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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 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 JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw with a thick, white head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nose of citrus, fresh cut grass and floral notes. Bitter on the tongue with lemony and grassy notes. Finishes dry. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it's more like a farmhouse ale than a Belgian IPA. Very well crafted and extremely drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a clear gold. Leaves some very nice lacing.

The yeast and malt dominates the smell quite a bit with bits of apples and pears coming through. Other smells include kiwi and tropical fruits. The hops appear to be missing from the smell but are more noticeable once the beer warms up a little bit that the lemongrass comes through.

The hops are much stronger and the lemongrass from the hops is much more noticeable and dominates the tongue. The apple and pear supplement the hops and make a fairly nice tasting Belgian IPA. Additionally, some of the hops are fruity but are more noticeable when the beer is warm. The yeast is still there and strong but not as strong as the smell. The after taste also has a slight bit of alcohol to it.

Medium bodied with some serious carbonation that reminds me of sparkling water. Extremely dry finish with a hint of burn.

A pretty good variation of their tripel and I'll probably pick this up as long as it's available.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from an 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a Teku glass; freshness date of October 2015, if I’m not mistaken (“10 2015 L4154 1025”). This year’s edition of Tripel Hop was dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace, Saaz Saaz, and Styrian Golding hops, so, y’know. That’s cool.

Appearance (4.75): This beer pours with a solid three fingers of very fine-grained, fluffy head that borders on meringue, capping a pale, straw-golden body marked only by a chill haze. This shows some ridiculous retention, leaving a full finger of foam long after the pour and spotty suds along with wide swaths and arcs of lace. Holy nuts. Holy, holy nuts.

Smell (3.75): The combination of malt and yeast esters give off aromas of honeyed biscuits, pears and apples, white and black pepper; the hops are grassy, earthy, lemony and with an interesting spicy note, as well. The hops blend in with the malt and yeast character—nicely put together, but it could be a bit more aromatic . . . though interestingly, it gets more expressive as it warms up a bit.

Taste (4.5): Theeere it is—think this is Sorachi blazing through. Sweetened lemon juice, light tones of coconut milk and lemongrass, and a resinous character really rings across the palate from start to finish. The same malt and yeast tones from the nose come into the palate, too, but with a different balance: sweet apple juice, pear flesh, lively white and black pepper spiciness flesh out the beer beneath these great hop flavors. Some extremely grassy, resinous hop oiliness helps bridge the hop flavors and the 9.5% ABV hiding in this beer, which while present isn’t overwhelming or even particularly noticeable at first. There’s a solid-to-strong hop bitterness that’s present on the front end, goes away briefly in the middle for a wash of sweet yeast esters and fruity hops, and then comes in alongside the booze in the finish for a strong, lasting, resinous close. This is extremely well-done.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Just like Duvel. Which is to say, lovely. Extremely dry on the palate, with a champagne-like carbonation that tingles with coarse bubbles all over, foaming quickly and easily, before subsiding to that drying, resinous finish. The booze really helps dry out the feel, too. But somehow the body remains light weight and almost quenching (if it wasn’t for the overall size of the beer).

Overall (4.5): I love this beer. It might be my new favorite Belgian IPA, actually—blows almost every other rendition of the style I’ve had out of the water. Very easy to drink, but with an incredibly bold and dynamic character in both flavor and feel. Really the only thing that could seriously be improved is the aroma, and even that is pretty solid. But overall, this is insanely good. Seek it out, and if you like Duvel, hops, Belgian IPAs, or whatever, don’t be afraid to fork over a few bucks for it. Definitely worth it, at least once.

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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 Hoppsbabo
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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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 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 KelsoSaaz
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 jonb5
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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 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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.2/5  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.

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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 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 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 rangerred
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with a fluffy two finger white head. Really great head retention and decent lacing.

The aroma on this is truely astounding. A wonderful blend of tropical citrus and Belgian yeasty goodness. Bread and a little biscuit along with a bit hit of fruit. It works very well.

The flavor just continues this wonderful balance. It is almost a perfect blend of malt and citrus. Lots of fruit and flowers up front that marries well with the yeast esters of banana and bubble gum. Bready malt follows this along with a moderate bitterness leading to an extremely dry finish.

Overall, an excellent beer from Duvel. This is scary how drinkable it is with no hint at all of alcohol. I could session this beer.

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