Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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4.2/5
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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 gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,158
Reviews:
1,210
Ratings:
2,770
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Ratings: 2,770 |  Reviews: 1,210
Photo of Stengelfoot
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass, best before January 2019. Pours an attractive dark yellow with a massive 3 finger sticky white head that leaves loads of thick foamy lace behind as it slowly settles into a thick layer of foam.

Smell is clove, lemon, biscuit, grain, and grapefruit.

Taste follows clove, biscuit, grain, and a lemon grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, plenty of life, a little dry, and at 9% ABV extremely approachable.

Overall this is not a style I go out of my way for, but it was actually very enjoyable. Thanks jzeilinger for this one.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One I have been keen to try.

Pours just like the La Chouffe, lightly hazed with huge foaming head. The retention and lacing is poor.

Aroma is solid, mild hops overpowered by citrus, quite appealing.

Taste is nice, albeit a touch sharp, not as hoppy as you would expect, and a fair amount of bicarbonate going on, but overall you do get the houblon in the same proportions as a Leffe Royale cascade.

Feel is mediocre, a little dry in the aftertaste, but not a deal breaker by any stretch.

Overall, not as good as I hoped. Was hoping for a tripel style Belgian more than a beefed up IPA. Don't get me wrong in IPA leagues this is on another level, I just don't find IPA's that special. BA average reflects the American perspective heavily.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Campodog
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvillefan
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in review has a Best Before Date of January 2019.

A - Medium gold colored pour with beautiful clarity and a frothy top with sticky lacing, and moderate carbonation. Looks really nice!

S - Light fruity citrus, some yeast character, and a dry, spicy cotton-like aroma.

T - Citrus/fruity with dry, crackery malt, spicy, some peppery presence, and an intense lingering spicy citrus, peppery resin. Very, very oily. (Love it.)

M - Medium body with delicate prickly carbonation that evolves into a creamy finish on the front of the tongue while the back of the mouth is very dry.

O - Americans pushed the IPA style and Brasserie d'Achouffe pushed the Belgian style with this beer ... it's a perfect mosh between both worlds.

I'm going back for more.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2018. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. The label calls it an extra strong tripel/IPA; this seems to be envisaged as a sort of hybrid style.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich hazy amber hue with fine suspended sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before slowly reducing to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of pungent herbal hops with hints of grass/hay, leafiness, subtle spice, a touch of citrus peel, fruity yeast esters, earthiness and pale malt. Vaguely reminiscent of a traditional English bitter with Belgian undertones. Rather good.

T: Tastes of crisp grassy hops with notes of herbs, leafiness, mild hay, light spice, fruity Belgian yeast, earthiness, pale malt and a hint of clove in the background. Very dry, followed by an understated leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Light yet substantial. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter grassy hops, leafiness, mild spice, fruity yeast esters and pale malt.

O: Nice one - a well balanced hoppy tripel. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are a carefully crafted blend of leafy hops, fruity yeast and light malt. Good body. Subtle and smooth; goes down all to easily (which would be serious if you had more than one). Well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of DodgerLove
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Very pale honey yellow, with fantastic lacing and about a half finger bone white head.

Smell - Getting strong clove hints and some juicy stone-fruit in there as well.

Taste - Pretty bitter and somewhat tart. It has got that tart grapefruit hop bite but it's also complemented by a nice clove, almost banana like undertone.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, and thin. Pretty typically mouthfeel for a standard IPA, not a Belgian Tripel.

Overall - This is an interesting and complex beer. It tastes just like a tripel, mixed with an ipa. You get that nice hoppy finish, but there is that sweet clove undertone to help balance it out. I feel like this leans more heavily on the IPA side, but it is a unique style that definitely pleases.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pegelstrand
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dukeandduke
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12/7/17: 8 ounce draft pour into snifter at Monk's Pub. Very light golden pour. Lemon hops aroma. Light lemon and hops taste, light bitterness, good balance. Thin mouth feel, overall good offering.

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Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

(11.2 oz bottle, best before 08-2018 ... carefully poured, sans lees, into Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, yellow gold liquid, with minimal yeasty flecks afloat... messy, spitty crest of white foam, thick barnacles of lace

S: rose petals, lemon/lime hops, hint of coriander with its subtle peppery spice... delicate, almost pale-lager-like malt poking through... flowery aroma wafts back up out the nostrils after each sip... not a terribly powerful smell overall

T: thick mist of flowery, citrus-zesty, lightly earthy hops float by at the onset, with a bright, pungent peppery-spicy alcohol and coriander following close behind, flooding the palate, then just as quickly drying out, leaving hints of the peppery phenols, a modicum of lightly-toasted malt, and soft herbal bitterness

F: light-bodied, crisp, with a clipped sharpness and mellow warmth to its alcohol... after its moderately spritzy carbonation settles down, it shows a little frothy fuzz on its edges

O: I feel like I've had perhaps younger bottles whose contents exhibited more hop dimension and vibrancy in both flavor and aroma; adding the dregs doesn't do much to enhance ... this is still a fine beer, and I could see pairing it with maybe a salad featuring sharp cheese and/or grilled salmon

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Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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