Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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4.8/5 rDev +14%
Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.
12-10-2006 17:17:43 | More by tjthresh
4.55/5 rDev +8.1%
As advertised, this is a tripel ipa. Not an iiipa, of course, but a geniune belgium tripel style, with an ipa delivery of hops. This is a hophead's dream come true (assuming that they're fans of belgium beers - but who isn't?). Pours and smells like a quality tripel. I smell bready yeasts, spice, apple, and a hint of banana. Good, sticky head retention. But once on the tongue, its obvious that something's different. The hop profile leaps out almost immediately. Citrus burn and peppery zest. Starting like a tripel, and ending like a solid ipa, this offering finally leaves that lovely, lingering earthy, fruity after taste, once the hops-burn fades, and then you burp up a little grapefruit. This is fantastic! Drinkable for sure, but at 9.00% is rather heavy duty. Get your hands on one of these! Enjoy with fuji apples and sharp white cheddar.
12-09-2006 18:35:06 | More by kingjames1
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
thanks to gpcollen for the opportunity to try this
2006, poured into a chimay deep goblet.
A: HUGE three finger bleach white head that dissipates slightly but lingers. light yellow color beer that is kinda murky, much
like hoegarden. the head is just very unique, never seen a head just linger like that. .
S: lemon citrucy kinda smell with spices and interesting hops. IMO it smells almost exactly like Chimay White, but with a more citrucy smell.
T: can taste more belgian tripel flavor here than an IPA. Still, more hops than a normal belgian tripel, but not enough to actually put IPA in the name, in my opinion. To me, tastes like a more hoppy version of chimay white.
M: creamy mouthfeel, kinda kinda thin, but ...very nice.
D: very drinkable beer, just blew through the 750 mL, and could easily do another, maybe two.
12-06-2006 07:30:07 | More by chadspivey
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy coppery yellow coloration. No sediment floating in the beer. The head is 3 fingers high very thick and fluffy. The head looks like someone squirted shaving creame on my beer. The head never died during consumption. Pancake batter like lacing remain clinging to the sides of my glass.
Smell: This is one of the oddest beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. The beer is a very eccentric mixture of Saison, IPA and Belgian Tripple. The beer has very aromatic hops grapefruit, citrus zest, with floral earthy notes. The super malty candy sugar sweetness is most excellent.
Taste: What the hell? Did someone put over hop my tripple? The beer delivers on major amounts of hops grapefruit, citrus zest, peppery coriander sweet malted wheat. There is much more going on here but suffice it to say it is good!
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. Very nice combo of hops added to a great tripple base. This is a very interesting and dam tasty beer. The alcohol is well hidden in the beer.
12-03-2006 12:18:23 | More by nlmartin
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a massive three run by finger head, even though I poured gently. As the head slowly fades, it leaves a thick layer of foam behind.
Smell; floral and grassy hops are the dominant aromas. After a bit some nice citric aromas come out as well as yeast and peppery spices.
Taste; lots of fruity flavors with oranges, lemons, mangoes and some hints of pineapple. There's some sweet malts in the middle, that quickly gets overrun by hops. The hops come across as herbal, grassy and slightly floral. The finish is spicy, and a little bit drying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with and initial sharpness from the carbonation, and then becomes smooth. Drinkability is really damn good, especially since I couldn't really detect any alcohol through the entire beer.
Not quite what i would expect from and IPA or from a Tripel, but this is one damn good beer no matter what style you condemn it to. I will definitely be picking more of this one up, since it's now available in Omaha thanks to Beertopia.
12-02-2006 01:46:23 | More by RedHaze
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Was really looking forward to this one, and I'll make it review #600.
Pours a hazy golden/yellow, huge white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention, head sticks for the long haul, very rocky. Smell is amazing, sweet, some citrus, grapefruit, toffee, yeast, floral, some alcohol, very hoppy. Taste is toffee and yeast, with a big floral grapefruit hop hit, tons of citrus, some wheat, long hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, medium, some warmth, nice clean hoppy finish. Excellent experiment, wish more breweries would create hybrids like this.
11-30-2006 01:10:26 | More by Viggo
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
A hoppy, Belgian strong pale ale?
Is it true?
Can it be??
VICTORY IS MINE!
This is the first bottle of the Chouffe line up that I've enjoyed. Be it freshness or renewed effort on the part of the brewery... this is a good one.
This has the hops bite of a moderately hoppy APA and that Belgian yeast works some magic with those hops.
An incredible, dense, creamy, sculpt-able head sits atop a lovely gold fluid. Right up there with Duvel in appearance.
The scent doesn't make anywhere near the impact but it is pleasant; Belgian pale ale all the way.
The overall flavor is that of a well made tripel. Nectarine bitterness, cream, a quick hint of corriander, subtle subtle grapefruit.... the Saaz hops in here really speak up; I had some Prima Pils this week and I'm getting some of those flavors with the volume bumped up.
An imperial pilsner! Yeah! That's what this is like. This lacks the oily resinous qualities of well respected APAs but this does have the balls of a badass pilsner.
Whatever you want to call this guy I'd say this is good stuff.
11-26-2006 08:48:57 | More by ommegangpbr
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Maredsous chalice.
Appearance - A pale, hazy golden yellow. Outstanding three fingers of beautiful foam. Looks like a cloud landed on top of my glass. Lacing makes my chalice appear frosted more and more with each sip. A perfect pour.
Smell - Spicy, peppery, lemongrass. Yeast and sweet fruit.
Taste - Lemon and apple at first. Very dry as the spiciness kicks in followed by a moderately bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Leaves a slight burn on the tongue that I liken to the after effects of a cinnamon altoid.
Drinkability - This one went down surprisingly quickly. Not as noticeable as some other 9% beers. Before I knew it, I was finishing up my third and final pour of the bottle craving another glassful.
11-23-2006 02:22:32 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.63/5 rDev -13.8%
Poured a hazy, shining golden color beneath a massive head of bright-white foam.
Aroma of strong bready yeast notes on a bed of floral and perfumy notes greats the olfactory senses.
Flavor profile as a balanced light malty quality with a floral and fruity center and a dry spicy finish. Flavor is very unique and interesting but in the end doesnt quite work for me. Mouthfeel is sort of smooth and creamy and first and then has a distinctive chalky bitter finish. Not unpleasant just very dry.
Overall drinkability is fine, this is a very unique, solidly constructed and quality beer, but just doesnt have the right balance or transition for me.
11-21-2006 17:38:20 | More by CRJMellor
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
The 750 ml bottle has one of those larger crown caps that can take two pries to open. As soon opened the cap the beer began to violently overflow. I reached for a the first glass I could grab, which was a shaker pint glass, so that's what I'm drinking this out of.
Appearance: The pour is a frothy white color with about an inch of cloudy light gold beer on the bottom. I can't believe this is 9%. The massive head lasts forever in a ridiculous cumulonimbus cloud shape. Even the second, third, etc. pours give their best lemon meringue pie impressions. (It takes a ton of pours since there's so little body in each glass.)
Smell: The nose has flowery and citrusy hops, grains, lemony zest, pepper, and a hint of yeast and even less funk. There is a bit of saison going on in the aroma, but a hoppy tripel describes it pretty well.
Taste: This is as big and bitter as saaz hops get. Lots of hoppy bitterness for a triple combined with lemon zest, orange peel, esters, soft pepper, grain, dough, and Belgian yeast. There's a lot going on in this one to say the least.
Mouthfeel: The medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and finishes dry.
Drinkability: This is complex and pleasant on every level. It's much easier to drink than it's ABV has any right to be.
11-14-2006 04:47:12 | More by goschool
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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!! ;-)
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
11-12-2006 22:16:25 | More by Bierman9
4.25/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-10-2006 09:42:14 | More by RidiculedDisplay
3.98/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
11-09-2006 23:26:07 | More by DaveFL1976
4.4/5 rDev +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?
11-09-2006 15:24:54 | More by hunteraw
3.48/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
11-08-2006 02:36:11 | More by Cresant
4.38/5 rDev +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.
11-05-2006 19:56:44 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
11-05-2006 18:28:21 | More by peabody
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-05-2006 02:46:41 | More by tastybeer
4.38/5 rDev +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!
11-05-2006 02:36:27 | More by wedge
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
11-02-2006 14:58:41 | More by Beerstein
4/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-01-2006 00:55:19 | More by dherling
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-31-2006 22:22:45 | More by tboom29
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
10-31-2006 04:27:43 | More by Bighuge
4.63/5 rDev +10%
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.
10-29-2006 18:18:09 | More by msubulldog25
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
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!
10-28-2006 23:58:21 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.