Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)
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Style:
Belgian IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 11.46%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
180
From:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  73
SCORE
90
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 180
Photo of mothmanscott
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold producing a voluminous, billowy, 4+ finger, lasting, white head which recedes to a large, clumpy surface cap/mound & thick collar ring, leaving a webby wash of sticky lacing. Aroma is an aromatic blend of Citra hops, sweet cracker malt, Belgian yeast spice & white fruits, heavy to white grape. If an aroma can be called juicy this one fits the bill. Taste is similar but a more subdued blend of sugary & fruity, sweet citrus & cobbler dough breadiness, white fruits, spice & alcohol. Nobel hop bittering. What a dream combination of hops and Belgian yeast! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, juciy but spritely, lively with effervesnce & tongue coating, smoothness. The alcohol is surprisingly not prominent for a 9.5 ABV. Hell, who knows, being bottle-conditioned the alcohol content may have gone up over the years.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Date stamp of 062017 L413040021.

Appearance: Mostly clear gold with a persistent thick white head. Thick strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Very unusual. Grape, melon, citrusy, with some underlying noble hops.

Taste: Initial crisp taste transitioning into a cracker-like malt then noble hop flavors and bitterness, and then finishing with a variety of flavors: grape sweetness, melon, citrus, and just a hint of solvent and potent alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Prickly carbonation scrubs the palate clean initially, and then subsides a bit as the beer warms up and decarbonates a bit. Nice thickness - very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: This is a 2015 release drank in 2017, just 2 months before the expiration. I think the yeast in the bottle may have imparted some other flavors which led to the potent and not fully pleasant finish. However, this is still a very interesting beer and I'm glad I had it. As a highly hopped beer that would have a limited shelf life, it held up acceptably well. The aroma was certainly better than the finish in my opinion, and even the finish is not bad, it's just quite strong. The alcohol is a bit more notable with this than I've encountered with the normal Duvel, but this is 9.5% vs. the normal 8.5%, so I suspect that's the main reason rather than the yeast working a bit harder over a 2 year period. So overall, very interesting for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and I will look for this series again as it comes out, but I think the typical shelf life for Belgian ales may not hold up for all hop varieties. One per night is enough.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a semi hazed golden yellow color, with lots of yeast suspension! The head pours thick, and white, retaining quite well, and eventually settles into a thin layer with a unique patchwork of thick spots of foam....like polka dots! The carbonation looks to be average for the style and the lacing is modest, sliding back into the side of the glass reasonably fast. Decent overall!

S- Citrus flesh and rinds, such as grapefuit, pomello, orange rind and hints of lime/lemon zest. Green tea silkiness and some mild malt sweetness permiate the nostrils as well.....the finish is, as expected, of fresh Saaz hops and bittering qualities.

T- This has plenty of noble hop bitterness, along with sweet citrus fruits (pomello, grapefruit, orange zest, oily lemon/lime zest) and slightly vegetable Earthiness. The oily bitterness of the hop blend used is cleansing and yeasty at the same time. Awesome on the palate!!

M/O- Medium-ish body, and with plenty of wee tiny bubbles scrubbing the palate well. The flavor bursts are quite welcome and the oily nature of this one cuts through greasy finger food in excellent fashion. The alcohol is very well hidden and this is nicely balanced! Too bad this is a one off brew, but I look forward to future endeavors with this line!

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, Euro yeast, alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, floral hops, alcohol, hint of citrus hops, slight Euro yeast, slight sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, complex, decent aroma and body, but too carbonated.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle

Appearance: hazy orange, two finger head that stays there for a good time, with minimun lacing. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: this I found to be the weakest point. It's nice but not so intense. Citrusy and fresh green leaves aromas, too bad it wasn't stronger.

Taste: a first sip revealed a flash of fresh and strong green pepper, as it says in the bottle. After that, the grapefruit and green leaves taste take it's place. The aftertaste makes place for all of them, being the grapefruit the dominant.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry, not sweet in the way the regular Duvel is, and this is a high point for this beer. Regular Duvel is great, but I found it a bit too sticky and sweet, and thought it would be hard to drink 3 of them. This hoppier version seems to be more "drinkable".

Overall: At first I found this very similar to the regular Duvel, and although it is, the hops are boosted in this one, the citrusy and fresh flavours are more prominent and the sweet malts take a back seat. I'd definitely buy this again, and drink all I can.

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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white head. Retention was good with rings of spotty lace as the level drops.
Smell white pepper phenolic some hop spice.
Taste is lemon zest spice white pepper noble hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a fine beer but not worth $5 for 11.2 ounces. No tasted alcohol just felt.
Would I buy it again? Occasionally because it changes each year. Recommended? Yes at least once.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange with a small white head.

The smell is tropical fruits, earth.

The taste is sweet, pineapple, lemons, apples, with the Belgian yeast. Not overly bitter, the hips are very bright though.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This was excellent, it has all the aspects of a great west coast IPA but is different enough to make it interesting.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks: straw, brilliant, thick foam that lasts few minutes
Smell: minerals, citrus orange, some pine
Taste: astrigent notes from hop flavor (IPA-like), some lemon-rind bitterness that sticks and laces on back of tongue, malt backbone.
Feel: finishes dry, but hop flavor coats your tongue.
Overall: feels like good (strong) IPA. it is not too bitter like previous years, but reminds me of west-coast style IPA. It does not even have strong Belgian yeast characteristics, nor alcoholic touch either. Interesting.

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Photo of sbb32
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: a nice hazed yellow with a huge head.
S: all sorts of fruits; pineapple, melon, and especially pear, combined with floral hoppiness
T: Pretty much the same as the smell. A hop-covered pear could be a great single descriptor.
F: the Belgiany esters make this stand out in comparison to other fruit-dominant American IPAs. Still letting Belgian-ness grow on me, so this was the low point.
O: A very enjoyable and well balanced fruity/bitter Belgian IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/2017.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some super intense citrus forward hop characteristics that are especially strong in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Jow
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Better then the version of 2014 version but still to herby for me. Just give me a simply duvel and I am Happy. No need for this in my fridge, only the regular ones.

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Photo of taters21
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ridiculously tall head that holds for awhile, nice straw color.
Smells of lemon, earthy hops, and malt.
Tropical, pineapple, melon, peppery, and lemony finish with some bitterness.
Mouthfeel is moderate toward the lighter side.
Overall, interesting, not sure I like this as well as an American ipa, but it's different.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Budweiser color with extra sticky lace on glass; 2 finger white head in the pour; slightly bubbly and effervescent; great retention. Smells like grassy hops, clove, and lemon peel. Initially the taste is balanced with a strong earthy hop presence and the typical clove flavor that is in many Belgium beers; the aftertaste is exceptionally dry with a hint of clove/coriander/black pepper. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle to smooth things out. Medium bodied and fairly crisp; the Saaz hops really make this seem pils-esque. Nice beer; alcohol is well-hidden. Great sipper!

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Creamy fruity look...inviting on a summers day and even on a winter one.

Really strong apricotty and peach aroma...and passion fruit.

For me this is a considerable improvement on traditional Duvel. Wow, I really love this...

The sweetness and bitterness really balance amazingly in this. Totally perfect.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 03 2017.

A: Pours that characteristic clear, pale, straw yellow with a huge, billowing, and bright white half-a-glass full of foam that took forever to slowly collapse into a dense rocky head. Huge chucks of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Interesting hop aroma of kumquats, melon, lemon grass, and peppery and earthy spice. The characteristic Duvel grain bill pokes through with lightly sweet, crackery, and crisp notes on the nose. Yeast adds some doughy and creamy notes as well.
T: Similar flavor to regular Duvel but the extra hop addition adds flavors of lemon verbena, bell pepper, slight stone fruit, and kumquat. The finish is peppery and spicy, and a sort of “green” flavor lingers in the aftertaste. There’s a light amount of fusel alcohol present throughout, along with a nice fruity phenolic quality.
M: Full body, fluffy and chewy carbonation, thick mouthfeel with a lightly sweet finish. Aside for the slight fusel alcohol notes, the alcohol is hidden very well without any warmth or harshness.
O: A nice take on the original, I thought this years’ tripel hop was a solid brew. Worth checking out if you are a fan of the original.

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Photo of Mr_Bojangles
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: golden and effervescent. 2fingers of foam that hold well. Lacing forms after time. Light green tint? Aroma: golden ale yeast earthy tones, malt breadiness and a sharp hop nose. Aromatic yet straightforward. Taste: golden malt bread and yeast tones hold up a sharp citrus/pine hop note. Very present but not distinct. Lacking depth and complexity. Body: very dry and clean. Light body and clean finish with citrus hop aftertaste. Overall: not as good as original Duvel as the extra hop addition does not compliment the malt body. Too carbonated to bring the best out of the equinox hops. Bottle conditioning would have made this much better. Not a bad beer, but I did expect the elements to work better together.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into matching Duvel tulip like a boss 15/12/15

A almost clear bright golden yellow, bubbles barfing off the bottom but no tornado, much as expected a big ass soapy foam has great retention but only leaves a few random patches

S pineapple, lemon, grass, lemongrass, faint bubblegum, nice spicy yeast profile, banana chips, maybe some melon? everything's very strong, smells great

T still has some nice tropical notes, dried hay and grass, toned down a little compared the nose, more yeast then I could smell

M explodes upon entry, foams up completely but a few swirls takes some of the wind out of it, a mild bitter snap, smooth for 9.5%, lemon grass finish

O great nose, completely hidden booze, maybe a little too easy to drink, a pricey 4 pack but I have no regrets

An interesting take on a classic brew, what a great concept, take a great brew and throw some hops at it, I doubt this idea has ever been done before and unlikely too happen again

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale color with white, frothy head. Fresh, lemongrass aroma. Hoppy, herbal, grassy and citric. Taste follows, fresh and hoppy, a bit estery and alcoholic. Body is medium and has high carbonation, also kind of acidic. Pretty nice one overall.

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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: bright light color, tick and creamny foam on the top that disolves fast
Aroma: The hops are dominant in the aroma,with tropical fruits and spices
Taste: Citrus and hops are dominant in the taste, , it have a bitter finish in the taste.the yeast make this a taste that last a little while after the first taste.
Feel:Highly carbonated , light to medium bodied, is easy to feel the high alchol contest but is easily drinkable
Overall: A good beer from Duvel, with a exiting taste, i enjoyed it a lot, but it does not get all the way to the top compared to other belgian beers

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 4-pack into a Belgian tulip glass with straight tapering. Bought this right when it was released.

L - bright gold color with a clear yellow hue. Thick amount of head covering most of the tapering. Sparse but fast lacing on the glass.

S - juicy tropical fruit aroma. No malt but I want to say the yeast has a distinct scent to it.

T - Lemon citrus up front, light malt in the middle, spicy bitter finish

F - highly carbonated. Light in feel but pretty big beer. Definitely lives up to it's fancy culture

O - I like these releases of Duvel. I noticed they do a different hop each year, some of them are my favorites. I believe Equinox is more of a pine forward hop, it just adds onto the Saaz. Pretty good beer!

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Photo of spamspam
1.84/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I guess I got bad bottle. Purchased in a grocery in Paris. Poured with an effervescent head that dissipated in a few seconds. Aroma a vague Belgian funk but not much else. Taste follows aroma. Listed at 9.5% ABV, but no hint here. I drank the whole bottle and am not sick yet. Off my feed for this one though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big head that takes up most of the glass.

Smell: A spicy and juicy Belgian aroma with a big scent of zesty fruit and Belgian spice. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and funk. Big zesty scent of citrus hops with some orange, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, and melon. Also some fruit hints of banana and white grapes. Herbal and floral hop hints as well. Some malt hints of straw and cracker. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and spicy Belgian IPA like taste with notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with notes of peppers, clove, and funk. Big hop presence with citrus notes of lemon zest, orange, grapefruit, melon, and pineapple. Herbal and floral hops with some grass. Also some fruit notes of white grape and banana. Light malt notes of straw and cracker. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very juicy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really good twist on a great Belgian ale. The Equinox hop really brings some nice zesty citrus flavor.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a Bright, almost brilliant golden hue. Smell is of hops and Belgian yeast. Taste is phenomenal. Big Belgian ale with a great amount of hops and it's so damn clean and crisp. Bravo.

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Photo of ludachris
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its gorgeous and bright sunshine gold body boasts champagne-like carbonation. It's what keeps the tall, whipped, chunky paper white head afloat for so long. Its retention is exceptional as is the sheets of foamy lace the coat the glass. Perfection.

The nose is bright and zingy. Fresh grapefruit and apricot are pierced by the classic spicy and peppery scents of the Belgian yeast. Lemon drop and lemon peel add some extra tang. A tamed chalky dryness is prevalent throughout.

Its core is where its nearly 10% alcohol content finally shows itself. It's sweet and a touch syrupy with a quick lick of ethanol. It's well rendered and never over pronounced. Grapefruit and apricot are light and fresh. Pear drop mingles with its hop derived fruity character. A subtle, sweet biscuity backbone goes from beginning to end. Its finish is dry, grassy, and a bit vegetal.

A crisp effervescence coupled with a foamy fullness really defines its feel. It sits light to medium bodied with a dry, clean finish. Being Duvel, its ABV never factors into its drinkability.

I love the concept of this annual release. All of the staple traits of Duvel manage to pull through with the addition of some hop derived fruitiness. I will be a loyal consumer of Duvel and any of its variations from now until the end of my beer drinking career.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Hops hops hops.

Gives it that citrussy twang, yet it doesn't linger and give a dislikeable (personal opinion) aftertaste.
Has just enough maltiness that kicks in when the hops fade to kee pyou going, making it a nice complex beer which should be enjoyed slowly.

Temperature also key, as with most hoppy beers.

Had out of 33cl bottles.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 180 ratings