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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,282 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of csmiley
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of mcmidc
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer as a single after seeing it was a combo of two of my favorites (belgian tripel, and an IPA). Poured a very cloudy golden color with a two and a half finger head, which lingered a half a finger throughout the drink. Aroma was of a lot of citrus but my sinuses have been acting up so my nose is really not up to snuff. Taste was everything I expected. First drink there was a lot of hops up front, then mild malts, with a dry hopped finish. After that it was strange. Some drinks I primarily tasted the first combo, others were a rich malty taste with a hoppy finish. Very nice and different. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability was a little too good,(if thats possible) because I found myself sipping on it continuously because it was so tasty but different than anything I've previously had. I will be buying this again.... soon.

mcmidc, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of hustlemuscle
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, hazy yellow with a big fat pillowy head. Decent carbonation. Did I mention the big head?

(I'm not kidding, that b[eers']oy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts!)

Left plenty of lace. Solid curtins.

Clean, crisp and airy to the nose, spicy and tart to the mouth. Saaz dominates, with the amarillo (a sombrero on the label) and tomahawk (feathers) bringing up the rear. The light spice of a triple, the hop presence of a pale ale, I found it quite intriguing and enjoyable.

hustlemuscle, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Map Room in Chicago
(from notes)

Served in appropriate Chouffe glassware with the cool little gnome on it. Appeared a hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a bright, pillowy white head. Nice sheeting lace action.

Smells of fruity esters and lemon citrus off the bat, with floral, yeast and spicy notes as well. There was also a hint of honey.

You would never expect a beer that looks this light and playful to be so deep and complex. It has a sweet, spicy, floral palate. You can easily detect the bitter hops and sweet malts. All perfectly balanced and flavorful. Extremely well crafted.

Very crisp and light for the high abv. and very easy to drink. These could get you in trouble.

ColForbinBC, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes at a glacial pace into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, barnyard, and hints of grapefruit, and caramel. The taste begins with funky barnyard, then some citrus, and finishes with dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. I like how the aroma and taste differ. I would drink this again.

KarlHungus, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a large, soapy, pillowy white head. It left behind sheets of lace on the snifter glass.

S - It smelled amazing: floral, lemon, fruity esters, spices and a hint of caramel malts.

T - It tasted sweet and citrusy. A little hop bitterness provided a nice kick. It had a blend of fruit flavors: apple, raisin and cherry?

M - It was crisp and smooth. Fairly light despite the high ABV (9%).

D - Exceptional! My first Belgian IPA and I loved it. I may have to pick up a couple bottles to see how it tastes that way.

zeff80, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip this brings a oney gold body with the thickest head ever on an IPA. This should be a model beer with how pretty it is. Really, it is one of those that who look at in awe, like it should be a work of art.

Smells like a bag of lemongrass, fresh cut hay, with some fruit Belgian yeast tones all competing for attention. The Saaz and Amarillo hops are very present.

Tastes like Orval made an IPA. A Trappist IPA if you will. Hops are bitter, but not with a big bite, they work well with the Belgian yeast to create a bitter, fruity balance that make this just a pleasure to enjoy.

The feel is balanced and in line. It is hard to pay attention to the feel with the amazing look and taste of this.

This is dangerously drinkable and pure pleasure. I am not an advocate of mixing beers, but if you could perfectly mix a Orval with a traditional Belgian IPA, this would be it. Outstading beer.

Homerbag, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of lostdesperato
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was truly a pleasure. I brought a 75cl to the new Indian restaurant in town and it paired beautifully with the complex spicy flavors.

A- golden cloudy appearance with plenty of yeast sediment, the head was billowy and remained in the glass long after the beer was gone.

S- unbelievable aroma, hints of apple and a strong floral boutique

T- strong hops, perfectly balanced, this is what a IPA should be. It has a perfect balance of flavors. The yeast comes through with the alcohol and the hops linger just enough to capture the brilliance of this outstanding brew.

M- the carbonation was at just the right level. This consistency was smooth and satisfying.

D- For a 9% beer this was exceptionally drinkable. I blew through the whole bottle with dinner and did not realize how much it hit me. I certainly realized once I stood up.

Overall I urge all fans of Belgian and IPA beers to seek this beer out at all costs.

lostdesperato, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Boppar
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long story short, this beer owns.

On tap at Christopher's Irish Public House in downtown Bangor, Maine (which I highly recommend to any BAs anywhere near Bangor).

A: I'm glad that the bar-tender gave me this caveat: don't let its appearance fool you. It looked disturbing like a light beer, with a whole lot of hazified yeast action going on.

S: It smells like esters, Belgian yeast, and honey.

T: It tastes spectacular. I never would have expected an IPA to be so complex. Right off the the bat there are honey, flowers, sweet malts, floral hops, bitter hops, tangy pine resiny hops. I cannot believe how a beer that looks so deceptively meek can pack this much of a flavorful kick. And I am so thankful that this was not just about cramming as many alpha acids into a beer as possible. Yes, it will satisfy an hophead, but that it because the hops that are there are used exceptionally well. Brilliantly conceived, and brilliantly executed. There is a slight alcoholic bite, but the 9% ABV is not in evidence.

M: This one really nailed the mouthfeel for the style. It is slick, heavy, chewy and satisfying. I really don't think any other IPA could do this better.

D: Yes. If I weren't driving a rental, 2-wheel drive minivan (they were out of every other type of car) on icy Maine roads, I would've had more than one. It is intensely flavorful, and I don't think I could session these, but I'd be good for a couple. And given the high ABV and the powerful flavor profile, that says quite a lot.

Boppar, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden straw with plenty of sediment, huge fluffy white head with never ending retent that leaves behind soapy lacing

S- zesty, citrus, hoppy

T- fruity esters, apple, spicy hop, well balanced, some alcohol toward finish into after

M- warm medium body with noticeable carbonation and hopfeel

D- very tasty and well balanced, recommended, very interesting for the palette indeed.

tonistruth, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Huge fluffy white head that sticks to everything. I have to let the glass settle down so that the head can relax. There is still a dollop of foam floating in the center, just like a latte. Color is a hazy straw yellow. Bits of sediment swirl around.

Smell is a bit musty with some sweet aromatic hops. Taste is pretty dry and a little malty. The blend of hops comes off as lemon grass with a touch of honey. A touch of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy from the head with a nice dry pucker. Lingering musty after taste. Very enjoyable.

bort11, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow pour, topped with a cumulonimbus cloud of head. Insanely sticky, a spectacular pour.

S: Citrus, some ripe fruits, a notable spiciness.

T: A modest hoppiness, much different than American styles, but done very nicely. Quite delicious. Citrus, herbal, and some floral 'flavours.' A nice touch of spiciness towards the middle and finish. Some light honey flavours, and a very nice malt sweetness, overall.

M + D: A nice body, smooth and almost creamy, but with a dry finish. One I'd get again and again... I had meant to get more Chouffe products for a while, and finally had a fellow make the recommendation of it this evening, so I decided it was time. It was a wise choice. I'll have to buy him a beer next time around! A nice drinker... goes down very smooth. The touch of alcohol warmth serves as a gentle reminder that it's got some oomph, but it's still nice for a little beyond sipping.

Proteus93, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's a staunch 2-finger melting toasted marshmallow/bubble bath consistency on the head with decent lacing. A little carbonation with natural honey-colored, moderately colored body. Cloudiness in the bottle dissipates a fair amount when pouring into the chalice of Cooperstown's finest. Looks extremely natural and rustic.

Update: after a couple of pours, the head has reached puffy spotty glacier proportions. This is some crazy $#!+.

Heavy aroma of banana, honey (recurring theme), apple, a little bit of regular white grapes, and a slight menthol burn. Nothing like I've smelled before. Slight skunky floral hoppiness is there too with some weird soapy sweetness (gardenia? Mental note - no recording tasting notes after 11 PM). At this point I'm confused but totally intrigued.

I have to admit - a lot of beers I tend to taste too cold. In a desperate effort to remediate this, I take this from cellar and refrigerate only minimally. HUGE mistake. Anything that tastes as German as this does HAS to go in the fridge longer than you'd expect from a 9.0% ABV Belgian powerhouse. It has a cold taste to it - first thought is German Pilsener and the label mentioning the Saaz hops confirms it after tossing me for a loop. A lot of honey and the Saaz - doesn't necessarily work for me in beautiful chemistry. There's a strong alcohol burn here hanging out on it's own. But it's interesting. WEIRD but interesting. I am glad that the components of heavy honey and menthol don't blend and balance as well as they should, because I can get that combo in the "cough and cold" section at CVS for a buck a bag. Not my thing but $#!+ dog, it's still wicked interesting.

On the mouth this is a star system beer - there are a lot of tastes and sensations with huge egos and presences working by themseleves trying to muscle each other out. A whole lot of the coating sweetness with the weird soapy bitterness of the Germanic hops along with the heavy alcohol. Doesn't taste like a dubbel, a tripel or an IPA; this $#!+ is funky.

Must try this again at the cold end of the range (45) vs. the warm end (55). I appreciate the quality of the individual components of this deal but feel like the guy in that bad SNL "Appalachian Emergency Room" skit with the railroad spike through his head - "My head ain't hurt 'dis bad since I did one of 'dem Su-do-ku puzzles..." I really want to have this without the Saaz and replacing them with something like, dunno...Columbus? This is very well made but stands the palate on its @$$ end something fierce. Impressive.

IBUnit63, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Englander in San Leandro. Poured into a Chouffe tulip glass. Poured a cloudy golden color, with only a small head remaining by the time it reached my table. Smell was bubble gum, hops, and glorius sweet yeasty funk smell. The taste was fantastic. It had a distrinct bubblegum / sweet yeast taste, that was balanced by an underlying bitterness.

jwolfie70, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a bunch of yeast floaties in suspension and a towering white head. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale malt scent that's sweet and dry with a slight warming effect. The hop aroma is excellent. It blends well with the spicey yeast scent and the malt aroma. The taste is great as well. This beer has a ton of complexity. The malt taste is solid: pale with a dry finish. The yeast component is wonderful. It's earthy with a spicey character. The hops provide a bitter edge, but they really work well with the yeast. The spiciness is a wonderful companion. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer lived up to the hype. It complex and flavorful; a damn good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 18, 2008
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.