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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 HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,084
Reviews:
1,201
Ratings:
2,745
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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217
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,745 |  Reviews: 1,201
Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation smooth nice and tasty belgain sugars make this one a must try.

A - Golden hue with a very thick white head lots of lacing and the wispy head stays on top and is not going away.

S - Candied sugars, just a sweet smell that is fantastic.

T - Creamy smooth, its called a IPA but yest so different then one might think of in a IPA defiantely captures the tripel style though this is really nice.

M - nice tingly mouthfeel leaves behind that candy sugar feel when drinking really nice belgians.

D - As others have stated dangerous because of the smoothness and the ABV. Definately would want to have this again.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy golden colored with a very thick white head that is ridiculously dense and lumpy.
the smell is a sweet banana/orange creamsicle aroma lying atop spicy grassy herbal hoppiness. maybe a vanilla-y cotton candy type aroma too along with some soft clove.
very unique flavor profile. right off the bat i'm thinking triple, than a big ass wit, than wait, whats with all the hops? tangy fruit flavors to begin, soft creamy candy, clove, bread, flollowed up with relatively very bitter ending, with herbal spicy bitterness, and finallly finsihing dryly with some more bready yeast. phew. between a 4.0 and 4.5 for taste, i'll round up in this case, it's quite a roller coaster. in a good way. my only complaint is that the hops seem somewhat at odds with the other flavors in here, but they don't clash significantly enough to really detract all that much.
a creamy thick medium body with sharp carbonation.
very drinkable, nearly none of the 9% abv is evident, and it goes down smoothly and very quickly.
experimental like and american beer, but belgian in character, quality and origin, a great combination.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sits in a tulip straw yellow, is translucent leaning towards opaque and has a healthy white head.

Unmistakable Belgian aroma: herbal, grassy, hint of lemon.

Same goes for taste: It starts with a hop bite, goes sweet and creamy with a touch of honey and caramel, and a touch of citrus. The hop bitterness has some linger. I love the balance.

Good medium body, no overwhelming carbonation, the alcohol comes through and makes it feel a bit heavier than it is I think.

I dig it. It's in my little black book of go to brews.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This baby poured a beautiful gold/hazy orange color with bits of settlement and an amazing pillowy white head that didn't collapse for 15 mins leaving lace all over the glass

Smells of orange and lemon zest with a yeast scent and earth smell after wards.

Taste is very nice and light with touches of malt, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel is very light and coats nicely with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

I would drink this anytime it was presented to me, very nice from start to finish.

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Photo of dbauer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date Drunk: 12/21/10

750mL into pint glass

I don't know why this is considered a belgian ipa... tastes like a tripel. Lemon grass flavor that is smooth to the mouth, but high carbonation. Gets extremely better as it warms. You cannot even tell this is a 9.0% beer.

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Photo of tmzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, medium sized bubbles, creamy top, off-white head (yellow hue). Not the most beautiful retention (slow formation of big bubbles that eventually pop) - sticky descent, leaves a weird looking medium sized, thick creamy mountain in the middle with bigger bubbles on the sides. Some random sticky lacing when it goes down. Cloudy golden wheat with light orange hue; you can see through; some carbonation chains visible.

Smell: Tropical, pine, citrus, orange and floral - quite a mix, and strong peppery overall spicy note. There are also present some wilder yeasty (piss), medicinal smells - all this adds up to sharp but fresh characteristic.

Taste: Starts with medium soft flower honey sweetness, evolves into bread, hay malt middles medium sweetness and ends with medium spike of grapefruit pith, pine and noble hop bitterness. Bitterness stays at the end with light soft sweetness - bitterness builds up with time. Still peppery, still fruity (ripe orange) and wilder yeast roam around. Soft start vs. rougher end - but it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation - makes it lighter. Dry finish - fresh. For 9% ABV and the lightness, alcohol exceptional well hidden.

Overall: This one is pretty unique. Hop character is very american IPA-ish but then comes the spicy, yeasty part with soft malt character. Works well together and creates a wonderful dynamic. Recommended.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was originally described to me as a "Triple IPA", which to me, (as one who enjoys trying every "Double IPA" I can encounter") sounds like an extremely strong and extremely hoppy beer along the lines of Dogfish Head's 120 Min IPA.

Of course what the Tripel IPA really means is a cross between the Belgian Trappist style Tripel and the IPA. At times it resembles both of the styles, with an appearance which in reality resembles both. Taste resembles both, but it is not overly hoppy in the style of strong Imperial IPAs.

This is a beer worth trying if you enjoy the two styles. Not overly strongly resembling either style, but an excellent clash of the two.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on--tap at The Sunset in Boston, MA.

This Belgian double IPA poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that slowly settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was Belgian malt with a bit of fruitiness and some grape skins together with a nice hoppiness. The taste was a basic Belgian maltiness with a touch of sugar sweetness together with a vinous grape-skin flavor and layered with a rather strong hoppiness, but not an overpoweringly bitter hoppiness. Overall a very nice flavor combination. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly sweet with medium body and low carbonation feel. The finish left the flavors of grape-skins and hops lingering pleasantly. This was a very nice beer, reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This has a wonderful, full white head, with great retention, retreating to a nice laciness. This has a visible carbonation with the yeast giving a slightly cloudy tinge to the golden color.

Aroma: Most unusual smell, with the hoppiness of an IPA as well as the traditional Belgian esters of banana and citrus.

Taste: This is a wonderful yet almost indescribable cross between an outstanding IPA and a first rate Belgian trippel. It has a smooth and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability This is very drinkable, though a bit dry. It is nice melding of two of my favorite styles. This is a pretty unique beer. There is almost no hint of the high alcohol content of an imperial IPA or a trippel.

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chizoad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Belgian IPA I've had.

Nice cloudy golden ale with a off white head that fades to a thin lacing. Very pretty.

Good aromas of hops and Belgian yeast. Has that pleasing, hearty smell in addition to the zest provided by generous hopping.

Taste is up there with the best. This is not a standard IPA, it's more like a perfect harmonious blend of a fine tripel and a relatively mild IPA, somehow balanced perfectly. The flavors don't compete at all. Great stuff.

Medium carbonation and medium body, appropriate. As far as this style goes it's really the only game in town.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw gold, huge chunky head that persists. Even a gentle pour gives a 3 inch head.

S- Slight sweet vanilla, hops come through as citrus and mild grass.

T- Very nice hop note, citrus is slight grapefruit with some spicy notes at the end. Some Belgian notes are drowned by the hops, which is fine with me. The sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. I like this one more as it warms. More sweetness comes through.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very easily downed. I like this much more than I thought I would. Great after a long hot days work.

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Photo of chebode2
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seand
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dark sand-like color, with a bubbly foamy white head. Fair size clumps retain pretty well, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian-style spices and yeast, with a floral hoppy note.

T: Sweet and yeasty, with the hops making a strong appearance towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the ABV.

Very well constructed, and overall it seems to be exactly what it intends to be: a Belgian IPA tripel.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/golden haze look to it. Rich and dense is the head. Glazed lacing.

Peppery and full of apricot hops. Pinch of alcohol sniffed. Belgian yeast and light coriander.

Spicy and zesty with notes of apricot, lemon rind, floral bouquet, and chiming booze. Excellent Belgian IPA flavor profile.

Silky body, light carbonation prickle. The strength doesn't choke back drinkability.

One of my faves of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of hu5om
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340. duvel tulips
a-pale golden straw. 2 fingers of white fluffy foam. pretty clear.
s-90% tripel, 10% ipa. these belgian ipas always throw me off. sweet belgian candy sugar. clove, ginger, honey, bubblegum, with a little bitter edge.
t-there's the hops! nice. a bit of dentist office. bitter and sugary sweet. starts hoppy, ends sweet. not huge, but nice. some banana.
m-pretty tingly. bubbly with a little boozy edge. medium body. a bit hogh on the carbonation.
d-very good. not my cup of tea stylewise, but an interesting mix of two of my favorite styles. i did enjoy it, and it's pretty dang nice for the price. how they 9% in here, i will never know..

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Photo of sfprint
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

exp 04/2013
Short, cratery head, dark orangy brown. Hazy, no visible rising carbonation.
S: sandelwood, rich apricot, pumpkin?
T: intense and very flavorful. both some what fresh and dense. creamy with a heavy sort of yeast, apricot. Quite good, improves as it warms but still has a small bitter edge
M: very soft and smooth with mild carbonation.
O: pretty great. will definitely try this one out again.

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Photo of aufie
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this stubby brown bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a huge, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and big ole frothy lacing.

S: Slightly hoppy and fruity with whiffs of smooth caramel and Belgian yeast.

T: Very bitter and citrus filled flavor up front. Sort of a dry hoppy middle and finishes slightly malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting IPA Tripel – there is a lot going on here – lots of complex flavors and aromas and a good amount of alcohol. Classic Brew.

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Photo of Fabianno
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of illidurit
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Poured into a snifter with typical bartender ineptitude resulting in a lackluster head. An odd yellow-gold colored beer lays beneath the small white cap of foam.

The hops are strong with this one, you can smell the floralness from a foot away. Beyond that, the tripel style makes itself known with aromas of funky yeasty apple, lemon zest, grapefruit, pepper.

The taste is just how you'd imagine something with "IPA Tripel" in the name to be. Hoppier than any other Belgian I've had, this beer explodes with floral hops that mingle with the fruity esters and faint boozy finish.

This was a bit flat, but I blame it on the tap, not the beer, and so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.

Pretty smooth and easy to quaff.

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Photo of cts309
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,745 ratings
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