Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-17-2013 22:33:52 | More by scottfrie
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
330 mL bottle with freshness date. Poured into a wine glass produced a solid fluffy white head which has a really nice retention and amazingly great lacing. The colour is a light pale straw gold.
Smell has a wonderful floral hop character. Grapefruit, really juicy. Some biscuity malt. Some yeast comes through with a nice hoppy edge.
Taste has a full crisp bitter hops character, citrus hops, grapefruit, some dry yeasty barnyard note at the end. Some pepper, orange, floral esters and of course a firm Belgian yeast edge, a bit farmy and straw. Finish is quite dry, firm yeast, with an oily hoppy linger.
Mouthfeel has a nice soft carbonation, moderate body, alcohol is very underplayed, comes across slightly on the palate. Some spicey heat. But very refreshing and satisfying with a nice big body on this.
Fantastic beer. A big IPA, but tons of flavour and complexity. Really nice combination of belgian yeast and the oily citra hops works lovely. It is a strong big beer, but has a great balance and drinks quite light actually. Quite rich and a pretty classic embodiment of what of think of as the BIPA style. Lovely stuff.
02-17-2013 21:55:16 | More by mick303
3/5 rDev -30.4%
$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.
02-16-2013 03:54:44 | More by Mitchster
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-07-2013 10:19:45 | More by heygeebee
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-01-2013 03:47:46 | More by Damian
5/5 rDev +16%
The regular Duvel is about as close to perfect as I can imagine and with the addition of my favorite hop variety...
Pours out the usual bright, golden, yellow with a ton of white and fluffy head and a champagne-like carbonation.
The aroma is the typical Duvel; pear, apple, banana, clove, coriander, white pepper and yeasty bready notes, but with the addition of orange peel, lemon zest and some nice piney, resinous hop notes.
The taste is pretty much identical to the aroma. The Citra hop really adds a ton of hop flavor here; orange peel, some grassy notes, piney/resinous hop notes along with tropical fruit notes. These blend extremely well with the typical pear, apple and banana notes along with the subtle spiciness the clove and white pepper taste adds. Can't taste or smell the alcohol at all.
The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the body is on the light side of medium. Tons of carbonation like usual with Duvel and there is a slight warming as it goes down.
I already love the regular Duvel and the Citra hop just pushes this into perfection for me. A great beer and definitely worth trying.
01-29-2013 03:45:25 | More by JohnnyMc
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
01-13-2013 23:15:11 | More by FLima
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
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
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-05-2013 01:56:39 | More by jrenihan
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-02-2013 08:00:54 | More by superspak
Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.