Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 180
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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 cdrummer
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, 14th Street, Charlottesville, VA.

A: Golden and light apricot colored beer sit beneath a fluffy head of perky foam. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass too.

S: Apple, melon, pear, and some serious yeasty breadiness are all up in my face. To be frank, it smells as bit musty.

T & M: This beer is pleasantly bitter and highly carbonated, making waves of yeast and spicy hops dance across my palette. It's tart and refreshing, while also being a bit sticky and bitter, especially in the finish. I honestly did not even notice the alcohol until the very end on the finish, when it warmed me ever-so-slightly. It's pretty well disguised, I think.

D: Due to its tartness, crisp carbonation and upfront bitterness, I thought this beer was quite drinkable. I mean, it's not as easily quaffed as a session IPA, but with 9% abv, that's to be expected.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, shiny golden colour, very translucent with a few floaties. Head is hugely generous, white and webbed out quite a bit. It sinks slowly and leaves nice trails of lacing around the glass. Interesting, looks like an innoculated brew perhaps?

Smells a bit bland. Sour wheaty notes with some peach and other stone fruit characters coming through, as well as an odd meaty note, kind of mildly spicy with a slight saltiness as well. Intriguing. Am I a fan? Let's say I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish this beer any specific harm.

Tastes more curious. Quite strong, with a good belt of funk. Quite sour on the front with wheat malt and a touch of crisp apple that gets a strong barnyard flavour with much leathery flavour and a noticeable booziness that borders on phenolic. An odd stickiness that doesn't quite reach sweetness but has that dessert wine texture, and a touch of bitter peppery spice at the back. Fairly clean, not entirely but enough to be refreshing. Decent.

An odd mix of styles, at times I feel polarised within myself. But it's at least very interesting.

Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful foam hat, white, with beautiful laces. A good deep orange color, orange on the edges. Slightly hazy.
At the smell, after a malty base, a strong but not too much american hop aroma. Quite well balanced.
In the taste the alcohol is well hidden, the taste is not too strong. Dangerously drinkable.
Pleasant american hop, not overwhelming.
A resolute and long bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean. Light notes of camomile.
When it warms, you can feel a bit the alcohol.
Good beer, for sure.

Photo of merlin48
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Walked into my old fraternity house the other day. Turns out the pledges bought me a bottle of this. That's love for ya.

I'm always a bit hesitant to review Belgians. There's always something unexpected that I won't know if it's good or bad so I just have to be purely subjective about it.

Pours very pale, slightly hazy yellow with the most unholy head I've ever seen in my life. Huge, foamy, billowy, ridiculous. Consistency of egg whites that have been whipped like Jesus Christ before he went up on that cross (too soon?). I poured it slowly, which turned out to be too fast and had to quickly suck alcoholic hop foam into my mouth. Sounds like heaven to me.

Not a lot going on in the aroma. Very clean pilsner aroma effect.. some slight white sugar, along with a whispy acidic hop aroma with just a hint of belgian yeast aromas.

I still feel like this head is going to blow up and attack me at any minute.

Taste is noticeably alcoholic. In fact, the alcohol sort of dominates a lot of the flavor. This could almost be construed as some weird imperial German pilsner creation with some Belgian yeast sprinkled on top. Pilsner malt dominates the malt side of the taste, but it's very well done. Compared to American IPAs, the hop character in this is nothing. It's less bitter than Prima Pils (yes, not an IPA) or SNPA (well.. also not an IPA). But to call this an IPA is sort of a long stretch for anyone who's had Hop Devil or Racer X. The hops are also mostly lost inside the flavor of alcohol, which I'm not a fan of.

Mouthfeel is just dextrinous enough to get around all that pilsner malt. I'm drinking a 750 of this and am already sort of tired of it but the room will probably be spinning in a bit.. I guess that's a plus.

In short, Belgium is weird. There's a gnome on this bottle and I'm not sure I understand what they're going for with the beer. Also, I hate gnomes.

Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- huge, fluffy head that stays around forever and is almost meringue-like...hazy golden color...tons of lace

S- nice, hoppy aroma...banannas and spices dominate as the beer warms...a bit of yeastiness as well

T- peppery hop presence...yeasty flavor comes through as it warms...sweet bananna as well

M- smooth carbonation...nice mix between sweet and bitter...a little bit of alcohol warming

D- nice, but not great...definitely would not turn one down

Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

From start to finish this beer reminds of duvel. It looks, smells and even taste the same, but a small level below a duvel.

The color is light cloudy gold with a HUGE white chunky head that lasts several minutes.

The aroma is light flowers and hops.

The taste is a light start with a strong finish. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of DARIVA
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost completely clear blond beer with a beautiful head.

S: This beer has the smell of lime.

T: Nice bitter and fresh taste of this beer.

M: This beer has a light foam and a wonderful carbonation feeling.

O: Good drinkable and a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of tjd112
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into my Chimay goblet

Appearance - A golden body with a very thick white head reminiscent of snow covered mountains

Smell - Very hoppy, but a little bit of skunk, due to the (green bottle) being exposed to light.

Taste - Very malty and biscuit-y, grassy hops with some apple cider peeking in

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but very dry finish

Drinkability - Surprisingly masks the alcohol well

Overall - Not a bad introduction to the style, but it gets points off for being in a green bottle

Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle decanted into my Duvel tulip. Bottle says batch #4, best before end of 2009, I hope this is fresh!

A: Yowza! We have a gusher! Lost about half an oz, which doesn't bother me as much as the fact that the sediment is all churned up. Oh well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange with a lot of floaties. Massive white head, made of pretty big bubbles. Plenty of visible carbonation. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a ton of gorgeous lacework.

S: Light citrus hops with lemon and orange with a sweet malt presence, candy-like. The entire bouquet is rather complex, with some spice as well with hints of clove and pepper. Very appealing.

T: Opens up with plenty of hops, with citrus characteristics as well as the earthy, spicy Saaz character. Hop bitterness isn't extreme but present and is in contrast with the floral, honey-like malt sweetness that's light in body. The finish is dry and spicy with a mace-like bitterness (minus the aroma). While that description makes it sound like a winner, it unfortunately isn't the case. The combination of spicy hops, spicy yeast , citrus hops and floral and delicate malts isn't working the wonders on my palate I thought it would.

M: Light and dry, this beer is awesome on the palate with great carbonation. The spices on the finish don't quite work though

D: While I'm failing to notice the 9% ABV, it's not my sobriety that will keep me from reaching for another but my tastebuds themselves. All said and done, a pretty unique beer, one that I probably will revisit a few times a year when i see it on tap. I guess Belgian IPAs aren't quite my thing :-(

Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 7/17/13

A: orange grain ale with 3-4 fingers white head that falls to a single finger of meringue head. Cobweb lace.

S: triple is really nice and yeasty. Plenty of coriander and grain. Really nice. Noble. Earthy hops.

T: bitter and sweet. Nice herbal hops with hay, grass, tea. Hint of plastic.

M: thick and hi carb. Slick finish.

O: good beer. Last time for me though.

Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy golden color with a very tall head that sticks around a while and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very floral and slightly spicy from the hops. Interesting. The flavor is full of hops that taste like noble hops. I really don't care for this type of hop flavoring, but the malt character is strong in the back and it lends a little caramel flavoring. The body is on the thick end of moderate and the drinkability is good.

Photo of SanDNigel
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly opaque 24-carat gold with a rich creamy pure white head
S- Classic Belgian Tripel clovi-ness shines through much brighter than the hops, but definitely not in a bad way
T- Very interesting. Reminds me of the bitter cousin of a Japanese Lager. Hops are much more a bittering aspect than anything else.
M- Intensely carbonated yet silky when it first hits the tongue.
Its a good beer. It doesn't strike me as amazing though. It is easy to enjoy. My palate keeps taking me back to a sushi restaurant (on that note, it would probably pair great with most seafood)

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark hazy golden, a high white head that is leaving good lacing.

The smell is sweet, floral, somewhat dusty hay, and a tuna can association.

The taste is sweet, sugar, lemon and lime, but also som tuna, finishing with grass and hay.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and slightly oily, a big body and dry finish.

A solid triple with extra hops, was tested with the bottled version. Were actually quite different in taste. The on-tap was better.

Photo of stakem
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well there is alot of hype that comes with this beer but it was what I expected really.Poured a hazy light golden with a big blooming white fluffy head,aromas are yeasty somewhat pneolic with herbal notes.Yeah this beer is pretty hoppy the saaz really show thru quite spicey and zippy with "green" herbal notes and somewhat medicinal.The Belgian yeast is very prevelant along with a mineral-like quality,eh its ok but to me along the same lines of Urthel Hop It in its hop character just not my thing I guess but a solid beer none the less.

Photo of sloejams
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The title suggests there's a lot going on in this beer. Is it a Belgian Tripel? Is it a triple IPA? Is it both? Is it neither? What the fuck are you doing to me La Chouffe?

Anyhow this is an IPA, brewed with 3 different hops. This is definitely a Belgian and the hop character is quite unique. Different hops, more yeast - yeah we're in Belgium, especially with the cloudy golden straw color and finger cloud froth topping.

There are familiar Belgian pale ale flavor attributes as well: spicy foreground with citrus tones. Of the hops, the Saaz come through most most - the noble pilsner-esque spice.

It's hard drinking this not thinking you're drinking an experiment, which is strange as it so very subtle. A good tasting beer, but generally in the $10 range for a 750 mL - likely one I won't revisit often.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh growler pour at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Appearance and smell are the same as the original on-tap review.

Appearance: The ale is a nice hazy yellow color. There is a decent head that leaves a very good ring of lace in the glass.

Smell: A funky blend of super hoppy IPAs and spicy pepper tripels.

Taste: The beer is a combination of a tripel and a DIPA, two flavors that one would never expect to meld together. The tripel's sweetness shines through up front and is soon followed by an earthy Hop-It-like hoppy earthen flavor. The hops are toned down but intense, earthy in their freshness. The tastes don't blend seemlessly, but they do not fight each other either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is unusual, tangy sourness mixed with sweetness. Neither flavor manages to stand out on its own, choosing instead to remain muddled.

Drinkability: The novelty of the beer is enough to warrant a look. The flavors though never mix together well enough to really enjoy.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Clear golden in colour. Dense and perfectly white medium head: nice retention and nice lacing

S- Fresh fruity aromas of orange and lemon. Not so much on the malts side, maybe just a hint of biscuitness. A faint spiciness. Fresh and lively, lacks complexity

T- Biscuit malts are now clearly detectable (with a faint hint of roastiness), but they just bring the base for hop flavours to spread out. Highly refreshing, and almost not bitter at all, flavours of citrus (mainly orange) immediately get dominant, with a more distinct lemon taste on the tongue. A slight hint of spiciness while swallowing and a bitter aftertaste that feels quite empty (no flavours, just bitterness)

M- Big dry body. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Carbonation is maybe a tad too high, with the beer feeling too prickly on the palate

O- Drinkability is very good, no alcohol is to be found and freshness is king. The beer, though, lacks both the complexity of a classic belgian strong ale and the true bitter character of an american ipa

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a huge pillow of root beer float head. Highly active carbonation is visible throughout the body. The head continues to grow (above the rim of the glass) for several minutes before it settles back down to around two fingers. Coats the glass with a spiderweb of lacing. Lots of sediment in this one, although I tried my best to leave some in the bottle.

S - Grass, citrus, Belgian yeast, and herbs. Some tart grapes give this one some wine characteristics as well. Hops are overshadowed by lemon peel, flowers, and grass.

T - Same elements as in the nose. Citrus is prominent on the front with sourdough bread malt taking over in the middle. Finish has faint hops, but I am left with a bready aftertaste. Pretty average for the style.

M - Carbonation is high and the feel is pretty light. Drinks like a beer with much less alcohol, one of the dangers of Belgian beers.

O - I was pleasantly surprised to see this one at Whole Foods and scooped one up. Belgian IPA is one of my favorite styles, but this one drank more like a tripel. There wasn't really a hop bite or spicy finish. This was a longtime want, but I was a little bit disappointed.

Photo of shbobdb
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out quite strong! The PNW hops fight with pleasant yeast esters for quite the flavour combination!

When the beer was first served, it was rather cold but completely delicious. The yeast esters were balanced by the citrusy hops. But the wonderfully dry finish from the sugar used really let the hops shine. Delicious.

But as the beer warmed, the yeast esters took over more and more until the end when the beer was around room temp. At that point the beer tasted just like any other Tripel. Nothing too special.

But overall a pleasant experience. Nothing I'd really seek out, but I certainly don't regret it.

Photo of benito
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Other than samples of Hop It, this is my first Belgian IPA! Pale in color, this brew has an incredible head that clumps up, laces that glass, and refuses to disappear in any way.

The aromas show a little too much barnyard funk and not enough hops for a brew that purports to meld traditional Belgian styles with an IPA. In my ideal Belgian IPA, I think I'd get a more distinct, and maybe American hop presence in the bouquet.

That said, the flavor is spot on: a nice mix of typial Belgian spiciness (though it seems to be more in the saison/farmhouse tradition rather than the monastic/tripel one) and a dry, bitter finish. It drinks far too easily for a 9% brew, and I was amazed by how light the overall impression was--so much so that I've docked it points because it misrepresents the true soul of this beer.

This is a fascinating experiment and a solid, if flawed brew. I will be more than happy if I can make a Belgian IPA that enters the same ballpark as this brew.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Photo of collinsroth
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a large fluffy head which mellows in rings and clumps of satisfying puffy "clouds". The hops really stand out in this beer for a belgian - of the Belgian IPAs its the most similiar to a US style hoppy IPA I have found. Kind of a "fusion" beer of sorts. But the hops don't dominate so it retains the complex spice and flavor of a Belgian Triple.

An enjoyable beer, particularly for a fan of US IPAs...

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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