Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Reviews by crnipeter:
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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).
01-06-2013 00:11:50 | More by crnipeter
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4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
01-13-2013 16:48:26 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
12-21-2012 12:24:14 | More by CrazyDavros
3.86/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-23-2013 14:18:44 | More by Phyl21ca
4.74/5 rDev +10%
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.
11-24-2012 03:10:47 | More by Greywulfken
4.29/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-16-2013 17:38:51 | More by metter98
4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
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
04-03-2013 02:24:31 | More by SHODriver
Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.