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
Ratings:
2,724
Reviews:
1,200
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
429
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,724 |  Reviews: 1,200
Photo of SGR1220
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jlabs
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a reasonably sized white head, with decent retention. Brew is supremely hazy, due mostly to tons of sediment in the brew. Despite being a brilliant shade of gold, the brew is completely opaque, even in thinner portions of the glass.

Juicy tropical and citrus hops blend with spicy Belgian yeast, and a presentation of both pale and a touch of caramel malts. Banana, pear, grapefruit, mango, pine, and bubblegum. A deep enough breath can yield a profile not unlike a classic Tripel, although this is more hop forward and less yeast dominant. Very Belgian in presentation, nonetheless.

Very juicy and drily sweet on the palate. Up front, the significant carbonation masks the flavors a touch, resulting in a bit of a melange of sweet and fruity flavors which take time to settle. Second half brings huge Tripel notes: sweet sugar, pale malts, booze-soaked pears, spicy yeast, and bananas.

Big and bold feel; very, very lively; drying from the middle on.

This is the second time recently I've had a big Belgian IPA that can't quite avoid tasting much like a Tripel (Piraat Triple Hop Dry Hopped Ale being the other). That's not entirely a bad thing, as Belgian yeast is largely responsible for a unique flavor and feel that really puts the stamp of that country's brewers onto a beer.

Best by 03/18, which I suppose means it was bottled in 03/17 and given a 12 month shelf life. That seems rather forgiving for an IPA.

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Photo of sjrider
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodsuds
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was not what I was expecting at all, but I'm impressed!

Pours a hazy pale yellow into a tulip glass from the bottle. Leaves a one finger head and lacing in the glass. Smell is sweet malt and bright, tropical and citrussy hops. Taste is the same with a nice balanced finishing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thin with an aggressive carbonation. Overall I would put this beer up against any American IPA or double IPA and I'd bet this would come out on top. If you want a hoppy beer with a modest bitterness and an otherwise clean finish (no yeast phenolics or of flavors), this is it! This hides the high alcohol content like the best of Belgian beers. A++

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Photo of Tomesco
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of EdFed
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of igl
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold producing almost 2 fingers of an off-white, frothy, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice chunky webs of lace. Aroma is a bready pale malt, dough & biscuit, a heady hop presence of tropical fruit orange, pineapple & a hint of resinous pine, with some herbal/floral notes, spice, yeasty white fruit esters. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, orange & slight pine hop hints, cloves, spice, alcohol, biscuit malts, some thin banana & coriander, with a sweet apple, pear & honey undertone. The finish rapidly transitions to more pine resin & bitter grapefruit with the bitter becoming dominant in the tropical fruit/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, peppery but smooth & silky on the tongue. A treat for the mouth and nose, an explosion of aroma and flavor! One of the better Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass by freshness date.

Cloudy golden orange in color, the pour quickly builds up glorious velvety white head that very well retains with god-like retention. It just slowly dissipates to an eternal layer of silky crown and leaves plenty of refined yet sticky lacing all around. There are lots of fizzy carbonation visible through the eyesight.

It is so hoppy and same time so malty in the aroma, hop with its citrus, lime, tropical fruit, spice, grass, and herbal while malt with its biscuit, caramel, candy, and lightly toasted bread. Belgian’s yeast strain also reinforces with its spice, clove, fruity ester, yet some phenol. So enticing.

The taste is all those goodness qualities messed up together in positive and delicate fashion. Bold spiciness and clove from hop and yeast; rich sweetness from malt as a biscuit, caramel, and candy; some toasted profile adding more depths; mellow and crisp fruitiness of citrus, lime, and tropical fruit from both hop and yeasty ester; strong presence of bitterness as well as some herbal and grassy from hop; there are also the other elements like a hint of honey, dry grain, and treacle to get it much deeper and tasty through the palate sensation.

Medium to full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel from its lively crispness and medium to high carbonation, the overall feeling is just right and goes down very well with a pleasantly dry finish that will quickly lead to the next sip.

I don’t feel the 9% ABV at all. It is perfectly concealed underneath the greatness in all aspects. Hop, malt, yeast, they all are harmoniously working well together to provide a sheer complexity and great tastiness as well as drinkability that one beer can possess.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

750 mL bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Pale, bright yellowish, medium off white foam, hazy
fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to high bitterness
feel: very good, long follow through, bitter after tast
overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes
drank: February 14, 2017 8:03 PM

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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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