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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 1,110
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 159
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
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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 Biggness
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very cloudy, light amber, with a 2-3 fingered head and tons of lacing. The smell is of citrus. The taste has some orange zest flavors, some grapefruit... all coming from the hops with a wonderful malt base to contrast to the huge hop flavor, a wonderful example of balancing huge hop flavors with beautiful malt bases. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just a little overcarbonated for my liking. The only thing that hurts the drinkablility is the carbonation level as for a 9%'er this is an incredibly easy beer to drink.

Biggness, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of hopmonkey
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful, layered beer. Massive, foamy head. Crisp hops with orange slices, balanced by a bit of dough and a fairly malty finish. Malty, but not cloying. Excellent mouth feel, with plenty of carbonation that seems to release the flavor without distracting from it. Very drinkable, which is a bit dangerous. ; )

hopmonkey, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a light orange with a thick, foamy, creamy white head. Aroma of skunk, spices, and yeast. Flavor is light, lots of yeast and melon rind. Some skunk persists. A pretty mellow beer. Slight hoppy bitterness. A typical Belgian ale, nice and easy to drink.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Maybe a staple in the Belgian IPA categories, but I think that the US breweries are starting to come out with better products. The pour is a hazy straw to golden color. A rocky white head the had to ease back with the pour. Great head retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose has a good Belgian aroma with some subtle hop aromas. The malt is grainy with some minor sugar notes. Hints of spicy notes that reminds me of wheat. Some pepper and a touch of bubblegum. Some nice fruity esters. The hops are there but limited. Some earthy and piney notes.

The taste is similar but the hops come out more. The malt to start, has a more muddled flavor. Some grainy and wheat notes. A hint of biscuit and pilsner notes as well. There is a slight flour like flavor in the finish. The bitterness comes out strong with a strong bite. This continues into the finish and has overpowers the finishing hops. Some citrus and pine. The pepper notes are noticeable in the finish as well, and emphasizes the bitterness. A light yeast finish but limited esters and Belgian notes overall.

The body is moderate with a somewhat sweet finish. A bit hard to pick out with the bitterness. Some soap finish notes but ok. Overall, the hop notes are a little off specifically bittering hops. Would like a drier finish overall and some cleaner malt flavors. But still easy to drink and enjoyable.

Oxymoron, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with an uncontrollable white head. Big, white, and rocky, it always exploded out of the glass with the slightest pour. The hop aroma is nearly identical to any English IPA. The yeast and spice are there, but drowned out. The same goes for the flavor. Bitter, soapy, and waxy, with more wood, pepper, and pine than sweet citrus. Some esters and tripel-like spice in the end, but unremarkable. Its a good beer, with a big identity crisis.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of echdk3
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter

A_Golden color, light sediment floating around, extremely thick head, like sea foam. I don't like to hark on the head here but this is just incredible - looks like a big feather pillow on top, like you could mold it like silly puddy and then just put it back. Lots of beautiful lacing

S_Smells piney and woody, hardly any alcohol smell

T_Notes of pine and charcoal, not much bitterness though. Not too much finish either, tastes almost like there's no alcohol in it at all, even though there's quite a bit at 9,0ABV

M_Thinner than I expected, doesn't coat the mouth all that much, and a little light on the carbonation but not inappropriately so

D_Surprisingly enough, extremely easy to drink. Does not way you down, and alcohol does not make its presence known hardly at all. Unbelievable

echdk3, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 750ml bottle overflowed with a foamy white head upon opening, having suffered no shaking or other shenanigans. I quickly inhaled what I could before it fell off the bottle and was lost forever. With just that little bit of foam I got a nice funkiness. Slightly sharp with earthy pine hints. Yup, this is a yeast-y, hoppy brew.

Poured a bright orange that my roommate described as "egg yolk yellow." Very hazy, with many noticeable bits of floating sediment. Effervescent, with a Belgian-style expanding head that dissipated unevenly, rockily.

Sharp nose, slightly sour, funky. Lemon zest and regular orange. Some biscuit. Freshly threshed grain and earthy aromas helped along by the yeast. Alcohol spice with just a hint of warming.

Spicy fruit, with citrusy hops built on top of malt that has apple notes. Doughy yeast flavors and come alongside a piney, resiny drying sensation. A bitter grapefruit aftertaste lingers and lingers.

The ABV is exceptionally well hidden in this dangerously drinkable brew. Nicely carbonated, medium bodied. Very crisp in taste and feel.

TheMistler, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had a belgian (double) IPA before..only had it in the American/citrus tradition.
A: Dark straw, cloudy body. Huge white head that lasts for awhile. Kinda reminds me of a Triple Karmelite.
S: Has a subtle floral hop smell. Couldn't detect too much else.
T: Similar to the smell--some floral hoppy bitterness, and some spices.
M: Really bubbly and clean.
D: For a belgian, and at 9%, pretty good.

lhaqq, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous pour .. tops Duvel with a fluffy, meringue head that just won't quit. Excellent lacing, too.

The smell reminds me a lot of candied fruits, definitely pineapple and cantaloupe. Banana bread comes out with a few swirls then some cookie dough at the end. Awesome!

The taste hits you with a hop bitterness, SN Celebration style. Grapefruit initially. The tripel comes out towards the end with a lot of spicyness. Ginger comes to mind. An interesting blend of flavors here, I'm really liking it.

There's a nice creamy mouthfeel, with some good carbonation. The hop spicyness really leaves my mouth dry, though. The alcohol is virtually undectable in this one, too. I'm glad I spent the money on this one.

diamondc, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a McChouffe tulip.

Pours a clear golden with a 2+ finger chunky white head that lasts forever. Tiny carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is sweet, hay, pears, hops and yeast.

Taste is hops, citrus, spices, hay. The sweetness was rather strong and didn't seem to fit the overall profile.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, cleansing and very dry at the end.

Overall, it is drinkable. Certainly an unusual beer. That is a good thing since it makes it interesting, but it is also a bad thing since the various flavors didn't quite work for me. Didn't blend well. The sweetness was too strong.

atigerlife, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a dark yellow color with a huge foamy head...almost made me think I did a bad job of pouring. The head lingered for quite some time. Smells of yeast and hops, with a bit of citrus and spice. Not an overwhelming aroma. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a smooth texture. Tastes a bit hoppy and bitter, and the spice and fruit is subtle. It's a smooth and enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

mtbbaboon, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Little disappointed in the fact that as soon as I opened this bottle it gushed everywhere.

A- Hazy, yellow straw color. Large amounts of white, fluffy head that left remarkable lace work all over the glass.

S- Hops presence was not as strong as I thought it would be. Pleasant smell of what smelled like wheat with a hint of hops. Also caught slight whiffs of citrus.

T- The taste was very similar to a hefeweizen IMO, but not as strong on the wheat flavor. This was accompanied by a little sweetness and slight bitterness of hops.

M- Medium to light viscosity with a nice smooth feel.

D- I did not feel the 9% abv until the end, it just snuck up on me. Other than the high abv, this is extremely drinkable.

Overall, I was a little disappointed in the presentation of this beer. Besides the gushing, there were little particles floating throughout the glass. Nice beer to contrast to the typical American IPA counterpart.

rhinos00, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle acquired via trade. Pours out an insane amount of foamy white head. Every pour fills about 70% foam. A light orange color. The aroma is pretty light; lots of rich malts and some spices. The flavor is interesting; like a Belgian Strong Ale combined with a IPA. Lots of spices, yeast, and some citrus, but also a bitter hop finish. The alcohol is fairly light, and the mouthfeel is very creamy and full. Quite nice, but not amazing.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750ml bottle. Pours the most serious head I have ever seen. You could cut it with a knife. It is like sea foam, it doesn't go away, the good bit left in my glass was there the next morning. Not bits, not curtains, but a wall of lace all the way down. Color is a pale golden yellow, a little murky. Carbonation came out of the bottle when I popped it open.

Smell: Peppery, citrus (lemon), grass, funky yeast.

Taste: I am not crazy about the hops, it is a little bitter. A little doughy and grainy. Some light golden fruits take a back seat.

Mouthfeel: Nice body.

Drinkability: Not my favorite of their offerings, no need to have it again.

craytonic, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of egajdzis
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color with a large white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange, grass, floral hops, yeast, buttercream, honey and some barnyard. Taste of tart citrus, spices, aloe leaf, honey, grass, toasted dough, with alcohol and heavy carbonation.

egajdzis, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle decanted into my Duvel tulip. Bottle says batch #4, best before end of 2009, I hope this is fresh!

A: Yowza! We have a gusher! Lost about half an oz, which doesn't bother me as much as the fact that the sediment is all churned up. Oh well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange with a lot of floaties. Massive white head, made of pretty big bubbles. Plenty of visible carbonation. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a ton of gorgeous lacework.

S: Light citrus hops with lemon and orange with a sweet malt presence, candy-like. The entire bouquet is rather complex, with some spice as well with hints of clove and pepper. Very appealing.

T: Opens up with plenty of hops, with citrus characteristics as well as the earthy, spicy Saaz character. Hop bitterness isn't extreme but present and is in contrast with the floral, honey-like malt sweetness that's light in body. The finish is dry and spicy with a mace-like bitterness (minus the aroma). While that description makes it sound like a winner, it unfortunately isn't the case. The combination of spicy hops, spicy yeast , citrus hops and floral and delicate malts isn't working the wonders on my palate I thought it would.

M: Light and dry, this beer is awesome on the palate with great carbonation. The spices on the finish don't quite work though

D: While I'm failing to notice the 9% ABV, it's not my sobriety that will keep me from reaching for another but my tastebuds themselves. All said and done, a pretty unique beer, one that I probably will revisit a few times a year when i see it on tap. I guess Belgian IPAs aren't quite my thing :-(

DefenCorps, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Umbra
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with crazy white head. Long retention and sea foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Great mix of aromas. On the one hand, you have some very fresh smelling citrus hops. Another whiff, and you enjoy some bready stuff going on too.
This just is a great tasting brew. Complex and unique with all sorts of stuff poking through. Hops? check, a couple different ones dancing around in your mouth. Bready malts? check. All the flavors of a triple, from the spicey yeast to the fruity sugar? check. Light to medium bodied, leaving somewhat dry in the mouth afterwards. Alcohol is ninja enough and it is drinkable enough to make this one a scary sessionable big boy. Very nice and worth several.
Overall: Another delicious brew from the great brewery. The empty bottle now sits longingly next to my garden gnome in the vain attempt to scare off snails.

Umbra, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Murky yellow, goldenrod color. Looks like particulate floating throughout the brew. Head is beyond heavy. Couldn't pour this one all at once in to my stein. Head is like a cloud or a pillow, just sitting on top of the beer. Some of it dissipates, but a lump or two remain. Reminds me of a mocha with whipped cream.

S-Sweet citrus and soft hops. Not really what I would expect to smell from a belgian ipa.

T-Nothing exciting. Hops are beyond subtle. Bitterness without the bite.

M-Sticky like it should be. Hangs out a little longer than I would like.

D-Once was enough. I'm sure there are some out there that would love to sit with this one all day, but not me.

TasteTester, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber color with an impressive off-white cap that fills more than two inches of the glass. The head is a bit on the foamy side but keeps very well and leaves some stick.

Smell is a very hoppy and yeasty combination of grassy, earthy and spicy hops, with earthy and peppery yeast aromas, as well.

Taste has lots of hop flavor, as well. Hops are fruitier than they were in the aroma, and are also grassy and spicy. The saaz really stands out to me. In addition to the spicy saaz hop flavor, there is a good dose of black pepper from the yeast. There's just a touch of sweetness here which goes nicely with the fruity hop flavor to complement the spicy characters and bitterness. Substantial bitterness for a Belgian beer, with a long lasting hop smack. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but is overcarbonated a bit, which makes it a little too spritzy in the mouth and detracts from the overall feel. It's on the dry side through the finish with lingering hop bitterness.

This is an outstanding beer. One of the hoppiest Belgians I've ever consumed for sure, and something I will surely have again.

number1bum, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of dino213aa
2.38/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden haze with massive amounts of floaters. Very high carbo- this bottle actually exploded on me so only half the bottle is left. Very clingy horizontal layers of lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy and yeast aromas.

T&M: To me this is just a yeast bomb. Not very balanced. There may be other flavors going on here but I'm having trouble getting past all the yeast. There are some base hop flavors, but nothing interesting. There is an oiliness to the mouthfeel that makes this just stick to your palatte.

D: I'm not really impressed with this one. Forgive my ignorance, but is this supposed to be an IPA or a tripel? Either way it sucks as both. I'm always partial to crisp ales but this reminds me of all the worst elements of brew: hops but no character, yeast but no flavor.

I would have smoked this even more, but I'm trying hard to be fair despite being pissed that I'm still wiping beer off me and the rug.

dino213aa, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They have changed the label on both of the available beers. I was not sure if I had this one until I got home and looked it up.

This beer pours cloudy dark gold with very large bubbles and lace everywhere. The nose is not very strong citrus and a hint of butterscotch and vanilla.

Taste is quite up front. Very strong lemon peel and hops. This is called an IPA but not like the American type. The mouth feel is loaded with bite but not dry aftertaste.

I would rate this as one of the better triple or Belgian pale ales I have had.

daledeee, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is that a goblin on the label? I don't know but I am frightened either way.

The look is a straw yellow, with a soapy-looking head. Many particles (floaties) adorn this beer. Yuck.

The smell is sweet and yeasty, with some hints of banana and pear. But very yeasty.

The taste is big hop right up front, which is a little surprising considering the apparent lack of hop scent leading in to the first taste. The sweetness is not there anymore, with the dry hop taking over. The hop flavor fades into a bit of yeasty aftertaste. But the alcohol is very prevalent in this one.

The feel is dry but fizzy, with an alcohol-induced astringency.

Well, this is certainly a high alcohol beer, the flavor doesn't hide it at all. Is it more IPA than Tripel? Yes. In fact, I'd go on the record as saying this has all the elements of an IPA, and only the smells of a Tripel. Interesting, if ultimately forgettable.

cnally, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Pale Golden yellow with a giant marshmallow cloud of a head.Foamy retention.
The aroma of hops,citrus hints and alcohol with a touch of yeast.

The taste was exceptional. Some malts,hops galore,sweet,citrus hints and fruit notes.

The feel was medium body,smooth,creamy and well balanced. Medium carbonation and some yeast in the finish.

Notes: Alcohol is well masked and this is just so easy to drink. A wonderful concoction and something I really looked forward to having. The taste is just so unique.World class brew from where else,but Belgium.

Lexluthor33, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ibbjamin
2.45/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased an Australian Longneck from BevMo in San Jose, CA and poured into my Chimay Chalice. A sticker is affixed to the back of the bottle with the numbers 83497 on it. I am not sure if this is from the brewer, distributor or store. It may be insignificant/nominal.

Very carbonated. Despite settling, it did leak upon cracking it. A huge inch white fizzy head after a gentle pour. Very cloudy goldish/orange/yellow color. So cloudy that I can't tell if there are small floaters of carbonation bubbles hanging around. Superb head retention. Strong, snowy lacing.

Smells of good yeast, dank bread, and mild spicy/floral hops. Little malt character. Some hints of citrus fruits. Despite the Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz hops added (as per listed on the bottle), this has only a mild hop aroma.

A bit too yeasty for my liking. More of a personal taste thing I guess. I wish it was a bit more balanced. Again, the hops are there, but I am left wanting more of them.

The mouth is thick and creamy. The viscosity of this one leaves a mouth-coating aftertaste for days. Those really must have been floaters in there. A bit too heavy on the carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

ibbjamin, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monks poured into the appropriate glass.

A: Fuzzy gold color with ample carbonation. Nice medium puffy head that held on.

S: Grapefruit and yeast. Cant put the point to it but there sure is something Belgian that is the first thing you get smacked with- gotta be the yeast.

T: This one has balls. Citrus fruit, yeast combination make it a well represented Belgian IPA. Cracked pepper and spices. Creamy floral hops are here to round it out.

M: Mounds of carbonation, medium body. Little bit of burn on top of creamy texture.

D: This one tastes strong, prefer the Urthel Hop It but still a great beer- love the style. Superior partner to some mussels.

marcpal, Oct 14, 2008
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,251 ratings.