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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,146
Hads: 2,489
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 330 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Minocqua. The "best before" date states this one is good for another year-and-a-half. Poured at cellar temperature into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright golden wheat with about two inches of white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a healthy film and ring, leaving substantial lacing on the glass. Quite cloudy, with profuse visible carbonation.

S: Cracker and bread-like malts, grassy hops, and the characteristic Belgian yeast notes of clove, banana, orange, and pear. There's a touch of lemon zest in the mix, as well. Pleasant but not especially assertive bouquet on this one.

T: Cracker and sweeter bread malt flavors up front. They're accompanied by an immediate tartness/astringency that offers some citrus zest--more orange than lemon--on top of the malts. The middle brings an intensification of this tartness with some pronounced grassy hop notes and the full rush of the Belgian yeast flavors of clove, orange, pear, and (more subdued) banana. The back end has the aforementioned tartness transitioning to outright bitter hop flavor, with orange and serious apricot trailing into the aftertaste. Amazingly, I'm not picking up any clear alcohol flavor.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Bright/tart/astringent at the front, followed by some creaminess aided by a good amount of carbonation, and ending with solid bitter that never sacrifices the flavor. This one has a bit of stick, but it is far from syrupy.

O: This is a very tasty Belgian IPA that masks its ABV better than just about any beer I can think of with this amount of alcohol. It brings some nice hop flavors while maintaining great balance and complexity. I've never been a huge fan of Belgians, but this one just might have made a believer out of me. This one is worth seeking out. (1,826 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl btl. BB 04/2017 from grocery store in Brussels
served chilled in tulip glass
Pours cloudy gold. Creamy white head lingers well, and leaves a lot of delicate, micro-lacing. (I've never seen such a cool pattern on the glass...and yes, I'm sober.)

Good blast of hop aroma. After a long stint on Euro-beers, the hop taste is a familiar old friend to a westcoast hophead. Versus the La Chouffe, the yeast flavour has been quite subdued by the hops --- for me, this improves the taste quite a bit.

But this is a different beast. There's definitely more malt backbone here, and the yeast profile makes for a more complex and interesting taste. Resiny, fruity, bready and sweet. Really good, and an interesting take on the style.
And at 9% abv, every American IPA I've had would ooze astringency and drown the lingering tastes with booze. Not this one. Great brewing.
If IPAs and the hoppy beer scene get some traction in Europe, this one shows they can take it places. (983 characters)

Photo of SunglassesJoe
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of visiting the actually brewery last October in the south of Belgium. What an experience.
Essentially, the brewery is in a little gnome town in the middle of nowhere. There are all these little cobblestone roads and buildings.

It was drizzling so my Belgian buddy, his lady, my girlfriend and myself sat by the fire and enjoyed everything Brasserie d'Achouffe had to offer. The IPA Tripel was the real standout. Soooooooo good. I had been turned onto Belgian beers a couple years back by said Belgian friend but I had never had this brew before.

I am not a big fan of IPAs either but this is nothing like we as Americans think of as an IPA. I dont really know how to describe the taste either. It has a hoppy taste but not overwhelming at all. Just enough to tease you.

If you have the opportunity to buy a bottle of this, do it. Just do it. Trust me. You're welcome. (894 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz stubby bottle poured into a tulip, best before 11/2016

A- pours a bright & clear golden-yellow color with a creamy and frothy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some thick lacing behind as it finally settles

S- powdery Belgian yeast up front gives aromas of clove, ripe pear, peaches & orange marmalade. There's a bit of honey sweetness, with a crackery malty background. Grassy hop closes it out

T- the flavor profile is a near perfect mix of tripel and DIPA. Yeasty, earthy & musty up front gives flavors of clove, ripe pair, banana & honey. Grassy, floral and citrus hops kicks in mid-palate, before finishing with a bit of alcohol and more musty yeast on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy and slightly warming

O- an innovative beer that blends two styles seamlessly, while remaining remarkably drinkable. Always a welcomed beer (927 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a modified pilsner glass, no bottle date.
A - Gently poured creates a massive billowing 2 1/2" pile of mixed size spheres, building a froth, supported by busy worker bees of carbonation. Each draw leaves dry coral clinging to the sides of the glass. Colors of straw, honeycomb, and aged sunflowers reside in the glass.
S - That Belgian Tripel, cracker, honey, lead the way. Fruit rime, orange marmalade, mix with grassy notes weaves a complex fabric, ranges from Tripel to aged IPA seamlessly.
T - The initial Tripel aspects recede the IPA rises there is tension in this offering. The give and take never subsides. Belgian candied IPA? With a change in temperature, the hops are on display, aged fruits and grassy hop notes toggle between seamlessly. Neutral yeast stays to the side in grand fashion.
M - Thick feel, full coating of the palate. Oils lead the way with sugary mid feel. Bitters of lemon ride the center line of the palate, while active carbonation keeps the periphery clean. Finish is dry with lingering tropical notes as the calling card.
O - A fine offering that with time and temperature develops into a delight. The structure is solid, and delicate. The initial nose points in a direction that the palate wanders toward. I love that aspect. A complex body of work that is worth the time to experience. (1,348 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge head that fades fast. Light floral smell to it. Was recommended by a bottle shop employee as I was getting many different IPAs. Different, not horrible but not great either. Ill stick to my American IPAs. (212 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clouy gold color wit heavy bubbles to the body. (White) head about oe finger's length

Smell: Light yeast and floral, has a sweet scent to it makes you think a bit of pink grapefruit.

Taste: If you never had a Belgian IPA this might be one to chase. Sour with hit of yeast and smooth pineyness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with slight dry feel to it.

Overall: Very good brew, sometimes after a sip I feel like asking myself why didnt I grab another 4 pack. (474 characters)

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer of a light golden color and a big and dense whitey foam.
Smell is really hoppy and grassy. Fruity notes are found, but citrus notes are the highlights.
Taste is extremely fruity, notes of citrus (lemon and lime, specially) and some peach/apricot. There's a nice grassy/hoppy tone too.
Feel is good too, body is average but carbonation and bitterness are at high level, without being effervescent - a good combination for an IPA. (438 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color capped with a dense head of white foam. After several minutes the head settles to 1 finger in size and caps the beer perfectly.

S: Aromas of lemon and biscuity malts with a faint grassiness. Some fruity esters as well but nothing too strong or aromatic.

T: Fruity esters of apricot skin and pear much more detectable on the palate then they are on the nose. Grassiness with a bit of lemon and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Don't really taste much hops.

M: This beer has a medium body with a moderate-high amount of carbonation. It is somewhat sweet with a touch of dryness that lingers on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer that was much closer to a Tripel then an IPA, being that the yeast esters were more pronounced then the hops. It has fruit flavors that are subtle but definitely noticeable, with just a touch of sweetness. A solid beer but nothing remarkable, I would drink this again. (1,031 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a 2 finger white head. Th aroma has citrus, Belgian yeast, pears, pepper, and pale malts.

Tastes just like it smells. The peppery taste is stronger than the aroma suggests. Still very nice though.

Light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has a peppery aftertaste with some citrus. Well worth trying. (348 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another historic review from paper notes found dated Feb 2010. Bottle consumed at the Abby bar.

Pours a clouded orange with 2 fingers of white head. Lacing everywhere with aroma of straight spicy herbal hops. Bitter sweet taste with malt character upfront but bitter aftertaste. Lingering taste of malt sweetbesss makes you want to take another sip. No discernible yeast character. (382 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It's a very bubbly head, too, with good duration and a roughness that suggests its well-hopped. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well, the aroma is typically Belgian, with candied sugar, bread, white grape, and apple leading the way. Or is it? As this opens up, the hops really enter the forefront. Mostly, they bring loads of grassy Saaz goodness; but there are also touches of lemon and grapefruit. I don't want to say it's a perfect aromatic marriage between Belgian tripel and IPA, but it's damn close. (4.25)

Taste: Here, the marriage doesn't quite seem so grand. Hop notes are the first to hit the palate and the last to leave. There are some good grassy hints, but the notes of lemon and pine seem to detract with excess bitterness. Right before the finish, an upsurge of rich bread makes itself known to the palate, along side some candi sugar hints. Spruce-y notes really express themselves on the aftertaste. As I drink more of this, the notes seem to balance themselves better - it never quite reaches the heights of the nose, but it's a solid tasting beer regardless. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The feel is more or less spot on: it starts off with a full body, while the lively carbonation scrubs things off beautifully. There isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere to be found, and yet it doesn't seem overly sweet or slimy. (4.25)

Overall: An impressive beer, though the hop/malt balance isn't quite nailed at first. Ultimately, I get used to it, and it reveals a well done tripel/IPA hybrid. I'll definitely be drinking this one again. (4)

3.87/5: Oh, you gnomes and your hops (1,721 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is the best of many traditions. Pours with a nice fluffy and airy head, taste has the bitterness of an IPA and the sweetness and grassy notes of a high quality tripel. Beautifully executed, and well worth the effort. Must try! (236 characters)

Photo of Wanne
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with a white head. Strong grass flavors, cereal notes and some grapefruit. Medium bitterness, but very well balanced. Very good beer. (155 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Poured into a tulip.

A: Upon popping the top, I was greeted with a geyser of foam that spewed for a few seconds. Pouring gently into the glass still produced a thick pillow of head that never fully receded. Plenty of sediment. Lacing all the way down. Color is a hazy goldenrod.

S: My sniffer picked up some earthy undertones with yeast, and a little hint of citrus.

T: Grassy hops and biscuit malts blend together with Belgian yeast in a pleasant, satisfying way. Bitter aftertaste that is not too harsh.

M: ZERO alcohol presence. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is done right. Not at all similar to American IPAs. More closely resembles an English IPA with Belgian complexity. (706 characters)

Photo of djack8617
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale blond almost yellow with sedement. Good head retention

Very hoppy aroma.. almost sour aroma

Suprisngly smooth despite the smell. Goes down very crisp. Slight butter aftertaste which complements the smoothness well. The bitterness goes away with further sips while the foamy feeling remains

Foamy. Fills the mouth (327 characters)

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 (220 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, large head dissipated to a small finger, no lacing but honestly I'm blaming the retailer.

Aroma: light floral, slightly grassy hop aroma and big banana clove yeast.

Flavor: grassy, floral and pepper

Mouthfeel: big effervescence. Slight grassy linger. (280 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Houblon Chouffe flute. Strange glass choice.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Smell - A little citrusy. Herbal hops. Yeasty. Lots of pale malt.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. A little yeasty and some phenols. Light banana. Grassy hops build into the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The hop flavor balances out the tripel nicely. (462 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at the north Spokane Total Wine for $5.49. Best before the end of May, 2016, according to the label.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, this was a hazy, slightly sedimentary orangey amber color, with a good-sized bubbly white head that dropped to a thin layer of foam rather quickly but then stayed around.

Herbal, earthy and spicy in the nose, in that order.

Dry and sharply herbal tasting, with some pepperiness and some cloves in the background. The finish is so dry it could approximate the Sahara.

Light to medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both lightly effervescent and with a needle-like prickliness.

If new to Belgian IPAs, this is NOT where to start! I happen to know I like the style, and I enjoy this beer, but it’s not the most accessible of the style, many might find it’s sharp character overwhelming. (855 characters)

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. (532 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a chalice, golden with big fluffy white head. Nose, as expected, was a mix of hoppy goodness and Belgian tripel yeast goodness, although the hops were more subdued than I expected. Personally (and I know I'm in the minority here), the blend just didn't quite work for me. Taste, again, was a 50/50 split between tripel and IPA. Good, but like the nose, it didn't scratch either itch for me completely. Nice bitterness on the finish carries through well. 9% is well hidden...this beer could get you in trouble.
Overall, I didn't think it was a great as other reviewers, but certainly good. (604 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-orange in color with 2 finger white pillowy head.

Aroma gives yeastiness, biscuity malt, and a minor herbal hoppiness.

Taste immediately hits with the carbonation. Very fine, champagne like. I get the biscuity malt, followed by a herbaceous bittering hop. The hop flavor isn’t very present in this beer. It’s more bitter than anything without any traditional tropical, citrus, or piney flavors that normally accompany. I get the complexity of the yeast at the end, with a slight taste of roastiness or smoke (may be the yeast).

Overall, not bad in its category. I much prefer Duvel’s Triple hop to this one. I just don’t care for the hop flavor in this one. It really is an herbal bitterness. It’s not citrusy or piney, just more of a herbal bitter. I would pair this with a strawberry and bacon salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I gets a 90/100 from me. (880 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

S:
-pear,grassy,coriander,pepper,banana,slight bubble gum
T:
Follows the nose plus a lemon-y note
-sharp hop bitterniss
F:
-high carbonation
-alcohol very well hidden (166 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown shorty bottle with a shape we only associate with Belgium. This specific chouffe is standing in the middle of a field of hops, dressed for an adventure. Lovely artwork on these d'Achouffe bottles. Poured into an authentic Houblon Chouffe stemmed narrow glass.

A - bright golden yellow that only gets brighter in the light. Maybe the slightest hint of a golden orange hue. Snow white head pours massive and looks like a big fluffy cloud leaving a clumpy ring of splotchy stick to the glass.

S - Floral, fresh grass, and hints of citrus hops. A nice balanced fruit aroma of banana, lemon with touches of bubblegum popping up with a little belgian spice. The yeast notes are fantastic once again from d'Achouffe.

T - this is what a belgian ipa is meant to be like. Floral and fresh grass like hops with the citrus taking on a fruitiness rather than a knock out shot of bitterness. Banana and lemon notes provide enough sweetness to keep everything in line. Lovely bubblegum notes creep up from within and really get bold as this warms. Alcohol Esters add to the spices and legendary d'Achouffe yeast.

M - big medium bodied with a good texture. Big but drinkable and enough belgian character that I can call it easy going. Finish is superb and it's complexity is outstanding.

O - probably my favorite d'Achouffe brew. Possibly the standard I Hold all belgian ipa's to. It's ahead of its time, packed full of class, and down right delicious (1,457 characters)

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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