz hops become more noticeable as beer warmed. Clean, fresh, grassy notes that define the varietal were apparent. Somewhat hay-like and lemony. Fruity and phenolic Belgian yeast notes came forth as well. I also picked up hints of fusel-like alcohol as the beer warmed, but this did not distract from everything else happening.
The flavor profile was interesting but not quite as smooth or complex as the nose. Bready, semi-sweet malts came through on the front end. Lots of pithy pininess in the center. Good dose of citrus rind as well. Slightly tart and lemony. Spicy. Dry and bitter on the finish with white grapefruit notes dominating. Overall, the beer was very well balanced and immensely drinkable for 9.5% ABV. Just a touch of alcohol heat appeared as the beer warmed.
The mouthfeel was perhaps the only aspect of this beer that perfectly mimicked its iconic brethren. It was lighter bodied yet super smooth and creamy. The liquid contained a lively, finely beaded effervescence.
Duvel Tripel Hop with Citra is a fantastic American twist on Duvel's iconic Belgian strong pale ale. I will definitely be purchasing future incarnations of this seasonal release.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 03:47:46 | More by Damian
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours the traditional pale yellow and bit cloudy color forming a huge bubble, creamy and soapy white head. Infinite retention and lots of soapy lacings formed and left in the glass
S: Smell is just perfect. A bomb of flowery and citrus hops. It's really amazing how the can conserve such a hops freshness. I mean, this is a bottle of 2012 being consumed in 2014. I know that's not too much but, at same time, the hops freshness in the nose is really impressive. Strong notes of citrus and tropical fruits al well. To be mentioned; orange, grapefruit and passion fruit
T: Sweet pale malts in upfront, followed by strong notes of citrus and tropical fruits like orange, grapefruit and mainly, passion fruit. In overall, a standard Duvel, which is dry and crispy. However, this version is a bit bitterer than the regular version. Alcohol is very well hidden here
M: Medium to heavy body with good carbonation. Passion fruit aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. The best Duvel Tripel hop I've ever had (compared with the Amarillo and Sorachi Ace versions). Citra is a bit overwhelming? Yes, it is but in a lovely way... ;)
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 23:17:04 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.3/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Golden-orange, low foam but lots of lacing.
Smells of citrus, flowers and green leaves.
Huge (and i mean HUGE) citrus, with lots of lime, sweet orange, pomelo and grapefruit; There's also some light acidic apple, some ripe peach and exotic pineapple. Malts are burried by the hops, but a few grains do come through; Big floral notes, but even bigger herbal notes, with pine, minty sage and fresh green grass; The finish allows the Saaz hops to take the stage, providing a slightly metallic, dry leafy bitterness, that linger for a while, drying up the throat.
The fizz makes it quite thirst quenching, even if it's pretty rough, but there's a cloying aftertaste that's not entirely pleasant.
A beautiful twist on the classic Duvel, with the risk of hidding the original qualities entirely by the Citra dryhopping.
Had this one in 2013 and almost blew up from the bottle, so there was probably some aging too, that enhanced the bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
11-02-2013 15:51:27 | More by dcmchew
Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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