Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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3.53/5 rDev -16.2%
Explodes with a five+ fingered white, pillowy head that leaves gobs of lace. A clear pale amber color. Hoppy nose. Starts just on the hoppy side with some sourness, slight hop but smooth finish. Good carbonation and medium bodied. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. Also $4.19 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
06-02-2006 01:37:57 | More by jdhilt
4.75/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours into my deep, wide Rochefort goblet a lovely golden amber, clear save for a slight chill haze, and capped with a fantastic head! The head settles to a thick, rocky, nearly solid mass across the surface, falling into thick, gobby mountains and valleys. The lacing is absolutely complete, thick, full white rings that let little light through, and the head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is a lovely blend! Sleek, sweet malts and a blend of citrusy hop scents really jazz things around.
The flavor is just great - it's really a beer for any occasion - whether you want an IPA, a tripel, a summery beer, something to warm you up when it's cold - this satisfies. There are definitely a lot of hops in here froa tripel, and it's way, way better executed than Urthel Hop It! Instead of tasting like a grassy tripel, this swirls with warm citrus - I can pick out notes of all the major citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange. The finish is nutty, and it really puts a nice end to the sweet malt and tangy hops.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with just enough zip from the hops, it finishes with a nutty kind of stickiness that lingers, inviting further recollections.
This is great, great, great, great.
06-01-2006 23:11:46 | More by Tupperwolf
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
Enjoyed a 750ml bottle on a warm spring evening. Beer poured a slightly hazy gold color with a massive head that lasted until I was done. I didn't get much aroma, predominantly hops with some citrus. Taste was exceptional, started slightly sweet, then the hops kicked in, and it finished with some spice/pepper. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent despite alcohol content. I drink a fair amount of Belgians, and this one is not very representative of the style, but I really enjoyed it however it is classified. Dangerous beer because it is so easy to drink....
05-31-2006 13:51:41 | More by
4.8/5 rDev +14%
I was lucky enough to find this on tap at a recent visit to Redbones in Somerville. Usually when I'm at a bar with a great beer selection I like to go for variety during my visit but after drinking Houblon to start off, I had to stick with it because it was so increadible (of course I think I only had two..maybe 3 due to the alcohol content.)
I am a big fan of the Chouffe brewery, big IPA's and Tripels so this beer was right up my alley. The color and head on the beer were perfect coming off the tap, a deep golden color with a good two fingers of head on the pour. The aroma and flavor had a very pronounced hopiness but the mouthfeel and finish were much smoother then your average "big" IPA and were closer to a Belgian Tripel complete with a somewhat spicy finish. I was doubtfull that a combination of these two very different styles would work...but the Houblon works very well.
The only downfall I think would be if you don't care for very hoppy beers because this one is definately hoppy.
05-28-2006 21:27:34 | More by ryanms3030
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
A big thank to AlexJ who not only provided this beer at the Charlotte beer pairing event, but for making some excellent Chicken Satay with homemade Thai peanut sauce. I'm unsure how some figure what to pair with what, but this one just paired beautifully with the spices. Nice hazy appearance to it.
05-28-2006 21:26:02 | More by Backer2004
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
Many thanks to FirkinDave for getting this beer on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL and for his generous pours.
Pours a hazed honey gold into a Houblon Chouffe glass (just about the cutest beer glass Ive ever seen). Carbonation streams are out of hand. Foam is thick and frothy. Outstanding looks.
Aroma is more mellow than expected. Sure there are large amounts of grapefruit and lemon pepper but from a brew that bills itself as a hopped up double triple I expected something a little more in your face.
Hop flavors are smaller than expected in the taste as well and they tend to lend themselves toward the citrus end of the spectrum there too. Interesting saisonlike yeast flavors make this one a real drinker for me. Beyond that I enjoy the intense citric flavors. This is a great summertime brew and very refreshing. Theres plenty of lemon, lime, unripe orange peals, and grapefruit to go around.
Body is a touch thin but mouthfeel is quite good overall. There is a moderate bitterness to be sure, but I personally find the subtle sourness and tartness on and around my tongue to be the real pleasurable core of this brew. The spicy, peppered finish dries well and leaves the palate thirsty for more. The strong yeasts offer a creamy sensation for part of the brew as well. As far as feel goes, this beer has it almost right on.
Drinkability was good enough for me to drink four in a row and I very rarely drink the same beer twice in one sitting, especially when Im at a place with a great selection like the Firkin.
05-26-2006 16:39:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
Off comes the crown, and out wafts sour citrus and pine, plus prickly spices. Haven't even poured it, though.
Thickly hazed, pale gold coloration, huge head, a fluffy slab of angelfood cake, leaving loads of lace. Poured just right, it features a beautiful cap emerging from the glass, like a dish of ice cream.
In the nose: ah, this is a saison! I mean, a tripel! No, wait a Belgian double IPA, right?...what is it, now?
It's zesty, lemony, sour and spicy, yeasty, funky, deep, delectable. An enticing, entrancing blend of flavor, every bit Belgian.
I'm still only smelling. The label refers to "the overwhelming aroma of Tomahawk, Amarillo, & Saaz hops..." Well put.
Taste it: Bracingly bitter entry on the palate, then kindly backing away.Sip again, and a mix of fruit and spice blasts through the palate anew, then gently subsides on the tongue. Definitely drinkable, despite the uniqueness of the flavor, or the size of the strength. Full bodied, for a tripel, but rather easy in the mouth.
This ale hangs tight on the palate, sticking it out, giving a kick every inch of the way, but downable and delicious. I'm liking it, and I think I'll like it again and again. But then again, I've never met a Chouffe I didn't like.
05-24-2006 05:11:00 | More by feloniousmonk
4.75/5 rDev +12.8%
This is a damn good beer, and I was fortunate to snag the very last bottle from John's Grocery. It was almost gone before I had even heard of it. The beer is a clear blonde color with a massive white head. Lacing forms the whole way down.
The smell is a little less hoppy than I was hoping for. Definitely has some belgian hops in it, thus not quite as bitter and fruity. Has a little bit of banana and clove to it, as well as a dry musty grain. Smells good, but not as strong as I was hoping for.
The taste is good. The flavors are more pronounced, and the bitterness stands out much better in the flavor than in the aroma, though it is still not all that hoppy. Surely they used an assload of hops, but the low alpha acid varietals do not stand out as much as american strains. Still very good stuff. Has elements of an IPA and a tripel, which is very interesting. (edit: as it gets towards the bottom of the bottle, more of the fruity amarillo flavors come out, and when drank with the sediment it's truly a great beverage.)
The body is full and fairly dry. A light spicing plays nicely with the hop bitterness. Good stuff. Very drinkable for 9%. I wish there was more.
Edit: Scores adjusted for Batch #2. I am in love with this beer. This beer just proves that there couldn't be a better time to beer a beer lover in America. Not only is the selection of American micros seeminly expanding by ten-fold each year, but the brewers of the old world are following our lead. The result is an orgy of mouthwatering American hops and belgian yeast complexity. It tastes like citrus and bubblegum. Not too sweet, not too dry, just the perfect amount of bitterness (which seems like a bit more than batch #1 to me). The head on this beer is phenomenal, and the lacing is amongst the thickest I've seen. This is easily the best use of Amarillo hops I've had, as many "Amerikuhn" brewers like to use too much of a good thing, in our typical fashion. Highly recommended to anybody. If you see the gnome, bring him home!
05-24-2006 04:29:45 | More by neonbrown82
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottle purchased at The Good Beer Store, Chapel Hill, NC, 5/20/2006.
Pours a cloudy blonde, with a dense head reminscent of seafoam, clinging to the glass in large clumps.
Aroma is intoxicating - notes of fresh, spicy hops, pears and apricots, perhaps a hint of pineapple, honey, and hard candies.
Attacks the tip of the tongue with a Saaz hop spiciness, then a riot of peaches and pears in syrup, spicy hops, and honeyed malt. After swallowing, a wave of focused, resiny hop bitterness spans across the tongue, with fruity, spicy and herbal hop aromatics. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavors, against a hint of residual honeyed sweetness.
Medium-light bodied, lean and fluffy like a good Belgian should be, faintly slippery. A hint - and only a hint - of peppery alcohol late in the finish.
Despite its strenght, very very drinkable. Overall, a superb ale. It bursts with fresh hops, but they are nicely integrated into a spicy, fruity Belgian yeast character. I want a case of this. Its been a while since I've declared that.
05-22-2006 00:36:00 | More by chimaychimaynot
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours a clouded lemon yellow with a voluminous white head. Very strong head formation with this one.
Smell is herbal and lemony. Individual aromas of coriander and lemon and bizarrely dill. Citrus and black pepper are also noticeable.
Taste is peppery and slightly woody when first sampled. Mild sweet malt mixes with herbalness and the mild by Californian standards bitterness in the after taste. Coriander and pepper come through clearly in the taste. There are some citrus flavors from American hops in this but it is by no means a Tripel IPA. Hops come through mostly as bitterness and an earthy flavor.
Mouthfeel is good.
Not a bad beer but it is not a superior Triple or an IPA. A strange beer that I can recommend as an oddity but in truth the normal La Chouffe is just plain better.
05-21-2006 04:04:31 | More by Zorro
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
This poured a cloudy, straw yellow with a thick, bright white head. Clumpy lace was left behind as the glass was emptied. The aroma was spicy, bready, and yeasty, with a little bit of lemon. Moderate bitterness with plenty of bread and floral hops. Some citrus fruitiness, lemon, and pleasant spiciness. Bitterness grew into the finish. A bit dry with a lightish body supported by high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Pretty good. Thanks biegaman!
05-20-2006 02:55:01 | More by DrJay
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
Appearance This gave off the most beautiful Appearance that Ive ever seen in a Belgian ale. The body is a gorgeous cloudy orange and the head is pure white and as bountiful as they come. It slowly dissipated into clumps of lumpy foam.
The lacing was unbelievable. I took notes on my first bottle but had to buy a second one to review live just to see if it left the same lacing, and sure as shit it did.
Smell This is the strongest Tomahawk smell Ive ever gotten from a Belgian Ale, thats for damn sure. The other European hops are milder, but the spicing is huge. This is also probably the biggest whiff of coriander that Ive ever gotten short of cooking with it.
I dont mean to ignore the malt structure, Belgian yeast, or lemony fruit, its just that the hops and especially the spices are so big. This is an awesome bouquet worthy to be smelled many times over.
Taste The big, giant hops come over at the taste, and the fruit flavors are a bit bigger here as well. There is so much complexity in the hop and fruit flavors that I just cant imagine what went into making this ale. It is super sweet, ultra hoppy, and bitingly spicy.
Mouthfeel This Belgian Ale has a nice, fluffy, carbonated mouthfeel that is both live and smooth at the same time.
Drinkability This really is in a class all by itself. Its a big beer no doubt, but you just want to session it all night long.
Notes This is classified as a Tripel but really is a Double IPA-type of Tripel as it states on the label. I think if I were to rate this IAW strict Belgian Tripel guidelines it would have went down a notch or two, but as long as they are proclaiming their intentions right on the bottle I threw caution to the wind and just went for a more open-mined approach.
05-20-2006 01:08:29 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from 750ml into St. Bernardus chalice.
A - Cloudy yellowish gold with huge rocky head that leaves behind fluffy continents and all sorts of lacing.
S - Floral fruitiness with a nice balance between delicate malt and hops. Grapefruit and apple come to mind in terms of the fruitiness.
T - Wow, where to begin? This is mindbogglingly complex (proving its Belgian heritage) with a nice hop addition that you don't find in most Belgians. The malt provides a biscuity fullness while the hops punch you with that bitter swallow. Apple and grapefruit spiciness complement nicely.
M - Light and smooth from the get-go, with a tart and bitter finish. Moderate carbo tingle.
D - Quite filling for a lighter beer and the alcohol makes it presence known after a glass or two. A treat now and then.
A great beer that should appeal to a wide array of beer lovers with its combination of hops and belgian complexities.
P.S. In terms of rating, grading this against other tripels is really a mistake since it attempts to carve out a pretty new niche. Therefore, all numbers are really a general grade (as are most of my reviews I admit).
05-19-2006 14:57:02 | More by gmcfarre
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
Tried to transmute copper to gold with this one on 5/3/2006. Looks like a 10.5 oz. pour at the Publick House in a Chouffe glass, rock on.
Nice ½-inch pillow of thick, dewy head that settles in a star pattern with a bit of lace sticking. Very milky yellow hue, on the edge of golden if it werent so cloudy, not sure what or if anything is happening inside. Hay, straw, some anise and wet, green grass on nose. On the mouth I dont notice as much hop as I had expected; in fact, more of a wit on my tongue, or perhaps its just the tripel characteristics with the hop bite added, dont know, its puzzling. Alcohol is sublime want to drink a whole lot more of this offering.
Yet another hit, in my book, from these folks.
05-18-2006 23:26:23 | More by Truh
3.68/5 rDev -12.6%
Presentation: 750ml screen-printed green dimpled Belgian flask bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has a colorful looking gnome on it. Has a yellow backed main obverse which has a happy looking Hop-picking Gnome as its centre-piece. No freshness just a listed strength of 9.0% Alc/Vol.
Reverse Label states:
On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarillo and Saaz mesmerized him. Back at home in the Ardennes he crafted a new recipe combining this dizzying array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style Tripel. Thus, our little Chouffes new inspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born.
B.United lists further information as:
A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing. Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness).
EBC: 13, IBU: 59, Original Gravity: 1092
Achouffes own Website adds:
.. erm nothing, it is not even listed there!!!!
See for yourself if you dont believe me...
Appearance: Pale golden body with a light milky haze that seems to shimmer in the light thanks to the myriad of fast rising streamers. Monster Belgian style Achouffe head rises quickly and drops down to a rocky crevice infested mass that leaves massive cloud like chunks hanging off the side of my glass and expanded foam icebergs ready to sink passing Ships. Awesome looks!! I toyed with a 4.5 but I loved this one so much I went for a 5.0 - hands down the best part of this brew.
Nose: Sharp grapefruit with a finely grated lemon zest. Hops linger, dare I say the Saaz is suppressed a little but there is a banana seed background, a cobweb laden yeasty and some Tomahawk in there. The odors are surprisingly low key, at least strength-wise I find.
Taste: More grapefruit, biting yeast breaks the bitterness but not the over-hopped character at times. Distilled bitterness weaves itself into a lemon herbal hop strata, however, the hoppy aspect seems muted with only the spicy Saaz working a grassy green outfield finish. Some lingering hops but more of a grapefruit dimension than a hop-laden one. A bit one-sided.
Mouthfeel: Funny, but I felt like the Houblon dipped a mark of two in this field, seems thin, but its not, yet it projects a feel that does not quite live up to the strength, which in one aspect is quite remarkable for it certainly makes this one a seriously drinkable brew.
Drinkability: Finished the whole 750ml bottle in no time. I enjoyed draining this one, working hard to break it down as I collected my thoughts in this Review, but it seems that the use of US hops is a little over-done here, sure that is positive intentional but it is also a negative reality. Nice enough but it doesnt really have the cuddly love factor that I so hope to find, the sort of stalking factor that you find in say RRBC Blind Pig IPA. OK, but nothing great.
Overall: Hmmm so it has a big write up on B.Uniteds Website, but I am very surprised to see that this new Houblon Chouffe is not even mentioned on the Achouffe Brewery Website (as of the date of this Review at least)!!! This I think hints big style at the target market for this brew ..clearly the US, where I think it will do extremely well, not so sure back home though. Sure, I enjoyed it, but strip away the fan-fare and let all the Houblon-talk die down and its a nice Hoppy grapefruit Blonde of sorts but its low on the IPA traits and its no De Ranke XX Bitter, Ill stick with the latter for my Belgian Hop fix.
05-17-2006 06:18:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5 rDev +12.1%
I might be biased in my review because I love pale ales and tripels, but this is truly a great beer. Poured into a chalice, the beer has a beautiful fluffy head that reminds me of lemon meringue pie in appearance. The smell is complex, with the spicy yeast and piney hops making for a really unique nose. The hop flavor of this beer is just right, not so overpowering as to diminish the traditional tripel flavors, but it's definitely there. The flavors mingle with each other with each taste, seeming to alternate with each sip. Sometimes the hops stand out, sometimes the yeast. A really great experiment by the chouffe, and a really fun beer to drink.
05-16-2006 21:47:52 | More by seedee17
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
Pours out with a cloudy yellow body and a huge white pillowy head of foam. The head breaks down slowly leaving a mountain of foam in the middle and covering the entire glass. Nice light floral hoppiness comes out in the aroma with a bit of fruit sweetness. Some light notes of yeast and alcohol, a bit mild but interesting. The flavor starts sweet with fruits before some bitter earthy hops and spices show up. Some yeasty notes and light alcohol. Very interesting overall taste that was good but didnt quite do it for me. Plenty of carbonation and a thick body carried the flavor well. It started off easy drinking enough but by the time I was on the last half of the bottle it took a bit more work to finish. A unique beer thats definitely worth a try and has some interesting things going on in it.
05-16-2006 19:44:17 | More by meathookjones
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from 750ml bottle, very murky yellow colour. Huge lively head, really over-active. Foam would leave a colossal blanket of lacing! Also, retained a big puffy iceburg of foam, looked like whipped cream floating atop an ice cream sundae, that would last right down to the last sip. A fair amount of hop present in the aroma, but nothing aggresive! Aroma on par with that of a spicy tripel and is almost 'wit' like in some dimension. All together, aroma is very Belgian. However you can taste English malt in the mouthfeel, which is otherwise rather spicy but quite delicsious. A nice, long diminishing finish that ends dry - but not too quickly. Mouthfeel hits spicy and then slowly fades away, out of memory - rather superb! Carbonation however, really high and hurts the drinkability as well as savour of the spicy flavours. Becomes a little bloating after some time. More yeast would come through as it warmed. It felt like a beer geek test trying to describe and figure this beer out. Quite hard to say what it is?! It's certainly a weird-ass fusion, but pulled off no doubt. I would really enjoy having this again, see what aspects I missed the first time around. At first I was skeptical but I know this was more than a marketing gimmick, or some beer made to fit in with current trends...hats off to the Chouffe, this beer is even more pleasing than it is creative!
05-16-2006 14:52:57 | More by biegaman
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured a champagne-like, bubbly, cloudy gold. The head was ridiculously large. I like a good head on my beer, but this was too much!
The smell was of citrus fruits against a background of tinges of alcohol.
This was very different, in taste, than the other chouffes I've had. Like typical IPA's, it had a citrus taste. The tastes of grapfefruit and lemon were dominant, but not overwhelming. It tasted like a combination of Duvel, a good (but not exceptional) IPA, and a touch of fruity champagne. It was hoppy, but not as much as I expected. It had a creamier flavor mixed in.
The mouthfeel was creamy and bubbly. A slight bitterness was left behind. Unusual, but refreshing.
It was drinkable, but not something that I would necessarily go out of my way for. It was very different - something I would have to be in the mood for.
05-15-2006 02:05:03 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
I've been looking forward to this beer, and finally got a chance to sample it. It was a cloudy yellow with a thick Belgian head. Some nice lacing. Fragrance was all floral, very pleasant. It had an interesting taste. There was a sweet, citrus taste; a hoppy taste; and a spicy taste. I thought it a little discordant, and am not sure the IPA/Belgian angle works that well. Will have to try it again.
05-14-2006 23:15:18 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev -2.6%
Drank at the Bier Markt in Ohio City - on draught (took 10 minutes to serve).
Appearance - the reason it took a while to serve is because she wanted to wait for the head to lower before she could put more into the glass. Very light in color - orangish.
Smell - citrusy and orange in scent - smells like a very good IPA.
Taste - yeast, orange, and lots of hops.
Drinkability - I drank this first in the night and didn't feel the effects of the high abv until later in the evening. Be warned, it will catch up to you.
05-14-2006 19:18:51 | More by DuqTroops
4.68/5 rDev +11.2%
Green 75 cl bottle, no dates.
Pale gold, huge white head sits proudly on top like whipped cream. Retains all the way to the end and leaves lace with every sip.
Fresh sea breeze aroman with an underpining of citrusy American hops. Dive in!
Fresh, fruity esters. Slightly flinty. Initially quite sweet, but finishes dry and masks its strength very well. Medium-full bodied, robust carbonation, but still soft on the palete. A unique and very drinkable take on a tripel.
05-14-2006 02:01:39 | More by xgrigorix
4/5 rDev -5%
I dont really know how to review this beer for its style but Illl give it my best.
A - Bright hazy yellow with a head that was as dense as whipped cream. It is also staying around for a long time.
S - Unlike anything I have ever encountered and something that strikes me as a hop lovers dream. Its citrusy, biscuty, and backgrounds of floral/pines/candy and just some bittered sweetness. There is an over-amped precensce of the yeast sulfur still present but it blends very well.It really is quite unbelieveable.
T - Smooth, sweet citrusy orange and grapefruit hops blast the tounge first followed by that ever so distinct belgian flavor. There is quite a wave of alcohol on the end.
M - The Carbination hit the top of the tounge first off and rolls nice down the sides of the tounge. The burn of alcohol finishes up the end of this beautiful beer.
D - This can be imbibed all the time, anywhere, anytime, no matter the season of year or anything.
05-13-2006 03:32:04 | More by quasimoto
3.83/5 rDev -9%
On-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. Served in a small tulip glass.
A - pale yellow, like a lemon custard pie. Head is huge, billowy, bright white, rocky like whipped egg whites. Cloudy. Beautiful looking beer. Head stays around the whole way leaving thick lacing.
S - interesting aroma, not overwhelming. Mix of Belgian esters and slight hop spice. Orange rinds, lemon peel, bubble gum.
T - very well balanced beer. Initial flavor of fruity, spicy belgian yeast. Flavors of clove, spice. Backed up by firm hop bitterness, but not strong hop flavor. Extremely unique and tasty. Can't taste much alcohol, but I can feel it.
M - thin mouthfeel, dry finish. Carbonation appears to be average to high, but no tingly feeling.
D - nicely balanced, unique beer. Alcohol is well hidden, but above average. Good, but not something I'm going to seek out and order regularly.
05-11-2006 19:24:44 | More by gbarron
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
A - pale golden straw color, with a very tall hite rocky head, very heavy carbonation, no visible sediment
S - a sweet hoppy aroma, like a quality hops and honey combination, a ginger-like spiciness lies in the background along with a grassy aroma
T - very very smooth, the ginger aroma translates to the taste, and at the end a candy sweetness kind of like white chocolate
M - like i said, very very smooth, easy down, probably the best tripel i've ever quaffed.
D - very high, a great session beer, especially for a tripel, would highly reccommend, great balance
05-11-2006 00:21:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,154 ratings.