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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,075 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,075
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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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
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful silk-screened 750 mL, capped champagne bottle - brewed with Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz. It pours a medium to dark gold with quite active carbonation that subsides fairly quickly, and is topped with a 2 inch, rocky head that is fluffy on the bottom and dense as meringue on top. The lace is extremely sticky and subsequent pours release yeast and floaties that turn the body a hazed peach. The smell is essentially all hops: spicy/perfumy, floral, citric (lemony), and grassy (freshly-cut hay), with notes of dried apricot, pear?, pine, and a lightly musty character. The flavor has additional notes of apples and raw, leafy/green hops which contribute a medium bitterness. It would be higher, but there is a hefty malt background taming the hops and reminding us of the tripel influence. However, at times the malts become a touch too sweet. The body is nice and smooth, medium to full and very balanced, with a carbonation that starts high but mellows near the end. Overall quite an interesting blend of the two styles, slowly progressing from a hoppy DIPA to a sweet, malty tripel. Would definitely try again, but I wish the malt bill were slightly smaller.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 21:24:06 | More by mmmbeer
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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ever since reading the article here on BA I've been wanting to try this. They have a few bottles at Cairo Liquours in DC and its been calling my name every time I walk in.

Appearance: Golden tawny yellow underneath a pillowy white head. Can already see the intense lacing forming on my chalice. An amazing looking beer. Such great clarity and simplicity of colour with just an amazing head and lacing.

Smell: Yeast, horse blanket, mixed with citrus and cloved spiceness. A grounded aroma which begs to spring forth.

Taste: A nearly insane combination of an IPA and tripel. Has a great hop presence balanced with a spiceness and barnyard flavour of a Belgian Tripel. Some great citrus flavours, yet touched in dryness. If 4.8 was possible I'd give it to this, as near to a 5 as may be possible.

Mouthfeel: A dry set nicely carbonated beer. Has all the mouthfeel qualities of a tripel, and although the slickness of the IPA is there the abbrassiveness is nicely left out.

Drinkability: So I shared this 750ml amongst a few friends, to their great enjoyment (they may not be so lucky next time). It hides the high level of alcohol so well (it is unnoticable) that this could easily creep up on you, and I feel until that level hits, I would indulge in this. Will certainly return to this one, a job well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 07:12:09 | More by jslot38
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy yet opaque honey color producing three fingers of dense, creamy head and great retention thereof. The head looks like clouds (heaven?), very enticing.

S: A robust yeast aroma and strong hop presence in the nose. Citrusy, sweet, and pleasing. A bit of fruit and spice as well.

T: A surprisingly well-rounded taste for this IPA/Tripel fusion. A powerful hop taste with little bitterness, most likely due to the sugar counteracting the hops. A lingering bitterness sticks around, but it's not overpowering and quite enjoyable. Great tasting from front to back and a hell of a flavor combination executed to perfection.

M: Crisp, great level of carbonation, all around awesome mouthfeel. Oily hop texture that doesn't dry out the palate or make it uncomfortable to keep drinking.

D: An all-around tasty offering that excels. 9% abv makes it one to savor. Still, this style is done exceedingly well, and I would order another, and stock up on several.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 17:43:07 | More by CharlieMopps
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt 9.4 Fl. oz bottle courtesy of TwelveVoltMan. Monstrous thanks for sending this back to PA with me after the OSU-Uof(why can't we beat OSU)M game.

Pours a succulent chunky bright gold in color. Simply Titanic-sized, uber-creamy head boils up and lies in fluffy bunches in the glass. Huge-ma splotches of nose-clinging lace enhance the experience.

Aromas, per the label, are a result of Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz hops. Holy shit. The bottle don't lie. Assault on the nasal passages by the trifecta of hops. And it's all good. Playing second fiddle to the 3 Hopsmen of the Apocalypse is a lively array of peppery spice, doughy yeast, and even some funk as it warmed. Another easy 5 here.

Flavors start off estery-sweet and show some citrusy component. Bannanas and orange peel. Lemon zest. Middle sees some crispness creep in. Finishes dry, with a hint of honey-soaked ABV to let you know it ain't a pushover. Almost a numbing of the palate from the hops. Oily residue on my lips and window-shaking burps add to the experience.

Mouthfeel is every so slightly on the thin side. If this had a little more "oomph" it'd be off the charts. Still, the thick and creamy lace do a nice cloaking job on the palate.

This beer is just stupidly drinkable. Never mind the big-assed bottle. I had no problems draining this one. Such a great combination of flavors and aromas. I must get several more of these when I venture west to Ohio next time. This is one damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 00:50:20 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, but somewhat murky champagne coloration, with lots of little bubbles shooting up to the top. Heading was thick and white, sticking to the sides of the glass, and holding up very well. Aroma definitely had some odd yeasty smells reminiscent of some of the crappy euro pale lagers. The hop bitterness could also be detected, which was probably what was balancing the strong yeast smells. Taste was pretty damn bitter up front, then became pretty fruity towards the end. Mouthfeel was medium I would say, with lots of carbonation, but not too much. I won't have a problem finishing off the bottle, but I think once is enough for this one. I guess my problem is that I love ipas, but Im not too crazy about tripels. Oh well, its worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 22:45:09 | More by jamie2dope
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Budlum

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this beer produces a huge, fluffy white head that never seems to leave. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass through a bottle. The body is a hazy and pale, straw yellow color with a lot of slowly rising bubbles. A very attractive beer.

The nose of this beer is started by a big rush of hops accompanied by a balanced malty sweetness. A fruity sweetness of apples and pears mixes in with plenty of floral aromas. The hop presence is quite fresh with a lot of citrus. Light vanilla adds additional compexity.

A smooth hop flavor immediately embraces the palate with a pine essence and pepper spice. A smooth, malty flavor provides incredibly neutral sweetness to balance some of the hop strength. The finish soon approaches with a yeast and oak flavor. Deeper towards the finish, hops re-appear and mix with the earthy, oak flavors. A rising sweetness blends with more hop spice for a wonderful close. This is an incredibly complex and unique beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is luxurious and creamy. Carbonation is quite good and likely inflated by the hop spice.

Drinkability is excellent. The flavors and mouth presence are so wonderful that this beer just disappears from the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 20:17:50 | More by Budlum
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours with a huge white whipped cream head that takes forever to dissipate and leaves great lace.

Smells creamy and hoppy and very crisp.

Tastes of stone fruit in the beginning, and then quite hoppy, but beautifully balanced The combination of all the hops and the unique esters from the Belgian yeast makes an unusual and delicious combination. A great beer.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Nice weight, creamy, but with some crispness from the carbonation level and the hops.

A beer that I could just keep sucking down. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 19:21:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to a red wine glass. Great white billowing head! One one of the nicest snow white heads I have seen. Very nice golden pale hue. Smell is of saaz hops. The nose was a lot like a fresh czech pilsner. Taste- the hops have really blended in well with the malts. I don't know the age of this beer, it may in fact have some age on it.Very balanced and absolutely delicious. There is not hint that this is a 9% beer. I have quite a few pints of this, but alas it is my only bottle. I will miss you little gnome! If only I could find you close to home. Very creative offering and an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 22:02:27 | More by oakbluff
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Redrover

Illinois

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

75 CL Green bottle with lots of good information. No freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is a cloudy, hazy dark yellow with a massive chiffon like head. The head stays and stays and just clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is nicely spicy with lots of black pepper, hard candy and some more hops. There is some funky bread dough swirling around in the background.

The taste is nicely bitter with more than a bit of sweetness. There is a lot of spice and just a hint of citrus and pine. The brewer did a great job of masking the 9% alcohol as none is evident in the taste. The flavors are really nice and the flavors hold together as you work though the beer. Beer turns slightly sour & earthy late which just adds a nice little kick.

The mouth is pleasantly puckering with low carbonation. The elves outdid them selves with this one!! Viva La Chouffe!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 00:37:50 | More by Redrover
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arizcards

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 75cl bottle at AJ's Labor Day weekend for $9.59.

Beer was poured slowly but resulted in a gigantic fluffy head that is leaving lacing all over my Duvel glass. It is pale in color and highly charged from the carbonation. My nose was greeted with a nice aroma of Belgian hops and yeast, light citrus, and spices. Taste is a wonderful blend of a Belgian Tripel and a strong Pale Ale styles. An orange peel hop fuels the finish. Mouthfeel is classic Belgian smoothness crossed with a fine dry champagne feel. Drinkability is very enjoyable. Alcohol is slight in the background with each sip. This is an interesting style which i would recommend to Belgian PA and Tripel fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 23:33:36 | More by arizcards
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WeisGuy

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy with lots of sediment, huge rocky white head with good retention and great lacing

s - great mix of Belgian maltiness and hoppiness, lots of spice and citrus

t - very unique taste, like the nose, a great mix of Belgian and IPA flavors, spicy and citrusy with a nice hoppy bitter kick, finish is sweet and bitter, alcohol not noticeable

m - ample carbonation, medium-bodied, dry finish

d - very drinkable, could be dangerous b/c the 9% abv is not noticeable at all

Very unique brew that I'm glad to finally try. Great to see some Belgian brewers being this innovative and mixing styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 15:32:43 | More by WeisGuy
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BillyB

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a straw yellow to golden color. Slightly hazy/cloudy.
A huge foamy mound of thick white head. Looks like shaving cream.

Aromas are citrusy. Lemon, spices, coriander, pepper, hops, yeast.

Tastes more like a triple than an ipa but still very hoppy. Notes of grapefruit, pepper, coriander, wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. Slightly creamy. Abit spritzy.

Overall, this is an incredibly unique beer and definitely pulls off the combining of the two different styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 00:44:17 | More by BillyB
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 17:17:43 | More by tjthresh
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As advertised, this is a tripel ipa. Not an iiipa, of course, but a geniune belgium tripel style, with an ipa delivery of hops. This is a hophead's dream come true (assuming that they're fans of belgium beers - but who isn't?). Pours and smells like a quality tripel. I smell bready yeasts, spice, apple, and a hint of banana. Good, sticky head retention. But once on the tongue, its obvious that something's different. The hop profile leaps out almost immediately. Citrus burn and peppery zest. Starting like a tripel, and ending like a solid ipa, this offering finally leaves that lovely, lingering earthy, fruity after taste, once the hops-burn fades, and then you burp up a little grapefruit. This is fantastic! Drinkable for sure, but at 9.00% is rather heavy duty. Get your hands on one of these! Enjoy with fuji apples and sharp white cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 18:35:06 | More by kingjames1
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chadspivey

Texas

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

thanks to gpcollen for the opportunity to try this
2006, poured into a chimay deep goblet.

A: HUGE three finger bleach white head that dissipates slightly but lingers. light yellow color beer that is kinda murky, much
like hoegarden. the head is just very unique, never seen a head just linger like that. .

S: lemon citrucy kinda smell with spices and interesting hops. IMO it smells almost exactly like Chimay White, but with a more citrucy smell.

T: can taste more belgian tripel flavor here than an IPA. Still, more hops than a normal belgian tripel, but not enough to actually put IPA in the name, in my opinion. To me, tastes like a more hoppy version of chimay white.

M: creamy mouthfeel, kinda kinda thin, but ...very nice.

D: very drinkable beer, just blew through the 750 mL, and could easily do another, maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 07:30:07 | More by chadspivey
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy coppery yellow coloration. No sediment floating in the beer. The head is 3 fingers high very thick and fluffy. The head looks like someone squirted shaving creame on my beer. The head never died during consumption. Pancake batter like lacing remain clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell: This is one of the oddest beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. The beer is a very eccentric mixture of Saison, IPA and Belgian Tripple. The beer has very aromatic hops grapefruit, citrus zest, with floral earthy notes. The super malty candy sugar sweetness is most excellent.

Taste: What the hell? Did someone put over hop my tripple? The beer delivers on major amounts of hops grapefruit, citrus zest, peppery coriander sweet malted wheat. There is much more going on here but suffice it to say it is good!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. Very nice combo of hops added to a great tripple base. This is a very interesting and dam tasty beer. The alcohol is well hidden in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 12:18:23 | More by nlmartin
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a massive three run by finger head, even though I poured gently. As the head slowly fades, it leaves a thick layer of foam behind.

Smell; floral and grassy hops are the dominant aromas. After a bit some nice citric aromas come out as well as yeast and peppery spices.

Taste; lots of fruity flavors with oranges, lemons, mangoes and some hints of pineapple. There's some sweet malts in the middle, that quickly gets overrun by hops. The hops come across as herbal, grassy and slightly floral. The finish is spicy, and a little bit drying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with and initial sharpness from the carbonation, and then becomes smooth. Drinkability is really damn good, especially since I couldn't really detect any alcohol through the entire beer.

Not quite what i would expect from and IPA or from a Tripel, but this is one damn good beer no matter what style you condemn it to. I will definitely be picking more of this one up, since it's now available in Omaha thanks to Beertopia.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 01:46:23 | More by RedHaze
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Was really looking forward to this one, and I'll make it review #600.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow, huge white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head sticks for the long haul, very rocky. Smell is amazing, sweet, some citrus, grapefruit, toffee, yeast, floral, some alcohol, very hoppy. Taste is toffee and yeast, with a big floral grapefruit hop hit, tons of citrus, some wheat, long hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, medium, some warmth, nice clean hoppy finish. Excellent experiment, wish more breweries would create hybrids like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 01:10:26 | More by Viggo
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

A hoppy, Belgian strong pale ale?
Is it true?
Can it be??
YES!
VICTORY IS MINE!
This is the first bottle of the Chouffe line up that I've enjoyed. Be it freshness or renewed effort on the part of the brewery... this is a good one.
This has the hops bite of a moderately hoppy APA and that Belgian yeast works some magic with those hops.
An incredible, dense, creamy, sculpt-able head sits atop a lovely gold fluid. Right up there with Duvel in appearance.
The scent doesn't make anywhere near the impact but it is pleasant; Belgian pale ale all the way.
The overall flavor is that of a well made tripel. Nectarine bitterness, cream, a quick hint of corriander, subtle subtle grapefruit.... the Saaz hops in here really speak up; I had some Prima Pils this week and I'm getting some of those flavors with the volume bumped up.
An imperial pilsner! Yeah! That's what this is like. This lacks the oily resinous qualities of well respected APAs but this does have the balls of a badass pilsner.
Whatever you want to call this guy I'd say this is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 08:48:57 | More by ommegangpbr
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Maredsous chalice.

Appearance - A pale, hazy golden yellow. Outstanding three fingers of beautiful foam. Looks like a cloud landed on top of my glass. Lacing makes my chalice appear frosted more and more with each sip. A perfect pour.
Smell - Spicy, peppery, lemongrass. Yeast and sweet fruit.
Taste - Lemon and apple at first. Very dry as the spiciness kicks in followed by a moderately bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Leaves a slight burn on the tongue that I liken to the after effects of a cinnamon altoid.
Drinkability - This one went down surprisingly quickly. Not as noticeable as some other 9% beers. Before I knew it, I was finishing up my third and final pour of the bottle craving another glassful.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 02:22:32 | More by ClockworkOrange
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, shining golden color beneath a massive head of bright-white foam.
Aroma of strong bready yeast notes on a bed of floral and perfumy notes greats the olfactory senses.
Flavor profile as a balanced light malty quality with a floral and fruity center and a dry spicy finish. Flavor is very unique and interesting but in the end doesn’t quite work for me. Mouthfeel is sort of smooth and creamy and first and then has a distinctive chalky bitter finish. Not unpleasant just very dry.
Overall drinkability is fine, this is a very unique, solidly constructed and quality beer, but just doesn’t have the right balance or transition for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 17:38:20 | More by CRJMellor
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goschool

California

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

The 750 ml bottle has one of those larger crown caps that can take two pries to open. As soon opened the cap the beer began to violently overflow. I reached for a the first glass I could grab, which was a shaker pint glass, so that's what I'm drinking this out of.

Appearance: The pour is a frothy white color with about an inch of cloudy light gold beer on the bottom. I can't believe this is 9%. The massive head lasts forever in a ridiculous cumulonimbus cloud shape. Even the second, third, etc. pours give their best lemon meringue pie impressions. (It takes a ton of pours since there's so little body in each glass.)

Smell: The nose has flowery and citrusy hops, grains, lemony zest, pepper, and a hint of yeast and even less funk. There is a bit of saison going on in the aroma, but a hoppy tripel describes it pretty well.

Taste: This is as big and bitter as saaz hops get. Lots of hoppy bitterness for a triple combined with lemon zest, orange peel, esters, soft pepper, grain, dough, and Belgian yeast. There's a lot going on in this one to say the least.

Mouthfeel: The medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and finishes dry.

Drinkability: This is complex and pleasant on every level. It's much easier to drink than it's ABV has any right to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 04:47:12 | More by goschool
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle. No "best by/bottled on" date found, though at 9% abv, it should be in good shape for some time...

I poured this sucka into my chalice, and it had a light-to-medium golden color. The liquid gold had a touch of haziness and a slow but steady procession of carbo rising topside. And at the top was a head of a solid 4" of fine, tight bubbles coming together to form a huge, marshmallow-like white layer of foam. The head ebbs ever-so-slowly, leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. Aroma is tough to peg. Some crackery malt comes through, along with a grassy, lemony character, plus a spicy, Saazy quality. The body is just about in the same area code as most medium-bodied biers, and the feel on the tongue is rather light on the prickliness, making for a decent overall mouthfeel.

Taste? Well, what a melange of different flavors. Some bready, crackery malt lending a light sweetness is in there. Lemony, tropical fruit notes check-in, with a distinct rindy aspect being very-much up-front. Quite dry in general, with the rind-like flavor really sticking in the mouth long and hard. Does have some subtle spicyness, along with a noticeable yeasty aspect. As I pour more and more, lots of residue and tiny chunky bits start to swirl around and make their way into the chalice. The 9% abv seems very well hidden, too. Tasty bier, for whatever style you want to peg it in. Has decent drinkability, also,, especially if you're buying!! ;-)

Prosit!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

938

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 22:16:25 | More by Bierman9
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at the store, I was overjoyed. Having read about this beer's advent here on BA, I was eager to see how it turned out.

Appearance: A straw color which is rather dull in body, but man, every review prior has been right about the head: fluffy, sticky, pillowy, amazing. Lacing is impressive. Watching the patterns it makes on your glass after each swirl is very entertaining. Lots of floaties in the body upon holding up to a light.

Smell: The hops are rather subdued relative to actual American IPA's, much less Double IPA's, but they are still, definitely, much more present than in your average tripel. Floral up front for me, sweet and meandering into a slight waft of pine. The hops sort of come in mists as you inhale, like a light cloud pillowing the banana, apple, and subdued blueberry Tripel esters I pick up as a base. And then, at the end of the nose, comes a gentle smack of grapefruit peel hop aroma. Great.

Taste: I'd agree with other reviewers that the taste takes a back seat to aroma and appearance. Banana, Grapefruit peel pine up front, pear, apple following, with an IBU-packed biting finish. A little warm alcohol as you go down the throat, but pleasant. Not a bad taste by any means, just not quite as complex as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Piercing little carbonation bubbles dominate the mouthfeel. Definitely a little over-carbonated, but nothing too detracting.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, but the alcohol sneaks up on you. This beer truly is one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

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