Duvel Tripel Hop | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel HopDuvel Tripel Hop
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 12-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
605
Reviews:
271
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
115
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise. Perhaps I was more surprised to see this Brazil than I was to be offered a healthy glass of it while I was at Belgian Beer Paradise in São Paulo. Consumed and enjoyed in the company of Xavier Depuydt, on to the beer:

Insert the classic Duvel look here. Its head is very large and billowy, retenting extremely well on top, lots of lace, and a light golden colored body. It´s not quite classic in the aroma, but with little question is an excellent one. It´s on the grassy side, with little, exciting sweet sugary notes and apricot.

The label says Tripel Hop, however don´t expect an overdose of hops. Expect a well balanced, smooth, and easy to drink strong ale with a good amount of grassy hops that aren´t over the top, and an excellent base of malt and assorted fruits.

While I´ve hesistated to pull the trigger on a $20 bottle in the US, it´s easy for me conclude that Duvel Tripel Hop is delicious nectar. With a large dose in my system, will that break my hesitant ways of putting down the $ for a bottle to call my own?

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle, champagne corked of course, with some decorative foil covering the cork. A BBD of 18 May 2013 was printed on the label. I poured it into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color, lots of carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed a pillowy soft 2-3 fingers thick with great retention. I don't know how this could be any better.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops. Very nice.

Taste: Bready malts up front giving way almost immediately to the hops, floral and citrusy. I also got notes of lemon, pepper, grass, and pepper in there at varying times. The finish was a mix of malt, hops, yeast, and just a little alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation was lively, and the bubbles scrubbed the palate between sips. The alcohol was hidden well, I had to check the label to make sure it was really 9.5% ABV.

Overall: A simply phenomenal brew. It's a bit pricey, but in my opinion worth every penny.

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Photo of fultonj
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of xHopHeadx
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Beautifully presented bottle, poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

A: Hazy yellow orange with a determined funnel of bubbles migrating towards a proud foamy head. Nice lacing.

S: FLORAL - rose petals, ripe banana, citrus, yeast, bread.

T: FLORAL - bitter citrus rind, pears, white raisins, malt.

M: Creamy up front, dry champagne-like (carbonation) with some slight hints of soap in the finish.

O: Very well balanced, not at all boozy, with an amazing nose.

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Photo of Snapps
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Splitting a 750 with Stopper at cellar temp.
Beer is poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright gold color and is slightly hazy with several streams of fine bubbles rising to the surface. Bleached white head of 2 cm foams up and is fluffy but fades quickly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is some sweet malt but also a little funky and musty notes mixed in. Interesting Belgian brew so far.
I also get a good complex hop mix with some spicy hits and general vegetal notes, but also a little pepper and bitey smells.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation. Texture is thinner than anticipated and even a little watery. meh.
Flavor is similar to nose with some sweet malt and a little light fruit but mostly moves forward with some spicy hop hits and a little bit of earthy flavors and some general hop bite. Very dry on the finish. Easy drinker with no real booze presence.
Decent beer but I anticipated something more after the presentation and price for the bottle.

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Photo of JOEnobody001
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dylancraver
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Beerme09
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sprucetip
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden with more fluffy white foam than liquid in the tulip, even after a gentle pour. Super thick lacing left behind, and the head retention was agonizing.

Light peppery spice notes mixed with gentle malty sweetness up front. Commensurate levels of grassy and vaguely fruity hop inputs join in the mix. It's all fairly mild in strength, but exceptionally well balanced. Very nuanced, with some subtle complexity. If you stuck your nose in a heavily dry hopped IPA before sniffing this one, you might not even notice it.

Signature Duvel yeast flavor is most prominent, but the citrus fruit character added by the amarillo hops is noticeable, if subtle. Malty sweetness is mellow but noticeable, as are the grassy/earthy Euro hop influence. It's very well balanced, and like in the nose, imparts sophisticated complexity. No part of this is particularly pronounced. At first it seemed kind of drab, and maybe in some ways it is, but I believe it was designed to be the way it is and is an expertly crafter brew.

Well carbonated with a wee nip of a bite, medium/full body, moderate warming, and a drying finish.

When I first popped the cork, I was underwhelmed by the flavor and aroma (the 2 categories most important to me). It wasn't too cold, that wasn't the problem. But as I worked my way through the sample, my appreciation for the nuanced complexity grew. Probably most people who try this will have some idea what they are getting into and appreciate, but some noobie hop head thinking he's getting some amped up DIPA because the word "hop" is the name may end up being disappointed.

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Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of TexAggie011
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of CrazyMike
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden appearance with a thin amount of bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving good lacing. Not to different from regular Duval. Smell consists of lots of hops, yeast, citrus, grass, orange and various spices.

Taste consists of lots of fruits (apples, orange, bananas, etc.), hops, yeast, spices, pepper and grass; Excellent blend of tastes, complex but refreshing and highly drinkable at the same time. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is a lingering spicy, boozy taste

This beer is amazing, the one I tried is from Mar. 2010, wish I waited another year because this beer ages well. This is an amazing beer, but something that you should drink for a special occasion, although if it was cheaper and more available, I'd have no qualms drinking it every day.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Duvel Tripel Hop from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.21 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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