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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,171 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 1,106
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 154
Gots: 155 | 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 SethB2
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to KilgoreTrout27

A - Very nice. Pours and looks like a Belgian. Yellowish, orange non transparent body with a head that is hard to contain. When it finally does go down a bit, the lacing is also very good.

S - It doesn't smell much different than any other Tripels around. Banana yeasts and fruity malts dominate. There is, however, a spice to the odor that is a bit unusual in this style. I'm going to assume that is it Noble hops that I'm smelling.

T - Here is where this beer stands out. Starts like a tripel, finishes like a very well hopped pilsner. Figs, bananas and other fruits begin this drink, but they are followed by that noble hoppiness. This isn't what Americans think of as an IPA, but it is still good and drinkable.

M - The only real hit on this beer is that is finishes dry as the Sahara.

D - Good. I wish I had normal access to this beer.

SethB2, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a weak pineapple juice color while displaying a very finely carbonated head which retains quite well.

Mild medicinal nose with pepper, citrus and banana aromas.

This brew has an active carbonation with a medium body. Taste is slightly peppery with a hop presence that is quite green. Undertones of banana and citrus are evident. Drink ends with a splash of prickly, bitter hop carbonation while yielding a dry tonic water finish. Not too bad. All in all the hop bitterness is the story here. Absolutely no help from constituent ingredients to help quell the bitter beast which is the hop balance, or should I say lack thereof. Still, this brew has something to offer as the nuances underneath the hop current are varied and interesting. Well worth a try.

sinistermadman, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

I sampled this one on-tap at Three Floyd's a few weeks back, but in the midst of all of those other hop-tastic beers I knew a review would be unfair at best. Picked this 750mL bottle up at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, Indiana.

Dirty mandarin in color, this beer pours out very hazy and cloudy. The gigantic meringue that is created - as far as three inches above the glass - is nothing but spectacular. Ice-fractals of lace form all around the glass, even before you get a chance to take the first sip.

The nose of this beer is filled with lemon zest, grapefruit pulp, dehydrated grape, cracked pepper, lemongrass, candi sugar, and the tiniest whiffs of vodka-burn. A powderiness of being exists also, much like many good DIPAs I encounter.

I did not expect to be hit with such a leadpipe of "screwdriver" bitterness but there it is. The wall of vodka-hop-tincture is matched with an unrelenting and pummeling bitterness that would make someone not absolutely in lust of hops cringe. This all cedes to an unrepentant, dehydrated orange aura and an odd, off-kilter marriage of tripel and hops.

The sheer bitterness of this beer - and relative dearth of juicy hop flavor - makes me think that time could serve it well. It does need a little softening. Whoever said they couldn't notice the alcohol must have got a different bottle than I. The yeast pour at the bottom of the bottle does soften things a touch, but i'd like to re-experience this in about a year.

All things considered, the 750 did drain quite quickly.

GreenWBush, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Review #600

Bottle Inspection: Great green silk screened 750ml bottle, capped, and foretells of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops.

Aroma: Wow, full citric, lemon rind, Saison/tripel smell going on. Hints of Belgian yeast evident at arms length. Wonderful sweet base supports fresh hop smells. Very different from any Belgian or IPA I’ve encountered. Hops have a heady perfume aspect. I’m left to contemplate the aroma for quite some time as the head slowly retreats.

Appearance: Bright hazy gold base supports a good 4 finger white head the slowly turns to a rocky meringue leaving just silly amounts of lace. All the head collapses onto itself leaving a big shaving cream blob in the center of my tulip that I can actually mold and shape.

Flavor: An odd metallic twang starts, but as I grow accustomed, it really just seems like the sharp front edge of a full load of hops. Odd that the hops are up front and not the full on flavor assault and bitter of the American IPA, but the citric juicy lemon grapefruit notes come through… softly. The entire beer is gentle and somewhat refined. I still get a grassy, almost rustic Saison note. The 9% is slowly felt, but never tasted. Overall a mild herbal and hop drink that will hit you like a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, carbonation is a bit strong if you don’t let it fully settle, and the drink has an odd airy quality that is enhanced by the rapid drying.

Overall Impression: It is slightly annoying after awhile to wait, once again, for the massive head to slowly drop into its malleable blob, but in the end, it’s worth the wait. I really enjoyed the citric lemon aspect and the unusual combination of worlds. This is a solid choice for review 600; recommended.

HardTarget, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

This is a well-hyped new Belgian Tripel, I couldn't wait to taste what all the talk was about. I've enjoyed several glasses in the past week trying to figure it out. Seems it's one of those tripels that is experienced a bit differently each time.

Pours into the goblet a light yellow with abundant bubbles and thick creamy head that makes interesting shapes on its top as it (slowly) settles. A beautiful ring of lace at the top of the glass crowns all the other lace below it. If someone did a coffee-table book of all the great lace leavings in worldwide beers, I'd buy it. One of few beers I've given extra ratings just for its lace.

Aromas are subdued spices and sugars, a hint of banana, and just a bit of the alcohol coming through.

First taste gives off the alcohol-induced warming heat, but not too much. It's quickly followed by a honeyed sweetness, offset with a wheaty heartiness in the malts, white pepper zap, a hoppy bitterness and yeast poking it's way through to give another layer of depth. Finish remains dominated by the sweet spice/honey aspects. A wonderfully creamy mouthfeel adds to the multiple sensations this delivers, and the tart grapefruit aftertaste reminds you of the hops that went into this.

But with all the talk of the hops factor in this one, I'm still not convinced the Belgians either 1) know how to, or 2) care to mirror the ultra-hopped IPAs that this was apparently inspired by. No matter, this has all the complexity and satisfaction that the best tripels should deliver, it's different, and the well-hidden alcohol and creamy/fruity elements makes this almost too easy to drink. Would be great to try this on tap, or right at the brewery, because I feel like I'm too new to Houblon to glean its deepest subtleties. A beguiling and intruiging ale for sure.

Metalmonk, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Dense, rocky white head with great retention, leaving sticky, staggered lacing down the goblet's sides. This Belgian pours a glowing, light gold/yellow in color.

Candied sugar sweetness that is cut by a musty spice: pepper, corriander, and clove. Also, a gritty floral hop aroma with a touch of pine.

The semi-sweet candied sugar soon gives way to the earthen hops leaving a primary flavor of floral hops and clove. A faint mustiness makes for a dry, filmy finish. The aftertaste is filled with floral hops and a sharp alcohol presence.

Medium bodied; a slick creaminess followed by a slightly astringent dry mouthfeel.

An interesting concoction to say the least. The alcohol presence seems to be a bit heavy with a lack of balance at times. This is probably the only thing keeping me from indulging in this Belgian more often.

NEhophead, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

06/08/06- Purchased at Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 2005/06 release. 750ml bottle. Poured into my Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Murky and hazy peach, especially after the remaining yeast is poured in. Possibly the quickest forming head I have ever seen. Be careful not to pour more than...oh...about an ounce a minute or else it explodes into a overflowing head. Took six pours and over an hour to down this bottle. Chunks of huge rocky lace form a canal like funnel down the middle of the glass. This lace is thick and not going anywhere. Huge chunks still remain in my glass this morning as kind of a nice war-wound. Maybe the best appearance I have seen....definitely the best from a double IPA-Tripel-whatever.

Smell- Sharp notes of tropical fruit...lemon rind, grapefruit hops and maybe some papaya and banana.

Taste- The are hops here, but they are well hidden from the overwhelming tastes of white pepper, banana, candied sugar and other spices. You really don't know it's bitter until after the swallow. Then the hops hit you. Grapefruit for sure and a good amount of them. Still tastes more like a cross between a tripel and a saison...with a handful of hops thrown in.

Mouthfeel- Very very carbonated, pricky and at sometimes gaseous. Bitter aftertaste, but not super long lasting...a bit dry.

Drinkability- Another quality brew by La Chouffe...this one will be purchased again in the future.

GClarkage, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured gently into a large goblet, the body is hazed apricot in color, topped by a lavish and frothy vanilla hued head. Retention is excellent and there are massive sheets of lace that drape the goblet. A good looker here!

Aroma opens with tropical fruit esters, coriander, and some floral hops. Solvent alcohol and a distinct whiff of Pinesol ruin what was a very promising bouquet.

Mouthfeel has zesty carbonation and a pleasantly creamy, light medium body.

Taste is dry, spicy hot with pepper, coriander, and alcohol. Some grapefruit and lemonrind are noticed, but on the abrasive side. Belgian yeast makes its presence known and is spicy and earthy. Huge hops bitterness is much too abrasive and overly bitter. The fruitiness suggested by the aroma just doesn't emerge in the taste.

Drinkability is decent, but for the price I will pass on this one next time. There are better, hoppy Belgian ales out there. This one is an interesting effort, but just doesn't work for me. Malt balance is lacking. Doesn't succeed as a morphed Tripel or IPA.

merlin48, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a cloudy, yellow-hay color with excellent lacing left behind in my glass. The lacing appeared sugar-laiden with spots and crystal formation. A frothy head developed when poured, but dissipated quickly. The only problem I had with this visually was the presence of white 'floaties' at the bottom of my glass. The color combination just turned me off and was mildly disgusting, I have to say.
Despite that, I detected aromas of honey, hard candy, yeast, and freshly cut grass. The taste was very much in line with what might be expected from a Tripel with subtle bitterness underneath. Good texture with a slightly astringent finish. Overall, this beer was smooth and sour with a rich and flavorful profile dominated by various sweet flavors. Easy to sip and one to enjoy with cheese.

jaluria, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Served in a chalice, nice bright hazy amber with a fat finger of white froth, the looks of this one brightened up the cloudy day. Some nice thick lacing gives more appeal to this beauty.

Sweet, spicy and strong, not too mention...complex! A wheaty malt nose with a fruity sweetness, some corriander, yeast, hops and alcohol, this stuff smells mighty delicious.

The taste...ahh, the taste! Sweet malt and wheat that goes spicy of corriander, fruity of banana and bubblegum, then tangy yeast into a bittering, clean hop finish...WoW. I'm really liking Belgians of this style more than ever, especially fresh on-tap.

Some healthy body that gives a smooth creamy mouthfeel plus a nice warming from the high ABV. This is a big, beautiful brew that's real easy to drink, but best enjoyed slowly...and it ain't cheap.

scottoale, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

I've been dying to try this beer, lots of hype built up around it... lets see if it lives up to it!

Pours a hazy pale copper color and makes a rediculous ammount of head. I poured this into a Duvel glass and it would seem that I just poured a Duvel. Head retention is fantastic, huge rocky clumps of foam and a really thick sticky lacing on my glass. So thick infact, if you swirl the glass full of head... the head does not move. I am impressed. Well done little Chouffe.

Aroma is dominated by spicy and earthy saaz hop aromas that dance with yeast undertones. Its definitely one of the hoppiest belgian brews I've ever put my nose to.

The flavor has an assertive hop bitterness, slightly asstringent, nice malty wheat qualities, a hint of bubblegum, earthy yeast, bit of funk. Super complex.

Full bodied, peppery crisp carbonation yet drinks smooth and finishes clean and dry.

Well done Chouffe. You win this time you rogue.

kmcnair, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of jbmorch
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

This beer is called an IPA, and should get respect for that, since evidently as the story goes the brewer in Belgium was inspired by IPAs being brewed in California which is EPIC! But this is not really an IPA, it's a Belgian saison beer. The IPA reference, aside from the name, comes from a little bit of cascade aromatics just at the end as you swallow the beer. All the same, I guess you'd say that this beer is unique among Belgians, but the brewer has not created a great new style, rather he has created a very drinkable hybrid. I would drink about 12 oz. of this beer, but not a full pint, because it's a little too sweet. But I wouldn't have a problem quaffing a Stone IPA, then a Chouffe IPA, then a Pure Hoppiness or something. It's stong enough to hold its own in the middle.

jbmorch, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance- Pours a pale hay mix with light bread crust amber/copper tones. The colors are a cool backdrop for the insane bubbling spewing forth from the bottom. The head is almost too much, but I like too much head;). The brussels lacing is almost perfectly lateral with each sip.

Smell- A pretty good nose of wheat sweetness and muted hop notes varying from sharp to floral.

Taste- Starts out with a mix of muted complex hop notes and sweet wheat or sugar. The typical Belgian yeast mixes well with the gobs of carbonation juggling on my tongue.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but overall a medium fading flavor from the tongue. Lots of grain and hop interplay.

scruffwhor, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of trep
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Golden body with an immense white head that leaves a frosting of lace on the glass. Took me like 10 minutes to pour. Body is hazy with a good bit of yeast in suspension.

Very earthy aroma. Grassy and smells kind of like marijuana. Some clovey spices and a yeasty aroma as well.

Alot going on with the taste. Overload of bitter hops indeed. Very piney and bitter with the typical taste of a Belgian Tripel added to it. Tastes like freshly cut grass smells. The hops are super bitter. Backbone of sweet golden malt and yeasty earthiness.

Pretty carbonated, but not too thin on the pallate. Not very drinkable, as this bottle is being split with my lady and I doubt i'd be able to polish off an entire bottle on my own.

trep, Jun 06, 2006
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4.9/5  rDev +16.4%

Beatifully mild banana yellow color with a soft hazey glow. Monsterously creamy and tall compacted capping of white, decoratively fopped foam. A thick white blanket of lacing drapes itself across the glass with barely any missing stitches to it. All the while the head itself hardly moves as it unfolds into a sculpted heep of marshmellow mush.

Aroma is approachable by arms length at first pour. Big and lofty with a peppery spice of yeast and dry hops backed by green bananas and old pineapple. Mellows out to be alot more rounded and mellow with a bit more of dullishly soft lemon pie.

Soft, delicate, well rounded flavors ensue and fill the palate quickly with a creamy, fluffy textured delight of banana and lemon pie filling. Frothy candyness with very mild, intriguing citrusy flavors take a place well along the palate as it subsides some into a middling finish of slight peppery spice and hoppy dryness. Its savoriness superseeds its simplicity as it builds and builds with intensely mild, yet fronting froth of maltyness and mellowed candyness. It favors a light warmth late as it cinders like a fading fire with some wonderfully replaced citrus candy thats super milding and fluffy. It tends to create a billowing sense of banana, lemon, and pineaplle as it seeps into the mouth leaving nice little spicyness of pepper hops. The Saaz makes for most of its snap and strength; however is seemingly wiped away by its play of candyish pie filling sweetness. Its quite remarkable in balance through and through. The spice is never over powering, as its ABV is barely evident...

...which seems laughable. The 9% displayed on the 'Gnome sniffing hops' label says nothing to its dimeanor... well actually, at least until late after much of the 750ml has been drained. Then watch out it'll make ya go weee....I'm a Gnome, I'm a Gnome...

The feel is amazingly soft and full with an awesomely foregiving, supple body and warmth of dulled citrusy candy-pie filling. Frothy in texture and one of the most unique in stature that I've not encountered before. Its like liquid pastry. I swear. Its that good.

Fine drinkability. Soft, yielding, delightful, and yummyliscious. It makes a slow settled, sinking impression into the mind with wonderment and awe as it makes me ponder how a beer so good could be so dangerous. I mean it made me say something along the lines of 'savoriness'? C'mon, thats worth something, isn't it? Wow! A lovely, lovely beer. A real winner by Chouffe!

tavernjef, Jun 06, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Paid $7.99 for a 750ml bottle. Pours a hay yellow, slightly cloudy. Head is very thick and heavy like marshmallow topping, beautiful thick lacing. Smell is divine - chouffe sweetness with sharp hops is a beautiful thing. Taste is sharp heavy alphas, and spiced-sweet but light belgian. Very nice combination. The hops are a bit too dominant though. The mouthfeel is too sharp up first, but once this subsides, it's a nice smooth drinking brew.

Achouffe is definitely on to something here. I look forward to version 2.0.

benmiliron, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.38/5  rDev +4%

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled this and served in one of my New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant golden with an enormous fluffy white head. The head is very persistent eventually collapsing into a meringue-like head. Lace coats the inside of the glass, and small bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Definitely smells like a Tripel. There notes of pepper, sweet fruit, and yeast, along with an alcoholic twang. The resiny and piney hop aromas are low, but present.

Taste: Very much like a Tripel upfront. There are flavors of sweet fruit, pepper and tart citrus. The finish is significantly bitter, though the hop flavors are somewhat mellow. Spicy alcohol is also detectable in the finish, with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, smooth and slightly oily.

Drinkability: Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. The spiciness and sweetness of a Triple balance the hop bitterness very well.

Overall: This is an interesting fusion of styles. There are very pleasant Tripel flavors along with a nice strident bitterness.

EPICAC, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
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.

Tupperwolf, Jun 01, 2006
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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....

, May 31, 2006
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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.

ryanms3030, May 28, 2006
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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.

Backer2004, May 28, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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 I’ve 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. There’s 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 I’m at a place with a great selection like the Firkin.

DaPeculierDane, May 26, 2006
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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.

feloniousmonk, May 24, 2006
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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.
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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!

neonbrown82, May 24, 2006
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,171 ratings.