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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
1,175
Ratings:
2,626
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
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Photo of rallison
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer!

A: Light in color, definitely looks like a tripel in that sense. However, it also has an incredibly fluffy white head that will not die. Took the bartender at least 5 minutes to finish pouring an 8 oz serving. She earned her tip, that's for sure. Speaking of which, I'm ever grateful to Liar's Club for putting this on tap.

S: Smelled rather delicate, with a faint hop presence, and maybe a bit of spice.

T: This is where it really gets good. A perfect marriage of ipa and tripel. First you get the wonderful, delicate tripel flavors - coriander, orange...along those lines. But then, that is perfectly complemented, and enhanced, by the hops. Whatever hops they used have similar flavors to what was already in the tripel...just makes it that much better. Wonderful! And unlike anything I've had before.

M: Also perfect. Almost creamy, with the perfect delicate tripel sort of body (you know, that almost thin body that is anything but disappointing, as it lets the flavors really shine). That, along with the perfect head, makes this the second area that I could not fault at all!

D: Very, very drinkable. If it weren't for the alcohol (and the cost if bought in bottles), I'd drink this all day.

If you ever see this on tap, try it! I did also have a bottle a while ago, but I really enjoyed it the most on tap. It transformed it from a very good, solid beer to an absolutely exceptional beer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Houblon pours a slightly hazy apricot colored body below a bone white head. The lacing slowly slips down the glass when tipped.

The aromas are fruit like malts, Belgian clove like yeast, and lots of Saaz hops spice.

The flavor is sweet Belgian malts up front with a strong sharp bitterness from the hops. Its all there bitter, sweet, earthy. With warmth the beer sweetened up quite a bit lost alot of the spice from the hops. It changed quite a bit from the first sip to the last and I can't figure out which was more enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was lush and full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is dang near dangerous at 9%. This is what beer was meant to be. My $2 10 oz pour was probably the best beer purchase I've made in a long time.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial Notes:
Neat green silk-screened bottle with a cap. I note some floating particulate matter, perhaps disturbed from its week-long refrigerator rest by my jovial jog up the stairs.

It's a gusher... perhaps I should have eased it up those stairs... Glad I had a dirty towel handily on the floor... Smells good.

Nose:
Rich and creamy malt with fruity tripel-like qualities. Zest, clove, banana, powder, ripe plum-like fruit, and some deeper, subtler hard-to-describe phenols.

Look:
Pours with a fluffy lightweight meringue-like head that is like divinity to eat. This doesn't last forever and I end up with a really creamy head sitting shortly upon a buttery apricot color liquid with lots of particulate. From there it maintains a little head that refuses to die. Such an incredible retention is most noteworthy.

Flavor:
First sip unveils a flashy alcoholic persuasion and a long, dull bitterness. That didn't give me any reason to come back for another. However, in each additional sip I get more fruit, soft malt, and, to a lesser degree, hop flavor. Once accustomed to the attack and midpalate bitterness, some of the zesty phenols shine through and bring clove and exotic fruit. Bitterness is still the commanding ruler of the finish, but it slowly becomes less dull and more hop-originated in flavor.

A bit deeper into the brew and I get a savory beef-like sensation. This is peculiar, to say the least. Deeper interactions between raw ingredients and alcohol present themselves as various stages of funky and tight little balances along with way. Spice develops further with ginger-like qualities, especially near the finish.

By now I've grown accustomed to the hop brutality of bitterness. It's not every day that your mouth gets abused in a way that you can come to love. I guess I'm a hop masochist. Apart from that, the flavor has bloomed and settled down to a pleasantly sweet, fruity, malty, hoppy, and zesty balance that sits somewhere between guilty pleasure and heaven.

By this point, I've had well over half the bottle and the alcohol is working its way into my judgment. I've planed ahead and written down my final score; good thing, because I'm loving this beer more and more...

I've paired the second half with Russian Rye and some Seaside Cheddar (whatever that means, but it's been aged 14 months and it contains no annatto, nice). Belgian beers go particularly well with Russian Rye because of the sheer magnitude of flavor the Rye can stand up to. This pairing is exquisite. This Cheddar has a wild, tangy blue cheese side that works so well with the bitterness, alcohol, and phenols. I'm stoked.

Final Thoughts:
What a crazy experience. At first sip I thought I was in for one of those expensive-yet-disappointing beers... but all changed when I gave it time. The most notable characteristic of this beer is the crazy-strong bitterness. It really beats you down, but if you learn to live with it, it will be your best friend and you won't know what to do when it's gone.

The Verdict:
A truly spiritual experience, Chouffe is a Godsend; I couldn't imagine enjoying drinking a beer any more than this. If I were to ever meet the brewer, I would most certainly need to give him/her a thanks, a handshake, and a hug. Thank you.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of visiting the actually brewery last October in the south of Belgium. What an experience.
Essentially, the brewery is in a little gnome town in the middle of nowhere. There are all these little cobblestone roads and buildings.

It was drizzling so my Belgian buddy, his lady, my girlfriend and myself sat by the fire and enjoyed everything Brasserie d'Achouffe had to offer. The IPA Tripel was the real standout. Soooooooo good. I had been turned onto Belgian beers a couple years back by said Belgian friend but I had never had this brew before.

I am not a big fan of IPAs either but this is nothing like we as Americans think of as an IPA. I dont really know how to describe the taste either. It has a hoppy taste but not overwhelming at all. Just enough to tease you.

If you have the opportunity to buy a bottle of this, do it. Just do it. Trust me. You're welcome.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours golden with a murky haze accentuated by yeast floaties. The head is huge and laces the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S - citrusy with some hop in it, followed by some biscuit and yeast.

T - some hop bitterness up front with some biscuit and some good yeastiness... finishes with a bit of alcohol and some tripel sweetness.

M - somewhat silky with mild carbontaion. Really coats the mouth well.

Overall, I am in love with this beer. With the Tripel and the IPA being my favorite styles currently, this beer was made for me. It's a desert island selection.

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Photo of Budlum
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this beer produces a huge, fluffy white head that never seems to leave. Excellent head retention and lacing on the glass through a bottle. The body is a hazy and pale, straw yellow color with a lot of slowly rising bubbles. A very attractive beer.

The nose of this beer is started by a big rush of hops accompanied by a balanced malty sweetness. A fruity sweetness of apples and pears mixes in with plenty of floral aromas. The hop presence is quite fresh with a lot of citrus. Light vanilla adds additional compexity.

A smooth hop flavor immediately embraces the palate with a pine essence and pepper spice. A smooth, malty flavor provides incredibly neutral sweetness to balance some of the hop strength. The finish soon approaches with a yeast and oak flavor. Deeper towards the finish, hops re-appear and mix with the earthy, oak flavors. A rising sweetness blends with more hop spice for a wonderful close. This is an incredibly complex and unique beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is luxurious and creamy. Carbonation is quite good and likely inflated by the hop spice.

Drinkability is excellent. The flavors and mouth presence are so wonderful that this beer just disappears from the glass.

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Photo of meadhead
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

truly a hybrid
of "doublen triplen"
splendor
put together as such
with
what few others render:

pungent hops
triple yeasts
and malt
that taste good together!

Pours hazed tan-ish lemon
with thick foamy head

smells of the hops
the whole spectrum
pine floral citrus -
-grass bed

Tastes underneath:
mild fruit yeast ester
a sweet breadish malt
with hints of phenolic weather

mouthfeel is very balanced
finish is nice and dry
the ABV;
very well hidden

you could drink this
and get high
but remember ,
moderation
nonetheless this is good stuff
given the style
a remarkable accomplishment

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tripel IPA poured out with a huge rocky head. The head climbed up the glass then slowly fell into mountainous thick peaks. Lots of lacing left on the glass. The ale was a hazy pale golden with lots of particulate floating in it (hopefully hops or yeast).
A good amount of hop aroma escaped from the bottle before I could even pour it out. The aroma was spicy and floral.

The taste was very bitter, I like. Good hop flavor but little malt taste to balance it out. I guess it fits into its psuedo style fairly well, since it’s an IPA tripel. The taste is smooth and finishes with a slight Belgian yeast flavor.

Very drinkable considering the strong abv. The coolest part about this beer was the head. It was really clumpy and thick and it left large pieces on the sides as it fell.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at between cellar and fridge temperature just as the Mets got eliminated from the World Series... it was bittersweet, as I have found this incredibly delicious beer to be.

750ml bottle sampled over the course of two hours in a Duvel tulip, the only way to enjoy this mesmerizing brew...

Appearance- Amazing. Buttery gold and clear, the gorgeous four finger head rises like bread dough and settles to a visually stupefying cave-like cragginess. One of the most outstanding beers I've ever seen by all counts... maps of sticky lacing wardrobe the entire inside of my glass. This simply must be seen to be believed.

Smell- Peppery notes concede to spicy, flowery components... wonderfully fragrant with a wildflower and citrusy character. Some alcohol is evident on the nose, but the perfumy Saaz hops and their brethren carry a clean, distinctive aroma.

Taste- The dry, peppery, spicy, grassy hop profile underscores a beautiful smooth and mellow sweetness... it's damn near perfection in a glass. What balance! The finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- In the beginning, when mostly beer poured into the glass, carbonation was sublime and the texture really complemented this one. As the tasting progresses, the head grows substantially larger but the mouthfeel becomes compromised. A bone dry hop bite lingers at the back and sides of the mouth.

Great beer, what a unique treat... no doubt I'll be seeking this out again...

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Photo of chalsk
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer. Notes of grapefruit and malt hit the nose. The beer has a great haze with a thin pillow head. The carbonation is perfect on the palate, a medium to full body. A subtle sweetness upfront as the beer quickly moves to bitter with a dry, foamy finish that leaves a slight sweetness on the tongue. Just a great beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My my, this one sure is neat. Pours a light gold into my chalice, the fluffy white head exploding from the glass and keeps until settling down to no thinner than half inch. Crazy lacing in bubbles, streaks, foam, this is crazy. The only problem is all that sediment, which is my fault. The aroma tips me off to whats to come, a delightful mix of citrus, coriander, yeast, and it really wafts of saison more than anything, and gets me thinking... why haven't I tasted anything like this mix of IPA and Saison... ever.... its wondrous! And then to taste, just brilliant. Take every good quality of IPA and Saison (which, coincidentally, is everything) and roll them into one nifty little bottle and you have this. And add to that rich mouth, smooth and creamy and carbonated just right, with a good body and the slightest feel of alcohol warming, and you have yourself something very special. An absolute delight, a treat, and a great introduction to Chouffe.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 11.2oz bottle from Badger Spirits in Janesville, WI in fall 2012 for $5.99.

Pours a beautiful cloudy copper orange color with a thick, bubbly head. Scent is mild but has hints of wheat, citrus, and tame hops. Taste is rich, creamy, and delicious. First you get a full flavor of citrus and wheat which then turns into a slight bite of hops. Also contains hint of banana within the yeast taste. Finishes slightly dry. Overall this is delicious and complex. A world class beer well deserving of its rating.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe Dobblelen IPA Tripel, 9.0% ABV, reviewed as a Belgian IPA
Label notes as Amarillo, Tomohack, and Saaz hops
This pour was from shared bottle at European Street (Jax Beach) - courtesy of Mike Kaiser from www.havebeerwilltravel.com - thanks Mike! 11/24/09
A 5.0 - Cloudy Pale Straw in color, excellent head and lacing.
S 4.0 - Subtle pale malts and spicy notes
T 5.0 - Very complex on palate, diverse hop notes on a semi sweet Belgian malt base
MF 4.5 - Medium + on carbonation, nice light to medium body
D 4.5 - I really enjoyed this one, it was a nice complex fun ale to experience in good company, I really liked the diverse hop notes and complexity.

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

The beer is hops in all its purity. The nose is fresh, sweet and refreshing. The mouth has the same flavor, the limit of purity, with a hop worked perfectly and exquisitely staged. The beer also offers flavors of Tripel perfectly brought just hops help by making discreet touches of fruit. He brings an exquisite bitterness, power but still with the freshness, which is rarely the case with other Hop Ale or IPA. No medicinal aftertaste either. No alcoholic who appropriates the beverage. Or hop a little tired as one can often see.

Just the best hops. The product for the product. Without distorting it. Just the sublime. A classic IPA.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Oct. 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, highly effervescent, and topped with a generous head nearly two fingers thick. It is fluffy and frothy, coating the glass with gobs of lace as it slowly recedes into a more manageable cap. This is a positively gorgeous beer. The aroma is zesty and hoppy, as this style should be - lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus; quite grassy and herbal with a hint of ripe pear. Yeasty notes of pepper and clove also come through. This brew is shaping up very well, indeed.

An exquisite ale. Notes of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness pale in comparison to the onslaught of hops and yeasty, Belgian beer goodness. Sweet apple, apricot and ripe pear are detectable, in addition to lemony citrus, pine and some pithy notes. It becomes increasingly herbal and spicy toward the finish, with notes of lemongrass, clove and pepper (as well as some alcohol) heating things up nicely at the finish. The beer itself is on the heftier side of medium-bodied, with zippy carbonation that prickles the palate, providing an enjoyably crisp mouthfeel. As drinkable as this beer is, a brew this amazing deserves to be shared with as many friends as you can gather.

Final Grade: 4.62, a flawless A+. Houblon Chouffe is a positively fantastic Belgian IPA that I will definitely purchase again. I have had several Belgian-brewed BIPAs over the past month or so, and this one is definitely my favourite of the bunch. Delightfully rich and hoppy, yet shockingly quaffable - a must-try, and that is not a description that I bandy about lightly.

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

I really like the fact that one can taste both the IPA and Belgian components here. They blend very well together but are distinct at the same time. From the smell alone I would think IPA but the Belgian yeast figures prominently in the taste, curbing what might otherwise be a dryly bitter beer. The taste is still primarily hops, though, with complexity added by malts and citrus.

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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 drummstikk
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Houblon Chouffe is unique among beers for two reasons: its combination of Belgian yeast with assertive hopping, and its mixing of Czech and American hops.

A giant white head grows during the pour and lingers afterward. Smell is of oranges, spicy earth and moss, and alcohol. Taste is exceptionally dry for a 9% ABV beer, with delicious Cheerios base malt and subtle Belgian earthiness. Saaz and Amarillo make a redolate combination that reminds one of a citrus garden: vegetative and earthy smells mixed with a sweet orange perfume. Hop bitterness is strong for a Belgian, moderate for an American. Sugar added to the wort gives a powerful alcohol bitterness to back up the unique aromas and clear your palate for the next sip.

A hop odyssey! I recommend Houblon to any West Coast IPA drinker who needs to be slapped around while shouting, "There is more to life than Cascade, Colombus, and Centennial!"

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Photo of soultrain19
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER!! Not the first time I've had a Houblon gush. At least I was ready this time and didn't have to begrudgingly clean it off the floor.

Once I had a chance to pour it correctly the head was still very thick and lasted the entire length of the tulip glass. It reminded me of marshmallows melting on top of hot chocolate. The lace etched down the sides of the glass. The color was a cloudy light gold filled with suspended "floaties."

Immediately the piney, floral aroma of the hops invades your nostrils. Not too overpowering with a background of maltiness. Upon first drinking it the sweetness is astounding. It's almost honey with pronounced citrus notes. As you are enjoying the sweet, the bitter hop presence slowly develops then lingers on long after you put the glass down.

Obviously it is quite carbonated; however, it is light and crisp with a velvety afterthought.

One heck of a drinkable beer. Too much so probably. If it wasn't 9.0% ABV I would have a new sessioon beer.

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

Just incredible. Most DIPAs gain some semblance of balance through sweetness, but this has quite a bit of depth to it. Many Belgian beers can be too sweet for me, but here the hops and tripel-style alcohol/sweetness are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, stays on the palate for a relatively long time.

Appearance- somewhat hazy, like a hef or wit.

Taste- balanced, as above.

Smell- you get both the Belgian and the IPA out of the smell, which would seem to be the goal.

Overall- try it. A lot of American breweries are putting out Belgian IPAs, and this is my current standard for them.

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

Off comes the crown, and out wafts sour citrus and pine, plus prickly spices. Haven't even poured it, though.

Thickly hazed, pale gold coloration, huge head, a fluffy slab of angelfood cake, leaving loads of lace. Poured just right, it features a beautiful cap emerging from the glass, like a dish of ice cream.

In the nose: ah, this is a saison! I mean, a tripel! No, wait a Belgian double IPA, right?...what is it, now?
It's zesty, lemony, sour and spicy, yeasty, funky, deep, delectable. An enticing, entrancing blend of flavor, every bit Belgian.

I'm still only smelling. The label refers to "the overwhelming aroma of Tomahawk, Amarillo, & Saaz hops..." Well put.

Taste it: Bracingly bitter entry on the palate, then kindly backing away.Sip again, and a mix of fruit and spice blasts through the palate anew, then gently subsides on the tongue. Definitely drinkable, despite the uniqueness of the flavor, or the size of the strength. Full bodied, for a tripel, but rather easy in the mouth.

This ale hangs tight on the palate, sticking it out, giving a kick every inch of the way, but downable and delicious. I'm liking it, and I think I'll like it again and again. But then again, I've never met a Chouffe I didn't like.

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

When I first tasted this beer with Chris Bauweraerts (the owner) I asked him about the hops. I immediately picked up the Amarillo in the nose, but not the Tomahawk or Saaz. Was the Tomahawk for bitterness?... "No! They're all in the finish", he replied. OK, my bad. And I noted that I also picked up the house yeast, but he seemed confused by that -??? It's there though!!! Yep. I just smelled it again. Very distinct La Chouffe yeast. It has almost a vanilla-ish scent to it in my opinion. Mineralish as well.

The bottle that we shared poured a hazy golden body beneath a massive head of rocky bright-white foam. It had been disturbed during the trip, but most of the La Chouffe beers I've had have been in the same condition as I usually drink it when I'm out. In fact, the only La Chouffe beer I've ever had at home before this was Mc Chouffe. But I digress. The bottle I'm enjoying now sat in my refrigerator at 35ºF for 3 weeks and the initial pour was clear and bright. It's a sparkling golden-orange with teeming, very-fine bubbles (kind of like a snow globe) beneath a HUGE rock head of bright white. In fact, it climbed out of the glass while I went into the other room to get a phone call. Impressive! And the lacing is quite possibly the best I've ever seen - I almost cannot see from one side of the glass to the other as it's covered in wallpaper-like streaks of solid lace. Stunning! I've never seen that before!

The nose remains the same, hoppy and yeasty! What I'm tasting now is more balanced though - floral and fruity/citrusy and spicy and lightly spruce-like over a chalky, candy-like maltiness. Again, impressive! (And I still think the Saaz takes a back seat to the bigger Americans! ;)

It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a dextrinous side and an effervescent "pillow" of carbonation on the tongue. Smooth, but not creamy. Lightly zesty. Nice!

The flavor is as the nose suggests... hoppy! It's initally fruity with yeastiness, but citrus-fruity/piney/minty/spicy hop flavors immediately settle in and take their roost atop a grassy, straw-like and mineralish malt and yeast combination. And at this point it's hard to discern what is what. What's from the yeast? What's from the hops? What's from the malt? It's just one pretty rounded malt-yeast-hop flavor! The alcohol is superbly hidden, and you probably won't feel this one coming until it's got it's arms completely around you ;( It finishes dry with some residual grassy and spicy hops, a flicker of alcohol, and a rub of mineralish and lightly chalky yeastiness.

Belgian tripel with hops? - yes!!! It's unusual, it's exciting, it's well-rounded, and balanced, and drinkable! Superb! The Houblon is without a doubt my favorite of the Achouffe line. Magnificent!!! If it wasn't 9% I could drink this all of the time!

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

Poured softly from a 750ml bottle but still created a giant head that looked like pillowy eggwhites leaving behind a glossy, bubbly, blonde orange body slightly cloudy. The aroma is crisp hops and citrus that pack a punch.

The nose is pine, lemon rind, with a soft wheat presence. The taste is crisp, fresh, fruity like a sorbet, and cleanses your palate with the carbonation in the same way. There is a pleasing alcohal fruit presence and the brew finishes sharp and bitter.

This is a fantastic brew, it has depth, a myriad of flavors, the only flaw is that it is slightly over carbonated IMO, but none the less fantastic.

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

A- Pours a hazy straw color with 3 fingers of an extremly airy, fluffy bright white head that lingers for a long time. The head receds on the outside leaving exceptional lacing, a pillowy island remains in the middle of my glass.

S- A good dose of hops & Belgian yeast. I detect a little funkiness in here as well. Mild fruit aromas and a touch of spice.

T- Grassy/floral hops, spice, and a bit of tartness/funkiness. I'm not a huge fan of tripels or toned down IPA's, but the funkiness I get from this just works so well with everything else. This definitely gets better as it warms.

M- Medium body, high carbonation, very crisp, finishes dry and extremly refreshing.

D- Dangerously good at 9%abv. I usually don't like the floral/grassy hop flavor, but what can I say??? This is an amazing beer, a fantastic way to start off my weekend.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours into a perfect pint

my weekly random suggestion from my local beer store, and what a pick.

pours a slightly hazy gold with a giant cloud of foam. impressive head even after several pours into the pint. impressive lacing.

smells of lemon, citrus, a level of grassiness, and herbs (plus a hint of spice) i almost thought it was going to be like a wiezen or saison because of the light and refreshing aroma. Taste is great, lemony and grapefruit with mixes of several hops and a bit of citrus and fruit. medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel. tingles with carbonation and ends with a slight bitterness.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
94 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.
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