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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,536
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 194
Gots: 345 | FT: 1
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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 stakem
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another historic review from paper notes found dated Feb 2010. Bottle consumed at the Abby bar.

Pours a clouded orange with 2 fingers of white head. Lacing everywhere with aroma of straight spicy herbal hops. Bitter sweet taste with malt character upfront but bitter aftertaste. Lingering taste of malt sweetbesss makes you want to take another sip. No discernible yeast character.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It's a very bubbly head, too, with good duration and a roughness that suggests its well-hopped. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well, the aroma is typically Belgian, with candied sugar, bread, white grape, and apple leading the way. Or is it? As this opens up, the hops really enter the forefront. Mostly, they bring loads of grassy Saaz goodness; but there are also touches of lemon and grapefruit. I don't want to say it's a perfect aromatic marriage between Belgian tripel and IPA, but it's damn close. (4.25)

Taste: Here, the marriage doesn't quite seem so grand. Hop notes are the first to hit the palate and the last to leave. There are some good grassy hints, but the notes of lemon and pine seem to detract with excess bitterness. Right before the finish, an upsurge of rich bread makes itself known to the palate, along side some candi sugar hints. Spruce-y notes really express themselves on the aftertaste. As I drink more of this, the notes seem to balance themselves better - it never quite reaches the heights of the nose, but it's a solid tasting beer regardless. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The feel is more or less spot on: it starts off with a full body, while the lively carbonation scrubs things off beautifully. There isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere to be found, and yet it doesn't seem overly sweet or slimy. (4.25)

Overall: An impressive beer, though the hop/malt balance isn't quite nailed at first. Ultimately, I get used to it, and it reveals a well done tripel/IPA hybrid. I'll definitely be drinking this one again. (4)

3.87/5: Oh, you gnomes and your hops

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Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is the best of many traditions. Pours with a nice fluffy and airy head, taste has the bitterness of an IPA and the sweetness and grassy notes of a high quality tripel. Beautifully executed, and well worth the effort. Must try!

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Photo of Wanne
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, with a white head. Strong grass flavors, cereal notes and some grapefruit. Medium bitterness, but very well balanced. Very good beer.

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Photo of Greasy
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Poured into a tulip.

A: Upon popping the top, I was greeted with a geyser of foam that spewed for a few seconds. Pouring gently into the glass still produced a thick pillow of head that never fully receded. Plenty of sediment. Lacing all the way down. Color is a hazy goldenrod.

S: My sniffer picked up some earthy undertones with yeast, and a little hint of citrus.

T: Grassy hops and biscuit malts blend together with Belgian yeast in a pleasant, satisfying way. Bitter aftertaste that is not too harsh.

M: ZERO alcohol presence. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is done right. Not at all similar to American IPAs. More closely resembles an English IPA with Belgian complexity.

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Photo of djack8617
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale blond almost yellow with sedement. Good head retention

Very hoppy aroma.. almost sour aroma

Suprisngly smooth despite the smell. Goes down very crisp. Slight butter aftertaste which complements the smoothness well. The bitterness goes away with further sips while the foamy feeling remains

Foamy. Fills the mouth

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-slightly lighter tripel
-hoppy bread almost some sour notes
-a hoppy tripel makes for my favorite beer taste, crisp and smooth
-it comes on strong but quickly mellows
-a amazing beer, one of my favorites on any occasion

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, large head dissipated to a small finger, no lacing but honestly I'm blaming the retailer.

Aroma: light floral, slightly grassy hop aroma and big banana clove yeast.

Flavor: grassy, floral and pepper

Mouthfeel: big effervescence. Slight grassy linger.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a Houblon Chouffe flute. Strange glass choice.

Appearance - Hazy yellow body. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Smell - A little citrusy. Herbal hops. Yeasty. Lots of pale malt.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. A little yeasty and some phenols. Light banana. Grassy hops build into the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The hop flavor balances out the tripel nicely.

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle purchased at the north Spokane Total Wine for $5.49. Best before the end of May, 2016, according to the label.

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, this was a hazy, slightly sedimentary orangey amber color, with a good-sized bubbly white head that dropped to a thin layer of foam rather quickly but then stayed around.

Herbal, earthy and spicy in the nose, in that order.

Dry and sharply herbal tasting, with some pepperiness and some cloves in the background. The finish is so dry it could approximate the Sahara.

Light to medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is both lightly effervescent and with a needle-like prickliness.

If new to Belgian IPAs, this is NOT where to start! I happen to know I like the style, and I enjoy this beer, but it’s not the most accessible of the style, many might find it’s sharp character overwhelming.

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Photo of TBCE
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Outstanding clear golden color with a heavy two and a half fingers of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of earthiness, banana, citrus, grass, and floral. Taste is outstanding with notes of floral and fresh cut grass and biscuit malts up front, as it develops the bitterness is subsided by citrus. Complex and changes as you drink. Mouth feel is big but smooth. Its Belgium roots take over and make the complexity come across calm and very drinkable. Overall a top tier beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a chalice, golden with big fluffy white head. Nose, as expected, was a mix of hoppy goodness and Belgian tripel yeast goodness, although the hops were more subdued than I expected. Personally (and I know I'm in the minority here), the blend just didn't quite work for me. Taste, again, was a 50/50 split between tripel and IPA. Good, but like the nose, it didn't scratch either itch for me completely. Nice bitterness on the finish carries through well. 9% is well hidden...this beer could get you in trouble.
Overall, I didn't think it was a great as other reviewers, but certainly good.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden-orange in color with 2 finger white pillowy head.

Aroma gives yeastiness, biscuity malt, and a minor herbal hoppiness.

Taste immediately hits with the carbonation. Very fine, champagne like. I get the biscuity malt, followed by a herbaceous bittering hop. The hop flavor isn’t very present in this beer. It’s more bitter than anything without any traditional tropical, citrus, or piney flavors that normally accompany. I get the complexity of the yeast at the end, with a slight taste of roastiness or smoke (may be the yeast).

Overall, not bad in its category. I much prefer Duvel’s Triple hop to this one. I just don’t care for the hop flavor in this one. It really is an herbal bitterness. It’s not citrusy or piney, just more of a herbal bitter. I would pair this with a strawberry and bacon salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I gets a 90/100 from me.

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Photo of drmeto
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

-pear,grassy,coriander,pepper,banana,slight bubble gum
Follows the nose plus a lemon-y note
-sharp hop bitterniss
-high carbonation
-alcohol very well hidden

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown shorty bottle with a shape we only associate with Belgium. This specific chouffe is standing in the middle of a field of hops, dressed for an adventure. Lovely artwork on these d'Achouffe bottles. Poured into an authentic Houblon Chouffe stemmed narrow glass.

A - bright golden yellow that only gets brighter in the light. Maybe the slightest hint of a golden orange hue. Snow white head pours massive and looks like a big fluffy cloud leaving a clumpy ring of splotchy stick to the glass.

S - Floral, fresh grass, and hints of citrus hops. A nice balanced fruit aroma of banana, lemon with touches of bubblegum popping up with a little belgian spice. The yeast notes are fantastic once again from d'Achouffe.

T - this is what a belgian ipa is meant to be like. Floral and fresh grass like hops with the citrus taking on a fruitiness rather than a knock out shot of bitterness. Banana and lemon notes provide enough sweetness to keep everything in line. Lovely bubblegum notes creep up from within and really get bold as this warms. Alcohol Esters add to the spices and legendary d'Achouffe yeast.

M - big medium bodied with a good texture. Big but drinkable and enough belgian character that I can call it easy going. Finish is superb and it's complexity is outstanding.

O - probably my favorite d'Achouffe brew. Possibly the standard I Hold all belgian ipa's to. It's ahead of its time, packed full of class, and down right delicious

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of yeast, spice, light hops. Taste is hops, alcohol, some mild malts, less complex than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer, but I was expecting whole lot more from this one.

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Photo of biegaman
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe has the bright and sunny complexion you'd expect given the summery atmosphere portrayed on its label. It also has a head as thick, fluffy and white as the little gnome's beard. This clear golden liquid and its dainty, tiny bubbles looks like refreshment if I've ever seen it.

The nose is all sorts of wonderful - most of them hop-derived. Snippets of herbal pungency, citrus fruits and spring flowers combine to make an engrossing, all-encompassing hop-tastic bouquet. There are few smells I love more than this one (or, more specifically, this combination of smells).

The taste offers so many flavours that if I listed them all you'd think I was lying. So I'll limit it to just the most impressionable: bubblegum, canteloupe, biscuits, banana, vanilla, clove, oregano, pineapple, rose petal, hibiscus, wheat... each sip contains more delicious flavours than my brain can process!

But seriously, when it comes to Double IPAs, or Belgian Strong Goldens for that matter, there are few as approachable, delightful, and characterful as this. You couldn't ever guess the alcohol and bitterness (9% and 59 IBUs). Drinking this is like laying in a hammock on a warm day.

Houblon Chouffe truly is an oldie but a goodie. One of the original 'Belgian IPAs' it is still among - I'd argue the - best one out there. I don't remember ever having a single draft pour or bottle that left me smiling any less than ear to ear. If you don't care for this you don't care for the style.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very frothy, pale body. Great clingy lace.
Heaps of Belgian-ness on the nose.... Lots of Tripel, although not loads of hops, they are present... (and a fresh batch in store.) Lemons dominate.
Nicely carbonated, and goes down well, with no real hint of the big ABV, save a slight warming...
Worth it's reputation.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - Huge 5FH that lasts, super lacing. Light, clear, foamy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, alcohol, floral.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, smooth, creamy, warming, frothy.

VALUE - $10 for 11-oz. bottle. Average for this type of glitzy bar.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Smooth and enjoyable Belgian. Less bite than expected.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My buddy gave one of these to me and said it was the best Belgian IPA he had every gotten.

A - Golden orange color that is cloudy from the Belgian yeast. Big bubbly white head with moderate lacing.

S - Upfront is the typical Belgian triple character with the phenolic, grainy, and alcohol tinge but then is backed-up by an abrupt american citrus hoppiness.

T - Very much like the smell the Belgian triple character is strongest with a spicy, tart, fruity, and grain but then the citrus hops really comes through. The hops start to wash away the traditional triple flavors and replace them with some hop bitterness and more of the citrus fruit, floral, and resin more typical of an American IPA. I really like the mash-up of the triple with the IPA and it is something both flavorful and out of the ordinary to make it memorable.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with high carbonation. You can tell that there is some alcohol to it as a triple should have but the very high carbonation attempts to cut down the body and leaves a slight acidity on the palate.

Overall, this beer is the best representation of mixing two very different styles from the US and Belgium and making a winning combination. In general, I would prefer one or the other but if you can't decide which you want this is the best of both worlds.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of NateF90
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle with an enjoy by date of 09/2016 poured into a Teku. Dark hay color brew with a vigorous head. Nose is alcohol and isoamyl acetate. Taste profile is straightforward with familiar yet unique Belgian yeast, predominant cloves, and a nice splattering of hops. On the tongue, heavy carbonation keeps things light. Enjoyed drinking the whole bottle myself, and would again. It would be nice to see how more cellaring might mellow the booze and resin.

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Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a stylistic ménage a trois that blends together aspects of the English IPA tradition with the more aggressive American Imperial IPAs and Belgian brewing techniques. On the nose yeast driven esters and phenols wrestle with hop fruit and spice flavors over malt bread and sugar aromas. It pours a hazy straw gold with a pillowy 2” or more off-white foam cap that with proper care can perch above the lip of the glass like a fresh meringue. On the palate British IPA fruitiness and grain flavors wrestle with Belgian banana and bubble gum and both confront American DIPA levels of assertive hop bitterness. The beer has the Belgian body, coming across lighter and more digestible than a beer this big should be. The bottled versions are more highly carbonated and the carbonation comes across finer and softer than the tap versions. While the individual components stand out as you drink they come into focus and balance and in the end, by the finish they work surprisingly well. I prefer the 750 ml bottle to the tap version.

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Photo of jonb5
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, slightly hazy, two finger head, pretty decent retention, left lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Phenols, earth and starch took on and beat the citrus hops in the battle for attention.

T: Followed the nose, strong hints of grapefruit, long hard lingering bitterness which was combined with the typical yeast profile of La Chouffe beers, also had a boozy kick.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body for the high strength, crisp texture.

O: Definitely a Belgian tripel, had more in commonwith Val Dieu or Straffe Hendrik tripel than any American IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a fair $3.99 in Vintage Estate in Ohio.

A - Very nice no sediment and a 1/2 inch of rocking foam atop of a slightly hazy bright yellow.
S - Fruity Belgium yeasts blend well with the citrus hop zest and fruity bubble gum notes.
T - Love the smooth flavor hoppy but not bitter and dry but not super yeasty. Great fruity Belgium taste with a nice bready body.
M - One of the smoothest Belgium IPA's I have had to date. No noticeable ABV

Overall wow I can't believe I passed on this for so long! Pick it up even if it's 5-6 dollars!

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Photo of KidDoc
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 23.4 oz bottle into std pint glass. Nice big head with some retention. Fairly clear light straw color. Minor lacing. Sour bready aroma, nice Belgian taste. You can definitely pick up the Saaz in the aroma and taste. Hangs on the palate appropriately. Very nice choice.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.