Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe
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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
3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours a hazy gold color with an un-freakin'-believable white head. Looks like whipped cream filling half my goblet. Leaves a ton of lacing and a few chunks hanging onto the side as well. The smell is of yeast...slightly sour, with a bit of floral hops and candied fruit lingering in the background. Taste a lot like it's name. Perfect blend of the two styles. Starts with a sweetness quickly followed by a spicy pepper flavor before the bitterness from the hops take over. Some alcohol warming felt on swallowing. Medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated mouthfeel. You can tell the higher abv is present in this beer. Quite tasty. The little Chouffe came up with a fabulous recipe during his latest journey
05-10-2006 16:13:24 | More by Imstillthegman
4.63/5 rDev +10%
Poured softly from a 750ml bottle but still created a giant head that looked like pillowy eggwhites leaving behind a glossy, bubbly, blonde orange body slightly cloudy. The aroma is crisp hops and citrus that pack a punch.
The nose is pine, lemon rind, with a soft wheat presence. The taste is crisp, fresh, fruity like a sorbet, and cleanses your palate with the carbonation in the same way. There is a pleasing alcohal fruit presence and the brew finishes sharp and bitter.
This is a fantastic brew, it has depth, a myriad of flavors, the only flaw is that it is slightly over carbonated IMO, but none the less fantastic.
05-10-2006 13:56:33 | More by Franchise
3.48/5 rDev -17.3%
Pours a hazy gold color with the most amazing head I've ever seen.... FAR better than duvel. The head rises to about three fingers, and falls very slowly, leaving behind huge amounts of lace, and a craggy cap on top of the beer. Simply beautiful.
Aroma is very subdued. I get mostly floral hops, but not a whole lot of them.
Flavor is odd to say the least. I honestly think that the hops and yeast esters cancel each other out. It's just a but thin. Of the two bottles I've had, they have both tasted different. But some things remain the same. It's too hoppy to be a triple, and not hoppy enough to be an IPA. It's too belgian-ey and estery to be an IPA, but not estery and yeasty enough to be a triple. I'm truly confused. It's an interesting beer to try, but don't expect either an IPA or a triple. Don't even expect a hybrid. Just expect a dry, beautiful looking beer, that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, for either style, and drinkability is pretty good.
I would buy this again, but it's not on the top of my list. I just don't have any idea what to think about it. It is definitely not what you expect. I'm curious to see what this may do with a bit of age on it... IPA's shouldn't be aged, but some belgians should... what do I do? At the very least, this beer gets the "prettiest beer award" in my book. That head is just unbelievable.
05-10-2006 03:32:54 | More by phisig137
4.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours with enormous fluffy head and outstanding lacing. Body is a cloudy yellow. Complex fruity and hoppy aroma. It is glorious.
The maker of this beer has hit a bullseye. The bitter, citric American hops pair well with the fruity esters and huge malts. You taste the fruit for an instant, then the hops. Fruit, hops, and so on and so on. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, creamy, and foamy. The alcohol is barely perceived, drinkability is perfect.
05-10-2006 02:05:41 | More by Sephiroth
4.6/5 rDev +9.3%
Scary, Scary...Different than I expected but every bit as good! As you would expect, yellowish with a beautiful haze...
More of a Triple to the nose, though you get a hint of the hops. Definitely not the scent of an APA or IPA. Mild enough wafting out of my Stella Glass. Wish I had a goblet, I want to get my nose deep in this thing - switched to a Cabernet glass for the second helping - did not make a significant difference.
Opened it to my two girls begging for a sip of the foam. Foam was IPA all the way in flavor - very bitter - but rising a good two fingers and settling to a few cottonball-like clouds dancing in the glass.
Very drinkable - found myself swirling it around in my mouth so it would catch each and every taste bud I have....and loved every minute of it. What can I say - COMPLEX. I read one review that hit on the grapefruit and I think that is what stood ot to me - Very Nice!
I thought about buying 2 of these last thursday and only bought one - guess you know where I am going tomorrow and crossing my fingers that one is still there.
05-10-2006 01:50:34 | More by gpcollen1
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
75 cl green bottle, capped.
Appearance: Very hazy gold color, glows beautifully when held to light. Head is billowy and large, fades slow leaving large mounds of foam on top of the beer.
Smell: Standard Belgian yeast combines wonderfully with grapefruit, pineapple and other fruits very nicely. The hops are also a part of this, giving it a floral aspect.
Taste: Big and bold, this tripel is accented very well with this large dosing of hops. The flavors are fruity, the yeast is peppery, the hops bite hard. I could see laying a bottle of this down for a couple years, a little raw at this point (but I think that is the point). A cacophony of flavors, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Mouthfeel: Smooth up front, alcohol and CO2 provide a nice backside to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Handling this bottle will not be a chore. This beer is big and spicy, very different, and the experimentation is welcomed.
05-09-2006 16:55:00 | More by TastyTaste
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from the 750ml corked and caged bottle into a goblet. The beer was a bright and hazy golden color with tons of carbonation streaming up the glass with a three-finger fluffy pure white head. The is the best head retention of an beer I have ever seen (even Duvel). The head lasted the entire sample and hardley reduced from its three finger start. The top was almost marshmellow like fluffy.
The smell is soft fruit, citrus, cloves, spice, alcohol, white wine and malt.
The taste has an innitial crisp start with the alcohol readily apparent. This yeilds to a moderate hop content that in perspective with the triple style is much more, yet still not a "bitter" hop bite like an American IPA. Orange, corriander, and cloves are the dominate tastes all against a fairly sturdy malt backbone. Slightly spicy in the finish and the alcohol still lingers for the entire sample.
Medium body that is ultra carbonated.
I enjoyed the beer and found it drinkable but in carefull moderation. It nicely combines the aspect of a few styles while maintaining balance and character.
05-09-2006 11:22:10 | More by Sycodrummer
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden color, topped by a huge, beautiful, creamy stark white head. Pretty sticky lacing is left all over the glass as the head recedes to a marshmallow-puff island. Good carbonation - the bubbles keep flowing long after the pour.
The aroma is a touch musty up front, with Belgian ale yeast, some light spices, and a good bit of floral hops. Palate is, well, a hybrid between an IPA and a tripel. Sweet and mellow up front, with notes of light fruit and black pepper. Towards the back of the mouth the hops emerge, providing a nice slightly bitter finish along with some warming from the alcohol. Body is very nice, light and buttery, yet substantial enough to hold the complexity of the palate. Easy to drink for something so complex and strong. Man, I love the gnome.
05-07-2006 07:22:51 | More by ElGordo
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
Somebody had to marry the two of the most popular strong pale ale beer styles in the world. Brasserie DAchouffe from Belgium finally did it, and the result is a hybrid Double IPA and Tripel. Unlike most Belgian bombers, this one was simply crown capped, with no cork to pull. As I poured out the contents of the green bomber into a Tulip, a massive soufflé like head formed above the rim of the glass reminding me very much of Duvel. Each time I poured more liquid, the head reappeared in its craggy peaks. While the looks were pretty much all Belgian, the aroma was more or less balanced between the two styles. The hops were easily detectable by the nose, but were most apparently of the floral Saaz variety, and not so much the citric and piney types found more commonly in the DIPAs. There was also a yeasty and bready smell typical of many Tripels. As the head died down, I could taste the beer, and the taste was more dominated by hops than the smell had led me so far. The bitterness of hops led to a taste sensation that was unmistakably influenced by modern American brewing. While not a high alpha hop bomb, this was clearly closer in taste to an APA or a single IPA, than a Tripel, although the peppery spiciness and candi sugar sweetness poking through from time to time were alien to those styles. If I had a bone to pick here, it would be with the readily apparent 9% ABV. Normally its not a bad thing for a beer to be warming, but that is not a typical characteristic of either of the two styles being melded into this concoction. The mouthfeel was light as a result of the sprightly carbonation, which was again in the Tripel territory. This beer was a bit underwhelming to me as a DIPA. As a Tripel, it was a ballsy brew. The seemingly dual nature of the experience was not a problem with me, but some others may find it a bit incoherent.
05-07-2006 05:11:05 | More by rajendra82
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.