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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 1,117
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 165
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 CheezyBlaster
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beasty bubbler. This head is big, rocky and bubble-bathy, and won't go away. Will NOT go away!

Nose to taste are a similar, overlapping ride: Lemons, grass, funk, crisp apple skin. Lovely, lovely yeast aroma and flavor. Spicy. Subtle caress of clove. Citrus kiss, but mostly lemon zest and pithy hints. Beautiful malt with light grains and crackers.

Very "light" and quaffable mouthfeel for what I expected to be a cloying beast from d'Achouffe.

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. 31/05/13 on the neck of the bottle. Love the painted on label.

A: Pours a light orangish golden with a full 2 finger puffy head. Some large bubble in the head. Lots of sediment in stasis in the body. Head leaves some lacing.

S: Real bitter aroma, can tell this is going to have a kick. Very pure hop aroma that lacks the backbone of most IPA's. Malts are still present and add a fruitiness that reminds me of a green grape. A faint yeast as well.

T: As with the smell this has loads of bitterness. Certainly different than an American IPA. Upon first sip I was put-off after expecting what I am used to, but what they have done is very pleasant and unique. Can still get some malts in the background. Nice belgian yeast as well rounds this off. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Fairly light bodied, a crisp beer with stickiness from the hops. Real easy drinking. Hard to believe this is 9%.

Overall this is certainly not what I was expecting. Very hop-forward with little malt to back it up. Would imagine this pairs great with an array of cheeses. Would love to try this fresh on tap.

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of artemh
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden color with a sticky, frothy white head which leaves great lacing.

Aromas begin with some freshly-squeezed lemons, noble hop spice and light earthy/floral hop notes as well. Then you get some light pale malt sweetness with some doughiness. Belgian yeast phenols and apple skin also emerge.

The tastes begin with some fruitiness as well as some mild Belgian yeast spiciness. Then you get some biscuity maltiness followed by a blast of sweetened lemon juice. As it warms you get mild banana and more light spicy yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is semi-dry from the ample hoping, higher ABV and higher carbonation.

Overall this wasn't a total hit for me. I am just not a fan of overly yeast/spicy Belgian ales with this much hop character. The flavor profile just clashes for me, not as "off" as some Belgian IPAs I have had but there are few examples of this style that really succeed in my opinion.

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw color thin bubbly bright white head. Extremely floral nose. Sweet honey and eldeberry upfront with bright tropical fruits. Peppery clove and flowers. Honey suckles. Finishes extremely floral dry and clean with a touch of alcohol. Not a beer to mess around with. Complex layers of flavors, bold and brash. Rough around the edges but concise. Faint bitterness lingers a bit, lots of flowery hops on the back end, hoppy resin balances alot of these sweet belgian notes. quite amazing.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Weischej
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a full two finger head over a translucent dull gold body. Holy sediment Batman! There is a lot floating in there. I love it. Good lacing, with some clinging in almost to the very end.

I smelled this one as soon as I poured it. Lots of spicy hops, alcohol and a big yeast bite. Very grassy and yet biscuity.

Very complex flavor profile. Up front the yeast, grass, pine and light spice start it off very well. Light sugary and malty sweetness in between, then lightly spiced hops takes over and finishes you off.

Medium bodied, carbonation just enough to be lightly prickly. Flows simply and quickly down, leaving no coating, but drying as it goes.

Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of SLUGLIFE
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge, billowy, frothy head with medium-sized bubbles which shrink a little if you can let it sit for a minute. then, as you drink the liquid, the head lowers into a beautiful, atomic-bomb-looking cloud and resembles the pictures of the clouds after dropping the bomb. sorry, it's exactly what i saw. the liquid is golden yellow in a bright and cheery way.
the smell is definitely hoppy and citrus-y.
the taste is definitely hoppy and citrus-y and, again, as i am not partial to hoppy brews, this one is amazingly light and crisp compared to some others i have had recently and hides the 9% alcohol rather well. the atomic mushroom cloud still sits at the bottom of the glass as i ready myself to drain the last gulp, er, sip. the re-fill (and draining of the 750ml bottle) produced an insanely huge blast of foam preventing me from finishing it all. i think this brew is as much fun to pour as it is to drink. being my first of the evening i'm certain the strong alcohol content isnt factoring TOO MUCH in this endeavor.
the mouthfeel is about medium with medium carbonation.
overall, what an interesting beer! as i pour the last little bits into the still mushrooming cloud, i watch the effervescence and nuclear fission as the liquid breaks the cloud line, dives to the bottom and returns to the cloud line joyfully. i'm not even buzzed yet; sorry. the slowly receding foam leaves a sticky,starchy residue on the sides with only an island left of hard foam in the middle. hard, stucco-like protrusions are still hanging off the sides where the foam was pressed against the glass. while still not a fan of hoppy brews, i'm finding i can drink them a little more easily and actually enjoy some of the better ones . . . .

Photo of kevinhughes
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of NolanM
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kwa357
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of 6string
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jmac91
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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