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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,283 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 161
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
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Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
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 WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a bunch of yeast floaties in suspension and a towering white head. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale malt scent that's sweet and dry with a slight warming effect. The hop aroma is excellent. It blends well with the spicey yeast scent and the malt aroma. The taste is great as well. This beer has a ton of complexity. The malt taste is solid: pale with a dry finish. The yeast component is wonderful. It's earthy with a spicey character. The hops provide a bitter edge, but they really work well with the yeast. The spiciness is a wonderful companion. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer lived up to the hype. It complex and flavorful; a damn good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a wine glass. Bottle says this is Batch #4
A: Bottle overflowed when I first opened it. Mild pour yields 2 fingers of creamy, pillowy head. Hazy apricot color. Very pretty.
S: Fruity hoppiness and tropical fruitiness. A tiny bit of alcohol smell. Fruit-like apricot syrup and raw honey accents.
T: Belgian fruitiness. Quite sweet but great bitter foil! What an amazing new style the Belgian IPA is! Only negative to this beers taste is something a bit off that I can't place.
M: Very nice and smooth.
D: Delicious and keeps me wanting more. It is strong though!

dfillius, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale, cloudy, golden color with an orange tinge. There is a huge white frothy head that sits on top, which receeds to leave a white lace all the way around the glass. As you drink the head settles to a glacier like clumpy mass in the center of the glass. It reminds me of a scoop of sherbert ice cream in a bowl of punch.

The aroma holds many fantastic qualities. An obvious hoppiness boasts spicy elements that are typical of a Belgian ale, but with a subtle citrus tone. There is also a slight alcohol scent that lingers in the glass.

At first sip the qualities of a Belgian Tripel are evident. A ceratin familiar fruitiness, as well as traditional spices start the beer off. A certain sweetness is present, and then followed by a desireable hop bitterness on the finish. This beer is truly a work of art.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied witha vibrant carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fair, not overwhelmingly bitter so I was easily able to finish a 750ml myself. However, I recommend drinking this brew slowly or the 9% ABV will catch up with you.

Goliath, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml capped bottle which exploded upon opening. Pours an electric pale orange color with a good sized pure white head that left some fantastic rocky lacing and chunky cap. The smell is excellent, nice Belgian spices, light banana and clove, candi sugar, barn yard funk yeast combined with a citrus like hop aroma. The taste is of a beautiful golden Belgian ale, definitely tripel like with the candi sugar, Belgian yeast. The phenols don't stand out as much as a traditional tripel. There is a noticable hop presence in the finish. Stale grassy hops with a light piney and citrus hop combination. The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation, finishes a hair slick but with some hoppy bitterness.

Gmann, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Quasmo
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Belgian IPA, and as though I still enjoy my DIPAs this is very good.

Wow what a head on this thing. I poured from a bottle and the beer went crazy, 4 finger thick head. I waited for about 3 minutes for the head to die down, but it never went away, what was left was the body of the foam, I blew on it and it was whisked away like whipped cream.

The beer has a spice to it that I very much enjoy, you can really smell and taste the hops, very citrusy, there is a hint of cinnamon in the brew.

The beer has a nice color to it as well, VERY thick yellow orange. I cant see through the glass.

There is a clear difference between drinking with and without the foam (I say foam because I can no longer descibe it as head), which has remained since I poured the beer. The foam gives it that extra character, whereas without it, it seems to have a very clean taste.

I could drink this beer for the rest of the night. Good beer.

Quasmo, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big time gusher. A quarter of the contents end up on the table. Pale color with cloud like head. There is some cloudiness due to the eruption.

Bread, spicy hops, tangerine, lemon, and some mild apple skin in the nose.

Very spicy brew. Starts with candy and caramel flavors then moves into a very pleasant apple flavor. Hops are lemony, spicy, minty (altoids come to mind), and in your face. I also pick up on some cinnamon. Assertive bitterness.

My only criticism of this beer is the fact that the beer exploded upon opening, leaving me with only a portion of the contents and pushed the yeast into suspension. Other than that this beer is a thing of beauty. Hop character is classy yet in your face. It reminds me of a blend of Duvel, Saison Dupont, and an American IPA like Bridgeport IPA. Unique. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a typical pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with some yeast in there. The head lasts forever and stayed through the whole drink.

Tastes very bitter up front and is quickly countered by the malts. A piney undertone - not as pronounced as American IPAs, but still present.

Overall, a very convincing Belgian IPA.

jdubjacket, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of roan22
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before on tap at Monk's and Teresa's Next Door, but today I am having this at home. Overall a well brewed Belgian attempt to fuse a tradition belgian tripel and American IPA. I love this particular style because I love hops, but also this style has provided me more familiarity of tripels whcih has led to a love of them and saisons. I do especially like the yeasty and funk notes the tripel provides, and the subtle european hops creep through a bit stronger after you swallow your sip. I love the fruity character of this beer, and yeasty beer sediment is at the bottom of the glass. There's always lots of foam with these tripel/IPA hybrids and its attractive. the foam is almost like merange [sp!], very thick.

roan22, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears golden/yellow, a great whipped cream foam head. I took pictures of it, it was the most amazing head on a beer that I've seen in quite some time. Body appears very unfiltered and effervescent by means of the loads of carbonation bubbles springing from the bottom.

Aroma is spicy hops with a little skunkiness with apple cider and apple juice. Also light bread, yeast, and honey.

Spicy and tangy hops make up the taste. Nice hop balance, that is how the hops compliment each other and exceed where the others fail and vice versa. Starfruit in the hops as well wit a light clove-like spiciness.

Mouthfeel is thick and unfiltered. Nice, but kinda chewy.

I fine beer to drink. I would have preferedd more of a hop character, but this is my first Belgium IPA so I'm expecting my palate to change as I seek out more of this style. For where I am now this is a worthwhile brew, though I prefer American IPAs and Belgium, well, belgiums.

tapman, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of BiereBlanche
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, MA

A - Deep golden-yellow color with fluffy off-white head. Leaves huge sheeting as it works down the snifter.

S- The familiar yeasty, fresh fruity cracker notes of a good tripel stand out most, but floral hops are quite present and light, bready sweet malt notes round out the background. Very complex, balanced and really amazing.

T- Loads of complexity and depth here as well. The same yeasty tripel flavors come through, quite a bit of malty sweetness and enough hops flavors and bittering to balance and give a clear IPA impression. The yeasty flavors stick in the aftertaste, very easy drinking.

M - Smooth. Full mouthfeel without being cloying or sticky, enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

D- What a great beer, this was a serious treat and I'm going to have to pick up more of it. It's very well balanced, but keeps all of the unique elements very present. Definitely one to seek out if you haven't tried.

BiereBlanche, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of beersabound
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my God!! Now that they brought this out in 330's in brown bottles I am in heaven. I mean fucking shit; this beer is the shit!! Sorry for the profanities. (I believe those are the 2nd thru 4th swears I've written on this site.)

Anyways, conceptually this right up my alley. And the follow through is spot on! It fills a tulip glass to the rim with a lovely tight stark head which slowly settles into a noodle plateau that lasts throughout. Like the hat of a captain leading a ship past the Siren's this head ain't going anywhere.

One rock sings the fermentation characteristics of a tripel. Spicy, yeasty, fruity and full of life. From the other rock sings the floral high notes and bitter bass of a DIPA. But somehow Chouffe steers clear of the pitfalls of both. The nose is spicy and fruity with a bit of earthy hops in there. It's hard to detect what's hops and what's esters. The flavor brings some bitterness up front followed by pils malt sweetness, slight pineapple and a finsih that allows malt yeast and hops to have syncopated solos. Tastes of honey are left on my lips as I look forward to another bottle. Brown bottle, Amen.

beersabound, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've wanted to try this for a while, but I wanted to hold out for a fresh bottle, so when Abe's got it in, I jumped on the chance to taste this beer. 750 mL bottle with a cool screen printed label, poured into two tulips.

Cloudy golden/light orange color with a huge white head that just sits there, looks like meringue and leaves tons of lace. Amazing.

Smell is deliciously hoppy, not to strong, though. It is balanced with some sweetness and fruitiness from the belgian yeast. Didn't pick up any of the 9% ABV in there.

Tasted exactly what i imagined, and hoped, a belgian ipa would taste like. It had the yeasty complexity of a great belgian ale with the bold hoppy flavors of an IPA. Everything in this one is in balance, too. Tastes like one delicious beer, not two beers haphazardly mixed together.

Mouthfeel was light with lots of carbonation, not watery at all. Very light and refreshing, i could drink this beer all night. Outstanding.

wheelinshirt, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of bainard
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy yellow with a big ol' head.

S - citrusy hops and a little bit of belgian rustic-ness.

T - yum. a true original. the hop aggressiveness of a typical ipa is countered with a smoothness and maltiness that make this one truly wonderful.

M - smooth, has the same sort of effervescence that you get from chouffe. some alcohol felt here, but considering its ABV, that's quite alright.

D - you can have two in a night and be done. not a session brew, but you're not expecting that with a brew of this stature, either.

bainard, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Bright sparling yellow. Very cloudy with a ton of sediment floating around. Bright white frothy heads that takes awhile to go away.
S:Very crisp lemon with just a touch of floral hops.
T:A slight nuttiness. Big creamy lemon zest. Very slight hops taste on the end.
M:Big creamy fat butter feel. Very warming.
D:AWESOME!!!! I love this damn beers. Hands down my favorite Belgium. The only thing I wish is the head was not as big. I just can't wait that long.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Nikki's in NP, RI based on the Beer Advocate ratings and I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoyed this one. It's simple perfection like an Orval but with a lot more kick. The flavor is very crisp, clean and balanced. It's a strong one not to be rushed so you can enjoy the experience. I plan to make this one a regular.

GJ40, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Hollingshead today.

Poured a hazy golden yellow. Quite attractive, actually. Except for the gigantic and ridiculous head. I don't see this noted on many reviews, so I won't grade the beer down, but it was insane. A four oz. pour resulted in foam threatening to overflow the top. It didn't settle down for five or ten minutes, and each pour afterwards for about half an hour yielded the same result. WTF? I didn't mistreat this beer whatsoever. As you may imagine, gobs of white foam coated the inside of the glass. I have never seen a beer look anything like this before. Smells like bread, yeast, and citrus/lemon.

Very interesting flavor. Not much of a traditional IPA mixture that I can tell. Tastes like a lemony, yeasty, sweet fruity, spicy Tripel with maybe a hint (just a hint) of hops and standard malt. I came into this beer with no expectations and came away somewhat confused. It's overriding character is an almost cloying sweetness, with not much bitterness except in the after-taste. So ... what were they going for here?

Nice thick mouthfeel, not particularly drinkable.

Overlord, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Looks fantastic. Transparent golden yellow with a MASSIVE fluffy white head. Impressive lacing that sticks all over the place. Smell is very hoppy and sweet. Layers of yeast lie underneath the hops. Very fragrant. Taste is both bitter and fruity at the same time. Lots of citrus, but also white grapes and apples. Tasty! Nice and full body with plenty of carbonation. Finishes kind of dry. Well-balanced. Very warming on a cold winter's night. Pairs well with blue cheese, a close friend, and Super Mario Galaxy.

atrus138, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours avery slightly hazy golden color, with a big white head. Head retention not bad for this abv. Huge lacing down the goblet. Smell is pretty good also...astringent typical Belgian aroma, but the hops come out here as well!

Taste is pretty good as well.Up front is some typical Belgian tastes: astringent, sweetness, banana. The follow up is hops. I finally know what people are saying when they put tobacco and hops in the same sentence. The hoppiness is more "earthy" than an American IPA hop experience. I never thought I would ever say "too much hops", but my expectations for a Belgian are different than for a West Coast IPA hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Belgian. I had a Piraat earlier today and the rich mouthfeel made the transition from sweet to bitter much smoother.

Drinkability is just ok here. Obviously not a session beer because of the abv, but the thin mouthfeel and bitterness at the end affect drinkability.

JayQue, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first-ever beer from the brewery Brasserie d'Achouffe, and I was completely blown away by the overall quality and outstanding character of this terrific sample... From a 1pint, 16 fl oz large green bottle, pours an exceptional appearance with a cloudy, frothy, hazy sediment-filled strawish color with immense bubbly head with impressive staying power... smell is very intense, with a distinct bubble-gum aroma pouring out of the bottle with fruit and slight hops smell... taste was superb, full of fresh fruit, sweet grapefruit, and only slight hops... hardly any bitterness detected at all which surprised me considering the logo on the bottle claimed it was an "IPA Tripel"... not what I was expecting at all with such a sweet marriage of perfect flavors and a delicate balance of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops... As far as the 9% ABV is concerned, the alcohol is hard to detect with such strong and rich flavors...Outstanding, world-class brew, Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of tyboxr
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a murky light orange. Substantial head with good leg on the glass
S:crisp, lightly penatrative
T: clean, nice lingering aftertaste that I find goes well with smokey/spice foods (ribs. brisket)
M: creamy, good fizz but not mouth filling
D: very drinkable, with or without food. Look forward to finding it on tap!

Will buy this one again if I ever find it. interested in cellaring but unsure about the bottlecap

tyboxr, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a yellow hue with a small but substantial head.

S- Hoppy, tinges of sweet fruit, spicy.

T- Hoppy yet full of the spicy saison-like quality of belgian yeast.

M- Thin but not in a bad way, with a large amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, goes down smooth and easy and is absolutely delicious.

Lothore, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. sampled jan 4/08.

pours hazy golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. alcohol. nice belgian tripel character - clove, bit of pineapple, grain and crackers. hints of pine and grapefruit.

taste is great. medium bitterness. grapefruit and orange. tangerine. bit of pineapple. hint of clove, but not enough to clash with the citrus. crackers and white bread. bit of grain. light alcohol. just a hint of caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. carbonation starts off medium-high, but after sitting for a little while it it reduces to a more enjoyable medium level. medium body. fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. well balanced. nice mix of belgian tripel and more american hop character, yet different enough to stand on its own.

grub, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded gold. Nice level of off-white head. Nose is very yeasty. Flavor is full of funk and hops. Earthy aftertaste like a deep clay. Yeast is definitely there as well. Robust is the key word here. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall very good. Extremely hearty and robust, yet consistent.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this poured a murky gold with a thick, big, rocky white, super long-lasting head and lacing. visible large floaties and sediment towards the bottom. bouqet was powerful and very complex. honey, hard candy, resiny and citric, fresh bread dough, apricots along with some grassy notes and musty barnyard aromas. taste was sweet malts with a smooth, prominent hop bitterness with some sourness present. mouthfeel was barely medium-bodied and, being belgian, lighter than expected for a beer of this abv. would be more drinkable if i could put down more than one of these big-ass bottles without ending up on the floor.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours hazy golden nice white fluffy head I had one bottle that had some yeast floating around in it. Don’t forget to rinse your glass out after or be prepared to scrub the glass for a long time Hoppy fruity aroma, tastes the way it smells nice hops bitter with the fruity Belgian yeast .sharp bubbly mouth feel.
Great Belgian tripel one of my favorites so far

joepais, Dec 27, 2007
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.