Houblon Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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From:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
 
Belgium
Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #3
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,901
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10.48%
Ratings:
2,951
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 08, 2022
Added:
Jan 13, 2006
Wants:
  227
Gots:
  465
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: The gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.
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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best by 11/2020, so well late on this one. Let's see what happens...

Decent look on the glass. Slightly hazy yellow with amber highlights body. Small white head shrinks to a thick ring and covering, scattered lacing.

Mildly fruity aroma.

On tasting, there is a fair amount going . It's a quite drying drink. A little non citrus fruit. Spice bitterness. The blend is quite pleasing.

Mouth medium, finish drying.

Overall, despite the age, not a bad drink. The abv is quite well hidden. Now curious to try a fresh bottle to see the difference.

May 08, 2022
 
3.99 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 03, 2022
Photo of MrOH
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MrOH from Malta

Slightly hazy gold, generous white head, excellent retention and rings of lace
Lots going on in the nose: apricot, orange, a touch of banana, a hint of sea air, pepper, clove, a little herbal
Very herbal upfront, then soft fruit building into grapefruit, spicy, bitter finish that lingers
Medium-light bodied, clean, and well carbonated
Been years since I had this, forgot how awesome it is. Going to have to work it into normal rotation

Apr 14, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BubbaGuppy from Colorado

This IPA does everything right. Everything is in balance. Clean, clear and friendly. The bitterness is well spread out across the dimensions of body, carbonation, slip and familiarity.
Packaging: I don't like squat bottles, but this is a small price to pay for such a great content. Outer 4-pack cardboard is definitely created by gnomes.

Mar 26, 2022
Photo of defunksta
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy (~35% opaque) pale yellow-orange color with a massive white head. SRM of 9. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of fruity hops including citrus, pear, apple, and stone fruit. Strong fruit mixes with Belgian esters of juicy fruit, coriander, and Belgian spices. Some bread malts within.

Flavor: Strong flavors of orange and tangerine citrus, pear, and stonefruit. Then it mixes with teh juicyfruit and Belgian esters in the middle with some year. A smooth bread malt finish. A pretty dry and yeasty finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation and yeast to finish bubbly, yeasty, yet dry enough and clean on the palate. (4.50)

Compared to Boulevard Tank 7 3/12/22: Pours a hazier color. More citrus notes. Less strong Belgian esters. Cleaner on the palate.

Overall: A fantastic Belgian IPA. Nails the citrus and tangerine notes with just enough Belgian esters to balance it out. I usually find Belgian IPAs confusing and too much going on but this one balances the flavors perfectly. Yet, what is so impressive about this beer though is the carbonation, delicate Belgian yeast notes with the dry body. I am amazed at how this one hides the 9% ABV. You would never guess. Crafted to perfection. (Final Rating: 4.34)

Mar 13, 2022
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3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by mactrail from Washington

Big foam in the Pilsner glass, takes quite awhile to get a sip out of the stuff. Very persistent foam on the clear golden amber brew. I think of the Belgian candy flavor which is here intensified by the alcohol. I call this sort of thing a hop liqueur. Flavors are more herbal than fruity, except for the estery dried pear taste of so many Tripels.

Looking back at my review of the Piraat Belgian IPA with it's own load of esters, I wished for a "fresh, crunchy baguette to go with it." Ditto. This is one of the more distinctive beers you could drink. Very bitter, though, with all the yeast piling on the hops. Another example of the remarkable flavors that hops and yeast can create. From the handsome and unique brown 330 ml bottle; wish you could re-fill these. "Best before 10 2022."

Mar 11, 2022
 
3 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Feb 18, 2022
 
4.76 by Sphagnicola from Belgium on Jan 27, 2022
 
4.5 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jan 24, 2022
Photo of akaizer
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by akaizer from Virginia

A bottle poured into a pint glass. Pour had a floofy white foam head and a hazy pale straw body. Scent is pretty muted; notes of spice, grassy fields and sweetness from the high ABV are present, but not much else. Taste has more of the spiced hop and grassiness and a notable hoppy bitterness coming through. Some minor malty sweetness helps to round out the taste. Feel is on the medium side, surprisingly unencumbered by the 9% ABV, and leaves a rather spice/grassy hop aftertaste.

Jan 18, 2022
 
4.31 by tux_alin from Romania on Jan 13, 2022
 
3.97 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jan 11, 2022
 
4.34 by TinFang from California on Jan 03, 2022
 
3.25 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2021
 
4.27 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Dec 17, 2021
 
4.23 by BKotch from Texas on Dec 15, 2021
 
4.05 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on Dec 06, 2021
 
4.09 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 05, 2021
 
3.4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2021
Photo of nelsonracite
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks Hazy golden, Had a fluffy head. Smells very hoppy and of yeast. Feels nice. I enjoyed this Belgian IPA.

Nov 27, 2021
Photo of -steve-
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by -steve- from Canada (ON)

L: Slighty hazy golden ale. Generous frothy head that sits like a fluffy cloud atop the beer. Very appealing looking.
S: Yeasty, spicy (pepper and floral) with a faint citrus.
T: The spicy, peppery yeast finishes with a dry, citrus hops taste.
F: Dry and some puckering.
O: This has all the characteristics of a fine Belgian ale. The dry and spicy yeast play center stage. The hops are understated but support the yeasty backbone. The booziness comes through.

Nov 20, 2021
 
4.21 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 12, 2021
 
4.07 by bryanzk from Canada (ON) on Oct 18, 2021
Photo of scott451
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

A 355ml bottle poured into a pint glass. A two finger fluffy white head on a hazy lemon. The head sticks around to the end with lots of lacing.
Mild hop aromas. Some spice.
Sweet malts. Fruit in the middle. A very mild hop finish.
Medium body and carbonation.
Very mild hops for an IPA. It's more like a hoppy triple. Smooth and well balanced.

Oct 08, 2021
 
 
4.28 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 03, 2021
 
4.75 by florisj135 from Virginia on Sep 19, 2021
Photo of barneyrubble
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by barneyrubble from Colorado

L- Good fine Santa beard white foam creates full drapes as it slides down the glass. Beer is mid gold in color and about 95% transparent.

N- Fruity yeast and hops, onion notes, light alcohol.

T-I can't pinpoint the fruit but maybe apple? A subtly sweet malt note cut short by some alcohol and hop dryness. Lightly bitter with a dry earthy finish

M- Medium body, slick and leading to a dry alcohol finish. Alcohol is up front yet not too overpowering.

O- A really nice, high ABV IPA. Not as thick as some Imperials, nor as interesting in hop note types as some. Quite easy to drink.

Sep 13, 2021
 
4.31 by marcrech from Brazil on Sep 04, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

330ml beir - best before 4-20 '22

Pours up looking like chunky DUFF, this looks like movie beer but better. Smells medicinally bitter and boozy, with a kiss of honey. Spice and booze up front and then you're hit with the bitter back end complete with fruit and more spice.

Not a big fan of the style, but this one is a decent change of pace

Sep 03, 2021
 
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Aug 22, 2021
 
4.26 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 19, 2021
 
3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2021
 
4.09 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Jul 09, 2021
Photo of LukeGude
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LukeGude from Iowa

On tap at Ein Prosit in Frisco, CO. Plenty of head and tasty.

Jul 08, 2021
Photo of hopsputin
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: clear golden amber color with more amber than gold. some light copper as well. very healthy, 3 finger rocky off-white glorious head

s: ripe pears, banana, green apple skin. some nice hayblanket funk as well as some band-aid funk. sweet grains, grass, lemongrass. wheat and lots of coriander. a nice earthy, herbal hop character with some sweet malts to balance it out. the aroma on this is just fantastic

t: follows the nose. coriander, pears, and green apple upfront. a hint of that banana and wheat behind that. pepper spice, red bell peppers and lemongrass follow. sweet grains and grass followed by a faint earthy herbal bitterness. some sweet citrus zest and a kiss of sweet malts. the funk is a bit subsided compared to the nose, but i'm picking up some of that barynard funk at the backend of this. the finish is slightly dry, crackery

m: fuller side of medium with strong carbonation

o: fantastic beer here. great harmonization, and has all the characteristics you want from the style. another fine example of a dangerously drinkable 8% beer

Jul 02, 2021
 
4.32 by cauchysequence from Maryland on Jun 21, 2021
 
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Jun 17, 2021
Photo of Bbrown45822
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bbrown45822

A refreshing alternative when my "preferred" Belgian (D) is unavail.

May 30, 2021
 
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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