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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,171 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

ADTaber, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

DanInTheCan, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Just three more reviews and this one’s getting on the Beers of Fame list. Glad I’m here to help – I heard this beer is excellent.

Not sure exactly when it was brewed, but it says “Best before 2013” on the side of the bottle.

A: What a bright beer; it pours a hazy, straw yellow-gold with bright white foam above. I’d describe the head as lively, thick, and bubbly; as the fizz pops, the foam thickens and settles to a half-inch of cream with webs of beautiful lacing that make it look like the inside of my Duvel tulip is covered with beach sand. Great look.

S: Banana, esters, vanilla bean, and a mild Belgian straw character smooth over the first seconds of the nose; all the aromas are where they should be, but not as stunningly rich as the banana pudding scents you would pick up from something like Tripel Karmeliet. I’m alright with it, though; different styles, different characters. This one leaves room for the light presence of alcohol, pine resin, and citrus hoppiness. A smooth, Belgian aroma of grain and cream.

T: Ah, now THAT is an incredibly refreshing taste. Tasty malts, expectedly, are first – a combination of a sweet banana cream and pale, mildly-earthy straw – and they present themselves as a bright bed of weightless smoothness. It’s a near-perfect setup for the piney, prickly hop storm that comes right after: and with tastes of white wine, pepper, coriander, resin, clove, lemongrass, and orange juice, these might just be the most complex set of tastes I’ve had from a hop profile. No surprise: as I turn the bottle around, there’s some remarks about the Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hop strains that are used in this brew. It just all comes out excellently herbal and diverse. Aftertaste is salty and dry, with some short-lived tangerine and jelly flavors against a background of grainy alcohol.

M: Very bubbly, but very rich. I expected something like that with this style and alcohol content, but this Belgian IPA is certainly more oily and full-bodied than I imagined. A big, chewy beer.

O: This is a great one, folks. I’m so happy that a Belgian brewer is using some good ol’ American hops; it’s really the malt bill and yeast interplay that attracts me to Belgian beer, while it’s the hop varieties that I’d describe as one of my favorite parts of American beer. And this, my friends, is a beautiful combination of those two brewing traditions.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Xanadude, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

JoeyRamone, Mar 22, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle poured into large duvel tulip. Best before end of 2013.

A - Small, just off-white head from a light pour. Hazy golden orange. Nice bit of lacing to it.

S - A tartness is the main emphasis noticed. A citrus, twangy unique hop aroma really sets this style apart. Maybe a little bit of some candy sweetness. Alcohol is mild/smooth with minimal warming.

T - Very dry, no sweetness to the malt whatsoever. Some herbal/earthy flavors that are quite mellow. Very unique hop characteristics to it. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Definitely dry.

O - Everything about this beer is one of a kind. More of a cousin than a brother to the American IPA. I've had Belgium IPAs that still had many characteristics of an American IPA but this should be the standard for BIPAs.

Jparker37, Mar 20, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -9%

Golden with a slight haze. After letting it warm up 15 minutes out of the fridge, the 330ml bottle foams all over me as I open it up! A little bit of honey, apple, and yeast on the nose.

Sweet on entry, and steps into a yeasty bitterness with fruit notes at mid-palate. Yeast and a bit of fruity tartness on the aftertaste. High carbonation is evident in the mouth, and overall this has a creamy mouthfeel.

I wish I had tasted the regular La Chouffe more recently, or that I had tasting notes to compare.

grannaniwa, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

1p5v, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

javahead71, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Edgerrin32, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Looks like BB 11/08/13... but the label says best before end of 2012. Not sure!

Beer is a golden straw colour with a large white head. Good retention, quite a bit of lacing.

Smell contains a lot of hop scents, very grassy. Yeast is also prominent. Less pronounced than those scents is light fruit and spice, such as white pepper.

Taste follows the nose. Grassy and spicy, with a bready malt and light fruit flavours underpinning. All well mixed together. Quite dry, the fruit flavours not sweet at all, but bitterness is only mild. Very good.

High carbonation, but not over the top. Full bodied. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

Overall, a very good beer. Not quite up there with Lupulus or Duvel Tripel Hop, which for me are the Belgian IPAs par excellence. However, still very tasty and a great beer to drink on this first really nice day of the year!

jrenihan, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

VierBier, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Caudalie, Mar 10, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +16.4%

750 ml capped.
Hazy, straw colored. Well carbonated. Foamy mountainous head. Awesome looking beer. Smells strong of floral soft hops (most likely Hallertau). *Be sure to smell it the moment it's poured as it dissipates quickly. Bit more subtle than a "normal" IPA. After a while the yeast aroma really comes through. I don't give it a 5 only because of pungency, which very well have to do with the 3500 mile distance this beer traveled to my glass. Bitterness is solid and suiting. Doesn't scorch at all, quite soft aftertaste. Great grainy flavors in the body. High carbonation lend a pleasant acidity. The booze is remarkably well hidden. Always have, and I probably always will love this beer. Really how I learned to appreciate Belgian beers in general.

mlazzaro, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

jmccraney, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

codynevels, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

A-golden yellow color with a fluffy white head and good lacing

S-citrus and bread with some malt

T-citrus and tropical fruit with nice yeasty bread flavors and a hint of sweetness followed by a nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with lively carbonation, alcohol well-concealed

O-a delicious tripel with a nicely balanced flavor

MDDMD, Mar 05, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +17.1%

On draft at Duvel tasting room. Poured into houblon tulip. Small bubbles but huge white head. High retention.  Sticky soapy lacing. Blond, hazy body. Aroma is fruity, grapefruity and yeasty. Awesome. Taste follows suit with the aromas. One of my favorite beers....ever. Pairs well with most any cheese btw. 

KickbacksSteve, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Hendral, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SgunnarW, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

FrankK, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 03, 2012
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,171 ratings.