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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel - Brasserie d'Achouffe

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,986 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1986
Reviews: 1092
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%


Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-13-2006)
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my deep, wide Rochefort goblet a lovely golden amber, clear save for a slight chill haze, and capped with a fantastic head! The head settles to a thick, rocky, nearly solid mass across the surface, falling into thick, gobby mountains and valleys. The lacing is absolutely complete, thick, full white rings that let little light through, and the head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is a lovely blend! Sleek, sweet malts and a blend of citrusy hop scents really jazz things around.

The flavor is just great - it's really a beer for any occasion - whether you want an IPA, a tripel, a summery beer, something to warm you up when it's cold - this satisfies. There are definitely a lot of hops in here froa tripel, and it's way, way better executed than Urthel Hop It! Instead of tasting like a grassy tripel, this swirls with warm citrus - I can pick out notes of all the major citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange. The finish is nutty, and it really puts a nice end to the sweet malt and tangy hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with just enough zip from the hops, it finishes with a nutty kind of stickiness that lingers, inviting further recollections.

This is great, great, great, great.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 23:11:46 | More by Tupperwolf
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No doubt about it, this is one amzing beer.

I've had this beer a number of times on tap, and while I liked it the fist time I tried it, I've come to appreciate it more and more over time.

This beer pours an impressive cloudy yellow gold color, with a sensational head and lacing. The lacing might be the best I've ever seen, the foamy head is long lasting and persistent. Amazing.

The aroma is like nothing I've ever smelled before. I get lemon, lime and tangerines... exceptional citrus nose, but unlike anything I've ever encountered in an IPA or DIPA here in the states. On the palate... how in the hell do they do this. The beer starts off as if it's going to be a crisp, sweet, Belgium trippel, but then the hops come on strong at the finish. The beer has a fabulous hops bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming tiring to drink. In fact, considering the abv., it's really quite drinkable. The beer finishes very crisply, and is not the least bit heavy. In fact, it's quite light on its feet on the palate; amazing for a beer with this abv.

An altogether excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 01:52:35 | More by johnmichaelsen
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft pour led to a huge pillowy, rocky white head that keeps on rising above the rim. The foam stays a good three fingers thick for almost the entire beer. Huge gobs of lacing mark the glass. There are so many bubbles rushing to the top its insane. Has a clear golden color ( which became very hazy, almost like a snow globe once the bottom of the bottle was added).

Smells of floral hops, pepper and other spices ( really comes through when the yeast is added), yeast and a dash of sweet malt.

Tastes wonderful. The label does not lie, Triple IPA for sure. Lots of bitter hops, orange, pepper, yeasty spiciness ( once again more powerful when the sediment makes its way in), pale malt and a well hidden but warming alcohol. This is one hell of a beer, it is so complex and I was amazed how much it changes past mid bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 06:55:00 | More by irishkyle21
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first-ever beer from the brewery Brasserie d'Achouffe, and I was completely blown away by the overall quality and outstanding character of this terrific sample... From a 1pint, 16 fl oz large green bottle, pours an exceptional appearance with a cloudy, frothy, hazy sediment-filled strawish color with immense bubbly head with impressive staying power... smell is very intense, with a distinct bubble-gum aroma pouring out of the bottle with fruit and slight hops smell... taste was superb, full of fresh fruit, sweet grapefruit, and only slight hops... hardly any bitterness detected at all which surprised me considering the logo on the bottle claimed it was an "IPA Tripel"... not what I was expecting at all with such a sweet marriage of perfect flavors and a delicate balance of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops... As far as the 9% ABV is concerned, the alcohol is hard to detect with such strong and rich flavors...Outstanding, world-class brew, Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:11:12 | More by dsa7783
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biggred1

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey blonde with a ton of suspended yeast particles. Big white whipped meringue-like head lasts long after the pour. Leaves big sticky rings of lace all down the glass. Citrusy and aromatic piney hop notes with soft honey dominate the nose. Big and bold IPA hop flavor with a nice hit of candy sugar sweetness to balance the dry almost champagne like finish. Nice medium heavy mouthfeel with a very fine smooth carbonation. Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden. One of my all time faves.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 21:05:52 | More by biggred1
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. I'd never tried a Tripel IPA before, so I was intrigued.

The head was not nearly as thick as others have described, about half a finger. The body was a translucent, light orange, no highlights that I could tell.

The smell was great! I could easily smell this beer all day -- sweet, caramelly malt mixed with a brisk, light hop character. I think I spent more time smelling it than I did drinking. I just couldn't get enough

The taste was excellent. The hops were pretty upfront, providing a breezy, refreshing character, bitter of course but not nearly as overwhelming as most American IPA's. That bitterness literally washed away to leave a very satisfactory toffee, caramel center. I could feel the hops drain out of my mouth, & it felt like a Werther's Original on my tongue, a great experience. The forces of cleansing hop & rewarding malt were cycled each time I took a sip, like I'd lift my head from the pillow & find a delicious candy each time.

The mouthfeel was fine, not too thich or thin. My salivary glands were stimulated by the hops & renewed by the buttery aftertaste each time.

This is one of those beers that's so deceptively delicious that I had not idea what the ABV was -- it's very drinkable, in my opinion, as the palate is wiped clean & begging for more after every sip. This does not scream "IPA" to me. The owner of 6 & Save said it's more popular with their hopheads. I didn't find it overly hoppy -- the hops are a refreshing, breezy prelude to that sweet, creme brulee center that I loved.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 22:19:44 | More by OneDropSoup
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alkemy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a hazy almost opaque yellow out of the petit brown bottle. Slightly off white head looks like a meringue and really sticks around. My Sam Adams perfect pint glass might have aided this. Smells fantastic. Yeasty and fruity and the Saaz hops stood out. Lots of lemon and a little clove as well as a touch of bubblegum. There's a doughy sweetness when this hits your mouth, but it's quickly replaced by a stream of other flavors. There's some peppery clove blending to grapefruit. Then a touch of vanilla comes in before the grapefruit reappears and establishes the lingering taste. You almost have to try to taste the alcohol in this...pretty impressive for 9%. I felt it in my stomach more than anything. Smooth, creamy feel that goes down effortlessly. Pretty impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:38:29 | More by alkemy
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mongodestroy

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden straw yellow. The head had the consistency of meringue and lasted over the 45 minutes of drinking this beer. I waited for the head to subside a bit in order to pour the last bit of beer. When I poured it a bit of the beer actually rolled off the head. Incredible.

Aroma - Each of the hop characteristics shine through. Floral with citrus and strong Belgian yeast character; banana/clove. There was also a bit of a spearmint aroma which I found interesting.

Taste - Very well balanced. For how much hop flavor is in this beer it is hardly bitter on the palate. The Belgian yeast character and hop character balance very nicely as well, which in some beers there is a tendency to conflict. I enjoyed for the first few sips an intense spearmint flavor which my palate quickly got accustomed to. It was absolutely delightful. A very complimentary complex and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 17:33:59 | More by mongodestroy
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kajerm

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a massive, Duvel-sized head. After one sip it explodes all over the walls of the glass, leaving a plate of lacing that covers almost the entire glass.

The aroma is herbal, floral continental hops-- Saaz, I think--mixed with phenols, esters, and every other one of those awesome, yeast-derived chemicals that show up in Belgian beers. Bananas, cinnamon, whatever-- this stuff is so unbelievably complex that it'd be even easier than usual to make up aromas.

Opens up like Duvel but better, so much better. The flavors are cleaner and the banana esters don't run the entire show. Fruity esters and spicy phenols give way to malty sweetness and a little candi sugar mid-palate, along with just a little butterscotch flavor from diacetyl. All of this quickly gives way to assertive hop bitterness on the finish. America and Belgium had a baby, and they called it Houblon.

So much going on, and everything is in perfect balance. This shit is awesome.

The mouthfeel is moderately heavy, with just enough carbonation.

9%ABV be damned. Not only could I drink this until I died, but I'd have a happy stay in Hell as long as this was on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 04:29:47 | More by kajerm
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joepais

Maine

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours hazy golden nice white fluffy head I had one bottle that had some yeast floating around in it. Don’t forget to rinse your glass out after or be prepared to scrub the glass for a long time Hoppy fruity aroma, tastes the way it smells nice hops bitter with the fruity Belgian yeast .sharp bubbly mouth feel.
Great Belgian tripel one of my favorites so far

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 04:09:27 | More by joepais
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy lemon yellow with an impressive frothy white head. superfine mesh lace like stretched microfiber. most excellent rings of lace from drinking as well spattered fine as chalk dust. a very attractive brew, shining color and amazing head retention.

S- extremely floral and sweet and very fruity. gardenia, wisteria, incense, banana, tropical citrus, pineapple, lychee, papaya, white bread, and some crazy yeast! floral alcohol esters as well and a little bit of bubblegum.

T- white toast and incredible hop flavor and again with the awesome yeast. sharp noble type hop bite is so very floral and green. jasmine, patchouli, lilies, tulip, daffodil, narcissus, many flowers come to mind. orange and grapefruit blossom in the hop zing, what i would expect from such a great belgian IPA. lingering astringent finish. bubblegumish bitter burp. this yeast is outer space! lemon, nutmeg, and bitter. golden raisin after taste. unknown fruits.

MF- silky belgian feel, slightly powdery, mid bodied. medium high carbonation, medicinal and boozy. outstanding.

D- great drinkability despite its intensity. a very sophisticated brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 05:37:23 | More by hustlesworth
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cs45977

California

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying, thank you Brasserie d'Achouffe for taking a chance and brewing this beer.

A - Very cloudy golden color with a good foam (two or three fingers). Foam laced nicely along sides of the glass all the way to the last sip. This beer has the appearance of a classic Belgian Triple

S - The Smell is where things get interesting. There is a distinctive yeasty odor very reminiscent of other Belgians but it is complimented with an unexpected floral hop odor that is normally reserved for the American IPA.

T - The smell was the preparation, the taste is the journey. There are many things going on in the mouth with this beer. At the very first taste you will notice the Belgian yeast and malt
If it were possible to stop right there, this would be an excellent triple. As I you continue to taste the hop flavor opens up in the back of your mouth (on swallow) and rises back to the nose. It may be that the higher alcohols and esters are carrying the hop flavors. The combination is really quite unexpected and wonderful.

M - very good and indicative of a highly carbonated bottle conditioned Belgian.

D - I've found this beer to be very drinkable. The several times I've encountered this beer, it has been shared with friends during tastings and this one is always the 'best of show'. The hybrid style seems to appeal to the best of both the IPA and Triple crowd and both 'camps' will be very happy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 12:50:45 | More by cs45977
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generallee

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 16:27:41 | More by generallee
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear Pilsner color to this beer. It's well carbonated and the head retention is beautiful.
S-It a bouquet of hops and yeast minus the malt. The yeast comes through as estery and balances with a floral hop aroma. Specifically, grapefruit is apparent. No off smells.
T- It tastes highly carbonated. The flavor, however is pleasantly different. It almost tastes like a cantaloupe juice with a finishing bitterness that lingers. It is certainly fruitful and hopped up. I wish the Saaz gave it a little more aroma.
M- Carbonated but warm. The carbonation is somewhat overwhelming at first, but as it sits, the flavor really comes through and the carbonation mellows.
O- Overall I would consider this a world class beer. The color is perfect to the Tripel Style where the hop flavor takes over in the finish and accents the West Coast IPA style. The English side in this beer is the overall balance between the two. Perhaps all three styles are accented in a sense. That's why I consider this to be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:53:48 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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dar482

New York

4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a big white head.

The aroma has tons of citrus, hops, but also that bready Belgian yeast character.

The flavor follows with a good amount citrus bitterness. Then there's a good malt breadiness. It's quite a complex beer with its hop profile and Belgian character.

This is really a wonderful drinking beer with its medium mouthfeel and packs tons of compelx flavors. I would say I even like this more than La Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:12:17 | More by dar482
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Capped and undated 750 purchased at Merchan'ts in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with a huge head of white that shows good retention and leaves intricately broken rings of lace as it goes down.

Citric hops with some floral notes dominate the nose but there is enough malty sweetness to keep it balanced. The hops have a pleasant aroma of fresh orange juice. A bit grassy with some earth. Very nice.

Lots of hop flavors as well. Citric and leafy with some grass and hop oils. Again, just enough malt for backbone but this is a hop lovers dream come true. Slight fruityness that suggests melons in the background. Dry almost puckery finish. I sometimes like a full on in your face hop bomb, this barely qualifies as such because I get to taste different aspects of the hops without getting bashed over the head with the usual Chinook or Centennial arsenal. I love it.

The mouth is alive with lots of carbonation and hop dryness that help clear the palate save for some lingering hop flavors. This is a great beer. I will buy more in the morning before work. I'll make sure to keep it in my truck in the parking structure down the street....but who knows...those gnomes have a history of causing mischief.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 05:48:00 | More by ypsifly
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ryanms3030

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2006 21:27:34 | More by ryanms3030
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DogFood11

California

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle with a variation on the typical Chouffe theme. Green bottle with 9%abv printed on the label. Golden color with fast moving carbonation and a huge mountain of rocky head and lace is up to the challenge. Extremely inviting. Perfect.

This brew has tripel characteristics all around it and in the middle. Fruity with loads of sweetened coconut, citrus, the typical belgian yeast goodness. Spicey as it goes along and warms up. Earthy on the backside. Back to the fruity phenols and then comes full circle and finishes with a spicey hopped up mcgillicuty. This could easily be a "5". It's the best tripel I've had in recent memory and the backend spices make this a "must taste".

Notes: You get what you pay for sometimes and in this case its worth every cent. The best way to describe this beer is that its got all the goodness of a superb belgian Tripel w/ an American hop twister on the frontside that actually blends well.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 05:08:05 | More by DogFood11
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 17:17:43 | More by tjthresh
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale cloudy golden yellow with extremely active carbonation and a rocky and tightly bubbled whitish head. The head looks nearly like a rootbeer float, it really is gorgeous with thick sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass, with carbonation bubbling nicely with no signs of stopping in sight.

S: Very clean and fresh smelling, with grassy lemon hops and a tiny bit of a yeasty funk with a nicely balanced bready sweetness.

T/MF: Very bitter to begin almost astringent lemony quailty with a very active carbonation profile all over the mouth that becomes grassy and peppery then as the beer warms the bitterness (almost sour at this point) subsides just a bit and lets a nice sugary sweet bready character come through just the tiniest bit. The close is dry and leaves the tongue feeling quite slick and has a nice grassy peppery aftertaste.

D: I really think I have found a new favorite beer style as I am in love with Belgian IPAs at the moment, I'd have a very very hard time choosing between either this or a Piraat. This is a clean easy drinking refreshing beer that is very complex and beautiful to look at. If I were in on a hop kick I'd take this, if I were looking for something sweeter I'd take the Piraat. If I had a wad of bills I'd take a case of each.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 03:39:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
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DooMMonkey

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- a decent not-to-frothy head, a really nice greenish-yellow color.

S- has a nice light hoppy pine smell, the amarillo hops are the most apparent in the slight spicyness.

T- Incredibly light hoppy flavor, a little bitter, and a hint of fruitiness. You almost can't taste the alcohol as it finishes with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

M- Very crisp, just a tad dry, with just enough carbonation.

D- For a beer with an exceptional amount of alcohol in it, it drinks incredibly well. I almost expected it to be out of this world bitter, but I wasn't even close. In a way the flavor beckons you to drink fast, but the beer itself begs you to drink slow. A truely excellent tripel.

-Also If you happen to see this beer on tap, I would highly recommend you get it, drinking it out of a bottle is almost nothing compared to it on tap. It's like comparing a plain chicken filet to a chicken club sandwich, It's got the bacon and cheese!... only metaphorically, and that bacon and cheese is all it needed to be absolute perfection.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 04:35:25 | More by DooMMonkey
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 13:31:36 | More by bditty187
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 04:27:43 | More by Bighuge
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BiereBlanche

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 22:33:20 | More by BiereBlanche
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lostdesperato

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:05:30 | More by lostdesperato
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,986 ratings.