Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

highly hopped Belgium,the second in as many days. Bitterness is not as drinkable as was the Uthel hop-it, i.e. a character of malted offsetting like a double ipa. its got musty yeast that doesn't right hit the spot with me. Ntonetheless,much creaminess and an interesting hop profile for the hophead portion of me. Fresh from Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a cloudy pale straw colored body.

S: full aroma with lemon custard, corriander, tropical fruit and yeast. All Belgian in the aroma.

T: opens with lemon tartness moving to yeast and grains finishing with sweet banana and both earthy and herbal hops.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable. Nice balance and degree of sweetness. The hops are light but the beer is nicely done otherwise.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange-tan with an off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spice, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hoppy presence.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a firm and appealing white head.

Nose is very light-almost no character at all.

Mouthfeel is medium/full body, some creamy character and very appealing.

A complex beer. Flavors of lemon pie with a nice Belgian fruit/malt and hop balance. Complex layers of flavors of fruit and bitter; lemon to pine; sweet fruit/hop to citrus.

Finish is a pleasant pine resin. Complex and nice.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nowhere near as hoppy as an American ipa, but that's okay, because this beer is balanced and drinkable and delicate even at 9% abv. it pours a lovely pale straw color, clear, bubbly, and accumulating a massive white fluffy head with good staying ability. the nose is hoppy sure, but its light in a way too, fruity, not too bitter, and balanced out well by potent Belgian yeast and some wheat malt. not sweet at all, wondering if this tripel style skipped the candy sugar, it finishes clean, yeasty, and hop forward, balanced, but all elements contribute in a distinct way. grassy vibe too, fantastic stuff, and you cannot taste the booze at all. really light body and typical Belgian yeast effervescence. yum

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

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 nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy yellow with very good lacing and retention.

Aroma is of citrusy american hops, pale malt, and some a bit of funk(?).

Flavor is malty and bitter but the hop flavor has mellowed a lot. I don't get it, I've had this from the bottle a number of times and its good every time. What happened here? Theres also a touch of what seems to be funk., odd

Body is medium/light, plenty of CO2 in solution, and drinkable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that settled down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles and some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There is a rather strong aroma of floral hops, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather complex and has flavors of black pepper, dry fruits and yeast; there are some initial hints of grainy malts and a slight amount of sweetness. The hops lend a mild amount of bitter flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked and the dryness in the aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm always impressed with each and every return to this classy, hoppy ale. But it has never been fresher, more vibrant, or with more zeal than having it a the tasting room of the Duvel Brewery!

Incredibly bright and lively as the carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass in a very fluid dance-like motion, all the while fueling the stark cottony white head that tops the beer in confident and stubborn fashion. Intricate lacing patterns develop as the beer dissapears sip after sip.

Delicat hop aromas of floral, perfume, and citurs whaff over the senses with a backdrop of honey suckle, fresh baking bread, and hay-like grain. A fruity/spicy interplay of apples and pears mingle with dried orange peel and white pepper for an ultra complex nose.

The beer's pilsner malt base provides the most supple sweetness of light honey and powdered sugar just before the onslaught of hop rise to dominance. Citrus pith, pineapples, lemongrass, grapefruit, tangerine, tangy lemons, and mangos are just a few of the descernable fruit flavors that compose the estery mix. Yeasty spices of white pepper, cumin, and curacao add flavor to the fruit and carry it into a sharply but pleasantly grass-like herbal (almost piney) bitterness that provides a crisp and clean closure to the session.

Full and expansive at first becasue of the mouth pulling the champagne-like carbonation out of suspension, thus engulfing the mouth. But the dissipating carbonation takes with it the malty sweetness and terse weight leaving only an impression of fruit, spice, and bitterness on the palate to return.

Power and elegance are both on display and with remarkable balance- it's not a rival of IPA's but it is a hop-forward Belgian beer in all its glory.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian-style bottle. When you least suspect it, you encounter a recreation of a see-through Mount St. Helens - crack the cap - and a voluminous column of liquid shoots straight up, and I lose a quarter of the bottle before I can even move to rein it in. No shaking or disruption before, just a gentle life standing in my fridge. Sigh. Anyways.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw hue, dotted with some rising effervescence, and gives up a teeming load of puffy, creamy, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some random chunky lace around the glass as it slowly settles from sight.

It smells of bittersweet citrus cream and soft pine needles, mushy pineapple, a touch of unripe banana, mild pale grainy malt, some very soft ground pepper, and floral yeast. The taste is, on the whole, softer, but still replete with bitter citrus rind, pear, banana, and ethereal grapefruit, candi sugar, wet, bark-like pine, herbal tincture, an emboldened, sweeter bready caramel malt, and a pretty soft, unassuming alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is relatively laid back, perhaps not that much of a surprise after blowing its load up front, when freed from the mercantile tyranny of the bottle. Anyways, having a decent malt backbone under that fruity hop onslaught renders the body a hefty medium weight, which is improved all the more by a slight creaminess. It finishes plainly clean, the hops and understudy yeast still pushing things into dry territory.

A lot of pretenders have attempted to assail the mountain of this somewhat newish beer style, but it's always nice to see the old boys show 'em how it's done. Here, the typically overwrought yeast/gargantuan hop battle is thankfully absent, leaving a more tasteful, subtle flavourful blend of all that is good therein. Sure, the hops don't scream out "PAC-NW", but that can actually be a desirable thing, sometimes.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml green glass (bleh!) bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 25cl N'Ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are relatively high given the brewery, but the style is suspect. Best before date is "End 2012" - strange for an IPA. I bought it in October 2011 (At Wally's Wine in Westwood, California).

On a presentation note, green glass is inexcusable.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and amazing retention (especially for 9.0%). I'm impressed with the retention. It's a rather foamy head, with a visual texture akin to candy floss. Colour is a cloudy yellow. Lots of swirling bubbles indicate adequate carbonation. No yeast particles are visible. Semitransparent. Very fresh looking and appealing.

Sm: A fresh floral light hop aroma with pleasant orange peel. A bit yeasty. A mild strength aroma.

T: A pleasant malty foundation over the top of which sits a mild smittering of light hops. The hops never finish too bitter. It's a bit buttery, helping both the taste and mouthfeel. (I'd even go so far as to say it might pair well with popcorn). The malts resolve smoothly and tingly yet aren't quite as potent and thick as you might expect from a Tripel (also no candi sugar comes through). It's as though they used crystal malt instead of Belgian candi sugar and added hops to reduce a golden Tripel to a yellow pale ale. It's definitely pleasant, but I don't know that I'd go so far as to call it refreshing. A bad malty note (akin to the way malt is handled in most Spanish lagers) is present right on the finish, and feels stale compared with the rest of the otherwise well balanced flavours.

Mf: Smooth and dry, with a bit of stale tingly character on the climax and finish - sort of a failed hop coarseness that really bothers me. I don't know what's causing this but I don't like it. I'd like it more wet and a bit more slick.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the ABV in spite of its mouthfeel problem. It features some pleasant flavours that are balanced well, and feels quite experimental, but it never reaches a level of being unique or special. I might try it on draught in Belgium, but it's not anywhere near good enough to consider paying a high price for as an import again. This brewery has better beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Another magnificent Belgian (I am on a Belgian kick these days), with a gorgeous whipped egg white head that caps the cloudy pale lemon liquid and sheets the chalice with lace

Smell: Vanilla spice, with clove and anise, providing a foil to the grassy and pithy hops

Taste: The malty base is sweet (hints of honey and banana) and bready, serving as the backbone for the grassy, herbaceous and pithy hops (quite a mix in the hop selection); after the swallow, the yeasty elements emerge and add the spices and vanilla to the mix; all of the elements remain in the complex finish, making this a rather intriguing melange

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate, but prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I was a little leery at first, but this combination works incredibly well, having imparted the finer points of both the tripel and the IPA into its flavor profile

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zeff80
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a large, soapy, pillowy white head. It left behind sheets of lace on the snifter glass.

S - It smelled amazing: floral, lemon, fruity esters, spices and a hint of caramel malts.

T - It tasted sweet and citrusy. A little hop bitterness provided a nice kick. It had a blend of fruit flavors: apple, raisin and cherry?

M - It was crisp and smooth. Fairly light despite the high ABV (9%).

D - Exceptional! My first Belgian IPA and I loved it. I may have to pick up a couple bottles to see how it tastes that way.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty and hazy yellow color ale with a super huge pure white foamy head with absolutely perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite intense with what I think are Saaz hops really taking over this wonderful mix. Taste when beer is slightly below room temperature is akin to a wonderful triple (Westmalle, Moinette) with some added floral undertones. When beer gets at about room temperature the hops really comes out and provide a bitter finish which I enjoyed a bit less. Nonetheless, this is a great experience and would probably try this again even though price is a bit high IMO for this beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white to off white head settles into a bisquity pillow in the middle of the glass above a pale washout golden honey colored beer that is peppered with sediment that seems to be suspended throughout the entire glass.

Aroma is well blended citrus fruits, floral notes, yeast, and light grains.

The taste is light citrus fruits, some light pine likeness, slight bitter hops mixed into the fray as well as some very light grains.

A medium to slightly less body on this IPA that has a nice almost dry aftertaste.

Although this is a Belgian IPA, I was still hoping for a little more hops bite.

Another pretty good beer with a lot of little things going on, I wish more American brewers beers would evolve into stuff like this, but at the same time not exactly like this, we already have this, just saying.

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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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