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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 144
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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ricke

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass.

A: Pale yellow color, somewhat straw colored. Slightly hazy. Big white and thick head. Good head retention. Some lacings.

S: Plenty of floral hop aromas. Decent amount of sweet fruity aromas as well (banana, lemon peel, grapefruit). Yeast. A slightly sharp smell, but very pleasant.

T: White bread, biscuity malts. Yeast. Some spices and herbs. Plenty of grass and earthy notes. Very big and quite bold hop flavors that blend beautifully with the malts and "Belgian" yeast character. Pleasant bitterness in the finish and faint spicy alcohol. Some flavors are a bit sharp, but all in all a very nice taste.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Slides very easily over the tongue.

D: I really liked this one. It manages to blend a rather aggressive and bold hop character with the sweet, fruity and yeasty character of the Belgian pale ale style in a great way. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 00:29:23 | More by ricke
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ballenc

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - This beer pours beautifully in the glass. A massive head of creamy, pillowy foam to start, then it dissipates to a thin head with one fluffy cloudlike pile in the middle of the glass. Significant amounts of lace on the glass. This is a cloudy, straw colored beer.

S - I get a funky, bready yeast hit on the nose. There's some zesty hop notes but I don't catch them as much as some other reviewers. The bready scent does mix with a candy-like sweetness and a bit of clove and banana. I was expecting a bit more of the citrusy hoppy smell.

T - Mainly a dull, malty sweetness at first with some subtle fruit (banana again) and yeast on the backend. Given the the high ABV, I was expecting a bigger punch on the tastebuds. However, this is definitely a nice change from the more in-your-face American IPAs.

M - ISweet and dull on the tongue but overly sweet. Very little carbonation. No noticeable alcohol bite or warmness.

D - I tend to lean more towards the hoppier American IPA styles but I thought I'd give this Belgian style a try. I am a big fan of other Belgian styles, particularly golden ales. This IPA isn't one that I'd drink on a regular basis but it isn't bad. I'm glad I tried it. The high ABV would probably limit most beer fans to one or two of these but it seems like a fairly well-rounded beer and representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 22:00:44 | More by ballenc
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 8/8/2008 (bottle):

Foam & head everywhere! Extremely foamy, even opening after warming for a bit. Very cloudy, golden body. Big foamy white head, somewhat lasting. Belgian flowery aroma. Some graininess, slight amount of alcohol, some spices. Watery taste, light flowery taste, some spice. Weakish for 9%. Very light flavor, watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 03:19:21 | More by jujubeast6000
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had my eye on this sucker for a while. I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger.

Pours a hazy golden straw with a big, fluffy white head. Ridiculous amounts of lacing.

Smells ungodly. Just amazing. Hoppy, yet yeasty. Sweet, but sour.

It tastes like a Belgian strong pale and an American IPA started churning out ugly, bearded babies. The alcohol is well hidden by the copious amount of hop presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with lively carbonation. Dry as hell.

Drinkability is dangerously high as far as the ease with which this stuff goes down. What keeps it from being too drinkable -- however -- is the fact that it's 9% and that a 11.2 oz. bottle clocks in at about four and a half bones. Otherwise, this shit is straight out of sight.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 06:53:26 | More by BigJim5021
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a tulip glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A cloudy medium gold color with a nice fluffy white two finger head on the pour. Full ring glass lacing lasts.

S: Hops with citrus smells and a candy sweetness.

T: I get hops first, a very hoppy first taste with flavors of citrus orange, lemon and a bit of straw grassy flavors. The sweetness sneaks in with a sugary candy flavor and a hint of belgian yeasty flavors. I expected more yeast flavors but this belgian IPA may have the least amount of spice I have tasted in the style. Still, a great beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel that ends very dry and bitter. Nice. No hint of alcohol.

D: High, nuff said. Drink a bunch of these beauts.

Overall this may be my favorite belgian style IPA I have had to date. Very crisp, clean, hoppy and refreshing..not to mention super drinkable. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 17:25:06 | More by Kadonny
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft tap, from Monks Cafe in Philadelphia, served in a large tulip glass.
Slightly hazy, shimmery golden yellow, white head. Thin white lace all the way down the glass. Lots of citrusy hops in the nose, with some belgian yeast. Crisp citrus, with herbal hop flavor. Balancing malt keep the bitterness from overwelming your taste buds. Slightly sweet fruit finish. Clean and dry finish.
A perfect mixture of IPA hoppiness, and belgian yeast complexity. Glad I found this one fresh on tap. This is my first example of the style, and obviously this the benchmark.

Note to Self: Ranked #18 Top Beers of Belgium, #1 Belgian IPA, when I tasted it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 22:49:11 | More by BigBry
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MisterClean

California

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

Bottle from total wine

A - Pours straw golden, with a 4 finger foam-white head. Dissipates slow and leaves nice lacing.

S - Wow, very perfumy. Hit with nectar, citrus, and grapefruit. Maybe some Belgian Candi sugar too.

T - It's like I am drinking straight perfume. Same as above, but with moderate alcohol.

M - Very smooth, complete mouthfeel, and hop dominated in the end. You can really taste the Saaz in the mouthfeel. Slightly dry too.

D - Very interesting how this beer masks the saaz. Very drinkable, each taste gives you a little something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:35:21 | More by MisterClean
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 33cl bottle of this, as I wanted to try it but didn't need 75cl. No visible freshness date. Served in my brand-new Bell's tulip.

A - Huge four fingers of creamy white foam that takes forever to dissipate and leaves ton of sticky lacing. The beer is a semi-transparent golden straw color, with lots of little bubbles rising lazily to the top of the glass. Not sure what else I could want visually (other than the fact that I had to wait 15 minutes to drink anything).

S - A mix of citrus hops and Belgian yeasts - not a huge surprise I suppose! Lemon zest, that spicy Saaz hop smell, a little bit of funk, a hint of caramel malt, and some fresh bread. It's like half Tripel, half IPA.

T - Sweeter than it smells - lots of floral notes, mixed with caramel malt, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Very fruity - with a strong banana overtone and a bitter mango aftertaste. This is not at all what I was expecting from the smell, but it's surprisingly delicious.

M - I guess all the carbonation goes into the foam, as the beer itself is very smooth and velvety. It's quiet refreshing and the alcohol isn't apparent until the warming sensation occurs after swallowing. I wish there had been a little more tingle on the palate.

D - Well, the ridiculous foam would guarantee I couldn't drink too many of these, and the high ABV would seal the deal. But seriously, once the foam dissipates it's an easy drinker with well hidden alcohol and a pretty delicious taste to it.

Well - I liked this, even though I'm lukewarm to Tripels. The hoppiness is more evocative of a pilsener like Bohemian Lager than it is of an American IPA. I suppose that's because it uses Saaz hops. Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:23:19 | More by MasterSki
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a chalice.

L - slightly clouded golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that was constantly fueled by endless carbonation bubbles, lacing was heavy and plentiful.

S - almost pilsner like aroma, it must be from those European hops.

T - champagne-like taste upfront and then those European hops steal the show, finishing very dry with light bittering.

F - light/medium bodied with a champage-like carbonation feel.

D - excellent example of the style, a true Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:37:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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beeronesse

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this once quite awhile ago and just revisited it now! The nose is bursting with floral & citrus hops. It's a gorgeous pour; straw gold in color, cloudy and with a great, pudding-like head that lasts. The mouth feel is nice; juicy and very easy-drinking. The flavor! I don't want to gush so I won't but if I did I'd say WOWWW!!!! It's loaded with citrus, honey, pine, white pepper, and nicely malted. Great balance. I didn't detect the alcohol so much, so this went down way too easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 22:57:18 | More by beeronesse
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very light, almost like a sparkling wine, but look more golden n the glass, but still looks like apple juice. Huge white almost pillowy head.
Light sugar aroma with candy like qualities. No hops to speak of, at least with the initial pour (no yeast unrest or upset. A yeast quality comes which adds a spicy tone too. Phenols present too, bringing about a rather complex start, prior to even drinking.
Boy the hops sure are present in the flavor. In fact the bitterness is the first thing and at the end the final flavor. Fairly dry, but more in the moderate range for tripels. Interesting sweet flavor, is that root beer, hmmm, never had that one before. Also a slightly sour fruit taste. I'm sure I'm just starting the flavor journey on this one. It seems to be able to be both sweet (sugar candy at times) and bitter, and this seems true even during the long finish.
Fully, fully, fully carbonated. Ends up filling me up rather quickly, which I'm not too fond of at this point. As the carbonation settles it becomes more drinkable, and enjoyable.
This drinks really quite nicely (but dare I repeat, expcept for the carbonation). Flavors are good. Fun, interesting, different and flavorful.
Received as a gift for Christmas '08. Thanks Linda.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:37:02 | More by garymuchow
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe Dobblelen IPA Tripel, 9.0% ABV, reviewed as a Belgian IPA
Label notes as Amarillo, Tomohack, and Saaz hops
This pour was from shared bottle at European Street (Jax Beach) - courtesy of Mike Kaiser from www.havebeerwilltravel.com - thanks Mike! 11/24/09
A 5.0 - Cloudy Pale Straw in color, excellent head and lacing.
S 4.0 - Subtle pale malts and spicy notes
T 5.0 - Very complex on palate, diverse hop notes on a semi sweet Belgian malt base
MF 4.5 - Medium + on carbonation, nice light to medium body
D 4.5 - I really enjoyed this one, it was a nice complex fun ale to experience in good company, I really liked the diverse hop notes and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 17:06:26 | More by unclejimbay
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t0rin0

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy yellow with very good lacing and retention.

Aroma is of citrusy american hops, pale malt, and some a bit of funk(?).

Flavor is malty and bitter but the hop flavor has mellowed a lot. I don't get it, I've had this from the bottle a number of times and its good every time. What happened here? Theres also a touch of what seems to be funk., odd

Body is medium/light, plenty of CO2 in solution, and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 21:01:03 | More by t0rin0
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gonzo46and2

Florida

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

Pours a golden yellow color with a bit of unfiltered chill haze. Huge head from the IPA and Tripel qualities.

Aroma is complex with pale malts, hops, spices and earthy yeast.

Refreshing and light which is misleading given the ABV. Not too bitter or sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:31:13 | More by gonzo46and2
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lemon meringue pie in a glass! Rich pale golden color beneath a rocky meringue-like pillowy head that retreats to sexy Belgian lace within a few minutes. Faint yeast wispies dance in the beer as well.

Nose is lemony, clean, and somewhat metallic. The clean character is more like clean n' fresh.

Palate offers an interesting balance of background malt with citrusy sweet hops, and the light fruitiness of the yeast is at play also. Nice balance and complexity, without being hit over the head with any particular component of the experience. Long, juicy-fruit finish and again very "fresh clean".

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 04:05:47 | More by yemenmocha
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow gold body. hug offwhite head... this thing was so fluffy that i lost half the bottle after uncapping.. good lacing

S: Banana, clove, belgian yeast, alcohol, grapfruity hop bitterness

T: Much the same as the nose. the belgian tripel style flavors (banana, clove, spice and belgian yeast) come through first. with a crisp clean hop bitterness at the finish. alcohol stays on the tongue throughout

M: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Clean, bitter, finish.

D: Solid belgian take on the ipa/tripel... i like piraat a tad better.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:35:56 | More by callmemickey
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look out! This beer easily pours four fingers of head that is creamy white and dense almost like meringue that lasts forever! The color of the beer is of straw, (light yellow) and cloudy.

The aroma is of mild hops and sweet alcohol. Perhaps there is a note of citrus or lemon.

The taste is fruity upfront, I suppose from the Belgium yeast, with background notes of citrus. It's well balanced, tart and tangy on the tongue. Very clean refreshing brew. Extremely drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall the beer is light and refreshing with tremendous amounts of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 22:45:05 | More by ABOWMan
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optiontwo

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into tulip

Appearance: Hazy yellow and orange with a two inch head that dissipated quickly. Nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Hay and earthiness right away combined with resinous hop aromas. Clove spice and banana also make there way through.

Taste: Sweet apple, banana, and a drying earthiness with bitter hops at the end. With your first sip of this beer you may deem it just another Belgian, but after a couple you realize the amount of hop flavor and bitterness in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Deceivingly high.

Overall: I just started getting into Belgian IPA's a little while ago and have tried a handful but this is they very best I've had. A must try for hop-heads and Belgian fans alike.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 18:43:15 | More by optiontwo
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy egajdzis.

Poured a medium golden color that initially poured all white head. Aromas of grass, citrus, lemons, and a little fruity. Tastes of fruits, grass, and lemons with a malty, honey sweetness. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from: 4/27/06

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 16:16:01 | More by hopdog
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer comes out of the bottle a golden orange color with a huge lasting white head that appeared very fluffy and left its mark on the sides of the glass.

S- the first thing i noticed was belgian yest. its also somewhat fruity and smells of citrus hops at the end.

T- it starts out very much like id expect a tripel too. very yeasty with notes of clove and banana. however, at the end there is a very nice hoppy finish. lots of citrus and slightly peppery.

M- light crisp, clean, and refreshing. slight warming from the alcohol on the way down, but its very well hidden in the taste.

D- a wonderful IPA/tripel hybrid. something id like to see more attempts at. the bottle was very easy to finish and if i had it, i could see myself going for another one. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:46:26 | More by jwinship83
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rlcoffey

Kentucky

2.48/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap in a .2L Houblon Chouffe flute glass.

Very pretty, nice orange color with a big white head. Smelled of wonderful hops with some belgian yeast funk as expected. Taste was like grapefruit juice gone bad. The citrus hops mixed with the chouffe yeast created a flavor that started good and finished poorly.

I had no interest in having a second one. I like Tripels, I like IPAs, I dont think they mix well. Or, maybe they would with more earthy hops instead of the citrusy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 17:22:01 | More by rlcoffey
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JBogan

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light peach color with the largest head I have ever seen on a beer. It would take both hands to count how many fingers high the head was, and this after pouring it very slowly and carefully. The humongous crown remained forever and left good lacing.

The aroma was fantastic. A lot of floral notes going on here, like a fresh bouquet. Sweet but not overly so. Very inviting.

Unfortunately the taste wasn't able to live up to the aroma's promise. It was peppery and with some honey sweetness, but it had sort of a dull edge to it.

Mouthfeel was good. Somewhat on the thinner side, but still smooth and with a fair amount of prickliness to keep things alive.

Overall I enjoyed this beer to a degree, but considering the competition in it's class I'd probably spend the money on something else. Slightly above average for it's style, but one can find better brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 05:55:20 | More by JBogan
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cdrummer

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA.

A: Golden and light apricot colored beer sit beneath a fluffy head of perky foam. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass too.

S: Apple, melon, pear, and some serious yeasty breadiness are all up in my face. To be frank, it smells as bit musty.

T & M: This beer is pleasantly bitter and highly carbonated, making waves of yeast and spicy hops dance across my palette. It's tart and refreshing, while also being a bit sticky and bitter, especially in the finish. I honestly did not even notice the alcohol until the very end on the finish, when it warmed me ever-so-slightly. It's pretty well disguised, I think.

D: Due to its tartness, crisp carbonation and upfront bitterness, I thought this beer was quite drinkable. I mean, it's not as easily quaffed as a session IPA, but with 9% abv, that's to be expected.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 04:21:19 | More by cdrummer
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suburbeer

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

after looking at the other reviews i might have had a bad bottle, but,

A big soft white head with tight bubbles, very clear yellow beer with a macro brew coloring.

Little nose, vegitation, lemon soap

Bitter in a bad way, sour, lemon rind, tannins

perfect carbination, thinner than expected mouth feel

I reluctantly finished this expensive bottle. I had high hopes this would be something like a belgian "meantime" very disapointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:20:25 | More by suburbeer
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored and cloudy, with some yeast in the glass and a 1.5" head--sits very well, and last throughout the glass.

Smell is of glorious hops, some belgian yeast, a fruitiness, some citrus flavours with orange, grapefruit, and bubblegum.

Taste has the hops up front, with the belgian characteristics coming out towards the middle--spice, bubblegum, sweetness, orange, citrus and grapefruit...

Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy...very satisfying...

Drinkability is incredible for a 9%ABV beer...Incredible beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:02:30 | More by darklordlager
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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