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.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at work because I saw so many great reviews on here. I bought it a few hours before close and threw it into the cooler so I could drink it after work. I put it in the car, had a quick dinner, went to a friend house and sat it back in the fridge for maybe 20 minutes. At most it fell over in the car once. However, upon opening it, it was a total bottle bomb and poured massive head for the next hour and a half I was drinking it. I hope it was just one bad bottle.

A: Ton of head, more than 5 fingers, pretty much the whole glass. It's bright white. The beer is a pale golden straw color with lots of active carbonation.

S: Very hoppy, definitely a noble hop smell. No malt, a little grapefruit.

T: Still german hops, probably Saaz -something verified by the bottle I see- Very little or no Brett, very little malt. As it warms, malt becomes more available. Some spiciness. Not very tripely, but good in it's own way.

M: Light, particularly w/the foam. Slightly tingly.

D: Would be much better without the head, but still ok.

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Photo of nicnut45
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy dark straw color that leaves a big fluffy white head. This one smells like a cross between a tripel and a pilsner. I think it smells great. Fresh saaz hop aroma followed by banana and clove in the background. Upon first taste there is a strong peppery bitterness. As this one warms up peppery taste is less evident and a mild sweetness comes through. Thick mouthfeel and a creamy carbonation. This is a fine beer to drink but not overly exciting. I like the idea of a belgian ipa but the flavors seemed to fight with each other rather then mellow out.

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Photo of linnet
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden colour, small white head, lots of lacing. Smells of grass, straw and yeast although less than is usual for the style, smells almost more like a well hopped pilsner than a tripel. Flavour is also hoppy and is also reminiscent of a pilsner more than a tripel although the yeastiness is there in the background. Mouthfeel is average with small crisp bubbles. Overall more interesting than well tasting, I don't join the hype, but it is still worth a try.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle into a tulip/ no freshness date

P: Cloudy honey gold with a magnificent crown perched atop the head of this beauty! The ivory white foam is thick, dense as a dollop of whipped cream, and displays some tremendous muffin tunnels as it sinks in the rockiest of fashions. What's more, it shows unbelievable retention as it hung around in excess of 10 minutes! It also left some of the thickest, most impressive sheets of lace that I've seen in a long time. This achieves true greatness in its appearance!

A: Big, juicy, spicy hops that smell predominantly of lemon peels and other citrus fruits, along with some grassy notes and a spicy, floral kind of smell to them as well. There's also some toasted grain, orchard fruits, and a hearty helping of spices that include white pepper and the unmistakable presence of clove above all else. Damn, the aroma almost approaches the level of greatness that the appearance reaches, but not quite. It's still really freaking good, though!

T: Wow! Sometimes, I find the Belgian IPA to be a weird mixture of styles that features a bunch of flavors that don't always meld together real well. Not this one! The hops just compliment the already-delicious tripel underneath to make this one superb beer!

Fresh, juicy, citric hop goodness brings an initial tropical vibe to the party, while the perfectly-toasted malts reinforce them by playing a strong supporting role. Shortly after the initial blast of hops, the bubblegum-like tripel flavors of fruits just explode onto the scene with big notes of sweet apples, melons, peaches, and passion fruit being accented by the potpourri of spices that consist mainly of white pepper and clove that jazz things up considerably. The finish is pretty dry with a lot more resinous pine from the hops leaving a bit of hop oil saturating the tongue for a long aftertaste. Really, really impressive!

M: The Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a medium-bodied beer with a smooth, expansive, rich and clean feel that stays sharp and crisp enough to work perfectly with the flavor profile. It is a little more prickly on the tongue than I would like at first, but it smooths out considerably as it warms up.

Notes: I know that my profile lists the IRS as my favorite style, but seeing as how deciding between that, the DIPA, and the Belgian Tripel was like splitting hairs, it really means nothing. Having said that, I knew I was going to like this beer because it combines two of my favorite styles, but damn! This is a grand-slam of a beer as far as I'm concerned! It's as impressively hoppy, fruity, spicy, alcoholic, dry, and scrumptious as I was hoping for, and then some! I'm not exactly well-versed in Belgian IPA's, but one thing is for sure. This one is my favorite of all the ones I've tried so far. Highly recommended!

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

Poured into a tulip glass formed a two finger white head with some lacing as the head died down. The beer was a very pale wheat yellow color. Aroma was mainly grains and lemon or citrus.

The taste was citrusy and grainy wheat along with light alcohol. The mouthfeel was alcoholic and light with a ending of bitterness.

Nice triple, not to harsh but could use a bit of mellowing. Not much of an IPA IMHO, just not hoppy enough to qualify for me.

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

Poured from the 750ml bottle. One of the best heads I've seen in a while. Copious, creamy, and rocky. Has those gorgeous belgian mountainous clumps of foam. Incredible lacing. Hazy gold with small yeast floaties. Yes, this is a perfect looking beer for the style, which seems to me should be a Tripel.

Nose is vibrantly fruity, with a good amount of hop citrus, but not quite as hop-forward as I expected.

Flavor is hoppy, but the classic Tripel profile is intact: alcoholic heat, rubbery yeastiness, and honey-like sweetness. The hops provide a certain dryness to this beer, balancing the typically sweet nature of a tripel. Hop flavor is spicy and grassy. Mouthfeel is great; oily and slippery. Carbonation appears rather high, but it is very fine so the beer is not adversely affected. The heat is there, but for 9 percent abv, this is very drinkable.

This is an awesome beer, and I would definitely classify it as a (hoppy) Tripel before I would call it an IPA or a double IPA.

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Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was actually a VERY good example of a style that has not worked for me so far. Had a really good IPA flavor . Not too much hops, not too much belgian character. Good golden color, great carbonation, very good. At this abv, it's really a double ipa but very drinkable at that ABV.

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Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a massive white head. Smells phenolic, and like alcohol. Taste is earthy bitterness, a hint of spicy Belgian yeast, and a sweet malt middle. Finish is dry and sharp hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, high carbonation. Pretty drinkable, this is a good beer. I am a bit disappointed though, especially considering the average rating of this beer is an A. It was a good beer, but I would not consider it great IMO.

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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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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,755 ratings