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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 56
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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

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 Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color with a big fluffy pure white head that settled into a puffy cap. Duvel is perhaps the best looking pale straw colored beer.

The aroma has a nice amount of clove from the yeast. Light farmhouse. Straw like aroma from the malt. Perhaps some lemon from the sorachi hops. Seems more yeasty than normal. Whatever smells good.

Pale malt flavor, slightly dry from pils malt. Some clove but not nearly as yeasty in the flavor. Nice lemony grass flavor from the hops. This hop works very well with Belgian plae ales. Not very strong but adds a slight twist to the standard duvel.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, burns slightly. Sweet on the palate with yeasty spice.

Another fine duvel. Fan of this hop, especially with BPAs. Not as dry and a little more flavorful.

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 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 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 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 smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A truly perfect looking Belgian pale in a glass I have to admit. Crystal clear, lemon and green gold body color, with a roaring middle column of fire in the middle of the glass, like a demon spawning from hell. Frothy, soapy, and big shampoo bubbles three fingers with lots of retention and soapy clumping. Great cascading bubbles along the side in white flecks, and clumps of frothy lacing. Yup, I'd say this doesn't look any better.

Interesting nose. Farmhouse like senses, but with a classic grass hinting hop. Sweetness is quite hidden with hardly any sense of sucrose. Hop angle seems a bit muted but it does squeek out some pleasurable spicy tones.

Real nice sharp palate. Crisp finish with a mild funk sense but doesn't quite seem to be brett. Very nice controlled and sharp bitter hop angle, finishing with grass and spices. A little bit of oily sense and crispness matched in with a boozy warmth. Champagne crispness and playful carbonation making everything just pop on the palate.

Belgians Americanizing their beer? Considering I find ordinary Duvel kind of boring, I say if results come out like this more power to them. Even without the lemongrass freshness I expect from Sorachi missing here, you just made a beer better I say!

Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a lovely, Duvel quality head - tall and lumpy, settling to a thick layer above the surface. Definite Sorachi Ace lemon aromas to start, but also more grassy, peppery hop notes, yeast esters, and a bit of pale malt. Sorachi Ace is front and center in the flavor as well, more so than the nose. Lemony with an almost white wine-like quality. Bitter citrus peel, flowers, spicy yeast. Medium bodied and seemingly a little stronger feeling than the original. I don't know...obviously, the base beer is great, a classic, but the Sorachi is distracting (which is all too common). It's still a fine beer, but this hop is certainly not one I would choose to dry hop Duvel.

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

A: in the proprietary tulip, looks like Duvel: gorgeous clear gold beer streaming with carbonation, beneath an imposing head of snow-white foam

S: Belgian yeast, crisp, pale malts, and an array of floral, earthy, and herbal hops

T: similar to a Duvel, but with less sweet spice, more earthy and herbal flavors, like dill and cilantro - rustic lemon - fresh malts and bitter and floral hops, and tart, bright yeasts; suggestions of pale fruit sweetness. Some musky, musty undertones to balance it all out.

M: crisp, clean, fizzy, moderate bittering, medium-light weight; drying finish

O: along with the 2012 Citra hop edition, this beer manages to elevate itself above the normal Duvel. A real beer - crisp, golden full of life and flavor, and with a hefty wallop of 9.5 abv. A must-have for fans of Belgian pale ales and Sorachi Ace hops.

Photo of RuudJH
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite yellow this beer, soapy head, but not as big as regular Duvel.
Smell is pleasant with pine, very clear lemon as well, hint of nightshade tomatoeplant foliage.
Taste is very nice fruity. Lemon. The beer is bitter, but it's mild and lasting. The alcohol is covered perfectly.
Overall, this is a very good beer indeed. The 2012 was great, but this is even better. This brewery has done itself a favour with this new line of beer.

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and consistently eft a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of lemony and spicy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: Like te smell, the taste has flavors of lemon citrus hops, pale malts and spices along with some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness.
O: The lemony aromas and flavors make this an interesting version of Duvel, although it doesn't seem to have as much complexity as the other tripel hop versions.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with best before date 09 2015 printed on the back label. My first beer from this brewery, having never tried the original Duvel, or any of it's other variants before. Also my first encounter with a genuine Belgian IPA. Expectations are high based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours four huge fingers of fluffy chunky big bubbly head on top of a murky pale yellow-straw colored body. Light fluffy head floats like a cloud on top, and retains itself well. Big fluffy lacing crisscrossing itself on the glass.

S - Smell is of Belgian bubblegum malts, yeast, and grains, citric lemongrass, earthiness, & "barnyard" funkiness maybe. The hop blend, along with the Sorachi ace lends light lemongrass qualities to the beer, and little else. Some faint alcohol esters present on the finish. Otherwise, a tame smelling beer.

T - The taste isn't exactly what comes to mind when I tend to think of my everyday typical American IPA's, not that I was expecting it to taste as such. The hops take a far more subtle backseat approach here, lending a crisp refreshing lemon grassy bite to a big beer. Up front is bubblegum malt, yeast, banana bread, alcohol fume heat, and some spiciness.

M - Feel is crisp and light-bodied considering this beer's high 9.50% abv. Dry mouthfeel with a slight sour tingle, and nice carbonation.

Overall, not exactly my ideal style of beer in the first place, so it probably isn't something I would get again, especially considering the price tag. I'm trying to acquire an appreciation for Belgian style beers, so I'm weening myself into them slowly, and I figured Belgian IPA's would be a good place to start. I look forward to trying the original classic Duvel, and it's other variants.

Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace ---4/5.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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 HattedClassic
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly hazy light yellow pour with a airy two finger head with nice retention and lacing. Slightly funky, herbal nose with tons of yeasty, grassy, Belgian goodness along with hints of lemon, pine, and of course that signature Sorachi hop note. The hops are definitely more prevalent in the taste. Lots of lemon and grass along with hints of dill, bubblegum, grapefruit, pine, and white pepper. The mouthfeel is crisp, light, and slightly fizzy with a nice dry finish. Very refreshing and crazy drinkable for a 9.5 ABV beer. Overall, this doesn't live up to last year's Citra version, but still a solid beer.

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

33 cl bottle poured into my CBS snifter
Bright golden, big white fluffy head that dissepearce quicly , no lace
Full hops in the nose, soft citrus, sorachi is a bit more in the back taking a grass, lemongrass approach here and not earthly , sharp esters, pepper, soft, round, fruity.
Full sweet citrus, grapefruit, lemongrass, fruity, lingering bitter aftertaste, sharp yeast, white grapes, sweet soft, grass. Light, round soft, creamy.
The Citra was much better but this is still lovely , but a bit to soft and watery ,

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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 TrevorWGrover
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to try the Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 with citra which got me very excited about the 2013. Unfortunately, I was let down.

I am drinking it right now and I am a little disappointed. It is definitely a high-hopped overly bitter version of Duvel but I much preferred the citra version.

This beer poured a cloudy, but pretty, light-golden color. The head was huge bubbly like soap foam.

In my glass was a bitter lemony aroma which got me excited again.

The taste was very bitter and dry. I usually like this very much from a good, heavily hopped beer but there was not enough balance.

I consider myself a hop-head but this beer was too much for me. Something just wasn't right.

Not a BAD beer, but I'd probably stick with regular Duvel over this tripel hopped version. I wonder which hop they'll use next year because I LOVED the 2012 version.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.