Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,190
Ratings:
2,682
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
415
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass by freshness date.

Cloudy golden orange in color, the pour quickly builds up glorious velvety white head that very well retains with god-like retention. It just slowly dissipates to an eternal layer of silky crown and leaves plenty of refined yet sticky lacing all around. There are lots of fizzy carbonation visible through the eyesight.

It is so hoppy and same time so malty in the aroma, hop with its citrus, lime, tropical fruit, spice, grass, and herbal while malt with its biscuit, caramel, candy, and lightly toasted bread. Belgian’s yeast strain also reinforces with its spice, clove, fruity ester, yet some phenol. So enticing.

The taste is all those goodness qualities messed up together in positive and delicate fashion. Bold spiciness and clove from hop and yeast; rich sweetness from malt as a biscuit, caramel, and candy; some toasted profile adding more depths; mellow and crisp fruitiness of citrus, lime, and tropical fruit from both hop and yeasty ester; strong presence of bitterness as well as some herbal and grassy from hop; there are also the other elements like a hint of honey, dry grain, and treacle to get it much deeper and tasty through the palate sensation.

Medium to full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel from its lively crispness and medium to high carbonation, the overall feeling is just right and goes down very well with a pleasantly dry finish that will quickly lead to the next sip.

I don’t feel the 9% ABV at all. It is perfectly concealed underneath the greatness in all aspects. Hop, malt, yeast, they all are harmoniously working well together to provide a sheer complexity and great tastiness as well as drinkability that one beer can possess.

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Photo of gandres
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Pale, bright yellowish, medium off white foam, hazy
fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to high bitterness
feel: very good, long follow through, bitter after tast
overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes
drank: February 14, 2017 8:03 PM

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Photo of donspublic
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip from bottle, nice 2 finger cream colored head, nice/epic retention and lacing. Pale somewhat opaque golden in the glass. Smells faintly of belgian esters(fruity) and citrus. Taste initially fruity from the yeast along with some citrus and is a little sweet thru the middle ending in a somewhat spicy semi dry finish. In my quest for good Belgian IPA's this one is up there. It has a nice belgian yeast thing going on there, but not the sweetness you normally get from a tripel, the hop usage gives you a little citrus and some bitterness to tame the sweetness. Going to start keeping this around now that my TW keeps it in stock

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Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Capped 750 poured into a teku. Pours almost clear, light golden color with a massive, chunky, pure white head that leaves globs of 'lace' over the glass. Aroma is a mixture of lemonade and yeast - actually quite intriguing. Taste combines melon, lemon, yeast and flowery herbs, with an interesting bitterness at the front of the tongue. Mouth is fairly dry, but with enough sweetness to keep it very drinkable. Overall, an excellent and quite different take on an IPA that could only come from Belgium.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: golden with thick white head, carbonation rolling over the class
Smell: pine, Belgium yeast, Dark fruits.... very triple style smell with a very light hint of pine/hops
Taste: shot of pine up front followed by belgium yeast, Dark fruits, bitterness and some banana??? Not sure if I even like this taste or combination.
Feel: super dry and crisp, light carbonation and a medium body
Overall: honestly no idea what to think of this beer. It's like someone took a mediocre triple and threw bags of hops into it

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. L: Light golden color, a bit unfiltered clarity. S: Floral and spicy. T: Spicy, subtle fruity esters, definitely from the distinct Belgian yeasts. Floral and spicy hops are still there, creating a very nice balance. F: medium-light which is impressive for the abv. O: A great take on a Belgian IPA, with just a smidge more hop forward than your typical Belgian, Belgian IPA. Americanized versions can be very different.

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Photo of hreb
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 11 2017. 75cl cap-topped bottle served in a belgian tulip. Beer pours straw yellow in color and forms an enormous white head. Aroma blends fresh, green hops with grass. This beer could be either farmhouse ale or English IPA so far. Flavor is quite easy on the palate. Tasty with a cool, clean mouthfeel that simultaneously fills the mouth with the flavors of flowery hop cones and grainy, well attenuated malted barley, wheat, and maybe even some rye. If this is really 100% Pilsner malt I would be amazed. The mouthfeel on this beer is pretty excellent. The carbonation is mild, exactly where it should be, and the brew slides across the palate, making its presence felt, without feeling heavy or syrupy. Finishes clean, dry, with just a hint of citrus rind. For whatever reason, I always think that d'Achouffe is not really my favorite Belgian brewery. But apparently I've never reviewed any before now. For Houblon, at least, it's worth coming back to.

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Photo of Homer_Holland
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie d'AChouffe, Houblon Chouffe, Tripel Bier, IPA
9 % Abv
water, gerstemout, invertsuikerstroop, hop en gist
75 cl
tht 08-2017

ca. 2016-11-05
goed !
mooie IPA
beste Chouffe ooit ?
nogmaals proberen

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.16/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a beer snob. I'm really not in to all of the language and jargon to be what one would consider to be a "Beer Connoisseur", if I like a beer I'll tell you so and why and do the same if I don't. I bought this in the .75 liter bottle. I've had other Triple Hop Beers before and end enjoyed them. I really didn't care for this, it was very strong and didn't care for the taste at all. Sorry. Just didn't like it.

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Photo of amano_h
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A mixed bouquet of grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops, and a slight grassy scent adorns the nose upon first impression. More "traditional" Belgian yeast notes lay in arrears with hints of clove, warm bread, and some white peppers surfacing as the brew warms up.

The Belgian contingency heavily outweighs the American in terms of the flavor; huge notes of cloves, banana esters, and white peppers constitute the general impression on the palate, with bitter pine-like hops notes, mixed with sprinkles of grapefruit here and there forming a nice contrast of otherwise straightforward Tripel-like flavors.

Medium-bodied, with a slick touch on the tongue. Mellow, tingly carbonation with a refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of kitch
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of November 2016 and poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy pale blonde colour with a big three finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast and banana along with pear, apple and a hint of pine.

Taste: Pine, bitterness and lightly spicy followed by light banana and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, medium bodied with moderate tingly carbonation.

Overall: A nice solid brew that hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 33 cL bottle (best before "10 2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a tall, rocky, frothy white head; patchy lace and with a cap of persistent froth.

Smell: Flowery and dough like; lemon zest and oil, fruity esters and spicy yeast.

Taste: Initial bitter and citric attack cedes to clean biscuit malt body, and rounder lemon, orange and herb notes. Faint tropical fruit and emerging spice as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium body and crisp carbonation. Alcoholic burn sneaks in towards the end.

Overall: Full, complex and delicious like the original Chouffe with well integrated heaps of hops.

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

A-a clear pale golden yellow color with about three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malt, fruit sweetness, Belgian yeast, spices, and light citrus hops

T-taste is very similar to the smell with a pale bready malt backbone, citrus hops, light fruits, peppery spice, and Belgian yeast

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall very pleasant to drink, definitely a Belgian beer but there are enough citrus hops to make it an IPA

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Photo of jamesroses
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle

appearance: hazy golden with orange hues, 3 finger head, good lacing.

smell: faint floral and spicy notes with a grapefruity and lemony edge.

taste: spicy bitterness with a grapefruit touch. White pepper and lemon in the mix. Very little maltiness and some weak honey notes.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, finishes dry due to a very spicy bitterness that develops in a strong grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall: after all the high reviews I thought this was something else, but I'm not sure this is 'world class'. I feel it lacks punch in the aroma and taste departments. Anyway it's a very good beer, but I'd rather drink other belgians on a daily basis.

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

Pours slightly hazy golden. Frothy head with lingering lace. Aroma of slight pine, somewhat floral with a hint of lemon. Flavour has a distinct hop bite with honey, lemon and a touch of horse blanket. Finishes crisp and prickly. Nice mashup of styles

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A gift, and a very nice one. Little experience with the style. A little sour at first, but gives way to hoppy bitterness, and crisp tart pear. Would buy for myself

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Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazy, gold color
S: Great, citrus with a grassy scent.
T: Huge hop kick and bitterness. Gives way to a very sour note, almost like drinking a sour beer as well as an IPA (quite different than typical bitterness). Long aftertaste
F: Slightly oily but clean.
O: Great beer. Was expecting a little less of the sour flavor, but overall a great beer. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden appearance with a moderate sized head.

Smells of crisp summer fruits, apples and pears come to mind. Also, bananas and Belgian yeast.

I enjoyed the smell more than the taste as the summery fruit feel almost overripe in the taste, as opposed to crisp. A moderate degree of bitterness as a result of some piney hops. I was actually surprised by the bitterness of this, but then again, I walked into this expecting a conventional Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is fantastic of course. If there is something the Belgians can do it's to make you drink more of a 9% beer than you anticipated.

It is no surprise to me that I see this beer alot in the US, as it seems to be more compatible with the average American taste buds than a lot of the Belgian ales.

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Photo of Jopsonn
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy with dark yellow-orangish tint. Head retained nicely and nice lacing.
S: Great smell. Belgian yeast smell reminded me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (faintly) not too much floral or pine but they're there.
T: Mild and nice pine hop notes are the first taste and then mellow out into a nice fruit taste of banana esters
F: Comes alive when it enters the mouth is refreshing.
O: Amazing experience. I love belgian style IPA's but never knew their potential until I tried this.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it on tap at B Cafe West, NYC, my favorite neighborhood Belgian joint. I love Belgian beer and consider it as a sort of antidote, or counterpoint if you will, to my other favorite style, IPA. This is what happens when you mix the two together.
It poured a golden color with a large soapy and bubbly head. It eventually receded into a lathery lace that retained well.
Unlike American IPAs, this one immediately hits the nose with a barnyard/funky and lemon sour aroma. Yet, almost immediately thereafter, one gets the more citric and tropical fruit tones one associates with IPA. There is also a honey malt like sweetness.
This has a unique taste that is special. It is like a hoppy tripel; a perfect marriage between Belgian style and IPA. The flavor is quite complex. The fruity and honey malt sweetness is there, as is the citric zest. However, there are tart and bitter qualities that add so much more to the flavor. The malt has a sourdough like quality. There is a lemony and tart quality. The hops are perhaps the dominant flavor as they add a herbal bitterness that is evident in the mouthfeel as well as the finish, which is bitter and lingers. There is also a peppery, yeasty and slightly phenolic feel. Medium bodied but almost light in feel. The carbonation is mellow but tingles just enough. The alcohol is so well masked, I didn't realize it had such a high ABV. I certainly felt it afterwards.
I can't believe I haven't had this yet! I got to get me some more!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750ml bottle
best by 11/2016
stored in cellar for a few months
L- pours a gorgeous hazy orange-ish color a little closer to yellow, with a thick foam head that slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has that really nice sweet belgian yeast aroma, with hints of pine
T- has a pleasant piney taste, followed by the said sweetness of the yeast, with a bitter finish
F- has a dry feel to it, medium bodied, smooth fell as well
O- this beer was just great from beginning to end. looks great smells great taste in unbelievable.
Next time maybe i will try it right away to see if hops are more pronounced, but i think the aging mellowed out the beer bringing out some smoothness

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like standard ipa, dark yellow and orange congeal together. Good 3/4" white head. Aroma blended the belgian yeast and a citrusy hop feel.

Interesting taste, somewhat earthy and funky, still has some homegrown citrus hop feel, ample bitterness, ample yeast phenols that provide said earthy/funky drops.

Expensive format, but definitely above average for style and hides the alcohol pretty well.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In solidarity with our brothers in Belgium, I thought it appropriate to drink some of their great brews this evening. I really thought this was a repeat (I had already reviewed) but apparently not.

It has an exquisite head, all light and foamy. The color is brilliant yellow. The aroma is moderately yeast. The taste is complex. There is bitter first, but loads of yeast and malt tastes come through too. It is wonderful.

The aftertaste is bitter too, but it is simply a pleasure to have on your tongue. Thank you Belgium.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the very last of a keg! Great head and lacing with a golden color. Sweet smell mad a light and sweet taste. Lemony and citrusy with a pleasant taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to faint copper in color with a massive half inch tighly packed eggshell white head. Moderate lacing. Moderate grassy smelling hops and light Belgian candy sugar. I taste intensely grassy to earthy hops with a light saltine cracker malt backbone. I also noted a light sweetness from the light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth was highly carbonated and very dry.

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