Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Had this one on tap. Bright and clear straw colored beer. Fluffy white head with tight bead, leaving a nice lace on the glass as I drank it. Had a nice citrusy hop smell along with that spicy Belgian yeastiness. Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a good hop bitterness in the finish. A really nice Chouffe that goes donw very easy considering it's 8 or 9% alcohol
02-06-2010 20:44:41 | More by steveja57
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
750ml bottle brought over to my house by a friend of mine. Been meaning to try this for a long time.
Appearance- Pours a hazy straw-golden with a nice two fingers or so of tight white head. Pretty good retention, lots of beading, and a fair amount of lace as I drink.
Smell- Musky hops, some hay, a little bit of sweetness, and some fresh bread peeping through. A nice combination and not overly aggressive.
Taste- The musky hops and fresh hay dominate this one for me. Hops are not overly dominate but still noticeable. Balanced out with some bready maltiness, but ends with a sharp, drying bite of hops. Pretty solid.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and well carbonated and drinkability is quite good. Could almost session this were it not for the ABV.
Overall, a very solid example of a Belgian IPA. I liked this and hope to have more.
02-06-2010 03:38:36 | More by boatshoes
4.38/5 rDev +4%
Pours a yellow color with an awesomely fluffy white head that leaves great lacing down the glass.
Great smelling and tasting brew. smells of a ton of citrus hoppiness and some spice. Taste has a great mixture of hops, with a lot of citrus and spices. delicious brew. would recommend this to anyone.
02-05-2010 22:27:10 | More by HURTemHIZZY
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a dark yellow with a firm and appealing white head.
Nose is very light-almost no character at all.
Mouthfeel is medium/full body, some creamy character and very appealing.
A complex beer. Flavors of lemon pie with a nice Belgian fruit/malt and hop balance. Complex layers of flavors of fruit and bitter; lemon to pine; sweet fruit/hop to citrus.
Finish is a pleasant pine resin. Complex and nice.
02-04-2010 11:11:48 | More by GRG1313
3.73/5 rDev -11.4%
A- Pours a light cloudy orange. A lot of suspended yeast in this one. Forms a finger of head and traces of lacing.
S- Yeasty, sweet orange. Straw malt.
T- Great yeast flavor. And great hops flavor. A major flowery aftertaste.
M- Cleans the palate after just the right amount of time.
O- Good, not great, but good.
02-02-2010 02:40:02 | More by zdk9
3.65/5 rDev -13.3%
Presentation - Poured into my Chimay goblet
Appearance - A golden body with a very thick white head reminiscent of snow covered mountains
Smell - Very hoppy, but a little bit of skunk, due to the (green bottle) being exposed to light.
Taste - Very malty and biscuit-y, grassy hops with some apple cider peeking in
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but very dry finish
Drinkability - Surprisingly masks the alcohol well
Overall - Not a bad introduction to the style, but it gets points off for being in a green bottle
02-01-2010 23:43:38 | More by tjd112
United Kingdom (England)
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours with a mountainous white fluffy head. The body is slightly golden amber and the carbonation is quite intense. The nose has a spicy peppery edge to it with an underlying hint of alcohol that provides a warmness. There is a sweet toffee wheatiness that sit alongside a little grassy hop bitterness. The first taste is an almost yeasty perfume bitterness with a slightly white wine dryness. After this the flavours open up and there are more sweet malt flavours ending with a buttery flapjack taste. I'm a massive fan of this beer, really love the mix of flavours and aromas.
01-31-2010 19:22:24 | More by PartyBear
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
11.2 oz bottle. I remember first having this beer when I was just getting into Belgians. One of the best experiences I recall was just realizing how bright and pleasant the hops in a Belgian beer can be while maintaining their traditional balance and dignity.
Orange with a two finger head.
Smells of Belgian yeast, oranges, candy sugar, sweet malt and perhaps light spices.
Taste is very nice. Orange is the prominent flavor, but there's a great interplay between the yeast and malt. Sweet with a dry finish and low overall bitterness.
Only weakeness is mouthfeel, as I felt this was too carbed, a little distracting, but I know many bottle conditioned Belgians can end up this way. But this is a great beer, a wonderful gateway towards Belgians for hop lovers.
01-31-2010 14:09:41 | More by jampics2
4.38/5 rDev +4%
First glass from the bomber is very clear gold with a bounty of rushing carbonation and a very oversized white head. Some patience is required as the head takes a long time to fall. All kinds of sticky lacing is left behind. Each time I top up my glass it gets a little hazier.
Aroma of malty sweetness, belgian yeast and citrus. Certainly smells like a tripel to me, and doesn't seem to have any stand out aromas that would make it more IPA.
First few mouthfuls give the impression of a tripel on the sweeter side. There is a fruity, sticky sweetness right up front with a fairly citric finish. Each following mouthful seems to add more and more hops to the finish, getting bigger and bigger in a citrus zest flavour. There is some heat to the alcohol in the finish as well, but it certainly isn't overbearing. Throughout, there is a not-so subtle yeasty flavour. Truly a lot going on in this beer, and altogether quite tasty.
The mouthfeel is fuller than a tripel, creamy in a way, as though the extra hopping has mixed with the tripel lightness to create something altogether different. Carbonation is quite lively as expected. Really works well.
This is a great beer, and one that I've been looking forward to trying, as I've been a Chouffe fan since I got into good beer. Doesn't disappoint.
01-25-2010 02:25:00 | More by elricorico
4.63/5 rDev +10%
A- Pours a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of an extremly airy, fluffy bright white head that lingers for a long time. The head receds on the outside leaving exceptional lacing, a pillowy island remains in the middle of my glass.
S- A good dose of hops & Belgian yeast. I detect a little funkiness in here as well. Mild fruit aromas and a touch of spice.
T- Grassy/floral hops, spice, and a bit of tartness/funkiness. I'm not a huge fan of tripels or toned down IPA's, but the funkiness I get from this just works so well with everything else. This definitely gets better as it warms.
M- Medium body, high carbonation, very crisp, finishes dry and extremly refreshing.
D- Dangerously good at 9%abv. I usually don't like the floral/grassy hop flavor, but what can I say??? This is an amazing beer, a fantastic way to start off my weekend.
01-24-2010 21:05:32 | More by Dawkfan
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
Excellent representation smooth nice and tasty belgain sugars make this one a must try.
A - Golden hue with a very thick white head lots of lacing and the wispy head stays on top and is not going away.
S - Candied sugars, just a sweet smell that is fantastic.
T - Creamy smooth, its called a IPA but yest so different then one might think of in a IPA defiantely captures the tripel style though this is really nice.
M - nice tingly mouthfeel leaves behind that candy sugar feel when drinking really nice belgians.
D - As others have stated dangerous because of the smoothness and the ABV. Definately would want to have this again.
01-24-2010 21:03:50 | More by Casey10
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
This beer pours a hazy golden honey color. The head foams big and tight at first, but the takes on the form of blown sea-foam as it creeps down the side of the glass.
It smells like honey and then somewhat piney from the hops.
The taste starts with a honey candy flavor that gives way to a spiced orange flavor. the alcohol and hops flavors wait until the finish to present themselves.
The heavy carbonation tickles the mouth and eases the beers passage.
The beer is dangerously drinkable, the ABV should be respected.
01-23-2010 00:06:55 | More by runningjoke
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
A- Slightly hazy orange with great carbonation with an amazing bright white foamy head leaving great rings of lace down the glass. Fantastic looking beer.
S- Classic Belgian yeasty/fruity/spicy aromas with a solid hops presence.
T- Slightly tart lemon with lots of herbal/grassy hops and a sharp bitterness. Absolutely fantastic. A true marriage of two great styles.
M- Medium bodied with great carbonation
D- Dangerously high, the alcohol is well masked but catches you. My wife (who had not had a beer in over 9 months due to pregnancy) and I split the bomber, and five minutes into the beer she said "Whoa, what's the ABV of this?!"
01-18-2010 16:33:01 | More by BetterDarker
4.63/5 rDev +10%
Houblon pours a slightly hazy apricot colored body below a bone white head. The lacing slowly slips down the glass when tipped.
The aromas are fruit like malts, Belgian clove like yeast, and lots of Saaz hops spice.
The flavor is sweet Belgian malts up front with a strong sharp bitterness from the hops. Its all there bitter, sweet, earthy. With warmth the beer sweetened up quite a bit lost alot of the spice from the hops. It changed quite a bit from the first sip to the last and I can't figure out which was more enjoyable.
The mouthfeel was lush and full with good carbonation.
Drinkability is dang near dangerous at 9%. This is what beer was meant to be. My $2 10 oz pour was probably the best beer purchase I've made in a long time.
01-15-2010 21:27:34 | More by rtratzlaff
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey a little while back, and even served in a Houblon Chouffe flute glass.
A: Large head that forces a 3 min pour as my tasty looking beer sits at the draft beer tray. Golden pale yellow color with good clarity. The thick head crumbles in a strange fashion.
N: Nose has some spicy Belgian malts, golden malts and some Belgian yeast. Touch of alcohol, hints of spicy hops.
T: Very nice, delicious. Slight Belgian golden malts, hints of spices, a little banana, a very nice spicy earthy hop taste and some bitterness but not too much, its a very nice Belgian IPA hop character. The flavors are blended very well. A slight alcohol taste and warmth and a touch of sweetness.
M: Good body with good carbonation.
F: Pretty dry and bitter, it gets a little more bitter on the finish as they build and hit at the finish. It's a nice grassy earthy spicy hop taste and bitterness that lingers a bit. A little alcohol sting and warmth, and slight lingering spice.
01-05-2010 21:19:15 | More by jlindros
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours yellow opaque with a huge head and tons of amazing lacing very nice looking
smell is just really intense ripe fruit, rich pears, light complex yeast and citrus, very nice
taste is immediately intensely bitter and fruity/yeasty/ even a little sour, not overwhelmingly...interesting buiscuit notes as well and some light mango, finishes clean, with a perfect mix of hops and fruity, estery east.
This is a simply perfect belgian IPA - one of the best beers i've ever had period.
01-04-2010 03:50:59 | More by benclimbs
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
750 ml. capped green bottle poured into a large wine glass. The pour yields a pale golden yellow in color with a bit of haze. An inch of smooth white foam caves in slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. An effervescent stream of bubbles emanates from the base of the glass, continually refreshing the cap.
Very hoppy on the nose, particularly in the beginning and through the resilient foamy head. Lemon citrus is prominent with some light malt notes in the background and some green apple. Hop choice works well with the Tripel side of the equation here, allowing for a good balance and not overwhelming the beer. Yeast notes become more evident after some warming and exposure, offering a touch of light funk with a good spin.
Lemon carries forward to the flavor as well, acting as a dilute sauce upon some fresh apple and pear and with just a bit of spice. A slight coarseness to the texture provides for a smooth feel and keeps the apparent sweetness down. The ABV is well cloaked nonetheless. A light bitterness concludes after a final flash of sweet lemon bread. Farily drinkable given its size, quite pleasant yet not quite the showstopper I was expecting. Solid beer that is surely worth a try, more of a hopped up tripel than an IPA and an interesting take on the Belgian IPA style.
01-03-2010 04:41:30 | More by HalfFull
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
750ml bottle poured into pint glass
A: Cloudy pale yellow straw with nice foamy white head that stays on top for a long long time
S: Very heady hops with some malt sweetness acting to balance
T: Some breadiness plus distinct white fruit, apple and maybe white grapes, some mild floral hop flavor and bitterness also
M: Dry, medium body
D: Very easy to drink with all the flavors going on
Notes: I really liked this beer. I cracked this open for New Years instead of a bottle of champagne. It was a different belgian beer since not many belgians are IPAs. I highly recommend this.
01-02-2010 03:12:26 | More by dpodratsky3
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
I've had this bottled and on-tap.
It pours a light opaque straw like color, perhaps just a tad darker. It leaves a huge frothy white head and it laces down exceptionally well.
Floral and citrus hops on the nose, even a little herbal earthiness added to the mix. It smells delicious.
The taste is just as equally delicious. The combination of a tripel and an IPA is brilliant. It's very earthy with some herbal tones, hints of honey and bubblegum, then a dash of floral hoppiness. One of the most interesting beers I have ever drank and a fine one it is.
At 9% there is little evidence of alcohol, it is creamy and deceptively easy to drink. Very smooth, but finishes a tad bit dry. I could drink this all day.
12-30-2009 11:24:23 | More by oskoreien
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: golden straw color with a hint of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is at least three fingers, white and leaves a nice lace.
Smell: sweet malt with a little chalkiness. Atop this are big hops, mostly spicy in character but also with floral and citrus notes. Quite nice.
Taste: malt is sweet and a little cidery, and there's that chalkiness that I quite like. Hops here are both spicy and floral and there's a good bitterness. Balance is pretty good. I very much like strong Belgian pale ales with a more traditional low hop content; I think this beer is a great experiment but it is not a combination of flavors after which I lust.
Mouthfeel: medium body with scads of carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel that I love in a Belgian.
Drinkability: while this is a very tasty beer, I was hoping to be blown away, which I was not. Perhaps I shall revisit this beer after exploring more Belgian IPAs out there.
12-29-2009 21:17:13 | More by flagmantho
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
I have to say that this is the best Belgium that I have ever drank.
Poured a golden hue with a huge white head. It left beautiful clingy lacing all the way down.
Smell was amazing. Very complex. Had that sweet and earthy smell characteristic of most Belgians but with a grassy hoppiness. There was also some piney hops in there as well.
Taste was pretty much perfect. Sweetness up front with an esthery alcohol warmness and a bitter finish. Seriously the best of both worlds. I was amazed at how much I liked this.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good. Definately something that I will try again.
12-28-2009 06:53:44 | More by snpub540
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
a- 11.2 petit bottle poured into my dogfish signature glass, one finger of creamy head that has great retention, hazy light straw with hints of orange, loads of floaties - large and small, great waves of head cascade down the glass as i sip away.
s- loads in the nose, very much ipa and tripel smashed together, deep lemon, bubblegum, some clove, spicy pepper, grassy hops round out the tripel scents.
t- wow, not was i was expecting. this is very interesting, earthy hops, peppery spicy, grassy, slight funk, some tart notes, no hint of alcohol at all, finish is moderately dry, great balance of ipa and tripel. initially i thought the tripel took over, but the ipa started to shine it's way through.
m- light to medium bodied, very smooth.
d- this was crazy drinkable, i'm so glad that i got a bottle of this from my cousin, this is a very interesting beer that i will for sure buy in the future. i bet this pairs well with a number of foods. to judge this on drinkability per abv this is amazing, i got no hints of the 9% which could cause trouble in a few beers. now to try the rest of the d'achouffe offerings..
annnnd this review gave me my ba initiate mug!!!
12-28-2009 05:09:09 | More by thecarster1
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Heavy pour into a Gulden Draak tulip. Foamed up heavily and left a rocky head that holds above the rim of the glass. Dull golden color with a few bubbles rising. Chunks of foam dangle down the side of the glass. Takes on a peach color with the yeast, and crazy chunky foam all the while. Beautiful, top tier.
Stupid green glass. Not the most welcoming aroma to start, with indications of being lightstruck. Some tart and lemony notes. Increasingly peppery and spicy with some of the yeast added, and grassy Saaz hops of course.
Big flavor of Saaz hops. More like a Pilsner tripel at first, with a huge grassy hop finish. Huge peppery blast in there too. Dry and not all that sweet for a tripel, and more in line with an IPA. Some musty, bready malt with lighter spice behind the peppery flavor. Amarillo hops add a more bitter kick than Saaz. Lemon poppyseed almost. Hop flavors start to fall to the back, and it becomes more saison like. Not getting a whole lot of fruit or citric hops like other reviewers were, until a late kick of tart lemon and cream. Shifts dramatically throughout, based on temperature and palate adjustments. Remarkably interesting. I really wish there was more beer.
Carbonation seems to release so much in the head formation and retention that the body isn't fizzy at all, and it's rather smooth with light effervescence.
So interesting. Who cares how strong it is? But really, it's not very noticeable at all, until about the halfway mark when when a wave of boozy warmth hit me. Hoppy flavors were stronger at first, but about halfway through I'm not even thinking about this is as a hop-forward beer anymore. But the bitterness is there when I look for it. I will probably buy this again just to keep exploring. Really intriguing.
12-26-2009 07:56:32 | More by ommegoose
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Drinking this wonderful beer on Christmas eve with my family.
Appearance - clearish, golden yellow with beautiful creamy head.
Smell - sour citrus, hints of candy sweetness, floral,
Taste - interesting mixture of Belgian yeast with a prominent hoppy character. Fruity, --- hops come across much stronger than expected but well done -- balanced and delicious.
Mouthfeel - not too dry but hoppy resin leaves a dry feel.
Drinkability - Quite a delicious beer - very enjoyable, especially for anyone who enjoys belgian style beers with an extra hop kick.
12-25-2009 06:08:02 | More by Zaplt
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
A - hazy pale yellow with a slight orange tint, very carbonated, had to quickly grab a glass and pour, was only able to pour the neck before the sediment showed up, giant white head, dense, tons of lace
S - fresh spring scent, lemon, orange, coriander, spice, Amarillo hops play very nice, do not dominate at all, seem right at home in fact
T - has a little more spice than the aroma, but otherwise follows the same, bitterness is mild, dryness in finish comes more from alcohol
M - light body, high carbonation, no hop astringency, dry finish, still manages to be smooth and creamy, alcohol warmth a tad much, but ok for abv
D - light, refreshing, and bone dry, a Belgian IPA that leans to the Belgian side
Pretty tasty stuff, but don't expect to be bowled over by a big ol' grapefruit. Incredibly well balanced, though I actually wish it wasn't, I think it would work better with a bigger Amarillo hop aroma. Reminds me somewhat of Boulevard Saison, I think I prefer whichever one happens to be freshest at the time.
12-20-2009 16:05:41 | More by markaberrant
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.