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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 161
Gots: 195 | 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 PhillyStyle
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle:

A: The beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a huge white head. The head was light but was retained very well with a small part of the head retained throughout the entire beer.

S: The aroma of the beer made me think that it was a hefe. The aroma was grainy and sweet with citrus. I can't say that I noticed any hops at all.

T: This is where I was really thrown. After the aroma, I was not expecting this, so I had a hard time reconciling the two. The beer tasted like a triple but hopped up. The alcohol was noticeable, but not so much that it harmed the beer. It also gave off hints of sweetness and wheat.

M/D: I expected the beer to feel more carbonated than it did. The beer was smooth and crisp. Very drinkable and one that I will most certainly pick up again.

PhillyStyle, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light straw?honey color. With a ridiculous billowing and rocky head leaving titanic lacing.

S: Very reminiscent of a triple. Yeasty with lots of fantastic fruit smells, citrus, raisin, and date. Just a prelude to hops hovering at the back.

T: Sour fruits, the same as in the ones in the nose with lingering hop bitterness and plenty of alcohol that doesn't present itself as overpowering.

M: Crisp and dry with a bit of sting from the alcohol.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable.

It;s good to get a different take on IPA's with the immense amount of American versions out there. For people who like IPA, this beer has what it takes. For those who like Belgians, this beer clearly waves its flag.

Take two, two + years later--

A: Golden honey and lemon, semi opaque, billowy white head, virgin white, about two fingers.

S: Yeasty funk with a heavy hint of lemon citrus with light pine notes and other tropical fruits

T: Hay, wet grass, a touch of pine, apple, pear, orange zest.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, ends dry.

D: An interesting hybrid. A triple to be sure, but with these fantastic bitter undercurrents

phantomwyse, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of baldycmu
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of many beers I like better than this. Pours a yellowy cloudy/unfiltered straw color with pillows of head. The smell is sweet and floral with a nice hoppy smell of citrus in the background. The taste follows right along with everything from hops to yeast and spice. Just a fantastic beer to drink.

baldycmu, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Flour City Brewers' Fest 2008. Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a very cloudy, pale yellow ale with many particles and a huge, white, rocky, foamy head. I smell hops here. Is this dry hopped? There is a sweetness to the aroma like raisin bread. It is medium bodied and smooth. It has a great balance between sweet, sour and bitter. It's a hoppy tripel with notes of raisins and grass. I think this is what Ithaca was going for with their IPAbbey.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey blonde with a ton of suspended yeast particles. Big white whipped meringue-like head lasts long after the pour. Leaves big sticky rings of lace all down the glass. Citrusy and aromatic piney hop notes with soft honey dominate the nose. Big and bold IPA hop flavor with a nice hit of candy sugar sweetness to balance the dry almost champagne like finish. Nice medium heavy mouthfeel with a very fine smooth carbonation. Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden. One of my all time faves.

biggred1, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle consumed last night. Poured into my snifter. Side note- this is the biggest gusher I have ever had. I simply turned the bottle upside down for a moment (as I do with pretty much all Belgians I have) in order to let the thinner parts mix with the yeast. Needless to say the pressure when I opened it squirted about 6-10 inches outward and I probably lost 6-7 oz of beer.

A- Pours with a very large foamy white head that eventually settles to a good 1.5 fingers and leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Body is a very cloudy translucent bright golden yellow with a dynamic cloudiness. Lots of yeast mixing throughout the body.

S- A bright pungent floral hoppiness comes through. Behind this is a hint of citrus hops, a hint of yeasty funk, and a big bready sweetness.

T- Flavor is much like the smell but really brings the beer to life. Upfront is a perfect balance of a hint of citrus (grapefruit) hop flavor, a lot of floral hop flavor, orange and lemon zest, a hint of yeast funk, and a big bready yeast backbone. The hop bitterness comes through for the finish but is kept in check by everything else going on with this beer. Just when it seems like the residual bitterness is going to be huge and cloying it disappears.

M- Medium to high carbonation and smooth yeasty body with a hint of alcohol astringency.

D- This is a great Belgian IPA and definitely my favorite so far. The hop bill is pretty impressive on this Belgian beer. This really seems to combine my favorite IPA and BSPA aspects well to make for one awesome beer. I will definitely buy this again when I see it.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy lemon yellow with an impressive frothy white head. superfine mesh lace like stretched microfiber. most excellent rings of lace from drinking as well spattered fine as chalk dust. a very attractive brew, shining color and amazing head retention.

S- extremely floral and sweet and very fruity. gardenia, wisteria, incense, banana, tropical citrus, pineapple, lychee, papaya, white bread, and some crazy yeast! floral alcohol esters as well and a little bit of bubblegum.

T- white toast and incredible hop flavor and again with the awesome yeast. sharp noble type hop bite is so very floral and green. jasmine, patchouli, lilies, tulip, daffodil, narcissus, many flowers come to mind. orange and grapefruit blossom in the hop zing, what i would expect from such a great belgian IPA. lingering astringent finish. bubblegumish bitter burp. this yeast is outer space! lemon, nutmeg, and bitter. golden raisin after taste. unknown fruits.

MF- silky belgian feel, slightly powdery, mid bodied. medium high carbonation, medicinal and boozy. outstanding.

D- great drinkability despite its intensity. a very sophisticated brew.

hustlesworth, Dec 07, 2008
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
3.7/5

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
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.