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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,154
Hads: 2,507
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 188
Gots: 340 | FT: 1
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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 Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Poured slowly, still creating an IMMENSE, frothy, whipped creamy head - unlike any other head I have experienced...even more frothy & thicker than an Old Ruffian. As the beer was going down in the glass, it left an incredible, thick creamy lacing all over the glass. I don;t know if I'd even call it lacing as much as a complete white-out of the glass. What an aesthetic work of art this brew is. Appearance was pretty cloudy, light copper color. Smelled of belgian yeast, tropical fruitiness/citrus, honeydew, and coriander. Taste was complicated, unlike a lot of things I have had before, yet all too familiar. I guess you can definitely call it a Tripel/IPA. The taste reminded me of Westmalle Tripel, tropical fruits and yeast up front, coriander - then the hop bitterness kicks in a bit, but nothing overwhelming. My only beef with the taste of the beer is that the alcohol presence is a little too overwhelming. It subdues a tad, bringing out the fruitiness of the beer, when it warms up a bit, but still is very prevalent. Perhaps this beer would be better aged a year or two imho. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and velvety. Very refreshing with medium carbonation. I may cellar this one and compare/contrast my views.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Duck Island Ale-House in Greenlake – what an awesome little joint! Of the myriad tempting taps, went for this one on a whim. Was served in a Chimay goblet sporting a 2-finger cap of meringue-like foam which every so slowly receded leaving a light, creamy ring from about every sip. Opaque pale gold, like trying to look through a lemonhead candy.

Actually lemonhead candy is somewhat appropriate to the aroma and flavor as well. Citrusy hops are all over the place, but kept from burning the nose by a combination of musty-yeast, and spicy malt backbone making me think there’s some wheat in this too.

Flavor is quite interesting; starting off like a Tripel, with soft flavors of tropical fruit and doughy-yeast which carries through to a lingering, stinging hop-bite in the finish worthy of a West-Coast IPA. In fact, the hop bitterness builds on my tongue and becomes somewhat distracting towards the end, but this thing is so interesting I’m not too bothered. All throughout are winsome heathery-like herbal notes. There’s lots going on here, but me thinks the hops are overpowering some subtleties.

Mouthfeel is thick, liquid velvet. Decadent-feeling and yet somehow light on the palate, though the overall richness makes this a sipping-beer. Alcohol goes almost completely undetected, which is dangerous considering the ABV. While quite good, the 9% plus the chewy texture makes this a one-glass beer for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, a steal at 3$, Maduro with Golden2wenty1 and expatsteve

appearance: well then, served appropriately in a snifter...a beautiful glowing golden-orange body with a big creamy white head that remains for the duration of the drinking experience

smell: wonderful...very tropical aromas, pineapple, apricot, peach, grapefruit and other citrus, a touch spicy, faint alcohol presence, sweet belgian yeast touch

taste: This is a phenomenal tripel/ipa hybrid that is a treat to have on tap down the street from me...Sweet yeasty flavours come through nicely matched by a very flavourful hopping. Resulting flavour is very tropical...pineapple, peach, grapefruit, light lemon, apricot and other tropical fruit...On top of all that, it is well spiced, with a nice light pine bite and very drinkable

mouthfeel: medium, average carbonation, dances on the tongue

drinkability: great

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty and hazy yellow color ale with a super huge pure white foamy head with absolutely perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite intense with what I think are Saaz hops really taking over this wonderful mix. Taste when beer is slightly below room temperature is akin to a wonderful triple (Westmalle, Moinette) with some added floral undertones. When beer gets at about room temperature the hops really comes out and provide a bitter finish which I enjoyed a bit less. Nonetheless, this is a great experience and would probably try this again even though price is a bit high IMO for this beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maduro here in Madison. Ahhh $3 Happy Hour.

Pour: light, golden yellow, hazy translucent with the thickest, creamiest, beaten egg whites stiff peaked head I've ever seen on a beer. Doesn't lace the glass so much as frost it as the head lasts til the final sip.

Nose: yeasty lemon peel, bright ruby red grapefruit hops and sweet Belgian pale tropical fruit esters

Taste: starts sweet with the sugar sweet Belgian fruit esters (citrus, apple, pineapple, apricot) and dry yeast on the forepalate with a brief, ephemeral burst of pine/grapefruit hops on the swallow with a slight grain husk in the finish.

Feel: light and slick per the tripel style, fine carbonation and some boozy fumes in the back of the nose as it warms.

Drinkability/Overall: A very unique American/Belgian hybrid created with the utmost style and grace. An elegant blend of fruity esters, dry yeast, and juicy, yet restrained hops that show all of their flavor without an astringent bitterness. Simply a delight to drink.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy banana/orange straw color that really catches the light. Thick 1 inch head that will not subside under any circumstances - less movement than Iceman's hair. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Light grapefruit, lemongrass, ginger and pine. Bready fruit undercurrent. Wonderful.

Taste: Pine, lemongrass with a little ginger, cantaloupe and honey melon. Great dry finish, with a resonant hop bitterness. Grapefruit and a hint of anise. Fantastic hopped take on the tripel style. Breadiness shines through without smothering other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light, before a bitter but not oppressive finish. In fact the masterful use of hops makes this even more enjoyable and refreshing. Light but constant carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a real treat - all the wonderful flavor and complexity of La Chouffe with a wonderfully balanced hops bristle. The hops are a little light for the dobbelen IPA end of things, but this balances the tripel flavor nicely and develops a truly unique beer. I'll be sure to drink more of this while I can.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brassy dandelion body, clear at first, but increasingly opaque and more tan with each pour. A dense stream of bubbles rises up from the elephant etching in my DT glass, supporting a big, airy, meringuey head with great retention, a huge, poofy, white cloud that leaves fabulous layers of dense lace all the way down.

Smell: Bright orange-citric and herbal (mildly peppery) hops matched perfectly with spicy alcohol, musty and fruity yeast, and light, Czech pilsener-ish malts. Minty notes, light bubble-gummy sweetness, and a bready foundation add to the depth and complexity.

Taste: Very well-balanced. Sweet and fruity at first, with notes of banana, lemon rind, and white grape juice. Then the hops and yeast kick in to provide a nice and dry, tangy finish. Wintergreen-ish coolness also appears. Malts are slightly bready and unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel: Soft and airy, sparkly here and there, medium bodied, chewable, and fairly clean in the finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely more tripel than it is IPA, but it is really an interesting experiment with beautiful results. Highly drinkable (but be careful - the 9% is well-hidden), and highly recommended. And it matched perfectly with this: http://www.allagash.com/ice_contest.htm#2003_03.

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Photo of nickss
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a monster 2" cap of chunky head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is filled with citrus and yeast. The aroma is not as hop-filled as I expected, smelling very much like a typical triple. In fact, the only discernable hop is the Saaz variety, adding a bit of spice to the aroma.

Wow... well this is certainly an interesting beer. I've certainly never tasted anything like it. My taste buds keep honing in on different aspects.... first the dry yeastiness associated with tripels, next on the soft floral qualities which also come with tripels, and lastly, a more sharp and biting floral quality coming from the hops. Quite unique and enjoyable. A wonderfully blended brew here.

Perhaps a bit too much carbonation in this brew, and a bit too thin for my taste, but neither are so far often that they ruin the beer.

While I enjoy the beer, I do not find it to be imminently drinkable, although it manages to hide the abv quite well. As I mentioned, a very interesting brew, and although I'm not sure how soon I'll be purchasing this one again, it is great to see other countries experimenting with styles the way the US does.... thumbs up to the gnome.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep yellow gold leaning towards copper. Beautiful crowning head, which remains from start to finish.

Smell: Esthery banana predominates as well as a hint of cloves.

Taste: A complex, exciting, and unique taste. Spicy and peppery. Hop presence is not pronounced but I think the additional hops take away some if not most of the sweetness that would normally be found in a traditional tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. The high carbonation masks its high alcohol content.

Drinkability: A unique melding of two styles. Certainly more Tripel than IPA but I like the results. The high alcohol content and price makes this an occasional beer for me rather than a go to brew.

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Photo of sloejams
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The title suggests there's a lot going on in this beer. Is it a Belgian Tripel? Is it a triple IPA? Is it both? Is it neither? What the fuck are you doing to me La Chouffe?

Anyhow this is an IPA, brewed with 3 different hops. This is definitely a Belgian and the hop character is quite unique. Different hops, more yeast - yeah we're in Belgium, especially with the cloudy golden straw color and finger cloud froth topping.

There are familiar Belgian pale ale flavor attributes as well: spicy foreground with citrus tones. Of the hops, the Saaz come through most most - the noble pilsner-esque spice.

It's hard drinking this not thinking you're drinking an experiment, which is strange as it so very subtle. A good tasting beer, but generally in the $10 range for a 750 mL - likely one I won't revisit often.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one. Poured from a 750 bottle into one of my snifter glasses. I would be lying if I said that I have been waiting to get around to this one.

This tripel, as it's referred to here, poured a beautiful gold with a big, two inches of pure white, craggy bubbled head that left patches of lacing around the glass that resembled the old red veins in my parents first house. The head retained well throughout the drinking of the beer. The nose has a saison quality to it along with sweet lemon zest and a distinct and present sourness to it. The flavor is upfront bitter followed by a mixture of quick sourness and spicy notes. This is like a mixture of so many things, an odd, almost abrasive hoppiness of an IPA, trippel sweets comes and goes, and slightly sour tone to it as well. The body is light and easy to drink, while hiding the 9.0% ABV until the dry, alcohol flavored finish. It does sneak up on you, and I did start to feel it as I began sipping on the second snifter.

This is a solid, and entirely unique snifter. A good beer and one to try for someone interested in something in a league or style of its own.

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Photo of gonzo138
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light golden color with a lot of frothy head
T- very strange, has the hoppiness of an IPA with the citric sweetness of a tripel, like the other rew=views say its not really either one though
S- smell complements taste, piney yet sweet
M- moderate carbonation, clean, semi smooth
D- went down easily enough, a good beer, definitely intresting and worth a try, especially if youre a fan of both the styles like myself

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Photo of cbl2
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. No best by date.


Pours a hazy pale yellow with hints of peach, almost resembles a Wit beer. Topped by 3 inches of foamy white head! Plenty of carbonation.


Dull bitter pine forest with a touch of wet earth. Not what I would call appealing.


After the head settles and I can get my lips on this one, the flavors that shine through are only mildly hoppy (a combo of Saaz, Amarillo and Tomahawk), with a pleasant fruity backbone. Alcohol is kept nicely in check, and just barely noticeable in the dry finish. A quality beer, though not truly an IPA or a Tripel

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Photo of dgallina
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice. Pours out a cloudy amber with an enormous rocky head of foam and little chunks of yeast swirling around in the beer itself. Lovely! Big citrus, grassy, floral hop aroma, but also with notes of fresh fruity apple, tangerine-peel, sweet candy. Mix of clean candy-ish sweetness and high hop bitterness, lightly fruity (oddly, I taste sweet onion, maybe with the peppery alcoholic flavor, or maybe fresh bell pepper...?), and plenty of hop flavor, the exact flavors described in the aroma. Dry finish but not bracingly so. Full carbonation, lots of body.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. This is my first time to try it, and I find it one of the best beers I've ever had. YUM!

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Photo of Hagbard
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge white head explodes off a pale straw colored beer with an obvious amount of carbonation. The head never completely disappears, leaving a remarkable merengue-like substance that clings to the walls of the glass. This is an IPA, Belgian-style, which is to say, extremely interesting. Loaded with Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz the aroma is actually dominated by the typical Belgian Tripel qualities: spicy, a bit fruity, with that lovely yeastiness that defines the style. The hops are there, but in the background. The taste is a marvel, at first extermely tripel-like, sweet and yeasty and spicy. The load of hops quickly comes to the fore with a dominating bitterness and a nice hop flavor. Towards the finish, the sweetness comes back and dances around the hop bitterness. Very drinkable, I didn't have a problem finishing the 750 by myself. The mouthfeel is bouyed by a blast of carbonation. This is an extermely interesting beer....I'm not sure it would ever be an "everyday" beer for me, but when in the mood for something a bit experimental, it's great!

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Photo of dfried
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was pretty excited to try this since it combines two of my favorite styles, so I went into it with pretty high expectations. Huge head almost looks like a root beer float, thick enough that I even dipped my finger in and tried the foam, which was very hoppy by the way.

The aroma is pretty much what you would expect, syrupy and yeasty malt from a trippel, and hoppy from a DIPA. The hops were quite skunky and resinous, as opposed to a more floral or citrus smell.

The taste was initially like a trippel, yeasty syrupy malt that was a little spicy, followed quickly by an array of hop flavors, mainly perfume-like resinous and floral flavors, with a little citrus flavor. As the beer when on though I had a harder and harder time with it. When the novelty of the combination started wearing off, I did not like the overall feel of the beer. A very pine-like and resinous hop flavor started to dominate the beer in the finish that I was having a hard time stomaching with the thicker Belgian malt. After trying this beer, I feel like DIPAs need a sweeter malt to balance the bitterness from the hops, not a thick starchy syrup malt. There were some good darker fruit flavors that came through from the combination of the sweetness in the malt and the tartness from the hops, but as a whole, I was not too impressed with the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel was a bit dry from the resinous hops, it wasn't sticky at all from the malt.

The drinkability, for me, was way down since it found the flavor so trying. I appreciate the creativity of this beer, but I just felt like it was the wrong combination of styles, and at least of hops. I want to try a something like this with more citrus flavored hops and less pine-like ones.

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Photo of marksto
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip-shaped glass, this beer makes an absolutely spectacular sight in appearance. Extremely dense foam forms nothing less than whipped cream in the glass, with large blobs clinging to the sides and a rocky mound of cream floating in the middle as the initial pour subsides. Appearance outstanding.

Big hops and spice in the nose with a subtle malt presence in the background. The aroma is easily distinguished even with the nose 3-4 inches off the glass. Nice.

Flavor is ultra-hoppy with huge hop flavor (not just bitterness) and a background sort of a cross between a tripel and Belgian pale. Slightly less alcohol than a tripel but more than a pale, and the complexity comes more from the hops than spices and intense phenolics typical of a true tripel. Leaves a dry, quenching, sensation on the tongue that begs for more.

This beer is somewhat reminiscent of Orval and even more so of XX Bitter from De Ranke. I'm a major fan. I love it when the Belgians add huge hop character to the complexity already prevalent in their beers. If more Belgian breweries start coming out with beers like these maybe we're seeing the formation of a new sub-style? I don't think Chouffe's moniker of "Doublen IPA Tripel" is quite the right name for it, but I'm loving the style..

In the meantime, this is a terrific beer from a classic artisinal Ardennes brewery - a "must try" in my book. Enjoy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent honey gold (developing an apricot-like blush by the bottom of the bottle) that is beautifully busy with a flurry of fine yeast and multiple streams of uprushing bubbles. As expected, there was very little beer visible immediately after the pour due to the massive head of French vanilla froth. Belgian beer, especially ridiculously hopped Belgian beer, is often crowned with the most amazing heads in all of beerdom. This one is impossibly rocky and throws up a gorgeous display of fine, feathery, soon to be crusty lace. Epic.

How could the nose be anything other than fandamntastic with a hop bill consisting of Amarillo (dry-hopped), Tomahawk and Saaz? It isn't quite as explosive as I'd hoped, but that's a minor point when it smells this good. I'm sure that the still-thick cap has something to do with the slight lack of immediacy.

I didn't expect this beer to smell this lemony. It isn't often that the lemon zest esters of Saaz hops make their way to the head of the line (past grassy, spicy and floral), but they've done so here. The beer smells like creamy lemon meringue pie--and looks like it too!--or like buttery, clove-spiced lemon shortbread. Very, very, N'ice.

The only real suspense before I take my first sip is just how much I'm going to love this beer, a little or a lot. And the answer is... a lot. It isn't quite as brilliant a creation as Thiriez XXtra, or maybe even Urthel Hop-It, but it's damn close. Besides, it isn't really fair to compare beers of such different styles. They're all hopped to the gills and they're all fabulous.

Since I love IPAs and I love tripels, I had a pretty good idea that I would love what is meant to be a combination of those two styles, even if I wasn't sure what it would taste like. I'm not sure that the pale/pils malt backbone is all that tripel-like, though it is substantial and is more than sturdy enough to handle a few fields worth of hops. Well, one field's worth anyway.

Saaz is the dominant member of the hoptastic trio. Its beautifully peppery buzzsaw-like nature, on such glorious display in Thiriez XXtra, is muted to some extent by the fruitiness of the American varieties. Those expecting an Amarillofest will be disappointed. All in all, I'd say that the hops were well-chosen with each providing the 'better angels of their nature', resulting in a hoppy flavor profile that is second to few.

A too-aggressive Belgian yeast strain would not have been a good idea and I'm happy to report that the one that has been chosen is laid back enough in terms of cloviness that the hops are allowed to shine with maximum radiance. As is often the case with extremely well-crafted beer, the ABV is of academic interest only. The alcohol is beginning to creep up on me in a velvet hammer sort of way, but it's difficult to appreciate it on the palate.

The body/mouthfeel is worthy of both the best IPAs and the best tripels. It's medium-full and creamy smooth with a carbonation load that is vigorous early and restrained late. I love the fact that the silky stickiness present on the finish is permitting the wonderfully hoppy flavor maximum 'bud time'.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, even though it contains at least three different styles in its name, is a singular creation by a master Belgian brewer. Some will discount over-the-top hoppiness as a passing fad, but in the right hands (and the hands at Brasserie d'Achouffe are some of the most capable that you'll find) it turns great beer into transcendent beer. Houblon Chouffe looks like a masterpiece and drinks like a dream.

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Photo of errantnight
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle ($9 from Bauer)

Pours like wow into a large bordeaux wine glass. As much thick, craggy, pure white head as could be imagined. An absolutely gorgeous opaque/cloudy straw body. Incredible lacing. Tiny little icebergs of head are still floating around until the last few sips. Just a wonder and a beauty to behold.

With this gorgeous head and retention comes wafting an awesome bubblegum yeast aroma with hints of citrus and and floral tones. Really reminds me entirely of a tripel at this point, or maybe a belgian strong gold, minus the clarity.

And it tastes like a tripel that's been brewed like an IPA. Wow. Sure this isn't a hop bomb, but it would have to seriously overwhelm that delicious belgian yeast to do so. Instead there's an incredible balance. Or perhaps, more accurate than balance, there's a wonderful dry hoppy bite here (amarillo's rather distinctive floral tones abound in the back end as well). This really develops a sweet, malty characteristic as it reaches room temperature, and the hops flatten out to more of a course, chewy bitterness. It's not unpleasant, but it becomes very much a: "sweet, yeast, bitter" experience. Fun to swallow, but not as held together as in the first half.

Those final notes are the only real knock I have on the beer. It doesn't quite fill the IPA craving (although I could see myself adapting to this hybrid if others were to start experimenting with it... and I hope to GOD someone does.... Stone? Are you hearing me? Stone?), but it will certainly do whenever a tripel is called for, and just in general this beer makes me very, very, very happy.

The 9% abv is not noticeable at all. Even when as warm as it was going to get, I didn't get any alcohol anywhere in this.

Now I need to go find this on tap.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 5.13.06

Appearance..hm..I’ll tell you the appearance right after this head settles and I can pour some more in. Aaaaany minute now. Mhm. Ok. Well, first off there’s a touch of head. Yeah, just a bit of foam there on the top. How about 5 fingers of dense beaten egg-whites?? Geez. Once things clear up, which never *really* happens…I swear I see a beer of pale straw, thick & cloudy sitting beneath this monstrosity of crown.

The smell is sweet, sweet hops intermingling with a Belgian funk only achieved by the big boys. Some fruity esters waft around as well.

The tastes is almost like a light tripel/Belgian pale. Then the hops provide some bitterness, but it doesn’t screw your face off. It’s just a touch of a perfect amount. Fruitiness continues from the nose, a sweet citrusy flare. This is tinged with a hint of alcohol heat, but never overpowering. This beer is as advertised. Quite interesting in its Belgian heritage combined with the hoppiness not accustomed to their way of brewing. I am very pleased. The brew is oily from the hops, and short of being syrupy, but definitely a thicker beer. Its low carbonation enhances that full chewiness.

It goes down easier considering its fullness and its alcohol content. But it’s made to savor. Great brew, if you ask me!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10 a 750 mL.Label gives up the hops ghost with Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz.

Pours a statuesque gorgeous meringue cumulonimbus clouds in a glass that builds a mountain of rock steady headcap. A further pour into this gusher makes a dimple in the headcap that grows to a colcano shape. Building this beer is like playing with Playdoh.
*** PERFECT POUR *** Superlative appearance!!! Have patience to build the perfect beer here.

There are sooo many ways to talk about the nose.
1- With the head cap 2- without 3- 1/2 settled
Overall, lightly Pez candy and table sugar sweet. Some dusty grain and a tangerine delicate fruit.

First swigs: Hops are fruity initially, then a doughy yeast introduces itself hand in hand. Whimsical peppery yeasty, then a dry floral meets medicinal phenolic. 9.0%??? Where? Dryness hides the ABV. Chewy orange peel tags along for the ride.

Feel is exquisite with a tightly packed dense carbonation. Dry finish with a light orange and bubble gum linger. Ok, ok.... so maybe, just maybe it gets a touch hot towards the end.

Last swigs: Coriander and orange peel triple with a bubble gum background. At the risk of sounding like a dork, man did I have fun pouring and drinking this puppy! Man was I smiling. Scott's was way better, but this was damn good! Another will be in my hands again soon, but I wish I tried it on tap at Monk's. Speaking of Monks, I echo FeloniousMonk: "Never met a Chouffe that I didn't like."

Beer is good. Happy new adventurous beering.

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Photo of nicefix
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light golden, cloudy color. With a huge white fluffy head. Lots of thick lace sticking to the glass in globs. A head like I've never seen before. Really something to see.
Smells of lemon zest, hops, spice with a taste all the same. Not too much of an alcohol kick, but you know the high ABV is there.
Overall, this is a fantastic brew. I look forward to trying the other two styles from this brewery that are available to me.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After its disinterment from the 750ml brown bottle, it sets in the glass a bemused golden yellow with a demonstrative creamy off white head that settles slowly forming a glutinous coating of lace. Nose is dominated by the grassy hop floral aroma, banana like, pepper and orange peel, citrus like in its crispness, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence and the top moderate in its feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops potent, with a desert dry aftertaste that welds itself to your palate, a beer with multiple personalities, I found if quite drinkable, different for sure.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice floral hop aroma but underneath is the fruity and sweet smell that I'm used to from Choufe. There's also a spicy pepper hop aroma too. A little alcohol in the nose.

Golden and a little cloudy. Develops a HUGE foamy head that settles into a big bubbled, pillowy, looks like merrangue layer. Probably should be poured very gently.

Sweet tripple/strong belgian sweetness on the tip of the tongue, then comes pretty high hop bitterness. Nice estery fermentation character and a long lingering fruity aftertaste. Halfway through the glass it's seems less malty and the hops start to take the front seat. I get an oily hop flavor which lingers in the aftertaste. Everything is really well balanced.

Pretty high carbonation level in the mouth. Medium bodied. There's some pretty substantial warming from alcohol.

I like these new hoppy belgian beers that are starting to come out. This still has a lot of the character of a good belgian ale and the twist of high hops.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.