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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

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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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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw gold, huge chunky head that persists. Even a gentle pour gives a 3 inch head.

S- Slight sweet vanilla, hops come through as citrus and mild grass.

T- Very nice hop note, citrus is slight grapefruit with some spicy notes at the end. Some Belgian notes are drowned by the hops, which is fine with me. The sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. I like this one more as it warms. More sweetness comes through.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very easily downed. I like this much more than I thought I would. Great after a long hot days work.

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Photo of russpowell
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Ddarden for this one!

Pours golden with a rocky 4 fingers white head.Great head retention & lacing

S: Huge hops aroma & vaniila notes

T: Spicy hops followed by vanilla. Intense fruittyness then lemon notes as it warms. Alcohol notes then assert themselves. Finishes quenching, hoppy & slightly fruitty, may be a little of style but, I'm not sure what I'd call it.

MF: Medium body, spritzy & with superior balance


Drinks too easy, almost a perfect beer IMO, tripple purists may take offense, but I really enjoyed this treat from my favorite belgian brewery!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant goldlen ale with a strong haze. TOWERING snow white head...frothy and creamy. Looks like scoops of whipped cream.

S: I'll try to smell but the head is pretty much in the way. Yeasty with loads of barnyard funk and mellow graininess. Grapefruit as well....which is a first for a Belgian ale.

T: Begins much like a triple but with an underlying bitterness and a subtle malt wash. Pronounced sugary backbone with strong yeast characteristics. Then come the hops...not abundantly diverse but obvious grapefruit notes with a pronounced bitter wash. Finishes with strong alcohol components and a residual lingering grapefruit rind.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation.

D: This beer is a something else. Triples are my least favorite Belgian style...but this one I'm a fan of. Quite original and enjoyable.

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Photo of cproioi
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow now this is an interesting beer. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a huge white sturdy head that left massive amounts of lacing. The aroma was largely of Belgian Yeast with an equal amount of hops. It was a pleasant smell it was almost like a bitter fruit. The taste followed the nose nicely. It was a nice hoppy flavor but the hops where not overly bitter taste. The beer's mouthfeel was almost light with an extremely dry finish. When I finished this beer I wanted another one. This beer would of went great with sourdough bread and extra sharp cheddar.

Finally traditional (the Belgian style) and contemporary (The massive use of hops) styles come together and create something that isn't awful.

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

Pours a light honey with a haze. Two finger sudsy white cap that slowly fell into a low rocky top. Aroma is fruity esters of pear and banana, clove, light biscuit and yeast. A little citrus and alcohol is in the nose. Flavor was very similiar to aroma. Fruity sweetness of banana and clove, light grain and a little pepper, slight sulpher in background. There is the hops in back of the throat, citrusy and grapefruit. Body is medium with med-high carbonation. Finishes dry. Interesting combination of styles, but blends very well in a nice quaffable or sipping beer.

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Photo of cameraman
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, with a large puffy white head on top, with a pale golden color settling in the glass. At first scent, you think, where did this beer come from. Strong hop scents start out, nothing to overbearing though. Then the belgian pale malt and yeast aromas become prevalent, and assert the fruity scents typical with belgian beers. The taste starts with those hops that come across the palate bring some bitterness, but it soon blended away to the wonderful belgian fruitiness and sweetness at the end. It is light in the mouth, not to watery. This is truely a unique beer, a great experimentaion in flavors, and yet seems very easy to drink, a must try.

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Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a ridiculously cool and large foamy white head. Head maintains itself forver and forms crazy patterns and shapes while very slowly dwindling. It looked awesome but after a bit I really wanted the beer.

Smells floral to begin with. Lots of garden like herb qualities reside in here. A bit of honey along with tons of spices. Some seem natural, some seem added. A touch of pine.

The Belgian Tripel influence comes out initially on the palate. An effervescent highly carbonated Belgian Pale malt flavor begins it. Belgian yeast influences show themselves next and provide a rustic earthiness along with a strong dose of natural spicyness. Slightly sweeter, tropical fruit character comes out with pineapple and kiwi maybe. The drier earthiness still maintains itself. Resiny pine character from the hops combines with the spicy yeast to create another level of spice and bitterness and leads into a really dry earthy finish. I feel the booze in the aftermath.

I love the effervescent qualities along with the general dryness of the liquid with only sweet notes on top. However, the hops weren't quite as assertive as I thought they might be, came out more as it warmed. I still thought they showed themselves decently and everything worked well together.

The carbonation was a bit too cranked up leaving for sweet-ass looks but lessening the ease of drinkability. I ended up feeling full and a bit buzzed before finishing the bottle. This was my second beer of the night though.

In the end, I really enjoyed this beer and can't wait to try more of this style.

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

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow color whit a massive white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has agrainy aroma. I detect a mix of spices, and citrus. It tastes of grapefruit. I also smell a very floral hop aroma. It has a slight earthy aroma also.

This beer tastes quite grainy. The earthy yeast flavor is present. It is spicy also. Some citrus flavor is present.

This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. This beer is highly carbonated.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It tastes and looks great, but it is just a little high in alcohol. It is definately worth trying though.

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

Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Poured slowly, still creating an IMMENSE, frothy, whipped creamy head - unlike any other head I have experienced...even more frothy & thicker than an Old Ruffian. As the beer was going down in the glass, it left an incredible, thick creamy lacing all over the glass. I don;t know if I'd even call it lacing as much as a complete white-out of the glass. What an aesthetic work of art this brew is. Appearance was pretty cloudy, light copper color. Smelled of belgian yeast, tropical fruitiness/citrus, honeydew, and coriander. Taste was complicated, unlike a lot of things I have had before, yet all too familiar. I guess you can definitely call it a Tripel/IPA. The taste reminded me of Westmalle Tripel, tropical fruits and yeast up front, coriander - then the hop bitterness kicks in a bit, but nothing overwhelming. My only beef with the taste of the beer is that the alcohol presence is a little too overwhelming. It subdues a tad, bringing out the fruitiness of the beer, when it warms up a bit, but still is very prevalent. Perhaps this beer would be better aged a year or two imho. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and velvety. Very refreshing with medium carbonation. I may cellar this one and compare/contrast my views.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Duck Island Ale-House in Greenlake – what an awesome little joint! Of the myriad tempting taps, went for this one on a whim. Was served in a Chimay goblet sporting a 2-finger cap of meringue-like foam which every so slowly receded leaving a light, creamy ring from about every sip. Opaque pale gold, like trying to look through a lemonhead candy.

Actually lemonhead candy is somewhat appropriate to the aroma and flavor as well. Citrusy hops are all over the place, but kept from burning the nose by a combination of musty-yeast, and spicy malt backbone making me think there’s some wheat in this too.

Flavor is quite interesting; starting off like a Tripel, with soft flavors of tropical fruit and doughy-yeast which carries through to a lingering, stinging hop-bite in the finish worthy of a West-Coast IPA. In fact, the hop bitterness builds on my tongue and becomes somewhat distracting towards the end, but this thing is so interesting I’m not too bothered. All throughout are winsome heathery-like herbal notes. There’s lots going on here, but me thinks the hops are overpowering some subtleties.

Mouthfeel is thick, liquid velvet. Decadent-feeling and yet somehow light on the palate, though the overall richness makes this a sipping-beer. Alcohol goes almost completely undetected, which is dangerous considering the ABV. While quite good, the 9% plus the chewy texture makes this a one-glass beer for me.

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

On-tap, a steal at 3$, Maduro with Golden2wenty1 and expatsteve

appearance: well then, served appropriately in a snifter...a beautiful glowing golden-orange body with a big creamy white head that remains for the duration of the drinking experience

smell: wonderful...very tropical aromas, pineapple, apricot, peach, grapefruit and other citrus, a touch spicy, faint alcohol presence, sweet belgian yeast touch

taste: This is a phenomenal tripel/ipa hybrid that is a treat to have on tap down the street from me...Sweet yeasty flavours come through nicely matched by a very flavourful hopping. Resulting flavour is very tropical...pineapple, peach, grapefruit, light lemon, apricot and other tropical fruit...On top of all that, it is well spiced, with a nice light pine bite and very drinkable

mouthfeel: medium, average carbonation, dances on the tongue

drinkability: great

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty and hazy yellow color ale with a super huge pure white foamy head with absolutely perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite intense with what I think are Saaz hops really taking over this wonderful mix. Taste when beer is slightly below room temperature is akin to a wonderful triple (Westmalle, Moinette) with some added floral undertones. When beer gets at about room temperature the hops really comes out and provide a bitter finish which I enjoyed a bit less. Nonetheless, this is a great experience and would probably try this again even though price is a bit high IMO for this beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Maduro here in Madison. Ahhh $3 Happy Hour.

Pour: light, golden yellow, hazy translucent with the thickest, creamiest, beaten egg whites stiff peaked head I've ever seen on a beer. Doesn't lace the glass so much as frost it as the head lasts til the final sip.

Nose: yeasty lemon peel, bright ruby red grapefruit hops and sweet Belgian pale tropical fruit esters

Taste: starts sweet with the sugar sweet Belgian fruit esters (citrus, apple, pineapple, apricot) and dry yeast on the forepalate with a brief, ephemeral burst of pine/grapefruit hops on the swallow with a slight grain husk in the finish.

Feel: light and slick per the tripel style, fine carbonation and some boozy fumes in the back of the nose as it warms.

Drinkability/Overall: A very unique American/Belgian hybrid created with the utmost style and grace. An elegant blend of fruity esters, dry yeast, and juicy, yet restrained hops that show all of their flavor without an astringent bitterness. Simply a delight to drink.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy banana/orange straw color that really catches the light. Thick 1 inch head that will not subside under any circumstances - less movement than Iceman's hair. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Light grapefruit, lemongrass, ginger and pine. Bready fruit undercurrent. Wonderful.

Taste: Pine, lemongrass with a little ginger, cantaloupe and honey melon. Great dry finish, with a resonant hop bitterness. Grapefruit and a hint of anise. Fantastic hopped take on the tripel style. Breadiness shines through without smothering other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light, before a bitter but not oppressive finish. In fact the masterful use of hops makes this even more enjoyable and refreshing. Light but constant carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a real treat - all the wonderful flavor and complexity of La Chouffe with a wonderfully balanced hops bristle. The hops are a little light for the dobbelen IPA end of things, but this balances the tripel flavor nicely and develops a truly unique beer. I'll be sure to drink more of this while I can.

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

Appearance: Brassy dandelion body, clear at first, but increasingly opaque and more tan with each pour. A dense stream of bubbles rises up from the elephant etching in my DT glass, supporting a big, airy, meringuey head with great retention, a huge, poofy, white cloud that leaves fabulous layers of dense lace all the way down.

Smell: Bright orange-citric and herbal (mildly peppery) hops matched perfectly with spicy alcohol, musty and fruity yeast, and light, Czech pilsener-ish malts. Minty notes, light bubble-gummy sweetness, and a bready foundation add to the depth and complexity.

Taste: Very well-balanced. Sweet and fruity at first, with notes of banana, lemon rind, and white grape juice. Then the hops and yeast kick in to provide a nice and dry, tangy finish. Wintergreen-ish coolness also appears. Malts are slightly bready and unobtrusive.

Mouthfeel: Soft and airy, sparkly here and there, medium bodied, chewable, and fairly clean in the finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely more tripel than it is IPA, but it is really an interesting experiment with beautiful results. Highly drinkable (but be careful - the 9% is well-hidden), and highly recommended. And it matched perfectly with this: http://www.allagash.com/ice_contest.htm#2003_03.

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Photo of nickss
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a monster 2" cap of chunky head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is filled with citrus and yeast. The aroma is not as hop-filled as I expected, smelling very much like a typical triple. In fact, the only discernable hop is the Saaz variety, adding a bit of spice to the aroma.

Wow... well this is certainly an interesting beer. I've certainly never tasted anything like it. My taste buds keep honing in on different aspects.... first the dry yeastiness associated with tripels, next on the soft floral qualities which also come with tripels, and lastly, a more sharp and biting floral quality coming from the hops. Quite unique and enjoyable. A wonderfully blended brew here.

Perhaps a bit too much carbonation in this brew, and a bit too thin for my taste, but neither are so far often that they ruin the beer.

While I enjoy the beer, I do not find it to be imminently drinkable, although it manages to hide the abv quite well. As I mentioned, a very interesting brew, and although I'm not sure how soon I'll be purchasing this one again, it is great to see other countries experimenting with styles the way the US does.... thumbs up to the gnome.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep yellow gold leaning towards copper. Beautiful crowning head, which remains from start to finish.

Smell: Esthery banana predominates as well as a hint of cloves.

Taste: A complex, exciting, and unique taste. Spicy and peppery. Hop presence is not pronounced but I think the additional hops take away some if not most of the sweetness that would normally be found in a traditional tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. The high carbonation masks its high alcohol content.

Drinkability: A unique melding of two styles. Certainly more Tripel than IPA but I like the results. The high alcohol content and price makes this an occasional beer for me rather than a go to brew.

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Photo of sloejams
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The title suggests there's a lot going on in this beer. Is it a Belgian Tripel? Is it a triple IPA? Is it both? Is it neither? What the fuck are you doing to me La Chouffe?

Anyhow this is an IPA, brewed with 3 different hops. This is definitely a Belgian and the hop character is quite unique. Different hops, more yeast - yeah we're in Belgium, especially with the cloudy golden straw color and finger cloud froth topping.

There are familiar Belgian pale ale flavor attributes as well: spicy foreground with citrus tones. Of the hops, the Saaz come through most most - the noble pilsner-esque spice.

It's hard drinking this not thinking you're drinking an experiment, which is strange as it so very subtle. A good tasting beer, but generally in the $10 range for a 750 mL - likely one I won't revisit often.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,659 ratings.
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