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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,311 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,311
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 212 | 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 pinotboy007
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Striking light gold with a head that looks like a glistening thunderstorm - amazing. Chunks of white, pillowy lace and a nice carbonation stream with tiny yeast particles floating about.

S - Hops, malt, grass.

T - Nice, complex malty swing that finishes with hops and a light citrus and spice flavor. Delicious hop finish but reminds me a tiny little bit of Champagne. Yum.

M - Balanced carbonation and creaminess lends itself to an altogether terrific tripel.

D - At 9.0% ABV one can only take so much but let there be no doubt I could swirl down one of these 1 PT.9.4 ounce bottles with no problem - as long as I'm sitting down. Wow.

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

Poured into a goblet. Pours a hazy yellow with a huge soft, white head that won't end. Really pretty beer. Smells belgian- very spicy, lemons, some grassy hops. Taste is similar. I liken this more to a tripel than an IPA. I get some hop bitterness with the spicy belgian yeast taste, but not as biting as the De Ranke xx bitter. Very easy to drink, despite the 9% abv.

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

About 2 inches of hops sitting in the bottom of the bottle.
Cloudy yellow with a huge foamy white head,stuck around for a bit.
Hops, and characteristics of a triple. Strange combination of the two.
The best way to describe it is a "very hoppy triple." Citrus, a little biscuity some spice.
Good carbination, just a little sticky.
Glad to split with a friend but could finish a bottle alone.

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

Sits in a tulip straw yellow, is translucent leaning towards opaque and has a healthy white head.

Unmistakable Belgian aroma: herbal, grassy, hint of lemon.

Same goes for taste: It starts with a hop bite, goes sweet and creamy with a touch of honey and caramel, and a touch of citrus. The hop bitterness has some linger. I love the balance.

Good medium body, no overwhelming carbonation, the alcohol comes through and makes it feel a bit heavier than it is I think.

I dig it. It's in my little black book of go to brews.

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

Had this in the bottle quite often as I live with a Belgian IPA addict who is remorseless.

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden color. It does not have the artic landscape that is had in the bottle. The lacing is still amazing.

S: A nice mix of hops and sweetness. Again not quite as good as in the bottle but still nice.

T: Very smooth. Slightly less hoppy on tap but still very well balanced. More sweetness than hops where the bottle is the opposite.

M: Nice medium body. Slightly sticky.

D: Went down nicely. Had a 12oz pour and I could have had more. Really nice.Still I feel this is better in the bottle. This is the second time I have had this on tap and this was leaps and bounds better than the first time. That being said there is a huge variance between bottles as well.

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

First off, the bottle is awesome! I love the art and classic style.

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass. Exploded into a thick, rich head, leaving gorgeous resin and lacing on the glass. From the side it looks like a lemon meringue pie. The froth clumps like a cappuccino and stays throughout the experience. Cloudy, nearly opaque pale yellow. This beer is beautiful to watch.

Aroma: Definite Belgian yeast. Bananas and citrus (maybe oranges)

Taste: Banana and oranges again. The aroma promised more than the taste delivered. Between Belgian and IPA this is definitely closer to a Belgian.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but we definitely felt the alcohol. Honestly, it felt like we split a bottle of wine after this one.

Overall, I deeply love American IPAs and am a big fan of Belgian ales too; I thought I would enjoy this one more than I did. It seemed less a cross between styles and more its own form altogether. Still, it's a tasty beer!

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

Bottle from Market Street Wine Downtown location, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A huge creamy white sticky head with out of this world retention and even better lacing. Even after it begins to recede around the perimeter of the glass (due to the constant sips being taken), there's still a huge floating mass of creamy white goodness that remains pillar-like in the center of the glass. All the benefits of both a hoppy beer and a yeasty beer, I suppose. A yellow, orange hazy body with lots of yeast/hop particulate floaties (bad pour). One of the stickiest and most attractive beers I've ever seen.

Aroma: A light and delicate hop bouquet - floral notes, some spicy herbal qualities. There's a lot of pale and even some slightly roasted malty grainyness, but agitation really opens this one up. Lots of spicy fruity esters emerge, reminiscent of candied, spiced apples. Wonderful.

Taste: Sweet Belgian malts, spiciness and earthy yeast notes, tons of floral and grassy hops, light grapefruit, and a perfect balancing bitterness. A really great balancing of notes overall, really - exactly what you'd imagine a Belgian IPA should taste like. No hint of alcohol. Overall, it's not too sweet or too dry, just ... again, really well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Fine and even-bubbled, medium-bodied, surprisingly so, medium-thickness. Only the slightest amount of oil.

Drinkability: Absolutely no alcohol note, but you can definitely feel it afterwards. This is a truly an outstanding and complex beer, and ranks up there with some of the best I've ever had. You really can't knock it for too much, and stylistically, it's spot on - the best Belgian IPA I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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

This beer was originally described to me as a "Triple IPA", which to me, (as one who enjoys trying every "Double IPA" I can encounter") sounds like an extremely strong and extremely hoppy beer along the lines of Dogfish Head's 120 Min IPA.

Of course what the Tripel IPA really means is a cross between the Belgian Trappist style Tripel and the IPA. At times it resembles both of the styles, with an appearance which in reality resembles both. Taste resembles both, but it is not overly hoppy in the style of strong Imperial IPAs.

This is a beer worth trying if you enjoy the two styles. Not overly strongly resembling either style, but an excellent clash of the two.

Photo of soultrain19
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER!! Not the first time I've had a Houblon gush. At least I was ready this time and didn't have to begrudgingly clean it off the floor.

Once I had a chance to pour it correctly the head was still very thick and lasted the entire length of the tulip glass. It reminded me of marshmallows melting on top of hot chocolate. The lace etched down the sides of the glass. The color was a cloudy light gold filled with suspended "floaties."

Immediately the piney, floral aroma of the hops invades your nostrils. Not too overpowering with a background of maltiness. Upon first drinking it the sweetness is astounding. It's almost honey with pronounced citrus notes. As you are enjoying the sweet, the bitter hop presence slowly develops then lingers on long after you put the glass down.

Obviously it is quite carbonated; however, it is light and crisp with a velvety afterthought.

One heck of a drinkable beer. Too much so probably. If it wasn't 9.0% ABV I would have a new sessioon beer.

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

Straw golden in appearance with a monstrous rocky head with amazing spider web lacing.

Hops abound with coriander and mild spices.

Hops are by far the predominant flavor. Coriander and other mild spices are evident as well as a mild alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is of a Hefe, slightly heavy with lowish carbonation.

Very delicious brew but the ABV a limiting factor obviously. Another quality showing from Brasserie d'Achouffe. Could drink this any day of the week and look forward to the next time.

Photo of bonbini26
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Monks Cafe 08/16/2008

A- cloudy hazy blonde, with a huge delicious head (the head tasted almost better than the rest of the beer)
S- Piney, citrus, earthy, yeasty
T- Wow the hops hit ur palate in a totally different way than your typical amerian IPA. Big malty body, dryness, expressive fruitiness
M- the initial 1st taste the hops dont jump out right away, but then watch out, they come almost outta now where attacking your taste buds (in a good way)
D- this beer showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel

Photo of becktone
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this mother fucker, as soon as the cap was popped, before it was off this 12oz bottle, erupts. More than half of the bottle shoots out of the bottle in a pressurized stream since the cap was still on. I am not happy.

Eye: Hazy gold in color. Very nice head retention, formation and excellent lacing. Head is rocky in appearance. Real nice.

Nose: Spicy, and citrus hop aromas fill the nose. Totally American hops hops. Malt backbone is strong, and reminiscent of a tripel. Alcohol is detectable.

Tongue: Notes of vanilla, oak and a general dryness. Citrus and spicy hop tones. Malt backbone is sweet, but not pronounced. Much of the flavor is from the hops and yeast. Citrus and spicy supported by earthy, musty, and woody yeast character. Behind all that sweet malt flavor that supports the entire beer. Tastes much like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast strains. I get a little bit of a melon type of flavor in the aftertaste...long after the beer has been swallowed. Complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish is dry. Carbonation is low, and is perfect for this beer. Body is medium-light. Alcohol is hidden well, and this is an easy drinking beer. This is one that I'd not be opposed to drinking all night. I'll definitely be picking this one up again....very soon, I think I'll go with the 750 and keep it colder than 38 F when I open it, hopefully there'll be less chance of a gusher.

Photo of SirSketch
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Enormous white head with large bubbles and great retention. Hazy gold in color and tons of little particles floating around.

S - Pineapple, florals, yeast, citrus, fresh linen(?), really complex.

T - Banana, pineapple, clove, bread, and bitter hops, to balance everything. Hops stay with you for awhile.

M - Medium body and heavy carbonation that feels great!

D - Nice to sip on. Great beer all around

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

A: Poured a cloudy, dark golden-rod with a 2 finger fully lasting rocky white head that left a lustrious film lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S: a strong hoppiness and spicy nature of citrus, lemonbread, dried apples, as well a slight yeasty tartness.

T: The initial flavor was very spicy with strong citrus, yeasty breadiness and a nice fruitiness of fresh oranges before finishing with a smooth sourness of dry oranges and citrus peel. The malting was sweet balancing the hoppy and spicy nature of this beer nicely. The bittering was very sharp and pronounced, sweet, and bitter all at the same time with a lemony tang.

M: lively and spritzy from the strong carbonation, had a nice smooth tartness of citric acid, light grassiness and cereal grains.

D: Very smooth and spicy in nature making for a very interesting drink. A definite try.

Photo of SeanRedd
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is alot going on, behind a beautiful, seductive appearance. A billowing, bright white, storm cloud head grows on top of a foggy, dark orange abyss. An aroma of flowers, chamomille, bitter peels and honey suckle, carry away the senses. Initial hit taken is peppercorn, and the wind is knocked out of me. Second attempt reveal bitter, flower stems and peels behind the spice. Oil streams carry herbs downstream to paradox; bitter-sweet. Complexity is key. Translating this one into words is a bit of a struggle.

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

Whoa, a trippy beer that can take you on a magic carpet ride of flavors from beginning to end. Gorgeous looks of golden lion's mane with a big, fat head that makes the brew look picturesque. Strong scents of hops wrestling with orange peels, and cloves interrupts the match for a quick clothesline. On this great acid trip of taste you will glide through orange groves, sail the 7 seas with Captain Hops, have some lemonade with the Mad Hatter, talk with the Chouffe in a field of cloves, and arrive back home eating a peanut butter and chocolate sandwich hours later as if nothing ever happened. Is it all a dream or is that the 9.0% ABV playing tricks on you? The alcohol bite is there and then not there depending on what taste you concentrate on; a brilliant illusion in this hall of mirrors. So sit back and enjoy this Lewis Carroll creation of a brew.

Photo of MTNboy
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This beer poured into the glass a bright orange/yellow with a very white frothy head I have to emphasize the FROTHY. This beer has a white head and lace with killer staying power.

Smell- I could detect a blend of hops in the bouquet. Fruity and plant like.

Taste- It has a very sharp but pleasant bitterness. There was virtually no alcohol taste which I thing is a miracle for a beer with this high of an alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but very refreshing.

Drinkability- It is a great beer the combination of these two styles are awesome.

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

C: pours a pale orange, very tink head that thins and sticks heavily to the side of the glass. Fantastic head retention, yeasty sediment that creates a live environment for fermentation.

S: clean hop scent crisp with a citrusy noce, a little orange peel and maybe clove.

T: spicy hops, with a citrusy finish. not to bitter and well balanced with the malt. I've been on a belgian kick lately and this one is a perfect blend of a trippel and a IPA.

M: lively carbonation, helps promote the bitterness, promotes the scent to be notices while drinking. This is a fantastic example of good belgian beer crafting. without a doubt one of the best that I've ever had from our belgian friends.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Delirium snifter

A-Pours a nice cloudy off copper color with an amazing 21/2 to 3 finger big creamy head, very live brew with yeast collected at the bottom of the bottle.

S-Vibrent citrus scent with very small hop notes as well as a pine earthyness.

T&M-Exceptional citrus/pine flavor of an ipa with all the smoothness and full body mouthfeel of a Tripel, this beer amazed me with the complexity and balance. One very good beer.

D-I would like to always have one or to of these around cause when the itch comes nothing

Photo of joshwlt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-yellow color, white lacey head. Smells of banana sweetness and spice... I found that both the smell and taste are affected by which point you are drinking from the bottle if it has been cellared upright. At first opening, it has a light banana spice smell, much like that of a belgian pale but those scents mingle with a breadiness and citrusy grapefruit as you near the bottom of the bottle. This beer has an exceptional balance of flavors with a tripel style sweetness, belgian spice, and hop backing. The same flavors also create an interesting, refreshing moutfeel. The Saaz hops create a mineral astringency on the sides of the tounge, while the amarillo adds a warming bitterness to the back of the throat, and the light fruit sweetness cools the palate. Plenty of flavors mingling with nothing overpowering. As I continue to pour this and near the bottom of this bottle flaky yeast and haziness accumulates adding breadiness. Grapefruit bitterness also increases toward the end of this bottle. A beautiful, fairly complex, yet very drinkable brew with no noticeable alcohol content.

Photo of charlesw
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy (and lumpy) pale orange with a huge white head that lasts and lasts. Smells tripely - it's all about candy and light caramel. It smells.. Astringent. Which isn't a big surprise in a Belgian and darn it, it has an astringent flavor to it as well. It tastes like... A cross between a Hop^3 and a really astringent Belgian. Sweet, floral hops. A little bitter in the end. I'd think that without the astringency it would be awesome.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - What elese could you ask for? This is the model of a Belgian IPA. Beautiful golden straw color that has a somewhat hazy look to it. Incredible immense creaminess to the head. A puffy whipped topping looking cloud seems to float on top. Huge amount of layered lacing left caked to the glass. Thin coating of white puff rests on top the whole way through.

Smell - Nose is not to shabby either. Very creamy and malty with a crisp citrus to it. A spicy hop gets its foot in the door as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very crisp carbonation with a creamy smoothness coating the palate. Citrus and bitter hops show up right in the beginning, but the familiar malt creaminess really wins out. Spicy and somewhat bready with a flashing spice in the end.

Drinkability - As a phenomenal tripel this one more than holds it's own against the best of it's style. So well rounded and easily sipable. Belgian brewing at it's best.

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

A - Cloudy and gold with frothy white head. Foam sticks to the glass but a thin layer of white foam remains at the top.

S - Some hops, a little citrus and a bit of maltiness.

T - Mellow hops and some fruits. I'm thinking banana and some type of light citrus fruit taste. Bitter hop taste and a bit of yeastiness.

M - Light carbonation and medium body. Bitter and tingly on the back of the throat.

D - One of the easiest drinking beers I have had in a while. Extremely enjoyable beer. One of the better belgian IPA's I have had. This would be even better on tap.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has lived in my fridge for the better part of a year now, and God help me if I could remember where I got it. I think that I picked this one up in Denver, but I am not 100% sure of that. Anyway, I just had a Breckenridge ESB that hit my palate pretty hard and I thought that a Douple Triple IPA...or whatever would be just the ticket now. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours into my tulip glass a mostly clear golden yellow color with a few small floaters about the entire beer...pretty uniformly. There was a dense, fluffy head of white bubbles that was really creamy looking after a very careful pour, and the head actually rose after the initial pour. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head at at least 1/2" for minutes. After what seems like the better part of an hour, the head finally falls a bit and there is some thick lacing left in its wake.

Aroma: Through the foam, I get only a mild hop presence and a lot of sweet malty aromatics along with the typical Tripel lemon and other fruity aromas. Tons of breadiness to go with the rest of the medley. If I really get deep into the aroma of the beer there is a slight chalkiness.

Taste: The flavor is really complex, but is mostly dominated by malty/sugary sweetness. There are tons of fruit and citrus flavors in here to go with a plentiful supply of hops. The beer is really creamy and almost goes down like a milkshake. The finish is pretty balanced for such a big beer, but the sweetness and alcohol edge out any bitterness that is left on the palate. As the beer warms up, the hop presentation is coming out a lot more, and it actually reminding me of a West coast brew. That is pretty neat!

Opinion: This is a really nice Tripel! I am not sure exactly where the "IPA" reference comes in except that there are some American citrusy hops used in the beer rather than European hops. Other than the fact that I don't get the dry bitterness that you expect from an IPA (and I am glad that isn't the case BTW), this is a really nice brew.

Photo of JEdmund
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels July 2008

Appearance
Lasting white head sitting atop a hazy, butter yellow body

Smell
Very hoppy nose (by far the hoppiest of any Belgian beers I've tried), much like an American IPA, though not as aggressive

Taste & Mouthfeel
Delicious! Highly hopped, yet not overdone at all; masks the high ABV incredibly well; malts on the lighter side surprisingly for such a big beer; body is light-to-medium

Overall
Extremely drinkable--dangerously drinkable! It's such a refreshing and seemingly sessionable ale. All around very tasty.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,311 ratings.