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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,384
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 173
Gots: 253 | 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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Ratings: 2,384 | Reviews: 1,127
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/golden haze look to it. Rich and dense is the head. Glazed lacing.

Peppery and full of apricot hops. Pinch of alcohol sniffed. Belgian yeast and light coriander.

Spicy and zesty with notes of apricot, lemon rind, floral bouquet, and chiming booze. Excellent Belgian IPA flavor profile.

Silky body, light carbonation prickle. The strength doesn't choke back drinkability.

One of my faves of the style. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just incredible. Most DIPAs gain some semblance of balance through sweetness, but this has quite a bit of depth to it. Many Belgian beers can be too sweet for me, but here the hops and tripel-style alcohol/sweetness are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, stays on the palate for a relatively long time.

Appearance- somewhat hazy, like a hef or wit.

Taste- balanced, as above.

Smell- you get both the Belgian and the IPA out of the smell, which would seem to be the goal.

Overall- try it. A lot of American breweries are putting out Belgian IPAs, and this is my current standard for them.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle with no apparent freshness date. Poured into 12oz pint glass.

A- Pale golden color. Looks to be unfiltered. The most beautiful head I have ever seen…two finger and fluffy like a cloud. Superb retention and lacing.

S- TONS of citrus hops with yeast notes.

T- Very different from all the IPAs I have tried thus far. Can’t definitely get a since of the Tripel character. Great hoppy bitterness upfront that melts into biscuity malt and subtle warming alcohol.

M- Creamy, crisp, and refreshing. Deliciously drinkable.

O- The most unique IPA I have had so far. Very different from all the other IPAs I have tried, but it seems to take the best qualities of an IPA and Tripel. An awesome combination of American hops and Belgian yeast. One of those beers you’ll never forget! Will definitely enjoy this brew again!

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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into an Against the Grain tall snifter. The pour is a cloudy, hazy dark gold with a huge frothy white head. Big lacings like snowdrifts remain on the glass. I get a faint nose of tropical fruit, primarily lemon and orange, and pastries.

The beer has a medium to full body and a nice firm feel. There is a sweet blend of flavors on the front of the palate consisting of over-ripe oranges and peaches and cookie/biscuity maltiness. These are juxtaposed against a sharp, cleansing grapefruity bitterness from the hops and a warming tinge of alcohol on the back of the palate. It is an interesting flavor combination. The finish seems almost random and chaotic. Sometimes, you are left with a sweet fruity note, sometimes warm alcohol, and sometimes a lingering dryness.

This is a fascinating beer. It seems to combine all the best traits of an IPA, a Tripel, and a Barleywine. It is crisp and refreshing, yet also quite strong and assertive. It demands your attention, yet also manages to accompany almost effortlessly whatever you happen to be doing. It is very complex, yet still seems accessible. I will definitely try this again sometime. It is one of the more enigmatic beers I have encountered.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 11.2oz bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI in fall 2012 for $5.99.

Pours a beautiful cloudy copper orange color with a thick, bubbly head. Scent is mild but has hints of wheat, citrus, and tame hops. Taste is rich, creamy, and delicious. First you get a full flavor of citrus and wheat which then turns into a slight bite of hops. Also contains hint of banana within the yeast taste. Finishes slightly dry. Overall this is delicious and complex. A world class beer well deserving of its rating.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel pours a mildy hazy sunshine yellow. Three fingers or so of white foam rise up to top the beer. Head retention and lacing are both decent, but neither particularly impresses. The nose isn't too potent, but it does have some pleasant apricot/fruity and earthy/spicy aromas. The flavor is a much better display of the fusion between tripel and IPA that makes up this beer. Pear and apricot stone fruit esters open things up, and fade beautifully into some more tropical fruity hoppiness. The bitterness that rolls through next is notable, but not overly aggressive. The finish is the same earthy, spicy, noble hop note from the nose, I'm guessing courtesy of the Saaz hops. If a little bit of a phenol presence could ave been integrated the beer would be just about perfect. The mouthfeel was a little bit of a letdown. Simultaneously, the body was a little chewy and the carbonation fell a bit on the dull side. That aside, Houblon Chouffe is a great Belgian IPA, displaying the harmonies that can exist between American hopping and Belgian yeast strains.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; there’s some printed code on the neck of the bottle that probably indicates freshness which I can’t figure out (“HC12030811 06568”) but I bought this at Brewery Ommegang four days ago so I’m assuming that this is as fresh as I’m going to get it, in this country at least.

Appearance (5.0): Pretty perfect. The body is a pale orange color, hazy but not cloudy, topped by a a very dynamic head: four to five fingers of bone-white foam, fat bubbles popping out of a rocky cap, with spotty, webby lace all around the glass as it recedes. The only downside is that it takes so damn long before I can take a legitimate sip.

Smell (4.0): There’s that beautiful, spicy, fruity Chouffe yeast: pear juice, white pepper and light clove, and very aromatic, it’s a nice complement to the warm, mildly sweet, fresh-baked bread that the malt contributes. The hops contribute to the fruity character, giving slightly more peach and pineapple to the profile—that’d be the Amarillo—that becomes very nice, sweet, and clear as it warms, blending with the fruity yeast character . . . very nice.

Taste (4.5): The yeast comes out even more clearly here, with a very clear, sweet mix of pear and peach juice, backed by that same mixture of clove and white pepper—and it strikes a great balance. There’s a mixture of sweet citrus fruit (Amarillo) and spice (Saaz) that the hops mix into the flavor profile; meanwhile, the malt character is dry and biscuity. The hops come along again in the finish with a moderate but very clear citrus pith bitterness, which would be the Tomahawk. Great, great mix. No alcohol at all (which is hard to believe, at 9%), but still finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is evenly distributed and starts with an all-over tingle and moves into a smooth, lush feel; the body manages to feel just on the light side of medium, and it finishes very dry.

Overall (4.5): This is great right now, and if I’m not mistaken this actually isn’t as fresh as it could be. When it’s super-fresh, it can have a bracing, pithy bitterness that almost distracts from everything else going on. Right now, it’s balanced and has a mixture of fruity, spicy, pithy hops and an equally complex, well-put together yeast profile. Meanwhile, the malt body stays on the side of BSPA (rather than Tripel), which suits this mixture of hops. This is just really well done. A great beer.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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