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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,089
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 143
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The Houblon poured a slightly cloudy pale gold into a tulip. A huge fluffy white head established itself on top, while yeast sediment (as a result of the car ride home and perhaps an unreasonably rough pour) remained perfectly suspended underneath, like Han Solo in carbonite.

Smell: Citrus hops pop through at first, followed by some Belgian yeast pepperiness and a hint of barnyard funk. Very interesting.

Taste: Not entirely what I expected, but entirely excellent. The hop bitterness hits first and hard, and it’s more prominent here than in the nose. The citrus from the Amarillo pairs wonderfully with the herbal flavors of the Saaz (which for some reason always reminds me of the beers my dad drank when I was growing up, although I suspect the stuff he was drinking in the 1970s United States wasn’t heavy on the Saaz). The yeast adds the expected pepper flavors, as well as just a hint of funk – think early James Brown with the Famous Flames. The malt flavors, which are mostly bready and a little grainy, mostly stand around the side of the room while the hops and yeast fill up the dance floor.

Mouthfeel: The Houblon comes across as relatively light and airy in the mouth despite the high ABV and the big flavors; medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: Quite high. I’ve had this before from time to time and enjoyed it, but in focusing on it for purposes of this tasting I’m incredibly impressed; this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 21:29:33 | More by rdickey
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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)

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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.

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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.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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