Duvel Tripel Hop 2017 (Citra)

As I write this, all of the cats are laying on me or above my head on the couch. It’s always fun writing with 35 pounds of cat on you.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ever since 2007 the brewers at Duvel have been busy innovating with a third hop variety to give Duvel a surprising twist and some extra bitterness. Each spring this results in the launch of a unique Tripel Hop, which complements the rest of the Duvel range. Six Tripel Hops later, in 2016, Duvel went in search of the ultimate Duvel Tripel Hop. More than 5,000 fans tasted and voted, and Citra was clearly the favorite. The Duvel Tripel Hop with citra not only won a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge, it was also awarded the consumer trophy at the Zythos Beer Festival. Our brewers do not simply add a third hop variety when creating the Tripel Hop, we also apply a special process of dry-hopping. In this case, besides adding the usual hops during the cooking process, extra hop cones are added at a later stage in the brewery process (during the lagering process). This intensifies and refines the hop aromas in the finished beer. The aromatic third hop is grown in the Yakima Valley in Washington and enriches the flavor palate with fresh hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit.”

Random: Citra is the name of my smallest cat.

The beer poured with a gigantic, four finger, fluffy, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. I could still see a lot carbonation, despite the cloudiness. The nose of the beer started with some tobacco and earth. It quickly migrated into tropical fruit with dank pine. The taste was much of the same. It started with tobacco and quickly went into honeydew, apricot and peach. Then, the pine sap came through next with some yeast. The body was moderate thickness with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with stone fruit and pine sap. A bottle of this was $3.87, which came to $.32 per ounce. This beer was definitely expensive, but as usual, was very enjoyable.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Duvel Single

Kate and I ended up having to reschedule our anniversary dinner because I was running late from work and she wasn’t feeling well. When we finally got to go out, the dinner wasn’t as great as we thought. After dinner, we headed to Molly Maguire’s in Rumson for a beer. I wasn’t actually aware that Duvel put this out, so I jumped at the chance to try it.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Created by the Moortgat family, bottled Duvel is one of Belgium’s favorite ales. The secret of its success lies in using only best-quality ingredients, and in the well-balanced, very specific, complex brewing and refermentation process that takes over 90 days. After brewing and first fermentation – which takes about 30 days –  the beer is tasted by the brewmaster and his staff. At this stage this beer is called “single-fermented.” Typical Duvel flavors and aromas are already emerging, but the beer is lower in alcohol and carbonation, and the taste is slightly lighter and crisper.”

Random: I prefer my pizza room temperature or cold.

This brew poured with a huge, three finger, egg white consistency head. The color was off white. The body was a slightly hazy, yellow color with light carbonation visible throughout. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The nose was lemon and pepper primarily. It was very nice, but more light than I was expecting. The taste was undercarbonated, but very lemony. I didn’t get much else. The lemon overwhelmed everything. After a few sips, I also got a hint of yeast. There was a touch of an herbal quality at the end. The body was light and the brew finished quickly. I was expecting to be floored by this beer, but it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Maredsous 8 – Brune

The last brew that I had at Twin Light was this one. I figured that I should have one more Belgian brew for the road. This one also came highly recommended. I hadn’t had a dubbel in awhile and the glass it came in was really pretty. So, tasting time.

ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “In 1963, Moortgat began brewing its Maredsous line of abbey beers, under license of the monks of Maredsous Abbey. There are currently three beers offered under the Maredsous name: Maredsous Blonde (blonde ale, 6% ABV), Maredsous Brune (dubbel, 8% ABV), and Maredsous Triple (trippel, 10% ABV).”

Random: On my last beer run, I grabbed a Belgian or two, just in case I get a Belgian craving again.

This one poured with a one finger, tan-colored head that took forever to dissipated. Once it did, it left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy light brown color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was dark fruits, specifically plum and raisin. I also picked up candi sugar and some booze. The taste was very pleasant and well-balanced. There was the dark fruit that I got in the nose, candi sugar and a maple syrup sweetness (albeit that was very subtle). The Belgian yeast was present, but took back seat in this one. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Where was the booze on this one? This could definitely be a very dangerous brew with the higher ABV and not being able to taste it. This was a great sipping beer. I loved this beer. I would have this one again in a second.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Maredsous 10 (Triple)

So, last night, my girlfriend took me to one of my favorite spots in New Brunswick. It’s basically a Rutgers institution and since we both went there, it’s only appropriate that I go there with her. Stuff Yer Face is one of my favorite dive bars in the area and the food is amazing. Their beer list is also quite impressive. This was the first selection of the night.

ABV: 10%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia.org, “In 1963, Moortgat began brewing its Maredsous line of abbey beers, under license of the monks of Maredsous Abbey. There are currently three beers offered under the Maredsous name: Maredsous Blonde (blonde ale, 6% ABV), Maredsous Brune (dubbel, 8% ABV), and Maredsous Triple (trippel, 10% ABV).”

Random: I tried the Man vs. Food boli. Not nearly as good as the Laura boli.

This brew poured with a one finger white head into the very nice Chimay glass provided. Note to self: put Chimay glass on Christmas list. Anyways, it dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had some golden fruit, apricots, booze and a bit of bread and Belgian yeast. There was a lot going on. The taste was even better than the nose. There was a lot of yeast with some syrupy sweetness and golden fruit. I also got a hint of pineapple and maybe even peach. The carbonation was lower than I expected and the body was a bit on the oily side. The booze was more hidden in the taste than in the nose. The booze made its appearance at the end with a little bit of bite and warming. This was definitely a great tripel that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


This was another gift from my father. This came with four bottles of Duvel and a really cool Duvel glass that I’ve been using like crazy. I also let Chris have one and she really enjoyed it (I even put it in the Duvel glass for her).

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Duvel Moortgat Brewery (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat) is a Flemish family-controlled brewery founded in 1871. Its strong golden pale ale, Duvel, is the company’s best known product which is exported to more than 40 countries. Duvel is Brabantian, Ghent and Antwerp dialect for devil, the standard Dutch word being duivel.”

Random: I really am getting into Belgians. I seem to go through phases. Sometimes I’ll stick with hoppy brews for a week, then I’ll switch to saisons, then stouts. Variety is the spice of life, or something like that.

This brew poured with a three finger white fluffy head that left lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy straw yellow color. There is some moderate carbonation apparent when shone to the light. On the nose, I got a hint of booze and golden fruit, like apricot. I even found a hint of citrus. On the taste the first thing that comes out is prickly carbonation. Then, the golden fruits come out to play with an almost syrupy sweetness. The body is moderately thin. There’s also a hint of booze and apple on the taste as the brew warms. The finish lingers like most Belgians I’ve had. I really enjoyed this and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0