Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Last summer, for my birthday, Sheryl surprised me with a beer making class. It was awesome! We went to Great Fermentations and took a class on making beer. It was awesome! We even got a kit for our first batch. We picked an IPA for our first round. We still have a few bottles left, and hope to make more this summer.
I got excited when a Dobbelen IPA Tripel came up. But it has a much smaller IBU than most American IPAs. However, a MUCH higher ABV. So it can’t be so bad. Plus, it smells like a wet, European IPA. Imagine a wet dog… but only in your glass. (Trust me, it’s a good smell… it just smells wet. Trust me, smell it and you will see .)
It doesn’t look like an IPA in the glass. It almost looks like a wheat beer. I expect dark, deep rust colors from a good IPA. Or maybe I have never had a good IPA. Let’s drink.
A first there is a touch of carbonation, then you are smacked in the face with the bitterness. It might only be 90 IBUs, but man… the mouthfeel and the aftertaste are incredible. THAT is what I expect from an IPA. Whoa, that aftertaste is still there… some thirty seconds later. The head gets in the way at first; it’s thick and foamy. But once you see past that this beer is delicious. I really dig this brew.
There is a certain smoothness at first too. It’s almost like you are drinking a fruit juice or something. I wouldn’t say thick… but close. Regardless, this is a great beer, a wonderful addition to the 1001 Bottles list, and one that I will totally buy again. I wonder if they make this on draft? Bottoms up everyone!
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2011 04:08:03 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Color is mainly yellow/orange, forms a large white head that seems in no hurry to go anywhere.
Smell is of malt, yeast, floral notes, and a bit of pine from the hops.
Starts out a lot like a triple, with fruit and pepper notes. It's in the back of the beer that the hops shop up, and add floral and pine flavors, leaving a bitterness in the finish.
Smooth and solid feel to this one.
I knew this would be an interesting beer, as it combines my favorite style of beer with one of my least favorite styles. The combination actually works, although it is a bit more hopped up than I prefer. The triple part of adds complexity and flavors I like, although this is probably one of the most hopped up Belgian beers I have ever tried. Definitely worth trying out, glad I tried something a little different.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 03:21:13 | More by Vixie
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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