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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 169
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle purchased from a random bottle shop in Ghent, Belgium.

APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden yellow color w/ a very thick off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

SMELL – Spicy and sweet malts w/ faint hop aroma lurking in the background.

TASTE – Light spicy hop flavor w/ a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL – Strong carbonation that accentuates the spicy hop flavor.

OVERALL – A enjoyable beer, not a hop bomb or standard West Coast IPA, but one that I’d buy again if in a pinch while looking for an IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review transcribed from January 2009 notes.

Hazy golden color with a large white foamy head.

The aroma is rather yeasty and Belgian with a considerable citrusy hop profile and a little spice.

The hops plus Belgian yeast and sweet pale malt work well together on the flavor. "IPA" is a bit of a stretch but it is hoppy for a tripel.

Nice medium body and dry finish.

Excellent beer overall. The tripel/IPA combo I'd like to see more Belgian brewers attempt.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Monk's Café (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a flute.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a finger-sized cap of rigid eggshell-white head. It retains with roughly a ¼ finger of creamy richness, which rings the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. Just a really nice rich and soapy look here. The aroma is fresh and bright with citric character in the nose, along with tight grains, a ripe fruitiness, and a gentle leafy spiciness. This just has a solid fresh bite in the nose.

The taste is alive with bright citric hops and a leafy bitterness in the mouth. More subtle notes of softer fruit flavors mix with a flat sweet graininess across the back of the profile. The finish is dry and spicy, and fairly clean feeling, with no lingering yeast presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel that is undercut by more of a hoppy oiliness underneath. Wow, I didn't realize until I went to review this, that the ABV was 9%! The alcohol is beautifully hid here, adding to the overall smoothness and drinkibility of this.

There's a reason that this is one of the top ranked Belgian IPAs on the site and that's because it's damn good! I loved how the fruit and spice notes from the yeast were very subtle here, almost to the point where you could have mistaken them for hop characteristics. And the overall drinkable nature was VERY good for the bigger size of this. I'm not usually a huge fan of this style but the emphasis on the hop flavors and overall clean feel really won me over here in a big way. I think having this on draft really made a big difference here.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank to AlexJ who not only provided this beer at the Charlotte beer pairing event, but for making some excellent Chicken Satay with homemade Thai peanut sauce. I'm unsure how some figure what to pair with what, but this one just paired beautifully with the spices. Nice hazy appearance to it.

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Bitter taste with a sweet finish. Appearance was all natural with sediment floating in a aged honey yellow colored liquid with a pale white 1 centimeter head. Smell was somewhat sweet and very hoppy. The beer had a smooth feel while having a slightly sudsy. This beer was pretty drinkable beer albeit high alcohol. Another fun Belgian IPA

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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