Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by Grundle20:
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Straw in color with a billowy white head, basically Belgian to the letter. The head is like glue leaving clumps of foam on the side of the glass. I think this can no longer be called lacing because it really isn't delicate, it's more like a wool sweater for the inside of the glass. The retention is completely amazing retention.
The scent is a little weaker than I would care for in a strong Belgian beer but it still presents notes of nutmeg, unripe bananas, and a touch of the definitive yeasty funk.
Taste and Mouthfeel:
The idea of a Belgian IPA is new to me and I think this is the first beer I have reviewed since being introduced to the concept and honestly I was skeptical until this beer hit my mouth. There is certainly a presence of hops that goes above and beyond that of traditional Belgian styles. It plays as much more of a counterpoint to the rich toffee like malts vs. American IPA where the hops are generally speaking the star of the show. There's just a touch of crisp hop bitterness throughout the beer which is nice and refreshing when coupled with the steady carbonation of the brew. There's bitter grapefruit notes about mid drink which lift and refresh the palate from the initial richness of the beer. There's simply incredible layers of flavor to this beer. Fruit notes are so many and fleeting that it's really hard to pin them down with a single glass of this beer. The finish is clean and leaves a touch of corn like sweetness in to the aftertaste.
This is an amazing beer, no question there, it's just a touch too strong for all out drinkability though.
WOWZERS! Get on this brew NOW!! An amazingly complex and refreshing beer both physically and stylistically.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2007 23:21:07 | More by Grundle20
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.
A: Bubbly and strong head that maintains creaminess. Tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and bouncing around in the head. Hazy orange color.
S: Lemon zest, apple cider, slight spice or tobacco, and grass on the nose.
T: Lemon and orange citrus upfront. Sweetness from malt follows. Some pepper, and a earth and grass finish.
M: Manages to finish dry and have a creamy feel at the same time. Great boozy warmth on the back of the throat. You can tell it is heavily hopped from the bitterness, but blends great with the malt sweetness.
O: This one has it all. Bitter and sweet. Creamy and dry. Crisp and yet boozy. Awesome example of a diverse Belgian beer that displays hoppy American IPA flavors and the spicy, carbonated, dry characteristics of saison / farmhouse ales.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 22:36:41 | More by blindtiger24
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/16/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, light clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 02:53:20 | More by superspak
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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