Duvel Tripel Hop
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Belgian IPA
4.21 | pDev: 9.98%
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 272 | Ratings: 616
Reviews by TMoney2591:
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

I've been eying this for a while, but was dismayed for most of that time by the price tag. Here goes nuthin': It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. Quite lovely, actually. The nose comprises wheat, rice, coriander, lemon zest, light black pepper, and spicy pine. The taste returns all of last year's (AKA the smell's) starters, along with some flowers and some light orange peel. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one I'm glad I eventually got to try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An exquisit display of what it means to be a Belgian IPA. A whole-hearted and classy Belgian Strong Pale Ale with the complexly integrated hops of Belgium/Czech/German and American. ...and then the beer never waivers from its Belgian soul.

As with the original Duvel, the beer has a medium gold color with that classic billowing fluffy white head that eventually settles into a rocky sturdiness, intricate lacing patterns, and hearty retention that is constantly fueled by steady streams of carbonation from below. Where this beer differs is the medium haze, obviously from the dry-hop processes. The quentessential stickly lace of the original Duvel plays at least an equal role here.

Taking the original Duvel and superplanting the hop character of citrus, spice, earth, and ultimate perfumy and floral scents, this beer is everything that makes Duvel ideal, except for more.

The zesty fruity aromas of Duvel are alive here with a lemony, tart apple, under-ripe pear and berry mix is now met with a spicy counter of hop spice, earthiness, smooth bitterness, citrus/tropical fruit rinds, fresh orange zest, pine and fresh cut grass. A yeasty/spicy interplay goes from pepper, spice, and lightly phenolic character to creamy, yeasty, confectioner's mix.

Still, the body of this Tripel Hop Duvel is as full and effervecent early as ever. The medium weight magically evaporates just as the mid palate turns to finish and then 'poof!', the beer is gone. All that's left is a bitter whisper of the beer with an aftertaste of spice, fruit, hops, and bitterness.

As wonderful as Duvel is, this new highly hopped version makes for the best Belgian IPA I've had to date. But it looses some of the simple beauty of original Duvel with all of this complexity. Did the beer demand more complexity? No, of course not but the result is powerfully playful yet delicately orchestrated. Well done Moortgat!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Dennis Brothers - haven't seen it around in Chicago. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass. Bottle is dated May 18th, 2010.

A - Looks like Duvel. Pours with a huge white foam that eventually settles to big chunk cap, leaving splotchy lace everywhere. Transparent golden straw body with lots of bubbles.

S - Smells like hoppy Duvel. Big zesty noble hop character - herbaceous and lemony - along with some spicy esters from the Belgian yeast. Some alcohol gets in the way of things unfortunately - seemed boozier than the regular stuff.

T - Taste has some cattiness, herbal leafy zest, and floral notes over top of a pale malt and Belgian yeast backdrop. Also finishes with a hint of alcohol. More of a 4.25 for me so I bumped up appearance a notch to compensate.

M - Creamy medium body, low carbonation (it's all in the foam), a touch of alcohol warmth, and a dry finish. Solid in this department.

D - This was quite drinkable. I had a few pours and would purchase it again if it weren't so dang expensive. It's like a slightly more boozy Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus.

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Photo of robhunta
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice clean crisp yellow with 2 fingers of of head. At first pour the head seemed a bit fizzy, with large bubbles that looked like they would disappear quickly. However, it morphed into a thick fluffy head that sticks around. quite beautiful.

S - nice floral hop aroma with a hint of belgian yeast.

T - this beer opens and finishes with bitter hops. thats not too say it overly bitter, just a good flavor. Also has the classic belgian yeast flavor.

M - clean and crisp.

O - a great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, bottled 5/18/2010 and purchased from a store cooler, into a Duvel tulip. Shared with vonschplieffen.

A: Cloudy gold body with an inch of pillowy white head. Good retention, sticky lace. Not nearly as distinctively gorgeous as regular Duvel, but still quite nice.

S: Wow. This is over a year old, and the hops still dominate. It smells like a bushel of smashed pink grapefruits scattered about a sunny Belgian hayfield. It's fruity, grassy, herbal, deep, contemplative, and, in a word, divine.

T: Deliciousness. Bready pilsner malt; sharply grassy, herbal, and fruity hops; apple + pear esters; and a bone dry, moderately bitter, spicy finish. Again, wow.

M: Creamy, full, frothy, lively, substantial, awesome.

O: What a beer. I didn't think anything could improve on regular Duvel in this general category, but I was wrong. The malt, hops, and yeast in this beer work it utmost harmony, delivering nothing short of pure, absolute flavor heaven. If it weren't so expensive, I would buy every bottle in sight. As it is, I'll just buy out the rest of the stock from the store where I got this, since it's both cheaper than anywhere else I've seen and refrigerated, so the hops are fresher than I expected. So, so good.


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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is Duvel on steroids. More bitter, and more boozy. The smell and head are very similar to the original, with the exception that it is a bit more pleasantly husky smelling. Fantastic to say the least, but why mess with the perfection of the original? I have a feeling its to appeal to the hop-heads.

Outstanding beer and a must try for Duvel fans and hop heads, but I'd prefer two bottles of the original golden nectar because its more drinkable at the lower abv.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a very nice clear golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice scattered bits of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of the classic Duvel with a stronger hop presence. Also there is a more citrusy smell to it. The smell is very nice.

T - It starts off sweet, and has a strong belgian yeast flavor. There is a nice hop presence, that adds a good amount of bitterness to this beer. In the finish there are some nice flavors of lemon and other citrus.

M - This has a medium body and high crisp carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a bubbly toned down champagne feel to it. It is sweet, but leaves some lingering hop flavor on the palate.

O - This had some good drinkability. I could definitely have a few glasses of this in a sitting. It goes down good, and tastes great. Overall, i thought this was a very enjoyable belgian IPA. I enjoy the strong citrus presence. I recommend giving this one a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Sorachi Ace version, best before 09 2015. Stubby 330ml bottle into a tulip glass,

Pours an almost clear yellow body showing tons of rising carbonation. A huge pillow of bone white foam with huge bubbles and peaks forms and takes a while to calm down. Pretty insane retention and lacing here. Giving it a swirl just reinvigorates everything. The aroma is of cracker malts and spicy yeast. Can't recall ever having a beer which showcases Sorachi Ace, but I'm also getting some lime, grass, and some floral elements. Taste is of cracker malts with a great deal of sweetness. Belgian yeast esters and some faint banana mix it up with some hop bitterness and a lemon/grassy finish. Very clean and refreshing. Crisp and bubbly with a dry finish. I wish the mouth feel felt a bit fuller though. The residual bitterness really is a welcomed relief against the Belgian yeast/alcohol. Overall this was a damn good beer. Really impressed by this one.

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Photo of Andragos
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.

Looks phenomenal. Just like regular Duvel.

Smells of yeast and rustic bread. Tons of spicy clove like phenols. Some green apples. Leafy/earthy and flowery hop aromas, and a hint of pineapple. Off to a great start.

All the goodness of standard Duvel with a punch of flowery/leafy/earthy hops, and a lasting resinous aftertaste.

Fluffy, crisp, effervescent and fairly dry. This is even a bit more dry than regular Duvel.

A nice hoppy version of Duvel. Not buying again though, due to the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ferrari29
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a very fluffy white colored head; generated 2+ finger size foam; holds very well; lacing is very good; beer is well carbonated; color is nice and golden

S - Beer smells great; fruity scents of apple and citrus; light hoppy nose; touch of spice in the middle; floral hints of rose and potpourri; herbal tea leaves

T - Sweet and floral taste; sip starts with a similar taste to sparkling wine and finishes with a light malt flavor; white grapes; dry; does taste a little boozy

M - Foamy feel and very effervescent; has a dry hop taste that lingers for a while

D - Fantastic drink; very easy to drink; great sweet taste and nice dry flavor; definitely recommend

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Photo of Brasso
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of silverking
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- It pours a hazy golden straw with a thick white head. Head retention is excellent, and there are well formed rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus, along with piney and grassy hops. It's very fruity, with lots of spicy and earthy yeast esters. It smells almost too good to drink, almost.

T- Faint hints of sweet malt dance on the palate with strong notes of citrus. There is a distinct belgian spiciness. The finish is dry, with strong notes of grapefruit. It's very light and refreshing, but it's very complex.

M- It's medium/light bodied, with lots of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well, but still offers up some warmth.

O- Glad I bought this one. It's simply incredible.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RuudJH
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended to me by my local beer supplier. I haven't tried this yet, am very curious.
'2012 selection dry hopped with citra'

Big head, pale golden beer with good carbonation.
Very fresh smell of citrus, lemongrass and peel and also pine.
Taste is powerfull and bitter, also some sweetness. Aftertaste is powerfull, but slightly harsh. The alcohol is well masked for sure.

All in all, this is a beer I'm glad I encountered. I've had a good deal of regular duvels, but this one is more interesting. Fuller flavoured and tougher.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not into this beer as most people are it might seem. This is a 2010 vintage.

Pours straw yellow and stays that way with tons of bubbles. Looks like yellow champagne with a big bone white head. I usually dont love beers that look like this.

The smell is dry and bready malts abound with banana, some yeast esters, some small fruity notes, and really no hops to me. A little faint, with some alcohol poking through later as it warms.

Taste is a little better than the smell with a bitter lemony finish that has an almost sour after taste. Some yeast, candied malt, banana, bread, and some grassy hops not as much as i hoped. Some alcohol sweetness thats ok. It's pretty carbonated as it looks, and not bad medium light feel.

Not a huge fan, pretty forgettable and WAY over priced IMHO.

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Photo of jmw4437
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bbkd3b
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip for great justice.

Hits the glass with a cloudy, bright-yellow body. The usual Duvel carbonation allows for the signature 2-finger head to form with ever-lasting retention. Beautiful aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon, and hops pretty much defines what a Belgian IPA should smell like. Had to read the booklet that came with the bottle to make sure I could pick up on at least one of those hops before I drank it.

The first sip is fantastic - reminds of Duvel with a stronger, hoppy backbone. Very fruity all around, with the aforementioned lemon bubbling on the tongue. As it slides to the back of the mouth, a layer of sweeter fruits is revealed. Meanwhile, the hops prick away at the tongue giving it that IPA characteristic that I've come to love so much. Somehow, it's complex and simple all at the same time. Fantastic.

Overall/notes - A special-occasion beer for me: celebrated my graduation from college and it marks my 100th review. Duvel really nailed this one down, though I can't be all that surprised, given how amazing the base is. It's a shame I don't have another one to age properly.

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Duvel Tripel Hop from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 616 ratings