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

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 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 kitch
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of November 2016 and poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy pale blonde colour with a big three finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast and banana along with pear, apple and a hint of pine.

Taste: Pine, bitterness and lightly spicy followed by light banana and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, medium bodied with moderate tingly carbonation.

Overall: A nice solid brew that hides the alcohol well.

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

Serving: 33 cL bottle (best before "10 2017") poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange gold with a tall, rocky, frothy white head; patchy lace and with a cap of persistent froth.

Smell: Flowery and dough like; lemon zest and oil, fruity esters and spicy yeast.

Taste: Initial bitter and citric attack cedes to clean biscuit malt body, and rounder lemon, orange and herb notes. Faint tropical fruit and emerging spice as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium body and crisp carbonation. Alcoholic burn sneaks in towards the end.

Overall: Full, complex and delicious like the original Chouffe with well integrated heaps of hops.

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Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear pale golden yellow color with about three fingers worth of white rocky head

S-pale malt, fruit sweetness, Belgian yeast, spices, and light citrus hops

T-taste is very similar to the smell with a pale bready malt backbone, citrus hops, light fruits, peppery spice, and Belgian yeast

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall very pleasant to drink, definitely a Belgian beer but there are enough citrus hops to make it an IPA

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Photo of jamesroses
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle

appearance: hazy golden with orange hues, 3 finger head, good lacing.

smell: faint floral and spicy notes with a grapefruity and lemony edge.

taste: spicy bitterness with a grapefruit touch. White pepper and lemon in the mix. Very little maltiness and some weak honey notes.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, finishes dry due to a very spicy bitterness that develops in a strong grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall: after all the high reviews I thought this was something else, but I'm not sure this is 'world class'. I feel it lacks punch in the aroma and taste departments. Anyway it's a very good beer, but I'd rather drink other belgians on a daily basis.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy golden. Frothy head with lingering lace. Aroma of slight pine, somewhat floral with a hint of lemon. Flavour has a distinct hop bite with honey, lemon and a touch of horse blanket. Finishes crisp and prickly. Nice mashup of styles

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A gift, and a very nice one. Little experience with the style. A little sour at first, but gives way to hoppy bitterness, and crisp tart pear. Would buy for myself

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Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazy, gold color
S: Great, citrus with a grassy scent.
T: Huge hop kick and bitterness. Gives way to a very sour note, almost like drinking a sour beer as well as an IPA (quite different than typical bitterness). Long aftertaste
F: Slightly oily but clean.
O: Great beer. Was expecting a little less of the sour flavor, but overall a great beer. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden appearance with a moderate sized head.

Smells of crisp summer fruits, apples and pears come to mind. Also, bananas and Belgian yeast.

I enjoyed the smell more than the taste as the summery fruit feel almost overripe in the taste, as opposed to crisp. A moderate degree of bitterness as a result of some piney hops. I was actually surprised by the bitterness of this, but then again, I walked into this expecting a conventional Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is fantastic of course. If there is something the Belgians can do it's to make you drink more of a 9% beer than you anticipated.

It is no surprise to me that I see this beer alot in the US, as it seems to be more compatible with the average American taste buds than a lot of the Belgian ales.

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Photo of Jopsonn
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy with dark yellow-orangish tint. Head retained nicely and nice lacing.
S: Great smell. Belgian yeast smell reminded me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier (faintly) not too much floral or pine but they're there.
T: Mild and nice pine hop notes are the first taste and then mellow out into a nice fruit taste of banana esters
F: Comes alive when it enters the mouth is refreshing.
O: Amazing experience. I love belgian style IPA's but never knew their potential until I tried this.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it on tap at B Cafe West, NYC, my favorite neighborhood Belgian joint. I love Belgian beer and consider it as a sort of antidote, or counterpoint if you will, to my other favorite style, IPA. This is what happens when you mix the two together.
It poured a golden color with a large soapy and bubbly head. It eventually receded into a lathery lace that retained well.
Unlike American IPAs, this one immediately hits the nose with a barnyard/funky and lemon sour aroma. Yet, almost immediately thereafter, one gets the more citric and tropical fruit tones one associates with IPA. There is also a honey malt like sweetness.
This has a unique taste that is special. It is like a hoppy tripel; a perfect marriage between Belgian style and IPA. The flavor is quite complex. The fruity and honey malt sweetness is there, as is the citric zest. However, there are tart and bitter qualities that add so much more to the flavor. The malt has a sourdough like quality. There is a lemony and tart quality. The hops are perhaps the dominant flavor as they add a herbal bitterness that is evident in the mouthfeel as well as the finish, which is bitter and lingers. There is also a peppery, yeasty and slightly phenolic feel. Medium bodied but almost light in feel. The carbonation is mellow but tingles just enough. The alcohol is so well masked, I didn't realize it had such a high ABV. I certainly felt it afterwards.
I can't believe I haven't had this yet! I got to get me some more!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750ml bottle
best by 11/2016
stored in cellar for a few months
L- pours a gorgeous hazy orange-ish color a little closer to yellow, with a thick foam head that slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has that really nice sweet belgian yeast aroma, with hints of pine
T- has a pleasant piney taste, followed by the said sweetness of the yeast, with a bitter finish
F- has a dry feel to it, medium bodied, smooth fell as well
O- this beer was just great from beginning to end. looks great smells great taste in unbelievable.
Next time maybe i will try it right away to see if hops are more pronounced, but i think the aging mellowed out the beer bringing out some smoothness

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like standard ipa, dark yellow and orange congeal together. Good 3/4" white head. Aroma blended the belgian yeast and a citrusy hop feel.

Interesting taste, somewhat earthy and funky, still has some homegrown citrus hop feel, ample bitterness, ample yeast phenols that provide said earthy/funky drops.

Expensive format, but definitely above average for style and hides the alcohol pretty well.

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

In solidarity with our brothers in Belgium, I thought it appropriate to drink some of their great brews this evening. I really thought this was a repeat (I had already reviewed) but apparently not.

It has an exquisite head, all light and foamy. The color is brilliant yellow. The aroma is moderately yeast. The taste is complex. There is bitter first, but loads of yeast and malt tastes come through too. It is wonderful.

The aftertaste is bitter too, but it is simply a pleasure to have on your tongue. Thank you Belgium.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the very last of a keg! Great head and lacing with a golden color. Sweet smell mad a light and sweet taste. Lemony and citrusy with a pleasant taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to faint copper in color with a massive half inch tighly packed eggshell white head. Moderate lacing. Moderate grassy smelling hops and light Belgian candy sugar. I taste intensely grassy to earthy hops with a light saltine cracker malt backbone. I also noted a light sweetness from the light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth was highly carbonated and very dry.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/2016 750 into a Teku

L: Hazy straw yellow, with a big billowy persistent head, clingy off white
S: Belgian yeast, pine, floral, not much on the hops front
T: Nice bitterness from the hops, fruity Belgian esters working their magic
F: No trace of the alcohol, medium body, plenty of carb
O: A great classic - always worth revisiting this beauty!

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Photo of flyingpig
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope (£3.29):
A fresh & lively Belgian IPA that wasn't overly hoppy but had nice Belgian yeast, floral touches & strong carbonation. Not overly complex when compared to other Chouffe beers but enjoyable with the alcohol well-hidden & nice background fruits plus a little citrus coming through.A decent beer but probably not the best from Chouffe & for that reason alone it's probably not one I'll rush to pick up again.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i do like belgian garden gnomes on beer bottles. it's a sign of a good ipa.

straw colored, with a head that reminds me of marshmallow fluff. thick, wet lacing down the sides.

smell is frankly what you'd expect from a belgian ipa - a bit of yeast funk, some spice, and perhaps a bit of pine.

taste is much of the same, with some lingering, dry bitterness. mouth is clean - good carbonation.

one of the best offerings from one of my favorite breweries.

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

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours hazy gold with a huge white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong yeast with a light fruity hoppy background. Taste - yeasty with a lasting crisp bitter finish. Really nice well balanced strong ale.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy dark straw, almost golden color, with floating detritus and slow moving powerful explosive activity. Super frothy ultra thick white 4 finger island head, that lasts for 20 minutes, with incredible stricky legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, grassy hops, and pleasant malts. Flavors of fresh citrus like lemon and orange, sweet grains, spruce, floral and noble spices. Pleasant thick bitter hoppiness with a perfect citrus and fruity sugary feel.

Oily creamy full body with champagne like carbonation. Strong finish that ends quite clean with a palate consisting of piney and grassy hops, roasted malts, and faint lingering yeast.

Overall extremely well crafted: Delicious complex flavors with a super fresh feel and a nice intensity. Balanced sweetness and sharpness. Faint acidic vinous feel yet strangely not boozy at all. Warming and ultra sexy. Well executed mix of IPA and Tripel, the best of both worlds.

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

Find this beer at vinmonopolet in Oslo , and was exited to try it
L: clear and gold color
S; Citrus and hops is the first that comes to my mind ,the aroma is is really great
T. A very fresh taste a hint of bitter from the hops, the high alcohol content is not very noticeable in the taste,
i think this beer tasted great,
F: medium body , good carbonation.
O : This was a great beer and will look foward to taste more of Brasserie d'Achouffe other beers, i would sure recomend this one

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Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden colour, big creamy head that lasts for a good while, leaving a ring and lace. SMell of tropical fruits, citurs, pine, fruits, spices. Medium to full body, great carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, bananas, clove, spices, citrus. Great.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big head that lasts the entire time. Prickly carbonation but you can get through it. Good aroma leads to a very pleasant flavor. A good amount of bitterness with some bubblegum and hops. The yeast imparted flavor dominates with the hops noticeable but not near center stage. The yeast isn't as over the top as chimay but still beats out the hops. Some booze is there but it still hidden well enough. I dig the balance to the beer, a great birthday present.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed October 2, 2015 on tap at Winking Lizard on Bethel Road.

Look - Explosive head. White and creamy. Murky pale gold. Good lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Hops. Mint.

Taste - Wheat. Bitter hops. Mint. Bubblegum. Strawberry.

Feel - Carbonation bomb and very dry. Medium.

Overall -Le Freak is a better Belgian and IPA mix. Very dry.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,688 ratings.
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