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
Belgium | website

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 Bleedingshrimp
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 9 oz bomber into a tulip. First thing is the absolute massive Duvel-esque head that forms with even the softest pour. It's really quite beautiful floating atop the cloudy peach body of this brew and though it does dissipate in time, it still leaves a huge dimple filled marshmallow island and sporadic lacing everywhere and for the duration of the session. The smell is typically Belgian: pepper, lemon, hay but with some nice sweet citrus hops mixed in. Taste is just really awesome. The slightly sweet candi sugars and Belgian spiciness mixed with the tangerine flavored hops and their bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice as well. Creamy, fruity and tart all in one sip. The marriage of the two styles is complete when my favorite aspects of them meld...the aftertaste. The lingering IPA hops and Tripel spices sit on the tongue and leave and play off each other long after the brew itself leaves your mouth. Just an overall great offering from a great brewery. A bit different and daring for a Belgian beer but I think it was done to great success here.

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Photo of ridedammit
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time at PublickHouse last evening, it was served a bit
too cold, but I warmed it up a bit and the flavor really came through. The
appearance is good, but sometimes its hard to gauge in PH because its
kinda dark. The smell was not overwhelmingly hoppy, but the American IPA
hoppiness came through nicely in the flavor. This was balanced by the
high alcohol and good body of a Belgian Tripel.

Excellent beer. combines 2 of my more favorite types IPA and Belgian, but
melds the two in a pleasnt way.

Had this again, but at Redbones. Not sure if it was the spicy food
causing my tastes buds to malfunction, but I got a slimy almost
non-hop acidic quality. I won't revisit my original marks until
I taste with a clean pallet

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Photo of JVEyck309
2.64/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden, can't see through it. Great head and lacing.
S: Herbal grassy hops
T&M: Disappointing. I am not overly familiar with this style besides maybe Piraat.. BUT.. Sort of a one-note tune. Bitter but with little flavor, overly crisp.. flavors of apple, pepper, bitter grassy pale and almost medicinal hops. I even want to add, somewhat metallic taste too.. high ABV warms the throat but I don't feel like it is welcomed..not too enjoyable for me maybe my palate isn't ready for this one!? But I do not dig this one..
D: Ehhh, I finished my first glass and I'll finish the bottle.. but this won't be something I will bother with

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Photo of Thunderball
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice this hazy golden liquid produced a nice white two fingered head. An eruption of bubbles flow from the bottom of my vessel to the surface. The smell of hops, along with belgian yeast are the first sign that you have a unique beverage in your hand. Nice sweet taste up front, than the presents of some spice, and fruit, white pepper, then the finish of the piney hops. A brew just begging for another sip. Nice full mouthfeel, with those little bubbles dancing around your tongue. A pleasure to drink!

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Photo of codekiln
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance - beautiful, golden, light! creamy foam with tiny lace. head dissipates in five min, but the top maintains little jetties for 30+ min.

smell - herbacious, sweet malt. fresh hops. swirled several times in a very wide snifter.

taste - toasty aftertaste. you can taste the alcohol in the foam. the bitterness / astringincy is not overwhelming, but is very balanced. taste of foam is more bitter than beer underneath. delicious. that's all I can say. sweet taste on the front of the tongue, then a bitterness as you swallow comes to the fore. the hops are mystical somehow, multi-dimensional. doesn't just taste like hopps; tastes like a very dynamic hopps taste. the medicinal taste is refreshing.

mouthfeel - creamy, not sharp. this beer is not heavy, because it doesn't have the heavy taste - but it does not have that thin, watery crispness. tiny bubbles slowly float. the beer licks you back.

on the back of the bottle:
Houblon Chouffe is brewed by the Artisans of la brasserie d'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardeen's mountains. On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The Overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarilo and Saaz amazed him. Back at home in the Ardeens he crafted a new recipe combining this dazzling array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style "Tripel". Thus, our little Chouffe's new i nspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born. Enjoy the flavor of three kinds of hops in Houblon Chouffe.

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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 Grandwazoo
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with an insanely thick head. The color is not as striking as the Duvel Golden, but the head is just ridiculous...it looks like a milkshake!

I could smell it as I was pouring it! A mix of toasted grains and aromatic hops with a creamy edge. Up close, the hops tend to dominate

Oh boy, that's yummy....A gradual wave of honey and toasted grains with a lemon edge that crescendo into a burst of lemon vanilla honey with enough spice to make it aromatic and enough malt to keep it in balance. The finish leaves a growing hops bitterness but there is always some honey sweetness coming through and some exotic mix of fruits lingering in the background. Awesome.

Having said that, this is a big drink. Great for one, but the alcohol starts to really come through.

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Photo of Braheem
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this one from a 750ml bottle. This beer looks like champagne, crazy carbonated (every other bottle will erupt when first opened) and with a thick white head that does not seem to ever fully dissipate. Yum!

The taste and smell are incredibly refreshing a little hoppy but not as much hop boom as one would expect from an IPA. The taste is so well balanced that it only hints at the high 9%ABV that is hidden deep away in this brew...hiding in there with the little gnome I would imagine.

This beer quickly became a favorite for me and my girlfriend. A very well rounded and mature drink. Try it!

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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 SunglassesJoe
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of visiting the actually brewery last October in the south of Belgium. What an experience.
Essentially, the brewery is in a little gnome town in the middle of nowhere. There are all these little cobblestone roads and buildings.

It was drizzling so my Belgian buddy, his lady, my girlfriend and myself sat by the fire and enjoyed everything Brasserie d'Achouffe had to offer. The IPA Tripel was the real standout. Soooooooo good. I had been turned onto Belgian beers a couple years back by said Belgian friend but I had never had this brew before.

I am not a big fan of IPAs either but this is nothing like we as Americans think of as an IPA. I dont really know how to describe the taste either. It has a hoppy taste but not overwhelming at all. Just enough to tease you.

If you have the opportunity to buy a bottle of this, do it. Just do it. Trust me. You're welcome.

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Photo of scbrew
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color with a tight white head. Very sweet, pilsen malt aroma with a small amount of hop pushing through, surrounded by yeasty fruitiness. Seemingly light body for 9%with moderate carbonation and heavy lacing. Citrus hop flavors surrounded by candy sweetness. Decent amount of alcohol warming at the back of the tounge and throat.

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Photo of Lynux
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle in my Chouffe tulip.

Beautiful bright yellow with excellent head retention. Thick chunky head that sticks to the glass for some time.

Smells like an orange/grapefruit with some spice, lots of citrus

Highly carbonated with a bit of a bite, I taste lots of bitter grapefruit, some apple and belgian spice. Dry, bitter aftertaste lots of hops - alcohol barely noticeable.

Seems pretty light for a 9% brew, I could easily drink a few.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A- Golden yellow pour with a big fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves great lacing.

S-I'm getting a strong malty, sweet aroma with a hoppy, citrus back round.

T- very smooth and a little oily. sweet up front almost a bread/biscuit taste but becoming more bitter as it moves across the tongue. a little peppery and tastes like saaz hops. finishes a little dry, so good. Really interesting, lots going on.

M-dry up front then it coats the mouth with a little oil and finishes dry.

O- Really good. More flavors develop as it warms, but it's refreshing as well as strong. best enjoyed as a sipper.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton MD.

22oz green silkscreened bottle. yellow label with colorful chouffe character on front. back tells a story about the chouffe traveling through hopfields along with icons of what type of hops used. i take it achouffe is making this after sampling some american IPA's.

A: golden straw yellow. medium carbonation, and enormous dense sticky head. like meringue. literally. absolutely amazing.

S: raw hops abound. slight bready yeasty smell underneath.

T: amazing. raw hops all over. very vegetable like with a certain pine flavor to it. not much for fruity flavors in this guy. it's all hop. big bold and raw. slight cracker like malt underneath all the hop. extremely puckering dry finish. very papery.

M: not as thick as a typical belgian but certainly beer in character. perfectly balanced with a little bit of chew. again, like saltines without the salt.

D: hop heads rejoice! the beer gods have handed down this gem from the frothy heavens! alchohol flavor is not present at all. if you're into hops you'll agree that this beer could be downed all night. lethal!

overall i'm impressed. draws a similar line to urthel's hopit but i think achouffe did alot more things right in this beer than urthel did with hopit. superb hop flavor with that lovely belgian quality and craftsmanship to it.

outstanding. top 3 beer for me.

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Photo of headlessclown
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with medium head and retention.

S: Belgian yeast with a bit of banana phenol in there.

T: Belgian yeast spice, kind of weak in the middle with a moderately bitter back end.

M: Medium-heavy with low-medium carbonation.

D: Not the best Belgian IPA. Drinkable and enjoyable but not incredible.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, light amber - cloudy - huge white head.

S: Fruity estersds - good and hoppy with a faint skunkiness.

T: Lots of carbonation - great hop bite - alcohol comes through a bit mroe than I expected.

M: As i mentioned - lots of carbonation - okay mouthfeel. I would like a bit mreo play from the trippel side of things.

D: Yes - it is drinable and a very good beer.

However - Cali-Belgique and Le Freak are two examples of this style that I like a lot more.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale yellow / orange color with huge, persistent head. The head might never have disipated if I hadn't drunk it.

Biscuits and mildly citrusy hops up the nose. I can smell the Belgian yeast, too.

So much over the tongue: citrus, begian yeast, hops but not the aftertaste - grapefruit - I need to brush my teeth (and tongue) hops.

You can feel the oversized bubbles flow over your tongue and down your throat, and it feels nice.

It's a potent brew, but so delicious you will end up having at least a little too much. Very nice beer - one I would be more than happy to enjoy anytime - but my favorite IPA (of any variety) is still Urthel's.

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

Picked up a bottle of batch #4. Poured this golden treat into a couple small Houblon glasses (gotta have the right glassware!). Amazing appearance, a hazy golden beer with a creamy white head about two fingers thick! Lingers for ever on the glass and almost over flows each glass.

An amazing aroma of wonderfully strong spicy hop. Hops! Oh my gosh the hops, so hoppy an amazing Double IPA.

The taste is an amazing balance of IPA strength hops with the creamy medium body tripple! Lingering bitterness chased by a smooth sweetness that covers the strength of ABV. Couple glasses I'm looking for more in a daze, this one blind sided me.


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Photo of AdamHart22
2.93/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up by my wife because she thought the little guy was cute on the front. Poured into a tulip that does not have a cool or popular brewer's logo on it.

The beer looks and smells beautiful. The color is much lighter than expected, nice and gold. As already mentioned the head is brilliant. A normal pour resulted in the tulip being half beer and half head.

Taste was dissapointing. Drinks like a 5% pilsner with barely a hint of alcohol and a dissapointing finish. I think this beer does not travel well, as it is currently summer here in the US and the bottle is pale green. Why oh why would a brewer work hard than bottle in a green bottle and send his product 1/2 way around the world? I would love to try it in Belgium, I bet its fantastic. Will try again but my hopes aren't too high.

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Photo of DrFayhee
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not one prone to hyperbole. My students know that, though I'm not a harsh grader, I rarely ever hand out A's or A+'s. But this is as close to a perfect beer as I've had. The hazy golden-yellow color and medium-thick head simply looks the way beer should look. Inhaling the aromas of hops and hay makes one think of a walk through a Wallonian field in spring. I'm talking some flowers-and-grass-on-a light-breeze shit. Round, delicious hops obviates any comparisons to non-beer flavors. This ale tastes like ale and I mean that in the best way possible.

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Photo of SemperIPA
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle purchased from a random bottle shop in Ghent, Belgium.

APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden yellow color w/ a very thick off white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

SMELL – Spicy and sweet malts w/ faint hop aroma lurking in the background.

TASTE – Light spicy hop flavor w/ a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitter finish.

MOUTHFEEL – Strong carbonation that accentuates the spicy hop flavor.

OVERALL – A enjoyable beer, not a hop bomb or standard West Coast IPA, but one that I’d buy again if in a pinch while looking for an IPA.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy golden yellow, lacing galore, and a head retention that lasted for days... literally. i left my empty glass out on the counter and a couple days later when i went back to clean it, the head was still there...crazy.

smell: a beautiful swell of floral hops, citrus, spice, and malt. wonderful.

taste: wow. the complexity is amazing. hops and spice dominate this brew but not too overpowering. the taste of malt shows itself in time. there is a very faint hint of the alcohol content. which is pretty impressive at 9% abv.

mouthfeel: dry and highly carbonated. light and slightly tart. i mean all of these adjectives in a positive way.

drinkability: very highly drinkable. like i said earlier the alcohol content goes almost unoticed. pretty amazing. i could have had more than one bottle, which is rare for me being i'm a bit of a light weight with bigger beers.

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Photo of SanDNigel
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly opaque 24-carat gold with a rich creamy pure white head
S- Classic Belgian Tripel clovi-ness shines through much brighter than the hops, but definitely not in a bad way
T- Very interesting. Reminds me of the bitter cousin of a Japanese Lager. Hops are much more a bittering aspect than anything else.
M- Intensely carbonated yet silky when it first hits the tongue.
Its a good beer. It doesn't strike me as amazing though. It is easy to enjoy. My palate keeps taking me back to a sushi restaurant (on that note, it would probably pair great with most seafood)

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Photo of rsawyer
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- This brew pours a lovely gold. The head is thick and pillowy. Extreme lacing- Super thick head- I am sitting here looking at the brew and the head has now slowly dissipated in some areas and is now resembling a columbus clouds. The beer is fairly opaque, only allowing a bit of light to travel through it.

Smell- This beer smells like a tripel with a bit more hops. Very floraly, Belgian yeast and certainly a bit of hops- but not the American aggressive hops that we have all become accustomed to.

Taste- When the brew first hits my tongue, I get a tart feeling across my mouth. As I continue to drink, I get floral hints with slightly bitter hops. As the beer finishes I get a bit of Belgian yeast / funk combined with the floraly hops, tasting reminiscent to a tripel. Very nice taste.

Drinkability- This is a smooth beer that goes down EASY! I must say that it would be very easy for me to stock and drink this beer throughout a summer.

Thanks to BA member OnSlow (our local brew stocker) for ordering and letting us know that he had it!

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz single bottle.

A: Pours a gorgeous cloudy gold with a thick, frothy 3-finger head that laces extremely well. Yeast sediment floats around, giving with the carbonation.

S: Smells of sweet Belgian yeast, yet also accented with hoppiness

T: Starts out like a Belgian double, and finishes with hop bitterness, though doesn't have all of the fruity qualities of an IPA, though theres some slight sweetness already present that could assist it. I great idea though, a tripel/double IPA, and still delicious.

M: Light carbonation assists the intitially sweet backbone of the beer.

D: Drinks rather easily, given its 9.0% abv. Could have probably 2 or 3, then would be a little too soused to want to keep enjoying.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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