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:
2,724
Reviews:
1,200
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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215
Gots:
429
For Trade:
4
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty golden hue. Lightly cloudy. Big, fluffy head that retains masterfully. Of course, this is a gorgeous drink. Very Belgian in appearance. Head rings well along the glass.

S-Very pungent nose. Huge whiffs of yeast and green grass. Hay, straw and honey. Candied fruits. Great nose with a mixture of flora and sweetness.

T-More sweet than I was expecting but it finishes quite grassy and bitter. Maybe this beer is a few weeks too old but it still tastes great. Medicinal hops and herbal hops (eucalyptus). Honeycomb and hay with plenty of yeast. Nice Belgian banana flavor. Lightly soapy. Very complex.

M-Full bodied and a bit creamy Finishes very dry and the bitterness lasts. Lightly resinous and syrupy. Booze warms the cheeks. Big but easy drinking.

O/D-Took me far too long to try this, but I had to drink some sort of IPA on National IPA Day. Great beer. Don't always love Belgian IPAs but this is obviously a gem and a legendary brew. Happy to have tried it.

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

Photo of mjtiernan
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Date on the neck says 5/31/13 (best by?).

A: A semi-careful pour resulted in a large head...at least three fingers. Big porous bubbles around the edge of the glass and a nice tight pillow on top. Color of the head is slightly off-white and the body is honey gold. There are floaties in there...not sure if that is typical or if I just didn’t let this rest long enough after purchasing it today.

S: A strong pilsner aroma jumps out at you...the Saaz hops at work. Floral and purfumy. But I also get some sweet tropical fruit, citrus and breadiness in there as well. What a great complex nose!

T: Pronounced alcohol bite quickly reminded me that this is 9%. Wouldn’t guess it from the nose. Not sure how old this bottle is, but I feel like a lot of the flavoring hop profile has faded. There is solid dose of pepper, some grain and light fruit...mostly pear.

M: The alcohol was not particularly well hidden in this bottle. It’s sort of a sipper at this point which is weird because it’s uncommon for me to take it easy with a beer with this hop profile. Body is medium-to-full.

O: I’m going to seek out a fresher bottle. I had this beer a couple of years ago and it was an entirely different experience. That said, this was still one of the best smelling beers I’ve encountered in awhile.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with bits of yeast floating around, the BIPA pours with a ridiculously thick head over two fingers deep, even with some careful tipping. The lacing is clumped and sporadic, which makes a really attractive presentation.

S: Banana, clove, bubblegum, and bread make a beautiful bouquet. It really is quite nice. This is easily the highlight of the brew.

T: Slight booziness with a sweet, homemade bread quality. Grass and bananas foster also comes out to me; maybe even creme brulee? This would make a great dessert beer pairing with bananas foster or tres leches.

M: It has a medium-bodied feel with a silky-smooth finish.

O: While it's not the best Belgian IPA I've ever had, it definitely brings a lot to the table. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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