Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

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.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort chalice-served at 42F.

A: Pale-golden. Slight haze. Head retention not the best, glass maybe? Head that does exist is leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Flowery aroma with very subtle hints of malt and an obvious dryness.

T: Some spice and fruit, high bitterness at the end. Definitely get the Belgium from this with a familiar sweetness that I've found with other tripels.

M: Quite dry, good carbonation. No pucker, but a definite hop bite at the end.

D: Good IPA for a Belgium brewer. Both styles (tripel and IPA) are well-balanced and it's quite drinkable. Hop bite doesn't linger too much at the end, so it's great. Highly recommend and best for this specialty style.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date best buy 7/2013. So likely bottled in 7/2010, a tad old for the fresh hop character of the beer and certainly would NOT try to take a beer like this out three years.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip, bright golden straw highly effervescent with an enormous billowing meringue to key lime pie cream head. Lacing and then some, the sugary glisten of sticky hop resin paints itself on the side of the glass.

The aroma is a bit muted at this point, not gone by any means but the fruity and more floral and herbal. Rose, Lilac, Mint, Thai Basil and lemon grass dominate. There is a spicy white and black pepper with some floral alcohol. A touch of skunkiness is in play, damn the use of the green bottle, not intense but it is there nevertheless.

Lemon grass, thai basil and tart sharp citric grapefruit dominate the palate. Some subtle peppery pilsner malt tones and very tannic tongue coating bitterness amplified by the high carbonation and alcohol.

Light body, very well carbonated, extremely dry citric bitter finish.

I really love this beer. Every since having it in 2006 for the first and even having the opportunity to have it on draft that summer at the Stumbling Monk in Seattle, it has been a favorite. Do not drink it as much as I would like because I kept running into less than fresh bottles.

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Photo of veinless
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light, pale yellow with plenty of foamy, very lacy head that retained extremely well. Tons of floaters and extracurriculars hanging out in this one, which was cool to look at, even if not appealing to everyone.

Nose is very tart, with belgian yeast funk, some sourness not unlike white wine, a bit of banana, and some coriander and clove as well.

Lots and lots of banana in the first taste, not unlike a hefeweizen. Theres a bit of the spices mentioned earlier in the tail of the fruit, along with some brief citrus-turned-bitterness to finish. After having tons of DIPAs the last couple days, this was an awesome change of pace.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and lacy, and the carbonation does a good job of keeping it that way the whole way through the sip. Drinkability is good in terms of texture, but the banana/spice tastes get a little bit too strong and unbalanced near the end of the bottle in my opinion. Everything else about it is great though.

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Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jake from Ommegang for this big hop delight from Belgium.

Ha ha, it seems strange to rate highly a beer that is pale gold, cloudy with clumps, with a two finger head that retreats to dark beige cap of slime, leaving slags of resiny lace. But when it comes to a IIPA this is the look I want to see!!

Smell is rank with vegetal fragrances, strong dank weed and resinous herbosity, and orange, lemon zest, tart yeast, pine, grassy notes, grapefruit pith. To a hophead this is Chanel #5.

Wooahh, yeasty tart leads a parade of strong flavors, some light fruity and funky phenols join, then the hops kick in like a roundhouse to the palate. Sweet orange and deep vegetal goodness slowly give way to some drying pine, and deeper citrus bitter for a sip that ends in a spicy herbal bitter explosion(all this in a good way). Obviously not as fresh as possible after a long trip from Belgium, but plenty of fire left in this baby's hop furnace. Very complex and nuanced flavor profile for this style, and I like it.

Mouthfeel is a bit over carb for style, but highly resinous, and a killer finish.

Drinkability is qute good. Every sip ends with desire for next.

Impression: I am now convinced I need to try this style freshly bottled, though it may take a trip to Europe to do it. When do we leave?

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Photo of MikeGill
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a long flute glass with the 20cl mark.  
Cloudy orange-honey color with a gigantic foamy head and sticky foamy lace. Attractive floral nose with soft yeasty apple aromas.

Big hops give the taste of grapefruit. The grapefruit produced an interesting sweet vs. bitter contrast. The high ABV showed somewhat which is okay because the beer remained balanced. Finishes with tart dryness and black pepper. A tasty and unique beer that was excellent with fries.

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Photo of aasher
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Founder's snifter. And we have a gusher! That certainly wasn't expected. I'd say I only salvaged about 6oz of the bottle by the time I cleaned it up and a good amount of foam remained in the bottle. Anyway, it poured a dirty, murky and darked tinged gold in color with a one finger white head that laced the glass like soap water. The aromas are very sweet, yeasty, and feature an ever so subtle light hoppyness to them. It's interesting to say the least. The flavor is very yeasty, very bready, very malty and pretty sweet. It has a honey like sweetness. The hops are pretty nonexistent. After the bottle bomb it has little carbonation left and drinks pretty smoothly with a light carbonation that tingles on the tongue. This beer is just ok. Belgian Tripels are just a totally different style. In my opinion it's a hard task to perfect it and this bottle at least did not do that. It was solid, just ok. This one, smaller bottle, will be enough for me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with lively carbonation feeding a lasting head and nice lacing.
Nose shows a fair whack of fruit, lots of pears, apples and white grapes. Also noticeable is some candi sugar and phenols. So light and refreshing.
The same fruits shows up as flavours, mixing in with a fair bit of alcohol and a mild hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is pretty potent.
Carbonation is just a little too high for my liking.

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

Pours an opaque and cloudy peach color. Plenty of sediment. White, frothy, four finger head. Lace remains thick as the head dissipates.

Big yeast aroma with the complex malt aroma that often accompanies a Belgian beer. Sweet and bitter.

Bitter taste with a dry finish. The hops pinch at first and then a dry smoothness follows. Definite yeast presence. There's an overall sourness to it with spice and a bitter kick. Reminiscent of a quad with a sour berry sweetness but the hops add a very sharp tartness to it. Earthy and herbal flavors as well.

This is a very interesting, complex, and good beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-very light yellow gold with a thick white head and a lot of bubbles. some lacing.

S-light lemon zest hops and some belgian malts. it has a decent strength

T-comes in with great hoppy belgian malts. has a nice spicy belgian after-taste as well as some banana yeasts. its a very bold and stable taste with no real bad attributes to it.

M-a good medium carbonation with a great crisp finish to it

D-this is a great belgian IPA, goes down easily! i wouldn't mind having an entire 750mL of this one!

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Photo of diomz88
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - belgian yeast, bread, bananas, citrusy, hoppy, floral, smells great!
A - golden yellow, hazy, two finger whittish head that takes a long time to recede. And the lacing, Wow!
T - spicy, herbal, citrus, bananas, belgian yeast, and yes, very hoppy.
M - medium bodied, spicy all through out but doesn't linger. No after taste for me.
D - very drinkable, will drink again.

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Photo of headlessclown
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with medium head and retention.

S: Belgian yeast with a bit of banana phenol in there.

T: Belgian yeast spice, kind of weak in the middle with a moderately bitter back end.

M: Medium-heavy with low-medium carbonation.

D: Not the best Belgian IPA. Drinkable and enjoyable but not incredible.

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Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a very light golden to straw color. Very clear, lots of bubbling however. Head formation is very strong, showing big time carbonation. Pearly white, well retained at about 1/2" with a bit of lacing.

S - Very earthy hop nose, almost acidic and biting. Some pilsner malts.

T - Starts off with some light malty notes, 2 row and some pilsner. The pils is very dominant in this beer as the mid-stream gets more bitter. Hopping is restrained in the flavor compared to the smell, but the more earthy side of the tomahawk comes through. Finishes with a touch of Belgian yeast esters, adding just a hair of fruitiness in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body but a strong carbonation profile. Stings the tongue a little. Aftertaste is somewhat cloying to the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability - ABV on the high side for the style. Slightly filling but not overwhelming. FLavors aren't as potent as other BIPAs I've had.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy swampy murky yellow with a hint of pale green colored beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles find there way through the fog. Bone white head is thick and lustrous and tops off the beer for a ridiculously extended period of time even in a very wide mouth la chouffe glass and the lacing is "brussels".

S: From two feet away I can smell a really grassy presence. I guess they really upped the Saaz portion... Up close not much more... a little bit of spice maybe a mild broken flower stem like quality if you will.

T: A lightly flowery lightly citric note followed by a mildly bitter follow up (herbal mostly). Overall this must be an older (not old) bottle. Hops really don't shine, and it's easily just a triple. Not even a very very dry triple, hell it's not as dry as dry as Westmalle. I have had this much better... Date your freggen bottles la chouffe DATE THEM. Or just make grassy triples.

M: carbonic

D: medium

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Photo of gpatt55
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Bar Food

Pours a hazy golden color, nice dense fluffy head. Served pretty cold which is probably contributing to the fact that the nose is reticent. There's some light orange/citrus, white floral notes and Belgian yeast, not particularly hoppy on the nose for those used to American IPAs/DIPAs. On the palate this hits you with a thwack of of bold bitter hops and alcohol. The hops do a nice job of masking the 9% ABV so the overall impression is strength rather than booziness. This is fairly drinkable for such a big beer, refreshingly clean and bitter. Unlike a lot of high gravity American hop bombs, this isn't thick and sweet...a dangerously drinkable Belgian IPA.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, shiny golden colour, very translucent with a few floaties. Head is hugely generous, white and webbed out quite a bit. It sinks slowly and leaves nice trails of lacing around the glass. Interesting, looks like an innoculated brew perhaps?

Smells a bit bland. Sour wheaty notes with some peach and other stone fruit characters coming through, as well as an odd meaty note, kind of mildly spicy with a slight saltiness as well. Intriguing. Am I a fan? Let's say I'm a well-wisher, in that I don't wish this beer any specific harm.

Tastes more curious. Quite strong, with a good belt of funk. Quite sour on the front with wheat malt and a touch of crisp apple that gets a strong barnyard flavour with much leathery flavour and a noticeable booziness that borders on phenolic. An odd stickiness that doesn't quite reach sweetness but has that dessert wine texture, and a touch of bitter peppery spice at the back. Fairly clean, not entirely but enough to be refreshing. Decent.

An odd mix of styles, at times I feel polarised within myself. But it's at least very interesting.

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Photo of golfjunkie13
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice and smell is average at first and better as temperature settles into the zone.The taste to me is very temperate and seems to be better closer to the 50 degree temperature, impressive head and enjoyable. A very good beer that is easy to drink and quite a value at my local store.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Kinda exploded a little, foaming out the top when I opened it, despite having been sitting in the fridge for days.

Tannish yellow with a good head that lasted and left excellent sheets of lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral, grainy, fruity, with a crisp bit of hops on top.

Taste is quite bold and hoppy, light fruits, apples, pears, nectarines, smooth malts, and sharp spices.

Feel is full bodied and plentifully carbonated, leaving a very pleasant bitterness behind. A touch syrupy in body like some tripels.

Drinks well. A very nice beer.

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

Poured nicely into a large tulip glass. It had an attractive straw yellow color with a good two finger high white head that settled to a likable head. Looked very refreshing in the glass with a fruity aroma. A little light on the hop flavor for my tastes, but had an unexpected slight taste of honey to finshes.

I enjoyed drinking this beer, it was very drinkable.

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Photo of kjc51478
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold with medium head. Aroma is fruity and flora. Taste is complex fruit flavors including dried fruit such as raisins and prunes with nice and strong spicey hop balance. Strong hop bitterness that leaves a very smooth finish. This is a dry beer with the characteristics of an IPA but the complex spicyness of a Tripel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the US and brought back to Australia, before I realised the same beer was available on our fair shores. Oh well.

Pours a cloudy and pleasant bright golden colour, with a very full and frothy head of white. Clumpy lacing left as it collapses. Body is pleasantly light and fluid, given the ABV, but I'd expect nothing less from a Belgian style ale. Looks very pleasant indeed.

Nose is characterised by a mild European hop character, blended with a hint of solvent like phenols and some earthy herbal overtones. Quite sharp all up, and although I know it's hopped heavily, a lot of the sharpness seems to be consistent with the characters you'd get on a regular Belgian strong pale. Nice enough though.

Taste perhaps even more so simply connects with its Belgian roots. Light and dry on the front, with a slight welling of phenols on the back, perhaps a slight dip into more of a hoppy alpha acid bitterness, and a light and crisp finish. Bit of metallic twang on the back.

Feel is light but fluid and smooth. Very pleasant.

A good Belgian style ale, but not one that rocks me. Indeed, I feel like the extra hop additions are to the detriment of the base beer, and not intense enough to really rock the flavour spectrum.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into dimple glass. Pours cloudy yellow with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is a nice mixture of fresh citrus hops, yeast, spices, and malt that's mainly bread and some light citrus-ish fruitiness. Flavor is fairly strong but flavorful hops up front, mellowing slightly to a dry, yeasty, tart/fruity, and somewhat spiced tripel, but finishing with quite a few hops also. As advertised, it's a hopped tripel, but somewhat less hopping would probably have brought out more complexity. Definitely worth seeking out if you like both American-style and Belgian-style beers. Can't say I'm a big fan of this one here due to its high rankings.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had to pick this up when I saw it at my local Total Wine.

Pours a straw yellow. Slightly hazy with lots of bubbles. The head on this beer is amazing. Looks like a fluffy cloud. Awesome lacing.

Aroma of a good IPA mixed with some tripel Belgian yeastiness. Wish it had more hop aroma though. But I'm sure in shipment from Belgium it lost alot. I'll have to try it fresh sometime.

Tastes just as it smells. A good hop bite of a good IPA mixed with a good tripel malt and Belgian yeast funk. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is high carb which suits the style. No complaints here.

Overall a very easy drinking beer that I hope to try fresh sometime. I will be buying it state side in the near future untill I can make that happen.

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Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with solid amounts of herbal and slightly grassy hops. Also present are hints of deep citrus and ripe pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of bready flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are large herbal and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the citrus hops fade, allowing heavier grassy flavors to work their way into things along with crisp pear flavors. The grassy and herbal hops along with the smooth malts carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could drink this beer for days.

Overall I was happy to revisit an old favorite and it didn't disappoint. A benchmark for the style in my opinion, not overly sweet and the dryness accentuates the hops.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.49/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lots of sediment present in this pour making it very cloudy and hazy.... Pretty decent head though....

Dank earthy skunky hops with a load of Belgian yeast... This is skunked for sure... Sigh....

Skunked hops... Deep funky skunk too... Hops are earthy and musty.... Disappointing..

I grow weary of these damn green bottles.... Not sure of the last time I've had a beer in a green or clear bottle that wasn't skunked in some manner... What a letdown...

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow, huge fluffy white head. Extra chunky.

S: Large citrus fruit and frothy malt body. A wide range of fresh hops. Belgian yeast is present.

T: A well balanced bite of fresh floral and earthy hops combined with the honey malt sweetness allows this brew to have an amazing initial sip. Oranges and citrus fruits permeate throughout the flavor, giving it a fruity body as well. Alcohol is hardly noticeable at it's hefty 9%. Yeasty and citrusy finish that works very well for this beer.

M: Sticky and sweet. Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D: Fantastic. Everyone raves about La Chouffe, and now i know why.

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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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