Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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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 gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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2,766
pDev:
10.48%
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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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Photo of spoons
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a tulip.

Opening the bottle it released quite a fast exploding fizz from the top. When poured finally it looks cloudy orange and yellow. Looks super fizzy..

Smells kinda like a mix of laundry detergent, weed, perfume. Followed by some rice like maltiness. Complex.

Tastes like hoppiness. Sweet in the front of the mouth with a nice bitterness and crisp mouthfeel. Some belgian yeast flavors are coming though as well. I'll definitely try this one again.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a snifter. Thick, fluffy white head, with a straw coloured body, bit hazy from the yeast. Smells primarily of hops, bit citrusy, some alcohol esters, some yeast. Nice head retention, lacing is thick, clumpy and sticky. Taste is quite hoppy, got alot more of the alcohol as I got closer to the bottom of the glass, definitely the Belgian yeast coming through also. Not too bitter, pretty nice for an IPA. Almost drank the whole 750 by myself, save a bit which I shared but I probably could have. Alcohol really stands out the more I had, and detracts from the drinkability however. Overall, my first experience with a belgian IPA and was pleased!

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Photo of BigBigPickle
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, light amber - cloudy - huge white head.

S: Fruity estersds - good and hoppy with a faint skunkiness.

T: Lots of carbonation - great hop bite - alcohol comes through a bit mroe than I expected.

M: As i mentioned - lots of carbonation - okay mouthfeel. I would like a bit mreo play from the trippel side of things.

D: Yes - it is drinable and a very good beer.

However - Cali-Belgique and Le Freak are two examples of this style that I like a lot more.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very light straw gold with frothy head that died quickly but left some lace patches. A mix of sour and tart fruit flavors along with a healthy hop presence and some funk makes up the aroma. A great balance is in this beer as this beer is light to medium bodied but contains a good sweet edge plus some sticky caramel malt. Also has a good orange/yeasty feel with citric hops for a dry, crisp finish that is bubbly thanks to great carbonation. A decent amount of biscuit/caramel malt work their way into the beer as well and there is also a smalle sour/tart edge. A great ale that is easy to sip with well-hidden ABV and is more sweet than sour but still has a good hoppy profile.

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

A- Almost fluorescent yellow with a whipped white headthat looks like it will be leaving a chunky mound in the center when I'm done. Spotted lacing all over. Particles floating. Color could be a bit nicer but it's still a beautiful beer.

S- Lychee, grain hops and a good mix of amarillo and saaz. Don't know what Tomahawk hops smell like. Alcohol. Honey which I'm sure is from the Amarillo comes on strong once it warms up.

T- Same as the smell with a nice hop bitterness. A well crafted hop mix.

M- Full. Lively at first and then soft.

D- Very good but the alcohol is strong and slows it down a bit.

Quite a drink. Easy to appreciate but offering lots.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on a whim. I have to admit, it's a nice looking bottle. I've had Chouffe before, always like, never love. But it's time to revisit.

Appearance- A nice cloudy gold color. Beautiful two inches of thick meringue head. Not going anywhere at all. Peaks in the middle. Absolutely absurd head. Just comical. Wow. Laces well. I have to give it a perfect score, it's an incredible looking beer.

Smell- Lots of Belgian yeast. A little cider and some spice. Some lemon rind, a hint of grapefruit. Definitely some grassiness. Estery. It's nice.

Taste- More lemon rind, very citrus. Grassy and bitter. Some peppery notes. The finish is very bitter with grass. More booze than expected. Not as much fruity amarillo as expected. Some real graininess on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich. Good carbonation. A little creamier than I'd prefer.

Drinkability- The grassiness, the graininess, and a little heat doesn't do it for me.

Eh. It's a pretty good Belgian IPA, but I was hoping for more. I thought the amarillo might go further. Instead it had more grass and lemon rind than I'd prefer. Also, surprisingly boozy. It looks incredible however, including the great 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of Dixonian
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
Nice 2 or 3 finger frothy head that settled down with nice coverage. Left lacing with almost every drink. Hoppy/floral aroma but not overpowering at all. Same goes with the flavor-hops are spot on. Very nice Belgian spice-one of the most balanced balance offerings i've ever had of the style. Extremelly drinkable for 9%-I had no problem finishing the bottle.

One of, if not my absolute favorite Belgian IPAs-I will be buying this again.

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

A hazy bright golden color pour with a big lasting foamy white head leving lots of jagged lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of bright citrus hops , orange and lemon a little like fruit punch , bananas and bread dough . Flavor is hoppy up front with a nice toasty malt backbone , yeasty esters of banana ,and clove . Nice citrus hops , nice level of bitterness , a bit of complexity , medium body with a crisp clean mouthfeel and a long hoppy finish . Very drinkable and good .

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,766 ratings