Monday, July 6, 2015

Duvel Tripel Hop 2015


Today I grabbed a 4-pack of Duvel Tripel Hop 2015, a special edition golden ale brewed each year by Duvel. Each year, they use Saaz and Styrian Golding hops, their traditional pair. But each annual edition also adds a third wild card hop. This year that new variety used in the dry hopping process is a US hop variety called Equinox, known for its sharp citrus aroma and spiciness. 9.5% alcohol. Best By 01/2017.

Fruity, yeasty, hoppy aroma. Belgian yeast character is noted first sip though not overly pronounced--really good hybrid with other hops. Hoppy with some big lemony bitterness in the beginning. Juicy, fruity sweetness comes in to balance that, along with some really interesting spicy, peppery, and floral nuances.

Seriously, this is a flavor explosion. Really deep, rich flavors but still light and crisp and carbonated with super-fine bubbles. Dry finish. Just delightful. Glad I bought the 4-pack up front (heads to fridge)!

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