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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Ratings: 137
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.09/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$15.99 for a corked, caged and foiled 750ml bottle. 2012. Hopped with Citra, Saaz, & Styrian Goldings, then dry hopped with Citra. 9.5% per the bottle.

Pours out to a very pale straw golden with very good clarity and forming a rapidly expanding and overflowing bone white head with superior retention and lacing...kinda like soap bubbles, in part due to it's very brisk carbonation which is at least 4.0 carbs or so. The nose is of spicy floral hops with apple and pear esters nicely balanced by some Belgian phenolics. The mouthfeel is champagne like, exploding upon the tongue with a very dry finish, deceptively light body and a biting finish. The taste is of delicate pils malt, the spicy, grassy and floral hops, and a firm bitterness. Unfortunately, the alcohol is very hot and marred by lots of higher alcohols which burn and ruin the taste for me. The bitterness is quite peculiar. I wonder if they are using hop concentrate. Quite warming as it goes down. Some lemony tartness in the aftertaste with lots of pears in the burps.

Disappointed with this one, especially considering the price. Along this line, Matilda is superior, as is La Fin du Monde (although both are less hoppy). Wouldn't buy it again, and can't recommend it.

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 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 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 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.

Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-A careful pour (at pretty high altitude) resulted in two-plus fingers of shiny, white foam that was very slow to fade. Some nice lacing left on the glass as I consumed. The beer was light golden and pale in color with a fair amount of big, chunky bubbles visible.

S-The smell was among the hoppiest Belgians I have ever sniffed. Lots of peppery spice, lemongrass, hay, and citrus. A touch of alcohol and light malts. Pretty clean smelling.

T-The taste tracked the smell pretty closely with bitter, peppery, and lemony hop flavors dominating my palate. The beer had a great, long-lasting finish that sweetened up just a bit and gave just a little indication of the 9.5 % ABV.

M-Feel was light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O-This was an enjoyable offering and close to, if not as good as, standard Duvel. If I had to critique, I would say the carbonation was touch heavy and the brew was skewed slightly towards the bitter and peppery end of the flavor spectrum (I could have used more bright citrus), but these are minor complaints about what is a very good and mostly well-balanced beer.

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 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 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 TallSaint
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 24th, 2013

Pours pale, hazy and about as light in color as you can get.

In the nose Citra is present but not domineering. Orange sorbet and citrus meld well with the pepperiness from the Saaz and Goldings as well as clove-y, and band-aid-y Belgian phenols. There's a lot going on in the nose, hopefully it is the same on the palate.

On the palate the Citra dominates upfront with orange sorbet, lemon rind and a touch of hoppy resins. In the mid-palate the peppery and earth hops dominate, underpinned by clove-y phenols and the slightest touch of biscuit from the malt. In the back the phenols are more present and combine with a hoppy bitterness that leads to a long, dry finish that is a bit waxy, coating the back of the mouth.

Carbonation is perfect and the mouthfeel is very light, per usual Duvel. It is insanely drinkable, especially at 9.5%.

A great beer; a very interesting twist to a classic.

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 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 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 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 dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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 lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour: very fine and very clear. Head is a solid froth of white—surprisingly not as frothy and large as a regular Duvel usually gives. Carbonation is vibrant and pervasive. It looks like a very nice champagne. Very refined and exciting.

Nose is gorgeous. Big clean citric bite from the Citra, backed by solid leafy, herbal and fresh classic hop varieties. Smooth, clear light malt backs it up, providing a crisp organic character, but letting the hops do most of the work. Some spicy notes from the yeast come through as well, along with a hint of fragrant vanilla, but it's much cleaner than perhaps a standard Belgian ale at 9.5%. In some senses, it's rather reminiscent of an Imperial Pils. Lovely aroma.

Taste is clean and light, and drinkable in that skillful way the Belgians have of making high ABV beers so quaffable. Light mild estery notes on the mid-palate do inflame into a slightly boozy hint on the back. But there's a pleasant brut dryness to the finish as well, which musses up with some leafy hop notes, giving a crisp finish and a lilting flavour kick. Mostly, this is clean and fresh, and really rather pleasant indeed.

Mouthfeel is bright and sparkling, with a pleasant powdery effervescence. It really does justice to the bright crisp hop fragrances.

Yes, this is really excellent stuff. Fresh, fragrant and drinkable, but crafted with mastery and balanced wonderfully.

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 heygeebee
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Platinum. BB 01 2015.

Pours a pale gold. Head is two fingers worth of large froth n bubbles. Fades to a film, spotty lace.

Tangerine, hops, citrus on nose. A blast.

Taste is hop driven, lemon zesty, citrus, Belgian yeast, orange peel, with a balanced hop bite. Dry overall.

Mouthfeel not quite as champage like as std Duvel. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

A really good take on a classic style. What a dilemma for the brewers, with such a good base, how to alter and not worsen. Wish I could do an AB comparison, I suspect I prefer Std.

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 benfons
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour, nice big dense head (but not as big as a regularDuvel)
Smells of lemon, hints of hop
Nicely balanced between citrus and hoppy bitterness, crisp and refreshing
Thin to medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall really nice crisp beer, with some complexity, citra not overdone

Photo of hardy008
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear light gold with a two finger rocky white head with good retention and plenty of lacing, from a gentle pour. The aroma has Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, and spices.

The taste is sweet, with hop bitterness for balance. There is Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lemon, pepper, spices, floral hops, and light banana. A nice complex beer which changes slightly with each drink taken.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. The alcohol is well disguised for a 9.5% abv beer. Very nicely made. I recommend trying this beer if you get the chance.

Photo of fdig23
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased from Wegmans-Downingtown. Really upscale looking packaging with gold foil wrapped cage & cork and a little booklet explaining the beer.

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored body with a big, fluffy pure white head. Plenty of bubbles streaming to the surface. Head lasts for the whole glass.

Nose: Untoasted wheat bread, typical Belgian aromas, sour lemonade and pine needles

Taste: Wheat at first, followed by bitter lemon and pine thanks to the Citra, rounds out with some caramel notes and boozy heat

Mouthfeel: Light in body but extremely carbonated. Overwhelmingly so at first, but as the beer sits out it becomes more pleasant.

Overall, an above average belgian golden pale with nice lemon & pine IPA characteristics, but not quite the perfection of the original Duvel.

Photo of FLima
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale yellow color, poured a two finger consistent head with a medium retention and leaving a constant thin lace and marks through the glass.
Strong aroma of citrus and marijuana.
Very citric taste, but not too acid and with a nice hoppy bitterness. Hints of pine, herbal tea and orange peel.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter.
Medium body with good carbonation, and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 9.5% is completely well hidden.
Delicious beer, and I had tasted 30 minutes ago a hoppy Mikkeller (hoppy is modest for its 1000 IBUs). I would define it as a Belgian IPA that crossed the Atlantic. Glad to see that tradition is meeting modern times as well. Impressive.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.