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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,182 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,182
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 157 | 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 Lynux
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle in my Chouffe tulip.

Beautiful bright yellow with excellent head retention. Thick chunky head that sticks to the glass for some time.

Smells like an orange/grapefruit with some spice, lots of citrus

Highly carbonated with a bit of a bite, I taste lots of bitter grapefruit, some apple and belgian spice. Dry, bitter aftertaste lots of hops - alcohol barely noticeable.

Seems pretty light for a 9% brew, I could easily drink a few.

Lynux, May 24, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well still no good at pouring some of these Belgians and this one formed a tremendously huge foamy white head that dominated the
glass. It subsided very slowly, coating the glass with latticed lace and looking much like a soda. It was a very hazy yellow color. The aroma was of hops, yeast and lemon. The flavor was of hops, bread, citrus and pepper. The finish was fairly light and had some elements of the hop bitterniss and the pepper. Another good beer from Chouffe. Now if I could just learn to pour them properly.

Wildman, May 23, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Poured into a snifter with typical bartender ineptitude resulting in a lackluster head. An odd yellow-gold colored beer lays beneath the small white cap of foam.

The hops are strong with this one, you can smell the floralness from a foot away. Beyond that, the tripel style makes itself known with aromas of funky yeasty apple, lemon zest, grapefruit, pepper.

The taste is just how you'd imagine something with "IPA Tripel" in the name to be. Hoppier than any other Belgian I've had, this beer explodes with floral hops that mingle with the fruity esters and faint boozy finish.

This was a bit flat, but I blame it on the tap, not the beer, and so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.

Pretty smooth and easy to quaff.

illidurit, May 22, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Batch #3
Best before end 2009.

Smoky golden yellow.. Massive head of white foam..the lace on this is ridiculous. It's thick, sticky, and makes my glass look like something out of a horror flick.
Quite hoppy for a Belgian..interesting twist on the style..or is this a new style? Aromas of Amarillo & Saaz are quite evident.
Tastes are pretty heavy with spices, light pepper, cloves, and yeast.
Very soft, smooth mouthfeel..all while leaving a slight bitter/spicy finish.
Definitely more like a Tripel with a boost of hops than an IPA with a "Tripel flair". Highly recommended.

Big thanks go out to MrBURTON55 for the bottle.

hero27, May 22, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Slightly hazed yellow with gold hues. Huge, billowing white head pours three fingers thick. Excellent retention. Magnificent sheets of lace crawl all over the glass.

S: Floral hops. Apple. Pear. Grapefruit. Fresh baked bread. Alcohol.

T: Soft touch of grapefruit is immediately overtaken by a citric and floral hop bitterness. Tastes of dough or biscut malts and followed by sweetness of tropical fruit and a touch of honey. Finishes incredibly dry.

M: Crisp and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: An interesting interpration of the style. This is definitely a Belgian creation and I enjoyed this brew quite a bit, but I was hoping for a bigger and more pronounced hop profile considering the use of Tomahawk. Amarillo and Saaz hops. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, May 21, 2007
Photo of kajerm
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a massive, Duvel-sized head. After one sip it explodes all over the walls of the glass, leaving a plate of lacing that covers almost the entire glass.

The aroma is herbal, floral continental hops-- Saaz, I think--mixed with phenols, esters, and every other one of those awesome, yeast-derived chemicals that show up in Belgian beers. Bananas, cinnamon, whatever-- this stuff is so unbelievably complex that it'd be even easier than usual to make up aromas.

Opens up like Duvel but better, so much better. The flavors are cleaner and the banana esters don't run the entire show. Fruity esters and spicy phenols give way to malty sweetness and a little candi sugar mid-palate, along with just a little butterscotch flavor from diacetyl. All of this quickly gives way to assertive hop bitterness on the finish. America and Belgium had a baby, and they called it Houblon.

So much going on, and everything is in perfect balance. This shit is awesome.

The mouthfeel is moderately heavy, with just enough carbonation.

9%ABV be damned. Not only could I drink this until I died, but I'd have a happy stay in Hell as long as this was on tap.

kajerm, May 18, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extraordinary thing, this. At least to look at. Gold covered in snow. Thick, thick snow. Head is fabulous, with great staying power and topography. Visible carbonation, gorgeous. Smell is coriander and hops. Didn't dig on the taste so much. I love Double IPA's and Triples, but two great tastes don't necessarily always taste great together. This is interesting, but to me a mess of sweet malt and predictable spices along with a hellacious blast of hops... It's interesting, and applaud them for what they've done, but there is no way in hell I would shell out ten bucks for another bottle of this, except mayber to lay one down for 6 months to a year to see if the flavors meld a little better. Mouthfeel starts smooth but ends stingy and obtrusive. Hot, actually. A for arrogance, unfortunately an C for cohesiveness. It may be a Triple Dubbel, but this is no Magic Johnson. I apologize for that pun, I really do.

jeffjfindley, May 18, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml capped bottle (purchased roughly March '07) into a Chouffe-branded goblet :-)

A: Massive carbonation builds a huge fluffy white head on top of a beautiful golden body. Lacing is immediate & throughout, the bubbles never cease floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Nice!

S: Belgian yeast mingles nicely with a sweet, flowery hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming at all.

T/M: Initial sips let you know there is alcohol in this brew, a characteristic I've noticed in many Belgians; I'm sure as it warms a bit the hops will move to the forefront and the hooch will be covered up more. Very warming. There is a slight mustiness to the body, some solid hop bitterness at the finish, and lots of different notes of sour apple, sweet pears and other characteristics of a Belgian tripel. Complex, and very interesting! Mouthfeel is fizzy and velvety smooth all at once. Very dry finish with definite grapefruit bitterness.

D: Not entirely sure how "drinkable" this beer is, as the complexities and the 9% ABV will see to it that a single 750ml bottle is more than enough. Great for sharing or at a tasting.

Recommended!

markgugs, May 18, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Chouffe strikes again...this time with hops.

Incredible fluffy head with unbelievable sticking power and overall volume. Terrific, tenacious lacing like bitter packing foam all down the glass. Chill haze and tiny bubbly carbonation cut through this golden brew.

Quite a load of hop aroma for the Belgian crowd, citric and peppery, with a good chunk of earthy Saaz hop as well. Grounded but always exciting Chouffe yeast strain also present. Dextrin sweetness.

Outstanding flavor. Not as fruity as a regular tripel, but very complex and easy to drink while packing a mighty wallop. Bitter at first, with the Tomahawk hop oil running rough. The citric flavors are courtesy of Amarillo hops, and there's some herbal and earthy notes in there as well. Very mellow in the finish, a hint of peppery alcohol, some rough sweetness, and pale malt.

Finish is citric again, slightly dry on the malt side, with a mild phenolic flavor developing with warmth. Great mouthfeel, perfect for a tripel while also accomodating high alpha oil hops, and very crisp. Aftertaste is smooth and mild, with only a minor reminder that the beer you're enjoying packs in 9% alcohol.

Far and away the best Belgian IPA I've had, as it is not too heavy on the pepper and really hides the alcohol nicely. I don't care how hard it is to get your hands on, do it!

BretSikkink, May 15, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden hue. Huge thick head creamy white head. Retention is incredible. Same with the lacing.

Smell - Yeasty, lemon, hops, spices, and candied sugar. It's an interesting mix of Belgian tripels and IPAs.

Taste - Initially you seem to be hit with the hops and some lemon. The yeast comes though and some chalkiness arises. The spices and candied sugar present themselves in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick creamy head but light elsewhere. Carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Wonderful balance of hopped and belgian tripel. If your a fan of either get this.

stereosforgeeks, May 13, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This baby poured a beautiful gold/hazy orange color with bits of settlement and an amazing pillowy white head that didn't collapse for 15 mins leaving lace all over the glass

Smells of orange and lemon zest with a yeast scent and earth smell after wards.

Taste is very nice and light with touches of malt, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is very light and coats nicely with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

I would drink this anytime it was presented to me, very nice from start to finish.

TheodorHerzl, May 12, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle - $5.00
Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange color with tons of sediment. Head is bright white and one full inch high, as it settles it leaves a tower of head in the middle that bobs from side to side when you sip. Lacing is strong.

S - Fruity bubblegum yeast with very sharp hops, hot spices and light grape fruits.

T - Light and fruity yeast to start with a hop bite and a light bitter hoppy finish.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation slightly elevated, working well with the flavors.

D - Interesting blend of Belgian yeast-y style and bitter hoppy IPA style. Overall a pretty good beer but I would have liked to see more hop representation in the taste...guess that's how they wanted it though.

The almost solid chunk of head leftover after the liquid is gone was a tasty treat!

umustdrink, May 11, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a murky gold with an unbelievable meringue head billowing out of my Duvel tulip. Took ages for this beauty to collapse leaving behind some wicked lace and a cloudy castle floating atop the beer. Even as I finished this one, there was an irregular clump of foam that looked something like a plastic bag that had been tossed into a bonfire and shrunk down.

Smells strongly of white pepper with a little lemon zest and ginger on the side. From the depths of its aroma comes a funky, earthy cedar.

Starts with a familiar triple creaminess with a smooth peppery yeast and creamy bread dough with a touch of anise, but, like the smell, a gentle sticky pine fades into being. The dynamics of the change up are really stellar. But, the hoppy dry finish is a little much as it is overly focused on just being bitter.

Feels light but firm with an easy, gentle carbonation.

This is an interesting brew and hands-down beautiful, but a little dry in the finish for my liking.

DarkerTheBetter, May 10, 2007
Photo of ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright hazy yellow..big pillowy head on top.

S-To me this takes on more of a yeasty belgian aroma than a west coast IPA aroma....lemony....nice

T-Very flavorful....again to me the belgian notes lead the way but there is a good hit of lemony/citrus hops on the finish..

M-Medium to full bodied...highly carbonated..

D-Interesting for sure...nice blend of styles....but for me this does not rate as an all-time great....definitely enjoyable, but nothing I would go back to.

ZAP, May 10, 2007
Photo of jackorain
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse NY.

A-really nice presentation in a tulip glass, bright golden yellow straw, quite cloudy. Good retention, stayed about 3 minutes then fell to a 1/8 inch coat. Really good lacing, the term lace was coined for this one, it could have been a doily on the inside of the glass from top to bottom when I was finished.

S-Fresh carmel malts, biscuit malts earthy and citrus hops abound. Chouffe funk in the nose.

T-citrus hops, earthy hops, balanced with biscuit malt, tropical fruits, a touch of phenols and some funky yeastiness as expected from belgium. really good

M-medium body and excellent carbonation. hop opils left on the pallete after swallow.

D-This is very good D is right up there. Higher ABV will prevent excessive consumption though.

jackorain, May 06, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No doubt about it, this is one amzing beer.

I've had this beer a number of times on tap, and while I liked it the fist time I tried it, I've come to appreciate it more and more over time.

This beer pours an impressive cloudy yellow gold color, with a sensational head and lacing. The lacing might be the best I've ever seen, the foamy head is long lasting and persistent. Amazing.

The aroma is like nothing I've ever smelled before. I get lemon, lime and tangerines... exceptional citrus nose, but unlike anything I've ever encountered in an IPA or DIPA here in the states. On the palate... how in the hell do they do this. The beer starts off as if it's going to be a crisp, sweet, Belgium trippel, but then the hops come on strong at the finish. The beer has a fabulous hops bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming tiring to drink. In fact, considering the abv., it's really quite drinkable. The beer finishes very crisply, and is not the least bit heavy. In fact, it's quite light on its feet on the palate; amazing for a beer with this abv.

An altogether excellent beer.

John_M, May 06, 2007
Photo of ruleof72
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick and very creamy white head on top of a nice medium golden colored beer. The smell is fantasic with lots of pine,citrus and even a bit of "candy" coming through. The taste is great and a combination of IPA hoppiness, barleywine sweetness and the distinctive 'belgian" yeast. The body is medium full with good carbonation. This beer goes down easy.

Overall this was one of my best beer experiences. A delicious beer that embodies the best of an IPA, barlywine and trippel all in one!

ruleof72, May 05, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

truly a hybrid
of "doublen triplen"
splendor
put together as such
with
what few others render:

pungent hops
triple yeasts
and malt
that taste good together!

Pours hazed tan-ish lemon
with thick foamy head

smells of the hops
the whole spectrum
pine floral citrus -
-grass bed

Tastes underneath:
mild fruit yeast ester
a sweet breadish malt
with hints of phenolic weather

mouthfeel is very balanced
finish is nice and dry
the ABV;
very well hidden

you could drink this
and get high
but remember ,
moderation
nonetheless this is good stuff
given the style
a remarkable accomplishment

meadhead, May 05, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My my, this one sure is neat. Pours a light gold into my chalice, the fluffy white head exploding from the glass and keeps until settling down to no thinner than half inch. Crazy lacing in bubbles, streaks, foam, this is crazy. The only problem is all that sediment, which is my fault. The aroma tips me off to whats to come, a delightful mix of citrus, coriander, yeast, and it really wafts of saison more than anything, and gets me thinking... why haven't I tasted anything like this mix of IPA and Saison... ever.... its wondrous! And then to taste, just brilliant. Take every good quality of IPA and Saison (which, coincidentally, is everything) and roll them into one nifty little bottle and you have this. And add to that rich mouth, smooth and creamy and carbonated just right, with a good body and the slightest feel of alcohol warming, and you have yourself something very special. An absolute delight, a treat, and a great introduction to Chouffe.

objectivemonkey, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was wondering when I bought this beer what style it would fall under, I had no idea that Belgian IPA was a style. It pours a hazy slightly brownish yellow with a beautiful thick head that lingers. Aroma is at first just that of a belgian triple, but then a huge fresh hop smell comes out, fitting in perfectly with the yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet pale malts with a major bitterness. The spicey, chalky yeast flavor comes through in the finish, just as the citrusy hop flavor really takes hold. There is very little alcohol flavor. I am really impressed! This hybrid style really shows off the best of both worlds, and despite the flavor extremes, it maintains quite a balance.

ericj551, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA was cellared in my basement for about 9 - 11 months. I believe that played a part in the faint aroma.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with some amber hues mixed in. On top is a thick creamy white head that slowly dissolves to a thick pillow floating on the beer. The foam completely coats the glass with thick clumps of lace. A faint aroma of orange citrus, mixed with some bubblegum sweetness, yeast and alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very soft and smooth with a mild carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet malt, spice and hops. It begins with sweet candy and honey flavors. Towards the middle I detect some notes of pepper and clove, probably from the yeast. At the end the hops kick in with a lemon citrus flavor. It finishes with some bitter medicine and alcohol flavors, which linger on the palate once the beer is gone.

This beer hides it's 9% alcohol very well. I'll have to get another, fresher bottle to see if the aroma improves.

WanderingFool, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of benito
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Other than samples of Hop It, this is my first Belgian IPA! Pale in color, this brew has an incredible head that clumps up, laces that glass, and refuses to disappear in any way.

The aromas show a little too much barnyard funk and not enough hops for a brew that purports to meld traditional Belgian styles with an IPA. In my ideal Belgian IPA, I think I'd get a more distinct, and maybe American hop presence in the bouquet.

That said, the flavor is spot on: a nice mix of typial Belgian spiciness (though it seems to be more in the saison/farmhouse tradition rather than the monastic/tripel one) and a dry, bitter finish. It drinks far too easily for a 9% brew, and I was amazed by how light the overall impression was--so much so that I've docked it points because it misrepresents the true soul of this beer.

This is a fascinating experiment and a solid, if flawed brew. I will be more than happy if I can make a Belgian IPA that enters the same ballpark as this brew.

benito, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle from Burby and Bates. Murky yellow body with chunks of yeast floating around and a couple inches of white to offwhite head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells citrusy and piney, with a hint of skunk. Tastes sweet, citrusy, piney. Unfortunately, I'm tasting just a hint of skunk is also there, making this pretty good tasting. I bet this beer is phenominal fresh or on tap. Damn these green bottles. Still quite pleasant and drinkable.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very light amber with a huge white frothy pillow like head. Soo much retention and frothy top left over, it was like a cloud sitting on top of the beer. Lots of haze from suspended particles and visible carbonation streaming up, looked wonderful.

S - Smell was very light and had many fruity esthers, most notably hints of plum, raisin, figs and pears. Hints of some nutmeg were also apparent. All balanced out nicely by the lovely hop aroma.

M & T - The taste was very hoppy, hoppiest belgian ale I have tasted to date. Very spicy and the alcohol tingled you lips and warmed your belly on the way down. Unbelievably smooth and delicate feel, really a very nice texture which greatly served to punctuate the flavor. Huge hop profile lingered for a good long time and provided a nice counter to the hugely complex fruity flavors.

D - Overall this was really nice. I could see myself having a glass in front of the tv anynight. Very hoppy and really bitter and well done. Very dry finish only served to cap off a great experience. Loved this one.

mikesgroove, Apr 10, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 3/27/07.

A: Pours a pale golden color. Not much head. Pretty much just a faint skim and some ring. Lots of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Sweet and yeasty. Fresh cut grass hop aroma.

T: Bitter noble hops, and candi sweetness, followed by light toasted malt.

M: Very dry and puckery. Quite peppery.

D: Decent. This is pretty good, but, it didn't blow me away like so many other people. Will have to buy a fresh bottled example to compare.

GbVDave, Apr 07, 2007
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,182 ratings.