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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,171 Reviews
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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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Reviews: 1,171 | Ratings: 2,606
Photo of Cannoneer
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lively sunny color with an abundant creamy head. Looks and smells very enticingly.

First gulp reveals bursts of citrusy acidity and herbal mellowness, quickly maturing into lemony spiciness and...truffles?? Yes, there was a distinct aftertaste of white truffles, which was surprising, but very pleasant. It was a roller coaster of taste - lemon, hay, wormwood, rye bread and earthy mushroom. But none of these tastes were overpowering or annoying - this beer is extremely quaffable (despite its high alcoholic content, which is not easily detected by the way). It can highlight a variety of foods as a result, from a wild mushroom pizza to some rich fish stew.

Overall, a supreme example.

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Photo of jslot38
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ever since reading the article here on BA I've been wanting to try this. They have a few bottles at Cairo Liquours in DC and its been calling my name every time I walk in.

Appearance: Golden tawny yellow underneath a pillowy white head. Can already see the intense lacing forming on my chalice. An amazing looking beer. Such great clarity and simplicity of colour with just an amazing head and lacing.

Smell: Yeast, horse blanket, mixed with citrus and cloved spiceness. A grounded aroma which begs to spring forth.

Taste: A nearly insane combination of an IPA and tripel. Has a great hop presence balanced with a spiceness and barnyard flavour of a Belgian Tripel. Some great citrus flavours, yet touched in dryness. If 4.8 was possible I'd give it to this, as near to a 5 as may be possible.

Mouthfeel: A dry set nicely carbonated beer. Has all the mouthfeel qualities of a tripel, and although the slickness of the IPA is there the abbrassiveness is nicely left out.

Drinkability: So I shared this 750ml amongst a few friends, to their great enjoyment (they may not be so lucky next time). It hides the high level of alcohol so well (it is unnoticable) that this could easily creep up on you, and I feel until that level hits, I would indulge in this. Will certainly return to this one, a job well done.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 75 cl bottle, no dates.

Pale gold, huge white head sits proudly on top like whipped cream. Retains all the way to the end and leaves lace with every sip.

Fresh sea breeze aroman with an underpining of citrusy American hops. Dive in!

Fresh, fruity esters. Slightly flinty. Initially quite sweet, but finishes dry and masks its strength very well. Medium-full bodied, robust carbonation, but still soft on the palete. A unique and very drinkable take on a tripel.

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Photo of spointon
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub on 5/2/2009.

A= This ale poured a pale, cloudy, yellow-gold color with a 1" fluffy white head. The head took a long time to settle into a thin cap and left insane amounts of lace down my glass.

S= I found lot of hops in the aroma as well as Belgian funky yeast, alcohol, and a very faint candy sweetness.

T= This brew was hoppy, citrusy, and bitter on the front end, with biscuity malt, fruitiness and funky yeast in the middle. It finished with a soft alcohol warmth.

MF= This one was medium bodied with a super effervescent carbonation level.

D= Two of my favorite styles (IPAs and Belgian tripels) blended into one fine elixir. Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely designed 750ml bottle served in a Chimay goblet.

A beautifull looking beer. Rich golden with a creamy white head. Very nice lacing and retention.

A complex nose has a bouquet of floral hops up front. Under this subtle yet aromatic hop presence is a well balanced tripel. Citrus, candy malts and Belgian yeasts are dominant.

The taste is similar except the hop characters are present from start to finish. It took me a while to warm up to this beer, but it is quite tasty. The best way to describe it is a rich tripel with fresh hoppy presence.

The body is silky smooth with perfect carbonation. This was my first experience with this style, but this was fantastic. A fantastic hybrid between Belgian and American brews.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first belgian double ipa, who would of thought the style existed, very few exist according to BA, so here goes maybe the only one i'll ever try. it looks like a hefe, a cloudy yellow color with a big white head, tons of lacing, and a huge huge head, smell is like a hefe aswell, but with more hop undertoes. taste is absolutely magical, its just amazing. im at a loss for words, its like heaven came down in the form of a beer and poured itself for me to drink. its unlike any beer i've ever had, its a very mild double ipa, its nothing like any american double IPA's, not even remotely as hoppy as most american ipa's, but has a more malty flavor to it, and alot of carbonation. i really can't formulate any words, its just perfect.

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Photo of mcmidc
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer as a single after seeing it was a combo of two of my favorites (belgian tripel, and an IPA). Poured a very cloudy golden color with a two and a half finger head, which lingered a half a finger throughout the drink. Aroma was of a lot of citrus but my sinuses have been acting up so my nose is really not up to snuff. Taste was everything I expected. First drink there was a lot of hops up front, then mild malts, with a dry hopped finish. After that it was strange. Some drinks I primarily tasted the first combo, others were a rich malty taste with a hoppy finish. Very nice and different. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability was a little too good,(if thats possible) because I found myself sipping on it continuously because it was so tasty but different than anything I've previously had. I will be buying this again.... soon.

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Photo of TBCE
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Outstanding clear golden color with a heavy two and a half fingers of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of earthiness, banana, citrus, grass, and floral. Taste is outstanding with notes of floral and fresh cut grass and biscuit malts up front, as it develops the bitterness is subsided by citrus. Complex and changes as you drink. Mouth feel is big but smooth. Its Belgium roots take over and make the complexity come across calm and very drinkable. Overall a top tier beer.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort chalice-served at 42F.

A: Pale-golden. Slight haze. Head retention not the best, glass maybe? Head that does exist is leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Flowery aroma with very subtle hints of malt and an obvious dryness.

T: Some spice and fruit, high bitterness at the end. Definitely get the Belgium from this with a familiar sweetness that I've found with other tripels.

M: Quite dry, good carbonation. No pucker, but a definite hop bite at the end.

D: Good IPA for a Belgium brewer. Both styles (tripel and IPA) are well-balanced and it's quite drinkable. Hop bite doesn't linger too much at the end, so it's great. Highly recommend and best for this specialty style.

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Photo of Beerstein
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland RI and ever since, this is the first drink that i ask for when i see it on tap. The apperance is a cloudy gold with a thick white head that dissipates to a flat plain. The taste and smell are both exceptional with the hop and citrus prresents well known. With 9%alc, this beer should be enjoyed slowly for it will cetainly put a smile on your face.

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Photo of seedee17
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be biased in my review because I love pale ales and tripels, but this is truly a great beer. Poured into a chalice, the beer has a beautiful fluffy head that reminds me of lemon meringue pie in appearance. The smell is complex, with the spicy yeast and piney hops making for a really unique nose. The hop flavor of this beer is just right, not so overpowering as to diminish the traditional tripel flavors, but it's definitely there. The flavors mingle with each other with each taste, seeming to alternate with each sip. Sometimes the hops stand out, sometimes the yeast. A really great experiment by the chouffe, and a really fun beer to drink.

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Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very very good! this poured slightly cloudy into my glass. yeast particles swimming around made it cloudy. excellent carbonation and head. this girl was a true delight. wonderful citrus aroma. excellent citrus taste with a nice dry finish.

highly recommend this one! suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed glowing apricot pour with an expanding head of frothy merangue that has epic retention and the thickest lacing I've ever seen. 3/4 inch thick on the sides of my Magic Chouffe goblet with submerged icebergs of half melted marshmellows floting on top.

Aroma is a near perfect union of Belgian Tripel and Imperial IPA. At first it smells very hoppy, bursting with notions of pine, Amarillo citrus and powdered fruit, sweet florals, and earthy and herbal Saaz. As it warms the hops fade into warm fruit notes with green apple, pinapple mint, bubblegum, and white pepper.

Flavor is equally impressive. An initial blast of fresh hop citrus, honey drenched floral and pine notes gives way to loads of sweet fruit, especially pinapple, tangerine, and pear. The Saaz bite reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner with all it's raw, Earthy hop goodness. The yeast is unmistakably Belgian, and adds plenty of clove spice and fruity bubblegum notes. The finish is sweet, hoppy, and has a touch of white pepper dryness. This beer truly morphs all the aspects of a Tripel with an American IIPA. It's really, really good.

Body is very big on this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. leaving your lips hoppy and sticky with each sip. I bet this would age wonderfully, although the mighty hop character would lose some of it's luster. Hoppy, fruity, full, wonderfully complex, and different. I love it. Go buy lots right now!

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Photo of naterock
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C: pours a pale orange, very tink head that thins and sticks heavily to the side of the glass. Fantastic head retention, yeasty sediment that creates a live environment for fermentation.

S: clean hop scent crisp with a citrusy noce, a little orange peel and maybe clove.

T: spicy hops, with a citrusy finish. not to bitter and well balanced with the malt. I've been on a belgian kick lately and this one is a perfect blend of a trippel and a IPA.

M: lively carbonation, helps promote the bitterness, promotes the scent to be notices while drinking. This is a fantastic example of good belgian beer crafting. without a doubt one of the best that I've ever had from our belgian friends.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas.

Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that's nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely.

I have never had anything like this before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. Awesome.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light straw color. Luminescent and streaming effervescence coming up from the bottom. A fat creamy thick head of white foam sits atop this golden sunshine body. The pinnacle of foam. It's loathe to fall and when it finally does, it does so slowly. Rocky crags to a thick cap and a layer on top. It refreshes constantly and leaves gobs and patches of lace. Sticky sheets and rings.

Nose is terrific with aromatic citrus hops. Bright with a touch of yeast and a little funky. Soft light malt that's been kissed by honey. The citrus is bold and tart and with it is the lively sweetness of the rind. It also has a softer tripel like sweetness from fruit just underneath. That's a bit more tropical and intensely sweet but shy. It has grains that are naturally sweet and light.

Taste is perfection. It has bold citrus fruit that gets the mouth to water as the sweet rind perks everything right up. The tropical sweetness rolls through and the palate begins to be very excited. Light grains with honey, orange. The malt is smooth and light and that allows this to drink long. Herbal fruity perfumey hops dance all over the palate. Then a sensational bitter starts to settle in. It's sensational because the flavors have all been reaching a peak that somehow keeps climbing and then . . . it's bitter. Not hard, not harsh but strong and it lasts. There's a crushed aspirin like astringency that's a bit chalky but it's laid in to the body of the beer and not out of place. It's alive and vibrant with sensations as the bitter tingles and the chalkiness drys out the mouth in anticipation of the dry finish. It has a delightful aftertaste and ends with the lightly sweet grains and the softer tropical fruit notes.

Bold as brass like an ipa and delicate sweet and refined like a tripel. It's character is complimentary and each aspect accents another aspect perfectly. The hop qualities accent the delicate sweetness, the bitter accents the fruits, the aspirin like quality accents the bitter and contrasts the lightly sweet grains. Perfect balance. You feel like it's somehow in motion.

Bravo! Bravo I say!

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-slightly lighter tripel
-hoppy bread almost some sour notes
-a hoppy tripel makes for my favorite beer taste, crisp and smooth
-it comes on strong but quickly mellows
-a amazing beer, one of my favorites on any occasion

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my deep, wide Rochefort goblet a lovely golden amber, clear save for a slight chill haze, and capped with a fantastic head! The head settles to a thick, rocky, nearly solid mass across the surface, falling into thick, gobby mountains and valleys. The lacing is absolutely complete, thick, full white rings that let little light through, and the head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a lovely blend! Sleek, sweet malts and a blend of citrusy hop scents really jazz things around.

The flavor is just great - it's really a beer for any occasion - whether you want an IPA, a tripel, a summery beer, something to warm you up when it's cold - this satisfies. There are definitely a lot of hops in here froa tripel, and it's way, way better executed than Urthel Hop It! Instead of tasting like a grassy tripel, this swirls with warm citrus - I can pick out notes of all the major citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange. The finish is nutty, and it really puts a nice end to the sweet malt and tangy hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with just enough zip from the hops, it finishes with a nutty kind of stickiness that lingers, inviting further recollections.

This is great, great, great, great.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with Course #3 (Spinach salad with candied walnuts, blueberries, crystal ginger and bleu cheese) at the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner.

So I've had this beer before fresh, and upon having it the first time, the flavors were all there but I didn't like how they worked together. So I figured I'd age one to see how they developed in the bottle. This was a 2 year old bottle.
And my god, what an outstanding melange. A cloudy golden head like the locks of the archangel, it strikes from the sky into my chalice.
There is so much to love here, a base earthiness from the toil of the soil, a resinous and mellow pine, a touch of lemongrass, a slight grassy and herbaceous undertone. Everything is married together by the slight clove and spice of the yeast. And it is happiness.

A well-aged Belgian IPA - I was beginning to fear this style was just not for me - paired professionally. I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft pour led to a huge pillowy, rocky white head that keeps on rising above the rim. The foam stays a good three fingers thick for almost the entire beer. Huge gobs of lacing mark the glass. There are so many bubbles rushing to the top its insane. Has a clear golden color ( which became very hazy, almost like a snow globe once the bottom of the bottle was added).

Smells of floral hops, pepper and other spices ( really comes through when the yeast is added), yeast and a dash of sweet malt.

Tastes wonderful. The label does not lie, Triple IPA for sure. Lots of bitter hops, orange, pepper, yeasty spiciness ( once again more powerful when the sediment makes its way in), pale malt and a well hidden but warming alcohol. This is one hell of a beer, it is so complex and I was amazed how much it changes past mid bottle.

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Photo of biggred1
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey blonde with a ton of suspended yeast particles. Big white whipped meringue-like head lasts long after the pour. Leaves big sticky rings of lace all down the glass. Citrusy and aromatic piney hop notes with soft honey dominate the nose. Big and bold IPA hop flavor with a nice hit of candy sugar sweetness to balance the dry almost champagne like finish. Nice medium heavy mouthfeel with a very fine smooth carbonation. Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden. One of my all time faves.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first-ever beer from the brewery Brasserie d'Achouffe, and I was completely blown away by the overall quality and outstanding character of this terrific sample... From a 1pint, 16 fl oz large green bottle, pours an exceptional appearance with a cloudy, frothy, hazy sediment-filled strawish color with immense bubbly head with impressive staying power... smell is very intense, with a distinct bubble-gum aroma pouring out of the bottle with fruit and slight hops smell... taste was superb, full of fresh fruit, sweet grapefruit, and only slight hops... hardly any bitterness detected at all which surprised me considering the logo on the bottle claimed it was an "IPA Tripel"... not what I was expecting at all with such a sweet marriage of perfect flavors and a delicate balance of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops... As far as the 9% ABV is concerned, the alcohol is hard to detect with such strong and rich flavors...Outstanding, world-class brew, Definitely recommended...

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer, and I was fortunate to snag the very last bottle from John's Grocery. It was almost gone before I had even heard of it. The beer is a clear blonde color with a massive white head. Lacing forms the whole way down.

The smell is a little less hoppy than I was hoping for. Definitely has some belgian hops in it, thus not quite as bitter and fruity. Has a little bit of banana and clove to it, as well as a dry musty grain. Smells good, but not as strong as I was hoping for.

The taste is good. The flavors are more pronounced, and the bitterness stands out much better in the flavor than in the aroma, though it is still not all that hoppy. Surely they used an assload of hops, but the low alpha acid varietals do not stand out as much as american strains. Still very good stuff. Has elements of an IPA and a tripel, which is very interesting. (edit: as it gets towards the bottom of the bottle, more of the fruity amarillo flavors come out, and when drank with the sediment it's truly a great beverage.)

The body is full and fairly dry. A light spicing plays nicely with the hop bitterness. Good stuff. Very drinkable for 9%. I wish there was more.
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Edit: Scores adjusted for Batch #2. I am in love with this beer. This beer just proves that there couldn't be a better time to beer a beer lover in America. Not only is the selection of American micros seeminly expanding by ten-fold each year, but the brewers of the old world are following our lead. The result is an orgy of mouthwatering American hops and belgian yeast complexity. It tastes like citrus and bubblegum. Not too sweet, not too dry, just the perfect amount of bitterness (which seems like a bit more than batch #1 to me). The head on this beer is phenomenal, and the lacing is amongst the thickest I've seen. This is easily the best use of Amarillo hops I've had, as many "Amerikuhn" brewers like to use too much of a good thing, in our typical fashion. Highly recommended to anybody. If you see the gnome, bring him home!

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Photo of John_M
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No doubt about it, this is one amzing beer.

I've had this beer a number of times on tap, and while I liked it the fist time I tried it, I've come to appreciate it more and more over time.

This beer pours an impressive cloudy yellow gold color, with a sensational head and lacing. The lacing might be the best I've ever seen, the foamy head is long lasting and persistent. Amazing.

The aroma is like nothing I've ever smelled before. I get lemon, lime and tangerines... exceptional citrus nose, but unlike anything I've ever encountered in an IPA or DIPA here in the states. On the palate... how in the hell do they do this. The beer starts off as if it's going to be a crisp, sweet, Belgium trippel, but then the hops come on strong at the finish. The beer has a fabulous hops bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming tiring to drink. In fact, considering the abv., it's really quite drinkable. The beer finishes very crisply, and is not the least bit heavy. In fact, it's quite light on its feet on the palate; amazing for a beer with this abv.

An altogether excellent beer.

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Photo of mongodestroy
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden straw yellow. The head had the consistency of meringue and lasted over the 45 minutes of drinking this beer. I waited for the head to subside a bit in order to pour the last bit of beer. When I poured it a bit of the beer actually rolled off the head. Incredible.

Aroma - Each of the hop characteristics shine through. Floral with citrus and strong Belgian yeast character; banana/clove. There was also a bit of a spearmint aroma which I found interesting.

Taste - Very well balanced. For how much hop flavor is in this beer it is hardly bitter on the palate. The Belgian yeast character and hop character balance very nicely as well, which in some beers there is a tendency to conflict. I enjoyed for the first few sips an intense spearmint flavor which my palate quickly got accustomed to. It was absolutely delightful. A very complimentary complex and balanced beer.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.