Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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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
4.93/5 rDev +17.1%
Purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD.
22oz green silkscreened bottle. yellow label with colorful chouffe character on front. back tells a story about the chouffe traveling through hopfields along with icons of what type of hops used. i take it achouffe is making this after sampling some american IPA's.
A: golden straw yellow. medium carbonation, and enormous dense sticky head. like meringue. literally. absolutely amazing.
S: raw hops abound. slight bready yeasty smell underneath.
T: amazing. raw hops all over. very vegetable like with a certain pine flavor to it. not much for fruity flavors in this guy. it's all hop. big bold and raw. slight cracker like malt underneath all the hop. extremely puckering dry finish. very papery.
M: not as thick as a typical belgian but certainly beer in character. perfectly balanced with a little bit of chew. again, like saltines without the salt.
D: hop heads rejoice! the beer gods have handed down this gem from the frothy heavens! alchohol flavor is not present at all. if you're into hops you'll agree that this beer could be downed all night. lethal!
overall i'm impressed. draws a similar line to urthel's hopit but i think achouffe did alot more things right in this beer than urthel did with hopit. superb hop flavor with that lovely belgian quality and craftsmanship to it.
outstanding. top 3 beer for me.
01-22-2007 09:34:01 | More by emericanchaos
4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
This beer did not want to be in the bottle. It wanted out so bad that when I popped the top, it came rushing out and spilling into my sink! The only thing I could say was, "Oh SH.T!!" I immediatley started pouring into my glass. It formed a huge 4 inch thick, creamy head. After dissapating, it ended up looking like someone tossed in a scoop of Cool Whip in the center. This is the thickest and most foamy head I have ever seen. I stuck my finger in and pulled out a marble sized "piece" of foamy head. After the head was small enough for me to drink, I had about a half full glass with a cloudy Mountain Dew'ish color beer with beasties floating around. Almost reminded me of a Hefe!
S: A blast of alcohol! Fruity ripe pears and Belgium hops. Some zesty lemon in the background.
T: Lemon and apples. Some ripe pears and great bittery hops. But wait, I smelled the alcohol. Where in the heck is it?
M: Thick, creamy, and chewy. What a consistency! How do they pull off thick, yet smooth.
D: HE-double hockey sticks YEAH!!! I may have to make another trip back to Chicago to find this beer.
01-22-2007 02:04:18 | More by stouty1
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Note: I am not usually an IPA hophead, but this Belgian take on an American classic is an interesting turn. High on the spicy hop bitterness without the excessive grassy or vegetative "fresh" hop flavor from dry hopping and late additions. Gives a strong citrus and gingery bitterness that finishes clean and helps cleanse the palate from strong and spicy food. Strong like an IIPA but light and bubbly like a Tripel.
01-19-2007 16:49:24 | More by GooberMcNutly
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Clear pale gold. Bright white extremely fine head settles slowly and stickily leaving huge chunky islands of foam. Repours generate a huge head that sits and stays at about two inches. Beautiful.
Gorgeous hoppy nose. There is a marvelous mix of citrus, fresh mown hay, and crunchy graininess. As it warms, the lovely Chouffe spicy yeast notes join the party. Really unique and compelling stuff.
Medium-full in the mouth. Well balanced bready malt and spicy yeast notes. There is quite a lovely acidic spine that keeps things moving. Not too much hop flavor or bitterness in this one. Surprisingly like regular Chouffe in the mouth.
Fantastic, soft, supple bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Deadly drinkable for how big it is. Less hoppy than on release, and not better for it. Drink up IMO.
01-16-2007 00:40:45 | More by Realale
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-13-2007 22:26:51 | More by Vancer
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-11-2007 21:24:06 | More by mmmbeer
4.68/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
01-10-2007 07:12:09 | More by jslot38
4.63/5 rDev +10%
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.
01-05-2007 17:43:07 | More by CharlieMopps
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-05-2007 00:50:20 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-01-2007 22:45:09 | More by jamie2dope
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
12-30-2006 20:17:50 | More by Budlum
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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