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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,270
Reviews:
1,223
Ratings:
2,818
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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217
Gots:
451
Trade:
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Photo of beerdedking
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent brew. Was expecting more fruity hops to complement the traditional Belgian flavors, but they opted for more earthy/herbal hop presence which was a bit of a misfire IMO. Nonetheless, drinkability is high with nice carbo and zero booze. A touch thinner than the norm for a tripel. Drinks more like a summer high ABV brew.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with a best by date of 1-2020 (opened 1-22-19)
1" dense, rocky, white head. Golden and clear beer. Good retention down to 1/4". Thick and patchy lace.
Very fruity aroma, some yeasty business that reminds me where it's from. Pepper. Clay. Stone fruit - apricot and a grassy hop back up.
Spicy, faint bubble gum, stone fruit - apricot stands out again. Spicy, grassy finish.
Light to medium body, high carbonation and a dry finish.
Unique beer, hard to categorize at all but very tasty.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Day? Thou art as lovely, and as temperate. With the aroma of blooming Azaleas that give way to a grassy clearing, you are drawn deeper into the glass. Rich notes of loamy earth are accompanied by a fresh, leafy hop presence. And to complete the picture, an impression of cool Yuzu is carried along by a babbling brook of pleasantly dry carbonation. Yes, if this beer had been around in Shakespeare’s time, it would have inspired many a sonnet indeed...

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Photo of sloth777
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of IPAs but this is one that I actually didn't mind, and towards the second half of the glass, even enjoyed it's taste!

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Photo of kinggimp
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wotta week! Three straight days at the same substitute teaching assignment! Normally, I eschew such things and two is usually my upper limit, but this gig was too good to gloss over/past. I scouted the nearby bottle shop, Country Garden Six Pack, on Thursday & on Friday, I pounced! A sampler four-pack of Chouffe + a glass at a rock-bottom price! Plus some other Belgians that I had drank before. It's a Belgian weekend as the snowstorm & Arctic Inversion approach! I contacted Chris Brouwarts of Chouffe via E-mail, but I have yet to get a response. Onward!

From the Bottle: "Houblon Chouffe Triple Ale I.P.A."; "Houblon Chouffe IPA Triple Beer"; "On its journey across the globe[,] the little CHOUFFE wandered through beautiful hop fields. The overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarillo and Saaz mesmerized him. Back at home in the Ardennes[,] he created a new recipe combining this heady array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style, 'Tripel". Thus, our little CHOUFFE's new inspiration, HOUBLON CHOUFFE IPA Triple Beer was born."

I Pop!ped the cap on this one & having readied the glass that came with the pack, I was ready to go. I began with a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting said glass, but it was full steam ahead so I amped up to a C-Line pour. It quickly puffed up to form just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention that suddenly exhaled & fell, leaving great lacing in its wake! Most impressive. The solid Gold (SRM = 5) color was equally impressive, bringing forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus for a taste! I have never been in the Ardennes, but I know from "Band of Brothers" that it is a pine forest. The nose smelled like pine sap flowing from a stand of pine trees as snow fell around them! OMFG! I love hops, I love their bitterness & their citrusiness & their fruitiness, but most of all, I LOVE when they smell like pine! Yum. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was wondrous! It was like a decade-old throwback IPA with its intense pine coolness & mintiness. Dang, but this was tasty! The Notes mention a softening fruitiness & while I will give it/them that, it was still more like an AIPA than many actual AIPAs have been in a LONG time, IMHO. S**t, this made me want to go back & snatch up EVERY remaining party pack there! I may bring them to my birthday party next month … Was it precisely to Style? Hmm. I would say "Yes" since Chouffe is actually mentioned as an exemplar. Finish was dry, but not gasping. I was left with a cool mintiness that simply lingered. Mmm. YMMV.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours bright yellow with white cap. Notes of Belgium spice + DIPA vibe. Great one!

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Photo of NedFredHead
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You know, I really like La Chouffe and was excited to try this IPA from Brasserie d'Achouffe. I don't like it as much as La Chouffe -- I know, I know, they're different beers. But the taste is similar (citrusy, banana, bubblebum notes). This one is more bitter, and I don't think the mouthfeel is as crisp as I want it. Don't get me wrong: this is an excellent beer, and an excellent IPA in a sea of hop-heavy clones. It's distinct and well-rounded. I guess I expected something slightly different?

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Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Craig-er
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in Florida. Lovely golden copper color. Foam kicked up to 3” and settled into some nice lacing.
Taste is dry with fruit flavors.
A very fine brew to seek out.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hollyshubby
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer. Well done ipa. The taste is refreshingly good. I could drink this after a day of yard work.

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Photo of BeenTired
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDJR
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of white_pony21
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmboshers
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. The hops blend perfectly with fruity overtones. A punch without being overly bitter. A nice surprise.

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Photo of AllanDelgado
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,818 ratings