Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by granger10:
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep hazy golden color with a ridiculously cool and large foamy white head. Head maintains itself forver and forms crazy patterns and shapes while very slowly dwindling. It looked awesome but after a bit I really wanted the beer.
Smells floral to begin with. Lots of garden like herb qualities reside in here. A bit of honey along with tons of spices. Some seem natural, some seem added. A touch of pine.
The Belgian Tripel influence comes out initially on the palate. An effervescent highly carbonated Belgian Pale malt flavor begins it. Belgian yeast influences show themselves next and provide a rustic earthiness along with a strong dose of natural spicyness. Slightly sweeter, tropical fruit character comes out with pineapple and kiwi maybe. The drier earthiness still maintains itself. Resiny pine character from the hops combines with the spicy yeast to create another level of spice and bitterness and leads into a really dry earthy finish. I feel the booze in the aftermath.
I love the effervescent qualities along with the general dryness of the liquid with only sweet notes on top. However, the hops weren't quite as assertive as I thought they might be, came out more as it warmed. I still thought they showed themselves decently and everything worked well together.
The carbonation was a bit too cranked up leaving for sweet-ass looks but lessening the ease of drinkability. I ended up feeling full and a bit buzzed before finishing the bottle. This was my second beer of the night though.
In the end, I really enjoyed this beer and can't wait to try more of this style.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2006 15:06:46 | More by granger10
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4.51/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml (25oz) bottle (Best By Date: 04/2016...assumed to be bottled in 04/2014, so about 3 months old) into a 16oz 'Brasserie D'Achouffe' branded tulip glass.
A- Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a 1+ finger worth of a white, soapy head with amazing retention. Even after the first sip (and a non-nucleated glass), the head maintains at a healthy, 1+ finger with steady streams of carbonation eminiating from the sides of the glass...exquisite. (4.5)
S- Known for its spicy and fruity esters, I'm not sure how much of the Chouffe yeast strain is contributing to the aroma. However the nose is chock full of lemongrass, spice, grapefruit and passionfruit. A bit of a breadiness is detected once the head subsides a bit (quite a few minutes after pouring), yet dominates the aroma for the duration of the glass. (4.0)
T- This is where things get interesting...the palate is met with a huge slap of hops: tropical fruits (passionfruit, honeydew melon, pineapple), citrus (lemon/lime, grapefruit) and subtle coriander-like spice all contribute to a wonderful flavor profile. Despite the stated ABV at an elevated 9.0%, the alcohol is well hidden and goes undetected. (4.75)
M- Houblon Chouffe falls on the lighter side of medium. The significant carbonation helps to create a light and 'bouncy' mouthfeel while allowing the hop bitterness (of which is quite substantial) to dance on the palate. The finish is absolutely dry increasing its drinkability. (4.5)
O- The team at Brasserie D'Achouffe have themselves a winner in Houblon Choffe IPA Tripel. If assured of getting this as fresh as this bottle (purchased at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY), this would be a staple. As such, I will check for bottling dates (Best By of which I think is two years) and will be certain to purchase within (3) months of it being bottled. Another feather in the cap for the Belgians using Pacific Northwest hops to brew a lofty beer! (4.5)
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 21:32:33 | More by threeviews
4.9/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a perfect cloudy golden color that has a richness of whitening from within the golden color. The head is thick and white and settles slowly leaving great lacing down the glass.
The nose is Rich malt with spice, citrus, apples, camphor, pine, grass and bread all in the mix. The nose is exquisite.
The taste is sharp and crisp with a nice effervescent experience that coats the palate is bliss. There are notes of fruit and malt subdued by crisp spiced hops that have a pleasant bitter bite and a nice clean finish with hints of apples, citrus, lemon, pine, grass, earthy notes and bready undertones with a nice alcohol warmth to it.
The mouthful is elegant and just right.
Overall a fabulous beer and one to be savored and enjoined. Extremely drinkable and wonderfully complex. I highly recommend this as one you absolutely must try.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2014 17:57:28 | More by AtrumAnimus
4.74/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Excellent beer served draft in a tulip glass. Perfect lines after every sip. Nice frothy head on the beer. Appearance has golden wheat tint to it. Sweet floral hoppiness come at you. A little hint of honey in their as well. Smooth sweetness with a sight bitterness that is perfectly paired. Very smooth going down. Genuinely a delicious beer. Seasoned tripel and ipa drinkers will enjoy as well as a newbie.
Serving type: on-tap
07-19-2014 19:04:51 | More by Andyyyyyy
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
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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