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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, May 03, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
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.

t0rin0, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 30, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5%

SocalKicks, Sep 27, 2012
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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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