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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,339
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of bgreene14
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best of both worlds is present in this IPA. The citrus notes of a classic Belgium Ale are followed by the intense hops you would expect from an American IPA with a clean finish thanks to the alcohol. Great for a sipping beer, but it is best cold. Other reviews have noted the lacing and head retention, but seeing is believing for this one. Definately worth your time.

Photo of garcia2a
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a lovely golden yellow color, quite cloudy and highly carbonated. Even the lightest of pours left me with a large frothy head that remained for the entire drink.

The bouquet was sweet, with fruit and some type of floral scent (can't put my hands on it), yeast and grains. This translated well to the taste as it was full of a sweet banana character.

Mouthfeel was good as the body was light and airy. The heavy carbonation that my bottle has reduced the drinkability as the took away from the beer and made my focus more on the gaseous aspects of this beer.

All in all, another tasty ftom the chouffe guys. This is one I will try again.

Photo of Slynger
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep hazy lemony-hay color, with a super fine white lid.

Smells of sugared and sour lemons with grassy saaz hops, white pepper spiciness, and some light citrus overtones.

Tastes of lemons and pears with light, white, vinous grapes, a fresh earthy-grass bitterness, and lots of peppery spice. Loads of fine smooth carbonation keeps the mouthfeel just light of being full.

Totally dig the mix of flavors in this hybrid. Only thing I would add to it is a little more amarillo. Otherwise an outstanding brew that I will probably never know how to pronounce.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HCDIT pours light, like a Belgian tripel would. Its hazy, yellowish gold with a big fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin lacy film at the top of the glass.

It smells grassy and slightly hay-like. It also has a spicy, sweet hop smell mixed with some Belgian yeastiness.

Taste is at first yeasty. It also has a sweetness mixed with hay and hops. Its definitely an odd combo, part tripel and part IPA. Its a good way to really describe this unique combo as you get a little something from both styles with every sip and smell.

I've never really had anything like this before. Its a strong Belgian with lots of hops. You can't go wrong with this one or any others by the same brewers.

Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try Houblon Chouffe on tap at the Drafting Room's Hopfest.

Houblon Chouffe poured a hazy and bright lemon yellow color with a decent sized head of white foam. I thought the retention was OK, but it could have been better. It managae to leave to leave behind a handful of foamy white rings along the edge and spots of lace here and there. The aroma was a bit on the yeasty side with spicy citrus hops, a pinch of citrus fruits, and a dash of pine in the background. The taste started of gentle with yeast and fruit esters and then after the esters have passed, in comes the dried citrus hops, a drop of lemon, more citrus fruits, and then it finished up with fruity yeast. The hops in here weren't as aggressive as I thought they were going to be. It was a medium bodied beer that contained a nice aftertaste of citrus hops and fruity yeast. I couldn't help but notice that it really masked it's high 9% ABV. There was no way of knowing from the taste or mouthfeel that the ABV% was that high. Overall, a nice not too overly agressive hoppy Belgian beer.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a foggy golden color with a huge white foamy head on top, left light lacing all around the entire glass as well.

S- big lemon yeasty smells, little grass undertones from the pine. I think the lemon is the way that the hops and pine work together and its pretty damn delicious smelling, a nice IPA scent with the belgian signature

T- nice big mix of maltiness and hoppiness. the saaz hops play a really grassy note and put a delicious blend on it. the alcohol is pretty much non-existant in the mix. a light clove and yeasty charachter on the fade. pretty damn delicious

M- light/medium body, medium carbonation

D-might go for something a little cheaper but its a great beer

Photo of Patrick999
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right....Houblon Chouffe, I'm excited about this one. I just know that the gnomes will not disappoint.

A - Poured into the Duvel tulip. Golden body with ice-cream-cone like head that is sticking around forever; gobs of very fine lacing. I'm glad the Duvel tulip allows for easy drinking under a huge head, or else I'd never get to take a sip. Can't get much better than that. The ice-cream-cone top stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Really, this lacing and overall aesthetic appearance is f'ing amazing, and it just gets better with the second pour. If you have a Duvel tulip, use it here....trust me on this one.

S - It's pretty cool to smell American hops in a Belgian beer - there they are. I also smell the typical spicy Chouffe yeast over a slight sweetness.

T - Whoa, the hops have been unleashed here; this is opening up a can of hoppy whup-ass. I'll be damned, it really is like a DIPA crossed with a Tripel/BSPA. It's hoppy, it's spicy, it's sweet...there's a lot going on. There's a fresh grassy flavor that dries it out, leaving you ready to take another swig. Alcohol doesn't much manifest itself in the taste; there's really no room for it anyway. I've not had many of these Belgian IPA/Tripels, but this strikes me as a masterwork of the style, so I will rate it as such.

F - Has some of that resinous hop-oil feel we Americans love so much in our DIPAs, with the airy Belgian feel. Carbonation seems a bit intense, lots of small, burpy bubbles. Still, overall good feel.

D - The gnomes always seem to make beers that require you to take your time, and this is no exception. You can't swig it as easily as most American DIPAs...but nearly all serious beer lovers are gonna be happy with this beer. Hopheads will love it, aficionados of Belgian beers will love it, and there's enough malt and interesting spicy yeast stuff going on to satiate those who like their beer rich and malty. It will also satisfy those who love a good hoppy farmhouse ale (like me!) Not for the neophyte, though. Cut your teeth on American DIPAs and BSPAs, and then get back to this. This Belgian IPA thing is a great idea, and the Brasserie d'AChouffe is just the brewery to execute it to near-perfection. The level of craft here is very evident...if I ever make it to Belgium, these guys are tops on my list of places to visit. This might even be their best beer, and that's saying a lot. All hail the gnomes!

Photo of csmiley
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours meduim yellow in color with some particles floating around. Head was massive, bordering on too much. Retention and lacing were both excellent.

S - Fruity citrus notes hit the nose first. Primarily made up of lemon and maybe some orange. There is some pine hidden behind the fruit. Alcohol and pale malt round out the aroma.

T - Hop flavor is big but remarkably smooth. Starts out with hints of grapefruit and orange. Midway there is a solid malt backbone that tastes like some honey was added. Yeast and bread flavors stay in a distant background while alcohol really pulls everything together into one cohesive flavor experience.

M - Medium bodied and maybe just a little too much carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - Drinkability is good. Overall, the beer is smoother than expected. Alcohol is somewhat hidden which makes this beer go down even easier. Definitely a beer I would have again.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul

Very interesting. In short, I'd have liked a touch more from the malt, but there's a lot of awesome hops flavors here. They're big and rough, yet sweet at times, and always tasty. I'm talking citrus fruit punch with grassy and herbal elements. The richness of flavor is on par with any good DIPA, but the body is more drinkable than most 9% beers. There was a mild bready malt flavor with a hint of vanilla and spice that reminds me a touch more of a wit.

Overall, this is a pretty cool combination of a Belgian ale with big hops. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first belgian double ipa, who would of thought the style existed, very few exist according to BA, so here goes maybe the only one i'll ever try. it looks like a hefe, a cloudy yellow color with a big white head, tons of lacing, and a huge huge head, smell is like a hefe aswell, but with more hop undertoes. taste is absolutely magical, its just amazing. im at a loss for words, its like heaven came down in the form of a beer and poured itself for me to drink. its unlike any beer i've ever had, its a very mild double ipa, its nothing like any american double IPA's, not even remotely as hoppy as most american ipa's, but has a more malty flavor to it, and alot of carbonation. i really can't formulate any words, its just perfect.

Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very very good! this poured slightly cloudy into my glass. yeast particles swimming around made it cloudy. excellent carbonation and head. this girl was a true delight. wonderful citrus aroma. excellent citrus taste with a nice dry finish.

highly recommend this one! suckem up and movem out!


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

750 ml into a tulip. Batch 4 - best by 2009.

Pours a clear, golden-apricot body laden with a massive supply of yeast particles. A thick, foamy, cream head caps the yellow elixer, leaving behind fat blotches of lacing and retaining quite well. The aroma is a blend of subtle, yet fruity hops, citrus, Earl Gray tea, bay leaves, and fresh cut grass.

The flavor is also quite grassy, but brings along other notes: tangy orange, pepper, lemon, dandelion, and booze. A nice alcohol bite grips the back of the palate, it's not overwhelming and quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is thick & bubbly, with a prickly hop, grass, & alcohol finish. An excellent aftertaste of American-style hops is left behind. This is one of the most drinkable Belgian beers around, even at 9% ABV. It's complex, tasty, smooth, refreshing, and certainly a brew I'll be purchasing again.

Photo of Matty1918
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber

best before end of 2009....Batch#3 9.0 ABV

Poured into a chalice....a great white, 3 finger creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Lots of citrus slight grapefuit, lots of hops and a slight yeast in the aroma.

Citrus..lots of hops but the hops is not overpowering at first. The hops taste really comes on in the end but it is still subtle. There's something else there slight pine, grapfruit. Very tasty especially the more sips you take.

Very good mouthfeel. This is a very good tripel. I'm going to slowly enjoy this.

Photo of KyleMWood
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a bar in Amsterdam in December. I had never had it and I chose it at random, but I was not disappointed. It was served in the Chouffe glass - pours very cloudy, with a thick head. Great smells of citrus - lots of lemon. Very drinkable for a beer with such high alcohol content. Very complex, but balanced, good hop flavor balanced by the citrus. Overall, an exceptional beer, so much so, I ordered another one. I was very happy to find it in my local liquor store on Columbus St in Boston.

Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very cloudy, straw color with an enormous three finger head. Lots of sediment floating around in there. Retention was excellent and very thick coat of lace remained.

Smell: Initial citrus scents (lemon, grapefruit, and orange mostly) are strong and roll off the top. Nice, sweet smell. There are some spicy and yeasty fragrances that are strong, but complement the citrus scents well. Hops seem to be the floral variety.

Taste: Wow. Citrus flavors are sweet and a little bitter. Spice flavors (orange peel and perhaps very light clove) are excellent and push this one to the next level. Very light banana flavor seems to be present as well. Hops give it a little bitter kick. Malty flavors balance it out well. Yeasty-biscuity flavor rounds it out and sticks with the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Very drinkable despite being 9% abv. I could drink a few more of these easily. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended.

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

I shared a 750 ml capped bottle with a beer buddy who was celebrating landing his first contract with a new employer.

A It poured a cloudy golden yellow body with a huge white head that could only be controlled by a gentile pour. The body was wickedly speckled with floaters. The head retained well finally settling to a even modest white cover over the surface of the liquid. There were clumps of lacking that lingered as the liquid marched down the glass.

S: When we cracked the cap a burst of alcohol fragrance filled the room. In the glass the aroma was dominated by bready white dough and sour citrusy smells. The citrus was heavily orientate to lemons and grapefruit.

T: Initially I was struck by the citirusy bitterness but the longer I sampled the more balanced and sublime the flavors became. There was a malty and yeasty presence that lingered under the hop flavors giving the brew a strong backbone and moderating the hop bitterness. The hops also presented an array of spices that added zip to the brew.

M: It was a smooth and creamy, light to medium body with a sharp spicy and citrusy profile and a clean and worm finish. There was only a minor bitter/sour aftertaste.

D: Superior malt to hop balance. Very complex and enjoyable. This is a beer lovers dream...best of BSPA and American IPA.

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

A-Poured a hazy yell-gold w/thick off-white head into a Chouffe goblet. The frothy head lingered forever, and beautiful lacing rimmed the area above the surface of the liquid.
S-A nice blend of hops, fruity esters, and light spice.
T-Spice and hops, citrus notes, sweet doughy malt.
M-Crisp, light and sweet despite high alcohol. Carbonation is just right, and balance is good.

Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale yellow / orange color with huge, persistent head. The head might never have disipated if I hadn't drunk it.

Biscuits and mildly citrusy hops up the nose. I can smell the Belgian yeast, too.

So much over the tongue: citrus, begian yeast, hops but not the aftertaste - grapefruit - I need to brush my teeth (and tongue) hops.

You can feel the oversized bubbles flow over your tongue and down your throat, and it feels nice.

It's a potent brew, but so delicious you will end up having at least a little too much. Very nice beer - one I would be more than happy to enjoy anytime - but my favorite IPA (of any variety) is still Urthel's.

Photo of mcmidc
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer as a single after seeing it was a combo of two of my favorites (belgian tripel, and an IPA). Poured a very cloudy golden color with a two and a half finger head, which lingered a half a finger throughout the drink. Aroma was of a lot of citrus but my sinuses have been acting up so my nose is really not up to snuff. Taste was everything I expected. First drink there was a lot of hops up front, then mild malts, with a dry hopped finish. After that it was strange. Some drinks I primarily tasted the first combo, others were a rich malty taste with a hoppy finish. Very nice and different. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability was a little too good,(if thats possible) because I found myself sipping on it continuously because it was so tasty but different than anything I've previously had. I will be buying this again.... soon.

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

Pours a light, hazy yellow with a big fat pillowy head. Decent carbonation. Did I mention the big head?

(I'm not kidding, that b[eers']oy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts!)

Left plenty of lace. Solid curtins.

Clean, crisp and airy to the nose, spicy and tart to the mouth. Saaz dominates, with the amarillo (a sombrero on the label) and tomahawk (feathers) bringing up the rear. The light spice of a triple, the hop presence of a pale ale, I found it quite intriguing and enjoyable.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Map Room in Chicago
(from notes)

Served in appropriate Chouffe glassware with the cool little gnome on it. Appeared a hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a bright, pillowy white head. Nice sheeting lace action.

Smells of fruity esters and lemon citrus off the bat, with floral, yeast and spicy notes as well. There was also a hint of honey.

You would never expect a beer that looks this light and playful to be so deep and complex. It has a sweet, spicy, floral palate. You can easily detect the bitter hops and sweet malts. All perfectly balanced and flavorful. Extremely well crafted.

Very crisp and light for the high abv. and very easy to drink. These could get you in trouble.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes at a glacial pace into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of citrus, orange peel, barnyard, and hints of grapefruit, and caramel. The taste begins with funky barnyard, then some citrus, and finishes with dry, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer. I like how the aroma and taste differ. I would drink this again.

Photo of zeff80
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a large, soapy, pillowy white head. It left behind sheets of lace on the snifter glass.

S - It smelled amazing: floral, lemon, fruity esters, spices and a hint of caramel malts.

T - It tasted sweet and citrusy. A little hop bitterness provided a nice kick. It had a blend of fruit flavors: apple, raisin and cherry?

M - It was crisp and smooth. Fairly light despite the high ABV (9%).

D - Exceptional! My first Belgian IPA and I loved it. I may have to pick up a couple bottles to see how it tastes that way.

Photo of Homerbag
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip this brings a oney gold body with the thickest head ever on an IPA. This should be a model beer with how pretty it is. Really, it is one of those that who look at in awe, like it should be a work of art.

Smells like a bag of lemongrass, fresh cut hay, with some fruit Belgian yeast tones all competing for attention. The Saaz and Amarillo hops are very present.

Tastes like Orval made an IPA. A Trappist IPA if you will. Hops are bitter, but not with a big bite, they work well with the Belgian yeast to create a bitter, fruity balance that make this just a pleasure to enjoy.

The feel is balanced and in line. It is hard to pay attention to the feel with the amazing look and taste of this.

This is dangerously drinkable and pure pleasure. I am not an advocate of mixing beers, but if you could perfectly mix a Orval with a traditional Belgian IPA, this would be it. Outstading beer.

Photo of lostdesperato
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was truly a pleasure. I brought a 75cl to the new Indian restaurant in town and it paired beautifully with the complex spicy flavors.

A- golden cloudy appearance with plenty of yeast sediment, the head was billowy and remained in the glass long after the beer was gone.

S- unbelievable aroma, hints of apple and a strong floral boutique

T- strong hops, perfectly balanced, this is what a IPA should be. It has a perfect balance of flavors. The yeast comes through with the alcohol and the hops linger just enough to capture the brilliance of this outstanding brew.

M- the carbonation was at just the right level. This consistency was smooth and satisfying.

D- For a 9% beer this was exceptionally drinkable. I blew through the whole bottle with dinner and did not realize how much it hit me. I certainly realized once I stood up.

Overall I urge all fans of Belgian and IPA beers to seek this beer out at all costs.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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