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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,102 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle. No "best by/bottled on" date found, though at 9% abv, it should be in good shape for some time...

I poured this sucka into my chalice, and it had a light-to-medium golden color. The liquid gold had a touch of haziness and a slow but steady procession of carbo rising topside. And at the top was a head of a solid 4" of fine, tight bubbles coming together to form a huge, marshmallow-like white layer of foam. The head ebbs ever-so-slowly, leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. Aroma is tough to peg. Some crackery malt comes through, along with a grassy, lemony character, plus a spicy, Saazy quality. The body is just about in the same area code as most medium-bodied biers, and the feel on the tongue is rather light on the prickliness, making for a decent overall mouthfeel.

Taste? Well, what a melange of different flavors. Some bready, crackery malt lending a light sweetness is in there. Lemony, tropical fruit notes check-in, with a distinct rindy aspect being very-much up-front. Quite dry in general, with the rind-like flavor really sticking in the mouth long and hard. Does have some subtle spicyness, along with a noticeable yeasty aspect. As I pour more and more, lots of residue and tiny chunky bits start to swirl around and make their way into the chalice. The 9% abv seems very well hidden, too. Tasty bier, for whatever style you want to peg it in. Has decent drinkability, also,, especially if you're buying!! ;-)

Prosit!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

938

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 22:16:25 | More by Bierman9
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at the store, I was overjoyed. Having read about this beer's advent here on BA, I was eager to see how it turned out.

Appearance: A straw color which is rather dull in body, but man, every review prior has been right about the head: fluffy, sticky, pillowy, amazing. Lacing is impressive. Watching the patterns it makes on your glass after each swirl is very entertaining. Lots of floaties in the body upon holding up to a light.

Smell: The hops are rather subdued relative to actual American IPA's, much less Double IPA's, but they are still, definitely, much more present than in your average tripel. Floral up front for me, sweet and meandering into a slight waft of pine. The hops sort of come in mists as you inhale, like a light cloud pillowing the banana, apple, and subdued blueberry Tripel esters I pick up as a base. And then, at the end of the nose, comes a gentle smack of grapefruit peel hop aroma. Great.

Taste: I'd agree with other reviewers that the taste takes a back seat to aroma and appearance. Banana, Grapefruit peel pine up front, pear, apple following, with an IBU-packed biting finish. A little warm alcohol as you go down the throat, but pleasant. Not a bad taste by any means, just not quite as complex as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Piercing little carbonation bubbles dominate the mouthfeel. Definitely a little over-carbonated, but nothing too detracting.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, but the alcohol sneaks up on you. This beer truly is one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 09:42:14 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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DaveFL1976

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a fan-freaking-tastic head. White, fluffy, chunky but smooth (how is that possible?) -- looks like whipped cream. Wowzers. The body is a hazy straw color and doesn't match up to the head, but what beer would?
The smell starts out with piney, flowery hops and finishes off with a fruity belgian character.
The taste isn't as impressive. A definate Belgian fruity undertone with piney hops riding on top. There's just not as smooth a transition as I'd like. Alcohol isn't really noticable.
Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated (perhaps too much so) and rather prickly. Drinkability is good, but slow. The taste and drinkability don't live up to the head and nose of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 23:26:07 | More by DaveFL1976
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hunteraw

China

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale gold in color, not crystal clear but I'll attribute that to pouring into three glasses and dropping the bottle the previous day. The head is absolutely stunning. It's as if someone spooned meringue onto the beer in the glass. After finishing it, there was still another spoonful-worth of head stuck to the bottom of the glass, so sticky it wouldn't drop despite holding the glass upside down. Lacing is an understatement: there's a line of lace for every sip I took along the side of the glass. Most impressive head I've ever seen, including Duvel.

Smell: Hops and Belgian yeast, in about equal proportions. Since I love the aroma of both individually, it's no big surprise to love the combination. Hops are citrusy, yeast is... yeasty.

Taste: Triple, saison, or IPA? Much more bitter than your typical Belgian golden ale, but not AIPA levels by any stretch of the imagination. Some fruit, along with citrusy hops. The Belgian yeast plays well with the sweetness, while the hops give it enough backbone to make this one incredibly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, perfectly carbonated, good finish.

Drinkability: This one is a real gem. I have to brew something like this soon. Dobbelen IPA Tripel? A British ale style, with Belgian yeast, and American and Czech hops? Who'd have thought?

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 15:24:54 | More by hunteraw
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured several tulip glasses from this undated green, 25.4 oz. bottle. Both glasses developed a huge meringue-like head. The firm, bold head stayed and stayed throughout the drink. Clumpy lacing all down the glass. Clear body in the first glass, more cloudy in the second glass.

Smelled of yeast and alcohol. Minor hops.

Taste was bitterness and Begian yeastiness. Slight aspirin flavor. Mild pineapple sweetness. Bitter lingering finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Creamy smooth texture. It was interesting but I don't feel it lived up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 02:36:11 | More by Cresant
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer is quite well carbonated, it produces an initial five-finger thick, tan tinted, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, with lots of streaming bubbles swimming up through a rich gold colored beer. As the head dissipates it forms a rockied surface and leaves a delicate lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Eventually the head leaves a long lasting, dense, yet tall island of foam. The aroma is quite nice. First there are the dry accented aromatics; a mix of lemon, toasted grain, hay, something that reminds me of fresh corn masa, a light herbaceous note an a touch of grassiness. There are also sweeter notes that remind me of vanilla, grapefruit, and sweet orange peel.

The beer explodes on my tongue, as soon it hits it vaporizes into a mouthful of foam. Swirling the beer a bit helps to degas it, it is still well carbonated, yet does not completely disappear on my tongue as I take a sip. Still spritzy, notes of light lemon, and a definite hop bitterness add to the sharper sides of this beer. A touch of vanilla, and a soft creamy malt character soften out the profile of this brew and provide a definite refined balance that would not be found in an American hop bomb. This beer has a touch of yeasty and even hop derived tartness to it. Lightly spicy fermentation notes poke through the hops at times, but it is really the mouthfeel where the Belgian character shines.

Warming notes of alcohol waft up through my nasal ducts as I sip this brew. It is not sharply alcoholic and in fact hides its alcohol quite well, but there is that warming in the nose that lets you know that this beer will bite you if you don't watch out. The balance that this beer strikes is really the wonderful thing about this beer. Soft, creamy and enticing, yet at the same time bitingly bitter with ample hop notes. And the ample meringue like head is as good as it gets. This is definitely one of those beers that is quite well integrated, the sum of its parts, tasty as they may be, still add up to a greater whole than one my expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:56:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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peabody

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a really beautiful hazy yellow with lots of white suds.The suds stay with the beer all the way through the drinking process.
Smell is a citrusy mix of orange and grapefruit with nice yeasty aromas that almost burn the nose.
Taste is a bitter grapefruit with lots of hops and a slight alcohol sweetness mixed with just a tad of sugars.
This is a great IPA but not quite as nice as the Stone.
Because of the 9% abv one should drink this slow and enjoy one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 18:28:21 | More by peabody
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a beautiful foggy golden orange. Head is absolutely mindblowing. Very cakelike, soapy and tight, and smooth. Its ike the frosting on my beer cake. Aroma is very nicely balanced somehow. Smoothly soft with malts and quite hoppy yet tripel like. Has a very creamy feel to it too, in both aroma and taste. Taste is awesome. Exactly as I expected, like a hoppy tripel. If I didn't expect that I would have been extremely suprised. This seems to have everything in it I could ever ask for (n a Tripel that is). A beautiful assortment of flavors. Its fruity, yeasty, spicey, with a farm-fresh kind of malt. The combination of Belgian flavors with pine hops make it minty and fresh. A crazy beer, and pleasing in an eccentric way. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with that tripel lightness and drinkability is fantastic for a tripel.

Well worth getting again and again, if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 02:46:41 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy yellow gold with an amazingly thick, lumpy, frosting-like head on top. Smells very appetizing - mellow but heavy with floral and creamy lemon aromas. Throw in some faint banana and interesting yeast and you've got yourself a damn good smelling beer! The taste adds a considerable spiciness into the mix...peppery Saaz flavors, citrus, and an underlying sweetness. Its a hoppy Belgian which is fairly new territory for me, but this seems to bring what it advertises. Finishes with a rindy dryness, soapiness, and a sort of airy phenolic feeling. Crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel carries quite a bit of bitterness actually.

I think its hard for this beer to match its aroma in taste...not that it was a letdown in any way because this is an excellent beer. Eh, what the hell, I'll match the taste and aroma score-wise. Very interesting and well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 02:36:27 | More by wedge
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Beerstein

Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland RI and ever since, this is the first drink that i ask for when i see it on tap. The apperance is a cloudy gold with a thick white head that dissipates to a flat plain. The taste and smell are both exceptional with the hop and citrus prresents well known. With 9%alc, this beer should be enjoyed slowly for it will cetainly put a smile on your face.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 14:58:41 | More by Beerstein
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dherling

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a hazy golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Nose is all about hops, citrus, grapefruit, and some earthy aromas rounding out the edge. The taste hits you over the head with hops, but the malt balances it out quickly before it becomes overbearing. Finishes citrusy, orange, grapefruit, and a bit bready. Moderate carbonation, and a slick long finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 00:55:19 | More by dherling
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tboom29

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this at the Publick House, so I had to pick some up when I saw it at Julio's. This was a dark golden color. The head on this beer is truly amazing. Big and cloudy thick Because I overpoured my first glass, once the head came down, bits of the fluffy goodness clung to the sides of my glass.

There was grapefruit and hops in the nose throughout. A spiciness in the nose too, gave it a saison like scent.

This beer is quite fruity and spicy, like a saison. It has a nice, not overpowering, hoppy kick to it as well, very nice for a belgian brew. Slight yeastiness leasds to a smooth, medium mouthfeel. This beer goes down so smoot. For about $10 for a 750 ml bottle, this is a beer I will always want more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 22:22:45 | More by tboom29
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thought this would be a good prelude to Town Hall "Number 9", which will soon be in my possesion, which was brewed in the same vein.

Slightly hazed golden. Bigass white crown of froth. It becomes quite rocky as it recedes and leaves great webs of lace. Great nose. Not exactly an IPA nose, but still, a great nose. I can pick out more of the Saaz on the nose than the 'Rillos. Doesn't matter. I love the smell of both. But there's also a nice belgian biscuity malt aroma that blends in nicely. A very warm and comforting aroma. Onto the flavor. Nice. Interesting. And unique. Unlike any beer that I can remember off the top of my head. It's got the great hop attributes, albeit slightly different than the hop bombs of America. But also this great underlying Belgian matliness and yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, warming... I've heard of comfort food, well this is comfort beer. A beer that would be outstanding on a cool, cloudy, late autumn day...with a fire going...and a good football game on...and good food cooking in the kitchen. This would be the perfect beer for Thanksgiving. I may have to get some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 04:27:43 | More by Bighuge
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this wonderful beer a couple times previously, both on-tap. We visited Achouffe in September - this beer was sold there in bottles, but was intended for export only (US market).

Recently bought a 75cl bottle at John's Marketplace in Portland; split that bottle with my wife in two goblets. Silk-screened label: Batch #2, best before end of 2009.

A: A hazy cloudy wheat-yellow color, with the most ridiculously large pillowy/rocky head. This one isn't measured in 'fingers', it's in 'hands'. Let's just say at least 1-hand worth of head, firm yet fluffy, and an excellent glassful of Belgian lace.

S: Wild combination of terrificly spiced Belgian tripel yeastiness and wonderfully fragrant American/Euro hops. Zesty coriander and clove mixed with Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz hops...it's hard to improve on that. Smells bounce between fruity, flowery, pine & herbs. Wow.

T: Combine a tasty Belgian Tripel with a mouthwatering IPA (double?)...what do you think you'll get? Outstanding flavor, spicy & sweet married with piney and citrus.

M: Just short of perfection; smooth with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice medium mouthfeel and body with an aftertaste that allows a sweet and syrup-iness to linger with a grassy/grapefruity/pine hoppiness.

D: Damn, this is such a fine beer. Wow - I'd drink this again and again (and again)...a favorite for both of us. Highly recommended. Among the best beers I've ever had, regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 18:18:09 | More by msubulldog25
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

Bought this bottle with a gift certificate that I got for Discount Liquor when I left my last company. Thanks Tom!

A-Unbelievable rocky head that is relentless. Beautiful golden body with lively carbonation coming from all angles. The sticky lace stuck all over the glass, and I mean everywhere!

S-As soon as I popped the top, the hop aroma was punching me in the face. It almost seems to be a battle between the spicy hops and the Belgian yeast strain. The doughy, earthy yeast is presented perfectly along side the hops.

T-What can I say...my two favorite styles combined into one masterpiece. The IPA side shines through early on and the sweetness of the tripel body comes through as it warms a little at mid bottle. Your tastebuds are juggling between American IPA and Belgian Tripel. Either way, everything turns into a happy concoction.

M-Great blend of bitterness up front followed by the sweetness of the tripel body and finished with a spicy Chouffe yeast quality. This would have been a perfect 5 if it were a little heavier on the Tripel sweetness.

D-Tough to find flaws in this if you are a hop head and a tripel fan. ABV is hidden and starts to creep on you. I could definately see a couple bombers being opened with the right group of friends for an all nighter.

Nicely done d'AChouffe!!!

Next challenge....homebrew clone of this!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:58:21 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on--tap at The Sunset in Boston, MA.

This Belgian double IPA poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that slowly settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was Belgian malt with a bit of fruitiness and some grape skins together with a nice hoppiness. The taste was a basic Belgian maltiness with a touch of sugar sweetness together with a vinous grape-skin flavor and layered with a rather strong hoppiness, but not an overpoweringly bitter hoppiness. Overall a very nice flavor combination. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly sweet with medium body and low carbonation feel. The finish left the flavors of grape-skins and hops lingering pleasantly. This was a very nice beer, reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 07:34:02 | More by UncleJimbo
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large 1pint 9.4 fl oz. green bottle with a picture of a little gnome picking hops. Pours a hazy light yellow with the most interesting head I have ever seen, like a brain floating on top of the beer and it's full of flavor and aroma sweet and hoppy! Lacing looks like chunks of paste stuck to the inside of my glass. Tons of carbonation. Aroma of biscuit, candi sugars, and citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Candi sweet with a sharp citrus/metallic twang about halfway and rides out into the finish. Really an interesting beer that blends a sweet Belgian and a citrus bitter hops. Very complex, at the same time very drinkable. Don't let this easy drinker fool you, the ABV is pretty strong and I felt it pretty quick.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 02:08:59 | More by SteveO1231
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer, this has so many flavors and smells that my crappy writing can't do it justice, but I will try. The body is slightly cloudy yellow/orange with massive creamy white head. The head itself had a very citrusy and piney hop taste. The first thing that comes to mind on the smell is a lemon pound cake. I also smell some spicy cloves or black pepper and there is a little grapefruit hidden in there too. The taste is more of the same it starts with citrus, then bready malts with a nice bitter ending. The bitter ending is great with the sweet citrus beginning and malty middle. This is a very impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 00:36:43 | More by orsulacp
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warning: Stop pouring this beer early, as I got 2 inches of beer and 6 inches of head which is a huge foamy off white. Body is a yellow hazy straw colored hue. Lace is left thick on the glass, as the foam fades at about an inch every 4 minutes or so. Wow! Nose is a nice wheat and soft hop mix. I was amazed at how smooth and balanced this was, with a silkey belgium feel mingled with a nice mix of hops. Hop heads and belgium fans unite. Notes of vanilla and mellon exist. Finish is clean. Mouthfeel is welcomed. Very surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 18:48:25 | More by SPLITGRIN
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Poured to a bright golden color, with possibly the thickest, most pillowy off-whte head I have ever seen. Head lingered thru entire glass, and slowly reduced to excellent lacing. Aroma was a very hoppy citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Taste was hoppy citrus bitterness, but with just enough malt to take the edge off. Palate was smooth and warming, as 9% alcohol made itself known. This beer was quite a treat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 14:09:10 | More by kimcgolf
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at between cellar and fridge temperature just as the Mets got eliminated from the World Series... it was bittersweet, as I have found this incredibly delicious beer to be.

750ml bottle sampled over the course of two hours in a Duvel tulip, the only way to enjoy this mesmerizing brew...

Appearance- Amazing. Buttery gold and clear, the gorgeous four finger head rises like bread dough and settles to a visually stupefying cave-like cragginess. One of the most outstanding beers I've ever seen by all counts... maps of sticky lacing wardrobe the entire inside of my glass. This simply must be seen to be believed.

Smell- Peppery notes concede to spicy, flowery components... wonderfully fragrant with a wildflower and citrusy character. Some alcohol is evident on the nose, but the perfumy Saaz hops and their brethren carry a clean, distinctive aroma.

Taste- The dry, peppery, spicy, grassy hop profile underscores a beautiful smooth and mellow sweetness... it's damn near perfection in a glass. What balance! The finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- In the beginning, when mostly beer poured into the glass, carbonation was sublime and the texture really complemented this one. As the tasting progresses, the head grows substantially larger but the mouthfeel becomes compromised. A bone dry hop bite lingers at the back and sides of the mouth.

Great beer, what a unique treat... no doubt I'll be seeking this out again...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 05:39:27 | More by yelterdow
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I first tasted this beer with Chris Bauweraerts (the owner) I asked him about the hops. I immediately picked up the Amarillo in the nose, but not the Tomahawk or Saaz. Was the Tomahawk for bitterness?... "No! They're all in the finish", he replied. OK, my bad. And I noted that I also picked up the house yeast, but he seemed confused by that -??? It's there though!!! Yep. I just smelled it again. Very distinct La Chouffe yeast. It has almost a vanilla-ish scent to it in my opinion. Mineralish as well.

The bottle that we shared poured a hazy golden body beneath a massive head of rocky bright-white foam. It had been disturbed during the trip, but most of the La Chouffe beers I've had have been in the same condition as I usually drink it when I'm out. In fact, the only La Chouffe beer I've ever had at home before this was Mc Chouffe. But I digress. The bottle I'm enjoying now sat in my refrigerator at 35ºF for 3 weeks and the initial pour was clear and bright. It's a sparkling golden-orange with teeming, very-fine bubbles (kind of like a snow globe) beneath a HUGE rock head of bright white. In fact, it climbed out of the glass while I went into the other room to get a phone call. Impressive! And the lacing is quite possibly the best I've ever seen - I almost cannot see from one side of the glass to the other as it's covered in wallpaper-like streaks of solid lace. Stunning! I've never seen that before!

The nose remains the same, hoppy and yeasty! What I'm tasting now is more balanced though - floral and fruity/citrusy and spicy and lightly spruce-like over a chalky, candy-like maltiness. Again, impressive! (And I still think the Saaz takes a back seat to the bigger Americans! ;)

It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a dextrinous side and an effervescent "pillow" of carbonation on the tongue. Smooth, but not creamy. Lightly zesty. Nice!

The flavor is as the nose suggests... hoppy! It's initally fruity with yeastiness, but citrus-fruity/piney/minty/spicy hop flavors immediately settle in and take their roost atop a grassy, straw-like and mineralish malt and yeast combination. And at this point it's hard to discern what is what. What's from the yeast? What's from the hops? What's from the malt? It's just one pretty rounded malt-yeast-hop flavor! The alcohol is superbly hidden, and you probably won't feel this one coming until it's got it's arms completely around you ;( It finishes dry with some residual grassy and spicy hops, a flicker of alcohol, and a rub of mineralish and lightly chalky yeastiness.

Belgian tripel with hops? - yes!!! It's unusual, it's exciting, it's well-rounded, and balanced, and drinkable! Superb! The Houblon is without a doubt my favorite of the Achouffe line. Magnificent!!! If it wasn't 9% I could drink this all of the time!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 02:38:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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k75

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

damn. what an amazing beer.

pours like Duvel with an immense ice cream cone head as dense as shaving cream. stands tall above the rim.

aromas are of dryness and a complex blend of subtle spice and candied fruit.

taste is just killer - combinations of honeyed burnt oranges and tropical fruit balanced with hints of drying bitterness without a DIPA edge. lip - smacking sweetness follows and you just gotta have more. WOW.

finish is just as complex and understatedly balanced.

masterstroke of brewing skill.

better on draft IMO.

k75

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 22:18:36 | More by k75
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on tap while at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, Pennsylvania on 10.14.06. Pale, golden, and almost straw-like in colour. Fantastic white, fluffy head. Lacing left its mark along the side of the glass. Amazing notes of floral, citrusy hops, and that great Belgian yeastiness. Fantastic aroma. Not overly cloying on the palate though. Light and crisp with a surprising smoothness despite the bitter punch. Great notes from the malt backbone and the citrusy hops on the palate as well.

Fantastic, to say the least. One of the more memorable beers that I have had in some time, to be sure.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 11:12:39 | More by goindownsouth
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip glass which looks like a great idea as the head on this one is huge, as foretold by the exploding bottle which had been dormant for a few weeks. Pours a cloudy straw yellow wit a giant chunky foamy head, by chunky I mean not level. Aromas of banana and alcohol are dominant. Taste is bitter hops with banana and citrus with some maltiness.This is a great tasting beer but drinkability is limited by the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 22:30:58 | More by WeymouthMike
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