Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Duvel Tripel  Hop 2013 Sorachi AceDuvel Tripel  Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerpirates on 03-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
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27
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 OZ bottle, $5.99 (!) per bottle at Whole Foods Bowery, NYC. Clearly - no bargain...
Best before dating of 09 2015. But why would you sit on such a hop forward beer?

Pours lightly hazed lemony lighter amber. The huge head pretty quickly goes to a frothy film and leaves nice looking fine and scattered lace.

Sweet ripe fruits and some lemon on the nose.

So tasty, so fresh tasting and so dry and hoppy. Citric, fruity, Belgian yeast infused. Quality all the way, with spiced up hops, yeast and citric notes creating a boldly flavorful and complex offering.

The price is prohabitive, but all Belgian IPA lovers and hop heads must give this a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a fairly vigorous and creamy head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is a clear gold. Leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell:
The yeast and malt dominates the smell quite a bit with bits of apples and pears coming through. Other smells include kiwi and tropical fruits. The hops appear to be missing from the smell but are more noticeable once the beer warms up a little bit that the lemongrass comes through.

Taste:
The hops are much stronger and the lemongrass from the hops is much more noticeable and dominates the tongue. The apple and pear supplement the hops and make a fairly nice tasting Belgian IPA. Additionally, some of the hops are fruity but are more noticeable when the beer is warm. The yeast is still there and strong but not as strong as the smell. The after taste also has a slight bit of alcohol to it.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with some serious carbonation that reminds me of sparkling water. Extremely dry finish with a hint of burn.

Overall:
A pretty good variation of their tripel and I'll probably pick this up as long as it's available.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from an 11.2oz/330ml pry-off bottle to a Teku glass; freshness date of October 2015, if I’m not mistaken (“10 2015 L4154 1025”). This year’s edition of Tripel Hop was dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace, Saaz Saaz, and Styrian Golding hops, so, y’know. That’s cool.

Appearance (4.75): This beer pours with a solid three fingers of very fine-grained, fluffy head that borders on meringue, capping a pale, straw-golden body marked only by a chill haze. This shows some ridiculous retention, leaving a full finger of foam long after the pour and spotty suds along with wide swaths and arcs of lace. Holy nuts. Holy, holy nuts.

Smell (3.75): The combination of malt and yeast esters give off aromas of honeyed biscuits, pears and apples, white and black pepper; the hops are grassy, earthy, lemony and with an interesting spicy note, as well. The hops blend in with the malt and yeast character—nicely put together, but it could be a bit more aromatic . . . though interestingly, it gets more expressive as it warms up a bit.

Taste (4.5): Theeere it is—think this is Sorachi blazing through. Sweetened lemon juice, light tones of coconut milk and lemongrass, and a resinous character really rings across the palate from start to finish. The same malt and yeast tones from the nose come into the palate, too, but with a different balance: sweet apple juice, pear flesh, lively white and black pepper spiciness flesh out the beer beneath these great hop flavors. Some extremely grassy, resinous hop oiliness helps bridge the hop flavors and the 9.5% ABV hiding in this beer, which while present isn’t overwhelming or even particularly noticeable at first. There’s a solid-to-strong hop bitterness that’s present on the front end, goes away briefly in the middle for a wash of sweet yeast esters and fruity hops, and then comes in alongside the booze in the finish for a strong, lasting, resinous close. This is extremely well-done.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Just like Duvel. Which is to say, lovely. Extremely dry on the palate, with a champagne-like carbonation that tingles with coarse bubbles all over, foaming quickly and easily, before subsiding to that drying, resinous finish. The booze really helps dry out the feel, too. But somehow the body remains light weight and almost quenching (if it wasn’t for the overall size of the beer).

Overall (4.5): I love this beer. It might be my new favorite Belgian IPA, actually—blows almost every other rendition of the style I’ve had out of the water. Very easy to drink, but with an incredibly bold and dynamic character in both flavor and feel. Really the only thing that could seriously be improved is the aroma, and even that is pretty solid. But overall, this is insanely good. Seek it out, and if you like Duvel, hops, Belgian IPAs, or whatever, don’t be afraid to fork over a few bucks for it. Definitely worth it, at least once.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2015. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. The 2013 edition of this beer is hopped with Sorachi Ace, Saaz and Styrian Goldings. I enjoyed last year's version, so hopefully this will live up to expectations.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A pale gold hue with a hazy translucence and plentiful carbonation. Produces a vast head of fluffy, brilliant-white foam with excellent stability; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of bright citrus with hints of lemon, lime, peel and grass/hay, underpinned by fruity yeast esters, phenolics, mild spice and a warming whiff of booze. Rather nice.

Tastes of fruity aroma hops and earthy yeast, with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of lemon, lime, mild peel, grass/hay, white pepper, fruity esters, phenolics, faint spice, earthiness and stewed hops. Highly attenuated, with a faintly spicy quality and a hint of warming alcohol in the background. A restrained, aromatic bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, accompanied by hop oils that tantalise the palate. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, aroma hops and a leafy bitterness.

Tasty - another satisfying blend of Belgian style with aromatic hops. In particular, the lemony notes complement the yeasty character well (something that was also apparent in the 2012 version). It looks great; though Duvel always does. The aroma and flavour are lovely - plenty of light citrus notes accompanied by spicy, earthy yeast. Body is superbly judged. Very nice; if it weren't for the price I'd grab a few more. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy blond with a typical Duvel head - fluffy and white.

S: Hoppy. Kind of leafy, perhaps on the tropical side. Or is it grapes I'm smelling?

T: Amazing. It's pretty similar to regular Duvel with an added hop kick, which is leafy and grapey. Maybe the pepperiness has been bumped up too, and perhaps it's more earthy than normal but it's also a fresher bottle than I'm used to out on sojourn in Asia. It has a slight alcoholic lacquer-like quality, which is probably because it's stronger than normal. Lovely aftertaste of green grapes.

O: Belgian IPA? It seems a bit too similar to regular Duvel for me to make such a distinction. In conclusion, it's frigging awesome. Wish I bought the whole shelf.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, straw-yellow colored in appearance. The head is of epic size and lasts for ages. Tons of lacing is left in its wake. Bright, grassy and lemony aroma courtesy of the Sorachi Ace hops. I've had Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace saison and a single hop Sorachi Ace IPA, but this beer truly showcases the character of this hop front-and-center. Clove and phenols from the yeast are also fairly strong.

Moderate bitterness on the palate with a mouthfeel very much like an IPA. Despite all the carbonation going on, it's pretty gentle and doesn't have any harshness to it. Just like the aroma, the citric character of the hops is at the forefront. "Belgian IPA" is a very appropriate categorization , as opposed to "Belgian Strong Pale Ale." Yeast notes aren't as present as on the nose, but that medicinal Belgian character is there.

I love Belgian pales, and I love IPAs, but I haven't been all that enthusiastic about Belgian IPAs. With Duvel Sorachi Ace Tripel Hop, I don't think the lemon-citrus of the hops is all that harmonious with the Belgian yeast profile. It's pretty good, but not great. Overall, this is a very interesting and well-done beer.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with best before date 09 2015 printed on the back label. My first beer from this brewery, having never tried the original Duvel, or any of it's other variants before. Also my first encounter with a genuine Belgian IPA. Expectations are high based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours four huge fingers of fluffy chunky big bubbly head on top of a murky pale yellow-straw colored body. Light fluffy head floats like a cloud on top, and retains itself well. Big fluffy lacing crisscrossing itself on the glass.

S - Smell is of Belgian bubblegum malts, yeast, and grains, citric lemongrass, earthiness, & "barnyard" funkiness maybe. The hop blend, along with the Sorachi ace lends light lemongrass qualities to the beer, and little else. Some faint alcohol esters present on the finish. Otherwise, a tame smelling beer.

T - The taste isn't exactly what comes to mind when I tend to think of my everyday typical American IPA's, not that I was expecting it to taste as such. The hops take a far more subtle backseat approach here, lending a crisp refreshing lemon grassy bite to a big beer. Up front is bubblegum malt, yeast, banana bread, alcohol fume heat, and some spiciness.

M - Feel is crisp and light-bodied considering this beer's high 9.50% abv. Dry mouthfeel with a slight sour tingle, and nice carbonation.

Overall, not exactly my ideal style of beer in the first place, so it probably isn't something I would get again, especially considering the price tag. I'm trying to acquire an appreciation for Belgian style beers, so I'm weening myself into them slowly, and I figured Belgian IPA's would be a good place to start. I look forward to trying the original classic Duvel, and it's other variants.

Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace ---4/5.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
4.14 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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