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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,536
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 194
Gots: 346 | FT: 1
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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 BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent honey gold (developing an apricot-like blush by the bottom of the bottle) that is beautifully busy with a flurry of fine yeast and multiple streams of uprushing bubbles. As expected, there was very little beer visible immediately after the pour due to the massive head of French vanilla froth. Belgian beer, especially ridiculously hopped Belgian beer, is often crowned with the most amazing heads in all of beerdom. This one is impossibly rocky and throws up a gorgeous display of fine, feathery, soon to be crusty lace. Epic.

How could the nose be anything other than fandamntastic with a hop bill consisting of Amarillo (dry-hopped), Tomahawk and Saaz? It isn't quite as explosive as I'd hoped, but that's a minor point when it smells this good. I'm sure that the still-thick cap has something to do with the slight lack of immediacy.

I didn't expect this beer to smell this lemony. It isn't often that the lemon zest esters of Saaz hops make their way to the head of the line (past grassy, spicy and floral), but they've done so here. The beer smells like creamy lemon meringue pie--and looks like it too!--or like buttery, clove-spiced lemon shortbread. Very, very, N'ice.

The only real suspense before I take my first sip is just how much I'm going to love this beer, a little or a lot. And the answer is... a lot. It isn't quite as brilliant a creation as Thiriez XXtra, or maybe even Urthel Hop-It, but it's damn close. Besides, it isn't really fair to compare beers of such different styles. They're all hopped to the gills and they're all fabulous.

Since I love IPAs and I love tripels, I had a pretty good idea that I would love what is meant to be a combination of those two styles, even if I wasn't sure what it would taste like. I'm not sure that the pale/pils malt backbone is all that tripel-like, though it is substantial and is more than sturdy enough to handle a few fields worth of hops. Well, one field's worth anyway.

Saaz is the dominant member of the hoptastic trio. Its beautifully peppery buzzsaw-like nature, on such glorious display in Thiriez XXtra, is muted to some extent by the fruitiness of the American varieties. Those expecting an Amarillofest will be disappointed. All in all, I'd say that the hops were well-chosen with each providing the 'better angels of their nature', resulting in a hoppy flavor profile that is second to few.

A too-aggressive Belgian yeast strain would not have been a good idea and I'm happy to report that the one that has been chosen is laid back enough in terms of cloviness that the hops are allowed to shine with maximum radiance. As is often the case with extremely well-crafted beer, the ABV is of academic interest only. The alcohol is beginning to creep up on me in a velvet hammer sort of way, but it's difficult to appreciate it on the palate.

The body/mouthfeel is worthy of both the best IPAs and the best tripels. It's medium-full and creamy smooth with a carbonation load that is vigorous early and restrained late. I love the fact that the silky stickiness present on the finish is permitting the wonderfully hoppy flavor maximum 'bud time'.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, even though it contains at least three different styles in its name, is a singular creation by a master Belgian brewer. Some will discount over-the-top hoppiness as a passing fad, but in the right hands (and the hands at Brasserie d'Achouffe are some of the most capable that you'll find) it turns great beer into transcendent beer. Houblon Chouffe looks like a masterpiece and drinks like a dream.

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Photo of errantnight
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle ($9 from Bauer)

Pours like wow into a large bordeaux wine glass. As much thick, craggy, pure white head as could be imagined. An absolutely gorgeous opaque/cloudy straw body. Incredible lacing. Tiny little icebergs of head are still floating around until the last few sips. Just a wonder and a beauty to behold.

With this gorgeous head and retention comes wafting an awesome bubblegum yeast aroma with hints of citrus and and floral tones. Really reminds me entirely of a tripel at this point, or maybe a belgian strong gold, minus the clarity.

And it tastes like a tripel that's been brewed like an IPA. Wow. Sure this isn't a hop bomb, but it would have to seriously overwhelm that delicious belgian yeast to do so. Instead there's an incredible balance. Or perhaps, more accurate than balance, there's a wonderful dry hoppy bite here (amarillo's rather distinctive floral tones abound in the back end as well). This really develops a sweet, malty characteristic as it reaches room temperature, and the hops flatten out to more of a course, chewy bitterness. It's not unpleasant, but it becomes very much a: "sweet, yeast, bitter" experience. Fun to swallow, but not as held together as in the first half.

Those final notes are the only real knock I have on the beer. It doesn't quite fill the IPA craving (although I could see myself adapting to this hybrid if others were to start experimenting with it... and I hope to GOD someone does.... Stone? Are you hearing me? Stone?), but it will certainly do whenever a tripel is called for, and just in general this beer makes me very, very, very happy.

The 9% abv is not noticeable at all. Even when as warm as it was going to get, I didn't get any alcohol anywhere in this.

Now I need to go find this on tap.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 5.13.06

Appearance..hm..I’ll tell you the appearance right after this head settles and I can pour some more in. Aaaaany minute now. Mhm. Ok. Well, first off there’s a touch of head. Yeah, just a bit of foam there on the top. How about 5 fingers of dense beaten egg-whites?? Geez. Once things clear up, which never *really* happens…I swear I see a beer of pale straw, thick & cloudy sitting beneath this monstrosity of crown.

The smell is sweet, sweet hops intermingling with a Belgian funk only achieved by the big boys. Some fruity esters waft around as well.

The tastes is almost like a light tripel/Belgian pale. Then the hops provide some bitterness, but it doesn’t screw your face off. It’s just a touch of a perfect amount. Fruitiness continues from the nose, a sweet citrusy flare. This is tinged with a hint of alcohol heat, but never overpowering. This beer is as advertised. Quite interesting in its Belgian heritage combined with the hoppiness not accustomed to their way of brewing. I am very pleased. The brew is oily from the hops, and short of being syrupy, but definitely a thicker beer. Its low carbonation enhances that full chewiness.

It goes down easier considering its fullness and its alcohol content. But it’s made to savor. Great brew, if you ask me!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10 a 750 mL.Label gives up the hops ghost with Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz.

Pours a statuesque gorgeous meringue cumulonimbus clouds in a glass that builds a mountain of rock steady headcap. A further pour into this gusher makes a dimple in the headcap that grows to a colcano shape. Building this beer is like playing with Playdoh.
*** PERFECT POUR *** Superlative appearance!!! Have patience to build the perfect beer here.

There are sooo many ways to talk about the nose.
1- With the head cap 2- without 3- 1/2 settled
Overall, lightly Pez candy and table sugar sweet. Some dusty grain and a tangerine delicate fruit.

First swigs: Hops are fruity initially, then a doughy yeast introduces itself hand in hand. Whimsical peppery yeasty, then a dry floral meets medicinal phenolic. 9.0%??? Where? Dryness hides the ABV. Chewy orange peel tags along for the ride.

Feel is exquisite with a tightly packed dense carbonation. Dry finish with a light orange and bubble gum linger. Ok, ok.... so maybe, just maybe it gets a touch hot towards the end.

Last swigs: Coriander and orange peel triple with a bubble gum background. At the risk of sounding like a dork, man did I have fun pouring and drinking this puppy! Man was I smiling. Scott's was way better, but this was damn good! Another will be in my hands again soon, but I wish I tried it on tap at Monk's. Speaking of Monks, I echo FeloniousMonk: "Never met a Chouffe that I didn't like."

Beer is good. Happy new adventurous beering.

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Photo of nicefix
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light golden, cloudy color. With a huge white fluffy head. Lots of thick lace sticking to the glass in globs. A head like I've never seen before. Really something to see.
Smells of lemon zest, hops, spice with a taste all the same. Not too much of an alcohol kick, but you know the high ABV is there.
Overall, this is a fantastic brew. I look forward to trying the other two styles from this brewery that are available to me.

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Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After its disinterment from the 750ml brown bottle, it sets in the glass a bemused golden yellow with a demonstrative creamy off white head that settles slowly forming a glutinous coating of lace. Nose is dominated by the grassy hop floral aroma, banana like, pepper and orange peel, citrus like in its crispness, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence and the top moderate in its feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops potent, with a desert dry aftertaste that welds itself to your palate, a beer with multiple personalities, I found if quite drinkable, different for sure.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice floral hop aroma but underneath is the fruity and sweet smell that I'm used to from Choufe. There's also a spicy pepper hop aroma too. A little alcohol in the nose.

Golden and a little cloudy. Develops a HUGE foamy head that settles into a big bubbled, pillowy, looks like merrangue layer. Probably should be poured very gently.

Sweet tripple/strong belgian sweetness on the tip of the tongue, then comes pretty high hop bitterness. Nice estery fermentation character and a long lingering fruity aftertaste. Halfway through the glass it's seems less malty and the hops start to take the front seat. I get an oily hop flavor which lingers in the aftertaste. Everything is really well balanced.

Pretty high carbonation level in the mouth. Medium bodied. There's some pretty substantial warming from alcohol.

I like these new hoppy belgian beers that are starting to come out. This still has a lot of the character of a good belgian ale and the twist of high hops.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 'ol silkscreened 750ml bottle with the Chouffe gnome busy picking hops on the front. Pours from the bottle into my tulip glass a beautiful clody goldenrod hue with an erupting, billowing head of bubbly white foam. As the foam falls aromas of lemon zest, cracked pepper, pine needles, fresh cut grass and tropical, citric undertones emerge. A nice vibrant, fresh smell with a touch of yeast.

First sip brings a light fruity maltiness upfront with a nice mix of lemon peel, peppery spiciness and tropical fruits. Hops roll in midway through with a mix of herbal, citrusy, spicy notes. The resinous hops get a little brash on the finish with a nice dose of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of yeast and nice hoppy spiciness on the way down. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is nice and easy going. Good carbonation and a nice creamy sensation as it goes down. Pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is not at all apparent in the brew. Overall this is a tasty, unique, special brew from Achouffe. Not something I see myself drinking all the time, but a nice change of pace. It's fun to see more Belgian brewers embracing the hops. Check this one out if you run across it for sure.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color topped with a four finger oddly rocky fluff. Thick chunks of lacing down the glass. Ridiculously thick chunks... Taking a taste of the foam leaves an uncomfortably chewy thick feel in the mouth. Bubbles of carbonation swim around in the glass instead of the conventional rising to the top.

Peppery lemony smell. Very yeasty with a very very thin hint of hops.

Very fruity (lemons, oranges) taste that quickly turns to peppery spice and slightly warming alcohol. There's a little hop taste to it but not as much as the "IPA" on the label would have you believe. Considering the constant bubbles and huge head, the feel is a bit thinner than expected. Finishes dry with a spicy punch.

This is a great beer but not as hoppy as I expect. I really enjoyed this for a great Belgian though and I'll more than likely revisit this one.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ML bottle, thanks to Imstillthegman and BIF 33. Pours with a merangue head, and it's HUGE. Litereally, about 80-90% of the glass if foam. Overcabonated. Aroma is nice, piney for a triple, perhaps leaning towards IPA. Taste is sweet, piney, grapefruit(?). Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation gets in the way. It's plenty interesting, but I've had better from this style.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a magnificent huge creamy white head. With great lace. The aroma at first is piney with a hint of lemon in the background. The citrusy lemon character then transforms into a hard lemon candy with just a hint of alcohol way in the back. Only a belgian ale could make your tastebuds do the jumping around that this beer does. Hoppy, malty. citrusy, peppery. Every mouthful a new experiance. Hints of sugar candy on the side of your tongue with a nice sharp dry finish

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Photo of silenius
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosively vigourous head. Creamy foam. The beer was a slightly hazed dull gold color.

Smell is the most enjoyable part of the beer. Piney, floral, pine needles, lemon peel, orange peel, lemonhead candy, and peppercorns.

Taste has a lemon pith/rind character and old hops with a background of oil of bergamot and a black tea bitterness. The mouthfeel has a tannic bitterness As it warms, I get a bit of a sweet bubblegum flavor and some mintiness/marigold smell. Very interesting. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a classic Belgian beer with an enourmous, pillow-white head that filled a good half of my tulip glass. As the beer began to breathe, crags and valleys and a fair bit of lacing appeared above a straw wheat gold body. This beer looked like everything a beer should look like. Perhaps the weekest part of the Dobbelen was the nose. It offered little in the way of creativity with perhaps some slight whiffs of the saaz hops and a bit of barnyardy grass, but nothing really overpowering. The taste however was crisp, refreshing, full of the interesting mixture of belgian tripel with its creamcicle like flavors and the IPA character replete with a hoppy bite and a bittering finish. Very flavorful and worth drinking.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich golden hue, hazy with visible yeast. Huge, ultra thick, creamy head forms mountainous peaks within my goblet.

Smell: Very herbal, fresh cut grass, flowery sweet, almost rose like. Interesting to say the least.

Taste: Begins with a hoppy bitterness then transitions to somewhat sweet middle, golden apples and lemons come to mind then finishes with a very nice hop bitterness. Short on the tongue and very dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, very carbonated.

Drinkability: What an interesting beer. A hopped up Belgian Trippel. A nice blend of hop bitterness intermingled with a fruity and flowery sweetness. Dry to the bone makes you want to drink more and more. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. Easy to drink and one I will be buying again. Very unique. Seek this very interesting take on a Tripple and enjoy.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a crazy three-plus finger head with excellent retention and crazy lacing, like Duvel, except even more so in all of these things. Body was yellow gold and unlike Duvel, it was very cloudy.

Smell - Spicy Saaz hops and estery, spicy yeast.

Taste - same as the smell, with added dimension of alcohol warmth. Grassy, herbal, spicy Saaz hops, and esters, bananas, spicy yeast. To me, this comes across as a combination of a tripel (or something Belgian style) and a Pilsner, rather than a tripel and a DIPA (or even an IPA) .

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carboantion. Some hop oil slickness, but nearly as much as a beer claiming emphasis on hops would seem to have.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, but high abv limits to one in a session.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA for $10.99 (although I just noticed that the next batch came in and it's priced at $11.99- La Bodega is getting pretty good at raising prices on popular beers).

This beer pours a gorgeous golden with a huge meringue-like head in my Tripel Karmaliet goblet. Aroma is reminiscent of the hoppy/herbal notes of one of my favorites- De Ranke XX Bitter. In other words, full, lush, rich hoppy goodness. The flavor is storng sharp hops, with a slight alcohol burn at the end (not overpowering like some, which is a good thing here), with a slight citrus (grapefruit/lemon). Rich and full malt profile ties it all together. Some sweetness too.

This is a seriously good beer that also improves as it warms.

As much as I like this one, I will still take De Ranke XX Bitter as my favorite of hoppy Belgian beers. Nonetheless, this one is highly recommended.

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Photo of SethB2
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to KilgoreTrout27

A - Very nice. Pours and looks like a Belgian. Yellowish, orange non transparent body with a head that is hard to contain. When it finally does go down a bit, the lacing is also very good.

S - It doesn't smell much different than any other Tripels around. Banana yeasts and fruity malts dominate. There is, however, a spice to the odor that is a bit unusual in this style. I'm going to assume that is it Noble hops that I'm smelling.

T - Here is where this beer stands out. Starts like a tripel, finishes like a very well hopped pilsner. Figs, bananas and other fruits begin this drink, but they are followed by that noble hoppiness. This isn't what Americans think of as an IPA, but it is still good and drinkable.

M - The only real hit on this beer is that is finishes dry as the Sahara.

D - Good. I wish I had normal access to this beer.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a weak pineapple juice color while displaying a very finely carbonated head which retains quite well.

Mild medicinal nose with pepper, citrus and banana aromas.

This brew has an active carbonation with a medium body. Taste is slightly peppery with a hop presence that is quite green. Undertones of banana and citrus are evident. Drink ends with a splash of prickly, bitter hop carbonation while yielding a dry tonic water finish. Not too bad. All in all the hop bitterness is the story here. Absolutely no help from constituent ingredients to help quell the bitter beast which is the hop balance, or should I say lack thereof. Still, this brew has something to offer as the nuances underneath the hop current are varied and interesting. Well worth a try.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sampled this one on-tap at Three Floyd's a few weeks back, but in the midst of all of those other hop-tastic beers I knew a review would be unfair at best. Picked this 750mL bottle up at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, Indiana.

Dirty mandarin in color, this beer pours out very hazy and cloudy. The gigantic meringue that is created - as far as three inches above the glass - is nothing but spectacular. Ice-fractals of lace form all around the glass, even before you get a chance to take the first sip.

The nose of this beer is filled with lemon zest, grapefruit pulp, dehydrated grape, cracked pepper, lemongrass, candi sugar, and the tiniest whiffs of vodka-burn. A powderiness of being exists also, much like many good DIPAs I encounter.

I did not expect to be hit with such a leadpipe of "screwdriver" bitterness but there it is. The wall of vodka-hop-tincture is matched with an unrelenting and pummeling bitterness that would make someone not absolutely in lust of hops cringe. This all cedes to an unrepentant, dehydrated orange aura and an odd, off-kilter marriage of tripel and hops.

The sheer bitterness of this beer - and relative dearth of juicy hop flavor - makes me think that time could serve it well. It does need a little softening. Whoever said they couldn't notice the alcohol must have got a different bottle than I. The yeast pour at the bottom of the bottle does soften things a touch, but i'd like to re-experience this in about a year.

All things considered, the 750 did drain quite quickly.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review #600

Bottle Inspection: Great green silk screened 750ml bottle, capped, and foretells of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops.

Aroma: Wow, full citric, lemon rind, Saison/tripel smell going on. Hints of Belgian yeast evident at arms length. Wonderful sweet base supports fresh hop smells. Very different from any Belgian or IPA I’ve encountered. Hops have a heady perfume aspect. I’m left to contemplate the aroma for quite some time as the head slowly retreats.

Appearance: Bright hazy gold base supports a good 4 finger white head the slowly turns to a rocky meringue leaving just silly amounts of lace. All the head collapses onto itself leaving a big shaving cream blob in the center of my tulip that I can actually mold and shape.

Flavor: An odd metallic twang starts, but as I grow accustomed, it really just seems like the sharp front edge of a full load of hops. Odd that the hops are up front and not the full on flavor assault and bitter of the American IPA, but the citric juicy lemon grapefruit notes come through… softly. The entire beer is gentle and somewhat refined. I still get a grassy, almost rustic Saison note. The 9% is slowly felt, but never tasted. Overall a mild herbal and hop drink that will hit you like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, carbonation is a bit strong if you don’t let it fully settle, and the drink has an odd airy quality that is enhanced by the rapid drying.

Overall Impression: It is slightly annoying after awhile to wait, once again, for the massive head to slowly drop into its malleable blob, but in the end, it’s worth the wait. I really enjoyed the citric lemon aspect and the unusual combination of worlds. This is a solid choice for review 600; recommended.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a well-hyped new Belgian Tripel, I couldn't wait to taste what all the talk was about. I've enjoyed several glasses in the past week trying to figure it out. Seems it's one of those tripels that is experienced a bit differently each time.

Pours into the goblet a light yellow with abundant bubbles and thick creamy head that makes interesting shapes on its top as it (slowly) settles. A beautiful ring of lace at the top of the glass crowns all the other lace below it. If someone did a coffee-table book of all the great lace leavings in worldwide beers, I'd buy it. One of few beers I've given extra ratings just for its lace.

Aromas are subdued spices and sugars, a hint of banana, and just a bit of the alcohol coming through.

First taste gives off the alcohol-induced warming heat, but not too much. It's quickly followed by a honeyed sweetness, offset with a wheaty heartiness in the malts, white pepper zap, a hoppy bitterness and yeast poking it's way through to give another layer of depth. Finish remains dominated by the sweet spice/honey aspects. A wonderfully creamy mouthfeel adds to the multiple sensations this delivers, and the tart grapefruit aftertaste reminds you of the hops that went into this.

But with all the talk of the hops factor in this one, I'm still not convinced the Belgians either 1) know how to, or 2) care to mirror the ultra-hopped IPAs that this was apparently inspired by. No matter, this has all the complexity and satisfaction that the best tripels should deliver, it's different, and the well-hidden alcohol and creamy/fruity elements makes this almost too easy to drink. Would be great to try this on tap, or right at the brewery, because I feel like I'm too new to Houblon to glean its deepest subtleties. A beguiling and intruiging ale for sure.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dense, rocky white head with great retention, leaving sticky, staggered lacing down the goblet's sides. This Belgian pours a glowing, light gold/yellow in color.

Candied sugar sweetness that is cut by a musty spice: pepper, corriander, and clove. Also, a gritty floral hop aroma with a touch of pine.

The semi-sweet candied sugar soon gives way to the earthen hops leaving a primary flavor of floral hops and clove. A faint mustiness makes for a dry, filmy finish. The aftertaste is filled with floral hops and a sharp alcohol presence.

Medium bodied; a slick creaminess followed by a slightly astringent dry mouthfeel.

An interesting concoction to say the least. The alcohol presence seems to be a bit heavy with a lack of balance at times. This is probably the only thing keeping me from indulging in this Belgian more often.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/08/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 2005/06 release. 750ml bottle. Poured into my Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Murky and hazy peach, especially after the remaining yeast is poured in. Possibly the quickest forming head I have ever seen. Be careful not to pour more than...oh...about an ounce a minute or else it explodes into a overflowing head. Took six pours and over an hour to down this bottle. Chunks of huge rocky lace form a canal like funnel down the middle of the glass. This lace is thick and not going anywhere. Huge chunks still remain in my glass this morning as kind of a nice war-wound. Maybe the best appearance I have seen....definitely the best from a double IPA-Tripel-whatever.

Smell- Sharp notes of tropical fruit...lemon rind, grapefruit hops and maybe some papaya and banana.

Taste- The are hops here, but they are well hidden from the overwhelming tastes of white pepper, banana, candied sugar and other spices. You really don't know it's bitter until after the swallow. Then the hops hit you. Grapefruit for sure and a good amount of them. Still tastes more like a cross between a tripel and a saison...with a handful of hops thrown in.

Mouthfeel- Very very carbonated, pricky and at sometimes gaseous. Bitter aftertaste, but not super long lasting...a bit dry.

Drinkability- Another quality brew by La Chouffe...this one will be purchased again in the future.

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Photo of merlin48
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently into a large goblet, the body is hazed apricot in color, topped by a lavish and frothy vanilla hued head. Retention is excellent and there are massive sheets of lace that drape the goblet. A good looker here!

Aroma opens with tropical fruit esters, coriander, and some floral hops. Solvent alcohol and a distinct whiff of Pinesol ruin what was a very promising bouquet.

Mouthfeel has zesty carbonation and a pleasantly creamy, light medium body.

Taste is dry, spicy hot with pepper, coriander, and alcohol. Some grapefruit and lemonrind are noticed, but on the abrasive side. Belgian yeast makes its presence known and is spicy and earthy. Huge hops bitterness is much too abrasive and overly bitter. The fruitiness suggested by the aroma just doesn't emerge in the taste.

Drinkability is decent, but for the price I will pass on this one next time. There are better, hoppy Belgian ales out there. This one is an interesting effort, but just doesn't work for me. Malt balance is lacking. Doesn't succeed as a morphed Tripel or IPA.

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yellow-hay color with excellent lacing left behind in my glass. The lacing appeared sugar-laiden with spots and crystal formation. A frothy head developed when poured, but dissipated quickly. The only problem I had with this visually was the presence of white 'floaties' at the bottom of my glass. The color combination just turned me off and was mildly disgusting, I have to say.
Despite that, I detected aromas of honey, hard candy, yeast, and freshly cut grass. The taste was very much in line with what might be expected from a Tripel with subtle bitterness underneath. Good texture with a slightly astringent finish. Overall, this beer was smooth and sour with a rich and flavorful profile dominated by various sweet flavors. Easy to sip and one to enjoy with cheese.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.