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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,724
Reviews:
1,200
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
429
For Trade:
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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of joecast
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

impressive looking 75cl bottle. best before end 2009. picked up at galcos for $12

pours out a hazy light golden color. large white frothy clingy clumpy head. settles unevenly leaving some patches of froth while other parts of the beer are bear.medium carbonation keeps yeast sediment suspended.
actually, after my second pour (see mental note), watching the head settle in a decidedly deformed way can be entertaining.

heavy belgian aroma of bready yeast and cloves. thinking maybe some wheat as well, or maybe its just reminiscent of hefe weizen?
not getting a lot of hops here though. possibly some saaz as that would maybe blend into or be masked by what i've already picked up.
so good for a tripel, average for an ipa.

--mental note-- dont pour the beer straight into the glass when its still half full. it will want to spill over. this is a gassy beer.

surprisingly dull on the tongue. i was expecting this beer to do some kind of belgian dance whilst in the mouth, but no. a bit of a flash in the finish, probably due to the yeast, but otherwise uneventful.
forgetting my expectations though, this is still a pretty tasty beer.
the twang and sweetness of belgium meets the strength and bitterness of india. or something like that. really does seem to wipe the mouth of anything else after each sip. so maybe an after dinner cleansing ale??

yeah, an interesting experiment. doesnt quite have the hop presence in aroma or taste i thought it would, but thats probably a good thing as the belgian side seems to be the focus.

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Photo of TychoNDC
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of glass_house
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of becktone
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this mother fucker, as soon as the cap was popped, before it was off this 12oz bottle, erupts. More than half of the bottle shoots out of the bottle in a pressurized stream since the cap was still on. I am not happy.

Eye: Hazy gold in color. Very nice head retention, formation and excellent lacing. Head is rocky in appearance. Real nice.

Nose: Spicy, and citrus hop aromas fill the nose. Totally American hops hops. Malt backbone is strong, and reminiscent of a tripel. Alcohol is detectable.

Tongue: Notes of vanilla, oak and a general dryness. Citrus and spicy hop tones. Malt backbone is sweet, but not pronounced. Much of the flavor is from the hops and yeast. Citrus and spicy supported by earthy, musty, and woody yeast character. Behind all that sweet malt flavor that supports the entire beer. Tastes much like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast strains. I get a little bit of a melon type of flavor in the aftertaste...long after the beer has been swallowed. Complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Finish is dry. Carbonation is low, and is perfect for this beer. Body is medium-light. Alcohol is hidden well, and this is an easy drinking beer. This is one that I'd not be opposed to drinking all night. I'll definitely be picking this one up again....very soon, I think I'll go with the 750 and keep it colder than 38 F when I open it, hopefully there'll be less chance of a gusher.

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Photo of smekermann
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a massive frothy head that occupied most of my tulip. The lacing is truly insane - huge globs of foam protrude up to an inch from the side of the glass. The head finally resides into what appears to be a big dollop of whipped cream.

S: Smells like your typical Belgian with bready and yeasty aromas, but with plenty of citrus and pine aromas thrown in from the hops.

T: The taste of this beer is as unique as the smell. Flavors of bread, raisins, citrus, pine, cloves and spice are balanced perfectly. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body that finishes quite dry. This brew is carbonated much less than some other Belgians, which makes me happy.

D: There's nothing here that you wouldn't expect to find in either a tripel or a DIPA, but to maintain the characteristics of both of these styles and make a beer this good truly shows the artistry of the brewers.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretaste notes: This was the beer that was given to me on the occasion of my college graduation. Recommended by the owner of the liquor store that I frequent, and confirmed by beer geek friends.

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is orange at first glance, but when held to light it is a pure golden color with a lot of haze. Head is off the charts, growing to just over 4 fingers thick and sparkling white. Great looking beer. You can literally bite into the head beacause is so freakin creamy... literally has the consistency of whipped cream, and doesn't dissipate for a long long time.

Smell: Nice and citrusy with a hint of green apple. Subtle malt plays a balancing role, but isn't very effective. Extremely sweet smelling, with obvious use of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Light citrus as evidenced in the nose at first glance, with some light fruits. However, the midpalate is dominated by the amazing hops liberally scattered throughout the entire experience. I thought the tomahawk hops were especially appropriate here (since I'm graduating as a Nole...), and they play a prominent role in the taste...

Mouthfeel: just smooth enough. Full bodied without being too overpowering. Medium carbonation. Again, the head is heavenly and is the consistency of whipped cream. You can actually bite into it...

Drinkability: I made it through the entire bottle, though I'm not sure if that was due to the occasion or to the actual drinkability of the beer. Either way, it's a great beer to drink on a special occasion, and will satisfy that hop craving, while still retaining that unique Belgian flavor.

Notes: This was a good choice, and will remain with me forever on this special day.

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Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- The beer has a honey color, partly cloudy look with an abundance of tiny bubble carbonation. The head is huge, fluffy white and never quite fades out. Fat sticky rings of lacing, too.

S- Just the right amount of citrusy hops to allow a bit of yeast funkiness to come through. There are tropical esters and sweet alcohol aromas in the background.

T- Citrus hops, mild yeast in a white bread kind of way. The yeast is light and not funky. Honey sweets.

M- Crisp and carbonated. Boozy and bitter. Great dry zesty finish.

O- I like how the hops tame the yeast in this Tripel. It works.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right....Houblon Chouffe, I'm excited about this one. I just know that the gnomes will not disappoint.

A - Poured into the Duvel tulip. Golden body with ice-cream-cone like head that is sticking around forever; gobs of very fine lacing. I'm glad the Duvel tulip allows for easy drinking under a huge head, or else I'd never get to take a sip. Can't get much better than that. The ice-cream-cone top stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Really, this lacing and overall aesthetic appearance is f'ing amazing, and it just gets better with the second pour. If you have a Duvel tulip, use it here....trust me on this one.

S - It's pretty cool to smell American hops in a Belgian beer - there they are. I also smell the typical spicy Chouffe yeast over a slight sweetness.

T - Whoa, the hops have been unleashed here; this is opening up a can of hoppy whup-ass. I'll be damned, it really is like a DIPA crossed with a Tripel/BSPA. It's hoppy, it's spicy, it's sweet...there's a lot going on. There's a fresh grassy flavor that dries it out, leaving you ready to take another swig. Alcohol doesn't much manifest itself in the taste; there's really no room for it anyway. I've not had many of these Belgian IPA/Tripels, but this strikes me as a masterwork of the style, so I will rate it as such.

F - Has some of that resinous hop-oil feel we Americans love so much in our DIPAs, with the airy Belgian feel. Carbonation seems a bit intense, lots of small, burpy bubbles. Still, overall good feel.

D - The gnomes always seem to make beers that require you to take your time, and this is no exception. You can't swig it as easily as most American DIPAs...but nearly all serious beer lovers are gonna be happy with this beer. Hopheads will love it, aficionados of Belgian beers will love it, and there's enough malt and interesting spicy yeast stuff going on to satiate those who like their beer rich and malty. It will also satisfy those who love a good hoppy farmhouse ale (like me!) Not for the neophyte, though. Cut your teeth on American DIPAs and BSPAs, and then get back to this. This Belgian IPA thing is a great idea, and the Brasserie d'AChouffe is just the brewery to execute it to near-perfection. The level of craft here is very evident...if I ever make it to Belgium, these guys are tops on my list of places to visit. This might even be their best beer, and that's saying a lot. All hail the gnomes!

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Photo of jonb5
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, slightly hazy, two finger head, pretty decent retention, left lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Phenols, earth and starch took on and beat the citrus hops in the battle for attention.

T: Followed the nose, strong hints of grapefruit, long hard lingering bitterness which was combined with the typical yeast profile of La Chouffe beers, also had a boozy kick.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body for the high strength, crisp texture.

O: Definitely a Belgian tripel, had more in commonwith Val Dieu or Straffe Hendrik tripel than any American IPA.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A mixed bouquet of grapefruit, lemon zest, floral hops, and a slight grassy scent adorns the nose upon first impression. More "traditional" Belgian yeast notes lay in arrears with hints of clove, warm bread, and some white peppers surfacing as the brew warms up.

The Belgian contingency heavily outweighs the American in terms of the flavor; huge notes of cloves, banana esters, and white peppers constitute the general impression on the palate, with bitter pine-like hops notes, mixed with sprinkles of grapefruit here and there forming a nice contrast of otherwise straightforward Tripel-like flavors.

Medium-bodied, with a slick touch on the tongue. Mellow, tingly carbonation with a refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of stomioka
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, but somewhat murky champagne coloration, with lots of little bubbles shooting up to the top. Heading was thick and white, sticking to the sides of the glass, and holding up very well. Aroma definitely had some odd yeasty smells reminiscent of some of the crappy euro pale lagers. The hop bitterness could also be detected, which was probably what was balancing the strong yeast smells. Taste was pretty damn bitter up front, then became pretty fruity towards the end. Mouthfeel was medium I would say, with lots of carbonation, but not too much. I won't have a problem finishing off the bottle, but I think once is enough for this one. I guess my problem is that I love ipas, but Im not too crazy about tripels. Oh well, its worth a try for sure.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale golden beer with excellent clarity. The persistent head pours with two fingers of creamy foam that slowly settle into a cap of big sticky bubbles that leave glass coating Belgian glass.

S: A moderate citrus hops aroma that has some pineapple character along with some spicy hops aroma. There is a light malt sweetness and some floral alcohol notes. There isn't much in the Belgian yeast aromas of fruit and spice but you wouldn't mistake it for having American ale yeast either.

T: A strong hops bitterness with moderate citrus hops flavor that tastes muted from age. There is a moderate orange flavor that seems yeast derived. An orange peel flavor towards the end with a bitter aftertaste. The balance is fairl bitter but the malt does bring a light clean sweetness mid and late palate.

M: a medium-light bodied beer with moderately strong carbonation.

O: I'll definitely need to find a fresh bottle because I know that Chouffe is way better than the score I've got for this old bottle. Tripels can have this amazing ability to hold onto the hops flavor and aroma for a couple years and aroma but this bottle tastes like it's a an old American Double IPA. Unfortunately there was no date on the label to assist me when I bought it.

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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Kiro
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aufie
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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