Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by midnite2sixman:
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured this one into my d'Achouffe tulip glass and let me tell you, there IS a reason you pour beer into the proper glassware. Part of it is psychological, yes, you like having a beer in a glass made for it, but let me tell youl: If you could only see this beer and how it poured so perfectly you would agree 100%!
Pours a deep and rich pumpkin pie color with an incredible head that leaves cotton candy like lacing all over the glass. This stuff is just clinging to the sides of the glass. The slowly subsiding foam looks like a marshmallow slowly melting in a glass of hot chocolate. The core is still intact but its as if it is melting around itself. What a beauty.
Sweet clementine notes on the nose mingle with a sharp wheat aroma. Pine tree notes are evident, but quite deep within the smell, the rest is belgian yeast, sourdough bread, and orange peel.
This beer tastes excellent. Starts out sweet and fruity, almost flowery, but when it washes over your tongue that fades into a excellent hop bitterness, not overly bitter, but it dries out on the tongue. Crackers, sour wheat, and pine elements all over the place. Still sufficiently fruity.
Mouthfeel is intense, you will experience all sorts of flavors. From sweet to sour to bitter to someplace you didn't even know existed this truly is a wonderful beer.
Overwhelmingly one of my favorite belgian beers even though it is really a Belgian influenced by American style hop profiles. What a keeper! I wish I had bought more than one.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2009 05:50:37 | More by midnite2sixman
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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
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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