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 gnomes of Fairyland may be little, but they have big, very big, personalities. HOUBLON CHOUFFE matches their impish spirits. All gnomes, with their innate good taste, are in full agreement about HOUBLON CHOUFFE, which is flavoured by three different types of hops. This India Pale Ale is appreciated for its pronounced bitterness combined with the fruity tones of traditional Achouffe beers: it softens the strongest of characters.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

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Ratings: 2,765 |  Reviews: 1,208
Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 75cl bottle poured into a Delirium tulip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S - Is yeasty spicey and hoppy

T - Follows the nose but stronger and better

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

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

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

Chalk this up as another Chouffe that I like.

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

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

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

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

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

taste- tart, bitter, sweet, little finish

color- straw, gold

clarity- cloudy, lots of sediment

smell- estery, apples, citrus

body- medium-light, front palate weight

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

overall impression- good, smooth, sweet

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

glassware: tulip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S: Floral hops, peach and some citrus notes.

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

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

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

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

750ml into Duvel tulip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

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

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

The aroma is light flowers and hops.

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

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

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

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

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

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

750mL bottle poured into tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

750 mL green bottle.

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

Big fruit aroma, pineapple, ripe pears.

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

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

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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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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings