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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 144
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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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 Boilermaker88


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a single 750ml bottle of this Brasserie d'Achouffe offering almost as an after-thought as I left Harry's Wine & Liquor in Fairfield, CT. After reading the label, it dawned on me that this might be a unique (and possibly perfect) marriage of two of my favorite styles of beer. Besides, I hadn't seen it on the West Coast yet.
Okay, use a chalice. Pour gently. Watch gargantuan white head build up to ridiculous height over the lip of the glass. Break a sweat that some may spill. Relax as the head neatly sits atop a cloudy golden brew before slooowwwly caving in on itself, leaving large chunks of sticky lace all over the glass.
Take a sniff. Get immediate heady rush of oily hops and peppery spice. DIPA, meet triple. Triple, meet DIPA. Got a sweet fruity aroma prowling around in the background. Smells wonderful.
Take a small taste. Wow, very lush, creamy feel. Hell with this, take a bigger pull. Get that charge of floral hops mingling with a yeasty maltiness and slowly surfacing tropical fruit flavors. Finishes strong with another barrage of hops, this time more herbal, and a spicy kick that harkens to it's triple ancestry. Alcohol is there but not a detractor. Long, lingering hops aftertaste and a couple satisfactory hops burps are a salute to the DIPA heritage.
As for drinkability, this was off-the-chart for me. The bottle was emptying at an alarming rate until I reined my tastebuds in. The brewers at d'Achouffe have produced a sublime brew that, on the surface, doesn't seem to possibly work. However, the elements co-exist beautifully and make for a standout hybrid. I wish I'd had more room in my backpack for this liquid gold.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 05:33:09 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of taez555


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright hazy translucent golden yellow body with a huge thick bright white head. You really have to be careful pouring this as it tends to foam up a lot.

Nose was full of bright tripel tones and milder touches of citrus hops.

Taste is medium bodied and smooth with just a little bit of graininess and a fine carbonation. Very triple like again. Malt, bright golden fruits, sugar, banana, and hints of spice. Hops are definitely present in this beer yet don't throw off the belgian taste at all. Tomahawk, amarillo and saaz. An interesting combination. A big bitterness that you don't typically find in a belgian, but again, not big enough to give it an odd feel. A very natural hop taste. It has a lingering aspirin like chalkiness that really reminds you of the Amarillo hops.

Not as hoppy as you would expect. My wife doesn't like belgians but loved this. Go figure. Basically tastes like la chouffe kicked up a bit in the hop bitterness. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 00:23:36 | More by taez555
Photo of blitz134


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brickstore Pub just outside Atlanta tonight...

Hazy bright yellow color. A solid white head on top formed and left beautiful lacing down my glass and even felt the need to hang around on top until the bottom of the glass.

Aroma contained a bit of mustyness. Some pear and clean hoppiness comes through. Flavor was fully of spiciness, some pepper mainly and some other light fruits, pear again and white grapes. Finished with a bit of bitterness and some citrusy hops. I really like this. It really is a blend between an American IPA and a Belgium Triple. Edit: I tasted this a second time the other night and it lacked the impact I tasted initially, still a good brew though.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinish. Finishes dry. Very refreshing though with its spiciness and crispness from the carbonation. Drinkability is superb. I'll really struggled not getting another glass of this tonight. Hopefully I can get a couple bottles to enjoy this at home. Good stuff, definately worth seeking out or making a special trip.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2006 03:33:12 | More by blitz134
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a super thick 3"+ head. The head looked like merangue sitting on top of the beer. The head lasted for most most of the drink and some nice lacing painted the glass.

Smell: hops are easily detectable, with some citrus and a bit of pepper.

Taste: strong layer of malt nicely balanced with a strong bitterness that doesn't knock you over. The bitterness kind of creeps up on you. Green grapes, ripe fruits, yeast, and a overall spiciness rounds it out. Very dry throughout. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry from start to finish. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: easy drinking, and the alcohol is well hidden and could sneek up on you. This is a unique beer, and it grew on me during the session. I'm looking forward to having a few more of these in the near future. All IPA fans must seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 00:43:04 | More by Gavage
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this new one, way to push the envelope D'Achouffe!

A: Large bottle, capped, w/o freshness indication. Pours light yellowy amber, tiny bubbles continuing to rise and semi-cloudy,with a huge white head, rocky, puffy, creamy, crazy stiff meringue thing going on with world class retentive powers and gobs of thick sheeting and wildly impressive lacing

S: Perfumed grainy and oily hops and more hops in the nose for me, pleanty of ripe fruits as well.

T: Big and bold flavors floating all around this one, yeasty, malty but mostly its the drying spicy/peppery hops that I notice on the palate.

M: So smooth and coating, lucious stuff. Big and bold flavors, heady stuff

D: I need more of this nectar, I bought 4 bottles, I hope that this stunner is widely available all year round, go get some and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 11:22:15 | More by Billolick
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4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a massive frothy head that occupied most of my tulip. The lacing is truly insane - huge globs of foam protrude up to an inch from the side of the glass. The head finally resides into what appears to be a big dollop of whipped cream.

S: Smells like your typical Belgian with bready and yeasty aromas, but with plenty of citrus and pine aromas thrown in from the hops.

T: The taste of this beer is as unique as the smell. Flavors of bread, raisins, citrus, pine, cloves and spice are balanced perfectly. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body that finishes quite dry. This brew is carbonated much less than some other Belgians, which makes me happy.

D: There's nothing here that you wouldn't expect to find in either a tripel or a DIPA, but to maintain the characteristics of both of these styles and make a beer this good truly shows the artistry of the brewers.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 01:19:10 | More by klewis
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy golden yellow, lacing galore, and a head retention that lasted for days... literally. i left my empty glass out on the counter and a couple days later when i went back to clean it, the head was still there...crazy.

smell: a beautiful swell of floral hops, citrus, spice, and malt. wonderful.

taste: wow. the complexity is amazing. hops and spice dominate this brew but not too overpowering. the taste of malt shows itself in time. there is a very faint hint of the alcohol content. which is pretty impressive at 9% abv.

mouthfeel: dry and highly carbonated. light and slightly tart. i mean all of these adjectives in a positive way.

drinkability: very highly drinkable. like i said earlier the alcohol content goes almost unoticed. pretty amazing. i could have had more than one bottle, which is rare for me being i'm a bit of a light weight with bigger beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 16:47:41 | More by bitterdestroyer
Photo of bjohnson


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

A: Pours a very cloudy orangey yellow color with a three finger frothy bubbly head that retains nicely. After awhile of sitting the frothy top turns in to the Himalayas and then to a melted marshmellow on top of a hot chocolate. Thick sticky lace is an amazing sight on the glass.
S: Aromas of a marriage between a Belgian and IIpa. Wonderful hops smell blends fantastically with the wheaty malts and grapefruity belgian smell. Spicyness burns the nose when taking a deep smell.
T: Tastes of hops and malt with a huge blend of spicyness thrown in there. Pretty complex and well balanced with a slight bitter finish. More maltier than I thought it was going to be.
M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both extremely high. Carbonation is pretty big, but still doesn't take away from the wonderful flavor. High abv is pretty noticeable as it burns when you sniff, otherwise its kind of hidden in the taste. Definately drinkable, but only one. A good and different tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 02:23:18 | More by bjohnson
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North Carolina

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

Hazed glowing apricot pour with an expanding head of frothy merangue that has epic retention and the thickest lacing I've ever seen. 3/4 inch thick on the sides of my Magic Chouffe goblet with submerged icebergs of half melted marshmellows floting on top.

Aroma is a near perfect union of Belgian Tripel and Imperial IPA. At first it smells very hoppy, bursting with notions of pine, Amarillo citrus and powdered fruit, sweet florals, and earthy and herbal Saaz. As it warms the hops fade into warm fruit notes with green apple, pinapple mint, bubblegum, and white pepper.

Flavor is equally impressive. An initial blast of fresh hop citrus, honey drenched floral and pine notes gives way to loads of sweet fruit, especially pinapple, tangerine, and pear. The Saaz bite reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner with all it's raw, Earthy hop goodness. The yeast is unmistakably Belgian, and adds plenty of clove spice and fruity bubblegum notes. The finish is sweet, hoppy, and has a touch of white pepper dryness. This beer truly morphs all the aspects of a Tripel with an American IIPA. It's really, really good.

Body is very big on this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. leaving your lips hoppy and sticky with each sip. I bet this would age wonderfully, although the mighty hop character would lose some of it's luster. Hoppy, fruity, full, wonderfully complex, and different. I love it. Go buy lots right now!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 15:19:32 | More by AlexJ
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Houblon Chouffe IPA Dubbelen Tripel

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy yellow/ orange with a thick seafoam head. I had to scoop some of the foam out it was just too thick.
Smell- light spice, pepper/clove with a nice touch of citrus.
Taste- clove/ coriander up front (tastes like a Witbier) followed by the bitter grapefruit rind. Alcohol is very strong.
Mouthfeel- Very sweet with alcohol overpowering. The alcohol is too present up front and in the aftertaste.

Overall- a unique blend but 1 I wasn't too crazy about. The strong alcohol almost ruins the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 14:10:42 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating this beer since I saw it on the importers website. I love both the other beers I have had from this brewery. It pours with a bright straw color and really nice head into my 16 oz goblet. Has tons of bubbles in the head. Lots of aroma. Mostly sweet malt typical of a triple, but with a bit of hops at the end. Leans toward the sazz. Taste is truly unique. Different from other hoppy belgian beers I have tried. Not as hoppy as the Deranke XX Bitter, and not as biscuit as La Rulles Triple. Leaves a tingly sensation on the tip of my tongue, almost like licking a 9 volt battery. I am only half way through the bottle so maybe when it warms up a little the flavors will become more distinctive. Overall, I would say I would probably buy this again, would really like a chance to have it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 04:12:42 | More by kingchowchowwoof
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap into the eponymous curved goblet.

bright, opaque yellow orange with a perfect topping of creamy, wavy white head. head coats the glass long after the beer is gone.

aroma is half-belgian, half-american. yeast, apricots, a touch of lemons, and a floral, grassy hop bitterness.

starts sweet but balanced with a cleansing, bitter, floral hop finish. starts like a belgian blonde and finishes like an american ipa. nice blend of flavors to make a balanced, drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 19:17:58 | More by Prufrock
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: 9% ABV, Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops

Aroma: Peppery spices, coriander, orange rind, and some mild yeasty notes.

Appearance: Cloudy straw gold with an immense bubbly, rocky, and sudsy white cap. The head retention is beautiful and lacing is incredible.

Flavor: Floral hop essence, pepper, honey, fresh cut melon, and a slight warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A crisp and dry finish.

Overall impression: Very refreshing and enjoyable. Not as offensive as a classic tripel (which I don't usually like) and not as bold as any American IPA. I dig the experimentation. A nice blend of both styles. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 18:41:35 | More by mattcrill
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Marketplace Wines And Spirits. The cashier saw it and got excited saying he couldn't wait to try it hisself. I couldn't wait either.

Beautiful cloudy pale yellow with a huge head that will not quit. Even trying to force the head down does almost nothing; persistance is the name. Smells of light citrus hops and even lighter esters.
Strong peppery flavors with strong bitter presence. Some fruity esters follow the rear but I had to concentrate to extract those flavors. Full bodied and creamy mouth feel.

Notes: much hoppier than Urthel's Hop-It. Too much bitterness not enough hoppiness, sweetness. Good experience and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 02:41:46 | More by NiceGuyMike
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy golden with a white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong citrusy impression and a grassy and earthy presence of hops. The aroma reminded me of navel oranges coupled with a light Belgian yeast spice and pepper.

The flavor was very peppery and earthy with citrusy bittering and flavor but still a grassy and earthy presence persisted. The flavor contained a nice malt backbone but was never what might be considered sweet.

The finish was dry with a lasting peppery and grassy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a good carbonation which made the mouthfeel almost creamy. The warming from alcohol was apparent after consumption but was restrained in the aroma and flavor. I'd probably class this more as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than as a Tripel. I like this quite a bit, glad I have more.

750 ml bottle, $7.99 at Greenlife in Asheville, NC.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 23:53:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $7 on 4/13/06. Served in its brewery glass.

This is a very, very nice beer. It has a nice hop bite in the back of the mouth. The taste has the typical Belgian fruity yeastiness, and in this case I get a bit of figs and prunes. What sets this beer apart is its absurd drinkablity. The hop finish is very dry, as if the only thing that can soothe the toungue is another sip. I could drink this beer all night, and would if it were a bit cheaper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2006 05:41:18 | More by bignick
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very surprised to see this on tap at Eli Cannon's. Larry's doing a hell of a job!
Very foamy, necessitating a pitcher pour before being served in the appropriately branded "Magic Chouffe" chalice. Hazy gold, like sunlit straw, topped with a never-ending, blooming white head. Excellent lacing and retention, keeping a solid coating throughout the entire glass. Coming into this beer blind, the aroma led me to believe this was a witbier. Extremely spicy, the hops coming off as coriander-like, with a citrusy orange hoppiness adding to the effect. If I wasn't told otherwise, I'd believe this was a massive witbier. (It was listed as "Ho"Chouffe on the tap list, and I guessed it was a Hoegaarden tribute) Sweet, sugary malt, with tons and tons of spiciness in the nose. Fruity and belgiany, with some phenolic clove in the mix. Not at all what I'd expect of a hoppy, IPA style beer of any sort. Taking a sip, I'm greeted by a sugary, candi sweetness, very tripel-like with the pale malts, immediately bolstered, but not overwhelmed, by an urgent spiciness. I'm still thinking this is a white ale, albeit much bigger than usual. Then I inquire. A belgian tripel made with liberal amounts of american hops? Where's the spiciness come from? If this isn't coriander, it's gotta be saaz. Oh there's saaz in here? For sure, brother. A saaz blast in the finish, supplemented with spicy belgian yeast, finishing without a trace of booze. I was sucking this one down with great thirst before I decided to inquire about it. Immensely drinkable. Very fluffy on the palate, with charged carbonation and a medium body, lending itself to sippability. Really, really awesome, with an entirely unique hop profile.
Coming into this brew blind, I feel like I had a unique take on it. Rarely do I enjoy a beer without knowing what it is, and this one impressed me no matter what the style. I was definitely confused, because it wasn't exactly spicy like coriander, but it wasn't entirely unlike it, either. I looked like a witbier, and smelled like it, too, so I just assumed it was another crazy beer from the gnome of belgium. Indeed it was, but a stronger animal than i expected. Respect the gnome, because I felt the effects of sucking this bad boy down. Very good. I loved it. I'd like to try a bottle for comparison. Word on the street's that it's not quite the same.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2006 05:06:51 | More by UnionMade
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brand spankin' new bottle with the Chouffe gnome gathering hops on the front. Houblon Chouffe pours a cloudy-but-bright gold color with an incredible head -- it's dense and rocky, and melts into the beer like an iceberg moving south. It doesn't just leave lacing on the glass, it leaves chunks of foam behind. It's a very attractive beer.

The nose isn't as good as the appearance. It's quite hoppy but not abundantly fruity like some other IPAs (rather, there's a bit of mint in there). Very little of the Chouffe character comes through -- considering that this is a tripel, the pale malts and white pear smells coming through here are quite minor indeed. On the palate, this beer starts quite bitterly, but with a touch of orange-honey sweetness in the background. The finish is long and tingly with medicinal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch astringent from the hops, but surprisingly smooth considering the hop content. It's not terribly drinkable (it's a sipping beer), but that's not really the point, either. It's interesting, and that's enough to keep me drinking.

I've been anticipating this beer for a bit now. It's just about what I expected -- the hops aren't perfectly integrated with the malt, but it's a good effort, especially in a style that most Belgian brewers aren't accustomed to making. It will be interesting to see how this brew evolves over different batches, but even now it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 00:23:39 | More by geexploitation
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml purchased down south.. silkscreened image of the chouffe wandering into mysterious hopfields on the front, no freshness info on the back. love the whole "double tripel" wordplay with the beer name.

poured into an allagash tulip, this beer sits so heavy and golden, full of orange clouds and dense liquid.. carbonation bubbles move effortlessly through with force. one inch of crater-laced foam deteriorates slowly, leaving eggy meringue peaks. impressive, noble appearance.

aroma.. boy is the aroma disappointing here. not only does it lack the hop punch i imagined, it smells more or less exactly like la chouffe.. which isn't bad, just unexpected. i guess there is a hint more orangey tang to the citrus aspect, but that sweet wheaty honey-infused tripel flavor peppered with acidic funk dominates. which i love. it's been a while since i've had a chouffe, so despite my initial jolting i continue on with anticipation.

the hops are certainly more pronounced in the flavor of this beer. they fight aggressively with the belgian sweetness, leaving a sharp, raw-leaf crystalline hop bitterness behind with minimal metallic sting. perfumey finish works nice with that brett-tinged sourness to the chouffe base. the flavors that make chouffe world-class: the honeysuckle, the bready lemon cookie, and the subtler hop tartness are all lost to the american green blast found here. elements of the old flavors are present noticeably in both my burps and the beers finish.

overall not the easiest beer to drink as a result of its powerful punch. the 9% isn't too detectable, but the flavors are a bit overwhelming. the viscous body and matching large carbonation also weigh the brew down a bit but provide for a luxurious experience.

interesting take, hope this is more of a one-off. if not, no worries.. i'll stick with the original though. messing with near-perfection is not the way to chouffe enlightenment although it is a nice change from the classic norm.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 18:28:54 | More by goodbyeohio
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Turbid and straw yellow, with a sizable white foamy head; quick streams of carbonation reinforce. Familiar Chouffe yeasty nose accented by large (this is Belgian you know) doses of citrus, grass, and candy-sweet malt. Nicely balanced hop flavor and esters, sweet malt finish. Hardly a hint of the 9% ABV. Bitterness is big, nice and big, perhaps a bit out of whack. On second taste, hop flavor seems second compared to the mildly raw bitterness. Very good beer in a bottle. Even better draft. I can’t wait to see what this is like a batch or two once they nail what they’re looking for. Worth seeking out like De Ranke.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:11:59 | More by yen157
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was described as a "belgian IPA" by a waiter ...but I didn't find it that exactly

I did love this beer though....nice pale color, I guess typical of modern day triples. Had a very nice head that lasted all the way to the finish

The beer was hoppy, but not IPA hoppy. There was a lot of body in this to balance the somewhat high hop levels. I found it to be a very solid triple.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 13:32:49 | More by lawrence76
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at ZBF 4-3-06. Nice and forever lasting white head and a witbier like pale golden beer. Nose is nice and hoppy, anis, malts and backed with high alcohol damps. Taste is rich malty, bit sweet but balanced with high but peaking and not hanging bitterness and warming alcohol. Great brew and a pleasure to drink making wanting for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 22:10:40 | More by paterlodie
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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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