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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

MisledTitan, Feb 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

cburns48, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

(I too had the fountain effect out of the bottle when I opened, which is a bit frustrating if it's a common problem)

A - Pours a murky, honey golden color with 3.5 fingers of white, soapy head. Retention is amazingly good given the high ABV. Pretty appealing.

S - Yeast (albeit lighter than I was hoping), citrus, perfume, clove, banana, and other light spice, Very light hops presence given the style.

T - The hops are present throughout, though never overbearing or overly bitter, though they're far from fresh. The yeast is surprisingly mild as well. I'd like more of it. Fruity esters abound. It almost seems a bit watery. it's balanced quite well, through it's a disappointment overall. No alcohol is perceivable.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth through the finish which is a bit dry. Not ideal at all for a tripel (or an IPA for that matter).

D - This one drinks like a decent tripel with some stale hops notes. Totally disappointed, especially for the price (and the fact that half of it spilled on the counter).

blakelive784, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

HOMEPL8, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jwenthold, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. I'm not too sure of how fresh this is.

The bottle exploded on me, right after I started opening it. Lots of spillage.

A - Cloudy orange body. Plentiful and frothy white head. Reasonable level of lacing.

S - Quite flowery and grassy, although a little weak for my expectations. Perhaps, this is an old bottle after all... Hints of caramel and passion fruit.

T - Starts out fairly hoppy, with citrus and tropical fruit notes, as well as some hints of grassy Saaz. Solid malt backbone, with hints of caramel and bread. Lots of funky yeastiness, and some champagne-like qualities, so common for Tripels and Belgian Strong Pale ales. Some Belgian Candi sugar in the after-taste. Pretty bitter overall.

M - Medium-bodied. Very carbonated at first, then fairly moderate. The alcohol is pretty well-masked in the taste, although the beer will still give you a warming sensation.

O - I'm pretty certain this tastes loads better when fresh. Still, this was interesting enough and very drinkable. It's a Belgian Tripel with a solid hoppiness!

NightINgale, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

cantfindme, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

JimmyTango, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

cartwar, Feb 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

dbell23, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DMc8ride, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

guillemiro, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

railman, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

kevgod, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

abelikewha, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of teromous
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review:

A: It has a very thick white fluffy head. Great head retention and lacing. The beer is a pale golden yellow, with slight haze and lots of visible carbonation. It looks perfect.

S: I get a lot of hop character. It has an orange zest and grapefruit scent to it. There's a slightly dank scent, like noble hops. I can pick up a Belgian yeast scent...only way I know how to describe that...it's a slightly pungent funk. Smells very good.

T: There are lots of facets to the flavor. At first I'm hit with a hop blast, which is full of light bitterness and a hop bite of citrus flavor. It's like biting into a mellow orange, with rind bitterness. Then there is this candy-like flavor. It's similar to eating cotton candy.

M: The mouthfeel is very good. It's bright and lively in my mouth...fills every corner. Despite the hops, it's actually a very light bodied beer. It's fairly dry, leaving only a slight slickness in the mouth...not puckering dry.

O: Overall I really like this beer. I wouldn't say it's perfect, but it's amazingly good. In the bottle, it tastes every bit as good as a dry-hopped IPA on tap (better in most cases). The candy-like aftertaste gives it a character I find appealing.

teromous, Feb 02, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 ounce snifter at The Avenue in New Orleans. From notes. Reviewed 8 January 2012.

A: Stark-white head. Cloudy-clear golden-gorgeous.

S: Hops. Bitterish, but earthy-spicy. They smell English or noble, despite the menu claiming an American hop heritage. A sweetish, big smell with Belgian yeast peppered in.

T: So good! This is like a BSPA but with lots of scrumptious hops. I love it. It's soft-sweet-yeasty-peppery with a lingering fruitiness and excellent level of bitterness.

M: Bitter/dry. Low carbonation.

O: Simply a phenomenal beer. Apparently it's a tripel blended with a Belgian IPA that uses some American hops? It works incredibly well. Highly recommended. Will drink again.

AgentMunky, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

TheSacredRaritan, Feb 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

mrebeka, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jakea, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

ZDePaolo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of iBeer16
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a light wheat color with about a 2 finger white head made up of mid-sized bubbles lingers for a minute or two and leaves a little lacing.

S: Very strong hop flavor that is a mix of floral and citrus. A slight malt aroma also.

T: flavor blast from the start, not complex but makes a statement Nice and hoppy at the beginning, then moves to a nice malty and finally finishes a bit tingly. Very nice.

M: flavors changing throughout the process, but transition is never too much. The carbonation isnt too strong at all. Body is perfect for the style and flavor is packed into it. finishes a bit tingly and dry.

Overall, delicious beer. Great style and great flavor. Definitely reccommend.

iBeer16, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

hunnybunny, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of dutchlq7
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A- Golden yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves great lacing.

S-I'm getting a strong malty, sweet aroma with a hoppy, citrus back round.

T- very smooth and a little oily. sweet up front almost a bread/biscuit taste but becoming more bitter as it moves across the tongue. a little peppery and tastes like saaz hops. finishes a little dry, so good. Really interesting, lots going on.

M-dry up front then it coats the mouth with a little oil and finishes dry.

O- Really good. More flavors develop as it warms, but it's refreshing as well as strong. best enjoyed as a sipper.

dutchlq7, Jan 23, 2012
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.