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
Reviews:
1,187
Ratings:
2,674
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
413
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,187 | Ratings: 2,674
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.
Cheers!

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

This is one interesting beer.

The appearance pours a hazy amber with a white, rocky head. The heads laces the glass aggresively with small bubbles.

The smell is interesting. There is the presences of hops, but the funky smell of Belgian yeast as well. The taste is unlike most beers in the world. There is an almost American hop profile here- piney and huge. There is also the backing of the delicate flavors of a Triple. Some fruit flavors like apples and pears come to mind, and the layers of flavor only Belgian yeast can provide.

The mouthfeel is satisfying with decent carbonation. The drinkability is high despite the high ABV. It is hidden well in this one.

This is very different, and very good beer. I love it when a brewery can make something altogether different.

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Photo of jimdkc
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased my 750 ml bottle at Whole Foods in San Francisco during a business trip. Was shopping for west coast American beers, but I couldn't resist this collision between a Belgian Tripel and an American IPA!

Appearance is wonderful! Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick rocky white head. Lots of lace on the glass, and it was fun watching the head make different formations with each drink.

Aroma is earthy yeast with some citrus hops.

Taste is dry with citrus notes. Hop flavors are floral and citrus. More of that earthy yeast flavor. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but I like how the hoppiness of this beer keeps the yeast funkiness in check. Some apricot-like fruitiness is apparent. Dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness.

High carbonation level, but that just feels right in this beer. Light bodied, as a tripel should be.

Very drinkable. This is a winner that I'll probably buy again!

Edit -- Warning! The well-hidden alcohol hits all at once when you've finished the 750 ml! I'm very happy now!

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

Poured a clear, pale yellow with an enormous, white head. Nice retention and lacings on this impressive head that is reminiscent of white water rapids.

Sweet, floral, fruity, champagne aroma with some alcohol and phenols.

What an incredibly tasty and unique beer! It is very sweet but not cloying. A dark red fruit and caramel taste is quickly replaced by orange and grapefruit. The surprisingly complex flavors also include some spicy notes throughout. The aftertaste is nicely hopped with some big, bitter pine notes. Is it an IPA or a Tripel? It's darn good, that's what it is!

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer has an incredible mouthfeel and an addictive quality. The aftertaste is bitter and sweet without much dryness, making this a very drinkable beer. I regret that I only purchased one.

The name and the bottle intrigued me and I am not disappointed that I purchased this brew! I'm going to seek out as many more as I can purchase tomorrow! Truly, this is a divine nectar that is worthy of praise!

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Picked up some of this at Whole Foods, counldnt believe my eyes when i saw it. Had a bottle of their Jubilee saison in my hand and immediately put it down and grabbed this gem.The Chouffe gnomebacked by a painted yellow label.

A - A amber hazy pour. You have to be careful pouring because so much sediment is suspended in the beer, though i like the sediment personally. Head is alive, chunky and full then it peels itself off of the walls of the glass and forms a little island in the middle of the glass, similar to the head of duvel.

S - Floral and Fruity with some earthy tones blended in as well. The hops are crazy and smell extraordinary, and then the fruit just hops right in with the floral smell and just wallops your nose. The fruit is somewhat citrusy with a melon hint as well. Delicious. cant get enough of this bad boy.

T - Hoppy and sweet with some caramel and fruity flavors busting in as well. Beautiful. Definite hoppiness in the beginning and at the end. The bitterness resides in between sips, not overwhelming but just enough to let you know it is still there. The fruit is citrusy and juicy with some melon hint to it, not much but a little.

M - Coats and cuts, my favorite two words to use in the mouthfeel category. This beer made my jaw drop, though i knew when i saw it i was in for a serious treat.

D - Easy to drink though somewhat beyond novice in reviewing, a great beer with many levels. A must try.

Note - Easily in my top ten, a completely unique and stunning beer. Makes me literally want to shed a tear thinking how much care went into producing this incredible brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large corked bottle, this brew pours a light, translucent orange color, yellow at the edges, with a nice thick head and a bit of haze. The aroma is of resin-like and cirtic hops, backed with a lot of esters and yeast smells. There’s a lot of grassiness and a bit of spice in the smell as well, mingled with bread and a little ethanol. The alcohol aroma is a pretty well hidden, given the ABV. The first sensation when you drink this beer is the high carbonation. Following that is an earthy, yeasty flavor, backed by lots of grapefruit-like and pine-like hops. The alcohol warming sets in pretty early-on in this beer. It’s not as sweet as I thought it would be. I was very satisfied with this beer…lots of hops, in Belgian garb. Interesting, and worth having again.

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

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a huge sticky head that clings to my glass. Spicy yeast and citrus aroma, apple, honey, lemon and spice flavors. Full bodied with nice crisp and carbonated mouthfeel. Very different and tasty, hard to believe it's 9 % alcohol.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale hazy gold with a massive white merengue head, firm enough to scoop onto a piece of pie. Aroma is some Belgian yeast and a mild honey-butter.

Taste is dry and lightly biscuity. Light flavors, hints of citrus, coriander, other faint spices. Finish is very dry and bitter, bready, bringing out more of the yeast element (my glass has some significant floaties). Has a very light alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is light and relatively clean. A strange hybrid style, this offspring of a mild IPA and a Belgian tripel. Probably my favorite of the Chouffe brand to appear locally.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas.

Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that's nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely.

I have never had anything like this before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. Awesome.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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