Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 163
Gots: 215 | 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 berley31
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, long-lasting white head... great lacing left behind. Dark golden body, and quite clear.

S: Excellent aroma that is high on citrusy hops, with a yeast character that is also present to let you know this isn't an American IPA.

T: Flavor is as good as the smell. Slight breadiness and sweetness that is quickly followed by hop flavor and bitterness. That yeast character also translates into the flavor with just a touch of funkiness.

M: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation.

D: Easily one of the best Belgian IPAs I have had to date.

Photo of RuudJH
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dobbelen IPA, 33 cl. bottle.
I've been wanting to try this for some time, as it's said to be one of the best European brewed ipa's.

Golden colour ale with massive carbonation + a good head.

Smell is very nice hoppy, slightly pine, and citrus.
Together with that is the taste, malty and spicy like a classical tripel.
As expected: not much sweetness.
The hoppy bitterness is decently easy to handle.
Soft mouthfeel. The alcohol isn't a problem at all.

I would say this is a great Belgian beer. One of the best in the 2 mentioned categories.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy gold colour, with a very attractive pillow of white head that retained forever, and laced extremely well

S - citrus hoppiness, with that stark unmistakable Belgian style smell, and some light biscuity malt. As a Amercian IPA fan I have to say I find this a little confusing yet intriguing.

T - clean and bitter hop taste, but not over the top like many American doubles, the belgianesque sour fruity yeast flavour is definitely featured as well, biscuity malts are subtle, with the lingering finish back to the hop bitterness.

M - a nice bitterness turning very dry, light and very bubbly, dry bitter finish

D - i was a little shocked at first, but became more of a fan with each gulp. After 750ml the 9% had be buzzing, but it is very drinkable. An interesting and attractive brew.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pour turns into a crystal clear golden colour, with the second glass turning into a hazy golden yellow with some floaties in the bottom of the duvel glass. Not as much foam on the first pour compared to the second. Its like marshmallows are in my glass, very cool. The taste is very sharp with some piney hop bitterness with the yeasty dark fruit taste lingering as well. No trace of the 9% alc in this beer at all. Goes down quite smooth. Would definately consider another bottle of this.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy bright gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong funk at first, then sour yeast and lemon zest with some soy and sweet caramel and coriander.
T: It tasted like orange and lemon zest with sour yeast, and some caramel malt and subtle spices.
M: It was watery with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste.
D: This started off kind of skunky, but as it warmed and opened up, it got a lot smoother and sweeter. It had nice body and a delicate and complex taste. It's more of a sipping beer, but it was pretty enjoyable.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass

A: bright white head with a rich golden color

S: sweet hop and sweet malt smells bright and inviting

T: a very balanced blend of hops and malt there is no alcohol in the taste. its very smooth man just so easy drinking and so good

M: light mouth with med carbonation even if this beer was a gusher!

D: highly drinkable give some one one bottle and you can get buzzed in a short amount of time.

overall: a cool beer that has high alcohol yet retains a light mouth! refreshing and crisp super drinkable and smooth. extremly enjoyable beer.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured on tap into a flute, very nice 3 fingers of creamy thick white head, really solid lacing lingers down the glass, light sunny bright color, slight haze.

S- Citrus bitter zest, deep floral freshness, fruits like mango, orange, papaya and bitter lemon up front, nice aroma of clean hops.

T- The ripe fruits are present here in the taste, crisp grassy sharp citrus & deep grapefruit bitter finish, creamy malt, tingling bitterness, deep and complex, pear, honey suckle, with a clean and very well balanced backbone.

M- Bright texture with crisp carbonation, solid dry finish, with a nice warmth of alcohol, followed by clean bitterness to finish.

D- The 9% abv nicely masked in this beer, will definitely creep up on you, very drinkable for a large trip IPA. Great depth, awesome bitter finish, refreshing, yet with a warm finish, good blend of styles. Very exceptional beer!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours golden and translucent with one finger of fluffy lily-white head.

Smell -- big citrus hops, funky yeastiness, band-aid, and some clove.

Taste -- Lots of pine and citrus rind hop flavor up front, followed by bready and tropical fruit sweetness. Finishes with some bittering and orange peel.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied with loads of prickly carbonation. Finish is resinous and a little dry.

Drinkability -- Devilishly drinkable. Crisp, refreshing, well-rounded, and with an abv that is dangerously well hidden. Will revisit shortly!

Photo of Thiestru
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2-oz. bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A gentle pour with a bit of 'pop' at the end yielded a beautiful pale orange beer with a little less than a one-finger white head. This ale is absolutely opaque, and what is this that stands before me? Sediment?! I think I'm in love.

Smell: Belgian yeast and a nice hop aroma. I can just imagine being in the hop fields.

Taste: A perfect blend of Belgian malts and hoppy bite on the back of the tongue. I can feel the alcohol travelling down, too; it's nice and warm. I can't recall ever having a Belgian beer with such an overt hop presence. Dobbelen IPA Tripel, is it? Well, I'm game.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp; tangy, I'd say. Medium body. Coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: This is an interesting mix of Belgian and American styles, and I've loved every sip of it.

Photo of bceagles39
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Easten Standard (Boston, MA) on May 26, 2010.

The server poured aggressively and I got a huge billowy foam. Poured a nice light orange-ish gold. The thick head stuck around for a while and left some beautiful lacing.

Smells of alcoholic and hop citrus.

Very citrus up front with some slight grassy earthiness and a slight bitterness. Definitely some spice as well as a bit of sweetness. Hops not as aggressive as an American IPA. The heat of the alcohol is ever present.

Light bodied, thinner than I would have expected. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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

I poured this too fast and got a lot more foam than expected...and it stuck around! Rich and billowy and leaving lace all the way down the glass. After I drank a little, I tried to add a little more and the resulting addition of foam overflowed the sides and left lace down the outside of the glass. As I drained the last of the beer from the glass, two fingers of foam remained. Now this is how you get carbonation and proteins to play together! The color is a pale yellow with a hint of orange.

The hops smell is wonderful. Lemon/lime and grassy notes compete as a team, as if you had just finished mowing the lawn in a lemon grove and quenched your thirst with some homemade lemonade. A touch of sourness rounds it out.

Some sweetness up front, a little biscuity. The citrus tones continue on the tongue tempered with a little peppery spice. The alcohol content is barely distinguishable as a little heat on the palate and the Belgian yeast adds the requisite sour tones.

A light body with excellent carbonation, crisp and clean with little aftertaste.

Quite a complex beer with many wonderful aspects of the Belgian brewing tradition. Definitely a beer to savor, especially since the ABV will have you feeling good in no time. I tried Flying Dog's Raging Bitch before this and there is no comparison, but I didn't expect there to be.

Photo of randjuke
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours cloudy medium yellow with thick meringue-like white head. Nice aroma of fruity light esters. I enjoyed the taste which is sweet malts, light fruits, yeasts and spices. The finish is dry, hoppy and fairly long. Palate moderate, not heavy.

The question is do you want a tripel with an IPA finish. If you do then this is a very nice beer. I would have preferred a cleaner finish which spoiled it a bit for me. I understood what this was a tripel/IPA hybrid when I bought it so can not be too critical. If this is the kind of beer you want, it delivers.

Photo of Beerfayce
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap into a Tulip
A:cloudy straw-colored, moderate head with some lacing

S: mild grassy aromas, light hoppy spice

T: Strong but not overpowering alpha bitterness to start, fruity yeast and citrus presence. Dry and pleasing finish.

M: This brew has moderate body and increased carbonation.
The fizz and the hops leave an almost parched mouthfeel (it is the only way I can describe it..)

D: enjoyable to drink, although the feeling of disproportionate bitterness wouldn't make it a session for me

Photo of spoons
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a tulip.

Opening the bottle it released quite a fast exploding fizz from the top. When poured finally it looks cloudy orange and yellow. Looks super fizzy..

Smells kinda like a mix of laundry detergent, weed, perfume. Followed by some rice like maltiness. Complex.

Tastes like hoppiness. Sweet in the front of the mouth with a nice bitterness and crisp mouthfeel. Some belgian yeast flavors are coming though as well. I'll definitely try this one again.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a snifter. Thick, fluffy white head, with a straw coloured body, bit hazy from the yeast. Smells primarily of hops, bit citrusy, some alcohol esters, some yeast. Nice head retention, lacing is thick, clumpy and sticky. Taste is quite hoppy, got alot more of the alcohol as I got closer to the bottom of the glass, definitely the Belgian yeast coming through also. Not too bitter, pretty nice for an IPA. Almost drank the whole 750 by myself, save a bit which I shared but I probably could have. Alcohol really stands out the more I had, and detracts from the drinkability however. Overall, my first experience with a belgian IPA and was pleased!

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

A: Golden, light amber - cloudy - huge white head.

S: Fruity estersds - good and hoppy with a faint skunkiness.

T: Lots of carbonation - great hop bite - alcohol comes through a bit mroe than I expected.

M: As i mentioned - lots of carbonation - okay mouthfeel. I would like a bit mreo play from the trippel side of things.

D: Yes - it is drinable and a very good beer.

However - Cali-Belgique and Le Freak are two examples of this style that I like a lot more.

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light straw gold with frothy head that died quickly but left some lace patches. A mix of sour and tart fruit flavors along with a healthy hop presence and some funk makes up the aroma. A great balance is in this beer as this beer is light to medium bodied but contains a good sweet edge plus some sticky caramel malt. Also has a good orange/yeasty feel with citric hops for a dry, crisp finish that is bubbly thanks to great carbonation. A decent amount of biscuit/caramel malt work their way into the beer as well and there is also a smalle sour/tart edge. A great ale that is easy to sip with well-hidden ABV and is more sweet than sour but still has a good hoppy profile.

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

A- Almost fluorescent yellow with a whipped white headthat looks like it will be leaving a chunky mound in the center when I'm done. Spotted lacing all over. Particles floating. Color could be a bit nicer but it's still a beautiful beer.

S- Lychee, grain hops and a good mix of amarillo and saaz. Don't know what Tomahawk hops smell like. Alcohol. Honey which I'm sure is from the Amarillo comes on strong once it warms up.

T- Same as the smell with a nice hop bitterness. A well crafted hop mix.

M- Full. Lively at first and then soft.

D- Very good but the alcohol is strong and slows it down a bit.

Quite a drink. Easy to appreciate but offering lots.

Photo of callmescraps
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on a whim. I have to admit, it's a nice looking bottle. I've had Chouffe before, always like, never love. But it's time to revisit.

Appearance- A nice cloudy gold color. Beautiful two inches of thick meringue head. Not going anywhere at all. Peaks in the middle. Absolutely absurd head. Just comical. Wow. Laces well. I have to give it a perfect score, it's an incredible looking beer.

Smell- Lots of Belgian yeast. A little cider and some spice. Some lemon rind, a hint of grapefruit. Definitely some grassiness. Estery. It's nice.

Taste- More lemon rind, very citrus. Grassy and bitter. Some peppery notes. The finish is very bitter with grass. More booze than expected. Not as much fruity amarillo as expected. Some real graininess on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Good carbonation. A little creamier than I'd prefer.

Drinkability- The grassiness, the graininess, and a little heat doesn't do it for me.

Eh. It's a pretty good Belgian IPA, but I was hoping for more. I thought the amarillo might go further. Instead it had more grass and lemon rind than I'd prefer. Also, surprisingly boozy. It looks incredible however, including the great 11.2 oz bottle.

Photo of Dixonian
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
Nice 2 or 3 finger frothy head that settled down with nice coverage. Left lacing with almost every drink. Hoppy/floral aroma but not overpowering at all. Same goes with the flavor-hops are spot on. Very nice Belgian spice-one of the most balanced balance offerings i've ever had of the style. Extremelly drinkable for 9%-I had no problem finishing the bottle.

One of, if not my absolute favorite Belgian IPAs-I will be buying this again.

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

A hazy bright golden color pour with a big lasting foamy white head leving lots of jagged lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of bright citrus hops , orange and lemon a little like fruit punch , bananas and bread dough . Flavor is hoppy up front with a nice toasty malt backbone , yeasty esters of banana ,and clove . Nice citrus hops , nice level of bitterness , a bit of complexity , medium body with a crisp clean mouthfeel and a long hoppy finish . Very drinkable and good .

Photo of Pahn
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at BXL East in NYC. Served in a Houblon Chouffe flute.

For a small amount of context, I've tried this beer several times before, always bottled. I was universally disappointed, finding a beer not hoppy enough to be an IPA, nor subtle or complex enough to be a good tripel, nor tasty enough to be a worthwhile beer. I gave it many chances, since La Chouffe has been one of my top 10 beers for years. I tried it on tap today on a whim.

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Appearance: One and a half inch, white, pillowy head dissipates slowly leaving a wall of lacing and never getting below a few millimeters in height for the 20 minutes or so it took me to drink the beer. Color is a hazy, orange juice yellow. Beer leaves big rings of lacing.

Smell: Wow. I'm surprised right off the bat by a big, dank hit of grapefruit hops that immediately remind me of Pliny the Elder. The hop aroma is dominated by citrus; grapefruit and orange. It's (unsurprisingly) not quite as good or complex as Pliny's aroma, but it's almost as dank--this is no criticism, as I haven't found any IPA that smells better than Pliny. This Belgian IPA's smell is strong on the IPA, and beautiful. There's a faint Belgian yeast note, but really the nose is all about hops.

Taste: Surprise for me again: this beer is delicious. Up front I get really full-flavored hops with just enough bitterness, leading to a nice, spicy and subtle Belgian yeast dominated finish. Finally, a Belgian IPA that gets the balance right and makes sense. There's no alcohol present in the taste at all. The flavor is very smooth and clean; nowhere is the cloying sweetness that has ruined almost every attempt at a Belgian IPA that I've tried in the past. There's a decent amount of spice, some not-unpleasant soapiness up front, and even some occasional musty funk. While there's a decent amount of hop bitterness, it doesn't accumulate or detract from anything.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth with prickly carbonation. A bit too thin for either an IPA or a tripel.

Drinkability: Excellent. Satisfies as an IPA and a Belgian ale, and the 9% (!!!) ABV is completely masked.

Fresh Houblon Chouffe on tap has redeemed the entire Belgian IPA style for me. The bottles I've had in the past must have been too old, because this is exactly what I want a Belgian IPA to be (minor, subjective flaws and lack of complexity are all that kept the Smell and Taste categories from being 5s). This was even better than Stone Cali-Belgique, the other Belgian IPA I've liked. Don't miss this if you see it on tap at a trustworthy bar.

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

A: Poured at around 40 degrees F from a 75cl bottle. Golden, even honey/straw colored. Nice, white rocky head that settled over the course of 10-15 minutes in the (sorry) standard pint glass I had. Some lacing and cloudiness. A good looking beer, but not out of this world.

S: Definite spice with some muted fruit in reserve.

T: Ahhhh. That's the ticket. Refreshing. Ample carbonation. Now the spice & hops come through. Spices linger through to the finish which hints of malt. No apparent alcohol for a beer this big.

M: Once again, the carbonation is chasing bubbles around on my tongue. Refreshing, yet not thin. Plenty of presence in my mouth without overdoing it.

D: I would seek this beer out, and drink it repeatedly. Better to do that at home or with a DD.

Photo of sk8man121
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into Moinette chalice.

A: Although I don't recall my last bottle of Petit Houblon to be as such, there are TONS of suspended yeast in this brew, which lends to an extremely cloudy, apricot-tinted pour. Some may get turned off by this, but I think it's a fascinating looking beer. Barely any head to speak of.

S: Fresh and mild, with banana, pineapple and faint hops coming through. Very hard for one to consider this offensive in any way.

T: Surprisingly full-bodied compared to the smell, this brew has a lot going on. Hops take the lead role in this beer (amarillo, tomahawk and saaz), but that's not to say that they overwhelm the classic tripel characteristics that are present; it's a very well-balanced beer actually. Alcohol is there, but very pleasant, warming and not at a detraction at all.

M: Mouthfeel is unsurprisingly that of a nicely built tripel - sharp carbonation, tannins and a silky texture. Very nice.

D: This is one of the most interesting takes on a Belgian IPA that I've seen, and it's nice to see the hops used with restraint, which leads to a very balanced beer that drinks extremely well. Extra points for a super cool bottle.

Absolutely wonderful brew.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with Course #3 (Spinach salad with candied walnuts, blueberries, crystal ginger and bleu cheese) at the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner.

So I've had this beer before fresh, and upon having it the first time, the flavors were all there but I didn't like how they worked together. So I figured I'd age one to see how they developed in the bottle. This was a 2 year old bottle.
And my god, what an outstanding melange. A cloudy golden head like the locks of the archangel, it strikes from the sky into my chalice.
There is so much to love here, a base earthiness from the toil of the soil, a resinous and mellow pine, a touch of lemongrass, a slight grassy and herbaceous undertone. Everything is married together by the slight clove and spice of the yeast. And it is happiness.

A well-aged Belgian IPA - I was beginning to fear this style was just not for me - paired professionally. I need more of this in my life.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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