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 bonk0076
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a massive hearty white head that takes an eternity to diminish. Hazy Golden in color. Aroma carries pine and citrus notes lemon and orange, with hints of grass as well. Taste is an excellent balance of strong hop bitterness early on, with a sweeter finish to follow. An excellent beer all around!

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

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov28 2009

A glowing yellow with 3 fingers of loose white head that hangs around slowly falling to an island that looks like a little brain, leaving lots of lace

S plenty of spicy/earthy hops with some white fruit and plenty of yeast

T not far from the smell the white fruit is a little more focused on apple and peach

M nice bite to it and heavy carbonation

D for 9%alc this is very easy to down a little to easy if you ask me

I'm learning to love this style and this is one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had to date.

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Photo of malmquna
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 75cl bottle into Leffe tulip glasses. Over poured a little and got sediment in the second glass.

Golden butterscotch in color, clear unless you pour the residual yeast into your glass by accident (or on purpose). Tall, pillowy white head forms a lumpy barrier and clings to the glass throughout the serving. Hoppy aroma full of citrus, along with a wild honey character.

Sweet first taste, then lightly roasted malt, slightly estery, more honey character. The nice initial hop aroma in the mouth turns bitter in the finish, perhaps a bit too bitter. I'm not afraid of hops...the finish is a bit ascerbic and somewhat distracting.

I was really excited to try this beer, after all of the very excellent reviews. Perhaps my hopes were too high, as I thought is was a good beer, but not entirely excellent. The hops balance well with the sweetenss and malt base, but the finish is a little to bitter. I will try another bottle to make sure it wasn't just a fluke, but with guarded expectations. I would recommend this beer to anyone, it is certainly good.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy very dark golden ripe banana/yellowish orange color with bright golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy/soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a large lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

The scent of earthy dank hops filled the room as soon as I removed the cap from the bottle. Although the aroma is dominated by strong earthy oily hops there is a nice bready yeast presence as well as a good bit of estery light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape as well as some nice citrusy grapefruit, lemon peel and mango from the hops. Slightly grassy and smells like really dank skunk weed. Slight peppery lemon zest spice.

Very hop forward medium body with a lot of bready yeast and estery Belgian yeast, proving a lot of crisp light fruit notes. The strong hop presence up front provides an excellent dry bitterness that lingers throughout into a long dry finish. There is also a nice amount of citrus peel and grapefruit from the different hop varieties, providing a lot of complexity. Strong bready yeast character comes through mid-palate with some more citrus peel, ripe banana and peppery spiciness. Lots of estery light fruit notes, especially apple and pear add to the sweetness and the ABV is extremely well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. There are so many different flavors bouncing off of each other making this beer extremely flavor, complex and quaffable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of jhoban19
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass (the bar only had chilled pint glasses so when I asked for a room temp glass, the pilsner was all they had- needless to say I was a bit surprised for a bar that had a pretty good beer list).

A: hazy/cloudy, color of golden raisins. finger of airy white foam that settles into a thin ring with moderate surface coverage. lacing is tremendous, leaving row upon row at each level of the glass as I drink.

S: a blast of beautiful Belgian yeast and a slight bit of funk, followed up by peach, lemon and ginger. biscuity malt enters the nose as well.

T: hops hit the tongue right off the bat, with a tart, grapefruit flavor that rolls along the tongue with the fizzy carbonation. the doughy, biscuit malt swirls around just enough to balance out the bitterness of the hops.

M: medium bodied and smooth to start, with a strong push of carbonation that really coats the tongue. hops aftertaste isn't quite as strong as the initial taste. a bit astringent on the swallow.

D: this is an interesting beer. it's been awhile since I've had a Belgian IPA so it's difficult to make a proper comparison to others in the style. on its own, there's a lot going on here with the yeast, hops and carbonation. The complexity is really enticing. Wish I'd had a bit more time to order another one but sadly it was time to leave. I'll catch up with Houblon Chouffe another time for sure.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow / orange color with an incredible amount of very foamy, relatively-large bubbled head. Hazy and some moderate sediment.

S: Lemon, spice, funk, yeast, and maybe a hint of skunk? At first, smelled like an old Heineken, which was not a welcome surprise. However, as it opened, the other scents developed.

T: When cold, showed a lot of yeast and sourness with a bit of lemon and spice. However, as it warmed, some more complexity, including hop bitterness and caramel malt began to come out.

M: Decent carbonation to it, although not nearly as bubbly as the initial head would have indicated. Not terribly thick or thin.

D: Pretty drinkable. Did nothing but improve as it warmed.

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

Presentation: 12oz branded stemmed glass, poured perfectly on tap

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark straw beer with steady slow carbonation and a nice, snow-white dense cap which lasts and lasts, leaving some wonderful rings of lace down the glass

Smell: Wonderful, yeasty/fruity aromas with tart stone fruits and citrus with a nice light (but firm) touch of grassy hops and spice...firm, bright, and quite nice

Taste: Nice dry citrus (lemon) with lots of spicy herbal/grassy hops and a medium-high tight, sharp bitterness. Just a ghost of tart funkiness. This is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly big but refreshing and crisp at the same time

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Intoxicating, beguiling, heady...and a smack upside the head as well...what an interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a crisp white head that actually goes snap, crackle, pop. Lots of carbonation in this one.

Smell is of clove, orange, hops, and some yeast.

Taste up front starts out with some spicy dry clove, that changes to a soapy bitter hop flavor with some zesty notes mixed in finishes is dry and smooth, alcohol is present and leaves a lingering aftertaste of what else hops!

Very good beer first had it at Delirium but wasn't able to take any notes on it, glad I went to the shop and bought the 750ml bottle!

A must try.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75cl bottle poured into a Delirium tulip

Pours a cloudy golden straw with a pillowy white head. Head recedes to a small layer after a minute. I'm a sucker for good lacing and this beer has it.

Smells hoppy like an IPA but much more of a floral/grassy hop vs. many of the common citrusy 'C' hops in American IPA's with a similar intensity nose. Behind the hops you can smell the Belgian yeast that makes this beer distinct.

The taste isn't as hoppy as it smells and has a very smooth bitterness and not harsh as many IPA's I've drank. The back end is all those fruity Belgian tripel tastes. Truly a melding of two distinct strong flavor profiles and I'm surprised they do not clash as much as I would expect.

The beer starts sharp from the firm bitterness and ends sharply as well because of the dryness. The middle is very soft like many Belgians start off.

This is my first (I think) taste of the Belgian IPA style and I am enjoying it. It is very drinkable despite its high gravity and I'm really digging the dichotomy of hoppy/fruity tastes and they both are distinct and do not step on to each others toes. A solid beer and a style in which I will search out more examples.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle. Hazy dark yellow with a meringue-like white head that lasts longer then the beer and laces liberally. Fruity and yeasty aroma with peppery spice and lots of pineapple. The flavor has lots of fruit: pineapple and citrus that seems to be from the hops. Hop flavor is big considering, but the sweet fruitiness definitely dominates it. Sweet and full, with a dry bitterness in the finish that hints at an IPA, though remains very belgian. Alcohol presence is minimal. Full and chewy mouthfeel with smooth but ample carbonation. Tripels usually aren't my favorite Belgian style, but this has an interesting complexity and clash of influences that makes it very tasty. I how an american that is used to IPAs would find this much more appealing than a typical tripel.

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Photo of TLove
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky, piney, citrusy, malty, grassy, sweet. Certainly a unique beer.

Yellow, citrusy and tannic unfiltered body with an off-white, pervasive head that thrusts up on the pour. The smell is as described above and holds a pungent, fruity yeast smell. The funkiness of the yeast carries through to the taste with its heavy pine taste and strong apricot feel on the back end. Oddly tropical with a bit of wet banana malt and a touch of alcohol.

Drinks like a Belgian trippel, tastes like a lambic, but smells of strong hops and bitter caramel malt. Funkiness of the yeast comes through in the end. Finishes smooth and sweet in the back on the throat.

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

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is yeasty spicey and hoppy

T - Follows the nose but stronger and better

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer the abv is well hidden making it almost too easy to drink worth trying sometime if you get the chance

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

Chalk this up as another Chouffe that I like.

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge, almost uncontrollable, head. Great retention and large chunks of sticky white lace are left behind. I think the Belgian IPA style is still a bit nascent to have a template for its appearance, but considering the IPAs are often close to hopped up BPAs and BSPAs, this has a classic appearance for those styles, which would be hard to better. The nose is spicy and intensely complex. Lots of fresh lemon peel, spicy yeast, funk, grass, pepper and apricots. Put a blindfold on me and I'd call it a saison. Houblon Chouffe delivers on the bitterness, and a wave a hoppy goodness greets the first sip. Its grassy and peppery with notes of citrus and pine, but a good malt and yeast backbone prevents the beer from becoming to unbalanced (it still is a touch). Peach and candy sugar mix with spices to produce a lightly sweet kick to tone down the bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, well carbonated, and perfect for what's going on here.

As of tasting, this beer is chilling at the bottom of an illustrious list - the top 25 beers from Belgium. I've got a lot of Belgian beers to work through, but I'd say this deserves to be there. Its a Belgian take on an American take on a British style, and it does it well. Chouffe are pretty consistent, eh?

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

Bitter taste with a sweet finish. Appearance was all natural with sediment floating in a aged honey yellow colored liquid with a pale white 1 centimeter head. Smell was somewhat sweet and very hoppy. The beer had a smooth feel while having a slightly sudsy. This beer was pretty drinkable beer albeit high alcohol. Another fun Belgian IPA

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- tart, bitter, sweet, little finish

color- straw, gold

clarity- cloudy, lots of sediment

smell- estery, apples, citrus

body- medium-light, front palate weight

appearance- golden, lots of sediment, carbonation, sugary white foamy head

overall impression- good, smooth, sweet

notes- huge carbonation upon opening, a lot of sediment, ice cream like head, thought it would be hoppier, nice balance, disappointed with the presentation in the glass. alcohol creeps in late in the game. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: tulip

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Photo of jsh420
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy yellow orange with a big pillowy chunky 2+ finger head that coats the glass all over with lacing

smells of alcohol and the saaz spicey hops along with some grassy floral hops - also has a nice funk from the belgian yeast

taste is great - very sweet sugary fruit/bready and citrus - not as much spice as i thought would be here from the nose but all in all an amazing brew

mouthfeel/drinkability - feels heavy in the mouth but is so refreshing and drinkable [email protected]%abv

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Soemthing is happening to me lately... I start to like tripels. Not all of them , but then some...

A: Drank it at my friend's place. Not my regular choice but just tripels to be found in his place
A hazy golden color with a white foamy head.

S: Floral hops, peach and some citrus notes.

T: Yeast, hops, candi sugar, light malts and slightly bitter.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body and a great creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good beer. Will not buy this myself though.

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Photo of DanielClouser
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Duvel tulip

If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, I wouldn't be able to choose. But if someone else stepped in and chose for me, selecting Houblon Chouffe to be that beer, I wouldn't complain.

The quality of this brew can vary from bottle to bottle, and this seems to depend on how much Amarillo character comes through. The same seems true of the draft version, as the glass I had at a Taco Mac once wasn't nearly as good as what I had at Leon's Full Service last summer.

It's good no matter what, but after the distinct Amarillo quality fades, the grassy Saaz comes to the forefront rather than playing a supportive role.

Regardless, it's always excellent. Tends to have just a touch of light-struck character, but as with Saison DuPont, it only contributes to the goodness.

I believe this to be the most successful Belgian IPA available (not one of the most--THE most). I think that this is because the yeast lends loads of spicy goodness without much fruitiness, allowing the fruit notes from the hops to really shine.

Despite the considerable ABV, this is a beer that lends itself to generous quaffs of hoppy, phenolic goodness. I love it!

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Photo of aaronh
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I pour the beer, the aromas reach out - the body is topped by a rather rocky head that gradually fades and clings to the glass leaving rather nice sheeting. The aroma is superb- loads of sweetness and yeast esters just make me want to continue inhaling until my nose starts to lose the enthusiasm for the new smells. Flavor profile is equally exciting - great malt sweetness and a full flavor profile from what must be some awesome yeast balanced by a reserved bitterness. Even at 9% abv, this is an extremely enjoyable beer that I'd like to drink more of.

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Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A rocky white head forms that rises to over two fingers. The foam gently recedes after a couple of minutes, and some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Funky barnyard aromas and some yeast. A spicy aroma as well. Floral, grassy, and citrus hops.
T: There are a ton of hops here. Though it is not bitter at all. Floral, grassy, herbal tea like flavors. Ripe juicy fruity flavors of apples and pears. Funky barnyard flavors that one would expect. A huge flavor with lots of depth.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation end. Very creamy, rich, and dry. Not hard to drink. I am having no problems sipping on this.

This is great. This is a prime example of what a Belgian IPA should be, and not just another version of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of wl0307
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 750ml green giant bottle of gnome beer was purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009; BB 15/04/12, served chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a lightly translucent dark orangey golden hue, coming with lively streams of small-sized fizz and a well-lasting white cottony frothy head, which leaves uneven sheets of lacing as it slowly retreats...
S: sweet lemon + passion fruit + light bananas + green guava abound, along with spice esters and coriander seeds, showing all delicious notes of an exotic and yeasty Tripel, while a good swirl serves to channel through extra, oily hoppiness with hints of apricot-ish, grassy, flowery and tangerine-ish aroma as of US Amarillo (or the like!) hops plus perhaps Saaz and Goldings. Malts have been pretty well compromised/consumed by the yeasts, I take it, making the ale more in line with a drier Tripel than a true American Double IPA. Extremely enticing and well balanced overall, while a little note of alc. is vividly felt after each swirl.
T: the effervescent foretaste shows mostly soft-textured bready-yeastiness, delicious zesty citrusness, grassy & elder-flowery hop flavour, surprisingly restrained exotic fruit-esters (un-sweet edge of guava mainly), in addition to the gentlest touch of grainy malts; the palate gets increasingly dry along with a rather restraint estery+spicy flavour, turning into a tremendously chewy, tangy & zesty finish not uncommon to either a classic Tripel or a heavily hopped Bitter. If anything, the notion of "Houblon Dobbelen IPA" manifests itself in an extra depth of hop bitterness, while hop flavour itself is NOT so pronounced as I expected. The result is a uniquely dry and also hop-bitter Tripel, superbly drinkable and "thirst-provoking" sip by sip...
M&D: the palate is refreshing, clean, and moderately carbonated vis-à-vis an elegant flavour profile, while alc. on the palate is simply nowhere to be found, really! This is a well-crafted hoppy Tripel and not actually quite DIPA-ish in any departments. Instead, the overall balance, integrity and cleanliness sit firmly in the Belgian Tripel tradition IMO, and proudly so.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

From start to finish this beer reminds of duvel. It looks, smells and even taste the same, but a small level below a duvel.

The color is light cloudy gold with a HUGE white chunky head that lasts several minutes.

The aroma is light flowers and hops.

The taste is a light start with a strong finish. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

Yikes! Green bottle alert...green bottle alert. Damn, I'm hoping this doesn't affect the beer. One way to find out.
Dang, that's quite a head. ALmost clear medium yellow body witha huge, white rocky head. I need a spoon. Ah screw it...i'll just drink it.

Very lemony in the nose, love the hops here. The yeast makes it a bit bready and adds some coriander to the mix. Overall this nose is citrus. Some kiwi methinks.

Ok, the taste is strong hop citrus, but not strong bittering from those hops. I'm not sure why this is as the malt doesn't seem to obtrusive. Still, this is refreshing. good light spices and the hops makes this a nice summer IPA. That familiar breadiness makes this a good food beer. Perhaps with grilled burgers.

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Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy, bright yellow with a big fluffy white head that leaves some clumpy white retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma starts with some lemon zest and some grassy hops but gave way to the massive spicy yeast backbone.

The taste is more of the same with a slight sweetness from light fruits and sugar. The spicy yeast is more prevalent and the finish has some grassy, spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly lively with good carbonation and slightly spicy in the finish.

An excellent Belgian IPA with a dominant yeast spiciness and enough sweetness to make things interesting.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL green bottle.

Hazy pale lemon-yellow brew with a huge frothy head.

Big fruit aroma, pineapple, ripe pears.

Starts off with a phenolic bite that turns into an intense hop bitterness. Underlying sweet tropical fruit - lychees come to mind. A bit spicy and peppery as well. Hot alcohol is definitely present. There's a lot going on at the same time. Full-bodied with high carbonation.

This is the second time I try Chouffe's Dobbelen IPA Tripel. I remember being blown away the first but it seems a bit over-the-top the second time around. Regardless, it's a hugely complex and interesting beer.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,723 ratings.
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