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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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94
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1,146 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,146
Hads: 2,490
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 184
Gots: 331 | 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 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. (495 characters)

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. (403 characters)

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,... (427 characters)

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.
(5,4,,4,4.5,4.5)

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. (2,743 characters)

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. (752 characters)

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. (1,204 characters)

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 (773 characters)

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. (805 characters)

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. (939 characters)

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? (372 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle.

The beer was a hazy yellow-orange and was a creamy white head.

Typical fruity Belgian-style yeast smell, but lighter than most.

The taste was sweet, fruity, much like most other Belgian beers, but with a light spiced-hops bit to it.

Would I buy it again? Probably. (293 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Tasting notes compare side by side with Chimay Tripel.
I'd have to taste these again with friends to discern which one really comes out on top and why.
If hop head - goes to Houblon, if Tripel lover may go to Chimay, which seems to win on more fruit, complexity and body.

You could call this IPA champagne. Nothing I'd rather drink at a party. A very happy brew.

A: Beautiful, semi-clear golden ala Chimay White. Intense, tiny white, lively bubbles, white lace all the way down. 4.5

S: Fruit, hops, yeast. repeat. Beautifully blended. Not as sun-washed orchard of chinese pears as Chimay. 4.25

T: Again - clean entry and exit. Starts with massive hop tingle, citric, herbal, spicy, tobacco. Malt, fruit flesh, and pepper are next, and a long crisp, piney/citrus finish with pepper and balanced hop bitterness… long dry finish. 4.75

F: Mid body, refreshing carbonation, long finish, leaves you in a great place. 4.5

O: Right up there with Chimay - 4.5 (966 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled from the tap into a standard pint.

A: Bright golden hue. Pours a1 finger bubbly white head. Settles slowly leaving a thick foamy blanket and plenty of dry sticky lacing. Continually rising effervescence. Pervasive dry sticky lacing.

S: Yeast, light hop, and lemon citrus.

T: Yeast is prominent. Lemon pith is prominent. Hop bite is evident.

M: Crisp but a bit of a syrupy body. Biting finish lingers in the palate.

D: Sipping experience due to character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Lots of effervescence, nice head, and plenty of lacing. Nose light hops and yeast. Yeasty character is very prominent, lemon pith is quite prominent as well. Overall this is a really good quaff. (695 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will confess that I picked up a 12 ounce bottle for $2 knowing it was probably an old IPA. It was.... By like 9-10 months. Oh well.

Anyhow, when I poured the beer into a Belgian tulip, I immediately noticed a lot of sediment, floaters really, and thought the beer must have gone bad. There was a great, carbonated head on top, probably three fingers thick, so that was encouraging and the caramel color of the beer was nice. I just couldn't get over the floaters.

But then I smelled this and was pleasantly surprised. A lot of fruity and floralness hit me, which was even more surprising given that I thought I wouldn't get any of the hops. The aroma really is potent, sweet and pungent. You don't have to work hard to get notes of vanilla, toffee and other sweet notes. It does remind me of a barleywine.

The taste is a bit strange for me. The Belgian quality seems a separate component and borders on the taste I'd get in a gueuze. I get a lot of bitterness towards the finish that somewhat manhandles my taste buds. The beer still tastes sweet, slight floral and citrusy, and there are some malty sweet qualities as well. Despite the nine months of age, I get a noticeable hit of alcohol on the taste buds too.

The mouthfeel, as I hinted above, is a lot of different things. The beer is somewhat astringent, super bitter, sweet. I'm not crazy about how this beer drinks, unfortunately.

Still, as the beer warmed, it mellowed out a bit and I began to appreciate it a bit more. (1,487 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/31/2013
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. Half of which exploded onto the table upon opening.

A: Not a pretty beer by any stretch of the mind. An opaque light brown with a shit ton of sediment floaters. An off white head dissipates quickly which is surprising considering how this thing exploded.

S: I don't get a ton of fresh hops on the nose. The smell actually reminds me of a lighter barleywine. I get toffee and caramel sweetness. A tiny bit of grass and some vanilla. None of the citrus or fruits I was expecting. At 7 months old. Not sure if the age had something to do with the hop fade.

T: Tastes like the nose. Toffee, caramel, light brown sugars with a small hop bitter finish. Slight alcohol presence.

O: A little let down. Heard good things but basically got a weak tasting barleywine. No grassy or fruity hop characters. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better? (889 characters)

Photo of eonbluekarma
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Like liquid gold with a nice head at pour that stays around at a deminished state the whole time in glass.

Smell: great. Citrus, green raisins, and awesome Belgian yeast.

Taste: hop, with a note of Belgian yeast. Bright, lemon with a flowery bouquet of hops. Finish is hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nice bottle conditioned style carbonation. Full and frothy.

Overall: I like this beer, but prefer the Le Chouffe original ale, as the extra hop I. This beer covers up what makes Le Chouffe a truly great beer; a perfect combination on carbonation, Belgian yeast, and a slight hint of hop. (599 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that is still there. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the middle of the beer. Lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Citrus, vanilla, yeasty esters, apple, pear, bready malts, floral, and spiciness.

Taste: Apple, pear, vanilla, spices, tangerine, tropical, grapefruit, yeasty esters, bready malts, and sweet fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty awesome BIPA. The smell is a bit deceiving because more qualities appear on the palate when the beer was drank. (663 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a tulip glass with a one finger head with great retention and a hazy orange and yellow mixed body.
S - Pine, Clove, banana, sweet, a bit of yeast, fruit and spice.
T - Citrus and pine hops with noticeable carbonation. Very much like the smell.
M - Moderate carbonation, a slightly dry finish and bitterness.
O - This is balanced out really nicely with bold flavors. (384 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Poured into a champagne glass. Tons of really bubbly off-white head with a slightly hazy orangy yellow color. Aroma is sweetly floral, grassy, and touch of yeasty goodness. Taste has a good hop bitterness, some spicyness, and with the same floral notes coming through. Also some light sweet malt and a good amount of the fruity-ness I associated with tripels. Very light on the tongue, but the bubbles and hop spice kinda bite at the tongue. I definitely enjoy this beer! (502 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this seminal example of an "IPA triple" at a taphouse in Calgary. The beer arrived in a legit Chouffe goblet, a light orange with a little whitish foam. Smells of citrus hops, I get a lot of orange and pineapple, as well as aromatic buttery yeast, a few floral and spicy notes. Palate includes these features as well, along with some red berry (strawberry), peach/apricot, green grapes, and a hint of toffee. A fair amount of residual sweetness and overall I get a strong boozy pineapple effect. Sweet grains provide a backdrop, a little like honeyed pancakes, and then boom, you get a powerful medicinal blast of mixed herbs, coriander, bitter roots and leaves, licorice, a little clove. I love massive IPAs and yet I was still a bit awestruck by the bitter woody finish. I agree that the alcohol is well-concealed at first, but I started getting a fusel burn or some ethyl acetaye about halfway through, at which point the bitter finish started to seem coarse and overpowering. Still, deserves some of the accolades. (1,022 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Houblin Chouffe has thick, fizzy, off-white head, an extremely bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and some good lacing left behind. The aroma is surprisingly pineapple, sweetness, citrus, and bready. Taste is of pineapple juice, bitterness, a touch of banana and coriander, which rather quickly fade, some bread, and grain husk. The overall flavor here, though, is bitter, sharp pineapple or grapefruit, as some may perceive it. Mouthfeel is between light and medium and somewhat slick, and Houblin Chouffe finishes dry, somewhat alcohilic, and bitter. I don’t think it’s a great as some claim, however.

RJT (610 characters)

Photo of Braheem
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this one from a 750ml bottle. This beer looks like champagne, crazy carbonated (every other bottle will erupt when first opened) and with a thick white head that does not seem to ever fully dissipate. Yum!

The taste and smell are incredibly refreshing a little hoppy but not as much hop boom as one would expect from an IPA. The taste is so well balanced that it only hints at the high 9%ABV that is hidden deep away in this brew...hiding in there with the little gnome I would imagine.

This beer quickly became a favorite for me and my girlfriend. A very well rounded and mature drink. Try it! (603 characters)

Photo of jhchan
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There comes a time in a man's life when he tries a random beer from a random restaurant while on some random trip and goes - holy f*ck.

Houblon Chouffe gave me that moment. On tap at a Oyster bar in Vancouver, I was NOT expecting this.

The beer has a great golden appearance, matched by a sweet smell. When it first hits your palette you get a hint of sweetness and citrus, which lingers and gradually the bite of the hops come in and you're left with the satisfying aftertaste of an IPA. It's not overly hoppy, but just enough to appreciate it.

It's basically your entire range of tastes, in one sip of beer. Phenomenal.

I will say though, that I'm VERY disappointed that the subsequent bottles I've had here in North American have not evoked the same blissful memories I had at this fateful bar in Vancouver. The bottles I've found here have a similar sweetnesss/citrus flavor but lack the hops. I'm not sure if they brew it here, or it's a bottling issue (in Europe it's equally as good). But find this on-tap and please try it. It is simply amazing. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look on this beer is inviting. Nice golden shade of blonde, with a 1 finger soapy white head. The aroma on this beer is what I look for in a quality Tripel. Citrus, grassy, yeasty with hints of fruits. Bread dough sweetness with herbal qualities in the background. Taste is actually better than the aroma, go figure right? This contains citrus mostly a lemon and orange peel. Grains greet you with open arms that in its complexity actually adds some lighter fruits. Honey sweetness, herbal spice from some of the hops. A nice dry resinous bitterness finishes this brew down softly. The palate is Medium-light smooth and sharp tight fizzy carbonation helps make this brew known to you.

Overall: This beer is great. You have the Tripel components and also hoppy notes as well. This beer is balanced with not an assault of hops on your tongue, but enough to let you know they are there. If you like hop resin in your beer, this should be no problem punishing. The alcohol is very well masked. If you like Hoppy ales and Belgian ales, there is no reason why you haven't tried this one yet. This is Recommended. (1,112 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Golden clear yellow.

S: Spice and floral citrus.

T: Minor tripel notes of the sweetness. Odd combination. Some pine hop aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth with tripel thickness.

O: Different. Had to try it with the description of a Tripel IPA. (275 characters)

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