Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Reviews: 1,154
Hads: 2,506
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 188
Gots: 339 | 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 TheHoppiest
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a growler I obtained from Lizardville Whiskey Bar in Bedford Heights. Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with a tall tight-bubbled white head that breaks down to a sticky, crystalized lid, leaving cobwebby lacing behind.

Smells heavenly, with biscuity malt, piney hops, and a floral aroma.

Taste is just, wow! Complex, with a fruity start, followed by a mildly malty middle, and a pleasantly hopped finish, with a dry bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. Apricots, bananas (a taste I didn't expect, but should haven given the Belgian yeast), and mild citrus up front, with cloves, nutmeg and a peppery spice hitting mid-taste, finished with a dry, resinous piney hop taste that leaves you wanting more.

Medium to full bodied, with a dry, bitter taste.

This is an excellent beer, complex, tasty, and with an active and interesting mouthfeel. It was a pricey growler, but I knew it would be worth it, since finding this on tap around here is certainly a rarity. I've never had bottled, though I've seen it in the store and will make sure to give it a try to see how it compares to this beer on tap.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 2/13/10

A - Slightly hazy, golden yellow with an immense, well retained white head and lovely lacing all over the glass. I don't think I've ever seen so much lacing except for Orval and Saxo. Wow. 5.0

S - Earthy, grassy hops, light fruits of apples and pears. Little bit of honey in the aroma. Basically, hops + honey + fruits. Mmmm. 5.0

T - Honey, pilsner malt, lots of earthy and grassy tastes. Heat from alcohol in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing. 5.0

M - Crisp, refreshing, and well carbonated. Warmth from the alcohol. 4.5

D - Extremely. I would finish this whole 750mL myself if I didn't have to share it with my gf. Absolutely delicious. 4.5

Overall - A delicious example of the style. Excellent in all aspects, just a bit prominent in terms of noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of stevoj
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This is the best of many traditions. Pours with a nice fluffy and airy head, taste has the bitterness of an IPA and the sweetness and grassy notes of a high quality tripel. Beautifully executed, and well worth the effort. Must try!

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Photo of Higravity
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the Karmelit glass nice dense white head and a true golden body. The aroma attacks me before the glass even gets in my hand. Candied hops and spicy yeast bits. The taste is a hopped up, but with gentle citrus and noble type, triple and the alcohol blooms on the back end that leaves a tang of wonderful hops and yeast. Nice drinkable body and this is something I will drink again.

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Photo of VonSteinhoist
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old world meets the new world with a wonderful balance of bitter and sweet drinkability. Golden ale with a heavy white foam that eventually settles down to a long lasting fine soapy head. Smell of grapefruit and spice with light floral tones. Taste begins sharp but immediately sets sweet and lingers to the top hop and then balances to semi-dry and finishes with a hint of black pepper. No kidding. A lasting and complex flavor event. Kudos to the Makers for combining the best attributes of Belgium and North America to create such a delicious brew. One of my personal favorites for sure. Best enjoyed with good friends. Outstanding!

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Photo of Allen_Davis
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this beer at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach.

Appearance - Off-yellow color with a persistent thin head.

Smell - The hops drown out the subtle barley notes. This is NOT a bad thing.

Taste - As soon as you pull this beer into your mouth, the fumes tickle your tongue with sweetness before the beer even touches down. This 'pre-flavour' is quickly drowned by a complex and rich hops profile, coupled with a flirty sweetness that comes and goes across the front of the tongue. Saaz hops really shine here, with a bit of modest hopping in the background from other varieties. The hops never overpower this fine brew. As it goes down, there is a residual tangy grapefruit ester that marries perfectly with the slight 'skunk' flavor and the round, full sweet barley body. Notes of coriander/orange peel with the abslolute slightest hint of bubble-gum. No banana/clove notes here for me...Rarely have I had a beer this balanced in simple, defined flavors.

Mouthfeel - A quick carbonated zing is defeated by hops from all directions. Not as 'sticky' in feel as some Belgian beers. This is a plus in my book. A brilliant session beer for those that are willing to pay for it.

Overall - This beer is an amusement park for your mouth: The casual drinker will enjoy it for the adventureous hops profile. The keen, observant drinker will giggle in delight at the simple sublety of this beer. Rich and savory, with simple, but satisfying esters....a lingering hops exploration on multiple levels, perfectly balanced with the sweet barley body....you should definitely try this one.

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Photo of foggymountainman
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in a 750 ml. DELICIOUS! very surprising and fruitful. the brew dances on the palette. wonderful to have a Belgian ale that is IPA rock'n'roll style. this is what will turn me unto a belgian drinker, if there is any. it looks a beautiful cloudy pale wheat, good looking brew. the smell is delectable, it got my nose too close, and i was not cross (aside from the have sip lost). the taste stays with you. fruity and well rounded with an aftertaste that sticks to the gums. a true fine wheat taste. i could drink it all day... well, a good two, but would need a mix-it-up. definitely drinkable for two to a few, but wouldn't feel comfortable drinking all night. a must try, for sure. its hard to drink the keystone light and PBR after this, but it is too good to follow it with a home brew (mine are really good). this is a great beer, buy it, try it, and enjoy yourself.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear, pale yellow with an enormous, white head. Nice retention and lacings on this impressive head that is reminiscent of white water rapids.

Sweet, floral, fruity, champagne aroma with some alcohol and phenols.

What an incredibly tasty and unique beer! It is very sweet but not cloying. A dark red fruit and caramel taste is quickly replaced by orange and grapefruit. The surprisingly complex flavors also include some spicy notes throughout. The aftertaste is nicely hopped with some big, bitter pine notes. Is it an IPA or a Tripel? It's darn good, that's what it is!

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer has an incredible mouthfeel and an addictive quality. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet without much dryness, making this a very drinkable beer. I regret that I only purchased one.

The name and the bottle intrigued me and I am not disappointed that I purchased this brew! I'm going to seek out as many more as I can purchase tomorrow! Truly, this is a divine nectar that is worthy of praise!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

Bought this bottle with a gift certificate that I got for Discount Liquor when I left my last company. Thanks Tom!

A-Unbelievable rocky head that is relentless. Beautiful golden body with lively carbonation coming from all angles. The sticky lace stuck all over the glass, and I mean everywhere!

S-As soon as I popped the top, the hop aroma was punching me in the face. It almost seems to be a battle between the spicy hops and the Belgian yeast strain. The doughy, earthy yeast is presented perfectly along side the hops.

T-What can I say...my two favorite styles combined into one masterpiece. The IPA side shines through early on and the sweetness of the tripel body comes through as it warms a little at mid bottle. Your tastebuds are juggling between American IPA and Belgian Tripel. Either way, everything turns into a happy concoction.

M-Great blend of bitterness up front followed by the sweetness of the tripel body and finished with a spicy Chouffe yeast quality. This would have been a perfect 5 if it were a little heavier on the Tripel sweetness.

D-Tough to find flaws in this if you are a hop head and a tripel fan. ABV is hidden and starts to creep on you. I could definately see a couple bombers being opened with the right group of friends for an all nighter.

Nicely done d'AChouffe!!!

Next challenge....homebrew clone of this!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice. Pours out a cloudy amber with an enormous rocky head of foam and little chunks of yeast swirling around in the beer itself. Lovely! Big citrus, grassy, floral hop aroma, but also with notes of fresh fruity apple, tangerine-peel, sweet candy. Mix of clean candy-ish sweetness and high hop bitterness, lightly fruity (oddly, I taste sweet onion, maybe with the peppery alcoholic flavor, or maybe fresh bell pepper...?), and plenty of hop flavor, the exact flavors described in the aroma. Dry finish but not bracingly so. Full carbonation, lots of body.

Absolutely gorgeous beer. This is my first time to try it, and I find it one of the best beers I've ever had. YUM!

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a large foamy white head with great retention and great lacing. Smell is fruitty and floral with a nice sweetness. Taste is initially like an ipa with bitterness from the hops and a nice citrus presence, followed by more of a Belgian taste with a little carmel and fruit. This is great, I love the combo of the two styles. It is very drinkable, and this will definitely be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've wanted to try this for a while, but I wanted to hold out for a fresh bottle, so when Abe's got it in, I jumped on the chance to taste this beer. 750 mL bottle with a cool screen printed label, poured into two tulips.

Cloudy golden/light orange color with a huge white head that just sits there, looks like meringue and leaves tons of lace. Amazing.

Smell is deliciously hoppy, not to strong, though. It is balanced with some sweetness and fruitiness from the belgian yeast. Didn't pick up any of the 9% ABV in there.

Tasted exactly what i imagined, and hoped, a belgian ipa would taste like. It had the yeasty complexity of a great belgian ale with the bold hoppy flavors of an IPA. Everything in this one is in balance, too. Tastes like one delicious beer, not two beers haphazardly mixed together.

Mouthfeel was light with lots of carbonation, not watery at all. Very light and refreshing, i could drink this beer all night. Outstanding.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first Belgian IPA - I'm really excited. The bottle is a 75 cl and the label has the "Chouffe-gnome" which is probably a bad sign. I mean a gnome, come on...

A: It pours pale yellow with lots of cloudyness.
The head, don't get me started, is massive white that stays for a long time and then leavs the most beautiful lacings from the top of the glass all the way down to the beverage. There are some heavy sediments in the bottle.

S: At first there is some yeast, but quickly it turns so a sour tone - Lemons. Then there is floral hops and sweet malt along with some spices.

T: HOPS!!! Floral hops is what this beer's all about. Man, this is great. A very complex beer with spicy notes (mostly pepper), a bit of sweet maltyness is also present along with some fruit (citrus).

M: The aftertaste is a mix of bitterness and pepper. If this sounds nice you should love this beer cause you can enjoy the aftertaste all afternoon... The body is pretty light and the carbonation is something else (the feeling is alost like brettanomyces-yeast).

D: If you find this on the shelfs (even with the whimpy gnome on the label) you must be on the wrong website if you don't first buy it and secondly drink it and thirdly enjoy it. To sum it up - BUY THIS ONE!!!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the sterling Crane Alley.

Two lush fingers of bone white froth top a hazy orange-cream body with lemony highlights. As if the original look weren't impressive enough, the ample rings of lacing and the long-lasting head push Houblon Chouffe's appearance over the top; magnificent.

There are hops aplenty to this Dopplebock IPA Tripel, which is in and of itself a mouthfull to type. The advertised Amarillo and Saaz are most pronounced, but the malt is also impressive; very fruity (primarily berry and banana) with chocolate, and the yeast provides some pleasant funk. Wonderful.

The taste comes in waves of flavors and layers, with the first primarily IPA and Dopplebock. Floral hops cascade over the tongue, but not too obstreperously; very accessible. Dense malt may help that, and certainly accentuates the flavor. Most of all, I am impressed by how balanced this stylistic melange is. Upon reading the description at Crane Alley, I thought this might be too much of one style and, despite its best intentions, not enough of the others. It isn't. This really does manage to incorporate the best characteristics of the styles--hopped IPA but without too much resiny grit (although I love that); malty, sweet, chocolaty Dopplebock, and effervescent, crisp fruity Tripel, especially apple and grape. The balance as much as the complexity is most impressive.

This tightrope is impressively negotiated in the texture, with much to love for fans across these styles. The finish perhaps brought out more Tripel than in the rest of the beer, with a surprisingly crisp, clean finish despite the hops/malt assault leading me to think this was mainly Dopplebock IPA. Not so, for the finish had a distinctly yeasty flavor.

I must tip my cap to the Crane Alley for having the amazing foresight and wisdom to place this on its menu; just a fabulous choice, for as good as the beer choices are at other local establishments, Crane Alley perhaps more than the others veers toward the eclectic, and Houblon Chouffe D-IPA-T is nothing if not eclectic. Well, nothing except for brilliantly delicious. This was a tremendous discovery, and one I won't soon forget. Easily one of the most original beers in terms of style, this remarkably balanced beer was truly a revelation.

Brilliant; simply brilliant.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, MA

A - Deep golden-yellow color with fluffy off-white head. Leaves huge sheeting as it works down the snifter.

S- The familiar yeasty, fresh fruity cracker notes of a good tripel stand out most, but floral hops are quite present and light, bready sweet malt notes round out the background. Very complex, balanced and really amazing.

T- Loads of complexity and depth here as well. The same yeasty tripel flavors come through, quite a bit of malty sweetness and enough hops flavors and bittering to balance and give a clear IPA impression. The yeasty flavors stick in the aftertaste, very easy drinking.

M - Smooth. Full mouthfeel without being cloying or sticky, enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

D- What a great beer, this was a serious treat and I'm going to have to pick up more of it. It's very well balanced, but keeps all of the unique elements very present. Definitely one to seek out if you haven't tried.

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Photo of becktone
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this mother fucker, as soon as the cap was popped, before it was off this 12oz bottle, erupts. More than half of the bottle shoots out of the bottle in a pressurized stream since the cap was still on. I am not happy.

Eye: Hazy gold in color. Very nice head retention, formation and excellent lacing. Head is rocky in appearance. Real nice.

Nose: Spicy, and citrus hop aromas fill the nose. Totally American hops hops. Malt backbone is strong, and reminiscent of a tripel. Alcohol is detectable.

Tongue: Notes of vanilla, oak and a general dryness. Citrus and spicy hop tones. Malt backbone is sweet, but not pronounced. Much of the flavor is from the hops and yeast. Citrus and spicy supported by earthy, musty, and woody yeast character. Behind all that sweet malt flavor that supports the entire beer. Tastes much like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast strains. I get a little bit of a melon type of flavor in the aftertaste...long after the beer has been swallowed. Complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish is dry. Carbonation is low, and is perfect for this beer. Body is medium-light. Alcohol is hidden well, and this is an easy drinking beer. This is one that I'd not be opposed to drinking all night. I'll definitely be picking this one up again....very soon, I think I'll go with the 750 and keep it colder than 38 F when I open it, hopefully there'll be less chance of a gusher.

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Photo of lostdesperato
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was truly a pleasure. I brought a 75cl to the new Indian restaurant in town and it paired beautifully with the complex spicy flavors.

A- golden cloudy appearance with plenty of yeast sediment, the head was billowy and remained in the glass long after the beer was gone.

S- unbelievable aroma, hints of apple and a strong floral boutique

T- strong hops, perfectly balanced, this is what a IPA should be. It has a perfect balance of flavors. The yeast comes through with the alcohol and the hops linger just enough to capture the brilliance of this outstanding brew.

M- the carbonation was at just the right level. This consistency was smooth and satisfying.

D- For a 9% beer this was exceptionally drinkable. I blew through the whole bottle with dinner and did not realize how much it hit me. I certainly realized once I stood up.

Overall I urge all fans of Belgian and IPA beers to seek this beer out at all costs.

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Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 1 pint 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The abv is listed at 9% on the label and there is a nice description on the back.

Appearance: It has a tall three finger thick head. This pillowy off white and long lasting head is sticky and leaves lace rings on the glass with each sip. Under the head I see a hazy golden liquid full of yeast sediment.

Smell: I get floral hops with some fruity esters and funky Belgian yeast on top of pale malt sweetness. It is a funky hop delight!

Taste/Palate: There is a pale malt base with funky yeast and plenty of floral hops with a touch of citrus hops as well. The floral hop flavor and bitterness slowly fades off the tongue in the finish. Lots of soft Champagne like carbonation gives this beer a lively texture in a firm medium body.

Notes: Everything is in good balance with an excellent hop and funky character.

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First I'll admit that I'd been walking around Philly in the July 6th heat and was more than ready for a beer.

This beer is amazing! It was delicious and I cannot wait to see if my local shops carry it. There is nothing I could say negative about it. It was crisp, wet, delicious, extremely well balanced--not a hint of its 9% ABV. I could have easily pounded 6 of these had it not been for the 8 oz glasses and the price tag. If you see this on tap at your local dive, it's a MUST-HAVE!

A-A Milky Yellow/Gold
S-Wonderful citrus-y pine (no smell of alcohol)
T-Awesome. It was so well balanced. Sweet and resin-y at the same time. No hint of its high ABV.
M-Wet and refreshing. It had a nice fullness/creaminess to it.
O-You've got to get this.

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Photo of bditty187
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I should have poured this into a Duvel glass because this is one heady beer! My goblet was two-thirds white foam and one-third hazy gold-hay liquid. Head retention impressive but it slowly faded quick enough so I could pour in more beer. I love the bubbly/whipped cream head! Of course there was lacing before I even started to drink it. Once I got all the beer into my glass there was tons of chunks (which I have mixed emotions about). No matter, the liquid is beautiful, the head is awesome, and the subsequent lacing is widespread. This is a glorious looking beer.

The nose is not as hoppy as Urthel Hop-it but I love the bouquet nevertheless. The blend of Chouffe house yeast funk and hops are a perfect marriage. Lemony, grassy, floral notes, grapefruit, and hints of earthy wood seem to be the main aromas derived from the hops; the nose doesn’t seem bitter. Juicy malt aromas, orange peel, a kiss of pepper, hints of fruit, and pie with a dash of clove at the finish. Overall the nose is fairly complex and similar to Thiriez XXtra. Moderate potency; chatty, and (most definitely) inviting. I can’t wait to taste it!

The palate is bitter and hot. I love it! There is grapefruit rinds, earthy/flowery Saaz hops, herbal lemon notes, spicy/grassy with tons of pepper at the finish. Mix in some cloves, bubblegum, pine notes, sugar cookies, and sweet sugary candy with a solvent smack at the finish. Is this the most complex, amazing Belgian beer I have tried? No. Is it really, really freaking good? Oh, hell yeah! This is one of the better hoppy Belgian beers I’ve tried. Granted there aren’t many to choose from but this is excellent. What a lovely beer.

Medium in body, fairly light actually, creamy carbonation, the mouthfeel is soothing and relaxing.

You know what sucks? I only have an 11.2oz bottle and I am almost finished with it. This is a very tasty beer. Is it a Tripel? No. Is it an IPA? No. Is it another kick ass beer from Achouffe? Oh yeah. I love this brewery and this beer has lived up to my internal hype. I was expecting a bit more American hop influence but this beer rocks “as is.” Thank you Bill, I loved every drop.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this once quite awhile ago and just revisited it now! The nose is bursting with floral & citrus hops. It's a gorgeous pour; straw gold in color, cloudy and with a great, pudding-like head that lasts. The mouth feel is nice; juicy and very easy-drinking. The flavor! I don't want to gush so I won't but if I did I'd say WOWWW!!!! It's loaded with citrus, honey, pine, white pepper, and nicely malted. Great balance. I didn't detect the alcohol so much, so this went down way too easily.

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Photo of ryanms3030
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find this on tap at a recent visit to Redbones in Somerville. Usually when I'm at a bar with a great beer selection I like to go for variety during my visit but after drinking Houblon to start off, I had to stick with it because it was so increadible (of course I think I only had two..maybe 3 due to the alcohol content.)

I am a big fan of the Chouffe brewery, big IPA's and Tripels so this beer was right up my alley. The color and head on the beer were perfect coming off the tap, a deep golden color with a good two fingers of head on the pour. The aroma and flavor had a very pronounced hopiness but the mouthfeel and finish were much smoother then your average "big" IPA and were closer to a Belgian Tripel complete with a somewhat spicy finish. I was doubtfull that a combination of these two very different styles would work...but the Houblon works very well.

The only downfall I think would be if you don't care for very hoppy beers because this one is definately hoppy.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delerium Cafe in Brussels July 2008

Lasting white head sitting atop a hazy, butter yellow body

Very hoppy nose (by far the hoppiest of any Belgian beers I've tried), much like an American IPA, though not as aggressive

Taste & Mouthfeel
Delicious! Highly hopped, yet not overdone at all; masks the high ABV incredibly well; malts on the lighter side surprisingly for such a big beer; body is light-to-medium

Extremely drinkable--dangerously drinkable! It's such a refreshing and seemingly sessionable ale. All around very tasty.

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Photo of baldycmu
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot think of many beers I like better than this. Pours a yellowy cloudy/unfiltered straw color with pillows of head. The smell is sweet and floral with a nice hoppy smell of citrus in the background. The taste follows right along with everything from hops to yeast and spice. Just a fantastic beer to drink.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thought this would be a good prelude to Town Hall "Number 9", which will soon be in my possesion, which was brewed in the same vein.

Slightly hazed golden. Bigass white crown of froth. It becomes quite rocky as it recedes and leaves great webs of lace. Great nose. Not exactly an IPA nose, but still, a great nose. I can pick out more of the Saaz on the nose than the 'Rillos. Doesn't matter. I love the smell of both. But there's also a nice belgian biscuity malt aroma that blends in nicely. A very warm and comforting aroma. Onto the flavor. Nice. Interesting. And unique. Unlike any beer that I can remember off the top of my head. It's got the great hop attributes, albeit slightly different than the hop bombs of America. But also this great underlying Belgian matliness and yeastiness. Bready, biscuity, warming... I've heard of comfort food, well this is comfort beer. A beer that would be outstanding on a cool, cloudy, late autumn day...with a fire going...and a good football game on...and good food cooking in the kitchen. This would be the perfect beer for Thanksgiving. I may have to get some more.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.