Duvel Moortgat has launched ‘Experimental Hop 291’, the latest in its tongue-tingling series of ‘Tripel Hop’ beers.
First brewed in 2008, Duvel Tripel Hop has been released annually since 2010; and each year a different 3rd hop is added by Duvel’s Master Brewer, Hedwig Neven, to give a fascinating insight into the world of hop growing globally, with each hop providing its own signature aroma and flavour.
This year’s Duvel Tripel Hop is brewed using a hop so new it doesn’t yet have a name. It is known simply as Experimental Hop 291.
Comments Matthew Willson, Duvel’s UK GM, “Duvel is traditionally brewed using two hop varieties, the earthy/herbal Saaz-Saaz from Czechia and the rich lime marmalade of the Styrian Golding hop from Slovenia. Then, once a year, we have released a special limited edition beer that is brewed with the addition of a third hop. This allows us to give our fans an exciting new beer each year, combining intellectual interest with a cornucopia of vibrant flavours.
“This year our brewers have selected the Experimental HBC 291 from the Yakima Valley in the USA as the third hop. It is unlike any other hop we’ve ever used, making this year’s brew a really fascinating beer – adding notes of fresh citrus, black pepper, lavender and roses to our traditional Duvel brew.”
Experimental Hop HBC 291 is added in the main brew, and then again during ‘dry-hopping’, extracting additional hop aromas into the beer. The higher aromatic intensity rounds out the beer, backing the final alcohol content of 9.5%.
Later in 2016, in Belgium, Duvel Moortgat will release a limited edition six pack of the six Tripel Hop brews to date, and will encourage beer fans to vote for their favourite Tripel Hop. This will be brewed as a permanent addition to the Duvel portfolio from 2017.
Duvel Tripel Hop Experimental HBC 291 will be available from Booths and Selfridges at £2.79 per 33cl bottle, as well as in selected bars and pubs.
Previous Duvel Tripel Hop brews are:
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