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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,179 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

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 jrenihan
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like BB 11/08/13... but the label says best before end of 2012. Not sure!

Beer is a golden straw colour with a large white head. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Smell contains a lot of hop scents, very grassy. Yeast is also prominent. Less pronounced than those scents is light fruit and spice, such as white pepper.

Taste follows the nose. Grassy and spicy, with a bready malt and light fruit flavours underpinning. All well mixed together. Quite dry, the fruit flavours not sweet at all, but bitterness is only mild. Very good.

High carbonation, but not over the top. Full bodied. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Overall, a very good beer. Not quite up there with Lupulus or Duvel Tripel Hop, which for me are the Belgian IPAs par excellence. However, still very tasty and a great beer to drink on this first really nice day of the year!

jrenihan, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

superdoopersauce, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

vermilcj, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

wonothesane42, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Bockerdoppel91, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

fizzyted, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Elbrownbag, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

imperiallibations, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at the store, I was overjoyed. Having read about this beer's advent here on BA, I was eager to see how it turned out.

Appearance: A straw color which is rather dull in body, but man, every review prior has been right about the head: fluffy, sticky, pillowy, amazing. Lacing is impressive. Watching the patterns it makes on your glass after each swirl is very entertaining. Lots of floaties in the body upon holding up to a light.

Smell: The hops are rather subdued relative to actual American IPA's, much less Double IPA's, but they are still, definitely, much more present than in your average tripel. Floral up front for me, sweet and meandering into a slight waft of pine. The hops sort of come in mists as you inhale, like a light cloud pillowing the banana, apple, and subdued blueberry Tripel esters I pick up as a base. And then, at the end of the nose, comes a gentle smack of grapefruit peel hop aroma. Great.

Taste: I'd agree with other reviewers that the taste takes a back seat to aroma and appearance. Banana, Grapefruit peel pine up front, pear, apple following, with an IBU-packed biting finish. A little warm alcohol as you go down the throat, but pleasant. Not a bad taste by any means, just not quite as complex as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Piercing little carbonation bubbles dominate the mouthfeel. Definitely a little over-carbonated, but nothing too detracting.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, but the alcohol sneaks up on you. This beer truly is one of a kind.

RidiculedDisplay, Nov 10, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

AndersonGT, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

baylz, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

6thstreetbrewpub, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Knoxrb12, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jemarent, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Zekenyce, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mungus, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

csfcmitchell, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

CSQ1111, May 08, 2012
Photo of SteveO1231
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large 1pint 9.4 fl oz. green bottle with a picture of a little gnome picking hops. Pours a hazy light yellow with the most interesting head I have ever seen, like a brain floating on top of the beer and it's full of flavor and aroma sweet and hoppy! Lacing looks like chunks of paste stuck to the inside of my glass. Tons of carbonation. Aroma of biscuit, candi sugars, and citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Candi sweet with a sharp citrus/metallic twang about halfway and rides out into the finish. Really an interesting beer that blends a sweet Belgian and a citrus bitter hops. Very complex, at the same time very drinkable. Don't let this easy drinker fool you, the ABV is pretty strong and I felt it pretty quick.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Oct 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Pours a transparent light orange color with a literal cyclone of carbonation. A 2.5 finger head lingers on and on. Absolutely gorgeous to look at.
S: Light but complex- lots of bread dough/yeast, a bit of sweet fruit, though not many hops considering the back label story. Still pleasant to sniff.
T: Medium-bodied with biscuit, herbs and spices. Then a bit of bubblegum/fruit esters. Finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops, maybe a touch of citrus, though obviously a different style from an American IPA which I appreciate.
M: Again, medium-bodied. A bit of carbonation, a bit of alcoholic heat.
O: This is fairly unique in terms of the various components it brings to the table across the board from the appearance to the aromas to the flavors... I can't say this will become a staple, but I enjoyed it, will explore the style more and will certainly re-visit.

ONUMello, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Bellonc, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of SwillBilly
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich golden hue, hazy with visible yeast. Huge, ultra thick, creamy head forms mountainous peaks within my goblet.

Smell: Very herbal, fresh cut grass, flowery sweet, almost rose like. Interesting to say the least.

Taste: Begins with a hoppy bitterness then transitions to somewhat sweet middle, golden apples and lemons come to mind then finishes with a very nice hop bitterness. Short on the tongue and very dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, very carbonated.

Drinkability: What an interesting beer. A hopped up Belgian Trippel. A nice blend of hop bitterness intermingled with a fruity and flowery sweetness. Dry to the bone makes you want to drink more and more. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. Easy to drink and one I will be buying again. Very unique. Seek this very interesting take on a Tripple and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Jun 18, 2006
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.