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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: 27
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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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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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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 beerthulhu
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 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 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 barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 FLima
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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 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 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

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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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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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).

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Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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