Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Brasseurs De Garde tulip/flute.
Cloudy jonquil/pear liquid with three voluminous fingers of ghost white merengue up top. Superior retention, thick heavy stiff peaks of lacing...
Floral hop notes wed with peppery phenols in the nose - along with hints of grapefruit seed.
The flavor profile evolves slowly and delivers a kaleidoscope of different tastes: there is an initial bracing hop bitterness softened by melon and honey notes from the yeast which transforms into a more citrus-laden element mid-palate. The finish continues to transform your impressions methodically introducing earth, wild grass, clean malt, peppercorn, and a beautiful complexity from the yeast. Moderately bitter throughout, though well balanced.
Soft, medium-bodied, effervescent, yet finally crisp.
The Amarillo and Tomahawk hops add character and potency to the already impressive base; while the yeast and craftsmanship make this more enjoyable then all but the very apex of domestic versions of the style.
02-25-2012 22:41:10 | More by augustgarage
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours cloudy light gold with hints of brown. A huge white fluffy soapy head left tons of lacing and hung was still there at the end of the beer. There was plenty of sediment, about right for a yeast or other Belgian, but not quite right for an IPA.
Smell has that Belgian yeast, citrus and floral hops, and a hint of pith.
Taste is nice, light grapefruit and it's pith are present from the start and through the middle. The finish has a lemony sweet flavor that balance the beer nicely.
Texture is smooth, the beer has a nice dry finish that makes it easy to drink.
The wife and I shared this beer and both commented how good it was. While not one to punch in the face with a hop assault, it has excellent hop flavor and balance.
02-25-2012 02:17:41 | More by Drinkerofales
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
The beer is straw yellow hued and fairly hazy. The head is pure white, initially assuming the shape of whipped meringue, eventually receding to a filmy, white layer, leaving spotty, caked-on lacing stuck randomly about the walls of the tulip.
The aroma brings grass, yeast, light spices, coriander, lemon, hops, lemon zest. A lot going on here. Well done.
Nice flavor as well, with a healthy amount of hop bitterness coming through. Grass and yeast character lead the way, then a nice orange / citrus aspect, finishing with a bold hop bitterness and warming alcohol.
Light to medium bodied. The carbonation is just right. Seems a bit high at first, but after letting the beer breathe for a few minutes, everything is as it should be. 9% abv...huh.
Overall, a fine Belgian classic. A must have for anyone who appreciates Belgian ales.
02-22-2012 02:57:10 | More by Huhzubendah
4.25/5 rDev +1%
Served on tap in a chalice shaped glass
Appearance – Pours a golden yellow color with a light haze. The head that is formed upon serving faded giving a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell – Bready and yeasty aromas mixed with banana aromas meet the nose initially. Some spiciness then comes into play with some other sweeter fruit aromas of citrus.
Taste – Not as sweet as the later aroma would let on and actually much dryer than expected. While dryer then the nose lets on, it is very nice none the less. A maltier backbone of wheat and some more biscutly flavor are present upfront. These mix with the fruit flavors of banana and citrus as the taste advances. Toward the end, the maltiness fades with the fruit and some yeast and spices coming into play. Quite nice.
Mouthfeel – A medium to heavy bodied brew with a higher carbonation level. The bubbles tingle on the tongue while the medium to heavy body coats the mouth with a nice feel. Great for the Belgian triple style.
Overall – This is a nice example of a Belgian triple. A little dry for my taste, but quite nice none the less.
02-20-2012 02:07:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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.
02-19-2012 02:18:54 | More by plfahey
4.38/5 rDev +4%
On tap at Bier Craft in Vancouver. From notes.
A - Poured a hazy blonde with decent carbonation coming up and a two finger fluffy white head. An island of big fluffy head was left and a great thick lace was there too. Great stuff.
S - Great noble hops, yeast, and citrus.
T - Lot's of noble hops, some dustiness, yeast, grassy notes as well. Great combo of flavours.
M - Nice strong carbonation and a medium body with a nice dryness and bitterness.
O/D - Delicious, very nice and simple to drink. A great Belgian IPA with all the requisite flavours to make it very memorable.
02-15-2012 03:00:11 | More by tbeckett
3.2/5 rDev -24%
750 ml bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:
(I too had the fountain effect out of the bottle when I opened, which is a bit frustrating if it's a common problem)
A - Pours a murky, honey golden color with 3.5 fingers of white, soapy head. Retention is amazingly good given the high ABV. Pretty appealing.
S - Yeast (albeit lighter than I was hoping), citrus, perfume, clove, banana, and other light spice, Very light hops presence given the style.
T - The hops are present throughout, though never overbearing or overly bitter, though they're far from fresh. The yeast is surprisingly mild as well. I'd like more of it. Fruity esters abound. It almost seems a bit watery. it's balanced quite well, through it's a disappointment overall. No alcohol is perceivable.
M - Light to medium bodied, smooth through the finish which is a bit dry. Not ideal at all for a tripel (or an IPA for that matter).
D - This one drinks like a decent tripel with some stale hops notes. Totally disappointed, especially for the price (and the fact that half of it spilled on the counter).
02-11-2012 01:40:48 | More by blakelive784
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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