Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
11.2 oz bottle
well, a first of the style for me.
a lot of very noticeable yeast sediment in the bottle. Managed to keep most of it there, but there remained a decent amount of cloudiness and small particles in the yellow/pale golden pour. Two fingers of very airy white head that sticks around and laces nicely.
Typical Chouffe yeast aromas - sort of earthy, a bit phenolic. The hop profile is more reserved than many of us hopheads are used to, but is citrusy and maybe a bit floral. Interesting mix with the yeast.
More earthy/medicinal yeast up front, with fruit - banana, lime, grapefruit - right behind. A bit spicy, but I can't identify anything in particular. As I swallow, a pretty big finish presents itself: drying, and a lingering doughy bitterness. Just a bit of a metallic edge to the aftertaste I was less than fond of. A bit warming but nothing unusual for the strength. Medium body, and after the first couple expressive sips carbonation was a more appreciated moderate.
A little less lingering bitterness might be appreciated, but this is quite a unique beverage! I guess the hops and ABV make me think of American double IPA, but that part of the flavor seems more reminiscent of English IPA, albeit a bit more complex. Regardless, it is the first successful mating I've seen between Tripel and IPA. I'll definitely have another.
04-02-2007 02:45:06 | More by udubdawg
3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
Batch #2. Best by end of 2009.
A- Great golden color. Mostly clear with some rising carbonation. Very thick white head. Very slow to settle and leaves some great lacing.
S- My very first impression was that this smelled like a pilsner. A little skunkiness to it. It is not a very fragrant beer. There is some hop aroma to this, but it is kind of on the lighter side.
T- Sweet but with a good amount of hoppiness to this. A little bit of a kick to it. This is a very unique beer flavor wise. Alcohol is a little apparent.
M- The mouthfeel was great. The alcohol dryness contrasted very well with the sweetness and carbonation. It lead to a very interesting combination in the mouth.
D- This was a fairly refreshing beverage. It was also very interesting. Doesn't quite live up to the hype for me, but was worthwhile nonetheless.
04-01-2007 23:41:02 | More by david131
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
Cloudy but vibrant gold with a small, white, creamy, quickly diminishing head, yet still has some good lacing. Fruity and fresh smell. Berry, herbs and alcohol esters. Hops really come out as soon as the first drop hits your lips. Wow, this is my first Belgian IPA and I have to say Im impressed. Not what I was expecting at first, but once I settled into it, I really enjoyed it.
03-26-2007 21:05:29 | More by ski271
4.38/5 rDev +4%
This beer is in Europe only available at the brewery, so I had one picked up. Batch #4, so that's a recent batch.
Appearance was superb, yellow, light orange color with an enormous amount of carbonation and a thick, pasty and rocky head that just doesn't settle.
Smell is hoppy, resinous and spicy, without being overhopped. Although the hops are upfront and are key players, the yeast takes a fair amount of the attention. Typical Chouffe yeast which gives a spicy and fruity taste, some banana's.
Taste is bitter, but not mouth puckering like some other DIPAs I have had. Bitterness kicks in after swallowing, mainly at the back of my tongue. The hops do not appear to be very American, yes they are somewhat citric, piney and resinous, but taste European to me, which I know they are not off course. I do not get the usual grapefruit taste. The Chouffe yeast is very 'Belgian', spicy, fruity with some solvent and banana notes. Also a good amount of sugar must have been added, which always takes some of the maltiness away. Body is good though, medium, which makes the drinkability better.
This was not the US hopbomb I expected, but it is a very good beer.
03-17-2007 13:06:04 | More by Absumaster
4.63/5 rDev +10%
Poured from 750ml green bottle into a chalice at home.
A: Spectacular creamy head that stays for the whole beer. Golden yellow to light amber color with a heavy, steady stream of carbonation racing up the center of the glass.
S: Excellent balance between the sweet Belgian yeast and the fruity citrus hops. Very inviting.
T: Wow. Sweet honey flavor of malt comes first followed quickly by a citrus tang of the hops. Biscuity flavors come through balanced by a semi-sharp hop spiciness. The sweet malt sugar coats the mouth allowing for a sweet dry finish and warm, mellow alcohol ending. Yes, that is hoppy.
M: Oily and mouth-coating, yet comes off light. Mild carbonation.
D: Unbelievable how smoothly this goes down. Im already about to pour myself another.
Gnomes make great beer.
03-14-2007 23:36:39 | More by IgnatiusReilly
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours out light golden with a large billowing head.
Smell. I get a lot of the saaz aromas with a lemon citrus. small yeastiness, and as it warms, i get a good sweetness like a tripel or bspa.
Taste. very interesting. first i get the taste of a tripel, but then the bittering hops kick in. nice balance with the hop bitterness and the candi sweetness. small bit of lemon citrus flavor with a little bit of a pepperyness to it. aftertaste is a little yeasty and i would say on the more bitter side.
Mouthfeel. tons of carbonation. very interesting, and very good balance. Body seems medium-full. this beer hides the alcohol very well.
Overall and great and unique beer. the color was lighter than i thought, but not a bad thing. the head is incredibly large and sustains through the whole beer. makes me wonder what a belgian double ipa would taste like (and how much alc they would make it)
03-12-2007 03:25:03 | More by acrawf6
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Color is cloudy amber with a very thick head that persists like whipped cream more than beer foam. The smell is weak and so-so, but the taste is superb - smooth with a bite, as well as plenty of hoppiness and fruity undertones. A very tasty brew that is worth looking for; I found it at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur (just east of Atlanta) Georgia.
03-10-2007 22:27:19 | More by Cyberkedi
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a tulip glass. Somewhat cloudy yellow-gold with a fantastic thick (practically solid) white head.
Great hoppy/yeasty aroma.
Delicious smooth citrusy hop flavor, and not too overpowering yeast presence. Tastes very fresh. Some sweetness, but also not too overpowering. The hoppy IPAness really balances the sweet tripelness in this beer.
Well-carbonated, easy to drink, not too overpoweringly alcoholy.
I'm not sure why I didn't give this beer such high reviews the first time I had it. Perhaps I expected it to be different. It's delicious and damn near perfectly balanced. Great for ANY beer drinker, period!
$6 a glass.
03-09-2007 20:28:49 | More by NolateM
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
I've always wanted to try one of the 25.4 oz bottles from Brasserie d'Achouffe, and my local distributor (Half Time) had a 25% off sale. There isn't a better time.
Upon removing the cap, I got this strong whiff of, what I thought to be the typical "beer" smell. "Not a good sign", I thought. My glass was a little too full, so I took a sip before sitting down - Wow! Much different. Yes, it does have a backbone of a fairly typical IPA, but there is so much more to the actual profile. Hoppy & yeasty at the same time. The head started to settle, and the foam was cappuccino-like in appearance. I've never seen that in a beer. The overall appearance matches the yellow on the bottle - pure golden with sentiment throughout.
Back to the flavor profile - along with the doughy aspect comes an orange-citrus aura. There is a bitterness, which you'd expect, but it's perfectly balanced, as the bitterness fades into a sweetness.
03-06-2007 23:54:14 | More by Contra
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
Had a glass on tap at The Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Houblon Chouffe glass.
The appearance was a orange yellow hue with a nice white frothy head.
The aroma was full of orange/citrus, spices, yeast, and light banana
The taste was extremely smooth, with great flavors hops, breads,
fruits. a very well balenced beer that hides the alcohol, yet still has a nice bit.
The mouth feel was pleasent, nice amount of carbination.
If you get the chance ...do it
03-02-2007 21:34:38 | More by brushpig
3.53/5 rDev -16.2%
On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick even lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, some hops and a little bit of fruit (banana & apple).
T: A strong Belgian yeast flavor mixed with a floral hops bitterness dominates the taste. Theres a tiny bit of malt and fruit sweetness. After-taste is bready and bitter.
M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling, hell of a kick to it, but I found this beer fell short of the hype surrounding it.
02-26-2007 15:55:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
Ordered online. Poured into my Schiltz Chalice, this Belgian ale poured with a monstrous foam of good density, forming cool shapes as it fell. Dried herbs, with hints of fruits (white peach and pear), some aroma hops. Herbal and dry initially, until the mid-palate leads way into a deep, sweet, estery fruitiness, with hints of mint. Finish has some hops, lingering herb and spruce. Just okay. Not very magical. Could be hoppier.
02-24-2007 05:34:05 | More by Crosling
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Hmm...I think my bottle was a bit light struck. It initially smelled skunky, but letting it air out helped tremendously. At any rate, pours a very cloudy, golden, straw yellow. A few bits of sediment suspended perfectly throughout. Huge, reactive head that resembled really airy whip cream. Some parts of the head stuck to my snifter and never dissipated. Now, Americans should not get their hopes up, because this isn't anything like an American IPA. However, you can pick up the grapefruity scent and flavor of the hops. It smells like a tropical smoothie with light booze. It tastes exactly how I thought it would...yeasty, citrusy, with a sweet malt background. Medium to medium full body that is perfectly smooth. Great beer.
02-22-2007 05:49:42 | More by BeerHonky
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a hazy light pastel yellow color with a stiff two finger white head. Violent, explosively eruptive effervescence demands your attention. 3 dimensional lacing can be observed Im talking ice cream soda-like chucks of foam stuck along all around the glass. Tons of visible bits suspended throughout.
A light aroma of lemon citrus is complemented by a solid malt presence.
The mouthfeel follows the bubbly carbonation. This beverage sports a light refreshing body. The 9% alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is a bit tart and fruity and finishes clean.
I find it very drinkable.
02-20-2007 23:59:58 | More by jjayjaye
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
A: Orange with beautiful fluffy white head
S: Piney hops with orange peel. Slight spice with slight alcohol.
T: mostly hoppy fading to sweetness. Spice comes through on finish. Crisp finish.
D: Very good for 9 abv beer.
M: Semi-light with good carbonation.
Ovr: I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a perfect blend of a hoppy American IPA, and a Belgian. I've always loved Fantome Brise Bon Bons, which is similar, but I enjoyed this beer even more.
02-19-2007 03:21:11 | More by ejquin
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
750ml green bottle, capped with a silk screen label. Once poured, this beer looks amazing in the glass. Golden-yellow with a huge, fluffy white head that lasts. Tons of bubbles make their way to the top.
Smell is very grassy with a hint of malt. Very green. Very effervesant in the mouth as it almost explodes. The flavors are very well integrated and extremely smooth. The hop notes come through more in the end as the grassy notes stay with you. A lot of the sweet flavors you would expect from a tripel help to balance out the hops and might slightly out match them.
Overall a very interesting beer with some very interesting flavors. Sorry to repeat myself but the flavors do come together nicely. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Well done.
02-17-2007 23:54:13 | More by CharlesRiver
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at Biergarden, Portsmouth VA. As Id expected, a very "Belgian" visual ... hazy yellow with a big airy, foam topping. This drank extremely smoothly with a definite alcohol-spice kick, a bit of a dirty orange peel aspect, wonderfully complex, yeasty, bready, grassy, barky, with a quite bitter finish. Excited to read the description of this as a cross with American Imperial IPAs, because it all makes sense now! (#2694, 2/10/2007)
02-13-2007 01:06:29 | More by Braudog
3.58/5 rDev -15%
A fresh growler pour at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Appearance and smell are the same as the original on-tap review.
Appearance: The ale is a nice hazy yellow color. There is a decent head that leaves a very good ring of lace in the glass.
Smell: A funky blend of super hoppy IPAs and spicy pepper tripels.
Taste: The beer is a combination of a tripel and a DIPA, two flavors that one would never expect to meld together. The tripel's sweetness shines through up front and is soon followed by an earthy Hop-It-like hoppy earthen flavor. The hops are toned down but intense, earthy in their freshness. The tastes don't blend seemlessly, but they do not fight each other either.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is unusual, tangy sourness mixed with sweetness. Neither flavor manages to stand out on its own, choosing instead to remain muddled.
Drinkability: The novelty of the beer is enough to warrant a look. The flavors though never mix together well enough to really enjoy.
02-11-2007 03:26:26 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -14.5%
A decent beer, much better than the Piraat of the same style.
Appearance is glorious, massnormous head that sticks around for ever.
Smell is very good as well, balanced floral hops, citrus and a hint of malt.
Taste is not my favorite, kind of creamy and vinegar like.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.
Drinkability is decent.
02-11-2007 02:03:48 | More by supercolter
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
what a great blend of IPA and traditional Belgian characters. Medium copper color, with a thick, THICK foam head, pale cream color. Highly aromatic, and pleasant. Great taste and smooth feel, both before and after swallow.... leaves you wanting more.
02-10-2007 01:40:50 | More by kevinhulit
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The big thick head of creamy off-white foam rises above the glass after the pour. The head pulls a way from the glass but last forever, there were even huge clouds of head stuck to the side of the glass after the beer was finished. I think this head was so ridicules I could have literally spread it on a cake a meringue. The body was a hazy pale yellow body with a mass of micro bubbles racing through it.
S- The smell of smooth green hops had a lemony note to them and a smooth perfumy yeast quality. In the background there was a slight earthy hint that was like fresh rain or fresh clay. There was a sweet sugary smell of hops that was very interesting and pleasant. Although hops were the biggest part of the smell they were not like typical IPA smells.
T- This beer has a dry clay or chalk note to the hops that blended with pine resin and spicy notes. This was followed by a slightly sweet perfume sugar note that then finish with a spice bitterness and then a dark green bitterness hangs on after the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel in the body was balanced by a thick mouthfeel in the head and that gave it a nice creamy quality.
D- I have tasted several attempts at trying to make a Triple and an IPA work together and they never have. This is amazing with the perfume hop smells and tastes with a slight sweetness to enhance the hops while showing them with a yeast note. The hops have nice big flavors but are not a kick in your teeth like other beers. Don't get me wrong I like a good kick-in-the-teeth hop monster aswell.
02-07-2007 22:03:40 | More by rhoadsrage
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
11.2oz bottle. Purchased at River City Cellars on Cary St. Side of bottle states: Batch #2 Best before end 2009. Poured in to an Allagash Chalice.
S- Very aromatic. Zesty lemon and orange citrus, earthy tones. Floral.
A- Golden, haze (I don't mind some of the sediment), THICK white head, lacing abound. Lots of chunky, fluffy head on the glass. Retained some all the way through the last sip.
T- All tripel up front. Citrus, earthiness, sweet. All IPA in the back. Smacked by floral hops in the finish. Sweetness lingers throughout. Some honey perhaps.
M- Good. Creamy, chewy, fantastic.
D- Excellent. This is a great brew. The alcohol is not too much, though it is present. Not for mass consumption. The sweetness is present throughout, making the bitter finish not so abrasive. I will be drinking this more often.
01-30-2007 15:36:44 | More by roughsax
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
the beer has a champagne hue, and a champagne carbonation, with a gigantic white head that never disappears. in fact it seems to have a will of it own, dividing into small glaciers, and roaming about the top of the beer. smell is nice -- typical belgian yeast funk, hops, spice, pine, vanilla...
the label don't lie. it tastes like a high-qualty tripel melded with a high quality, subtle, IPA. amazingly balanced, and quite inspired. something about this beer, conceptually, would lead one to believe it would be very showy and bold. this is not the case at all, making it easy to appreciate its flavors without being overwhelmed, or forced to concentrate all that hard on it. a beautiful beer!
01-28-2007 17:20:49 | More by schusterbauer
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
A: Light in color, definitely looks like a tripel in that sense. However, it also has an incredibly fluffy white head that will not die. Took the bartender at least 5 minutes to finish pouring an 8 oz serving. She earned her tip, that's for sure. Speaking of which, I'm ever grateful to Liar's Club for putting this on tap.
S: Smelled rather delicate, with a faint hop presence, and maybe a bit of spice.
T: This is where it really gets good. A perfect marriage of ipa and tripel. First you get the wonderful, delicate tripel flavors - coriander, orange...along those lines. But then, that is perfectly complemented, and enhanced, by the hops. Whatever hops they used have similar flavors to what was already in the tripel...just makes it that much better. Wonderful! And unlike anything I've had before.
M: Also perfect. Almost creamy, with the perfect delicate tripel sort of body (you know, that almost thin body that is anything but disappointing, as it lets the flavors really shine). That, along with the perfect head, makes this the second area that I could not fault at all!
D: Very, very drinkable. If it weren't for the alcohol (and the cost if bought in bottles), I'd drink this all day.
If you ever see this on tap, try it! I did also have a bottle a while ago, but I really enjoyed it the most on tap. It transformed it from a very good, solid beer to an absolutely exceptional beer.
01-26-2007 02:56:45 | More by rallison
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from the bottle into a chalice a hazy honey-yellow. The meringue-like head was gorgeous and thick enough to hold my car keys, I'd bet.
Yeast, citrusy and a dose of spiciness rose from the glass.
IPA meets Tripel. Hops galore with citrus in a perfect balance.
Nicely carbonated, smooth with some chewiness.
This beer will always have a place in my heart and my cellar.
01-24-2007 17:40:10 | More by Monkeyknife
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.