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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
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 401   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy yellow coloured with a white head. Fruity aroma of yeast, spices and hops. Fruity flavour of fruits, yeast, spices, hops, grape fruits and alcohol. Hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle. [Another great tasting session @ Papsoe] Huge thick bubbly off-white head that mostly lasted. Excellent lacework. Light cloudy sparkling body with a pale golden color. Aroma of classic Duvel with soft notes of hops. Spice, yeast, light fruit, citrus and light grassy and floral notes. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet flavor with a counter bitterness. Light dry and bitter finish. 7 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 15

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2007
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour with small white had. Aroma is caramel, fruits and some yeast. Flavour is fruity, hoppy and slightly caramelly. Also the alcohol gives a slight sweetness to it. Not very much hops kicking in, except for some mild fruity notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(Bottled, 0.75l@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Hazy golden with a medium, creamy-lacy head. Honey-malty, reasonably grassy-lemony-hoppy aroma with some flowery American hops added. The flavor is Duvel with some orangey floweriness as well. Donít expect a hop-bomb, and youíll surely like this. Way overpriced, though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3447) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle Kerstbierfestival 2007: Poured a golden color with white head. The aroma is hoppy to the nose. Taste is a perfume/floral with hops. Donít think this lived up to the hype in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Clear blond coloured beer with much carbonation and an average white head. Very fresh hoppy nose with the typical Duvel hints. Full light bitter, sprankling body. Finish is dry bitter, special and light herby with a slight hint of alcohol. Nice but I prefer the regular Duvel. 2010 version: Light hazy yellow blond coloured, lots of carbonation and a huge white head (bot not that solid). Fruity to flowery hoppy hinted aroma. Very refreshing. Full palate. Finish is strong bitter hoppy with a dry slightly alcoholic ending. Nicely balanced, intense hops without being extreme. Matured.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled. A hazy light golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma is sweet citrusy hoppy with some spice notes. The flavor is sweet lightly malty with strong notes of malt and citrusy hops. I donít think the hops and yeast work that well togther.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Hard to imagine a prettier beer: apricot gold pour with abundant pure white foam, luxuriously settling in cloud-like lumps, leaving frost-like lace down the glass. Aroma of melon, mint, honey, wild marijuana underfoot on a cold morning, rosemary, lime, a touch of pepper. A little more hop character than regular Duvel, but nothing that makes me think Amarillo. Spring-like herbal mint flavors blended with delicate clean malt. Alcohol warmth is certainly present, but in a supporting role, deftly played. A touch of sweetness, but dry finishing. To my taste, a very close cousin of Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux. (Though a much steeper price tag.) I really dig this beer as it is, but with all the talk on the label of a seriously hoppy version of Duvel (which this isnít), Iím curious now: what it would this taste like had they used say...oh, maybe twice as many hops?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinEscazķ (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2007
This struck me as a slightly sweeter, warmer version of Duvel. Itís not a hopbomb, in case you were expecting that from the name or recipe. Looks gorgeous as always, a translucent old gold with a serious white mousse. Aroma was malty and even sweet with some grassy, piney hops--OK, maybe more aromatic than the classic Duvel, but nothing to write home about. Flavor is moderately sweet to a degree that perhaps covers some of the bitterness. The alcohol was obvious in our bottle, and it struck us as a tad out of balance. It is good enough to be a celebration beer, especially with the fancy bottle, rarity and price. We drank it from flutes, just for kicks. But damn my American palate: Iíd be lying if I said I was satisfied by the level of hops in here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2007
Tasted it first at Hasselt Beer festifal but had only a sip of it. Now I bought one beer for my own indead at 12Ä. It is sold ias gift pakkage and that makes this nice beer way to expensive in Belgium. Deus for example is much nicer and cost a little more then 10 Ä. Nice and a good bitter taste.


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