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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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2,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,232
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 Gusler
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After its disinterment from the 750ml brown bottle, it sets in the glass a bemused golden yellow with a demonstrative creamy off white head that settles slowly forming a glutinous coating of lace. Nose is dominated by the grassy hop floral aroma, banana like, pepper and orange peel, citrus like in its crispness, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence and the top moderate in its feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops potent, with a desert dry aftertaste that welds itself to your palate, a beer with multiple personalities, I found if quite drinkable, different for sure.

Gusler, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice floral hop aroma but underneath is the fruity and sweet smell that I'm used to from Choufe. There's also a spicy pepper hop aroma too. A little alcohol in the nose.

Golden and a little cloudy. Develops a HUGE foamy head that settles into a big bubbled, pillowy, looks like merrangue layer. Probably should be poured very gently.

Sweet tripple/strong belgian sweetness on the tip of the tongue, then comes pretty high hop bitterness. Nice estery fermentation character and a long lingering fruity aftertaste. Halfway through the glass it's seems less malty and the hops start to take the front seat. I get an oily hop flavor which lingers in the aftertaste. Everything is really well balanced.

Pretty high carbonation level in the mouth. Medium bodied. There's some pretty substantial warming from alcohol.

I like these new hoppy belgian beers that are starting to come out. This still has a lot of the character of a good belgian ale and the twist of high hops.

czechsaaz, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 'ol silkscreened 750ml bottle with the Chouffe gnome busy picking hops on the front. Pours from the bottle into my tulip glass a beautiful clody goldenrod hue with an erupting, billowing head of bubbly white foam. As the foam falls aromas of lemon zest, cracked pepper, pine needles, fresh cut grass and tropical, citric undertones emerge. A nice vibrant, fresh smell with a touch of yeast.

First sip brings a light fruity maltiness upfront with a nice mix of lemon peel, peppery spiciness and tropical fruits. Hops roll in midway through with a mix of herbal, citrusy, spicy notes. The resinous hops get a little brash on the finish with a nice dose of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of yeast and nice hoppy spiciness on the way down. Tasty!

Mouthfeel is nice and easy going. Good carbonation and a nice creamy sensation as it goes down. Pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is not at all apparent in the brew. Overall this is a tasty, unique, special brew from Achouffe. Not something I see myself drinking all the time, but a nice change of pace. It's fun to see more Belgian brewers embracing the hops. Check this one out if you run across it for sure.

orbitalr0x, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color topped with a four finger oddly rocky fluff. Thick chunks of lacing down the glass. Ridiculously thick chunks... Taking a taste of the foam leaves an uncomfortably chewy thick feel in the mouth. Bubbles of carbonation swim around in the glass instead of the conventional rising to the top.

Peppery lemony smell. Very yeasty with a very very thin hint of hops.

Very fruity (lemons, oranges) taste that quickly turns to peppery spice and slightly warming alcohol. There's a little hop taste to it but not as much as the "IPA" on the label would have you believe. Considering the constant bubbles and huge head, the feel is a bit thinner than expected. Finishes dry with a spicy punch.

This is a great beer but not as hoppy as I expect. I really enjoyed this for a great Belgian though and I'll more than likely revisit this one.

timtheenchanta, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ML bottle, thanks to Imstillthegman and BIF 33. Pours with a merangue head, and it's HUGE. Litereally, about 80-90% of the glass if foam. Overcabonated. Aroma is nice, piney for a triple, perhaps leaning towards IPA. Taste is sweet, piney, grapefruit(?). Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation gets in the way. It's plenty interesting, but I've had better from this style.

deejaydan, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a magnificent huge creamy white head. With great lace. The aroma at first is piney with a hint of lemon in the background. The citrusy lemon character then transforms into a hard lemon candy with just a hint of alcohol way in the back. Only a belgian ale could make your tastebuds do the jumping around that this beer does. Hoppy, malty. citrusy, peppery. Every mouthful a new experiance. Hints of sugar candy on the side of your tongue with a nice sharp dry finish

ybnorml, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of silenius
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Explosively vigourous head. Creamy foam. The beer was a slightly hazed dull gold color.

Smell is the most enjoyable part of the beer. Piney, floral, pine needles, lemon peel, orange peel, lemonhead candy, and peppercorns.

Taste has a lemon pith/rind character and old hops with a background of oil of bergamot and a black tea bitterness. The mouthfeel has a tannic bitterness As it warms, I get a bit of a sweet bubblegum flavor and some mintiness/marigold smell. Very interesting. Very drinkable.

silenius, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a classic Belgian beer with an enourmous, pillow-white head that filled a good half of my tulip glass. As the beer began to breathe, crags and valleys and a fair bit of lacing appeared above a straw wheat gold body. This beer looked like everything a beer should look like. Perhaps the weekest part of the Dobbelen was the nose. It offered little in the way of creativity with perhaps some slight whiffs of the saaz hops and a bit of barnyardy grass, but nothing really overpowering. The taste however was crisp, refreshing, full of the interesting mixture of belgian tripel with its creamcicle like flavors and the IPA character replete with a hoppy bite and a bittering finish. Very flavorful and worth drinking.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich golden hue, hazy with visible yeast. Huge, ultra thick, creamy head forms mountainous peaks within my goblet.

Smell: Very herbal, fresh cut grass, flowery sweet, almost rose like. Interesting to say the least.

Taste: Begins with a hoppy bitterness then transitions to somewhat sweet middle, golden apples and lemons come to mind then finishes with a very nice hop bitterness. Short on the tongue and very dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, very carbonated.

Drinkability: What an interesting beer. A hopped up Belgian Trippel. A nice blend of hop bitterness intermingled with a fruity and flowery sweetness. Dry to the bone makes you want to drink more and more. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. Easy to drink and one I will be buying again. Very unique. Seek this very interesting take on a Tripple and enjoy.

SwillBilly, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a crazy three-plus finger head with excellent retention and crazy lacing, like Duvel, except even more so in all of these things. Body was yellow gold and unlike Duvel, it was very cloudy.

Smell - Spicy Saaz hops and estery, spicy yeast.

Taste - same as the smell, with added dimension of alcohol warmth. Grassy, herbal, spicy Saaz hops, and esters, bananas, spicy yeast. To me, this comes across as a combination of a tripel (or something Belgian style) and a Pilsner, rather than a tripel and a DIPA (or even an IPA) .

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carboantion. Some hop oil slickness, but nearly as much as a beer claiming emphasis on hops would seem to have.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, but high abv limits to one in a session.

ultralarry2006, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA for $10.99 (although I just noticed that the next batch came in and it's priced at $11.99- La Bodega is getting pretty good at raising prices on popular beers).

This beer pours a gorgeous golden with a huge meringue-like head in my Tripel Karmaliet goblet. Aroma is reminiscent of the hoppy/herbal notes of one of my favorites- De Ranke XX Bitter. In other words, full, lush, rich hoppy goodness. The flavor is storng sharp hops, with a slight alcohol burn at the end (not overpowering like some, which is a good thing here), with a slight citrus (grapefruit/lemon). Rich and full malt profile ties it all together. Some sweetness too.

This is a seriously good beer that also improves as it warms.

As much as I like this one, I will still take De Ranke XX Bitter as my favorite of hoppy Belgian beers. Nonetheless, this one is highly recommended.

Dukeofearl, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of SethB2
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 17, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 15, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.