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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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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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t0rin0

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 21:01:03 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 21:24:23 | More by djrn2
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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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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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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

12-14-2011 17:17:55 | More by nmann08
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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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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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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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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

12-30-2011 07:58:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-01-2011 19:33:40 | More by kjkinsey
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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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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5%

10-31-2013 03:32:17 | More by jaydoc
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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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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-14-2013 00:55:47 | More by spycow
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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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GRG1313

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 11:11:48 | More by GRG1313
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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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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-11-2013 00:17:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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