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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
94
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2,308 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,308
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 164
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/6/2009 blind. Split a 750 mL 2 ways. poured into stemless wine gasses.

Ar: Fruity, rising white bread, tart fruit, apricot, pear, strong aroma, vegetative funk (tree bark, green wood) more apparent as beer warms, bubblegum

Ap: very thick frothy whipped off white head, great retention, heavy lace, hazy yellow/dull gold, high effervescence, light yeast

F: Strong bubblegum, light alcohol. fruity, floral honey, fruit sugar, dry finish, peach (sweet), tart, tropical fruit, chamomile, light toast/bread, citrus and light coriander, spice, spicy finish, clean bitterness

M: very high carbonation, clean end, light harsh alcohol and alcohol astringency, medium mouthfeel (heavier than tripels), dry end, creamy

O: Strong bubblegum, alc too harsh, like the mouthfeel, funk mild and intriguing

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent golden hue with a pillowy white head that mountains up to the top of the snifter. As the head recedes it leaves thin tiny bubbles, thickly laced in spotty patterns across the walls of the glass. Smell is intense! Ripe pear, green apple, orange juice, banana, white pepper, and clove. Taste isn't quite as intense as the nose, however it is very balanced and very unique in a good way! Begins with sweet banana bread and transitions into a citrus orange zest with a tongue tingling peppery finish. The alcohol slowly warms the back of the throat but is never overbearing. Everything balances everything out. No doubt there is a lot going on in this glass, the champagne like mouthfeel certainly helps melt it all together and dance it across the taste buds.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a murky golden with a good amount of sediment floating around. A nice pillowy head leaves some great lacing along side of the glass.

S- Right away I pick up the Belgian yeast and a good helping of candy sugar. The hops seem to hide in the background and there is some grassiness in there as well. If I didn't know any better, I would just thought this was a tripel from the smell of it.

T- Again, the Belgian yeast and sugar dominate at first sip. There is some grass in there and the dryness from the hops. I also detect a little spice in there, clove and maybe even a little coriander. The alcohol never peaks through.

M- A nice crisp and clean beer. Medium bodied with a bit of dryness at the end. Also there is a small amount of bitterness.

D- Crisp and easy drinking is the way I could explain it. Goes down easy despite the high ABV. Can't even notice them. A good interpretation of the style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tracked down a bottle, thanks to Heathy Spirits in SF. Not dated :-( Beautiful clean, pilsner-like appearence, with major head and A+ lace, no doubt due in part to the extra dose of iso alpha acids in those alpha hops! Nice golden ale nose...funny, it kind of reminds me of an American-brewed Belgian golden ale, since US brewers overhop delicate styles like these. Maybe I smell a bit of oxidation?

This is a trip, and its quite tasty. Lots of hops, at least by European standards. Cleverly counterbalanced by a gentle yet firm blanket of lighly toasted malts. The gentle numbing of the bitterness gently creeps up, until finally the malts cleanly fade away and leave a faint bittering glow. Great use of hops; great aroma hops, lots of gentle bittering, and only enough malt as is needed. All-around very smooth and easy to drink. All aspects of the flavor profile are very delicate, and it all melts together quite seamlessly. Well hidden alcohol when served relatively cold.

Mouthfeel: light body, not quite dry, but no residual sweetness. Champagne like carbonation makes it kind of a sipper, but drinkability is high since its so delicious. I bet it'd be awesome on tap.

A bit different than my expectations, but I'm used to the hoppy IPAs from Northern CA and this is really not that kind of hoppy. It was excellent in it's own right; very similar to La Chouffe, but with a much more prominant hop profile. One of the hoppiest Belgian beers I've had for sure, up there with Bink Blonde.

Wonderful, and highly recommended. I enjoyed it best at about 45°F. Cheers!

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 2,308 ratings.