Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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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
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