Duvel Tripel Hop | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Duvel Tripel HopDuvel Tripel Hop
605 Ratings
Duvel Tripel HopDuvel Tripel Hop

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Into what else but my Duvel tulip. A clear pale yellow color, looks highly carbonated. The head is awesome, just like the original. Bright white, 3 fingers soft & soapy. Sticky bubbly lacing, this is holding up exceptionally well. Rocky meringue like head remained throughout.

S- Smell is very fresh. really picking up alot of the characteristics of the 3 hop varities. The orange aroma of the amarillo really dukes it out with the more floral, spicy perfumy, grassy saaz & styrian hops. There's a fruitiness in the aroma which is hard to tell whether its from the amarillo or the yeast. It's somewhat peachy and perhaps a bit lemony as well. More sweetness which reminds me of Belgian candied sugar.

T- The sweetness builds throughout with the hops and then the bitterness takes over but doesn't overpower. Flavor follows the nose here.

M- Carbonation is identical to the original, highly effervescent but the body feels a little fuller to me. It's crisp, refreshing, smooth and somewhat dry.

O- Is it better than the original? Really hard to say because they're so much different. I really enjoyed the use of the amarillo, it put a great twist on an already unique flavor profile. Good stuff, it's worth the price IMO.

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

Served in Duvel glass. From notes. Be on the lookout for a second review after I age the other one.

A: Straw yellow with 2+ finger head that wont quit. with gobs of foamy lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, pear, lemon, flowers, bubblegum, apple. Should be a 5 not 4.5 but I think that after aging it will bloom more.

T: See smell add yeast, coriander and some grains.

M: Light crisp and airy, mmm.

D: Excellent. worth the hype but not at $20. $12-15 would be better to justify. Absolutely must try.

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Photo of silentjay
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: This bottle is a year old now, but since I found it for a good deal, I bought it, and will review it keeping the diminished hop flavors due to the age in mind.

pours golden straw with a huge pure white, cloudy head that is a staple of the brewery. the head retains its depth well and laces in chunks.

very floral on the nose with some delicate candy-sweet light malts and some funky and slightly fruity yeast.

sweet crackery malts with a bit of peppery and fruity yeast are more dominant in the taste, but the hops break through and add floral/grassy notes and some slight fruitiness. can only imagine the hops being more dominant would make this tastier.

tons of prickly carbonation on a medium bodied brew that has a sticky syrupy sweetness on the back end that isn't too pleasant.

overall, its good, and I wish I had tried it fresh, but even with some age it is tasty.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy straw yellow in color with a massive 2 finger foamy white head that faded slowly and left good foamy spotty lacing; pours very nicely out of the bottle and settles quite slowly.

Smells of sweet fruit, caramel, sweet malt, banana, citrus hops, floral hops, flowers, bubblegum, funky yeast, coriander, wet bread, some light grains, fruits like apple, pear, pepper and cardboard; really nice zesty nose that is soft and complex with just enough hops to level out the aroma; each whiff leads the way to a delicious sip.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, yeast, citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, flowers, bubblegum, coriander, wet bread, light grains, clove, banana, sour apple, pear, brown sugar, grapefruit, pepper and some light spices that trail off airy and sweet, with a semi-dry finish; very complex with lots of fruity complexities and malt sweetness. The hops are mild and add basic spices that make this pop with a crisp zest.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and airy, with light carbonation, a light body and a tart finish that trails off with a sweetness that coats the tongue. This ends crisp, clean and bitter with just a nice flavor lingering.

This was an excellent beer that went down real easy and lived up to the hype. A high recommendation. The only knock on this beer is that it is very expensive, but if you can spring for it then you will definitely enjoy it.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to andrenaline for offering this up for sharsies
A - fuzzy golden and super bubbly in the first glass poured, but way much more cloudy and mellow in the 2nd glass poured, head retention and lacing off the charts
S - super fruity with banana, pineapple, citrus, plumb, and light pine
T - fruity but dominated by citrus to the point of lemonade-like, piney hops, and finishing with a phenolic aftertaste
M - thin and well carbonated, smooth dry finish
O - a tasty take on a belgian, I don't like to let price into the mix but I have to say I was expecting more given the premium on this, but still a tasty brew

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Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear rather pale straw colored beer, a very high, slowly settling white head, leaving good lacing and has some curtains.

The smell is earthy, stable, dirt, leather but also some fruits, fresh apples and pears.

Initially sweet, white bread, oranges, spices, clove, peppers, some wood. Some yeast and sour milk.

Medium high carbonation, soft texture and minimal bubbles, refreshing and smooth.

Fresh, exciting and complex.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an older bottle with a loss in brisk hop nature replace with interesting apple sour hop esters. body looks just shy of that cauliflower head that a great fresh beligian IPA has. nose is apple split by booze and a deep greens sea weed sorachi ace hop earthy greens. palate is effervescent like the duvel regular but with a mild souring in the malt yeast activity. i would like to see this on tap. feel is a bit astringent dry with a gritty wood feeling. very mild sweet that expands, which is nice to fill in the blanks. a very subtle hint of marzipan but think it would be rendered non existent in a fresh batch.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip glass.

A - True to the tag's word, refermentation within the bottle is obvious. Pours about 5 inches of head that settles at around 2 inches of fluffy white whipped-cream-like bubbles. Strong head retention with a plethora of lacings. The beer itself is a bright golden/yellowish tint that can't be seen through due to the multitude of spices floating within it.

S - Strong floral notes with sweeter citrusy profile. The large amount of head effectively traps the aromas for the length of the session.

T - Prevalent floral and citrusy character with slight hop bitterness. This beer is more sweet than bitter which I am grateful for because too much of a hop taste would overshadow the complex belgian spice and yeast flavors. Extremely smooth beer with no alcohol detectable despite the high abv. and lower hop bitterness.

M - Seems like a full-bodied beer, but it is so smooth that it may pass as a lighter-bodied brew. Pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

O - Overall I highly recommend this beer despite its steep price (~$20) as a special occasion beer. Easter was my excuse.

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Photo of foogerd
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy pale yellow body with a thick fluffy white head thats about an inch and a half.

S- Fruity phenolic yeast, a dry bitterness along with some alcohol, pale wheat aroma.

T- Traditional Duvel on an angry hop rage, the yeasty fruitiness is there but totally overshadowed by this very forward hop presence. The liveliness that im used to from the traditional Duvel is replaced by a dry bitter hoppiness and the light fruits play more of a supporting role.

M- More foamy and less carbonation than the regular.

O- Interesting take on the Duvel that I'm drinking my whole life but I'd still go with the classic rather than this, worth a try if only for the novelty of this brewery tweaking such a classic brew and seeing what comes out of it.

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Photo of phishgator
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip chalice. Dull golden color that has a good amount of carbonation and a lacy white head. Smells of grassy and spicy hops. There is a more crisp and pronounced hop bitterness as compared to the regular Duvel. I nothing a lot of "burning" bitterness in finish. There is the malty backbone, but the hops dominate this one from start to finish. The alcohol is well hidden. An interesting try, but probably not on my list to repurchase.

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Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy golden yellow with a big 2+ finger pillowy head that left spotted lacing

smells of alcohol spice and fruity belgian yeast

taste - a super hopped version of duvel - very fruity very dry very good

mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated very drinkable

overall - i was very impressed - however the price of the bottle hurts the overall drinkability

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Photo of rajendra82
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The brown colored, corked and caged bomber, with the gold neck foil, and the special edition informative booklet tied to the neck, made for an attractive presentation. While the external packaging was markedly different, the beer itself looked almost exactly like the regular Duvel; with a pale, golden amber body; a large head, sticking above the rim of the Duvel tulip glass; and steady streams of carbonation in the liquid below; in other words, perfect as usual. The smell was a bit more like a Saison than normal Duvel, with a spicy, funky edge to it. The experience of the smell carried forth into the taste, and I could detect white peppercorns, orange peel, coriander, and lemon zest. The body was airy and light as usual, and the lively carbonation made the beer feel extra creamy. This is pretty much the same Duvel we all love, but with an extra kick given by the hops. The dry hopping adds to the experience, but the underlying original character still shines through.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to share this one with my fellow BA, as I saved it for my 400th review.

A - Pours a hazy murky dark orange colours, two fingers of relentless head with some insanely sticky lacing.

S - The cloves and sweet fruits dominate, though there is a touch of metallic notes also present. Some sweet citrus hops come through on the finish.

T - Noticeable hop presence, but unlike La Chouffe's offering, it is much more of a Belgian. Strangely tastes like lemonade with a sour citrus bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The traditional Duvel flavours come through as well, though are quite masked.

M - Surprisingly light on the tongue, but goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall a tasty offering, but nowhere near worth the price tag. Thankfully this was a gift, as I would've been thoroughly disappointed had I actually dropped $30 on this.

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Photo of obywan59
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color into my Duvel tulip. Almost lemony in appearance. 4-finger white head with huge bubbles that slowly sinks leaving nice thick lacing.

Light floral, fruity aroma. Some sweet malt with bready yeast and hint of alcohol. Aroma seems much more subdued by the second glass.

Light sweet malt, nicely countered by the bitter hops. Fruitiness of green apples.

Medium to medium-light in body. Peppery early on.

Rather easy to drink for a Belgian. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duvel has not yet made it onto my list of reviews. I have had it and enjoyed it too on more than one occasion. This was on the shelf at a local and I grabbed it.

Brewed 18 May, 2010 and, though I didn't notice it before, I suppose drinking it now is a good plan.

Fin Du Monde glass as a receptacle. A pretty pale golden beer with a lofty white head. The beer is not entirely clear but it is nice looking and not 'cloudy'. Lacing is high and tight. I really like beers that use pale malts, this is a great example.

The nose is floral and very enticing. I get lavender and notes of pear with a hint of vanilla. A bit of pepper and alcohol are present too but tardy and not the stars of the show.

The taste is joy, ambrosia, nectar. OK, I know not what those things taste like but I imagine at least one of them must be neigh-on this. Sweetness is slight, bitterness is aggressive but short-lived and replaced by tartness and then returns for the finish. Citrus is a lead flavor, grapefruit peel and lemon juice in turn with a tiny bit of coriander, though I doubt the spice is actually present, it is an essence of the tart/bitter flavor that I associate with coriander. The grain bill is awesome. I really wish I knew what was used as the sweetness and body are dead-on and exactly what the hops need to shine. I am smitten.

The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is high (like I like it!) with a bitter and dry finish that is really just conducive to drinking more, right now.

This is a winner, despite the $13+ price tag. I would share this with friends as soon as a Houblon Chouffe or a Hop-It, maybe sooner as the balance is superior. This is a fine ale to be searched out, though I will mention that the cork had a bit of funk on the outside tip, as a 'corked' wine might.

As not to finish on a down note I will add that this is the best and most complex beer I have had in a while, full of tartness. bitterness and the vast experience only a world-class brewery can bring.


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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a large whit fluffy head that diminishes slowly. Scent is very spicy and hoppy with some Belgian yeast aromas. A bit of citrus and pear as well. Taste is just as it smells with some nice boozy notes throughout. The citrus and fruit flavors in this beer blend very nicely with the hops and Belgian yeast flavors. Some bready notes with delicious spices and crisp apples and pears. Finishes with some citrus and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp, dry, and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome beer. Regular Duvel is one of my favorite beers, so I like it a little better, but this one is great. I would purchase it more if it wasn't for the expensive price tag.

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Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful, beautiful bottle from beautiful Buffalo.

Gold body with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lace. Differs from regular Duvel in that it's got a cloudier appearance. Floral, steely nose, with underlying fruity sweet malts. Classic Duvel flavour with a twist. Fristly, some nice hops giving it a bit of a noble hop and juicy marmalade character. Secondly, way too much booze just wrecking it completely. Medium body and carb. Drinkability is hindered by the alcohol.

Neat to try, but certainly not an improvement on the original. This could have worked a lot better.

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Photo of mntlover
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy straw color with a classic big fluffy white head that leaves gobs of lace everywhere. Very nice looking brew.

Aroma is sweet malts fruits mixed with some honey floral hops. Some light spice and straw/grassy hops underneath.

Taste is like the nose sweet malts with fruits almost triple like pears, grapes nice spice with some underlying hops grassy like bitterness is dominating more so then floral from the nose. Smooth easy drinking some light alcohol notes in finish but mingles nicely with spice and hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth but good amount of carbonation lifting the spice and hops. Medium feel.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough brew, would repurchase if it was half the price but not at $20. To tell the truth almost didn't buy this one my curiosity just got the better on my common sense.

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Photo of seand
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent very light straw color, with a large amount of pure white foamy head. The head retains quite well, leaving lots of lacing.

S: Clove and the other usual Belgian-style spices are present, along with a strong floral hop note. The aroma is huge, and hits as soon as the cork is out of the bottle.

T: Nicely balanced. Sweet up front, turning hoppy towards the finish, but never really gets bitter. The finish is nicely crisp and citrusy.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable, especially for the ABV. Definitely one to be careful with!

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

I purchased this one in a 750 ml corked bottle. The only thing I had a problem with was the $21 price tag.

A- A slightly hazy maize color topped with a pure white 3 finger head that just never disappears. As for the lacing it has trouble sticking to the glass when you swirl but it lingers here and there as you drink. Beautiful carbonation flowing from the bottom of the glass.

S- Hops on top of hops with a light fruit smell, something like apples. Also some distant floral aromas as you drink. This changes towards the bottom of the bottle as you get more of a yeasty smell due to the in bottle fermentation that Duvel uses.

T- I was shocked about the taste of this beer. Not nearly as bitter as I would have expected with that many hops. Again the fruit and sweetness accompany the delicious hops. Finish is very pleasant with a slight bitter.

M- Thin and smooth with a carbonation in the finish like a champagne.

D- With the absence of the traditional hop bitter this was a delight to drink for me. Again the only problem I had with this is the heavy price tag. If it were more affordable I would definitely partake in this one again.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Duvel tulip glass.

A- Rich golden color with a cloudy haze, and a big foamy head that reaches all the way to the top of the glass.

S- Delicious smell of classic Duvel golden mixed with hops, makes a citrusy-yeast that is floral and spicy on the nose.

T- Sweet malt, strong Belgian yeast and bitter hops making for a lemon zest touch on the tongue. Tends bitter and ends sweet.

M- Light to medium bodied, lots of good carb. Bitter and sweet with lots of exciting flavors.

D- Awesome. The high alcohol is almost invisible on this one the flavors over power the 9.5%. All of the flavors are well put together.This is a treat for sure.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Love Duvel, love hops, so let's see what we have here....

The pour looks like Duvel, though maybe a bit cloudier. The old world hop varieties really come through in the taste. I'm so used to the floral "new word" hops that it's interesting to get a good dose of these.

Reminds me slightly of some imperial pilsners I've had lately. A touch of banana-y esters and fruitiness brands this as Belgian, though. I find this pretty drinkable for the abv. Very nice mouthfeel to this.

This seems to be on fire sale lately. Worth it for $10, but I don't know about the original $20 it was going for. I'd probably stick with regular Duvel.

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

Nice bottle and presentation: foil, cage and cork.

Popped the cork with a burst of apple aromas, crisp and juicy.

Pours light golden, almost straw color in my Sam Adams glass. Fluffy white head about as tall as the CN tower in Canada. Jeez, it's heady. Great lacing once the head settled down a bit. Rocky head, looks great. Would like to see a touch more color in the body though.

Aroma has the apple crisp up front. Some sweet toast and juicy pear. Some alcohol.

Taste is a bit light here. Fruity without much sweetness. Orchard fruits mostly, some tropical, perhaps kumquat. A bit tangy. The hops dries this one out a bit, but don't provide a lot of bite.

Feels a bit thin on the end.
Very drinkable

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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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Photo of AdamBear
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to em0217 for getting me this one!

bottled March 18, 2010.

A-light cloudy pale yellow with a large white head and some lacing

S-smells like a funky belgian pale ale. has some serious grassyness and belgian spice.

T-comes in with low key belgian malts. they're not very pronounced. it does however come in with a lot of heat. the after-taste is of belgian malts and some grassyness. this isn't like any belgian IPA that i've had. it lacks a nice hops presence.

M-has a medium carbonation and a hot finish.

D-i just can't find the quality here. i couldn't finish the bottle. it had too much heat, even for a 9.5% beer. this isn't a good belgian or a good IPA. i won't be getting this one again.

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Duvel Tripel Hop from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 605 ratings
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