Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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4.21/5
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2,734 Ratings
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#991
Reviews:
1,201
Ratings:
2,734
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
4.38
 
 
Wants:
217
Gots:
433
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,734 |  Reviews: 1,201
Photo of Rilesmiles
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass by freshness date.

Cloudy golden orange in color, the pour quickly builds up glorious velvety white head that very well retains with god-like retention. It just slowly dissipates to an eternal layer of silky crown and leaves plenty of refined yet sticky lacing all around. There are lots of fizzy carbonation visible through the eyesight.

It is so hoppy and same time so malty in the aroma, hop with its citrus, lime, tropical fruit, spice, grass, and herbal while malt with its biscuit, caramel, candy, and lightly toasted bread. Belgian’s yeast strain also reinforces with its spice, clove, fruity ester, yet some phenol. So enticing.

The taste is all those goodness qualities messed up together in positive and delicate fashion. Bold spiciness and clove from hop and yeast; rich sweetness from malt as a biscuit, caramel, and candy; some toasted profile adding more depths; mellow and crisp fruitiness of citrus, lime, and tropical fruit from both hop and yeasty ester; strong presence of bitterness as well as some herbal and grassy from hop; there are also the other elements like a hint of honey, dry grain, and treacle to get it much deeper and tasty through the palate sensation.

Medium to full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel from its lively crispness and medium to high carbonation, the overall feeling is just right and goes down very well with a pleasantly dry finish that will quickly lead to the next sip.

I don’t feel the 9% ABV at all. It is perfectly concealed underneath the greatness in all aspects. Hop, malt, yeast, they all are harmoniously working well together to provide a sheer complexity and great tastiness as well as drinkability that one beer can possess.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gandres
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Pale, bright yellowish, medium off white foam, hazy
fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to high bitterness
feel: very good, long follow through, bitter after tast
overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes
drank: February 14, 2017 8:03 PM

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ian_Alexander
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip from bottle, nice 2 finger cream colored head, nice/epic retention and lacing. Pale somewhat opaque golden in the glass. Smells faintly of belgian esters(fruity) and citrus. Taste initially fruity from the yeast along with some citrus and is a little sweet thru the middle ending in a somewhat spicy semi dry finish. In my quest for good Belgian IPA's this one is up there. It has a nice belgian yeast thing going on there, but not the sweetness you normally get from a tripel, the hop usage gives you a little citrus and some bitterness to tame the sweetness. Going to start keeping this around now that my TW keeps it in stock

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Photo of Johng19751
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFNC
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jroof1
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thgreatrandini
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dazka
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Capped 750 poured into a teku. Pours almost clear, light golden color with a massive, chunky, pure white head that leaves globs of 'lace' over the glass. Aroma is a mixture of lemonade and yeast - actually quite intriguing. Taste combines melon, lemon, yeast and flowery herbs, with an interesting bitterness at the front of the tongue. Mouth is fairly dry, but with enough sweetness to keep it very drinkable. Overall, an excellent and quite different take on an IPA that could only come from Belgium.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: golden with thick white head, carbonation rolling over the class
Smell: pine, Belgium yeast, Dark fruits.... very triple style smell with a very light hint of pine/hops
Taste: shot of pine up front followed by belgium yeast, Dark fruits, bitterness and some banana??? Not sure if I even like this taste or combination.
Feel: super dry and crisp, light carbonation and a medium body
Overall: honestly no idea what to think of this beer. It's like someone took a mediocre triple and threw bags of hops into it

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Photo of bluo127
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Supergenou
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. L: Light golden color, a bit unfiltered clarity. S: Floral and spicy. T: Spicy, subtle fruity esters, definitely from the distinct Belgian yeasts. Floral and spicy hops are still there, creating a very nice balance. F: medium-light which is impressive for the abv. O: A great take on a Belgian IPA, with just a smidge more hop forward than your typical Belgian, Belgian IPA. Americanized versions can be very different.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,734 ratings
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