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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.

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Ratings:
2,818
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,818 |  Reviews: 1,223
Reviews by AbiWeise:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Resplendent honey gold (developing an apricot-like blush by the bottom of the bottle) that is beautifully busy with a flurry of fine yeast and multiple streams of uprushing bubbles. As expected, there was very little beer visible immediately after the pour due to the massive head of French vanilla froth. Belgian beer, especially ridiculously hopped Belgian beer, is often crowned with the most amazing heads in all of beerdom. This one is impossibly rocky and throws up a gorgeous display of fine, feathery, soon to be crusty lace. Epic.

How could the nose be anything other than fandamntastic with a hop bill consisting of Amarillo (dry-hopped), Tomahawk and Saaz? It isn't quite as explosive as I'd hoped, but that's a minor point when it smells this good. I'm sure that the still-thick cap has something to do with the slight lack of immediacy.

I didn't expect this beer to smell this lemony. It isn't often that the lemon zest esters of Saaz hops make their way to the head of the line (past grassy, spicy and floral), but they've done so here. The beer smells like creamy lemon meringue pie--and looks like it too!--or like buttery, clove-spiced lemon shortbread. Very, very, N'ice.

The only real suspense before I take my first sip is just how much I'm going to love this beer, a little or a lot. And the answer is... a lot. It isn't quite as brilliant a creation as Thiriez XXtra, or maybe even Urthel Hop-It, but it's damn close. Besides, it isn't really fair to compare beers of such different styles. They're all hopped to the gills and they're all fabulous.

Since I love IPAs and I love tripels, I had a pretty good idea that I would love what is meant to be a combination of those two styles, even if I wasn't sure what it would taste like. I'm not sure that the pale/pils malt backbone is all that tripel-like, though it is substantial and is more than sturdy enough to handle a few fields worth of hops. Well, one field's worth anyway.

Saaz is the dominant member of the hoptastic trio. Its beautifully peppery buzzsaw-like nature, on such glorious display in Thiriez XXtra, is muted to some extent by the fruitiness of the American varieties. Those expecting an Amarillofest will be disappointed. All in all, I'd say that the hops were well-chosen with each providing the 'better angels of their nature', resulting in a hoppy flavor profile that is second to few.

A too-aggressive Belgian yeast strain would not have been a good idea and I'm happy to report that the one that has been chosen is laid back enough in terms of cloviness that the hops are allowed to shine with maximum radiance. As is often the case with extremely well-crafted beer, the ABV is of academic interest only. The alcohol is beginning to creep up on me in a velvet hammer sort of way, but it's difficult to appreciate it on the palate.

The body/mouthfeel is worthy of both the best IPAs and the best tripels. It's medium-full and creamy smooth with a carbonation load that is vigorous early and restrained late. I love the fact that the silky stickiness present on the finish is permitting the wonderfully hoppy flavor maximum 'bud time'.

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, even though it contains at least three different styles in its name, is a singular creation by a master Belgian brewer. Some will discount over-the-top hoppiness as a passing fad, but in the right hands (and the hands at Brasserie d'Achouffe are some of the most capable that you'll find) it turns great beer into transcendent beer. Houblon Chouffe looks like a masterpiece and drinks like a dream.

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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 akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fresh growler pour at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Appearance and smell are the same as the original on-tap review.

Appearance: The ale is a nice hazy yellow color. There is a decent head that leaves a very good ring of lace in the glass.

Smell: A funky blend of super hoppy IPAs and spicy pepper tripels.

Taste: The beer is a combination of a tripel and a DIPA, two flavors that one would never expect to meld together. The tripel's sweetness shines through up front and is soon followed by an earthy Hop-It-like hoppy earthen flavor. The hops are toned down but intense, earthy in their freshness. The tastes don't blend seemlessly, but they do not fight each other either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is unusual, tangy sourness mixed with sweetness. Neither flavor manages to stand out on its own, choosing instead to remain muddled.

Drinkability: The novelty of the beer is enough to warrant a look. The flavors though never mix together well enough to really enjoy.

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

Bottle date best buy 7/2013. So likely bottled in 7/2010, a tad old for the fresh hop character of the beer and certainly would NOT try to take a beer like this out three years.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip, bright golden straw highly effervescent with an enormous billowing meringue to key lime pie cream head. Lacing and then some, the sugary glisten of sticky hop resin paints itself on the side of the glass.

The aroma is a bit muted at this point, not gone by any means but the fruity and more floral and herbal. Rose, Lilac, Mint, Thai Basil and lemon grass dominate. There is a spicy white and black pepper with some floral alcohol. A touch of skunkiness is in play, damn the use of the green bottle, not intense but it is there nevertheless.

Lemon grass, thai basil and tart sharp citric grapefruit dominate the palate. Some subtle peppery pilsner malt tones and very tannic tongue coating bitterness amplified by the high carbonation and alcohol.

Light body, very well carbonated, extremely dry citric bitter finish.

I really love this beer. Every since having it in 2006 for the first and even having the opportunity to have it on draft that summer at the Stumbling Monk in Seattle, it has been a favorite. Do not drink it as much as I would like because I kept running into less than fresh bottles.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft pour led to a huge pillowy, rocky white head that keeps on rising above the rim. The foam stays a good three fingers thick for almost the entire beer. Huge gobs of lacing mark the glass. There are so many bubbles rushing to the top its insane. Has a clear golden color ( which became very hazy, almost like a snow globe once the bottom of the bottle was added).

Smells of floral hops, pepper and other spices ( really comes through when the yeast is added), yeast and a dash of sweet malt.

Tastes wonderful. The label does not lie, Triple IPA for sure. Lots of bitter hops, orange, pepper, yeasty spiciness ( once again more powerful when the sediment makes its way in), pale malt and a well hidden but warming alcohol. This is one hell of a beer, it is so complex and I was amazed how much it changes past mid bottle.

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Photo of JVEyck309
2.64/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden, can't see through it. Great head and lacing.
S: Herbal grassy hops
T&M: Disappointing. I am not overly familiar with this style besides maybe Piraat.. BUT.. Sort of a one-note tune. Bitter but with little flavor, overly crisp.. flavors of apple, pepper, bitter grassy pale and almost medicinal hops. I even want to add, somewhat metallic taste too.. high ABV warms the throat but I don't feel like it is welcomed..not too enjoyable for me maybe my palate isn't ready for this one!? But I do not dig this one..
D: Ehhh, I finished my first glass and I'll finish the bottle.. but this won't be something I will bother with

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of javahead71
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle purchased from a random bottle shop in Ghent, Belgium.

APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden yellow color w/ a very thick off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

SMELL – Spicy and sweet malts w/ faint hop aroma lurking in the background.

TASTE – Light spicy hop flavor w/ a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL – Strong carbonation that accentuates the spicy hop flavor.

OVERALL – A enjoyable beer, not a hop bomb or standard West Coast IPA, but one that I’d buy again if in a pinch while looking for an IPA.

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Photo of dental
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenWBush
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I sampled this one on-tap at Three Floyd's a few weeks back, but in the midst of all of those other hop-tastic beers I knew a review would be unfair at best. Picked this 750mL bottle up at the Fickle Peach in Muncie, Indiana.

Dirty mandarin in color, this beer pours out very hazy and cloudy. The gigantic meringue that is created - as far as three inches above the glass - is nothing but spectacular. Ice-fractals of lace form all around the glass, even before you get a chance to take the first sip.

The nose of this beer is filled with lemon zest, grapefruit pulp, dehydrated grape, cracked pepper, lemongrass, candi sugar, and the tiniest whiffs of vodka-burn. A powderiness of being exists also, much like many good DIPAs I encounter.

I did not expect to be hit with such a leadpipe of "screwdriver" bitterness but there it is. The wall of vodka-hop-tincture is matched with an unrelenting and pummeling bitterness that would make someone not absolutely in lust of hops cringe. This all cedes to an unrepentant, dehydrated orange aura and an odd, off-kilter marriage of tripel and hops.

The sheer bitterness of this beer - and relative dearth of juicy hop flavor - makes me think that time could serve it well. It does need a little softening. Whoever said they couldn't notice the alcohol must have got a different bottle than I. The yeast pour at the bottom of the bottle does soften things a touch, but i'd like to re-experience this in about a year.

All things considered, the 750 did drain quite quickly.

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

Found this several weeks ago at Whole Foods, nice surprise!

Popped open with a little spurt, but a little skunky smell at first, dang green bottles! [or at least I'm guessing that's it]

Even in a pre-rinsed glass, it was fizz city all over, and even as it settled down, it was quite a rocky head, with a sticky lace down the glass.

Very interesting spicy bitterness right off the bat! Not my usual IPA!

What an interesting aftertaste, I need to get some from the tap or a bottle that was never taken from the box.

This beer actually has some heat, as I'm finishing this fine unique Belgian ale, I'm feeling some heat, this is some spicy beer!

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Photo of BucBasil
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretaste notes: This was the beer that was given to me on the occasion of my college graduation. Recommended by the owner of the liquor store that I frequent, and confirmed by beer geek friends.

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is orange at first glance, but when held to light it is a pure golden color with a lot of haze. Head is off the charts, growing to just over 4 fingers thick and sparkling white. Great looking beer. You can literally bite into the head beacause is so freakin creamy... literally has the consistency of whipped cream, and doesn't dissipate for a long long time.

Smell: Nice and citrusy with a hint of green apple. Subtle malt plays a balancing role, but isn't very effective. Extremely sweet smelling, with obvious use of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Light citrus as evidenced in the nose at first glance, with some light fruits. However, the midpalate is dominated by the amazing hops liberally scattered throughout the entire experience. I thought the tomahawk hops were especially appropriate here (since I'm graduating as a Nole...), and they play a prominent role in the taste...

Mouthfeel: just smooth enough. Full bodied without being too overpowering. Medium carbonation. Again, the head is heavenly and is the consistency of whipped cream. You can actually bite into it...

Drinkability: I made it through the entire bottle, though I'm not sure if that was due to the occasion or to the actual drinkability of the beer. Either way, it's a great beer to drink on a special occasion, and will satisfy that hop craving, while still retaining that unique Belgian flavor.

Notes: This was a good choice, and will remain with me forever on this special day.

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, fruity, spicy yeast aroma backed up by spicy noble hops. Very light malt.

Crystal clear, straw colour with a big, foamy white head. Decent head retention and some lacing.

This is an interesting beer for me as it is different to any other Belgian IPA I've had. Very light malt flavour is teemed up with a touch of spicy hop, a light yeast character and a refined bitterness. There is a touch of apple as well.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very crisp but there is a hint of astringency.

I like this beer and think that it's good but it lacks the hop character expected of anything called an IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dutchlq7
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A- Golden yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves great lacing.

S-I'm getting a strong malty, sweet aroma with a hoppy, citrus back round.

T- very smooth and a little oily. sweet up front almost a bread/biscuit taste but becoming more bitter as it moves across the tongue. a little peppery and tastes like saaz hops. finishes a little dry, so good. Really interesting, lots going on.

M-dry up front then it coats the mouth with a little oil and finishes dry.

O- Really good. More flavors develop as it warms, but it's refreshing as well as strong. best enjoyed as a sipper.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tubeyes
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Piddmeista
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MarcJ
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mahaanand
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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