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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
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Ratings: 2,311
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 213 | 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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Photo of oskoreien
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottled and on-tap.

It pours a light opaque straw like color, perhaps just a tad darker. It leaves a huge frothy white head and it laces down exceptionally well.

Floral and citrus hops on the nose, even a little herbal earthiness added to the mix. It smells delicious.

The taste is just as equally delicious. The combination of a tripel and an IPA is brilliant. It's very earthy with some herbal tones, hints of honey and bubblegum, then a dash of floral hoppiness. One of the most interesting beers I have ever drank and a fine one it is.

At 9% there is little evidence of alcohol, it is creamy and deceptively easy to drink. Very smooth, but finishes a tad bit dry. I could drink this all day.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden straw color with a hint of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is at least three fingers, white and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: sweet malt with a little chalkiness. Atop this are big hops, mostly spicy in character but also with floral and citrus notes. Quite nice.

Taste: malt is sweet and a little cidery, and there's that chalkiness that I quite like. Hops here are both spicy and floral and there's a good bitterness. Balance is pretty good. I very much like strong Belgian pale ales with a more traditional low hop content; I think this beer is a great experiment but it is not a combination of flavors after which I lust.

Mouthfeel: medium body with scads of carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel that I love in a Belgian.

Drinkability: while this is a very tasty beer, I was hoping to be blown away, which I was not. Perhaps I shall revisit this beer after exploring more Belgian IPAs out there.

Photo of snpub540
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that this is the best Belgium that I have ever drank.

Poured a golden hue with a huge white head. It left beautiful clingy lacing all the way down.

Smell was amazing. Very complex. Had that sweet and earthy smell characteristic of most Belgians but with a grassy hoppiness. There was also some piney hops in there as well.

Taste was pretty much perfect. Sweetness up front with an esthery alcohol warmness and a bitter finish. Seriously the best of both worlds. I was amazed at how much I liked this.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was good. Definately something that I will try again.

Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- 11.2 petit bottle poured into my dogfish signature glass, one finger of creamy head that has great retention, hazy light straw with hints of orange, loads of floaties - large and small, great waves of head cascade down the glass as i sip away.

s- loads in the nose, very much ipa and tripel smashed together, deep lemon, bubblegum, some clove, spicy pepper, grassy hops round out the tripel scents.

t- wow, not was i was expecting. this is very interesting, earthy hops, peppery spicy, grassy, slight funk, some tart notes, no hint of alcohol at all, finish is moderately dry, great balance of ipa and tripel. initially i thought the tripel took over, but the ipa started to shine it's way through.

m- light to medium bodied, very smooth.

d- this was crazy drinkable, i'm so glad that i got a bottle of this from my cousin, this is a very interesting beer that i will for sure buy in the future. i bet this pairs well with a number of foods. to judge this on drinkability per abv this is amazing, i got no hints of the 9% which could cause trouble in a few beers. now to try the rest of the d'achouffe offerings..

annnnd this review gave me my ba initiate mug!!!

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

Heavy pour into a Gulden Draak tulip. Foamed up heavily and left a rocky head that holds above the rim of the glass. Dull golden color with a few bubbles rising. Chunks of foam dangle down the side of the glass. Takes on a peach color with the yeast, and crazy chunky foam all the while. Beautiful, top tier.

Stupid green glass. Not the most welcoming aroma to start, with indications of being lightstruck. Some tart and lemony notes. Increasingly peppery and spicy with some of the yeast added, and grassy Saaz hops of course.

Big flavor of Saaz hops. More like a Pilsner tripel at first, with a huge grassy hop finish. Huge peppery blast in there too. Dry and not all that sweet for a tripel, and more in line with an IPA. Some musty, bready malt with lighter spice behind the peppery flavor. Amarillo hops add a more bitter kick than Saaz. Lemon poppyseed almost. Hop flavors start to fall to the back, and it becomes more saison like. Not getting a whole lot of fruit or citric hops like other reviewers were, until a late kick of tart lemon and cream. Shifts dramatically throughout, based on temperature and palate adjustments. Remarkably interesting. I really wish there was more beer.

Carbonation seems to release so much in the head formation and retention that the body isn't fizzy at all, and it's rather smooth with light effervescence.

So interesting. Who cares how strong it is? But really, it's not very noticeable at all, until about the halfway mark when when a wave of boozy warmth hit me. Hoppy flavors were stronger at first, but about halfway through I'm not even thinking about this is as a hop-forward beer anymore. But the bitterness is there when I look for it. I will probably buy this again just to keep exploring. Really intriguing.

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

Drinking this wonderful beer on Christmas eve with my family.

Appearance - clearish, golden yellow with beautiful creamy head.

Smell - sour citrus, hints of candy sweetness, floral,

Taste - interesting mixture of Belgian yeast with a prominent hoppy character. Fruity, --- hops come across much stronger than expected but well done -- balanced and delicious.

Mouthfeel - not too dry but hoppy resin leaves a dry feel.

Drinkability - Quite a delicious beer - very enjoyable, especially for anyone who enjoys belgian style beers with an extra hop kick.

Photo of markaberrant
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy pale yellow with a slight orange tint, very carbonated, had to quickly grab a glass and pour, was only able to pour the neck before the sediment showed up, giant white head, dense, tons of lace

S - fresh spring scent, lemon, orange, coriander, spice, Amarillo hops play very nice, do not dominate at all, seem right at home in fact

T - has a little more spice than the aroma, but otherwise follows the same, bitterness is mild, dryness in finish comes more from alcohol

M - light body, high carbonation, no hop astringency, dry finish, still manages to be smooth and creamy, alcohol warmth a tad much, but ok for abv

D - light, refreshing, and bone dry, a Belgian IPA that leans to the Belgian side

Pretty tasty stuff, but don't expect to be bowled over by a big ol' grapefruit. Incredibly well balanced, though I actually wish it wasn't, I think it would work better with a bigger Amarillo hop aroma. Reminds me somewhat of Boulevard Saison, I think I prefer whichever one happens to be freshest at the time.

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

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful pale straw with some nice yellow hues. A chunky white head that is very sticky and leaves nice lace.

S - Smells of mild clove and nice sweet malt, very much in the style of Tripels. some grain and then some grassy hops are perceived.

T - The sweet clove and malt are immediately felt but then are quickly drowned out by a dry and mild citrus hop character. Very attractive and refreshing brew. Delicious hints of grain, mild pear, nice dry mouth feel on the back end.

M - One of the elite beers tat get me hooked. Medium body with nice smooth MF and good CO2.

D - HIG! even with the higher ABV.

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

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a white head that is thin and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high.

Sweet smell of amarillo-ish hops. Some malt sweetness in the aroma as well.

Flavor is bright and mild. Hop flavors and bitterness relatively balanced against the Belgian spicy yeast character and the malt. This is probably the best example of a Belgian IPA I've had. Finishes a little dry. Medium body overall, drinkability high, mouthfeel high. Overall a really good beer.

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

The description of a Belgian IPA really interested me. And true to it's name, it tasted accordingly. It has the sweetness of a Belgian tripel and the sweet-bitters of an Imp. IPA.
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a sniffer. Color is golden with slight carbonation, great head retention. Laces well past the completion of the beer. Aroma is similar to a Belgian tripel and an IPA, grapefruit, bitters...a little spicy. Overall a sweet smell though.
Taste is great and very drinkable. Not too bitter to ruin the Belgian Tripel taste, a very nice contrast. Lot's of sweetness that remains on your tastebuds well after you finish. A great beer!

Photo of erz316
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at Finch's in a small oval goblet

there was a distinct lack of head, but the colour and all else was the same as the bottled version. the taste was very well blended: it was a perfect 50/50 split between a triped and an ipa. very smooth and refreshing. pretty much the same as the bottle, but a bit more fragrant and explicit in the flavours.

Photo of zoso493
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this one for a long time as I'm a huge fan of the style but for whatever reason, the Houblon Chouffe has always eluded me. Poured from a 750 ml green bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice, bright golden color with a huge head that hardly lets me get anything into the glass. This is probably the biggest head I've seen on any beer. The head recedes slowly leaving some nice traces of lacing that look enticingly sticky.

Smell: The hops and Belgian yeast work together beautifully in the scent. The hops are definitely the biggest presence, though, producing an inviting fruity aroma.

Taste: The hops are again the strongest presence in the taste, this time with the Saaz taking the lead role. A very bitter beer with a notably bitter finish. Somewhere in the middle, though, you can make out some trademark Belgian yeast tastes and some graininess. Make no mistake, though, this is a very hop-forward brew.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and a little on the lighter side. Could have a little more body to it and more subtle finish, but really this just enhances the drinkability.

Drinkability: Pretty high in this brew. You'd never guess there was 9% ABV in this brew. Very nice drinking brew and this 750 ml bottle will go down quickly.

Overall, this is a very solid brew from a solid brewery. I am a hop head that loves Belgians so the Belgian IPA is one of my favorite styles and this is one of the beers that I think helped put it on the map. I have to say, though, that the Urthel Hop-It I enjoyed a couple days ago was a clearly superior brew, in my opinion. I hate to knock the brew, but since I had the two in such a sort period of time, it's easy to compare them. Still, this is definitely a tasty beer worth trying.

Photo of bonk0076
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive hearty white head that takes an eternity to diminish. Hazy Golden in color. Aroma carries pine and citrus notes lemon and orange, with hints of grass as well. Taste is an excellent balance of strong hop bitterness early on, with a sweeter finish to follow. An excellent beer all around!

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

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov28 2009

A glowing yellow with 3 fingers of loose white head that hangs around slowly falling to an island that looks like a little brain, leaving lots of lace

S plenty of spicy/earthy hops with some white fruit and plenty of yeast

T not far from the smell the white fruit is a little more focused on apple and peach

M nice bite to it and heavy carbonation

D for 9%alc this is very easy to down a little to easy if you ask me

I'm learning to love this style and this is one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had to date.

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

Poured from the 75cl bottle into Leffe tulip glasses. Over poured a little and got sediment in the second glass.

Golden butterscotch in color, clear unless you pour the residual yeast into your glass by accident (or on purpose). Tall, pillowy white head forms a lumpy barrier and clings to the glass throughout the serving. Hoppy aroma full of citrus, along with a wild honey character.

Sweet first taste, then lightly roasted malt, slightly estery, more honey character. The nice initial hop aroma in the mouth turns bitter in the finish, perhaps a bit too bitter. I'm not afraid of hops...the finish is a bit ascerbic and somewhat distracting.

I was really excited to try this beer, after all of the very excellent reviews. Perhaps my hopes were too high, as I thought is was a good beer, but not entirely excellent. The hops balance well with the sweetenss and malt base, but the finish is a little to bitter. I will try another bottle to make sure it wasn't just a fluke, but with guarded expectations. I would recommend this beer to anyone, it is certainly good.

Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy very dark golden ripe banana/yellowish orange color with bright golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy/soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a large lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

The scent of earthy dank hops filled the room as soon as I removed the cap from the bottle. Although the aroma is dominated by strong earthy oily hops there is a nice bready yeast presence as well as a good bit of estery light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape as well as some nice citrusy grapefruit, lemon peel and mango from the hops. Slightly grassy and smells like really dank skunk weed. Slight peppery lemon zest spice.

Very hop forward medium body with a lot of bready yeast and estery Belgian yeast, proving a lot of crisp light fruit notes. The strong hop presence up front provides an excellent dry bitterness that lingers throughout into a long dry finish. There is also a nice amount of citrus peel and grapefruit from the different hop varieties, providing a lot of complexity. Strong bready yeast character comes through mid-palate with some more citrus peel, ripe banana and peppery spiciness. Lots of estery light fruit notes, especially apple and pear add to the sweetness and the ABV is extremely well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. There are so many different flavors bouncing off of each other making this beer extremely flavor, complex and quaffable. Highly recommended!

Photo of jhoban19
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass (the bar only had chilled pint glasses so when I asked for a room temp glass, the pilsner was all they had- needless to say I was a bit surprised for a bar that had a pretty good beer list).

A: hazy/cloudy, color of golden raisins. finger of airy white foam that settles into a thin ring with moderate surface coverage. lacing is tremendous, leaving row upon row at each level of the glass as I drink.

S: a blast of beautiful Belgian yeast and a slight bit of funk, followed up by peach, lemon and ginger. biscuity malt enters the nose as well.

T: hops hit the tongue right off the bat, with a tart, grapefruit flavor that rolls along the tongue with the fizzy carbonation. the doughy, biscuit malt swirls around just enough to balance out the bitterness of the hops.

M: medium bodied and smooth to start, with a strong push of carbonation that really coats the tongue. hops aftertaste isn't quite as strong as the initial taste. a bit astringent on the swallow.

D: this is an interesting beer. it's been awhile since I've had a Belgian IPA so it's difficult to make a proper comparison to others in the style. on its own, there's a lot going on here with the yeast, hops and carbonation. The complexity is really enticing. Wish I'd had a bit more time to order another one but sadly it was time to leave. I'll catch up with Houblon Chouffe another time for sure.

Photo of jnn4v
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow / orange color with an incredible amount of very foamy, relatively-large bubbled head. Hazy and some moderate sediment.

S: Lemon, spice, funk, yeast, and maybe a hint of skunk? At first, smelled like an old Heineken, which was not a welcome surprise. However, as it opened, the other scents developed.

T: When cold, showed a lot of yeast and sourness with a bit of lemon and spice. However, as it warmed, some more complexity, including hop bitterness and caramel malt began to come out.

M: Decent carbonation to it, although not nearly as bubbly as the initial head would have indicated. Not terribly thick or thin.

D: Pretty drinkable. Did nothing but improve as it warmed.

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

Presentation: 12oz branded stemmed glass, poured perfectly on tap

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark straw beer with steady slow carbonation and a nice, snow-white dense cap which lasts and lasts, leaving some wonderful rings of lace down the glass

Smell: Wonderful, yeasty/fruity aromas with tart stone fruits and citrus with a nice light (but firm) touch of grassy hops and spice...firm, bright, and quite nice

Taste: Nice dry citrus (lemon) with lots of spicy herbal/grassy hops and a medium-high tight, sharp bitterness. Just a ghost of tart funkiness. This is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly big but refreshing and crisp at the same time

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Intoxicating, beguiling, heady...and a smack upside the head as well...what an interesting and tasty beer.

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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a crisp white head that actually goes snap, crackle, pop. Lots of carbonation in this one.

Smell is of clove, orange, hops, and some yeast.

Taste up front starts out with some spicy dry clove, that changes to a soapy bitter hop flavor with some zesty notes mixed in finishes is dry and smooth, alcohol is present and leaves a lingering aftertaste of what else hops!

Very good beer first had it at Delirium but wasn't able to take any notes on it, glad I went to the shop and bought the 750ml bottle!

A must try.

Photo of weatherdog
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75cl bottle poured into a Delirium tulip

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a pillowy white head. Head recedes to a small layer after a minute. I'm a sucker for good lacing and this beer has it.

Smells hoppy like an IPA but much more of a floral/grassy hop vs. many of the common citrusy 'C' hops in American IPA's with a similar intensity nose. Behind the hops you can smell the Belgian yeast that makes this beer distinct.

The taste isn't as hoppy as it smells and has a very smooth bitterness and not harsh as many IPA's I've drank. The back end is all those fruity Belgian tripel tastes. Truly a melding of two distinct strong flavor profiles and I'm surprised they do not clash as much as I would expect.

The beer starts sharp from the firm bitterness and ends sharply as well because of the dryness. The middle is very soft like many Belgians start off.

This is my first (I think) taste of the Belgian IPA style and I am enjoying it. It is very drinkable despite its high gravity and I'm really digging the dichotomy of hoppy/fruity tastes and they both are distinct and do not step on to each others toes. A solid beer and a style in which I will search out more examples.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle. Hazy dark yellow with a meringue-like white head that lasts longer then the beer and laces liberally. Fruity and yeasty aroma with peppery spice and lots of pineapple. The flavor has lots of fruit: pineapple and citrus that seems to be from the hops. Hop flavor is big considering, but the sweet fruitiness definitely dominates it. Sweet and full, with a dry bitterness in the finish that hints at an IPA, though remains very belgian. Alcohol presence is minimal. Full and chewy mouthfeel with smooth but ample carbonation. Tripels usually aren't my favorite Belgian style, but this has an interesting complexity and clash of influences that makes it very tasty. I how an american that is used to IPAs would find this much more appealing than a typical tripel.

Photo of TLove
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky, piney, citrusy, malty, grassy, sweet. Certainly a unique beer.

Yellow, citrusy and tannic unfiltered body with an off-white, pervasive head that thrusts up on the pour. The smell is as described above and holds a pungent, fruity yeast smell. The funkiness of the yeast carries through to the taste with its heavy pine taste and strong apricot feel on the back end. Oddly tropical with a bit of wet banana malt and a touch of alcohol.

Drinks like a Belgian trippel, tastes like a lambic, but smells of strong hops and bitter caramel malt. Funkiness of the yeast comes through in the end. Finishes smooth and sweet in the back on the throat.

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

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is yeasty spicey and hoppy

T - Follows the nose but stronger and better

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer the abv is well hidden making it almost too easy to drink worth trying sometime if you get the chance

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

Chalk this up as another Chouffe that I like.

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge, almost uncontrollable, head. Great retention and large chunks of sticky white lace are left behind. I think the Belgian IPA style is still a bit nascent to have a template for its appearance, but considering the IPAs are often close to hopped up BPAs and BSPAs, this has a classic appearance for those styles, which would be hard to better. The nose is spicy and intensely complex. Lots of fresh lemon peel, spicy yeast, funk, grass, pepper and apricots. Put a blindfold on me and I'd call it a saison. Houblon Chouffe delivers on the bitterness, and a wave a hoppy goodness greets the first sip. Its grassy and peppery with notes of citrus and pine, but a good malt and yeast backbone prevents the beer from becoming to unbalanced (it still is a touch). Peach and candy sugar mix with spices to produce a lightly sweet kick to tone down the bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, well carbonated, and perfect for what's going on here.

As of tasting, this beer is chilling at the bottom of an illustrious list - the top 25 beers from Belgium. I've got a lot of Belgian beers to work through, but I'd say this deserves to be there. Its a Belgian take on an American take on a British style, and it does it well. Chouffe are pretty consistent, eh?

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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