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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,387
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 172
Gots: 255 | FT: 0
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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: 2,387 | Reviews: 1,127
Reviews by Brewfan:
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Brisson's Tap Room. I think this was one of the first logs tapped there.

Full Duvel tulip. Biggest head on a beer I've ever seen. Bigger than Duvel. 4+ fingers of head. Looks like the head on a rootbeer float. Lace like the foam on the beach after a storm. Rocky and billowy. Lace looks crystalized on the entire inside of the glass. Huge muted white head. Shards of head hang precariously from the upper reaches of the glass. This is visually the single most interesting beer I've ever seen.
Golden orange hue with a cloudy muted haze.

HUGE hoppy nose, alcoholic and citrusy grapefruit pith with licorice and clove. Just a quick note. Do NOT eat a finger full or two of the head. It is downright nasty by itself. Bitter and astringent. Goes great with the beer, but as a main course, not a good idea.

Dry, underlying sweetness to the beer with a spicy hoppy bite. Grainy with a slight malty background. Citrus zestiness comes across from the beginning. Medium mouthfeel finishes very smooth and more drinkable than it began.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well there is alot of hype that comes with this beer but it was what I expected really.Poured a hazy light golden with a big blooming white fluffy head,aromas are yeasty somewhat pneolic with herbal notes.Yeah this beer is pretty hoppy the saaz really show thru quite spicey and zippy with "green" herbal notes and somewhat medicinal.The Belgian yeast is very prevelant along with a mineral-like quality,eh its ok but to me along the same lines of Urthel Hop It in its hop character just not my thing I guess but a solid beer none the less.

Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This gave off the most beautiful Appearance that I’ve ever seen in a Belgian ale. The body is a gorgeous cloudy orange and the head is pure white and as bountiful as they come. It slowly dissipated into clumps of lumpy foam.

The lacing was unbelievable. I took notes on my first bottle but had to buy a second one to review “live” just to see if it left the same lacing, and sure as shit it did.

Smell – This is the strongest Tomahawk smell I’ve ever gotten from a Belgian Ale, that’s for damn sure. The other European hops are milder, but the spicing is huge. This is also probably the biggest whiff of coriander that I’ve ever gotten short of cooking with it.

I don’t mean to ignore the malt structure, Belgian yeast, or lemony fruit, it’s just that the hops and especially the spices are so big. This is an awesome bouquet worthy to be smelled many times over.

Taste – The big, giant hops come over at the taste, and the fruit flavors are a bit bigger here as well. There is so much complexity in the hop and fruit flavors that I just can’t imagine what went into making this ale. It is super sweet, ultra hoppy, and bitingly spicy.

Mouthfeel – This Belgian Ale has a nice, fluffy, carbonated mouthfeel that is both live and smooth at the same time.

Drinkability – This really is in a class all by itself. It’s a big beer no doubt, but you just want to session it all night long.

Notes – This is classified as a Tripel but really is a Double IPA-type of Tripel as it states on the label. I think if I were to rate this IAW strict Belgian Tripel guidelines it would have went down a notch or two, but as long as they are proclaiming their intentions right on the bottle I threw caution to the wind and just went for a more open-mined approach.

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Many thanks to FirkinDave for getting this beer on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL and for his generous pours.

Pours a hazed honey gold into a Houblon Chouffe glass (just about the cutest beer glass I’ve ever seen). Carbonation streams are out of hand. Foam is thick and frothy. Outstanding looks.

Aroma is more mellow than expected. Sure there are large amounts of grapefruit and lemon pepper but from a brew that bills itself as a hopped up double triple I expected something a little more in your face.

Hop flavors are smaller than expected in the taste as well and they tend to lend themselves toward the citrus end of the spectrum there too. Interesting saisonlike yeast flavors make this one a real drinker for me. Beyond that I enjoy the intense citric flavors. This is a great summertime brew and very refreshing. There’s plenty of lemon, lime, unripe orange peals, and grapefruit to go around.

Body is a touch thin but mouthfeel is quite good overall. There is a moderate bitterness to be sure, but I personally find the subtle sourness and tartness on and around my tongue to be the real pleasurable core of this brew. The spicy, peppered finish dries well and leaves the palate thirsty for more. The strong yeasts offer a creamy sensation for part of the brew as well. As far as feel goes, this beer has it almost right on.

Drinkability was good enough for me to drink four in a row and I very rarely drink the same beer twice in one sitting, especially when I’m at a place with a great selection like the Firkin.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ricke
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass.

A: Pale yellow color, somewhat straw colored. Slightly hazy. Big white and thick head. Good head retention. Some lacings.

S: Plenty of floral hop aromas. Decent amount of sweet fruity aromas as well (banana, lemon peel, grapefruit). Yeast. A slightly sharp smell, but very pleasant.

T: White bread, biscuity malts. Yeast. Some spices and herbs. Plenty of grass and earthy notes. Very big and quite bold hop flavors that blend beautifully with the malts and "Belgian" yeast character. Pleasant bitterness in the finish and faint spicy alcohol. Some flavors are a bit sharp, but all in all a very nice taste.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Slides very easily over the tongue.

D: I really liked this one. It manages to blend a rather aggressive and bold hop character with the sweet, fruity and yeasty character of the Belgian pale ale style in a great way. Highly recommended.

Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden beer with excellent clarity. The persistent head pours with two fingers of creamy foam that slowly settle into a cap of big sticky bubbles that leave glass coating Belgian glass.

S: A moderate citrus hops aroma that has some pineapple character along with some spicy hops aroma. There is a light malt sweetness and some floral alcohol notes. There isn't much in the Belgian yeast aromas of fruit and spice but you wouldn't mistake it for having American ale yeast either.

T: A strong hops bitterness with moderate citrus hops flavor that tastes muted from age. There is a moderate orange flavor that seems yeast derived. An orange peel flavor towards the end with a bitter aftertaste. The balance is fairl bitter but the malt does bring a light clean sweetness mid and late palate.

M: a medium-light bodied beer with moderately strong carbonation.

O: I'll definitely need to find a fresh bottle because I know that Chouffe is way better than the score I've got for this old bottle. Tripels can have this amazing ability to hold onto the hops flavor and aroma for a couple years and aroma but this bottle tastes like it's a an old American Double IPA. Unfortunately there was no date on the label to assist me when I bought it.

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75cl bottle poured into a Delirium tulip

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a pillowy white head. Head recedes to a small layer after a minute. I'm a sucker for good lacing and this beer has it.

Smells hoppy like an IPA but much more of a floral/grassy hop vs. many of the common citrusy 'C' hops in American IPA's with a similar intensity nose. Behind the hops you can smell the Belgian yeast that makes this beer distinct.

The taste isn't as hoppy as it smells and has a very smooth bitterness and not harsh as many IPA's I've drank. The back end is all those fruity Belgian tripel tastes. Truly a melding of two distinct strong flavor profiles and I'm surprised they do not clash as much as I would expect.

The beer starts sharp from the firm bitterness and ends sharply as well because of the dryness. The middle is very soft like many Belgians start off.

This is my first (I think) taste of the Belgian IPA style and I am enjoying it. It is very drinkable despite its high gravity and I'm really digging the dichotomy of hoppy/fruity tastes and they both are distinct and do not step on to each others toes. A solid beer and a style in which I will search out more examples.

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of newk340
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split in Duvel tulips w/ hu5om

A: a light golden wheat color, a little hazy with a cloudy foam head and light lacing.

S: hops (light) hit the nostrils, hints of wheat.

T: a blast of cool hops w/ a slight wheat/hefe aftertaste, hints of banana and white grapes.

MF/D: a smooth start that gives way to a refreshing sizzle of carbonation, certainly doesn't taste like the proclaimed abv...

Photo of SanDNigel
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly opaque 24-carat gold with a rich creamy pure white head
S- Classic Belgian Tripel clovi-ness shines through much brighter than the hops, but definitely not in a bad way
T- Very interesting. Reminds me of the bitter cousin of a Japanese Lager. Hops are much more a bittering aspect than anything else.
M- Intensely carbonated yet silky when it first hits the tongue.
Its a good beer. It doesn't strike me as amazing though. It is easy to enjoy. My palate keeps taking me back to a sushi restaurant (on that note, it would probably pair great with most seafood)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 'ol silkscreened 750ml bottle with the Chouffe gnome busy picking hops on the front. Pours from the bottle into my tulip glass a beautiful clody goldenrod hue with an erupting, billowing head of bubbly white foam. As the foam falls aromas of lemon zest, cracked pepper, pine needles, fresh cut grass and tropical, citric undertones emerge. A nice vibrant, fresh smell with a touch of yeast.

First sip brings a light fruity maltiness upfront with a nice mix of lemon peel, peppery spiciness and tropical fruits. Hops roll in midway through with a mix of herbal, citrusy, spicy notes. The resinous hops get a little brash on the finish with a nice dose of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of yeast and nice hoppy spiciness on the way down. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is nice and easy going. Good carbonation and a nice creamy sensation as it goes down. Pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is not at all apparent in the brew. Overall this is a tasty, unique, special brew from Achouffe. Not something I see myself drinking all the time, but a nice change of pace. It's fun to see more Belgian brewers embracing the hops. Check this one out if you run across it for sure.

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brickstore Pub just outside Atlanta tonight...

Hazy bright yellow color. A solid white head on top formed and left beautiful lacing down my glass and even felt the need to hang around on top until the bottom of the glass.

Aroma contained a bit of mustyness. Some pear and clean hoppiness comes through. Flavor was fully of spiciness, some pepper mainly and some other light fruits, pear again and white grapes. Finished with a bit of bitterness and some citrusy hops. I really like this. It really is a blend between an American IPA and a Belgium Triple. Edit: I tasted this a second time the other night and it lacked the impact I tasted initially, still a good brew though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinish. Finishes dry. Very refreshing though with its spiciness and crispness from the carbonation. Drinkability is superb. I'll really struggled not getting another glass of this tonight. Hopefully I can get a couple bottles to enjoy this at home. Good stuff, definately worth seeking out or making a special trip.

Photo of Satyr179
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this beer, and finally got a chance to sample it. It was a cloudy yellow with a thick Belgian head. Some nice lacing. Fragrance was all floral, very pleasant. It had an interesting taste. There was a sweet, citrus taste; a hoppy taste; and a spicy taste. I thought it a little discordant, and am not sure the IPA/Belgian angle works that well. Will have to try it again.

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of pillowy white head. Some yeast is suspended. Head leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is awesome,, combining the best elements of a Belgian yeast and IPA hoppiness. Some sweet malts come through the smell as well.

Taste is crisp and clean, with a great hop presence balanced nicely by sweet malt. Hops dominate however, leaving some nice lingering bitterness.

Great mouthfeel, Realtively light and crisp.

Excellent overall. Clearly the best Belgian IPA I've had.

Photo of dill
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while, and I had really no idea what to expect as it was the first beer for me to try in the style. I was surprised by a lot about it. It poured a nice golden color with a thick foamy head. The balance in this beer was tremendous with a nice amount of bitterness and alcohol that was very well-hidden. I shared a bottle with a friend and we both found it highly drinkable.

Photo of jotifman92
4.04/5  rDev -4%

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev -5%

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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