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

OG 18° Plato
750 ml bottle with a best before date of June, 01, 2012 poured into a Duvel tulip on December 02, 2010.

Prejudices can be tricky. I can't quite explain why wasn't I expecting much from this beer even before I opened it, while I have enjoyed "Belgian" IPA's in past. I am quite sure I picked it up only because it's well regarded and I am glad I did, because this beer shattered my prejudice and pleasantly surprised me.

Slightly hazy, straw golden hued, it poured with a big, but still controllable, white head that settled into floating chunks on the surface leaving patchy lacing all over the glass. A simple aroma of Pilsner malts and what I assume were Saaz hops filled the surroundings, and had me anticipating a crisp, pilsner like ale. Verdict? Not quite, but close: begins sweet but prickly carbonation cleanses the palate and the sweetness quickly yields to a bitter-for-Belgian-ales finish, that has hints of Pilsner character. The finish is still quite sweet. That's it. I would have finished my review had this been a 11.2 oz bottle, thinking of this beer as a double pilsner.

However, being as this was a 750 ml bottle, there was plenty left, warming up in the bottle. Upon second pour, I picked a lot of bready sweetness, with the bright fruitiness of apricots, pears and apples, that prevented the aroma from getting monotonically sweet. There were hints of soft, alcoholic perfume in the background. A very good aroma, with all the character present in the taste too. The crispness was gone by now but I didn't regret it, because of now apparent rich malt and ester character, akin to bigger malty beers. Medium bodied and lively on the palate with a medium, but bittering, finish with hints of soft, sweet, alcohol.

I was so intrigued and impressed at this point that I had to crack open a Duvel only for comparison. I understand that these are two different beers but I really wanted to see how it stood against Duvel. In my opinion, Chouffe is a hoppier BSPA and it's a fair comparison. I found that while Chouffe is more complex than Duvel, Duvel is better done, but they are equally good. I would've liked Chouffe even better had the bitterness seemed more in place, but that's perhaps just nitpicking. A fantastic beer, highly recommended. I will seek a fresher bottle myself!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a a tulip.

a - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, and light citrus. A great smelling Beglian IPA.

t - Tastes of cloves, spices, bananas, citrus and yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, alcohol is well hidden.

d - A wonderful Belgian IPA that is easy to drink considering the high ABV. Lots of yeast and spice in the smell and taste, one of the better ones I've had. Have had a few times and will certainly have again.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lively sunny color with an abundant creamy head. Looks and smells very enticingly.

First gulp reveals bursts of citrusy acidity and herbal mellowness, quickly maturing into lemony spiciness and...truffles?? Yes, there was a distinct aftertaste of white truffles, which was surprising, but very pleasant. It was a roller coaster of taste - lemon, hay, wormwood, rye bread and earthy mushroom. But none of these tastes were overpowering or annoying - this beer is extremely quaffable (despite its high alcoholic content, which is not easily detected by the way). It can highlight a variety of foods as a result, from a wild mushroom pizza to some rich fish stew.

Overall, a supreme example.

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Photo of mongodestroy
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden straw yellow. The head had the consistency of meringue and lasted over the 45 minutes of drinking this beer. I waited for the head to subside a bit in order to pour the last bit of beer. When I poured it a bit of the beer actually rolled off the head. Incredible.

Aroma - Each of the hop characteristics shine through. Floral with citrus and strong Belgian yeast character; banana/clove. There was also a bit of a spearmint aroma which I found interesting.

Taste - Very well balanced. For how much hop flavor is in this beer it is hardly bitter on the palate. The Belgian yeast character and hop character balance very nicely as well, which in some beers there is a tendency to conflict. I enjoyed for the first few sips an intense spearmint flavor which my palate quickly got accustomed to. It was absolutely delightful. A very complimentary complex and balanced beer.

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Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Cloudy golden beer, with lots of little bits of yeast floating around with an initial two fingers of white head. Head consists of mostly small bubbles and starts to dissipate to a steady half a finger fairly quickly with some light lacing. The bits of yeasts are a little chunkier than I'm used to though.

Nose is herbal and grassy hops, Belgian yeast spice and funk, and some honey biscuit sweetness. Nicely complex.

Taking a sip, initial biscuit sweetness, coriander, rosemary, finishing with a light hop dryness on the back of the tongue. Herbal hops lingers on the tongue for a few minutes, pleasantly.

Light bodied beer with light small bubbled carbonation is good. The lingering herbal hops on your tongue encourage you to savor the lasting flavor, sipping this slowly and see how it develops.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Ber pours with about 2 fingers of white airy head. The beer is a cloudy amber colour with some decent carbonation. The beer has some small sediments floating around as well.

Smell - strong pine and hops presents in this beer. there are hints of spice as well in the beer.

Taste - the pine and spice come through in the tasting. There are also hints of citrus. The aftertaste takes about 3 seconds to kick in that stings.

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation brings the hops and bitterness fwd, adds to the overall dynamic of the beer. I was very impressed. The beer has a good mouthfeel, little thicker than it appears.

Drinkability - Initially i was NOT an IPA fan, but more and more i am beginning to appreciate the IPAs. I would stock this beer and share with friends.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel is blond, bubbly, and belgian.

It poured pale blond with a massive bubbly white head. It left a wall of thick white lace with the appearance of Styrofoam. The smell and flavor had subtle citric notes dominated by typical Belgian favors such as lemon peel, banana, and clove. It had a terrific peppery-grassy aftertaste. The feel also was Belgian, light with lots of bubbles, followed by the slightest hint of bitterness.

Dobbelen IPA Tripel beautifully bridges typical Belgian Ales with American IPAs. It's light with bitterness and spicy yet grassy.

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

750ml Burgundian-style bottle. When you least suspect it, you encounter a recreation of a see-through Mount St. Helens - crack the cap - and a voluminous column of liquid shoots straight up, and I lose a quarter of the bottle before I can even move to rein it in. No shaking or disruption before, just a gentle life standing in my fridge. Sigh. Anyways.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw hue, dotted with some rising effervescence, and gives up a teeming load of puffy, creamy, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some random chunky lace around the glass as it slowly settles from sight.

It smells of bittersweet citrus cream and soft pine needles, mushy pineapple, a touch of unripe banana, mild pale grainy malt, some very soft ground pepper, and floral yeast. The taste is, on the whole, softer, but still replete with bitter citrus rind, pear, banana, and ethereal grapefruit, candi sugar, wet, bark-like pine, herbal tincture, an emboldened, sweeter bready caramel malt, and a pretty soft, unassuming alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is relatively laid back, perhaps not that much of a surprise after blowing its load up front, when freed from the mercantile tyranny of the bottle. Anyways, having a decent malt backbone under that fruity hop onslaught renders the body a hefty medium weight, which is improved all the more by a slight creaminess. It finishes plainly clean, the hops and understudy yeast still pushing things into dry territory.

A lot of pretenders have attempted to assail the mountain of this somewhat newish beer style, but it's always nice to see the old boys show 'em how it's done. Here, the typically overwrought yeast/gargantuan hop battle is thankfully absent, leaving a more tasteful, subtle flavourful blend of all that is good therein. Sure, the hops don't scream out "PAC-NW", but that can actually be a desirable thing, sometimes.

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

An excellent beer. Notes of grapefruit and malt hit the nose. The beer has a great haze with a thin pillow head. The carbonation is perfect on the palate, a medium to full body. A subtle sweetness upfront as the beer quickly moves to bitter with a dry, foamy finish that leaves a slight sweetness on the tongue. Just a great beer.

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

Looks great. One heck of a head, actually shows soft peaks like a meringue. Can hardly see through the glass for all the lacings. Slight deduction for a rather dull gold colour.

Nice refreshing aroma. Big on fresh lemon and grass seeds from the generous hopping. Just the faintest hint of alcohol hints at a bit of its bite.

Rush of lemon once you get past the super dense head. Hops quickly show off a bit of a floral character, bordering on herbal. Nice clean grainy malt. Just a slight dusting of yeast. Not quite bitter finish, but a little bit resinous. Clean finish.

Wonderfully creamy mouthful.

Accomplishes the admirable feat of being both refreshing and satisfying with nice clean flavours but notable complexity and a big mouthfeel.

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Photo of alkemy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a hazy almost opaque yellow out of the petit brown bottle. Slightly off white head looks like a meringue and really sticks around. My Sam Adams perfect pint glass might have aided this. Smells fantastic. Yeasty and fruity and the Saaz hops stood out. Lots of lemon and a little clove as well as a touch of bubblegum. There's a doughy sweetness when this hits your mouth, but it's quickly replaced by a stream of other flavors. There's some peppery clove blending to grapefruit. Then a touch of vanilla comes in before the grapefruit reappears and establishes the lingering taste. You almost have to try to taste the alcohol in this...pretty impressive for 9%. I felt it in my stomach more than anything. Smooth, creamy feel that goes down effortlessly. Pretty impressive beer.

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

Appearance: A pretty hazy pinapple yellow color with a huge two-finger head that looks whispy and fluffy with the head receding but leaving a large clump of head in the middle. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Definitely a skunky yeast smell with spicy hop presence. Has a the smell of a trippel.

Taste: Sure is bright and spicy with a good bit of yeast present. Coriander, black pepper, lemon, grass and some floral elements.

Feel: Smooth and carbonated at first then slightly creamy, leaving the mouth watery and oily.

Drink: This beer makes one thirsty. The high ABV could slow you down as well. Its not particularly filling though.

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