Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-11-2013 16:22:45 | More by metter98
4.21/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-10-2013 04:36:58 | More by Gmann
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
08-07-2013 22:31:14 | More by Greywulfken
4.26/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance - Poured into a 6oz scotch glass (of all things) the 2013 Tripel Hop poured a clear pale gold just like its classical older brother, but the big difference here is the fast forming, rocky white head which leaves impressive tiger stripe lacing even compared to American IPAs. Looks amazing and tiny champagne-like bubbles continue to erupt from the bottom of the glass.
Smell - My sense of smell is inhibited at the moment due to some sort of gland infection I'm dealing with, but I get a little freshly mowed lawn, some hay, a little wheatgrass maybe even, and over all of that some lemon. All of these are really subdued and hard to pick out though. Now that is true to the style, or at least to Duvel anyway, so I'm not docking points necessarily, but I wouldn't call it better than your average Belgian Blonde or Belgian IPA.
Taste - Oh my. The first thought that popped into my head was, "this reminds me of the local meadery's hopped mead." It's delicate, with a delicious honeyed flower flavor that just rushes the taste buds in waves. My next thought was, "Glorious," simply glorious. I don't know what people are expecting from this. Then again, I actually didn't care all that much for standard Duvel and prefer other Blondes to it. But this? This is an outstanding showing of the three varieties of hops. Saaz really makes its mark on the flavor profile here. The sweetness of the "honey" character is subtle and is reined in by both the lemony characteristics of the Sorachi Ace hops, and the earthy, slightly funky, and bitterness of the special Golding hops used. I loved it.
Mouthfeel - Right on target. It was lush and on the heavier side of light bodied with an effervescent carbonation. Perfect for the style. Wonderful.
Overall - It even smells like hopped mead. Its light, refreshing, only a little sweet, honestly, and packed with so much amazing... I really can't see why this isn't getting higher ratings. But, I suppose I have only gotten my feet wet in the beer drinking world. If there's a better Belgian IPA than this in the world, than I want to try it, because this blew me away.
07-31-2013 18:11:47 | More by BradenMK
4.09/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-27-2013 18:39:47 | More by schoolboy
3.38/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
07-24-2013 21:06:28 | More by TrevorWGrover
Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.