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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 171
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Luk13
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Hazy yellow pour with a huge frothy white head looks fab. Aromas of orange peel, passion fruit and floral hops. Taste is spicy and yeasty but with a very refreshing hop finish. Creamy palate with lively carbonation. A nice blend between a IIPA and a belgian tripel. Unfortunately the alcohol is a little overwhelming. Still A solid beer.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale hazy gold with a massive white merengue head, firm enough to scoop onto a piece of pie. Aroma is some Belgian yeast and a mild honey-butter.

Taste is dry and lightly biscuity. Light flavors, hints of citrus, coriander, other faint spices. Finish is very dry and bitter, bready, bringing out more of the yeast element (my glass has some significant floaties). Has a very light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is light and relatively clean. A strange hybrid style, this offspring of a mild IPA and a Belgian tripel. Probably my favorite of the Chouffe brand to appear locally.

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Eulogy

This is a very good take on a recent trend of making very hoppy beers from traditional belgian ale bases and yeasts. The tripel was a beautiful, hazy gold with a voluminous white foam. The smell was intoxicating, with the sweet malt combining with cedar and grapefuit-like hops and the fruity, tropical esters produced by the yeast. The beer was very tasty with a fruity, spicy sweetness but dry (alcoholic) finish. This was a very complex beer with different flavors tasted with each sip and as it warmed. The fruit character could be peach, apricot, mango, or grapefuit depending on what you were thinking of as you tasted it. The bitterness from the hops and alcohol helped rein the beer in and keep it grounded and earthy.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

Bought this bottle with a gift certificate that I got for Discount Liquor when I left my last company. Thanks Tom!

A-Unbelievable rocky head that is relentless. Beautiful golden body with lively carbonation coming from all angles. The sticky lace stuck all over the glass, and I mean everywhere!

S-As soon as I popped the top, the hop aroma was punching me in the face. It almost seems to be a battle between the spicy hops and the Belgian yeast strain. The doughy, earthy yeast is presented perfectly along side the hops.

T-What can I say...my two favorite styles combined into one masterpiece. The IPA side shines through early on and the sweetness of the tripel body comes through as it warms a little at mid bottle. Your tastebuds are juggling between American IPA and Belgian Tripel. Either way, everything turns into a happy concoction.

M-Great blend of bitterness up front followed by the sweetness of the tripel body and finished with a spicy Chouffe yeast quality. This would have been a perfect 5 if it were a little heavier on the Tripel sweetness.

D-Tough to find flaws in this if you are a hop head and a tripel fan. ABV is hidden and starts to creep on you. I could definately see a couple bombers being opened with the right group of friends for an all nighter.

Nicely done d'AChouffe!!!

Next challenge....homebrew clone of this!

Photo of stevehagy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Fitze
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of dgallina
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, no freshness date.

Pours clear golden straw color with big airy white head, very persistent lace, and slow carbonation. Smells of earthy yeast, some barnyard funk, tangy hops, lemon and orange zest fruitiness. Flavor is an interesting interplay of typical tripel fruitiness with American hops. Starts with coarse graininess, builds sweet tropical citrus and banana flavors in the center, finishes with pepper, yeast, rough grapefruit hops, and quenching mouth-puckering dryness. Lighter, easier-drinking, and more carbonated than expected in the mouth. Surprisingly appetizing and successful!

Photo of SVD
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a crazy three-plus finger head with excellent retention and crazy lacing, like Duvel, except even more so in all of these things. Body was yellow gold and unlike Duvel, it was very cloudy.

Smell - Spicy Saaz hops and estery, spicy yeast.

Taste - same as the smell, with added dimension of alcohol warmth. Grassy, herbal, spicy Saaz hops, and esters, bananas, spicy yeast. To me, this comes across as a combination of a tripel (or something Belgian style) and a Pilsner, rather than a tripel and a DIPA (or even an IPA) .

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carboantion. Some hop oil slickness, but nearly as much as a beer claiming emphasis on hops would seem to have.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, but high abv limits to one in a session.

Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge head that lasts forever. Almost clear gold.

S- Lots here. Hops, malt and yeast oh my!

T- Goodly amount of hops after sitting in the cellar for 4mths. Nice blend this IPA Tripel.

M- Dry as expected. Good aftertaste.

O- Nice to have tried. Would like to see thee beers as 12oz instead of 26oz. Too expensive

Food Pairing

This pretty good hybrid went well with... Chicken wings. LOL

Enjoy

Photo of od_sf
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BarrelO
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Opaque yellowish orange. The head takes a while to get going, but once it does, hoo-boy. It takes over the glass and never goes away. A ton of lacing.

S: Citrusy, yeasty, slightly funky.

T: A good amount of hoppy bitterness, but not nearly enough to warrant the DIPA label. Fruity esters. Some phenols. Alcohol is clearly detectable.

M: Light and effervescent. Plenty of carbonation.

T: David the Gnome's finest hour. If you're expecting something similar to a West Cost IPA, prepare to be disappointed. But if you want a tripel with a little extra kick, this is the beer for you.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

As soon as I popped the cap, foam started pouring out. Luckily, I had kept the bottle cold enough so that I didn't lose much.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color. There's a flurry of yeast activity underneath a massive vanilla ice cream colored head. Great head retention. Left behind giant chunky icebergs of foam. Stickiest lacing I've ever seen.

The aroma is very lemony. Sweet lemony. Nice hop presence in the nose, and some clove spice. It's an aggressive aroma, to say the least.

The first sip of this beer is pretty awe-inspiring for me. It starts out with fruity yeasty sweetness, then the hops kick in, leaving a bitter pine finish. Really, really unique flavor. This beer hits your palette from every angle.

Body is heavier than I expected. On the heavier side of medium. Super creamy and smooth. Pretty easy drinker.

Photo of Quafftastic
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Stunner97
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- white thick foamy head, golden glowing yellow and definitely a bit murky and cloudy, alot of sediment and stuff floating and going on in this beer, a very beautiful and unique looking drink off the pour

Smell- hops of citrus and fruity smell with nice spice, overall a malty and sweet nose comes through as well

Taste- loads of hops again like on the nose, very slight amount of malt and sweetness come through, an overall long bitter hoppy finish, the hops taste very fresh clean and enjoyable, strong definitive flavor

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth body and feel, very drying finish from the hops exploding at you

Drinkability- overall a very unique beer to me that in most ways reminds me of alot more of the american beers I have tried then most belgians, if poured for some of my american ipa fans I am doubtful blind if many would guess this as a belgian beer and would mostly across the board enjoy this, the finish was long and any hint of the alcohol being 9 percent is extremely well hidden, served as great yet all be it strong aperitif and builds a nice appetite and went tasty with some pizza, one I will have again and recommend others try,

Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mbw314
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of DeFaz
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of slowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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