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Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 (Sorachi Ace)

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


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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2349) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours a yellow brown with medium head. Aromas of apples and fresh hops. Flavors are similar with more fresh hops and fruit. Tastes like a wet hopped beer. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours cloudy, yellow with light white head. But what a strange hop flavor. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flip_soeperman (778) - NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2013
bread, barnyard, floral, golden, clear, rocky head, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, lively. Actually the Sorachi Ace is very subtle, it enhances Duvel with some funky aroma. Wuite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle @ Gollem with Scopey & Deeblo. The pour’s deep gold with a tiny white head. Ripe apple orchard nose. A bit or earthy piss and marzipan. Plums. The taste has a touch of brett. Mildly acerbic biting hops. Sweet malt profile. Honeyed apples. Smooth and easy to drink for nearly 10%. Overall, pretty cool stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 23, 2013
(Bottled@HBF 2013) Hazy pale golden with a medium head (didn’t get a whole bottle, so dunno if the Duvel head is intact in this). Herby lime nose with soft cat pee. Flavor of cat pee and dish-washing liquid, with a nasty pungent bitterness hitting you in the finish, like you already didn’t have enough of this s**t. Medium body, hidden alcohol, soft CO2. A great beer spoiled with totally wrong hops. The tripel hop series has gone worse with each incarnation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (35031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 23, 2013
33 cl bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruity and peachy. Citrusy, wineous and peachy to grapefruity. Mellow and mild citric. Bitter and lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1999) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours like a regular Duvel: almost clear pale blonde color, huge snow-white head. Smells, malty (sweet & somewhat grainy), grassy, tropical fruit (my girlfriend smelled white grapes), somewhat herbal retronasal. Flavor is light bitter (a bit earthy), with some acidity, perhaps due to the high carbonation. Medium bodied, alcohol warms the throat. finishes rather dry, but fairly mild. Maybe not my favorite of the Tripel Hops, but a worthy experiment anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22588) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 23, 2013
Bottled@HBF2013. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, mildly bready with some herbal and grassy notes. Flavour is fruity, alcoholic, herbal, grassy and mild nettles. Also some slight sweet maltyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
note666 (1200) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2013
2013 - 04 - 22 330ml bottle. light yellow colour. big, foamy, fading, white head. spicey peppery citric aroma. bit bitter, light sout taste. dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (10888) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2013
330ml bottle (HBF2013, Friday)
Pale, but with a lovely frothy white head. Massive fruity tropical aroma - coconut and pineapple. Odd, but I like it. Taste is the opposite - a horror mess - I just don’t like sorachi ace. With all the yeast it becomes saner, it becomes tropical fruit juice. Does cover the alcohol quite well, it’s not boozy.

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