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:
2,716
Reviews:
1,199
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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213
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For Trade:
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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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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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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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Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Naveen
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jpworld
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of smi
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Served cold in a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

Hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. it settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is strongly hoppy but in a distinctively European way. Spicy floral hops and just a hint of citrus.

Flavor is intensely flavored and big on hop bitterness. Not totally out of balance like some American double IPAs. Good sweetness from the hefty malt bill and great yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent Belgian version of a style usually associated with the states.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DrFayhee
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not one prone to hyperbole. My students know that, though I'm not a harsh grader, I rarely ever hand out A's or A+'s. But this is as close to a perfect beer as I've had. The hazy golden-yellow color and medium-thick head simply looks the way beer should look. Inhaling the aromas of hops and hay makes one think of a walk through a Wallonian field in spring. I'm talking some flowers-and-grass-on-a light-breeze shit. Round, delicious hops obviates any comparisons to non-beer flavors. This ale tastes like ale and I mean that in the best way possible.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just three more reviews and this one’s getting on the Beers of Fame list. Glad I’m here to help – I heard this beer is excellent.

Not sure exactly when it was brewed, but it says “Best before 2013” on the side of the bottle.

A: What a bright beer; it pours a hazy, straw yellow-gold with bright white foam above. I’d describe the head as lively, thick, and bubbly; as the fizz pops, the foam thickens and settles to a half-inch of cream with webs of beautiful lacing that make it look like the inside of my Duvel tulip is covered with beach sand. Great look.

S: Banana, esters, vanilla bean, and a mild Belgian straw character smooth over the first seconds of the nose; all the aromas are where they should be, but not as stunningly rich as the banana pudding scents you would pick up from something like Tripel Karmeliet. I’m alright with it, though; different styles, different characters. This one leaves room for the light presence of alcohol, pine resin, and citrus hoppiness. A smooth, Belgian aroma of grain and cream.

T: Ah, now THAT is an incredibly refreshing taste. Tasty malts, expectedly, are first – a combination of a sweet banana cream and pale, mildly-earthy straw – and they present themselves as a bright bed of weightless smoothness. It’s a near-perfect setup for the piney, prickly hop storm that comes right after: and with tastes of white wine, pepper, coriander, resin, clove, lemongrass, and orange juice, these might just be the most complex set of tastes I’ve had from a hop profile. No surprise: as I turn the bottle around, there’s some remarks about the Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hop strains that are used in this brew. It just all comes out excellently herbal and diverse. Aftertaste is salty and dry, with some short-lived tangerine and jelly flavors against a background of grainy alcohol.

M: Very bubbly, but very rich. I expected something like that with this style and alcohol content, but this Belgian IPA is certainly more oily and full-bodied than I imagined. A big, chewy beer.

O: This is a great one, folks. I’m so happy that a Belgian brewer is using some good ol’ American hops; it’s really the malt bill and yeast interplay that attracts me to Belgian beer, while it’s the hop varieties that I’d describe as one of my favorite parts of American beer. And this, my friends, is a beautiful combination of those two brewing traditions.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
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