Drink: Duvel Tripel Hop
Source: Duvel Moortgat Nv, Belgium
Size: 330 mL bottle x4
This Belgian ale boasts the use of “experimental hop 291”, a “hop [that] is so brand that it hasn’t even been given an official name yet”. An auspicious introduction.
Orange-gold on the pour—think Shock-Top with character—this ale has a rich, thick head that can be sabred off the top with either blade or a dextrous finger, if one fancies or requires to do so.
The aroma of this ale is quite subtle, yet complex; traditional citrus and pine notes emerge, but lighter floral overtones exist as well; this is likely the combination of the saaz hops—think pilsner—and the experimental hops. (Styrian Golding hops are the third strain in the mix, a form of Fuggle hops, a classic in British ales.)
Despite packing 9.5% ABV, this ale has a light mouthfeel that is full of poise and equipoise—the pine of the hops is followed by a touch of black pepper and a creamy malt finish.
Though only a limited run and being on the more expensive side of many other beers, well worth investigating if you chance across one; Belgian ales so rarely disappoint.
Serve in a chalice if available.
Hoochsavvy Grade: A-