Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 (Experimental Hop HBC 291) | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 (Experimental Hop HBC 291)Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 (Experimental Hop HBC 291)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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131
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 131
Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Green-yellow, limpid, creamy white head, not too elegant on the sides.
Nose: rose flowery, and lavender (too strong). A light pepper.
In the taste the malty part, a bit heavy, is predominant. Alcohol.
Pepper again in the aftertatte, along with pear, and alcoholic warming.

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Photo of hman43
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours light golden with a white head that has good head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of flowers and floral elements. The aromas are reminiscent of lavender, citrus, and roses. Also in the background are white wine and a bit of tartness.

Taste: The flavors are highly complex with lavender, pepper, spice, earthen elements, roses, and a bit of citrus. There is also a slight bit of tartness in the flavor.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a bit of slickness to it. The bitterness is moderately high. The flowery elements and bitterness last long into the finish.

Overall, a highly complex beer with the flavors working well together and no one element dominating the other.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Beaming dark orange body color, with a real interesting hint of green and yellow to it. Big rising carbonation in the middle, reaching to a classic bubbly and rocky solid white head of three fingers. Clingy and light retention, a real nice simple classic with an excellent appearance.

Juicy nose. Sweet smelling and aromatic sweet herbs mixing with touches of sugar small like frosting. Green and pungent smelling but not overly earthy. Quite a varied hop character, which is bold and rich.

Palate is quite inviting. Sharp hop and tangy herbs hit nicely on first sip. Then, a good mix of candied sugar kicks in providing an excellent lift and contrast to the herbal bitterness. Perfume and floral like aromas just accentuate all over. Sweetness is also kept to a minimum, but doesn't allow the bitterness or large astringency to get out of control. Fruity tones even kick in after some time, citrus, berries, and more. Mouthfeel comes off with just a bit more depth than the average Belgian but doesn't descend into a syrupy sweet mess.

Really like this hop variety. Very complex and varied in flavor, works wonders in this beer.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a date code of some kind on the back: "02-2018 L42206 0758"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light straw color with very good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. The white head is medium sized with a mix of creamy and fizzy bubbles. The head has good retention.

Aroma: I get an interesting aroma of what smells mostly of spicy hops but there is a bit of a berry or even grape aroma to it. The Belgian yeast aroma is very apparent with a slightly musty scent mixed with white pepper. After a while over the glass it really starts to pick up a grape aroma that is reminiscent of being around grape vines. It is very unique.

Taste: It has a pretty standard Belgian ale yeast flavor, mostly just a light clove, with quite a bit of alcohol. Pretty average fare.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy. It has good carbonation and despite the alcohol flavor it is still easy to drink. Pretty low on the bitterness scale.

Overall: It would have been nice to have some more bitterness to the beer as well as some hop flavor. Although the beer looks great in the glass and it smells very unique, when comparing flavor and overall quality, doesn't compete with what is already out there. The site says the beer is retired however it is still available in stores and it wasn't a beer that I would pick up again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this is very peppery. Maybe more than the original version. Nice floral presence (mostly rose). Balanced and estery (pear?) The smell is very hoppy with some pine presence. Very bitter

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 330ml bottle from TW Arrowhead 1-28-17 for $4.99. Best before 8-2017.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that lasted the entire sampling.

Nose had hints of floral hops.

Taste was of floral hops, peppery, and earthy. Finish had a touch of a hop bite that faded quickly.

Mouthfeel as always was delightful. This is a very light bodied brew that barely leaves a trace with each sip. Very refreshing as always.

Overall i thought the hop profile flavor wise was very subdued compared to other versions i have enjoyed over the years. A little too earthy for me. Disappointing for Duvel.

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Photo of janubio
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden head, big head with good retention, good lace.
Aroma of hops, tropical fruits, caramel, peaches.Medium body, creamy palate, active carbonation.
Taste of hops, caramel, honoey, fruits. Bitter ending.

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Photo of mschrei
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw colored with a very healthy foam and pouring, nice lasting lacing. Smell is funky classic Belgian Tripel style with a slight hoppy background. Taste starts with a sharp tang accompanied by the expected funky Belgianess, and then there's a mild hoppy background. The alcohol is very prevalent even with how crisp and clean it feels. A fun beer that took me the entire four pack to get into.

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass. Great looking beer. Clear golden color with a foamy and thick white head. Great delicate bubbles clung to the glass. Aromas of yeast, dough, grass, hay, oranges, and berries. This tasted like a big Belgian IPA - moderately bitter with assertive floral hop character and estery Belgian notes. Dry and clean on the finish.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2017. Purchased a while back from Booths. The 2016 version of Duvel's Tripel Hop beer has HBC 291 as the third variety (now with official name Loral). The background info on this new hop variety is that it possesses a 'noble hop' character.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright golden hue with fine hazy sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a thick surface layer. It looks great.

S: Aroma of grassy hops and estery, earthy yeast with hints of subtle herbs, hay, mild spice, faint lemon, a twinge of banana and warming booze in the background. Understated but well-rounded.

T: Tastes of yeast esters and pale malt, underpinned by notes of grass/hay, light spice, mild herbs, a hint of peel, earthiness and a touch of alcohol. Very dry, with a very muted bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Nice as ever. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, esters, grassy hops and a leafy bitterness.

O: An impressive brew, as might be expected from Duvel. Looks superb, with a satisfyingly rounded aroma and flavour. Good body. Overall it's not dissimilar to the regular Duvel, the additional hops are quite subdued. I can't tell if they have faded - there aren't any other off-notes that indicate excessive age. The hop character resembles that which you might find in a good quality pilsner. A solid effort from a classic brewery.

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Photo of aleigator
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with huge, spongy white head.

Smells of dough, sweet yeast, lime zest and a flowery grass note.

Has a very high, metallic carbonation which surprisingly enough does not distract from the other flavors. Although this clocks in at almost 10 abv it drinks almost too easy with a sprizy, refreshing finish.

Tastes of sugared cereals, straw and a prominent leaf dryness, which gets enhanced by a limey note. A rustic malt sweetness evolves from this, benefitting from ripe, fruity hops. Finishes mineralic, due to the very effervescent carbonation, with a long lasting twist between cake malts and bitter lemon.

This doesn't come together as well as the base beer. Its foundation is struggling to synergize with the hops, which seem to repel the malts for the most part. Therefore it lacks depth and its soothing yeast profile gets drowned almost completely.

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Photo of Jliscin
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Light golden color with a nice head on top, nice carbonation to keep a mice even look.
S: Nice subtle notes with a light spice note, not to fruity.
T: Slight refreshing fruit notes with a stronger spice taste, slight bitter end taste to it.
F: Nice and smooth finish with lots of carbonation
O: A nice balanced tripel hop beer with lots of flavor and a strong head, little to much spice on the after taste but still a well made belgian tripel

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Mar 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a lightly hazed, pale golden-yellow hue, initially producing two fingers of puffy, big-bubbled head that slowly rises higher over the next couple of minutes (no doubt thanks to this brew's highly effervescent nature, which is impossible to miss visually). It reaches a peak of nearly two inches, but thereafter the erosive forces acting on the head begin to outpace the regenerative ones; at this point, it seeps off slowly, requiring an additional 5-10 minutes to be reduced to a dense, bumpy cap and a wide, loose collar. Great lacing; most Duvel products look attractive in the glass, and this one is no exception. Reminiscent of a Belgian IPA on the nose, with notes of lemony citrus, grassy herbs, some floral qualities and a subtle clove and pepper spiciness from the yeast. Suggestions of white grape, stone fruit and just the faintest hint of banana.

The flavour itself starts off with grainy, crackery pale malts and a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness, with the hops and yeast seizing control by the midpoint of the sip. Notes of apricot, pear, white grape and green apple soon give way to lemon rind and plenty of grassy, floral, herbal, spicy hop flavours on the back end. Noticeably peppery, with clove and significant floral hop astringency lasting to the finish, followed by a rather dry aftertaste that desiccates the palate. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that prickles the palate with each sip - though it does soften considerably as you make your way through the glass, resulting in a crisp texture that smooths out over time. No sign of the 9.5%.

Final Grade: 4.34, a solid A grade. Duvel Tripel Hop 2016, featuring the Loral* hop strain, is yet another worthy offering for Belgian beer aficionados to seek out and appreciate. It's difficult to compare these beers to their predecessors - I mean, even if you do have a bottle of the 2015 Equinox version in the cellar (which I do), it will have had more than a year for the hop flavours to deteriorate, whereas this one is still comparatively quite fresh. The 2016 has a potent floral astringent quality, potentially making it the most bitter-tasting vintage yet. Vertical rankings aside, this is an excellent strong, hoppy Belgian pale ale that I must encourage other BAs to try ASAP.

* Now with a real, non-placeholder name!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Cost was just under $4 CDN for a bottle.

Appearance - Brilliant rich golden colored beer. Massive two plus fingers of cloud-like white head. Copious amounts of lacing drag along the edges of the glass.

Smell - Hops for sure, a lemon, peppery and spicy hop note mixed in together. Some signature Duvel yeastiness.

Taste - Big and bold with loads of lemon, pepper and spiciness. Light grains and Belgian yeast too. These guys know what they're doing.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied, dry finish with a twist of lemon. Carbonation is expressive and booze is subdued... until you go to stand up.

Overall - A really good beer in the Tripel hop series, not quite as amazing as the 2014 edition, but wow, combine Duvel with some exciting hops and magic happens. Highly recommended as far as Belgian Pale Ales go (or Belgian IPA's or that matter.)

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm rather mixed on this. Unfortunately the tastes and aroma's I don't like too frequently outweigh those I do. There is a vegatative and rotting vegetable quality that shoots right and and disrupts the less frequent lovely fruit flavors from both the hops but also the malt/yeast combination. Also the nice sparkles of spiciness from the yeast.
It is good looking with a full bilious head, and enjoyable in the smooth drinking for a highly carbonated ale.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a golden straw color with a bright white fluffy head, lots of carbonation giving it great head retention, lots of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Grassy, hay, light citrus, spice, pepper, touch of Belgian yeast in the finish, biscuity malt, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Hit of pepper, spice, clove with citrus zest bitterness, Belgian yeast characteristics in the finish with banana, biscuity malts, citrus zest reemerges and lingers in the aftertaste, very dry finish, well done.

M: Very smooth, balanced, drinkable, dry finish with lots of carbonation.

O: Very good beer, drinks just like regular Duvel but with a greater presence of hop bitterness and citrus zest.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light gold with tall thick white head that lasts a while fades to creamy uneven head. Large carbonation bubbles seen.

Smells grasy herbal light spice and fruity. Light hops.

Tastes fruity spice fading to yeasty and malty light hops and finishes dry and doesn't linger long. Well balanced medium body with higher carbonation

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, vibrant, yellow colour. Smells fruity, sweet pale malts, earthy hops, and slightly like tropical fruits. Tastes like a bit of fruity yeast upfront, slightly earthy hops, dank hop finish, spiciness, and a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge glass filling white head that settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy Belgian aroma with a scent of spices and fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of peppers, clove, and farmhouse funk. Citrus hop scent of orange, lemon, and apricot along with pineapple. Also some fruit hints of green apple, banana, and pear. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Malt hints of grains, wheat, cracker, and biscuit. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and juicy Belgian taste with notes of spices and fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, and apricot along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Fruit notes of banana, green apple, and pear. Malt notes of wheat, grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy and drying. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: Another great hopped up twist on Duvel. Nice mix of hop and spice flavor.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year the hops are super resinous. Paired with the Belgian banana/clove quality it's reminiscent of Schneider Weisse Tap 5. Grapey, otherwise. Plenty of lovely hoppy earthiness too.

If you're a hophead who loves Duvel then this is your beer. The hops were a bit too pungent for my liking.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white creamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is pretty nice to look at. It's a clear gold that borders between pale and medium and looks pretty nice overall.

The smell is interesting. It's a more dank and earthy hop note mixed with a sweet and heavy malt note to it. There is also a grassy hop note to it. It's interesting but doesn't quite fit well.

The taste is good. It has a light Belgian sugar note that gets overwhelmed by the different hop notes. The hop notes are definitely noticeable in the sens that you can taste the two different ones.On the one, you have a pine and sweet dank note mixed with a sharper pine note with citrus. The malt note is also there but comes out as a slight toffee note. It's certainly different from other tripels and the ones in the series.

The feel is pretty nice. It's a medium body beer with a nice biting carbonation. It has a pretty dry finish that is pretty good.

Overall, an interesting beer used by an interesting hop note that isn't too bad. I suggest going for it since it's not likely to happen again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is very cristalline with a yellow color. The head is white with a thickness of 2 fingers. It's looks rather excepcional but the foam appears to be a bit harsh, the density of it is not very good. But everything else is great here.
A: The aroma is very rich with Brettomanices, tangerines, a fine touch of malt and on top of this, a nice aroma of fresh hops.
T: The taste is what I look in a beer. The dimension of the sweetness entertwines with the bitterness, providing a solid experience in mouth, behavior-wise. The flavors themselves are not perfect, since the sweetness comes directly from the malts and the citrus tones but the balance, oh the balance, that's what we should look for in a beer. Passed with distinction.
M: The density appears to be low but carbonation is high. But it's interesting to see how the bitterness connects with carbonation.
O: Yes, this is better than your regular Duvel. Stash your fridge on this.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden with a hint of green, mostly filtered looking with a school of bubbles rising in the middle of the glass. Topped with 4 fingers of white glassy head.

Fruity and sweet like pineapple candy with with a hint of pears. Belgian phenols, very tripel like. A hint of herbs and fresh apples.

Follows the nose completely, only its more centred and balanced. The flavours all come together and theres a hint of jam pectin. The typical Duvel dry, hoppy finish comes in.

Light feeling, jammy body with a dry finish. Lots of carbonation.

I mean really its an excellent brew. The sweet smelling components and fruitiness are what make it unique from past Tripel Hops' , but by the 3rd sip, it really balances nicely together with the bone dryness. Got on wIsh beer, drank in Chiang Mai Sept 10th, 2016.

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Photo of Spike
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle into a goblet.

L: Pale gold, clear, many streams of carbonation. Very shiny. Three finger, soapy head recedes to a thick, lumpy cap with large bubbles around the fringe.

S: St Clement's & lime, light yeast, rose water.

T: Similar to the nose with lemon emphasised. Sharp, spicy, hot.

F: Light body with high carbonation. Dry. Boozy. Smooth initially before the alcohol kicks in.

O: Need to try this side-by-side with Duvel and Duvel Single to appreciate all the differences. However, this version is certainly more hoppy, more bitter, and less smooth than the regular styles. Verging on harsh at times.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, bright golden yellow with a fluffy snow white 1 1/2" head (even using a gentle pour). The foam begins to recede slowly and for a while still has a 1/4" layer of foam over the liquid. (Even to the end of the beer there is still some noticeable foam.) Sipping creates a few scattered patches of foam on the side of the glass.

The aromas include some malt in the background supporting nicely the earthy and herbal character of the hops. There is also a subtle but nice presence of citric lemon zest.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the earthy herbal hops supported by a bit of malt sweetness. Mingled in with the rest is the lemon zest and just a light touch of bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins as the spicy, herbal character begins to fade leaving the citric zest and light bitterness behind to slowly fade away into dryness.

Overall I think this is a beer I'm enjoying and I'm glad to have more of so I can see if my impressions hold up over more bottles. Also since I've seen people report on aged versions of some of the other triple hop beers, I may just cellar a couple for a year or two. That said this is not a beer I'll be drinking regularly since the combination of flavors and high ABV don't quite fit with my preferences for a "relax in the evening" beer and, at the moment, I think I prefer the regular Duvel over this "experimental" version.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 (Experimental Hop HBC 291) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 131 ratings