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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: 341   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.

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2723) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall. Yellow/gold pour with a fluffy white head. Strong nose of citrus with honey and dessert pear. Orange peel, wheat and lemon flavour. Sharp, crisp bitter finish. Refreshing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5507) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at a bar in Namur, Belgium. Stopped for lunch in Namur on our drive home. Hit the town’s opening day of the January sales. Place was buzzing! The bar was lovely - very charming and spacious, with good food, and the Duvel Triple Hop 2012 chalked up on board as a special. The beer has a fascinating aroma of fresh cut grass, cat’s pee, nettles, limes and lemons. The extra hops give a sharper taste to the Duvel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3455) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours clear golden color with white head. Fruity and doughy aroma with some citrus. Citrus, grapefruit and fruity flavor with some dough. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1447) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
33 cL bottle from ABS Drinks in WInksele into a bowl glass. Huge head over a cloudy yellow beer, very fizzy. Well hopped grapefruit and citrus aroma. Very citrus, with reduced Duvel bitterness. Tasty and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2013
25.4 oz bottle. Clear pale yellow with a bumpy white head. Nose is orange peel, toffee, pineapple and sweet grass. Medium body, resiny with a bracing sparkle. Taste is lemon basil, toffee, parsley and faint honey. Its got an odd herbal, almost rubbery, finish but still pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4306) - Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, orange zest, lemon, floral, grass, pear, light pepper, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with great hop balance and complexity. Taste of mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pepper, pear, tangerine, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, orange zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; great sweetness/bitterness balance as well; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; and an lightly slick, sticky, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_est_deus (1075) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2012
Mycket klar och mycket ljus gul med ett stort vitt skum. Doft: Apelsin, citron, skogsjord, humle, ananas, metall. Smak: Honung, söt apelsin, persika, jord, äpple/päron, ananas, örter. Tvekade mellan 8 och 9 i smak, blev 8 lite pga att kolsyran håller tillbaka smakerna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (865) - SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Nose is still typically Duvel for me but obviously Citra and long but no attack. Typically beautifully huge pure white frothy head on the usual colouy & ubiquitous beading. Very pure. Starts as always but very very quickly the citra elements take over relaxing the restrained sweetness & hop. Crisp acidic crunch in the close ending with s generous drop of lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (620) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2012
Hazy golden yellow colour, medium head. Did not smell as strong as I had anticipated,hops and citrus, some peel. Quite hoppy, but did not rock my hop! still can taste the citrus some peel...think I like the standard model better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2012 bottle corked and caged. Pour has a clean golden color with a thick one finger head that retained very well and coated the glass the whole way. Aroma has a nice citra blast, citrus, spicy yeast, peppery hops, and some sweet grass. Really nicely dry hopped and far better than anticipated. Mouth feel is light and there is nice high carbonation. Flavor opens with the dry hops again, peppery spice, citrus, light malt, yeast, and it dries out a bit into the finish. I thought going into this it would be the regular Duvel with dry hops but this is a totally different beer with a hop based character instead of being yeast centered.

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