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Duvel Tripel Hop (2007 - 2011)

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
Launched 2007. Retired 2011. Replaced with an annual release, starting in 2012, using a different hop each year.
Made with three kinds of hops: Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Amarillo. Dry hopped with more Styrian, and an extra dose of malts to hold up.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10381) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2008
Corked bottle from Brad, thanks! Blonde, large foamy head. Poire Williams and a hint of grapefruit in the grassy aroma. Malty, firm grassy, citric hoppy flavor, with hints of grapefruit. Slightly perfumed. Long grassy hopbitter aftertaste. Good, but not as lean and tight as a normal Duvel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Objectively speaking: A very large Belgian brewer trying to take its part of the latest "IN" market of Champaigny, very hoppy simili-trippels.
I like: The Duvel yeast strain works well to provide a very clean, champaigny texture. Sagacious use of hops. Refreshing wheaty aspects. Deliciously dry upon the finish, but surprisingly sweet initially. Firm supporting pils malts. Very very good, but while Duvel created its own niche, this is clearly aiming at stealing the niche of others and does not strike me as the chef d’oeuvre it had to be to outclass such splendid beers as Chouffe Houblon, Malheur Brut et al.
I dislike: The competition is very, very strong in that category and to me, the other players fare better. First, their hops generally feel more directly aromatic whereas they pushed the classy yeast forward here. Also, the peppery nuances take a bit too much room to be. Its alcoholic nature is also more forward I feel, making it less refreshing despite the fact that most serious competitors are generally stronger in ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
Clear golden with huge white head. Sweet fruity aroma with yeasty and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor with apricot, peach, yeast and hoppy notes. Alcohol warms you up nicely in the end as the hops kicks.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This spicy, piney and citrusy hop cologne evolves into a majestic, lively sipper with its crunchy hay and ebullient carbonation. One cannot help but feel festive after a glass of this iconoclastic Duvel incarnation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dense head of foam protects the hazy straw blond.
-Fantastic hoppiness thrives throughout while never downplaying the crisp hay-like malts.
-Body is lean and quite bubbly; this has quite the champenoise beer texture which takes it into the Malheur Brut and Deus family instead of the Chouffe Houblon’s.
-That spicy hoppiness is very complex and perfumy while never getting on one’s nerves. It knows when to subside, letting dryness and malts make you desire a subsequent, even greater gulp.

Bottle; thx Sylvain!!.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16909) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazypale yellow color with a longlasting white head. Fruity yeasty and slightly hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of yeast and citrus. Sweetish warming hoppy fruity finish. Has a long yeasty and slightly yeasty aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head. Aroma of bright floral hops, and sweet pale maly...light fruits. Flavors were spicy/floral hops, citrus a bit of yeast and pale malt. Medium body, malty/dry with a dry/bitter/fruity finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-21-08 bottle shared at tasting
Hazy yellow pour with the great huge white fluffy head that screams "Duvel". It tastes just like Duvel with hops added in. The hops don’t upstage the Duvel character or flavor. Malty and not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2008
75 cl corked bottle
Pours golden with a slight haze. Head looks like whipped cream. Aroma is yeasty lemon with alcohol fumes. Lemon zest dominates the flavour with notes of salty liquorice, herbs and a little bit of alcohol. A good beer, but a bit over hyped.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2008
I like this hard to come by brew a lot. Hazy and golden with big white head. Aroma is quite acidic with citric notes. Quite spicy (do I sense clove?). Taste goes in the same fashion add sweetness and a moderate bitterness. Great beer to go along with sweet and citric food (such as, for example, a sweet lemon pie).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
750mL bottle, thanks to my cousin Greg (ggaughan). Poured hazy golden with the typical huge frothy Duvel head. Wheaty aroma at first, which is joined by substantial floral hops. Hops are clearly the focus, and are joined by some sweet malt and yeast in the flavor. Long, dry, bitter finish, with some vegetal character. Nice experiment; I’m glad I got to try it.


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