Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a light wheat color with about a 2 finger white head made up of mid-sized bubbles lingers for a minute or two and leaves a little lacing.
S: Very strong hop flavor that is a mix of floral and citrus. A slight malt aroma also.
T: flavor blast from the start, not complex but makes a statement Nice and hoppy at the beginning, then moves to a nice malty and finally finishes a bit tingly. Very nice.
M: flavors changing throughout the process, but transition is never too much. The carbonation isnt too strong at all. Body is perfect for the style and flavor is packed into it. finishes a bit tingly and dry.
Overall, delicious beer. Great style and great flavor. Definitely reccommend.
01-27-2012 02:10:45 | More by iBeer16
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
750 ml bottle poured into snifter.
A- Golden yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves great lacing.
S-I'm getting a strong malty, sweet aroma with a hoppy, citrus back round.
T- very smooth and a little oily. sweet up front almost a bread/biscuit taste but becoming more bitter as it moves across the tongue. a little peppery and tastes like saaz hops. finishes a little dry, so good. Really interesting, lots going on.
M-dry up front then it coats the mouth with a little oil and finishes dry.
O- Really good. More flavors develop as it warms, but it's refreshing as well as strong. best enjoyed as a sipper.
01-23-2012 03:00:40 | More by dutchlq7
3.18/5 rDev -24.5%
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.
01-21-2012 22:50:16 | More by kojevergas
3.78/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-18-2012 02:23:49 | More by Edwaka01
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
01-17-2012 04:24:15 | More by redleaves
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-13-2012 20:10:04 | More by tut2528
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
01-12-2012 19:11:51 | More by match1112
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
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
01-12-2012 04:00:56 | More by vandemonian
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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