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

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4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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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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Photo of SFLpunk
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Appearance: Pours a yellow gold color and is very hazy with lots and lots of sudsy white head that billows up like clouds.

Nose: Fairly quiet for an IPA. Some light yeast notes, an oxidized malt aroma and dried piney Saaz hops.

Palate: High carbonation level and lots of bitterness stand boldly in front of candied orange peel flavors. Not overly bitter, more balanced than Flying Dog Raging Bitch. Light-bodied and densely carbonated.

Notes: Kind of simple and focused, but a pleasure to drink. Less aggressive than I remembered it being, but damn tasty.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with some fluffy white head. Head quickly evaporated to an eccentric crown. Some small bits of what I am guessing is yeast is also visible in the glass.

I can actually clearly make out the amarillo hops, as well as a certain amount of citrus zest. Somewhat muted overall.

Up front flavor is like a belgiam strong ale. You can feel that slight alcoholic burn. Beyond that, there is some citrus and pineapple character here and maybe a bit of pine from the hops, as well as the fuzzy hop feel. You can also make out the yeast a bit. Has a dry finish, but with a bit of zest to it as well. Hop character lasts in the mouth for a while. Lot of interesting things going on.

After half a glass, I find it hard to believe that this is 9%, until the alcohol buzz started to kick in near the end of the first glass. Still, the more I drink the better it is. Well worth it.

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had in pilsner glass at Publick House in Brookline, MA.

It arrived at the table with a substantial amount of frothy, white head over a clear, warm golden body.

Aroma is citrusy and sweet with a hint of hops. Yeasty, bready and sweet with a little pleasant funk.

Taste is citrusy, caramely and more Belgian trippel than American IPA. Hints of pear and other tree fruits. Not too hoppy or hot.
A little yeasty and almost a wheaty, bubblegum flavor.

Smooth, medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is excellent for 9%. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, long-lasting white head... great lacing left behind. Dark golden body, and quite clear.

S: Excellent aroma that is high on citrusy hops, with a yeast character that is also present to let you know this isn't an American IPA.

T: Flavor is as good as the smell. Slight breadiness and sweetness that is quickly followed by hop flavor and bitterness. That yeast character also translates into the flavor with just a touch of funkiness.

M: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation.

D: Easily one of the best Belgian IPAs I have had to date.

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

Dobbelen IPA, 33 cl. bottle.
I've been wanting to try this for some time, as it's said to be one of the best European brewed ipa's.

Golden colour ale with massive carbonation + a good head.

Smell is very nice hoppy, slightly pine, and citrus.
Together with that is the taste, malty and spicy like a classical tripel.
As expected: not much sweetness.
The hoppy bitterness is decently easy to handle.
Soft mouthfeel. The alcohol isn't a problem at all.

I would say this is a great Belgian beer. One of the best in the 2 mentioned categories.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy gold colour, with a very attractive pillow of white head that retained forever, and laced extremely well

S - citrus hoppiness, with that stark unmistakable Belgian style smell, and some light biscuity malt. As a Amercian IPA fan I have to say I find this a little confusing yet intriguing.

T - clean and bitter hop taste, but not over the top like many American doubles, the belgianesque sour fruity yeast flavour is definitely featured as well, biscuity malts are subtle, with the lingering finish back to the hop bitterness.

M - a nice bitterness turning very dry, light and very bubbly, dry bitter finish

D - i was a little shocked at first, but became more of a fan with each gulp. After 750ml the 9% had be buzzing, but it is very drinkable. An interesting and attractive brew.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pour turns into a crystal clear golden colour, with the second glass turning into a hazy golden yellow with some floaties in the bottom of the duvel glass. Not as much foam on the first pour compared to the second. Its like marshmallows are in my glass, very cool. The taste is very sharp with some piney hop bitterness with the yeasty dark fruit taste lingering as well. No trace of the 9% alc in this beer at all. Goes down quite smooth. Would definately consider another bottle of this.

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Photo of Pencible
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy bright gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong funk at first, then sour yeast and lemon zest with some soy and sweet caramel and coriander.
T: It tasted like orange and lemon zest with sour yeast, and some caramel malt and subtle spices.
M: It was watery with some carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste.
D: This started off kind of skunky, but as it warmed and opened up, it got a lot smoother and sweeter. It had nice body and a delicate and complex taste. It's more of a sipping beer, but it was pretty enjoyable.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass

A: bright white head with a rich golden color

S: sweet hop and sweet malt smells bright and inviting

T: a very balanced blend of hops and malt there is no alcohol in the taste. its very smooth man just so easy drinking and so good

M: light mouth with med carbonation even if this beer was a gusher!

D: highly drinkable give some one one bottle and you can get buzzed in a short amount of time.

overall: a cool beer that has high alcohol yet retains a light mouth! refreshing and crisp super drinkable and smooth. extremly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured on tap into a flute, very nice 3 fingers of creamy thick white head, really solid lacing lingers down the glass, light sunny bright color, slight haze.

S- Citrus bitter zest, deep floral freshness, fruits like mango, orange, papaya and bitter lemon up front, nice aroma of clean hops.

T- The ripe fruits are present here in the taste, crisp grassy sharp citrus & deep grapefruit bitter finish, creamy malt, tingling bitterness, deep and complex, pear, honey suckle, with a clean and very well balanced backbone.

M- Bright texture with crisp carbonation, solid dry finish, with a nice warmth of alcohol, followed by clean bitterness to finish.

D- The 9% abv nicely masked in this beer, will definitely creep up on you, very drinkable for a large trip IPA. Great depth, awesome bitter finish, refreshing, yet with a warm finish, good blend of styles. Very exceptional beer!

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

Appearance -- Pours golden and translucent with one finger of fluffy lily-white head.

Smell -- big citrus hops, funky yeastiness, band-aid, and some clove.

Taste -- Lots of pine and citrus rind hop flavor up front, followed by bready and tropical fruit sweetness. Finishes with some bittering and orange peel.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied with loads of prickly carbonation. Finish is resinous and a little dry.

Drinkability -- Devilishly drinkable. Crisp, refreshing, well-rounded, and with an abv that is dangerously well hidden. Will revisit shortly!

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

Poured from an 11.2-oz. bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A gentle pour with a bit of 'pop' at the end yielded a beautiful pale orange beer with a little less than a one-finger white head. This ale is absolutely opaque, and what is this that stands before me? Sediment?! I think I'm in love.

Smell: Belgian yeast and a nice hop aroma. I can just imagine being in the hop fields.

Taste: A perfect blend of Belgian malts and hoppy bite on the back of the tongue. I can feel the alcohol travelling down, too; it's nice and warm. I can't recall ever having a Belgian beer with such an overt hop presence. Dobbelen IPA Tripel, is it? Well, I'm game.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp; tangy, I'd say. Medium body. Coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: This is an interesting mix of Belgian and American styles, and I've loved every sip of it.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Easten Standard (Boston, MA) on May 26, 2010.

The server poured aggressively and I got a huge billowy foam. Poured a nice light orange-ish gold. The thick head stuck around for a while and left some beautiful lacing.

Smells of alcoholic and hop citrus.

Very citrus up front with some slight grassy earthiness and a slight bitterness. Definitely some spice as well as a bit of sweetness. Hops not as aggressive as an American IPA. The heat of the alcohol is ever present.

Light bodied, thinner than I would have expected. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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

I poured this too fast and got a lot more foam than expected...and it stuck around! Rich and billowy and leaving lace all the way down the glass. After I drank a little, I tried to add a little more and the resulting addition of foam overflowed the sides and left lace down the outside of the glass. As I drained the last of the beer from the glass, two fingers of foam remained. Now this is how you get carbonation and proteins to play together! The color is a pale yellow with a hint of orange.

The hops smell is wonderful. Lemon/lime and grassy notes compete as a team, as if you had just finished mowing the lawn in a lemon grove and quenched your thirst with some homemade lemonade. A touch of sourness rounds it out.

Some sweetness up front, a little biscuity. The citrus tones continue on the tongue tempered with a little peppery spice. The alcohol content is barely distinguishable as a little heat on the palate and the Belgian yeast adds the requisite sour tones.

A light body with excellent carbonation, crisp and clean with little aftertaste.

Quite a complex beer with many wonderful aspects of the Belgian brewing tradition. Definitely a beer to savor, especially since the ABV will have you feeling good in no time. I tried Flying Dog's Raging Bitch before this and there is no comparison, but I didn't expect there to be.

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Photo of randjuke
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours cloudy medium yellow with thick meringue-like white head. Nice aroma of fruity light esters. I enjoyed the taste which is sweet malts, light fruits, yeasts and spices. The finish is dry, hoppy and fairly long. Palate moderate, not heavy.

The question is do you want a tripel with an IPA finish. If you do then this is a very nice beer. I would have preferred a cleaner finish which spoiled it a bit for me. I understood what this was a tripel/IPA hybrid when I bought it so can not be too critical. If this is the kind of beer you want, it delivers.

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

Tap into a Tulip
A:cloudy straw-colored, moderate head with some lacing

S: mild grassy aromas, light hoppy spice

T: Strong but not overpowering alpha bitterness to start, fruity yeast and citrus presence. Dry and pleasing finish.

M: This brew has moderate body and increased carbonation.
The fizz and the hops leave an almost parched mouthfeel (it is the only way I can describe it..)

D: enjoyable to drink, although the feeling of disproportionate bitterness wouldn't make it a session for me

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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