Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
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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.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -14.3%
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 +8.8%
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 +4.5%
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 -12.1%
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 -4.3%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.3%
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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Photo of BarrelO
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Opaque yellowish orange. The head takes a while to get going, but once it does, hoo-boy. It takes over the glass and never goes away. A ton of lacing.

S: Citrusy, yeasty, slightly funky.

T: A good amount of hoppy bitterness, but not nearly enough to warrant the DIPA label. Fruity esters. Some phenols. Alcohol is clearly detectable.

M: Light and effervescent. Plenty of carbonation.

T: David the Gnome's finest hour. If you're expecting something similar to a West Cost IPA, prepare to be disappointed. But if you want a tripel with a little extra kick, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of eat
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 750ml bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

This is unquestionably one of the most delicious looking beers I've ever seen. It pours a massive, bleached-paper-white head that has the appearance and retention of marshmallows. I just want to roast this head over a fire. The retention and lacing are unreal. The top of my glass looks like a sky full of fluffy white clouds. The beer itself is a glowing golden-yellow, cloudy with no visible sediment. This is a picture-perfect glass of beer.

The smell is almost equally fantastic. So much complex, pungent hops smell, lemon, lime, a field of mixed wild flowers. I only wish the smell could be even a little more powerful. It's not weak but could be even a bit more present to be considered perfect.

It doesn't taste quite like I was expecting it to but is definitely delicious. The hops are subtle and extremely well balanced; this is no American-style hop bomb. I was expecting an explosion of hops in my mouth but instead find a more subdued and floral hop flavour than I've ever experienced. There's a little honey-like sweetness up front and the finish is incredibly smooth; just leaving a taste of wild flowers. There's just a hint of citrus and malt. The alcohol feels almost non-existent.

The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for my taste. This is a full-bodied IPA; creamy and oily. Light carbonation is perfectly paired with the creamy consistency.

One of the most drinkable beers I've ever tried. I was expecting to think that it's overpriced at $9.25 for a 750ml but I don't; I would happily pay this much for a beer this good. I could easily drink two of these back to back, though I don't know if I would want to because of the ABV. This is the best IPA I've had so far in my experience with the style.

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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a filmy gold. Nice shade of gold, but filmy. Solid object in the beer which is by design. The head is nice. Large bubbles that dissipate slow so that is a plus. Smell is rather fruity. Not my usual triple smell. 9% alcohol is a plus. Taste is a bit fruity too. I am not a fruity kind of guy so that shows some bias in my review. Nice in the mouth. No kick of an aftertaste so that is a big plus. Drinkability? Well, not a what I call "power beer" for "power drinking" like domestic lights (which is not why you buy a triple), but goes down smooth. If you like fruity, try it.

On an after note, I poured the rest of the bottle in my pilsner, and it foamed over bad. I would always pour it at 45 degrees and not let up at a 90 at the end or you will get the drink on the floor, table, all-of-the-above. For that, I bumped my appearance up 0.5.

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear yellow with a orange tint, extremely large white foamy head, and very good lacing.

smell is citrus, some fruit, grape, sour malt, a little wheat, and a bit of spice.

taste is very smooth, grain, corn, sour malt, hops in the back, a little citrus, banana, pear, aftertaste is bitter and a little dry.

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Photo of brewtal
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From a 750ml bottle with the usual lovely dwarf character reaping hops. Very colorful design with a graphic depiction of the hops varieties used (amarillo has a sombrero and so on...). Served into a La Chouffe Tulip. Poured straw yellow with big crazy bubbles dancing all up to the massive cloudy head that sticks like cotton candy during the whole drinking session. Amazing.

*EDIT: Actually more in the hues of golden yellow. Will never review appearance with a computer screen as only light source ever again!

S: Hoppy, on the grassy side with citrus fragrances and faint resin. Makes my mouth water after a hard summer day of work.

T: Big grapefruit bite and a slightly sweet and very juicy pineapple taste. Some shy grainy malts. The hops imprint fades slowly and lasts for long minutes. So does the pineapple fruity taste. Great balance. An impression of candi sugar adds complexity as it warms.

M: Lively carbonation. Almost aggressive but still manages to achieve a medium to full mouthfeel. Almost creamy when one swirls it in the mouth.

D: Wow. This IS refreshing. An idyllic summer brew, but watch your back as it's 9% abv can quickly catch up with you when you are under the blazing sun.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would like to try this from the bottle, I had it on tap at Delirium Cafe in brussels

Poured a hazy yellow with a cloudy appearance and a clumpy big two-finger head.

Aroma: The nose was a pure showcase of hops. Very grapefruity and citrusy. Not much malt comes through at all.

Taste: This is a complex beer. Take a well crafted, spicey triple and hop the shit out of it and this is what you get. In doing that you lose some of the more delicate characteristics of the triple, but the Belgian spicey yeasts and sugary malt stand up there with the hops. Grapefruit and citrus dominate the palate but are kept in check with all the other attributes.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to complain about, sharp carbonation and a thinner body than you would find in a American IPA of this strength.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Instantly foamed over the top of the bottle when opened - quickly poured into a snifter glass where a murky golden - tangerine ale was revealed with large amounts of particulates suspended throughout. Fluffy off-white head towers over the rim of the glass and is not quick to dissipate. Eventually leaves sticky chunks of lacing all the way down the side of the glass. At first I did not find it appetizing to see all the particulates, but the stickiness of the lacing won over the look of this one. Aromas were of fruity Belgian yeasts with hints of spice mixed with the familiar scent of hoppy citrus. Tastes dance on the palate as the different aspects interchange - Belgian yeast, grapefruit, mandarin orange (maybe rind) with notes of spiciness from both the Belgian side and the hop profile. Alcohol is well concealed although still present. Finishes tart, bitter, and dry. This is nicely balanced and very enjoyable. A new style for me and one I would try again!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 5/28/09.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy, effervescent golden body with tiny particles suspended throughout and a mammoth three-finger bright white head of tightly compacted bubbles that retained quite well and left elaborate designs of doily-like lacing all over the glass.

S - Pungent blend of spicy Belgian yeast, pepper and clove notes and citrus hops suggesting lemon and orange zest. A subtle alcohol presence also develops as it warmed up a bit.

T - Spicy yeast and citrusy hops abound in this delicious Belgian-style IPA. Finishes with an earthy hop character and some spicy yeasty funk.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and very lively carbonation. Finishes with a bit of earthy funk and moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Fantastic Belgian-inspired IPA with equal and impressive parts Tripel and IPA. Definitely one of the best I've had of this style to date.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green 75cl bottle poured into a huge Tripel Karmeliet glass and two kasteel glasses.

Hazy golden amber body with large white head which stayed the distance, the last glass poured was cloudier and meaner looking taking all the sediment within.

The aroma was Grapefruit, Lemon and Hoppy.

The taste was sharp, tart and crispy. The hops and a grapefruit flavour took the taste stakes. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops take over the citrus flavours as the beer warms in the glass.

I got this at the brewery, I believe it is brewed for the USA market and unavailable in Europe apart from the brewery?

The beer seemed to get drier as the tasting progessed and the final (third pour) glass was a lot more hoppy than the first two, so the sediment must be heavy in the hop department.

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

The colour is pale yellow; the liquid is a bit hazy. The white head is three fingers high. Massive lacing.

The smell is bitter-hoppy and fresh with some sour wheat flavours, yeast and alcohol. It is both aggressive and balanced.

The taste is bold and strong: Belgian fruity yeast and lots of hoppy bitterness (without any American citric notes). Some sweetness and a touch of bananas. The aftertaste is bitter with some clean sweetness, exotic fruits and Belgian wheat-sour flavours. Overall, there are lots of flavours, but it still manages to keep them together. The finish is sweet.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles are small. The liquid is mid-smooth.

This is a grand beer, but not as simple just bitter as other Belgian IPAs that I have had before.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 2,730 ratings
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