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
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4.2
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10.48%
 
 
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Photo of shodrod
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a pale straw color. The head is a billowy white which looks more and more like a cloud as it starts to recede. Some pretty mellow hop and sour notes are present in the aroma. Very slight hop presence in the front. A touch of citrus and honey in the finish. This has to be one of the smoothest IPA's I've ever had. The finish doesn't leave you with that dry bite in the back of your jaw.

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

Straw pale yellow color with haze.
Nice white head with good retention.
Very carbonated and fizzy but soft on the palate.

Some skuny veggy aromas in the nose but just a hint and they work with this beer.

Black peppery flavor, no malt character at all, very pilsy.

Nice crisp tart mouth feel with some lingering bitternss, also quite a thin body with some background sugary sweetness in the flavor.

A very drinkable and unique beer.

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Photo of collinsroth
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a large fluffy head which mellows in rings and clumps of satisfying puffy "clouds". The hops really stand out in this beer for a belgian - of the Belgian IPAs its the most similiar to a US style hoppy IPA I have found. Kind of a "fusion" beer of sorts. But the hops don't dominate so it retains the complex spice and flavor of a Belgian Triple.

An enjoyable beer, particularly for a fan of US IPAs...

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Photo of nkersten
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into De Dolle tulip. Gusher pours a hazy yellow straw with a thick white head that fades to a ring with very nice lacing. Smell is a nice mix of yeast and spicy hops. Taste is hops up fruity and spicy hops up front followed by belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, medium carbonation and a slightly hot finish. Drinkability is good - one of the better belgian IPAs.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that settled down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles and some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There is a rather strong aroma of floral hops, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather complex and has flavors of black pepper, dry fruits and yeast; there are some initial hints of grainy malts and a slight amount of sweetness. The hops lend a mild amount of bitter flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked and the dryness in the aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip.

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

Best by 03/02/2013. 750 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

The most noticeable aspect about this beer's appearance is its mammothly-sized white head and its incredible timing of retention and amount of threaded sheets of residual lacing on the glass. Simply lovely. The liquid is just as beautiful being translucent and hazily golden with lots of carbonation, especially from the nucleation site of the glass. Aromas are very much full of the Belgian yeast strains and candied sugars. Considering the bottle was almost 2 years old, the hops were pretty much nonexistent on the nose. Very bready overall with some pungent and musty odors lingering.

As aforementioned in the aromas, the taste is also quite bready and yeast-driven in the overall profile. In the end though is a thin green apple skin tartness and gives a nice edge to this IPA/tripel. Like the aromas, the hops have strayed away from the beer completely through the age. There is actually a great amount of bubblegum beauty on the palate, which really jumps out. The 9% ABV is considerably hot too but bearable overall.

Very medium-bodied, crisp and lively. Would definitely consider pairing this with food, especially for the holiday season. Great drinking overall- easy, clean and tasty.

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

750ml bottle, split - served in goblets

A - poured with almost an inch of already sticky, bright white lace which slowly creeps back into the glass leaving random carverns and valleys on its way down. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color.

S - bright, grassy and slightly piney, floral hops. beglian yeast brings some spice with notes of citrus, coriander, and grains.

T - assertive bitterness immediately takes hold, bringing along a fresh grass, and pine hop profile. turns more to the Belgian side with some strong yeasty esthers, white peppercorns, and banana notes.

M - crisp, clean finish. body is medium with sharp carbonation which falls steadily as it warms. slightly oily and syrupy on the way down - coats the mouth with lingering bitterness and fruity sweetness.

D - well balanced yet unmistaken as an IPA. hides its ABV very well. not as appealing (to me) as some of its American variants but good nonetheless.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my La Fin du Monde tulip. Split with fellow BA infi.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot hue. There's a super big fat white head that takes its damn sweet time in going away. Part of it has to do with the tulip glass shape, but it's just that frothy and bubbly. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing that clings everywhere. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom to the top. Very crisp floral hop scent wafts into the nostrils, along with some lemon zest and malts. Some of that Belgian yeast as well.

Taste is... interesting to say the least. Some mild hop bitterness to start, quickly giving way to a bready maltiness and a slight bubblegum snap. Citrus fruits make an appearance as well as some yeastiness and cloves. Finishes with a clean wheat and banana bite that rides into the ephemeral aftertaste. Alcohol is only evident after a bit of warming and even so, is still pretty well masked. Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, with just a tinge of carbonation throughout the medium body. Smooth going down just the right amount of chewiness.

Drinkability is quite good, with the unique flavoring providing a pleasant tasting experience. It's more of a slightly more bitter tripel than a IPA to me, which suits me just fine. Interesting fusion of two styles that makes for a quality brew.

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Photo of joeland
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a gloden color with a two finger high head that is very fluffy. leaves a thick looking lacing

s: smelss is more of a tripel with a slight hint of a mix between flora and citrus hops.

t: taste is the same as the smell but the hops come threw more in the after taste. but it taste more like a tripel. the booz taste shows threw as well.

m: medium to high crabnation with a medium mouth feel.

d: a decent beer but it's slow slipping beer

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Photo of yapi
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just ordered this beer in my local pub just out of curiosity, cause it was new on the menu. Smells citrus, hoppy, also a bit sweet

first few sips were confusing to me. I drank a lot of triples in my life, and it was strange to taste that IPA there.
The triple makes sure it tastes sweet & fruity floral... the IPA makes it hoppy, grassy, citrus... very confusing but the moment I got home I wanted another one! Next time I bought me another one, and since then I usually drink one every visit. Especially the taste stands out. Very interesting and great mix.

But then again, if I want a very good triple, I go for Karmeliet or westmalle. If I want a very good Belgian Ipa... I definitely go for Viven Ipa Imperial

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

750 ml bottle poured into a Meantime tulip. Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops used, 9.0% ABV, Best Before 2013, 2_/04/13 on the neck.

A - I can see the sediment floating in suspension in the bottle making it unavoidable to pour without it, especially since...GUSHER! Once in the glass, it's a lightly hazy goldenrod color with an enormous white head. The well-retained four-finger head had superb retention and collar after collar of outrageously thick lace! The phenomenal appearance, save for the sediment, made up for the sediment.

S - Citrus and floral-loaded hops billow out of the glass. Lemon and white pepper, clay notes, and Belgian yeast are all strong here. Crystal malts and a touch of dry straw come out as well. It's very bright and crisp smelling!

T - Strong hop flavor bombards the tongue instantly. Lots of lemon citrus with a real large profile of resin and floral notes. Spice fills in the spaces well with white pepper and yeast esters -clay is in there too. The Belgian yeast is omnipresent throughout.

M - Smooth and sharp with an attacking bitterness (not overdone though!) to the finish, this Belgian IPA is medium in body and finishes with a very strong carbonation kick. A dry finish is nicely balanced, not overdone.

D - I've had the chance to sample this before so I wasn't blown out of the water by this bottle like I probably should have been, but it's quite fantastic regardless. Clearly a classic for it's style, Chouffe is well-balanced and never over-the-top making it a perfect quaffing IPA.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a light amber color with a bit of wheaty haze, a nice two finger light white cloudy head with lots of sticky lacing. Nose is a really good combination of Belgian triple yeast and fresh hops.

Taste is really quite hoppy and bitter with a bit of vegetal and earthy hop taste along with a very good Belgian backbone, good maltiness to balance it all out. Very full and rich Mothfeel tops it off.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a hazy, light golden color with a foamy white head filling the top 1/3 of the glass. The head settled down and left some thick lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows the Belgian yeast with some spiciness to it. It has a bit of a peppery, clove like aroma to it. A bright citrusy flavor comes through along with a moderate hoppiness. A bready malt flavor rounds out the flavors in the nose.

The taste shows more hoppiness to it then the nose did. It has more of the bright, lemony, citrus flavors to it. The spice from the Belgian yeast come through as well and add a bit of that peppery, clove like flavor. Like the nose the bready malt is there and provides a nice base for the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice flavors to it and felt very balanced for an IPA. It seemed much lighter in hoppiness compared to the American versions, although more balanced. It was flavorful, easy drinking, and a pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a very hazy Mikado Yellow color - golden yellow with a sort of mustard center. Some fine yeast particles on the first pour, larger clumps with the second. A small white film of foam forms with unique lacing that clings to the glass in tiny pinpricks. Second pour yields a much larger head - three fingers worth. Good looking beer overall, minus the ridiculous yeast haze in the last half of the bottle.

Very hoppy nose up front. Not a lot of bracing West Coast citrus scents, though the orange that signifies Amarillo is dominant. You can definitely make out the clean, noble aroma of Saaz as well. Some sugary esters. Some phenolic character. The malt seems in line with an English IPA moreso than a Belgian ale. Though solid, this doesn't wow me. It is certainly American IPA-inspired but I have smelled much better Belgian IPAs.

I'm also not really impressed with the flavor of this beer. I was expecting something at least worthy of a 4.0. What this beer fails to do is cohere; there's no unity of vision here. I get some biscuit malt, some Belgian candi sugar, some phenolic aloe vera flavor, bubblegum esters, lots of orange, lots of noble hop character, lots of grass. Awkward finish or pear and pine. It tastes like a tripel too aggressively hopped for its own good, and it tastes on other sips like an IPA with too much phenolic character. The good Belgian IPAs I've had marry the differences between Belgian pales and IPAs while this beer leaves those differences apart, I feel.

Solid mouthfeel; it is thicker than I prefer a member of the IPA family to be, but the triple-like flavors demand a thicker body. Drinkability is average at best. It isn't particularly refreshing and it clocks in a whopping 9% ABV.

I'm rarely flat-out disappointed in a beer, but Houblon Chouffe disappointed me. This is a favorite beer of so many people and I can't tell why. Maybe this bottle is poor, or perhaps the beer is better in the 750mL form (more room for the yeast to do its thang). This is a decent beer, but there are other Belgian IPAs that I'd reach for instead.

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Photo of newk340
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split in Duvel tulips w/ hu5om

A: a light golden wheat color, a little hazy with a cloudy foam head and light lacing.

S: hops (light) hit the nostrils, hints of wheat.

T: a blast of cool hops w/ a slight wheat/hefe aftertaste, hints of banana and white grapes.

MF/D: a smooth start that gives way to a refreshing sizzle of carbonation, certainly doesn't taste like the proclaimed abv...

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Photo of DPFRD
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours golden with a murky haze accentuated by yeast floaties. The head is huge and laces the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S - citrusy with some hop in it, followed by some biscuit and yeast.

T - some hop bitterness up front with some biscuit and some good yeastiness... finishes with a bit of alcohol and some tripel sweetness.

M - somewhat silky with mild carbontaion. Really coats the mouth well.

Overall, I am in love with this beer. With the Tripel and the IPA being my favorite styles currently, this beer was made for me. It's a desert island selection.

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Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lachouffe double IPA tripel, Houblon, 9.0abv, 750ml

A Golden in color, big couse bubble head. Head died quickly, but stayed for the whole glass, nice lacing.

S Similar to the golden in aroma except with hops. There is a definite hop aroma, albeit faint compared to American IPAs. 

T Some Malty flavor, but the hops are at the forefront of this beer. Hops are not ovely bitter. In true Belgian style, everything is in balance, with the hop held up as the main attraction. Not your typical IPA. If your looking for big hops, look elsewhere, but if in search of a nice hop forward, well crafted beer, you can't go wrong with this one.

M Medium body, good carbonation.

D A good "mild" IPA. As with most bottle conditioned beers, the loss of freshness from the trip over is minimized.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle. I've had Belgian IPAs in the past with varying results. Most of those have been limited to United States examples, so it'll be interesting to try one from Belgium. The painted bottle proudly advertises Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz hops. Popping the cap and the beer just explodes out of the bottle. Literally. It's all over my floor and kitchen sink. Finally stops foaming enough for me to pour it, though I've lost roughly a third of it to the drain. Disappointing start, to say the list. Small half inch of sudsy foam that quickly disperses. No real head retention on this one. Lots of suspended yeast toward the bottom of the glass give the beer a rather murky and cloudy appearance. No clarity at all. Lots of funk is present in the nose of the beer and I'm starting to wonder if I didn't get a bad bottle. I picked up several imports when I was down in Wichita about a month ago, and I have to wonder if they didn't get ruined either before I purchased or shortly thereafter.

Despite my misgivings, the flavor profile is solid. Lots of hops in the finish, though they're a little bit muddy. Some Belgian yeast present in the afterfinish. Mild cardboard up front. Carbonation level is very light and the body of the beer leads it to be very easy drinking. Reminds me of a grapefruit soda - think Squirt. It's almost refreshing, as the hop bitterness makes a counterpoint to the Belgian sweetness.

Overall though I feel like this particular beer is fighting with itself. Doesn't seem to know if it wants to be an IPA or if it wants to be a Tripel. So it ends up muddy. I've had this on other occasions and this isn't the best example of what I know this beer can be. I have to chalk it up that something was off in the bottle I had. Disappointing experience.

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Photo of urwithdave
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mr Beerys. Poured into a Chimay trappists glass.

A- pours a pale yellow color. 1 finger of head that receded very quickly. Little lacing left.

A- smells a little biscuity with citrus notes. As it warms the alcohol really comes out.

T- biscuit malts with a lemon zest. A bit of bananna and pear are in the mix of things. The hops are somewhat muted but there is a faint hint that grows as it warms.

M- medium bodied with a subtle amount of carbonation. Dry finish. Again, as it warms the alcohol is very prevelant.

D- very good! The alcohol gets a bit hot, but I could handle a few of these for sure.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at THE 12 th belgian beerweekend

Pours yellow opaque with a huge head and tons of amazing lacing so beautiful

smell is just some ripe fruit, light complex yeast and citrus, not too intense , you can smell the hops

taste is immediately intensely bitter and sour, overwhelmingly so. ...but still very good, interesting buixcuit notes as well and some light mango , very hoppy

very interesting, almost hard to compare on the flavour wheel...a very good and unique beer

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in my ST tulip. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Foam gushed out of the neck of the bottle off the cap pop. Pours a dull, golden-orange with a creamy 1.5 inch, rocky, off-white head. Clarity is semi-hazy with large particles floating in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap, with porous bands of lacing forming a semi-circle around the bowl of the glass. Nose suggests toffee, and an herbal/medicinal character, as well as some honey and candi sugar. Taste consistent with nose - flavors reveal candied fruit (perhaps figs, prunes or apricots); very tripel-esque in character; however the herbal hops bittering subdues any potential sweetness. Flavor profile also tastes a bit more watered down than anticipated; however, it all comes together fairly well. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency, with a pleasant and easy background carbonation. A really interesting beer - the taste is entirely consistent with description on the label in that it is clearly a tripel/belgian IPA hybrid. Glad I finally gave this one a try. Probably my favorite offering from Brasserie d'Achouffe thus far.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Generic opaque lemon yellow with a huge head that stayed until I finished it and really good lacing

S- Lots of lemon, lots of wheat

T- Plenty of lemon and wheat as well as a good amount of grapefruit

M- Lite and almost overly smooth but slightly bitter at the end

D- Very easy to drink, almost watery it was so easy, but it's pretty good

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden tangerine color, with a royal white head resting elegantly on top. The head sticks around and stays as tight as it was upon pouring. Sticky, foamy lace all over the glass.

Smell: Sugary malt, bubblegum, cloves, a bit of pepper, some citrusy and grassy hops, and a bit of funk.

Taste: The taste starts off with some biscuity malt sweetness, but the complexity of the other flavors cast the sweetness aside. Some cloves and pepper, but the yeast is very much held in check. The citrusy hops really take over for most of the taste, but they are most noticeable at the end. Wraps up extremely well, with just a bit of alcohol sneaking through.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy and very smooth. A nice full body, not surprising considering the combination of the tripel and IPA styles.

Drinkability: This is a top notch Belgian IPA. It starts out a bit sweet, but the balance with the hops works so well for me. Some may say it is too hoppy, but I have a hop-adjusted palette, so it works perfectly for me.

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

750ml bottle into oversized wine glass.

A: Poured a honey-golden with a huge bright white rocky foamy head that slowly reduced into a long lasting thin white film. Tiny flecks of particulate made it into my glass. Very good head retention.
S: Yeasty notes of bubblegum and grassy hop notes. Some peppery spices and herbal hops as well. Faint notes of marijuana and lemon zest.
T: Spicy with a bitter, complicated hop punch. Light floral hops, a touch of citrus and even a tad of mint. Tingly. Loads of peppery spices as well. Does kind of taste like a trippel. Bitterness lingers on the palate.
M: Bubbly foamy mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth. Full-bodied and very creamy and soft.
D: Very interesting and unique. Something I would love to drink again sometime down the road.

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Photo of hu5om
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340. duvel tulips
a-pale golden straw. 2 fingers of white fluffy foam. pretty clear.
s-90% tripel, 10% ipa. these belgian ipas always throw me off. sweet belgian candy sugar. clove, ginger, honey, bubblegum, with a little bitter edge.
t-there's the hops! nice. a bit of dentist office. bitter and sugary sweet. starts hoppy, ends sweet. not huge, but nice. some banana.
m-pretty tingly. bubbly with a little boozy edge. medium body. a bit hogh on the carbonation.
d-very good. not my cup of tea stylewise, but an interesting mix of two of my favorite styles. i did enjoy it, and it's pretty dang nice for the price. how they 9% in here, i will never know..

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,717 ratings.
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