Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
First pour turns into a crystal clear golden colour, with the second glass turning into a hazy golden yellow with some floaties in the bottom of the duvel glass. Not as much foam on the first pour compared to the second. Its like marshmallows are in my glass, very cool. The taste is very sharp with some piney hop bitterness with the yeasty dark fruit taste lingering as well. No trace of the 9% alc in this beer at all. Goes down quite smooth. Would definately consider another bottle of this.
06-17-2010 23:40:42 | More by WeedKing4
4.97/5 rDev +18.1%
Presentation: Poured into tulip glass from a 11.2 oz. brown bottle with no best by date.
A: Definitely bottle conditioned as I stirred up a bit too much sediment in the pour. Cloudy pale golden yellow, white head that never dissipates through every sip to the end. Heavy lace all the way down the glass.
S: Loads of citrusy hops, mild spices and floral scents in the nose.
T&M: Medium body, light crispness and very smooth. Slightly sweet and bitter upfront ... heavy citric, herbal hop flavor. Slight warming alcohol. Mild bitter hop finish complements the dry malt flavor in the end.
Excellent tripel. Not sure if I could even say it can be identified as an IPA. Although the hops are definitely more prominent than most other belgian beers. This stuff is great.
08-06-2009 18:50:58 | More by cdizinno
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
A - A pale yellow haze with a deccent white head on top. Looks good, unfortunately the head retracts a bit to quick.
S - A good smell of piney hop along with a good citrus scent.
T - A good tasting DIPA. A light sweetness up front and for the rest only pine and citrus, very nice.It's like a fresh mowed grassfield.
M - A soft carbonation really helps this beer in a positieve way. After the carboantion is settled the fluid turn into a creamy and light sticky substance.
O - I am normally not a big fan of DIPA's, but this one has my attention, very very good. The body could have been a bit thicker though.
12-26-2011 20:28:30 | More by Mar02x
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
Nice floral hop aroma but underneath is the fruity and sweet smell that I'm used to from Choufe. There's also a spicy pepper hop aroma too. A little alcohol in the nose.
Golden and a little cloudy. Develops a HUGE foamy head that settles into a big bubbled, pillowy, looks like merrangue layer. Probably should be poured very gently.
Sweet tripple/strong belgian sweetness on the tip of the tongue, then comes pretty high hop bitterness. Nice estery fermentation character and a long lingering fruity aftertaste. Halfway through the glass it's seems less malty and the hops start to take the front seat. I get an oily hop flavor which lingers in the aftertaste. Everything is really well balanced.
Pretty high carbonation level in the mouth. Medium bodied. There's some pretty substantial warming from alcohol.
I like these new hoppy belgian beers that are starting to come out. This still has a lot of the character of a good belgian ale and the twist of high hops.
06-25-2006 04:16:25 | More by czechsaaz
4.38/5 rDev +4%
750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Just like La Chouffe, murky yellow with a very rich head, the head hangs around throughout the beer and the lacing is excellent.
Smell: Hops aroma is up front with both citrus and floral, actually very pleasant, some sweetness and spice are also evident.
Taste: The hop flavor is dominant but not overpowering, hoppy throughout yet still well balanced, spicy sweetness lurks beneath. This may be my favorite "hoppy" style beer.
Mouth feel: Again, like La Chouffe, very creamy on the palate, really adds to the enjoyment of this beer.
Drinkability: Very smooth and delicious easy to keep drinking.
Another excellent offering from La d'Achouffe.
03-02-2011 20:10:00 | More by BobZ
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.
Appearance-Pale golden in color with a slight haze-perhaps chill haze. Tall white head with good retention and some nice Belgian lace.
Aroma-What an amazing nose-lemon esters, peppery/spicy phenolics, and distinct, minty, herbal, noble, and floral hop aromas. Almost honey-like malt sweetness lurks in the background, along with some yeast funk and rosey alcohols. Sublime.
Flavor-Slight bready, with herbal/minty hop flavors right off the bat. Dries out almost immediately, with funky, earthy yeast flavors and spicy phenolics in the mid palate. Finish is bone dry with moderate hop bitterness and peppery/rosey alcohols. As the aftertaste draws out, there's a minty overtone to the spicy-peppery flavors (phenolic/alcohol) which linger on the palate.
Mouthfeel-Medium full body is augmented by explosive, effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry, but not astringent. Only the faintest tingle of warmth on the back of the tongue lets on to the high alcohol content.
In my opinion, this is the gold standard for Belgian IPAs-fantastically complex, awesome yeast character and a nice hop profile as well. Kick ass.
02-19-2012 02:18:54 | More by plfahey
3.63/5 rDev -13.8%
Strong hop nose - citrusy and spicy. Sweet malt in the background also quite prominent. Milder banana and fruity ester profile. Alcohol noticed as it warms.
Pale golden, slightly hazy. Generously-sized white head, retains well. Lacing when swirled.
Curious mix of bitterness, citrus/spice hop flavor, and sweet malt character. Medium-sweet in the finish. Expecting bitterness to linger longer for an "IPA". Alcohol flavor appeared later. Would like this to finish drier and expect to have a little more hop flavor.
Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Body resembles a tripel more than an IPA.
Interesting combination of styles. Hoppiness not quite what I'd expect for an IPA. Finish out a little drier to improve drinkability.
07-06-2008 06:55:54 | More by BrewerB
3.2/5 rDev -24%
A: Golden hazy, and choc full of sediment. This is the second variety I've had from this brewery in the 12oz bottle that I've had trouble keeping the sediment out of my glass. So, my perception of color maybe off from loads of sediment suspended throughout my glass. The head is fluffy, nice retention, and leaves lacey legs on the glass.
S: a sharp lemon scent leads the aroma, but there is also a sugary backbone.
T: also lemon - a bit like Pledge. The citrus tone just seemed like artificial flavoring. It then goes into floral hops and yeast. The last taste in the mouth is a faint licorice.
M: medium body, fine carbonation, and sharp bitterness.
10-02-2011 01:33:33 | More by KMcG
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into a tulip glass, with a large puffy white head on top, with a pale golden color settling in the glass. At first scent, you think, where did this beer come from. Strong hop scents start out, nothing to overbearing though. Then the belgian pale malt and yeast aromas become prevalent, and assert the fruity scents typical with belgian beers. The taste starts with those hops that come across the palate bring some bitterness, but it soon blended away to the wonderful belgian fruitiness and sweetness at the end. It is light in the mouth, not to watery. This is truely a unique beer, a great experimentaion in flavors, and yet seems very easy to drink, a must try.
08-03-2006 03:46:19 | More by cameraman
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a large foamy white head with great retention and great lacing. Smell is fruitty and floral with a nice sweetness. Taste is initially like an ipa with bitterness from the hops and a nice citrus presence, followed by more of a Belgian taste with a little carmel and fruit. This is great, I love the combo of the two styles. It is very drinkable, and this will definitely be a repeat purchase.
08-21-2006 01:29:35 | More by hckyfn9999
3.98/5 rDev -5.5%
What a fan-freaking-tastic head. White, fluffy, chunky but smooth (how is that possible?) -- looks like whipped cream. Wowzers. The body is a hazy straw color and doesn't match up to the head, but what beer would?
The smell starts out with piney, flowery hops and finishes off with a fruity belgian character.
The taste isn't as impressive. A definate Belgian fruity undertone with piney hops riding on top. There's just not as smooth a transition as I'd like. Alcohol isn't really noticable.
Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated (perhaps too much so) and rather prickly. Drinkability is good, but slow. The taste and drinkability don't live up to the head and nose of this beer.
11-09-2006 23:26:07 | More by DaveFL1976
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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