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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,234 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a full two finger head over a translucent dull gold body. Holy sediment Batman! There is a lot floating in there. I love it. Good lacing, with some clinging in almost to the very end.

I smelled this one as soon as I poured it. Lots of spicy hops, alcohol and a big yeast bite. Very grassy and yet biscuity.

Very complex flavor profile. Up front the yeast, grass, pine and light spice start it off very well. Light sugary and malty sweetness in between, then lightly spiced hops takes over and finishes you off.

Medium bodied, carbonation just enough to be lightly prickly. Flows simply and quickly down, leaving no coating, but drying as it goes.

CFHMagnet, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Wine Affairs 12/11/11.

Sits an opaque tawny sun color with thick head that simmers to a thin layer. The varied size in bubbles left a nice Belgian lace pattern on the glass. Spicy grapefruit aroma, similar to a Saison but hoppier. Typical golden strong ale Belgian malt flavor and fresh barley followed. Lots of banana and grapefruit flavors fading to light spices, then to bitter, tart, earthy hops. Feel was big, cloudy, and a little tingly.

This is a great example of what a Belgian IPA can accomplish. The hops didn't step on the yeast and vice versa. Balance is good, but the malt bill was solid and complimented the hops and Belgian yeast well. The lacing was really extraordinary and truly reminded me of the lace hanging in the windows of shops in Brugge. A great break from the monotony of west coast IPAs, Achouffe shows another flavor in the spectrum of IPAs as a style.

Philousa, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of guezarka
5/5  rDev +18.8%

guezarka, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Seanniek91
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Seanniek91, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +1%

camartin27, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

dowen44, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- The beer has a honey color, partly cloudy look with an abundance of tiny bubble carbonation. The head is huge, fluffy white and never quite fades out. Fat sticky rings of lacing, too.

S- Just the right amount of citrusy hops to allow a bit of yeast funkiness to come through. There are tropical esters and sweet alcohol aromas in the background.

T- Citrus hops, mild yeast in a white bread kind of way. The yeast is light and not funky. Honey sweets.

M- Crisp and carbonated. Boozy and bitter. Great dry zesty finish.

O- I like how the hops tame the yeast in this Tripel. It works.

NiceTaps, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Syracuse12
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Syracuse12, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.25/5  rDev +1%

monkeybeerbelly, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of jmalex
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm way overdue for drinking this one. I'm glad the day is finally here for drinking this highly-regarded brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin chalice a crystal clear pale gold color with a huge, loose-bubbled, white head. The becomes very rocky as it drops leaving tons of lacing down the side of the glass. This looks perfect.

SMELL: The smell is predominantly a bready yeastiness, but has a slight malty sweetness and vague spiciness accompanying it. One thing that is surprisingly missing is any hop aroma. If it exists, it's only there non-descriptly in the background. Odd.

TASTE: Ah, but they're certainly there in the taste. The hops aren't too intense, but balance nicely with the dry beer. The malt features a sweet canvas on which some light fruity esters from the yeast slip through. The hops are a nice mix of noble and American varieties and have a slight resinous aspect to them which lingers long after everything else on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is quite light owing to the dryness of the beer. The carbonation is average or maybe a little below but is sparkling nonetheless.

DRINKABILITY: It's very smooth with no harshness from the hops whatsoever. And at 9%, it's WAY to easy to finish. Quite nice.

Overall, this is a really solid and flavorful beer, but nothing spectacular. It's definitely worth a try, but this may be the last bottle I buy for myself.

jmalex, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light cloudy orange. A lot of suspended yeast in this one. Forms a finger of head and traces of lacing.

S- Yeasty, sweet orange. Straw malt.

T- Great yeast flavor. And great hops flavor. A major flowery aftertaste.

M- Cleans the palate after just the right amount of time.

O- Good, not great, but good.

zdk9, Feb 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

LostHighway, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of letsgopens
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great looking poured in to a tulip glass. The pale yellow/gold hue is topped by a huge, rocky white head. The head takes a while to recede and leaves tall walls of lace.

Some wheaty citrus and big floral hops. The hops adopt a yeasty dimness that really adds a distinct new character. Some grainy yeastiness, pine, and spice. Well pronounced and very different.

Lots of wheat and yeasty, bitter citrus; primarily orange peel with a bit or grapefruit. The hops are well pronounced, very floral and earthy. The cereal grain is there as well as a nice honey sweetness. A bit of pine and spice come through as well. The matted graininess provides a light but matted, rather cushiony texture on the tongue.

Mellow mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation in the pour that doesn't come out to much in the mouth. The crispness of the carbonation is somewhat absorbed by the yeasty/grain/wheat feel. Very tasty and unique.

letsgopens, Dec 12, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mcphish22, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Franch
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Franch, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Treb0R
4/5  rDev -5%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of BobZ
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

BobZ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of suspect
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

suspect, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

PalatePilot, Dec 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Swift989, Jun 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

JimmyAloysius, May 25, 2014
Photo of cnally
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is that a goblin on the label? I don't know but I am frightened either way.

The look is a straw yellow, with a soapy-looking head. Many particles (floaties) adorn this beer. Yuck.

The smell is sweet and yeasty, with some hints of banana and pear. But very yeasty.

The taste is big hop right up front, which is a little surprising considering the apparent lack of hop scent leading in to the first taste. The sweetness is not there anymore, with the dry hop taking over. The hop flavor fades into a bit of yeasty aftertaste. But the alcohol is very prevalent in this one.

The feel is dry but fizzy, with an alcohol-induced astringency.

Well, this is certainly a high alcohol beer, the flavor doesn't hide it at all. Is it more IPA than Tripel? Yes. In fact, I'd go on the record as saying this has all the elements of an IPA, and only the smells of a Tripel. Interesting, if ultimately forgettable.

cnally, Oct 19, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

fostachild, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Mar02x, Dec 26, 2011
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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