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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic)Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nmann08 on 02-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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91
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410
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 410
Photo of woodychandler
4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this one a while back & set it aside for no particular reason until today. I see that the label reads "07 2016 [ 4061 2014" so I seem to be in the window of opportunity.

From the bottle: "Special Edition Belgian Golden Ale"; "Dry-Hopped Mosaic"; "Hops: Saaz Saaz/Styrian Golding|Dryhopping: Mosaic"; "For this 2014 edition, our brewers have selected Mosaic. This new US hop variety enhences [sic] the beer with a tangerine sweetness, hints of tropical fruit and an interesting blueberry flavor. Contains barley malt."

I Pop!ped the cap and given its age and the exhortation on the standard bottle to pour slowly, I did just that. It still puffed up with three fingers of puffy, fluffy, soapy, rocky, off-white head with moderate retention. I can't complain about the lacing that it left behind, though. Don't ever doubt that I can pour a beer! This was beautifully clear and a Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) that immediately summoned forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus into my kitchen for a taste. Nose smelled like blueberry pancakes! The combination of the hops and the malts and time have made this a doughy, fruity concoction! Wow. Mouthfeel was medium, but quite effervescent. The taste followed the nose beautifully! Blueberry pancakes or blueberry muffins for everyone. Now, I am sad because I do not have another one. 8=( Dang, I hot this one on the sweet spot & knocked it outta the park for a home run! The finish was very fruity, but not especially sweet. I would put this in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry that I am still awaiting someone to quantify for me. Now, it is becoming salty from my tears ... Boo hoo.

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Photo of janubio
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden colour, with a samll head that fades soon, but leaves a ring all the while, and some lace. Aroma has some tropical fruit (other reviews said lychee, it may be), resine, cannabis of some sweet variety, oranges. Medium body, lively carbonation, slick palate. Taste of oranges, hops, troipical fruits, grass. ENd is bitter, but there's some sweetnes in it. Having taste only the 2013 version before, I love the triple hops froms Duvel.

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Photo of fx20736
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from AJ's Beer Warehouse on 11/21/15. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Look: Golden, towering whitecap head, nice lacing

Smell: Bewildering melange of hop aromas; herbal, tropical

Taste: menthol, spearmint, cat pee

Feel: ok, I guess

Overall: I can taste the Duvel underneath but these hops don't work for me.

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Photo of mrcharlie
2/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this simply because I really like mosaic hops, big mistake. It is alcohol infused hop tea with no character at all. Not sure what they were going for here, but I can't believe they put this in bottles, can't believe I wasted money on this swill.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to this beer, but I was slightly disappointed! It was a Belgian beer that was taking a shot at making something like an IPA??? I can't quite decide what I didn't like about this beer, but I found it kind of unpleasant. It poured a very carbonated golden yellow with a ton of white fizzy head to it. It was fizzy and highly carbonated. The taste was very sour and dry. It was obviously heavily hopped, but instead of a balanced beer, I thought this more of a sour and almost overly bitter beer hard to enjoy. I don't know if it is just MY personal taste, but this was really a miss for me. The sour bitterness mixed with the heavy carbonation just didn't work.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year old, and still during hop presence.

Citrusy notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and lime dominate the aroma, with that characteristic Belgian pilsner malt presence and signature Duvel yeast ester profile.

Flavor is similar, though the hops are more in balance with the malt and ester presence.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow with a decent head. The aroma is somewhat subdued with elements of Belgian yeast and citrus hops. The flavor is excellent, though, with the most careful blending of a Belgian beer and strong hops I've tried. While some BIPAs seem a bit at war between funk and hops (which isn't always a bad thing), the hops in this case merge perfectly with the yeast. There's malt sweetness followed by chewy citrus hops with a hint of lightly sour yeast. The mouthfeel is strangely light and refreshing considering all of the flavor elements and the high ABV. Definitely a fun beer to try.

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Photo of Alpha309
2.62/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was really looking forward to drinking this. Poured into the Duvel glass and it looked the exact same as regular Duvel. Nice blonde head and golden color. Smelled like Duvel with a bit of a twist, almost a freshly cut grass odor. Taste is over hopped and does not go with the original beer at all. Mosaic and Saaz hops have the dominant flavor, but the worst attributes of each seem to shine rather than the best qualities.

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Photo of Wanne
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a regular duvel. Much more nose thanks to the hops. The hops have a nice grassy aroma. Taste is bitter, with hints of grapefruit and some graas/floral accents. Excellent beer.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.01/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love Duvel, but this ungodly concoction I wouldn't give to my dog... Obviously trying to appeal to the Americans... If I had paid good money for this, I would have demanded a refund and burned the bar down just for good measure...

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Not really satisfied, had high expectations as the regular Duvel is one of my favorite beers.
It looks really yellow, reminds me of urine - doens't pour nearly as good looking as a regular. The fruity taste was way too overwhelming and left an unpleasant taste in my mouth after.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temperature into tulip glass.

L) Pale yellow-orange colour, very hazy, thin tight white head.

S) Grapey / winey odour of mosaic hops. Not as strong as I expected.

T) IPA-type hop flavour at the front, but soon overtaken by the classic Duvel Belgian yeasty malt flavour. Very well balanced and the two distinct flavours compliment each other rather fight each other.

F) Actually light for the ABV. Veering towards refreshing. Carbonation is soft and the alcohol warmth at the end also adds another pleasing aspect. Very good.

O) I don't normally agree with the 'add more hops to make it a better beer' philosophy, but it has worked here. A very well judged beer.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

4- Likes like the original Duvel, and is quite classic to the style. It's got The hazy, golden/light orangy look. Head is very frothy and rich, but dies to a nice rim around the top of the beer with some ok looking lacing.

S- Light tropical fruits and biscuits from the yeast. The bottle says you can get blueberry, and that's exactly what I'm smelling. Almost like a blueberry pancake with a fruit cocktail on the side. Very light banana. Light (I know I keep saying) spiciness. Not very resinous and dank, but nice. Smells refreshing.

T- Very spiced and citursy like grapefruit and pineapple. Some banana. But towards the end you get a big blueberry presence. That yeasty/malty biscuit note keeps showing up too. This really isn't that bitter at all. Kind of disappointed in that regard. Maybe the 2015 is more hoppy. No alcohol is felt in this beer whatsoever. It's great in that regard. But this beer, if not careful, will catch up to you in a hurry.

M- I'd say the body is a solid medium. Very dry finishing. It's super refreshing. Crisp. Not too, too, clean tasting. But that's a characteristic to a Belgian beer.

Overall, I'm kind of dissapointed here. The 2014 version is the only time I've ever tried Tripel Hop, so I guess my expectations were kind of high. Blueberry wasn't offputting, but that was such an unexpected flavor for a hoppy beer. And this beer wasn't even all that hoppy. Maybe the 2015 Tripel Hop is better. I really like the original Duvel. I'd drink that over the 2014 version for sure. But this is still an above average beer for me.

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Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-hazy yellow-golden with a foamy white head,which quickly dissipates
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,cat pee,spices and stinging nettles
T:
very bitter,grassy,lemons,spices,nettles,bubble gum,residual sugar,finishes very dry
F:
-medium carbonation,medium body,no alcohol detectable
O:
much better than the regular Duvel,still doesnt blow me away though

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Photo of MisterGone
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, start with all of your understanding of the standard Duvel: the crisp almost pilsner-ish aspects combined with the mild Belgian profiles. Simply add a hoppy little pop in there. Mainly tropical, perhaps a little citrus on the finish (might be the crisp of the pilsner malt informing that, though). The bottle mentioned apricot. If you said that I wouldn't argue. It also said blueberries. I thought maybe in the nose, but couldn't find it in the taste.

Just a refreshing brew, but certainly not session at 9.5. Pool table side maybe, pool side definitely not.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Pale yellow, high white head, some yeast haze.

S- Typical Duvel, pilsner malt, medium Belgian yeast, grassy hops with an added light tropical note from the Mosaic.

T- Belgian yeast, light tropical, light sweetness.

F- Very easy drinking for the abv. pilsner malt really makes an easy drinking beer no matter what the abv.

O- This is maybe the best version of Duvel I have had, I love the added tropical note the Moasic adds to an already great Belgian Golden Ale. Almost a Belgian IPA this one is but lacks some hop bitterness.

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Photo of aleigator
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic, froth, huge head, with a sunny, yellow-golden color.

Intriguing hop freshness, grassy with big slices of lime, yeast and fresh cut straw.

Has a hoppy beginning, fruity, with peach, lime and banana, which goes very well with the soft yeast. Lime sticks out for me the most, as it has been introduced by the aromas very well and acts as unique counterpart to the strawy, sunny yeast. High carbonation adds a refreshing airiness to the beer, which is defined by a fantastic balanced complexity, with a huge load of hops on top. Those hops redefine the whole taste, makes this a different, a new beer, perfect for hot summer days, due to its heat quenching freshness.

A subtle hoppy bitterness comes up during the finish, which soon gets absorbed by slick yeast. The aftertaste still stands for the above mentioned balance, both hops and yeast add up perfect.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Slight hazy, effervescent Gold colour. The head stays the distance and laces. Absolutely nothing else that you could want.

S - Grassy, herbal aromas with flora. Also touches of citrus. No shortage of aroma here.

T - The herbal aromas translate to the palate nicely, with a nice hoppy backbone. Citrus and coriander also present. A little sweetness on the finish. A winner !
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M - Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O - A great BIPA with a nice twist. Recommended.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 has a thin, white head, an fiercely bubbly yellow-straw, hazy appearance, and stringy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, and light and bursting (think pineapple) hop resin. Taste is of the same, with low-level bitterness, some coriander, yeast, and pineapple. There is also a noticeable grain husk note, which one might detect in high gravity ales or lagers. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and the finish is not unlike champagne. Overall, I do not think this mosaic addition enhanced the original Duvel, and I find it to be a step down from Duvel, in fact.

RJT

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Photo of interzen
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass - best before July 2016, so well within its shelf life.

Look: Pale, slightly hazy golden yellow with a big, fluffy white head. Careful pouring was needed because of the lively carbonation. Good head retention and decent lacing round the edge of the glass.

Smell: Not quite what I expected - I was anticipating something along the lines of a typical IPA but was surprised to find that this definitely leaned more towards the herbal/floral end of the spectrum. There are hints of citrus, but the resinous, piney smell you'd expect just doesn't seem to be there.

Taste: Again, surprisingly sweet, herbal and floral with just a hint of alcohol. This is a sipping beer, for sure - some of the flavours are very subtle indeed, although typically Belgian, with hints of citrus, coriander and yeast. There's a surprising amount going on but a lot of it would be easy to miss.

Feel: Lively carbonation aside, the sweetness makes it feel slightly cloying - the slightly alcohol kick in the finish doesn't really help matters. All in all, this is heavy going.

Overall: I'll freely admit that this was bought in order to meet a minimum order criterion. Duvel is one of my favoured beers and I thought this might be something a little different. That it most certainly is, but not quite in the way I was expecting. Hopheads will be disappointed - the hop character here is pretty well masked by more herbal, medicinal notes and alcohol. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but certainly not what I anticipated.

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with decent retention that keeps a constant presence and leaving good laces.
Aroma with a tangerine-lemony tartness and hints of mint, honey, pine and grass. Most of the dry-hop seem not to have survived.
Flavor with notes of lemon, lots of herbal and floral hops, spices, Cointreau liquor, green apples, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, blueberry, melon and pears. Dry aftertaste with an herbal bitterness and a mild tart feeling.
Medium body with decent carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is felt but partially muffled by its sweetness, making it definitely a sipper.
This edition one turned out to be very herbaceous and floral. I found the other Tripel Hop versions better than this one, especially the 2012 selection. This one was a bit cloying and very much like a Belgian DIPA that hops didn’t match perfectly with the overall beer. But it is still an interesting beer that you can harvest several flavors.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wanted to try this for a while finding it at a fair $3.99 a bottle I pour it into my mug.

A - For the ABV this is the lightest shade of yellow I have seen in a while it almost looks like light beer with a 1/2 inch of head that takes a while to dissipate. Slight hazy no yeast chunks (it may be over a year old)
S - Very hoppy and vibrant still with a good fruity Triple base with sugary yeasts and some bubble gum like sweetness.
T - Has a very sharp herbal tone but more or less taste like a fruity Belgium Triple. Repeated sips are more balanced hop profile bitter like a regular IPA but still balanced and sweet.
M - Body is excellent for the ABV drinks with no ethanol burn.

Overall it's as advertised a dry hopped Triple ale which still hold up the hop profile with a year since it's released. Recommended!

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Thanks to ray for this brew

A- highly carbonated clear golden yellow color. 2 finger carbonated mountainous peaked head. frothy and foamy.

S- strong yeast and herbal hops dominate the nose. alcohol lingers on the backend.

F- wow the herbal hops are strong but it is perfect. I also get hints of banana in the mouth as well. I also detect some lemon and pear as well. very good.

M- heavy bodied IPA that is strong on the alcohol. foamy and frothy at times because head is still on beer.

O- a good Belgian IPA...one of the best ive had.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

great looking brew from Duvel. pours a hazy yellow with a massive, persistent head, leaving plenty of lacing on the sides of the goblet. nose begins with belgian yeast, some mandarin orange and old world herbal hops. i get some alcohol sweetness across the palate, but the beer ends with significant bitterness from the hops. lengthy finish with a full, creamy mouthfeel. drinks like a bitter, belgian golden more than an ipa in my opinion.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The prototypical deceptive Pilsner look, but with a head at four fingers thick greeted me upon pouring the beer into a Duvel tulip. The aroma was the hoppiest I have ever smelled in a Beer from Belgium. The smell was that of fresh cut hay, pine needles, and lemon. There was also a banana and orange peel smell coming through followed by some white pepper. The taste was hoppy, but more balanced towards the Belgian ale side of things. The banana flavor was most prominent, followed by lemon juice, then some pear, and clove. There was bitterness, but much less pronounced that in an IPA. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and the alcohol was well hidden under the complex construction but the deceptive ease of drinking. Another masterpiece from this brewery.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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