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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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1,986 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1986
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 03:18:42 | More by Sammy
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 21:33:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 21:56:08 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 07:44:41 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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, serves as the backbone for the grassy, herbacious 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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 19:16:15 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 16:57:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 18:18:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:18:56 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 17:12:51 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:50:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:59:20 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 02:38:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:09:56 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off comes the crown, and out wafts sour citrus and pine, plus prickly spices. Haven't even poured it, though.

Thickly hazed, pale gold coloration, huge head, a fluffy slab of angelfood cake, leaving loads of lace. Poured just right, it features a beautiful cap emerging from the glass, like a dish of ice cream.

In the nose: ah, this is a saison! I mean, a tripel! No, wait a Belgian double IPA, right?...what is it, now?
It's zesty, lemony, sour and spicy, yeasty, funky, deep, delectable. An enticing, entrancing blend of flavor, every bit Belgian.

I'm still only smelling. The label refers to "the overwhelming aroma of Tomahawk, Amarillo, & Saaz hops..." Well put.

Taste it: Bracingly bitter entry on the palate, then kindly backing away.Sip again, and a mix of fruit and spice blasts through the palate anew, then gently subsides on the tongue. Definitely drinkable, despite the uniqueness of the flavor, or the size of the strength. Full bodied, for a tripel, but rather easy in the mouth.

This ale hangs tight on the palate, sticking it out, giving a kick every inch of the way, but downable and delicious. I'm liking it, and I think I'll like it again and again. But then again, I've never met a Chouffe I didn't like.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 05:11:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 33cl bottle of this, as I wanted to try it but didn't need 75cl. No visible freshness date. Served in my brand-new Bell's tulip.

A - Huge four fingers of creamy white foam that takes forever to dissipate and leaves ton of sticky lacing. The beer is a semi-transparent golden straw color, with lots of little bubbles rising lazily to the top of the glass. Not sure what else I could want visually (other than the fact that I had to wait 15 minutes to drink anything).

S - A mix of citrus hops and Belgian yeasts - not a huge surprise I suppose! Lemon zest, that spicy Saaz hop smell, a little bit of funk, a hint of caramel malt, and some fresh bread. It's like half Tripel, half IPA.

T - Sweeter than it smells - lots of floral notes, mixed with caramel malt, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Very fruity - with a strong banana overtone and a bitter mango aftertaste. This is not at all what I was expecting from the smell, but it's surprisingly delicious.

M - I guess all the carbonation goes into the foam, as the beer itself is very smooth and velvety. It's quiet refreshing and the alcohol isn't apparent until the warming sensation occurs after swallowing. I wish there had been a little more tingle on the palate.

D - Well, the ridiculous foam would guarantee I couldn't drink too many of these, and the high ABV would seal the deal. But seriously, once the foam dissipates it's an easy drinker with well hidden alcohol and a pretty delicious taste to it.

Well - I liked this, even though I'm lukewarm to Tripels. The hoppiness is more evocative of a pilsener like Bohemian Lager than it is of an American IPA. I suppose that's because it uses Saaz hops. Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:23:19 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, some hops and a little bit of fruit (banana & apple).

T: A strong Belgian yeast flavor mixed with a floral hops bitterness dominates the taste. There’s a tiny bit of malt and fruit sweetness. After-taste is bready and bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling, hell of a kick to it, but I found this beer fell short of the hype surrounding it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2007 15:55:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Ddarden for this one!

Pours golden with a rocky 4 fingers white head.Great head retention & lacing

S: Huge hops aroma & vaniila notes

T: Spicy hops followed by vanilla. Intense fruittyness then lemon notes as it warms. Alcohol notes then assert themselves. Finishes quenching, hoppy & slightly fruitty, may be a little of style but, I'm not sure what I'd call it.

MF: Medium body, spritzy & with superior balance


Drinks too easy, almost a perfect beer IMO, tripple purists may take offense, but I really enjoyed this treat from my favorite belgian brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:48:19 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a bunch of yeast floaties in suspension and a towering white head. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale malt scent that's sweet and dry with a slight warming effect. The hop aroma is excellent. It blends well with the spicey yeast scent and the malt aroma. The taste is great as well. This beer has a ton of complexity. The malt taste is solid: pale with a dry finish. The yeast component is wonderful. It's earthy with a spicey character. The hops provide a bitter edge, but they really work well with the yeast. The spiciness is a wonderful companion. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer lived up to the hype. It complex and flavorful; a damn good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:46:23 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a white head that is thin and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high.

Sweet smell of amarillo-ish hops. Some malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

Flavor is bright and mild. Hop flavors and bitterness relatively balanced against the Belgian spicy yeast character and the malt. This is probably the best example of a Belgian IPA I've had. Finishes a little dry. Medium body overall, drinkability high, mouthfeel high. Overall a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 04:24:42 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has a bit of wheat, as well as some grass and orange citrus notes. The flavor is very similar. There is a good bit of toffee and wheat, as well as some grass and citrus in the flavor. The bitterness is fairly low, but the spiciness and yeast-like character is quite high. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:42:14 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 04:17:43 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 21:19:15 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer is quite well carbonated, it produces an initial five-finger thick, tan tinted, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of streaming bubbles swimming up through a rich gold colored beer. As the head dissipates it forms a rockied surface and leaves a delicate lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Eventually the head leaves a long lasting, dense, yet tall island of foam. The aroma is quite nice. First there are the dry accented aromatics; a mix of lemon, toasted grain, hay, something that reminds me of fresh corn masa, a light herbaceous note an a touch of grassiness. There are also sweeter notes that remind me of vanilla, grapefruit, and sweet orange peel.

The beer explodes on my tongue, as soon it hits it vaporizes into a mouthful of foam. Swirling the beer a bit helps to degas it, it is still well carbonated, yet does not completely disappear on my tongue as I take a sip. Still spritzy, notes of light lemon, and a definite hop bitterness add to the sharper sides of this beer. A touch of vanilla, and a soft creamy malt character soften out the profile of this brew and provide a definite refined balance that would not be found in an American hop bomb. This beer has a touch of yeasty and even hop derived tartness to it. Lightly spicy fermentation notes poke through the hops at times, but it is really the mouthfeel where the Belgian character shines.

Warming notes of alcohol waft up through my nasal ducts as I sip this brew. It is not sharply alcoholic and in fact hides its alcohol quite well, but there is that warming in the nose that lets you know that this beer will bite you if you don't watch out. The balance that this beer strikes is really the wonderful thing about this beer. Soft, creamy and enticing, yet at the same time bitingly bitter with ample hop notes. And the ample meringue like head is as good as it gets. This is definitely one of those beers that is quite well integrated, the sum of its parts, tasty as they may be, still add up to a greater whole than one my expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:56:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:02:11 | More by Knapp85
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