Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 ML bottle into a tulip/ no freshness date
P: Cloudy honey gold with a magnificent crown perched atop the head of this beauty! The ivory white foam is thick, dense as a dollop of whipped cream, and displays some tremendous muffin tunnels as it sinks in the rockiest of fashions. What's more, it shows unbelievable retention as it hung around in excess of 10 minutes! It also left some of the thickest, most impressive sheets of lace that I've seen in a long time. This achieves true greatness in its appearance!
A: Big, juicy, spicy hops that smell predominantly of lemon peels and other citrus fruits, along with some grassy notes and a spicy, floral kind of smell to them as well. There's also some toasted grain, orchard fruits, and a hearty helping of spices that include white pepper and the unmistakable presence of clove above all else. Damn, the aroma almost approaches the level of greatness that the appearance reaches, but not quite. It's still really freaking good, though!
T: Wow! Sometimes, I find the Belgian IPA to be a weird mixture of styles that features a bunch of flavors that don't always meld together real well. Not this one! The hops just compliment the already-delicious tripel underneath to make this one superb beer!
Fresh, juicy, citric hop goodness brings an initial tropical vibe to the party, while the perfectly-toasted malts reinforce them by playing a strong supporting role. Shortly after the initial blast of hops, the bubblegum-like tripel flavors of fruits just explode onto the scene with big notes of sweet apples, melons, peaches, and passion fruit being accented by the potpourri of spices that consist mainly of white pepper and clove that jazz things up considerably. The finish is pretty dry with a lot more resinous pine from the hops leaving a bit of hop oil saturating the tongue for a long aftertaste. Really, really impressive!
M: The Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a medium-bodied beer with a smooth, expansive, rich and clean feel that stays sharp and crisp enough to work perfectly with the flavor profile. It is a little more prickly on the tongue than I would like at first, but it smooths out considerably as it warms up.
Notes: I know that my profile lists the IRS as my favorite style, but seeing as how deciding between that, the DIPA, and the Belgian Tripel was like splitting hairs, it really means nothing. Having said that, I knew I was going to like this beer because it combines two of my favorite styles, but damn! This is a grand-slam of a beer as far as I'm concerned! It's as impressively hoppy, fruity, spicy, alcoholic, dry, and scrumptious as I was hoping for, and then some! I'm not exactly well-versed in Belgian IPA's, but one thing is for sure. This one is my favorite of all the ones I've tried so far. Highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2009 10:36:35 | More by sweetbrew82
More User Reviews:
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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