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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 03-28-2013)
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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

chebode2, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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.

gr0g, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

mfnmbvp, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of corneliusfontaine
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

corneliusfontaine, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of cornpone
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

cornpone, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

innominat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

generallee, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

KelsoSaaz, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

StoutItOutLoud, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -15%
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.

wedge, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of jonb5
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +7.4%

bkaj21, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

fehrminator, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Paisan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Paisan, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of SoPeL
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of cdwil
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

cdwil, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -4.5%

kew, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +1.4%

smithj4, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -10.5%

DaPan, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -10.5%

2dogbrew, Aug 07, 2013
Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
93 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.