Houblon Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #3
ABV:
9%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,442
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Reviews:
1,261
Ratings:
2,920
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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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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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
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elnachooo from Spain

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De color dorado, con una gran cabeza espumosa de buena retención. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y especias. En boca es dulce y con notas florales.
Apenas se percibe los 9% de alcohol. Una gran cerveza.

May 02, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: looks like a cross between a west coast IPA and a Belgian Triple

Smell: also kinda of like cross between a West Coast IPA and a Belgian Triple. Some of the yeast and esters of a triple, with the pine citrus of the hops. The smell is good, but I wish it were stronger

Taste: again the blending of the two, the triple characteristics mild out the IPA hops, while the hope provide a really interesting kick to a triple like flavor. Although there is no banana flavor

Feel: lots of small prickly bubbles

A really good and interesting beer, I will definitely be back for more

Apr 11, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle (best by Sept 2021) poured into a tulip pint glass. Soft, fruity, citrusy hops, slight Belgian candi sugar sweetness - pretty much a perfect Belgian IPA. Which, by the way, isn't a 5 rating. Belgian IPAs can only be so good; but they can be pretty tasty, and this one certainly is.

Apr 08, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hey, it's from Belgium... It's got to be good, right? This is an old world / old school IPA ... Pungent and hoppy ... A bit too busy compared to American style IPAs with similar ABV ... That said, very nice.

Mar 07, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml (11.2oz) bottle. Best by date on label is '03-2022'.
Straw colored, with some haze, body. Two fingers of bright, pillowy head. Leaves behind strings of lacing.
Aroma has Belgian yeast, but also lots of fruity, earthy, and floral hops.
Taste immediately expresses bitterness, along with the dry yeast and bright expressing hops. After taste trails off with the fruity and floral hops.
Medium mouth feel, with a slap in the face from each quaff. Very good carbonation.
Simple yet expressive of its own merits. Shows an experienced brewing hand, that does not have to resort to multiple tricks and additions to get to the presentation. Very satisfying.

Mar 05, 2021
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow, hazy with thick white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is Belgian spices. Flavor is bright and hoppy with the spices aforementioned fully present. Feel is light bodied. Overall a very fun beer.

Feb 24, 2021
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bb 11-2021. GL Tulip.

A; pours a slightly hazed gold, with ample streams of thin bubbles and a thick, foamy, frothy, lasting, two-finger white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: smells like a tripel. Belgian yeast and wheat on the nose. Some fragrant soapy/floral qualities, hint of yeasty sourness.

T: arrives somewhat dry, phenolic, and somewhat bitter. Turns sweeter as it develops, then to mild medicinal hops, a bit of alcohol, then closing out with a lingering bold hip bitterness- but these are European hops so they do not overpower the senses.

M; midweight but with ample carbonation that makes it feel much lighter.

O: I didn’t come into this beer with any expectations, and I am not disappointed. It is a highly alcoholic, highly hopped Belgian pale ale. It’s not a style I love because it has a lot of strong, complex flavors that go in different directions. It also has a ton of alcohol. It is to style, but an inharmonious one, if you ask me. I like this better than Duvel, FWIW.

Feb 13, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: three finger frothy white head with excellent retention, beer is a hazy golden colour, vibrant carbonation in the beer.

smell: serious hop aroma, fruity, orange peel, grapefruit, lightly dank, lightly piney, quite sweet, quite floral and herbal, nice white bread malt, spice, belgian yeast aroma, banana, intriguing.

taste: a very nice beer indeed, nice malt flavours, white bread and biscuit and a hint of caramel, tripel-esque flavours, earthy, spice, banana, clove, hint of cinnamon, lot of orange and orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, hint of apricot, medium to heavy bitterness on the finish, sweet fruit flavours linger, very nice.

feel: medium bodied, medium to heavy carbonation, lot of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, strength is totally hidden, smooth, dry.

overall: a very nice ipa, an easy drinking yet very strong and characterful ipa, fun beer.

Jan 28, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky straw color. Very heavily carbonated - 3 finger fluffy, frothy white head. The head retention is decent. There's some nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is a really interesting aroma. I get the smell of the Belgian yeast, but then I also get a beautiful hop aroma mixed in.
Taste - For sure a Belgian beer. The yeast creates more of a nice wild flavor up front. On the back the hops do kick in. They're not crazy strong, and I think the yeast mellows them out, but they are there.
This doesn't drink like a 9% beer. Very smooth, and mellow feeling. Very good, and full body.
This is one hell of an IPA. I'd get more of these, for sure.

Jan 23, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle - dated BB 11/21

a hazy light orange gold body pours with an excited frothy foam off-white head that has very high retention and leaves splotches of sticky thin lacing as it settles

aroma is soft citrus, spicy Belgian yeast, and fresh grass hop. it's herbal, soft, and funky. whoa.

taste reveals something much more complex than what was advertised by the aroma..which is saying something. soft and floral lemon and grapefruit hops appear. the spices bloom with flashes of coriander, white pepper, backed by wheat and rock candy. soft bready malt that presents a little chewiness that lasts a moment. and this brew is fruity, man. but it is all so balanced that it never feels like the fruit is the focus. there are lemon peel and lush orange, lime spritz, grapefruit and white grape juice - and a soft, yet lush, dose of lemon. the grass hops mellow as you sit, growing more herbal and earthy.

the mouthfeel is higher carbonation, medium body, with a nice dry and bitter finish. the abv is hidden but there are still a few booze infused carbo prickles to be had on occasion.

overall:
I had a lemon meringue pie once in a cafe down in NOLA. the barista recommended it with an espresso and a side of lemon, and their house salad. I'm not exactly a salad guy, but when someone down in NOLA gives you a food-related tip, you take it, dammit. as I can firmly say about nearly every culinary adventure I've had in the big NO, I wasn't disappointed. somewhere between the soft sweet and chewiness of the lemon, the fresh herbal zeal, and the deep earthy bitterness, I found momentary nirvana. this brew hits a very similar target for me, for very similar reasons. the funk and complexity of Belgian yeast and merry brewmastery combined with an expert level IPA is something to behold in the exact formula of this brew. it covers so many bases, so many reference points to pick up and enjoy or sit down and study. brilliant. just brilliant.

Jan 23, 2021
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting, and quite different from what I was expecting. Shared a 750 ml bottle with a friend. Nice notes of bread and grape and yeasty goodness with a hint of spice with a creeping funkiness underneath that didn't quite sit right with me. Well crafted for the style but not anything I need to have again.

Jan 16, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with an enormous stiff white runaway long lived head.

Smells of citrus , cloves and yeast.

Tastes of bread, spice with a subtle hoppy finish. The alcohol hides well.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Light crisp mouthfeel.

One excellent brew!

Jan 06, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden appearance with a huge, billowing, long lasting head and beautiful lacing. Aroma is herbal hops, spices, mild citrus, honey and yeast. Multifaceted taste revels in its complexity, from floral, hoppy bitterness, to sweet, bready malts through to an appealing funkiness. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation. Funkiness lingered in the finish. Very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Dec 31, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the stubbi bottle of the variety pack in the tulip glass that came with it.
Beautiful white fluffy head that lasts forever.
Hazy golden color and lots of visible carbonation rising up.
This is a pleasant IPA, you have the bitter but it is balanced with the yeast.
The lacing looks incredible as you take sip after sip.
I really enjoyed this one!

Sep 05, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. BB July 2019, had 5/17/18. One of three reviews I missed putting in earlier.

Pours a really bright golden color, mostly clear, with a two inch head of creamy foam with good retention and lots of thick foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Looks great. Aromas of Belgian yeast, citrus- lemon, some orange, some pine, white grapes, coriander, cloves, black pepper, other spices, light malt, some wheat. Has an herbal aroma, with a hint of sweetness. The flavors are more or less the same- Belgian yeast, lemon, white grapes, wheat, malt, some pine, coriander, cloves, other spices, some sweetness- candi sugar? An herbal and earthy hop presence, with a fair amount of hop bitterness that builds to the finish and lingers on. Smooth, crisp, dry, a very good medium body, well carbonated

A terrific example of a Belgian IPA. Complex, with layers of aromas and flavors. So well done. Well worth a purchase at a great price point.

Aug 28, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of there discovery pack and poured into the same glass contained within to reveal a fairly clear golden body with decent enough white head
Aroma is apple wood and golden syrup
Flavour is grapefruit citrus with real big bitter finish

Aug 19, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good IPA from Achouffe. Medium bodied, crisp and fresh, complex taste. Little too bitter for my likings. Try the Chouffe soleil, much beter, more balanced.

Aug 13, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied with about the same for th carbonation.
Aroma is a banana, citrus peel and fruit.theres a sugary sweet floral,earthy smell which is really pleasing.
Taste is very similar to aroma but with a bitter citrus peel flavor showing up first and dominating. Earthy, floral and pine follow in the aftertaste.
Overall it's an excellent beer that was interesting and flavorful

Aug 07, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the stubby bottle in a snifter. This solid little Belgian IPA
pours a chill hazed yellow straw color with a nice head of white
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and displays
nice light lacing. Nose of light mango, light pineapple, grassy hops,
Belgian candy sugars, and light yeast notes. Flavors surpass the nose
with candy sugars awash in herbal, grassy, and citrus laden hops
that have basked in the glow of cracker and subtle Belgian yeast
goodness. Nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation,
subtly effervescent and lively, and finishing with a sweet Belgian
sugar and balanced hop note.

Overall----a SOLID Belgian IPA with American hop flair.

Nice!

Jul 25, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle BBE 11/2020 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy in a light honey color with nearly white head. The head recedes slowly to thick cap leaving plenty of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring grassy hops, stone fruit and clovey yeast. The taste is semisweet with clove, pale bready malt, subtle stone fruit and grassy & floral hops on the medium plus bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, excellent. This is about as good of a Belgian IPA as you will experience. I was concerned about the best before date being 3 months away, but very fresh tasting.

Jul 23, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours cloudy hazy orange amber with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells real citrusy with lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, some toasty caramelized malt, hint of banana, apricot, yeasty funk, spice, and earthy floral resinous piney hops. Tastes dry and refreshing with lemony citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, peppery spice, green banana, apricot, toasty bready caramelized malts, some yeasty funk, and earthy floral resinous woody piney hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy and airy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian IPA Tripel.

Jul 20, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Golden with a little bit of hazy with a fluffy white head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind a good amount of lacing.
S - Bright floral notes and earthy, piney, bitter hops, some bright fruit notes and hint of spices
T - Follows the nose: bright, crisp, clean floral and earthy notes paired with fresh, piney, resinous hops along with notes of fresh fruit - pineapple, guava - and spices.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bright, crisp.
O - A very bright, fresh, and clean tasting Belgian IPA.

Jul 12, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid light amber colour, foamy white head. Smells is fruity and grassy, some pineapple. Taste is quite strong hops but a sweet malt base, feel is super smooth and light, amazing for such a high abv. You can taste the spiciness of a tripel along with the hoppyness of the IPA, yet it's easy to drink. This is a great beer.

Jul 07, 2020
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Look: Crystal clean straw gold with a thick white head.

Smell: Sweet honey malt, green a banana, peppercorn, bitter noble hops, and some hay. Smells great.

Taste: Up front is clean west coast hops with notes of grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes. Then come the Belgian golden ale with notes of baking spices, green a banana, sugar cane, and honey malt.

Feel: Surprisingly clean yet medium plus bodied. Medium bitterness that is balanced out by the Belgian sweetness. Clean carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: Awesome. By far the best Belgian IPA i have had. Everything here compliments each other and nothing is drowned out.

May 17, 2020
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