Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
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

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4.2
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10.48%
 
 
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Map Room in Chicago
(from notes)

Served in appropriate Chouffe glassware with the cool little gnome on it. Appeared a hazy, cloudy golden yellow with a bright, pillowy white head. Nice sheeting lace action.

Smells of fruity esters and lemon citrus off the bat, with floral, yeast and spicy notes as well. There was also a hint of honey.

You would never expect a beer that looks this light and playful to be so deep and complex. It has a sweet, spicy, floral palate. You can easily detect the bitter hops and sweet malts. All perfectly balanced and flavorful. Extremely well crafted.

Very crisp and light for the high abv. and very easy to drink. These could get you in trouble.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled first ( 3 - 4 times) at the Belgium comes to Cooperstown festival at brewery Ommegang last summer. ( thanks Jim T)
A pale straw yellow color with effusive carbonation.
The carbonation helps propell the aroma and flavor to your senses. Strong spicy hop aroma of green grass and and clover with a splash of lemon zest.
Flavor is all about the hop but the malt backbone keeps it in balance. A strong beer that is very deceptive - little or no hint of alcohol to cloud or impair the flavors.
Crisp and refreshing while still eminatley satisfying and enjoyable for a hop head like myself.
Its good to see the Belgians embracing the high AA hops.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a bottle as a gift. I can't believe I waited several weeks before drinking this. It pours as a light-orange golden color, with a magnificent foam head that sticks around like frosting on the top of the beer. Has a very pleasant crisp lemon peel scent. A nice bitter feel at the beginning of each sip, but it as it goes down the taste transitions smoothly to a classic tripel. This is a truly amazing beer. It doesn't seem to suffer from the same angel-devil feel as a lot of hoppy belgian beers. I'll be looking for this again.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would like to try this from the bottle, I had it on tap at Delirium Cafe in brussels

Poured a hazy yellow with a cloudy appearance and a clumpy big two-finger head.

Aroma: The nose was a pure showcase of hops. Very grapefruity and citrusy. Not much malt comes through at all.

Taste: This is a complex beer. Take a well crafted, spicey triple and hop the shit out of it and this is what you get. In doing that you lose some of the more delicate characteristics of the triple, but the Belgian spicey yeasts and sugary malt stand up there with the hops. Grapefruit and citrus dominate the palate but are kept in check with all the other attributes.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about, sharp carbonation and a thinner body than you would find in a American IPA of this strength.

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Photo of Billolick
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this new one, way to push the envelope D'Achouffe!

A: Large bottle, capped, w/o freshness indication. Pours light yellowy amber, tiny bubbles continuing to rise and semi-cloudy,with a huge white head, rocky, puffy, creamy, crazy stiff meringue thing going on with world class retentive powers and gobs of thick sheeting and wildly impressive lacing

S: Perfumed grainy and oily hops and more hops in the nose for me, pleanty of ripe fruits as well.

T: Big and bold flavors floating all around this one, yeasty, malty but mostly its the drying spicy/peppery hops that I notice on the palate.

M: So smooth and coating, lucious stuff. Big and bold flavors, heady stuff

D: I need more of this nectar, I bought 4 bottles, I hope that this stunner is widely available all year round, go get some and enjoy!

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Photo of eat
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 750ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

This is unquestionably one of the most delicious looking beers I've ever seen. It pours a massive, bleached-paper-white head that has the appearance and retention of marshmallows. I just want to roast this head over a fire. The retention and lacing are unreal. The top of my glass looks like a sky full of fluffy white clouds. The beer itself is a glowing golden-yellow, cloudy with no visible sediment. This is a picture-perfect glass of beer.

The smell is almost equally fantastic. So much complex, pungent hops smell, lemon, lime, a field of mixed wild flowers. I only wish the smell could be even a little more powerful. It's not weak but could be even a bit more present to be considered perfect.

It doesn't taste quite like I was expecting it to but is definitely delicious. The hops are subtle and extremely well balanced; this is no American-style hop bomb. I was expecting an explosion of hops in my mouth but instead find a more subdued and floral hop flavour than I've ever experienced. There's a little honey-like sweetness up front and the finish is incredibly smooth; just leaving a taste of wild flowers. There's just a hint of citrus and malt. The alcohol feels almost non-existent.

The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for my taste. This is a full-bodied IPA; creamy and oily. Light carbonation is perfectly paired with the creamy consistency.

One of the most drinkable beers I've ever tried. I was expecting to think that it's overpriced at $9.25 for a 750ml but I don't; I would happily pay this much for a beer this good. I could easily drink two of these back to back, though I don't know if I would want to because of the ABV. This is the best IPA I've had so far in my experience with the style.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a chalice a hazy honey-yellow. The meringue-like head was gorgeous and thick enough to hold my car keys, I'd bet.

Yeast, citrusy and a dose of spiciness rose from the glass.

IPA meets Tripel. Hops galore with citrus in a perfect balance.

Nicely carbonated, smooth with some chewiness.

This beer will always have a place in my heart and my cellar.

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquor's, Westboro, MA

First, I must comment on the adorable and amazingly well designed bottle graphics.

As for the beer itself - it poured a murky, pale, mustard yellow with an enormous, white, rocky head that stuck in clumps to the sides of the glass. As the head subsided, it left a beautiful, sticky spiderweb of lacing. Even by the end of the beverage, substantial lacing and a noticeable head remained.

The smell was incredible. Yeasty with sweet and flowery saaz hops, spices and lemon peel.

The taste was smooth, flavorful and pleasantly hoppy from start to finish. Sweet malts and a cotton candy-like quality were apparent initially before the orange peel, coriander, clove and peppery notes kick in. Lastly, the hops finished with a luscious fruitiness and juiciness. Nice crisp and refreshing hop bittering in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was outstanding. The beer was full and creamy with perfect carbonation. It felt like a cloud on my tongue.

Drinkability was outstanding. I hardly noticed the dangerously high 9% ABV.

This is truly a outstanding beer, perfect for savoring with a cheese plate.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lively sunny color with an abundant creamy head. Looks and smells very enticingly.

First gulp reveals bursts of citrusy acidity and herbal mellowness, quickly maturing into lemony spiciness and...truffles?? Yes, there was a distinct aftertaste of white truffles, which was surprising, but very pleasant. It was a roller coaster of taste - lemon, hay, wormwood, rye bread and earthy mushroom. But none of these tastes were overpowering or annoying - this beer is extremely quaffable (despite its high alcoholic content, which is not easily detected by the way). It can highlight a variety of foods as a result, from a wild mushroom pizza to some rich fish stew.

Overall, a supreme example.

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Photo of jslot38
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ever since reading the article here on BA I've been wanting to try this. They have a few bottles at Cairo Liquours in DC and its been calling my name every time I walk in.

Appearance: Golden tawny yellow underneath a pillowy white head. Can already see the intense lacing forming on my chalice. An amazing looking beer. Such great clarity and simplicity of colour with just an amazing head and lacing.

Smell: Yeast, horse blanket, mixed with citrus and cloved spiceness. A grounded aroma which begs to spring forth.

Taste: A nearly insane combination of an IPA and tripel. Has a great hop presence balanced with a spiceness and barnyard flavour of a Belgian Tripel. Some great citrus flavours, yet touched in dryness. If 4.8 was possible I'd give it to this, as near to a 5 as may be possible.

Mouthfeel: A dry set nicely carbonated beer. Has all the mouthfeel qualities of a tripel, and although the slickness of the IPA is there the abbrassiveness is nicely left out.

Drinkability: So I shared this 750ml amongst a few friends, to their great enjoyment (they may not be so lucky next time). It hides the high level of alcohol so well (it is unnoticable) that this could easily creep up on you, and I feel until that level hits, I would indulge in this. Will certainly return to this one, a job well done.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 75 cl bottle, no dates.

Pale gold, huge white head sits proudly on top like whipped cream. Retains all the way to the end and leaves lace with every sip.

Fresh sea breeze aroman with an underpining of citrusy American hops. Dive in!

Fresh, fruity esters. Slightly flinty. Initially quite sweet, but finishes dry and masks its strength very well. Medium-full bodied, robust carbonation, but still soft on the palete. A unique and very drinkable take on a tripel.

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Photo of spointon
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub on 5/2/2009.

A= This ale poured a pale, cloudy, yellow-gold color with a 1" fluffy white head. The head took a long time to settle into a thin cap and left insane amounts of lace down my glass.

S= I found lot of hops in the aroma as well as Belgian funky yeast, alcohol, and a very faint candy sweetness.

T= This brew was hoppy, citrusy, and bitter on the front end, with biscuity malt, fruitiness and funky yeast in the middle. It finished with a soft alcohol warmth.

MF= This one was medium bodied with a super effervescent carbonation level.

D= Two of my favorite styles (IPAs and Belgian tripels) blended into one fine elixir. Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nicely designed 750ml bottle served in a Chimay goblet.

A beautifull looking beer. Rich golden with a creamy white head. Very nice lacing and retention.

A complex nose has a bouquet of floral hops up front. Under this subtle yet aromatic hop presence is a well balanced tripel. Citrus, candy malts and Belgian yeasts are dominant.

The taste is similar except the hop characters are present from start to finish. It took me a while to warm up to this beer, but it is quite tasty. The best way to describe it is a rich tripel with fresh hoppy presence.

The body is silky smooth with perfect carbonation. This was my first experience with this style, but this was fantastic. A fantastic hybrid between Belgian and American brews.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first belgian double ipa, who would of thought the style existed, very few exist according to BA, so here goes maybe the only one i'll ever try. it looks like a hefe, a cloudy yellow color with a big white head, tons of lacing, and a huge huge head, smell is like a hefe aswell, but with more hop undertoes. taste is absolutely magical, its just amazing. im at a loss for words, its like heaven came down in the form of a beer and poured itself for me to drink. its unlike any beer i've ever had, its a very mild double ipa, its nothing like any american double IPA's, not even remotely as hoppy as most american ipa's, but has a more malty flavor to it, and alot of carbonation. i really can't formulate any words, its just perfect.

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Photo of mcmidc
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer as a single after seeing it was a combo of two of my favorites (belgian tripel, and an IPA). Poured a very cloudy golden color with a two and a half finger head, which lingered a half a finger throughout the drink. Aroma was of a lot of citrus but my sinuses have been acting up so my nose is really not up to snuff. Taste was everything I expected. First drink there was a lot of hops up front, then mild malts, with a dry hopped finish. After that it was strange. Some drinks I primarily tasted the first combo, others were a rich malty taste with a hoppy finish. Very nice and different. Mouthfeel was good, with good carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability was a little too good,(if thats possible) because I found myself sipping on it continuously because it was so tasty but different than anything I've previously had. I will be buying this again.... soon.

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Photo of TBCE
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Outstanding clear golden color with a heavy two and a half fingers of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a nice lacing. Smells of earthiness, banana, citrus, grass, and floral. Taste is outstanding with notes of floral and fresh cut grass and biscuit malts up front, as it develops the bitterness is subsided by citrus. Complex and changes as you drink. Mouth feel is big but smooth. Its Belgium roots take over and make the complexity come across calm and very drinkable. Overall a top tier beer.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort chalice-served at 42F.

A: Pale-golden. Slight haze. Head retention not the best, glass maybe? Head that does exist is leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Flowery aroma with very subtle hints of malt and an obvious dryness.

T: Some spice and fruit, high bitterness at the end. Definitely get the Belgium from this with a familiar sweetness that I've found with other tripels.

M: Quite dry, good carbonation. No pucker, but a definite hop bite at the end.

D: Good IPA for a Belgium brewer. Both styles (tripel and IPA) are well-balanced and it's quite drinkable. Hop bite doesn't linger too much at the end, so it's great. Highly recommend and best for this specialty style.

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Photo of Beerstein
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland RI and ever since, this is the first drink that i ask for when i see it on tap. The apperance is a cloudy gold with a thick white head that dissipates to a flat plain. The taste and smell are both exceptional with the hop and citrus prresents well known. With 9%alc, this beer should be enjoyed slowly for it will cetainly put a smile on your face.

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Photo of seedee17
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be biased in my review because I love pale ales and tripels, but this is truly a great beer. Poured into a chalice, the beer has a beautiful fluffy head that reminds me of lemon meringue pie in appearance. The smell is complex, with the spicy yeast and piney hops making for a really unique nose. The hop flavor of this beer is just right, not so overpowering as to diminish the traditional tripel flavors, but it's definitely there. The flavors mingle with each other with each taste, seeming to alternate with each sip. Sometimes the hops stand out, sometimes the yeast. A really great experiment by the chouffe, and a really fun beer to drink.

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Photo of giblet
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very very good! this poured slightly cloudy into my glass. yeast particles swimming around made it cloudy. excellent carbonation and head. this girl was a true delight. wonderful citrus aroma. excellent citrus taste with a nice dry finish.

highly recommend this one! suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of AlexJ
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed glowing apricot pour with an expanding head of frothy merangue that has epic retention and the thickest lacing I've ever seen. 3/4 inch thick on the sides of my Magic Chouffe goblet with submerged icebergs of half melted marshmellows floting on top.

Aroma is a near perfect union of Belgian Tripel and Imperial IPA. At first it smells very hoppy, bursting with notions of pine, Amarillo citrus and powdered fruit, sweet florals, and earthy and herbal Saaz. As it warms the hops fade into warm fruit notes with green apple, pinapple mint, bubblegum, and white pepper.

Flavor is equally impressive. An initial blast of fresh hop citrus, honey drenched floral and pine notes gives way to loads of sweet fruit, especially pinapple, tangerine, and pear. The Saaz bite reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner with all it's raw, Earthy hop goodness. The yeast is unmistakably Belgian, and adds plenty of clove spice and fruity bubblegum notes. The finish is sweet, hoppy, and has a touch of white pepper dryness. This beer truly morphs all the aspects of a Tripel with an American IIPA. It's really, really good.

Body is very big on this one. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. leaving your lips hoppy and sticky with each sip. I bet this would age wonderfully, although the mighty hop character would lose some of it's luster. Hoppy, fruity, full, wonderfully complex, and different. I love it. Go buy lots right now!

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Photo of naterock
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C: pours a pale orange, very tink head that thins and sticks heavily to the side of the glass. Fantastic head retention, yeasty sediment that creates a live environment for fermentation.

S: clean hop scent crisp with a citrusy noce, a little orange peel and maybe clove.

T: spicy hops, with a citrusy finish. not to bitter and well balanced with the malt. I've been on a belgian kick lately and this one is a perfect blend of a trippel and a IPA.

M: lively carbonation, helps promote the bitterness, promotes the scent to be notices while drinking. This is a fantastic example of good belgian beer crafting. without a doubt one of the best that I've ever had from our belgian friends.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas.

Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that's nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely.

I have never had anything like this before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. Awesome.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light straw color. Luminescent and streaming effervescence coming up from the bottom. A fat creamy thick head of white foam sits atop this golden sunshine body. The pinnacle of foam. It's loathe to fall and when it finally does, it does so slowly. Rocky crags to a thick cap and a layer on top. It refreshes constantly and leaves gobs and patches of lace. Sticky sheets and rings.

Nose is terrific with aromatic citrus hops. Bright with a touch of yeast and a little funky. Soft light malt that's been kissed by honey. The citrus is bold and tart and with it is the lively sweetness of the rind. It also has a softer tripel like sweetness from fruit just underneath. That's a bit more tropical and intensely sweet but shy. It has grains that are naturally sweet and light.

Taste is perfection. It has bold citrus fruit that gets the mouth to water as the sweet rind perks everything right up. The tropical sweetness rolls through and the palate begins to be very excited. Light grains with honey, orange. The malt is smooth and light and that allows this to drink long. Herbal fruity perfumey hops dance all over the palate. Then a sensational bitter starts to settle in. It's sensational because the flavors have all been reaching a peak that somehow keeps climbing and then . . . it's bitter. Not hard, not harsh but strong and it lasts. There's a crushed aspirin like astringency that's a bit chalky but it's laid in to the body of the beer and not out of place. It's alive and vibrant with sensations as the bitter tingles and the chalkiness drys out the mouth in anticipation of the dry finish. It has a delightful aftertaste and ends with the lightly sweet grains and the softer tropical fruit notes.

Bold as brass like an ipa and delicate sweet and refined like a tripel. It's character is complimentary and each aspect accents another aspect perfectly. The hop qualities accent the delicate sweetness, the bitter accents the fruits, the aspirin like quality accents the bitter and contrasts the lightly sweet grains. Perfect balance. You feel like it's somehow in motion.

Bravo! Bravo I say!

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

-slightly lighter tripel
-hoppy bread almost some sour notes
-a hoppy tripel makes for my favorite beer taste, crisp and smooth
-it comes on strong but quickly mellows
-a amazing beer, one of my favorites on any occasion

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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