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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 126 | 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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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

01-21-2012 22:52:23 | More by InebriatedJoker
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml green glass (bleh!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl N'Ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are relatively high given the brewery, but the style is suspect. Best before date is "End 2012" - strange for an IPA. I bought it in October 2011 (At Wally's Wine in Westwood, California).

On a presentation note, green glass is inexcusable.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and amazing retention (especially for 9.0%). I'm impressed with the retention. It's a rather foamy head, with a visual texture akin to candy floss. Colour is a cloudy yellow. Lots of swirling bubbles indicate adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Semitransparent. Very fresh looking and appealing.

Sm: A fresh floral light hop aroma with pleasant orange peel. A bit yeasty. A mild strength aroma.

T: A pleasant malty foundation over the top of which sits a mild smittering of light hops. The hops never finish too bitter. It's a bit buttery, helping both the taste and mouthfeel. (I'd even go so far as to say it might pair well with popcorn). The malts resolve smoothly and tingly yet aren't quite as potent and thick as you might expect from a Tripel (also no candi sugar comes through). It's as though they used crystal malt instead of Belgian candi sugar and added hops to reduce a golden Tripel to a yellow pale ale. It's definitely pleasant, but I don't know that I'd go so far as to call it refreshing. A bad malty note (akin to the way malt is handled in most Spanish lagers) is present right on the finish, and feels stale compared with the rest of the otherwise well balanced flavours.

Mf: Smooth and dry, with a bit of stale tingly character on the climax and finish - sort of a failed hop coarseness that really bothers me. I don't know what's causing this but I don't like it. I'd like it more wet and a bit more slick.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV in spite of its mouthfeel problem. It features some pleasant flavours that are balanced well, and feels quite experimental, but it never reaches a level of being unique or special. I might try it on draught in Belgium, but it's not anywhere near good enough to consider paying a high price for as an import again. This brewery has better beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:50:16 | More by kojevergas
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5%

01-21-2012 21:00:12 | More by samEBC
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suspect

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-19-2012 02:17:21 | More by suspect
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Edwaka01

New York

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Ommegang Rare Vos pint.

A - Sunny golden yellow, with large suspended yeasties, big, wild, cloudy head, hanging out for a while.

S - Very citrusy, flowery hops. That's pretty much it.

T - More hops - less citrus, more hops...Chouffe yeast character definitely present. Sweetness characteristic of triples is present but not as intense as most.

M - Quite refreshing for a fuller beer, and very smooth per 9% abv.

O - Great Belgian hop offering - rare as they are. I'm not one for hoppy beers generally, but this is one I'd be glad to see show up in my glass anytime, although I don't know that I'll ever run out and buy one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:23:49 | More by Edwaka01
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redleaves

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy head, and the fluff lasts a while. Scent is hops, citrus, and a touch of alcohol. Nice bubbles, cloudy. Taste is awesome, hops taste really fresh for a Belgian. Malty backbone good citrus hops. Hard to describe flavors except perfect IPA, nice Belgian yeast flavors and wow these suds stick around a long time. Top notch and highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:24:15 | More by redleaves
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KimenTshom

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-17-2012 00:54:49 | More by KimenTshom
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

01-16-2012 04:14:12 | More by whartontallboy
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sd123

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-15-2012 11:51:28 | More by sd123
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-14-2012 23:07:45 | More by btesta
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carloskleber

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-14-2012 02:09:07 | More by carloskleber
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RobertJBeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2012 21:21:36 | More by RobertJBeer
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tut2528

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big carbonation, and big, almost fluffy head formation and retention, typical Belgian look

smell: very bready/yeasty aromas, a nice malt malt backbone and citrus (predominately lemons)

taste: delicious. not all that complex but i find this beer very well balanced. first thing that i gather is hops. Interestingly the hops is followed by a very sweet malt character that is paired up with fruit and then reverts back to hops. Quite unique.

overall, this is one of the best, if not the best Belgian IPA's i have came across. and the alcohol is unnoticeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 20:10:04 | More by tut2528
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2012 19:04:55 | More by kspongeworthy
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-12-2012 23:03:31 | More by zonker17
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match1112

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange body with a good amount of floaters, three fingers of billowy white head. great retention and lacing.

s: bread and yeast, some apples and lemons as well.

t: sweet fruits and yeast with some earthieness to it.

m: full body with medium to high carbonation. crisp finish with a warming feel in the back of the throat.

o: it's an alright tripel, lacked any hop presence for something that is suppose to be an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 19:11:51 | More by match1112
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was a little disappointing. Maybe it was old, but the hops were barely there. It was still pleasant and subtle though.

A: Orange colour with a 1 cm head that lasts pretty well due to good carbonation. There is some noticeable sentiment in the glass. 4

S: Yeast, apples and honey. Not a strong hop aroma. Is this maybe an older bottle? 3

T: Malty with some subtle piney hops and sweetness which combine to give the flavour of honey. The finish is sweet with some spiciness from the Belgian yeast. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:00:56 | More by vandemonian
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Robje

Australia

4/5  rDev -5%

01-10-2012 00:48:22 | More by Robje
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-09-2012 15:03:31 | More by N8DAGR8
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Hopdaemon39

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-08-2012 03:40:08 | More by Hopdaemon39
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DaveRTP

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-08-2012 00:25:50 | More by DaveRTP
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1030th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
750 ml

Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine Brea

App- A bit of a lighter orange creamsicle color with a bit of yellow mixed in. A very large 2-1/2 finger long last white head with great cling and lace. Every sip is documented like tree lines.

Smell- Very aromatic to say the least. A bit hard to pick all the flavors out. Lemon, yeast, dirt, hops, bitter and a little bit of oils.

Taste- This was a big beer for sure. I wish I would have split it. The flavor profile is a bit grainy with a lot of bitter, a lot of lemon, yeast and some white pepper. The 9% is clearly evident on this one. As it warmed more tangerine and grapefruit comes out.

Mouth- A good body on this one. Really down the pike of medium with a solid medium carbonation. Highly lemon and grassy bitter on the finish.

Drink- A very big beer. It's highly peppery, yeasty and damp, dank lemon. I enjoyed it but really wish this one would've been a smaller version. I'll probably come back to this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:56:31 | More by FosterJM
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buckyp

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-07-2012 20:20:58 | More by buckyp
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jakesingleton

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5%

01-06-2012 13:34:38 | More by jakesingleton
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- Nearly a gusher! Pours an almost clear yellow color with an enormous meringue-like white foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- The easiest way to describe the nose is like mixing an American IPA with a Belgian Saison. Belgian yeast, spice, grass, floral hops, and light citrus all come into play.

T- Bright spicy hops initially with loads of lemon zest, white pepper, orange peel, coriander, and a slight tartness in the finish. The 9% ABV is barely noticeable with only a slight warming effect as I make my way through the bottle.

M- Crisp and dry with a snappy finish. Light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Where has this beer been all this time! I have no one to blame but myself. I've probably passed this on the shelf hundreds of times but I finally decided to pick it up...and I'm glad I did. Very tasty brew, well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:12:08 | More by projectflam86
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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