Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by OttoBomb:
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
75 CL bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (March 4, 2011). Best before date stamped on the bottles neck is "20/04/13", which I assume means this is fresh. The label describes this beer as a "Dobbelen IPA Tripel" and that's two divergent styles, interesting...
Eyes: Pours an unexpectedly clean golden color with a misty yeast particulate. A stream of minute champagne-like bubbles stream from the glass etching in the glass. The head is ridiculous: thick, off-white and massive. Lacing is equally potent. This doesn't quite look like a typical IPA, but it does look truly impressive.
Nose: Saaz hops abound, which is a surprising choice for an IPA, but this doesn't quite have the profile of a noble pilsner. The bottle advertises Amarillo, and Tomahawk hop in addition to the Saaz, and they all combine to create a balanced, intriguing nose. The mild funk of the Belgian yeast is also evident, but is expressed in a blended citrus and floral character.
Tongue: A flavorful blend follows the initial Saaz character. The potent Saaz is perfectly balanced with the malty, fruity funk. This beer continues to deliver.
Mouth: Well balanced, lively and not boozy in the least, even with a 9% ABV.
Libation: A fantastic and might I say unique brew experience. I've never had a beer of this concoction that delivers so completely. Very drinkable, even at 9% ABV and most certainly a beer I'll return to with some regularity.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2011 05:03:25 | More by OttoBomb
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
94 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.