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 SwillinBrew
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Hollingshead. I think i like it better on tap because i dont remember liking it this much.

My mug was filled with a rich lemony straw color with many bubbles dancing up the sides. The was vibrant, foamy and clean white. Aromas of sweet spice, passion fruit and slight tangerine citrus hops.
The flavors are like a play on the palate. I get some sweet candied and yeasty trippel taste with a good follow up of citrus that isnt overpowering but present. A good mix.
Very effervescent on the tongue, crisp and clean. I could actually drink this all day. I know it's 9% but i couldnt really tell. A good showing this one.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lemony yellow with a slight haze, it pours with a massive head of white foam. The head retention is excellent as thick, pillowy, white chunks remain atop the beer from start to finish. Spiced, hoppy, citrus aroma with an earthy Tripel-like quality, plus a bit of floral sweetness in the mix too. Taste carries a citrus hoppiness up front, both sweet and tangy. The complex earthy and floral notes make their way through later on, and it leaves with a pleasant semi-bitter finish. The alcohol does not come though very strong at all. The mouthfeel seems light and fluffy, almost silky smooth.

This beer is excellent. Although it is strong and complex, the bready malt makes it still seem lighter, and the mix of flavors keeps you interested, making the drinkability almost dangerous. It's so damn good...

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very hazy yellow color with one of the largest heads i've ever seen. If its poured with any vigor, this beer will explode in a white foamy head and will not stop growing. The smell is much like you would expect from a tripel-IPA, mostly a sweetly spiced nose with just a hint of hops. The taste is incredible, but this is a synthesis of my two favorite beer types so its pretty much a dream come true. For the first 3/4th of the beer its just like a lightly spiced tripel, but toward the end there is just a kiss of the bitter hops that you would expect out of an IPA. I wouldn't normally equate these beers together, but they are able to seamlessly take the best qualities of both and make one incredible beer. Very impressed.

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Photo of Damian
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquor's, Westboro, MA

First, I must comment on the adorable and amazingly well designed bottle graphics.

As for the beer itself - it poured a murky, pale, mustard yellow with an enormous, white, rocky head that stuck in clumps to the sides of the glass. As the head subsided, it left a beautiful, sticky spiderweb of lacing. Even by the end of the beverage, substantial lacing and a noticeable head remained.

The smell was incredible. Yeasty with sweet and flowery saaz hops, spices and lemon peel.

The taste was smooth, flavorful and pleasantly hoppy from start to finish. Sweet malts and a cotton candy-like quality were apparent initially before the orange peel, coriander, clove and peppery notes kick in. Lastly, the hops finished with a luscious fruitiness and juiciness. Nice crisp and refreshing hop bittering in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was outstanding. The beer was full and creamy with perfect carbonation. It felt like a cloud on my tongue.

Drinkability was outstanding. I hardly noticed the dangerously high 9% ABV.

This is truly a outstanding beer, perfect for savoring with a cheese plate.

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

The most hyped beer of 2006 lives up to the hype. This is a crazy beer. This beer possesses three different types of hops from around the world. I was expecting a little more hoppy-bitterness, but I am not disappointed though, very well balanced. Taste comes across citrus-piney lemony- like a lemon cough drop when sorely needed.

I really dig the uniqueness if this beer. An incredibly balanced be for what it is. A little pricy but worth a one shot without a doubt.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle with a variation on the typical Chouffe theme. Green bottle with 9%abv printed on the label. Golden color with fast moving carbonation and a huge mountain of rocky head and lace is up to the challenge. Extremely inviting. Perfect.

This brew has tripel characteristics all around it and in the middle. Fruity with loads of sweetened coconut, citrus, the typical belgian yeast goodness. Spicey as it goes along and warms up. Earthy on the backside. Back to the fruity phenols and then comes full circle and finishes with a spicey hopped up mcgillicuty. This could easily be a "5". It's the best tripel I've had in recent memory and the backend spices make this a "must taste".

Notes: You get what you pay for sometimes and in this case its worth every cent. The best way to describe this beer is that its got all the goodness of a superb belgian Tripel w/ an American hop twister on the frontside that actually blends well.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 'ol 750 given to me by ddarden. Thanks a bunch!

Drinking this one in small quantities from a wine tasting glass from Chateau Morrissette (PLUG!) in Virginia. Judging by first impression, a champagne flute might be better!

It looks sort of like a not-so-pale BMC in the glass. the head is nice and white, rather fluffy, and very active. Nice looking, but I think I stirred up some yeasty bits on my pour.

The smell is yeasty and spicy- sort of what one might expect from a good hefe.

The flavour is hearty and a little sweet, yet woody and a little bitte rin the middle. There's a weird (but VERY pleasing) aftertaste that's sort of like the sauce for the malai kofta at my local Indian restaurant. Very interesting and complex!

Crbonation is there, but not overpowering...liquid is hearty, but not thick. (Though maybe a touch oily.)

I think it's very drinkable. Goes down easy, is rather complex. I'd have more!

Be well

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

750 ml bottle from Lucas Liquors in Ellisville, Mo.
Pours clear pale yellow with showy white head and heavy lace. Aroma is a strong point - Saaz hops and Chouffel's Belgian yeast to linger over before moving on to a citric light-medium body featuring a balance of malt with the typical Belgian flavors spiced with tangy citrus-orange American Amarillo-Tomahawlk hops. After a little competition for which will dominate the aftertaste a clean hop finish ends. I will repeat this one.

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

750ml green bottle, no date info.

Hazy lemon amber. Towering head of fine, cream-like eggshell bubbles that stands for a long time before settling to a still quite tall cap. The foam tastes like hop cream and you could spoon it into a bowl and eat it by itself. Huge, thick bands of lacing grace the glass. There are a few stray carbonation streams. The aromatics are distinctly Belgian triple, with crunchy white fruit, as well as nicely suggestive of a double IPA with spicy, citrusy, orangey hops. There is also a bit of alcohol that shines through. The alcohol edge is distinct from the first taste, but it meshes well with a the fruit crispness of the triple. It is warming and slightly sweet before the hops take over. They are both boldly spicy and citrus rindy, with a nice long lasting finish. There is a slightly resinous element to them as well. Medium body with a light mouthfeel that is well carbonated. Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable blend of a triple and a double IPA. Highly drinkable, the aromatics were top notch and I could have gone through several more bottles. I am looking forward to the next release of this fantastic beer.

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Photo of geographie
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe glass at the Map Room, Chicago

A - Little heady, hazy opaque orange rusty coloured. Serious lacing going on here.

S - Quite citrusy, little notes of spice and amarillo hops..mmm

T - Sweet, fizzy front. Notes of apricot, honey or candi sugar present. Almost wheaty middle flavor that follows through heavy on the hops

M - Amazing. Great medium-big texture that clings to your whole mouth.

D - Each sip leaves me contemplating this brew. A slow drinker, makes you stop and enjoy the beer. Good, but comparable to a barley wine in this respect, so i wont be grabbing for more than a glass of this bad boy.

... this brew is intruiging, difficult to discern any one flavour, this is one i'll come back to time and time again as my tastes evolve.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay trappist glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow -- pours with a nice solid head that lasts throughout.

Smell: Fruity, piney notes with a bit of alcohol coming through. In terms of smell, the hops are very prominent in the nose.

Taste: The beer has a nice hop profile, with lots of lower alpha hops dominating. This is combined with a yeasty character. The alcohol is noticeable upfront and in the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp with an effervescent carbonation that finishes rather dry with only some lingering sweetness and bitterness.

Overall: This is a great artisinal beer, though might be a bit too raw for some people. If you like IPA's and tripels, you will love this beer, which combines both into one. A very interesting brew to say the least,

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Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an absolutely interesting beer. A hoppy tripel. Certainly worth trying to experience it. Who would have thought? A new style emerges from Belgium. Now that they own the world in one category the world in one style the Belgian Brewers are doing hops too. A Belgian IPA. WOW.

Appearance: This beer pours a light gold with hazy orange hues. White head and adequate lacing.

Smell: Fascinating aroma of hoppy citrus pine and Belgian yeasty spices swirled together in the unique beer.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose. Sweet biscuity complex malt attribute parallels a yeasty spicy character that is truly a unique blends. The hops are bold but not overwhelming and interestingly placed next to a bit of lemon wheat flavor. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated creamy feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: Rarely would you need more than one bomber of a triple, and this one is no exception; that said, it is (considerably) easy to drink!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer starts out quite strong! The PNW hops fight with pleasant yeast esters for quite the flavour combination!

When the beer was first served, it was rather cold but completely delicious. The yeast esters were balanced by the citrusy hops. But the wonderfully dry finish from the sugar used really let the hops shine. Delicious.

But as the beer warmed, the yeast esters took over more and more until the end when the beer was around room temp. At that point the beer tasted just like any other Tripel. Nothing too special.

But overall a pleasant experience. Nothing I'd really seek out, but I certainly don't regret it.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dishwater blonde with remarkably little head. What tiny bit of head exists does stick around, however.

The aroma is faintly phenolic, with ever so slight hints of fruit. Banana dominates the subtle fruitiness, but again it's so subtle that's not saying much. Other tart fruits dart in and out. There isn't much in the way of hops hiding in the nose here.

What a unique taste! This is exactly what it's advertised to be. It tastes like a trippel, then suddenly, it tastes like an IPA. It isn't as though the two tastes merge... it's rather that one, then the other, become predominate. Simply amazing. It's almost like drinking two completely different beers one right after the other, yet both in the same glass at the same time. I'm stunned as to the way this came about. Quite well done!

The mouthfeel is very light. It's light for an IPA, and light for a trippel, yet it works here.

Overall, a very drinkable ale. Remarkable in its simplicity, and in its complexity. Outstanding!

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

Finally got my hands on some of this. Pours outrageously with a giant rocky head of fluffy, soft white. Body is Pale straw lemon with a faint haze. The glass is cobwebbed with lace. Powdered sugar, Orval-tart yeastiness, and a big citrusy, sea-air wall of hop juice bitterness. Interesting and inviting. Sugary fruit sweetness up front with wheaty malt. Soft, moderate feel witha very dry, peppery finish. Hops come on strong, but not American DIPA strong. Hops are citrusy and tart, refreshing and bitter. Along with De Ranke XX Bitter, perhaps the hoppiest Belgian brew I've had. Pretty good too.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml dark green bottle with no freshness date. Cool looking giant gnome picking hops on the front.

A- Semi-clear pale golden yellow, white head of the gods ... amazing white trail of lace all the way down the glass.

S- Loads of citrusy hops in the nose. Note of chouffe yeast funkiness ... very aromatic.

T&M- Moderate body, light crispness with a long smoothness. Quite bitter upfront ... citric, heavy herbal and tobacco hop flavor. Tight doughy biscuity malt lays underneath, mild kiss of honey like grain as well. Slight warming alcohol with a ghost like tropical fruit. Hint of phenols. Orangey hop finish complements the dry malt flavor in the end.

D- This is one of those epic ales that I will always remember and want to go back to. Right up there with XX Bitter yet a boat load more hops.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this item at Max's on Casey's advice. A goblet full of bright golden liquid, topped with marshmellow fluff. Not a very bold aroma but nice. Super flavors and great balance, with just the right touch of carbonation to enhance. Smooth, clean, and complex finish with the alcohol heft neatly masked. Incredibly drinkable for all that beer. Wow!

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, cloudy, straw-colored beer. A ton of very persistent and rocky head. Looks like cloudy champagne. Smells boozy and Belgian. Sweet apricots and banana.

Two great tastes that taste great together. Light and complex tripel flavor, plus an interesting bit of IPA. Piney Amarillo hops are just as good a kicker in Chouffe’s hybrid as they are in Gumballhead.

Mouthfeel is loose but not too light. With the heavy carbonation it makes the long list of flavors more drinkable. Nifty, and a little dangerous at this ABV. Lots of fun, and a good recommendation to adventurous non-beer-snob types.

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

Deep gold with a huge white frothy head that laces and lasts till the end.
Smells of floral and funky hops.
Tastes as complex as it's name. There is a sweet , funky grassiness to this, along with the sharp, bitter piney hops.
Citrus, and alcohol come through. Everything about this is huge , and yet there is balance.
Mouthfeel was medium...nice velvety micro-carbonation made this feel as good as it tastes.
Very drinkable. This was an easy 750 to share with a buddy...and wish there was more.
I went out the next day and bought more. I love this one.

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Photo of mntlover
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep golden color with lots of small bubbles rising to feed a big creamy white head that leaves gobs of sticky lace everywhere. Looks like a colony of spiders took up living in my goblet. Doesn't matter how slow you pour you get great head every time.

Aroma is nice fruity good sweet malt notes underneath. It has a nice tripel like aromas, but softer smoother no alcohol noticed as much as other tripel's. The main diff on this one is the wonderful fruity/floral hop aromas rising from the glass. If this is any indication all tripels should be hopped up, but I am a hop head by heart.

Taste is like the aroma nice sweet malts, good tripel fruitiness plus added citrus/ floral hop flavors that add to the fruit. Plus a little spice from hops and yeast probably. There is a little alcohol in the flavor but its not distraction. This is a good tripel made great by adding some good ole hops. Finishes with lingering spice and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good a nice medium with a good level of carbonation, zesty but not overly so. It sure pours like its loaded though.

Drinkability is great, the hops greatly improve the style for me anyway.

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Photo of whynot44
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow with a magnificent fluffy white head almost like merinque that retains very well and lots of nice lacing with boulders of foam mixed in.

The aroma is piney, floral, hints of citrus, yet still somehow funky, yeasty and fruity.

The taste starts out with an IPA hoppiness, pine needles, citrus and spice but with a depth of yeasty sweet malt that balances far better than the typical IPA.

Medium bodied, with an excellent mouthfeel and drinkability that makes this stuff almost dangerous. So smooth and flavorful you really don't even notice the alcohol sneaking up on you. A tripel for hop lovers, as only the Belgians can do it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light orange with an incredibly thick white head.

Smell: Lightly musty.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Thick without being syrupy, a light chalkiness.

Drinkability: Enjoyable to consume, though not to the same degree as a traditional Tripel.

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Photo of bruachan
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at gtown pizza paradiso

arrives a hazy golden with a great rocky head that acts almost like custard as the center recedes

hoppy, coriandery, bitter, spicy, hoppy, hop spicy. the mouthfeel is spritzy from some lively carbonation yet it still feels heavy. i dig it: it's like a big wit with a bunch of hops that supply a floral and spicy aroma

fine brew. i love the hoppiness

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a large foamy white head with great retention and great lacing. Smell is fruitty and floral with a nice sweetness. Taste is initially like an ipa with bitterness from the hops and a nice citrus presence, followed by more of a Belgian taste with a little carmel and fruit. This is great, I love the combo of the two styles. It is very drinkable, and this will definitely be a repeat purchase.

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

Hoppy Chouffe is not too hoppy. These hoppy Belgian beers havent been too hoppy as far as I can tell, but this one is still quite nice, and possibly a bit better than the Urthel affair. Dark golden in colour with a nice off-white fluffy cap of foam on top. Aromas of zest floral, piney hops, candy sugar sweetness, and sugar cooke malts, all blending together to make a sweet and well integrated hoppy Belgian beer that is not too hoppy. Taste is sweet and sugary with some nice piney hop notes and wonderful malt complexity. Mouthfeel is zesty and spirtzy, not too thick or filling. Drinkability is quite good, I just wish a hoppier Belgian beer would come out!

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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