Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox) | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)
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Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ciocanelu on 03-18-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 RyanTheLion13
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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 yaron73
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from a beer store in Eilat.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AleSan
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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 BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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 spycow
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KitoUY
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geofort78
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tyalan
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesroses
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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%
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 Pletser
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave1999
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Richie71
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Takahiro
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 (Equinox) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 181 ratings