Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 (HBC-291)

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Brewed by Duvel Moortgat
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Duvel Tripel Hop is brewed with three hop varieties and each year the third hop is changed to provide its own unique taste and aroma. This keeps the final flavor profile surprisingly exciting for any true beer lover. For 2016 our brewers selected HBC 291 from the Yakima Valley in the USA.

By using three instead of two hop varieties to brew, we obtain additional hop aromas and an increased bitterness. The typical Duvel palate is enriched with HBC 291 hops providing fresh notes of citrus, black pepper, lavender and roses.

HBC 291 hops are added again during ’dry-hopping’, extracting additional hop aromas into the beer. The higher aromatic intensity rounds out the beer, backing the final alcohol content of 9.5%.

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shawnmurphy (610) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2017
12-ounce bottle overflowed onto the counter and floor as soon as I popped the cap (another bottle did the same). Once the outflow of carbonation from the bottle settles, it pours slightly hazy yellow-gold with quickly dissipating off-white head, with some residual lacing. Aroma: honey, floral. Flavor: malt-forward (honey, butterscotch), some barnyard, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, and an odd wet cardboard taste (perhaps because bottle is post-date, which I suspect); there's a balancing prickly bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. For me, not as good as the original, by far.

3.8
alex_leit (5156) - Minsk, BELARUS - OCT 31, 2017
Bottle. Clear light golden beer good white head. Aroma: floral, light citrus, pils malt, fruit, pear, light touch of perfume. Taste: strong and warming, with light citrus sourness, alcohol, fruit, pear and lemon, light white pepper, very dry and bitter finish.

3.5
alexmate (285) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2017
Nice beer. Lovely golden colour with a decent fizz to it but no head, reminds me a bit of a fine Champagne in terms of looks. The taste is of the typical French\Belgian brewer's yeast which is that sweet barley sugar type taste. The hops are quite bitter, but at the same time quite subtle, certainly not like in say a USA IPA. Some lavendar, honey, bitter capsicum and floral (possibly elderflower) aftertaste.

3.2
Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 12, 2017
Where and how: mini tasting – b. 330 ml
Aroma sweet, somewhat muted, honey with mellow hops.
Appearance :
Top: large white top, long lived
Base: fine haze on gold
Palate : a bit chalky, mid bodied.
Taste: muted in character, hint of somewhat funky hops with some alcohol on side. Tad peppery top end. Expected more from Duvel.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10817) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2017
11.2 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, Belgian yeast, mild to moderate floral notes, the lavender comes through, light citrus fruit character, mild bitterness, a slight alcohol bite, good.

3.6
Tmoney99 (14978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2017 Bottle from Root Cellar. CGC AFRWHMLGL MLCA MBSLTSC MBSF MBSF MD. Exceeded my expectations.

3.4
GreenCat (170) - SLOVENIA - SEP 5, 2017
0,33 l bottle. Pours quite clear yellow with solid snow white lasting head. Aroma is floral, herbal, citrus, peppery, grainy malt, light honey and quite a lot of yeast. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Taste is medium sweet, light to medium bitter. Body is full and rich, texture is creamy, carbonation is average. Finish is very long, spicy bitterness intensifies as it worms up and it becomes less pleasurable with temperature.

3.9
beermastersasho (143) - - AUG 25, 2017
Good beer. Nice flavours. I missed flavours in the beginning, but then it became more aromatic. Smell like a honey, you can feel the hop! Spicy beer. That makes hoppy lovers happy. Little bit sweet. Bitter, then sweet

3.8
asedzie (832) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Pours golden with foamy white head. Some familiar duvel malt and hop aroma but with an extra kick of stickiness from goldings. Flavor is well-balanced and clean. Very light, almost pilsner-like malt for a beer of this gravity, Upfront has some mild honey sweetness, flower pollen, a hint of herb-like malt resin that grows and grows throughout. Finish is very mild bitterness, but lasting into the aftertaste, and herb notes. Very cohesive, good texture and palate - presents itself as its own style of hoppy belgian beer, not as some kind of frankenstein hybrid - well done.

3.8
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Earth and yeast aroma with light citrus and light summer fruit. Yeast and grapefruit flavor with spice and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Yeast and malt lingers with grapefruit and light summer fruit.


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