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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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2,306 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 209 | 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 GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first high gravity beer bought in alabama!

a - poured a three-fingers thick and fluffy white head into my free the hops tulip. the head was long-lasting and billowy and really clung to the glasses leaving sticky lace all the way through. the body was a hazy orange color. this was a beautiful looking beer.
s - citrusy and yeasty. lots of orange aromas in the nose.
t - bready with a citrusy hop bite.
m - creamy and so smooth.
d - lip-smacking good. i'm really getting into ipa's with belgian yeast and this was a fine offering.

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

I gawd, aboot freaking time the SAQ got this one.

Awesome looling ale, huge head, huge lacing (got a solid 1/4 inch RING of lace on the edge of the Duvel glass). Pours a medium golden with a big white head.

Aroma of cat pee hops, dryhops and hops. Awesome. Flavor is a good bread dough/wheat malt caracter followed by a bitter smack in the face I've only encountered in my own homebrew and some real chinook oriented beers like Bigfoot.

What a ale, drank the whole 750 ml bottle quickly, and felt like openning another!

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into my d'Achouffe tulip glass and let me tell you, there IS a reason you pour beer into the proper glassware. Part of it is psychological, yes, you like having a beer in a glass made for it, but let me tell youl: If you could only see this beer and how it poured so perfectly you would agree 100%!

Pours a deep and rich pumpkin pie color with an incredible head that leaves cotton candy like lacing all over the glass. This stuff is just clinging to the sides of the glass. The slowly subsiding foam looks like a marshmallow slowly melting in a glass of hot chocolate. The core is still intact but its as if it is melting around itself. What a beauty.

Sweet clementine notes on the nose mingle with a sharp wheat aroma. Pine tree notes are evident, but quite deep within the smell, the rest is belgian yeast, sourdough bread, and orange peel.

This beer tastes excellent. Starts out sweet and fruity, almost flowery, but when it washes over your tongue that fades into a excellent hop bitterness, not overly bitter, but it dries out on the tongue. Crackers, sour wheat, and pine elements all over the place. Still sufficiently fruity.

Mouthfeel is intense, you will experience all sorts of flavors. From sweet to sour to bitter to someplace you didn't even know existed this truly is a wonderful beer.

Overwhelmingly one of my favorite belgian beers even though it is really a Belgian influenced by American style hop profiles. What a keeper! I wish I had bought more than one.

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

A- Pours a glowing golden-straw with some sediment. It has an abundance of fluffy white head that dissipates only a little leaving a big cloud of white head for the remainder. This is truly one of the most visually appealing beers I've ever seen.

S- Aromas that are present include spicy yeast, sweet dried fruit, and some pungent citric/tropical fruit undertones.

T- Sweet pale malt and herbal hope flavors up front, accompanied by spicy yeast flavors, which fade to a bittersweet finish. Very complex, every sip seems to yield new flavors.

M- Medium body, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low-medium, fine carbonation, I wish there was a little BIT more.

D- Very, very drinkable especially considering the hefty 9% ABV.

Photo of Taverner420
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff pours a cloudy golden (some of the sediment got mixed up during transport - but it works!) The aroma isn't so great - but once they change those bottles from green to brown I expect that to go away. The flavor is the biting bitterness from the hops, both the Europ and American varieties. The stuff does have a warm mouthfeel that tastes pretty boozy, but the dryness balances this out.

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

Served in an tulip style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a lightly hazed gold color with a ¼" white head that eventually recedes to a fine ring. Sipping leaves a fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with lemon zest with a hint of clove or spice. There is a grassy/floral component to the aroma but other than that not a lot to indicate the hop bitterness in the flavor. I can't pick up any scent of the alcohol in this one.

Taste: The taste is fruity and sweet with some malt and yeast present but then the hops kick in and provide grassy herbal hop bitterness to balance the fruit and sweetness. There is no real trace of the alcohol and all the flavors seem to be in just the right balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel from the carbonation. The dry finish is medium long with the spicy hops trailing off to nothing.

Drinkability: This turns out to be a wonderfully drinkable beer but with the 9% ABV it could easily sneak up on you and thump you across the back of the head. I'll definitely want to have more of this beer, but only one portion at a time.

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

pour is like few. beautiful and with a nice head of bone white with a condensing head. turns to cotton candy in about five minutes. nose of belgian sugar cane. honey malt. and candied pineapple. taste is more extravagant. honey, pollen, very mild musky saaz bitter, fruity, orange juice, lemon zest, pineapple, but more so applesauce. hops are clean but the beer is sweet. i'll be honest to say i don't like it out of the tap. too thin... too sweet and mild. muskiness is in the bottle. the sweet is nice but it takes away from the beer when the range of flavor is put on the chopping block. i will be honest as to say that i don't know what would make this beer a better example of its style besides a milder sweet.

Photo of JVEyck309
2.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden, can't see through it. Great head and lacing.
S: Herbal grassy hops
T&M: Disappointing. I am not overly familiar with this style besides maybe Piraat.. BUT.. Sort of a one-note tune. Bitter but with little flavor, overly crisp.. flavors of apple, pepper, bitter grassy pale and almost medicinal hops. I even want to add, somewhat metallic taste too.. high ABV warms the throat but I don't feel like it is welcomed..not too enjoyable for me maybe my palate isn't ready for this one!? But I do not dig this one..
D: Ehhh, I finished my first glass and I'll finish the bottle.. but this won't be something I will bother with

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

750mL bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours the color of pinapple juice, unfiltered with suspended yeast particles. Head is enormously stiff with unbelievable head retention and significant lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, rice, apple, clove and grass.

Flavor is slightly sour up front, but develops into a beautifully balanced, unimposingly sweet, fruity (pear, apple, candy sugar) and toasty yeast beverage. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and dry pithy bitterness, which does little more than to just refresh the palate.

Holy calamity is this thing soft! Medium body with prickly (at first), refreshing carbonation that quickly becomes very soft that really sticks to your teeth and tickles your gums.

Photo of philbe311
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - An epic mountain of rocky white foam forms from a very standard pour... Wonderful retention... Hazy pale yellow color... Faint honey colored hue... Lots of foam rings cling to the sides of the tulip glass...

S - Wonderful nose... Light malt... Subdued but complex hop bill... Sweet lemon... Sweet orange... Yeast... A vague spiciness... Just a tad of candied sugars...

T - A multitude of tastes dance on the palette... All with wonderful balance... Nothing particular dominates... Lemon ... Citrus... Biscuit... Yeasty funk... Grassy... A small spicey kick...

M - Perfect amount of slightly pringly carbonation... Medium bodied... Lush... Slightly bitter and puckering... Delicate, especially considering the 9% ABV... Crisp... Wonderful balance and complexity...

D - An outstanding brew in all facets... ABV is well hidden... Sophisticated... Easy drinking... I could drink this over and over and over again...

Photo of spointon
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub on 5/2/2009.

A= This ale poured a pale, cloudy, yellow-gold color with a 1" fluffy white head. The head took a long time to settle into a thin cap and left insane amounts of lace down my glass.

S= I found lot of hops in the aroma as well as Belgian funky yeast, alcohol, and a very faint candy sweetness.

T= This brew was hoppy, citrusy, and bitter on the front end, with biscuity malt, fruitiness and funky yeast in the middle. It finished with a soft alcohol warmth.

MF= This one was medium bodied with a super effervescent carbonation level.

D= Two of my favorite styles (IPAs and Belgian tripels) blended into one fine elixir. Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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

I have wanted to try this one on-tap for a while now and finally came across it at the Charlotte Flying Saucer. Served in a tulip glass a nice hazy pale yellow with a nice frothy off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp Earthy hops and spice. The taste seems to lose a bit without the benefits of bottle conditioning. The hops, spice and sweet malts are still there, but not as profoundly as from the bottle. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with some alcohol presence. This one seems to follow in the footsteps of other Belgians such as Saison Dupont that are much better from the bottle.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a 16oz bulb-shaped glass (since I don't have a legit tulip yet). This beer was a gusher on me! Lost maybe ¼ of the bottle, but my quick instincts allowed me to siphon off the foam rushing out while simultaneously grabbing the glass and positioning it to contain the fountain of beer. Phew!

A: Deep golden body, very cloudy with a lot of sediment - yeast I presume, since I could see a ring of caked to the bottom of the inside of the bottle. Big, chunky, white head about three fingers thick. This was obviously intensified and thickened by the fact that this beer gushed when I opened it and it went straight into the glass, so I'm sure the appearance, thickness and retention of the head will be different in my experience compared to others. Even in light of this accident, this is still a decent looking beer - reminds me of a Belgian wit because of the cloudiness.

S: A light, sweet grassy scent, undoubtedly from the hops. I'm also picking up what I assume to be the calling card of the Belgian yeast - kind of creating a slightly sour, slightly funky note (but not at all overpowering or unpleasant to my nose).

T: I've read that Belgian IPAs are known for being much more balanced in their hoppiness, and its quite apparent here as the hops are present, but not to the point of assaulting your tastebuds like most American hop-bombs. I get a bit of a grassy sweetness up front, maybe a touch of honey, lemon and pear. The sweetness however, gives way to a hop bitterness that is pleasant but smooth and then fades into the malt backbone with strong yeast flavors and a note reminiscent of biscuits. There is a tinge of a faintly sour, funky flavor which I can only assume is the working of the yeast and it appears after the malt flavors and recedes into the finish. The finish is slightly drying, bringing out almost, grainy, wheat-like qualities. Quite complex - I know I'm not picking up on everything this beer is throwing at me; you just have to taste it for yourself because it is wonderfully delicious and perplexing!

M: Very good carbonation (at least in my experience because of the gush!); tingly, prickly on the palate, creating a crisp edge, yet it settles into a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, I'm surprised how well the alcohol was hidden - did not get much of a warming sensation, and only in the last sip did I detect any of the peppery alcohol flavor common in Belgian ales.

I can see why this is one of the top 5 Belgian IPAs on the site - good balance of the sweet, grassy hops meets the presence of malts and Belgian yeasts to give off that slight funk that I find to be intriguing and not at all distasteful. Definitely a world apart from most American IPAs I've tried because this beer overpowers your palate with a multitude of subtle flavors rather than just the brunt force of hop bitterness. This is much smoother while still offering those bright, grassy/citrusy hop aromas and flavors to enjoy.

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

Pours into my tulip glass a clear luminous golden peach color. Great fluffy white clouds of head laze about the glass for what seems like hours, finally sinking to swaths of sticky white cotton candy lace.

Scent is immediately apples, peaches, pear fruit with a spicy hop note.

Taste is well balanced between sweet, tart and bitter. Light fruits - pear, apple - and citrus (lemon / lime) notes glaze the substantial biscuity malt beneath. Spicy hops culminate in a crisply bitter finish which lingers on the palate wonderfully.

Mouth is crisp and drying. Very pleasant.

Drinkability is astounding. Absolutely delightful. 9% abv is completely undetectible.

This is a beer unquestionably worthy of an A. Wow.

Photo of meatyard
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very pale hazed golden yellow with a large white head that falls to a cover leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is lemon & yeast.

There's a lot going on with the taste. There is the citrus-lemon, Belgian yeast, a grassy hop flavor, some malt sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the end. The flavors are so much more pronounced than the smells.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not a detriment in any way.

Drinkability is very good. The ABV is up there but unnoticed and it tastes darn good too. From a 750 ml bottle.

This is my favorite of the Belgian IPAs so far.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

As soon as I popped the cap, foam started pouring out. Luckily, I had kept the bottle cold enough so that I didn't lose much.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color. There's a flurry of yeast activity underneath a massive vanilla ice cream colored head. Great head retention. Left behind giant chunky icebergs of foam. Stickiest lacing I've ever seen.

The aroma is very lemony. Sweet lemony. Nice hop presence in the nose, and some clove spice. It's an aggressive aroma, to say the least.

The first sip of this beer is pretty awe-inspiring for me. It starts out with fruity yeasty sweetness, then the hops kick in, leaving a bitter pine finish. Really, really unique flavor. This beer hits your palette from every angle.

Body is heavier than I expected. On the heavier side of medium. Super creamy and smooth. Pretty easy drinker.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured from one of the smaller bottled into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Beautiful, slightly-darkened gold color. A very good amount of carbonation, and quite a bit of white head on this one.

S: Plenty of hops and a definite Belgian yeast character. Perhpas a little bit of citrus.

T: Just like the nose, hops and yeast. However, not quite as much as I was expecting from the smell. Some fruitiness as well as some mild spice.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation and hop bitterness.

D: A very good beer, but something was just missing. The taste wasn't quite as good as the nose, and overall I'd say that I definitely prefer Piraat to this one.

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

A: Clear golden liquid with an enormous head that leaves craggy streaks of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. It's just a wonderful looking beer. It looks like a great IPA with an incredible Belgian head, which fits the style rather well.

S: Big hop notes. Lemon zest with a floral character. There are also excellent earthy Belgian aromas and buttery malt.

T: Much like the smell. It's just a great beer. Belgian flavors overlay a great IPA. D'Achouffe did an excellent job with the style.

M: Lots of nice carbonation, little alcohol feel, good beer.

D: It's an interesting, complex beer that makes me want to keep coming back.

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

Enjoyed during the Tweede Paasdag tasting of 2009 (a hop-off in its inaugural year) with Hopus and the Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor. I have had the Houblon numerous times in the US but, interestingly, it is relatively difficult to find here in BeNeLux.

This poured very clear and quite active. While golden it is relatively lighter in color. While the head is quite prodigious it again is not a thick as the others. Impressive lacing really adds to the appearance and in my mind tells me I may be in for a treat.

The smell is quite strong with notes of flowers, hops and citrus. There is the distinctive note of the Chouffe yeast and maybe a hint of malt.

For a Belgian, this beer delivers in terms of hoppy bitterness but there are not enough o's in the word smooth to describe it. This is a very well balanced beer as citrus, malt and the taste of the unique Chouffe yeast, accompanies the hoppy initial taste and finish.

In terms of mouth feel, this beer really benefits from the heavy carbonation.

This beer is a solid package all the way around. From the beautiful head, through the smooth, well balanced delivery, the pleasant bitter finish and the carbonation. I would happily drink this all afternoon.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice yellow with much sediment with a large head that takes a while to go down. It smell very refreshing and spicy. It tastes very hoppy and has a bite to it. This is a very distinct taste, not your usual IPA, but very enjoyable. I would definitely buy this again

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

A- Foam gushes from the bottle. Take Caution. Tight head settles to what looks like the rocky foam on a root beer float only more sticky and large. Pillowy and tinted yellow. Body is dark golden in color and very hazy with chunks of yeast floating around

S- Smells like a bouquet of hops and dank flowers. Very herbal and citric sort of like a tea. Some light peppery tones, like white pepper

T- The hops are the most noticeable aspect of this beer on the tongue. Tingly bitter taste along with sweet light malts and some spices in the background. Becomes more sweet and alcoholic as it warms. Doesn't blow me away like the rest of this beer

M- The carbonation is wild in this beer. Good if you like that sort of thing. Body is crisp for a tripel but just right for an IPA.

D- The carbonation slows you down a bit with this beer and that's just what you need with a surprisingly quaff-able 9%ABV Belgian IPA Tripel.

Photo of torsoul
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can I please shout to the world that I love this beer? I love this beer! A friend of mine got this one night and let me try it. I had already had *cough* a few, and was like: "Hey, that's not bad!" However, it wouldn't leave my mind. Its like after you've talked to a beautiful woman, or man if that's your thing, and you dwell on them. So I got my own bottle of this as soon as I could find it.

She pours a faint orange, and always has a nice, frothy white head. She smells like a wonderful bouquet of citrus with a number of spices underneath. Her taste is utterly unique with a variety of spice and hops. There is an initial sweetness followed by a bite. If there is one criticism, and I promise I still love you baby!, it is that, for my tastes, she is slightly too bubbly. Plus, she is a beer that you won't drink a ton of because of her amazing powers and taste.

Bottom Line: Try this beer if you have not! I don't care how much it costs you, try it.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap a couple times and loved it. My first attempt at getting a green bottle was bad, as the beer had been profoundly light struck and terribly skunky. Finally, I found this little brown bottle.

A: Bright yellow-orange. It is almost glowing. Lots of yeast floating about. I even tried to keep them out. Carbonation is strong. In fact, when I tried to open the bottle it overflowed on my counter. THe head is rocky, soft and white. It seems to last forever in my Duvel tulip.

S: Pretty damn aromatic. Lots of citrus, fruitiness and a slight spiciness. A definite floral component as well. Light sweetness in the end. I do get a very faint skunky aroma, which takes away from a perfect score.

T: Pleasant, fruity sweetness as I hold the brew in my mouth. The citrusy hops definitely come out too. The fruity esters seem to meld with the citrusy hops to bring in orange and tangerine flavors. A beautiful malty sweetness comes out in the end. As the beer washes off the palate, I get a pleasant lemon rind bitterness.

M: Light bodied and dry. Very Belgian in nature. The beer seems to have just enough body to balance the hops though. Really quite nice.

D: A very unique and drinkable version of an IPA. Quite inspiring actually. I really liked this beer in the bottle. I do think it is nearly perfect on tap however. I'll have to seek it out again on tap and update my review. Until then, I'll pick up a few more bottles.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip at cellar temp, launching the most amazing head - 2/3 of the glass filled with white, sea-foam thick, billowing head - my 3 yr old daughter likened it to a big bubble bath. Slightly cloudy, golden color, with a few floaters. Lacing like I've never seen - 1cm thick in some spots.

Smell was a little tame - some pear, spice, and belgian yeast.

Flavor makes up for the smell with banana peel, white pepper, rye bread, a heapin' helpin' o' hops, and some sour/ grassy/ barnyard quality to finish things off.

Good crisp, dry mouthfeel which is straight refreshing and leaves you wanting more.

I found it very drinkable - slightly filling and high ABV will keep you from plowing thru it.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a draft tap at the Libertine Bar into a snifter-style glass.

A: This beer pours no head (likely because it is on tap and into a small glass) but has a nice ring of carbonation near the top and laces the glass well. An opaque beer that you can't see through it is also a nice very dark yellow almost orange color. Reminds me of orange juice but a little darker and carbonated.

S: Smelling the hops, some caramel sweetness and maybe some type of fruit in the nose of this one. Can't pin down the fruit.

T: As I taste this one there is definite banana balanced nicely with the hops here. The sweetness and bitterness is really well interplayed here and I love it. Not any bitterness that stays with my palette so I consider this to be awesome.

M: Undercarbonated I wish this one had more. The beer is light in the mouth though which for me is a good thing with a hoppy beer.

D: I had 2 of them last night, but I couldn't have a 3rd. Drinkability suffers some from the hoppiness (for me) and the sweetness. It's just a big beer and I can only have a couple of these max.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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