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:
2,708
Reviews:
1,195
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
423
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,708 |  Reviews: 1,195
Photo of potownbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750ml bottle with PeteN.
Appearance: clear golden yellow, with a white head that took a while to dissipate. Very good lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Citrus hops, yeast, some spiciness,
Taste: Biscuity malt, floral hops, hint of spices,
Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry,
Drinkability: Easy to drink, delicious, leaves you wanting more. Great Beer!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a really good beer. The paradigm of the style perhaps, though it is no XX Bitter, obviously.

A – Big orange-yellow hue, big head that recedes into clingy lacing.

S – Buttery, biscuity aroma, coupled with sour pear and bitter-sweet notes.

T – Despite the intended homage to such willfully unbalanced styles as Double IPA and Belgian Tripel, this beer is exceptionally balanced and well-rounded. Equally savory, sweet, sour, and bitter; the malt is full and rich, the yeast adds a tart and sweet fruity element, and the hops have a grapefruity, citric bitterness. The citric sour-bitter element lingers intensely for quite a bit. Meanwhile, the alcohol is almost completely hidden. At 9%, that is a nice feat.

M – Light, but persistent carbonation. Not bad, but given the delicious complexity of the palate, the mouthfeel could've done more to enhance the aromas and flavors.

D – Very likeable beer; a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy, cloudy and opaque color with a light bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing down the glass

Crisp straw smell with maybe some light malt flavors, almost like champagne apple cider.

Taste is light and refreshing. Hops, maybe saaz hops, come through lightly. Grass and straw notes come through as well. Citrus and pear notes shine in the finish.

Light and crispy. High carbonation with a great finish.

Great drinkablility, very solid beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my darkness snifter

Pours a big fluffy white head. Fades to a thin layer, but good retention from there after. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a hazed sunset orange.

Aroma: lots of spices, cloves, fruits (maybe some bananas and oranges). Grassy hops, but nothing to big on the hop profile. Also has some honey. Very sweet profile.

Taste: Lots of funky flavors. Cloves, spices, bananas, and apples. Dry grassy hops. Honey. It is like a tripel combined with an ipa.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, a little bitter, but smooth. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this is a solid beer and it is a nice combination of two styles. Pretty drinkable and something I would definitely want to have again. I recommend this one!

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Photo of natelocc787
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest. I've got a few Belgian IPA's under my belt and none stand up to Stone's Cali-Belgique.

Beautiful pour in the Duvel tulip with a ginormous, irregular, rocky foam head. The nose has more pepper than any nose I've ever smelt. It also contains pear brandy, golden apple, Belgian yeast, biscuit dough, minute funk and more fruity esters. The taste comes close to earning a higher score but it just isn't anything special. At all. I really appreciate the hops, the lemon and grassy pepper notes from the hop bill. Tomahawk and Saaz are very apparent. To this point, aside from the Stone example, I haven't been impressed with these Belgian IPA's. They simply don't have enough flavor to complement the hops. Mouthfeel is as average as it gets, a classic, normal Belgian feel. Nothing smooth, fluffy, velvety or creamy. Just average. Not too difficult to quaff. I wouldn't pay for this beer again. Still though, it's a good beer. take that for what it's worth.

Belgian IPA's have a long way to go before they can stand side by side American IPA's. As of now, it's no contest.

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Photo of steveja57
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap. Bright and clear straw colored beer. Fluffy white head with tight bead, leaving a nice lace on the glass as I drank it. Had a nice citrusy hop smell along with that spicy Belgian yeastiness. Medium bodied, crisp and dry with a good hop bitterness in the finish. A really nice Chouffe that goes donw very easy considering it's 8 or 9% alcohol

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

750ml bottle brought over to my house by a friend of mine. Been meaning to try this for a long time.

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw-golden with a nice two fingers or so of tight white head. Pretty good retention, lots of beading, and a fair amount of lace as I drink.

Smell- Musky hops, some hay, a little bit of sweetness, and some fresh bread peeping through. A nice combination and not overly aggressive.

Taste- The musky hops and fresh hay dominate this one for me. Hops are not overly dominate but still noticeable. Balanced out with some bready maltiness, but ends with a sharp, drying bite of hops. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and well carbonated and drinkability is quite good. Could almost session this were it not for the ABV.

Overall, a very solid example of a Belgian IPA. I liked this and hope to have more.

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

Pours a yellow color with an awesomely fluffy white head that leaves great lacing down the glass.

Great smelling and tasting brew. smells of a ton of citrus hoppiness and some spice. Taste has a great mixture of hops, with a lot of citrus and spices. delicious brew. would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a firm and appealing white head.

Nose is very light-almost no character at all.

Mouthfeel is medium/full body, some creamy character and very appealing.

A complex beer. Flavors of lemon pie with a nice Belgian fruit/malt and hop balance. Complex layers of flavors of fruit and bitter; lemon to pine; sweet fruit/hop to citrus.

Finish is a pleasant pine resin. Complex and nice.

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Photo of zdk9
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light cloudy orange. A lot of suspended yeast in this one. Forms a finger of head and traces of lacing.

S- Yeasty, sweet orange. Straw malt.

T- Great yeast flavor. And great hops flavor. A major flowery aftertaste.

M- Cleans the palate after just the right amount of time.

O- Good, not great, but good.

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Photo of tjd112
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into my Chimay goblet

Appearance - A golden body with a very thick white head reminiscent of snow covered mountains

Smell - Very hoppy, but a little bit of skunk, due to the (green bottle) being exposed to light.

Taste - Very malty and biscuit-y, grassy hops with some apple cider peeking in

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but very dry finish

Drinkability - Surprisingly masks the alcohol well

Overall - Not a bad introduction to the style, but it gets points off for being in a green bottle

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

Pours with a mountainous white fluffy head. The body is slightly golden amber and the carbonation is quite intense. The nose has a spicy peppery edge to it with an underlying hint of alcohol that provides a warmness. There is a sweet toffee wheatiness that sit alongside a little grassy hop bitterness. The first taste is an almost yeasty perfume bitterness with a slightly white wine dryness. After this the flavours open up and there are more sweet malt flavours ending with a buttery flapjack taste. I'm a massive fan of this beer, really love the mix of flavours and aromas.

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Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. I remember first having this beer when I was just getting into Belgians. One of the best experiences I recall was just realizing how bright and pleasant the hops in a Belgian beer can be while maintaining their traditional balance and dignity.

Orange with a two finger head.

Smells of Belgian yeast, oranges, candy sugar, sweet malt and perhaps light spices.

Taste is very nice. Orange is the prominent flavor, but there's a great interplay between the yeast and malt. Sweet with a dry finish and low overall bitterness.

Only weakeness is mouthfeel, as I felt this was too carbed, a little distracting, but I know many bottle conditioned Belgians can end up this way. But this is a great beer, a wonderful gateway towards Belgians for hop lovers.

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

First glass from the bomber is very clear gold with a bounty of rushing carbonation and a very oversized white head. Some patience is required as the head takes a long time to fall. All kinds of sticky lacing is left behind. Each time I top up my glass it gets a little hazier.

Aroma of malty sweetness, belgian yeast and citrus. Certainly smells like a tripel to me, and doesn't seem to have any stand out aromas that would make it more IPA.

First few mouthfuls give the impression of a tripel on the sweeter side. There is a fruity, sticky sweetness right up front with a fairly citric finish. Each following mouthful seems to add more and more hops to the finish, getting bigger and bigger in a citrus zest flavour. There is some heat to the alcohol in the finish as well, but it certainly isn't overbearing. Throughout, there is a not-so subtle yeasty flavour. Truly a lot going on in this beer, and altogether quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is fuller than a tripel, creamy in a way, as though the extra hopping has mixed with the tripel lightness to create something altogether different. Carbonation is quite lively as expected. Really works well.

This is a great beer, and one that I've been looking forward to trying, as I've been a Chouffe fan since I got into good beer. Doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of an extremly airy, fluffy bright white head that lingers for a long time. The head receds on the outside leaving exceptional lacing, a pillowy island remains in the middle of my glass.

S- A good dose of hops & Belgian yeast. I detect a little funkiness in here as well. Mild fruit aromas and a touch of spice.

T- Grassy/floral hops, spice, and a bit of tartness/funkiness. I'm not a huge fan of tripels or toned down IPA's, but the funkiness I get from this just works so well with everything else. This definitely gets better as it warms.

M- Medium body, high carbonation, very crisp, finishes dry and extremly refreshing.

D- Dangerously good at 9%abv. I usually don't like the floral/grassy hop flavor, but what can I say??? This is an amazing beer, a fantastic way to start off my weekend.

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Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent representation smooth nice and tasty belgain sugars make this one a must try.

A - Golden hue with a very thick white head lots of lacing and the wispy head stays on top and is not going away.

S - Candied sugars, just a sweet smell that is fantastic.

T - Creamy smooth, its called a IPA but yest so different then one might think of in a IPA defiantely captures the tripel style though this is really nice.

M - nice tingly mouthfeel leaves behind that candy sugar feel when drinking really nice belgians.

D - As others have stated dangerous because of the smoothness and the ABV. Definately would want to have this again.

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

This beer pours a hazy golden honey color. The head foams big and tight at first, but the takes on the form of blown sea-foam as it creeps down the side of the glass.
It smells like honey and then somewhat piney from the hops.
The taste starts with a honey candy flavor that gives way to a spiced orange flavor. the alcohol and hops flavors wait until the finish to present themselves.
The heavy carbonation tickles the mouth and eases the beers passage.
The beer is dangerously drinkable, the ABV should be respected.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy orange with great carbonation with an amazing bright white foamy head leaving great rings of lace down the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

S- Classic Belgian yeasty/fruity/spicy aromas with a solid hops presence.

T- Slightly tart lemon with lots of herbal/grassy hops and a sharp bitterness. Absolutely fantastic. A true marriage of two great styles.

M- Medium bodied with great carbonation

D- Dangerously high, the alcohol is well masked but catches you. My wife (who had not had a beer in over 9 months due to pregnancy) and I split the bomber, and five minutes into the beer she said "Whoa, what's the ABV of this?!"

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Houblon pours a slightly hazy apricot colored body below a bone white head. The lacing slowly slips down the glass when tipped.

The aromas are fruit like malts, Belgian clove like yeast, and lots of Saaz hops spice.

The flavor is sweet Belgian malts up front with a strong sharp bitterness from the hops. Its all there bitter, sweet, earthy. With warmth the beer sweetened up quite a bit lost alot of the spice from the hops. It changed quite a bit from the first sip to the last and I can't figure out which was more enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was lush and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is dang near dangerous at 9%. This is what beer was meant to be. My $2 10 oz pour was probably the best beer purchase I've made in a long time.

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

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey a little while back, and even served in a Houblon Chouffe flute glass.

A: Large head that forces a 3 min pour as my tasty looking beer sits at the draft beer tray. Golden pale yellow color with good clarity. The thick head crumbles in a strange fashion.

N: Nose has some spicy Belgian malts, golden malts and some Belgian yeast. Touch of alcohol, hints of spicy hops.

T: Very nice, delicious. Slight Belgian golden malts, hints of spices, a little banana, a very nice spicy earthy hop taste and some bitterness but not too much, its a very nice Belgian IPA hop character. The flavors are blended very well. A slight alcohol taste and warmth and a touch of sweetness.

M: Good body with good carbonation.

F: Pretty dry and bitter, it gets a little more bitter on the finish as they build and hit at the finish. It's a nice grassy earthy spicy hop taste and bitterness that lingers a bit. A little alcohol sting and warmth, and slight lingering spice.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow opaque with a huge head and tons of amazing lacing very nice looking

smell is just really intense ripe fruit, rich pears, light complex yeast and citrus, very nice

taste is immediately intensely bitter and fruity/yeasty/ even a little sour, not overwhelmingly...interesting buiscuit notes as well and some light mango, finishes clean, with a perfect mix of hops and fruity, estery east.

This is a simply perfect belgian IPA - one of the best beers i've ever had period.

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

750 ml. capped green bottle poured into a large wine glass. The pour yields a pale golden yellow in color with a bit of haze. An inch of smooth white foam caves in slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. An effervescent stream of bubbles emanates from the base of the glass, continually refreshing the cap.

Very hoppy on the nose, particularly in the beginning and through the resilient foamy head. Lemon citrus is prominent with some light malt notes in the background and some green apple. Hop choice works well with the Tripel side of the equation here, allowing for a good balance and not overwhelming the beer. Yeast notes become more evident after some warming and exposure, offering a touch of light funk with a good spin.

Lemon carries forward to the flavor as well, acting as a dilute sauce upon some fresh apple and pear and with just a bit of spice. A slight coarseness to the texture provides for a smooth feel and keeps the apparent sweetness down. The ABV is well cloaked nonetheless. A light bitterness concludes after a final flash of sweet lemon bread. Farily drinkable given its size, quite pleasant yet not quite the showstopper I was expecting. Solid beer that is surely worth a try, more of a hopped up tripel than an IPA and an interesting take on the Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Cloudy pale yellow straw with nice foamy white head that stays on top for a long long time

S: Very heady hops with some malt sweetness acting to balance

T: Some breadiness plus distinct white fruit, apple and maybe white grapes, some mild floral hop flavor and bitterness also

M: Dry, medium body

D: Very easy to drink with all the flavors going on

Notes: I really liked this beer. I cracked this open for New Years instead of a bottle of champagne. It was a different belgian beer since not many belgians are IPAs. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of oskoreien
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottled and on-tap.

It pours a light opaque straw like color, perhaps just a tad darker. It leaves a huge frothy white head and it laces down exceptionally well.

Floral and citrus hops on the nose, even a little herbal earthiness added to the mix. It smells delicious.

The taste is just as equally delicious. The combination of a tripel and an IPA is brilliant. It's very earthy with some herbal tones, hints of honey and bubblegum, then a dash of floral hoppiness. One of the most interesting beers I have ever drank and a fine one it is.

At 9% there is little evidence of alcohol, it is creamy and deceptively easy to drink. Very smooth, but finishes a tad bit dry. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden straw color with a hint of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is at least three fingers, white and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: sweet malt with a little chalkiness. Atop this are big hops, mostly spicy in character but also with floral and citrus notes. Quite nice.

Taste: malt is sweet and a little cidery, and there's that chalkiness that I quite like. Hops here are both spicy and floral and there's a good bitterness. Balance is pretty good. I very much like strong Belgian pale ales with a more traditional low hop content; I think this beer is a great experiment but it is not a combination of flavors after which I lust.

Mouthfeel: medium body with scads of carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel that I love in a Belgian.

Drinkability: while this is a very tasty beer, I was hoping to be blown away, which I was not. Perhaps I shall revisit this beer after exploring more Belgian IPAs out there.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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