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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,180 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 155
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
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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 Monkeyknife
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice a hazy honey-yellow. The meringue-like head was gorgeous and thick enough to hold my car keys, I'd bet.

Yeast, citrusy and a dose of spiciness rose from the glass.

IPA meets Tripel. Hops galore with citrus in a perfect balance.

Nicely carbonated, smooth with some chewiness.

This beer will always have a place in my heart and my cellar.

Monkeyknife, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of emericanchaos
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD.

22oz green silkscreened bottle. yellow label with colorful chouffe character on front. back tells a story about the chouffe traveling through hopfields along with icons of what type of hops used. i take it achouffe is making this after sampling some american IPA's.

A: golden straw yellow. medium carbonation, and enormous dense sticky head. like meringue. literally. absolutely amazing.

S: raw hops abound. slight bready yeasty smell underneath.

T: amazing. raw hops all over. very vegetable like with a certain pine flavor to it. not much for fruity flavors in this guy. it's all hop. big bold and raw. slight cracker like malt underneath all the hop. extremely puckering dry finish. very papery.

M: not as thick as a typical belgian but certainly beer in character. perfectly balanced with a little bit of chew. again, like saltines without the salt.

D: hop heads rejoice! the beer gods have handed down this gem from the frothy heavens! alchohol flavor is not present at all. if you're into hops you'll agree that this beer could be downed all night. lethal!

overall i'm impressed. draws a similar line to urthel's hopit but i think achouffe did alot more things right in this beer than urthel did with hopit. superb hop flavor with that lovely belgian quality and craftsmanship to it.

outstanding. top 3 beer for me.

emericanchaos, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of stouty1
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer did not want to be in the bottle. It wanted out so bad that when I popped the top, it came rushing out and spilling into my sink! The only thing I could say was, "Oh SH.T!!" I immediatley started pouring into my glass. It formed a huge 4 inch thick, creamy head. After dissapating, it ended up looking like someone tossed in a scoop of Cool Whip in the center. This is the thickest and most foamy head I have ever seen. I stuck my finger in and pulled out a marble sized "piece" of foamy head. After the head was small enough for me to drink, I had about a half full glass with a cloudy Mountain Dew'ish color beer with beasties floating around. Almost reminded me of a Hefe!

S: A blast of alcohol! Fruity ripe pears and Belgium hops. Some zesty lemon in the background.

T: Lemon and apples. Some ripe pears and great bittery hops. But wait, I smelled the alcohol. Where in the heck is it?

M: Thick, creamy, and chewy. What a consistency! How do they pull off thick, yet smooth.

D: HE-double hockey sticks YEAH!!! I may have to make another trip back to Chicago to find this beer.

stouty1, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of GooberMcNutly
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: I am not usually an IPA hophead, but this Belgian take on an American classic is an interesting turn. High on the spicy hop bitterness without the excessive grassy or vegetative "fresh" hop flavor from dry hopping and late additions. Gives a strong citrus and gingery bitterness that finishes clean and helps cleanse the palate from strong and spicy food. Strong like an IIPA but light and bubbly like a Tripel.

GooberMcNutly, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Realale
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold. Bright white extremely fine head settles slowly and stickily leaving huge chunky islands of foam. Repours generate a huge head that sits and stays at about two inches. Beautiful.

Gorgeous hoppy nose. There is a marvelous mix of citrus, fresh mown hay, and crunchy graininess. As it warms, the lovely Chouffe spicy yeast notes join the party. Really unique and compelling stuff.

Medium-full in the mouth. Well balanced bready malt and spicy yeast notes. There is quite a lovely acidic spine that keeps things moving. Not too much hop flavor or bitterness in this one. Surprisingly like regular Chouffe in the mouth.

Fantastic, soft, supple bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Deadly drinkable for how big it is. Less hoppy than on release, and not better for it. Drink up IMO.

Realale, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of the big hitters from Belgium, been looking forward to this – and from the pour of bright sunshine yellow, we are off to the races.

Sparkly and topped with a small white cap, this has a good start. The candied fruits pop up in the aroma and quaff, but the extra Belgium hops make for a different aspect. Sweet start, tart IPA finish. Nice and quite a surprising take on the Belgium PAs.

This is a real afternoon sipper, and a crowd pleaser – big beer drinkers and cross-overs too.

Vancer, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful silk-screened 750 mL, capped champagne bottle - brewed with Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz. It pours a medium to dark gold with quite active carbonation that subsides fairly quickly, and is topped with a 2 inch, rocky head that is fluffy on the bottom and dense as meringue on top. The lace is extremely sticky and subsequent pours release yeast and floaties that turn the body a hazed peach. The smell is essentially all hops: spicy/perfumy, floral, citric (lemony), and grassy (freshly-cut hay), with notes of dried apricot, pear?, pine, and a lightly musty character. The flavor has additional notes of apples and raw, leafy/green hops which contribute a medium bitterness. It would be higher, but there is a hefty malt background taming the hops and reminding us of the tripel influence. However, at times the malts become a touch too sweet. The body is nice and smooth, medium to full and very balanced, with a carbonation that starts high but mellows near the end. Overall quite an interesting blend of the two styles, slowly progressing from a hoppy DIPA to a sweet, malty tripel. Would definitely try again, but I wish the malt bill were slightly smaller.

mmmbeer, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of jslot38
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ever since reading the article here on BA I've been wanting to try this. They have a few bottles at Cairo Liquours in DC and its been calling my name every time I walk in.

Appearance: Golden tawny yellow underneath a pillowy white head. Can already see the intense lacing forming on my chalice. An amazing looking beer. Such great clarity and simplicity of colour with just an amazing head and lacing.

Smell: Yeast, horse blanket, mixed with citrus and cloved spiceness. A grounded aroma which begs to spring forth.

Taste: A nearly insane combination of an IPA and tripel. Has a great hop presence balanced with a spiceness and barnyard flavour of a Belgian Tripel. Some great citrus flavours, yet touched in dryness. If 4.8 was possible I'd give it to this, as near to a 5 as may be possible.

Mouthfeel: A dry set nicely carbonated beer. Has all the mouthfeel qualities of a tripel, and although the slickness of the IPA is there the abbrassiveness is nicely left out.

Drinkability: So I shared this 750ml amongst a few friends, to their great enjoyment (they may not be so lucky next time). It hides the high level of alcohol so well (it is unnoticable) that this could easily creep up on you, and I feel until that level hits, I would indulge in this. Will certainly return to this one, a job well done.

jslot38, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy yet opaque honey color producing three fingers of dense, creamy head and great retention thereof. The head looks like clouds (heaven?), very enticing.

S: A robust yeast aroma and strong hop presence in the nose. Citrusy, sweet, and pleasing. A bit of fruit and spice as well.

T: A surprisingly well-rounded taste for this IPA/Tripel fusion. A powerful hop taste with little bitterness, most likely due to the sugar counteracting the hops. A lingering bitterness sticks around, but it's not overpowering and quite enjoyable. Great tasting from front to back and a hell of a flavor combination executed to perfection.

M: Crisp, great level of carbonation, all around awesome mouthfeel. Oily hop texture that doesn't dry out the palate or make it uncomfortable to keep drinking.

D: An all-around tasty offering that excels. 9% abv makes it one to savor. Still, this style is done exceedingly well, and I would order another, and stock up on several.

CharlieMopps, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt 9.4 Fl. oz bottle courtesy of TwelveVoltMan. Monstrous thanks for sending this back to PA with me after the OSU-Uof(why can't we beat OSU)M game.

Pours a succulent chunky bright gold in color. Simply Titanic-sized, uber-creamy head boils up and lies in fluffy bunches in the glass. Huge-ma splotches of nose-clinging lace enhance the experience.

Aromas, per the label, are a result of Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz hops. Holy shit. The bottle don't lie. Assault on the nasal passages by the trifecta of hops. And it's all good. Playing second fiddle to the 3 Hopsmen of the Apocalypse is a lively array of peppery spice, doughy yeast, and even some funk as it warmed. Another easy 5 here.

Flavors start off estery-sweet and show some citrusy component. Bannanas and orange peel. Lemon zest. Middle sees some crispness creep in. Finishes dry, with a hint of honey-soaked ABV to let you know it ain't a pushover. Almost a numbing of the palate from the hops. Oily residue on my lips and window-shaking burps add to the experience.

Mouthfeel is every so slightly on the thin side. If this had a little more "oomph" it'd be off the charts. Still, the thick and creamy lace do a nice cloaking job on the palate.

This beer is just stupidly drinkable. Never mind the big-assed bottle. I had no problems draining this one. Such a great combination of flavors and aromas. I must get several more of these when I venture west to Ohio next time. This is one damn fine beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, but somewhat murky champagne coloration, with lots of little bubbles shooting up to the top. Heading was thick and white, sticking to the sides of the glass, and holding up very well. Aroma definitely had some odd yeasty smells reminiscent of some of the crappy euro pale lagers. The hop bitterness could also be detected, which was probably what was balancing the strong yeast smells. Taste was pretty damn bitter up front, then became pretty fruity towards the end. Mouthfeel was medium I would say, with lots of carbonation, but not too much. I won't have a problem finishing off the bottle, but I think once is enough for this one. I guess my problem is that I love ipas, but Im not too crazy about tripels. Oh well, its worth a try for sure.

jamie2dope, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Budlum
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this beer produces a huge, fluffy white head that never seems to leave. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass through a bottle. The body is a hazy and pale, straw yellow color with a lot of slowly rising bubbles. A very attractive beer.

The nose of this beer is started by a big rush of hops accompanied by a balanced malty sweetness. A fruity sweetness of apples and pears mixes in with plenty of floral aromas. The hop presence is quite fresh with a lot of citrus. Light vanilla adds additional compexity.

A smooth hop flavor immediately embraces the palate with a pine essence and pepper spice. A smooth, malty flavor provides incredibly neutral sweetness to balance some of the hop strength. The finish soon approaches with a yeast and oak flavor. Deeper towards the finish, hops re-appear and mix with the earthy, oak flavors. A rising sweetness blends with more hop spice for a wonderful close. This is an incredibly complex and unique beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is luxurious and creamy. Carbonation is quite good and likely inflated by the hop spice.

Drinkability is excellent. The flavors and mouth presence are so wonderful that this beer just disappears from the glass.

Budlum, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge white whipped cream head that takes forever to dissipate and leaves great lace.

Smells creamy and hoppy and very crisp.

Tastes of stone fruit in the beginning, and then quite hoppy, but beautifully balanced The combination of all the hops and the unique esters from the Belgian yeast makes an unusual and delicious combination. A great beer.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Nice weight, creamy, but with some crispness from the carbonation level and the hops.

A beer that I could just keep sucking down. Delicious.

Georgiabeer, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of oakbluff
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to a red wine glass. Great white billowing head! One one of the nicest snow white heads I have seen. Very nice golden pale hue. Smell is of saaz hops. The nose was a lot like a fresh czech pilsner. Taste- the hops have really blended in well with the malts. I don't know the age of this beer, it may in fact have some age on it.Very balanced and absolutely delicious. There is not hint that this is a 9% beer. I have quite a few pints of this, but alas it is my only bottle. I will miss you little gnome! If only I could find you close to home. Very creative offering and an outstanding beer.

oakbluff, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 CL Green bottle with lots of good information. No freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is a cloudy, hazy dark yellow with a massive chiffon like head. The head stays and stays and just clings to the side of the glass.

The nose is nicely spicy with lots of black pepper, hard candy and some more hops. There is some funky bread dough swirling around in the background.

The taste is nicely bitter with more than a bit of sweetness. There is a lot of spice and just a hint of citrus and pine. The brewer did a great job of masking the 9% alcohol as none is evident in the taste. The flavors are really nice and the flavors hold together as you work though the beer. Beer turns slightly sour & earthy late which just adds a nice little kick.

The mouth is pleasantly puckering with low carbonation. The elves outdid them selves with this one!! Viva La Chouffe!!!

Redrover, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 75cl bottle at AJ's Labor Day weekend for $9.59.

Beer was poured slowly but resulted in a gigantic fluffy head that is leaving lacing all over my Duvel glass. It is pale in color and highly charged from the carbonation. My nose was greeted with a nice aroma of Belgian hops and yeast, light citrus, and spices. Taste is a wonderful blend of a Belgian Tripel and a strong Pale Ale styles. An orange peel hop fuels the finish. Mouthfeel is classic Belgian smoothness crossed with a fine dry champagne feel. Drinkability is very enjoyable. Alcohol is slight in the background with each sip. This is an interesting style which i would recommend to Belgian PA and Tripel fans.

arizcards, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy with lots of sediment, huge rocky white head with good retention and great lacing

s - great mix of Belgian maltiness and hoppiness, lots of spice and citrus

t - very unique taste, like the nose, a great mix of Belgian and IPA flavors, spicy and citrusy with a nice hoppy bitter kick, finish is sweet and bitter, alcohol not noticeable

m - ample carbonation, medium-bodied, dry finish

d - very drinkable, could be dangerous b/c the 9% abv is not noticeable at all

Very unique brew that I'm glad to finally try. Great to see some Belgian brewers being this innovative and mixing styles.

WeisGuy, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of BillyB
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was a straw yellow to golden color. Slightly hazy/cloudy.
A huge foamy mound of thick white head. Looks like shaving cream.

Aromas are citrusy. Lemon, spices, coriander, pepper, hops, yeast.

Tastes more like a triple than an ipa but still very hoppy. Notes of grapefruit, pepper, coriander, wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. Slightly creamy. Abit spritzy.

Overall, this is an incredibly unique beer and definitely pulls off the combining of the two different styles.

BillyB, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tjthresh, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of kingjames1
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kingjames1, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of chadspivey
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chadspivey, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nlmartin, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RedHaze, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Viggo, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy, Belgian strong pale ale?
Is it true?
Can it be??
YES!
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.

ommegangpbr, Nov 26, 2006
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.