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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 (Sorachi Ace)

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

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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Hops: Saaz, Styrian Golding and Sorachi Ace. "Dry Hopped with Sorachi Ace. 2013 Selection"

Van TRIPEL HOP wordt er elk jaar slechts een beperkt volume gebrouwen, en dit med telkens een andere derde hopsoort. Voor deze 2013-editie selecteerden onze meester-brouwers Sorachi Ace. Deze zeldzame Japanse hopsoort verrijkt het bier met een frisse, exotische en licht fruitige toets.

Seule une quantité limitée de TRIPEL HOP est brassée chaque année, et la troisième variété de houblon change à chaque fois. Pour cette édition 2013, nos brasseurs ont sélectionné le Sorachi Ace. Ce houblon japonais rare enrichit la bière d’une touche fraîche, exotique et fruitée.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2013
330 ml bottle - pours clear intense hay yellow with a two finger steady head. Less creamy than the regular Duvel. Nose is very citrussy which strikes me a bit given the Sorachi Ace. Taste is nice malt with citrus hints - there is not much difference with the Citra imo.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MalePiwo (4) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2013 does not count
nice light beer (ebc 5-6) with proper, stable light head. aroma of course dominated with hops, with spice of grapefruit, and herbs. in taste I don’t feel really the influence of Sorachi Ace... a bit spicy, good malt background and proper hops character. Compare to the Triple Hop 2012 this one is worse

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2013
Very good dense white head over classic central-bubblng pale golden beer, classic lace. Citrus, cheese, lemon-cheesecake, lemonbalm. Very complex, and one to stick on the S.A. Dry, Duvel-like, but deepened by a fresh, citrussy flavour. Fiinish is, however rather empty tastewise. Feels very carbonated; deceptively light body - or quasi-full attenuated. Aftertaste reclaims a bit of the initial citrussy near-acidity. Well - short of the superb nose, yet another one that will not change my mind about the S.A. hop: it’s the one for dark, compex barley wines, and wasted upon blondes, dumb or devilish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaartenRF10 (1597) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2013
Sample at Bierevents tasting at the Veluwse Heidebrouwerij
Hazy yellow, white head. Hop aroma of lychees, melon and some grass. Small "zuurtje" and some yeast. Taste like aroma. Good body and nice quite high carbo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (3933) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle, Fiere Margriet. Poured a golden body, typical Duvel, but the head seemed far more tame than my experiences with the original (both Duvel and Duvel Tripel Hop). Well carbonated though. Spicy grapefruit, maybe lime, in the aroma on a sweetish malty background, fresh, just a tad tangy, herbal hopfest in the nose! The taste is all about Sorachi Ace and I finally dig it! Bubblegum, slightly candyish, fresh, with a finely built malty background. Far, far better than expected. Glad to see a brewery as big as this still making some great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2013
33cl bottle Pours clear blond, with the lovely huge head of Duvel and the typical sparkling. Aroma of fruits, grapefruit, summerfruits, grass, flowers. Fruityness returns in the taste, somewhat the sour taste of grapefruit, lemon yet bitter. Fizzy mouthfeel, fruity finish that slowly gets taken over by bitterness Although this one has higher alcohollevel, it’s way more easy drinking than the original Duvel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jabbeloo (100) - Denderbelle, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2013
Blond with a nice foam head the foam is not like the classic Duvel the foam bells are bigger but stay good on the beer. Great fruity aroma Aldo the foam is locking in the aromas from the hops. The taste is bitter fruity with good balance and has a long after taste. Great beer for hop lovers. ---Rated By the Belleketels

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1572) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2013
Golden coloured beer with a decent head. Holds ok, maybe collapse a bit to quick. Grassy good citrussy hoppy beer. Pretty well balanced. Good bitter dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (3920) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle 33cl, cloudy yellow beer with huge head. Nose is on green hops with wet vegetable notes and classic Duvel hops. Aroma is acid and astringent like, lemon and green lemon notes, very bitter, green young fruit notes. Unusual, interesting but very sharp.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hazewee (40) - Andenne, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 Nez très herbacé/végétal. Bouche ample, bien structurée, beaucoup de fraîcheur, de longueur et d’équilibre. Irréprochable mais moins fan que l’édition 2012 (préférence pour le Cirtra globalement).


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