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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1985
Reviews: 1092
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of outdoor7or24


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.3 oz bottle poured into snifter, traded with mothman to try this. Purchased at CBX in Charleston for him, $5 a bottle.
A: pours a brilliant white bubbly foam head, light golden yellow body, some stringy lacing, lots of carbonation
S: complex and great aroma, tropical fruits, orange, citrus, grapefruit, pine, some grape and apple, clove, hint of Belgian yeast.
M: medium and clean feel, although it is kinda syrupy feeling on the tongue.
T: orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, some white grape juice and apple, yeast, bread, hint of clove and pepper, hop bitterness at the end.
O:one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had and would have again. Hard to believe it is abv 9%, not very noticeable. As someone else described this beer, champagne IPA! Great brew, 4.2 stars

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:21:01 | More by outdoor7or24
Photo of Vixie


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
Photo of rangerred


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick and fluffy two finger white head. Absolutely amazing head retention and lacing leaving thick globs over the beer.

The aroma is very floral and bready with some tropical fruit notes. The fruit becomes more prominent as the beer sits smelling more and more like an ipa. It is a very nice, mouth-watering aroma that I wasn't quite expecting and really sets this apart from other Belgian beers.

The flavor carries over these outstanding notes from the aroma with tropical fruit notes and plenty of bread. Bitterness is quite high for a Belgian ale further bordering the lines between IPA and Tripel. Mouthfeel has a slightly sticky finish but I feel the alcohol is well hidden making this quite drinkable.

Overall, a very delicious and quaffable Belgian ale. I love the tropical citrus married with Belgian yeast and this is probably the best Belgian IPA I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:42:07 | More by rangerred
Photo of baakabak

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to tulip

Massive fluffy white head on clear, straw yellow.The head hangs around with lots of lacing.

Smell is grass, lemony hops,and bread.

Taste is the same citrus hops, green apple, raisins and yeasty bread. Very dry, lasting finish.

Medium high carbonation.Crisp

Another great beer from another great brewery.It's like hoppy champagne. What's not to like?

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:07:07 | More by baakabak
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3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle.

The beer was a hazy yellow-orange and was a creamy white head.

Typical fruity Belgian-style yeast smell, but lighter than most.

The taste was sweet, fruity, much like most other Belgian beers, but with a light spiced-hops bit to it.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 18:05:06 | More by NilocRellim
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New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Tasting notes compare side by side with Chimay Tripel.
I'd have to taste these again with friends to discern which one really comes out on top and why.
If hop head - goes to Houblon, if Tripel lover may go to Chimay, which seems to win on more fruit, complexity and body.

You could call this IPA champagne. Nothing I'd rather drink at a party. A very happy brew.

A: Beautiful, semi-clear golden ala Chimay White. Intense, tiny white, lively bubbles, white lace all the way down. 4.5

S: Fruit, hops, yeast. repeat. Beautifully blended. Not as sun-washed orchard of chinese pears as Chimay. 4.25

T: Again - clean entry and exit. Starts with massive hop tingle, citric, herbal, spicy, tobacco. Malt, fruit flesh, and pepper are next, and a long crisp, piney/citrus finish with pepper and balanced hop bitterness… long dry finish. 4.75

F: Mid body, refreshing carbonation, long finish, leaves you in a great place. 4.5

O: Right up there with Chimay - 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:46:22 | More by Act25
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled from the tap into a standard pint.

A: Bright golden hue. Pours a1 finger bubbly white head. Settles slowly leaving a thick foamy blanket and plenty of dry sticky lacing. Continually rising effervescence. Pervasive dry sticky lacing.

S: Yeast, light hop, and lemon citrus.

T: Yeast is prominent. Lemon pith is prominent. Hop bite is evident.

M: Crisp but a bit of a syrupy body. Biting finish lingers in the palate.

D: Sipping experience due to character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Lots of effervescence, nice head, and plenty of lacing. Nose light hops and yeast. Yeasty character is very prominent, lemon pith is quite prominent as well. Overall this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 23:52:54 | More by bmwats
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New Mexico

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will confess that I picked up a 12 ounce bottle for $2 knowing it was probably an old IPA. It was.... By like 9-10 months. Oh well.

Anyhow, when I poured the beer into a Belgian tulip, I immediately noticed a lot of sediment, floaters really, and thought the beer must have gone bad. There was a great, carbonated head on top, probably three fingers thick, so that was encouraging and the caramel color of the beer was nice. I just couldn't get over the floaters.

But then I smelled this and was pleasantly surprised. A lot of fruity and floralness hit me, which was even more surprising given that I thought I wouldn't get any of the hops. The aroma really is potent, sweet and pungent. You don't have to work hard to get notes of vanilla, toffee and other sweet notes. It does remind me of a barleywine.

The taste is a bit strange for me. The Belgian quality seems a separate component and borders on the taste I'd get in a gueuze. I get a lot of bitterness towards the finish that somewhat manhandles my taste buds. The beer still tastes sweet, slight floral and citrusy, and there are some malty sweet qualities as well. Despite the nine months of age, I get a noticeable hit of alcohol on the taste buds too.

The mouthfeel, as I hinted above, is a lot of different things. The beer is somewhat astringent, super bitter, sweet. I'm not crazy about how this beer drinks, unfortunately.

Still, as the beer warmed, it mellowed out a bit and I began to appreciate it a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:08:47 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of BigMike


3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/31/2013
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. Half of which exploded onto the table upon opening.

A: Not a pretty beer by any stretch of the mind. An opaque light brown with a shit ton of sediment floaters. An off white head dissipates quickly which is surprising considering how this thing exploded.

S: I don't get a ton of fresh hops on the nose. The smell actually reminds me of a lighter barleywine. I get toffee and caramel sweetness. A tiny bit of grass and some vanilla. None of the citrus or fruits I was expecting. At 7 months old. Not sure if the age had something to do with the hop fade.

T: Tastes like the nose. Toffee, caramel, light brown sugars with a small hop bitter finish. Slight alcohol presence.

O: A little let down. Heard good things but basically got a weak tasting barleywine. No grassy or fruity hop characters. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 21:07:58 | More by BigMike
Photo of eonbluekarma


3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like liquid gold with a nice head at pour that stays around at a deminished state the whole time in glass.

Smell: great. Citrus, green raisins, and awesome Belgian yeast.

Taste: hop, with a note of Belgian yeast. Bright, lemon with a flowery bouquet of hops. Finish is hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nice bottle conditioned style carbonation. Full and frothy.

Overall: I like this beer, but prefer the Le Chouffe original ale, as the extra hop I. This beer covers up what makes Le Chouffe a truly great beer; a perfect combination on carbonation, Belgian yeast, and a slight hint of hop.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:30:46 | More by eonbluekarma
Photo of Flounder57


4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that is still there. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the middle of the beer. Lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, vanilla, yeasty esters, apple, pear, bready malts, floral, and spiciness.

Taste: Apple, pear, vanilla, spices, tangerine, tropical, grapefruit, yeasty esters, bready malts, and sweet fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty awesome BIPA. The smell is a bit deceiving because more qualities appear on the palate when the beer was drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:24:32 | More by Flounder57
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a tulip glass with a one finger head with great retention and a hazy orange and yellow mixed body.
S - Pine, Clove, banana, sweet, a bit of yeast, fruit and spice.
T - Citrus and pine hops with noticeable carbonation. Very much like the smell.
M - Moderate carbonation, a slightly dry finish and bitterness.
O - This is balanced out really nicely with bold flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:27:27 | More by patpbr
Photo of mverity


4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Poured into a champagne glass. Tons of really bubbly off-white head with a slightly hazy orangy yellow color. Aroma is sweetly floral, grassy, and touch of yeasty goodness. Taste has a good hop bitterness, some spicyness, and with the same floral notes coming through. Also some light sweet malt and a good amount of the fruity-ness I associated with tripels. Very light on the tongue, but the bubbles and hop spice kinda bite at the tongue. I definitely enjoy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:32:52 | More by mverity
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this seminal example of an "IPA triple" at a taphouse in Calgary. The beer arrived in a legit Chouffe goblet, a light orange with a little whitish foam. Smells of citrus hops, I get a lot of orange and pineapple, as well as aromatic buttery yeast, a few floral and spicy notes. Palate includes these features as well, along with some red berry (strawberry), peach/apricot, green grapes, and a hint of toffee. A fair amount of residual sweetness and overall I get a strong boozy pineapple effect. Sweet grains provide a backdrop, a little like honeyed pancakes, and then boom, you get a powerful medicinal blast of mixed herbs, coriander, bitter roots and leaves, licorice, a little clove. I love massive IPAs and yet I was still a bit awestruck by the bitter woody finish. I agree that the alcohol is well-concealed at first, but I started getting a fusel burn or some ethyl acetaye about halfway through, at which point the bitter finish started to seem coarse and overpowering. Still, deserves some of the accolades.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 14:07:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 13:47:51 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Braheem


4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this one from a 750ml bottle. This beer looks like champagne, crazy carbonated (every other bottle will erupt when first opened) and with a thick white head that does not seem to ever fully dissipate. Yum!

The taste and smell are incredibly refreshing a little hoppy but not as much hop boom as one would expect from an IPA. The taste is so well balanced that it only hints at the high 9%ABV that is hidden deep away in this brew...hiding in there with the little gnome I would imagine.

This beer quickly became a favorite for me and my girlfriend. A very well rounded and mature drink. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:55:59 | More by Braheem
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There comes a time in a man's life when he tries a random beer from a random restaurant while on some random trip and goes - holy f*ck.

Houblon Chouffe gave me that moment. On tap at a Oyster bar in Vancouver, I was NOT expecting this.

The beer has a great golden appearance, matched by a sweet smell. When it first hits your palette you get a hint of sweetness and citrus, which lingers and gradually the bite of the hops come in and you're left with the satisfying aftertaste of an IPA. It's not overly hoppy, but just enough to appreciate it.

It's basically your entire range of tastes, in one sip of beer. Phenomenal.

I will say though, that I'm VERY disappointed that the subsequent bottles I've had here in North American have not evoked the same blissful memories I had at this fateful bar in Vancouver. The bottles I've found here have a similar sweetnesss/citrus flavor but lack the hops. I'm not sure if they brew it here, or it's a bottling issue (in Europe it's equally as good). But find this on-tap and please try it. It is simply amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 22:00:24 | More by jhchan
Photo of Shroud0fdoom


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look on this beer is inviting. Nice golden shade of blonde, with a 1 finger soapy white head. The aroma on this beer is what I look for in a quality Tripel. Citrus, grassy, yeasty with hints of fruits. Bread dough sweetness with herbal qualities in the background. Taste is actually better than the aroma, go figure right? This contains citrus mostly a lemon and orange peel. Grains greet you with open arms that in its complexity actually adds some lighter fruits. Honey sweetness, herbal spice from some of the hops. A nice dry resinous bitterness finishes this brew down softly. The palate is Medium-light smooth and sharp tight fizzy carbonation helps make this brew known to you.

Overall: This beer is great. You have the Tripel components and also hoppy notes as well. This beer is balanced with not an assault of hops on your tongue, but enough to let you know they are there. If you like hop resin in your beer, this should be no problem punishing. The alcohol is very well masked. If you like Hoppy ales and Belgian ales, there is no reason why you haven't tried this one yet. This is Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:04:11 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Golden clear yellow.

S: Spice and floral citrus.

T: Minor tripel notes of the sweetness. Odd combination. Some pine hop aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth with tripel thickness.

O: Different. Had to try it with the description of a Tripel IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 01:03:20 | More by gillagorilla
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- The beer has a honey color, partly cloudy look with an abundance of tiny bubble carbonation. The head is huge, fluffy white and never quite fades out. Fat sticky rings of lacing, too.

S- Just the right amount of citrusy hops to allow a bit of yeast funkiness to come through. There are tropical esters and sweet alcohol aromas in the background.

T- Citrus hops, mild yeast in a white bread kind of way. The yeast is light and not funky. Honey sweets.

M- Crisp and carbonated. Boozy and bitter. Great dry zesty finish.

O- I like how the hops tame the yeast in this Tripel. It works.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:06:00 | More by NiceTaps
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District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy yellow-orange, not much head, little retention and some lacing
S: a sort of citrusy strawberry-banana, yeasty in nature, with a bit of earthiness to not seem sweet
T: earthy up front, a bit of a surprise. Light banana flavor comes in the middle, but it's combined with a decent resin bite. This resin dries the tongue but also yields to a taste that reminds me of strawberry/kiwi yogurt (yep!). The lingering taste on the tongue reminds me of cream soda.
M: nice pull in the middle that yields to some interesting flavors, but lingers through it all
O: nice in that it tends more towards IPA than trippel. This works well for me. I enjoyed it from sip one, but my attempts at analyzing it made me appreciate it more, which happens less often than not.

Grabbed a bottle (ratings same unless otherwise noted):
A: more head retention, but otherwise the same
S: increase .25 - about the same as orginal, but maybe noticing less earthiness, little more fruit/flower, but still not too sweet
T: can't change much, although more smooth and balanced overall, and not as sure about the cream soda ending.
M: think there is carbonation with the bitter hops that causes the middle "pull", and it does linger
O: not so sure about the "tends to IPA" statement, but definitely a little dryness behind the mildy fruit flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 02:18:06 | More by cjgiant
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.25) A: Crystal clear and golden with a sizeable puffy white head. Commendable retention and thick lacing.

(4.5) S: Pine, banana, citrus pith, bubble gum, crackery grain, honey, cloves, and fresh cut grass. A solid marriage of both a belgian IPA and tripel with many bold and diverse aromas working superbly together.

(4.25) T: Grapefruit pith, pine, herbal qualities, pineapple, crackery grain, cloves, honey, and cane sugar. Similar to aroma with qualities of both styles present. Walks a tightrope between dry and bitter with a nicely balanced end result (not overly sweet). Excellent.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A modest oily sheen with a slight chewy texture.

(4.25) D: This is one of those that can quickly creep up on you considering how easily drinkable it is. Still can’t get over how well balanced and well executed the two styles are.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:10:25 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of FLima


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy bright golden color with apparent carbonation with a very white head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Light aroma of oranges, pine, brown sugar and bread malt. Just a hint of sour.
Flavor is hoppier. Notes of spicy hops, oranges, apricot, strawberries, brown sugar, pine and Belgian yeast. Slightly sour.
Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation and with an effervescent feeling.
A hoppy and complex Tripel. Hops enforcements have suited much better here than average for the style, but do not expect a DIPA, it is definitely Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:03:09 | More by FLima
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, medium sized bubbles, creamy top, off-white head (yellow hue). Not the most beautiful retention (slow formation of big bubbles that eventually pop) - sticky descent, leaves a weird looking medium sized, thick creamy mountain in the middle with bigger bubbles on the sides. Some random sticky lacing when it goes down. Cloudy golden wheat with light orange hue; you can see through; some carbonation chains visible.

Smell: Tropical, pine, citrus, orange and floral - quite a mix, and strong peppery overall spicy note. There are also present some wilder yeasty (piss), medicinal smells - all this adds up to sharp but fresh characteristic.

Taste: Starts with medium soft flower honey sweetness, evolves into bread, hay malt middles medium sweetness and ends with medium spike of grapefruit pith, pine and noble hop bitterness. Bitterness stays at the end with light soft sweetness - bitterness builds up with time. Still peppery, still fruity (ripe orange) and wilder yeast roam around. Soft start vs. rougher end - but it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation - makes it lighter. Dry finish - fresh. For 9% ABV and the lightness, alcohol exceptional well hidden.

Overall: This one is pretty unique. Hop character is very american IPA-ish but then comes the spicy, yeasty part with soft malt character. Works well together and creates a wonderful dynamic. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 17:15:27 | More by tmzl
Photo of 57md


3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light straw with a finger of head, some of which retained for a decent amount of time. Nose has the mild essence of hops, but nothing close to a quality American DIPA. Also, there were some hints of yeast present as well. The flavors is light and crisp, but also citrusy, bitter and lightly dry on the finish. As with the nose, the Belgian yeast pokes through in the flavor profile.

This is definitely an interesting hybrid style beer that was pleasing to my palate and will certainly motivate me to sample more Belgian IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 04:45:32 | More by 57md
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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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