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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottle says 18 mei 2010

A- This beer has a hazy lemon yellow body supporting a snow white thick head with a gentle carbonation of microbubbles popping to the surface

S- The bitter green hops aroma has some field corn and yeasty ester notes in the finish that grows into a hair perm aroma but is not to offensive.

T- The assaulting green bitterness of the hops has some dandelion bitterness in the finish with a soft plastic note and a herbal bitter bite that lingers a bit. There is not much hop depth but as it opens there is some dried lemon qualities and a spicy note to the hops.

M- The light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to the finish with no alcohol heat.

O- The harsh hop bitterness does mellow a bit as it opens or the alcohol kicks in with the fatigue of my taste buds? I wish I would have see what I think is the bottled on date before I bought it as I think it would have been much better fresh. There were some nice hop flavors but they were just to muted and overpowered by the hop bitterness to really enjoy.

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Photo of spicelab
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL. 2012 Citra edition.

Crystal clear pale golden, as per regular Duvel, with a very anaemic head that collapses with scratchy lacing to nought.

Aromas clearly display Citra smashing in to Belgian yeast. Candied estery hop amalgams of melons, banana, pineapple candy, bubble-gum, and vegetal compost. The dankness of heavy hopping is evident, but the Belgian character is still prominent.

Flavours introduce a heavy graininess which competes with the fruity hop and esters character, but also adds a rustic element which prevents it from becoming cloying.

Medium body, although unexpectedly light for 9.5%, with slightly spritzy carbonation. Finish is typically dry, tart and slightly bitter (for the style).

While not an improvement on regular Duvel, the potential for this to turn out weird and ungainly would have been high, yet there is very little to fault here and plenty to like. The assertiveness of Citra stands up very well alongside the house yeast.

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Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date.

LOOK: Classic Duvel style head, massive, bubbly, perfect clarity, amazing

SMELL: Oily hop resin, alcohol, grassy, juicy fruit, clean

TASTE: Excellent crispness, moderate body, stone fruit, dried grass, crackers, yeast, warming alcohol, pulling dryness, lemon pith, bone dry finish

This beer exudes greatness though it does not reach the heights of the original, very happy to run into this specialty brew and hope to see it again.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Jeffo
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Mitra down the road. Drank this one right after the regular version for comparative purposes.

From a bottle into a La Chouffe glass
Vintage: 2012
Best Before December 2014
Dry hopped with Citra

APPEARANCE: Same as the regular beer. Pours a huge, four finger, loose looking, fluffy, bright white head with good retention. Slightly hazy, straw yellow in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foam cap and leaves some chunky lacing down the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains and leaves some nice lacing the whole way. Head is a little thin for me, but this is good looking and fits the style.

SMELL: Lots of citra on the nose. Piles of hops really. Honeydew melon, grapefruit, pineapple and light pine notes. A touch of yeasty spices in there, but this is more hops than anything. The original Duvel has all but been eliminated.

TASTE: Hops aren't as dominant here as in the nose; the original Duvel is still the boss here. Pale malts, green fruits, apples and pears, and some spicy yeast notes. Some grapefruit and a touch of pine from the citra, but this is still very floral and spicy at the finish. Bold aftertaste is spicy, yeasty and alcoholic, much like the original Duvel, but there is a light touch of grapefruit in there as well. A very nice mix.

PALATE: Same as the regular Duvel, which makes things difficult for me. Thinner body and high levels of carbonation. Bubbly and light on the palate, goes down quite airy and finishes slightly dry on the palate. I understand this is the style, but this is too thin, bubbly and airy for my palate. Others in the style have agreed with me more.

OVERALL: This is a fun beer that I was glad to try. The nose is much different than the original Duvel, and since the taste isn't as far off, the nose and flavor don't seem to match. Furthermore, while this was a flavorful and interesting beer, like the regular version, the thin, light and airy palate makes this one a chore. I actually gave up on it half way through. That said, this is a quality beer that many will enjoy more than I do. If you like Duvel and are a fan of citra, this fits the bill.

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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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Photo of Neorebel
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've finally secured a bottle of this from Craft Beer Cellar in Boston. For the appearance, it looks very similar to it's cousin, the original Duvel - brilliant yet hazy gold, with a head similar to sea foam. It's very sticky, leaving a web of lace on its way down. The aroma is remarkable- very rich and complex! I'm picking up a decent amount of Belgian yeast, caramel, and fruity esters - tart apple and banana. There is a presence of sharp, juicy hops. The aroma has something reminiscent of the original, once again. A bready malt foundation hits the palate along with an immediate surge of piney hops. There is a spicy aspect of cloves as well. This beer really coats the mouth completely, and hangs there. Relatively hot alcohol presence with a medium body. Very pleasant tingling mouthfeel and finish, consisting mostly of hop bitterness. If you want a nice, strong Belgian IPA this is simply the best! For fans of Belgian strong ales who are also hop-heads.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at one of my favorite establishments to share with a buddy.

Pour a lot like the original Duvel, a beautiful golden color. The smell is amazing, you can definitely smell some form of spice and a piney scent.

A great, but pricey brew. Not something I would buy often due to the pricey tage ($26 for a bomber at a bar), but I am definitely happy that I gave it a shot.

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Photo of BobZ
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Identical to base Duvel, golden yellow with that same large, rich, head, the head will not dissipate and the lacing is extraordinary.

Smell: As expected more hop aroma that standard Duvel, pine & citrus with peppery spice.

Taste: Essentially a hoppier Duvel, more pine more bitter citrus (grapefruit), but not so much as to overpower the base beer. Nice spice with some bready malt notes are still detectable beneath the hop flavors. On par with Houblon Chouffe, I'd say.

Mouth feel: As usual, excellent carbonation, extremely smooth and well balanced.

Overall: Nice example of a strongly hopped Belgian Pale Ale, a little too pricey for what it offers. Again, Houblon Chouffe fits the bill at a far lower price tag.

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.58/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow. Very aggressive head that is pure white and settles in a rocky fashion. A little hazy.

S - Cereal grains. Slight phenolic notes. A little sweetness is apparent.

T - Typical tripel sweetness. More cereal grain taste. A nice bitterness helps to balance the cloying sweetness. The bitterness is subdued but much more pronounced than you would find in a typical tripel. I think that the bitterness might be wiping out the light fruitiness that you would typically find in a tripel.

M - Thin and very slick. Alcohol burn is crazy aggressive. Extremely carbonated.

O - Never been a tripel fan. This is not as dry as I would have expected and the hop bitterness should have helped it here. This beer is way too 'hot' for me to really appreciate. A very strong cereal grain sweetness. I know that they don't use adjunct grains, but that is the flavor I get. Makes me think I just opened a can of corn and poured in some neutral grain spirits. Not my cup of tea.

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

750 cl bottle purloined at Belmont Station PDX eight bucks score, 2010 vintage, poured into Duvel tulip.

Archetypical Duvel head, big and billowing, slow dissipation, exquisite lacing over clear light gold body with multiple streams of quick rising bubbles, IMO one of the world' best looking beers. Aroma is much more hoppy than base beer, spicy and a bit grassy, light malt notes for balance. Taste is a revelation two years after bottling, still maintains an aggressive hop attack, spicy, some sweetish malts balance. Mouthfeel is just on light side of medium, excellent effervescence, tingly mouthfeel, relatively dry finish. In retrospect I wish I'd have grabbed more bottles of this at this unheard-of price, this appears to be a hoppy beer that can stand up to several years of aging. Not sure I'd lay down 20 bucks for this, but due to Carl and Chris this had to be one of the best beer values of 2012.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in its own tulip glass.

2010 Edition: Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Amarillo.

A: Pours a pale yellow cloudy color forming a huge white, fluffy and soapy head that only Duvel can produce. Excellent retention. It never disappears completely forming and leaving tons of lacings in the glass

S: Smells like the regular Duvel. Very malty and yeasty. As expected, hops are more intense and stingy in this version. Citrus hops, flowery hops, earthy hops. Alcohol can be felt in the very end

T: Excellent in the mouth. Really amazing beer. I couldn't imagine that I could find an improved version of Duvel. Hop heads like me will love it! Well, first of all a strong malts backbone followed by the Belgian yeasts and the intense combination hops. In overall a dry and bitter beer. Pure pleasure. Hops are earthy, citrus and refreshing

M: A medium to full bodied beer. Quite carbonated. Quite bitter with a bready and yeasty aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Amazing beer in all aspects. Even better than the regular Duvel (yes, it's possible ;))

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Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and opaque, very cloudy with a phenomenal rocky, long lasting almost spray foam like head. Beautiful.

Big aromas of spicy saaz and floral golding, with some citrusy amarillo in the background. Some peppery notes, with herbal, medicinal qualities. Very earthy with some bread malts.

Saaz dominates the palate with hints of the golding and amarillo in the finish. Very vibrant and zesty, with lemon, pepper, orange peel, biscuit and toast. Nice bitterness on a crisp earthy finish. Nicely medicinal and floral. Mouth is carbonated and creamy. nice.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml foil finished corked and caged bottle served in my Duvel goblet at 50 degrees. 11/04/13 printed on the neck; brewed on 18 May 2010 indicated in the accompanying booklet. Pours a golden hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a rocky, two inch, bright white head. Clusters of tiny bubbles coat the edges of the bowl below the cap and slowly effervesce in solution. Textured clumps of lacing adhere to the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus rind, a pleasant yeasty presence, a trace of alcohol and perhaps a kiss of floral hops. Taste expresses citrus rind, citric acid and a strange chemical quality - the hops don't really pop for me in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, almost prickly carbonation. Citric astringency lingers along the salivary glands and there is just a trace of residual heat at the finish. All and all, I have to say that I prefer the original to this variation. I don't get much hops complexity here, just a great deal of acidity. Not sure if having this fresh would make a difference on my overall impression, so I might need to re-vist this brew if the opportunity presents.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Vixie
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks to me just like the classic Duvel, which is a good thing. About the only difference is slightly less head.

Smells nice, a lot of floral and pine scents in there. I can also detect a bit of mint behind it all, and a bit of pepper as well.

Wow, this is really nice. Quite a bit going on with this one. There is fruit and pepper for starters. Getting some floral notes from the hops, and finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn. Really nice blend of flavors.

Nice feel to this, not thick, but still makes it's presence known.

I was worried the hop flavor may be too much for me, but this is a well balanced beer. Very complex flavor, and everything works. I love classic Duvel, and see this one as a nice companion to it. Expensive, but worth trying at least once.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a Duvel signature tulip glass. Bottle dated May 18, 2011...served December 28, 2011.

Appearance: Semi cloudy gold, light bubbles through out the body. Solid thick white head comes off 2" at minimum off the body.

Smell: Potent...somewhat lemony, with a fragrance
of yeast.

Taste: Super-complex feeling of yeast, the driest hops but seriously the tastiest.

Mouth: This ale comes off as one of the bubbliest I have had, heavy carbonation which might compliment it's filling flavor.

Overall: Duvel Tripel Hop is at the top of the food chain when it comes to beer. Alcohol apparently present but not overly done. Don't take this beer for granted it is incredibly well put together. Hope you all enjoy and cheers to all!

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale straw color with multiple fingers of fluffy white head. It looks like you could balance a coin on it. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Definitely doesn't smell like normal Duvel. Fairly clean smelling actually, with distinct aromas of spicy noble hops. Grassy. More like a pilsner than a Belgian brew.

T: Pretty clean like a pilsner - surprisingly little fruitiness. As with the nose, spice, pepper, and grass mid-palate with moderate bitterness in the finish. Strong notes of lemon and lemon grass in the finish provide a sour twang, adding another layer of complexity.

M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a peppery bite in the finish. Some alcohol is apparent, but, as with normal Duvel, this is surprisingly drinkable for 9.5% abv.

O: I see very little of the normal Duvel in this beer, but that doesn't mean it is not fantastic. A beer approaching double digit abv that drinks more like a lawnmower pilsner. Make this again!

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: clear yellow orange body with an enormous thick white head. the head never really recedes you're just stuck drinkin thru it. when the beer was gone there was still an inch of thick uneven rocky foam in the glass.

s: sweet and citrus are right upfront. a little medicine and hops in there as well.

t: tastes like a saison more than an ipa. bready malts, sweet citrus and hops with a peppery finish.

m: full body with great carbonation and a short dry spicy finish.

o: really enjoyed this beer. the only complaint is the medicinal presence.

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Photo of keanex
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork/caged/wrapped 750ml with a brewed on date of May 18, 2010, into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Body is a pale amber color with a thick rocky white head. Carbonation bubbles are rushing from the bottom to the head. Very appealing looking beer.

S: Sort of chemically smelling with alcohol faint on the nose. Hints of fruit, citrus and sour apples.

T: Maltier than normal Duvel giving it a bready flavor up front alcohol hits the middle of the taste into a faint bitter hops flavor and some slight fruits.

M: Creamy with light fizzy carbonation.

O: Too unbalanced for my liking, the bottle suggests drinking before 2013 so I'm not sure how much better or worse this will get, but I won't be buying it again. I think this is a step-down from Duvel, it's maltier with a fuller flavor, but I don't like the flavor I'm tasting as much.

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