Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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
Ranking:
#1,090
Reviews:
1,204
Ratings:
2,754
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a little 33cl bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruges for about 3 euros.

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow, gorgeous carbonation, produces a lively, white bubbly head, great retention.

S- Very hoppy, floral and grassy, some yeast funk in the background, very interesting.

T- Big hops up front, floral and grassy with some citrus and lots of pepper. Malts in the background are light and bready. Some Belgian yeast flavor. Booze isn't that apparent for being 9% ABV, mostly just picking up on some spicy phenols.

M- Medium bodied, well-carbonated, dry and prickly.

O- A very interesting beer and the first actually Belgian "Belgian IPA" I've tried. Definitely worth a try, it's very cool to see a Belgian old-school response to a style that has become so dominated by the West Coast.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a pale gold color with just a touch of haze and pillowy white foam.

S: Aroma is spicy with nutmeg and clove, a solid bitter earthy hoppiness and some grain, very thick altogether.

T/M: The flavor is incredible; I don't know which comes first, the mellow hop bitterness or the spicy Belgian fruitiness, but they kind of battle it out on your tongue. They don't really complement each other so much as they offer two distinct but tasty experiences simultaneously. The bitterness gets just a little funky near the end, but the experience is already awesome up until that point.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Wine Affairs 12/11/11.

Sits an opaque tawny sun color with thick head that simmers to a thin layer. The varied size in bubbles left a nice Belgian lace pattern on the glass. Spicy grapefruit aroma, similar to a Saison but hoppier. Typical golden strong ale Belgian malt flavor and fresh barley followed. Lots of banana and grapefruit flavors fading to light spices, then to bitter, tart, earthy hops. Feel was big, cloudy, and a little tingly.

This is a great example of what a Belgian IPA can accomplish. The hops didn't step on the yeast and vice versa. Balance is good, but the malt bill was solid and complimented the hops and Belgian yeast well. The lacing was really extraordinary and truly reminded me of the lace hanging in the windows of shops in Brugge. A great break from the monotony of west coast IPAs, Achouffe shows another flavor in the spectrum of IPAs as a style.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: Pours a beautiful bright golden color that is extremely hazy with a large amount of visible sediment, pours with three fingers of pure white fluffy head that lingers for a long time and leaves a large amount of thin sticky lacing on the glass
S: lemon, grasses, nice brightness from the hops
T: really nice taste, begins with a nice bit of brightness then moves into a good depth with plenty of bready funk and finishes at the very very end with a slight sour note like lemons, extremely complex
M: medium carbonation, silky yet bright on the mouth, leaves a certain dry yet bitter feeling, feels a bit thick in the middle
O: one hell of a beer from, in my opinion, one hell of a brewery. great taste, appearance, everything is top notch here, its just so subtly outrageous and awesome

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,754 ratings
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