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Duvel Tripel Hop 2012 (Citra)

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


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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The first two batches of Duvel Tripel Hop were brewed with Saaz-Saaz, Styrian Golding and Amarillo. From now on Duvel Tripel Hop will have a different hop every year that will be added in the brewing process as well as being used for dry hopping. For 2012 this hop is Citra.

Editorís note: clearly distinguishable, in a circle on the label it reads "Dry Hopped with Citra 2012 Selection"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3163) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Pale yellow gold with a large white head. Aroma of lemon, winter oranges, some dough and spice - pepper, ginger, coriander - evident but very much underneath. Sweet with oranges, light dough, tarter and more bitter zesty citrus flavours with pepper and just a little alcohol. First sniff suggests itís going to be overwhelmed by the lemoniness of the Citra, but the usual Duvel things pretty much hold their own. Makes up the loss of great balance of the normal one with punchy but well-integrated hop flavours. Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (3621) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Daganís place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Straw blond, hazy, white head. Green, pine, evergreen aroma, fresh bitter taste with a little sourness in the end. Medium body, fizzy, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (9561) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Daganís place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Clear golden with a white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma with tropical fruits, a bit of grassy notes and citric hints and nice fresh yeastiness. Flavor has a bit of malt, fruity and slightly spicy yeast, and a nice bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopfenWeisse (1377) - - DEC 9, 2012
Clear yellow color with nice looking head. Aroma is yeast, hops. Flavor is citra hops, yeast, malt. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle sample (750ml). Slightly hazy yellow with a nice white head. Full citrus hop nose with light tropical notes, fresh light malt and some yeast. Fruity flavors, high bitterness, light tart tang and grapefruit. Effervescent, rich, complex, satisfying and great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
avw1982 (99) - Giessenburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2012
33cl bottle @ home. Smells like citrus. Nice dry taste. Tickling mouthfull. A Good refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3306) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Clear pale golden, thin bubbly head. Earthy, on the verge to some cat pee and some nessels just like those of a warm and hot sunny summerday in aroma. Dry mouthfeel. A bit rounder when the sediment was poured in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgess1984 (51) - ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
Bought from trembling walls in york, itís your typical duvel but over hopped. I know, i know! I feel like hops have become sysnonamous with quality and this beer is good but unbalanced, yes I can taste other hops from earlier in the boil and it has late additions as well as dry hopping but I canít help but feel that if theyíd held back this couldíve been even better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3982) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2012
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 theyíre 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 havenít 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 canít 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 donít get me wrong, I like it and I would gladly drink it on every given occasion, I just donít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (4219) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2012
.75 bottle. Yellow, pale, clear. Nose is quite hoppy; greens, grapefruit, nessels. Pale maltyness. Body is medium, quite bitter. Some alcohol coming through. Pale malts, hops. Yeast. Feels a bit raw; a lot of flavor, uncomprimized.

-- bb/h

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