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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

BeerNDoggerel, Oct 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Bobbydigi, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Seanniek91, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

silverking, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Swift989, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

LostHighway, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of goschool
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

The 750 ml bottle has one of those larger crown caps that can take two pries to open. As soon opened the cap the beer began to violently overflow. I reached for a the first glass I could grab, which was a shaker pint glass, so that's what I'm drinking this out of.

Appearance: The pour is a frothy white color with about an inch of cloudy light gold beer on the bottom. I can't believe this is 9%. The massive head lasts forever in a ridiculous cumulonimbus cloud shape. Even the second, third, etc. pours give their best lemon meringue pie impressions. (It takes a ton of pours since there's so little body in each glass.)

Smell: The nose has flowery and citrusy hops, grains, lemony zest, pepper, and a hint of yeast and even less funk. There is a bit of saison going on in the aroma, but a hoppy tripel describes it pretty well.

Taste: This is as big and bitter as saaz hops get. Lots of hoppy bitterness for a triple combined with lemon zest, orange peel, esters, soft pepper, grain, dough, and Belgian yeast. There's a lot going on in this one to say the least.

Mouthfeel: The medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and finishes dry.

Drinkability: This is complex and pleasant on every level. It's much easier to drink than it's ABV has any right to be.

goschool, Nov 14, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mungus, May 29, 2012
Photo of Hautacam
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Deep gold with a huge white frothy head that laces and lasts till the end.
Smells of floral and funky hops.
Tastes as complex as it's name. There is a sweet , funky grassiness to this, along with the sharp, bitter piney hops.
Citrus, and alcohol come through. Everything about this is huge , and yet there is balance.
Mouthfeel was medium...nice velvety micro-carbonation made this feel as good as it tastes.
Very drinkable. This was an easy 750 to share with a buddy...and wish there was more.
I went out the next day and bought more. I love this one.

Hautacam, Aug 24, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Finally tracked down a bottle, thanks to Heathy Spirits in SF. Not dated :-( Beautiful clean, pilsner-like appearence, with major head and A+ lace, no doubt due in part to the extra dose of iso alpha acids in those alpha hops! Nice golden ale nose...funny, it kind of reminds me of an American-brewed Belgian golden ale, since US brewers overhop delicate styles like these. Maybe I smell a bit of oxidation?

This is a trip, and its quite tasty. Lots of hops, at least by European standards. Cleverly counterbalanced by a gentle yet firm blanket of lighly toasted malts. The gentle numbing of the bitterness gently creeps up, until finally the malts cleanly fade away and leave a faint bittering glow. Great use of hops; great aroma hops, lots of gentle bittering, and only enough malt as is needed. All-around very smooth and easy to drink. All aspects of the flavor profile are very delicate, and it all melts together quite seamlessly. Well hidden alcohol when served relatively cold.

Mouthfeel: light body, not quite dry, but no residual sweetness. Champagne like carbonation makes it kind of a sipper, but drinkability is high since its so delicious. I bet it'd be awesome on tap.

A bit different than my expectations, but I'm used to the hoppy IPAs from Northern CA and this is really not that kind of hoppy. It was excellent in it's own right; very similar to La Chouffe, but with a much more prominant hop profile. One of the hoppiest Belgian beers I've had for sure, up there with Bink Blonde.

Wonderful, and highly recommended. I enjoyed it best at about 45°F. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 01, 2007
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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.

WeedKing4, Jun 17, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

ujsplace, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

chrishiker1409, Nov 05, 2013
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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.

cdizinno, Aug 06, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

kspongeworthy, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Syracuse12, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

dankjohn, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

morrowd3, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

monkeybeerbelly, Mar 19, 2014
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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.

Mar02x, Dec 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 05, 2013
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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.

czechsaaz, Jun 25, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Brinks, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

valianes, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of plfahey
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.

plfahey, Feb 19, 2012
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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