Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

2,715 Ratings
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 pauls132000
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 750 ml bottle. Poured into a stemmed Chouffe glass. Cloudy straw in color. Lots of foam, starting out with about two fingers worth. A bit of foam stayed around for a long time. Lots of lacing.
S: Some floral hops. Interesting banana aroma combined with cloves.
T: Strong banana flavor mixed with spicy hops. Little bit of alcohol taste, but the alcohol was definitely masked by the hops and the banana. Could taste a nice bitterness all the way through, but only became really apparent at the end. The spicy hop flavor was predominant.
MF: Lots of carbonation resulting in a fizzy mouth feel.
D: With 9% ABV, definitely not a session beer. Extremely tasty for someone who really likes hoppy beers. A very complex, interesting flavor.

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Photo of jmhart
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter

A- Hazy muted burnt gold. Not much of a head on it even with a moderate pour, but a interesting webbing made up of bubbles nearly 1mm in diameter. Really airy. Loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S-Caramel malt with bits of pine and lemon hops, with the slightest bit of a nutty undertone. Complex despite by lack of adjectives. Not as much yeast in the smell as I would have liked.

T- A base of caramel malt with flavors of yeast, pine, lemon, herbs, and loads of bittering hops. Not nearly as much citrus or yeast as I expect out of a Belgian IPA.

M- Light bodied with a HEAVY carbonation bite.

D- It's a good brew, but being an IPA and being made and Belgium doesn't make you a Belgian IPA. It's good, but there's a number of Belgian IPAs I'd pick up before I got this one again.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review transcribed from January 2009 notes.

Hazy golden color with a large white foamy head.

The aroma is rather yeasty and Belgian with a considerable citrusy hop profile and a little spice.

The hops plus Belgian yeast and sweet pale malt work well together on the flavor. "IPA" is a bit of a stretch but it is hoppy for a tripel.

Nice medium body and dry finish.

Excellent beer overall. The tripel/IPA combo I'd like to see more Belgian brewers attempt.

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

A - pours a straw yellow with a 1/2 finger head

S - smells of some bananas and some fruity hops

T - this is a very interesting taste going on here. A lot of funk gives ways to a boat load of floral and spicy hops. There is also a bit of lemon zestiness that leaves a dry finish.

M - moderately carbonated with a good body

D - this is a cool beer. My first belgian ipa. I really enjoyed it and will definitely try it again.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe is unique among beers for two reasons: its combination of Belgian yeast with assertive hopping, and its mixing of Czech and American hops.

A giant white head grows during the pour and lingers afterward. Smell is of oranges, spicy earth and moss, and alcohol. Taste is exceptionally dry for a 9% ABV beer, with delicious Cheerios base malt and subtle Belgian earthiness. Saaz and Amarillo make a redolate combination that reminds one of a citrus garden: vegetative and earthy smells mixed with a sweet orange perfume. Hop bitterness is strong for a Belgian, moderate for an American. Sugar added to the wort gives a powerful alcohol bitterness to back up the unique aromas and clear your palate for the next sip.

A hop odyssey! I recommend Houblon to any West Coast IPA drinker who needs to be slapped around while shouting, "There is more to life than Cascade, Colombus, and Centennial!"

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a Delirium branded tulip glass.

A:Pours a golden straw-like hue with some sediment floating at the bottom, and wow what a head - pours two to three fingers that lasts the entire beer with sticky lacing from start to finish.

S: The smell is amazing - sweet fermented apples, sourdough, spice and vanilla with a nice resiny hop finish.

T: Tastes pretty damn close to how it smells but the hop is much more prevalent in the flavor and a bit of strong liquor at the end that isn't unpleasant at all.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated but not too much. Real creamy and nice to drink - i finished the entire bottle and could do another no problem.

D: Real easy to drink; as I mentioned above - I finished the entire bottle and wished I had another.

Great great beer and an IPA that stands up to any California IPA, while still maintaining distinctive Belgian Tripel characteristics and flavors. Truly a craft beer.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Kentucky Ale snifter. Thanks kecarl7 for the great extra!

A- one of the best looking ipas I have seen. Yellowish gold color with a perfect billowy white head. Lacing hugs the glass. My glass looks like it has been through a car wash. That's how much much lace there is.

S- very pungent but just with Belgian yeast. No hops are making it through this Belgian defense. That's why the low score. No ipa smell and Its in the name, cmon?

T- I would not call this an ipa. But it is a great triple. Spicy yeast and fruits are plentiful. I can only notice the Hops as a faint tingle as the sip goes down

M- tingly and carbonated. Light bodied that is crisp but can be too much at times.

D- one went down smooth as silk but maybe its BC I haven't eaten but I'm feeling kind of loose.

Great beer but not my favorite.
Thanks kecarl7

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 7/2/10

My sister tried this on tap at HopCat and I had to have a sip. I was very impressed and sought out the following bottle for review.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a good foamy white head that lingers. Very nice lacing. A good deal of sediment poured into the glass from my negligence. I was in such a hurry to get this in my glass because once I opened it, beer started spilling out.

Lemon zest, banana, melon, pine and some skunk are in the nose. All flavors are well balanced and well placed...very nice.

Mild fruits start the taste followed by apple, banana, and an overtone of pine skunk hops. It finishes with a lemony bitter hop taste.

Medium in the mouth with a good dose of carbonation.

This is very refreshing and I would love to have another, even at 9%. I enjoy this beer.

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

pours a hazy golden yellow with a pure while fluffy 3 finger head with lots of sticky lacing..smell is citrus , hops ,spices, yeast and fruit..taste is great it full of hops and citrus balanced with spices,yeast,bananas and clove..a little malt in the background balance this out nicely..this is a real treat..mouth feel is medium but full of flavors for the palate i taste the saaz hops but also spice and fruit..the range and balance of flavors are great very drinkable and a real taste treat..9% is nowhere to be found,,highly recommended

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, fruity, spicy yeast aroma backed up by spicy noble hops. Very light malt.

Crystal clear, straw colour with a big, foamy white head. Decent head retention and some lacing.

This is an interesting beer for me as it is different to any other Belgian IPA I've had. Very light malt flavour is teemed up with a touch of spicy hop, a light yeast character and a refined bitterness. There is a touch of apple as well.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very crisp but there is a hint of astringency.

I like this beer and think that it's good but it lacks the hop character expected of anything called an IPA.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, alcohol, malt, and a hint of skunky hops. The flavor was of skunky hops, fruit, and malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it was not bad, but not great either. I honestly had no idea it was supposed to be a Belgian IPA until I went to review it... The hop definition just wasn't there for me and the skunky hops were not really that appealing to my palate. In saying that, I would drink this again but it might be awhile.

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

I was very impressed by this beer. I had no expectations but it had a beautiful head, clear, golden color much like a pilsner and just tremendous mouthfeel and finish.

The hoppiness is very pleasing in relation to some other similarly styled IPA's. I've had it on two separate occasions and look forward to trying it again.

Great beer on tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA!

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, very hoppy and very tasty. Poured into large pils glass... very nice head. Color is light caramel with yeasty hint. Very good with cheese. I need to purchase another one as I lost half the beer being an idiot and tipping it on end to look at the bottom. If you are as dumb as I, let it settle before opening. DOH!

the flavor is very nice with pear and apricot. Also a little lemon. After taste is very nice and enjoyable. The high ABV gives this beer some heat and warmth... very enjoyable!

Love it!

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

On draft at Eulogy

This is a very good take on a recent trend of making very hoppy beers from traditional belgian ale bases and yeasts. The tripel was a beautiful, hazy gold with a voluminous white foam. The smell was intoxicating, with the sweet malt combining with cedar and grapefuit-like hops and the fruity, tropical esters produced by the yeast. The beer was very tasty with a fruity, spicy sweetness but dry (alcoholic) finish. This was a very complex beer with different flavors tasted with each sip and as it warmed. The fruit character could be peach, apricot, mango, or grapefuit depending on what you were thinking of as you tasted it. The bitterness from the hops and alcohol helped rein the beer in and keep it grounded and earthy.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow to orange cloudy color forming a huge, bubbled, soapy and persistent white head. Some lingering lacings are formed and left in the glass. Reminds the Duvel's foam somehow

S: Strong notes of sweet malts, caramel, spices and citrus hops. Quite fruity. Delicious combination of the traditional Belgium yeasts and flowery hops. Very biscuity and malty. Low alcohol sensation despite the 9% ABV

T: Absolutely delicious. Follows the nose. Strong notes of caramel, sweet malts, citrus fruits, flowery hops. Deliciously spicy. Belgian bready and earthy yeasts

M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Herby and flowery hops aftertaste

O: High drinkability. Absolutely delicious Belgian IPA. Best on business

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Photo of Jeffo
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 4 finger, thinner looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Color is amber or chrome yellow with medium carbonation. The head turns very thin and bubbly over time, leaving thin splotchy bubbles down the glass. What the hell? No head remains, and ends looking flat. Bleh.

SMELL: Pale malts, spicy yeasty notes, coriander perhaps, and some hints of floral and grapefruit. Slightly muted for the style.

TASTE: Pale malts, toasted grains, and spicy coriander and peppery yeasty notes as well. Hops come in hear the finish, with some floral and grapefruit flavors. The aftertaste is medium strong with hints of spice and some hop bitterness for balance. Pretty good really.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a little bite and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but not their best offering I don't think. There are also some better examples of the style here in the low countries, like Urthel's Hop-It. The head on this one also became scarily nasty as well. This one tasted pretty good really, but the look and muted nose let it down. I'd pass.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An orange gold color that is quite murky with about 2 fingers of white extremely bubbly head, slightly rocky as well. Large white bubbles stick to the glass magnificently as the head holds well.

S- Citrus hops come through, but the spicy yeast dominates the smell revealing itself shortly after with a slight Belgian funk to the profile as well.

T- A slight smooth malty profile before the beer is kicked up a notch into a citrus hops kick and a peppery spiciness that compliment each other fairly well. Between the middle and end of the beer, some fruit esters become slightly noticeable as the beer fades into a slight alcohol appearance and some lingering hop bitterness. The more I drink this one, the more I seem to like it.

M- Medium body with a very smooth feel, great carbonation brings the mouthfeel together.

D- Great beer especially if you are looking for the higher hop end of a Belgian I.P.A. A lot going on that makes you keep reaching for this one.

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Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty clear straw colour with a big fluffy 3cm white head that slowly falls away leaving nice lacing.
S - Fruity citrus hops with some Belgian yeast spice phenols.
T - The spicy phenols come through a lot more in the taste followed by citrus and floral hoppiness. Sweetish pale malts with a hint of biscuit.
M - Fairly light bodied with a pretty high carbonation. Bitterness is definately there.
D - 9%ABV makes it a bit much for regular drinking but I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and memorable Belgium IPA. Different nuances on the bottled serving, with a more assertive spicy and honey tripel touch, but still a tremendous brew.

Presentation: 750 green capped bottle. Screen-printed label with the image of an elf (the chouffe) picking hops over a yellow background. Lacks bottling or freshness date. Back side offers some stereotypical icons of the hops used (Amarillo=Mexican Hat, Tomahawk=Indian Feathers etc.), and offers an overview of intent, and ingredients. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Pale gold pour, towering frothy head, good retention and surface memory with rich lacing.

S - Hoppy aromas... Citrus predominates with a rich yeasty touch, spices linger in the distance under a honey sense.

T - Provocative hoppiness upfront, rich citrus range with notes of light yeasty funkiness. Malty touch in the background with a nice sweetness accompanying the rhythm with a honey purpose linked to the spicy side.

M - Medium body, and carbonation with a semi-dry and crisp hoppy finish.

D - Works like a charm on the bottle. Hoppy profile with a more accentuated tripel backbone.

Notes: Great bottled offering. Interesting how the honey and spices emerge here more assertively without making it lose any of its overall roundness.

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

330 ml stubby bottle, as "Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel", bought at Købmandsgården, Voldby, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Hazy pale yellow colour, huge and lasting white head. Moderate but nice aroma of floral hops, some fruity notes too. The flavour is distinctly hoppy but not too much, and has also distinct spicy notes of Belgian ale yeast. Bitter finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Good beer!

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Several inches of head, faded within fifteeen minutes. Nice cloudy Straw colored golden haze. Slight lacing fades but head sticks to glass.

Nothing too overt. Some spicy hop aroma.

Spicy hops, and peppery initial taste.

Quite a dry aftertaste makes you even more thirsty. Darker hints surprised me for this IPA.

Makes you thirsty and, behold, there's a refreshing beer right in front of you. Plus, the abv is a fine motivation. And also well hidden by the spicy nature of this brew.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Maredsous goblet.

A - First thing I noticed was a creamy, white 2-finger head. Really beautiful. Nice retention. Compliments the golden-rod body. The only detraction was the small pieces of sediment floating around. I've never really cared for that, personally. Still, it's other wise gorgeous.

S - Yeasty and lemony. Very Belgian in scent, but there's a twist: a slight hoppiness. I really had to get my nose in there, but I got it. Once I noticed it, there was a great balance between the 3. Very nice, never overwhelming.

T - Wow! This is really complex, and it's very intense. On the tip of the tongue, you get that lemon in a big way, but as it slips back, there's more to it. The yeast becomes more noticeable, with a good deal of spice. Almost like a spicy Duvel. It goes down hoppy, but surprisingly smooth and clean. Really, really good. Hoppier as it warms.

M - Creamy as can. Heck, this practically glides on the tongue. Carbonation starts off perfect, but if it sits a while, it flattens a bit. It takes a good while. Alcohol is hidden beautifully.

D - At first, it's rough. The intensity of the flavors will make first-timers really pull their head back. Not to worry: it gets easier and easier.

Overall/notes: Follow-up to my LaChouffe. I must say, this was the better of the two. I've never had anything quite like it. it's really unique... Belgian IPA? Hm... I've got to look into more of these styles. Great balance, smooth, powerful flavors. This is one of the better beers I've had, I think. Highly recommended to both the IPA and the Belgian crowd.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife grabbed me a 750ml of this for my birthday, and boy was I excited to toss this one back!

A - Pours a light golden brown with a slight haze with two solid thumbs of light pillowy head with an insane amount of retention. Accompanying this head which would not quit was a ridiculous amount of bubbly lacing.

S - The hops were noticeable off the top, with a the classic Belgian cloves and bananas on the finish.

T - Based on the scent I was expecting a bit more of a hop bomb, however, the hops were much more tame than the scent implied. The hops were definitely noticeable on the finish, accompanied by a bit of a metallic alcohol flavour. Cloves, bananas and apple cider were the prominent flavours which would be attributed to the Belgian style.

M - The mouthfeel was rather surprising given the high ABV, with a light a bubbly feel, not overly syropy. It did have a bit of a bite from the higher ABV, but by no means was this a turn off.

D - This one is quite delicious, and I would highly recommend this to any fan of Belgian beers, or hop heads. The hops are tame, but perfectly balanced with the Belgian flavours making for a tasty beverage. The only caveat is that you enjoy this responsibly, as the high ABV can easily creep up on you!

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Photo of SleepyMonk
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled 75cl bottle poured into a large La Chouffe branded tulip glass.

Pours into the glass with 3-4 finger high mass of lively bright white head that progressively settles into a rocky cloud with moderate lacing.

The body is a striking golden amber with soft haze.

The classic mud-funkiness of Chouffe are retained into the aroma with brilliant sweet lemon, lime and orange peel flavored hops.

Tasting this is a very smooth affair thanks to a brilliant balancing act that delightfully presents baked cookie like malt, subtle citrus touches, tropical fruit zest, sticky pine hops and crunchy dried raw honey. All of this sits a top a platform of classic Tripel barnyard pucker.

Taste and aroma is perfectly presented in the form of a medium bodies BIPA with moderate carbonation. Taste is big upfront and a sly burst of air drawn into the mouth oxygenates the taste palate and changes the dimension of the beer - a good quality.

I'd like to see a little more of a crispy mouthfeel and perhaps a little less sugar, but after taking the overall experience into account; these are very minor criticisms.

One damn fine Belgian IPA, would LOVE to try this fresh from the tap!

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Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking forwards to trying this as i never have and have heard only good things about,it pours a pale murky golden hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a nice white two finger head and sticky lacing here and there,suprisingly enough i find the smell of this brew very subtle yet on the nose you can still notice the hints of belgian yeast,a touch of fruity citrus hops,pale malts and a very peppery,grassy aroma of Saaz hops aswell suprisingly and they really stand out on aroma its almost like im about to drink a nice german pilsner instead of a BIPA,it has a really nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is well carbonated and very sessionable and so is the taste of this with touches of grassy,herbal Saaz hops,pale malts,some bananna and a nice pale malt background which really levels this brew out and i suspect they may have used Saaz hops in this brew which really makes for an interesting IPA of any description as its not in your face at all which i usually like yet it is very drinkable and moreish and i hardly get any bitterness at all on finish if any and no hint of its 9.0% ABV even on first taste and this is my first beer of the night,overall its a really drinkable interesting moreish brew that doesnt leave you gobsmacked but makes its point with a subtle mix of aromas and tastes and will always have a place in my fridge,i even reckon its probably a nice brew to try and entice some of my micro knocking,macro drinking mates over to the good world of beer cheers.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,715 ratings.
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