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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beerpirates on 03-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 09/2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold. Very tall, very effervescent white head. Great head retention with a big island of foam. Very thin lacing.

S: Definitely sorachi ace in this one. Light aroma of lemongrass right off the bat. Light citrus, pears and some earthy, black pepper spice too. Sweet grains for the malt.

T: Lots of lemongrass up front. Spicy. Surprising hop strength especially since this is from 2013. A bit of light citrus in there too. Sweet grains in the middle. Light bitterness in the finish with more lemongrass and some earthy black pepper. Grainy black pepper lingers between sips with an oddly skunk-like (but not quite) flavor.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: Interesting variation of the duvel tripel hop. Sorachi ace is quite prevalent. Maybe a little too all-encompassing if I'm honest. I really enjoy Duvel and this is all sorachi ace. It's good, don't get me wrong. I was just expecting something a little different. Still nicely executed and I enjoyed it plenty.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Belgium in a Box. In Teku glass. Playing Magic 2015. Very foamy, requiring 2 pours. Although I usually enjoy Sorachi, in this case Ive found it a bit cloying, making the brew below the normal Duvel

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale straw colored body with lots of transparency and just the slightest haze. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass towards a large frothy white head.

S- Lots of noble hops, Belgian yeast, tree fruit aromas including pear and some light toasted grains.

T- Strong herbal hop flavors with some toasted grains, fruity flavors and lots of alcohol. Flavors are pretty good and the big hop presence is there, but the alcohol is very noticeable and slightly overwhelming.

M- High carbonation, medium bodied, slight tingle and lingering alcohol aftertaste.

O- A little too strong on the alcohol for me to really appreciate this one. The flavors are there, but the alcohol presence overwhelms. I like the original Duvel much better.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows Belgian phenols and esters hinting as pears and green apples along with a little brown sugar and some spicy, herbal hops. Alcohol gets strong later on.
Flavours include spicy herbal hops, Belgian phenols, hot solvent-like alcohol, sweet sugary notes. Not great.
Carbonation is much too high, annoyingly so.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Deep gold and cloudy with yeast and a slight green tinge, 3 fingers of off white head, chunky lacing typical to Duvel, some fine bubbles rising within.

S: Complex floral, aromatic perfume, light fruitiness like a tripel, particularly lemon peel and cantelope, citrusy, peppery.

T: Complex and great. At first I think tripel with the lemon peel, lemonade and cantelope fruitiness, then I get light sweetness, then it finishes off dry so typical of the original Duvel. A Belgian tripel and a Duvel together in a glass. Very citrusy as well. Really does feel green and dry. Alcohol of 9% is well hidden. Light bitter finish.

M: Medium body, slight syrup then extreme desert dry finish, medium carbonation with small and soda like bubbles.

O: Awesome great beer reportedly brewed only once, so I’m glad to have tasted it. Saw it in Brussels airport but never managed to get one with all my limited space and time, but it was next on my list. So glad to have found it Feb 22 in the local Irish pub in Kunming while on a date with my daughter. Amazingly yesterday I saw it on a podcast, and wished for it, and probably prayed for it, and Father answered me so fast by allowing me to find one so close. Thanks Dad!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of wedge
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow with a lovely, Duvel quality head - tall and lumpy, settling to a thick layer above the surface. Definite Sorachi Ace lemon aromas to start, but also more grassy, peppery hop notes, yeast esters, and a bit of pale malt. Sorachi Ace is front and center in the flavor as well, more so than the nose. Lemony with an almost white wine-like quality. Bitter citrus peel, flowers, spicy yeast. Medium bodied and seemingly a little stronger feeling than the original. I don't know...obviously, the base beer is great, a classic, but the Sorachi is distracting (which is all too common). It's still a fine beer, but this hop is certainly not one I would choose to dry hop Duvel.

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Photo of Gmann
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color with a big fluffy pure white head that settled into a puffy cap. Duvel is perhaps the best looking pale straw colored beer.

The aroma has a nice amount of clove from the yeast. Light farmhouse. Straw like aroma from the malt. Perhaps some lemon from the sorachi hops. Seems more yeasty than normal. Whatever smells good.

Pale malt flavor, slightly dry from pils malt. Some clove but not nearly as yeasty in the flavor. Nice lemony grass flavor from the hops. This hop works very well with Belgian plae ales. Not very strong but adds a slight twist to the standard duvel.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, burns slightly. Sweet on the palate with yeasty spice.

Another fine duvel. Fan of this hop, especially with BPAs. Not as dry and a little more flavorful.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of desint
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, time to taste some of the upper crust of the brewing world. To me, Duvel has always been devilishly good, as the name implies.

The appearance is refined. Loads of head and lace. The aroma is similarly refined and subtle. It may be subtle, but it is there, and it is fresh and vibrant.

The taste is like the aroma. Something like a Duvel, but hoppy. Very nicely hoppy, though, and a marvelous combination for the type of yeast used. That yeast is there as is should be in a Belgian, but all that hops make it balanced.

The lingering taste is beautiful and flavorful. This is a great ale and I should get more. If I do, a couple should be left to age a little. 1 year maybe.

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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 281 ratings