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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,074 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 141
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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acrawf6

Louisiana

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

Pours out light golden with a large billowing head.

Smell. I get a lot of the saaz aromas with a lemon citrus. small yeastiness, and as it warms, i get a good sweetness like a tripel or bspa.

Taste. very interesting. first i get the taste of a tripel, but then the bittering hops kick in. nice balance with the hop bitterness and the candi sweetness. small bit of lemon citrus flavor with a little bit of a pepperyness to it. aftertaste is a little yeasty and i would say on the more bitter side.

Mouthfeel. tons of carbonation. very interesting, and very good balance. Body seems medium-full. this beer hides the alcohol very well.

Overall and great and unique beer. the color was lighter than i thought, but not a bad thing. the head is incredibly large and sustains through the whole beer. makes me wonder what a belgian double ipa would taste like (and how much alc they would make it)

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 03:25:03 | More by acrawf6
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is cloudy amber with a very thick head that persists like whipped cream more than beer foam. The smell is weak and so-so, but the taste is superb - smooth with a bite, as well as plenty of hoppiness and fruity undertones. A very tasty brew that is worth looking for; I found it at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur (just east of Atlanta) Georgia.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 22:27:19 | More by Cyberkedi
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NolateM

Connecticut

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Somewhat cloudy yellow-gold with a fantastic thick (practically solid) white head.

Great hoppy/yeasty aroma.

Delicious smooth citrusy hop flavor, and not too overpowering yeast presence. Tastes very fresh. Some sweetness, but also not too overpowering. The hoppy IPAness really balances the sweet tripelness in this beer.

Well-carbonated, easy to drink, not too overpoweringly alcoholy.

I'm not sure why I didn't give this beer such high reviews the first time I had it. Perhaps I expected it to be different. It's delicious and damn near perfectly balanced. Great for ANY beer drinker, period!

$6 a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 20:28:49 | More by NolateM
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Contra

New York

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

I've always wanted to try one of the 25.4 oz bottles from Brasserie d'Achouffe, and my local distributor (Half Time) had a 25% off sale. There isn't a better time.

Upon removing the cap, I got this strong whiff of, what I thought to be the typical "beer" smell. "Not a good sign", I thought. My glass was a little too full, so I took a sip before sitting down - Wow! Much different. Yes, it does have a backbone of a fairly typical IPA, but there is so much more to the actual profile. Hoppy & yeasty at the same time. The head started to settle, and the foam was cappuccino-like in appearance. I've never seen that in a beer. The overall appearance matches the yellow on the bottle - pure golden with sentiment throughout.

Back to the flavor profile - along with the doughy aspect comes an orange-citrus aura. There is a bitterness, which you'd expect, but it's perfectly balanced, as the bitterness fades into a sweetness.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 23:54:14 | More by Contra
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brushpig

Illinois

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

Had a glass on tap at The Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Houblon Chouffe glass.

The appearance was a orange yellow hue with a nice white frothy head.

The aroma was full of orange/citrus, spices, yeast, and light banana

The taste was extremely smooth, with great flavors hops, breads,
fruits. a very well balenced beer that hides the alcohol, yet still has a nice bit.

The mouth feel was pleasent, nice amount of carbination.

Drinkable..Hell yes
If you get the chance ...do it

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2007 21:34:38 | More by brushpig
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, some hops and a little bit of fruit (banana & apple).

T: A strong Belgian yeast flavor mixed with a floral hops bitterness dominates the taste. There’s a tiny bit of malt and fruit sweetness. After-taste is bready and bitter.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling, hell of a kick to it, but I found this beer fell short of the hype surrounding it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2007 15:55:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Crosling

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered online. Poured into my Schiltz Chalice, this Belgian ale poured with a monstrous foam of good density, forming cool shapes as it fell. Dried herbs, with hints of fruits (white peach and pear), some aroma hops. Herbal and dry initially, until the mid-palate leads way into a deep, sweet, estery fruitiness, with hints of mint. Finish has some hops, lingering herb and spruce. Just okay. Not very magical. Could be hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 05:34:05 | More by Crosling
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BeerHonky

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm...I think my bottle was a bit light struck. It initially smelled skunky, but letting it air out helped tremendously. At any rate, pours a very cloudy, golden, straw yellow. A few bits of sediment suspended perfectly throughout. Huge, reactive head that resembled really airy whip cream. Some parts of the head stuck to my snifter and never dissipated. Now, Americans should not get their hopes up, because this isn't anything like an American IPA. However, you can pick up the grapefruity scent and flavor of the hops. It smells like a tropical smoothie with light booze. It tastes exactly how I thought it would...yeasty, citrusy, with a sweet malt background. Medium to medium full body that is perfectly smooth. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 05:49:42 | More by BeerHonky
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jjayjaye

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light pastel yellow color with a stiff two finger white head. Violent, explosively eruptive effervescence demands your attention. 3 dimensional lacing can be observed… I’m talking ice cream soda-like chucks of foam stuck along all around the glass. Tons of visible ‘bits’ suspended throughout.

A light aroma of lemon citrus is complemented by a solid malt presence.

The mouthfeel follows the bubbly carbonation. This beverage sports a light refreshing body. The 9% alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is a bit tart and fruity and finishes clean.

I find it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 23:59:58 | More by jjayjaye
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ejquin

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Orange with beautiful fluffy white head

S: Piney hops with orange peel. Slight spice with slight alcohol.

T: mostly hoppy fading to sweetness. Spice comes through on finish. Crisp finish.

D: Very good for 9 abv beer.

M: Semi-light with good carbonation.

Ovr: I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a perfect blend of a hoppy American IPA, and a Belgian. I've always loved Fantome Brise Bon Bons, which is similar, but I enjoyed this beer even more.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 03:21:11 | More by ejquin
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

750ml green bottle, capped with a silk screen label. Once poured, this beer looks amazing in the glass. Golden-yellow with a huge, fluffy white head that lasts. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top.

Smell is very grassy with a hint of malt. Very green. Very effervesant in the mouth as it almost explodes. The flavors are very well integrated and extremely smooth. The hop notes come through more in the end as the grassy notes stay with you. A lot of the sweet flavors you would expect from a tripel help to balance out the hops and might slightly out match them.

Overall a very interesting beer with some very interesting flavors. Sorry to repeat myself but the flavors do come together nicely. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:54:13 | More by CharlesRiver
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Braudog

Virginia

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

On tap at Biergarden, Portsmouth VA. As I’d expected, a very "Belgian" visual ... hazy yellow with a big airy, foam topping. This drank extremely smoothly with a definite alcohol-spice kick, a bit of a dirty orange peel aspect, wonderfully complex, yeasty, bready, grassy, barky, with a quite bitter finish. Excited to read the description of this as a cross with American Imperial IPAs, because it all makes sense now! (#2694, 2/10/2007)

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2007 01:06:29 | More by Braudog
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh growler pour at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Appearance and smell are the same as the original on-tap review.

Appearance: The ale is a nice hazy yellow color. There is a decent head that leaves a very good ring of lace in the glass.

Smell: A funky blend of super hoppy IPAs and spicy pepper tripels.

Taste: The beer is a combination of a tripel and a DIPA, two flavors that one would never expect to meld together. The tripel's sweetness shines through up front and is soon followed by an earthy Hop-It-like hoppy earthen flavor. The hops are toned down but intense, earthy in their freshness. The tastes don't blend seemlessly, but they do not fight each other either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is unusual, tangy sourness mixed with sweetness. Neither flavor manages to stand out on its own, choosing instead to remain muddled.

Drinkability: The novelty of the beer is enough to warrant a look. The flavors though never mix together well enough to really enjoy.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2007 03:26:26 | More by akorsak
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, much better than the Piraat of the same style.
Appearance is glorious, massnormous head that sticks around for ever.
Smell is very good as well, balanced floral hops, citrus and a hint of malt.
Taste is not my favorite, kind of creamy and vinegar like.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.
Drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:03:48 | More by supercolter
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kevinhulit

New Jersey

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

what a great blend of IPA and traditional Belgian characters. Medium copper color, with a thick, THICK foam head, pale cream color. Highly aromatic, and pleasant. Great taste and smooth feel, both before and after swallow.... leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 01:40:50 | More by kevinhulit
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The big thick head of creamy off-white foam rises above the glass after the pour. The head pulls a way from the glass but last forever, there were even huge clouds of head stuck to the side of the glass after the beer was finished. I think this head was so ridicules I could have literally spread it on a cake a meringue. The body was a hazy pale yellow body with a mass of micro bubbles racing through it.

S- The smell of smooth green hops had a lemony note to them and a smooth perfumy yeast quality. In the background there was a slight earthy hint that was like fresh rain or fresh clay. There was a sweet sugary smell of hops that was very interesting and pleasant. Although hops were the biggest part of the smell they were not like typical IPA smells.

T- This beer has a dry clay or chalk note to the hops that blended with pine resin and spicy notes. This was followed by a slightly sweet perfume sugar note that then finish with a spice bitterness and then a dark green bitterness hangs on after the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel in the body was balanced by a thick mouthfeel in the head and that gave it a nice creamy quality.

D- I have tasted several attempts at trying to make a Triple and an IPA work together and they never have. This is amazing with the perfume hop smells and tastes with a slight sweetness to enhance the hops while showing them with a yeast note. The hops have nice big flavors but are not a kick in your teeth like other beers. Don't get me wrong I like a good kick-in-the-teeth hop monster aswell.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 22:03:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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roughsax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Purchased at River City Cellars on Cary St. Side of bottle states: Batch #2 Best before end 2009. Poured in to an Allagash Chalice.

S- Very aromatic. Zesty lemon and orange citrus, earthy tones. Floral.

A- Golden, haze (I don't mind some of the sediment), THICK white head, lacing abound. Lots of chunky, fluffy head on the glass. Retained some all the way through the last sip.

T- All tripel up front. Citrus, earthiness, sweet. All IPA in the back. Smacked by floral hops in the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout. Some honey perhaps.

M- Good. Creamy, chewy, fantastic.

D- Excellent. This is a great brew. The alcohol is not too much, though it is present. Not for mass consumption. The sweetness is present throughout, making the bitter finish not so abrasive. I will be drinking this more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 15:36:44 | More by roughsax
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schusterbauer

Michigan

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

the beer has a champagne hue, and a champagne carbonation, with a gigantic white head that never disappears. in fact it seems to have a will of it own, dividing into small glaciers, and roaming about the top of the beer. smell is nice -- typical belgian yeast funk, hops, spice, pine, vanilla...
the label don't lie. it tastes like a high-qualty tripel melded with a high quality, subtle, IPA. amazingly balanced, and quite inspired. something about this beer, conceptually, would lead one to believe it would be very showy and bold. this is not the case at all, making it easy to appreciate its flavors without being overwhelmed, or forced to concentrate all that hard on it. a beautiful beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 17:20:49 | More by schusterbauer
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rallison

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer!

A: Light in color, definitely looks like a tripel in that sense. However, it also has an incredibly fluffy white head that will not die. Took the bartender at least 5 minutes to finish pouring an 8 oz serving. She earned her tip, that's for sure. Speaking of which, I'm ever grateful to Liar's Club for putting this on tap.

S: Smelled rather delicate, with a faint hop presence, and maybe a bit of spice.

T: This is where it really gets good. A perfect marriage of ipa and tripel. First you get the wonderful, delicate tripel flavors - coriander, orange...along those lines. But then, that is perfectly complemented, and enhanced, by the hops. Whatever hops they used have similar flavors to what was already in the tripel...just makes it that much better. Wonderful! And unlike anything I've had before.

M: Also perfect. Almost creamy, with the perfect delicate tripel sort of body (you know, that almost thin body that is anything but disappointing, as it lets the flavors really shine). That, along with the perfect head, makes this the second area that I could not fault at all!

D: Very, very drinkable. If it weren't for the alcohol (and the cost if bought in bottles), I'd drink this all day.

If you ever see this on tap, try it! I did also have a bottle a while ago, but I really enjoyed it the most on tap. It transformed it from a very good, solid beer to an absolutely exceptional beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2007 02:56:45 | More by rallison
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle into a chalice a hazy honey-yellow. The meringue-like head was gorgeous and thick enough to hold my car keys, I'd bet.

Yeast, citrusy and a dose of spiciness rose from the glass.

IPA meets Tripel. Hops galore with citrus in a perfect balance.

Nicely carbonated, smooth with some chewiness.

This beer will always have a place in my heart and my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 17:40:10 | More by Monkeyknife
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emericanchaos

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD.

22oz green silkscreened bottle. yellow label with colorful chouffe character on front. back tells a story about the chouffe traveling through hopfields along with icons of what type of hops used. i take it achouffe is making this after sampling some american IPA's.

A: golden straw yellow. medium carbonation, and enormous dense sticky head. like meringue. literally. absolutely amazing.

S: raw hops abound. slight bready yeasty smell underneath.

T: amazing. raw hops all over. very vegetable like with a certain pine flavor to it. not much for fruity flavors in this guy. it's all hop. big bold and raw. slight cracker like malt underneath all the hop. extremely puckering dry finish. very papery.

M: not as thick as a typical belgian but certainly beer in character. perfectly balanced with a little bit of chew. again, like saltines without the salt.

D: hop heads rejoice! the beer gods have handed down this gem from the frothy heavens! alchohol flavor is not present at all. if you're into hops you'll agree that this beer could be downed all night. lethal!

overall i'm impressed. draws a similar line to urthel's hopit but i think achouffe did alot more things right in this beer than urthel did with hopit. superb hop flavor with that lovely belgian quality and craftsmanship to it.

outstanding. top 3 beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 09:34:01 | More by emericanchaos
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stouty1

Michigan

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

This beer did not want to be in the bottle. It wanted out so bad that when I popped the top, it came rushing out and spilling into my sink! The only thing I could say was, "Oh SH.T!!" I immediatley started pouring into my glass. It formed a huge 4 inch thick, creamy head. After dissapating, it ended up looking like someone tossed in a scoop of Cool Whip in the center. This is the thickest and most foamy head I have ever seen. I stuck my finger in and pulled out a marble sized "piece" of foamy head. After the head was small enough for me to drink, I had about a half full glass with a cloudy Mountain Dew'ish color beer with beasties floating around. Almost reminded me of a Hefe!

S: A blast of alcohol! Fruity ripe pears and Belgium hops. Some zesty lemon in the background.

T: Lemon and apples. Some ripe pears and great bittery hops. But wait, I smelled the alcohol. Where in the heck is it?

M: Thick, creamy, and chewy. What a consistency! How do they pull off thick, yet smooth.

D: HE-double hockey sticks YEAH!!! I may have to make another trip back to Chicago to find this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 02:04:18 | More by stouty1
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GooberMcNutly

Florida

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

Note: I am not usually an IPA hophead, but this Belgian take on an American classic is an interesting turn. High on the spicy hop bitterness without the excessive grassy or vegetative "fresh" hop flavor from dry hopping and late additions. Gives a strong citrus and gingery bitterness that finishes clean and helps cleanse the palate from strong and spicy food. Strong like an IIPA but light and bubbly like a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 16:49:24 | More by GooberMcNutly
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Realale

Missouri

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

Clear pale gold. Bright white extremely fine head settles slowly and stickily leaving huge chunky islands of foam. Repours generate a huge head that sits and stays at about two inches. Beautiful.

Gorgeous hoppy nose. There is a marvelous mix of citrus, fresh mown hay, and crunchy graininess. As it warms, the lovely Chouffe spicy yeast notes join the party. Really unique and compelling stuff.

Medium-full in the mouth. Well balanced bready malt and spicy yeast notes. There is quite a lovely acidic spine that keeps things moving. Not too much hop flavor or bitterness in this one. Surprisingly like regular Chouffe in the mouth.

Fantastic, soft, supple bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Deadly drinkable for how big it is. Less hoppy than on release, and not better for it. Drink up IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 00:40:45 | More by Realale
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Vancer

Illinois

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

Another one of the big hitters from Belgium, been looking forward to this – and from the pour of bright sunshine yellow, we are off to the races.

Sparkly and topped with a small white cap, this has a good start. The candied fruits pop up in the aroma and quaff, but the extra Belgium hops make for a different aspect. Sweet start, tart IPA finish. Nice and quite a surprising take on the Belgium PAs.

This is a real afternoon sipper, and a crowd pleaser – big beer drinkers and cross-overs too.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:26:51 | More by Vancer
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,074 ratings.