Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 03-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hoppy masterpiece from Duvel. Very sharp and piney, crisp, clear and golden. Adequate creamy head. But for this one, it’s all about the hops, and they come through in spades. The hops bitterness really shines, without being overpowering. Very, very good showcase for hops

Photo of janubio
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden colour, with a good head that leaves a good lace, and a ringh on the surface. Aorma is predominantly resins, with citruses notes, some spices, grass. Oily texture, medium body, some tiny bubbles alwasy coming up. Taste of resins (pot smokers will understand), citrus, some tropical fruits. Dry finish. Great.

Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Giant white head with a cloudy, yellow amber color.

Intense aroma of lemon, grapefruits, very floral with typical belgium yeast. Yeast goes along with strong hoppy notes, full of grapes and lime.

Untypical massive bitterness for a Tripel / Strong Ale, almost a Double-IPA with lots of yeast and peppery spices in it. Tastes like a normal "Duvel" paired with an american IPA, adding up perfectly to a whole new beer experience. Carbonation underlines the freshness of the beer, ending in a hop bitterness in which the spices are still present. Floral notes are noticable the whole time, also subtle hints of lime.

Bitter, dry ending rounds up the IPA-character of this unique beer.

Photo of Wanne
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer. Golden in colour with a slightly orange accent. The head is white and very dense. An initial maly taste turns into an overwhelming citrus and herbal taste due to the addition of the sorachi hops. Even better than a traditional Duvel!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

-2013 edition dry hopped with Sorachi hops consumed 11/28/14 and served in an etched duvel tulip glass. 9.5% abv.

(3.60) A: Pale brass coloring in the vessel with a good clarity shows a feverish pitch of macro-effervesce bubbles rushing to the surface. Atop is a bready white head, moderately retaining while leaving a thin lace band upon dropping.

(3.55) S: Decent wiff of wet lemony hops and stalks, herbal hops with a soft peppery finish. The aroma level held up well despite the lengthy hold over.

(4.10) T: Crisp flavor, bright, wet lemony flair witha peppery spicing. Quenching lemon, wheat backing with a zesty citrus hopping. Time has not seemed to taken a toll or affected the hop status here a year later. Hints of breakfast fruit, tart pineapple, coconut cream,with a dry, scotchy-pine alcohol finish.

(4.10) M: Crisp mouthful, tight bubbly champagne like carbonation. Wet lemony hops, peppery herbal spicing, yeasty with a nice glow of alcohol coming from the 9.5% abv.

(4.10) O: Very good drinkability. One of the standards for belgian beer and just goes to show you how difficult it is to duplicate by an american brewery.

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Deep gold and cloudy with yeast and a slight green tinge, 3 fingers of off white head, chunky lacing typical to Duvel, some fine bubbles rising within.

S: Complex floral, aromatic perfume, light fruitiness like a tripel, particularly lemon peel and cantelope, citrusy, peppery.

T: Complex and great. At first I think tripel with the lemon peel, lemonade and cantelope fruitiness, then I get light sweetness, then it finishes off dry so typical of the original Duvel. A Belgian tripel and a Duvel together in a glass. Very citrusy as well. Really does feel green and dry. Alcohol of 9% is well hidden. Light bitter finish.

M: Medium body, slight syrup then extreme desert dry finish, medium carbonation with small and soda like bubbles.

O: Awesome great beer reportedly brewed only once, so I’m glad to have tasted it. Saw it in Brussels airport but never managed to get one with all my limited space and time, but it was next on my list. So glad to have found it Feb 22 in the local Irish pub in Kunming while on a date with my daughter. Amazingly yesterday I saw it on a podcast, and wished for it, and probably prayed for it, and Father answered me so fast by allowing me to find one so close. Thanks Dad!

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 09/2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold. Very tall, very effervescent white head. Great head retention with a big island of foam. Very thin lacing.

S: Definitely sorachi ace in this one. Light aroma of lemongrass right off the bat. Light citrus, pears and some earthy, black pepper spice too. Sweet grains for the malt.

T: Lots of lemongrass up front. Spicy. Surprising hop strength especially since this is from 2013. A bit of light citrus in there too. Sweet grains in the middle. Light bitterness in the finish with more lemongrass and some earthy black pepper. Grainy black pepper lingers between sips with an oddly skunk-like (but not quite) flavor.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: Interesting variation of the duvel tripel hop. Sorachi ace is quite prevalent. Maybe a little too all-encompassing if I'm honest. I really enjoy Duvel and this is all sorachi ace. It's good, don't get me wrong. I was just expecting something a little different. Still nicely executed and I enjoyed it plenty.

Photo of Ale_Dog
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: beautiful hazy pale yellow with thick head and excellent carbonation.
Overall: strong hop presence which overrides the nice belgian yeast character. I like hops, but this is too much in a belgian ale for me. While still a solid beer, a little more balance would be nice.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always open to trying a new beer from Duvel Moortgat.

Pours clear with a thin off-white head. Flavor is sweet. Minimal hop spices. More so as the aftereffect lingers in my mouth. There seems to be what seems vaguely similar to a pear flavor here; it's probably a different fruit that I am reminded of but can't remember the name of. Overall it is very crisp. Another nice brew from a brewery that I expect no less from.

Photo of JTuomi
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Zraly
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
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.

Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
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.

Photo of AwYeh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.61/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of FLima
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.