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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 156
Gots: 166 | 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 becktone
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.

becktone, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Enormous white head with large bubbles and great retention. Hazy gold in color and tons of little particles floating around.

S - Pineapple, florals, yeast, citrus, fresh linen(?), really complex.

T - Banana, pineapple, clove, bread, and bitter hops, to balance everything. Hops stay with you for awhile.

M - Medium body and heavy carbonation that feels great!

D - Nice to sip on. Great beer all around

SirSketch, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, dark golden-rod with a 2 finger fully lasting rocky white head that left a lustrious film lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S: a strong hoppiness and spicy nature of citrus, lemonbread, dried apples, as well a slight yeasty tartness.

T: The initial flavor was very spicy with strong citrus, yeasty breadiness and a nice fruitiness of fresh oranges before finishing with a smooth sourness of dry oranges and citrus peel. The malting was sweet balancing the hoppy and spicy nature of this beer nicely. The bittering was very sharp and pronounced, sweet, and bitter all at the same time with a lemony tang.

M: lively and spritzy from the strong carbonation, had a nice smooth tartness of citric acid, light grassiness and cereal grains.

D: Very smooth and spicy in nature making for a very interesting drink. A definite try.

beerthulhu, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is alot going on, behind a beautiful, seductive appearance. A billowing, bright white, storm cloud head grows on top of a foggy, dark orange abyss. An aroma of flowers, chamomille, bitter peels and honey suckle, carry away the senses. Initial hit taken is peppercorn, and the wind is knocked out of me. Second attempt reveal bitter, flower stems and peels behind the spice. Oil streams carry herbs downstream to paradox; bitter-sweet. Complexity is key. Translating this one into words is a bit of a struggle.

SeanRedd, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of JRed
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, a trippy beer that can take you on a magic carpet ride of flavors from beginning to end. Gorgeous looks of golden lion's mane with a big, fat head that makes the brew look picturesque. Strong scents of hops wrestling with orange peels, and cloves interrupts the match for a quick clothesline. On this great acid trip of taste you will glide through orange groves, sail the 7 seas with Captain Hops, have some lemonade with the Mad Hatter, talk with the Chouffe in a field of cloves, and arrive back home eating a peanut butter and chocolate sandwich hours later as if nothing ever happened. Is it all a dream or is that the 9.0% ABV playing tricks on you? The alcohol bite is there and then not there depending on what taste you concentrate on; a brilliant illusion in this hall of mirrors. So sit back and enjoy this Lewis Carroll creation of a brew.

JRed, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured into the glass a bright orange/yellow with a very white frothy head I have to emphasize the FROTHY. This beer has a white head and lace with killer staying power.

Smell- I could detect a blend of hops in the bouquet. Fruity and plant like.

Taste- It has a very sharp but pleasant bitterness. There was virtually no alcohol taste which I thing is a miracle for a beer with this high of an alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but very refreshing.

Drinkability- It is a great beer the combination of these two styles are awesome.

MTNboy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C: pours a pale orange, very tink head that thins and sticks heavily to the side of the glass. Fantastic head retention, yeasty sediment that creates a live environment for fermentation.

S: clean hop scent crisp with a citrusy noce, a little orange peel and maybe clove.

T: spicy hops, with a citrusy finish. not to bitter and well balanced with the malt. I've been on a belgian kick lately and this one is a perfect blend of a trippel and a IPA.

M: lively carbonation, helps promote the bitterness, promotes the scent to be notices while drinking. This is a fantastic example of good belgian beer crafting. without a doubt one of the best that I've ever had from our belgian friends.

naterock, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Delirium snifter

A-Pours a nice cloudy off copper color with an amazing 21/2 to 3 finger big creamy head, very live brew with yeast collected at the bottom of the bottle.

S-Vibrent citrus scent with very small hop notes as well as a pine earthyness.

T&M-Exceptional citrus/pine flavor of an ipa with all the smoothness and full body mouthfeel of a Tripel, this beer amazed me with the complexity and balance. One very good beer.

D-I would like to always have one or to of these around cause when the itch comes nothing

SpecialK088, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-yellow color, white lacey head. Smells of banana sweetness and spice... I found that both the smell and taste are affected by which point you are drinking from the bottle if it has been cellared upright. At first opening, it has a light banana spice smell, much like that of a belgian pale but those scents mingle with a breadiness and citrusy grapefruit as you near the bottom of the bottle. This beer has an exceptional balance of flavors with a tripel style sweetness, belgian spice, and hop backing. The same flavors also create an interesting, refreshing moutfeel. The Saaz hops create a mineral astringency on the sides of the tounge, while the amarillo adds a warming bitterness to the back of the throat, and the light fruit sweetness cools the palate. Plenty of flavors mingling with nothing overpowering. As I continue to pour this and near the bottom of this bottle flaky yeast and haziness accumulates adding breadiness. Grapefruit bitterness also increases toward the end of this bottle. A beautiful, fairly complex, yet very drinkable brew with no noticeable alcohol content.

joshwlt, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of charlesw
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy (and lumpy) pale orange with a huge white head that lasts and lasts. Smells tripely - it's all about candy and light caramel. It smells.. Astringent. Which isn't a big surprise in a Belgian and darn it, it has an astringent flavor to it as well. It tastes like... A cross between a Hop^3 and a really astringent Belgian. Sweet, floral hops. A little bitter in the end. I'd think that without the astringency it would be awesome.

charlesw, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - What elese could you ask for? This is the model of a Belgian IPA. Beautiful golden straw color that has a somewhat hazy look to it. Incredible immense creaminess to the head. A puffy whipped topping looking cloud seems to float on top. Huge amount of layered lacing left caked to the glass. Thin coating of white puff rests on top the whole way through.

Smell - Nose is not to shabby either. Very creamy and malty with a crisp citrus to it. A spicy hop gets its foot in the door as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very crisp carbonation with a creamy smoothness coating the palate. Citrus and bitter hops show up right in the beginning, but the familiar malt creaminess really wins out. Spicy and somewhat bready with a flashing spice in the end.

Drinkability - As a phenomenal tripel this one more than holds it's own against the best of it's style. So well rounded and easily sipable. Belgian brewing at it's best.

ryrust5301, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy and gold with frothy white head. Foam sticks to the glass but a thin layer of white foam remains at the top.

S - Some hops, a little citrus and a bit of maltiness.

T - Mellow hops and some fruits. I'm thinking banana and some type of light citrus fruit taste. Bitter hop taste and a bit of yeastiness.

M - Light carbonation and medium body. Bitter and tingly on the back of the throat.

D - One of the easiest drinking beers I have had in a while. Extremely enjoyable beer. One of the better belgian IPA's I have had. This would be even better on tap.

ShrLSU, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has lived in my fridge for the better part of a year now, and God help me if I could remember where I got it. I think that I picked this one up in Denver, but I am not 100% sure of that. Anyway, I just had a Breckenridge ESB that hit my palate pretty hard and I thought that a Douple Triple IPA...or whatever would be just the ticket now. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours into my tulip glass a mostly clear golden yellow color with a few small floaters about the entire beer...pretty uniformly. There was a dense, fluffy head of white bubbles that was really creamy looking after a very careful pour, and the head actually rose after the initial pour. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head at at least 1/2" for minutes. After what seems like the better part of an hour, the head finally falls a bit and there is some thick lacing left in its wake.

Aroma: Through the foam, I get only a mild hop presence and a lot of sweet malty aromatics along with the typical Tripel lemon and other fruity aromas. Tons of breadiness to go with the rest of the medley. If I really get deep into the aroma of the beer there is a slight chalkiness.

Taste: The flavor is really complex, but is mostly dominated by malty/sugary sweetness. There are tons of fruit and citrus flavors in here to go with a plentiful supply of hops. The beer is really creamy and almost goes down like a milkshake. The finish is pretty balanced for such a big beer, but the sweetness and alcohol edge out any bitterness that is left on the palate. As the beer warms up, the hop presentation is coming out a lot more, and it actually reminding me of a West coast brew. That is pretty neat!

Opinion: This is a really nice Tripel! I am not sure exactly where the "IPA" reference comes in except that there are some American citrusy hops used in the beer rather than European hops. Other than the fact that I don't get the dry bitterness that you expect from an IPA (and I am glad that isn't the case BTW), this is a really nice brew.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels July 2008

Appearance
Lasting white head sitting atop a hazy, butter yellow body

Smell
Very hoppy nose (by far the hoppiest of any Belgian beers I've tried), much like an American IPA, though not as aggressive

Taste & Mouthfeel
Delicious! Highly hopped, yet not overdone at all; masks the high ABV incredibly well; malts on the lighter side surprisingly for such a big beer; body is light-to-medium

Overall
Extremely drinkable--dangerously drinkable! It's such a refreshing and seemingly sessionable ale. All around very tasty.

JEdmund, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky bright yellow with a hugh beautiful persistent head that just doesn't go away. Aroma is mostly herbal hops. Saaz is the dominant varietal in nose (The bottle says Saaz is one of the hops used.) There are also some citrusy notes in the aroma. As I begin to drink this the citrus aroma is definitely coming out more. Oranges. Taste is fairly sweet. It definitely has that tripel malt character. Must be the yeast. There is that distinct Belgian phenolic and spicy flavor. But it's the hops that are the real story here. Mostly citrusy american hop character. Oranges again. Definitely a more herbal noble hop note is present as well. Pretty full bodied and well carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry. A bit of alcohol is barely noticeable. Dangerously drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA I've tried and I'm definitely a fan. Everything works together incredibly well in this beer. Awesome stuff.

burnstar, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA.

A- pours a bright hazy golden with a bright creamy white head. Head stays a fizzy layer for entire drink.

S- Real earthy as expected... a lot of the Belgian yeast by-products there with some spicy, earthy hops noticeable more so than any standard belgian ale.

T- Seems to be very similar to a beefed up belgian pale ale, but after a while I get a vague citrusy taste out of the hops which starts to remind me a bit of american IPA's. With the Belgian yeast though you get that Belgian influence the entire time you drink this beer.

M/D- Nothing wrong here. It's good. It was much better than I thought it would be since I didn't think the Belgian yeast character would mesh well with increased hops but it actually worked ok. Bitterness was fairly low but the taste and aroma of hops were increased to make for a nice experience.

MiScusi, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The whimsical, inquisitive gnome on the label beckoned me to try this.

11.2 oz. bottle into a Peroni stange.

Huge, snakelike hiss...and a massive blow over! HOLY CRAP! Should have opened this little guy in a bucket!

Pours a hazy, golden color with a massive fluffy white head. Good retention through the glass & sticky lacing. This head has staying power ~ frothy, foamy cool whip. Crazy...

The smell is crisp, clean & rich. Citrusy lime, ripe melon, a hint of banana (?). Doughy cream of wheat...is that YEAST?

The taste follows the nose for the most part. Sweet animal crackers are in the mix...along with citrus rind. Crisp & clean. Zesty carbonation & a peppery finish with a mildly bitter after taste. A seamless blend of hops & creamy malts. Well balanced throughout. The ABV is well concealed.

Medium body...with a satisfying, piney finish & a resiny, oily film on the lips.

Interesting, affordable & worth a look if you can get it.

TATTORSO, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice cloudy golden pour with stupid amount of head that was pretty frothy and stuck around forever

S - Lots of good fruity smells and hops

T - Banana, mango, smooth hops with Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and light carbonation

D - Awesome. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I can definitely see grabbing several more bottles of this.

midaszero, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Opened the bottle and foam shot out like mad!...without any sort of shaking and being in my fridge for days...not a good start...

Appears a cloudy golden orange with two finger white head with heavy lacing. A bunch of particulate matter floating around makes it look a bit less desirable, but it might've just been from the bottle foaming over.

Aroma is floral hops, honey sweetness, and some spiciness. Not too much going on.

Taste is initially sweet and floral, a bit of citrusy hops, sweet orange, and finish that is both spicy, herbal, and sweet. Leaves a citrusy aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, high carbonation makes it very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall, despite the bottle nearly exploding on me, it ended up tasting great. Very nice hybrid type beer that I would gladly purchase again.

roadhouse, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opening for my first little milestone: my 50th review.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a honey color with a huge head that is evidence of the massive amounts of protein. There is also a lot of sediment suspended in the beer that's just not going anywhere. The head fades very, very slowly and leaves ridiculous amounts of lace all over the glass, as well as big icebergs of foam on top of the beer.

The smell is earthy and sweet with a little citrus. As far as taste goes, this is one complex beer. There are dark fruit flavors, chiefly fig and raisin. There are also some earthy tones that may either be the yeast, the hops, or both. Finishes with a warm peppery bitterness. As the beer warms, just a hint of butterscotch begins to creep in, but it's very subtle and pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky, and it coats the palate quite nicely. As far as drinkability goes, I'm glad I shared the bottle with my wife and a friend. I wouldn't have wanted the whole thing. It's quite filling.

daythree16, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought in to my store, sold half a case in one day! ... pours with an obscenely huge white rocky pederasts head and lacing ... lots of sweet honey and fresh pie with caramel (then blended on puree) .... is very smooth and delicious ... another beuty from the chouffers!! ...broccoli heads??

Onslow, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the best available wine goblet, this beauty poured a light yellow gold color, a bit clouded, with a big white frothy head and solid lacing. The aroma is wheaty citrus with a surfside freshness, salt air sweetness. The flavor brings on more of the same with some bubblegum highlights and light citrus over a mellow sweet malt. Kind of grapey, fair drinkability, nicely carbonated, a pleasant viscosity. Very nice, fairly unique stuff from my experience.

Durge, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Benway
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just reading the term "Belgian IPA" provides a great feeling. A great history of brewing that has set the bar for the rest of the world is taking note of the (primarily) west coast USA brewing styles. On paper it should be a dream pairing.

I had a hard time with Belgian beers that advertise themselves as 'hoppy' and that's primarily due to what's available in the local market. We have floral, resiny, grassy, bitter, turbo, you name it as far as hops go.

Add to this mix belgian yeast and brewing techniques and that criteria is sort of thrown out the window.

My first taste of this beer was a mistake, I compared it too much to the West Coast IPA under the assumption that anything we can do they can do better. That was a big mistake.

My thinking was that too much hopping would diminish the complexities of the Belgian Yeast. This CAN be true in some beers. Not in this one. This one nails it to produce an excellent beer. It took a few years, but I'm hooked!

Benway, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I'd reviewed this years ago but I guess I was wrong...

75 cl bottle purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. As always is the case with Chouffe bombers, you get some very charming artwork and fairly detailed description of the brew on the bottle.

That's an absolutely sensational pour. It's causing a sensation. My senses is asationing. Like Duvel. Bright burst of orangegold sunshine with an absolutely perfect, tight white head that will never leave me no matter what I do because it loves me too much.

Smells a little tame but still complex and nice. Big nodes of whitepepper and loads of spicy Belgian yeast. The hops are spicy, not bitter. I'm not picking up the Amarillo but the Saaz is large and in charge.

Tastes much more complex than I had anticipated--I think I might have chilled it too much...

Upon warming a bit the smell hasn't changed that much. As I should have figured, though, this tastes much more like a Belgian pale than an American (or even British) IPA. Lots and lots of spicy yeast, very little alcohol zing or burn. Strong nodes of spicy european hops end things out. No huge complexity, no giant burn of hopiness. But it's wonderfully balanced and tastes great.

mynie, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong hop nose - citrusy and spicy. Sweet malt in the background also quite prominent. Milder banana and fruity ester profile. Alcohol noticed as it warms.

Pale golden, slightly hazy. Generously-sized white head, retains well. Lacing when swirled.

Curious mix of bitterness, citrus/spice hop flavor, and sweet malt character. Medium-sweet in the finish. Expecting bitterness to linger longer for an "IPA". Alcohol flavor appeared later. Would like this to finish drier and expect to have a little more hop flavor.

Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Body resembles a tripel more than an IPA.

Interesting combination of styles. Hoppiness not quite what I'd expect for an IPA. Finish out a little drier to improve drinkability.

BrewerB, Jul 06, 2008
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.