Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
All right....Houblon Chouffe, I'm excited about this one. I just know that the gnomes will not disappoint.
A - Poured into the Duvel tulip. Golden body with ice-cream-cone like head that is sticking around forever; gobs of very fine lacing. I'm glad the Duvel tulip allows for easy drinking under a huge head, or else I'd never get to take a sip. Can't get much better than that. The ice-cream-cone top stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Really, this lacing and overall aesthetic appearance is f'ing amazing, and it just gets better with the second pour. If you have a Duvel tulip, use it here....trust me on this one.
S - It's pretty cool to smell American hops in a Belgian beer - there they are. I also smell the typical spicy Chouffe yeast over a slight sweetness.
T - Whoa, the hops have been unleashed here; this is opening up a can of hoppy whup-ass. I'll be damned, it really is like a DIPA crossed with a Tripel/BSPA. It's hoppy, it's spicy, it's sweet...there's a lot going on. There's a fresh grassy flavor that dries it out, leaving you ready to take another swig. Alcohol doesn't much manifest itself in the taste; there's really no room for it anyway. I've not had many of these Belgian IPA/Tripels, but this strikes me as a masterwork of the style, so I will rate it as such.
F - Has some of that resinous hop-oil feel we Americans love so much in our DIPAs, with the airy Belgian feel. Carbonation seems a bit intense, lots of small, burpy bubbles. Still, overall good feel.
D - The gnomes always seem to make beers that require you to take your time, and this is no exception. You can't swig it as easily as most American DIPAs...but nearly all serious beer lovers are gonna be happy with this beer. Hopheads will love it, aficionados of Belgian beers will love it, and there's enough malt and interesting spicy yeast stuff going on to satiate those who like their beer rich and malty. It will also satisfy those who love a good hoppy farmhouse ale (like me!) Not for the neophyte, though. Cut your teeth on American DIPAs and BSPAs, and then get back to this. This Belgian IPA thing is a great idea, and the Brasserie d'AChouffe is just the brewery to execute it to near-perfection. The level of craft here is very evident...if I ever make it to Belgium, these guys are tops on my list of places to visit. This might even be their best beer, and that's saying a lot. All hail the gnomes!
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2008 21:11:10 | More by Patrick999
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