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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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Reviews: 1,146
Hads: 2,489
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 330 | FT: 1
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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 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. (308 characters)

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. (1,490 characters)

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. (313 characters)

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. (371 characters)

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 (1,329 characters)

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. (456 characters)

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. (1,034 characters)

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. (618 characters)

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! (544 characters)

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. (282 characters)

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

Purchased at the LCBO for $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge head that lasts forever. Almost clear gold.

S- Lots here. Hops, malt and yeast oh my!

T- Goodly amount of hops after sitting in the cellar for 4mths. Nice blend this IPA Tripel.

M- Dry as expected. Good aftertaste.

O- Nice to have tried. Would like to see thee beers as 12oz instead of 26oz. Too expensive

Food Pairing

This pretty good hybrid went well with... Chicken wings. LOL

Enjoy (508 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick bubbly white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus/lime, floral hops, green apples, Belgian yeast, some breadiness, cloves and faint pepper.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/lime, green apples, floral hops, some breadiness, Belgian yeast and faint cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Great Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle (652 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A: hazy, straw, golden

S: lemon, a little dankness from the hops

T: strong, tart and hippy

M: bite upfront with a smooth finish

O: great beer. Refreshing but has some bite. I'm sentimental about anything chouffe since they made the first Belgian beer that I loved (269 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Giant sudsy head with a yellow gold body. Presents with a musky, piney nose. The taste is remarkable: everything you like about a Belgian ale combined with a hoppy IPA Lacing is incredible, from top to bottom. This is a unique beer that should be on everyone's bucket list. (330 characters)

Photo of iRikal
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

There is only one way to describe this IPS (have no doubt, it is an IPA).

It is THE best IPA i have tried in the last 5 years. Incredibly hoppy, some very strong flavours behind to back it up.. it is one beer that shouts to your palate. If you are tone deaf on the tongue like me, this beer will make a statement.

I absolutely enjoyed this beer... it was not like anything I expected. Better than an IPA, better than a Belgian Strong... it has everything. Bitterness, mouthfeel, carbonation (there is a lot..2.9 minimum IMO), suds, some funk, some grapefruit...

One hell of a beer... (589 characters)

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

October 6, 2014

25.4 oz bottle, snifter

A – Beautiful golden straw with a slightly orange hue. Light shines through beautiful, fantastic clarity. A good inch of frothy white foam lasts a very long time, leaving a centimeter of white bubbles floating on top.

S – Some yeasty funk and malty sweetness, followed by vibrant, juicy, earthy hops. Flowers in the spring with an orange-lemonade on the porch, the smell of the world in bloom. Some very slight graininess, and hints of clove.

T – Extremely floral hops, with intense bitterness following behind the initial hop flavor. Some sweetness in the bubbly finish, then the bitterness reclaims its place. Some lemon is present, as well as bubble gum, and earthy hoppiness comes through towards the finish, along with a slightly medicinal note.

M – Very high foaminess, high carbonation and scrubbing bubbles. Although tons of hop bitterness is present, it does not assault the tongue.

O – Very flavorful IPA, with the hoppy notes of an English IPA but the yeasty funk and foamy carbonation known in Belgian beers. Really interesting combo, where I stay interested long after the first (and second, and tenth) sip. (1,177 characters)

Photo of titvs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Review based on the BJCP 2008 Aroma: intense hop aroma with floral and some citrus notes. Appearance: clear golden âmbar with persistent white head. Taste: balanced flavour between hops and malt, with tendency towards hops. Some fruit notes present with a lingering bitterness ending. Palate: nice medium body with no astringency and somewhat high carbonation. Overall: a very nice IPA / Tripel hybrid that everyone should taste. (430 characters)

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours to the glass with a good strong head that clumps down the sides and fills the glass with a cloudy orange, fizzing offering.
I am smelling pine, clove and yeasty aromas. The flavor of fruit and spice, grapefruit and lemon with a warm finish. (248 characters)

Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle purchased from a random bottle shop in Ghent, Belgium.

APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden yellow color w/ a very thick off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

SMELL – Spicy and sweet malts w/ faint hop aroma lurking in the background.

TASTE – Light spicy hop flavor w/ a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL – Strong carbonation that accentuates the spicy hop flavor.

OVERALL – A enjoyable beer, not a hop bomb or standard West Coast IPA, but one that I’d buy again if in a pinch while looking for an IPA. (613 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Oct. 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, highly effervescent, and topped with a generous head nearly two fingers thick. It is fluffy and frothy, coating the glass with gobs of lace as it slowly recedes into a more manageable cap. This is a positively gorgeous beer. The aroma is zesty and hoppy, as this style should be - lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus; quite grassy and herbal with a hint of ripe pear. Yeasty notes of pepper and clove also come through. This brew is shaping up very well, indeed.

An exquisite ale. Notes of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness pale in comparison to the onslaught of hops and yeasty, Belgian beer goodness. Sweet apple, apricot and ripe pear are detectable, in addition to lemony citrus, pine and some pithy notes. It becomes increasingly herbal and spicy toward the finish, with notes of lemongrass, clove and pepper (as well as some alcohol) heating things up nicely at the finish. The beer itself is on the heftier side of medium-bodied, with zippy carbonation that prickles the palate, providing an enjoyably crisp mouthfeel. As drinkable as this beer is, a brew this amazing deserves to be shared with as many friends as you can gather.

Final Grade: 4.62, a flawless A+. Houblon Chouffe is a positively fantastic Belgian IPA that I will definitely purchase again. I have had several Belgian-brewed BIPAs over the past month or so, and this one is definitely my favourite of the bunch. Delightfully rich and hoppy, yet shockingly quaffable - a must-try, and that is not a description that I bandy about lightly. (1,640 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml (25oz) bottle (Best By Date: 04/2016...assumed to be bottled in 04/2014, so about 3 months old) into a 16oz 'Brasserie D'Achouffe' branded tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a 1+ finger worth of a white, soapy head with amazing retention. Even after the first sip (and a non-nucleated glass), the head maintains at a healthy, 1+ finger with steady streams of carbonation eminiating from the sides of the glass...exquisite. (4.5)

S- Known for its spicy and fruity esters, I'm not sure how much of the Chouffe yeast strain is contributing to the aroma. However the nose is chock full of lemongrass, spice, grapefruit and passionfruit. A bit of a breadiness is detected once the head subsides a bit (quite a few minutes after pouring), yet dominates the aroma for the duration of the glass. (4.0)

T- This is where things get interesting...the palate is met with a huge slap of hops: tropical fruits (passionfruit, honeydew melon, pineapple), citrus (lemon/lime, grapefruit) and subtle coriander-like spice all contribute to a wonderful flavor profile. Despite the stated ABV at an elevated 9.0%, the alcohol is well hidden and goes undetected. (4.75)

M- Houblon Chouffe falls on the lighter side of medium. The significant carbonation helps to create a light and 'bouncy' mouthfeel while allowing the hop bitterness (of which is quite substantial) to dance on the palate. The finish is absolutely dry increasing its drinkability. (4.5)

O- The team at Brasserie D'Achouffe have themselves a winner in Houblon Choffe IPA Tripel. If assured of getting this as fresh as this bottle (purchased at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY), this would be a staple. As such, I will check for bottling dates (Best By of which I think is two years) and will be certain to purchase within (3) months of it being bottled. Another feather in the cap for the Belgians using Pacific Northwest hops to brew a lofty beer! (4.5) (1,942 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a perfect cloudy golden color that has a richness of whitening from within the golden color. The head is thick and white and settles slowly leaving great lacing down the glass.

The nose is Rich malt with spice, citrus, apples, camphor, pine, grass and bread all in the mix. The nose is exquisite.

The taste is sharp and crisp with a nice effervescent experience that coats the palate is bliss. There are notes of fruit and malt subdued by crisp spiced hops that have a pleasant bitter bite and a nice clean finish with hints of apples, citrus, lemon, pine, grass, earthy notes and bready undertones with a nice alcohol warmth to it.

The mouthful is elegant and just right.

Overall a fabulous beer and one to be savored and enjoined. Extremely drinkable and wonderfully complex. I highly recommend this as one you absolutely must try. (852 characters)

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer served draft in a tulip glass. Perfect lines after every sip. Nice frothy head on the beer. Appearance has golden wheat tint to it. Sweet floral hoppiness come at you. A little hint of honey in their as well. Smooth sweetness with a sight bitterness that is perfectly paired. Very smooth going down. Genuinely a delicious beer. Seasoned tripel and ipa drinkers will enjoy as well as a newbie. (407 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Bubbly and strong head that maintains creaminess. Tiny bubbles rising from the bottom and bouncing around in the head. Hazy orange color.

S: Lemon zest, apple cider, slight spice or tobacco, and grass on the nose.

T: Lemon and orange citrus upfront. Sweetness from malt follows. Some pepper, and a earth and grass finish.

M: Manages to finish dry and have a creamy feel at the same time. Great boozy warmth on the back of the throat. You can tell it is heavily hopped from the bitterness, but blends great with the malt sweetness.

O: This one has it all. Bitter and sweet. Creamy and dry. Crisp and yet boozy. Awesome example of a diverse Belgian beer that displays hoppy American IPA flavors and the spicy, carbonated, dry characteristics of saison / farmhouse ales. (819 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/16/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, light clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,628 characters)

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.