Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml green bottle into a chalice at home.

A: Spectacular creamy head that stays for the whole beer. Golden yellow to light amber color with a heavy, steady stream of carbonation racing up the center of the glass.
S: Excellent balance between the sweet Belgian yeast and the fruity citrus hops. Very inviting.
T: Wow. Sweet honey flavor of malt comes first followed quickly by a citrus tang of the hops. Biscuity flavors come through balanced by a semi-sharp hop spiciness. The sweet malt sugar coats the mouth allowing for a sweet dry finish and warm, mellow alcohol ending. Yes, that is hoppy.
M: Oily and mouth-coating, yet comes off light. Mild carbonation.
D: Unbelievable how smoothly this goes down. I’m already about to pour myself another.

Gnomes make great beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange cloudy color forming a huge, bubbled, soapy and persistent white head. Some lingering lacings are formed and left in the glass. Reminds the Duvel's foam somehow

S: Strong notes of sweet malts, caramel, spices and citrus hops. Quite fruity. Delicious combination of the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops. Very biscuity and malty. Low alcohol sensation despite the 9% ABV

T: Absolutely delicious. Follows the nose. Strong notes of caramel, sweet malts, citrus fruits, flowery hops. Deliciously spicy. Belgian bready and earthy yeasts

M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Herby and flowery hops aftertaste

O: High drinkability. Absolutely delicious Belgian IPA. Best on business

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw color thin bubbly bright white head. Extremely floral nose. Sweet honey and eldeberry upfront with bright tropical fruits. Peppery clove and flowers. Honey suckles. Finishes extremely floral dry and clean with a touch of alcohol. Not a beer to mess around with. Complex layers of flavors, bold and brash. Rough around the edges but concise. Faint bitterness lingers a bit, lots of flowery hops on the back end, hoppy resin balances alot of these sweet belgian notes. quite amazing.

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Photo of tdrshayden
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was absolutely incredible. Nice golden color with a cloudy appearence with a masssive foamy white head that coated my glass. Wonderful citrus, spiced aromas followed by a crisp and spicy hop flavor that was well-balanced. At 9% abv, The alcohol was well hidden. I have to say this is my favorite Belgian IPA so far.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Best before date of 3/2015.

A: Crystal clear sunshine golden color. Three fingers of creamy head retain extremely well. Patches of foamy lacing. This beer looks great.

S: Hop aromas of freshly cut grass, lemon zest, tangerine, pulpy mango. Hops show dimension with some earthy tones as well. Wet leaves, herbal/spicy scents. Just as apparent on the nose are the classic aromas of a great Belgian tripel. Doughy and biscuity malts, chalky and earthy yeast, light peppery phenol spices. Tropical esters of tangerine and pineapple are a perfect compliment to the hops. Awesome nose.

T: Oily hops at the outset. Big herbal and spicy bite. Gripping pine resin bitterness. Very grassy too. Much more aggressive than the nose suggested. Sharp spike of clove and pepper phenols and a hit of alcohol play nicely off of the aggressive hop tastes. All of this aggression tapers off just enough to let through the more playful side of the beer. Tangerine and pineapple esters marry beautifully into shifting hop tastes that bring flavors of lemon zest, white grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Doughy malts and a pleasant bready and chalky yeast foundation provide the all-important anchor that brings the beer together. Yeasty and doughy on the finish with a bite of bitter, oily, and tropical hops that lingers forever.

M: Medium bodied. It displays that classic melt-in-your-mouth texture that the truly great tripels have. Ultra creamy. Hop oils cut through it all with an enamle stripping feel. Very warming. Even the mouthfeel is multi-dimensional.

O: This is one of the most fun beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. A sensory roller-coaster ride. A perfect harmony of over-the-top American-style hop aggression and deft Belgian brewing technique. Very heady, yet supremely drinkable. This will go down as one of my highest rated beers, and for good reason.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge white whipped cream head that takes forever to dissipate and leaves great lace.

Smells creamy and hoppy and very crisp.

Tastes of stone fruit in the beginning, and then quite hoppy, but beautifully balanced The combination of all the hops and the unique esters from the Belgian yeast makes an unusual and delicious combination. A great beer.

The mouthfeel is just about perfect. Nice weight, creamy, but with some crispness from the carbonation level and the hops.

A beer that I could just keep sucking down. Delicious.

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Photo of oskoreien
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottled and on-tap.

It pours a light opaque straw like color, perhaps just a tad darker. It leaves a huge frothy white head and it laces down exceptionally well.

Floral and citrus hops on the nose, even a little herbal earthiness added to the mix. It smells delicious.

The taste is just as equally delicious. The combination of a tripel and an IPA is brilliant. It's very earthy with some herbal tones, hints of honey and bubblegum, then a dash of floral hoppiness. One of the most interesting beers I have ever drank and a fine one it is.

At 9% there is little evidence of alcohol, it is creamy and deceptively easy to drink. Very smooth, but finishes a tad bit dry. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of stouty1
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer did not want to be in the bottle. It wanted out so bad that when I popped the top, it came rushing out and spilling into my sink! The only thing I could say was, "Oh SH.T!!" I immediatley started pouring into my glass. It formed a huge 4 inch thick, creamy head. After dissapating, it ended up looking like someone tossed in a scoop of Cool Whip in the center. This is the thickest and most foamy head I have ever seen. I stuck my finger in and pulled out a marble sized "piece" of foamy head. After the head was small enough for me to drink, I had about a half full glass with a cloudy Mountain Dew'ish color beer with beasties floating around. Almost reminded me of a Hefe!

S: A blast of alcohol! Fruity ripe pears and Belgium hops. Some zesty lemon in the background.

T: Lemon and apples. Some ripe pears and great bittery hops. But wait, I smelled the alcohol. Where in the heck is it?

M: Thick, creamy, and chewy. What a consistency! How do they pull off thick, yet smooth.

D: HE-double hockey sticks YEAH!!! I may have to make another trip back to Chicago to find this beer.

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Photo of philbe311
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - An epic mountain of rocky white foam forms from a very standard pour... Wonderful retention... Hazy pale yellow color... Faint honey colored hue... Lots of foam rings cling to the sides of the tulip glass...

S - Wonderful nose... Light malt... Subdued but complex hop bill... Sweet lemon... Sweet orange... Yeast... A vague spiciness... Just a tad of candied sugars...

T - A multitude of tastes dance on the palette... All with wonderful balance... Nothing particular dominates... Lemon ... Citrus... Biscuit... Yeasty funk... Grassy... A small spicey kick...

M - Perfect amount of slightly pringly carbonation... Medium bodied... Lush... Slightly bitter and puckering... Delicate, especially considering the 9% ABV... Crisp... Wonderful balance and complexity...

D - An outstanding brew in all facets... ABV is well hidden... Sophisticated... Easy drinking... I could drink this over and over and over again...

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Photo of jhchan
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There comes a time in a man's life when he tries a random beer from a random restaurant while on some random trip and goes - holy f*ck.

Houblon Chouffe gave me that moment. On tap at a Oyster bar in Vancouver, I was NOT expecting this.

The beer has a great golden appearance, matched by a sweet smell. When it first hits your palette you get a hint of sweetness and citrus, which lingers and gradually the bite of the hops come in and you're left with the satisfying aftertaste of an IPA. It's not overly hoppy, but just enough to appreciate it.

It's basically your entire range of tastes, in one sip of beer. Phenomenal.

I will say though, that I'm VERY disappointed that the subsequent bottles I've had here in North American have not evoked the same blissful memories I had at this fateful bar in Vancouver. The bottles I've found here have a similar sweetnesss/citrus flavor but lack the hops. I'm not sure if they brew it here, or it's a bottling issue (in Europe it's equally as good). But find this on-tap and please try it. It is simply amazing.

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Photo of burnstar
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky bright yellow with a hugh beautiful persistent head that just doesn't go away. Aroma is mostly herbal hops. Saaz is the dominant varietal in nose (The bottle says Saaz is one of the hops used.) There are also some citrusy notes in the aroma. As I begin to drink this the citrus aroma is definitely coming out more. Oranges. Taste is fairly sweet. It definitely has that tripel malt character. Must be the yeast. There is that distinct Belgian phenolic and spicy flavor. But it's the hops that are the real story here. Mostly citrusy american hop character. Oranges again. Definitely a more herbal noble hop note is present as well. Pretty full bodied and well carbonated. Finishes somewhat dry. A bit of alcohol is barely noticeable. Dangerously drinkable. This is the first Belgian IPA I've tried and I'm definitely a fan. Everything works together incredibly well in this beer. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of dwren89
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: hazy, golden yellow, small white fizzy head

Aroma: citrus hops aroma on the nose, grapefruit, orange, obvious American hop additions

Taste: American IPA hopping gives the grapefruit/orange flavor but is backed up by a distinctly Tripel like malt background of heavy pale malt usage, Belgian yeast gives off subtle phenols and this beer is entirely unique in its American and Belgian fusion. Long and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, medium body, feels like an American IPA on the tongue

Overall Impression: A creative and well executed beer combining American IPA hopping with Belgian Tripel malt and yeast character. Grapefruit and orange hop bitterness with heavy pale malt and Belgian yeast character. This is definitely one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of pauls132000
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 750 ml bottle. Poured into a stemmed Chouffe glass. Cloudy straw in color. Lots of foam, starting out with about two fingers worth. A bit of foam stayed around for a long time. Lots of lacing.
S: Some floral hops. Interesting banana aroma combined with cloves.
T: Strong banana flavor mixed with spicy hops. Little bit of alcohol taste, but the alcohol was definitely masked by the hops and the banana. Could taste a nice bitterness all the way through, but only became really apparent at the end. The spicy hop flavor was predominant.
MF: Lots of carbonation resulting in a fizzy mouth feel.
D: With 9% ABV, definitely not a session beer. Extremely tasty for someone who really likes hoppy beers. A very complex, interesting flavor.

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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
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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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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,695 ratings.
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