Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops) | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops)Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra Hops)

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Douberd on 09-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The regular Duvel is about as close to perfect as I can imagine and with the addition of my favorite hop variety...

Pours out the usual bright, golden, yellow with a ton of white and fluffy head and a champagne-like carbonation.

The aroma is the typical Duvel; pear, apple, banana, clove, coriander, white pepper and yeasty bready notes, but with the addition of orange peel, lemon zest and some nice piney, resinous hop notes.

The taste is pretty much identical to the aroma. The Citra hop really adds a ton of hop flavor here; orange peel, some grassy notes, piney/resinous hop notes along with tropical fruit notes. These blend extremely well with the typical pear, apple and banana notes along with the subtle spiciness the clove and white pepper taste adds. Can't taste or smell the alcohol at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and the body is on the light side of medium. Tons of carbonation like usual with Duvel and there is a slight warming as it goes down.

I already love the regular Duvel and the Citra hop just pushes this into perfection for me. A great beer and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of FLima
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale yellow color, poured a two finger consistent head with a medium retention and leaving a constant thin lace and marks through the glass.
Strong aroma of citrus and marijuana.
Very citric taste, but not too acid and with a nice hoppy bitterness. Hints of pine, herbal tea and orange peel.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter.
Medium body with good carbonation, and an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 9.5% is completely well hidden.
Delicious beer, and I had tasted 30 minutes ago a hoppy Mikkeller (hoppy is modest for its 1000 IBUs). I would define it as a Belgian IPA that crossed the Atlantic. Glad to see that tradition is meeting modern times as well. Impressive.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting beer for sure. It appears in the glass as the standard Duvel with just a slight bit of added haze, and also as the standard Duvel malt and yeast base in its flavor make up.

There are hops, however! Lots of hops for sure! It really take the standard Duvel up in hops, and I think it even takes the former Duvel Triple Hop up a bit (although without a side by side comparison I'm only going from memory). It's more about hop flavor than it is about hops in the nose, and I think that's a good way to go - not that you don't get hop aroma, just that the focus seems to be more on the hop's contribution to the overall taste.

With that said, it remains really well-balanced, and it takes the citrusy and somewhat floral-spicy hops to the edge without going overboard. And that's a good thing. Americans tend to go for the biggest and the boldest (which is good in a way because it leads to stretching the boundaries of what we do), but they should try to learn a little restraint from the Europeans as well. Voltaire once wrote: “Le secret d'ennuyer est celui de tout dire" (The secret of being a bore is to tell everything), and it's true. When everything is presented clearly, and quite "in your face" - brutally, even - there's nothing left but to acknowledge it. A little bit of a suggestion, however, leaves things open for interpretation, discussion, and creative thought.

Turning 180 degrees on that argument, what I really find here is that after a few ounces it becomes quite focused on a lemony citrus note, and I don't recall that in its previous incarnation. Of course, again, I'm going from memory but I recall a bit more floral and spice (saaz-like) character. It would be nice if there were more intricacies, but you can hardly fault it for that.

Overall, impressive.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick Duvel-esque frothy white head that fails to create any long-lived lace on the sides
as it slowly recedes to a solid cloth atop of pale golden body with brilliant clarity that's not something I'd expect of a dry hopped bottle-conditioned ale unless it's been filtered thoroughly. Only the last pour produces some haze.

Sniffing instantly reveals unmistakable Citra hop character (citruses, gooseberry and lychee) underlain by pale malt sweetness and yeast byproducts: esters of apple and pear, and spicy phenols. The spicy notes might as well be hop (Saaz, Styrian Golding) or even alcohol-derived, thought. Perfumy alcohol adds to the complexity and even sulphury notes can be picked up.

Taste is just as one expects of a merger of Belgian Golden Strong Ale with American IPA : Belgian yeast character aided by loads of hops. Citrusy hop flavor mingles with spicy phenols, bitterness is evident but not harsh and seems at least in part phenol-derived. Alcoholic strength is dangerously hidden. Medium to full body is airy and mouthfilling, perhaps overly carbonated.

In short, more of a Belgian Golden Strong with IPA-ish hopage then IPA brewed with Belgian yeast (330 ml into tulip, BB 01-2015).

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Photo of jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is light golden in colour and the pour results in a very large white head. Good retention, excellent lacing.

Bright, citra-focused smell. Pineapple and grapefruit in a big way. Lemongrass as well. Aside from that, quite floral. Some yeast behind all the hops.

Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours, and fairly bitter, particularly for the style. Belgian yeast. Very tasty. ABV is very well-hidden, drinks way too easily.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit oily. Nice.

Overall, very very good. Been awhile since I had the last tripel hop, so I am not sure how different it is, but this is very good. Surely a Belgian IPA style-wise.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange zest, lemon, floral, grass, pear, light pepper, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great hop balance and complexity. Taste of mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pepper, pear, tangerine, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, orange zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; great sweetness/bitterness balance as well; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; and an lightly slick, sticky, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbell23
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. The bottle opened with a champagne like pop. I saved this for New Year's Eve because its as close as I get to champagne. Looks like regular Duvel except the head bubbles seem to be larger. Beautiful golden color with a huge head that lingers forever. Very active carbonation. Great looking beer.

Smell is unbelievable. Lemongrass, slight pine, lemon/citrus seem to dominate. Yeast and malt are in the backround but are there. Smells like a lemony Duvel.

Taste is super good. It's like Duvel on lemon citrus steroids. Far and away this best Belgian ipa I have ever had. Clean complex and hoppy. Slight lingering hoppiness. Perfect accompaniment to the smoked salmon appetizers that I had with it.

Mouthfeel is really good. Doesn't seem to smooth out like Duvel does but really good.

Overall one of the best beers I have ever had. It's a tad pricey but certainly worth it for a special occasion. I definitely would classify it as a Belgian ipa not a strong pale ale.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-A careful pour (at pretty high altitude) resulted in two-plus fingers of shiny, white foam that was very slow to fade. Some nice lacing left on the glass as I consumed. The beer was light golden and pale in color with a fair amount of big, chunky bubbles visible.

S-The smell was among the hoppiest Belgians I have ever sniffed. Lots of peppery spice, lemongrass, hay, and citrus. A touch of alcohol and light malts. Pretty clean smelling.

T-The taste tracked the smell pretty closely with bitter, peppery, and lemony hop flavors dominating my palate. The beer had a great, long-lasting finish that sweetened up just a bit and gave just a little indication of the 9.5 % ABV.

M-Feel was light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O-This was an enjoyable offering and close to, if not as good as, standard Duvel. If I had to critique, I would say the carbonation was touch heavy and the brew was skewed slightly towards the bitter and peppery end of the flavor spectrum (I could have used more bright citrus), but these are minor complaints about what is a very good and mostly well-balanced beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours an exceptionally light yellow colour: very fine and very clear. Head is a solid froth of white—surprisingly not as frothy and large as a regular Duvel usually gives. Carbonation is vibrant and pervasive. It looks like a very nice champagne. Very refined and exciting.

Nose is gorgeous. Big clean citric bite from the Citra, backed by solid leafy, herbal and fresh classic hop varieties. Smooth, clear light malt backs it up, providing a crisp organic character, but letting the hops do most of the work. Some spicy notes from the yeast come through as well, along with a hint of fragrant vanilla, but it's much cleaner than perhaps a standard Belgian ale at 9.5%. In some senses, it's rather reminiscent of an Imperial Pils. Lovely aroma.

Taste is clean and light, and drinkable in that skillful way the Belgians have of making high ABV beers so quaffable. Light mild estery notes on the mid-palate do inflame into a slightly boozy hint on the back. But there's a pleasant brut dryness to the finish as well, which musses up with some leafy hop notes, giving a crisp finish and a lilting flavour kick. Mostly, this is clean and fresh, and really rather pleasant indeed.

Mouthfeel is bright and sparkling, with a pleasant powdery effervescence. It really does justice to the bright crisp hop fragrances.

Yes, this is really excellent stuff. Fresh, fragrant and drinkable, but crafted with mastery and balanced wonderfully.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lychee, passion-fruit, spicy phenols, light malt, pear and apple esters. Also some doughy notes.
Flavours are similar at first with a bit of fruit and spicy notes. There's a fair bit of booze in the finish.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from an oversized wine glass

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a white creamy two fingered head that retains well and laces the glass.

S - Big hoppy aromas, with a slightly sweet backbone.

T - Big flavours of Grapefruit, White Wine, and Fresh Oak with a nice sweet malt in the background. A slight warming finish. The flavours just seem to linger on the palate for quite some time. The balance in this beer is first class.

M - Medium to high carbonation and such a smooth body of medium.

O - This is a real treat and if you see it then buy it. I don't see how this beer can be improved upon, and it gets full marks for innovation. A fantastic mix of new and old world beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and lots of citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funk flavor and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and some solid flavors.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 3oz taster glass by an awesome beertender in Kentucky...who lugged it back from belgium. Thank you!
Poured a golden straw with nice thick foamy head. Great citrusy sweet hop and "belgian" yeast aroma. Such a good smell....
Taste is just amazing. Crazy citrus and sugary hop mixed with belgian malt and yeast profile...such a strange mix, but they really nailed the balance here. Imagine La'Chouffe Dobbelen with citra...
Great brew...have one if you see it. Its great if you like belgians and IPAs...

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm probably going to skew the numbers here, because I think this is an excellent beer. I must confess that I am partial to Duvel, and also DIPAs and BSPAs. I have had the 2010 Duvel Tripel Hop and found it to be a good beer, but I wasn't overwhelmed. I would say I preferred the standard Duvel. Recently had the Duvel Rustica by Ommegang (owned by Duvel Morrtgat) , which I found to be a very nice take on the classic... Duvel in a farmhousey-kinda way. I wish I had another bottle of the 2010 to re-evaluate my tastes.
Psyched when I saw this on the rack.

A: Always a perfect "5" for me - this is how I want a pale ale to look. Crystal clear pale gold beer with a "big-as-you-want-it" head of frost white sea foam. Laces and drapes are left behind. Bubbles stream joyfully from the bottom of my tulip throughout the session.

S: Reminiscent of fields of hay; bright Belgian yeast notes; vague citrus of grapefruit and lemon, subtly in the background

T: Fresh crisp malt and sharp hops, edges of grapefruit and bright citrus; sweeter wine-like flavors move effortlessly across the palate; with warming, flavors blossomed into orchards of fruit and white wine grapes with lemony zest

M: Soft meets sharp - creamy pale malts slip across the tongue at the same time the effervescence startles the palate; refreshing and bracing, but also an easy slow-sipper.

O: Fantastic beer.
If Ommegang's Duvel Rustica was the "Duvel saison," then this is the Duvel Imperial. The Citra hops really bang their flavors across the normal palette of Duvel tastes. This is so tempting for me to go "5"'s across the boards, but I'm sure there's some taint of enthusiasm.
I would enthusiastically recommend this beer. I think it was at least a $20 bottle in my area, but it's worth it. This is an excellent celebratory beer, and it is also worthy of celebration. This is a "you-owe-it-yourself" beer (assuming you're into Belgian pales and Duvel-esque beers) - not to be passed up on.

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Photo of fdig23
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased from Wegmans-Downingtown. Really upscale looking packaging with gold foil wrapped cage & cork and a little booklet explaining the beer.

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored body with a big, fluffy pure white head. Plenty of bubbles streaming to the surface. Head lasts for the whole glass.

Nose: Untoasted wheat bread, typical Belgian aromas, sour lemonade and pine needles

Taste: Wheat at first, followed by bitter lemon and pine thanks to the Citra, rounds out with some caramel notes and boozy heat

Mouthfeel: Light in body but extremely carbonated. Overwhelmingly so at first, but as the beer sits out it becomes more pleasant.

Overall, an above average belgian golden pale with nice lemon & pine IPA characteristics, but not quite the perfection of the original Duvel.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl), purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, tasted in 2012.

Appearance : golden color, with huge white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : rich nose and fruity aromas (litchies)
Taste and mouthfeel : complex flavors fresh hops & grassy, delicate and strong, very good bitterness in finish and delicate long mouth.
Drinkability : A very nice beer, in the style "golden ale".

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Photo of Douberd
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of 330 ml, similar to the classic Duvel, with Tripel Hop written under the name and the clarification, "Dry Hopped With Citra Hops" in a circle, on the lower right side of the label.
Since this is made only for this year and they're planning to make it with a different hops variety every year, I thought that it deserved a different entry.
Poured into a tulip glass, very similar to the Duvel one, after letting the beer warm up a bit. Colour is pale golden yellow, with some bubbles rising to the top and a whooping head of four fingers. Great retention and light lacing around the glass as it goes down. The head never disappears completely, even now, I have a thick part of it into my glass.
Aroma is.. fantastic! I haven't met another beer with this kind of fruity aroma. Mostly I get a fruity aroma of dark fruits, but never before something like this. The citra hops are really making a difference. I smell some guava and a bunch of other tropical fruits.
Taste is also great, much more bitter than I expected from the smell and much more bitter than the original Duvel too. Some citrus and tropical fruits on the taste again, result of the citra hops I suppose. The alcohol is there, but very masterfully concealed. I get the warming feeling but I can't feel it that much on the taste. Aftertaste is also quite bitter.
Full on the body and quite a bit of carbonation, maybe a little too much.

I am not a huge fun of Duvel, and don't get me wrong, I like it and I would gladly drink it on every given occasion, I just don't get all the hype around it. But this one, not only I liked it, I loved it, mostly for the superb aroma and then for the great, bitter taste. I had got myself three bottles already, before I even try it, but this one will probably be the first beer that will send me back to the store, in order to get some more and store in my cellar.

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