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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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1,981 Ratings
THE BROS
98
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Ratings: 1981
Reviews: 1092
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%


Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that is still there. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the middle of the beer. Lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, vanilla, yeasty esters, apple, pear, bready malts, floral, and spiciness.

Taste: Apple, pear, vanilla, spices, tangerine, tropical, grapefruit, yeasty esters, bready malts, and sweet fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty awesome BIPA. The smell is a bit deceiving because more qualities appear on the palate when the beer was drank.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:24:32 | More by Flounder57
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patpbr

Ohio

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

A - Poured into a tulip glass with a one finger head with great retention and a hazy orange and yellow mixed body.
S - Pine, Clove, banana, sweet, a bit of yeast, fruit and spice.
T - Citrus and pine hops with noticeable carbonation. Very much like the smell.
M - Moderate carbonation, a slightly dry finish and bitterness.
O - This is balanced out really nicely with bold flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:27:27 | More by patpbr
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mverity

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Poured into a champagne glass. Tons of really bubbly off-white head with a slightly hazy orangy yellow color. Aroma is sweetly floral, grassy, and touch of yeasty goodness. Taste has a good hop bitterness, some spicyness, and with the same floral notes coming through. Also some light sweet malt and a good amount of the fruity-ness I associated with tripels. Very light on the tongue, but the bubbles and hop spice kinda bite at the tongue. I definitely enjoy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:32:52 | More by mverity
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this seminal example of an "IPA triple" at a taphouse in Calgary. The beer arrived in a legit Chouffe goblet, a light orange with a little whitish foam. Smells of citrus hops, I get a lot of orange and pineapple, as well as aromatic buttery yeast, a few floral and spicy notes. Palate includes these features as well, along with some red berry (strawberry), peach/apricot, green grapes, and a hint of toffee. A fair amount of residual sweetness and overall I get a strong boozy pineapple effect. Sweet grains provide a backdrop, a little like honeyed pancakes, and then boom, you get a powerful medicinal blast of mixed herbs, coriander, bitter roots and leaves, licorice, a little clove. I love massive IPAs and yet I was still a bit awestruck by the bitter woody finish. I agree that the alcohol is well-concealed at first, but I started getting a fusel burn or some ethyl acetaye about halfway through, at which point the bitter finish started to seem coarse and overpowering. Still, deserves some of the accolades.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 14:07:44 | More by CalgaryFMC
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Houblin Chouffe has thick, fizzy, off-white head, an extremely bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is surprisingly pineapple, sweetness, citrus, and bready. Taste is of pineapple juice, bitterness, a touch of banana and coriander, which rather quickly fade, some bread, and grain husk. The overall flavor here, though, is bitter, sharp pineapple or grapefruit, as some may perceive it. Mouthfeel is between light and medium and somewhat slick, and Houblin Chouffe finishes dry, somewhat alcohilic, and bitter. I don’t think it’s a great as some claim, however.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 13:47:51 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Braheem

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this one from a 750ml bottle. This beer looks like champagne, crazy carbonated (every other bottle will erupt when first opened) and with a thick white head that does not seem to ever fully dissipate. Yum!

The taste and smell are incredibly refreshing a little hoppy but not as much hop boom as one would expect from an IPA. The taste is so well balanced that it only hints at the high 9%ABV that is hidden deep away in this brew...hiding in there with the little gnome I would imagine.

This beer quickly became a favorite for me and my girlfriend. A very well rounded and mature drink. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:55:59 | More by Braheem
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jhchan

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There comes a time in a man's life when he tries a random beer from a random restaurant while on some random trip and goes - holy f*ck.

Houblon Chouffe gave me that moment. On tap at a Oyster bar in Vancouver, I was NOT expecting this.

The beer has a great golden appearance, matched by a sweet smell. When it first hits your palette you get a hint of sweetness and citrus, which lingers and gradually the bite of the hops come in and you're left with the satisfying aftertaste of an IPA. It's not overly hoppy, but just enough to appreciate it.

It's basically your entire range of tastes, in one sip of beer. Phenomenal.

I will say though, that I'm VERY disappointed that the subsequent bottles I've had here in North American have not evoked the same blissful memories I had at this fateful bar in Vancouver. The bottles I've found here have a similar sweetnesss/citrus flavor but lack the hops. I'm not sure if they brew it here, or it's a bottling issue (in Europe it's equally as good). But find this on-tap and please try it. It is simply amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 22:00:24 | More by jhchan
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look on this beer is inviting. Nice golden shade of blonde, with a 1 finger soapy white head. The aroma on this beer is what I look for in a quality Tripel. Citrus, grassy, yeasty with hints of fruits. Bread dough sweetness with herbal qualities in the background. Taste is actually better than the aroma, go figure right? This contains citrus mostly a lemon and orange peel. Grains greet you with open arms that in its complexity actually adds some lighter fruits. Honey sweetness, herbal spice from some of the hops. A nice dry resinous bitterness finishes this brew down softly. The palate is Medium-light smooth and sharp tight fizzy carbonation helps make this brew known to you.

Overall: This beer is great. You have the Tripel components and also hoppy notes as well. This beer is balanced with not an assault of hops on your tongue, but enough to let you know they are there. If you like hop resin in your beer, this should be no problem punishing. The alcohol is very well masked. If you like Hoppy ales and Belgian ales, there is no reason why you haven't tried this one yet. This is Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:04:11 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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gillagorilla

Maryland

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

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Golden clear yellow.

S: Spice and floral citrus.

T: Minor tripel notes of the sweetness. Odd combination. Some pine hop aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth with tripel thickness.

O: Different. Had to try it with the description of a Tripel IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 01:03:20 | More by gillagorilla
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:06:00 | More by NiceTaps
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/23/2013
A: hazy yellow-orange, not much head, little retention and some lacing
S: a sort of citrusy strawberry-banana, yeasty in nature, with a bit of earthiness to not seem sweet
T: earthy up front, a bit of a surprise. Light banana flavor comes in the middle, but it's combined with a decent resin bite. This resin dries the tongue but also yields to a taste that reminds me of strawberry/kiwi yogurt (yep!). The lingering taste on the tongue reminds me of cream soda.
M: nice pull in the middle that yields to some interesting flavors, but lingers through it all
O: nice in that it tends more towards IPA than trippel. This works well for me. I enjoyed it from sip one, but my attempts at analyzing it made me appreciate it more, which happens less often than not.

10/21/2013
Grabbed a bottle (ratings same unless otherwise noted):
A: more head retention, but otherwise the same
S: increase .25 - about the same as orginal, but maybe noticing less earthiness, little more fruit/flower, but still not too sweet
T: can't change much, although more smooth and balanced overall, and not as sure about the cream soda ending.
M: think there is carbonation with the bitter hops that causes the middle "pull", and it does linger
O: not so sure about the "tends to IPA" statement, but definitely a little dryness behind the mildy fruit flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 02:18:06 | More by cjgiant
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.25) A: Crystal clear and golden with a sizeable puffy white head. Commendable retention and thick lacing.

(4.5) S: Pine, banana, citrus pith, bubble gum, crackery grain, honey, cloves, and fresh cut grass. A solid marriage of both a belgian IPA and tripel with many bold and diverse aromas working superbly together.

(4.25) T: Grapefruit pith, pine, herbal qualities, pineapple, crackery grain, cloves, honey, and cane sugar. Similar to aroma with qualities of both styles present. Walks a tightrope between dry and bitter with a nicely balanced end result (not overly sweet). Excellent.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A modest oily sheen with a slight chewy texture.

(4.25) D: This is one of those that can quickly creep up on you considering how easily drinkable it is. Still can’t get over how well balanced and well executed the two styles are.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:10:25 | More by Digimaika2
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FLima

Brazil

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy bright golden color with apparent carbonation with a very white head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Light aroma of oranges, pine, brown sugar and bread malt. Just a hint of sour.
Flavor is hoppier. Notes of spicy hops, oranges, apricot, strawberries, brown sugar, pine and Belgian yeast. Slightly sour.
Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation and with an effervescent feeling.
A hoppy and complex Tripel. Hops enforcements have suited much better here than average for the style, but do not expect a DIPA, it is definitely Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:03:09 | More by FLima
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, medium sized bubbles, creamy top, off-white head (yellow hue). Not the most beautiful retention (slow formation of big bubbles that eventually pop) - sticky descent, leaves a weird looking medium sized, thick creamy mountain in the middle with bigger bubbles on the sides. Some random sticky lacing when it goes down. Cloudy golden wheat with light orange hue; you can see through; some carbonation chains visible.

Smell: Tropical, pine, citrus, orange and floral - quite a mix, and strong peppery overall spicy note. There are also present some wilder yeasty (piss), medicinal smells - all this adds up to sharp but fresh characteristic.

Taste: Starts with medium soft flower honey sweetness, evolves into bread, hay malt middles medium sweetness and ends with medium spike of grapefruit pith, pine and noble hop bitterness. Bitterness stays at the end with light soft sweetness - bitterness builds up with time. Still peppery, still fruity (ripe orange) and wilder yeast roam around. Soft start vs. rougher end - but it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation - makes it lighter. Dry finish - fresh. For 9% ABV and the lightness, alcohol exceptional well hidden.

Overall: This one is pretty unique. Hop character is very american IPA-ish but then comes the spicy, yeasty part with soft malt character. Works well together and creates a wonderful dynamic. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 17:15:27 | More by tmzl
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a light straw with a finger of head, some of which retained for a decent amount of time. Nose has the mild essence of hops, but nothing close to a quality American DIPA. Also, there were some hints of yeast present as well. The flavors is light and crisp, but also citrusy, bitter and lightly dry on the finish. As with the nose, the Belgian yeast pokes through in the flavor profile.

This is definitely an interesting hybrid style beer that was pleasing to my palate and will certainly motivate me to sample more Belgian IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 04:45:32 | More by 57md
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nowhere near as hoppy as an American ipa, but that's okay, because this beer is balanced and drinkable and delicate even at 9% abv. it pours a lovely pale straw color, clear, bubbly, and accumulating a massive white fluffy head with good staying ability. the nose is hoppy sure, but its light in a way too, fruity, not too bitter, and balanced out well by potent Belgian yeast and some wheat malt. not sweet at all, wondering if this tripel style skipped the candy sugar, it finishes clean, yeasty, and hop forward, balanced, but all elements contribute in a distinct way. grassy vibe too, fantastic stuff, and you cannot taste the booze at all. really light body and typical Belgian yeast effervescence. yum

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:35:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a honey copper color, with some good haze and little bits of sediment. 3 inch head, great lacing.

Smells like earthy, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, lemon and alcohol.

Tastes are pretty similar. Probably the hoppiest Belgian beer I've had- the hops impart some fruit flavors (lemon and apple) but mostly grassy/earthy/peppery flavors. The yeast comes through very strongly through clove and ester flavors.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Probably the best Belgian IPA. It's a style that can get messy, but this one works.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:38:26 | More by GreesyFizeek
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utopiajane

New York

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

Pours a light straw color. Luminescent and streaming effervescence coming up from the bottom. A fat creamy thick head of white foam sits atop this golden sunshine body. The pinnacle of foam. It's loathe to fall and when it finally does, it does so slowly. Rocky crags to a thick cap and a layer on top. It refreshes constantly and leaves gobs and patches of lace. Sticky sheets and rings.

Nose is terrific with aromatic citrus hops. Bright with a touch of yeast and a little funky. Soft light malt that's been kissed by honey. The citrus is bold and tart and with it is the lively sweetness of the rind. It also has a softer tripel like sweetness from fruit just underneath. That's a bit more tropical and intensely sweet but shy. It has grains that are naturally sweet and light.

Taste is perfection. It has bold citrus fruit that gets the mouth to water as the sweet rind perks everything right up. The tropical sweetness rolls through and the palate begins to be very excited. Light grains with honey, orange. The malt is smooth and light and that allows this to drink long. Herbal fruity perfumey hops dance all over the palate. Then a sensational bitter starts to settle in. It's sensational because the flavors have all been reaching a peak that somehow keeps climbing and then . . . it's bitter. Not hard, not harsh but strong and it lasts. There's a crushed aspirin like astringency that's a bit chalky but it's laid in to the body of the beer and not out of place. It's alive and vibrant with sensations as the bitter tingles and the chalkiness drys out the mouth in anticipation of the dry finish. It has a delightful aftertaste and ends with the lightly sweet grains and the softer tropical fruit notes.

Bold as brass like an ipa and delicate sweet and refined like a tripel. It's character is complimentary and each aspect accents another aspect perfectly. The hop qualities accent the delicate sweetness, the bitter accents the fruits, the aspirin like quality accents the bitter and contrasts the lightly sweet grains. Perfect balance. You feel like it's somehow in motion.

Bravo! Bravo I say!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 16:19:36 | More by utopiajane
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Allen_Davis

West Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this beer at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach.

Appearance - Off-yellow color with a persistent thin head.

Smell - The hops drown out the subtle barley notes. This is NOT a bad thing.

Taste - As soon as you pull this beer into your mouth, the fumes tickle your tongue with sweetness before the beer even touches down. This 'pre-flavour' is quickly drowned by a complex and rich hops profile, coupled with a flirty sweetness that comes and goes across the front of the tongue. Saaz hops really shine here, with a bit of modest hopping in the background from other varieties. The hops never overpower this fine brew. As it goes down, there is a residual tangy grapefruit ester that marries perfectly with the slight 'skunk' flavor and the round, full sweet barley body. Notes of coriander/orange peel with the abslolute slightest hint of bubble-gum. No banana/clove notes here for me...Rarely have I had a beer this balanced in simple, defined flavors.

Mouthfeel - A quick carbonated zing is defeated by hops from all directions. Not as 'sticky' in feel as some Belgian beers. This is a plus in my book. A brilliant session beer for those that are willing to pay for it.

Overall - This beer is an amusement park for your mouth: The casual drinker will enjoy it for the adventureous hops profile. The keen, observant drinker will giggle in delight at the simple sublety of this beer. Rich and savory, with simple, but satisfying esters....a lingering hops exploration on multiple levels, perfectly balanced with the sweet barley body....you should definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:28:53 | More by Allen_Davis
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a tulip. Best before 11 2015.

An opaque honey colour. One inch of foaming head but not huge. Streams of bubbles. very good lacking.

The aroma is dominated by hops rather than yeast or malt. An herby aroma of cloves. Underneath is a sweet bread aroma from the malt. There is also an alcohol smell.

The taste follows the aroma. The malt is a bit more present with caramel and cake. Sharp funky medinical. A soft herby hop taste. A nice medium bitter aftertaste.

A crisp mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Sharp, tangy, great

A smooth enjoyable drink. More tripel than IPA. Tricky balance more towards the malt like a British IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:24:30 | More by ssmack
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best Before End 03 2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with 3 fingers of head that very slowly recedes to a large cap that leaves some very nice lacing

S: Fruity and estery Belgian yeast with some very light barnyard funk and a hint of citrus in the back. Lightly spicy as well from the hops

T: Starts off spicy and estery with quite a bit of yeast character and light barnyard. The malts move in mid-way and provide a nice balance with some buttered bread and light graininess. Alcohol hidden aside from more esters. Finishes with a light hop bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A nice tripel with a light IPA influence from the hops. One of the better Belgian IPAs out there for the sole reason that it allows the Belgian influence to rule instead of the IPA side. Definitely a classic and probably the innovator/inventor of the 'style'

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 16:01:19 | More by BEERMILER12
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Altrurian

New York

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A thick, tight, meringue-like head jumps right up as this beer is poured. It lasts and lasts, even after the drink is quaffed. Few volatiles escape this protective cap, so the vaguely citrus aroma is unexciting. The beer is a clear lemony color, just a shade toward honey.

The beer's taste matches its outstanding appearance in terms of quality, but it is surprising in its dusky, deep character. The finish is light on the palate, but only after an initial sensation that is neither sweet nor bitter, but rather, and simply, serious. Woody, it is. Pithy. "IPA" is in the name, but this is not at all what the term would lead those raised on contemporary American craft IPAs to expect. The taste is as bold as the Americans', but is distinctly different. And, did I mention the head?

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 17:48:23 | More by Altrurian
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joe1510

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$9.49
Binny's Orland Park

Dobbelen IPA Tripel pours a slightly hazy straw golden with streams upon streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head on this beer is as white as white can get and dense. Leaves that sticky Belgian lacing that's so pleasing to the eye. Really a fantastic looking brew.

Not really a whole lot of hops in the nose, like I expected, but the aroma is mouthwatering. Pale malts and candi sugar are the first two things that come to mind. There's a great yeast presence, a little dusty and green. Mild alcohol fumes. Like I said, "mouthwatering".

The hops are in the flavor. Very nice to see. Biscuity malts start things off. The middle is somewhat fruity and sweet. A quick hit of banana bread, so fast it's hard to tell it's even there. The candi sugar comes along with the banana. Spicy hops bitterness on the finish, nothing overpowering. Compliments the usual tripel flavors very nicely.

The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely perfect. Light body from the sugar that turns airy and creamy when it hits the tongue. Lively carbonation really opens up all the flavors. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

An enjoyable easy drinker. It's actually going down way too fast. The body is so light and refreshing it's hard to stop drinking.

This is one expertly crafted beer. One that I will enjoy over and over again. I'm not sure of the age on this bottle but I'd love to get a fresh one. I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile, finally getting around to it it's even better than expected. Exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:04:13 | More by joe1510
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BoardwalkBock

New York

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle purchased at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown NY on a weekend trip. Poured into a Troegs pint glass. First beer I've ever had from this brewery.

A: Hazy straw-yellow. As Tripel as a Tripel gets.

S: Peaches, pine, citrus, lemon and a hint of grass.

T: Quite similar to the taste but a solid spice and banana flavor comes in towards the end with a good balance between sweetness and hops. Well balanced.

M: Light-bodied, very carbonated, mild bitterness as the taste fades. Solid.

O: I'm very familiar with Tripels but never had a Tripel that is apparently hopped like an IPA. Very delicious. If I come across this again I will definitely purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:18:09 | More by BoardwalkBock
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 9%.

A - Poured a slightly hazy yellow gold with a 1cm bubbly white head, head reduced to an everlasting cap, very good lacing.

S - Sweet, lots of fruity (peaches, citrus, some banana), yeast, some spice, some pine, some grass. As it warms a mushroom like funk becomes more apparent.

T - Sweet, peaches, some sour, citrus, some mushroom, some spice, some pine with a fairly bitter hop bite in the finish. Not a hop bomb but certainly quite assertive which helps to balance out the sweetness. Alcohol is unnoticeable in the flavour.

M - Medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy body, prickly, some creaminess, some stickiness, slight oiliness, hint of heat, crisp finish.

O - Wow! This is some good stuff. Definitely amongst the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:47:17 | More by decimator
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