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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,074 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 141
Gots: 114 | 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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DeepSix

Maryland

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Very light in color, I was surprised but then again this was my first of this style, like a wheatish color almost. Half a finger head, with some minor lacing.

A great smell here! Some hops, citrus, sweetness, and some alcohol.

The combination of IPA and tripel I like. Some nice hopness that's not overwhelming. And then you have sweetness along with the malts as well. Very well balanced, with a minor advantage to the hops. The mouthfeel tastes like a belgian with some carbonation in there, not quite syrupy but the sugar I could feel, finishing with the minor bite of the alcohol.

I could drink this all day a great belgian here, but like them all probably would have to limit oneself.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 22:56:30 | More by DeepSix
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

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

A: Straw yellow with a good inch head. Good retention and lacing

S: Fruity esters with a spice that comes through. Smells like a regular tripel. There might be a hint of grassy hops in there as well.

T: The taste i fairly complex with a grassy hop flavours mixed with a bunch of fruits. The bitterness is really clean and smooth. The fruity flavours are almost citrusy with hints of banana; however, there spices that come through are really laid back, which make the beer taste really good.

M: Creamy and exactly what you'd expect.

D: Pretty drinkable for the bitterness and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 16:21:12 | More by swizzlenuts
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watkins

South Carolina

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz single bottle.

A: Pours a gorgeous cloudy gold with a thick, frothy 3-finger head that laces extremely well. Yeast sediment floats around, giving with the carbonation.

S: Smells of sweet Belgian yeast, yet also accented with hoppiness

T: Starts out like a Belgian double, and finishes with hop bitterness, though doesn't have all of the fruity qualities of an IPA, though theres some slight sweetness already present that could assist it. I great idea though, a tripel/double IPA, and still delicious.

M: Light carbonation assists the intitially sweet backbone of the beer.

D: Drinks rather easily, given its 9.0% abv. Could have probably 2 or 3, then would be a little too soused to want to keep enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:33:29 | More by watkins
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Brad007

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a very thick head of foam that's fluffy and all.

Aroma is rich and hoppy with a good dose of spice from the belgian yeast. Very bready as well.

Bitterness shows up on the tip of the tongue, followed by spice from the belgian yeast and a pronounced breadiness. A bit chewy as well.

Mouthfeel is very dry and bitterness lingers. Definitely has the hop and malt profile of an IPA, even in the mouthfeel.

It's a no-brainer that if you like Belgian and Belgian-style beers and you like American IPAs, you should try this. I feel that it's the eccentric cousin of the American IPA. Worth a try at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:52:20 | More by Brad007
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aubuc1

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a mostly clear yellow with a bright white thick head. Very sticky lacing along glass.

Smell is mostly hoppy, but lemony not grapefruit. Some belgian funk also.

Big hop taste on a sharp belgian yeasty base. Bitter aftertaste, but not DIPA bitter.

Very full mouthfeel and very little alcohol make this a great beer to drink. Hard to believe it is 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 22:26:18 | More by aubuc1
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nickfl

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A gentle pour yields two fingers of bone white foam on top of a hazy, yellow body. The head settles slowly and leaves a sticky lattice of thick lace behind.

S - Lemony citrus aroma mixed with spicy hops and a hint of yeasty pepper. Slight wheat sourness.

T - Strong, herbal bitterness along with grapefruit hop flavors. Followed in the middle by a saison like yeasty spice and a bit of fruit, black pepper and pineapple. The finish packs wheat tartness and smooth, but spicy bitterness.

M - Medium heavy body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a big, spicy, hoppy beer. The flavors are robust and hard to ignore, especially the grapefruit hop flavors reinforced by the wheat sourness. Certainly not a session beer, but a complex and very interesting beer that would go great with seafood or maybe even dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:24:29 | More by nickfl
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served, about 30 minutes ago, at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio in a clear tulip glass.

A Golden yellow, minimally cloudy, one inch head.

S Hops, bitter, some alcohol. Has that classic Belgian complex, interesting smell too.

T Hops bitterness but not to the extreme. Citrus, high alcohol are apparent.

M Full with alcohol and hops bitterness.

D This is a "one only" session beer for me due to the alcohol and the bitterness.

Notes: This is certainly a high hops beer and it you like that then you may love this beer. It is certainly superior to other "hopped up" beers that I have had. This is a very solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 22:12:51 | More by adamette
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treyrab

California

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

Had this on tap tonight at Zeno's Pub, State College, PA...poured into a snifter style glass...

A: Clear golden yellow with nice, frothy two finger head that lasts a while. Nice carbonation and very nice lacing.

S: Wow, tons and tons of citrus. Smells like an orange was squeezed on top of this beer! Some nice citrus hops and lemon zest as well.

T: The taste is exceptional, with a very nice citrus hop taste as well as a nice orange taste. The hops balance out the sweet malt exceptionally. The Belgian yeast comes through only slightly, but enough to blend in well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, this was one hell of a Belgian IPA. Tons of citrus and hop flavors that I will be getting again!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 03:01:04 | More by treyrab
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

This beer poured with a glorious creamy/foamy head that almost appeared like whipped cream. The dollop of head remained in the glad for quite some time. There were absolute sheets of lacing left behind as you consumed the beer. Gold in color and mostly clear. There was the slightest bit of haze

Aroma was of fresh fruit and reminded me of strawberries. Also a malt sense in the background. I was reminded of Juicy fruit gum when I smelled and tasted this beer. I don't mean that in a negative fashion. I like that gum!

Really nice flavor and very interesting. Very fruity. I really enjoyed this. Lots of complexity to the flavor. The Hop bitterness is a nice addition to some of the traditional Belgian notes. There is also a slight citrus/grapefruit note you get from the hops.

Mouth feel is slightly dry and/or chalky. More like champagne vs. beer. Very light and delicate.

Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite drinkable.

I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:04:35 | More by Reagan1984
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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

GLASS: Leffe Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very pale golden yellow color. Nice big head with good retention and excellent lacing.

Hops, hops and more hops. Bright hoppy nose. Nice spicy and floral notes. Sweet sugars and malts are buried down in there somewhere. Only mildly detectable.

Sweet candy sugar and maltiness are overpowered (slightly) by dominant hops. There is a nice level of balance here. Light spiciness and some minimal floral notes.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of a tripel with a little spicy hop bite. Interesting.

Very good, very drinkable beer. Well balanced. A very interesting new beer experiment. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 20:32:29 | More by coldmeat23
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morimech

Minnesota

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that has great retention. A thick coating of lacing is left on the glass after consuming the beer. Some yeast particles float in the beer.

Has a Tripel aroma of a vinous quality. Just a hint of hops gives it a slightly spicey and floral aroma.

Somewhat pedestrian Tripel base flavor but the hops bring much needed character to this beer. The hops gives some spicy and earthy qualities. The hops give flavor but not much bittering. A little alcohol sneaks in before the finish.

Medium body with just enough carbonation to liven up the beer.

At 9% ABV and alcohol warming does not make this an easy drinking beer. A nice experiment of combining a Belgian beer with hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:04:13 | More by morimech
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Albinoh

Mexico

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

Nice thick and foamy head that stays all the way down, loved it. Very nice smell, hoppy. Sweet at the first sip with a bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced, the alcohol hides in the amazing taste of this beer. Crispy.

Very very nice, loved this beer, one of my new favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 22:57:20 | More by Albinoh
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PatronWizard

California

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

Continuing the BA Top 100 quest. Got a big 750 and boldly cracked with lunch; the wifes world famous megaton 50 ingredient salad.

Pineapple color. Absolutely ferocious head. Pure white, thick, bubbly, and eternal. Overflowed the bottle a little before I could pour. The liquid looks very thick, like jello.

Smell is like other tripels I've tried. Fruity. Lemon zest in the forefront. I might be able to smell the hops but I think they are subdued. Had hopes of a hoppier aroma. Sour scent. The bottle actually lists the hops used so this is a nice opportunity to attempt to drain my uneducated palate and nose.

It taste pretty damn good. The front seems quite balanced to me with the hops at the back. Taste better than a regular tripel. Hey, I like hops, friggin sue me. Another few sips brings the hops out even more. Great experiment I think.

Hope the drinkability holds out. I have this 9% 750 all to myself minus the wifes customary 2 oz sampling. Oh, woe is me! Stuck with a big ass bottle of beer I like! Somebody save me! Luckily we're going to see Stone Temple Pilots tonight in Cabazon so the great feeling this bottle is about to instill in me will not be wasted.

Overall: don't be afraid, it's really nice

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 20:43:27 | More by PatronWizard
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pinotboy007

Virginia

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

A - Striking light gold with a head that looks like a glistening thunderstorm - amazing. Chunks of white, pillowy lace and a nice carbonation stream with tiny yeast particles floating about.

S - Hops, malt, grass.

T - Nice, complex malty swing that finishes with hops and a light citrus and spice flavor. Delicious hop finish but reminds me a tiny little bit of Champagne. Yum.

M - Balanced carbonation and creaminess lends itself to an altogether terrific tripel.

D - At 9.0% ABV one can only take so much but let there be no doubt I could swirl down one of these 1 PT.9.4 ounce bottles with no problem - as long as I'm sitting down. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 23:25:49 | More by pinotboy007
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a goblet. Pours a hazy yellow with a huge soft, white head that won't end. Really pretty beer. Smells belgian- very spicy, lemons, some grassy hops. Taste is similar. I liken this more to a tripel than an IPA. I get some hop bitterness with the spicy belgian yeast taste, but not as biting as the De Ranke xx bitter. Very easy to drink, despite the 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 12:25:42 | More by DrDogbeer
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

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

About 2 inches of hops sitting in the bottom of the bottle.
Cloudy yellow with a huge foamy white head,stuck around for a bit.
Hops, and characteristics of a triple. Strange combination of the two.
The best way to describe it is a "very hoppy triple." Citrus, a little biscuity some spice.
Good carbination, just a little sticky.
Glad to split with a friend but could finish a bottle alone.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 03:38:55 | More by alovesupreme
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

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

Sits in a tulip straw yellow, is translucent leaning towards opaque and has a healthy white head.

Unmistakable Belgian aroma: herbal, grassy, hint of lemon.

Same goes for taste: It starts with a hop bite, goes sweet and creamy with a touch of honey and caramel, and a touch of citrus. The hop bitterness has some linger. I love the balance.

Good medium body, no overwhelming carbonation, the alcohol comes through and makes it feel a bit heavier than it is I think.

I dig it. It's in my little black book of go to brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 00:44:09 | More by joeskirkie
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aerozeppl

New York

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

Had this in the bottle quite often as I live with a Belgian IPA addict who is remorseless.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden color. It does not have the artic landscape that is had in the bottle. The lacing is still amazing.

S: A nice mix of hops and sweetness. Again not quite as good as in the bottle but still nice.

T: Very smooth. Slightly less hoppy on tap but still very well balanced. More sweetness than hops where the bottle is the opposite.

M: Nice medium body. Slightly sticky.

D: Went down nicely. Had a 12oz pour and I could have had more. Really nice.Still I feel this is better in the bottle. This is the second time I have had this on tap and this was leaps and bounds better than the first time. That being said there is a huge variance between bottles as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 03:47:44 | More by aerozeppl
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gyllstromk

Belgium

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

First off, the bottle is awesome! I love the art and classic style.

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass. Exploded into a thick, rich head, leaving gorgeous resin and lacing on the glass. From the side it looks like a lemon meringue pie. The froth clumps like a cappuccino and stays throughout the experience. Cloudy, nearly opaque pale yellow. This beer is beautiful to watch.

Aroma: Definite Belgian yeast. Bananas and citrus (maybe oranges)

Taste: Banana and oranges again. The aroma promised more than the taste delivered. Between Belgian and IPA this is definitely closer to a Belgian.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but we definitely felt the alcohol. Honestly, it felt like we split a bottle of wine after this one.

Overall, I deeply love American IPAs and am a big fan of Belgian ales too; I thought I would enjoy this one more than I did. It seemed less a cross between styles and more its own form altogether. Still, it's a tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 01:44:03 | More by gyllstromk
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Bottle from Market Street Wine Downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A huge creamy white sticky head with out of this world retention and even better lacing. Even after it begins to recede around the perimeter of the glass (due to the constant sips being taken), there's still a huge floating mass of creamy white goodness that remains pillar-like in the center of the glass. All the benefits of both a hoppy beer and a yeasty beer, I suppose. A yellow, orange hazy body with lots of yeast/hop particulate floaties (bad pour). One of the stickiest and most attractive beers I've ever seen.

Aroma: A light and delicate hop bouquet - floral notes, some spicy herbal qualities. There's a lot of pale and even some slightly roasted malty grainyness, but agitation really opens this one up. Lots of spicy fruity esters emerge, reminiscent of candied, spiced apples. Wonderful.

Taste: Sweet Belgian malts, spiciness and earthy yeast notes, tons of floral and grassy hops, light grapefruit, and a perfect balancing bitterness. A really great balancing of notes overall, really - exactly what you'd imagine a Belgian IPA should taste like. No hint of alcohol. Overall, it's not too sweet or too dry, just ... again, really well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fine and even-bubbled, medium-bodied, surprisingly so, medium-thickness. Only the slightest amount of oil.

Drinkability: Absolutely no alcohol note, but you can definitely feel it afterwards. This is a truly an outstanding and complex beer, and ranks up there with some of the best I've ever had. You really can't knock it for too much, and stylistically, it's spot on - the best Belgian IPA I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:39:14 | More by CrellMoset
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

This beer was originally described to me as a "Triple IPA", which to me, (as one who enjoys trying every "Double IPA" I can encounter") sounds like an extremely strong and extremely hoppy beer along the lines of Dogfish Head's 120 Min IPA.

Of course what the Tripel IPA really means is a cross between the Belgian Trappist style Tripel and the IPA. At times it resembles both of the styles, with an appearance which in reality resembles both. Taste resembles both, but it is not overly hoppy in the style of strong Imperial IPAs.

This is a beer worth trying if you enjoy the two styles. Not overly strongly resembling either style, but an excellent clash of the two.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 05:29:45 | More by webmanspidey
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soultrain19

Texas

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

GUSHER!! Not the first time I've had a Houblon gush. At least I was ready this time and didn't have to begrudgingly clean it off the floor.

Once I had a chance to pour it correctly the head was still very thick and lasted the entire length of the tulip glass. It reminded me of marshmallows melting on top of hot chocolate. The lace etched down the sides of the glass. The color was a cloudy light gold filled with suspended "floaties."

Immediately the piney, floral aroma of the hops invades your nostrils. Not too overpowering with a background of maltiness. Upon first drinking it the sweetness is astounding. It's almost honey with pronounced citrus notes. As you are enjoying the sweet, the bitter hop presence slowly develops then lingers on long after you put the glass down.

Obviously it is quite carbonated; however, it is light and crisp with a velvety afterthought.

One heck of a drinkable beer. Too much so probably. If it wasn't 9.0% ABV I would have a new sessioon beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 21:29:11 | More by soultrain19
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Zadok

Kansas

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

Straw golden in appearance with a monstrous rocky head with amazing spider web lacing.

Hops abound with coriander and mild spices.

Hops are by far the predominant flavor. Coriander and other mild spices are evident as well as a mild alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is of a Hefe, slightly heavy with lowish carbonation.

Very delicious brew but the ABV a limiting factor obviously. Another quality showing from Brasserie d'Achouffe. Could drink this any day of the week and look forward to the next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:34:21 | More by Zadok
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monks Cafe 08/16/2008

A- cloudy hazy blonde, with a huge delicious head (the head tasted almost better than the rest of the beer)
S- Piney, citrus, earthy, yeasty
T- Wow the hops hit ur palate in a totally different way than your typical amerian IPA. Big malty body, dryness, expressive fruitiness
M- the initial 1st taste the hops dont jump out right away, but then watch out, they come almost outta now where attacking your taste buds (in a good way)
D- this beer showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 15:19:31 | More by bonbini26
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becktone

Ohio

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

Let me start by saying that this mother fucker, as soon as the cap was popped, before it was off this 12oz bottle, erupts. More than half of the bottle shoots out of the bottle in a pressurized stream since the cap was still on. I am not happy.

Eye: Hazy gold in color. Very nice head retention, formation and excellent lacing. Head is rocky in appearance. Real nice.

Nose: Spicy, and citrus hop aromas fill the nose. Totally American hops hops. Malt backbone is strong, and reminiscent of a tripel. Alcohol is detectable.

Tongue: Notes of vanilla, oak and a general dryness. Citrus and spicy hop tones. Malt backbone is sweet, but not pronounced. Much of the flavor is from the hops and yeast. Citrus and spicy supported by earthy, musty, and woody yeast character. Behind all that sweet malt flavor that supports the entire beer. Tastes much like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast strains. I get a little bit of a melon type of flavor in the aftertaste...long after the beer has been swallowed. Complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish is dry. Carbonation is low, and is perfect for this beer. Body is medium-light. Alcohol is hidden well, and this is an easy drinking beer. This is one that I'd not be opposed to drinking all night. I'll definitely be picking this one up again....very soon, I think I'll go with the 750 and keep it colder than 38 F when I open it, hopefully there'll be less chance of a gusher.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 17:10:40 | More by becktone
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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