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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 277
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

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 CrazyDavros
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of briankrespan
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, this pours a hazy yellowish-gold color. With a thick head that dissipated fast. I poured it into my Duvel Green snifter. (Gotta love proper glassware). At first sniff, I smelled a light hoppy aroma engulfed by a mild Belgian scent. At first sip... it tasted like a plain Belgian IPA... but after the second and third sip, I started getting a mild hop burn in my throat (not normally where I get it) which was a nice welcome to the beer.

Sorachi Ace hops were added to this years, and it seems to fit really well into this beer. It adds a whole new level of complexity to a normal Belgian IPA. Duvel's brewer(s) picked right this year. It's a nice "light" 9.5abv beer that drinks very easily on a hot day.

I'm happy to say that I've tried it, and would tell others who enjoy a new beer to give it a try, but I won't go around ranting and raving and MAKING people try it. I don't think you'll be disappointed, but I don't think you'll be blown away either.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 09/2015 ... reviewed 7/13/2013.

Glassware: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

Appearance: Straw-yellow color, with perfectly clear sparkling quality. No sediment to be found. A mild pour produced an average size head with rocky and frothy bubbles that lasted for quite some time. Lacing was sparse. Tons and tons of carbonation streaming upwards upon first pour ... super carbonated. Very pretty.

Smell: Smell is of biscuity and sweet malts, a bit of perfumey and piney hops. The yeast gives qualities of dough, earthy funkiness, a bit of leather, and a somewhat strong scent of banana.

Taste: Perfume and pine bitterness are the flavors gathered from the hops. Additionally, the yeast shines through again with the taste of banana, black pepper, and some earthy funk.

Mouthfeel: Body is light-medium, with a slick and oily texture. Carbonation is downright fizzy and sparkling. A bit much for my tastes.

Overall: I prefer the regular Duvel. This adds a level of bitterness, but it is much more towards the bitter/piney/floral spectrum. Would have liked to try 2012's Citra hop version. Carbonation is insane, so I recommend an aggressive pour to get rid of some of it. Overall, a decent beer that I'm glad I tried. If I'm spending the money in the future, I'll get the regular Duvel. Until 2014, of course.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mrjez
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: a lovely cloudy gold with a giant pillowy foam head that sticks around a while and clings to the glass.
S: a strong herbal scent, must be the dill from the Sorachi, some light citrus and some resinous pine. Like a rain-drenched herb garden.
T: all the smells are on the palate, some stronger citrus. It's nicely hopped, good level of bitterness.
F: the first time I had it half a year back it had a very lively mouthfeel, strong bitterness, this time (around the drink-by date) it's smoother, less carbonated less spiky, very easy to down. Slightly oily.
O: interesting and delicious. The ABV is very well-hidden. I look forward to my last bottle and see if I pick out any new developments.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, straw-yellow colored in appearance. The head is of epic size and lasts for ages. Tons of lacing is left in its wake. Bright, grassy and lemony aroma courtesy of the Sorachi Ace hops. I've had Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace saison and a single hop Sorachi Ace IPA, but this beer truly showcases the character of this hop front-and-center. Clove and phenols from the yeast are also fairly strong.

Moderate bitterness on the palate with a mouthfeel very much like an IPA. Despite all the carbonation going on, it's pretty gentle and doesn't have any harshness to it. Just like the aroma, the citric character of the hops is at the forefront. "Belgian IPA" is a very appropriate categorization , as opposed to "Belgian Strong Pale Ale." Yeast notes aren't as present as on the nose, but that medicinal Belgian character is there.

I love Belgian pales, and I love IPAs, but I haven't been all that enthusiastic about Belgian IPAs. With Duvel Sorachi Ace Tripel Hop, I don't think the lemon-citrus of the hops is all that harmonious with the Belgian yeast profile. It's pretty good, but not great. Overall, this is a very interesting and well-done beer.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ,

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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, time to taste some of the upper crust of the brewing world. To me, Duvel has always been devilishly good, as the name implies.

The appearance is refined. Loads of head and lace. The aroma is similarly refined and subtle. It may be subtle, but it is there, and it is fresh and vibrant.

The taste is like the aroma. Something like a Duvel, but hoppy. Very nicely hoppy, though, and a marvelous combination for the type of yeast used. That yeast is there as is should be in a Belgian, but all that hops make it balanced.

The lingering taste is beautiful and flavorful. This is a great ale and I should get more. If I do, a couple should be left to age a little. 1 year maybe.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -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.

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4.1/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -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.

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