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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beerpirates on 03-28-2013)
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Photo of jonb5
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

jonb5, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of bkaj21
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bkaj21, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

fehrminator, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Paisan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Paisan, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of SoPeL
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of cdwil
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cdwil, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

kew, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

smithj4, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Gmann, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

DaPan, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Greywulfken, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

2dogbrew, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JohnK17, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of BKotch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BKotch, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ncelauro, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

nzerbe, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -4.8%

samEBC, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of BradenMK
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

BradenMK, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

zonker17, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Brewski
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Brewski, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Artjsantos, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Heretic42
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Heretic42, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

schoolboy, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

supa0525, Jul 27, 2013
Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.