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.

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had in pilsner glass at Publick House in Brookline, MA.

It arrived at the table with a substantial amount of frothy, white head over a clear, warm golden body.

Aroma is citrusy and sweet with a hint of hops. Yeasty, bready and sweet with a little pleasant funk.

Taste is citrusy, caramely and more Belgian trippel than American IPA. Hints of pear and other tree fruits. Not too hoppy or hot.
A little yeasty and almost a wheaty, bubblegum flavor.

Smooth, medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is excellent for 9%. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle with a variation on the typical Chouffe theme. Green bottle with 9%abv printed on the label. Golden color with fast moving carbonation and a huge mountain of rocky head and lace is up to the challenge. Extremely inviting. Perfect.

This brew has tripel characteristics all around it and in the middle. Fruity with loads of sweetened coconut, citrus, the typical belgian yeast goodness. Spicey as it goes along and warms up. Earthy on the backside. Back to the fruity phenols and then comes full circle and finishes with a spicey hopped up mcgillicuty. This could easily be a "5". It's the best tripel I've had in recent memory and the backend spices make this a "must taste".

Notes: You get what you pay for sometimes and in this case its worth every cent. The best way to describe this beer is that its got all the goodness of a superb belgian Tripel w/ an American hop twister on the frontside that actually blends well.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Capped and undated 750 purchased at Merchan'ts in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Hazed gold with a huge head of white that shows good retention and leaves intricately broken rings of lace as it goes down.

Citric hops with some floral notes dominate the nose but there is enough malty sweetness to keep it balanced. The hops have a pleasant aroma of fresh orange juice. A bit grassy with some earth. Very nice.

Lots of hop flavors as well. Citric and leafy with some grass and hop oils. Again, just enough malt for backbone but this is a hop lovers dream come true. Slight fruityness that suggests melons in the background. Dry almost puckery finish. I sometimes like a full on in your face hop bomb, this barely qualifies as such because I get to taste different aspects of the hops without getting bashed over the head with the usual Chinook or Centennial arsenal. I love it.

The mouth is alive with lots of carbonation and hop dryness that help clear the palate save for some lingering hop flavors. This is a great beer. I will buy more in the morning before work. I'll make sure to keep it in my truck in the parking structure down the street....but who knows...those gnomes have a history of causing mischief.

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Photo of codekiln
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance - beautiful, golden, light! creamy foam with tiny lace. head dissipates in five min, but the top maintains little jetties for 30+ min.

smell - herbacious, sweet malt. fresh hops. swirled several times in a very wide snifter.

taste - toasty aftertaste. you can taste the alcohol in the foam. the bitterness / astringincy is not overwhelming, but is very balanced. taste of foam is more bitter than beer underneath. delicious. that's all I can say. sweet taste on the front of the tongue, then a bitterness as you swallow comes to the fore. the hops are mystical somehow, multi-dimensional. doesn't just taste like hopps; tastes like a very dynamic hopps taste. the medicinal taste is refreshing.

mouthfeel - creamy, not sharp. this beer is not heavy, because it doesn't have the heavy taste - but it does not have that thin, watery crispness. tiny bubbles slowly float. the beer licks you back.

on the back of the bottle:
Houblon Chouffe is brewed by the Artisans of la brasserie d'Achouffe deep in the heart of Belgium's Ardeen's mountains. On its journey across the globe the little Chouffe wandered through beautiful hopfields. The Overwhelming aroma of these little hop flowers such as Tomahawk, Amarilo and Saaz amazed him. Back at home in the Ardeens he crafted a new recipe combining this dazzling array of hops with the depth and body of his favorite style "Tripel". Thus, our little Chouffe's new i nspiration Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel was born. Enjoy the flavor of three kinds of hops in Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of kajerm
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy yellow-gold with a massive, Duvel-sized head. After one sip it explodes all over the walls of the glass, leaving a plate of lacing that covers almost the entire glass.

The aroma is herbal, floral continental hops-- Saaz, I think--mixed with phenols, esters, and every other one of those awesome, yeast-derived chemicals that show up in Belgian beers. Bananas, cinnamon, whatever-- this stuff is so unbelievably complex that it'd be even easier than usual to make up aromas.

Opens up like Duvel but better, so much better. The flavors are cleaner and the banana esters don't run the entire show. Fruity esters and spicy phenols give way to malty sweetness and a little candi sugar mid-palate, along with just a little butterscotch flavor from diacetyl. All of this quickly gives way to assertive hop bitterness on the finish. America and Belgium had a baby, and they called it Houblon.

So much going on, and everything is in perfect balance. This shit is awesome.

The mouthfeel is moderately heavy, with just enough carbonation.

9%ABV be damned. Not only could I drink this until I died, but I'd have a happy stay in Hell as long as this was on tap.

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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 alkemy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour is a hazy almost opaque yellow out of the petit brown bottle. Slightly off white head looks like a meringue and really sticks around. My Sam Adams perfect pint glass might have aided this. Smells fantastic. Yeasty and fruity and the Saaz hops stood out. Lots of lemon and a little clove as well as a touch of bubblegum. There's a doughy sweetness when this hits your mouth, but it's quickly replaced by a stream of other flavors. There's some peppery clove blending to grapefruit. Then a touch of vanilla comes in before the grapefruit reappears and establishes the lingering taste. You almost have to try to taste the alcohol in this...pretty impressive for 9%. I felt it in my stomach more than anything. Smooth, creamy feel that goes down effortlessly. Pretty impressive beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale cloudy golden yellow with extremely active carbonation and a rocky and tightly bubbled whitish head. The head looks nearly like a rootbeer float, it really is gorgeous with thick sticky lace clinging to the sides of the glass, with carbonation bubbling nicely with no signs of stopping in sight.

S: Very clean and fresh smelling, with grassy lemon hops and a tiny bit of a yeasty funk with a nicely balanced bready sweetness.

T/MF: Very bitter to begin almost astringent lemony quailty with a very active carbonation profile all over the mouth that becomes grassy and peppery then as the beer warms the bitterness (almost sour at this point) subsides just a bit and lets a nice sugary sweet bready character come through just the tiniest bit. The close is dry and leaves the tongue feeling quite slick and has a nice grassy peppery aftertaste.

D: I really think I have found a new favorite beer style as I am in love with Belgian IPAs at the moment, I'd have a very very hard time choosing between either this or a Piraat. This is a clean easy drinking refreshing beer that is very complex and beautiful to look at. If I were in on a hop kick I'd take this, if I were looking for something sweeter I'd take the Piraat. If I had a wad of bills I'd take a case of each.

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

1pt 9.4 Fl. oz bottle courtesy of TwelveVoltMan. Monstrous thanks for sending this back to PA with me after the OSU-Uof(why can't we beat OSU)M game.

Pours a succulent chunky bright gold in color. Simply Titanic-sized, uber-creamy head boils up and lies in fluffy bunches in the glass. Huge-ma splotches of nose-clinging lace enhance the experience.

Aromas, per the label, are a result of Tomahawk, Amarillo, and Saaz hops. Holy shit. The bottle don't lie. Assault on the nasal passages by the trifecta of hops. And it's all good. Playing second fiddle to the 3 Hopsmen of the Apocalypse is a lively array of peppery spice, doughy yeast, and even some funk as it warmed. Another easy 5 here.

Flavors start off estery-sweet and show some citrusy component. Bannanas and orange peel. Lemon zest. Middle sees some crispness creep in. Finishes dry, with a hint of honey-soaked ABV to let you know it ain't a pushover. Almost a numbing of the palate from the hops. Oily residue on my lips and window-shaking burps add to the experience.

Mouthfeel is every so slightly on the thin side. If this had a little more "oomph" it'd be off the charts. Still, the thick and creamy lace do a nice cloaking job on the palate.

This beer is just stupidly drinkable. Never mind the big-assed bottle. I had no problems draining this one. Such a great combination of flavors and aromas. I must get several more of these when I venture west to Ohio next time. This is one damn fine beer.

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

A blurry saffron yellow sits below a truly mountainous rise of white foam...one that only slowly erodes to form a floating mesa in the glass, while leaving the edges positively filthy with lace.
Saaz stamps its signature on the aroma first and foremost, but it's not autocratic. Whelps of lemon pulp, sourdough, spearmint, thyme, sawdust, dusty chalkboards, granite, sugar cookies, and muskmelon all are present and given votes democratically.
It surges into the mouth, dryish at first with a French bread maltiness that quickly changes phase toward things sweeter and juicier. Lemon poppyseed muffins, all doughy and undercooked, seem the malts main footprint henceforth, but myriad hues of fried plantains, kiwi, orange creamsicles, and frosted sugar cookies provide notable cameos. Yeast adds flourishes of sandalwood, white peppercorn, limestone, and chalk. Then the hops take their obvious star turn. Saaz brings it hardest, not surprising, given the nose. Full of hay bales, sere fire-prone prairies, and pressed wildflowers. But there's a more humid and sticky element here too. Credit that to the Yankee Amarillos and Tomahawks. It turns danker, with a resinous notion of ganja, grapefruit, mint leaves, and pine pitch.
The body is airy and whipped, but full. Carbonation tends to seep out as it feeds the gaudy head, but even when basically flat, this is drinkable in giant esophagus-stretching pulls. Which is scary, actually.
This is made for big important meals, and carries the complexity and dexterity to match pretty much anything it is paired with. From frozen pizza to roasted herb-crusted grouse to rhubarb pie, this, I believe, would shine. Oh, and it shines pretty fucking bright on its own too, in the absence of food and the desire for more once the 750mL is gone.

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Photo of cs45977
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying, thank you Brasserie d'Achouffe for taking a chance and brewing this beer.

A - Very cloudy golden color with a good foam (two or three fingers). Foam laced nicely along sides of the glass all the way to the last sip. This beer has the appearance of a classic Belgian Triple

S - The Smell is where things get interesting. There is a distinctive yeasty odor very reminiscent of other Belgians but it is complimented with an unexpected floral hop odor that is normally reserved for the American IPA.

T - The smell was the preparation, the taste is the journey. There are many things going on in the mouth with this beer. At the very first taste you will notice the Belgian yeast and malt
If it were possible to stop right there, this would be an excellent triple. As I you continue to taste the hop flavor opens up in the back of your mouth (on swallow) and rises back to the nose. It may be that the higher alcohols and esters are carrying the hop flavors. The combination is really quite unexpected and wonderful.

M - very good and indicative of a highly carbonated bottle conditioned Belgian.

D - I've found this beer to be very drinkable. The several times I've encountered this beer, it has been shared with friends during tastings and this one is always the 'best of show'. The hybrid style seems to appeal to the best of both the IPA and Triple crowd and both 'camps' will be very happy.

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

A- Clear Pilsner color to this beer. It's well carbonated and the head retention is beautiful.
S-It a bouquet of hops and yeast minus the malt. The yeast comes through as estery and balances with a floral hop aroma. Specifically, grapefruit is apparent. No off smells.
T- It tastes highly carbonated. The flavor, however is pleasantly different. It almost tastes like a cantaloupe juice with a finishing bitterness that lingers. It is certainly fruitful and hopped up. I wish the Saaz gave it a little more aroma.
M- Carbonated but warm. The carbonation is somewhat overwhelming at first, but as it sits, the flavor really comes through and the carbonation mellows.
O- Overall I would consider this a world class beer. The color is perfect to the Tripel Style where the hop flavor takes over in the finish and accents the West Coast IPA style. The English side in this beer is the overall balance between the two. Perhaps all three styles are accented in a sense. That's why I consider this to be phenomenal.

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

A- cloudy lemon yellow with an impressive frothy white head. superfine mesh lace like stretched microfiber. most excellent rings of lace from drinking as well spattered fine as chalk dust. a very attractive brew, shining color and amazing head retention.

S- extremely floral and sweet and very fruity. gardenia, wisteria, incense, banana, tropical citrus, pineapple, lychee, papaya, white bread, and some crazy yeast! floral alcohol esters as well and a little bit of bubblegum.

T- white toast and incredible hop flavor and again with the awesome yeast. sharp noble type hop bite is so very floral and green. jasmine, patchouli, lilies, tulip, daffodil, narcissus, many flowers come to mind. orange and grapefruit blossom in the hop zing, what i would expect from such a great belgian IPA. lingering astringent finish. bubblegumish bitter burp. this yeast is outer space! lemon, nutmeg, and bitter. golden raisin after taste. unknown fruits.

MF- silky belgian feel, slightly powdery, mid bodied. medium high carbonation, medicinal and boozy. outstanding.

D- great drinkability despite its intensity. a very sophisticated brew.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours to the glass with a good strong head that clumps down the sides and fills the glass with a cloudy orange, fizzing offering.
I am smelling pine, clove and yeasty aromas. The flavor of fruit and spice, grapefruit and lemon with a warm finish.

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Photo of joepais
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours hazy golden nice white fluffy head I had one bottle that had some yeast floating around in it. Don’t forget to rinse your glass out after or be prepared to scrub the glass for a long time Hoppy fruity aroma, tastes the way it smells nice hops bitter with the fruity Belgian yeast .sharp bubbly mouth feel.
Great Belgian tripel one of my favorites so far

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

Large capped bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful bright golden, with a profuse, never ending fluffy white head, and a lot of lacing.
Very nice, hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, but without the grapefruit notes that are more typical of Cascade; it almost feels like the open sea aroma. Yeasty notes, some bread, and perhaps even a slight hint of candy and vanilla.
Medium bodied, its nice carbonation lends a "spritzy" felling, adding to the enjoyment.
Flavor is a nice combination of a trippel and an IPA, as suggested; hoppy and bitter, but again not a lot of grapefruit, but a lot of other fruits. Even salty at times, it is very well balanced by an intervening malty sweetness, and yeastiness. barely noticeable alcohol.
A great beer, indeed.

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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 iRikal
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

There is only one way to describe this IPS (have no doubt, it is an IPA).

It is THE best IPA i have tried in the last 5 years. Incredibly hoppy, some very strong flavours behind to back it up.. it is one beer that shouts to your palate. If you are tone deaf on the tongue like me, this beer will make a statement.

I absolutely enjoyed this beer... it was not like anything I expected. Better than an IPA, better than a Belgian Strong... it has everything. Bitterness, mouthfeel, carbonation (there is a lot..2.9 minimum IMO), suds, some funk, some grapefruit...

One hell of a beer...

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Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer served draft in a tulip glass. Perfect lines after every sip. Nice frothy head on the beer. Appearance has golden wheat tint to it. Sweet floral hoppiness come at you. A little hint of honey in their as well. Smooth sweetness with a sight bitterness that is perfectly paired. Very smooth going down. Genuinely a delicious beer. Seasoned tripel and ipa drinkers will enjoy as well as a newbie.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. I'd never tried a Tripel IPA before, so I was intrigued.

The head was not nearly as thick as others have described, about half a finger. The body was a translucent, light orange, no highlights that I could tell.

The smell was great! I could easily smell this beer all day -- sweet, caramelly malt mixed with a brisk, light hop character. I think I spent more time smelling it than I did drinking. I just couldn't get enough

The taste was excellent. The hops were pretty upfront, providing a breezy, refreshing character, bitter of course but not nearly as overwhelming as most American IPA's. That bitterness literally washed away to leave a very satisfactory toffee, caramel center. I could feel the hops drain out of my mouth, & it felt like a Werther's Original on my tongue, a great experience. The forces of cleansing hop & rewarding malt were cycled each time I took a sip, like I'd lift my head from the pillow & find a delicious candy each time.

The mouthfeel was fine, not too thich or thin. My salivary glands were stimulated by the hops & renewed by the buttery aftertaste each time.

This is one of those beers that's so deceptively delicious that I had not idea what the ABV was -- it's very drinkable, in my opinion, as the palate is wiped clean & begging for more after every sip. This does not scream "IPA" to me. The owner of 6 & Save said it's more popular with their hopheads. I didn't find it overly hoppy -- the hops are a refreshing, breezy prelude to that sweet, creme brulee center that I loved.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft pour led to a huge pillowy, rocky white head that keeps on rising above the rim. The foam stays a good three fingers thick for almost the entire beer. Huge gobs of lacing mark the glass. There are so many bubbles rushing to the top its insane. Has a clear golden color ( which became very hazy, almost like a snow globe once the bottom of the bottle was added).

Smells of floral hops, pepper and other spices ( really comes through when the yeast is added), yeast and a dash of sweet malt.

Tastes wonderful. The label does not lie, Triple IPA for sure. Lots of bitter hops, orange, pepper, yeasty spiciness ( once again more powerful when the sediment makes its way in), pale malt and a well hidden but warming alcohol. This is one hell of a beer, it is so complex and I was amazed how much it changes past mid bottle.

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Photo of biggred1
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey blonde with a ton of suspended yeast particles. Big white whipped meringue-like head lasts long after the pour. Leaves big sticky rings of lace all down the glass. Citrusy and aromatic piney hop notes with soft honey dominate the nose. Big and bold IPA hop flavor with a nice hit of candy sugar sweetness to balance the dry almost champagne like finish. Nice medium heavy mouthfeel with a very fine smooth carbonation. Extremely drinkable, alcohol is well hidden. One of my all time faves.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first-ever beer from the brewery Brasserie d'Achouffe, and I was completely blown away by the overall quality and outstanding character of this terrific sample... From a 1pint, 16 fl oz large green bottle, pours an exceptional appearance with a cloudy, frothy, hazy sediment-filled strawish color with immense bubbly head with impressive staying power... smell is very intense, with a distinct bubble-gum aroma pouring out of the bottle with fruit and slight hops smell... taste was superb, full of fresh fruit, sweet grapefruit, and only slight hops... hardly any bitterness detected at all which surprised me considering the logo on the bottle claimed it was an "IPA Tripel"... not what I was expecting at all with such a sweet marriage of perfect flavors and a delicate balance of Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops... As far as the 9% ABV is concerned, the alcohol is hard to detect with such strong and rich flavors...Outstanding, world-class brew, Definitely recommended...

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer, and I was fortunate to snag the very last bottle from John's Grocery. It was almost gone before I had even heard of it. The beer is a clear blonde color with a massive white head. Lacing forms the whole way down.

The smell is a little less hoppy than I was hoping for. Definitely has some belgian hops in it, thus not quite as bitter and fruity. Has a little bit of banana and clove to it, as well as a dry musty grain. Smells good, but not as strong as I was hoping for.

The taste is good. The flavors are more pronounced, and the bitterness stands out much better in the flavor than in the aroma, though it is still not all that hoppy. Surely they used an assload of hops, but the low alpha acid varietals do not stand out as much as american strains. Still very good stuff. Has elements of an IPA and a tripel, which is very interesting. (edit: as it gets towards the bottom of the bottle, more of the fruity amarillo flavors come out, and when drank with the sediment it's truly a great beverage.)

The body is full and fairly dry. A light spicing plays nicely with the hop bitterness. Good stuff. Very drinkable for 9%. I wish there was more.
Edit: Scores adjusted for Batch #2. I am in love with this beer. This beer just proves that there couldn't be a better time to beer a beer lover in America. Not only is the selection of American micros seeminly expanding by ten-fold each year, but the brewers of the old world are following our lead. The result is an orgy of mouthwatering American hops and belgian yeast complexity. It tastes like citrus and bubblegum. Not too sweet, not too dry, just the perfect amount of bitterness (which seems like a bit more than batch #1 to me). The head on this beer is phenomenal, and the lacing is amongst the thickest I've seen. This is easily the best use of Amarillo hops I've had, as many "Amerikuhn" brewers like to use too much of a good thing, in our typical fashion. Highly recommended to anybody. If you see the gnome, bring him home!

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,688 ratings.
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