Duvel Tripel Hop Citra is a Belgian Imperial Pale Ale (IPA) that’s big in flavour and strong in alcohol. This citrusy beer was the 2012 recipient of the consumer trophy at the Zythos Bierfest, held in Leuven, and a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge of the same year.

TEXT & PHOTO: STUART FORSTER

As those awards suggest, Duvel Tripel Hop Citra is a cracking beer whose carefully crafted flavour belies its boozy potency. It’s available in 330 millilitre bottles whose shape and labels look similar to the famous strong golden ale whose name means ‘Devil’.

The triple hop variation on the famous brand evolved in response to growing demand for hoppier beers in the middle of the last decade. IPAs experienced a resurgence in popularity during the craft beer revolution and Duvel Moorgat began selling versions of a beer brewed with three kinds of hops in 2007.

Brewed with Saaz-Saaz and Styrian Golding hops, Duvel Tripel Hop Citra’s name reflects that a third variety is added during lagering. The cones of Citra hops, grown in the Yakima Valley of Washington state in the USA, add intensiveness to the aroma and flavour.

This beer has an obviously hoppy aroma, bursting with zesty citrus and an undertone of pine. Ideally it should be poured into a tulip shaped glass and served cold. It is like straw in colour and has a white head. The intensive zestiness pops through in the flavour too, in which lemon, grapefruit and even a suggestion of pineapple swirl. It’s tangy yet refreshing, leaving a slightly bitter taste.

For IPA fans, this is one to sip, savour and enjoy.

Brewer: Duvel Moorgat Brewery
Strength: 9.5 per cent

Stuart Forster was named Journalist of the Year at the 2015, 2016 and 2019 Holland Press Awards. Five generations of his family have been actively involved in the brewing industry.