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
Ratings:
2,722
Reviews:
1,200
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge, billowy, frothy head with medium-sized bubbles which shrink a little if you can let it sit for a minute. then, as you drink the liquid, the head lowers into a beautiful, atomic-bomb-looking cloud and resembles the pictures of the clouds after dropping the bomb. sorry, it's exactly what i saw. the liquid is golden yellow in a bright and cheery way.
the smell is definitely hoppy and citrus-y.
the taste is definitely hoppy and citrus-y and, again, as i am not partial to hoppy brews, this one is amazingly light and crisp compared to some others i have had recently and hides the 9% alcohol rather well. the atomic mushroom cloud still sits at the bottom of the glass as i ready myself to drain the last gulp, er, sip. the re-fill (and draining of the 750ml bottle) produced an insanely huge blast of foam preventing me from finishing it all. i think this brew is as much fun to pour as it is to drink. being my first of the evening i'm certain the strong alcohol content isnt factoring TOO MUCH in this endeavor.
the mouthfeel is about medium with medium carbonation.
overall, what an interesting beer! as i pour the last little bits into the still mushrooming cloud, i watch the effervescence and nuclear fission as the liquid breaks the cloud line, dives to the bottom and returns to the cloud line joyfully. i'm not even buzzed yet; sorry. the slowly receding foam leaves a sticky,starchy residue on the sides with only an island left of hard foam in the middle. hard, stucco-like protrusions are still hanging off the sides where the foam was pressed against the glass. while still not a fan of hoppy brews, i'm finding i can drink them a little more easily and actually enjoy some of the better ones . . . .

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Vibrant orange-gold color. Some floating sediment. Massive white frothy head that is slow to dissipate. Leaves a "root beer float"-esque foam just chillin' at the surface. Lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Alcohol right up front. Prominent hop character hits right away. Citrus and spice. Maybe some lemon.

T: Lot going on here. Hops come through in the front and a grainy, Belgian kick comes next. Well balanced bitter-sweet. Bready finish with an alcohol aftertaste. Just the right balance.

M: Medium body. Not too thick of a mouthfeel for this beer.

O: Solid tripel. Not the best I've ever had, but worth the price.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up by my wife because she thought the little guy was cute on the front. Poured into a tulip that does not have a cool or popular brewer's logo on it.

The beer looks and smells beautiful. The color is much lighter than expected, nice and gold. As already mentioned the head is brilliant. A normal pour resulted in the tulip being half beer and half head.

Taste was dissapointing. Drinks like a 5% pilsner with barely a hint of alcohol and a dissapointing finish. I think this beer does not travel well, as it is currently summer here in the US and the bottle is pale green. Why oh why would a brewer work hard than bottle in a green bottle and send his product 1/2 way around the world? I would love to try it in Belgium, I bet its fantastic. Will try again but my hopes aren't too high.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,722 ratings.
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