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 nomomentwasted
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap, served into a tulip glass and around 50 degrees.

Appearance: Straw-yellow hues with very white head that is clumpy and huge. Billowy, like a pillow, with fantastic wave lacing. It IS possible to do a delicious-looking yellow-beer!

Smell: Candy sugar notes with the traditional Belgian yeast strains, all with a very slight clove nose, which was light enough for me to still enjoy it; not a huge clove fan. Awesome, awesome refreshing citrus, almost like an orange-lemon, not like a grapefruit like Sculpin. Just sweet, fragrant, and damn delicious. I wish I could smell this all day, just awesome. It's tough for Belgian IPAs in the past for me to match up to American ones in terms of the nose, but this delivers and then some.

Taste: Deliciously rounded out balance between wheaty malts, fruity Belgian yeast, and very, very pleasant European hops. I really don't know what to say about this that wouldn't be superfluous, but I absolutely dug this. So balanced and makes excellent use of the Belgian yeast as a compliment, not an accent or centerpiece. Just brilliantly tasty. Juuust a bit too sweet in the long-haul, and bitterness is a little low, but just damn tasty in every way.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately and the balance continues from first sip to finish, just left me wanting a little bit more from the texture. Not watery at all, but the bitterness was just a little lower than I would've liked. But other than that, very solid.

Drinkability: Very. It's sweet, yes, and that can drag in the longer run of things, but this quenched my thirst in every way and then some. Very, very awesome summer beer that I will be seeking out more of in the very near future. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hike20
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden shade with a nice lingering frothy head with thick lacing. The head reminds me of meringue, so thick is its body. Pleasant aroma with notes of yeast, hops and something perhaps citrus and sweet. I get the feeling that every time I try this I would smell something slightly different. The tase is nothing like anything I've tried before (I'm far from the most traveled taster). There's definitely a hit of alcohol, but also strong hops. Malt is not left out of the picture, though, and neither are the fruity tones. Again, theres a lot of complexity here and I get a slightly different profile with each swallow. Mouth feel is light and bubbly, but not weak or thin.

I poured the last bit of the bottle into the glass to see what would happen. Now it's cloudy with bits of yeast floating around. Not much difference in taste except perhaps for a touch more sweetness.

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

From Notes:
Had this at BXL's Midtown Manhattan location. Poured from bomber to Tulip glass a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white 2 inch head. Had a big lemony smell up front with some hints of alcohol and spice in the background. Taste was unlike anything I have had before, in a good way. Was an interesting blend of Belgian Tripel and Hoppy IPA flavors that somehow worked quite well together. Unique indeed. Feel was just sticky enough with a nice dry finish.
Be very careful in pouring this one as it has a tendency to Overfoam if not poured slowly.

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Photo of DooMMonkey
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- a decent not-to-frothy head, a really nice greenish-yellow color.

S- has a nice light hoppy pine smell, the amarillo hops are the most apparent in the slight spicyness.

T- Incredibly light hoppy flavor, a little bitter, and a hint of fruitiness. You almost can't taste the alcohol as it finishes with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

M- Very crisp, just a tad dry, with just enough carbonation.

D- For a beer with an exceptional amount of alcohol in it, it drinks incredibly well. I almost expected it to be out of this world bitter, but I wasn't even close. In a way the flavor beckons you to drink fast, but the beer itself begs you to drink slow. A truely excellent tripel.

-Also If you happen to see this beer on tap, I would highly recommend you get it, drinking it out of a bottle is almost nothing compared to it on tap. It's like comparing a plain chicken filet to a chicken club sandwich, It's got the bacon and cheese!... only metaphorically, and that bacon and cheese is all it needed to be absolute perfection.

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Photo of fropones
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Bottle was sitting in fridge for maybe a week before I opened it, took it out, and when I opened it I thought someone had shook it up it foamed over so much.

Poured it into my Duvel tulip. Poured a golden light straw color with a thick pure white head a good 4 fingers high with good retention. There was some decent lacing that could be noted in the bottle as well. However, even though I left a good 4 fingers still in the 750 ml bottle with the first pour there was quite a bit of yeast in it (perhaps from being aggitated when it exploded).

The smell was citrussy and yeasty, like a fruity IPA. The taste was distinct of an IPA and very delicious. Again some citrus and a lot of yeast.

The beer had medium body and was sort of creamy. Pretty bubbly, as well. All in all it went down nice and drank the whole 750 in one sitting no problem.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a rich straw color, crystal clear, with four fingers of tight white head that has great retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is floral with belgian yeast and subtle fruit notes of apple and citrus. nicely composed in the nose with just enough flavor. a bit of apricot shows as the beer warms a bit.

taste is mildly yeasty, with fruity undertones and an understated hop presence of citrus, with a bitter finish of residual hop oils and a sharp alcoholic bite. the brew itself is nicely proportioned, but the bite on the back end hurts the enjoyment a bit.

mouthfeel is effervescent and a bit sharp from the alcohol, with a biting finish of alcohol and a residual dryness that lingers.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol and overly-carbonated mouthfeel do hinder the drinkability a bit, but aside from that the brew is quite good. nicely proportioned with a hop quality that works quite well with the belgian yeast. cheers!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a large mug

Pretty yellow with a giant head and super lacing. Slightly cloudy with massive carbonation. Smells surprisingly sweet with clove and banana.

Taste is only slightly bitter, mostly mellow and balanced hoppy. Cloves very noticeable, banana detectable.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Slightly gritty, light and effervescent. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into tulip glass from a 11.2 oz. brown bottle with no best by date.

A: Definitely bottle conditioned as I stirred up a bit too much sediment in the pour. Cloudy pale golden yellow, white head that never dissipates through every sip to the end. Heavy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Loads of citrusy hops, mild spices and floral scents in the nose.

T&M: Medium body, light crispness and very smooth. Slightly sweet and bitter upfront ... heavy citric, herbal hop flavor. Slight warming alcohol. Mild bitter hop finish complements the dry malt flavor in the end.

Excellent tripel. Not sure if I could even say it can be identified as an IPA. Although the hops are definitely more prominent than most other belgian beers. This stuff is great.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a capped, green bottle 750 with the silly La Chouffe gnome picking hops. It was not cheap at $10.99 from Peace St in Raleigh. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow. Endless champagne like bubbles. The head-- just huge. Thick, billowy, and rocky. It leaves marshmallows stuck to the glass, and sitting in the bottom of the empty glass. I like.

Smell: This has just about everything. Its got spicy and citrusy, grainy, bready belgian yeast, and sweetness. I can't stop smelling it.

Taste: Its got great hops bitterness, its sweet, spicy, and quite peppery. There's that great belgian bready yeast flavor on the back. Its dry. Very dry. Way on the back its bitter in a slightly unpleasant way, and I love absurd hops bitterness. This is almost bilious. That unpleasantness is short lived though, and replaced with a nice yeasty and sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Obviously nice carbonation. You can get a little head with every sip which adds to the fullness of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is great. The best Belgian IPA I've had yet. Its still not perfect though--that brief unpleasant bitterness on the back gets a little old. Overall though, the marriage of IPA and tripel works well in that its a nice balance of imbalance, if that makes sense. As I eat/drink the last chunk of fluffy head from my glass and look at my empty bottle, I'm sad that I don't have more.

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

Served on tap at Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam (in a La Chouffe glass). Bright orange color with a big fluffy head. Rather cloudy, almost like a hefe.

Big smells of hops, yeast, citrus.

Taste is also big and just like the name, combines IPA with the sweetness of a tripel. Also the yeasty background and some phenols.

I liked the mouthfeel and drinkability. This is a big beer for sipping but it's just about right for a little Dutch cafe.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first Belgian IPA - I'm really excited. The bottle is a 75 cl and the label has the "Chouffe-gnome" which is probably a bad sign. I mean a gnome, come on...

A: It pours pale yellow with lots of cloudyness.
The head, don't get me started, is massive white that stays for a long time and then leavs the most beautiful lacings from the top of the glass all the way down to the beverage. There are some heavy sediments in the bottle.

S: At first there is some yeast, but quickly it turns so a sour tone - Lemons. Then there is floral hops and sweet malt along with some spices.

T: HOPS!!! Floral hops is what this beer's all about. Man, this is great. A very complex beer with spicy notes (mostly pepper), a bit of sweet maltyness is also present along with some fruit (citrus).

M: The aftertaste is a mix of bitterness and pepper. If this sounds nice you should love this beer cause you can enjoy the aftertaste all afternoon... The body is pretty light and the carbonation is something else (the feeling is alost like brettanomyces-yeast).

D: If you find this on the shelfs (even with the whimpy gnome on the label) you must be on the wrong website if you don't first buy it and secondly drink it and thirdly enjoy it. To sum it up - BUY THIS ONE!!!

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- huge, fluffy head that stays around forever and is almost meringue-like...hazy golden color...tons of lace

S- nice, hoppy aroma...banannas and spices dominate as the beer warms...a bit of yeastiness as well

T- peppery hop presence...yeasty flavor comes through as it warms...sweet bananna as well

M- smooth carbonation...nice mix between sweet and bitter...a little bit of alcohol warming

D- nice, but not great...definitely would not turn one down

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

A: Pours a cloudy and vibrant yellow with shades of orange. A massive, frothy white head takes forever to settle and leaves sheets of thick lace all the way down the glass.

S: Lemon, clean light maltiness, touch of vanilla, light clove and spice. Aroma is rich and chock-full of light fruit, spice, and sweet malt.

T&M: A very complex, yet tightly-constructed flavor profile. The malt used here is light, with sweet bready flavor. Belgian yeast contributes just a touch of spice, clove, and white pepper. The hops are the focal point, but their bitterness is subdued in favor of more hop flavor. There's a good amount of spiciness, floral notes, and light citrus (lemon, specifically). Light mineral notes are also appreciable closer to the finish, which is long and drying. Body is medium with an incredibly soft and bubbly carbonation that supremely enhances the drinking experience.

D: Highly quaffable for a beer of such ABV. Absolutely wonderful, truly a great beer.

Note: The draft version seems to me to be a bit more harsh, showing some alcoholic flavors. Moreover, the carbonation is less refined and mouthfeel isn't as good. This one is definitely superior in the bottle, though on draft it's still quite good.

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

Bought this on a whim a while ago and been meaning to get into it. Today I can't put it off any longer.

A- Poured into a snifter (not preferred) out of a 750ml. Pours a golden yellow, pale in color, with an impressive, active, ivory head. Very nice. Color is glowing.

S- Hops are there, as is a murky sweetness. Sourdough, perhaps? Not in a bad way, perhaps it's just the yeast. Still, complex bouquet. I'm smelling a meaty nuttiness, like almond paste.

T- YES! Very good, no, very great. Hops are here in full force. There's a slight medicinal/herbal aroma that gets unlocked in the sip. This has way more depth and body beyond even the most balanced IPAs. A hybrid that exceeds the sum of all its parts.. legendary brew.

M- Crisp, full-bodied, and putting a smile on my face.

D- Moderately low to moderately high. This is 9%, so watch out. Still, for us hop heads this beer takes beloved hops in a new direction without compromising the integrity of the essential hop flavor we all know and love. Truly a great beer.

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

Got a bottle of this from the Bottle King in Glen Rock.

A: Pours a somewhat clear, golden body with silky, one-finger thick white head with good retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A smooth, citrusy smell with nice, bitter, hop notes. There was some slightly floral and alcoholic undertones as well.

T: A pretty alcoholic taste with a Bretty, metallic taste with some slight citrus notes. There was some bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

M: A smooth beer that was pretty crisp. There was some slight overcarbonation, but nothing major.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Would have liked a little bit more of a bitter hop taste to it as the alcohol definitely undermined the hop presence of the beer.

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

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

One finger spongy white head on an opaque soft golden body. Spotty lacing on the glass, decent head retention. Nose is a mix of earthy hops and yeast, some perfume. Taste is strong, flavorful, perfume, floral, sweet. Alcohol heat is noted with an excellent body, perfect carbonation on the pallet, easy to drink. A tasty Belgian IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow with a tight white head that fades fast and some sediment. Nose is some sour cheesy yeast but passionfruit and orange hops as well. Shortbread malts, some white sugar that browns as it warms, white pepper and a little phenol pop in the middle with lemon ice and nettle hops to close. Tight, lingering finish with orange and cloves, some burn and amazing dryness. Round and smooth. ABV is there, but doesn't taste that high.

Probably the most American-styled of the Belgian IPAs. In a good way.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours into a perfect pint

my weekly random suggestion from my local beer store, and what a pick.

pours a slightly hazy gold with a giant cloud of foam. impressive head even after several pours into the pint. impressive lacing.

smells of lemon, citrus, a level of grassiness, and herbs (plus a hint of spice) i almost thought it was going to be like a wiezen or saison because of the light and refreshing aroma. Taste is great, lemony and grapefruit with mixes of several hops and a bit of citrus and fruit. medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel. tingles with carbonation and ends with a slight bitterness.

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

750ml green bottle, purchased directly out of the case, to avoid light exposure. "best by" date of 17/12/11 printed on the top of the neck. poured into tulip.

golden straw color. some specks of yeast (really murky on later pours). big, fluffy, foamy white head, slowly fades to bubbly and sudsy layer with meringue. great lacing.

aroma: floral, herbal noble and euro hops, mixing with yeast esters (pear, hint of apple, white grape) and toasty bread and malt. hints of phenols with the esters, blending well with hop character.

taste: toasty malt meets lots of euro and noble hops, with bold herbal and parsley tones, crisp moderate bitterness which lingers but fades enough to let the malts and esters come out for a balance of almost honey-like sweetness. phenols are controlled and help to clean things up.

medium body, with substance, and a crispness from the light resins, matching with the bitterness, and the similarly crisp yet fluffy carbonation.

i've really grown to like this style over the past year. again, always a surprise to see how my tastes change over time.

a half point bump for every score.

OLD REVIEW 02-18-2008

hazy golden honey color, with lots of little yeast clumps in suspension. tons of pillowy, sudsy head, which even leaves behind cotton-candy-like chunks/clumps of (albeit inconsistent) lacing.

saaz-like hop spiciness in the nose, with a hint of tropical fruit, and some funky yeast. a clean floweriness in the end.

notes of honey and yeast, some phenolic characteristics, but then some pale malts and more sweetness. bitterness is moderate and contributes to a nearly puckering finish.

feel is fluffy and smooth, but a bit thin and a tad astringent.

interesting, but seems a little bit like it's just some type of blond or tripel, with some extra hops thrown in for the heck of it.

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

From a 750 ml green magnum. This stuff is almost all foam when first poured out, no matter how dainty you go about it. Tall chunky organic white head that sits like meurangue. The beer itself is a cloudy honey wheat-like hue, between golden and straw.

Curious aroma, floral, light bread, grain, light citrus, some earthy grassy hops, faint mild spice.

The flavour practically is a hybrid between a Tripel and an IPA. Spicy honey sweet wheat grains up front with a piney, grassy citrus hop finish, a fine balance between the two aspects. Lingering earthy and spicy aftertaste, white grapefruit zest zing long into the play. Hard to tell who's zinging more, the wheat or the hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and well carbonated, works with the flavour profile.

A bit of a chimera, yet it works, not outstanding but its also greater than the sum of its parts, and very fine for what it is, and when all is said and done I'd tuck it in under an ambitous Tripel that's worth revisiting.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale orange with a definite yellow hue. Huge sticky, slowly melting bright white head. 95% visibility. Scored some points for the impressive head and lacing.

Smelled this one from half the room away, herbal hops right away almost like OFF bug spray. A nice push of sweet fruity belgian yeast and a faint subtle funk. Wow this sucker has one majorly complex odor.

The taste is falling right in line with the smell. Fruity esters from the belgian yeast right away, pear and stone fruit. Then the mellow flavor enhancing hop profile comes into play, super mild notes of cut grass and tea leaves, some pine resin but very controlled. The aftertaste provides an unoffensive funk accompanied by a mellowed bitterness of a PA. Where is the 9%? This is really a DIPA?

Mouthfeel is fairly light and not too clingy. Monster carbonation leaves your mouth feeling clean after each sip.

Drinkability is dangerous on this one, the 9% could get you in trouble with no hint of alcohol at all. Although, I am filling up quickly with the heavy carbonation. Knock out offering. Will seek out again.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick and fluffy head that retains well and that forms a little fluffy peak as it fades. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - A very up-front floral hoppy scent, with a little pine and grassy scents. Followed by a nice yeasty blast. Very nice.

Tatse - Very floral hoppy flavor with some nice sweetness up front. A slight alcohol warmth, especially on the first sip. A nice bitter hops taste on the finish, with a great fruity-hoppy flavor, unlike any Belgian IPA or Tripel I've ever tried before. This is definitely a world class Belgian IPA.

Mouth feel - Slippery and almost chewy with the sticky foam head. Relatively low carbonation, which really allows the hops flavor to shine through on the tongue.

Drinkability - I may have found a new favorite. I could easily do a session with a few of these. Even though it's a higher ABV, it's easily drinkable and very tasty. Excellent.

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Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.
Medium yellow in color for the body with a big two finger head.
It smells soft, some spice, a small amount of hops as well. Sipping this beauty of a beer,I taste grapefruit, banana, yeast, and again that faint dash of hops. Mmm, the taste leaves you yearning to sip again, why not ? The mouthfeel is well balanced and not overpowering, no bitter or dry aftertaste whatsoever. Drinkability is exceptional, and you would be unlikely to assume this clocked in at an abv of 9% if you had not been privy to that information ahead of time. A great beer with a clever marketing schtick.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - transparent golden w/ active carbonation and the largest foamy head i've ever seen (and still growing right out of the glass!)

S - smells like a tripel, fruity esters a-plenty, belgian funk add to that some spicy hopage

T - very spicy, alcohol is well hidden. this beer is pretty complex, lets see... fruityness(apple/pear/banana)funky brett, the hops are not as prodominant as i had hoped. finishes dry as a bone(for lack of a better phrase)

MF - highly carbonated but goes down easy for such a massive brew.

D - could use a few more hops, but overall a damn tasty belgian.

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

Big 24 oz bottle poured into fluted glass. Gnome picking hops on front with a description on back: hopped with Tomahawk, Saaz, and Amarillo!! SWEET!! Pours cloudy clear, but with a HUGE white soft head. Lacing all the way down the glass- very nice.

The aroma really takes you back and the best quality of this brew. Saaz permeates the air as soon as it is poured - Grassy and earthy spiciness. However when you get close you get hints of citrus and the funk from the yeast pulls through - simply awesome.

Tastes bitter resiny hops followed quickly with biscuity flavors. The finishing hops are evident - belgian yeasty soaked citrus fruit. Belgian crisp pilsner malts shine through clearly in the mild background of the phenolic chouffe yeast. Great profile. Good carbonation, but a tad too chewy for my taste - I prefer it to be drier even it is very dry as is. A minor quibble...

9.0% ABV?? Did not notice it at all... Drinkability might be less due to the crazy hop profile, but not by much.

Overall a fantastic beer, well worth seeking out.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,715 ratings.
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