Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by crnipeter:
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
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).
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2013 00:11:50 | More by crnipeter
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
Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.