Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
outstanding

2,469 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 181
Gots: 305 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 2,469 | Reviews: 1,154
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clouy gold color wit heavy bubbles to the body. (White) head about oe finger's length

Smell: Light yeast and floral, has a sweet scent to it makes you think a bit of pink grapefruit.

Taste: If you never had a Belgian IPA this might be one to chase. Sour with hit of yeast and smooth pineyness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with slight dry feel to it.

Overall: Very good brew, sometimes after a sip I feel like asking myself why didnt I grab another 4 pack.

Photo of Edman5P
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a hazy pale yellow color with a nice head! Very tasty foam.. Tastes like a good Belgian ale with a hop kick. Very nice

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer of a light golden color and a big and dense whitey foam.
Smell is really hoppy and grassy. Fruity notes are found, but citrus notes are the highlights.
Taste is extremely fruity, notes of citrus (lemon and lime, specially) and some peach/apricot. There's a nice grassy/hoppy tone too.
Feel is good too, body is average but carbonation and bitterness are at high level, without being effervescent - a good combination for an IPA.

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color capped with a dense head of white foam. After several minutes the head settles to 1 finger in size and caps the beer perfectly.

S: Aromas of lemon and biscuity malts with a faint grassiness. Some fruity esters as well but nothing too strong or aromatic.

T: Fruity esters of apricot skin and pear much more detectable on the palate then they are on the nose. Grassiness with a bit of lemon and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Don't really taste much hops.

M: This beer has a medium body with a moderate-high amount of carbonation. It is somewhat sweet with a touch of dryness that lingers on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer that was much closer to a Tripel then an IPA, being that the yeast esters were more pronounced then the hops. It has fruit flavors that are subtle but definitely noticeable, with just a touch of sweetness. A solid beer but nothing remarkable, I would drink this again.

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a 2 finger white head. Th aroma has citrus, Belgian yeast, pears, pepper, and pale malts.

Tastes just like it smells. The peppery taste is stronger than the aroma suggests. Still very nice though.

Light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has a peppery aftertaste with some citrus. Well worth trying.

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft as a sample. Not sure if the keg was old but I had little hops or Belgian characteristics.

Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another historic review from paper notes found dated Feb 2010. Bottle consumed at the Abby bar.

Pours a clouded orange with 2 fingers of white head. Lacing everywhere with aroma of straight spicy herbal hops. Bitter sweet taste with malt character upfront but bitter aftertaste. Lingering taste of malt sweetbesss makes you want to take another sip. No discernible yeast character.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It's a very bubbly head, too, with good duration and a roughness that suggests its well-hopped. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well, the aroma is typically Belgian, with candied sugar, bread, white grape, and apple leading the way. Or is it? As this opens up, the hops really enter the forefront. Mostly, they bring loads of grassy Saaz goodness; but there are also touches of lemon and grapefruit. I don't want to say it's a perfect aromatic marriage between Belgian tripel and IPA, but it's damn close. (4.25)

Taste: Here, the marriage doesn't quite seem so grand. Hop notes are the first to hit the palate and the last to leave. There are some good grassy hints, but the notes of lemon and pine seem to detract with excess bitterness. Right before the finish, an upsurge of rich bread makes itself known to the palate, along side some candi sugar hints. Spruce-y notes really express themselves on the aftertaste. As I drink more of this, the notes seem to balance themselves better - it never quite reaches the heights of the nose, but it's a solid tasting beer regardless. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The feel is more or less spot on: it starts off with a full body, while the lively carbonation scrubs things off beautifully. There isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere to be found, and yet it doesn't seem overly sweet or slimy. (4.25)

Overall: An impressive beer, though the hop/malt balance isn't quite nailed at first. Ultimately, I get used to it, and it reveals a well done tripel/IPA hybrid. I'll definitely be drinking this one again. (4)

3.87/5: Oh, you gnomes and your hops

Photo of Zstets
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful brew
What a phenomenal head!
Love the smooth hoppiness and sweetness
Also the pine smell is intoxicating

Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is the best of many traditions. Pours with a nice fluffy and airy head, taste has the bitterness of an IPA and the sweetness and grassy notes of a high quality tripel. Beautifully executed, and well worth the effort. Must try!

Photo of Wanne
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with a white head. Strong grass flavors, cereal notes and some grapefruit. Medium bitterness. Very good beer.

Photo of Naldo
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Combination of IPA and Tripel is a match made in heaven

Photo of Zet
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, but I tasted whole sugar crystals in this beer. I'll keep one fermenting for a few months to see if this improves it.

Photo of 50marathons
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good balance. Nice sweet flavor.

Photo of Greasy
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Poured into a tulip.

A: Upon popping the top, I was greeted with a geyser of foam that spewed for a few seconds. Pouring gently into the glass still produced a thick pillow of head that never fully receded. Plenty of sediment. Lacing all the way down. Color is a hazy goldenrod.

S: My sniffer picked up some earthy undertones with yeast, and a little hint of citrus.

T: Grassy hops and biscuit malts blend together with Belgian yeast in a pleasant, satisfying way. Bitter aftertaste that is not too harsh.

M: ZERO alcohol presence. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is done right. Not at all similar to American IPAs. More closely resembles an English IPA with Belgian complexity.

Photo of djack8617
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale blond almost yellow with sedement. Good head retention

Very hoppy aroma.. almost sour aroma

Suprisngly smooth despite the smell. Goes down very crisp. Slight butter aftertaste which complements the smoothness well. The bitterness goes away with further sips while the foamy feeling remains

Foamy. Fills the mouth

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-slightly lighter tripel
-hoppy bread almost some sour notes
-a hoppy tripel makes for my favorite beer taste, crisp and smooth
-it comes on strong but quickly mellows
-a amazing beer, one of my favorites on any occasion

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, large head dissipated to a small finger, no lacing but honestly I'm blaming the retailer.

Aroma: light floral, slightly grassy hop aroma and big banana clove yeast.

Flavor: grassy, floral and pepper

Mouthfeel: big effervescence. Slight grassy linger.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Houblon Chouffe flute. Strange glass choice.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Smell - A little citrusy. Herbal hops. Yeasty. Lots of pale malt.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. A little yeasty and some phenols. Light banana. Grassy hops build into the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The hop flavor balances out the tripel nicely.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at the north Spokane Total Wine for $5.49. Best before the end of May, 2016, according to the label.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, this was a hazy, slightly sedimentary orangey amber color, with a good-sized bubbly white head that dropped to a thin layer of foam rather quickly but then stayed around.

Herbal, earthy and spicy in the nose, in that order.

Dry and sharply herbal tasting, with some pepperiness and some cloves in the background. The finish is so dry it could approximate the Sahara.

Light to medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both lightly effervescent and with a needle-like prickliness.

If new to Belgian IPAs, this is NOT where to start! I happen to know I like the style, and I enjoy this beer, but it’s not the most accessible of the style, many might find it’s sharp character overwhelming.

Photo of TBCE
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Outstanding clear golden color with a heavy two and a half fingers of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of earthiness, banana, citrus, grass, and floral. Taste is outstanding with notes of floral and fresh cut grass and biscuit malts up front, as it develops the bitterness is subsided by citrus. Complex and changes as you drink. Mouth feel is big but smooth. Its Belgium roots take over and make the complexity come across calm and very drinkable. Overall a top tier beer.

Photo of sokol_1993
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Bright yellow, lively, some head
- Hoppiness combined with the floral, clove and spiciness of Belgian pale ale.
- Medium body, dry finish

Photo of imfinished
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has such a confusing taste. It goes from one thing to the next to the next with a bitter finale and no cohesion. Fairly off putting.

Photo of CAC329
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always quality, smell, taste and looks.

Photo of captaincoffee
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a chalice, golden with big fluffy white head. Nose, as expected, was a mix of hoppy goodness and Belgian tripel yeast goodness, although the hops were more subdued than I expected. Personally (and I know I'm in the minority here), the blend just didn't quite work for me. Taste, again, was a 50/50 split between tripel and IPA. Good, but like the nose, it didn't scratch either itch for me completely. Nice bitterness on the finish carries through well. 9% is well hidden...this beer could get you in trouble.
Overall, I didn't think it was a great as other reviewers, but certainly good.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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