This is a beer we look forward to every year. Once a year, an extra hop is added to the iconic Duvel beer; and the featured hop is changed from year to year. For 2015 it is the Equinox hop from the US.
The additional hop is added to the traditional Saaz-Saaz and Styrian Golding hops, both is the making of the beer and also dry-hopping.
I didn’t know a lot about the Equinox hop, but a little investigation suggested a ‘pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics’. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple and green pepper. Sounds great!
It is an enjoyable creation, very much in the mold of previous years – Mosiac (2014), Sorachi Ace (2013), Citra (2012). Lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavours and aroma. Remarkably light mouthfeel for a beer of 9.5%, and one that is way too easy to drink!
I think this years version is very similar to last years Mosaic hop. I still prefer the 2012 Citra version, but definitely enjoyed this one. It is only available once, so enjoy it while it lasts.