The latest from the lineup of Duvel’s quality Belgian brews is Duvel Tripel Hop, a golden strong ale. Now, don’t be confused by the name; “Tripel Hop” doesn’t refer to the beer as being a super hop-monster, although a dry-hopping has has indeed been applied.
Rather, according to Duvel brewmaster Hedwig Neven, the name refers to the “three prestigious varieties of hops: Saaz from the Czech Republic, Styrian Goldings from Slovenia and Amarillo from the United States. We also use the dry-hopping technique which consists, in addition to conventional hopping, of adding additional hop cones at a later stage. That makes the character of the beer very special: a rich range of impression on the palate, additional hop flavors and — the most perceptible characteristic — a pervasive zesty bitterness.”
Duvel Tripel Hop weighs in at 9.5% ABV and although I hear the flavor and aroma aren’t overwhelmed by the alcohol, it does apparently sneak up on you.
I have become a huge fan of Belgian Golden Strong Ales, so I look forward to trying this one, especially since it seems to deviate a bit from the style with the application of dry-hopping.
Duvel Tripel Hop has been released to stores only twice so far. I’m hoping my local brew shop might have a bottle on the shelves for me to pick up this week. Have you had the pleasure of tasting the newest recipe from Duvel? Tell me about it.
[techtags:DUVEL, TRIPEL HOP, BELGIAN ALE, GOLDEN STRONG ALE, NEW DUVEL BEER]