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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,535
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 194
Gots: 346 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

highly hopped Belgium,the second in as many days. Bitterness is not as drinkable as was the Uthel hop-it, i.e. a character of malted offsetting like a double ipa. its got musty yeast that doesn't right hit the spot with me. Ntonetheless,much creaminess and an interesting hop profile for the hophead portion of me. Fresh from Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy yellow with very good lacing and retention.

Aroma is of citrusy american hops, pale malt, and some a bit of funk(?).

Flavor is malty and bitter but the hop flavor has mellowed a lot. I don't get it, I've had this from the bottle a number of times and its good every time. What happened here? Theres also a touch of what seems to be funk., odd

Body is medium/light, plenty of CO2 in solution, and drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a firm and appealing white head.

Nose is very light-almost no character at all.

Mouthfeel is medium/full body, some creamy character and very appealing.

A complex beer. Flavors of lemon pie with a nice Belgian fruit/malt and hop balance. Complex layers of flavors of fruit and bitter; lemon to pine; sweet fruit/hop to citrus.

Finish is a pleasant pine resin. Complex and nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that settled down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles and some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There is a rather strong aroma of floral hops, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather complex and has flavors of black pepper, dry fruits and yeast; there are some initial hints of grainy malts and a slight amount of sweetness. The hops lend a mild amount of bitter flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked and the dryness in the aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nowhere near as hoppy as an American ipa, but that's okay, because this beer is balanced and drinkable and delicate even at 9% abv. it pours a lovely pale straw color, clear, bubbly, and accumulating a massive white fluffy head with good staying ability. the nose is hoppy sure, but its light in a way too, fruity, not too bitter, and balanced out well by potent Belgian yeast and some wheat malt. not sweet at all, wondering if this tripel style skipped the candy sugar, it finishes clean, yeasty, and hop forward, balanced, but all elements contribute in a distinct way. grassy vibe too, fantastic stuff, and you cannot taste the booze at all. really light body and typical Belgian yeast effervescence. yum

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a big foamy white head on top that laid on top of a cloudy golden yellow colored liquid underneath. The lacing was decent here leaving to scattered bubbles on the glass. The smell of the beer was a hoppy blend of an IPA and a spicy Tripel. The aroma had some spice, some hops and some earth to it. The taste had a strong bitterness upfront that was mellowed out but the earthy spices in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was retty nice, it had a pretty good thickness to it and plenty of carbonation. Overall I found this been to be pretty good. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Another magnificent Belgian (I am on a Belgian kick these days), with a gorgeous whipped egg white head that caps the cloudy pale lemon liquid and sheets the chalice with lace

Smell: Vanilla spice, with clove and anise, providing a foil to the grassy and pithy hops

Taste: The malty base is sweet (hints of honey and banana) and bready, serving as the backbone for the grassy, herbaceous and pithy hops (quite a mix in the hop selection); after the swallow, the yeasty elements emerge and add the spices and vanilla to the mix; all of the elements remain in the complex finish, making this a rather intriguing melange

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little leery at first, but this combination works incredibly well, having imparted the finer points of both the tripel and the IPA into its flavor profile

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

I'm always impressed with each and every return to this classy, hoppy ale. But it has never been fresher, more vibrant, or with more zeal than having it a the tasting room of the Duvel Brewery!

Incredibly bright and lively as the carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass in a very fluid dance-like motion, all the while fueling the stark cottony white head that tops the beer in confident and stubborn fashion. Intricate lacing patterns develop as the beer dissapears sip after sip.

Delicat hop aromas of floral, perfume, and citurs whaff over the senses with a backdrop of honey suckle, fresh baking bread, and hay-like grain. A fruity/spicy interplay of apples and pears mingle with dried orange peel and white pepper for an ultra complex nose.

The beer's pilsner malt base provides the most supple sweetness of light honey and powdered sugar just before the onslaught of hop rise to dominance. Citrus pith, pineapples, lemongrass, grapefruit, tangerine, tangy lemons, and mangos are just a few of the descernable fruit flavors that compose the estery mix. Yeasty spices of white pepper, cumin, and curacao add flavor to the fruit and carry it into a sharply but pleasantly grass-like herbal (almost piney) bitterness that provides a crisp and clean closure to the session.

Full and expansive at first becasue of the mouth pulling the champagne-like carbonation out of suspension, thus engulfing the mouth. But the dissipating carbonation takes with it the malty sweetness and terse weight leaving only an impression of fruit, spice, and bitterness on the palate to return.

Power and elegance are both on display and with remarkable balance- it's not a rival of IPA's but it is a hop-forward Belgian beer in all its glory.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured from one of the smaller bottled into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful, slightly-darkened gold color. A very good amount of carbonation, and quite a bit of white head on this one.

S: Plenty of hops and a definite Belgian yeast character. Perhpas a little bit of citrus.

T: Just like the nose, hops and yeast. However, not quite as much as I was expecting from the smell. Some fruitiness as well as some mild spice.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation and hop bitterness.

D: A very good beer, but something was just missing. The taste wasn't quite as good as the nose, and overall I'd say that I definitely prefer Piraat to this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty and hazy yellow color ale with a super huge pure white foamy head with absolutely perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite intense with what I think are Saaz hops really taking over this wonderful mix. Taste when beer is slightly below room temperature is akin to a wonderful triple (Westmalle, Moinette) with some added floral undertones. When beer gets at about room temperature the hops really comes out and provide a bitter finish which I enjoyed a bit less. Nonetheless, this is a great experience and would probably try this again even though price is a bit high IMO for this beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden-amber with visible yeast floating around. The head is downright strange looking; it's huge and rocky, slowly dissipating into weird, lumpy foam formations.

Smell: Hops of the citrus (namely lemon) and herbal variety, yeast, and a bit of funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Drier than I was expecting, though it still has a decent malt character. Hops are flavorful but not overly strong, and definitely not comparable to an American IPA. It has an herbal and citrus-rind bitterness to it, which isn't entirely enjoyable to me.

An interesting beer, but having tried it a couple of times now, I think I can safely say that it's not my thing.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Burgundian-style bottle. When you least suspect it, you encounter a recreation of a see-through Mount St. Helens - crack the cap - and a voluminous column of liquid shoots straight up, and I lose a quarter of the bottle before I can even move to rein it in. No shaking or disruption before, just a gentle life standing in my fridge. Sigh. Anyways...

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw hue, dotted with some rising effervescence, and gives up a teeming load of puffy, creamy rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some random chunky lace around the glass as it slowly settles from sight.

It smells of bittersweet citrus cream and soft pine needles, mushy pineapple, a touch of unripe banana, mild pale grainy malt, some very soft ground pepper, and floral yeast. The taste is, on the whole, softer, but still replete with bitter citrus rind, pear, banana, and ethereal grapefruit, candi sugar, wet, bark-like pine, herbal tincture, an emboldened, sweeter bready caramel malt, and a pretty soft, unassuming alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is relatively laid back, perhaps not that much of a surprise after blowing its load up front, when freed from the mercantile tyranny of the bottle. Anyways, having a decent malt backbone under that fruity hop onslaught renders the body a hefty medium weight, which is improved all the more by a slight creaminess. It finishes plainly clean, the hops and understudy yeast still pushing things into dry territory.

A lot of pretenders have attempted to assail the mountain of this somewhat newish beer style, but it's always nice to see the old boys show 'em how its done. Here, the typically overwrought yeast/gargantuan hop battle is thankfully absent, leaving a more tasteful, subtle flavourful blend of all that is good therein. Sure, the hops don't scream out "PACNW", but that can actually be a desirable thing, maybe.

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Photo of zeff80
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a large, soapy, pillowy white head. It left behind sheets of lace on the snifter glass.

S - It smelled amazing: floral, lemon, fruity esters, spices and a hint of caramel malts.

T - It tasted sweet and citrusy. A little hop bitterness provided a nice kick. It had a blend of fruit flavors: apple, raisin and cherry?

M - It was crisp and smooth. Fairly light despite the high ABV (9%).

D - Exceptional! My first Belgian IPA and I loved it. I may have to pick up a couple bottles to see how it tastes that way.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent honey gold (developing an apricot-like blush by the bottom of the bottle) that is beautifully busy with a flurry of fine yeast and multiple streams of uprushing bubbles. As expected, there was very little beer visible immediately after the pour due to the massive head of French vanilla froth. Belgian beer, especially ridiculously hopped Belgian beer, is often crowned with the most amazing heads in all of beerdom. This one is impossibly rocky and throws up a gorgeous display of fine, feathery, soon to be crusty lace. Epic.

How could the nose be anything other than fandamntastic with a hop bill consisting of Amarillo (dry-hopped), Tomahawk and Saaz? It isn't quite as explosive as I'd hoped, but that's a minor point when it smells this good. I'm sure that the still-thick cap has something to do with the slight lack of immediacy.

I didn't expect this beer to smell this lemony. It isn't often that the lemon zest esters of Saaz hops make their way to the head of the line (past grassy, spicy and floral), but they've done so here. The beer smells like creamy lemon meringue pie--and looks like it too!--or like buttery, clove-spiced lemon shortbread. Very, very, N'ice.

The only real suspense before I take my first sip is just how much I'm going to love this beer, a little or a lot. And the answer is... a lot. It isn't quite as brilliant a creation as Thiriez XXtra, or maybe even Urthel Hop-It, but it's damn close. Besides, it isn't really fair to compare beers of such different styles. They're all hopped to the gills and they're all fabulous.

Since I love IPAs and I love tripels, I had a pretty good idea that I would love what is meant to be a combination of those two styles, even if I wasn't sure what it would taste like. I'm not sure that the pale/pils malt backbone is all that tripel-like, though it is substantial and is more than sturdy enough to handle a few fields worth of hops. Well, one field's worth anyway.

Saaz is the dominant member of the hoptastic trio. Its beautifully peppery buzzsaw-like nature, on such glorious display in Thiriez XXtra, is muted to some extent by the fruitiness of the American varieties. Those expecting an Amarillofest will be disappointed. All in all, I'd say that the hops were well-chosen with each providing the 'better angels of their nature', resulting in a hoppy flavor profile that is second to few.

A too-aggressive Belgian yeast strain would not have been a good idea and I'm happy to report that the one that has been chosen is laid back enough in terms of cloviness that the hops are allowed to shine with maximum radiance. As is often the case with extremely well-crafted beer, the ABV is of academic interest only. The alcohol is beginning to creep up on me in a velvet hammer sort of way, but it's difficult to appreciate it on the palate.

The body/mouthfeel is worthy of both the best IPAs and the best tripels. It's medium-full and creamy smooth with a carbonation load that is vigorous early and restrained late. I love the fact that the silky stickiness present on the finish is permitting the wonderfully hoppy flavor maximum 'bud time'.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, even though it contains at least three different styles in its name, is a singular creation by a master Belgian brewer. Some will discount over-the-top hoppiness as a passing fad, but in the right hands (and the hands at Brasserie d'Achouffe are some of the most capable that you'll find) it turns great beer into transcendent beer. Houblon Chouffe looks like a masterpiece and drinks like a dream.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well there is alot of hype that comes with this beer but it was what I expected really.Poured a hazy light golden with a big blooming white fluffy head,aromas are yeasty somewhat pneolic with herbal notes.Yeah this beer is pretty hoppy the saaz really show thru quite spicey and zippy with "green" herbal notes and somewhat medicinal.The Belgian yeast is very prevelant along with a mineral-like quality,eh its ok but to me along the same lines of Urthel Hop It in its hop character just not my thing I guess but a solid beer none the less.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very light amber with a huge white frothy pillow like head. Soo much retention and frothy top left over, it was like a cloud sitting on top of the beer. Lots of haze from suspended particles and visible carbonation streaming up, looked wonderful.

S - Smell was very light and had many fruity esthers, most notably hints of plum, raisin, figs and pears. Hints of some nutmeg were also apparent. All balanced out nicely by the lovely hop aroma.

M & T - The taste was very hoppy, hoppiest belgian ale I have tasted to date. Very spicy and the alcohol tingled you lips and warmed your belly on the way down. Unbelievably smooth and delicate feel, really a very nice texture which greatly served to punctuate the flavor. Huge hop profile lingered for a good long time and provided a nice counter to the hugely complex fruity flavors.

D - Overall this was really nice. I could see myself having a glass in front of the tv anynight. Very hoppy and really bitter and well done. Very dry finish only served to cap off a great experience. Loved this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A gentle pour yields two fingers of bone white foam on top of a hazy, yellow body. The head settles slowly and leaves a sticky lattice of thick lace behind.

S - Lemony citrus aroma mixed with spicy hops and a hint of yeasty pepper. Slight wheat sourness.

T - Strong, herbal bitterness along with grapefruit hop flavors. Followed in the middle by a saison like yeasty spice and a bit of fruit, black pepper and pineapple. The finish packs wheat tartness and smooth, but spicy bitterness.

M - Medium heavy body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big, spicy, hoppy beer. The flavors are robust and hard to ignore, especially the grapefruit hop flavors reinforced by the wheat sourness. Certainly not a session beer, but a complex and very interesting beer that would go great with seafood or maybe even dessert.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy light golden color with a sticky white head which leaves great lacing.

S: The aroma is a mix of sweet sugar, Belgian yeast and esters, and a citrus hop aroma. There is quite a bit going on here, and I find it enjoyable.

T: The nose translates fairly well to the palate, particularly the sweetness. I found the hops did not have quite enough bitterness to balance this out. The yeast provide a nice fruit and spice character. Some noticeable alcohol heat on the finish, as well.

M: The body is a bit on the full side of medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: A bit too sweet and a touch of booze diminished my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps the style is just not my thing, but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a full, foamy, white head that's rather meringue-like.

Smell: Pale malts, some doughy qualities, freshly-squeezed lemons, and spice with a perfumy waft of alcohol and a distant note of apple.

Taste: Pale malts, a tad biscuity, followed by a blast of sweetened lemon juice. Very mild banana, light spicing. Piney, citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness balances the sugary qualities. Crisp, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Way to really jazz up the tired, old tripel style, guys!

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey a little while back, and even served in a Houblon Chouffe flute glass.

A: Large head that forces a 3 min pour as my tasty looking beer sits at the draft beer tray. Golden pale yellow color with good clarity. The thick head crumbles in a strange fashion.

N: Nose has some spicy Belgian malts, golden malts and some Belgian yeast. Touch of alcohol, hints of spicy hops.

T: Very nice, delicious. Slight Belgian golden malts, hints of spices, a little banana, a very nice spicy earthy hop taste and some bitterness but not too much, its a very nice Belgian IPA hop character. The flavors are blended very well. A slight alcohol taste and warmth and a touch of sweetness.

M: Good body with good carbonation.

F: Pretty dry and bitter, it gets a little more bitter on the finish as they build and hit at the finish. It's a nice grassy earthy spicy hop taste and bitterness that lingers a bit. A little alcohol sting and warmth, and slight lingering spice.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Monk's Café (Philadelphia, PA) on 4/2/11. Served in a flute.

Pours a crystal clear gold, topped with a finger-sized cap of rigid eggshell-white head. It retains with roughly a ¼ finger of creamy richness, which rings the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. Just a really nice rich and soapy look here. The aroma is fresh and bright with citric character in the nose, along with tight grains, a ripe fruitiness, and a gentle leafy spiciness. This just has a solid fresh bite in the nose.

The taste is alive with bright citric hops and a leafy bitterness in the mouth. More subtle notes of softer fruit flavors mix with a flat sweet graininess across the back of the profile. The finish is dry and spicy, and fairly clean feeling, with no lingering yeast presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel that is undercut by more of a hoppy oiliness underneath. Wow, I didn't realize until I went to review this, that the ABV was 9%! The alcohol is beautifully hid here, adding to the overall smoothness and drinkibility of this.

There's a reason that this is one of the top ranked Belgian IPAs on the site and that's because it's damn good! I loved how the fruit and spice notes from the yeast were very subtle here, almost to the point where you could have mistaken them for hop characteristics. And the overall drinkable nature was VERY good for the bigger size of this. I'm not usually a huge fan of this style but the emphasis on the hop flavors and overall clean feel really won me over here in a big way. I think having this on draft really made a big difference here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I first tasted this beer with Chris Bauweraerts (the owner) I asked him about the hops. I immediately picked up the Amarillo in the nose, but not the Tomahawk or Saaz. Was the Tomahawk for bitterness?... "No! They're all in the finish", he replied. OK, my bad. And I noted that I also picked up the house yeast, but he seemed confused by that -??? It's there though!!! Yep. I just smelled it again. Very distinct La Chouffe yeast. It has almost a vanilla-ish scent to it in my opinion. Mineralish as well.

The bottle that we shared poured a hazy golden body beneath a massive head of rocky bright-white foam. It had been disturbed during the trip, but most of the La Chouffe beers I've had have been in the same condition as I usually drink it when I'm out. In fact, the only La Chouffe beer I've ever had at home before this was Mc Chouffe. But I digress. The bottle I'm enjoying now sat in my refrigerator at 35ºF for 3 weeks and the initial pour was clear and bright. It's a sparkling golden-orange with teeming, very-fine bubbles (kind of like a snow globe) beneath a HUGE rock head of bright white. In fact, it climbed out of the glass while I went into the other room to get a phone call. Impressive! And the lacing is quite possibly the best I've ever seen - I almost cannot see from one side of the glass to the other as it's covered in wallpaper-like streaks of solid lace. Stunning! I've never seen that before!

The nose remains the same, hoppy and yeasty! What I'm tasting now is more balanced though - floral and fruity/citrusy and spicy and lightly spruce-like over a chalky, candy-like maltiness. Again, impressive! (And I still think the Saaz takes a back seat to the bigger Americans! ;)

It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a dextrinous side and an effervescent "pillow" of carbonation on the tongue. Smooth, but not creamy. Lightly zesty. Nice!

The flavor is as the nose suggests... hoppy! It's initally fruity with yeastiness, but citrus-fruity/piney/minty/spicy hop flavors immediately settle in and take their roost atop a grassy, straw-like and mineralish malt and yeast combination. And at this point it's hard to discern what is what. What's from the yeast? What's from the hops? What's from the malt? It's just one pretty rounded malt-yeast-hop flavor! The alcohol is superbly hidden, and you probably won't feel this one coming until it's got it's arms completely around you ;( It finishes dry with some residual grassy and spicy hops, a flicker of alcohol, and a rub of mineralish and lightly chalky yeastiness.

Belgian tripel with hops? - yes!!! It's unusual, it's exciting, it's well-rounded, and balanced, and drinkable! Superb! The Houblon is without a doubt my favorite of the Achouffe line. Magnificent!!! If it wasn't 9% I could drink this all of the time!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml green glass (bleh!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl N'Ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are relatively high given the brewery, but the style is suspect. Best before date is "End 2012" - strange for an IPA. I bought it in October 2011 (At Wally's Wine in Westwood, California).

On a presentation note, green glass is inexcusable.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and amazing retention (especially for 9.0%). I'm impressed with the retention. It's a rather foamy head, with a visual texture akin to candy floss. Colour is a cloudy yellow. Lots of swirling bubbles indicate adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Semitransparent. Very fresh looking and appealing.

Sm: A fresh floral light hop aroma with pleasant orange peel. A bit yeasty. A mild strength aroma.

T: A pleasant malty foundation over the top of which sits a mild smittering of light hops. The hops never finish too bitter. It's a bit buttery, helping both the taste and mouthfeel. (I'd even go so far as to say it might pair well with popcorn). The malts resolve smoothly and tingly yet aren't quite as potent and thick as you might expect from a Tripel (also no candi sugar comes through). It's as though they used crystal malt instead of Belgian candi sugar and added hops to reduce a golden Tripel to a yellow pale ale. It's definitely pleasant, but I don't know that I'd go so far as to call it refreshing. A bad malty note (akin to the way malt is handled in most Spanish lagers) is present right on the finish, and feels stale compared with the rest of the otherwise well balanced flavours.

Mf: Smooth and dry, with a bit of stale tingly character on the climax and finish - sort of a failed hop coarseness that really bothers me. I don't know what's causing this but I don't like it. I'd like it more wet and a bit more slick.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV in spite of its mouthfeel problem. It features some pleasant flavours that are balanced well, and feels quite experimental, but it never reaches a level of being unique or special. I might try it on draught in Belgium, but it's not anywhere near good enough to consider paying a high price for as an import again. This brewery has better beers.

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