Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
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4.21 w/ 2,730 ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#983
Reviews:
1,201
Ratings:
2,730
Liked:
2,458
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
10.45%
Alströms:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
430
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,730 |  Reviews: 1,201
Photo of Benway
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just reading the term "Belgian IPA" provides a great feeling. A great history of brewing that has set the bar for the rest of the world is taking note of the (primarily) west coast USA brewing styles. On paper it should be a dream pairing.

I had a hard time with Belgian beers that advertise themselves as 'hoppy' and that's primarily due to what's available in the local market. We have floral, resiny, grassy, bitter, turbo, you name it as far as hops go.

Add to this mix belgian yeast and brewing techniques and that criteria is sort of thrown out the window.

My first taste of this beer was a mistake, I compared it too much to the West Coast IPA under the assumption that anything we can do they can do better. That was a big mistake.

My thinking was that too much hopping would diminish the complexities of the Belgian Yeast. This CAN be true in some beers. Not in this one. This one nails it to produce an excellent beer. It took a few years, but I'm hooked!

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Photo of paterlodie
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at ZBF 4-3-06. Nice and forever lasting white head and a witbier like pale golden beer. Nose is nice and hoppy, anis, malts and backed with high alcohol damps. Taste is rich malty, bit sweet but balanced with high but peaking and not hanging bitterness and warming alcohol. Great brew and a pleasure to drink making wanting for more.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass...

There was a lot of lacing and foam developing when I poured it in my glass. It looked very healthy and not flat at all.

The taste's very distinctive of the european tradition for this beer. I shared this with a friend who thought it would be similar to the American IPA. I had to correct him, but I thought this beer was a very well-brewed one. There was not any odd aftertaste nor was it too over-carbonated, as i thought it run the risk of being.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml pored into a snifter

A- Pours a light orange or copper color. A TON of sediment swimming around. A good bit of head on there as well.

S- Grain, Belgian yest. A slight oily hop. Touch of dark fruit.

T- A good bitterness at first. A lot of dark fruit in this beer, Plums, and figs. A nice hop flavor. There is a good onion, lemon grass and herbal onion like note here. This beer has a surprisngly strong grainy taste, in a good way, its quite unique and reminds me of a Dortmunder style.

M- A silky creamy and bitter mouth feel. High carbonation, my bottle had a slight foamsplosion so be careful.

O- A great beer. Very unique and well done.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color w/ a two finger white pillowy head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. The carbonation is almost like a little tornado in my snifter- a life of its own. The nose is lemon, malt, yeast, hops, and some clove. Not as strong as I'd expect- but still a masterpiece from the smell. It kind of smells like a lemon dessert to me- but not too sweet. Taste is hoppy, but also has a huge malt backbone on it as well. Everything on this beer just works. Very smooth/bitter aftertaste as well. Overall, this is a really fantastic beer, and a great example of the style.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big head that lasts the entire time. Prickly carbonation but you can get through it. Good aroma leads to a very pleasant flavor. A good amount of bitterness with some bubblegum and hops. The yeast imparted flavor dominates with the hops noticeable but not near center stage. The yeast isn't as over the top as chimay but still beats out the hops. Some booze is there but it still hidden well enough. I dig the balance to the beer, a great birthday present.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange color with lots of yeast flakes floating around. Immense and long lasting head forms frothy hills on the surface and patches all over the glass.

Bright and fresh citrusy hop aroma. I can smell lemon, orange and pine. Underlying aroma of fresh baked biscuits.

Flavor is malty at first with a buttery, biscuity quality. Hops come in strong with a lemony tartness and floral/piney spice. Not overpowering hop character but the dominating flavor mid-drink to end. Honey and baked apple sweetness mingled in and just enough to balance. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied. Light and crisp feel. Moderate carbonation.

Good brew. The whole IPA Tripel name threw me off a little bit. Hard to tell what style to compare against. Either way it is solid. Lots of complexity while staying crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow with a huge white head boasting nice retention and beautiful lacing. I have to admit I spilled a little not expected the vigor with which the head rises.

S: Smells of a great mix of Belgium yeast and IPAs. Normally the hops overpower the Belgium smell, this is very balanced.

T: The taste is very light. The Belgian taste comes out first, followed by a dry hop aftertaste. Very piney.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for an ABV that high. The hoppiness doesn't overwhelm you.

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Photo of RMentair
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty golden hue. Lightly cloudy. Big, fluffy head that retains masterfully. Of course, this is a gorgeous drink. Very Belgian in appearance. Head rings well along the glass.

S-Very pungent nose. Huge whiffs of yeast and green grass. Hay, straw and honey. Candied fruits. Great nose with a mixture of flora and sweetness.

T-More sweet than I was expecting but it finishes quite grassy and bitter. Maybe this beer is a few weeks too old but it still tastes great. Medicinal hops and herbal hops (eucalyptus). Honeycomb and hay with plenty of yeast. Nice Belgian banana flavor. Lightly soapy. Very complex.

M-Full bodied and a bit creamy Finishes very dry and the bitterness lasts. Lightly resinous and syrupy. Booze warms the cheeks. Big but easy drinking.

O/D-Took me far too long to try this, but I had to drink some sort of IPA on National IPA Day. Great beer. Don't always love Belgian IPAs but this is obviously a gem and a legendary brew. Happy to have tried it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clouy gold color wit heavy bubbles to the body. (White) head about oe finger's length

Smell: Light yeast and floral, has a sweet scent to it makes you think a bit of pink grapefruit.

Taste: If you never had a Belgian IPA this might be one to chase. Sour with hit of yeast and smooth pineyness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with slight dry feel to it.

Overall: Very good brew, sometimes after a sip I feel like asking myself why didnt I grab another 4 pack.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a big foamy white head on top that laid on top of a cloudy golden yellow colored liquid underneath. The lacing was decent here leaving to scattered bubbles on the glass. The smell of the beer was a hoppy blend of an IPA and a spicy Tripel. The aroma had some spice, some hops and some earth to it. The taste had a strong bitterness upfront that was mellowed out but the earthy spices in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was retty nice, it had a pretty good thickness to it and plenty of carbonation. Overall I found this been to be pretty good. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a straw color with an amazing billowing head that appears to continue growing to a massive cap over top. Clarity is moderate, with a bit of haze in there. Massive cascading bubbles help maintain the head. This one is going to take a long tim to get a full glass poured. Nose is hindered a bit by the foam. I get most notes of the tripel. Solid pilsner malt sweetness with a moderate sugary sweetness, layered with light lemon and banana creamyness. Floral noble hops are definately there and prevalent, but seem to really blend well with the tripel aromas. I just can't get the head to receed enough to fill the glass to the 25 cl mark. The head is actually bordering on solid. It is dense. Flavor is not as hoppy as I expected. Its got a very nice sweetness, with just a kiss of banana fruityness and lemon, with a interesting combination of hop flavors that break through after swallowing the beer. The hops are floral, slightly soapy, and moderately bitter. It's tasty, yet seems like the hops are battling against the base beer. Feel is moderate, with a very nice smoothness about it. Carbonation is fairly minimal, as it seems to all have bubbled out maintaining the head. Overall, drinkability is good on this brew. The ABV is not apparent in the nose of flavor. I like the mouthfeel a lot. I wonder if the tap variety is as heady.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale golden straw color, with a very tall hite rocky head, very heavy carbonation, no visible sediment

S - a sweet hoppy aroma, like a quality hops and honey combination, a ginger-like spiciness lies in the background along with a grassy aroma

T - very very smooth, the ginger aroma translates to the taste, and at the end a candy sweetness kind of like white chocolate

M - like i said, very very smooth, easy down, probably the best tripel i've ever quaffed.

D - very high, a great session beer, especially for a tripel, would highly reccommend, great balance

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy golden. Frothy head with lingering lace. Aroma of slight pine, somewhat floral with a hint of lemon. Flavour has a distinct hop bite with honey, lemon and a touch of horse blanket. Finishes crisp and prickly. Nice mashup of styles

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Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty clear straw colour with a big fluffy 3cm white head that slowly falls away leaving nice lacing.
S - Fruity citrus hops with some Belgian yeast spice phenols.
T - The spicy phenols come through a lot more in the taste followed by citrus and floral hoppiness. Sweetish pale malts with a hint of biscuit.
M - Fairly light bodied with a pretty high carbonation. Bitterness is definately there.
D - 9%ABV makes it a bit much for regular drinking but I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of diomz88
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - belgian yeast, bread, bananas, citrusy, hoppy, floral, smells great!
A - golden yellow, hazy, two finger whittish head that takes a long time to recede. And the lacing, Wow!
T - spicy, herbal, citrus, bananas, belgian yeast, and yes, very hoppy.
M - medium bodied, spicy all through out but doesn't linger. No after taste for me.
D - very drinkable, will drink again.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three-finger, when poured slowly, foamy white head with a hazy honey-amber body that displays ample carbonation. Was expecting something a bit darker; this looks all Belgian.

S - Sweet candy malts as you'd expect for a Tripel, very little tang from the hops near the end - would expect more from an IPA. Odd Rice Pudding scents, as well. Hops are sedated.

T - Delicious! A hoppy Belgian Tripel, as you'd expect. Less IPA than Tripel, but it does give the normally overly sweet, malty Belgians (for me, anyway) a nice balance - floral hops, rather than citrus. The alcohol is definitely noticable (9.0abv) near the end. Careful.

M - Very heavily carbonated, soda-like mouthfeel with a tinge of alcohol burn around the silky finish.

D - I really enjoyed this. For an Advocate who started out in the microbrew scene with IPAs only to eventually come to explore the Belgian crowd, this is definitely a welcome hybrid. Price is an issue, however, as this style doesn't seem readily available - I paid 7.99 for my bottle; not too pricey, but just enough to keep it from being a regular dinner-drink. Weekends?

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Photo of DM1293
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told that an IPA done in the Belgian style typically had a more balanced hop characteristic, less bitter than an American styled IPA.

Strangely, this...doesn't really even drink like an IPA at all to me. I'm not sure why, but I got next to none of the hop bitterness. Maybe a little of the grassy/piney taste, but its so subtle that it feels like something else rather than hop. The rest of the body isn't bad. A light sourness from the unfiltered yeasty nature. Good malt flavor too.

The mouthfeel deserves some mention, because despite being unfiltered and a little on the thick side, this beer somehow feels rather crisp and refreshing afterward. So...oddly enough I can see this pairing with what the site recommends (cheeses, strong ones at that).

This is one thats...good, but I don't see myself revisiting it. It might appeal more to those familiar in the Belgian IPA's, but I'm not feeling this one much.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy amber pour with a large creamy white head that lasted and had good lacing. Moderate yeasty sour fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carb onation. Full yeasty sour fruity flavor with a smooth hop finsh of moderate duration. Good interesting brew.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalk this up as another Chouffe that I like.

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge, almost uncontrollable, head. Great retention and large chunks of sticky white lace are left behind. I think the Belgian IPA style is still a bit nascent to have a template for its appearance, but considering the IPAs are often close to hopped up BPAs and BSPAs, this has a classic appearance for those styles, which would be hard to better. The nose is spicy and intensely complex. Lots of fresh lemon peel, spicy yeast, funk, grass, pepper and apricots. Put a blindfold on me and I'd call it a saison. Houblon Chouffe delivers on the bitterness, and a wave a hoppy goodness greets the first sip. Its grassy and peppery with notes of citrus and pine, but a good malt and yeast backbone prevents the beer from becoming to unbalanced (it still is a touch). Peach and candy sugar mix with spices to produce a lightly sweet kick to tone down the bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, well carbonated, and perfect for what's going on here.

As of tasting, this beer is chilling at the bottom of an illustrious list - the top 25 beers from Belgium. I've got a lot of Belgian beers to work through, but I'd say this deserves to be there. Its a Belgian take on an American take on a British style, and it does it well. Chouffe are pretty consistent, eh?

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Photo of Johnct
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear pale golden yellow color with about three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malt, fruit sweetness, Belgian yeast, spices, and light citrus hops

T-taste is very similar to the smell with a pale bready malt backbone, citrus hops, light fruits, peppery spice, and Belgian yeast

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall very pleasant to drink, definitely a Belgian beer but there are enough citrus hops to make it an IPA

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Photo of patpbr
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a tulip glass with a one finger head with great retention and a hazy orange and yellow mixed body.
S - Pine, Clove, banana, sweet, a bit of yeast, fruit and spice.
T - Citrus and pine hops with noticeable carbonation. Very much like the smell.
M - Moderate carbonation, a slightly dry finish and bitterness.
O - This is balanced out really nicely with bold flavors.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a weak pineapple juice color while displaying a very finely carbonated head which retains quite well.

Mild medicinal nose with pepper, citrus and banana aromas.

This brew has an active carbonation with a medium body. Taste is slightly peppery with a hop presence that is quite green. Undertones of banana and citrus are evident. Drink ends with a splash of prickly, bitter hop carbonation while yielding a dry tonic water finish. Not too bad. All in all the hop bitterness is the story here. Absolutely no help from constituent ingredients to help quell the bitter beast which is the hop balance, or should I say lack thereof. Still, this brew has something to offer as the nuances underneath the hop current are varied and interesting. Well worth a try.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,730 ratings
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