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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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2,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 158
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml dark green bottle with no freshness date. Cool looking giant gnome picking hops on the front.

A- Semi-clear pale golden yellow, white head of the gods ... amazing white trail of lace all the way down the glass.

S- Loads of citrusy hops in the nose. Note of chouffe yeast funkiness ... very aromatic.

T&M- Moderate body, light crispness with a long smoothness. Quite bitter upfront ... citric, heavy herbal and tobacco hop flavor. Tight doughy biscuity malt lays underneath, mild kiss of honey like grain as well. Slight warming alcohol with a ghost like tropical fruit. Hint of phenols. Orangey hop finish complements the dry malt flavor in the end.

D- This is one of those epic ales that I will always remember and want to go back to. Right up there with XX Bitter yet a boat load more hops.

Jason, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of BeerIsland
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this item at Max's on Casey's advice. A goblet full of bright golden liquid, topped with marshmellow fluff. Not a very bold aroma but nice. Super flavors and great balance, with just the right touch of carbonation to enhance. Smooth, clean, and complex finish with the alcohol heft neatly masked. Incredibly drinkable for all that beer. Wow!

BeerIsland, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, cloudy, straw-colored beer. A ton of very persistent and rocky head. Looks like cloudy champagne. Smells boozy and Belgian. Sweet apricots and banana.

Two great tastes that taste great together. Light and complex tripel flavor, plus an interesting bit of IPA. Piney Amarillo hops are just as good a kicker in Chouffe’s hybrid as they are in Gumballhead.

Mouthfeel is loose but not too light. With the heavy carbonation it makes the long list of flavors more drinkable. Nifty, and a little dangerous at this ABV. Lots of fun, and a good recommendation to adventurous non-beer-snob types.

maundythirsty, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with a huge white frothy head that laces and lasts till the end.
Smells of floral and funky hops.
Tastes as complex as it's name. There is a sweet , funky grassiness to this, along with the sharp, bitter piney hops.
Citrus, and alcohol come through. Everything about this is huge , and yet there is balance.
Mouthfeel was medium...nice velvety micro-carbonation made this feel as good as it tastes.
Very drinkable. This was an easy 750 to share with a buddy...and wish there was more.
I went out the next day and bought more. I love this one.

Hautacam, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep golden color with lots of small bubbles rising to feed a big creamy white head that leaves gobs of sticky lace everywhere. Looks like a colony of spiders took up living in my goblet. Doesn't matter how slow you pour you get great head every time.

Aroma is nice fruity good sweet malt notes underneath. It has a nice tripel like aromas, but softer smoother no alcohol noticed as much as other tripel's. The main diff on this one is the wonderful fruity/floral hop aromas rising from the glass. If this is any indication all tripels should be hopped up, but I am a hop head by heart.

Taste is like the aroma nice sweet malts, good tripel fruitiness plus added citrus/ floral hop flavors that add to the fruit. Plus a little spice from hops and yeast probably. There is a little alcohol in the flavor but its not distraction. This is a good tripel made great by adding some good ole hops. Finishes with lingering spice and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good a nice medium with a good level of carbonation, zesty but not overly so. It sure pours like its loaded though.

Drinkability is great, the hops greatly improve the style for me anyway.

mntlover, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of whynot44
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow with a magnificent fluffy white head almost like merinque that retains very well and lots of nice lacing with boulders of foam mixed in.

The aroma is piney, floral, hints of citrus, yet still somehow funky, yeasty and fruity.

The taste starts out with an IPA hoppiness, pine needles, citrus and spice but with a depth of yeasty sweet malt that balances far better than the typical IPA.

Medium bodied, with an excellent mouthfeel and drinkability that makes this stuff almost dangerous. So smooth and flavorful you really don't even notice the alcohol sneaking up on you. A tripel for hop lovers, as only the Belgians can do it. Definitely recommended.

whynot44, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of maggotbrain
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light orange with an incredibly thick white head.

Smell: Lightly musty.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Thick without being syrupy, a light chalkiness.

Drinkability: Enjoyable to consume, though not to the same degree as a traditional Tripel.

maggotbrain, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at gtown pizza paradiso

arrives a hazy golden with a great rocky head that acts almost like custard as the center recedes

hoppy, coriandery, bitter, spicy, hoppy, hop spicy. the mouthfeel is spritzy from some lively carbonation yet it still feels heavy. i dig it: it's like a big wit with a bunch of hops that supply a floral and spicy aroma

fine brew. i love the hoppiness

bruachan, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a large foamy white head with great retention and great lacing. Smell is fruitty and floral with a nice sweetness. Taste is initially like an ipa with bitterness from the hops and a nice citrus presence, followed by more of a Belgian taste with a little carmel and fruit. This is great, I love the combo of the two styles. It is very drinkable, and this will definitely be a repeat purchase.

hckyfn9999, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Chouffe is not too hoppy. These hoppy Belgian beers havent been too hoppy as far as I can tell, but this one is still quite nice, and possibly a bit better than the Urthel affair. Dark golden in colour with a nice off-white fluffy cap of foam on top. Aromas of zest floral, piney hops, candy sugar sweetness, and sugar cooke malts, all blending together to make a sweet and well integrated hoppy Belgian beer that is not too hoppy. Taste is sweet and sugary with some nice piney hop notes and wonderful malt complexity. Mouthfeel is zesty and spirtzy, not too thick or filling. Drinkability is quite good, I just wish a hoppier Belgian beer would come out!

francisweizen, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one interesting beer.

The appearance pours a hazy amber with a white, rocky head. The heads laces the glass aggresively with small bubbles.

The smell is interesting. There is the presences of hops, but the funky smell of Belgian yeast as well. The taste is unlike most beers in the world. There is an almost American hop profile here- piney and huge. There is also the backing of the delicate flavors of a Triple. Some fruit flavors like apples and pears come to mind, and the layers of flavor only Belgian yeast can provide.

The mouthfeel is satisfying with decent carbonation. The drinkability is high despite the high ABV. It is hidden well in this one.

This is very different, and very good beer. I love it when a brewery can make something altogether different.

gotbeer, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of jimdkc
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased my 750 ml bottle at Whole Foods in San Francisco during a business trip. Was shopping for west coast American beers, but I couldn't resist this collision between a Belgian Tripel and an American IPA!

Appearance is wonderful! Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick rocky white head. Lots of lace on the glass, and it was fun watching the head make different formations with each drink.

Aroma is earthy yeast with some citrus hops.

Taste is dry with citrus notes. Hop flavors are floral and citrus. More of that earthy yeast flavor. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but I like how the hoppiness of this beer keeps the yeast funkiness in check. Some apricot-like fruitiness is apparent. Dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness.

High carbonation level, but that just feels right in this beer. Light bodied, as a tripel should be.

Very drinkable. This is a winner that I'll probably buy again!

Edit -- Warning! The well-hidden alcohol hits all at once when you've finished the 750 ml! I'm very happy now!

jimdkc, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear, pale yellow with an enormous, white head. Nice retention and lacings on this impressive head that is reminiscent of white water rapids.

Sweet, floral, fruity, champagne aroma with some alcohol and phenols.

What an incredibly tasty and unique beer! It is very sweet but not cloying. A dark red fruit and caramel taste is quickly replaced by orange and grapefruit. The surprisingly complex flavors also include some spicy notes throughout. The aftertaste is nicely hopped with some big, bitter pine notes. Is it an IPA or a Tripel? It's darn good, that's what it is!

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer has an incredible mouthfeel and an addictive quality. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet without much dryness, making this a very drinkable beer. I regret that I only purchased one.

The name and the bottle intrigued me and I am not disappointed that I purchased this brew! I'm going to seek out as many more as I can purchase tomorrow! Truly, this is a divine nectar that is worthy of praise!

Estarrio, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Picked up some of this at Whole Foods, counldnt believe my eyes when i saw it. Had a bottle of their Jubilee saison in my hand and immediately put it down and grabbed this gem.The Chouffe gnomebacked by a painted yellow label.

A - A amber hazy pour. You have to be careful pouring because so much sediment is suspended in the beer, though i like the sediment personally. Head is alive, chunky and full then it peels itself off of the walls of the glass and forms a little island in the middle of the glass, similar to the head of duvel.

S - Floral and Fruity with some earthy tones blended in as well. The hops are crazy and smell extraordinary, and then the fruit just hops right in with the floral smell and just wallops your nose. The fruit is somewhat citrusy with a melon hint as well. Delicious. cant get enough of this bad boy.

T - Hoppy and sweet with some caramel and fruity flavors busting in as well. Beautiful. Definite hoppiness in the beginning and at the end. The bitterness resides in between sips, not overwhelming but just enough to let you know it is still there. The fruit is citrusy and juicy with some melon hint to it, not much but a little.

M - Coats and cuts, my favorite two words to use in the mouthfeel category. This beer made my jaw drop, though i knew when i saw it i was in for a serious treat.

D - Easy to drink though somewhat beyond novice in reviewing, a great beer with many levels. A must try.

Note - Easily in my top ten, a completely unique and stunning beer. Makes me literally want to shed a tear thinking how much care went into producing this incredible brew.

rsyberg01, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large corked bottle, this brew pours a light, translucent orange color, yellow at the edges, with a nice thick head and a bit of haze. The aroma is of resin-like and cirtic hops, backed with a lot of esters and yeast smells. There’s a lot of grassiness and a bit of spice in the smell as well, mingled with bread and a little ethanol. The alcohol aroma is a pretty well hidden, given the ABV. The first sensation when you drink this beer is the high carbonation. Following that is an earthy, yeasty flavor, backed by lots of grapefruit-like and pine-like hops. The alcohol warming sets in pretty early-on in this beer. It’s not as sweet as I thought it would be. I was very satisfied with this beer…lots of hops, in Belgian garb. Interesting, and worth having again.

Suds, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a huge sticky head that clings to my glass. Spicy yeast and citrus aroma, apple, honey, lemon and spice flavors. Full bodied with nice crisp and carbonated mouthfeel. Very different and tasty, hard to believe it's 9 % alcohol.

maxpower, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale hazy gold with a massive white merengue head, firm enough to scoop onto a piece of pie. Aroma is some Belgian yeast and a mild honey-butter.

Taste is dry and lightly biscuity. Light flavors, hints of citrus, coriander, other faint spices. Finish is very dry and bitter, bready, bringing out more of the yeast element (my glass has some significant floaties). Has a very light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is light and relatively clean. A strange hybrid style, this offspring of a mild IPA and a Belgian tripel. Probably my favorite of the Chouffe brand to appear locally.

assurbanipaul, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas.

Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that's nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely.

I have never had anything like this before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. Awesome.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw gold, huge chunky head that persists. Even a gentle pour gives a 3 inch head.

S- Slight sweet vanilla, hops come through as citrus and mild grass.

T- Very nice hop note, citrus is slight grapefruit with some spicy notes at the end. Some Belgian notes are drowned by the hops, which is fine with me. The sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. I like this one more as it warms. More sweetness comes through.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very easily downed. I like this much more than I thought I would. Great after a long hot days work.

kirok1999, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Ddarden for this one!

Pours golden with a rocky 4 fingers white head.Great head retention & lacing

S: Huge hops aroma & vaniila notes

T: Spicy hops followed by vanilla. Intense fruittyness then lemon notes as it warms. Alcohol notes then assert themselves. Finishes quenching, hoppy & slightly fruitty, may be a little of style but, I'm not sure what I'd call it.

MF: Medium body, spritzy & with superior balance


Drinks too easy, almost a perfect beer IMO, tripple purists may take offense, but I really enjoyed this treat from my favorite belgian brewery!

russpowell, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant goldlen ale with a strong haze. TOWERING snow white head...frothy and creamy. Looks like scoops of whipped cream.

S: I'll try to smell but the head is pretty much in the way. Yeasty with loads of barnyard funk and mellow graininess. Grapefruit as well....which is a first for a Belgian ale.

T: Begins much like a triple but with an underlying bitterness and a subtle malt wash. Pronounced sugary backbone with strong yeast characteristics. Then come the hops...not abundantly diverse but obvious grapefruit notes with a pronounced bitter wash. Finishes with strong alcohol components and a residual lingering grapefruit rind.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation.

D: This beer is a something else. Triples are my least favorite Belgian style...but this one I'm a fan of. Quite original and enjoyable.

Westsidethreat, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow now this is an interesting beer. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a huge white sturdy head that left massive amounts of lacing. The aroma was largely of Belgian Yeast with an equal amount of hops. It was a pleasant smell it was almost like a bitter fruit. The taste followed the nose nicely. It was a nice hoppy flavor but the hops where not overly bitter taste. The beer's mouthfeel was almost light with an extremely dry finish. When I finished this beer I wanted another one. This beer would of went great with sourdough bread and extra sharp cheddar.

Finally traditional (the Belgian style) and contemporary (The massive use of hops) styles come together and create something that isn't awful.

cproioi, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey with a haze. Two finger sudsy white cap that slowly fell into a low rocky top. Aroma is fruity esters of pear and banana, clove, light biscuit and yeast. A little citrus and alcohol is in the nose. Flavor was very similiar to aroma. Fruity sweetness of banana and clove, light grain and a little pepper, slight sulpher in background. There is the hops in back of the throat, citrusy and grapefruit. Body is medium with med-high carbonation. Finishes dry. Interesting combination of styles, but blends very well in a nice quaffable or sipping beer.

jabocu, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, with a large puffy white head on top, with a pale golden color settling in the glass. At first scent, you think, where did this beer come from. Strong hop scents start out, nothing to overbearing though. Then the belgian pale malt and yeast aromas become prevalent, and assert the fruity scents typical with belgian beers. The taste starts with those hops that come across the palate bring some bitterness, but it soon blended away to the wonderful belgian fruitiness and sweetness at the end. It is light in the mouth, not to watery. This is truely a unique beer, a great experimentaion in flavors, and yet seems very easy to drink, a must try.

cameraman, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a ridiculously cool and large foamy white head. Head maintains itself forver and forms crazy patterns and shapes while very slowly dwindling. It looked awesome but after a bit I really wanted the beer.

Smells floral to begin with. Lots of garden like herb qualities reside in here. A bit of honey along with tons of spices. Some seem natural, some seem added. A touch of pine.

The Belgian Tripel influence comes out initially on the palate. An effervescent highly carbonated Belgian Pale malt flavor begins it. Belgian yeast influences show themselves next and provide a rustic earthiness along with a strong dose of natural spicyness. Slightly sweeter, tropical fruit character comes out with pineapple and kiwi maybe. The drier earthiness still maintains itself. Resiny pine character from the hops combines with the spicy yeast to create another level of spice and bitterness and leads into a really dry earthy finish. I feel the booze in the aftermath.

I love the effervescent qualities along with the general dryness of the liquid with only sweet notes on top. However, the hops weren't quite as assertive as I thought they might be, came out more as it warmed. I still thought they showed themselves decently and everything worked well together.

The carbonation was a bit too cranked up leaving for sweet-ass looks but lessening the ease of drinkability. I ended up feeling full and a bit buzzed before finishing the bottle. This was my second beer of the night though.

In the end, I really enjoyed this beer and can't wait to try more of this style.

granger10, Aug 02, 2006
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.