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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
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Gots: 253 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 MrHungryMonkey
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial Notes:
Neat green silk-screened bottle with a cap. I note some floating particulate matter, perhaps disturbed from its week-long refrigerator rest by my jovial jog up the stairs.

It's a gusher... perhaps I should have eased it up those stairs... Glad I had a dirty towel handily on the floor... Smells good.

Nose:
Rich and creamy malt with fruity tripel-like qualities. Zest, clove, banana, powder, ripe plum-like fruit, and some deeper, subtler hard-to-describe phenols.

Look:
Pours with a fluffy lightweight meringue-like head that is like divinity to eat. This doesn't last forever and I end up with a really creamy head sitting shortly upon a buttery apricot color liquid with lots of particulate. From there it maintains a little head that refuses to die. Such an incredible retention is most noteworthy.

Flavor:
First sip unveils a flashy alcoholic persuasion and a long, dull bitterness. That didn't give me any reason to come back for another. However, in each additional sip I get more fruit, soft malt, and, to a lesser degree, hop flavor. Once accustomed to the attack and midpalate bitterness, some of the zesty phenols shine through and bring clove and exotic fruit. Bitterness is still the commanding ruler of the finish, but it slowly becomes less dull and more hop-originated in flavor.

A bit deeper into the brew and I get a savory beef-like sensation. This is peculiar, to say the least. Deeper interactions between raw ingredients and alcohol present themselves as various stages of funky and tight little balances along with way. Spice develops further with ginger-like qualities, especially near the finish.

By now I've grown accustomed to the hop brutality of bitterness. It's not every day that your mouth gets abused in a way that you can come to love. I guess I'm a hop masochist. Apart from that, the flavor has bloomed and settled down to a pleasantly sweet, fruity, malty, hoppy, and zesty balance that sits somewhere between guilty pleasure and heaven.

By this point, I've had well over half the bottle and the alcohol is working its way into my judgment. I've planed ahead and written down my final score; good thing, because I'm loving this beer more and more...

I've paired the second half with Russian Rye and some Seaside Cheddar (whatever that means, but it's been aged 14 months and it contains no annatto, nice). Belgian beers go particularly well with Russian Rye because of the sheer magnitude of flavor the Rye can stand up to. This pairing is exquisite. This Cheddar has a wild, tangy blue cheese side that works so well with the bitterness, alcohol, and phenols. I'm stoked.

Final Thoughts:
What a crazy experience. At first sip I thought I was in for one of those expensive-yet-disappointing beers... but all changed when I gave it time. The most notable characteristic of this beer is the crazy-strong bitterness. It really beats you down, but if you learn to live with it, it will be your best friend and you won't know what to do when it's gone.

The Verdict:
A truly spiritual experience, Chouffe is a Godsend; I couldn't imagine enjoying drinking a beer any more than this. If I were to ever meet the brewer, I would most certainly need to give him/her a thanks, a handshake, and a hug. Thank you.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Victoria Gastro Pub (Columbia, MD).

Fantastic beer. Bright yellow pour, bright white head, spicy and hoppy aroma with some sweetness.

Goes down like water is the major complaint, real smooth where I'd like a beer this good to make some resistance on the way down. The hop character here is downplayed, sort of has this nice mix of spice and light hops and belgian sugar sweetness. Incredibly fresh tasting beer, refreshing.

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of batch #4. Poured this golden treat into a couple small Houblon glasses (gotta have the right glassware!). Amazing appearance, a hazy golden beer with a creamy white head about two fingers thick! Lingers for ever on the glass and almost over flows each glass.

An amazing aroma of wonderfully strong spicy hop. Hops! Oh my gosh the hops, so hoppy an amazing Double IPA.

The taste is an amazing balance of IPA strength hops with the creamy medium body tripple! Lingering bitterness chased by a smooth sweetness that covers the strength of ABV. Couple glasses I'm looking for more in a daze, this one blind sided me.

Amazing...

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely designed 750ml bottle served in a Chimay goblet.

A beautifull looking beer. Rich golden with a creamy white head. Very nice lacing and retention.

A complex nose has a bouquet of floral hops up front. Under this subtle yet aromatic hop presence is a well balanced tripel. Citrus, candy malts and Belgian yeasts are dominant.

The taste is similar except the hop characters are present from start to finish. It took me a while to warm up to this beer, but it is quite tasty. The best way to describe it is a rich tripel with fresh hoppy presence.

The body is silky smooth with perfect carbonation. This was my first experience with this style, but this was fantastic. A fantastic hybrid between Belgian and American brews.

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

I had been looking forward to trying this one for a while, and I had really no idea what to expect as it was the first beer for me to try in the style. I was surprised by a lot about it. It poured a nice golden color with a thick foamy head. The balance in this beer was tremendous with a nice amount of bitterness and alcohol that was very well-hidden. I shared a bottle with a friend and we both found it highly drinkable.

Photo of RomanW70
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle exploded. Lost 1/3 of beer. Pours cloudy gold with a substantial white head. Bready byeasty aroma with strong notes of citrus and spice. taqste has initial components of grass and citrus, but spicy hops take over and lead to a peppery, bitter finish. Definitely an impressive beer. Wish it didn't spill over.

Photo of brdc
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large capped bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful bright golden, with a profuse, never ending fluffy white head, and a lot of lacing.
Very nice, hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, but without the grapefruit notes that are more typical of Cascade; it almost feels like the open sea aroma. Yeasty notes, some bread, and perhaps even a slight hint of candy and vanilla.
Medium bodied, its nice carbonation lends a "spritzy" felling, adding to the enjoyment.
Flavor is a nice combination of a trippel and an IPA, as suggested; hoppy and bitter, but again not a lot of grapefruit, but a lot of other fruits. Even salty at times, it is very well balanced by an intervening malty sweetness, and yeastiness. barely noticeable alcohol.
A great beer, indeed.

Photo of Avryle
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale, hazy blond color with a gigantic, solid white head. Its comical. Its been sitting now for about a 1/2 hour and it now looks like some arctic landscape or a cloud. If I were some stinky hippy on acid, this would be the shiznit and I'd stare at it for hours. There are actually big chunks of head stuck to the side of the glass like styrofoam.

S- Strong Amarillo hops on the nose. Nuttin' else

T- Uhgg, the solid head, while making great finger paint, tastes like a hop. Wicked, wicked stuff. Okay, the actual taste is much better- sweet tea/malty backbone that make this beer a treat. Nice strong citrus hop presence that does not overshadow the sweetness of the beer. VERY agreeable.

M- Wonderfully sweet and crisp. Mild, yet active carbonation. Very pleasing.

D- No hint of the 9% which means dangerously drinkable. First time I've had it and very glad its readily available.

Photo of ndekke39
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on-tap at The Map Room in Chicago. Sign says 9% ABV. Served in a tulip glass. I was really curious to try a Belgian IPA.

Pours a cloudy straw color, with a foamy white head. Great retention, with sticky lace all over the glass.

Aromas of white grapes, champagne, yeast, honey, and bananas.

Tastes are citrusy, lemon, spice - like a white ale, almost. Nice hoppy bloom in the middle of the tongue, with a lingering bitterness at the end. Overall, very balanced.

Good carbonation, very effervescent.

Overall, pretty drinkable beer. A refreshing, summery ale.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Publick House in Boston. I've seen some outh Chouffe selections around here in bottles, i'll have to investigate if this ones available.

Hazy pale yellow and a real tough foam that reminds me of lemon meringue pie.

Aroma is complex and doesn't immediatly fit into any styles I am familiar with. It's a combination of a saison, a hefe, a belgian strong/tripel, and an IPA.

Good sourness, which I first take note of (and appriciate the most). Theres a spiciness, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and yeast.

Bitter at first. Well, its more of a sour tartness. Unripe apple or crabapple. It smoothes out and I notice the malt and yeast. Spicy yeast and almost sugary or honey sweetness in the malt. Mouthfeel is complex.

Overall a great drinker. My tulip glass was emptied in no time at all.

Photo of tdrshayden
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was absolutely incredible. Nice golden color with a cloudy appearence with a masssive foamy white head that coated my glass. Wonderful citrus, spiced aromas followed by a crisp and spicy hop flavor that was well-balanced. At 9% abv, The alcohol was well hidden. I have to say this is my favorite Belgian IPA so far.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a muted gold color with a slight haze and yeast flecks abounding. The head is epic in size and quite dense, leaving mounds of lacing inside the La Chouffe goblet I've poured into. Very active carbonation bubbles make their way from the bottom of the glass to the surface in frantic fashion. The nose is an explosion of fresh hop scents - pine and citrus - with sweet candi sugar and spice following. The clever little Chouffe dumped a whole lot of aromatic hops in my tripel! In some ways, this is a prototypical tripel in the nose, but the hop profile is so pronounced, it becomes something entirely unique. Perhaps this is why the name of this beer references, what, three distinct styles? There is a slight musty aroma here as well, reminding me a little bit of a nice saison.

The palate is shockingly bitter up front, thanks to the triple (not tripel) attack of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz hops that transform this beer into a category all its own. The bitterness of the hops quickly succumbs to a very sweet, warm, sugary foundation with the distinct Belgian yeast character intact. This beer is predominantly sweet, to my taste, despite the aggressive hop profile. Fortunately the hops are sufficient to keep the beer from becoming too cloying although it is close to crossing over into that realm at times, especially as the beer warms to ambient temperature.

On the heavier side for a standard tripel in the mouth, with the hops providing enough astringency to keep the beer clean and the finish both dry and lingering with tart hop resins. Even though this beer clocks in at 9% ABV, it hides the alcohol rather well and doesn't become too boozy even after it warms. The finish is both silky and astringent, challenging the senses to categorize this beer.

Over all, a truly fine Belgian delight. This beer is a study in contrasts; both sweet and bitter without coming across as disjointed or confused. Leave it to Brasserie d'Achouffe to challenge both the mind and the palate with another terrific creation. Whether you're a fan of the Belgian tripel style or a devotee of the American hop-bomb, there is something for you to like in this beer. Far from a session beer, the Dobbelen IPA Tripel is one I could enjoy with great frequency if not quantity. Well done.

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

A It poured a cloudy golden yellow body with a huge white head. .served in a tulip glass.

S: a nice citrus smell Amarillo style it was very refreshing, very nice aroma.
T: the Hop a there but note arsh the balance is great a little bredyness is present

M: It was a smooth and creamy with worm finish. a small bitter/sour aftertaste.

D:a awesome and complex beer balance of malt and Hops is great , watch out for the alcohol content this is a great beer, I do not really care for IPA but this is in the top for me, will drink it any chance I got.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big rocky head over a cloudy peach liquid. Careful with this one lest it foam over.

S - Very medicinal. Also somewhat spicy and yeasty and chalky.

T - Yeasty. Bitterness is big, but not overwhelming, and balances well with the alcohol. I'm finding it difficult to pick up anything in particular besides a characteristic Belgian yeastiness.

M - Has a lovely and distinctive soft quality.

D - Quite drinkable for 9%. Very tasty, well balanced and more importantly intriguing.

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

Have had this several times on tap and was very impressed, so when I saw this for sale in a store for a very good price it was a no-brainer to pick it up.

Poured into a tulip glass... this beer looks phenominal. Pours clearly at first- clouds up with later pours. But the really impressive thing here is the semi-slow building head (careful pouring as it tends to build up beyond what you expect initially) that is so rocky it forms nearly gumball-sized clusters that either float on top of the beer or stick to the side of the glass. wow.

The smell is basically that of a blend of an american IPA and a belgian tripel, as expected? If you've never had this style, it seems strange, but here's a prime example where it works amazingly well in both smell and taste. Semi-tart apple-like aroma, along with some mild banana and phenolish notes. banana, smell and taste. The amarillo and tomawak hops provide enough bitterness to please any hophead. There seems to be a bit of belgian candy sugar in the taste. Dry finish typical of many belgians.

This is such a brilliant blend of styles that it blows my mind. Pretty darn drinkable for 9%, and an experimental style to boot. An inspiring beer for sure.

Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful foam hat, white, with beautiful laces. A good deep orange color, orange on the edges. Slightly hazy.
At the smell, after a malty base, a strong but not too much american hop aroma. Quite well balanced.
In the taste the alcohol is well hidden, the taste is not too strong. Dangerously drinkable.
Pleasant american hop, not overwhelming.
A resolute and long bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean. Light notes of camomile.
When it warms, you can feel a bit the alcohol.
Good beer, for sure.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Tyler's tap room in the tobacco district, NC. Actually into a miniature pilsner glass with the beer's logo on it. Doesn't look like the type of glass used for a Belgian but this is a Belgian IPA. The beer is blonde in color and is more towards the orange side then the yellow side. Not crystal clear but also not super cloudy, just opaque. Tall off white head with medium bubbles and superb lacing during drinking.

Smell is spicy hoppy and lemony but is hard to distinguish. Its not a pungent beer but a mild nose. Delicate and pleasing.

Taste is sweet malty, with a belgian yeasty, bread taste. There is a lemony peppered taste that also goes well with a subtle fruity taste. Love that spicy zing (must be the saaz). Clean tasting beer that is light bodied not to heavy with a good balance of malts, hops, and Belgian goodness.

Fine carbonation adds to the pleasure of this beer. Its a nice beer with multiple facets to it. Being my first Belgian IPA I dig the style. Its not as biting as an American style IPA and its got more personality then an English one. A nice one that I am sure will spur on my beer obsession.

Photo of sprucetip
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally got around to trying this one. I'm not particularly familiar with Belgian IPA, so take that for what it's worth.

Not much nose on this one. Perhapys it was old (Alaska is a long ways from Belgium). Sweet malty mainly, with a faint hint of hops.

The absolutely most fantastic head ever. It never went down, and I thought I was pouring carefully. Over and hour in an aventinus glass, down to the bottom, and there was still a good hunk of thick, whipped cream-like foam. Pale yellow, otherwise, alost like an American macro.

The taste did not do a whole lot for me. It was pretty sweet and malty. The hops didn't have to be searched for, but for something called an IPA, even a Belgian IPA, I expected more.

medium body, no warming to speak of.

I got her down easily enough, but it's not near the top of my list for an encore.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a cool hybrid of tripel and IPA, and what a cool little fairy tail of this beer. Single 11.2 ounce bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

My nose just got smothred in foam exploding from the bottle. After that delay, it settles in my oversized wine glass a hazed blonde with a super-sticky rocky head. Nose is mildly hoppy and mildly sweet. Yep the tripel and IPA characteristics are sure there. In the taste, you can surely taste the hops. Very resiny with a little kick of triplel character. It gets sweeter as I go along, with the bitterness lingering pleasantly on the palate. Insanely drinkable for the strength.

Although this is one great beer, a little more carbonation in this brew would put this near perfection. Still, this beer in a word: YUM!

Photo of Phenom
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL green bottle.

A: Fairly pale, hazy yellow color with a big foamy head. Took a lot of care to pour without overdoing the head.

S: Slightly disappointing aroma. Maybe I have an old bottle, because it does not smell very hoppy. Actually it smells a lot like a Heineken.

T: Taste is much better. I really dig the blending of the a Belgian with a hoppier IPA.

M & D: This is a beer you could drink all day. Alcohol is deceptive, it does not taste very strong at all.

I would definitely give this a try again sometime. A really enjoyable and unique brew.

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

Pretaste notes: This was the beer that was given to me on the occasion of my college graduation. Recommended by the owner of the liquor store that I frequent, and confirmed by beer geek friends.

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is orange at first glance, but when held to light it is a pure golden color with a lot of haze. Head is off the charts, growing to just over 4 fingers thick and sparkling white. Great looking beer. You can literally bite into the head beacause is so freakin creamy... literally has the consistency of whipped cream, and doesn't dissipate for a long long time.

Smell: Nice and citrusy with a hint of green apple. Subtle malt plays a balancing role, but isn't very effective. Extremely sweet smelling, with obvious use of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Light citrus as evidenced in the nose at first glance, with some light fruits. However, the midpalate is dominated by the amazing hops liberally scattered throughout the entire experience. I thought the tomahawk hops were especially appropriate here (since I'm graduating as a Nole...), and they play a prominent role in the taste...

Mouthfeel: just smooth enough. Full bodied without being too overpowering. Medium carbonation. Again, the head is heavenly and is the consistency of whipped cream. You can actually bite into it...

Drinkability: I made it through the entire bottle, though I'm not sure if that was due to the occasion or to the actual drinkability of the beer. Either way, it's a great beer to drink on a special occasion, and will satisfy that hop craving, while still retaining that unique Belgian flavor.

Notes: This was a good choice, and will remain with me forever on this special day.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber body with sticky white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells fruity, with peppery yeast and floral hops.

Taste follows smell. Lots of peppery yeast that one would expect from a triple with tones of fruit. Nice dry, hoppy flavor present also. Not bad at all.

Great mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and a medium body.

I liked this beer, but I found that after finishing one I did not really think I could handle another. The big, strong flavors here are very good but not something I can handle a lot of.

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.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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