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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,154
Hads: 2,509
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 188
Gots: 341 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of diomz88
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - belgian yeast, bread, bananas, citrusy, hoppy, floral, smells great!
A - golden yellow, hazy, two finger whittish head that takes a long time to recede. And the lacing, Wow!
T - spicy, herbal, citrus, bananas, belgian yeast, and yes, very hoppy.
M - medium bodied, spicy all through out but doesn't linger. No after taste for me.
D - very drinkable, will drink again.

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Photo of eonbluekarma
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like liquid gold with a nice head at pour that stays around at a deminished state the whole time in glass.

Smell: great. Citrus, green raisins, and awesome Belgian yeast.

Taste: hop, with a note of Belgian yeast. Bright, lemon with a flowery bouquet of hops. Finish is hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nice bottle conditioned style carbonation. Full and frothy.

Overall: I like this beer, but prefer the Le Chouffe original ale, as the extra hop I. This beer covers up what makes Le Chouffe a truly great beer; a perfect combination on carbonation, Belgian yeast, and a slight hint of hop.

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Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle purchased from a random bottle shop in Ghent, Belgium.

APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden yellow color w/ a very thick off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

SMELL – Spicy and sweet malts w/ faint hop aroma lurking in the background.

TASTE – Light spicy hop flavor w/ a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL – Strong carbonation that accentuates the spicy hop flavor.

OVERALL – A enjoyable beer, not a hop bomb or standard West Coast IPA, but one that I’d buy again if in a pinch while looking for an IPA.

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had in pilsner glass at Publick House in Brookline, MA.

It arrived at the table with a substantial amount of frothy, white head over a clear, warm golden body.

Aroma is citrusy and sweet with a hint of hops. Yeasty, bready and sweet with a little pleasant funk.

Taste is citrusy, caramely and more Belgian trippel than American IPA. Hints of pear and other tree fruits. Not too hoppy or hot.
A little yeasty and almost a wheaty, bubblegum flavor.

Smooth, medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is excellent for 9%. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of brouwer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time tasting, first time reviewing. This is one I would love to experience on tap.

I had been saving this bottle for a couple months. When I poured it into my tulip glass the head was still unbelievable. I could only pour 1/3 of the bottle. Excellent lacing.

Bold tangy smell with yeast. The taste is rich with fruit and yeast with just the right amount of hop. A taste bordering on the best.

The mouthfeel paralleling the look is excellent. Little aftertaste other that the fruit.

This is an excellent Belgian. I will be back if I can.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like the fact that one can taste both the IPA and Belgian components here. They blend very well together but are distinct at the same time. From the smell alone I would think IPA but the Belgian yeast figures prominently in the taste, curbing what might otherwise be a dryly bitter beer. The taste is still primarily hops, though, with complexity added by malts and citrus.

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Photo of mizzoueng
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light gold to yellow in color. Hazy due to the 1/4" of yeast in the bottle, but I'm not complaining. Head was white and about 3 finger thick in my snifter. Fell rather slowly and lacing was impressive with big foam chunks hanging around.

S - Smelled of Saaz hops and orange blossoms. Bottle said there were Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops in there. All I could smell was the Saaz.

T - 9.0%, so it has a warm taste. The hops are there, the Amarillos jump out at me at this point as well as the Saaz. I've never tasted Tomahawk, but I didn't taste any new hops so who knows. Malty and citrusy, more citrus than malt.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish. The alcohol gives a massive warmness to the beer.

D - Overall this is a good beer. I loved the mix of Belgian with IPA. It was a good experience and I would get it again, but only if I could split it with someone. 25.4 ounces it a lot to drink in one sitting.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a 750 ml. of this at Bev Max in Stamford Ct. I haven't had this in awhile and decided to review it. I poured into a Piraat tulip glass.

A- It poured a hazy bright gold with a hugh creamy, pillowy head that lasted 3/4 of the beer. It also left tons of thick sticky laceing with lots of very active tiny bubbles.

S- Nice fresh floral hops up front with a slight citrus note. It had all the familiar belgian triple smells yeast, candy, and slight bananas.

T- Delightful! Its like the smell, typical triple with a very nice big hops profile. Starts with a nice floral hops. Then comes a slight citrus profile of oranges and grapefruit followed by sweet candy sugar and honey. It also has a spice profile of clove and corriander and some fruity bananas. Finishes yeasty with a peppery alcohol bite and some hopy bitterness.

M- Fairly light feel with a slight creaminess. Good lively carbonation and finishes with a clean finish with some light hop after taste.

D- I liked this beer a lot! The Belgian IPA's are becoming one of my favorite style of beers. You get the belgian triple style with a nice healthy dose of hops, what's not to like! This beer has a nice balance of triple flavors and hops without being to aggresive. I will happily drink this one on many more occasions. Cheers!

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Photo of tdrshayden
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was absolutely incredible. Nice golden color with a cloudy appearence with a masssive foamy white head that coated my glass. Wonderful citrus, spiced aromas followed by a crisp and spicy hop flavor that was well-balanced. At 9% abv, The alcohol was well hidden. I have to say this is my favorite Belgian IPA so far.

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Photo of lawrence76
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was described as a "belgian IPA" by a waiter ...but I didn't find it that exactly

I did love this beer though....nice pale color, I guess typical of modern day triples. Had a very nice head that lasted all the way to the finish

The beer was hoppy, but not IPA hoppy. There was a lot of body in this to balance the somewhat high hop levels. I found it to be a very solid triple.

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Photo of Dixonian
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
Nice 2 or 3 finger frothy head that settled down with nice coverage. Left lacing with almost every drink. Hoppy/floral aroma but not overpowering at all. Same goes with the flavor-hops are spot on. Very nice Belgian spice-one of the most balanced balance offerings i've ever had of the style. Extremelly drinkable for 9%-I had no problem finishing the bottle.

One of, if not my absolute favorite Belgian IPAs-I will be buying this again.

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Photo of rlcoffey
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap in a .2L Houblon Chouffe flute glass.

Very pretty, nice orange color with a big white head. Smelled of wonderful hops with some belgian yeast funk as expected. Taste was like grapefruit juice gone bad. The citrus hops mixed with the chouffe yeast created a flavor that started good and finished poorly.

I had no interest in having a second one. I like Tripels, I like IPAs, I dont think they mix well. Or, maybe they would with more earthy hops instead of the citrusy.

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Photo of hopmonkey
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful, layered beer. Massive, foamy head. Crisp hops with orange slices, balanced by a bit of dough and a fairly malty finish. Malty, but not cloying. Excellent mouth feel, with plenty of carbonation that seems to release the flavor without distracting from it. Very drinkable, which is a bit dangerous. ; )

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Photo of baldycmu
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of many beers I like better than this. Pours a yellowy cloudy/unfiltered straw color with pillows of head. The smell is sweet and floral with a nice hoppy smell of citrus in the background. The taste follows right along with everything from hops to yeast and spice. Just a fantastic beer to drink.

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Photo of mcmidc
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer as a single after seeing it was a combo of two of my favorites (belgian tripel, and an IPA). Poured a very cloudy golden color with a two and a half finger head, which lingered a half a finger throughout the drink. Aroma was of a lot of citrus but my sinuses have been acting up so my nose is really not up to snuff. Taste was everything I expected. First drink there was a lot of hops up front, then mild malts, with a dry hopped finish. After that it was strange. Some drinks I primarily tasted the first combo, others were a rich malty taste with a hoppy finish. Very nice and different. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability was a little too good,(if thats possible) because I found myself sipping on it continuously because it was so tasty but different than anything I've previously had. I will be buying this again.... soon.

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Photo of baakabak
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to tulip

Massive fluffy white head on clear, straw yellow.The head hangs around with lots of lacing.

Smell is grass, lemony hops,and bread.

Taste is the same citrus hops, green apple, raisins and yeasty bread. Very dry, lasting finish.

Medium high carbonation.Crisp

Another great beer from another great brewery.It's like hoppy champagne. What's not to like?

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Photo of Beerfayce
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap into a Tulip
A:cloudy straw-colored, moderate head with some lacing

S: mild grassy aromas, light hoppy spice

T: Strong but not overpowering alpha bitterness to start, fruity yeast and citrus presence. Dry and pleasing finish.

M: This brew has moderate body and increased carbonation.
The fizz and the hops leave an almost parched mouthfeel (it is the only way I can describe it..)

D: enjoyable to drink, although the feeling of disproportionate bitterness wouldn't make it a session for me

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Photo of tyboxr
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a murky light orange. Substantial head with good leg on the glass
S:crisp, lightly penatrative
T: clean, nice lingering aftertaste that I find goes well with smokey/spice foods (ribs. brisket)
M: creamy, good fizz but not mouth filling
D: very drinkable, with or without food. Look forward to finding it on tap!

Will buy this one again if I ever find it. interested in cellaring but unsure about the bottlecap

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Photo of beeronesse
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this once quite awhile ago and just revisited it now! The nose is bursting with floral & citrus hops. It's a gorgeous pour; straw gold in color, cloudy and with a great, pudding-like head that lasts. The mouth feel is nice; juicy and very easy-drinking. The flavor! I don't want to gush so I won't but if I did I'd say WOWWW!!!! It's loaded with citrus, honey, pine, white pepper, and nicely malted. Great balance. I didn't detect the alcohol so much, so this went down way too easily.

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Photo of txbrew81
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap off a freshly tapped barrel.

A: Deep, slighlty hazy yellow. Strong two and a half finger head. Fantastic lacing, my glass was coated from top to bottom.

S: Reminds me a lot of La Chouffe with a stronger hop presence. Belgian yeast, spicy fruits, almost like a tripel.

T: Yep, very similar to a tripel. A solid hop presence with the always identifiable belgian yeast. Bannana, pear, and some other citrus I can't pick out. Pretty damn tasty.

M: Probably its shining point. Alcohol is almost undectable. Good carbonation. Smooth with a good bite.

O: Belgian IPA's have always confused me a bit, they seem to be a hybrid of other belgian styles. That said, I really enjoyed this one. Glad I had the chance to taste this fresh on tap. Must try.

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Photo of nahthan
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Luka's in Oakland. Dark golden pour, a little cloudy/yeasty looking actually. Definitely unfiltered. Nice subdued hop aroma, more yeasty/estery/belgian aroma than a hop aroma. Awesome hop/yeast flavors. Some fruitiness from the yeast, some from the hops. Apparently the hop flavor is from Amarillo, which citrus flavors seems to work very well with the esters in the yeast. Very dry. Extremely drinkable. A very unique marriage of the double IPA and Belgian brewing indeed. An excellent beer.

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Photo of soultrain19
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER!! Not the first time I've had a Houblon gush. At least I was ready this time and didn't have to begrudgingly clean it off the floor.

Once I had a chance to pour it correctly the head was still very thick and lasted the entire length of the tulip glass. It reminded me of marshmallows melting on top of hot chocolate. The lace etched down the sides of the glass. The color was a cloudy light gold filled with suspended "floaties."

Immediately the piney, floral aroma of the hops invades your nostrils. Not too overpowering with a background of maltiness. Upon first drinking it the sweetness is astounding. It's almost honey with pronounced citrus notes. As you are enjoying the sweet, the bitter hop presence slowly develops then lingers on long after you put the glass down.

Obviously it is quite carbonated; however, it is light and crisp with a velvety afterthought.

One heck of a drinkable beer. Too much so probably. If it wasn't 9.0% ABV I would have a new sessioon beer.

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Photo of DanielClouser
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Duvel tulip

If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, I wouldn't be able to choose. But if someone else stepped in and chose for me, selecting Houblon Chouffe to be that beer, I wouldn't complain.

The quality of this brew can vary from bottle to bottle, and this seems to depend on how much Amarillo character comes through. The same seems true of the draft version, as the glass I had at a Taco Mac once wasn't nearly as good as what I had at Leon's Full Service last summer.

It's good no matter what, but after the distinct Amarillo quality fades, the grassy Saaz comes to the forefront rather than playing a supportive role.

Regardless, it's always excellent. Tends to have just a touch of light-struck character, but as with Saison DuPont, it only contributes to the goodness.

I believe this to be the most successful Belgian IPA available (not one of the most--THE most). I think that this is because the yeast lends loads of spicy goodness without much fruitiness, allowing the fruit notes from the hops to really shine.

Despite the considerable ABV, this is a beer that lends itself to generous quaffs of hoppy, phenolic goodness. I love it!

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Photo of TheGrunt
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Colour is very light brown, almost yellow and bit hazy resembling of some german wheat beers, though this one is more clear than most of the Hefe beers.

Pretty strong carbonation and thick foam, that stays on glass after pouring a long while.

Smell resembles that of a popular Velko Popovicky Kozel and even taste have similarities, although everything is one or two step stronger than in Velko. Especially hops are clearly stronger.

This was somewhat a surprise for me. I couldn't expect that immediately I smell and taste this one, I start to compare this to Velko Light. I like Velko and so I like this, but this bier is made in Belgium, in a land of strong and fulll monastery beers, instead of Czech Republic and is almost twice as strong in alcohol content than the beer I'm comparing it.

I don't know. Perhaps my mouth is lying to me tonight, but in any case thumbs up for this beer!

Edit: And I love the logo on the bottle. Caught my eyes in the liquer store, that's for sure.

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Photo of apowar
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours the color of pinapple juice, unfiltered with suspended yeast particles. Head is enormously stiff with unbelievable head retention and significant lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, rice, apple, clove and grass.

Flavor is slightly sour up front, but develops into a beautifully balanced, unimposingly sweet, fruity (pear, apple, candy sugar) and toasty yeast beverage. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and dry pithy bitterness, which does little more than to just refresh the palate.

Holy calamity is this thing soft! Medium body with prickly (at first), refreshing carbonation that quickly becomes very soft that really sticks to your teeth and tickles your gums.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.