Duvel Tripel Hop | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel HopDuvel Tripel Hop

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 12-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle right after it came in at Abe's and put it away for a little while. Opened it with a friend of mine and was very excited to try it. The brew poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head. The smell of the Saaz hops were running wild on the nose along with some yeast. The taste of the set had a very crisp hoppiness to it. The flavor had a strong bite to it and a light earthiness too in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and sharp, medium bodied and refreshing. Overall this beer is quite expensive but I'd say it's almost worth it.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and poured with a thick white head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The floral hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of spicy aromas to the nose.
T: There is a mild amount of bitterness in the overall taste, which is similar to the smell and has notes of lemons and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite drinkable despite its high alcohol content, although the dryness lends this to being one best sipped.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked, gold foil capped bottle, packed in a tetrahedral white box, 2010 edition. Bought for Christmas, more or less overlooked, and forgotten about, really, until now. Nice international lineup of guest star hops.

This beer pours a pale, hazy yellow straw colour, with a silly amount of columnar, puffy, chunky, frothy, and near overflowing bone-white head, which settles agonizingly slowly, eventually leaving some random, but less than innocuous slabs of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of perfumed floral, grassy hops, mild wild yeast, grainy pale malt, semi-sweet cantaloupe and honeydew, aged lemon, and softly spicy tea leaves. The taste is more sweet than I was expecting - grainy, crackery pale malt, a sugary floral white wine essence, bready yeast, and pushy spicy, grassy, and herbal hops. The 19-proof booze does well to remain mostly unnoticed.

The carbonation appears to be on the low side, after that initial outburst, but it is really quite intensely frothy, and near gag-inducing, at times, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth but for a bit of latent booze astringency. It finishes well off-dry, and rather yeasty, with a bitter citrus bent - the malt's still there, yet somehow diminished.

What the hell is it with these Belgian-made IPA bombers? Every one, including this here, has been a volcano of a pour - not what I want for my 30 bucks worth of one-off special release. Besides all that, I actually like this one - it's as complex as the base supastah, and the finishing hops are subtle enough, making for a nicely drinkable mirror-world IPA 'grosse'.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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 oline73
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. The bottle is dated May 2010.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with under half a finger of fluffy white head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: Fairly light and quite fruity. I'm getting some Belgian yeast spice and bubble gum. Some sweetness from the malt with a mild hop note.

Taste: This is a rather light tripel, especially given the abv. I'm getting bubble gum and fruit again. There is a grape note that I find in many tripels. The hops have fades, probably due to the fact that I aged this one a bit, but you definitely find them in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just on the syrupy side of medium bodied with aggressively tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this quite a bit. I guess I should have had it fresh, but I never got around to it. Very light and refreshing considering the abv. I'd have another one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright orangey color ale with a super huge off-white foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of dry floral hops is quite intense with notes of cat pee. Taste is totally dominated by the hops mix with great green floral notes with a dry hoppy finish. I thought there was a clear cat pee presence similar to Orval in this beer. Body was quite full with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and something ZI would like to have access to on a regular basis.

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

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt. Duvel is one of my favorite beers, so I had high expectations for this.

Appearance: Blond in body, perhaps a shade darker than Duvel, with a slight haze. It's highly effervescent, a gentle pour leaving me with two inches of sticky, clingy head.

Aroma: Herbal, floral hops. A bit of lemon grass, perhaps. This is strikingly floral and botanical, with grassy undertones. Yeast lends a peppery, spicy kick.

Taste & texture: Pear-like esters, spicy white pepper, rather different than the nose; the yeast comes through much more. Floral and grassy hops are nonetheless prominent, along with a little candi sugar sweetness, though this is largely dry. The finish is peppery, dry, floral, and the 9.5% ABV is surprisingly noticeable, even a bit harsh.

I enjoyed this, probably more than anyone else at the tasting I opened the bottle at, but it's simply not as good as regular old Duvel.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a little reluctant to buy this with the price tag, but was convinced by a friend who loved it. I hope it was worth it. Poured into my Ommegang tulip/chalice like glass. (already seems worth it, as soon as I popped it the Pats ran back a kick-off return touchdown).

A: Pours a light fizzy pasty white bubbly head hits 1 finger and fades at a med pace with spotted lacing, over crystal clear golden pilsner color.

N: is almost perfect for a Belgian IPA. It has great Belgian qualities as well as fresh aromatic floral hops. Hops come with light lemony citrus, little grassy floral, hints of tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, and grapefruit. Nice Belgian malts, little fluffy and aromatic themselves, golden malts. All that with a great belgian yeast addition that comes through pretty well even through all the other aromas, light floral esters, slightest hint of spices, touch bready chewy as well.

T: starts with a bite, a big yeasty bite, with some yeast flavors, but then some yeast additions. The Belgian yeast takes the show at first, a bite of booze, little tingly and warming, some nice bright esters, a touch fusel on the booze though. Golden Belgian malts next, with a fluffy airy feel, bit of a chewy bready flavor due to both malts and yeast. A bitter bite cuts in the more I go, with a slightly spicy hop kick, some floral aromatic like hops, little grassy as the noble hops Saaz and Goldings really seems to take over. The noble hop flavor is nice, but despite dominating the hops it still seems almost drowned out by the rest of the flavors. The citra gets in there a bit but is even more drowned out, with a light tropical fruit, touch of passion fruit and guava, and just a bit of tangerine. Finish is dry and aromatic, fluffy, light bitterness with a long lingering hop character mostly noble but a little spicy, a bit of a light bitter rind and spices from the yeast, with a light ester and some more booze.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carbonation maybe a little too much, little spicy and warming tingly hot booze.

Overall pretty good. The nose is almost perfect, the flavor is nice and would be a lot better if the booze didn't come through so hot with the fusel alcohol and warming tingly feel. The malts are nice in the background, hops are quite nice but give way for the Belgian yeast to do it's thing and add great flavors and especially aromas. Just wish it was a little less hot.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Citrus notes of orange and lime with some licorice aroma. Zesty and very interesting.

T - Tangy wheat malt up front with a little bit of graham cracker malt flavor. Zesty, citrus hop character washes over the palate in the middle with notes of lemon-lime and orange as well as a hint of pine. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a light, bready malt note with a bit of lingering anise.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very odd, this is a beer with a unique character that reminds me of nothing else except, perhaps, for the few beers I have had that were brewed with Sorachi Ace hops. The lime zest notes that characterize the aroma and flavor of this beer are truly unique and mix strangely with the bready malt. This is a nice beer, and so unique that it really must be tried to be understood, but I don't think it any any way eclipses the original Duvel. Belgian IPA is such an idiomatic style, with so many divergent interpretations and this is one of the few that stands out from the pack. Still, I prefer the versions that are brewed with fruity American hops to this unique style.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up at Capone's. Served in a wine glass.

A hard pour yields a golden-bodied brew with lots of visible carbonation. The head that forms is monstrous, filling a little over half the glass. Really, really impressive head retention, even for Duvel. The white head that forms is uber-thick, almost like meringue. Even as the sides start to fall, there's a thick melted-marshmallow bit of foam in the middle that stays up throughout the glass.

The nose is fantastic. The Styrian Goldings are present atop the typical Duvel characteristics. There is some very mild grain plus an explosion of beautiful fruit. I got a bit of tropical-fruit character plus a bit of ripe honeydew. Slight bit of yeast spice in there as well. Faint whiff of alcohol. The taste really hits all of these components over the fence. The tropical fruits coalesce into what I could best describe is not-quite-ripe mango plus a bit of mango skin. Fresh honeydew in there as well. Also a bit of citrus rind and white pepper toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was exquisite. I loved the fruit character plus a nice dry finish that is really accentuated by the hops. Incredible. Great medium body with high levels of carbonation. Just killer. This is what a "triple hops brewed" beer should taste like. Damn. I really like traditional Duvel, but this beer is on a whole different playing field. Well done, very well done.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ample, three-finger head. Straw color body, light chill haze. Chunky lace and lots of it.

Mildly sour, but there is a peppery hop presence as well. The pale malts actually show up in the nose.

Very interesting unripe berry flavors, the essence is raspberry and blackberry while there is also a sourness of a pie cherry. Good malt base. The swallow has a moderate hop flavor--peppery. Relatively thin but the carbonation is equally low. The aftertaste is long lasting--sour and bitter.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an explosive, foaming white head.

Smell: Spicy, floral, soapy aroma with a touch of peach juice and some candyish hints in the background.

Taste: Pale malts with a candi sugar sweetness. Dash of fruit peach juice. Plenty of spiciness to the hops added. Slight kick of acidity. Floral hints. Pinch of coarse ground black pepper. Warm, fruity finish with a lingering sour yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: It's pretty decent. The bumped up hoppiness compliments the original Duvel fairly well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It won't affect the appearance score, of course, but this is one of the most impressive looking presentations that I've ever seen. Silk-screened label tastefully done in classic red, white and gold. Cork-and-cage covered by thick gold foil. Informative booklet on heavy paper slung around the bottle neck with red string. Very nice.

Pastel pineapple beneath a majestic crown of alabaster cream that displays all that is great about Belgian foam, the best in all the world. The head is ridiculously rocky and supremely sticky, with small chunks of suds already appearing on the upper reaches of the glass. Exceptional without a doubt.

The nose is a noble hophead's dream. Saaz (Czech Republic), Styrian Goldings (Slovenia) and Amarillo (U.S.) are the 'tripel hops' in question. Each inhale delivers a nostril pleasing cloud of lupulin goodness. Believe it or not, the orange peel character of Amarillo is noted beneath the grassy-musky-herbal blast of the more dominant Europeans.

Duvel Triple Hop is outstanding beer, as I was sure it would be. Adding even more hops to one of planet Earth's finest ales was bound to turn out well. Is DTH better than the original? Probably not (since Duvel is about as close to perfect as beer can get), but it's blowing the doors off my palate with each upending of the glass.

The second pour results in even more of a visual masterpiece than the first pour. Wow! This is one of those rare cases in which the addition of a massive amount of hops might have screwed with the base beer's balance. However, that's only because Duvel is so impeccably balanced to begin with.

The kaleidoscopic flavor profile includes yeasty French bread (with crusts), ripe pears, meadow grasses, orange zest, and a considerable white pepper and clove spiciness. What a hoptastic treat! The ABV has to be a mistake. Never has a 9.5% ale had its alcohol buried this well. Never... ever.

The mouthfeel, while good, is not up the usual standards of Belgian beer in general and Brouwerij Duvel Mortgaat in particular. For starters, it's a little more thin than it should be. In addition, the bubbles, while appropriately sparkly, don't add that amazingly silky and expansive creaminess that Belgianophiles crave.

Trying to improve on a bona fide classic is a worthwhile endeavor, but it usually comes up short in the end. No matter, because Duvel Triple Hop is incredibly delicious beer that can proudly take its place alongside the best Belgian IPAs ever brewed.

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Duvel Tripel Hop from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 611 ratings