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:
2,716
Reviews:
1,199
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
425
For Trade:
4
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3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some clingy milky lacing. The smell reminded me of apple pie with some light Belgian spices initially. Light raisin cake also warms into the blend with an underscore of some citrusy fruits after further warming. The taste was moderately sweet through the apple and pie-like to raisin cake-like qualities. The aftertaste carries the apples and raisins to combine into the breadiness nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and allows a big sticky breadiness laying over on my tongue. Overall, it definitely works as a Tripel, or Belgian IPA (I guess - if that's what BA says), I dunno - just drink it.

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Photo of windowside
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahamgillespie
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yoann
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to an Achouffe tulip
A - Hazy gold with a white head
S - Toffee malts with resin and grapefruit hops
T - This is greatly balanced, the grapefruit does not crush all other flavors
M - Correctly carbonated
O - The perfect balance between a very fruity IPA and a Belgian strong ale, interesting mix!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow with some orange to it with a thick head and sticky lacing. Smells so nice, citrus, sweet floral, hops, and honey. The taste is scary good, very smooth sweet hops notes blended with juicy citrus, floral tones, and minor dryness on finish. This is a light to medium beer and is exceptional on a hot day. I am amazed at the depth of flavor on this beer, it has it all and more, top notch.

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Photo of jcubz
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am biased, apologize for the diminished review, more Belgian phenols and esthers than I would prefer, but great appearance and showcase of the style combination

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlabs
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a reasonably sized white head, with decent retention. Brew is supremely hazy, due mostly to tons of sediment in the brew. Despite being a brilliant shade of gold, the brew is completely opaque, even in thinner portions of the glass.

Juicy tropical and citrus hops blend with spicy Belgian yeast, and a presentation of both pale and a touch of caramel malts. Banana, pear, grapefruit, mango, pine, and bubblegum. A deep enough breath can yield a profile not unlike a classic Tripel, although this is more hop forward and less yeast dominant. Very Belgian in presentation, nonetheless.

Very juicy and drily sweet on the palate. Up front, the significant carbonation masks the flavors a touch, resulting in a bit of a melange of sweet and fruity flavors which take time to settle. Second half brings huge Tripel notes: sweet sugar, pale malts, booze-soaked pears, spicy yeast, and bananas.

Big and bold feel; very, very lively; drying from the middle on.

This is the second time recently I've had a big Belgian IPA that can't quite avoid tasting much like a Tripel (Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale being the other). That's not entirely a bad thing, as Belgian yeast is largely responsible for a unique flavor and feel that really puts the stamp of that country's brewers onto a beer.

Best by 03/18, which I suppose means it was bottled in 03/17 and given a 12 month shelf life. That seems rather forgiving for an IPA.

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Photo of sjrider
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Wow! This was not what I was expecting at all, but I'm impressed!

Pours a hazy pale yellow into a tulip glass from the bottle. Leaves a one finger head and lacing in the glass. Smell is sweet malt and bright, tropical and citrussy hops. Taste is the same with a nice balanced finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thin with an aggressive carbonation. Overall I would put this beer up against any American IPA or double IPA and I'd bet this would come out on top. If you want a hoppy beer with a modest bitterness and an otherwise clean finish (no yeast phenolics or of flavors), this is it! This hides the high alcohol content like the best of Belgian beers. A++

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Photo of Tomesco
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwvman
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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