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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,339 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,339
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 165
Gots: 225 | 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 Mississippi
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Date on the neck says 5/31/13 (best by?).

A: A semi-careful pour resulted in a large head...at least three fingers. Big porous bubbles around the edge of the glass and a nice tight pillow on top. Color of the head is slightly off-white and the body is honey gold. There are floaties in there...not sure if that is typical or if I just didn’t let this rest long enough after purchasing it today.

S: A strong pilsner aroma jumps out at you...the Saaz hops at work. Floral and purfumy. But I also get some sweet tropical fruit, citrus and breadiness in there as well. What a great complex nose!

T: Pronounced alcohol bite quickly reminded me that this is 9%. Wouldn’t guess it from the nose. Not sure how old this bottle is, but I feel like a lot of the flavoring hop profile has faded. There is solid dose of pepper, some grain and light fruit...mostly pear.

M: The alcohol was not particularly well hidden in this bottle. It’s sort of a sipper at this point which is weird because it’s uncommon for me to take it easy with a beer with this hop profile. Body is medium-to-full.

O: I’m going to seek out a fresher bottle. I had this beer a couple of years ago and it was an entirely different experience. That said, this was still one of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered in awhile.

Photo of Slothrop
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Ranz
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with bits of yeast floating around, the BIPA pours with a ridiculously thick head over two fingers deep, even with some careful tipping. The lacing is clumped and sporadic, which makes a really attractive presentation.

S: Banana, clove, bubblegum, and bread make a beautiful bouquet. It really is quite nice. This is easily the highlight of the brew.

T: Slight booziness with a sweet, homemade bread quality. Grass and bananas foster also comes out to me; maybe even creme brulee? This would make a great dessert beer pairing with bananas foster or tres leches.

M: It has a medium-bodied feel with a silky-smooth finish.

O: While it's not the best Belgian IPA I've ever had, it definitely brings a lot to the table. I'm glad to have tried it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow in color with significant amounts of yeast sediment in suspension. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thicker ring along the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pale malts, floral hops, Belgian yeast, and spices.

T: The flavor starts out with pale and grainy malts with just a touch of sweetness. Additionally there are fairly strong flavors of black pepper and Belgian yeast. The flavor is complex with a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some dryness in the finish.

O: Very tasty and very enjoyable, I could sip on this beer for quite a while. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer but it could sneak up on you.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a huge pillow of root beer float head. Highly active carbonation is visible throughout the body. The head continues to grow (above the rim of the glass) for several minutes before it settles back down to around two fingers. Coats the glass with a spiderweb of lacing. Lots of sediment in this one, although I tried my best to leave some in the bottle.

S - Grass, citrus, Belgian yeast, and herbs. Some tart grapes give this one some wine characteristics as well. Hops are overshadowed by lemon peel, flowers, and grass.

T - Same elements as in the nose. Citrus is prominent on the front with sourdough bread malt taking over in the middle. Finish has faint hops, but I am left with a bready aftertaste. Pretty average for the style.

M - Carbonation is high and the feel is pretty light. Drinks like a beer with much less alcohol, one of the dangers of Belgian beers.

O - I was pleasantly surprised to see this one at Whole Foods and scooped one up. Belgian IPA is one of my favorite styles, but this one drank more like a tripel. There wasn't really a hop bite or spicy finish. This was a longtime want, but I was a little bit disappointed.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium orange/amber with flakes of heart suspended within. Lacing looks good though the head dropped fast.
Smell is malt, a sour citrus note, caramel and maple. There is more there but I can't descern what it is. Nice complexity and very well balanced.
Taste is malt with a nice little sour note, some sugar, apple, wood and alcohol as well. Balance is weaker here as is the complexity.
Mostly full body with a drying aspect, medium effervescence and a slight warming after the swallow. Worth trying but not buying a sixer of it.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,339 ratings.