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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bottle, thanks to Heathy Spirits in SF. Not dated :-( Beautiful clean, pilsner-like appearence, with major head and A+ lace, no doubt due in part to the extra dose of iso alpha acids in those alpha hops! Nice golden ale nose...funny, it kind of reminds me of an American-brewed Belgian golden ale, since US brewers overhop delicate styles like these. Maybe I smell a bit of oxidation?

This is a trip, and its quite tasty. Lots of hops, at least by European standards. Cleverly counterbalanced by a gentle yet firm blanket of lighly toasted malts. The gentle numbing of the bitterness gently creeps up, until finally the malts cleanly fade away and leave a faint bittering glow. Great use of hops; great aroma hops, lots of gentle bittering, and only enough malt as is needed. All-around very smooth and easy to drink. All aspects of the flavor profile are very delicate, and it all melts together quite seamlessly. Well hidden alcohol when served relatively cold.

Mouthfeel: light body, not quite dry, but no residual sweetness. Champagne like carbonation makes it kind of a sipper, but drinkability is high since its so delicious. I bet it'd be awesome on tap.

A bit different than my expectations, but I'm used to the hoppy IPAs from Northern CA and this is really not that kind of hoppy. It was excellent in it's own right; very similar to La Chouffe, but with a much more prominant hop profile. One of the hoppiest Belgian beers I've had for sure, up there with Bink Blonde.

Wonderful, and highly recommended. I enjoyed it best at about 45°F. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 01, 2007
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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
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.