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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

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1,981 Ratings
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Ratings: 1981
Reviews: 1092
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%


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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bmwats

Louisiana

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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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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jhchan

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
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gillagorilla

Maryland

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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cjgiant

District of Columbia

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

8/23/2013
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.

10/21/2013
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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57md

Pennsylvania

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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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First I'll admit that I'd been walking around Philly in the July 6th heat and was more than ready for a beer.

This beer is amazing! It was delicious and I cannot wait to see if my local shops carry it. There is nothing I could say negative about it. It was crisp, wet, delicious, extremely well balanced--not a hint of its 9% ABV. I could have easily pounded 6 of these had it not been for the 8 oz glasses and the price tag. If you see this on tap at your local dive, it's a MUST-HAVE!

A-A Milky Yellow/Gold
S-Wonderful citrus-y pine (no smell of alcohol)
T-Awesome. It was so well balanced. Sweet and resin-y at the same time. No hint of its high ABV.
M-Wet and refreshing. It had a nice fullness/creaminess to it.
O-You've got to get this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 01:01:20 | More by jamisonspitzer
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KevT

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer was a pale straw color and a little hazy when served. Definitely smelled the phenolic spiciness from the yeast in the nose. I do not like a ton of the clovey flavors in my Belgians, this one had just enough to let you know it was a Belgian without being obnoxious. A little more hops would have made this beer a solid 4.0.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 17:57:53 | More by KevT
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elNopalero

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a lightly golden-yellow, slightly hazy color, with billowy foaming.

There’s a hoppy crisp-lemony and floral aroma, with some spice and a great mix of that Belgo-IPA combination.

The flavor is smoothly lemony, with a floral note. It pops and crackles yet finishes smooth and spry. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 05:16:25 | More by elNopalero
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Hazy bright orange colour, one finger of solid white head, good lace here also. Smell is a nice mix of yeast with lots of hops, orange and some grassy-lemon, fruity, as well as a bit of spice here as well. Taste is big and hoppy upfront, fairly bitter mixed with yeast and tropical fruits, orange and pineapple, spicy yeast flavours and hops in the finish and aftertaste. Medium carbonation, prickly with a softer lush medium body. A fantastic hoppy belgian beer, ABV not noticed and very drinkable, could certainly drink a lot more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 20:28:46 | More by peensteen
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at as part of a beer flight at Backstage EDL in Torrington, CT.

Light golden straw color, somewhat hazy. White head.

Aroma is gentle. Difficult to pick out elements, but can somewhat discern some fruity esters.

Flavor is distinct cotton candy, bubble gum followed by some mild hops.

Didn't blow me away, but interesting for sure. Might need a full glass of this stuff for a better assessment.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 16:05:47 | More by nebula1999
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy straw color, minimal head. thick lacing follows beer as you drink it. nice effervescence.

S: Malt, clove, citrus. Bready/yeasty sweet smelling Belgian. Hint of honey.

T: Nice bitterness from hops. Nice balance of bitterness with sweeter notes. Alcohol is well hidden here, even at 9%

M: Crisp, clean. good carbonation. Feels full in the mouth.

O: Great balance of a traditional Belgian Tripel and IPA. Nice to see the hops as a star here.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 02:39:11 | More by jroberts8811
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into brewery Tulip

Appearance: Pale, cloudy honey-color with moderate white head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Very spicy, floral and phenolic overall. Some banana and dry, almost musty, citrus.

Taste: Fleshy fruits and banana, with loads of spicy and floral notes on top. Some of that dry, musty citrus from the aroma returns. Not really very bitter, more just really spicy.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a particularly light body considering the abv. Finish is quite dry and crisp.

Overall: This is my first Belgian-made Belgian IPA, and it is quite different from what I am used to in the US, where they are just American IPAs with Belgian yeast. This is more like a Belgian Strong Pale/Golden Ale, with a lot more spiciness. I like it. A lot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 12:25:27 | More by bsp77
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/golden haze look to it. Rich and dense is the head. Glazed lacing.

Peppery and full of apricot hops. Pinch of alcohol sniffed. Belgian yeast and light coriander.

Spicy and zesty with notes of apricot, lemon rind, floral bouquet, and chiming booze. Excellent Belgian IPA flavor profile.

Silky body, light carbonation prickle. The strength doesn't choke back drinkability.

One of my faves of the style. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 02:36:32 | More by thecheapies
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw color thin bubbly bright white head. Extremely floral nose. Sweet honey and eldeberry upfront with bright tropical fruits. Peppery clove and flowers. Honey suckles. Finishes extremely floral dry and clean with a touch of alcohol. Not a beer to mess around with. Complex layers of flavors, bold and brash. Rough around the edges but concise. Faint bitterness lingers a bit, lots of flowery hops on the back end, hoppy resin balances alot of these sweet belgian notes. quite amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 18:53:31 | More by jtierney89
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange-tan with an off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spice, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hoppy presence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 08:22:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a cloudy pale straw colored body.

S: full aroma with lemon custard, corriander, tropical fruit and yeast. All Belgian in the aroma.

T: opens with lemon tartness moving to yeast and grains finishing with sweet banana and both earthy and herbal hops.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice balance and degree of sweetness. The hops are light but the beer is nicely done otherwise.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 03:16:49 | More by kylehay2004
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Mounty4Life

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happppy to get this delightful beer
Yellowish orange with sticky lacing and a head that remains around the outter rim the whole way down. Smells of hop and fruit, kinda like dried banana smells but good. Tastes of banana and hops with great balance. The mouth feel is one of best I ever had especially being a Belgian...liking mostly American ales!! Goes down so smooth I'll have another for sure!! Love it

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 03:04:59 | More by Mounty4Life
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to the local bar to celebrate the smallest toast by Chouffe tonight. I liked their offerings in the past, and I expected a lot from this one. In addition, it knocks off another beer from my pursuit of the top 100 beers of fame.

This is a very good example of a belgian IPA. You get quite a bit of hops in the nose and body. The presence had quite a bit of floral in the nose and flavor. It was impresive how much balance was there.

I liked that I was able to review this beer. It is about time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 02:21:51 | More by ummswimmin
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delapowicz

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine IPA with Belg written all over it. It does not have the maltiness of an American IPA or a British for that matter but has the light effervecent feel of a belgian. Classic in that you don't realize the alcohol is 9%. But the taste is clean. Yeast, malt, hops, and alcohol are all balanced to present itself as a wholy different packge. This is brewing subtlty. It is like recognizing a police sobriety block and slipping into your jail cell and then waking up at the ritz

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 02:09:50 | More by delapowicz
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

Hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. it settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is strongly hoppy but in a distinctively European way. Spicy floral hops and just a hint of citrus.

Flavor is intensely flavored and big on hop bitterness. Not totally out of balance like some American double IPAs. Good sweetness from the hefty malt bill and great yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent Belgian version of a style usually associated with the states.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 18:46:42 | More by GilGarp
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Duvel tasting room. Poured into houblon tulip. Small bubbles but huge white head. High retention.  Sticky soapy lacing. Blond, hazy body. Aroma is fruity, grapefruity and yeasty. Awesome. Taste follows suit with the aromas. One of my favorite beers....ever. Pairs well with most any cheese btw. 

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 23:55:57 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a golden yellow color with a light haze. The head that is formed upon serving faded giving a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – Bready and yeasty aromas mixed with banana aromas meet the nose initially. Some spiciness then comes into play with some other sweeter fruit aromas of citrus.

Taste – Not as sweet as the later aroma would let on and actually much dryer than expected. While dryer then the nose lets on, it is very nice none the less. A maltier backbone of wheat and some more biscutly flavor are present upfront. These mix with the fruit flavors of banana and citrus as the taste advances. Toward the end, the maltiness fades with the fruit and some yeast and spices coming into play. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – A medium to heavy bodied brew with a higher carbonation level. The bubbles tingle on the tongue while the medium to heavy body coats the mouth with a nice feel. Great for the Belgian triple style.

Overall – This is a nice example of a Belgian triple. A little dry for my taste, but quite nice none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:07:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bier Craft in Vancouver. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy blonde with decent carbonation coming up and a two finger fluffy white head. An island of big fluffy head was left and a great thick lace was there too. Great stuff.

S - Great noble hops, yeast, and citrus.

T - Lot's of noble hops, some dustiness, yeast, grassy notes as well. Great combo of flavours.

M - Nice strong carbonation and a medium body with a nice dryness and bitterness.

O/D - Delicious, very nice and simple to drink. A great Belgian IPA with all the requisite flavours to make it very memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 03:00:11 | More by tbeckett
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AgentMunky

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 ounce snifter at The Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: Stark-white head. Cloudy-clear golden-gorgeous.

S: Hops. Bitterish, but earthy-spicy. They smell English or noble, despite the menu claiming an American hop heritage. A sweetish, big smell with Belgian yeast peppered in.

T: So good! This is like a BSPA but with lots of scrumptious hops. I love it. It's soft-sweet-yeasty-peppery with a lingering fruitiness and excellent level of bitterness.

M: Bitter/dry. Low carbonation.

O: Simply a phenomenal beer. Apparently it's a tripel blended with a Belgian IPA that uses some American hops? It works incredibly well. Highly recommended. Will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 19:00:15 | More by AgentMunky
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