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:
2,703
Reviews:
1,194
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
422
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of delapowicz
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine IPA with Belg written all over it. It does not have the maltiness of an American IPA or a British for that matter but has the light effervecent feel of a belgian. Classic in that you don't realize the alcohol is 9%. But the taste is clean. Yeast, malt, hops, and alcohol are all balanced to present itself as a wholy different packge. This is brewing subtlty. It is like recognizing a police sobriety block and slipping into your jail cell and then waking up at the ritz

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is bright-white, rocky, and creamy. Crazy lacing. Head drops to a chunky collar in short order. Solid carbonation.

Smell: Bananas and clove layered over a bright orange/citrus note. Belgian yeast and lemon zest. Yeasty bite. Very mellow and subdued. Loads of citrus and a mellow floral note. Malts are ever so faintly sweet and a touch bready. Flowers and lemon with yeast.

Taste: Bananas. Ripe bananas. Clove and peppers spice. Hope are spicy, peppery, and just a tiny bit citrusy. Yeasty packs an earthy note. Very yeasty. Belgian spice. Peppery as can be. Very mellow and approachable. Hops add a nice dimension and help relieve some of the Belgian influence. Bubblegum. Bib lockouts bananas.

Mouthfeel: Almost light body. Carbonation is sid and helps spree te flavor. Slightly dry.

Overall: A nice balance between citrus IPA and the Belgian tripel. Amazingly well balanced and well presented.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/29/12

Appearance: A bright, golden dark yellow color - a large, very distinctly Belgian, fluffy head, super sticky lacing

Smell: Smells more like a tripel rather than an IPA crossed with a tripel - so many light fruits - orange and grapefruit from the hops - lemon, with a touch of bananas and clove - Belgian yeast, slightly waxy, with some pale malts

Taste: Interesting - like the aroma, light fruits, pale malts, and Belgian yeast - orange and grapefruit rind, lemon, dry banana, clove, and some spicy Belgian yeast notes - nicely bitter - pale malts provide a nice backbone, slightly biscuity

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, lively carbonation, dry

Overall: Cheers to this gnome

This is actually less strange than I expected. It has the heart of a tripel, with some IPA touches. I would personally categorize this as a tripel rather than Belgian IPA. Regardless, it's tasty.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Daniel9913
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of falconxman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ONUMello
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Pours a transparent light orange color with a literal cyclone of carbonation. A 2.5 finger head lingers on and on. Absolutely gorgeous to look at.
S: Light but complex- lots of bread dough/yeast, a bit of sweet fruit, though not many hops considering the back label story. Still pleasant to sniff.
T: Medium-bodied with biscuit, herbs and spices. Then a bit of bubblegum/fruit esters. Finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops, maybe a touch of citrus, though obviously a different style from an American IPA which I appreciate.
M: Again, medium-bodied. A bit of carbonation, a bit of alcoholic heat.
O: This is fairly unique in terms of the various components it brings to the table across the board from the appearance to the aromas to the flavors... I can't say this will become a staple, but I enjoyed it, will explore the style more and will certainly re-visit.

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Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (code HC110308CI 15435) into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden color w/ a huge sudsy white head, ample carb, leaving behind big chunks of lace. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is Belgian yeast up front, some tropical and citrusy hops too. Not "blast of citrus & pine" American IPA-style hop aroma, just a pleasant adornment of floral notes.

Taste is a bubblegum sweetness, musty yeast, pale malt, and a blend of American and European hops. Clean fresh water.

Mouthfeel is smooth, luxurious, with a nice hoppy finish.

Overall this is a really great cross between Belgian and American brewing traditions.

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Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DM1293
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was told that an IPA done in the Belgian style typically had a more balanced hop characteristic, less bitter than an American styled IPA.

Strangely, this...doesn't really even drink like an IPA at all to me. I'm not sure why, but I got next to none of the hop bitterness. Maybe a little of the grassy/piney taste, but its so subtle that it feels like something else rather than hop. The rest of the body isn't bad. A light sourness from the unfiltered yeasty nature. Good malt flavor too.

The mouthfeel deserves some mention, because despite being unfiltered and a little on the thick side, this beer somehow feels rather crisp and refreshing afterward. So...oddly enough I can see this pairing with what the site recommends (cheeses, strong ones at that).

This is one thats...good, but I don't see myself revisiting it. It might appeal more to those familiar in the Belgian IPA's, but I'm not feeling this one much.

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Photo of Jakep2021
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of DARIVA
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost completely clear blond beer with a beautiful head.

S: This beer has the smell of lime.

T: Nice bitter and fresh taste of this beer.

M: This beer has a light foam and a wonderful carbonation feeling.

O: Good drinkable and a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smells more like a tripel than an IPA for sure. Pilsner malt, white sugar, lots of fruity esters, bitter orange and pear, mild clove. Mild European hop aroma.

Appearance: Yellow with orange highlights. Super chunky even with a gentle pour. Head pours tall and is bright white in color. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: The hops show up immediately in the flavor. Hops are resinous and mostly pine. Some diacetyl. Pilsner malt, clove, and white sugar to balance out the hops. Aftertaste is resinous hops, pine and butterscotch. Peppery phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily texture, but finishes a bit dry. High carbonation.

Overall: Interesting, but not impressive. I love a good Belgian IPA, but the hops are a bit much and take over the malt completely. Milder hops would help here.

Notes: 16/12/11 date on bottle, drank on 3/29/2012.

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,703 ratings.
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