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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,146
Hads: 2,489
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 330 | 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 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! (2,025 characters)

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. (1,073 characters)

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. (802 characters)

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! (449 characters)

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. (1,795 characters)

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). (1,150 characters)

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. (735 characters)

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. (3,928 characters)

Photo of seedee17
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. (654 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
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. (805 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a champagne-like, bubbly, cloudy gold. The head was ridiculously large. I like a good head on my beer, but this was too much!
The smell was of citrus fruits against a background of tinges of alcohol.
This was very different, in taste, than the other chouffes I've had. Like typical IPA's, it had a citrus taste. The tastes of grapfefruit and lemon were dominant, but not overwhelming. It tasted like a combination of Duvel, a good (but not exceptional) IPA, and a touch of fruity champagne. It was hoppy, but not as much as I expected. It had a creamier flavor mixed in.
The mouthfeel was creamy and bubbly. A slight bitterness was left behind. Unusual, but refreshing.
It was drinkable, but not something that I would necessarily go out of my way for. It was very different - something I would have to be in the mood for. (833 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this beer, and finally got a chance to sample it. It was a cloudy yellow with a thick Belgian head. Some nice lacing. Fragrance was all floral, very pleasant. It had an interesting taste. There was a sweet, citrus taste; a hoppy taste; and a spicy taste. I thought it a little discordant, and am not sure the IPA/Belgian angle works that well. Will have to try it again. (399 characters)

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

Drank at the Bier Markt in Ohio City - on draught (took 10 minutes to serve).

Appearance - the reason it took a while to serve is because she wanted to wait for the head to lower before she could put more into the glass. Very light in color - orangish.

Smell - citrusy and orange in scent - smells like a very good IPA.

Taste - yeast, orange, and lots of hops.

Drinkability - I drank this first in the night and didn't feel the effects of the high abv until later in the evening. Be warned, it will catch up to you. (528 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 75 cl bottle, no dates.

Pale gold, huge white head sits proudly on top like whipped cream. Retains all the way to the end and leaves lace with every sip.

Fresh sea breeze aroman with an underpining of citrusy American hops. Dive in!

Fresh, fruity esters. Slightly flinty. Initially quite sweet, but finishes dry and masks its strength very well. Medium-full bodied, robust carbonation, but still soft on the palete. A unique and very drinkable take on a tripel. (476 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont really know how to review this beer for its style but Illl give it my best.

A - Bright hazy yellow with a head that was as dense as whipped cream. It is also staying around for a long time.

S - Unlike anything I have ever encountered and something that strikes me as a hop lovers dream. Its citrusy, biscuty, and backgrounds of floral/pines/candy and just some bittered sweetness. There is an over-amped precensce of the yeast sulfur still present but it blends very well.It really is quite unbelieveable.

T - Smooth, sweet citrusy orange and grapefruit hops blast the tounge first followed by that ever so distinct belgian flavor. There is quite a wave of alcohol on the end.

M - The Carbination hit the top of the tounge first off and rolls nice down the sides of the tounge. The burn of alcohol finishes up the end of this beautiful beer.

D - This can be imbibed all the time, anywhere, anytime, no matter the season of year or anything. (963 characters)

Photo of gbarron
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. Served in a small tulip glass.

A - pale yellow, like a lemon custard pie. Head is huge, billowy, bright white, rocky like whipped egg whites. Cloudy. Beautiful looking beer. Head stays around the whole way leaving thick lacing.

S - interesting aroma, not overwhelming. Mix of Belgian esters and slight hop spice. Orange rinds, lemon peel, bubble gum.

T - very well balanced beer. Initial flavor of fruity, spicy belgian yeast. Flavors of clove, spice. Backed up by firm hop bitterness, but not strong hop flavor. Extremely unique and tasty. Can't taste much alcohol, but I can feel it.

M - thin mouthfeel, dry finish. Carbonation appears to be average to high, but no tingly feeling.

D - nicely balanced, unique beer. Alcohol is well hidden, but above average. Good, but not something I'm going to seek out and order regularly. (876 characters)

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

A - pale golden straw color, with a very tall hite rocky head, very heavy carbonation, no visible sediment

S - a sweet hoppy aroma, like a quality hops and honey combination, a ginger-like spiciness lies in the background along with a grassy aroma

T - very very smooth, the ginger aroma translates to the taste, and at the end a candy sweetness kind of like white chocolate

M - like i said, very very smooth, easy down, probably the best tripel i've ever quaffed.

D - very high, a great session beer, especially for a tripel, would highly reccommend, great balance (578 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with an un-freakin'-believable white head. Looks like whipped cream filling half my goblet. Leaves a ton of lacing and a few chunks hanging onto the side as well. The smell is of yeast...slightly sour, with a bit of floral hops and candied fruit lingering in the background. Taste a lot like it's name. Perfect blend of the two styles. Starts with a sweetness quickly followed by a spicy pepper flavor before the bitterness from the hops take over. Some alcohol warming felt on swallowing. Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated mouthfeel. You can tell the higher abv is present in this beer. Quite tasty. The little Chouffe came up with a fabulous recipe during his latest journey (705 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured softly from a 750ml bottle but still created a giant head that looked like pillowy eggwhites leaving behind a glossy, bubbly, blonde orange body slightly cloudy. The aroma is crisp hops and citrus that pack a punch.

The nose is pine, lemon rind, with a soft wheat presence. The taste is crisp, fresh, fruity like a sorbet, and cleanses your palate with the carbonation in the same way. There is a pleasing alcohal fruit presence and the brew finishes sharp and bitter.

This is a fantastic brew, it has depth, a myriad of flavors, the only flaw is that it is slightly over carbonated IMO, but none the less fantastic. (631 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with the most amazing head I've ever seen.... FAR better than duvel. The head rises to about three fingers, and falls very slowly, leaving behind huge amounts of lace, and a craggy cap on top of the beer. Simply beautiful.

Aroma is very subdued. I get mostly floral hops, but not a whole lot of them.

Flavor is odd to say the least. I honestly think that the hops and yeast esters cancel each other out. It's just a but thin. Of the two bottles I've had, they have both tasted different. But some things remain the same. It's too hoppy to be a triple, and not hoppy enough to be an IPA. It's too belgian-ey and estery to be an IPA, but not estery and yeasty enough to be a triple. I'm truly confused. It's an interesting beer to try, but don't expect either an IPA or a triple. Don't even expect a hybrid. Just expect a dry, beautiful looking beer, that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, for either style, and drinkability is pretty good.

I would buy this again, but it's not on the top of my list. I just don't have any idea what to think about it. It is definitely not what you expect. I'm curious to see what this may do with a bit of age on it... IPA's shouldn't be aged, but some belgians should... what do I do? At the very least, this beer gets the "prettiest beer award" in my book. That head is just unbelievable. (1,391 characters)

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

Pours with enormous fluffy head and outstanding lacing. Body is a cloudy yellow. Complex fruity and hoppy aroma. It is glorious.

The maker of this beer has hit a bullseye. The bitter, citric American hops pair well with the fruity esters and huge malts. You taste the fruit for an instant, then the hops. Fruit, hops, and so on and so on. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, creamy, and foamy. The alcohol is barely perceived, drinkability is perfect. (450 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scary, Scary...Different than I expected but every bit as good! As you would expect, yellowish with a beautiful haze...

More of a Triple to the nose, though you get a hint of the hops. Definitely not the scent of an APA or IPA. Mild enough wafting out of my Stella Glass. Wish I had a goblet, I want to get my nose deep in this thing - switched to a Cabernet glass for the second helping - did not make a significant difference.

Opened it to my two girls begging for a sip of the foam. Foam was IPA all the way in flavor - very bitter - but rising a good two fingers and settling to a few cottonball-like clouds dancing in the glass.

Very drinkable - found myself swirling it around in my mouth so it would catch each and every taste bud I have....and loved every minute of it. What can I say - COMPLEX. I read one review that hit on the grapefruit and I think that is what stood ot to me - Very Nice!

I thought about buying 2 of these last thursday and only bought one - guess you know where I am going tomorrow and crossing my fingers that one is still there. (1,073 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl green bottle, capped.

Appearance: Very hazy gold color, glows beautifully when held to light. Head is billowy and large, fades slow leaving large mounds of foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Standard Belgian yeast combines wonderfully with grapefruit, pineapple and other fruits very nicely. The hops are also a part of this, giving it a floral aspect.

Taste: Big and bold, this tripel is accented very well with this large dosing of hops. The flavors are fruity, the yeast is peppery, the hops bite hard. I could see laying a bottle of this down for a couple years, a little raw at this point (but I think that is the point). A cacophony of flavors, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Smooth up front, alcohol and CO2 provide a nice backside to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Handling this bottle will not be a chore. This beer is big and spicy, very different, and the experimentation is welcomed. (923 characters)

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

Poured from the 750ml corked and caged bottle into a goblet. The beer was a bright and hazy golden color with tons of carbonation streaming up the glass with a three-finger fluffy pure white head. The is the best head retention of an beer I have ever seen (even Duvel). The head lasted the entire sample and hardley reduced from its three finger start. The top was almost marshmellow like fluffy.

The smell is soft fruit, citrus, cloves, spice, alcohol, white wine and malt.

The taste has an innitial crisp start with the alcohol readily apparent. This yeilds to a moderate hop content that in perspective with the triple style is much more, yet still not a "bitter" hop bite like an American IPA. Orange, corriander, and cloves are the dominate tastes all against a fairly sturdy malt backbone. Slightly spicy in the finish and the alcohol still lingers for the entire sample.

Medium body that is ultra carbonated.

I enjoyed the beer and found it drinkable but in carefull moderation. It nicely combines the aspect of a few styles while maintaining balance and character. (1,084 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden color, topped by a huge, beautiful, creamy stark white head. Pretty sticky lacing is left all over the glass as the head recedes to a marshmallow-puff island. Good carbonation - the bubbles keep flowing long after the pour.
The aroma is a touch musty up front, with Belgian ale yeast, some light spices, and a good bit of floral hops. Palate is, well, a hybrid between an IPA and a tripel. Sweet and mellow up front, with notes of light fruit and black pepper. Towards the back of the mouth the hops emerge, providing a nice slightly bitter finish along with some warming from the alcohol. Body is very nice, light and buttery, yet substantial enough to hold the complexity of the palate. Easy to drink for something so complex and strong. Man, I love the gnome. (850 characters)

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.