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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,409 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,409
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 177
Gots: 269 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Ratings: 2,409 | Reviews: 1,132
Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Bright yellow, lively, some head
- Hoppiness combined with the floral, clove and spiciness of Belgian pale ale.
- Medium body, dry finish

Photo of imfinished
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has such a confusing taste. It goes from one thing to the next to the next with a bitter finale and no cohesion. Fairly off putting.

Photo of CAC329
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always quality, smell, taste and looks.

Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a chalice, golden with big fluffy white head. Nose, as expected, was a mix of hoppy goodness and Belgian tripel yeast goodness, although the hops were more subdued than I expected. Personally (and I know I'm in the minority here), the blend just didn't quite work for me. Taste, again, was a 50/50 split between tripel and IPA. Good, but like the nose, it didn't scratch either itch for me completely. Nice bitterness on the finish carries through well. 9% is well hidden...this beer could get you in trouble.
Overall, I didn't think it was a great as other reviewers, but certainly good.

Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-orange in color with 2 finger white pillowy head.

Aroma gives yeastiness, biscuity malt, and a minor herbal hoppiness.

Taste immediately hits with the carbonation. Very fine, champagne like. I get the biscuity malt, followed by a herbaceous bittering hop. The hop flavor isn’t very present in this beer. It’s more bitter than anything without any traditional tropical, citrus, or piney flavors that normally accompany. I get the complexity of the yeast at the end, with a slight taste of roastiness or smoke (may be the yeast).

Overall, not bad in its category. I much prefer Duvel’s Triple hop to this one. I just don’t care for the hop flavor in this one. It really is an herbal bitterness. It’s not citrusy or piney, just more of a herbal bitter. I would pair this with a strawberry and bacon salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I gets a 90/100 from me.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown shorty bottle with a shape we only associate with Belgium. This specific chouffe is standing in the middle of a field of hops, dressed for an adventure. Lovely artwork on these d'Achouffe bottles. Poured into an authentic Houblon Chouffe stemmed narrow glass.

A - bright golden yellow that only gets brighter in the light. Maybe the slightest hint of a golden orange hue. Snow white head pours massive and looks like a big fluffy cloud leaving a clumpy ring of splotchy stick to the glass.

S - Floral, fresh grass, and hints of citrus hops. A nice balanced fruit aroma of banana, lemon with touches of bubblegum popping up with a little belgian spice. The yeast notes are fantastic once again from d'Achouffe.

T - this is what a belgian ipa is meant to be like. Floral and fresh grass like hops with the citrus taking on a fruitiness rather than a knock out shot of bitterness. Banana and lemon notes provide enough sweetness to keep everything in line. Lovely bubblegum notes creep up from within and really get bold as this warms. Alcohol Esters add to the spices and legendary d'Achouffe yeast.

M - big medium bodied with a good texture. Big but drinkable and enough belgian character that I can call it easy going. Finish is superb and it's complexity is outstanding.

O - probably my favorite d'Achouffe brew. Possibly the standard I Hold all belgian ipa's to. It's ahead of its time, packed full of class, and down right delicious

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, light hops. Taste is hops, alcohol, some mild malts, less complex than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer, but I was expecting whole lot more from this one.

Photo of RobAM
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad... Good masking of the alcohol content...

Photo of biegaman
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe has the bright and sunny complexion you'd expect given the summery atmosphere portrayed on its label. It also has a head as thick, fluffy and white as the little gnome's beard. This clear golden liquid and its dainty, tiny bubbles looks like refreshment if I've ever seen it.

The nose is all sorts of wonderful - most of them hop-derived. Snippets of herbal pungency, citrus fruits and spring flowers combine to make an engrossing, all-encompassing hop-tastic bouquet. There are few smells I love more than this one (or, more specifically, this combination of smells).

The taste offers so many flavours that if I listed them all you'd think I was lying. So I'll limit it to just the most impressionable: bubblegum, canteloupe, biscuits, banana, vanilla, clove, oregano, pineapple, rose petal, hibiscus, wheat... each sip contains more delicious flavours than my brain can process!

But seriously, when it comes to Double IPAs, or Belgian Strong Goldens for that matter, there are few as approachable, delightful, and characterful as this. You couldn't ever guess the alcohol and bitterness (9% and 59 IBUs). Drinking this is like laying in a hammock on a warm day.

Houblon Chouffe truly is an oldie but a goodie. One of the original 'Belgian IPAs' it is still among - I'd argue the - best one out there. I don't remember ever having a single draft pour or bottle that left me smiling any less than ear to ear. If you don't care for this you don't care for the style.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this one well enough. Belgian yeast flavors with a nice subtle hop bitterness go along well with the classic tripel.

Photo of heygeebee
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very frothy, pale body. Great clingy lace.
Heaps of Belgian-ness on the nose.... Lots of Tripel, although not loads of hops, they are present... (and a fresh batch in store.) Lemons dominate.
Nicely carbonated, and goes down well, with no real hint of the big ABV, save a slight warming...
Worth it's reputation.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Huge 5FH that lasts, super lacing. Light, clear, foamy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, alcohol, floral.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, smooth, creamy, warming, frothy.

VALUE - $10 for 11-oz. bottle. Average for this type of glitzy bar.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Smooth and enjoyable Belgian. Less bite than expected.

Photo of dmgeng
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My buddy gave one of these to me and said it was the best Belgian IPA he had every gotten.

A - Golden orange color that is cloudy from the Belgian yeast. Big bubbly white head with moderate lacing.

S - Upfront is the typical Belgian triple character with the phenolic, grainy, and alcohol tinge but then is backed-up by an abrupt american citrus hoppiness.

T - Very much like the smell the Belgian triple character is strongest with a spicy, tart, fruity, and grain but then the citrus hops really comes through. The hops start to wash away the traditional triple flavors and replace them with some hop bitterness and more of the citrus fruit, floral, and resin more typical of an American IPA. I really like the mash-up of the triple with the IPA and it is something both flavorful and out of the ordinary to make it memorable.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with high carbonation. You can tell that there is some alcohol to it as a triple should have but the very high carbonation attempts to cut down the body and leaves a slight acidity on the palate.

Overall, this beer is the best representation of mixing two very different styles from the US and Belgium and making a winning combination. In general, I would prefer one or the other but if you can't decide which you want this is the best of both worlds.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of NateF90
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle with an enjoy by date of 09/2016 poured into a Teku. Dark hay color brew with a vigorous head. Nose is alcohol and isoamyl acetate. Taste profile is straightforward with familiar yet unique Belgian yeast, predominant cloves, and a nice splattering of hops. On the tongue, heavy carbonation keeps things light. Enjoyed drinking the whole bottle myself, and would again. It would be nice to see how more cellaring might mellow the booze and resin.

Photo of mugsup
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious, smooth, balanced, great feel, yum.

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a stylistic ménage a trois that blends together aspects of the English IPA tradition with the more aggressive American Imperial IPAs and Belgian brewing techniques. On the nose yeast driven esters and phenols wrestle with hop fruit and spice flavors over malt bread and sugar aromas. It pours a hazy straw gold with a pillowy 2” or more off-white foam cap that with proper care can perch above the lip of the glass like a fresh meringue. On the palate British IPA fruitiness and grain flavors wrestle with Belgian banana and bubble gum and both confront American DIPA levels of assertive hop bitterness. The beer has the Belgian body, coming across lighter and more digestible than a beer this big should be. The bottled versions are more highly carbonated and the carbonation comes across finer and softer than the tap versions. While the individual components stand out as you drink they come into focus and balance and in the end, by the finish they work surprisingly well. I prefer the 750 ml bottle to the tap version.

Photo of jonb5
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, slightly hazy, two finger head, pretty decent retention, left lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Phenols, earth and starch took on and beat the citrus hops in the battle for attention.

T: Followed the nose, strong hints of grapefruit, long hard lingering bitterness which was combined with the typical yeast profile of La Chouffe beers, also had a boozy kick.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body for the high strength, crisp texture.

O: Definitely a Belgian tripel, had more in commonwith Val Dieu or Straffe Hendrik tripel than any American IPA.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a fair $3.99 in Vintage Estate in Ohio.

A - Very nice no sediment and a 1/2 inch of rocking foam atop of a slightly hazy bright yellow.
S - Fruity Belgium yeasts blend well with the citrus hop zest and fruity bubble gum notes.
T - Love the smooth flavor hoppy but not bitter and dry but not super yeasty. Great fruity Belgium taste with a nice bready body.
M - One of the smoothest Belgium IPA's I have had to date. No noticeable ABV

Overall wow I can't believe I passed on this for so long! Pick it up even if it's 5-6 dollars!

Photo of KidDoc
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured 23.4 oz bottle into std pint glass. Nice big head with some retention. Fairly clear light straw color. Minor lacing. Sour bready aroma, nice Belgian taste. You can definitely pick up the Saaz in the aroma and taste. Hangs on the palate appropriately. Very nice choice.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Gnome Beer!!!

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge head that lasts forever. Almost clear gold.

S- Lots here. Hops, malt and yeast oh my!

T- Goodly amount of hops after sitting in the cellar for 4mths. Nice blend this IPA Tripel.

M- Dry as expected. Good aftertaste.

O- Nice to have tried. Would like to see thee beers as 12oz instead of 26oz. Too expensive

Food Pairing

This pretty good hybrid went well with... Chicken wings. LOL

Enjoy

Photo of SebD
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick bubbly white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus/lime, floral hops, green apples, Belgian yeast, some breadiness, cloves and faint pepper.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/lime, green apples, floral hops, some breadiness, Belgian yeast and faint cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Great Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +1%

A: hazy, straw, golden

S: lemon, a little dankness from the hops

T: strong, tart and hippy

M: bite upfront with a smooth finish

O: great beer. Refreshing but has some bite. I'm sentimental about anything chouffe since they made the first Belgian beer that I loved

Photo of JasW
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Giant sudsy head with a yellow gold body. Presents with a musky, piney nose. The taste is remarkable: everything you like about a Belgian ale combined with a hoppy IPA Lacing is incredible, from top to bottom. This is a unique beer that should be on everyone's bucket list.

Photo of iRikal
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

There is only one way to describe this IPS (have no doubt, it is an IPA).

It is THE best IPA i have tried in the last 5 years. Incredibly hoppy, some very strong flavours behind to back it up.. it is one beer that shouts to your palate. If you are tone deaf on the tongue like me, this beer will make a statement.

I absolutely enjoyed this beer... it was not like anything I expected. Better than an IPA, better than a Belgian Strong... it has everything. Bitterness, mouthfeel, carbonation (there is a lot..2.9 minimum IMO), suds, some funk, some grapefruit...

One hell of a beer...

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,409 ratings.