Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,142
Hads: 2,475
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 182
Gots: 317 | FT: 1
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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 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. (463 characters)

Photo of SanDNigel
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly opaque 24-carat gold with a rich creamy pure white head
S- Classic Belgian Tripel clovi-ness shines through much brighter than the hops, but definitely not in a bad way
T- Very interesting. Reminds me of the bitter cousin of a Japanese Lager. Hops are much more a bittering aspect than anything else.
M- Intensely carbonated yet silky when it first hits the tongue.
Its a good beer. It doesn't strike me as amazing though. It is easy to enjoy. My palate keeps taking me back to a sushi restaurant (on that note, it would probably pair great with most seafood) (575 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark hazy golden, a high white head that is leaving good lacing.

The smell is sweet, floral, somewhat dusty hay, and a tuna can association.

The taste is sweet, sugar, lemon and lime, but also som tuna, finishing with grass and hay.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and slightly oily, a big body and dry finish.

A solid triple with extra hops, was tested with the bottled version. Were actually quite different in taste. The on-tap was better. (477 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another historic review from paper notes found dated Feb 2010. Bottle consumed at the Abby bar.

Pours a clouded orange with 2 fingers of white head. Lacing everywhere with aroma of straight spicy herbal hops. Bitter sweet taste with malt character upfront but bitter aftertaste. Lingering taste of malt sweetbesss makes you want to take another sip. No discernible yeast character. (382 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a crazy three-plus finger head with excellent retention and crazy lacing, like Duvel, except even more so in all of these things. Body was yellow gold and unlike Duvel, it was very cloudy.

Smell - Spicy Saaz hops and estery, spicy yeast.

Taste - same as the smell, with added dimension of alcohol warmth. Grassy, herbal, spicy Saaz hops, and esters, bananas, spicy yeast. To me, this comes across as a combination of a tripel (or something Belgian style) and a Pilsner, rather than a tripel and a DIPA (or even an IPA) .

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carboantion. Some hop oil slickness, but nearly as much as a beer claiming emphasis on hops would seem to have.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, but high abv limits to one in a session. (795 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well there is alot of hype that comes with this beer but it was what I expected really.Poured a hazy light golden with a big blooming white fluffy head,aromas are yeasty somewhat pneolic with herbal notes.Yeah this beer is pretty hoppy the saaz really show thru quite spicey and zippy with "green" herbal notes and somewhat medicinal.The Belgian yeast is very prevelant along with a mineral-like quality,eh its ok but to me along the same lines of Urthel Hop It in its hop character just not my thing I guess but a solid beer none the less. (540 characters)

Photo of sloejams
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The title suggests there's a lot going on in this beer. Is it a Belgian Tripel? Is it a triple IPA? Is it both? Is it neither? What the fuck are you doing to me La Chouffe?

Anyhow this is an IPA, brewed with 3 different hops. This is definitely a Belgian and the hop character is quite unique. Different hops, more yeast - yeah we're in Belgium, especially with the cloudy golden straw color and finger cloud froth topping.

There are familiar Belgian pale ale flavor attributes as well: spicy foreground with citrus tones. Of the hops, the Saaz come through most most - the noble pilsner-esque spice.

It's hard drinking this not thinking you're drinking an experiment, which is strange as it so very subtle. A good tasting beer, but generally in the $10 range for a 750 mL - likely one I won't revisit often. (817 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh growler pour at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Appearance and smell are the same as the original on-tap review.

Appearance: The ale is a nice hazy yellow color. There is a decent head that leaves a very good ring of lace in the glass.

Smell: A funky blend of super hoppy IPAs and spicy pepper tripels.

Taste: The beer is a combination of a tripel and a DIPA, two flavors that one would never expect to meld together. The tripel's sweetness shines through up front and is soon followed by an earthy Hop-It-like hoppy earthen flavor. The hops are toned down but intense, earthy in their freshness. The tastes don't blend seemlessly, but they do not fight each other either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is unusual, tangy sourness mixed with sweetness. Neither flavor manages to stand out on its own, choosing instead to remain muddled.

Drinkability: The novelty of the beer is enough to warrant a look. The flavors though never mix together well enough to really enjoy. (979 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Clear golden in colour. Dense and perfectly white medium head: nice retention and nice lacing

S- Fresh fruity aromas of orange and lemon. Not so much on the malts side, maybe just a hint of biscuitness. A faint spiciness. Fresh and lively, lacks complexity

T- Biscuit malts are now clearly detectable (with a faint hint of roastiness), but they just bring the base for hop flavours to spread out. Highly refreshing, and almost not bitter at all, flavours of citrus (mainly orange) immediately get dominant, with a more distinct lemon taste on the tongue. A slight hint of spiciness while swallowing and a bitter aftertaste that feels quite empty (no flavours, just bitterness)

M- Big dry body. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Carbonation is maybe a tad too high, with the beer feeling too prickly on the palate

O- Drinkability is very good, no alcohol is to be found and freshness is king. The beer, though, lacks both the complexity of a classic belgian strong ale and the true bitter character of an american ipa (1,032 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a huge pillow of root beer float head. Highly active carbonation is visible throughout the body. The head continues to grow (above the rim of the glass) for several minutes before it settles back down to around two fingers. Coats the glass with a spiderweb of lacing. Lots of sediment in this one, although I tried my best to leave some in the bottle.

S - Grass, citrus, Belgian yeast, and herbs. Some tart grapes give this one some wine characteristics as well. Hops are overshadowed by lemon peel, flowers, and grass.

T - Same elements as in the nose. Citrus is prominent on the front with sourdough bread malt taking over in the middle. Finish has faint hops, but I am left with a bready aftertaste. Pretty average for the style.

M - Carbonation is high and the feel is pretty light. Drinks like a beer with much less alcohol, one of the dangers of Belgian beers.

O - I was pleasantly surprised to see this one at Whole Foods and scooped one up. Belgian IPA is one of my favorite styles, but this one drank more like a tripel. There wasn't really a hop bite or spicy finish. This was a longtime want, but I was a little bit disappointed. (1,220 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out quite strong! The PNW hops fight with pleasant yeast esters for quite the flavour combination!

When the beer was first served, it was rather cold but completely delicious. The yeast esters were balanced by the citrusy hops. But the wonderfully dry finish from the sugar used really let the hops shine. Delicious.

But as the beer warmed, the yeast esters took over more and more until the end when the beer was around room temp. At that point the beer tasted just like any other Tripel. Nothing too special.

But overall a pleasant experience. Nothing I'd really seek out, but I certainly don't regret it. (633 characters)

Photo of benito
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Other than samples of Hop It, this is my first Belgian IPA! Pale in color, this brew has an incredible head that clumps up, laces that glass, and refuses to disappear in any way.

The aromas show a little too much barnyard funk and not enough hops for a brew that purports to meld traditional Belgian styles with an IPA. In my ideal Belgian IPA, I think I'd get a more distinct, and maybe American hop presence in the bouquet.

That said, the flavor is spot on: a nice mix of typial Belgian spiciness (though it seems to be more in the saison/farmhouse tradition rather than the monastic/tripel one) and a dry, bitter finish. It drinks far too easily for a 9% brew, and I was amazed by how light the overall impression was--so much so that I've docked it points because it misrepresents the true soul of this beer.

This is a fascinating experiment and a solid, if flawed brew. I will be more than happy if I can make a Belgian IPA that enters the same ballpark as this brew. (981 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Houblin Chouffe has thick, fizzy, off-white head, an extremely bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is surprisingly pineapple, sweetness, citrus, and bready. Taste is of pineapple juice, bitterness, a touch of banana and coriander, which rather quickly fade, some bread, and grain husk. The overall flavor here, though, is bitter, sharp pineapple or grapefruit, as some may perceive it. Mouthfeel is between light and medium and somewhat slick, and Houblin Chouffe finishes dry, somewhat alcohilic, and bitter. I don’t think it’s a great as some claim, however.

RJT (610 characters)

Photo of collinsroth
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a large fluffy head which mellows in rings and clumps of satisfying puffy "clouds". The hops really stand out in this beer for a belgian - of the Belgian IPAs its the most similiar to a US style hoppy IPA I have found. Kind of a "fusion" beer of sorts. But the hops don't dominate so it retains the complex spice and flavor of a Belgian Triple.

An enjoyable beer, particularly for a fan of US IPAs... (455 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a funky, cross style, throw the rules out the window beer this is. Combination almost-double IPA and Belgian Tripel. Interesting interplay of Belgian yeast and loads of hops. The Belgian spirit of beer adventure is evident here, and the sum effect was good, but not outstanding. (283 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, some hops and a little bit of fruit (banana & apple).

T: A strong Belgian yeast flavor mixed with a floral hops bitterness dominates the taste. There’s a tiny bit of malt and fruit sweetness. After-taste is bready and bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling, hell of a kick to it, but I found this beer fell short of the hype surrounding it. (697 characters)

Photo of scbrew
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color with a tight white head. Very sweet, pilsen malt aroma with a small amount of hop pushing through, surrounded by yeasty fruitiness. Seemingly light body for 9%with moderate carbonation and heavy lacing. Citrus hop flavors surrounded by candy sweetness. Decent amount of alcohol warming at the back of the tounge and throat. (353 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Maybe a staple in the Belgian IPA categories, but I think that the US breweries are starting to come out with better products. The pour is a hazy straw to golden color. A rocky white head the had to ease back with the pour. Great head retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose has a good Belgian aroma with some subtle hop aromas. The malt is grainy with some minor sugar notes. Hints of spicy notes that reminds me of wheat. Some pepper and a touch of bubblegum. Some nice fruity esters. The hops are there but limited. Some earthy and piney notes.

The taste is similar but the hops come out more. The malt to start, has a more muddled flavor. Some grainy and wheat notes. A hint of biscuit and pilsner notes as well. There is a slight flour like flavor in the finish. The bitterness comes out strong with a strong bite. This continues into the finish and has overpowers the finishing hops. Some citrus and pine. The pepper notes are noticeable in the finish as well, and emphasizes the bitterness. A light yeast finish but limited esters and Belgian notes overall.

The body is moderate with a somewhat sweet finish. A bit hard to pick out with the bitterness. Some soap finish notes but ok. Overall, the hop notes are a little off specifically bittering hops. Would like a drier finish overall and some cleaner malt flavors. But still easy to drink and enjoyable. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Houblon Chouffe flute. Strange glass choice.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Smell - A little citrusy. Herbal hops. Yeasty. Lots of pale malt.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. A little yeasty and some phenols. Light banana. Grassy hops build into the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The hop flavor balances out the tripel nicely. (462 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes with a five+ fingered white, pillowy head that leaves gobs of lace. A clear pale amber color. Hoppy nose. Starts just on the hoppy side with some sourness, slight hop but smooth finish. Good carbonation and medium bodied. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Also $4.19 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME. (350 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle. I've had Belgian IPAs in the past with varying results. Most of those have been limited to United States examples, so it'll be interesting to try one from Belgium. The painted bottle proudly advertises Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz hops. Popping the cap and the beer just explodes out of the bottle. Literally. It's all over my floor and kitchen sink. Finally stops foaming enough for me to pour it, though I've lost roughly a third of it to the drain. Disappointing start, to say the list. Small half inch of sudsy foam that quickly disperses. No real head retention on this one. Lots of suspended yeast toward the bottom of the glass give the beer a rather murky and cloudy appearance. No clarity at all. Lots of funk is present in the nose of the beer and I'm starting to wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle. I picked up several imports when I was down in Wichita about a month ago, and I have to wonder if they didn't get ruined either before I purchased or shortly thereafter.

Despite my misgivings, the flavor profile is solid. Lots of hops in the finish, though they're a little bit muddy. Some Belgian yeast present in the afterfinish. Mild cardboard up front. Carbonation level is very light and the body of the beer leads it to be very easy drinking. Reminds me of a grapefruit soda - think Squirt. It's almost refreshing, as the hop bitterness makes a counterpoint to the Belgian sweetness.

Overall though I feel like this particular beer is fighting with itself. Doesn't seem to know if it wants to be an IPA or if it wants to be a Tripel. So it ends up muddy. I've had this on other occasions and this isn't the best example of what I know this beer can be. I have to chalk it up that something was off in the bottle I had. Disappointing experience. (1,779 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought in to my store, sold half a case in one day! ... pours with an obscenely huge white rocky pederasts head and lacing ... lots of sweet honey and fresh pie with caramel (then blended on puree) .... is very smooth and delicious ... another beuty from the chouffers!! ...broccoli heads?? (290 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, light hops. Taste is hops, alcohol, some mild malts, less complex than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer, but I was expecting whole lot more from this one. (308 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi hazy yellow golden color with a HUGE super fluffy white head. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty and a fruitiness, especially pear and apple. Now this is interesting. Never had a belgian IPA before! Tastes like a typical strong pale beligian but with hops! Not super hoppy though just enough. I dunno, this is kinda weird but i think i like it. Might be the bunk ass cheese i had before this. Feel is kinaa slick and sticky with some carbonation tingly. (457 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a yellowish/golden cloudy, with a good amount of carbonation. At least three fingers of fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Very bready malty smell, with some hops in there for good measure. A very "Belgian" frangrance. Smells almost wheat beer like, almost.

Taste: Bitter and malty Belgian ale, with more sweetness and hoppiness than most. Once again, almost wheat like. It has a sour bite and a back of the throat tingle. Also, it seems the more you drink, the better and the smoother it becomes.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth at the same time. Medium-bodied. Plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: Interesting beer, definitely a blend of two worlds. Tastes sort of like what it is, a Belgian pale with hops. However, not my cup of tea (or mug of beer as it would be). Something to try, but not something I would drink again. (842 characters)

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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