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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,232 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 173 | 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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Photo of mcallister
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The unbelievable head on this nearly gives it a perfect score alone. Rocky off white and long lasting it reminds me of the expanding sealer you use to fill cracks with. The liquid is a fuzzy apricot orange, cloudy and opaque.


Sweet passion fruits with clove, bubblegum, papaya, and pineapple, with a grapefruit twist. Hoppy citrusy characteristics. A lemony zest really gives a refreshing zing to the aromatics. A belgian spicey yeasty quality is interwoven within.

This is just simply a kick ass beer. Bursting with fruit and hop character without being to "belgian" and leaving odd ends on the palate. A moderate amount of sweetness on the mid palate and finish. 9% ABV is hardly noticeable as this taste to good to care. Thick with passion and tropical fruits that lead into clove and citrusy hop, with a resiny feel to them. A near perfect amount of carbonation. Just a solid, great tasting, overly drinkable beer.

mcallister, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tripel IPA poured out with a huge rocky head. The head climbed up the glass then slowly fell into mountainous thick peaks. Lots of lacing left on the glass. The ale was a hazy pale golden with lots of particulate floating in it (hopefully hops or yeast).
A good amount of hop aroma escaped from the bottle before I could even pour it out. The aroma was spicy and floral.

The taste was very bitter, I like. Good hop flavor but little malt taste to balance it out. I guess it fits into its psuedo style fairly well, since it’s an IPA tripel. The taste is smooth and finishes with a slight Belgian yeast flavor.

Very drinkable considering the strong abv. The coolest part about this beer was the head. It was really clumpy and thick and it left large pieces on the sides as it fell.

DIPAbrewer, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a beautiful deep golden color. Has a massive and well retained fluffy white head. Leaves great caking sheets of lace.

Smell is of sharp citrusy hops and a distinct Belgian yeastyness.

Taste is fantastic! Citrusy and bitting hops. Lemon and a hint of grapefruit on the front end. Then the malty sweetness of a tripel take over in the middle. There is a nice bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this was a very nice suprise. I heard good things about the Belgian take on the IPA and was not disappointed. Very tasty and very well balanced. The nice sweet malts of the tripel style mesh with the hops of the IPA style beautifully. Highly recommended.

bluegrassbrew, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of PAYankeeFan
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first this gem I got from the NEPA case split club seemed mislabeled as I wanted to know where the hops were hiding. But they are in the aroma and have a pleasant grapefruity streak in the flavor. But the almost trademark Chouffe yeast and malty flavors rule the day even though I have to say both hops and malts are well blended and balanced. There is a slight sour aftertaste going on but it doesn’t diminish the overall experience heavily.

PAYankeeFan, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Petit Houblon, Batch #4, Best fefore end 2009.

A: Hazy straw; huge, bubbly head settles into a more foamy head that continues to last. Awesome lacing.

S: Floral, grassy and metallic hops with a hint of citrus; candied tropical fruit; toffee; spicy phenols with a slight hint of solvent.

T: Good bitterness; metallic, spice, grass, tangerine, slight floral soapyness, tropical fruit. The yeast sediment has a more concentrated metallic & solvent flavour, which I'm not particularly fond of.

M: Really well-attenuated with a dry finish; moderate body & carbonation.

D: The flavour is big & bold, but body is relatively light & digestable.

Derek, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of VonSteinhoist
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old world meets the new world with a wonderful balance of bitter and sweet drinkability. Golden ale with a heavy white foam that eventually settles down to a long lasting fine soapy head. Smell of grapefruit and spice with light floral tones. Taste begins sharp but immediately sets sweet and lingers to the top hop and then balances to semi-dry and finishes with a hint of black pepper. No kidding. A lasting and complex flavor event. Kudos to the Makers for combining the best attributes of Belgium and North America to create such a delicious brew. One of my personal favorites for sure. Best enjoyed with good friends. Outstanding!

VonSteinhoist, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of yourunclewalt
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three-finger, when poured slowly, foamy white head with a hazy honey-amber body that displays ample carbonation. Was expecting something a bit darker; this looks all Belgian.

S - Sweet candy malts as you'd expect for a Tripel, very little tang from the hops near the end - would expect more from an IPA. Odd Rice Pudding scents, as well. Hops are sedated.

T - Delicious! A hoppy Belgian Tripel, as you'd expect. Less IPA than Tripel, but it does give the normally overly sweet, malty Belgians (for me, anyway) a nice balance - floral hops, rather than citrus. The alcohol is definitely noticable (9.0abv) near the end. Careful.

M - Very heavily carbonated, soda-like mouthfeel with a tinge of alcohol burn around the silky finish.

D - I really enjoyed this. For an Advocate who started out in the microbrew scene with IPAs only to eventually come to explore the Belgian crowd, this is definitely a welcome hybrid. Price is an issue, however, as this style doesn't seem readily available - I paid 7.99 for my bottle; not too pricey, but just enough to keep it from being a regular dinner-drink. Weekends?

yourunclewalt, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Higravity
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the Karmelit glass nice dense white head and a true golden body. The aroma attacks me before the glass even gets in my hand. Candied hops and spicy yeast bits. The taste is a hopped up, but with gentle citrus and noble type, triple and the alcohol blooms on the back end that leaves a tang of wonderful hops and yeast. Nice drinkable body and this is something I will drink again.

Higravity, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty large, fluffy head. Golden-maize colored with geysers of carbonation traveling upward to the foam. Heavy lacing.

Heavy citrus, hops dominate the nose with a sour malt finish; that pleasant Belgian aroma - clean and crisp.

Wow -- a sublime flavor. Taste begins with a biscuity orange, pineapple hops folllowed by a roast maltiness. The alcohol says hello as the beverage makes its way from the palette to the throat.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily yet crisp. A nice film residue lingers on the tongue and the alcohol warms the esophagus.

A very drinkable beer -- just wish I had someone to share this with at the moment. Being an AIPA fan -- a very cool spin on the DIPA through a Belgian brew. I look forward to bringing a bottle or two to some friend's house over dinner. Glad I finally stumbled across this beer.

jdoncbus, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of bigman147
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rich golden color. Carbonations is strong and head retention is exactly as I would expect in a Belgian. Thick puffy white foam with ridiculous amounts of lacing.

Aroma: Smells faintly like hops. Citrus maybe even a bready yeasty character. Surprisingly, even as the beer continued to warm further aromas didn't develop.

Taste: Pale sweet malts and candi sugar help to balance what I think is a poorly balanced beer. Hop notes are slightly tangy and sticky with some spice of the Saaz. I found that the bitterness maybe from yeast inclusion or just hop bill was chalky and harsh with an odd lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and full. Lingering and slightly harsh. Alcohol burn in the throat become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Drinkability: This is what disappointed me. I love IPA and all though I have little experience with Belgian IPA, I felt that the brewer was just trying to burn my palate with bitterness (that came off harsh) and didn't tap into the American sense of flavor, aroma, and bittering that make IPA so wonderful. I drank the bottle but with the high alcohol and the lingering mouth feel I wouldn't have had any more.

bigman147, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Straw in color with a billowy white head, basically Belgian to the letter. The head is like glue leaving clumps of foam on the side of the glass. I think this can no longer be called lacing because it really isn't delicate, it's more like a wool sweater for the inside of the glass. The retention is completely amazing retention.

Smell:
The scent is a little weaker than I would care for in a strong Belgian beer but it still presents notes of nutmeg, unripe bananas, and a touch of the definitive yeasty funk.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The idea of a Belgian IPA is new to me and I think this is the first beer I have reviewed since being introduced to the concept and honestly I was skeptical until this beer hit my mouth. There is certainly a presence of hops that goes above and beyond that of traditional Belgian styles. It plays as much more of a counterpoint to the rich toffee like malts vs. American IPA where the hops are generally speaking the star of the show. There's just a touch of crisp hop bitterness throughout the beer which is nice and refreshing when coupled with the steady carbonation of the brew. There's bitter grapefruit notes about mid drink which lift and refresh the palate from the initial richness of the beer. There's simply incredible layers of flavor to this beer. Fruit notes are so many and fleeting that it's really hard to pin them down with a single glass of this beer. The finish is clean and leaves a touch of corn like sweetness in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
This is an amazing beer, no question there, it's just a touch too strong for all out drinkability though.

Bottom Line:
WOWZERS! Get on this brew NOW!! An amazingly complex and refreshing beer both physically and stylistically.

Grundle20, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Shiredave
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled first ( 3 - 4 times) at the Belgium comes to Cooperstown festival at brewery Ommegang last summer. ( thanks Jim T)
A pale straw yellow color with effusive carbonation.
The carbonation helps propell the aroma and flavor to your senses. Strong spicy hop aroma of green grass and and clover with a splash of lemon zest.
Flavor is all about the hop but the malt backbone keeps it in balance. A strong beer that is very deceptive - little or no hint of alcohol to cloud or impair the flavors.
Crisp and refreshing while still eminatley satisfying and enjoyable for a hop head like myself.
Its good to see the Belgians embracing the high AA hops.

Shiredave, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of jwff
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lazy gold with generous white head/lacing. Tons of suspended yeast adds texture. Not much carbonation. Yeast dominates the smell with honey, mild citric hops, and alcohol all playing their parts. Citrus hops make way for a sticky malt base and plenty of yeast characteristics adding spiciness/tropical fruits along the way. Large amounts of toasted grain make an appearance towards the end. Bitter hop finish cleans the palette while a bit of honey sweetness sticks around on the tongue. Solid mouthfeel. It borders on slick at times, but is pulled back by the bittering hops. Fairly medium bodied, but does lean towards heavy. This isn't your everyday go to beer, but it's good for the right occasion.

jwff, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of TripelMajor
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this brewery. I love this beer.

This is the best example of this style I have found, and I favor both IPAs and Belgians. If you do to, this is heaven.

Great bottle (25.4 oz), funny back-story.

Pours clean with a perfect head, a little milky, not quite transparent, but I like that. Good head retention.

Smells like a hop garden. Forward aroma hops, floral and sweet. Mingles with a typical candied-apricot and allspice tripel aromas to tickle the nose and watter the mouth.

Exceptional beer. Smooth, complex. Hoppy, but strong enough to balance it. The balance is perfect. Not once did I find myself making the sweet, sour or bitter faces. One big bottle is just the right amount of alcohol, but I want more... dangerous.

Nice and thick the way a Belgian should be. The hops tickle, but don't dry out your tongue.

I could drink this one with on the first day of a three-day hangover. Smooth as silk, every sip gives you something more. Beautiful product.

TripelMajor, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass (it looks very similar to the shape of the appropriate Houblon Chouffe glass).

A: A light golden orangish color with a massive and very thick white head. The head leaves tons of lacing on the glass, maybe the most I've ever seen.

S: Lots of yeast in the nose followed by the classic signs of hops: citrus and pine.

T: What a fascinating beer. A cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or Tripel and an American IPA. The Belgian aspect of the beer hits the palate first. It's just ever so slightly sweet (maybe some honey), yeasty and herbal. The finish and aftertaste is where the IPA comes into play. Lots of fruit followed by some piney hops. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, like a typical American IPA. A very interesting beer with lots of unique layers and an unusual mix of flavors. The bottle had tons of yeast in it. The first pour had very little yeast but the second and third was full of it.

M: The mouthfeel is all Belgian; slightly syrupy, not a lot of carbonation.

D: A very tasty, unique, and fascinating brew. The mix of flavors of a Belgian tripel and an IPA works very well together. It's well balanced, complex and very delicious. I've never had anything like it and I likely never will, except of course when I come back to this great beer.

willjschmidt, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a funky, cross style, throw the rules out the window beer this is. Combination almost-double IPA and Belgian Tripel. Interesting interplay of Belgian yeast and loads of hops. The Belgian spirit of beer adventure is evident here, and the sum effect was good, but not outstanding.

Brent, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of mizzoueng
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light gold to yellow in color. Hazy due to the 1/4" of yeast in the bottle, but I'm not complaining. Head was white and about 3 finger thick in my snifter. Fell rather slowly and lacing was impressive with big foam chunks hanging around.

S - Smelled of Saaz hops and orange blossoms. Bottle said there were Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops in there. All I could smell was the Saaz.

T - 9.0%, so it has a warm taste. The hops are there, the Amarillos jump out at me at this point as well as the Saaz. I've never tasted Tomahawk, but I didn't taste any new hops so who knows. Malty and citrusy, more citrus than malt.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish. The alcohol gives a massive warmness to the beer.

D - Overall this is a good beer. I loved the mix of Belgian with IPA. It was a good experience and I would get it again, but only if I could split it with someone. 25.4 ounces it a lot to drink in one sitting.

mizzoueng, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazy golden color with a massive creamy white head that sticks around like nobody's buisness. i'm not sure i've ever seen a head like this one. nose is like citrus flavored cotton candy. comes through very citrusy and just straight yummy. a little bitter with a very bubbly mouthfeel. yes, please, i'd like another.

timtim, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a big wine glass at 59 F / 15 C.

Brilliant orange-gold. Three inches (oops!) of dense hilly off-white head, as stiff as meringue on top. Sunk to a modest layer with a huge plateau in the middle, so stiff that cracks formed when it started to break apart. Yikes. Substantial chunky lace. Last glass full of the seemingly unavoidable Chouffe yeast.

Smells of rich, fresh hops - flowers, citrus, pine/rosemary, and herbs, with honey, biscuit, grain, dough, sesame, green chili, pineapple. A bit of oxidization, like sherry/ brown apple. Something minerally, like wet rocks.

Plenty of fresh hop flavor. A nice dash of bitterness, very well balanced with some sweetness. Rose, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, honey, grain, toast, pungent herbs, green bell pepper, brown apple, river rock. Delicious and refreshing.

Mouthfeel can get a bit thin and oily, but not bad. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Great beer.

Beerzebub, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of bensiff
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love of hops and Belgian ales combined led me to purchase this brew. However, I was suspicious that the long trip across the world to my beer glass might result in hop degradation. With plenty of sweet yeasty Belgian flavor, this beer is nothing like the US idea of a hoppy beer. The hops managed to maintain a touch of aroma; noticeable citrus hop flavor, and a nicely balanced bitterness. This beer is easy to enjoy and a nice change from the ordinary.

bensiff, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of joecast
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

impressive looking 75cl bottle. best before end 2009. picked up at galcos for $12

pours out a hazy light golden color. large white frothy clingy clumpy head. settles unevenly leaving some patches of froth while other parts of the beer are bear.medium carbonation keeps yeast sediment suspended.
actually, after my second pour (see mental note), watching the head settle in a decidedly deformed way can be entertaining.

heavy belgian aroma of bready yeast and cloves. thinking maybe some wheat as well, or maybe its just reminiscent of hefe weizen?
not getting a lot of hops here though. possibly some saaz as that would maybe blend into or be masked by what i've already picked up.
so good for a tripel, average for an ipa.

--mental note-- dont pour the beer straight into the glass when its still half full. it will want to spill over. this is a gassy beer.

surprisingly dull on the tongue. i was expecting this beer to do some kind of belgian dance whilst in the mouth, but no. a bit of a flash in the finish, probably due to the yeast, but otherwise uneventful.
forgetting my expectations though, this is still a pretty tasty beer.
the twang and sweetness of belgium meets the strength and bitterness of india. or something like that. really does seem to wipe the mouth of anything else after each sip. so maybe an after dinner cleansing ale??

yeah, an interesting experiment. doesnt quite have the hop presence in aroma or taste i thought it would, but thats probably a good thing as the belgian side seems to be the focus.

joecast, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one to see what a Belgian IPA was. This was a cloudy yellow beer with lots of floaty yeasties in it. The smell was nondescript. The taste was a little citrus hops but still mostly belgian yeast in flavor. Interesting concept but calling it a "Dobbelen IPA" was very misleading. There is nothing DIPA about this beer. The only thing this beer had in common with a DIPA was they type of hops. I think I'll pass on "hoppy" beers from Belgium; they need to leave the hop bombs to Americans who know what they are doing.

ArrogantB, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle with no date.

Pours out a striking brass tone with lively carbonation, a wavy, fluffy head, and impressive lacing. Nose has a lot of grain, alcohol, spicy yeast, and some citrus and herbal hops tones. I also get some candy-ish sweet tones and light stone fruits. Flavor begins sweet with a hefty amount of pale malt and some graininess. Some citrus and floral flavors come to the fore along with a backing of yeast spices. Finishes still dry and with quite a bit of bitterness. Grain just stays on into the aftertaste. Sweetness and booze just seems to come out more as this warms. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and slick for me, but the carbonation is pleasant and the weight of the beer on the tongue is acceptable. This is a decent beer, but I don't think everything meshes well. I'd much rather a De Ranke XX.

goochpunch, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of rayjay
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bottle, thanks to Heathy Spirits in SF. Not dated :-( Beautiful clean, pilsner-like appearence, with major head and A+ lace, no doubt due in part to the extra dose of iso alpha acids in those alpha hops! Nice golden ale nose...funny, it kind of reminds me of an American-brewed Belgian golden ale, since US brewers overhop delicate styles like these. Maybe I smell a bit of oxidation?

This is a trip, and its quite tasty. Lots of hops, at least by European standards. Cleverly counterbalanced by a gentle yet firm blanket of lighly toasted malts. The gentle numbing of the bitterness gently creeps up, until finally the malts cleanly fade away and leave a faint bittering glow. Great use of hops; great aroma hops, lots of gentle bittering, and only enough malt as is needed. All-around very smooth and easy to drink. All aspects of the flavor profile are very delicate, and it all melts together quite seamlessly. Well hidden alcohol when served relatively cold.

Mouthfeel: light body, not quite dry, but no residual sweetness. Champagne like carbonation makes it kind of a sipper, but drinkability is high since its so delicious. I bet it'd be awesome on tap.

A bit different than my expectations, but I'm used to the hoppy IPAs from Northern CA and this is really not that kind of hoppy. It was excellent in it's own right; very similar to La Chouffe, but with a much more prominant hop profile. One of the hoppiest Belgian beers I've had for sure, up there with Bink Blonde.

Wonderful, and highly recommended. I enjoyed it best at about 45°F. Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly hops, slight citrus, and coriander. The taste follows the nose, this is a clean fresh kind of IPA, tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice twist on an IPA, belgian style, recommended.

Wasatch, May 25, 2007
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.