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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,171 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 155 | 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 stcules
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%

Beautiful foam hat, white, with beautiful laces. A good deep orange color, orange on the edges. Slightly hazy.
At the smell, after a malty base, a strong but not too much american hop aroma. Quite well balanced.
In the taste the alcohol is well hidden, the taste is not too strong. Dangerously drinkable.
Pleasant american hop, not overwhelming.
A resolute and long bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean. Light notes of camomile.
When it warms, you can feel a bit the alcohol.
Good beer, for sure.

stcules, May 03, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured at Tyler's tap room in the tobacco district, NC. Actually into a miniature pilsner glass with the beer's logo on it. Doesn't look like the type of glass used for a Belgian but this is a Belgian IPA. The beer is blonde in color and is more towards the orange side then the yellow side. Not crystal clear but also not super cloudy, just opaque. Tall off white head with medium bubbles and superb lacing during drinking.

Smell is spicy hoppy and lemony but is hard to distinguish. Its not a pungent beer but a mild nose. Delicate and pleasing.

Taste is sweet malty, with a belgian yeasty, bread taste. There is a lemony peppered taste that also goes well with a subtle fruity taste. Love that spicy zing (must be the saaz). Clean tasting beer that is light bodied not to heavy with a good balance of malts, hops, and Belgian goodness.

Fine carbonation adds to the pleasure of this beer. Its a nice beer with multiple facets to it. Being my first Belgian IPA I dig the style. Its not as biting as an American style IPA and its got more personality then an English one. A nice one that I am sure will spur on my beer obsession.

jbphoto88, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%

Finally got around to trying this one. I'm not particularly familiar with Belgian IPA, so take that for what it's worth.

Not much nose on this one. Perhapys it was old (Alaska is a long ways from Belgium). Sweet malty mainly, with a faint hint of hops.

The absolutely most fantastic head ever. It never went down, and I thought I was pouring carefully. Over and hour in an aventinus glass, down to the bottom, and there was still a good hunk of thick, whipped cream-like foam. Pale yellow, otherwise, alost like an American macro.

The taste did not do a whole lot for me. It was pretty sweet and malty. The hops didn't have to be searched for, but for something called an IPA, even a Belgian IPA, I expected more.

medium body, no warming to speak of.

I got her down easily enough, but it's not near the top of my list for an encore.

sprucetip, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

What a cool hybrid of tripel and IPA, and what a cool little fairy tail of this beer. Single 11.2 ounce bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

My nose just got smothred in foam exploding from the bottle. After that delay, it settles in my oversized wine glass a hazed blonde with a super-sticky rocky head. Nose is mildly hoppy and mildly sweet. Yep the tripel and IPA characteristics are sure there. In the taste, you can surely taste the hops. Very resiny with a little kick of triplel character. It gets sweeter as I go along, with the bitterness lingering pleasantly on the palate. Insanely drinkable for the strength.

Although this is one great beer, a little more carbonation in this brew would put this near perfection. Still, this beer in a word: YUM!

DoubleJ, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Phenom
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

750mL green bottle.

A: Fairly pale, hazy yellow color with a big foamy head. Took a lot of care to pour without overdoing the head.

S: Slightly disappointing aroma. Maybe I have an old bottle, because it does not smell very hoppy. Actually it smells a lot like a Heineken.

T: Taste is much better. I really dig the blending of the a Belgian with a hoppier IPA.

M & D: This is a beer you could drink all day. Alcohol is deceptive, it does not taste very strong at all.

I would definitely give this a try again sometime. A really enjoyable and unique brew.

Phenom, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Pretaste notes: This was the beer that was given to me on the occasion of my college graduation. Recommended by the owner of the liquor store that I frequent, and confirmed by beer geek friends.

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is orange at first glance, but when held to light it is a pure golden color with a lot of haze. Head is off the charts, growing to just over 4 fingers thick and sparkling white. Great looking beer. You can literally bite into the head beacause is so freakin creamy... literally has the consistency of whipped cream, and doesn't dissipate for a long long time.

Smell: Nice and citrusy with a hint of green apple. Subtle malt plays a balancing role, but isn't very effective. Extremely sweet smelling, with obvious use of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Light citrus as evidenced in the nose at first glance, with some light fruits. However, the midpalate is dominated by the amazing hops liberally scattered throughout the entire experience. I thought the tomahawk hops were especially appropriate here (since I'm graduating as a Nole...), and they play a prominent role in the taste...

Mouthfeel: just smooth enough. Full bodied without being too overpowering. Medium carbonation. Again, the head is heavenly and is the consistency of whipped cream. You can actually bite into it...

Drinkability: I made it through the entire bottle, though I'm not sure if that was due to the occasion or to the actual drinkability of the beer. Either way, it's a great beer to drink on a special occasion, and will satisfy that hop craving, while still retaining that unique Belgian flavor.

Notes: This was a good choice, and will remain with me forever on this special day.

BucBasil, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Cloudy amber body with sticky white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells fruity, with peppery yeast and floral hops.

Taste follows smell. Lots of peppery yeast that one would expect from a triple with tones of fruit. Nice dry, hoppy flavor present also. Not bad at all.

Great mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and a medium body.

I liked this beer, but I found that after finishing one I did not really think I could handle another. The big, strong flavors here are very good but not something I can handle a lot of.

Hojaminbag, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of bgreene14
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

The best of both worlds is present in this IPA. The citrus notes of a classic Belgium Ale are followed by the intense hops you would expect from an American IPA with a clean finish thanks to the alcohol. Great for a sipping beer, but it is best cold. Other reviews have noted the lacing and head retention, but seeing is believing for this one. Definately worth your time.

bgreene14, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a lovely golden yellow color, quite cloudy and highly carbonated. Even the lightest of pours left me with a large frothy head that remained for the entire drink.

The bouquet was sweet, with fruit and some type of floral scent (can't put my hands on it), yeast and grains. This translated well to the taste as it was full of a sweet banana character.

Mouthfeel was good as the body was light and airy. The heavy carbonation that my bottle has reduced the drinkability as the took away from the beer and made my focus more on the gaseous aspects of this beer.

All in all, another tasty ftom the chouffe guys. This is one I will try again.

garcia2a, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Deep hazy lemony-hay color, with a super fine white lid.

Smells of sugared and sour lemons with grassy saaz hops, white pepper spiciness, and some light citrus overtones.

Tastes of lemons and pears with light, white, vinous grapes, a fresh earthy-grass bitterness, and lots of peppery spice. Loads of fine smooth carbonation keeps the mouthfeel just light of being full.

Totally dig the mix of flavors in this hybrid. Only thing I would add to it is a little more amarillo. Otherwise an outstanding brew that I will probably never know how to pronounce.

Slynger, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

The HCDIT pours light, like a Belgian tripel would. Its hazy, yellowish gold with a big fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin lacy film at the top of the glass.

It smells grassy and slightly hay-like. It also has a spicy, sweet hop smell mixed with some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste is at first yeasty. It also has a sweetness mixed with hay and hops. Its definitely an odd combo, part tripel and part IPA. Its a good way to really describe this unique combo as you get a little something from both styles with every sip and smell.

I've never really had anything like this before. Its a strong Belgian with lots of hops. You can't go wrong with this one or any others by the same brewers.

indiapaleale, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

I was able to try Houblon Chouffe on tap at the Drafting Room's Hopfest.

Houblon Chouffe poured a hazy and bright lemon yellow color with a decent sized head of white foam. I thought the retention was OK, but it could have been better. It managae to leave to leave behind a handful of foamy white rings along the edge and spots of lace here and there. The aroma was a bit on the yeasty side with spicy citrus hops, a pinch of citrus fruits, and a dash of pine in the background. The taste started of gentle with yeast and fruit esters and then after the esters have passed, in comes the dried citrus hops, a drop of lemon, more citrus fruits, and then it finished up with fruity yeast. The hops in here weren't as aggressive as I thought they were going to be. It was a medium bodied beer that contained a nice aftertaste of citrus hops and fruity yeast. I couldn't help but notice that it really masked it's high 9% ABV. There was no way of knowing from the taste or mouthfeel that the ABV% was that high. Overall, a nice not too overly agressive hoppy Belgian beer.

AltBock, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -5%

A- poured a foggy golden color with a huge white foamy head on top, left light lacing all around the entire glass as well.

S- big lemon yeasty smells, little grass undertones from the pine. I think the lemon is the way that the hops and pine work together and its pretty damn delicious smelling, a nice IPA scent with the belgian signature

T- nice big mix of maltiness and hoppiness. the saaz hops play a really grassy note and put a delicious blend on it. the alcohol is pretty much non-existant in the mix. a light clove and yeasty charachter on the fade. pretty damn delicious

M- light/medium body, medium carbonation

D-might go for something a little cheaper but its a great beer

Atron67, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

All right....Houblon Chouffe, I'm excited about this one. I just know that the gnomes will not disappoint.

A - Poured into the Duvel tulip. Golden body with ice-cream-cone like head that is sticking around forever; gobs of very fine lacing. I'm glad the Duvel tulip allows for easy drinking under a huge head, or else I'd never get to take a sip. Can't get much better than that. The ice-cream-cone top stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Really, this lacing and overall aesthetic appearance is f'ing amazing, and it just gets better with the second pour. If you have a Duvel tulip, use it here....trust me on this one.

S - It's pretty cool to smell American hops in a Belgian beer - there they are. I also smell the typical spicy Chouffe yeast over a slight sweetness.

T - Whoa, the hops have been unleashed here; this is opening up a can of hoppy whup-ass. I'll be damned, it really is like a DIPA crossed with a Tripel/BSPA. It's hoppy, it's spicy, it's sweet...there's a lot going on. There's a fresh grassy flavor that dries it out, leaving you ready to take another swig. Alcohol doesn't much manifest itself in the taste; there's really no room for it anyway. I've not had many of these Belgian IPA/Tripels, but this strikes me as a masterwork of the style, so I will rate it as such.

F - Has some of that resinous hop-oil feel we Americans love so much in our DIPAs, with the airy Belgian feel. Carbonation seems a bit intense, lots of small, burpy bubbles. Still, overall good feel.

D - The gnomes always seem to make beers that require you to take your time, and this is no exception. You can't swig it as easily as most American DIPAs...but nearly all serious beer lovers are gonna be happy with this beer. Hopheads will love it, aficionados of Belgian beers will love it, and there's enough malt and interesting spicy yeast stuff going on to satiate those who like their beer rich and malty. It will also satisfy those who love a good hoppy farmhouse ale (like me!) Not for the neophyte, though. Cut your teeth on American DIPAs and BSPAs, and then get back to this. This Belgian IPA thing is a great idea, and the Brasserie d'AChouffe is just the brewery to execute it to near-perfection. The level of craft here is very evident...if I ever make it to Belgium, these guys are tops on my list of places to visit. This might even be their best beer, and that's saying a lot. All hail the gnomes!

Patrick999, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours meduim yellow in color with some particles floating around. Head was massive, bordering on too much. Retention and lacing were both excellent.

S - Fruity citrus notes hit the nose first. Primarily made up of lemon and maybe some orange. There is some pine hidden behind the fruit. Alcohol and pale malt round out the aroma.

T - Hop flavor is big but remarkably smooth. Starts out with hints of grapefruit and orange. Midway there is a solid malt backbone that tastes like some honey was added. Yeast and bread flavors stay in a distant background while alcohol really pulls everything together into one cohesive flavor experience.

M - Medium bodied and maybe just a little too much carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - Drinkability is good. Overall, the beer is smoother than expected. Alcohol is somewhat hidden which makes this beer go down even easier. Definitely a beer I would have again.

csmiley, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

On-tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul

Very interesting. In short, I'd have liked a touch more from the malt, but there's a lot of awesome hops flavors here. They're big and rough, yet sweet at times, and always tasty. I'm talking citrus fruit punch with grassy and herbal elements. The richness of flavor is on par with any good DIPA, but the body is more drinkable than most 9% beers. There was a mild bready malt flavor with a hint of vanilla and spice that reminds me a touch more of a wit.

Overall, this is a pretty cool combination of a Belgian ale with big hops. Definitely worth trying.

tempest, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

my first belgian double ipa, who would of thought the style existed, very few exist according to BA, so here goes maybe the only one i'll ever try. it looks like a hefe, a cloudy yellow color with a big white head, tons of lacing, and a huge huge head, smell is like a hefe aswell, but with more hop undertoes. taste is absolutely magical, its just amazing. im at a loss for words, its like heaven came down in the form of a beer and poured itself for me to drink. its unlike any beer i've ever had, its a very mild double ipa, its nothing like any american double IPA's, not even remotely as hoppy as most american ipa's, but has a more malty flavor to it, and alot of carbonation. i really can't formulate any words, its just perfect.

1fastz28, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

very very good! this poured slightly cloudy into my glass. yeast particles swimming around made it cloudy. excellent carbonation and head. this girl was a true delight. wonderful citrus aroma. excellent citrus taste with a nice dry finish.

highly recommend this one! suckem up and movem out!

giblet

giblet, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

750 ml into a tulip. Batch 4 - best by 2009.

Pours a clear, golden-apricot body laden with a massive supply of yeast particles. A thick, foamy, cream head caps the yellow elixer, leaving behind fat blotches of lacing and retaining quite well. The aroma is a blend of subtle, yet fruity hops, citrus, Earl Gray tea, bay leaves, and fresh cut grass.

The flavor is also quite grassy, but brings along other notes: tangy orange, pepper, lemon, dandelion, and booze. A nice alcohol bite grips the back of the palate, it's not overwhelming and quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is thick & bubbly, with a prickly hop, grass, & alcohol finish. An excellent aftertaste of American-style hops is left behind. This is one of the most drinkable Belgian beers around, even at 9% ABV. It's complex, tasty, smooth, refreshing, and certainly a brew I'll be purchasing again.

wagenvolks, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

poured from a bomber

best before end of 2009....Batch#3 9.0 ABV

Poured into a chalice....a great white, 3 finger creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Lots of citrus slight grapefuit, lots of hops and a slight yeast in the aroma.

Citrus..lots of hops but the hops is not overpowering at first. The hops taste really comes on in the end but it is still subtle. There's something else there slight pine, grapfruit. Very tasty especially the more sips you take.

Very good mouthfeel. This is a very good tripel. I'm going to slowly enjoy this.

Matty1918, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of KyleMWood
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

Had this on-tap at a bar in Amsterdam in December. I had never had it and I chose it at random, but I was not disappointed. It was served in the Chouffe glass - pours very cloudy, with a thick head. Great smells of citrus - lots of lemon. Very drinkable for a beer with such high alcohol content. Very complex, but balanced, good hop flavor balanced by the citrus. Overall, an exceptional beer, so much so, I ordered another one. I was very happy to find it in my local liquor store on Columbus St in Boston.

KyleMWood, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: It pours a very cloudy, straw color with an enormous three finger head. Lots of sediment floating around in there. Retention was excellent and very thick coat of lace remained.

Smell: Initial citrus scents (lemon, grapefruit, and orange mostly) are strong and roll off the top. Nice, sweet smell. There are some spicy and yeasty fragrances that are strong, but complement the citrus scents well. Hops seem to be the floral variety.

Taste: Wow. Citrus flavors are sweet and a little bitter. Spice flavors (orange peel and perhaps very light clove) are excellent and push this one to the next level. Very light banana flavor seems to be present as well. Hops give it a little bitter kick. Malty flavors balance it out well. Yeasty-biscuity flavor rounds it out and sticks with the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Very drinkable despite being 9% abv. I could drink a few more of these easily. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

prototypic, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

I shared a 750 ml capped bottle with a beer buddy who was celebrating landing his first contract with a new employer.

A It poured a cloudy golden yellow body with a huge white head that could only be controlled by a gentile pour. The body was wickedly speckled with floaters. The head retained well finally settling to a even modest white cover over the surface of the liquid. There were clumps of lacking that lingered as the liquid marched down the glass.

S: When we cracked the cap a burst of alcohol fragrance filled the room. In the glass the aroma was dominated by bready white dough and sour citrusy smells. The citrus was heavily orientate to lemons and grapefruit.

T: Initially I was struck by the citirusy bitterness but the longer I sampled the more balanced and sublime the flavors became. There was a malty and yeasty presence that lingered under the hop flavors giving the brew a strong backbone and moderating the hop bitterness. The hops also presented an array of spices that added zip to the brew.

M: It was a smooth and creamy, light to medium body with a sharp spicy and citrusy profile and a clean and worm finish. There was only a minor bitter/sour aftertaste.

D: Superior malt to hop balance. Very complex and enjoyable. This is a beer lovers dream...best of BSPA and American IPA.

dnichols, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

A-Poured a hazy yell-gold w/thick off-white head into a Chouffe goblet. The frothy head lingered forever, and beautiful lacing rimmed the area above the surface of the liquid.
S-A nice blend of hops, fruity esters, and light spice.
T-Spice and hops, citrus notes, sweet doughy malt.
M-Crisp, light and sweet despite high alcohol. Carbonation is just right, and balance is good.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Hazy, pale yellow / orange color with huge, persistent head. The head might never have disipated if I hadn't drunk it.

Biscuits and mildly citrusy hops up the nose. I can smell the Belgian yeast, too.

So much over the tongue: citrus, begian yeast, hops but not the aftertaste - grapefruit - I need to brush my teeth (and tongue) hops.

You can feel the oversized bubbles flow over your tongue and down your throat, and it feels nice.

It's a potent brew, but so delicious you will end up having at least a little too much. Very nice beer - one I would be more than happy to enjoy anytime - but my favorite IPA (of any variety) is still Urthel's.

RedBeerchetta, Mar 21, 2008
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,171 ratings.