Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 276
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: beerpirates on 03-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy blond with a typical Duvel head - fluffy and white.

S: Hoppy. Kind of leafy, perhaps on the tropical side. Or is it grapes I'm smelling?

T: Amazing. It's pretty similar to regular Duvel with an added hop kick, which is leafy and grapey. Maybe the pepperiness has been bumped up too, and perhaps it's more earthy than normal but it's also a fresher bottle than I'm used to out on sojourn in Asia. It has a slight alcoholic lacquer-like quality, which is probably because it's stronger than normal. Lovely aftertaste of green grapes.

O: Belgian IPA? It seems a bit too similar to regular Duvel for me to make such a distinction. In conclusion, it's frigging awesome. Wish I bought the whole shelf. (708 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle direct from Belgium. Thanks Caleb!

The beer is hazy straw yellow with a towering white head. Ample lacing coats the walls of the glass. The aroma brings floral hops, lemons, hops, yeast. Fantastic. Hints of coconut. Finishing dry with lingering hop bitterness. Sorachi Ace hops are showcased beautifully. Lemongrass, floral notes, coconut, yeast, a hint of warming alcohol. Delicious. (398 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,288 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale, clear, two finger head, very good retention.

S: Mango, citrus, grape fruit.

T: Mango, citrus, well hoped, good balance and bitterness. Hid the 9.5 very well until the burn at the finish.

M: Crisp, light body for the high strength, well carbonated.

O: Compared to other Belgian IPAs this had a real American feel. Wasn't bursting with flavours but very good. (415 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (2,916 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best before 9/2015.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic fruity hop presence that makes this one super easy to drink. (590 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with a fluffy two finger white head. Really great head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma on this is truely astounding. A wonderful blend of tropical citrus and Belgian yeasty goodness. Bread and a little biscuit along with a bit hit of fruit. It works very well.

The flavor just continues this wonderful balance. It is almost a perfect blend of malt and citrus. Lots of fruit and flowers up front that marries well with the yeast esters of banana and bubble gum. Bready malt follows this along with a moderate bitterness leading to an extremely dry finish.

Overall, an excellent beer from Duvel. This is scary how drinkable it is with no hint at all of alcohol. I could session this beer. (759 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A: Pours an opaque, soft, yellow body with a large, rocky three finger head. Leaves spider web lacing.

S: Yeasty with aromas of citrus, especially lemon with hints of cut grass

T: Sorachi Ace is right up front with flavors of lemon, pepper and grass with hints of bubble gum that last. Hints of candi sugar and earthy hops as well. Finishes

M: Medium body with tickling carbonation.

O: Sorachi Ace and abundance of hops put a unique twist on this classic Belgian brew. Very drinkable, which is dangerous due to how well this beer hides its high abv. Highly recommended; get it while you can. (615 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale and clear yellow color forming the traditional huge white fluffy, creamy and soapy Duvel trademark head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left in the glass

S: The Duvel sweet grains backbone followed by a very citrus, grassy and a bit flowery hoppy smell. Quite funky and really unique this Sorachi Ace hop. Very interesting

T: Slightly sweet malts upfront which becomes quickly dry, citrus and bitter. I have the impression that it's less bitter than the 2010 Edition (with Amarillo hops) but still stingy. Some notes of fruits and flowers

M: Medium to heavy body. Good carbonation and a lemony and hoppy aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Strong Sorachi Ace hops profile which is kind of difficult in the beginning but quite pleasant whenever you become used with it. Again, not as good as the Amarillo version but still a Duvel's masterpiece (914 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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! (1,224 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from "Chez Clem" and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color nice huge foamy head (w nice lacing)
Smell : citrus, lemon and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : floral and fruity flavors, with nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style "Golden Ale" (to drink at 10 °C). (325 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (664 characters)

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.