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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,198 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,198
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 156
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/12

Appearance: A bright, golden dark yellow color - a large, very distinctly Belgian, fluffy head, super sticky lacing

Smell: Smells more like a tripel rather than an IPA crossed with a tripel - so many light fruits - orange and grapefruit from the hops - lemon, with a touch of bananas and clove - Belgian yeast, slightly waxy, with some pale malts

Taste: Interesting - like the aroma, light fruits, pale malts, and Belgian yeast - orange and grapefruit rind, lemon, dry banana, clove, and some spicy Belgian yeast notes - nicely bitter - pale malts provide a nice backbone, slightly biscuity

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, lively carbonation, dry

Overall: Cheers to this gnome

This is actually less strange than I expected. It has the heart of a tripel, with some IPA touches. I would personally categorize this as a tripel rather than Belgian IPA. Regardless, it's tasty.

angrybabboon, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev -5%

MacStinson, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Daniel9913
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Daniel9913, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of lpotter
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

lpotter, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +1%

let8it8grow, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of falconxman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

falconxman, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Pours a transparent light orange color with a literal cyclone of carbonation. A 2.5 finger head lingers on and on. Absolutely gorgeous to look at.
S: Light but complex- lots of bread dough/yeast, a bit of sweet fruit, though not many hops considering the back label story. Still pleasant to sniff.
T: Medium-bodied with biscuit, herbs and spices. Then a bit of bubblegum/fruit esters. Finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops, maybe a touch of citrus, though obviously a different style from an American IPA which I appreciate.
M: Again, medium-bodied. A bit of carbonation, a bit of alcoholic heat.
O: This is fairly unique in terms of the various components it brings to the table across the board from the appearance to the aromas to the flavors... I can't say this will become a staple, but I enjoyed it, will explore the style more and will certainly re-visit.

ONUMello, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (code HC110308CI 15435) into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden color w/ a huge sudsy white head, ample carb, leaving behind big chunks of lace. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is Belgian yeast up front, some tropical and citrusy hops too. Not "blast of citrus & pine" American IPA-style hop aroma, just a pleasant adornment of floral notes.

Taste is a bubblegum sweetness, musty yeast, pale malt, and a blend of American and European hops. Clean fresh water.

Mouthfeel is smooth, luxurious, with a nice hoppy finish.

Overall this is a really great cross between Belgian and American brewing traditions.

draheim, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +1%

tln13, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of DM1293
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told that an IPA done in the Belgian style typically had a more balanced hop characteristic, less bitter than an American styled IPA.

Strangely, this...doesn't really even drink like an IPA at all to me. I'm not sure why, but I got next to none of the hop bitterness. Maybe a little of the grassy/piney taste, but its so subtle that it feels like something else rather than hop. The rest of the body isn't bad. A light sourness from the unfiltered yeasty nature. Good malt flavor too.

The mouthfeel deserves some mention, because despite being unfiltered and a little on the thick side, this beer somehow feels rather crisp and refreshing afterward. So...oddly enough I can see this pairing with what the site recommends (cheeses, strong ones at that).

This is one thats...good, but I don't see myself revisiting it. It might appeal more to those familiar in the Belgian IPA's, but I'm not feeling this one much.

DM1293, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Jakep2021
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Jakep2021, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost completely clear blond beer with a beautiful head.

S: This beer has the smell of lime.

T: Nice bitter and fresh taste of this beer.

M: This beer has a light foam and a wonderful carbonation feeling.

O: Good drinkable and a bitter aftertaste.

DARIVA, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of soulfly1492
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smells more like a tripel than an IPA for sure. Pilsner malt, white sugar, lots of fruity esters, bitter orange and pear, mild clove. Mild European hop aroma.

Appearance: Yellow with orange highlights. Super chunky even with a gentle pour. Head pours tall and is bright white in color. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: The hops show up immediately in the flavor. Hops are resinous and mostly pine. Some diacetyl. Pilsner malt, clove, and white sugar to balance out the hops. Aftertaste is resinous hops, pine and butterscotch. Peppery phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily texture, but finishes a bit dry. High carbonation.

Overall: Interesting, but not impressive. I love a good Belgian IPA, but the hops are a bit much and take over the malt completely. Milder hops would help here.

Notes: 16/12/11 date on bottle, drank on 3/29/2012.

soulfly1492, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -28.7%

brinch, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Naveen
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Naveen, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of jpworld
4.25/5  rDev +1%

jpworld, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of smi
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Element1290
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Element1290, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of CypriotPhilosopher
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

CypriotPhilosopher, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

Hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. it settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is strongly hoppy but in a distinctively European way. Spicy floral hops and just a hint of citrus.

Flavor is intensely flavored and big on hop bitterness. Not totally out of balance like some American double IPAs. Good sweetness from the hefty malt bill and great yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent Belgian version of a style usually associated with the states.

GilGarp, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

wizo, Apr 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

asafarc2, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of TheBeard89
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

TheBeard89, Apr 02, 2012
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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