Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

2,714 Ratings
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 eat
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -8.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +11.2%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.9%
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 -8.8%
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 +5.2%
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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Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first high gravity beer bought in alabama!

a - poured a three-fingers thick and fluffy white head into my free the hops tulip. the head was long-lasting and billowy and really clung to the glasses leaving sticky lace all the way through. the body was a hazy orange color. this was a beautiful looking beer.
s - citrusy and yeasty. lots of orange aromas in the nose.
t - bready with a citrusy hop bite.
m - creamy and so smooth.
d - lip-smacking good. i'm really getting into ipa's with belgian yeast and this was a fine offering.

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

I gawd, aboot freaking time the SAQ got this one.

Awesome looling ale, huge head, huge lacing (got a solid 1/4 inch RING of lace on the edge of the Duvel glass). Pours a medium golden with a big white head.

Aroma of cat pee hops, dryhops and hops. Awesome. Flavor is a good bread dough/wheat malt caracter followed by a bitter smack in the face I've only encountered in my own homebrew and some real chinook oriented beers like Bigfoot.

What a ale, drank the whole 750 ml bottle quickly, and felt like openning another!

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into my d'Achouffe tulip glass and let me tell you, there IS a reason you pour beer into the proper glassware. Part of it is psychological, yes, you like having a beer in a glass made for it, but let me tell youl: If you could only see this beer and how it poured so perfectly you would agree 100%!

Pours a deep and rich pumpkin pie color with an incredible head that leaves cotton candy like lacing all over the glass. This stuff is just clinging to the sides of the glass. The slowly subsiding foam looks like a marshmallow slowly melting in a glass of hot chocolate. The core is still intact but its as if it is melting around itself. What a beauty.

Sweet clementine notes on the nose mingle with a sharp wheat aroma. Pine tree notes are evident, but quite deep within the smell, the rest is belgian yeast, sourdough bread, and orange peel.

This beer tastes excellent. Starts out sweet and fruity, almost flowery, but when it washes over your tongue that fades into a excellent hop bitterness, not overly bitter, but it dries out on the tongue. Crackers, sour wheat, and pine elements all over the place. Still sufficiently fruity.

Mouthfeel is intense, you will experience all sorts of flavors. From sweet to sour to bitter to someplace you didn't even know existed this truly is a wonderful beer.

Overwhelmingly one of my favorite belgian beers even though it is really a Belgian influenced by American style hop profiles. What a keeper! I wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a glowing golden-straw with some sediment. It has an abundance of fluffy white head that dissipates only a little leaving a big cloud of white head for the remainder. This is truly one of the most visually appealing beers I've ever seen.

S- Aromas that are present include spicy yeast, sweet dried fruit, and some pungent citric/tropical fruit undertones.

T- Sweet pale malt and herbal hope flavors up front, accompanied by spicy yeast flavors, which fade to a bittersweet finish. Very complex, every sip seems to yield new flavors.

M- Medium body, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low-medium, fine carbonation, I wish there was a little BIT more.

D- Very, very drinkable especially considering the hefty 9% ABV.

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Photo of Taverner420
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff pours a cloudy golden (some of the sediment got mixed up during transport - but it works!) The aroma isn't so great - but once they change those bottles from green to brown I expect that to go away. The flavor is the biting bitterness from the hops, both the Europ and American varieties. The stuff does have a warm mouthfeel that tastes pretty boozy, but the dryness balances this out.

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

Served in an tulip style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a lightly hazed gold color with a ¼" white head that eventually recedes to a fine ring. Sipping leaves a fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with lemon zest with a hint of clove or spice. There is a grassy/floral component to the aroma but other than that not a lot to indicate the hop bitterness in the flavor. I can't pick up any scent of the alcohol in this one.

Taste: The taste is fruity and sweet with some malt and yeast present but then the hops kick in and provide grassy herbal hop bitterness to balance the fruit and sweetness. There is no real trace of the alcohol and all the flavors seem to be in just the right balance.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel from the carbonation. The dry finish is medium long with the spicy hops trailing off to nothing.

Drinkability: This turns out to be a wonderfully drinkable beer but with the 9% ABV it could easily sneak up on you and thump you across the back of the head. I'll definitely want to have more of this beer, but only one portion at a time.

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

pour is like few. beautiful and with a nice head of bone white with a condensing head. turns to cotton candy in about five minutes. nose of belgian sugar cane. honey malt. and candied pineapple. taste is more extravagant. honey, pollen, very mild musky saaz bitter, fruity, orange juice, lemon zest, pineapple, but more so applesauce. hops are clean but the beer is sweet. i'll be honest to say i don't like it out of the tap. too thin... too sweet and mild. muskiness is in the bottle. the sweet is nice but it takes away from the beer when the range of flavor is put on the chopping block. i will be honest as to say that i don't know what would make this beer a better example of its style besides a milder sweet.

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Photo of JVEyck309
2.64/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazy golden, can't see through it. Great head and lacing.
S: Herbal grassy hops
T&M: Disappointing. I am not overly familiar with this style besides maybe Piraat.. BUT.. Sort of a one-note tune. Bitter but with little flavor, overly crisp.. flavors of apple, pepper, bitter grassy pale and almost medicinal hops. I even want to add, somewhat metallic taste too.. high ABV warms the throat but I don't feel like it is welcomed..not too enjoyable for me maybe my palate isn't ready for this one!? But I do not dig this one..
D: Ehhh, I finished my first glass and I'll finish the bottle.. but this won't be something I will bother with

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Photo of apowar
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours the color of pinapple juice, unfiltered with suspended yeast particles. Head is enormously stiff with unbelievable head retention and significant lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, rice, apple, clove and grass.

Flavor is slightly sour up front, but develops into a beautifully balanced, unimposingly sweet, fruity (pear, apple, candy sugar) and toasty yeast beverage. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol and dry pithy bitterness, which does little more than to just refresh the palate.

Holy calamity is this thing soft! Medium body with prickly (at first), refreshing carbonation that quickly becomes very soft that really sticks to your teeth and tickles your gums.

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Photo of philbe311
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - An epic mountain of rocky white foam forms from a very standard pour... Wonderful retention... Hazy pale yellow color... Faint honey colored hue... Lots of foam rings cling to the sides of the tulip glass...

S - Wonderful nose... Light malt... Subdued but complex hop bill... Sweet lemon... Sweet orange... Yeast... A vague spiciness... Just a tad of candied sugars...

T - A multitude of tastes dance on the palette... All with wonderful balance... Nothing particular dominates... Lemon ... Citrus... Biscuit... Yeasty funk... Grassy... A small spicey kick...

M - Perfect amount of slightly pringly carbonation... Medium bodied... Lush... Slightly bitter and puckering... Delicate, especially considering the 9% ABV... Crisp... Wonderful balance and complexity...

D - An outstanding brew in all facets... ABV is well hidden... Sophisticated... Easy drinking... I could drink this over and over and over again...

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Photo of spointon
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub on 5/2/2009.

A= This ale poured a pale, cloudy, yellow-gold color with a 1" fluffy white head. The head took a long time to settle into a thin cap and left insane amounts of lace down my glass.

S= I found lot of hops in the aroma as well as Belgian funky yeast, alcohol, and a very faint candy sweetness.

T= This brew was hoppy, citrusy, and bitter on the front end, with biscuity malt, fruitiness and funky yeast in the middle. It finished with a soft alcohol warmth.

MF= This one was medium bodied with a super effervescent carbonation level.

D= Two of my favorite styles (IPAs and Belgian tripels) blended into one fine elixir. Highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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

I have wanted to try this one on-tap for a while now and finally came across it at the Charlotte Flying Saucer. Served in a tulip glass a nice hazy pale yellow with a nice frothy off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp Earthy hops and spice. The taste seems to lose a bit without the benefits of bottle conditioning. The hops, spice and sweet malts are still there, but not as profoundly as from the bottle. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with some alcohol presence. This one seems to follow in the footsteps of other Belgians such as Saison Dupont that are much better from the bottle.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a 16oz bulb-shaped glass (since I don't have a legit tulip yet). This beer was a gusher on me! Lost maybe ¼ of the bottle, but my quick instincts allowed me to siphon off the foam rushing out while simultaneously grabbing the glass and positioning it to contain the fountain of beer. Phew!

A: Deep golden body, very cloudy with a lot of sediment - yeast I presume, since I could see a ring of caked to the bottom of the inside of the bottle. Big, chunky, white head about three fingers thick. This was obviously intensified and thickened by the fact that this beer gushed when I opened it and it went straight into the glass, so I'm sure the appearance, thickness and retention of the head will be different in my experience compared to others. Even in light of this accident, this is still a decent looking beer - reminds me of a Belgian wit because of the cloudiness.

S: A light, sweet grassy scent, undoubtedly from the hops. I'm also picking up what I assume to be the calling card of the Belgian yeast - kind of creating a slightly sour, slightly funky note (but not at all overpowering or unpleasant to my nose).

T: I've read that Belgian IPAs are known for being much more balanced in their hoppiness, and its quite apparent here as the hops are present, but not to the point of assaulting your tastebuds like most American hop-bombs. I get a bit of a grassy sweetness up front, maybe a touch of honey, lemon and pear. The sweetness however, gives way to a hop bitterness that is pleasant but smooth and then fades into the malt backbone with strong yeast flavors and a note reminiscent of biscuits. There is a tinge of a faintly sour, funky flavor which I can only assume is the working of the yeast and it appears after the malt flavors and recedes into the finish. The finish is slightly drying, bringing out almost, grainy, wheat-like qualities. Quite complex - I know I'm not picking up on everything this beer is throwing at me; you just have to taste it for yourself because it is wonderfully delicious and perplexing!

M: Very good carbonation (at least in my experience because of the gush!); tingly, prickly on the palate, creating a crisp edge, yet it settles into a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: At 9% ABV, I'm surprised how well the alcohol was hidden - did not get much of a warming sensation, and only in the last sip did I detect any of the peppery alcohol flavor common in Belgian ales.

I can see why this is one of the top 5 Belgian IPAs on the site - good balance of the sweet, grassy hops meets the presence of malts and Belgian yeasts to give off that slight funk that I find to be intriguing and not at all distasteful. Definitely a world apart from most American IPAs I've tried because this beer overpowers your palate with a multitude of subtle flavors rather than just the brunt force of hop bitterness. This is much smoother while still offering those bright, grassy/citrusy hop aromas and flavors to enjoy.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into my tulip glass a clear luminous golden peach color. Great fluffy white clouds of head laze about the glass for what seems like hours, finally sinking to swaths of sticky white cotton candy lace.

Scent is immediately apples, peaches, pear fruit with a spicy hop note.

Taste is well balanced between sweet, tart and bitter. Light fruits - pear, apple - and citrus (lemon / lime) notes glaze the substantial biscuity malt beneath. Spicy hops culminate in a crisply bitter finish which lingers on the palate wonderfully.

Mouth is crisp and drying. Very pleasant.

Drinkability is astounding. Absolutely delightful. 9% abv is completely undetectible.

This is a beer unquestionably worthy of an A. Wow.

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Photo of meatyard
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very pale hazed golden yellow with a large white head that falls to a cover leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is lemon & yeast.

There's a lot going on with the taste. There is the citrus-lemon, Belgian yeast, a grassy hop flavor, some malt sweetness and a touch of bitterness in the end. The flavors are so much more pronounced than the smells.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not a detriment in any way.

Drinkability is very good. The ABV is up there but unnoticed and it tastes darn good too. From a 750 ml bottle.

This is my favorite of the Belgian IPAs so far.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

As soon as I popped the cap, foam started pouring out. Luckily, I had kept the bottle cold enough so that I didn't lose much.

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color. There's a flurry of yeast activity underneath a massive vanilla ice cream colored head. Great head retention. Left behind giant chunky icebergs of foam. Stickiest lacing I've ever seen.

The aroma is very lemony. Sweet lemony. Nice hop presence in the nose, and some clove spice. It's an aggressive aroma, to say the least.

The first sip of this beer is pretty awe-inspiring for me. It starts out with fruity yeasty sweetness, then the hops kick in, leaving a bitter pine finish. Really, really unique flavor. This beer hits your palette from every angle.

Body is heavier than I expected. On the heavier side of medium. Super creamy and smooth. Pretty easy drinker.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,714 ratings.
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