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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 scottoale
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, nice bright hazy amber with a fat finger of white froth, the looks of this one brightened up the cloudy day. Some nice thick lacing gives more appeal to this beauty.

Sweet, spicy and strong, not too mention...complex! A wheaty malt nose with a fruity sweetness, some corriander, yeast, hops and alcohol, this stuff smells mighty delicious.

The taste...ahh, the taste! Sweet malt and wheat that goes spicy of corriander, fruity of banana and bubblegum, then tangy yeast into a bittering, clean hop finish...WoW. I'm really liking Belgians of this style more than ever, especially fresh on-tap.

Some healthy body that gives a smooth creamy mouthfeel plus a nice warming from the high ABV. This is a big, beautiful brew that's real easy to drink, but best enjoyed slowly...and it ain't cheap.

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

I've been dying to try this beer, lots of hype built up around it... lets see if it lives up to it!

Pours a hazy pale copper color and makes a rediculous ammount of head. I poured this into a Duvel glass and it would seem that I just poured a Duvel. Head retention is fantastic, huge rocky clumps of foam and a really thick sticky lacing on my glass. So thick infact, if you swirl the glass full of head... the head does not move. I am impressed. Well done little Chouffe.

Aroma is dominated by spicy and earthy saaz hop aromas that dance with yeast undertones. Its definitely one of the hoppiest belgian brews I've ever put my nose to.

The flavor has an assertive hop bitterness, slightly asstringent, nice malty wheat qualities, a hint of bubblegum, earthy yeast, bit of funk. Super complex.

Full bodied, peppery crisp carbonation yet drinks smooth and finishes clean and dry.

Well done Chouffe. You win this time you rogue.

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Photo of jbmorch
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer is called an IPA, and should get respect for that, since evidently as the story goes the brewer in Belgium was inspired by IPAs being brewed in California which is EPIC! But this is not really an IPA, it's a Belgian saison beer. The IPA reference, aside from the name, comes from a little bit of cascade aromatics just at the end as you swallow the beer. All the same, I guess you'd say that this beer is unique among Belgians, but the brewer has not created a great new style, rather he has created a very drinkable hybrid. I would drink about 12 oz. of this beer, but not a full pint, because it's a little too sweet. But I wouldn't have a problem quaffing a Stone IPA, then a Chouffe IPA, then a Pure Hoppiness or something. It's stong enough to hold its own in the middle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a pale hay mix with light bread crust amber/copper tones. The colors are a cool backdrop for the insane bubbling spewing forth from the bottom. The head is almost too much, but I like too much head;). The brussels lacing is almost perfectly lateral with each sip.

Smell- A pretty good nose of wheat sweetness and muted hop notes varying from sharp to floral.

Taste- Starts out with a mix of muted complex hop notes and sweet wheat or sugar. The typical Belgian yeast mixes well with the gobs of carbonation juggling on my tongue.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but overall a medium fading flavor from the tongue. Lots of grain and hop interplay.

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Photo of trep
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with an immense white head that leaves a frosting of lace on the glass. Took me like 10 minutes to pour. Body is hazy with a good bit of yeast in suspension.

Very earthy aroma. Grassy and smells kind of like marijuana. Some clovey spices and a yeasty aroma as well.

Alot going on with the taste. Overload of bitter hops indeed. Very piney and bitter with the typical taste of a Belgian Tripel added to it. Tastes like freshly cut grass smells. The hops are super bitter. Backbone of sweet golden malt and yeasty earthiness.

Pretty carbonated, but not too thin on the pallate. Not very drinkable, as this bottle is being split with my lady and I doubt i'd be able to polish off an entire bottle on my own.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beatifully mild banana yellow color with a soft hazey glow. Monsterously creamy and tall compacted capping of white, decoratively fopped foam. A thick white blanket of lacing drapes itself across the glass with barely any missing stitches to it. All the while the head itself hardly moves as it unfolds into a sculpted heep of marshmellow mush.

Aroma is approachable by arms length at first pour. Big and lofty with a peppery spice of yeast and dry hops backed by green bananas and old pineapple. Mellows out to be alot more rounded and mellow with a bit more of dullishly soft lemon pie.

Soft, delicate, well rounded flavors ensue and fill the palate quickly with a creamy, fluffy textured delight of banana and lemon pie filling. Frothy candyness with very mild, intriguing citrusy flavors take a place well along the palate as it subsides some into a middling finish of slight peppery spice and hoppy dryness. Its savoriness superseeds its simplicity as it builds and builds with intensely mild, yet fronting froth of maltyness and mellowed candyness. It favors a light warmth late as it cinders like a fading fire with some wonderfully replaced citrus candy thats super milding and fluffy. It tends to create a billowing sense of banana, lemon, and pineaplle as it seeps into the mouth leaving nice little spicyness of pepper hops. The Saaz makes for most of its snap and strength; however is seemingly wiped away by its play of candyish pie filling sweetness. Its quite remarkable in balance through and through. The spice is never over powering, as its ABV is barely evident...

...which seems laughable. The 9% displayed on the 'Gnome sniffing hops' label says nothing to its dimeanor... well actually, at least until late after much of the 750ml has been drained. Then watch out it'll make ya go weee....I'm a Gnome, I'm a Gnome...

The feel is amazingly soft and full with an awesomely foregiving, supple body and warmth of dulled citrusy candy-pie filling. Frothy in texture and one of the most unique in stature that I've not encountered before. Its like liquid pastry. I swear. Its that good.

Fine drinkability. Soft, yielding, delightful, and yummyliscious. It makes a slow settled, sinking impression into the mind with wonderment and awe as it makes me ponder how a beer so good could be so dangerous. I mean it made me say something along the lines of 'savoriness'? C'mon, thats worth something, isn't it? Wow! A lovely, lovely beer. A real winner by Chouffe!

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Photo of benmiliron
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 750ml bottle. Pours a hay yellow, slightly cloudy. Head is very thick and heavy like marshmallow topping, beautiful thick lacing. Smell is divine - chouffe sweetness with sharp hops is a beautiful thing. Taste is sharp heavy alphas, and spiced-sweet but light belgian. Very nice combination. The hops are a bit too dominant though. The mouthfeel is too sharp up first, but once this subsides, it's a nice smooth drinking brew.

Achouffe is definitely on to something here. I look forward to version 2.0.

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

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled this and served in one of my New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant golden with an enormous fluffy white head. The head is very persistent eventually collapsing into a meringue-like head. Lace coats the inside of the glass, and small bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Definitely smells like a Tripel. There notes of pepper, sweet fruit, and yeast, along with an alcoholic twang. The resiny and piney hop aromas are low, but present.

Taste: Very much like a Tripel upfront. There are flavors of sweet fruit, pepper and tart citrus. The finish is significantly bitter, though the hop flavors are somewhat mellow. Spicy alcohol is also detectable in the finish, with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, smooth and slightly oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. The spiciness and sweetness of a Triple balance the hop bitterness very well.

Overall: This is an interesting fusion of styles. There are very pleasant Tripel flavors along with a nice strident bitterness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes with a five+ fingered white, pillowy head that leaves gobs of lace. A clear pale amber color. Hoppy nose. Starts just on the hoppy side with some sourness, slight hop but smooth finish. Good carbonation and medium bodied. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Also $4.19 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my deep, wide Rochefort goblet a lovely golden amber, clear save for a slight chill haze, and capped with a fantastic head! The head settles to a thick, rocky, nearly solid mass across the surface, falling into thick, gobby mountains and valleys. The lacing is absolutely complete, thick, full white rings that let little light through, and the head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a lovely blend! Sleek, sweet malts and a blend of citrusy hop scents really jazz things around.

The flavor is just great - it's really a beer for any occasion - whether you want an IPA, a tripel, a summery beer, something to warm you up when it's cold - this satisfies. There are definitely a lot of hops in here froa tripel, and it's way, way better executed than Urthel Hop It! Instead of tasting like a grassy tripel, this swirls with warm citrus - I can pick out notes of all the major citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange. The finish is nutty, and it really puts a nice end to the sweet malt and tangy hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with just enough zip from the hops, it finishes with a nutty kind of stickiness that lingers, inviting further recollections.

This is great, great, great, great.

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Photo of
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750ml bottle on a warm spring evening. Beer poured a slightly hazy gold color with a massive head that lasted until I was done. I didn't get much aroma, predominantly hops with some citrus. Taste was exceptional, started slightly sweet, then the hops kicked in, and it finished with some spice/pepper. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent despite alcohol content. I drink a fair amount of Belgians, and this one is not very representative of the style, but I really enjoyed it however it is classified. Dangerous beer because it is so easy to drink....

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Photo of ryanms3030
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at a recent visit to Redbones in Somerville. Usually when I'm at a bar with a great beer selection I like to go for variety during my visit but after drinking Houblon to start off, I had to stick with it because it was so increadible (of course I think I only had two..maybe 3 due to the alcohol content.)

I am a big fan of the Chouffe brewery, big IPA's and Tripels so this beer was right up my alley. The color and head on the beer were perfect coming off the tap, a deep golden color with a good two fingers of head on the pour. The aroma and flavor had a very pronounced hopiness but the mouthfeel and finish were much smoother then your average "big" IPA and were closer to a Belgian Tripel complete with a somewhat spicy finish. I was doubtfull that a combination of these two very different styles would work...but the Houblon works very well.

The only downfall I think would be if you don't care for very hoppy beers because this one is definately hoppy.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank to AlexJ who not only provided this beer at the Charlotte beer pairing event, but for making some excellent Chicken Satay with homemade Thai peanut sauce. I'm unsure how some figure what to pair with what, but this one just paired beautifully with the spices. Nice hazy appearance to it.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to FirkinDave for getting this beer on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL and for his generous pours.

Pours a hazed honey gold into a Houblon Chouffe glass (just about the cutest beer glass I’ve ever seen). Carbonation streams are out of hand. Foam is thick and frothy. Outstanding looks.

Aroma is more mellow than expected. Sure there are large amounts of grapefruit and lemon pepper but from a brew that bills itself as a hopped up double triple I expected something a little more in your face.

Hop flavors are smaller than expected in the taste as well and they tend to lend themselves toward the citrus end of the spectrum there too. Interesting saisonlike yeast flavors make this one a real drinker for me. Beyond that I enjoy the intense citric flavors. This is a great summertime brew and very refreshing. There’s plenty of lemon, lime, unripe orange peals, and grapefruit to go around.

Body is a touch thin but mouthfeel is quite good overall. There is a moderate bitterness to be sure, but I personally find the subtle sourness and tartness on and around my tongue to be the real pleasurable core of this brew. The spicy, peppered finish dries well and leaves the palate thirsty for more. The strong yeasts offer a creamy sensation for part of the brew as well. As far as feel goes, this beer has it almost right on.

Drinkability was good enough for me to drink four in a row and I very rarely drink the same beer twice in one sitting, especially when I’m at a place with a great selection like the Firkin.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off comes the crown, and out wafts sour citrus and pine, plus prickly spices. Haven't even poured it, though.

Thickly hazed, pale gold coloration, huge head, a fluffy slab of angelfood cake, leaving loads of lace. Poured just right, it features a beautiful cap emerging from the glass, like a dish of ice cream.

In the nose: ah, this is a saison! I mean, a tripel! No, wait a Belgian double IPA, right?...what is it, now?
It's zesty, lemony, sour and spicy, yeasty, funky, deep, delectable. An enticing, entrancing blend of flavor, every bit Belgian.

I'm still only smelling. The label refers to "the overwhelming aroma of Tomahawk, Amarillo, & Saaz hops..." Well put.

Taste it: Bracingly bitter entry on the palate, then kindly backing away.Sip again, and a mix of fruit and spice blasts through the palate anew, then gently subsides on the tongue. Definitely drinkable, despite the uniqueness of the flavor, or the size of the strength. Full bodied, for a tripel, but rather easy in the mouth.

This ale hangs tight on the palate, sticking it out, giving a kick every inch of the way, but downable and delicious. I'm liking it, and I think I'll like it again and again. But then again, I've never met a Chouffe I didn't like.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer, and I was fortunate to snag the very last bottle from John's Grocery. It was almost gone before I had even heard of it. The beer is a clear blonde color with a massive white head. Lacing forms the whole way down.

The smell is a little less hoppy than I was hoping for. Definitely has some belgian hops in it, thus not quite as bitter and fruity. Has a little bit of banana and clove to it, as well as a dry musty grain. Smells good, but not as strong as I was hoping for.

The taste is good. The flavors are more pronounced, and the bitterness stands out much better in the flavor than in the aroma, though it is still not all that hoppy. Surely they used an assload of hops, but the low alpha acid varietals do not stand out as much as american strains. Still very good stuff. Has elements of an IPA and a tripel, which is very interesting. (edit: as it gets towards the bottom of the bottle, more of the fruity amarillo flavors come out, and when drank with the sediment it's truly a great beverage.)

The body is full and fairly dry. A light spicing plays nicely with the hop bitterness. Good stuff. Very drinkable for 9%. I wish there was more.
Edit: Scores adjusted for Batch #2. I am in love with this beer. This beer just proves that there couldn't be a better time to beer a beer lover in America. Not only is the selection of American micros seeminly expanding by ten-fold each year, but the brewers of the old world are following our lead. The result is an orgy of mouthwatering American hops and belgian yeast complexity. It tastes like citrus and bubblegum. Not too sweet, not too dry, just the perfect amount of bitterness (which seems like a bit more than batch #1 to me). The head on this beer is phenomenal, and the lacing is amongst the thickest I've seen. This is easily the best use of Amarillo hops I've had, as many "Amerikuhn" brewers like to use too much of a good thing, in our typical fashion. Highly recommended to anybody. If you see the gnome, bring him home!

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Photo of chimaychimaynot
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Good Beer Store, Chapel Hill, NC, 5/20/2006.

Pours a cloudy blonde, with a dense head reminscent of seafoam, clinging to the glass in large clumps.

Aroma is intoxicating - notes of fresh, spicy hops, pears and apricots, perhaps a hint of pineapple, honey, and hard candies.

Attacks the tip of the tongue with a Saaz hop spiciness, then a riot of peaches and pears in syrup, spicy hops, and honeyed malt. After swallowing, a wave of focused, resiny hop bitterness spans across the tongue, with fruity, spicy and herbal hop aromatics. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavors, against a hint of residual honeyed sweetness.

Medium-light bodied, lean and fluffy like a good Belgian should be, faintly slippery. A hint - and only a hint - of peppery alcohol late in the finish.

Despite its strenght, very very drinkable. Overall, a superb ale. It bursts with fresh hops, but they are nicely integrated into a spicy, fruity Belgian yeast character. I want a case of this. Its been a while since I've declared that.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded lemon yellow with a voluminous white head. Very strong head formation with this one.

Smell is herbal and lemony. Individual aromas of coriander and lemon and bizarrely dill. Citrus and black pepper are also noticeable.

Taste is peppery and slightly woody when first sampled. Mild sweet malt mixes with herbalness and the mild by Californian standards bitterness in the after taste. Coriander and pepper come through clearly in the taste. There are some citrus flavors from American hops in this but it is by no means a Tripel IPA. Hops come through mostly as bitterness and an earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but it is not a superior Triple or an IPA. A strange beer that I can recommend as an oddity but in truth the normal La Chouffe is just plain better.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy, straw yellow with a thick, bright white head. Clumpy lace was left behind as the glass was emptied. The aroma was spicy, bready, and yeasty, with a little bit of lemon. Moderate bitterness with plenty of bread and floral hops. Some citrus fruitiness, lemon, and pleasant spiciness. Bitterness grew into the finish. A bit dry with a lightish body supported by high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Pretty good. Thanks biegaman!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This gave off the most beautiful Appearance that I’ve ever seen in a Belgian ale. The body is a gorgeous cloudy orange and the head is pure white and as bountiful as they come. It slowly dissipated into clumps of lumpy foam.

The lacing was unbelievable. I took notes on my first bottle but had to buy a second one to review “live” just to see if it left the same lacing, and sure as shit it did.

Smell – This is the strongest Tomahawk smell I’ve ever gotten from a Belgian Ale, that’s for damn sure. The other European hops are milder, but the spicing is huge. This is also probably the biggest whiff of coriander that I’ve ever gotten short of cooking with it.

I don’t mean to ignore the malt structure, Belgian yeast, or lemony fruit, it’s just that the hops and especially the spices are so big. This is an awesome bouquet worthy to be smelled many times over.

Taste – The big, giant hops come over at the taste, and the fruit flavors are a bit bigger here as well. There is so much complexity in the hop and fruit flavors that I just can’t imagine what went into making this ale. It is super sweet, ultra hoppy, and bitingly spicy.

Mouthfeel – This Belgian Ale has a nice, fluffy, carbonated mouthfeel that is both live and smooth at the same time.

Drinkability – This really is in a class all by itself. It’s a big beer no doubt, but you just want to session it all night long.

Notes – This is classified as a Tripel but really is a Double IPA-type of Tripel as it states on the label. I think if I were to rate this IAW strict Belgian Tripel guidelines it would have went down a notch or two, but as long as they are proclaiming their intentions right on the bottle I threw caution to the wind and just went for a more open-mined approach.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Cloudy yellowish gold with huge rocky head that leaves behind fluffy continents and all sorts of lacing.

S - Floral fruitiness with a nice balance between delicate malt and hops. Grapefruit and apple come to mind in terms of the fruitiness.

T - Wow, where to begin? This is mindbogglingly complex (proving its Belgian heritage) with a nice hop addition that you don't find in most Belgians. The malt provides a biscuity fullness while the hops punch you with that bitter swallow. Apple and grapefruit spiciness complement nicely.

M - Light and smooth from the get-go, with a tart and bitter finish. Moderate carbo tingle.

D - Quite filling for a lighter beer and the alcohol makes it presence known after a glass or two. A treat now and then.

A great beer that should appeal to a wide array of beer lovers with its combination of hops and belgian complexities.

P.S. In terms of rating, grading this against other tripels is really a mistake since it attempts to carve out a pretty new niche. Therefore, all numbers are really a general grade (as are most of my reviews I admit).

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

Tried to transmute copper to gold with this one on 5/3/2006. Looks like a 10.5 oz. pour at the Publick House in a Chouffe glass, rock on.

Nice ½-inch pillow of thick, dewy head that settles in a star pattern with a bit of lace sticking. Very milky yellow hue, on the edge of golden if it weren’t so cloudy, not sure what or if anything is happening inside. Hay, straw, some anise and wet, green grass on nose. On the mouth I don’t notice as much hop as I had expected; in fact, more of a wit on my tongue, or perhaps it’s just the tripel characteristics with the hop bite added, don’t know, it’s puzzling. Alcohol is sublime – want to drink a whole lot more of this offering.

Yet another hit, in my book, from these folks.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml screen-printed green dimpled Belgian flask bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has a colorful looking gnome on it. Has a yellow backed main obverse which has a happy looking Hop-picking Gnome as its centre-piece. No freshness just a listed strength of 9.0% Alc/Vol.

Reverse Label states:
“On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarillo and Saaz mesmerized him. Back at home in the Ardennes he crafted a new recipe combining this dizzying array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style “Tripel”. Thus, our little Chouffe’s new inspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born.

B.United lists further information as:
“A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing. Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness).”
EBC: 13, IBU: 59, Original Gravity: 1092

Achouffe’s own Website adds:
..…erm nothing, it is not even listed there!!!!
See for yourself if you don’t believe me...

Appearance: Pale golden body with a light milky haze that seems to shimmer in the light thanks to the myriad of fast rising streamers. Monster Belgian style Achouffe head rises quickly and drops down to a rocky crevice infested mass that leaves massive cloud like chunks hanging off the side of my glass and expanded foam icebergs ready to sink passing Ships. Awesome looks!! I toyed with a 4.5 but I loved this one so much I went for a 5.0 - hands down the best part of this brew.

Nose: Sharp grapefruit with a finely grated lemon zest. Hops linger, dare I say the Saaz is suppressed a little but there is a banana seed background, a cobweb laden yeasty and some Tomahawk in there. The odors are surprisingly low key, at least strength-wise I find.

Taste: More grapefruit, biting yeast breaks the bitterness but not the over-hopped character at times. Distilled bitterness weaves itself into a lemon herbal hop strata, however, the hoppy aspect seems muted with only the spicy Saaz working a grassy green outfield finish. Some lingering hops but more of a grapefruit dimension than a hop-laden one. A bit one-sided.

Mouthfeel: Funny, but I felt like the Houblon dipped a mark of two in this field, seems thin, but it’s not, yet it projects a feel that does not quite live up to the strength, which in one aspect is quite remarkable for it certainly makes this one a seriously drinkable brew.

Drinkability: Finished the whole 750ml bottle in no time. I enjoyed draining this one, working hard to break it down as I collected my thoughts in this Review, but it seems that the use of US hops is a little “over-done” here, sure that is positive intentional but it is also a negative reality. Nice enough but it doesn’t really have the cuddly love factor that I so hope to find, the sort of stalking factor that you find in say RRBC Blind Pig IPA. OK, but nothing great.

Overall: Hmmm…so it has a big write up on B.United’s Website, but I am very surprised to see that this ‘new’ Houblon Chouffe is not even mentioned on the Achouffe Brewery Website (as of the date of this Review at least)!!! This I think hints big style at the target market for this brew…..clearly the US, where I think it will do extremely well, not so sure back home though. Sure, I enjoyed it, but strip away the fan-fare and let all the Houblon-talk die down and it’s a nice Hoppy grapefruit Blonde of sorts but its low on the “IPA” traits and it’s no De Ranke XX Bitter, I’ll stick with the latter for my Belgian Hop fix.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be biased in my review because I love pale ales and tripels, but this is truly a great beer. Poured into a chalice, the beer has a beautiful fluffy head that reminds me of lemon meringue pie in appearance. The smell is complex, with the spicy yeast and piney hops making for a really unique nose. The hop flavor of this beer is just right, not so overpowering as to diminish the traditional tripel flavors, but it's definitely there. The flavors mingle with each other with each taste, seeming to alternate with each sip. Sometimes the hops stand out, sometimes the yeast. A really great experiment by the chouffe, and a really fun beer to drink.

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

Pours out with a cloudy yellow body and a huge white pillowy head of foam. The head breaks down slowly leaving a mountain of foam in the middle and covering the entire glass. Nice light floral hoppiness comes out in the aroma with a bit of fruit sweetness. Some light notes of yeast and alcohol, a bit mild but interesting. The flavor starts sweet with fruits before some bitter earthy hops and spices show up. Some yeasty notes and light alcohol. Very interesting overall taste that was good but didn’t quite do it for me. Plenty of carbonation and a thick body carried the flavor well. It started off easy drinking enough but by the time I was on the last half of the bottle it took a bit more work to finish. A unique beer that’s definitely worth a try and has some interesting things going on in it.

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