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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Tripel  Hop 2013 Sorachi AceDuvel Tripel  Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 03-28-2013)
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JTuomi

Finland

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (12 2015) into a tulip. Pale golden color with some haze. Four finger white head with good retention and lacing. Hoppy aroma with grass, lemon and a hint of apple. Crisp and sweet first taste that is followed by a bitter and dry aftertaste with hoppy grass, lemon, spice and grapefruit that lasts for some time. Light to medium body and high carbonation. Some warming on the tongue but the alcohol doesn't taste through. Very drinkable and left me wanting another one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 18:39:14 | More by JTuomi
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 12/2015. Pours light hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, floral, grass, herbal, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, white grape, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, floral, grass, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of hop, fruity/spicy yeast, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:36:08 | More by superspak
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 10/2015

A- Pale yellow with a high degree of clarity and a big white head.

S- A light Belgian yeast character of light spices and citrus zest. Slight alcohol. Definite musty yeast character. Some grassy notes.

T- Similar to aroma. Some light sweetness, seems more bitter than regular Duvel. Some alcohol seems more than 9.5%. Dry hoppy finish.

M-Medium light good level of carbonation.

O- I think the Sorachi Ace hops really pair well with the Belgian sugar and yeast. This seems more bitter than regular Duvel bordering on Belgian IPA levels. A nice take on one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:41:35 | More by PaulyB83
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Duvel Oversized Tulip glass. Pale gold, clear appearance. White froth remains as a thin layer on top. Intense grapefruit, underneath resin, anise & Belgian yeast aromas rounded by notes of pepper, herbs, earth, sour almond & tropical fruit. Crispy & sugary upfront is swept out by gentle citric hops & ripe fruit notes. Medium to light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily texture. Subtle citric zest & sour almonds astringency linger into a bitter/sweet finish. Fruity aftertaste shows memories of green wood & resins. Well integrated & kind alcohol. Refreshing drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:29:36 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, Best Before 10 2015
L - very bubbly hazy champaign colored ale topped with a crazy persistent frothy white head
S - nice floral hop aroma, zesty, citric, fruity, banana and mandarin
T - very zesty with moderate bitterness; notes of orange and grapefruit zest, white grape, champagne, floral hops, biscuit, Belgian yeast, grassy and earthy hops - nice complexity
F - bitterness builds, drying on the palate, medium body with full carbonation bordering on being over carbonated.
O - a bit of a surprise here. I'm not crazy over the regular Duvel, but this was something different. I like it, although it was a bit pricy at $4.99 for the single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:42:52 | More by barnzy78
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle marked 09-2015-L9282-1403. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour is golden yellow with active carbonation leading up to a white fizzy head. The head fades to a ring in short order.

The aroma has a sort of crispy freshness to it due to the grassy hops intermingling with the grape and other citrus characters. Malts are hard to notice.

The body is light, bubbly, but also smooth.

The taste also has that same grassy character but the malts are easier to find on the palate than on the nose. A good toasted pale malt character balances off with the champagne-like effervescent. Slightly lingering finish. It has a very champagne feel to the whole thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:42:40 | More by puboflyons
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Zraly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice, clear gold -- can get cloudy if you do not stop your pour, of course. Frothy, white head. Smells wonderful. Notes of fruit and fresh mint hit the nose and the sex appeal of this gets a nice boost.

Mango and papaya upfront with a touch of mint and dill make a wonderful compliment to a well-constructed tripel. A touch of earth and funk in the finish, with sweet malts ringing through the front of the palate. A bit juicy but also finishes dry; very approachable in this respect. Very tasty and a great riff on an already great beer style.

Would really work nice with a chirashi bowl. Also, anything that might accentuate the tropical notes would work nice -- maybe something with a bit of heat to bring out the sweet. This is a bit on the spendy side but is well worth your hard-earned cash.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 22:46:45 | More by Zraly
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this offering but what I got was a refreshing, very tasty beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The appearance looked more like a white ale, hazy light pale yellow with significant carbonation sustaining a soapy head. I didn't notice much in the first few sniffs, but slowly got a hint of yeast along with lemon, the combination somehow making me think of tangerine.

The taste hits with the carbonation, and initially a lighter feel. Then I get a little lemon-mint (what my previous experience tells me is the Sorachi hops) layered on a tart and yeasty backbone, with a hint of banana in the background. Describing it makes me think there would be no way I would like the beer I just described. However the tastes aren't as distinct as the description and are balanced quite well.

The ending of the beer leaves a light lingering of the initial lemon-mint in a drier, almost resinous form. I will definitely grab some mire of this beer given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:37:27 | More by cjgiant
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a pale, cloudy golden body with large white head that dies quick but leaves lace patches. A piney hop aroma that borders on dirty and an interesting mix of some yeast and sweet malts as well. The beer is crisp, light to medium bodied, mostly a citric, piney hop profile but there is not only a touch of sour citricness but a little bit yeasty and I get some sweet malts and sweet fruit notes (like grapefruit or tangerine which not accustomed to tasting in Belgian beers). Thanks to the carbonation and hops this beer finishes dry and crisp. I am not a huge Duvel fan but this beer really hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:28:57 | More by clayrock81
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HalfFull

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 330 ml bottle served in a large wine glass. The latest edition of the Tripel Hop pours a golden straw in color with a hint of chill haze. A robust white cap is a welcome sight from the small stubby bottle and shows solid retention.

Aroma is quite different than the classic more yeast driven aroma given the hop blast. Yeast notes are still under the initial smack of hops and blend fairly well. In fact I would say I like them equally. Taste is much more affected than expected from the hopping with a coarse saaz structure throughout the palate. Bit more sweet lemon bread on the finish, coarse and flavorful and hiding the more robust ABV fairly well. Feel is full given the firm carbonation and hop spice on the finish. Overall I find it odd to call all hoppy beers IPA's but this is indeed a very different animal than your classic Duvel, like the twin brother seperated at birth and raised by a different family. Still, in my mind it's a hoppy BSPA and a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 07:02:51 | More by HalfFull
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was not expecting much but god this is a great beer. Appearance is outstanding. Could not determine the smell at first but then it hit me, grapefruit! Very fresh grapefruit and sorachi ace aroma. The first sip was super sweet and intense. The second sip I could not detect any sweetness at all. This is a nice complex beer that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:21:36 | More by Richardbeerlover
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Foggy, very nice golden color. Half finger of frothy white head tops off the glass, and decent lacing is left behind.

S: Belgian yeast stands out, but pine, clove, lemon zest, banana, and grass are all fairly strong. I really like the aroma for the style.

T: Bitter grass and lemon zest start things off, before sweet banana and bubblegum come in. Hops and yeast make the finish somewhat bitter. Alcohol comes out a bit as it warms; it doesn't hurt it much, but I think I did prefer it cooler.

M: Thin-bodied and well carbonated. Really pleasant mouthfeel, creamy and smooth.

O: This is a great Belgian IPA, and I thoroughly enjoyed my glass. Definitely interested in picking this one up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:32:03 | More by AwYeh
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Decanted so as to separate the yeast sediment.

A: Pale golden color with a white sort of hue. Good clarity. The head is massive, rocky, and bone white as expected. Retention is excellent. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Biscuity malt base, hints of juicy fruit gum. Lighter stone fruits, tropical starfruit and mandarin orange. Lemon grass. Quick whiffs of white pepper and clovey phenol. Yeast is a little doughy and chalky.

T: Biscuity and crackery malt base. Very dry overall. Estery with hints of juicy fruit, starfruit, and mandarin orange. Nip of spicy alcohol. Quick flash of peppery phenol. Grassy hops, lemon grass, lightly herbal. Bone dry finish of crackery malt, fading grassy hops, and some lingering alcohol.

M: Light on the palate, it seems to evaporate right off of the tongue. Ample scrubbing carbonation adds a snappy crispness. Light hop astringency. Alcohol warms deep in the chest.

O: A little more subtle on the hops than last year's Citra hopped version, but I'm not complaining. It still retains the trademark Duvel crispness, though this is a little bigger, and a little more boozy and estery than the regular Duvel recipe. The price point might cause some people to shy away, but this is very much worth a drink, especially if you can buy singles.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:56:06 | More by ryan1788a5
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dcmchew

Romania

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Dark-yellow to golden, hazy, nice foam and lacing.
Smells of flowerblossoms, hay, lemon rind and green grass.
Like the 2012, there's big citrus, but mostly lemon and lime zest, bringing a lot of crispness; very low acidic fruit and peach. Some tropical coconut coming through, this is new for me. A nuke of green herbal notes follows, with lemongrass, pinecones, sage, green grass and hay, and fresh tobacco leaf, but also some green spices like some low dill, parsley and coriander. Malts are very light, grainy. Hoppy finish is really something, with the Sorachi Ace blending with the Saaz, resulting in a metallic and exotic bitterness, extremely dry and intense. Wow. And again, really rough.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, just enough, like the usual Duvel. Alcohol lingers now, with the dry and crisp herbs.
The 2012 Duvel Tripel Hop was a twist on the classic recipe, but thus 2013 was a tornado. The classic Belgian pale Duvel mixed with Japanese dry hops and German noble hops results in (almost) the best Belgian IPA i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 16:33:03 | More by dcmchew
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows Belgian phenols and esters hinting as pears and green apples along with a little brown sugar and some spicy, herbal hops. Alcohol gets strong later on.
Flavours include spicy herbal hops, Belgian phenols, hot solvent-like alcohol, sweet sugary notes. Not great.
Carbonation is much too high, annoyingly so.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:00:02 | More by CrazyDavros
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FLima

Brazil

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great presentation card, bright golden color with a huge frothy head with great retention that leaves a wall of laces with a long apparent carbonation.
Superb aroma of Sorachi hops with strong notes of lime and mint, also Belgian yeast, spices and tea leaves. Hints of white grapes, herbal and floral hops, coconuts, mold and Cointreau. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering lemony and ripped pineapple taste.
Medium body with an appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is harmonic and enhances the experience.
Last two selections were excellent, can’t way to taste the next. It is likely the best Belgian IPA I had so far, and in my opinion, it is much more fun than the ordinary Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:15:27 | More by FLima
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JohnG190

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw with a thick, white head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nose of citrus, fresh cut grass and floral notes. Bitter on the tongue with lemony and grassy notes. Finishes dry. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it's more like a farmhouse ale than a Belgian IPA. Very well crafted and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:39:47 | More by JohnG190
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.33 Litre bottle into a Duvel glass in 'Halte 5' a specialist beer bar next to Brugge Railway Station on 22 sep 2013.

Poured it myself, full white head on the golden body, just like it should be.

Grassy, citrus and hoppy. That just about wraps it up nicely. Add some Belgian yeast esters and a spoon full of alcohol and you've nailed the brew completely.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:34:05 | More by BlackHaddock
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says its good until 09 2015!

My pour gets a finger and a half of white head. The body is a vibrant straw color. Lace clings in thick sheets.

I smell grain, hops, a little bit of booze. Yeast and grass are also all up in the mix.

Grain and yeast make up the front end of this. Very grassy and gardeny hops take over, then a slight spice mixes in. No real alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. I would classify this beer as slightly sticky overall. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 13:01:32 | More by CFHMagnet
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw colored body with lots of transparency and just the slightest haze. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass towards a large frothy white head.

S- Lots of noble hops, Belgian yeast, tree fruit aromas including pear and some light toasted grains.

T- Strong herbal hop flavors with some toasted grains, fruity flavors and lots of alcohol. Flavors are pretty good and the big hop presence is there, but the alcohol is very noticeable and slightly overwhelming.

M- High carbonation, medium bodied, slight tingle and lingering alcohol aftertaste.

O- A little too strong on the alcohol for me to really appreciate this one. The flavors are there, but the alcohol presence overwhelms. I like the original Duvel much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:05:32 | More by stephenjmoore
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oberon

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Ommegang yesterday afternoon.Poured in a tulip glass a lightly hazed lemon color with a nice looking sticky bone white head atop.Aromas were herbal and grassy with mild yeasty esters with a bit of lightly toasted grain.Great hop complexity on the palate,very "green" and herbal,with some sharp spiciness,and citric notes,the malt backbone was dry and the yeast was there but not overly heavy handed.This was one of the better BIPA's I have had,very hop complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 20:39:08 | More by oberon
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Billolick

New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 OZ bottle, $5.99 (!) per bottle at Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. Clearly - no bargain...
Best before dating of 09 2015. But why would you sit on such a hop forward beer?

Pours lightly hazed lemony lighter amber. The huge head pretty quickly goes to a frothy film and leaves nice looking fine and scattered lace.

Sweet ripe fruits and some lemon on the nose.

So tasty, so fresh tasting and so dry and hoppy. Citric, fruity, Belgian yeast infused. Quality all the way, with spiced up hops, yeast and citric notes creating a boldly flavorful and complex offering.

The price is prohabitive, but all Belgian IPA lovers and hop heads must give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:09:53 | More by Billolick
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a clear gold. Leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell:
The yeast and malt dominates the smell quite a bit with bits of apples and pears coming through. Other smells include kiwi and tropical fruits. The hops appear to be missing from the smell but are more noticeable once the beer warms up a little bit that the lemongrass comes through.

Taste:
The hops are much stronger and the lemongrass from the hops is much more noticeable and dominates the tongue. The apple and pear supplement the hops and make a fairly nice tasting Belgian IPA. Additionally, some of the hops are fruity but are more noticeable when the beer is warm. The yeast is still there and strong but not as strong as the smell. The after taste also has a slight bit of alcohol to it.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with some serious carbonation that reminds me of sparkling water. Extremely dry finish with a hint of burn.

Overall:
A pretty good variation of their tripel and I'll probably pick this up as long as it's available.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:15:12 | More by HattedClassic
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fmccormi

New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from an 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a Teku glass; freshness date of October 2015, if I’m not mistaken (“10 2015 L4154 1025”). This year’s edition of Tripel Hop was dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace, Saaz Saaz, and Styrian Golding hops, so, y’know. That’s cool.

Appearance (4.75): This beer pours with a solid three fingers of very fine-grained, fluffy head that borders on meringue, capping a pale, straw-golden body marked only by a chill haze. This shows some ridiculous retention, leaving a full finger of foam long after the pour and spotty suds along with wide swaths and arcs of lace. Holy nuts. Holy, holy nuts.

Smell (3.75): The combination of malt and yeast esters give off aromas of honeyed biscuits, pears and apples, white and black pepper; the hops are grassy, earthy, lemony and with an interesting spicy note, as well. The hops blend in with the malt and yeast character—nicely put together, but it could be a bit more aromatic . . . though interestingly, it gets more expressive as it warms up a bit.

Taste (4.5): Theeere it is—think this is Sorachi blazing through. Sweetened lemon juice, light tones of coconut milk and lemongrass, and a resinous character really rings across the palate from start to finish. The same malt and yeast tones from the nose come into the palate, too, but with a different balance: sweet apple juice, pear flesh, lively white and black pepper spiciness flesh out the beer beneath these great hop flavors. Some extremely grassy, resinous hop oiliness helps bridge the hop flavors and the 9.5% ABV hiding in this beer, which while present isn’t overwhelming or even particularly noticeable at first. There’s a solid-to-strong hop bitterness that’s present on the front end, goes away briefly in the middle for a wash of sweet yeast esters and fruity hops, and then comes in alongside the booze in the finish for a strong, lasting, resinous close. This is extremely well-done.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Just like Duvel. Which is to say, lovely. Extremely dry on the palate, with a champagne-like carbonation that tingles with coarse bubbles all over, foaming quickly and easily, before subsiding to that drying, resinous finish. The booze really helps dry out the feel, too. But somehow the body remains light weight and almost quenching (if it wasn’t for the overall size of the beer).

Overall (4.5): I love this beer. It might be my new favorite Belgian IPA, actually—blows almost every other rendition of the style I’ve had out of the water. Very easy to drink, but with an incredibly bold and dynamic character in both flavor and feel. Really the only thing that could seriously be improved is the aroma, and even that is pretty solid. But overall, this is insanely good. Seek it out, and if you like Duvel, hops, Belgian IPAs, or whatever, don’t be afraid to fork over a few bucks for it. Definitely worth it, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 05:06:29 | More by fmccormi
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2015. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The 2013 edition of this beer is hopped with Sorachi Ace, Saaz and Styrian Goldings. I enjoyed last year's version, so hopefully this will live up to expectations.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A pale gold hue with a hazy translucence and plentiful carbonation. Produces a vast head of fluffy, brilliant-white foam with excellent stability; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of bright citrus with hints of lemon, lime, peel and grass/hay, underpinned by fruity yeast esters, phenolics, mild spice and a warming whiff of booze. Rather nice.

Tastes of fruity aroma hops and earthy yeast, with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of lemon, lime, mild peel, grass/hay, white pepper, fruity esters, phenolics, faint spice, earthiness and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with a faintly spicy quality and a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A restrained, aromatic bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by hop oils that tantalise the palate. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, aroma hops and a leafy bitterness.

Tasty - another satisfying blend of Belgian style with aromatic hops. In particular, the lemony notes complement the yeasty character well (something that was also apparent in the 2012 version). It looks great; though Duvel always does. The aroma and flavour are lovely - plenty of light citrus notes accompanied by spicy, earthy yeast. Body is superbly judged. Very nice; if it weren't for the price I'd grab a few more. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:11:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.