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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,166 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,166
Hads: 2,565
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 197
Gots: 366 | FT: 2
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Brasserie d'Achouffe
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy yellow with very good lacing and retention.

Aroma is of citrusy american hops, pale malt, and some a bit of funk(?).

Flavor is malty and bitter but the hop flavor has mellowed a lot. I don't get it, I've had this from the bottle a number of times and its good every time. What happened here? Theres also a touch of what seems to be funk., odd

Body is medium/light, plenty of CO2 in solution, and drinkable.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love the little Chouffe.

A - Into a La Chouffe tulip, an aggressive pour yielded about 25cl of liquid and the rest of the glass head... apparently a perfect pour. It pours a clear golden/straw color with a huge, foamy head. Carbonation is plentiful and beautiful. Chunks of head all over the sides of the glass, and the lacing pattern is ridiculously cool.

S - Reminds me of a tripel, at least on the nose. Fruity, yeast esters, spicy hops on the nose. Definitely a good smelling brew. The more you drink, the more it smells of hops.

T - I went into this expecting tripel and was thrown for a loop. Definite hop profile proves interesting, as well as a major malt backbone not normally noted in most Belgian pales. Alcohol warms the tummy and is noted at times throughout the drink. It plays like... sweet, into fusel, into dry. This would be best on tap, I imagine. Almost soapy.

M - Good, well carbonated, perfect thickness.

D - Obvious fusel alcohol and soapy characteristics sorta blow it for me, yet I still enjoy it well enough to finish the 750ml.

Notes: I had high hopes for this and was slightly let down. I guess I was hoping for an Aldebaran, but got an overly sweet, as opposed to overly hoppy brew. I would love to try this fresh, on tap.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a light orange with a thick, foamy, creamy white head. Aroma of skunk, spices, and yeast. Flavor is light, lots of yeast and melon rind. Some skunk persists. A pretty mellow beer. Slight hoppy bitterness. A typical Belgian ale, nice and easy to drink.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20
3.7/5

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated best by 042016 at 45 degrees into snifter
Fruity aroma
Head large (5 cm), white, somewhat fizzy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with a single large island
Lacing poor with a few irregular small islands of large bubbles
Body golden, hazy
Flavor begins with a light sour fruitiness which quickly dies to leave bitterness followed by chalky aftertaste. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A pleasant IPA with a light fruity flavor.

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Photo of cbl2
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy pale yellow with hints of peach, almost resembles a Wit beer. Topped by 3 inches of foamy white head! Plenty of carbonation.

Aroma:

Dull bitter pine forest with a touch of wet earth. Not what I would call appealing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

After the head settles and I can get my lips on this one, the flavors that shine through are only mildly hoppy (a combo of Saaz, Amarillo and Tomahawk), with a pleasant fruity backbone. Alcohol is kept nicely in check, and just barely noticeable in the dry finish. A quality beer, though not truly an IPA or a Tripel

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, shining golden color beneath a massive head of bright-white foam.
Aroma of strong bready yeast notes on a bed of floral and perfumy notes greats the olfactory senses.
Flavor profile as a balanced light malty quality with a floral and fruity center and a dry spicy finish. Flavor is very unique and interesting but in the end doesn’t quite work for me. Mouthfeel is sort of smooth and creamy and first and then has a distinctive chalky bitter finish. Not unpleasant just very dry.
Overall drinkability is fine, this is a very unique, solidly constructed and quality beer, but just doesn’t have the right balance or transition for me.

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Photo of LazyL
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking gnome on the tall glass holds a hazy golden brew with a thick white foam that lasts until the last sip. Really good retention. I get a real candy sweetness on the nose and some soapyness. Very aromatic and unusual. The taste is sweet and mildly malty with a bit of grapefruit, honey and Saaz spice. This ale is very crisp and dry. The alcohal is there and quite pronounced.
Overall this is too dry for me and far to strong for more than a glass. Intersting though and a good beer to add to flavour experience journey.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- tart, bitter, sweet, little finish

color- straw, gold

clarity- cloudy, lots of sediment

smell- estery, apples, citrus

body- medium-light, front palate weight

appearance- golden, lots of sediment, carbonation, sugary white foamy head

overall impression- good, smooth, sweet

notes- huge carbonation upon opening, a lot of sediment, ice cream like head, thought it would be hoppier, nice balance, disappointed with the presentation in the glass. alcohol creeps in late in the game. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: tulip

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium orange/amber with flakes of heart suspended within. Lacing looks good though the head dropped fast.
Smell is malt, a sour citrus note, caramel and maple. There is more there but I can't descern what it is. Nice complexity and very well balanced.
Taste is malt with a nice little sour note, some sugar, apple, wood and alcohol as well. Balance is weaker here as is the complexity.
Mostly full body with a drying aspect, medium effervescence and a slight warming after the swallow. Worth trying but not buying a sixer of it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HCDIT pours light, like a Belgian tripel would. Its hazy, yellowish gold with a big fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin lacy film at the top of the glass.

It smells grassy and slightly hay-like. It also has a spicy, sweet hop smell mixed with some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste is at first yeasty. It also has a sweetness mixed with hay and hops. Its definitely an odd combo, part tripel and part IPA. Its a good way to really describe this unique combo as you get a little something from both styles with every sip and smell.

I've never really had anything like this before. Its a strong Belgian with lots of hops. You can't go wrong with this one or any others by the same brewers.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong hop nose - citrusy and spicy. Sweet malt in the background also quite prominent. Milder banana and fruity ester profile. Alcohol noticed as it warms.

Pale golden, slightly hazy. Generously-sized white head, retains well. Lacing when swirled.

Curious mix of bitterness, citrus/spice hop flavor, and sweet malt character. Medium-sweet in the finish. Expecting bitterness to linger longer for an "IPA". Alcohol flavor appeared later. Would like this to finish drier and expect to have a little more hop flavor.

Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Body resembles a tripel more than an IPA.

Interesting combination of styles. Hoppiness not quite what I'd expect for an IPA. Finish out a little drier to improve drinkability.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with an uncontrollable white head. Big, white, and rocky, it always exploded out of the glass with the slightest pour. The hop aroma is nearly identical to any English IPA. The yeast and spice are there, but drowned out. The same goes for the flavor. Bitter, soapy, and waxy, with more wood, pepper, and pine than sweet citrus. Some esters and tripel-like spice in the end, but unremarkable. Its a good beer, with a big identity crisis.

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Photo of cdrummer
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA.

A: Golden and light apricot colored beer sit beneath a fluffy head of perky foam. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass too.

S: Apple, melon, pear, and some serious yeasty breadiness are all up in my face. To be frank, it smells as bit musty.

T & M: This beer is pleasantly bitter and highly carbonated, making waves of yeast and spicy hops dance across my palette. It's tart and refreshing, while also being a bit sticky and bitter, especially in the finish. I honestly did not even notice the alcohol until the very end on the finish, when it warmed me ever-so-slightly. It's pretty well disguised, I think.

D: Due to its tartness, crisp carbonation and upfront bitterness, I thought this beer was quite drinkable. I mean, it's not as easily quaffed as a session IPA, but with 9% abv, that's to be expected.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, shiny golden colour, very translucent with a few floaties. Head is hugely generous, white and webbed out quite a bit. It sinks slowly and leaves nice trails of lacing around the glass. Interesting, looks like an innoculated brew perhaps?

Smells a bit bland. Sour wheaty notes with some peach and other stone fruit characters coming through, as well as an odd meaty note, kind of mildly spicy with a slight saltiness as well. Intriguing. Am I a fan? Let's say I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish this beer any specific harm.

Tastes more curious. Quite strong, with a good belt of funk. Quite sour on the front with wheat malt and a touch of crisp apple that gets a strong barnyard flavour with much leathery flavour and a noticeable booziness that borders on phenolic. An odd stickiness that doesn't quite reach sweetness but has that dessert wine texture, and a touch of bitter peppery spice at the back. Fairly clean, not entirely but enough to be refreshing. Decent.

An odd mix of styles, at times I feel polarised within myself. But it's at least very interesting.

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Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful foam hat, white, with beautiful laces. A good deep orange color, orange on the edges. Slightly hazy.
At the smell, after a malty base, a strong but not too much american hop aroma. Quite well balanced.
In the taste the alcohol is well hidden, the taste is not too strong. Dangerously drinkable.
Pleasant american hop, not overwhelming.
A resolute and long bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean. Light notes of camomile.
When it warms, you can feel a bit the alcohol.
Good beer, for sure.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: golden, slightly orange, clear. The head of a white, medium bubble.
Aroma: intense resin is a sweet and caramel, citrus fruits appear, the tropics and the resin again, this time not intrusive and so nice.
Taste: crisp, but like aroma is not aggressive. Tasting is very pleasant, sip by sip of citrus and resin complement each other, nothing is too much or too little, very good arranged.
Bitterness: 59 IBU uh, pleasant, gradually increasing. At the beginning of delicate, low to for a while, more powerful, dry, grapefruit, is not in arrears. Saturation high. Alcohol tucked perfectly, 9%, and feel only in my head.

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Photo of merlin48
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently into a large goblet, the body is hazed apricot in color, topped by a lavish and frothy vanilla hued head. Retention is excellent and there are massive sheets of lace that drape the goblet. A good looker here!

Aroma opens with tropical fruit esters, coriander, and some floral hops. Solvent alcohol and a distinct whiff of Pinesol ruin what was a very promising bouquet.

Mouthfeel has zesty carbonation and a pleasantly creamy, light medium body.

Taste is dry, spicy hot with pepper, coriander, and alcohol. Some grapefruit and lemonrind are noticed, but on the abrasive side. Belgian yeast makes its presence known and is spicy and earthy. Huge hops bitterness is much too abrasive and overly bitter. The fruitiness suggested by the aroma just doesn't emerge in the taste.

Drinkability is decent, but for the price I will pass on this one next time. There are better, hoppy Belgian ales out there. This one is an interesting effort, but just doesn't work for me. Malt balance is lacking. Doesn't succeed as a morphed Tripel or IPA.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Walked into my old fraternity house the other day. Turns out the pledges bought me a bottle of this. That's love for ya.

I'm always a bit hesitant to review Belgians. There's always something unexpected that I won't know if it's good or bad so I just have to be purely subjective about it.

Pours very pale, slightly hazy yellow with the most unholy head I've ever seen in my life. Huge, foamy, billowy, ridiculous. Consistency of egg whites that have been whipped like Jesus Christ before he went up on that cross (too soon?). I poured it slowly, which turned out to be too fast and had to quickly suck alcoholic hop foam into my mouth. Sounds like heaven to me.

Not a lot going on in the aroma. Very clean pilsner aroma effect.. some slight white sugar, along with a whispy acidic hop aroma with just a hint of belgian yeast aromas.

I still feel like this head is going to blow up and attack me at any minute.

Taste is noticeably alcoholic. In fact, the alcohol sort of dominates a lot of the flavor. This could almost be construed as some weird imperial German pilsner creation with some Belgian yeast sprinkled on top. Pilsner malt dominates the malt side of the taste, but it's very well done. Compared to American IPAs, the hop character in this is nothing. It's less bitter than Prima Pils (yes, not an IPA) or SNPA (well.. also not an IPA). But to call this an IPA is sort of a long stretch for anyone who's had Hop Devil or Racer X. The hops are also mostly lost inside the flavor of alcohol, which I'm not a fan of.

Mouthfeel is just dextrinous enough to get around all that pilsner malt. I'm drinking a 750 of this and am already sort of tired of it but the room will probably be spinning in a bit.. I guess that's a plus.

In short, Belgium is weird. There's a gnome on this bottle and I'm not sure I understand what they're going for with the beer. Also, I hate gnomes.

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- huge, fluffy head that stays around forever and is almost meringue-like...hazy golden color...tons of lace

S- nice, hoppy aroma...banannas and spices dominate as the beer warms...a bit of yeastiness as well

T- peppery hop presence...yeasty flavor comes through as it warms...sweet bananna as well

M- smooth carbonation...nice mix between sweet and bitter...a little bit of alcohol warming

D- nice, but not great...definitely would not turn one down

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Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

From start to finish this beer reminds of duvel. It looks, smells and even taste the same, but a small level below a duvel.

The color is light cloudy gold with a HUGE white chunky head that lasts several minutes.

The aroma is light flowers and hops.

The taste is a light start with a strong finish. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost completely clear blond beer with a beautiful head.

S: This beer has the smell of lime.

T: Nice bitter and fresh taste of this beer.

M: This beer has a light foam and a wonderful carbonation feeling.

O: Good drinkable and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of tjd112
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into my Chimay goblet

Appearance - A golden body with a very thick white head reminiscent of snow covered mountains

Smell - Very hoppy, but a little bit of skunk, due to the (green bottle) being exposed to light.

Taste - Very malty and biscuit-y, grassy hops with some apple cider peeking in

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but very dry finish

Drinkability - Surprisingly masks the alcohol well

Overall - Not a bad introduction to the style, but it gets points off for being in a green bottle

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle decanted into my Duvel tulip. Bottle says batch #4, best before end of 2009, I hope this is fresh!

A: Yowza! We have a gusher! Lost about half an oz, which doesn't bother me as much as the fact that the sediment is all churned up. Oh well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange with a lot of floaties. Massive white head, made of pretty big bubbles. Plenty of visible carbonation. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a ton of gorgeous lacework.

S: Light citrus hops with lemon and orange with a sweet malt presence, candy-like. The entire bouquet is rather complex, with some spice as well with hints of clove and pepper. Very appealing.

T: Opens up with plenty of hops, with citrus characteristics as well as the earthy, spicy Saaz character. Hop bitterness isn't extreme but present and is in contrast with the floral, honey-like malt sweetness that's light in body. The finish is dry and spicy with a mace-like bitterness (minus the aroma). While that description makes it sound like a winner, it unfortunately isn't the case. The combination of spicy hops, spicy yeast , citrus hops and floral and delicate malts isn't working the wonders on my palate I thought it would.

M: Light and dry, this beer is awesome on the palate with great carbonation. The spices on the finish don't quite work though

D: While I'm failing to notice the 9% ABV, it's not my sobriety that will keep me from reaching for another but my tastebuds themselves. All said and done, a pretty unique beer, one that I probably will revisit a few times a year when i see it on tap. I guess Belgian IPAs aren't quite my thing :-(

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Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 7/17/13

A: orange grain ale with 3-4 fingers white head that falls to a single finger of meringue head. Cobweb lace.

S: triple is really nice and yeasty. Plenty of coriander and grain. Really nice. Noble. Earthy hops.

T: bitter and sweet. Nice herbal hops with hay, grass, tea. Hint of plastic.

M: thick and hi carb. Slick finish.

O: good beer. Last time for me though.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy golden color with a very tall head that sticks around a while and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very floral and slightly spicy from the hops. Interesting. The flavor is full of hops that taste like noble hops. I really don't care for this type of hop flavoring, but the malt character is strong in the back and it lends a little caramel flavoring. The body is on the thick end of moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.