Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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BA SCORE
4.2/5
Exceptional
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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
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#2,365
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,226 | Ratings: 2,826
Photo of Tony210
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color, big billowy white head that lasts a while. Not much to the aroma at all. Tastes like a light Belgian triple with a little hop zing to it. Esthers give it flavors of banana &, bubble gum. Slight citrus flavor and a mild bitter finish. Abundant carbonation. Overall a good Belgian ipa.

5/6/19
330ml bottle
4 rating

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

75cl bottle, bb in 13m.

Hazy yellow colour, impressive head of the kind that can grow out of a narrow glass if you don't watch it. Stays forever in intriguing formations, leaves persistent lace.

Aroma is a mixture of stone fruit and herbs, with some spicy phenols from the yeast.

Taste has the tripel sweetness, but in a restrained manner, at the thin end of of the spectrum for that style. On top of that floats the stone fruit/herbal component, and some hop-derived bitterness mixing with astringent phenols (clove, pepper).

Well executed, but I personally don't think the type of hops used / fermentation schedule combination really works. There is too much of the astringent/unappetizing/"yeasty" element, and the stone fruit is not enough of a counterbalance. To me the taste turns mundane and even a bit irritatingly simple towards its tail, diminishing drinkability.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 is bottle poured into the Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass

The nose has some pretty serious, noble-style hop aromatics. Old world, herbal funk with honey soaked white bready malt.

Golden liquid with a classic Rocky white seafoam style head. Dense and clumpy foam stays high with fat lacing. Intricate and clumpy lace is very much like sticky seafoam.

The combo of sour-earthy and funky Belgian yeast (this yeast has Soo much character!!) And a dense layer of earthy/herbal/spicy hops really sets this off!! My two favorite styles comprise this fine ale, Tripel Golden hoppy ale is ....well, righteous.
A sharp, crisp bite, zippy and zesty feel, light but also lush and dry. Just right.

Deep flavors, wonderful complexity, excellent yeast character and old world style hop edge. Yes please!!

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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 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 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 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 Blasphemus-Maximus
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenomenal! Crystal clear look, a bit of a hoppy but not overbearing. Very crisp and refreshing with a fantastic floral aroma. An absolutely amazing Belgian IPA

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

Slightly dated bottle (I kept past date) but really not think hurt this. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with pillowy white head. Smells like a hoppy saison - yeasty with bit of spice, slightly floral, peppery, with some grassy and citrus notes. Taste again of somewhat floral peppery citrus, prominent yeast, but with a distinct dry hoppy bitterness that lingers as bright carbonation washes over the palate. Mouthfeel a little less full than say Duvel Triple Hop but still nice crisp finish. Bitterness hangs pleasantly. Nice.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a nice head that sticks around for awhile. Scent is pleasant, hoppy and citrusy. Taste is lightly bitter and pleasant.

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Photo of claminat420
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured heavily into a libbey porter/ stout glass. best by 01 2019 then L4 0207 13:57

Appearance- a semi transparent golden/ straw color with a frothy white head that leaves decent lacing.

Aroma- just some yeasty belgian clove aroma. lame.

Taste- like the smell but with some floral candy hop notes. has a cereal malt presence. abv is well hidden and ibu's are low.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- gonna drink this one but prolly never gonna buy another one again.

Overall- as a hophead this beer is not an ipa. it's just a belgian tripel with maybe a little more hops thrown in. there's zero american hop flavors (citrus,pine,ect) and that's perfectly ok. in reality i don't see them ordering american cascade or centennial hops or anything with that profile or strength . it's prolly just more hallertau, saaz or some other soft hops. it's not bad just not really hoppy.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass, best before January 2019. Pours an attractive dark yellow with a massive 3 finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thick foamy lace behind as it slowly settles into a thick layer of foam.

Smell is clove, lemon, biscuit, grain, and grapefruit.

Taste follows clove, biscuit, grain, and a lemon grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, plenty of life, a little dry, and at 9% ABV extremely approachable.

Overall this is not a style I go out of my way for, but it was actually very enjoyable. Thanks jzeilinger for this one.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One I have been keen to try.

Pours just like the La Chouffe, lightly hazed with huge foaming head. The retention and lacing is poor.

Aroma is solid, mild hops overpowered by citrus, quite appealing.

Taste is nice, albeit a touch sharp, not as hoppy as you would expect, and a fair amount of bicarbonate going on, but overall you do get the houblon in the same proportions as a Leffe Royale cascade.

Feel is mediocre, a little dry in the aftertaste, but not a deal breaker by any stretch.

Overall, not as good as I hoped. Was hoping for a tripel style Belgian more than a beefed up IPA. Don't get me wrong in IPA leagues this is on another level, I just don't find IPA's that special. BA average reflects the American perspective heavily.

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

Bottle in review has a Best Before Date of January 2019.

A - Medium gold colored pour with beautiful clarity and a frothy top with sticky lacing, and moderate carbonation. Looks really nice!

S - Light fruity citrus, some yeast character, and a dry, spicy cotton-like aroma.

T - Citrus/fruity with dry, crackery malt, spicy, some peppery presence, and an intense lingering spicy citrus, peppery resin. Very, very oily. (Love it.)

M - Medium body with delicate prickly carbonation that evolves into a creamy finish on the front of the tongue while the back of the mouth is very dry.

O - Americans pushed the IPA style and Brasserie d'Achouffe pushed the Belgian style with this beer ... it's a perfect mosh between both worlds.

I'm going back for more.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2018. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. The label calls it an extra strong tripel/IPA; this seems to be envisaged as a sort of hybrid style.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich hazy amber hue with fine suspended sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before slowly reducing to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of pungent herbal hops with hints of grass/hay, leafiness, subtle spice, a touch of citrus peel, fruity yeast esters, earthiness and pale malt. Vaguely reminiscent of a traditional English bitter with Belgian undertones. Rather good.

T: Tastes of crisp grassy hops with notes of herbs, leafiness, mild hay, light spice, fruity Belgian yeast, earthiness, pale malt and a hint of clove in the background. Very dry, followed by an understated leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Light yet substantial. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter grassy hops, leafiness, mild spice, fruity yeast esters and pale malt.

O: Nice one - a well balanced hoppy tripel. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are a carefully crafted blend of leafy hops, fruity yeast and light malt. Good body. Subtle and smooth; goes down all to easily (which would be serious if you had more than one). Well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of DodgerLove
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Very pale honey yellow, with fantastic lacing and about a half finger bone white head.

Smell - Getting strong clove hints and some juicy stone-fruit in there as well.

Taste - Pretty bitter and somewhat tart. It has got that tart grapefruit hop bite but it's also complemented by a nice clove, almost banana like undertone.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, and thin. Pretty typically mouthfeel for a standard IPA, not a Belgian Tripel.

Overall - This is an interesting and complex beer. It tastes just like a tripel, mixed with an ipa. You get that nice hoppy finish, but there is that sweet clove undertone to help balance it out. I feel like this leans more heavily on the IPA side, but it is a unique style that definitely pleases.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12/7/17: 8 ounce draft pour into snifter at Monk's Pub. Very light golden pour. Lemon hops aroma. Light lemon and hops taste, light bitterness, good balance. Thin mouth feel, overall good offering.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(11.2 oz bottle, best before 08-2018 ... carefully poured, sans lees, into Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, yellow gold liquid, with minimal yeasty flecks afloat... messy, spitty crest of white foam, thick barnacles of lace

S: rose petals, lemon/lime hops, hint of coriander with its subtle peppery spice... delicate, almost pale-lager-like malt poking through... flowery aroma wafts back up out the nostrils after each sip... not a terribly powerful smell overall

T: thick mist of flowery, citrus-zesty, lightly earthy hops float by at the onset, with a bright, pungent peppery-spicy alcohol and coriander following close behind, flooding the palate, then just as quickly drying out, leaving hints of the peppery phenols, a modicum of lightly-toasted malt, and soft herbal bitterness

F: light-bodied, crisp, with a clipped sharpness and mellow warmth to its alcohol... after its moderately spritzy carbonation settles down, it shows a little frothy fuzz on its edges

O: I feel like I've had perhaps younger bottles whose contents exhibited more hop dimension and vibrancy in both flavor and aroma; adding the dregs doesn't do much to enhance ... this is still a fine beer, and I could see pairing it with maybe a salad featuring sharp cheese and/or grilled salmon

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Photo of threeviews
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 33cl bottle (Best By Date: 01/2019...assuming an 18 month "shelf life," I assume the packaging date to be in May, 2017) into a signature, Houblon Chouffe flute glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow with slight haze and a 2 finger worth of a white, soapy head with amazing retention. Even after the first sip a gentle head maintains thanks to the elongated shape of this (non-nucleated) glass. (4.5)

S- Brasserie D'Achouffe's yeast is known for its spicy and fruity esters. However, it seems that hops are taking a front seat to the yeast esters. The nose is chock full of lemongrass, spice, grapefruit and passionfruit. A bit of a caramel malt is detected once the head subsides a bit, but merely contributes to the melange of aromas. (4.75)

T- This is where things get interesting...the palate is met with a huge slap of hops: tropical fruits (passionfruit, honeydew melon, pineapple), citrus (lemon/lime, grapefruit) and subtle coriander-like spice all contribute to a wonderful flavor profile. Despite the stated ABV at an elevated 9.0%, the alcohol is well hidden and goes undetected. (4.75)

M- Houblon Chouffe falls on the lighter side of medium. The significant carbonation helps to create a light and 'bouncy' mouthfeel while allowing the hop bitterness (of which is quite substantial) to dance on the palate. The finish is absolutely dry increasing its drinkability. (4.75)

O- The team at Brasserie D'Achouffe have themselves a winner in Houblon Chouffe. Purchasing from a grocery store in Belgium (~4.65Euros for a 4-Pack and right after a delivery), stands as the most fresh Houblon Chouffe I will ever sample (since the brewery is too difficult to visit without a car). This is a great way of blending traditional malts and brewing techniques with non-traditional, American hop varietals! (4.75)

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Photo of beertrek
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's whether or not you'll drink a beer again, and this one I would drink each and every time. Those of you who like west coast IPAs, this one won't make your bitter buds happy, but looking for a well balanced not too sweet, not too hoppy beer, this is the one for you.

On top of it all, it's got nice malts, nice body and a high ABV.

750ml bottle

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Photo of ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage optics - aroma has a nice, mild Belgian yeast & earthy hop combo. Taste is very well balanced - black pepper, black tea, biscuit, and the hops are smartly interlaced with the beer to provide definition (vine, mild bitterness, European) without overwhelming.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some clingy milky lacing. The smell reminded me of apple pie with some light Belgian spices initially. Light raisin cake also warms into the blend with an underscore of some citrusy fruits after further warming. The taste was moderately sweet through the apple and pie-like to raisin cake-like qualities. The aftertaste carries the apples and raisins to combine into the breadiness nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and allows a big sticky breadiness laying over on my tongue. Overall, it definitely works as a Tripel, or Belgian IPA (I guess - if that's what BA says), I dunno - just drink it.

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Photo of Yoann
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to an Achouffe tulip
A - Hazy gold with a white head
S - Toffee malts with resin and grapefruit hops
T - This is greatly balanced, the grapefruit does not crush all other flavors
M - Correctly carbonated
O - The perfect balance between a very fruity IPA and a Belgian strong ale, interesting mix!

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,826 ratings