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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
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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 willjschmidt
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass (it looks very similar to the shape of the appropriate Houblon Chouffe glass).

A: A light golden orangish color with a massive and very thick white head. The head leaves tons of lacing on the glass, maybe the most I've ever seen.

S: Lots of yeast in the nose followed by the classic signs of hops: citrus and pine.

T: What a fascinating beer. A cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or Tripel and an American IPA. The Belgian aspect of the beer hits the palate first. It's just ever so slightly sweet (maybe some honey), yeasty and herbal. The finish and aftertaste is where the IPA comes into play. Lots of fruit followed by some piney hops. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, like a typical American IPA. A very interesting beer with lots of unique layers and an unusual mix of flavors. The bottle had tons of yeast in it. The first pour had very little yeast but the second and third was full of it.

M: The mouthfeel is all Belgian; slightly syrupy, not a lot of carbonation.

D: A very tasty, unique, and fascinating brew. The mix of flavors of a Belgian tripel and an IPA works very well together. It's well balanced, complex and very delicious. I've never had anything like it and I likely never will, except of course when I come back to this great beer.

Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a funky, cross style, throw the rules out the window beer this is. Combination almost-double IPA and Belgian Tripel. Interesting interplay of Belgian yeast and loads of hops. The Belgian spirit of beer adventure is evident here, and the sum effect was good, but not outstanding.

Photo of mizzoueng
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light gold to yellow in color. Hazy due to the 1/4" of yeast in the bottle, but I'm not complaining. Head was white and about 3 finger thick in my snifter. Fell rather slowly and lacing was impressive with big foam chunks hanging around.

S - Smelled of Saaz hops and orange blossoms. Bottle said there were Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops in there. All I could smell was the Saaz.

T - 9.0%, so it has a warm taste. The hops are there, the Amarillos jump out at me at this point as well as the Saaz. I've never tasted Tomahawk, but I didn't taste any new hops so who knows. Malty and citrusy, more citrus than malt.

M - Medium body with a crisp finish. The alcohol gives a massive warmness to the beer.

D - Overall this is a good beer. I loved the mix of Belgian with IPA. It was a good experience and I would get it again, but only if I could split it with someone. 25.4 ounces it a lot to drink in one sitting.

Photo of timtim
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazy golden color with a massive creamy white head that sticks around like nobody's buisness. i'm not sure i've ever seen a head like this one. nose is like citrus flavored cotton candy. comes through very citrusy and just straight yummy. a little bitter with a very bubbly mouthfeel. yes, please, i'd like another.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a big wine glass at 59 F / 15 C.

Brilliant orange-gold. Three inches (oops!) of dense hilly off-white head, as stiff as meringue on top. Sunk to a modest layer with a huge plateau in the middle, so stiff that cracks formed when it started to break apart. Yikes. Substantial chunky lace. Last glass full of the seemingly unavoidable Chouffe yeast.

Smells of rich, fresh hops - flowers, citrus, pine/rosemary, and herbs, with honey, biscuit, grain, dough, sesame, green chili, pineapple. A bit of oxidization, like sherry/ brown apple. Something minerally, like wet rocks.

Plenty of fresh hop flavor. A nice dash of bitterness, very well balanced with some sweetness. Rose, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, honey, grain, toast, pungent herbs, green bell pepper, brown apple, river rock. Delicious and refreshing.

Mouthfeel can get a bit thin and oily, but not bad. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Great beer.

Photo of bensiff
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love of hops and Belgian ales combined led me to purchase this brew. However, I was suspicious that the long trip across the world to my beer glass might result in hop degradation. With plenty of sweet yeasty Belgian flavor, this beer is nothing like the US idea of a hoppy beer. The hops managed to maintain a touch of aroma; noticeable citrus hop flavor, and a nicely balanced bitterness. This beer is easy to enjoy and a nice change from the ordinary.

Photo of joecast
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

impressive looking 75cl bottle. best before end 2009. picked up at galcos for $12

pours out a hazy light golden color. large white frothy clingy clumpy head. settles unevenly leaving some patches of froth while other parts of the beer are bear.medium carbonation keeps yeast sediment suspended.
actually, after my second pour (see mental note), watching the head settle in a decidedly deformed way can be entertaining.

heavy belgian aroma of bready yeast and cloves. thinking maybe some wheat as well, or maybe its just reminiscent of hefe weizen?
not getting a lot of hops here though. possibly some saaz as that would maybe blend into or be masked by what i've already picked up.
so good for a tripel, average for an ipa.

--mental note-- dont pour the beer straight into the glass when its still half full. it will want to spill over. this is a gassy beer.

surprisingly dull on the tongue. i was expecting this beer to do some kind of belgian dance whilst in the mouth, but no. a bit of a flash in the finish, probably due to the yeast, but otherwise uneventful.
forgetting my expectations though, this is still a pretty tasty beer.
the twang and sweetness of belgium meets the strength and bitterness of india. or something like that. really does seem to wipe the mouth of anything else after each sip. so maybe an after dinner cleansing ale??

yeah, an interesting experiment. doesnt quite have the hop presence in aroma or taste i thought it would, but thats probably a good thing as the belgian side seems to be the focus.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one to see what a Belgian IPA was. This was a cloudy yellow beer with lots of floaty yeasties in it. The smell was nondescript. The taste was a little citrus hops but still mostly belgian yeast in flavor. Interesting concept but calling it a "Dobbelen IPA" was very misleading. There is nothing DIPA about this beer. The only thing this beer had in common with a DIPA was they type of hops. I think I'll pass on "hoppy" beers from Belgium; they need to leave the hop bombs to Americans who know what they are doing.

Photo of goochpunch
3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle with no date.

Pours out a striking brass tone with lively carbonation, a wavy, fluffy head, and impressive lacing. Nose has a lot of grain, alcohol, spicy yeast, and some citrus and herbal hops tones. I also get some candy-ish sweet tones and light stone fruits. Flavor begins sweet with a hefty amount of pale malt and some graininess. Some citrus and floral flavors come to the fore along with a backing of yeast spices. Finishes still dry and with quite a bit of bitterness. Grain just stays on into the aftertaste. Sweetness and booze just seems to come out more as this warms. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and slick for me, but the carbonation is pleasant and the weight of the beer on the tongue is acceptable. This is a decent beer, but I don't think everything meshes well. I'd much rather a De Ranke XX.

Photo of rayjay
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bottle, thanks to Heathy Spirits in SF. Not dated :-( Beautiful clean, pilsner-like appearence, with major head and A+ lace, no doubt due in part to the extra dose of iso alpha acids in those alpha hops! Nice golden ale nose...funny, it kind of reminds me of an American-brewed Belgian golden ale, since US brewers overhop delicate styles like these. Maybe I smell a bit of oxidation?

This is a trip, and its quite tasty. Lots of hops, at least by European standards. Cleverly counterbalanced by a gentle yet firm blanket of lighly toasted malts. The gentle numbing of the bitterness gently creeps up, until finally the malts cleanly fade away and leave a faint bittering glow. Great use of hops; great aroma hops, lots of gentle bittering, and only enough malt as is needed. All-around very smooth and easy to drink. All aspects of the flavor profile are very delicate, and it all melts together quite seamlessly. Well hidden alcohol when served relatively cold.

Mouthfeel: light body, not quite dry, but no residual sweetness. Champagne like carbonation makes it kind of a sipper, but drinkability is high since its so delicious. I bet it'd be awesome on tap.

A bit different than my expectations, but I'm used to the hoppy IPAs from Northern CA and this is really not that kind of hoppy. It was excellent in it's own right; very similar to La Chouffe, but with a much more prominant hop profile. One of the hoppiest Belgian beers I've had for sure, up there with Bink Blonde.

Wonderful, and highly recommended. I enjoyed it best at about 45°F. Cheers!

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly hops, slight citrus, and coriander. The taste follows the nose, this is a clean fresh kind of IPA, tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice twist on an IPA, belgian style, recommended.

Photo of Lynux
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle in my Chouffe tulip.

Beautiful bright yellow with excellent head retention. Thick chunky head that sticks to the glass for some time.

Smells like an orange/grapefruit with some spice, lots of citrus

Highly carbonated with a bit of a bite, I taste lots of bitter grapefruit, some apple and belgian spice. Dry, bitter aftertaste lots of hops - alcohol barely noticeable.

Seems pretty light for a 9% brew, I could easily drink a few.

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well still no good at pouring some of these Belgians and this one formed a tremendously huge foamy white head that dominated the
glass. It subsided very slowly, coating the glass with latticed lace and looking much like a soda. It was a very hazy yellow color. The aroma was of hops, yeast and lemon. The flavor was of hops, bread, citrus and pepper. The finish was fairly light and had some elements of the hop bitterniss and the pepper. Another good beer from Chouffe. Now if I could just learn to pour them properly.

Photo of illidurit
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Poured into a snifter with typical bartender ineptitude resulting in a lackluster head. An odd yellow-gold colored beer lays beneath the small white cap of foam.

The hops are strong with this one, you can smell the floralness from a foot away. Beyond that, the tripel style makes itself known with aromas of funky yeasty apple, lemon zest, grapefruit, pepper.

The taste is just how you'd imagine something with "IPA Tripel" in the name to be. Hoppier than any other Belgian I've had, this beer explodes with floral hops that mingle with the fruity esters and faint boozy finish.

This was a bit flat, but I blame it on the tap, not the beer, and so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.

Pretty smooth and easy to quaff.

Photo of hero27
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
Batch #3
Best before end 2009.

Smoky golden yellow.. Massive head of white foam..the lace on this is ridiculous. It's thick, sticky, and makes my glass look like something out of a horror flick.
Quite hoppy for a Belgian..interesting twist on the style..or is this a new style? Aromas of Amarillo & Saaz are quite evident.
Tastes are pretty heavy with spices, light pepper, cloves, and yeast.
Very soft, smooth mouthfeel..all while leaving a slight bitter/spicy finish.
Definitely more like a Tripel with a boost of hops than an IPA with a "Tripel flair". Highly recommended.

Big thanks go out to MrBURTON55 for the bottle.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Slightly hazed yellow with gold hues. Huge, billowing white head pours three fingers thick. Excellent retention. Magnificent sheets of lace crawl all over the glass.

S: Floral hops. Apple. Pear. Grapefruit. Fresh baked bread. Alcohol.

T: Soft touch of grapefruit is immediately overtaken by a citric and floral hop bitterness. Tastes of dough or biscut malts and followed by sweetness of tropical fruit and a touch of honey. Finishes incredibly dry.

M: Crisp and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: An interesting interpration of the style. This is definitely a Belgian creation and I enjoyed this brew quite a bit, but I was hoping for a bigger and more pronounced hop profile considering the use of Tomahawk. Amarillo and Saaz hops. Recommended.

Photo of kajerm
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a massive, Duvel-sized head. After one sip it explodes all over the walls of the glass, leaving a plate of lacing that covers almost the entire glass.

The aroma is herbal, floral continental hops-- Saaz, I think--mixed with phenols, esters, and every other one of those awesome, yeast-derived chemicals that show up in Belgian beers. Bananas, cinnamon, whatever-- this stuff is so unbelievably complex that it'd be even easier than usual to make up aromas.

Opens up like Duvel but better, so much better. The flavors are cleaner and the banana esters don't run the entire show. Fruity esters and spicy phenols give way to malty sweetness and a little candi sugar mid-palate, along with just a little butterscotch flavor from diacetyl. All of this quickly gives way to assertive hop bitterness on the finish. America and Belgium had a baby, and they called it Houblon.

So much going on, and everything is in perfect balance. This shit is awesome.

The mouthfeel is moderately heavy, with just enough carbonation.

9%ABV be damned. Not only could I drink this until I died, but I'd have a happy stay in Hell as long as this was on tap.

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An extraordinary thing, this. At least to look at. Gold covered in snow. Thick, thick snow. Head is fabulous, with great staying power and topography. Visible carbonation, gorgeous. Smell is coriander and hops. Didn't dig on the taste so much. I love Double IPA's and Triples, but two great tastes don't necessarily always taste great together. This is interesting, but to me a mess of sweet malt and predictable spices along with a hellacious blast of hops... It's interesting, and applaud them for what they've done, but there is no way in hell I would shell out ten bucks for another bottle of this, except mayber to lay one down for 6 months to a year to see if the flavors meld a little better. Mouthfeel starts smooth but ends stingy and obtrusive. Hot, actually. A for arrogance, unfortunately an C for cohesiveness. It may be a Triple Dubbel, but this is no Magic Johnson. I apologize for that pun, I really do.

Photo of markgugs
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml capped bottle (purchased roughly March '07) into a Chouffe-branded goblet :-)

A: Massive carbonation builds a huge fluffy white head on top of a beautiful golden body. Lacing is immediate & throughout, the bubbles never cease floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Nice!

S: Belgian yeast mingles nicely with a sweet, flowery hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming at all.

T/M: Initial sips let you know there is alcohol in this brew, a characteristic I've noticed in many Belgians; I'm sure as it warms a bit the hops will move to the forefront and the hooch will be covered up more. Very warming. There is a slight mustiness to the body, some solid hop bitterness at the finish, and lots of different notes of sour apple, sweet pears and other characteristics of a Belgian tripel. Complex, and very interesting! Mouthfeel is fizzy and velvety smooth all at once. Very dry finish with definite grapefruit bitterness.

D: Not entirely sure how "drinkable" this beer is, as the complexities and the 9% ABV will see to it that a single 750ml bottle is more than enough. Great for sharing or at a tasting.


Photo of BretSikkink
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Chouffe strikes again...this time with hops.

Incredible fluffy head with unbelievable sticking power and overall volume. Terrific, tenacious lacing like bitter packing foam all down the glass. Chill haze and tiny bubbly carbonation cut through this golden brew.

Quite a load of hop aroma for the Belgian crowd, citric and peppery, with a good chunk of earthy Saaz hop as well. Grounded but always exciting Chouffe yeast strain also present. Dextrin sweetness.

Outstanding flavor. Not as fruity as a regular tripel, but very complex and easy to drink while packing a mighty wallop. Bitter at first, with the Tomahawk hop oil running rough. The citric flavors are courtesy of Amarillo hops, and there's some herbal and earthy notes in there as well. Very mellow in the finish, a hint of peppery alcohol, some rough sweetness, and pale malt.

Finish is citric again, slightly dry on the malt side, with a mild phenolic flavor developing with warmth. Great mouthfeel, perfect for a tripel while also accomodating high alpha oil hops, and very crisp. Aftertaste is smooth and mild, with only a minor reminder that the beer you're enjoying packs in 9% alcohol.

Far and away the best Belgian IPA I've had, as it is not too heavy on the pepper and really hides the alcohol nicely. I don't care how hard it is to get your hands on, do it!

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

Appearance - Hazy golden hue. Huge thick head creamy white head. Retention is incredible. Same with the lacing.

Smell - Yeasty, lemon, hops, spices, and candied sugar. It's an interesting mix of Belgian tripels and IPAs.

Taste - Initially you seem to be hit with the hops and some lemon. The yeast comes though and some chalkiness arises. The spices and candied sugar present themselves in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick creamy head but light elsewhere. Carbonation is present but not overpowering.

Drinkability - Wonderful balance of hopped and belgian tripel. If your a fan of either get this.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This baby poured a beautiful gold/hazy orange color with bits of settlement and an amazing pillowy white head that didn't collapse for 15 mins leaving lace all over the glass

Smells of orange and lemon zest with a yeast scent and earth smell after wards.

Taste is very nice and light with touches of malt, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is very light and coats nicely with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

I would drink this anytime it was presented to me, very nice from start to finish.

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

11.2 oz bottle - $5.00
Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy medium orange color with tons of sediment. Head is bright white and one full inch high, as it settles it leaves a tower of head in the middle that bobs from side to side when you sip. Lacing is strong.

S - Fruity bubblegum yeast with very sharp hops, hot spices and light grape fruits.

T - Light and fruity yeast to start with a hop bite and a light bitter hoppy finish.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation slightly elevated, working well with the flavors.

D - Interesting blend of Belgian yeast-y style and bitter hoppy IPA style. Overall a pretty good beer but I would have liked to see more hop representation in the taste...guess that's how they wanted it though.

The almost solid chunk of head leftover after the liquid is gone was a tasty treat!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a murky gold with an unbelievable meringue head billowing out of my Duvel tulip. Took ages for this beauty to collapse leaving behind some wicked lace and a cloudy castle floating atop the beer. Even as I finished this one, there was an irregular clump of foam that looked something like a plastic bag that had been tossed into a bonfire and shrunk down.

Smells strongly of white pepper with a little lemon zest and ginger on the side. From the depths of its aroma comes a funky, earthy cedar.

Starts with a familiar triple creaminess with a smooth peppery yeast and creamy bread dough with a touch of anise, but, like the smell, a gentle sticky pine fades into being. The dynamics of the change up are really stellar. But, the hoppy dry finish is a little much as it is overly focused on just being bitter.

Feels light but firm with an easy, gentle carbonation.

This is an interesting brew and hands-down beautiful, but a little dry in the finish for my liking.

Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright hazy yellow..big pillowy head on top.

S-To me this takes on more of a yeasty belgian aroma than a west coast IPA aroma....lemony....nice

T-Very flavorful....again to me the belgian notes lead the way but there is a good hit of lemony/citrus hops on the finish..

M-Medium to full bodied...highly carbonated..

D-Interesting for sure...nice blend of styles....but for me this does not rate as an all-time great....definitely enjoyable, but nothing I would go back to.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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