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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 171
Gots: 238 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of treyrab
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at Zeno's Pub, State College, PA...poured into a snifter style glass...

A: Clear golden yellow with nice, frothy two finger head that lasts a while. Nice carbonation and very nice lacing.

S: Wow, tons and tons of citrus. Smells like an orange was squeezed on top of this beer! Some nice citrus hops and lemon zest as well.

T: The taste is exceptional, with a very nice citrus hop taste as well as a nice orange taste. The hops balance out the sweet malt exceptionally. The Belgian yeast comes through only slightly, but enough to blend in well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, this was one hell of a Belgian IPA. Tons of citrus and hop flavors that I will be getting again!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a glorious creamy/foamy head that almost appeared like whipped cream. The dollop of head remained in the glad for quite some time. There were absolute sheets of lacing left behind as you consumed the beer. Gold in color and mostly clear. There was the slightest bit of haze

Aroma was of fresh fruit and reminded me of strawberries. Also a malt sense in the background. I was reminded of Juicy fruit gum when I smelled and tasted this beer. I don't mean that in a negative fashion. I like that gum!

Really nice flavor and very interesting. Very fruity. I really enjoyed this. Lots of complexity to the flavor. The Hop bitterness is a nice addition to some of the traditional Belgian notes. There is also a slight citrus/grapefruit note you get from the hops.

Mouth feel is slightly dry and/or chalky. More like champagne vs. beer. Very light and delicate.

Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite drinkable.

I'll be back for more.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Leffe Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very pale golden yellow color. Nice big head with good retention and excellent lacing.

Hops, hops and more hops. Bright hoppy nose. Nice spicy and floral notes. Sweet sugars and malts are buried down in there somewhere. Only mildly detectable.

Sweet candy sugar and maltiness are overpowered (slightly) by dominant hops. There is a nice level of balance here. Light spiciness and some minimal floral notes.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of a tripel with a little spicy hop bite. Interesting.

Very good, very drinkable beer. Well balanced. A very interesting new beer experiment. Well done.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head that has great retention. A thick coating of lacing is left on the glass after consuming the beer. Some yeast particles float in the beer.

Has a Tripel aroma of a vinous quality. Just a hint of hops gives it a slightly spicey and floral aroma.

Somewhat pedestrian Tripel base flavor but the hops bring much needed character to this beer. The hops gives some spicy and earthy qualities. The hops give flavor but not much bittering. A little alcohol sneaks in before the finish.

Medium body with just enough carbonation to liven up the beer.

At 9% ABV and alcohol warming does not make this an easy drinking beer. A nice experiment of combining a Belgian beer with hop aromas and flavors.

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

Nice thick and foamy head that stays all the way down, loved it. Very nice smell, hoppy. Sweet at the first sip with a bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced, the alcohol hides in the amazing taste of this beer. Crispy.

Very very nice, loved this beer, one of my new favorites.

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

Continuing the BA Top 100 quest. Got a big 750 and boldly cracked with lunch; the wifes world famous megaton 50 ingredient salad.

Pineapple color. Absolutely ferocious head. Pure white, thick, bubbly, and eternal. Overflowed the bottle a little before I could pour. The liquid looks very thick, like jello.

Smell is like other tripels I've tried. Fruity. Lemon zest in the forefront. I might be able to smell the hops but I think they are subdued. Had hopes of a hoppier aroma. Sour scent. The bottle actually lists the hops used so this is a nice opportunity to attempt to drain my uneducated palate and nose.

It taste pretty damn good. The front seems quite balanced to me with the hops at the back. Taste better than a regular tripel. Hey, I like hops, friggin sue me. Another few sips brings the hops out even more. Great experiment I think.

Hope the drinkability holds out. I have this 9% 750 all to myself minus the wifes customary 2 oz sampling. Oh, woe is me! Stuck with a big ass bottle of beer I like! Somebody save me! Luckily we're going to see Stone Temple Pilots tonight in Cabazon so the great feeling this bottle is about to instill in me will not be wasted.

Overall: don't be afraid, it's really nice

Photo of pinotboy007
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.2/5  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
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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