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 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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a honey copper color, with some good haze and little bits of sediment. 3 inch head, great lacing.

Smells like earthy, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, lemon and alcohol.

Tastes are pretty similar. Probably the hoppiest Belgian beer I've had- the hops impart some fruit flavors (lemon and apple) but mostly grassy/earthy/peppery flavors. The yeast comes through very strongly through clove and ester flavors.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel, well carbonated.

Probably the best Belgian IPA. It's a style that can get messy, but this one works.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light straw color. Luminescent and streaming effervescence coming up from the bottom. A fat creamy thick head of white foam sits atop this golden sunshine body. The pinnacle of foam. It's loathe to fall and when it finally does, it does so slowly. Rocky crags to a thick cap and a layer on top. It refreshes constantly and leaves gobs and patches of lace. Sticky sheets and rings.

Nose is terrific with aromatic citrus hops. Bright with a touch of yeast and a little funky. Soft light malt that's been kissed by honey. The citrus is bold and tart and with it is the lively sweetness of the rind. It also has a softer tripel like sweetness from fruit just underneath. That's a bit more tropical and intensely sweet but shy. It has grains that are naturally sweet and light.

Taste is perfection. It has bold citrus fruit that gets the mouth to water as the sweet rind perks everything right up. The tropical sweetness rolls through and the palate begins to be very excited. Light grains with honey, orange. The malt is smooth and light and that allows this to drink long. Herbal fruity perfumey hops dance all over the palate. Then a sensational bitter starts to settle in. It's sensational because the flavors have all been reaching a peak that somehow keeps climbing and then . . . it's bitter. Not hard, not harsh but strong and it lasts. There's a crushed aspirin like astringency that's a bit chalky but it's laid in to the body of the beer and not out of place. It's alive and vibrant with sensations as the bitter tingles and the chalkiness drys out the mouth in anticipation of the dry finish. It has a delightful aftertaste and ends with the lightly sweet grains and the softer tropical fruit notes.

Bold as brass like an ipa and delicate sweet and refined like a tripel. It's character is complimentary and each aspect accents another aspect perfectly. The hop qualities accent the delicate sweetness, the bitter accents the fruits, the aspirin like quality accents the bitter and contrasts the lightly sweet grains. Perfect balance. You feel like it's somehow in motion.

Bravo! Bravo I say!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this beer at Total Wine & More in Virginia Beach.

Appearance - Off-yellow color with a persistent thin head.

Smell - The hops drown out the subtle barley notes. This is NOT a bad thing.

Taste - As soon as you pull this beer into your mouth, the fumes tickle your tongue with sweetness before the beer even touches down. This 'pre-flavour' is quickly drowned by a complex and rich hops profile, coupled with a flirty sweetness that comes and goes across the front of the tongue. Saaz hops really shine here, with a bit of modest hopping in the background from other varieties. The hops never overpower this fine brew. As it goes down, there is a residual tangy grapefruit ester that marries perfectly with the slight 'skunk' flavor and the round, full sweet barley body. Notes of coriander/orange peel with the abslolute slightest hint of bubble-gum. No banana/clove notes here for me...Rarely have I had a beer this balanced in simple, defined flavors.

Mouthfeel - A quick carbonated zing is defeated by hops from all directions. Not as 'sticky' in feel as some Belgian beers. This is a plus in my book. A brilliant session beer for those that are willing to pay for it.

Overall - This beer is an amusement park for your mouth: The casual drinker will enjoy it for the adventureous hops profile. The keen, observant drinker will giggle in delight at the simple sublety of this beer. Rich and savory, with simple, but satisfying esters....a lingering hops exploration on multiple levels, perfectly balanced with the sweet barley body....you should definitely try this one.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,771 ratings