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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops)Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops)

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Douberd on 09-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Greywulfken:
Photo of Greywulfken
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm probably going to skew the numbers here, because I think this is an excellent beer. I must confess that I am partial to Duvel, and also DIPAs and BSPAs. I have had the 2010 Duvel Tripel Hop and found it to be a good beer, but I wasn't overwhelmed. I would say I preferred the standard Duvel. Recently had the Duvel Rustica by Ommegang (owned by Duvel Morrtgat) , which I found to be a very nice take on the classic... Duvel in a farmhousey-kinda way. I wish I had another bottle of the 2010 to re-evaluate my tastes.
Psyched when I saw this on the rack.

A: Always a perfect "5" for me - this is how I want a pale ale to look. Crystal clear pale gold beer with a "big-as-you-want-it" head of frost white sea foam. Laces and drapes are left behind. Bubbles stream joyfully from the bottom of my tulip throughout the session.

S: Reminiscent of fields of hay; bright Belgian yeast notes; vague citrus of grapefruit and lemon, subtly in the background

T: Fresh crisp malt and sharp hops, edges of grapefruit and bright citrus; sweeter wine-like flavors move effortlessly across the palate; with warming, flavors blossomed into orchards of fruit and white wine grapes with lemony zest

M: Soft meets sharp - creamy pale malts slip across the tongue at the same time the effervescence startles the palate; refreshing and bracing, but also an easy slow-sipper.

O: Fantastic beer.
If Ommegang's Duvel Rustica was the "Duvel saison," then this is the Duvel Imperial. The Citra hops really bang their flavors across the normal palette of Duvel tastes. This is so tempting for me to go "5"'s across the boards, but I'm sure there's some taint of enthusiasm.
I would enthusiastically recommend this beer. I think it was at least a $20 bottle in my area, but it's worth it. This is an excellent celebratory beer, and it is also worthy of celebration. This is a "you-owe-it-yourself" beer (assuming you're into Belgian pales and Duvel-esque beers) - not to be passed up on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting beer for sure. It appears in the glass as the standard Duvel with just a slight bit of added haze, and also as the standard Duvel malt and yeast base in its flavor make up.

There are hops, however! Lots of hops for sure! It really take the standard Duvel up in hops, and I think it even takes the former Duvel Triple Hop up a bit (although without a side by side comparison I'm only going from memory). It's more about hop flavor than it is about hops in the nose, and I think that's a good way to go - not that you don't get hop aroma, just that the focus seems to be more on the hop's contribution to the overall taste.

With that said, it remains really well-balanced, and it takes the citrusy and somewhat floral-spicy hops to the edge without going overboard. And that's a good thing. Americans tend to go for the biggest and the boldest (which is good in a way because it leads to stretching the boundaries of what we do), but they should try to learn a little restraint from the Europeans as well. Voltaire once wrote: “Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire" (The secret of being a bore is to tell everything), and it's true. When everything is presented clearly, and quite "in your face" - brutally, even - there's nothing left but to acknowledge it. A little bit of a suggestion, however, leaves things open for interpretation, discussion, and creative thought.

Turning 180 degrees on that argument, what I really find here is that after a few ounces it becomes quite focused on a lemony citrus note, and I don't recall that in its previous incarnation. Of course, again, I'm going from memory but I recall a bit more floral and spice (saaz-like) character. It would be nice if there were more intricacies, but you can hardly fault it for that.

Overall, impressive.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lychee, passion-fruit, spicy phenols, light malt, pear and apple esters. Also some doughy notes.
Flavours are similar at first with a bit of fruit and spicy notes. There's a fair bit of booze in the finish.
Too much carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Nobel hops notes with light dill notes with pear notes and some light peppery yeast notes. Taste is also dominated by dill notes with some quite dry Saaz notes with some light dill from the Citra and some pear ester with a peppery yeast finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid beer with nice dose of Saaz and limited Citra which might not be a bad thing.

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose - ruby red grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grapefruit dominate the taste, but these aren't as prominent and overpowering as those found in West Coast IPAs from America. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with hints of Belgian yeast. The grapefruit lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The crispness and balance of this beer makes it very refreshing and easy to drink. Any traces of alcohol are very well hidden from the taste.

Photo of SHODriver
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a bright yellow into a duel tulip with a rocky two finger head that has excellent staying power
S: smells of citrus, spicy yeast, some fruity esters and a bit of light bready malt
T: light and fruity on the front with some citrusy character coming into a play, a bit of bready malt and light sweetness and well as some slight earthyness. swallow brings a menthol like finish, a slight tinge of citrus and a whisper of fruity esters
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with ample and prickly carbonation. fairly neutral finish
O:

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual 330ml bottle: BBD of 02 2015, poured into a Duvel glass at home on 23rd 06 2013.

Looks great in the glass, golden, bright and clear: huge white foaming head with large carbonisation bubbles rising up to replenish it.

Grapefruit flavours rule the nose and taste: really strong and heavy. However the alcohol can also be noticed within the taste. Not too well balanced, the malts hardly getting a look in, but if you are crazy about Citra hops this is the beer for you (I'm not a Citra fan really).

Crisp, refreshing and grapefruity throughout.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from an oversized wine glass

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a white creamy two fingered head that retains well and laces the glass.

S - Big hoppy aromas, with a slightly sweet backbone.

T - Big flavours of Grapefruit, White Wine, and Fresh Oak with a nice sweet malt in the background. A slight warming finish. The flavours just seem to linger on the palate for quite some time. The balance in this beer is first class.

M - Medium to high carbonation and such a smooth body of medium.

O - This is a real treat and if you see it then buy it. I don't see how this beer can be improved upon, and it gets full marks for innovation. A fantastic mix of new and old world beers.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The head is a fluffy and clean white color while the beer itself is a clear extremely light amber to a golden straw.

Smell:
A mix of floral and piney hops along with a bit of lemony zest and other tropical fruits such as banana and mango. The smell also has Belgian sugar and very light hints of black pepper with a tiny nose of alcohol that are shadowed by the other smells.

Taste:
Note: The beer changes with every drink as gets warmer and it's difficult to pinpoint when one taste dominates at anyone time. The hops start piney and grassy but move into a more citrusy and orange flavor later on. Additionally, the tropical fruit flavors such as mango and orange begin to emerge as the beer warms to room temperature. The beer also has a little bit of alcohol flowing with the other flavors and banana flavor from the yeast. The malts seem to have a minimal presence.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with biting carbonation. The beer finishes fairly dry but rather nice.

Overall:
A very good beer and interpretation of the style. I might try and see if I can't get another 2012. If you see one, get it.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 3oz taster glass by an awesome beertender in Kentucky...who lugged it back from belgium. Thank you!
Poured a golden straw with nice thick foamy head. Great citrusy sweet hop and "belgian" yeast aroma. Such a good smell....
Taste is just amazing. Crazy citrus and sugary hop mixed with belgian malt and yeast profile...such a strange mix, but they really nailed the balance here. Imagine La'Chouffe Dobbelen with citra...
Great brew...have one if you see it. Its great if you like belgians and IPAs...
Awesome!

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Yellow with a greenish tinge, moderately cloudy with a moderate amount of large and small bubbles. Topped with eggshell white head that is candy glass and foamy in appearance. It fades relatively fast. Candy glass lacing as well.


S: Glue, pineapple, Belgian yeasts, yellow candy lollipop, dry hay of Saaz coming through. Floral like perfume, fruity as well. Light tropical fruit like pineapple, slight canned fruit, papaya, mango.


T: Glue, pineapple, Belgian yeasts, a huge dry hay hop base comes through in between the muted tropical fruitiness of lemon, lemon zest, papaya and pineapple. Light sweetness, big dry hop tannic character on the finish.


M: Thick, moderate carbonation, big tannic dry hop finish.


O: Excellent brew. Drank December 3rd, 2012. The label said drink within 3 years, so still acceptable but on the limits of expiration. I’ve had 2013 and I think 2014’s version as well. It feels like the citrus hops have fallen off, leaving a sort of glue like flavor. The rest is excellent. This sort of brew should be drunk fresh. Still, was excited to have found this one still around in almost 2015!

Photo of beerpirates
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33 cl and 75 cl bottle

A light yellow beer with a blond, big and soapy head.
Aroma is fresh and aromatic, fruits, lemon, spices, some sweetness and tropical fruits, lychee.
Aroma is very succesfull and inspirating, strenght of Citra. Taste of fruits, lots of spices, drying and aromatic hops, lychee.
Aftertaste is great, Citra’s lychee and fruitsness. Medium bodied, high carbonation, nicely light to drink.
The fresh and succesfull beer, which Citra has given something more to the already great beer, aromatic and tropical fruity nuancees are here and there.

Photo of Douberd
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of 330 ml, similar to the classic Duvel, with Tripel Hop written under the name and the clarification, "Dry Hopped With Citra Hops" in a circle, on the lower right side of the label.
Since this is made only for this year and they're planning to make it with a different hops variety every year, I thought that it deserved a different entry.
Poured into a tulip glass, very similar to the Duvel one, after letting the beer warm up a bit. Colour is pale golden yellow, with some bubbles rising to the top and a whooping head of four fingers. Great retention and light lacing around the glass as it goes down. The head never disappears completely, even now, I have a thick part of it into my glass.
Aroma is.. fantastic! I haven't met another beer with this kind of fruity aroma. Mostly I get a fruity aroma of dark fruits, but never before something like this. The citra hops are really making a difference. I smell some guava and a bunch of other tropical fruits.
Taste is also great, much more bitter than I expected from the smell and much more bitter than the original Duvel too. Some citrus and tropical fruits on the taste again, result of the citra hops I suppose. The alcohol is there, but very masterfully concealed. I get the warming feeling but I can't feel it that much on the taste. Aftertaste is also quite bitter.
Full on the body and quite a bit of carbonation, maybe a little too much.

I am not a huge fun of Duvel, and don't get me wrong, I like it and I would gladly drink it on every given occasion, I just don't get all the hype around it. But this one, not only I liked it, I loved it, mostly for the superb aroma and then for the great, bitter taste. I had got myself three bottles already, before I even try it, but this one will probably be the first beer that will send me back to the store, in order to get some more and store in my cellar.

Photo of dbell23
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. The bottle opened with a champagne like pop. I saved this for New Year's Eve because its as close as I get to champagne. Looks like regular Duvel except the head bubbles seem to be larger. Beautiful golden color with a huge head that lingers forever. Very active carbonation. Great looking beer.

Smell is unbelievable. Lemongrass, slight pine, lemon/citrus seem to dominate. Yeast and malt are in the backround but are there. Smells like a lemony Duvel.

Taste is super good. It's like Duvel on lemon citrus steroids. Far and away this best Belgian ipa I have ever had. Clean complex and hoppy. Slight lingering hoppiness. Perfect accompaniment to the smoked salmon appetizers that I had with it.

Mouthfeel is really good. Doesn't seem to smooth out like Duvel does but really good.

Overall one of the best beers I have ever had. It's a tad pricey but certainly worth it for a special occasion. I definitely would classify it as a Belgian ipa not a strong pale ale.

Photo of rand
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a Duvel tulip glass

A: The brew pours with exploding effervescent, forming a huge, sudsy 3-inch head that never fully recedes. It's opaque, but a pale straw-yellow in color. A marshmallow coating traces the glass on a gentle twirl.

S: The dry-hopped Citra is prominet, yielding an piny, lemony scent. Notes of grapefruit and citrus rind throughout the bouquet, which is anchored by a crackery, pastry-like tone. Some holiday spice is noted, cloves and nutmeg, accented by the boozy aroma.

T: Again, hops dominate. The dry-hopping leaves notes of lemon-pepper and citrus zest. This is followed by dry spice and cloves. The brew has a crackery undertone and a good deal of booze. Finishes surprisingly short and quite dry.

M: Full bodied and lots of bubbly scrubbers throughout.

One of the dryer examples of this style I've come across, and remarkably drinkable for the high 9.5% ABV. Pretty much met my expectations - tastes just like a classic Duvel with a hop and booze kick.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Selection

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color with some lemon yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy bright white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized dense patches of medium thickness, an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts with some moderate to strong aromas of hops - citrus/lemon/grapefruit along with just a touch of apricot. There are some light amounts of herbal hops and some spicy notes from the yeast. There are some very light hints of vanilla as well.

T: The beer starts out with a light flavor of pale malts followed by some notes of the spicy yeast. Then the hops take over, first some light herbal hop notes followed by some moderate to strong flavors of citrus/lemon/grapefruit hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade relatively quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and effervescent with quite a bit of brightness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I enjoyed this version even more than previous versions of the Duvel Tripel Hop - I like the featuring of the citra hop which really stands out in both the smell and the taste of this beer. It is extremely easy to drink and hides the relatively big ABV very well. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of duracell
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle into an over-sized wine glass.
A - Crystal clear golden color. Snow-white, large head with medium retention which leaves a thin persistent topping. No lacing.
S - Lots of tropical fruits with a citrus background. Little acidic, slightly herbal, very fruity and delicious!
T/M - Unbelievably smooth beer that flows in the mouth to unveil all the flavors similar to the nose. Bitterness balances perfectly the aromas. Ends with some spiciness that dries out the mouth and makes you take another sip. Definitely some white wine character going on in there. Lively carbonation.
O - An outstanding beer that shows all the Duvel savoir-faire!

Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this beer without even realizing it was dry hopped... or that it was Citra that was used! I bought it in a little beer shop in Brussels as a a compliment to all of the "touristy" beers I had to (got to) purchase. Of all the beers I took back with me from Belgium I think this is my favorite. I don't live on the west coast, USA but a West Coast IPA is my favorite style of beer. This is the closest thing to a big American IPA I could find in Western Europe. Lots of fresh hop fruity citrus but very balanced; I love it!

Photo of crnipeter
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick Duvel-esque frothy white head that fails to create any long-lived lace on the sides
as it slowly recedes to a solid cloth atop of pale golden body with brilliant clarity that's not something I'd expect of a dry hopped bottle-conditioned ale unless it's been filtered thoroughly. Only the last pour produces some haze.

Sniffing instantly reveals unmistakable Citra hop character (citruses, gooseberry and lychee) underlain by pale malt sweetness and yeast byproducts: esters of apple and pear, and spicy phenols. The spicy notes might as well be hop (Saaz, Styrian Golding) or even alcohol-derived, thought. Perfumy alcohol adds to the complexity and even sulphury notes can be picked up.

Taste is just as one expects of a merger of Belgian Golden Strong Ale with American IPA : Belgian yeast character aided by loads of hops. Citrusy hop flavor mingles with spicy phenols, bitterness is evident but not harsh and seems at least in part phenol-derived. Alcoholic strength is dangerously hidden. Medium to full body is airy and mouthfilling, perhaps overly carbonated.

In short, more of a Belgian Golden Strong with IPA-ish hopage then IPA brewed with Belgian yeast (330 ml into tulip, BB 01-2015).

Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is light golden in colour and the pour results in a very large white head. Good retention, excellent lacing.

Bright, citra-focused smell. Pineapple and grapefruit in a big way. Lemongrass as well. Aside from that, quite floral. Some yeast behind all the hops.

Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours, and fairly bitter, particularly for the style. Belgian yeast. Very tasty. ABV is very well-hidden, drinks way too easily.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit oily. Nice.

Overall, very very good. Been awhile since I had the last tripel hop, so I am not sure how different it is, but this is very good. Surely a Belgian IPA style-wise.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange zest, lemon, floral, grass, pear, light pepper, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great hop balance and complexity. Taste of mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pepper, pear, tangerine, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, orange zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; great sweetness/bitterness balance as well; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; and an lightly slick, sticky, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of scottfrie
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. $12 at Total Wine.

A: A slow pour yields a pale golden bodied liquid beneath a huge, billowing, thick, and fluffy characteristic Duvel whipped egg-white head that took forever to collapse beneath its own weight. Duvel is the archetypal beer for the style, and this one does not disappoint. It’s perhaps a shade lighter and clearer than the original, but the head is still just as impressive. Huge chucks of sticky, rocky, lace were left down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of citra hops, as expected. This beer smells awesome. Peppery, earthy yeast, a hint of mint chewing gum and phenols, and lemony citrus come through the citra as well.
T: Very hoppy and fresh with balancing notes of earth, lemon, and peppery yeast. Citrus, flowers, pear, and peach come through as well. Finish is spicy and the aftertaste is earthy and bitter.
M: Full body, fluffy airy carbonation, smooth, bitter, and lightly drying mouth. Drink well. A hint of boozy syrupiness is detectable but it’s not distracting.
O: Amazing. Duvel is one of the best and when you add a few more hops this beer is nearly perfect. Well worth the price, and almost as good as Bitter Monk.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dull, slightly hazed straw-golden color. The massive rocky white head retains beautifully. Lots of thick, foamy lacing cements itself onto the glass.

S: Chalky yeast, black pepper, herbal hops, pulpy mango, slight lemon zest, grass, tropical fruity ester, cracker and biscuit malt.

T: Juicy, vibrant tropical hop tastes. Mango, mandarin orange, and lemon zest. Burst of pineapple esters. Peppery phenolic edge. Chalky yeast. Hops go grassy and herbal toward the mid-palate. Cracker and dry biscuit. Bone dry throughout. Finishes with lingering yeast and spicy/herbal hops.

M: Medium bodied. Highly effervescent and scrubbing. Creamy and round with a deceptive bit of weight that gets lifted away by the carbonation. Slight peppery alcohol heat.

O: So they took Duvel and introduced it to one of my favorite hop varieties. It seems like a winner on paper, and it is a winner in reality. Everything you know and love about Duvel is intact, including (perhaps most importantly) its dangerous drinkability. The Citra dry hopping adds the typical citra herbal/mango tastes with a relatively low level of bitterness. It all works very well together, and that citra 'pop' serves to make an already memorable beer even moreso.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and lots of citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funk flavor and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid flavors.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.