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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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2,306 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 208 | 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 HugoGrim
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, this beer looks perfect. The head is amazingly thick, fluffy, foamy, and bubbly. Regardless of how lightly I try to pour the head will not relent. Retention is near permanent, with dense lace. Body is transparent pale gold.

Aroma is light and crisp. Lots of citrusy, sharp hops.

Bitter flavor up front. Hops form the main element of the flavor, with smooth malt. A hint of sweetness, though it doesn't do much to stand up to the complex hop profile.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale cloudy golden yellow with extremely active carbonation and a rocky and tightly bubbled whitish head. The head looks nearly like a rootbeer float, it really is gorgeous with thick sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass, with carbonation bubbling nicely with no signs of stopping in sight.

S: Very clean and fresh smelling, with grassy lemon hops and a tiny bit of a yeasty funk with a nicely balanced bready sweetness.

T/MF: Very bitter to begin almost astringent lemony quailty with a very active carbonation profile all over the mouth that becomes grassy and peppery then as the beer warms the bitterness (almost sour at this point) subsides just a bit and lets a nice sugary sweet bready character come through just the tiniest bit. The close is dry and leaves the tongue feeling quite slick and has a nice grassy peppery aftertaste.

D: I really think I have found a new favorite beer style as I am in love with Belgian IPAs at the moment, I'd have a very very hard time choosing between either this or a Piraat. This is a clean easy drinking refreshing beer that is very complex and beautiful to look at. If I were in on a hop kick I'd take this, if I were looking for something sweeter I'd take the Piraat. If I had a wad of bills I'd take a case of each.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a must for anyone interested in Mendelian genetics! Pours a beautiful yellow with an amazingly fluffy three finger head. I love it when you take a sip and get foam on your nose. The nose of this beer is incredibly strong and reeks of both hops and bread with some pleasant spice aromas. At first sip I thought trippel but then the IPA came through and the ardennes hop flavors delight, but only for a moment as the carbonation and creaminess of a classic belgian trippel finish the taste. Incredibly smooth, and the small amount of bitterness that there is is only in the middle which is an incredible feat. This is the perfect meld of a belgian IPA and a classic belgian Trippel. Great accomplishment, and a must for any belgian fan.

Photo of Bassetdawg
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This has a wonderful, full white head, with great retention, retreating to a nice laciness. This has a visible carbonation with the yeast giving a slightly cloudy tinge to the golden color.

Aroma: Most unusual smell, with the hoppiness of an IPA as well as the traditional Belgian esters of banana and citrus.

Taste: This is a wonderful yet almost indescribable cross between an outstanding IPA and a first rate Belgian trippel. It has a smooth and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability This is very drinkable, though a bit dry. It is nice melding of two of my favorite styles. This is a pretty unique beer. There is almost no hint of the high alcohol content of an imperial IPA or a trippel.

Photo of letsgopens
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great looking poured in to a tulip glass. The pale yellow/gold hue is topped by a huge, rocky white head. The head takes a while to recede and leaves tall walls of lace.

Some wheaty citrus and big floral hops. The hops adopt a yeasty dimness that really adds a distinct new character. Some grainy yeastiness, pine, and spice. Well pronounced and very different.

Lots of wheat and yeasty, bitter citrus; primarily orange peel with a bit or grapefruit. The hops are well pronounced, very floral and earthy. The cereal grain is there as well as a nice honey sweetness. A bit of pine and spice come through as well. The matted graininess provides a light but matted, rather cushiony texture on the tongue.

Mellow mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation in the pour that doesn't come out to much in the mouth. The crispness of the carbonation is somewhat absorbed by the yeasty/grain/wheat feel. Very tasty and unique.

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

Okay, I'm already impressed. There is a wonderful thick head coming out of the bottle. Now, I've poured the beer into a 20oz glass and it is 90% head. Perhaps this is too much. Pours a pale gold, closer to straw. Cloudy with a magnificent head and awesome lace.

Wonderful hoppy aroma...fresh and inviting.

Malty up front, with a hoppy bite that doesn't overwhelm. For an IPA, this is very well balanced. Very fine taste. Full bodied with a slightly high carbonation. There is also the flavor of yeast and citrus.

I'm not one to give straight marks. But this one is superior in every way.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold with yeasties floating everywhere with a pillowy white head and very sticky lacing.

S - Herbal grassy hops, lemon poppy seed muffins, slightly sweet candi sugar, yeast, clove and other spices.

T - Lemon, citrus, grassy, herbal hops that are slightly resiny followed by a sweet honey breadiness, spciy peppercorns amd yeast. Good bitterness and sweetness both in the flavor. A touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy that creates an airy whipped feeling on the tongue. Slightly sweet but with a lingering dryness that makes you quickly take another sip.

D - I remember the big IPA hops being more dominant on tap but a good beer none the less.

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty odd to see more European brewers implementing the US style of super-hopping beers.

Pours a pale yellow color that has a lot of brightness in the light. The head on this one is SUPER rocky. Probably the foamiest beer I've seen that didn't come from a Duvel bottle. Lacing? Oh yeah. It keeps a creamy head for the duration. Some thick bits of foam even stick around after you're finished. Very impressive. Doesn't get much better looking than this.

Smell is actually pretty yeasty. Moreso that you'd expect at least. There's some bitter hops there, but certainly not what you'd expect when seeing "IPA."

Taste is a hoppy blast. I guess there are several varieties of hops used, but I'm mainly picking up the bitter floral saaz. There's a malt backbone that does a decent job keeping the hops from taking over. It's far from strong, but it's a compliment. I'm not sure if I'm picking up the subtleties from a tripel, but it's got some sour apple flavors I enjoy.

This is 9% beer? Could've fooled me. I would've guessed it was the strength of a Saison. My wife and I polished off the bottle and I certainly think I'll be grabbing this again at some point.

It paired really well with the tomatillo and cheese casserole I had it with.

I didn't really care for my first European take on a US-like hop bomb (the Brooklyn/Schneider Hopfen Weiss), but this is much more up my alley.

Photo of kundabuffer
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like the fact that one can taste both the IPA and Belgian components here. They blend very well together but are distinct at the same time. From the smell alone I would think IPA but the Belgian yeast figures prominently in the taste, curbing what might otherwise be a dryly bitter beer. The taste is still primarily hops, though, with complexity added by malts and citrus.

Photo of nahthan
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Luka's in Oakland. Dark golden pour, a little cloudy/yeasty looking actually. Definitely unfiltered. Nice subdued hop aroma, more yeasty/estery/belgian aroma than a hop aroma. Awesome hop/yeast flavors. Some fruitiness from the yeast, some from the hops. Apparently the hop flavor is from Amarillo, which citrus flavors seems to work very well with the esters in the yeast. Very dry. Extremely drinkable. A very unique marriage of the double IPA and Belgian brewing indeed. An excellent beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Whole Foods in Tustin, on the corner of Barranca and Jamboree,

A: Pours a vibrant clear yellow, which leaves lacing all over the white wine style glass, thick and rich, great head.

S: Wasn't getting that much of scent at first, but as the beer warmed up, a nice hoppy aroma emerged, with some bread malt and a hint of strawberry, interesting.

T: Full taste of floral hops appear first, backed with the pear and yellow apple of the Tripel side of this beer. A complex, yet simple flavour, if that makes sense, very tasty and an interesting mix.

M: Fully carbonated, creamy and smooth, a bit resiny from the hops, medium-bodied.

D: This is a great beer from the Chouffe Brewey. A fantastic mix of styles, each part lends a simple elegance to a tasty beer. Pricey, but worth it, great on tap as well, first time I have had it in this context.

Photo of jmalex
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm way overdue for drinking this one. I'm glad the day is finally here for drinking this highly-regarded brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin chalice a crystal clear pale gold color with a huge, loose-bubbled, white head. The becomes very rocky as it drops leaving tons of lacing down the side of the glass. This looks perfect.

SMELL: The smell is predominantly a bready yeastiness, but has a slight malty sweetness and vague spiciness accompanying it. One thing that is surprisingly missing is any hop aroma. If it exists, it's only there non-descriptly in the background. Odd.

TASTE: Ah, but they're certainly there in the taste. The hops aren't too intense, but balance nicely with the dry beer. The malt features a sweet canvas on which some light fruity esters from the yeast slip through. The hops are a nice mix of noble and American varieties and have a slight resinous aspect to them which lingers long after everything else on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is quite light owing to the dryness of the beer. The carbonation is average or maybe a little below but is sparkling nonetheless.

DRINKABILITY: It's very smooth with no harshness from the hops whatsoever. And at 9%, it's WAY to easy to finish. Quite nice.

Overall, this is a really solid and flavorful beer, but nothing spectacular. It's definitely worth a try, but this may be the last bottle I buy for myself.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft pour led to a huge pillowy, rocky white head that keeps on rising above the rim. The foam stays a good three fingers thick for almost the entire beer. Huge gobs of lacing mark the glass. There are so many bubbles rushing to the top its insane. Has a clear golden color ( which became very hazy, almost like a snow globe once the bottom of the bottle was added).

Smells of floral hops, pepper and other spices ( really comes through when the yeast is added), yeast and a dash of sweet malt.

Tastes wonderful. The label does not lie, Triple IPA for sure. Lots of bitter hops, orange, pepper, yeasty spiciness ( once again more powerful when the sediment makes its way in), pale malt and a well hidden but warming alcohol. This is one hell of a beer, it is so complex and I was amazed how much it changes past mid bottle.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy yellow color with a huge head – great lacing. The aroma is sweet and a bit fruity. The taste is spicy and bitter. A grain/cereal taste is also noted. The mouthfeel is full and it has a dry aftertaste. Overall, this is an interesting beer that has a lot of character.

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden-amber with visible yeast floating around. The head is downright strange looking; it's huge and rocky, slowly dissipating into weird, lumpy foam formations.

Smell: Hops of the citrus (namely lemon) and herbal variety, yeast, and a bit of funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Drier than I was expecting, though it still has a decent malt character. Hops are flavorful but not overly strong, and definitely not comparable to an American IPA. It has an herbal and citrus-rind bitterness to it, which isn't entirely enjoyable to me.

An interesting beer, but having tried it a couple of times now, I think I can safely say that it's not my thing.

Photo of Trueant1
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a billowing 3/4 glass full head. White head. Lemonaide color. Carbonation and yeasties floating all over the place.Reminds me of the classic game asteroids with the floaties. I am scared of this look. The thick head is leaving 1 inch thick lacing globs all over the glass so for the original apperance of 1.0 just got moved up to 3.0

Smells of classic belgum malts, lemons, and flowers! This just smells fantastic!!! The second smell yields bitter hops and more lemon zest. After 5 minutes I can not taste yet because the thick head is in the way...now it ups the apperance to 3.5

I still do not like the color and yeasties in this beer but here it goess...taste: Hop heaven! Hops with lemon zest. Classic belgum sweetness comes through: Leaves a bitter taste for a long time.
As I tasted this I had to refill the glass some. As I did the NEW head billowed UP 2 inches UP the side rim of the glass. This is the biggest most billowing head of my beer drinking days so far. This aspect just moved the Apperance up to a 4.0, originally from a 1.0 rating.

This beers mouthfull is watery and thin, but the lemon zest and bitter hops leave you totally fulfilled.

There is something about this beer I will remember. It is special to me. It provoked emotions as I tasted this. I like the bottle too!
Bravo!

Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A blurry saffron yellow sits below a truly mountainous rise of white foam...one that only slowly erodes to form a floating mesa in the glass, while leaving the edges positively filthy with lace.
Saaz stamps its signature on the aroma first and foremost, but it's not autocratic. Whelps of lemon pulp, sourdough, spearmint, thyme, sawdust, dusty chalkboards, granite, sugar cookies, and muskmelon all are present and given votes democratically.
It surges into the mouth, dryish at first with a French bread maltiness that quickly changes phase toward things sweeter and juicier. Lemon poppyseed muffins, all doughy and undercooked, seem the malts main footprint henceforth, but myriad hues of fried plantains, kiwi, orange creamsicles, and frosted sugar cookies provide notable cameos. Yeast adds flourishes of sandalwood, white peppercorn, limestone, and chalk. Then the hops take their obvious star turn. Saaz brings it hardest, not surprising, given the nose. Full of hay bales, sere fire-prone prairies, and pressed wildflowers. But there's a more humid and sticky element here too. Credit that to the Yankee Amarillos and Tomahawks. It turns danker, with a resinous notion of ganja, grapefruit, mint leaves, and pine pitch.
The body is airy and whipped, but full. Carbonation tends to seep out as it feeds the gaudy head, but even when basically flat, this is drinkable in giant esophagus-stretching pulls. Which is scary, actually.
This is made for big important meals, and carries the complexity and dexterity to match pretty much anything it is paired with. From frozen pizza to roasted herb-crusted grouse to rhubarb pie, this, I believe, would shine. Oh, and it shines pretty fucking bright on its own too, in the absence of food and the desire for more once the 750mL is gone.

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

Pours from 750ml capped bottle a clear bright sunshiny gold with a huge billowy head of foam and lots of sticky lacing. After the first pour, it becomes cloudy and there's some sediment from the yeast in my glass and..that head of foam lasts right through to the end of the session. Great looking brew to say the least.

The smell has big herbal hops upfront along with healthy doses of yeast, bread, and some malt sweetness.

The taste on first sip give me lots of hoppy deliciousness. Herbal hops and some grass followed by some citrus and other fruit and yeast. Further sips give me more of the malt...more bread and some honey and it makes for some nice balance but this one is still all about the hops though, I don't find it all that bitter. It's more of a subtle bitterness and quite frankly, it's tickling my palate. The mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy and the carbo is lightly done and that makes for a very highly drinkable beer that demands antoher sip and another and another. 9%abv? Where art thou? I sense none in the taste, none during or after the swallow. Man, this is so smooth and easy drinking, it's scary. It fiinishes slightly bitter and it leaves a long and enjoyable aftertaste. Wonderful stuff!

Bottom line: The label says it uses Amarillo, Tomoahawk, and Saaz Hops and boy do they work well together in this Belgian IPA. I would buy some more at the drop of a hat! I highly recommend
this world class brew!!

Photo of gwood
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting until the weekend to try this one but I just can't wait any longer after cheating and seeing a few reviews.

A - Pours a hazy light pineapple yellow. Just mountains of thick, sparkling head that slowly works it way down into chunks of curd like boats sailing around until they get a chance to stick somewhere to the side of my glass.

S - Citrus and floral hops, slight spices...light clove, yeasts climb up slowly more so as it warms.

T - Complex hops that seem to change as I'm writing, lemon like citrus that tends to migrate to floral tastes, then ending in sweet malts with a final yeast on the tongue that stays a bit.

M - Oily is the first thing that came to mind. There is a coating on my tongue and throat that I'm not used to. Really quite a smooth, silk like coating that hangs in the mouth.

D - Very easy to drink relative to the abv and the overall complexity, quite surprising compared to what I was expecting.

I'm a big hop fan and I really appreciate the hybrid approach that this beer appears to take. I've only within the last couple of years began to truely appreciate all the wonderful beers of Belgium and being that this is a mix of two of my current favorite styles, I'm just that much more grateful that a beer like this was made. A heartfelt "thank you" goes out to anybody and everybody involved in making this wonderful beer.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #3

Light golden color, slightly chill hazed at first that becomes crystal clear. A late arriving white head overflowed my glass and stuck around in big clumps. Looks like globs of shaving cream as it falls. Leaves sticky globs on the side of the glass. Nice crisp floral hops smell with a nice spicyness in the background, very interesting combination. Hops up front in the taste which is quicly followed by a spicyness that drys the finish out. This is one of the more enjoyable beers that I've had in a long time. A great combination of hop bitterness and yeasty spiceyness that balances out nicely. Pepper spice flavor becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Best of 2 worlds, American IPA and Belgian Ale.

Photo of domtronzero
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a kinda cutsie bottle, with a cartoon of the little Chouffe, but it is a great brew. Pours a yellowish hazy copper with a massive four-finger head. Long lasting and leaves lacing all over the glass. Aroma is hoppy and spicey. Tastes fruity and citrusy from the American hop bill, but the toasted malty flavors and Belgian yeast flavors add a pleasant balance. Bitter taste in the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy, but carbonated well. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I hope there are more of these cross-continental hybrids of IPAs and Belgians. I've tried Greenflash Brewing Co.'s Le Freak Belgian IPA; now I can fix my craving for a Trippel/Golden and an American IPA at the same time... Where's my rig?!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a big white head. Aromas of a sweet yeastiness and a nice presence of hops. As in the taste, A dry yeasy and hoppy, with a small Belgian sweetness. A very clean mouthfeel, with a bitter yeast aftertaste. All I can say is what is better than a Belgian triple that is actually an Imperial /Double IPA.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am so shallow in my reviews of brews...especially belgiums...I apologize.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with tea tones filled with a massive head of white foam that melts very slowly to extremely sticky white lace.

Aromas are definitely Belgium with some very smooth hints of Belgium sugar and practically nothing of the hops inside.

Taste is sweet amber malt, Belgium sugar, citrus peel hops, but not too much. Just enough hops to balance the sweetness giving it a very unique DIPA flavor.

Aftertaste is very clean with nothing overpowering or coming to the forefront.

Interesting...unlike an American IPA and unlike most other Belgium IPA's I've experienced.

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Naja's Place

First triple IPA I have tasted and pretty good, but not really worth the money for me

Would drink if bought for me, but would buy something else if up to me

Strong bitter taste with a small fruit taste

Thick head for an IPA with a distinct brownj color

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.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.