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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,534
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 193
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 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


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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

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated best by 042016 at 45 degrees into snifter
Fruity aroma
Head large (5 cm), white, somewhat fizzy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring with a single large island
Lacing poor with a few irregular small islands of large bubbles
Body golden, hazy
Flavor begins with a light sour fruitiness which quickly dies to leave bitterness followed by chalky aftertaste. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A pleasant IPA with a light fruity flavor.

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

Light golden in color. Beautiful rich, foamy, creamy head with great lacing. Flavors are floral, sweet, with a nice balance of hop bitterness keeping this beer grounded. Mouthfeel is light, delicate, airy, with a pleasing carbonation. Aromas and flavors are complex and subtle, and this beer does not taste as strong as it is. Very interesting example of a Belgian IPA. Would love to drink more of this.

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Photo of Triat00
2.61/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a lot of expactation for that beer. I like IPAs, I like belgian triples, I like belgian IPAs but I didnt like that beer.

The overall smell is like an ipa but as soon as you take a sip, you expect either yeast or hop (or even both) but it did not get to that. You can surely taste noble hops but it fade realy soon.

If you dont have expectation, try it. If you're a hophead, there a lot of belgian ipas on the market,...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer so much and I still prefer it from the bottle, so here is an overdue re-review. Considering I had bottle and on tap reviews of this in the past. By far I still prefer it out of the bottle. Poured out of the bottle into a tall Belgian Pils official Houblon Chouffe glass. This really makes the beer.

The appearance is still amazing. Gold orange to lemon colored body, opaque, some cola rising carbonation that trickles all the way up to a big off white almost tan/orange head, big and frothy. The head appearance on this beer is easily one of the most impressive Belgian beers heads I've ever seen. It clumps and laces like rock candy in a glass, creamy and thick retention. Just amazing looking, it is though, with it's opacity just a hair hazy.

A classic aroma of floral hops, juiced tangerine oranges, and Belgian candy sugar. Large, but not even hinting at booze or alcohol. It has great orange sensing Cointreau and tripel sec and floral perfume. Smells like liqueur, but without the huge alcohol blast.

Palate is so creamy and rich. It's a solid recent brown bottle and feels full of floral aromatics. Creamed icing sugar, mild hop bitterness, and a big aromatic hop mix of tangerine and florals. Baked dough bread, and bakery sweetness of classic Belgian character. Just a hint of booze in the stomach but not on the palate. The mouthfeel is perfect, it's crisp, creamy, coating, all these things that somehow would seem contradictory in a beer itself, but it's there.

I still to this day, love this beer to death, having had it so many times, I just can't get enough of it. It's such a great staple I'll never tire of it, and luckily isn't that hard to find either.

-- OLD Review (with previous bottle long since removed) 07-05-2011 Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tulip glass.

A gorgeous lemon bodied orb of yellow glowing and dense and opaque. White simple foamy capy with a look of cream. Body rising carbonation of slow rising white little specks dancing through the body, sticky spider like lacing while drinking. We just might have perfection here..

Compared to out of the bottle this was served I think a bit too cold and it shows. Nose is completely muted, but still maintains that great floral nose and grass. Some of the sweetness and crispness is missing it seems. Smells better as it warms up.

Once again on taste crispness and varied play missing, Dense bodied still and mild sweet floral hop aromatics of floral and grassy hop. Slight bread on the finish, missing sweetness.

Still overall this on tap is a great drink, but I was expecting magic compared to out of the bottle. Served too cold for my tastes, but still a great and personal favorite beer of mine.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle (08 2016) poured into a tulip. Clear pale golden color that became slightly hazy after pouring in the bottom of the bottle halfway through sipping the glass. Two finger white head, ok retention and nice, heavy lacing.
Sweet, floral hoppy aroma, yeasty too after pouring the bottom of the bottle. First taste was a hop attack. After my mouth got used to the taste, it started with sweet malts, followed by a citrusy hops, finishing with dry resinous hop bitterness. Pouring the yeast cut the hop bitterness and freshness and made the finish sweeter. I liked it both ways but preferred it without the yeast.
Medium body, high carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol. A really enjoyable beer, liked it a lot.

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Photo of argock
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml amber bottle into a thistle tulip. No obvious freshness or bottled on date. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Brilliant golden with effervescent bubbles leaving a 2-3 finger ivory head with a frothy cap and thick swaths of lacing.

S: A thin veil of light caramel maltiness with a bit of pilsner sweetness moves into a complex but subtle floral, spicy, and lightly lemon citrus with light pepper and herbal hops notes in the background. The Belgian yeast character is orangey and spicy.

T: The flavor is a mix of subtle grainy maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness in the mid-end of the flavor gives way to a lemony, herbal, floral hoppiness that glides along the sweet pilsner maltiness. The yeast character is also measured with a citrusy and spicy flavor throughout. Alcohol is hidden well. Bitterness is low.

M: The lightness and crispness is amazing for a 9% beer -- body is light-medium at most with high carbonation to help along the lighter feel.

O: This is an amazing beer -- light in feel but complex yet subtle in flavor. The total package and easily the best Belgian IPA I have tasted. I will be checking this out a lot more than I would have imagined.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.3 oz bottle poured into snifter, traded with mothman to try this. Purchased at CBX in Charleston for him, $5 a bottle.
A: pours a brilliant white bubbly foam head, light golden yellow body, some stringy lacing, lots of carbonation
S: complex and great aroma, tropical fruits, orange, citrus, grapefruit, pine, some grape and apple, clove, hint of Belgian yeast.
M: medium and clean feel, although it is kinda syrupy feeling on the tongue.
T: orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, some white grape juice and apple, yeast, bread, hint of clove and pepper, hop bitterness at the end.
O:one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had and would have again. Hard to believe it is abv 9%, not very noticeable. As someone else described this beer, champagne IPA! Great brew, 4.2 stars

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Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is mainly yellow/orange, forms a large white head that seems in no hurry to go anywhere.

Smell is of malt, yeast, floral notes, and a bit of pine from the hops.

Starts out a lot like a triple, with fruit and pepper notes. It's in the back of the beer that the hops show up, and add floral and pine flavors, leaving a bitterness in the finish.

Smooth and solid feel to this one.

I knew this would be an interesting beer, as it combines my favorite style of beer with one of my least favorite styles. The combination actually works, although it is a bit more hopped up than I prefer. The triple part of adds complexity and flavors I like, although this is probably one of the most hopped up Belgian beers I have ever tried. Definitely worth trying out, glad I tried something a little different.

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Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick and fluffy two finger white head. Absolutely amazing head retention and lacing leaving thick globs over the beer.

The aroma is very floral and bready with some tropical fruit notes. The fruit becomes more prominent as the beer sits smelling more and more like an ipa. It is a very nice, mouth-watering aroma that I wasn't quite expecting and really sets this apart from other Belgian beers.

The flavor carries over these outstanding notes from the aroma with tropical fruit notes and plenty of bread. Bitterness is quite high for a Belgian ale further bordering the lines between IPA and Tripel. Mouthfeel has a slightly sticky finish but I feel the alcohol is well hidden making this quite drinkable.

Overall, a very delicious and quaffable Belgian ale. I love the tropical citrus married with Belgian yeast and this is probably the best Belgian IPA I have had.

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Photo of baakabak
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to tulip

Massive fluffy white head on clear, straw yellow.The head hangs around with lots of lacing.

Smell is grass, lemony hops,and bread.

Taste is the same citrus hops, green apple, raisins and yeasty bread. Very dry, lasting finish.

Medium high carbonation.Crisp

Another great beer from another great brewery.It's like hoppy champagne. What's not to like?

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