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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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2,311 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,311
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 2/13/10

A - Slightly hazy, golden yellow with an immense, well retained white head and lovely lacing all over the glass. I don't think I've ever seen so much lacing except for Orval and Saxo. Wow. 5.0

S - Earthy, grassy hops, light fruits of apples and pears. Little bit of honey in the aroma. Basically, hops + honey + fruits. Mmmm. 5.0

T - Honey, pilsner malt, lots of earthy and grassy tastes. Heat from alcohol in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing. 5.0

M - Crisp, refreshing, and well carbonated. Warmth from the alcohol. 4.5

D - Extremely. I would finish this whole 750mL myself if I didn't have to share it with my gf. Absolutely delicious. 4.5

Overall - A delicious example of the style. Excellent in all aspects, just a bit prominent in terms of noticeable alcohol.

Photo of Magpie14
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a regal apricot colored body with touches of gold, light red, and honey. A mass of sticky connected lace is hugging almost all of the available space in my tulip glass. The remaining globs of white fluff look most impressive. As far as looks go this one is top notch

S: huge presence of spicy, floral, and grassy hops. Another leading role in the way of smell is the yeasty and sweet lemon bubblegum whiffs moving about. A slight musk is making an appearance as well. This is shaping up to be real nice...

T: this has a hop profile that takes the cake. What a creation: peppery, fruity, spicy, citrusy, sweet and funky. The yeast character is in a good way and provides a lemon, grapefruit, and vanilla flavored sugar cookie. I am at a loss of words right now...just pure goodness. I am also finding that a light fruity bubblegum flavor is in the mix with a few crushed cloves. A very unique synthesis of flavors

M: things keep getting better. A medium and creamy body runs the show allowing a sticky spicy sweetness to last on the tongue. This hop bomb is starting to get hotter as the sips continue. A very nice carbonation continues to tickle the tongue and provide that extra snap making for a great drinker

D: absolute great madness. Incredibly balanced and drinkable. I seem to have run out of superlatives. This is the real deal

Photo of chaz01
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at a special Belgium event at Chappy's in Dayton -- served in a special 6 oz wine-like tasting glass.

A: Clear golden, thin head produces some nice lacing

S: Fruity, grapefruit Aroma.

T: Lots of hoppy grapefruit and citrus tones in the taste.

M: Light to Medium bodied

D: Tasted more like an IPA to me than a Belgium, although you can certainly pick up some of the Belgium yeast characteristics underneath the hoppiness. Still very good and worth a try -- but not my favorite Belgium.

Photo of tadashi1922
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Houblon Chouffe never disappoints. I always enjoy this beer. I love hoppy beers, so this is a nice treat when trying out Belgian beers. It has such a unique taste. Definitely my favorite of the Chouffe's.

It definitely has a strong taste, so you have to prepared to taste some strong brew.

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

A - Thick straw yellow, murky with particulate. Amazing thick frothy head that developed into a miniature mountain range. Very good lacing and head retention.

S - The weak point of this beer due to the skunkyness resulting from the green bottle. This aside there is a distinguished trippel smell with subtle malt and spicyness. The aromas from all the traits of this beer blend exceptionally well leading to a very delicate sweetness. I can only imagine this is a result of some of the hop aroma deteriorating due to the potential age of the brew.

T - To begin there is the delicate sweetness from the grain and possibly some candi with a rounded lemony aroma and mild spicyness. Following this is a very minute hint of grapefruit and finally a distinguishing bitterness upon swallow.

M - Well carbonated, very smooth and relatively crisp.

D - Exceptionally well balanced with all the traits melding together almost seamlessly leading to an extremely refreshing beer. Without the skunkyness this would an excellent beer to have quite frequently. The balance and refreshing-ness are remarkable for something with 9% alcohol.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow color, a bit cloudy. Head is pure white and frotty, quite big actually. Some lacing though.

S: Some strong floral and grapefruit smell coming off the nose. Under that, there is what you'd expect from a tripel: green apple peel, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, light honey and brown sugar. Not very strong though.

T: Hops are surprisingly strong here. Nice grapefruit and piny/herbal hops, nice and dry. The tripel characteristics come second, nothing being very dominant. Some sweetness, the green apple skin taste is also there. But the spices I enjoy so much in tripels are nowhere to be tasted, I can barely taste some cinnamon but that's it, no cloves or pepper. Much less complex than I expected.

M: Medium mouthfeel with mid to high carbonation, what I'd expect from a 9% IPA. Very lively.

D: The dryness, the total absence of alcohol taste and the not overpowering body makes it quite easy to drink.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice honey golden color with voluminous, thick, white head. Beautiful lacing/head. Great retention into a little cap. Smell is of clove with some lighter malts dancing in and out. Maybe some banana too. Pretty light though. Taste has some alcohol in it, but the clove/fruity tripel is nicely balanced by some slightly bitter hops. Very interesting combination, definitely what I would envision a Belgian IPA to be. Slight bitter finish. Light in the mouth, good carbonation, this one is an easy drinker. For 9%, it drinks like 5%. Delicious beer, though a unique one, I feel like I might not always be in the mood for one of these.

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

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of pale hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, slight wheat, and hops. Overall, good body, blend, and appearance.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Medium size white fizzy head eventually laying down incredible lacing in the form of patchy sheets. Decent retention eventually becomes a thin film and collar. The body is a pale yellow with extremely faint green tints which become more apparent when backlit. Semi cloudy.

S: The aroma is balanced, leaning towards yeasty over hoppy. Semi-piney, barely sprucey. Toasted toffee malts. Hay and dough. I'm assuming the Brasserie d'Achouffe uses sweet pale malts in this brew.

T: Follows the nose. Not sweet enough to be a tripel, not hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA. Falls somewhere in between. I've got to admit, I'm a little clueless what to expect with beers under the Belgian IPA category (although I've had the Houblon Chouffe many times). I feel that this category should not be the catch all that it has come to be. Surely the Houblon Chouffe has been brewed well before the Belgian IPA category came into existence.

M: Super powerful with both lively and fizzy carbonation. This beer holds up really well after a few vicious swirls to bring about the aroma. Biting.

D: This beer is a classic. And it is good. BUT I do not find it terribly interesting. I have no thoughts on buying another any time soon. Overrated in my opinion.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice yellow color with white suds

nose is of honey, pear, yeast spice, and candy sugar. complex and inviting

on the palate the beer is lightly sweet with some spice and fruity notes. little to no bitterness but delicious and full.

the mouthfeel is full, lightly sweet and well carbonated. very nice

for drinkability, if i wanted an ipa, this would not do. on its own, the beer is fantastic with lots of character and great balance.

Photo of jjanega08
2.68/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= Pours a fizzy yellow color with a nice big white head thats got big ol bubbles and some decent retention to it. Spotty lacing.

S= Geez. Tons of skunk. Damn green bottles. People say you shouldn't review beers that have obviously gone bad but I disagree. This beer smells skunky as hell and I blame the green bottle. Buried deeper than the skunk I get basic tripel smells that actually aren't half bad. Nice yeast spicyness from it and a small hop character. Not real bad and if you look past the skunk and really bury your nose you get some pretty nice tripel smells from it.

T= Luckily the taste isn't nearly as skunky as the smell was. It still does have skunk to it however. It has a nice tripel taste to it nothing really great but then there is a bit of residual sweetness. Sort of a sugar water sweetness to it. The hops are missing almost completely only a bit of bitterness on the finish.

M= Super dry. One of the dryest beers I've ever tasted. Dry to the point of desert powder dry.

D= I wish this bottle wasn't skunked. Again like I said I know some people think that a beer shouldn't be reviewed when it has an obvious flaw but I disagree. This beer wasn't that bad when you look past some of the flaws but even under that it just isn't that great.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me preface by saying this bottle definitely had some age on it, which no doubt negatively affected its hop character.

Pours a cloudy, light amber with a thick and creamy white head; cloying lace.

Very biscuity aroma. A yeasty twang is noticeable too along with some pepper, oranges, and herbal hop aroma (subdued). I think the age of the bottle affected the aroma the most.

Biscuit malt upfront with some light pepper and medicinal hop flavors. Dry on the tongue (powdery?) with a bitterness that hits late. Some sugary sweetness is present. Very clean taste, with some orange and citrus rinds. Alcohol is very well masked; drinks like a 5%. Well balanced.

Creamy and highly carbonated, definitely mouth enveloping.
Alcohol is very well masked, but flavors are too subdued and not palate seducing.

Update 8/12/10

Had a fresher version and I have updated my rating.

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.com...

Poured a light golden yellow colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart fruits (lemons, pears, grapefruits, apples), some light honey sweetness, grassy and citric hops, light biscuit malts, some traces of basil and light coriander, very floral and earthy...

Taste - Again strong spicy hop bitterness and Belgian yeastiness mixed together, lots of citrus, hint of green apple and pear, quite grassy, faint clove, light sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal, earthy, some chalkiness, floral...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light body. Very refreshing and pretty drinkable - dangerously so at 9%..

Overall - A very good beer !! Highly recommended !! Another excellent brew from d'Achouffe...

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

75cl bottle (bb 6/1/12) into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: An easy pour into the upright tulip results in a lofty 3" head (note to self: Weyerbacher tulip more volatile than Duvel) of creamy white foam that perches haughtily atop a slightly hazy, bright gold body. The big head recedes slowly and unevenly, leaving nice chunky lacing all over the glass before I top things off, raising a now-rocky crest back over the rim of the glass. Gorgeous beer, and exactly what I want to see out of a tripel.

S: The hops and yeast go toe-to-toe, with spicy yeast esters narrowly winning the battle against the predominantly floral and earthy hops (I'm definitely getting more from the Saaz than from the Tomahawk and Amarillo, although there is just a hint of citrus to be found). A little bit of bready malt shows up toward the tail end, but this nose is much more about the yeast and hops. It's certainly a pleasant aroma, but I can imagine things being a bit more balanced the dominant aromas (i.e., I'd like a stronger American hop presence).

T: Starts out with delicious Belgian yeast flavors, with fruit (apple and pear) going hand in hand with round spiciness. A bit of sweetness from the malt follows, and immediately gives way to a bitter hoppy finish (again, more earthy and spicy noble hop character here). Just a bit of alcohol on the aftertaste, but the hops go a low way to covering it up. This beer really lives up to its billing as a DIPA Tripel. Tasty stuff.

M: Clean medium body with tons of smooth, soft, mouth-filling carbonation. Very nice.

D: For being highly hoppy, highly yeasty, and highly alcoholic, this is simply a delight to drink. I'm not anticipating any difficulties making my way through the bottle.

Notes: While I'm a huge fan of Belgians and IPAs, I'd yet to be impressed with a Belgian IPA (Urthel Hop-it being the most disappointing example to come to mind). I was a bit skeptical of this one, despite its strong reviews, but one sip put all my fears to rest. This is simply a delicious beer, and although I might prefer just a bit more from the hops, I can't complain about anything that's actually in the beer. I liked it far more than regular La Chouffe, and would recommend it to anyone with a taste for hops and Belgian yeast.

Cheers!

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color. Huge white rocky head. Excellent head retention and lace.

Floral and peppery in the nose. Aoma is light on fruit. A light, cracker like malt base seems to blend in well with the hop aroma. A bit of earthy, Belgian yeasty notes.

A nice light cracker malt up front, just a bit of sweetness. Very restrained fruity notes. A good dose of earthy, herbal and loral hops. Bitterness is not overwhelming, but there is enough to give it an IPA feel. Dries out as it finishes.

Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Some alcohol is felt, but still hidden pretty well. This is a pretty enjoyable beer.

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

75cl bottle. Pours a sparkling golden color, with some floaties, huge frothy white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is pale malts, lots of spiciness, yeast, citrus and flowery hops. Flavor is pale malts, yeast, citrus and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, dry, and bitter at the end. Very good one, better at the brewery though, warms well.

Photo of Stunner97
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- white thick foamy head, golden glowing yellow and definitely a bit murky and cloudy, alot of sediment and stuff floating and going on in this beer, a very beautiful and unique looking drink off the pour

Smell- hops of citrus and fruity smell with nice spice, overall a malty and sweet nose comes through as well

Taste- loads of hops again like on the nose, very slight amount of malt and sweetness come through, an overall long bitter hoppy finish, the hops taste very fresh clean and enjoyable, strong definitive flavor

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth body and feel, very drying finish from the hops exploding at you

Drinkability- overall a very unique beer to me that in most ways reminds me of alot more of the american beers I have tried then most belgians, if poured for some of my american ipa fans I am doubtful blind if many would guess this as a belgian beer and would mostly across the board enjoy this, the finish was long and any hint of the alcohol being 9 percent is extremely well hidden, served as great yet all be it strong aperitif and builds a nice appetite and went tasty with some pizza, one I will have again and recommend others try,

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and hazy golden yellow color with a creamy and frothy white head. Excellent retention. Smell is of pale malts, wheat, spicy hops and yeast. Taste is of earthy and spicy hops backed by a nice spicy yeast flavor. Pale malts come through as the bitter flavors pass. Light bodied, fully carbonated, prickly and drying. A very nice Belgian IPA, maybe a tad thin and prickly for the palate, but the earthy and spicy notes were very welcomes after too many resiny and over bitter hoppy brews.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Chouffe
Tripel IPA
Belgian Tripel IPA
Abv 9.0%

L= 4.5 It pours a chunky golden yellow with a typical heavy frothy Belgian white head.

S= 4.0 Wow lots here on the nose. Sour tartness from the yeast with medium to heavy citrus hops. Yeast is very present as well

T= 4.5 Lots of banana, clove, citrus hops, and a lingering bitter finish. There is a slight tart upfront as well as the finish. Very notable disguisable beer.

F= 4.0 It feels light on the tongue but packed with perfectly balanced flavors of citrus, sour tartness, and bitterness

D= 4.5 this is my first true Belgian IPA and I must say it is an amazing beer. The problem with this beer is that I want to drink more and more of it. Great brewery, amazing beer, long live Belgium.

Photo of backfat
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so impressed with this brew. pours an impenetrable copper/yellow with a very lively two finger, white head. even when attempting to open the bottle, foam spewed out from the top. impressive lacing. the smell is world class, dominated by lemon zest. yeast, flora, tons of banana, and hay aromas are also present, ending with a leafy hop bite. absolutely intoxicating. the taste is lively and delicious. citrus (lemon), spice, and banana with a bitter finish. crisp, light, and beautiful. sight malt as it warms. definitely the best of it's style. im going to stock up on a few of these monsters.

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip, slightly hazy and golden with a rocky head. Smell is very fruity and fresh with a touch of spice. Aroma really reminds me of the raspberry bushes out In front of my parent's house on our farm. The taste is quite complex. Fruity, boozy, hoppy, spicy, herbal. Quite bitter, but the fruity yeast really dominates. Medium bodied with a nice dry, but not too dry finish. The strength takes away from drinkability, but it is still a tasty and interesting brew.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/6/2009 blind. Split a 750 mL 2 ways. poured into stemless wine gasses.

Ar: Fruity, rising white bread, tart fruit, apricot, pear, strong aroma, vegetative funk (tree bark, green wood) more apparent as beer warms, bubblegum

Ap: very thick frothy whipped off white head, great retention, heavy lace, hazy yellow/dull gold, high effervescence, light yeast

F: Strong bubblegum, light alcohol. fruity, floral honey, fruit sugar, dry finish, peach (sweet), tart, tropical fruit, chamomile, light toast/bread, citrus and light coriander, spice, spicy finish, clean bitterness

M: very high carbonation, clean end, light harsh alcohol and alcohol astringency, medium mouthfeel (heavier than tripels), dry end, creamy

O: Strong bubblegum, alc too harsh, like the mouthfeel, funk mild and intriguing

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

A - Light, somewhat clear golden orange. Large foamy white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Hop smell consisting of citrus, floral, and grassy scents. Also some whiffs of malt/grain.

T - A bit less hoppy than I thought it would be. The base of this seems to be like either a BSPA or a Tripel. It has some malt but there is also some golden fruit (mostly apple/pear). This is complimented well with the hops though, especially the citrus hop flavors. Less grapefruit and more lemony citrus. Also some floral and grassy hops. There is also a bready malt base to this beer, a bit more than what I was expecting. A bit like a cross between an IPA, BSPA/Tripel, and a hint of saison

M - Medium body, good carbonation, and crisp. Also has a bit of creaminess to it.

D - Easy to drink with the combination of the mouthfeel (crisp and refreshing) and the different flavors that don't weigh too heavy on the pallet.

Notes: A bit less hoppy than what I was expecting. That said, I still think hop flavors are the main part and attraction to this beer. Not a hop bomb but rather a fairly balanced hop-centric beer. Enjoyable and definitely worth getting, but not amazing.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy light golden color with a sticky white head which leaves great lacing.

S: The aroma is a mix of sweet sugar, Belgian yeast and esters, and a citrus hop aroma. There is quite a bit going on here, and I find it enjoyable.

T: The nose translates fairly well to the palate, particularly the sweetness. I found the hops did not have quite enough bitterness to balance this out. The yeast provide a nice fruit and spice character. Some noticeable alcohol heat on the finish, as well.

M: The body is a bit on the full side of medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: A bit too sweet and a touch of booze diminished my enjoyment of this beer. Perhaps the style is just not my thing, but I was hoping for more.

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

11.2 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice. Oh hey the beer's exploded as soon as I open it. Not a good sign.

a- Nice looking peachy thick golden yellow with a creamy off-white head that sticks and sits there as long as it wants. A top-notch beer if you need to remind yourself what a truly good-looking beer looks like. The lacing is glacial. Cool.

s- a lot of honey/sugar sweetness with fruity notes of peaches and bananas. a little bit of abbey ale funk. my nose isn't refined enough to define it beyond that. slight spiciness, and some citrus + grassy hops that sit gently in the back. Smells great as a tripel, but not a big hop presence like I was expecting.

t- again the heavy-hitting sweetness and fruits as described above. here the hops are a little more pronounced, but still take a backseat to the sugary and estery tripel base. I like that the aftertaste leaves me with fresh grassy hop resin as a good pale ale would. It's sort of like a GOOD Tripel that slowly fades into a balanced but full-flavored pale. I can't complain.

m- medium-light-bodied, faintly chewy. Very nicely restrained on the carbonation for a tripel. I like that.

d- this is a bit conflicting for me. It feels as if they wanted to make a super-hopped tripel but their Belgian background scared them away from truly making this "super-hopped." Maybe just "IPA Tripel" would've made more sense. That said, this is still an awesome beer, so as I said before I'm not really complaining. It hits the style very well, but not its label-proclaimed status as a "DIPA Tripel." So in other words I have issues with it not being quite what it says it is, yet I still think it's an absolutely fantastic beer.

(I'm honestly not sure why this exploded. Maybe I inadvertently shook the bottle around without realizing at some point? The carbonation was NOT huge and the beer didn't taste light-struck. It tasted excellent.)

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,311 ratings.