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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it on tap at B Cafe West, NYC, my favorite neighborhood Belgian joint. I love Belgian beer and consider it as a sort of antidote, or counterpoint if you will, to my other favorite style, IPA. This is what happens when you mix the two together.
It poured a golden color with a large soapy and bubbly head. It eventually receded into a lathery lace that retained well.
Unlike American IPAs, this one immediately hits the nose with a barnyard/funky and lemon sour aroma. Yet, almost immediately thereafter, one gets the more citric and tropical fruit tones one associates with IPA. There is also a honey malt like sweetness.
This has a unique taste that is special. It is like a hoppy tripel; a perfect marriage between Belgian style and IPA. The flavor is quite complex. The fruity and honey malt sweetness is there, as is the citric zest. However, there are tart and bitter qualities that add so much more to the flavor. The malt has a sourdough like quality. There is a lemony and tart quality. The hops are perhaps the dominant flavor as they add a herbal bitterness that is evident in the mouthfeel as well as the finish, which is bitter and lingers. There is also a peppery, yeasty and slightly phenolic feel. Medium bodied but almost light in feel. The carbonation is mellow but tingles just enough. The alcohol is so well masked, I didn't realize it had such a high ABV. I certainly felt it afterwards.
I can't believe I haven't had this yet! I got to get me some more!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750ml bottle
best by 11/2016
stored in cellar for a few months
L- pours a gorgeous hazy orange-ish color a little closer to yellow, with a thick foam head that slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has that really nice sweet belgian yeast aroma, with hints of pine
T- has a pleasant piney taste, followed by the said sweetness of the yeast, with a bitter finish
F- has a dry feel to it, medium bodied, smooth fell as well
O- this beer was just great from beginning to end. looks great smells great taste in unbelievable.
Next time maybe i will try it right away to see if hops are more pronounced, but i think the aging mellowed out the beer bringing out some smoothness

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like standard ipa, dark yellow and orange congeal together. Good 3/4" white head. Aroma blended the belgian yeast and a citrusy hop feel.

Interesting taste, somewhat earthy and funky, still has some homegrown citrus hop feel, ample bitterness, ample yeast phenols that provide said earthy/funky drops.

Expensive format, but definitely above average for style and hides the alcohol pretty well.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In solidarity with our brothers in Belgium, I thought it appropriate to drink some of their great brews this evening. I really thought this was a repeat (I had already reviewed) but apparently not.

It has an exquisite head, all light and foamy. The color is brilliant yellow. The aroma is moderately yeast. The taste is complex. There is bitter first, but loads of yeast and malt tastes come through too. It is wonderful.

The aftertaste is bitter too, but it is simply a pleasure to have on your tongue. Thank you Belgium.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the very last of a keg! Great head and lacing with a golden color. Sweet smell mad a light and sweet taste. Lemony and citrusy with a pleasant taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to faint copper in color with a massive half inch tighly packed eggshell white head. Moderate lacing. Moderate grassy smelling hops and light Belgian candy sugar. I taste intensely grassy to earthy hops with a light saltine cracker malt backbone. I also noted a light sweetness from the light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth was highly carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/2016 750 into a Teku

L: Hazy straw yellow, with a big billowy persistent head, clingy off white
S: Belgian yeast, pine, floral, not much on the hops front
T: Nice bitterness from the hops, fruity Belgian esters working their magic
F: No trace of the alcohol, medium body, plenty of carb
O: A great classic - always worth revisiting this beauty!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope (£3.29):
A fresh & lively Belgian IPA that wasn't overly hoppy but had nice Belgian yeast, floral touches & strong carbonation. Not overly complex when compared to other Chouffe beers but enjoyable with the alcohol well-hidden & nice background fruits plus a little citrus coming through.A decent beer but probably not the best from Chouffe & for that reason alone it's probably not one I'll rush to pick up again.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i do like belgian garden gnomes on beer bottles. it's a sign of a good ipa.

straw colored, with a head that reminds me of marshmallow fluff. thick, wet lacing down the sides.

smell is frankly what you'd expect from a belgian ipa - a bit of yeast funk, some spice, and perhaps a bit of pine.

taste is much of the same, with some lingering, dry bitterness. mouth is clean - good carbonation.

one of the best offerings from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours hazy gold with a huge white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong yeast with a light fruity hoppy background. Taste - yeasty with a lasting crisp bitter finish. Really nice well balanced strong ale.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy dark straw, almost golden color, with floating detritus and slow moving powerful explosive activity. Super frothy ultra thick white 4 finger island head, that lasts for 20 minutes, with incredible stricky legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, grassy hops, and pleasant malts. Flavors of fresh citrus like lemon and orange, sweet grains, spruce, floral and noble spices. Pleasant thick bitter hoppiness with a perfect citrus and fruity sugary feel.

Oily creamy full body with champagne like carbonation. Strong finish that ends quite clean with a palate consisting of piney and grassy hops, roasted malts, and faint lingering yeast.

Overall extremely well crafted: Delicious complex flavors with a super fresh feel and a nice intensity. Balanced sweetness and sharpness. Faint acidic vinous feel yet strangely not boozy at all. Warming and ultra sexy. Well executed mix of IPA and Tripel, the best of both worlds.

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Photo of OlaB
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find this beer at vinmonopolet in Oslo , and was exited to try it
L: clear and gold color
S; Citrus and hops is the first that comes to my mind ,the aroma is is really great
T. A very fresh taste a hint of bitter from the hops, the high alcohol content is not very noticeable in the taste,
i think this beer tasted great,
F: medium body , good carbonation.
O : This was a great beer and will look foward to taste more of Brasserie d'Achouffe other beers, i would sure recomend this one

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Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour, big creamy head that lasts for a good while, leaving a ring and lace. SMell of tropical fruits, citurs, pine, fruits, spices. Medium to full body, great carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, bananas, clove, spices, citrus. Great.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big head that lasts the entire time. Prickly carbonation but you can get through it. Good aroma leads to a very pleasant flavor. A good amount of bitterness with some bubblegum and hops. The yeast imparted flavor dominates with the hops noticeable but not near center stage. The yeast isn't as over the top as chimay but still beats out the hops. Some booze is there but it still hidden well enough. I dig the balance to the beer, a great birthday present.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed October 2, 2015 on tap at Winking Lizard on Bethel Road.

Look - Explosive head. White and creamy. Murky pale gold. Good lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Hops. Mint.

Taste - Wheat. Bitter hops. Mint. Bubblegum. Strawberry.

Feel - Carbonation bomb and very dry. Medium.

Overall -Le Freak is a better Belgian and IPA mix. Very dry.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a snifter. Straw yellow with a touch of coudiness. Thin off white head leaves a touch of lacing. Nose is hop with Belgian yeast and spice. Palate leads with banana and clove and progresses to a dry, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, which complements the banana and clove. Overall, one of the best takes on this style I've tried so far. This beer doesn't compromise either the fullness of the Belgian wheaty component or the light hoppiness of the pale ale. Though I'm still not sure how much I care for this style as a whole, this is the best offering I've tried within it to date.

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Photo of stickydankhop
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on a wimp. Turned out to be a very nice surprise indeed. The best adjectives to describe this beer is clean and balanced. This alcohol is hidden well in this beer and can be sneaky and a creeper.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased indivdually from City Swiggers, chilled to approximately 50 degrees and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Very nice, but unspectacular beer, that I could probably drink all night long. I think the beer this reminds me of most is Ommegang Fleur de Houblon (and not just because they both have Houblon in their name). Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: golden, slightly orange, clear. The head of a white, medium bubble.
Aroma: intense resin is a sweet and caramel, citrus fruits appear, the tropics and the resin again, this time not intrusive and so nice.
Taste: crisp, but like aroma is not aggressive. Tasting is very pleasant, sip by sip of citrus and resin complement each other, nothing is too much or too little, very good arranged.
Bitterness: 59 IBU uh, pleasant, gradually increasing. At the beginning of delicate, low to for a while, more powerful, dry, grapefruit, is not in arrears. Saturation high. Alcohol tucked perfectly, 9%, and feel only in my head.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. At dinner, with tennesse burger. A great beverage. However, I took it the the after Duvel Triple Hop 2015 and loses in comparison in aroma and taste. This one is more soft, less hoppy.

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Photo of frozyn
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a thick white, frothy head and some yeast floaties. The head sticks around a while, with only slight lacing left behind.

S -- This is one of the better smelling beers I've come across. The yeast is obvious. A zingy lemon mixes with spiciness, sort of like cloves and nutmeg. There's a delight apricot note towards the end, mixed with some herbaceous qualities. The yeast is funky in a very good way. A complex, yet very clean, aroma.

T -- Quite bitter right up front, a long with a honeyed sweetness. The yeast shows its might through the herbal spiciness. Citrus tartness comes in, lemon poking through first, though it turns more to orange towards the end of the sip. A malt presence exists in the midnote with a toasty, bready quality. I get occasional moments of pine, funk, pickled tea leaves -- it's a cornucopia of flavor. I don't think any two sips tasted the same, which makes for a unique drinking experience.

F -- Overall, medium bodied. Highly carbonated at first, very crisp. A bit of a resin leftover, but I mostly notice how dry it leaves my mouth feeling.

O -- A delicious beer that highlights the qualities a Belgian yeast can impart on an IPA.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this old review from a few years ago scribbled on a napkin, so had a bottle tonight to confirm it was indeed accurate (which it was): pours a very cloudy light gold color with a small white head that faded on the fast side leaving good spotty lacing and a swampy layer on top.

Smells of Belgian yeast, malt, citrus hops, lemon zest, light fruit like pear and apple, honey and spices with pronounced pepper and coriander. It has a nice mix of the Belgian yeast and hops which makes for nice balance, letting brown sugar and graham cracker come through at the end.

Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, spices like pepper, brown sugar, coriander and mild allspice, fruit like green apple, rotting pear and old grapes, toasted barley, barnyard funk and floral notes like tea leaf or very dry piney hops. Complex flavor arrangement that is typical Belgian, in a good way. There is a light alcohol feel that’s warming but not boozy.

Overall very spicy and sweet, with the fruit and alcohol coming through after the initial malt sweetness up front, allowing the hops to bite with some bitterness which adds a nice balance. It gets more complex as it warms up, a very drinkable brew with light to medium carbonation, a medium to chewy body and an overall enjoyable flavor. Solid beer that was as good today as it was the first time I had it years ago.

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Photo of codekiln
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance - beautiful, golden, light! creamy foam with tiny lace. head dissipates in five min, but the top maintains little jetties for 30+ min.

smell - herbacious, sweet malt. fresh hops. swirled several times in a very wide snifter.

taste - toasty aftertaste. you can taste the alcohol in the foam. the bitterness / astringincy is not overwhelming, but is very balanced. taste of foam is more bitter than beer underneath. delicious. that's all I can say. sweet taste on the front of the tongue, then a bitterness as you swallow comes to the fore. the hops are mystical somehow, multi-dimensional. doesn't just taste like hopps; tastes like a very dynamic hopps taste. the medicinal taste is refreshing.

mouthfeel - creamy, not sharp. this beer is not heavy, because it doesn't have the heavy taste - but it does not have that thin, watery crispness. tiny bubbles slowly float. the beer licks you back.

on the back of the bottle:
Houblon Chouffe is brewed by the Artisans of la brasserie d'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardeen's mountains. On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The Overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarilo and Saaz amazed him. Back at home in the Ardeens he crafted a new recipe combining this dazzling array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style "Tripel". Thus, our little Chouffe's new i nspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born. Enjoy the flavor of three kinds of hops in Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Minocqua. The "best before" date states this one is good for another year-and-a-half. Poured at cellar temperature into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright golden wheat with about two inches of white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a healthy film and ring, leaving substantial lacing on the glass. Quite cloudy, with profuse visible carbonation.

S: Cracker and bread-like malts, grassy hops, and the characteristic Belgian yeast notes of clove, banana, orange, and pear. There's a touch of lemon zest in the mix, as well. Pleasant but not especially assertive bouquet on this one.

T: Cracker and sweeter bread malt flavors up front. They're accompanied by an immediate tartness/astringency that offers some citrus zest--more orange than lemon--on top of the malts. The middle brings an intensification of this tartness with some pronounced grassy hop notes and the full rush of the Belgian yeast flavors of clove, orange, pear, and (more subdued) banana. The back end has the aforementioned tartness transitioning to outright bitter hop flavor, with orange and serious apricot trailing into the aftertaste. Amazingly, I'm not picking up any clear alcohol flavor.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Bright/tart/astringent at the front, followed by some creaminess aided by a good amount of carbonation, and ending with solid bitter that never sacrifices the flavor. This one has a bit of stick, but it is far from syrupy.

O: This is a very tasty Belgian IPA that masks its ABV better than just about any beer I can think of with this amount of alcohol. It brings some nice hop flavors while maintaining great balance and complexity. I've never been a huge fan of Belgians, but this one just might have made a believer out of me. This one is worth seeking out.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl btl. BB 04/2017 from grocery store in Brussels
served chilled in tulip glass
Pours cloudy gold. Creamy white head lingers well, and leaves a lot of delicate, micro-lacing. (I've never seen such a cool pattern on the glass...and yes, I'm sober.)

Good blast of hop aroma. After a long stint on Euro-beers, the hop taste is a familiar old friend to a westcoast hophead. Versus the La Chouffe, the yeast flavour has been quite subdued by the hops --- for me, this improves the taste quite a bit.

But this is a different beast. There's definitely more malt backbone here, and the yeast profile makes for a more complex and interesting taste. Resiny, fruity, bready and sweet. Really good, and an interesting take on the style.
And at 9% abv, every American IPA I've had would ooze astringency and drown the lingering tastes with booze. Not this one. Great brewing.
If IPAs and the hoppy beer scene get some traction in Europe, this one shows they can take it places.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.