Duvel Tripel Hop 2018 (Citra)
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Style:
Belgian IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.89%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
58
From:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
90
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Well I can't be positive about a 'year' model since it's not marked what year but the expiration date is 07/2020. Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The beer looks like light straw in color and a nice lasting head. Decent carbonation. Can't put a finger on the aroma. Kind of stinky. The taste is very good but again I can't put a finger on it. Very slightly citrus, maybe grapefruity. The mouthfeel is quite awesome. Thick and creamy. A real pleasure on the old palate. The flavor on the back end is really nice. This will have you wanting another. Overall I would buy this again although it's listed as RETIRED. It's a crazy cool beer for a Belgian IPA and to the best of my knowledge, my first one. Must find more.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I sampled a 0.33l bottle of this at Cafe Belgie in Utrecht on 19SEP19. Cost was €5.70.

It was a pale straw color, with a touch of haze.Had a rocky, white head, with nice lace. Aroma was dryish, with mild citrus and a hint of spicy action. Had a medium body, but was prickly and airy going down.

Flavor had crackery, doughy malts, along with lemon peel. Had some pear, and a bit of yeasty spiciness in the dry finish. Not bad, but one and done... Prosit!

3.87/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bierman9 from New Hampshire, Oct 11, 2019
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3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the stubby bottle with a 03-2020 expiration date. Sampled on September 6, 2019.

The appearance is a slightly hazy golden color with a long lasting white foamy head.

Very citrusy aroma like a grapefruit Seltzer and a lower profile white bread note and lemonzest.

Light, effervescent mouthfeel.

The taste has the same citrus character but also an herbal sort of finish. It really wasn't my thing.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Sep 06, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy straw-gold body with one-finger head and lace patches. Aroma has that typical yeast strain in Belgians along with a floral aspect thanks to the citric hops. The beer has a slightly thicker body than expected, there's a hint of bubblegum sweetness and some fruity esters typical in Belgians and these notes combine with a citric hoppiness for a good beer. Finish is dry and crisp and overall a slightly sweet, hoppy Belgian take on an IPA w/ well-hidden booze and is a nice, slow sipper.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Aug 26, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Whipped egg white head that Duvel is known for. Clean and crisp golden color. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Nose: Lots of yeast and crackers, dough and lime peel.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Tight citrus and yeast. Minerals in the middle, with a sudsy finish.

Notes: Not groundbreaking, but true to their brand and that alone is worth the trip.

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travolta from California, Aug 25, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the typical stubby Belgian bottle, this brew is absolutely clear, golden, and capped with a bright white, stable head. The aroma is lightly of fresh hops, but more subtle than I expected. The taste is of Belgian phenols and hop sharpness. Full in body. Interesting, but I think that I prefer the original.

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Suds from Missouri, Jul 05, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale golden, straw coloration with a large, foamy, lasting head. Smells of doughy malt, estery yeast aromas of green apple and clove and a zesty lime peel note. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of doughy malt, fruity/spicy yeast esters of green apple and clove and some quite zesty, tangy citrus notes of grapefruit and lime peel. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some yeast esters and lime peel lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and strong carbonation.

Well, this tastes exactly like what you might Duvel Citra to taste like, with that estery flavor profile still looming large, but complemented nicely by some quite zesty citrus notes and somewhat additional bitterness, which both integrate into the beer quite nicely. Still feels quite heavy though, with that somewhat sweet and boozy character still intact as well. I don't think I could have two of these in a row, to be honest.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really loved the 2015 Equinox, one of my favourite beers ever...

In terms of the look and foamyness and aliveness of the head...not much beats Duvel!

These fruity extra hoppy Duvel's taste best in a bit of sun...

The usual very alive Duvel head..very strong grapefruit and bitter deepness in the aroma...

It's almost like a West Coast IPA...except there is more yeasty complexity...it's less smooth and more yeasty...

I still think I preferred the Equinox...though it's impossible to compare them side by side I guess ; ) I assume they have all been drunk...

This gives you an immense euphoric feeling too...bonus!

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Ant777uk from United Kingdom (England), May 30, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: dark lemon yellow, with a decent head
Smell: lemon/lime, citrus, lager-y
Taste: lime, citrus, (very carbonated), low to medium hoppy bite, citrus rind
Feel: medium-full, fits wells
Overall: a lemon citrus experience. Very lemon, lemon rind vibe. Smooth. Surprisingly so for 9.5 abv. Would be great on a hot day on the porch.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Clear, pale yellow to pale lemon yellow body. 1Cm white head, very slowly reducing.
S- Some mild lemon/lime with a touch of the floral.
T- Lime, perfumed lime! A solid 'beery' middle into a finish every bit as solid as it's 9.5% ABV suggests.
F- The 9.5% also gives a solid richness that part offsets the citrus noted above.
O- I reckon if this were say 5.5% I couldn't drink this, I'd class it as a 'hipster hop-bomb'. But the surprisingly high ABV% brings balance. - Maybe here you get a contemporary flavour profile made palatable for people who prefer some balance, as long as you are happy with the 9.5%.
Bought from Tesco, Market Square, Norwich. £2.50/330ml bottle. BB 06-2020
Sometimes it can pay to pop into mainstream supermarkets even as close as 20 miles from home, as you can find a whole host of beers you have not seen 'back home'. And here is a case point, a new modern Duvel beer, a variant on a well known global offering I haven't seen in London or anywhere else!

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blur your vision and look into the honey-colored depths. Imagine following a grapefruit kite blowing unfettered in a briny breeze. Give chase until it is caught, Eucalyptus branches a relentless prison. Stop to look around. You find yourself surrounded by aromatic yarrow blossoms and wild roses. Your palate follows a trail of sweet bread crumbs to the edge of a mineral cliff. Sea foam and golden sunlight glint in your vision as you pull a well-deserved cigar out of your pocket and light a match...

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Sarah_Bearah from California, Mar 23, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle, exp. 06/2019, drinking in a tulip glass. Very beautiful foam. Incredibly drinkable for its ABV. Resinous hops on nose. Belgian yeast gives it a nice taste. After a bit warming and stirring before the last pour, more fruitiness came up, mainly pineapple.

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matuto from Brazil, Mar 16, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Very clean and refreshing (for a 9.5% ABV) but a too heavy for more than two or three. A spicy version of Stone’s Calibelgique. 4.5

A – Pours a clear pale golden, good carbonation, with a three-finger white fluffy head. Good head retention, good lacing, but not great (-). 4.5

S – Malt sweetness, herbal hoppiness, lemon, some farmyard funk and spice. 4.25

T – Mildly peppery, citrusy, faint green apple. 4.5

MF – Medium body, sharp start with a dry but smooth finish. 4.75

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Jan 15, 2019
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy golden with first class huge white frothy head. On the nose subtle lemon and citrus with clean crisp hops. On the tongue slightly prickly with tiny bubbles that tickle the mouth. Taste is clean, smooth and just beautiful... closing in on perfection with a mastery of Belgium meets DIPA!

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NeilSilber1 from California, Jan 01, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this very crisp taste, the citrusy flavors and the bitter aftertaste. This one really works well for me. Truly Duvel never disappoints, great stuff all over again. Highly highly recommended

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AxlSkull from France, Dec 02, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best of this annual series from Duvel, and one of my very favorite beers. Citra works very well in this inspired combination of the Belgian Tripel and IPA styles. And a beautiful head to boot

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trancecylist from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look- golden colored, with a white head around a finger thick.
Smell- really hoppy, with hints of yeast.
Taste- Tangy deliciousness, it absolutely wrecked my taste buds but it was well worth it. This is imo the best use of the citra hop so far.
Mouth feel- light.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, sparse head, with a one note hop bitterness. Kind of surprising as I've found Citra hops to be less harsh and more fruity than some other hop varieties.

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Nov 04, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-lemon,lime,white bread,doughy,honey,yeast spicyness,wheaty
T:
-lemon,lime,honey,grassy,spicy,wheat
F:
-high carbonation
-alcohol noticeable
-medium body
O:
The carbonation is too aggressive, otherwise it's a solid Belgian IPA.

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drmeto from Germany, Oct 25, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of thick specks of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lime citrus are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of spicy hops along with notes of lime citrus. Hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of bitterness.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for something that clocks in at 9.5% abv. You only get some hints of alcohol in the finish, but these aren't noticeable once the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Oct 06, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 11/2019.

Pale golden, big head.

Aromas of candied grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi.

Medium bodied, fresh. Bitter fruitiness aftertaste.

Lovely drink.

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jamesroses from Argentina, Sep 04, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into oversized snifter (all my beers go this way)
a) Pours a clear straw gold color with a 1 inch stalwart head that fades slowly. Tiny bubbles, and rich lacing.
s) The citra dominates but all the other elements of a duvel belgian single are present: Lemon, champagne, with spices, pepper, fruit, apple, and sweet malt.
t) The yeast more prominent that in US IPAs, lemony, grassy, champagne like.
f) Rises on the tongue, with sweet malts, a little bitterness, spices. Pepper & champagne.
o) must try 24.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Jul 27, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel Glass.

A: Pours a pale champagne-esque gold with a creamy white head
S: Citra dominates the nose with big orange notes, piney aromas, a certain resinousness and a nice hop bite, there are some slightly more toasty malt undertones, and the effervescence generally floats into the nose, a slight booziness too.
T: The yeast dances wonderfully here with the citrus and pine, which are just present enough without being overbearing, interestingly enough I find this less bitter than the traditional Duvel. The biscuity malt is here as well, along with the presence of some wonderful spicy notes that seem to come from the yeast rather than from any of the original hops used for Duvel.
M: Good medium body, very dry.
O: Very impressed, I think american brewers could definitely take a lesson from this beer on the tasteful use of hops like these, it also has some characteristics (hints of cereal grains) that remind me of French Biere De Garde. Would definitely buy again, it is worth your time.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2018 (Citra) from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 58 ratings