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
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
Ratings:
2,716
Reviews:
1,199
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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213
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Photo of Truh
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried to transmute copper to gold with this one on 5/3/2006. Looks like a 10.5 oz. pour at the Publick House in a Chouffe glass, rock on.

Nice ½-inch pillow of thick, dewy head that settles in a star pattern with a bit of lace sticking. Very milky yellow hue, on the edge of golden if it weren’t so cloudy, not sure what or if anything is happening inside. Hay, straw, some anise and wet, green grass on nose. On the mouth I don’t notice as much hop as I had expected; in fact, more of a wit on my tongue, or perhaps it’s just the tripel characteristics with the hop bite added, don’t know, it’s puzzling. Alcohol is sublime – want to drink a whole lot more of this offering.

Yet another hit, in my book, from these folks.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one interesting beer.

The appearance pours a hazy amber with a white, rocky head. The heads laces the glass aggresively with small bubbles.

The smell is interesting. There is the presences of hops, but the funky smell of Belgian yeast as well. The taste is unlike most beers in the world. There is an almost American hop profile here- piney and huge. There is also the backing of the delicate flavors of a Triple. Some fruit flavors like apples and pears come to mind, and the layers of flavor only Belgian yeast can provide.

The mouthfeel is satisfying with decent carbonation. The drinkability is high despite the high ABV. It is hidden well in this one.

This is very different, and very good beer. I love it when a brewery can make something altogether different.

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Photo of Rtm05002
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of UncleFlip
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 'ol 750 given to me by ddarden. Thanks a bunch!

Drinking this one in small quantities from a wine tasting glass from Chateau Morrissette (PLUG!) in Virginia. Judging by first impression, a champagne flute might be better!

It looks sort of like a not-so-pale BMC in the glass. the head is nice and white, rather fluffy, and very active. Nice looking, but I think I stirred up some yeasty bits on my pour.

The smell is yeasty and spicy- sort of what one might expect from a good hefe.

The flavour is hearty and a little sweet, yet woody and a little bitte rin the middle. There's a weird (but VERY pleasing) aftertaste that's sort of like the sauce for the malai kofta at my local Indian restaurant. Very interesting and complex!

Crbonation is there, but not overpowering...liquid is hearty, but not thick. (Though maybe a touch oily.)

I think it's very drinkable. Goes down easy, is rather complex. I'd have more!

Be well
-UF

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Photo of Antyk
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a really beautiful hazy yellow with lots of white suds.The suds stay with the beer all the way through the drinking process.
Smell is a citrusy mix of orange and grapefruit with nice yeasty aromas that almost burn the nose.
Taste is a bitter grapefruit with lots of hops and a slight alcohol sweetness mixed with just a tad of sugars.
This is a great IPA but not quite as nice as the Stone.
Because of the 9% abv one should drink this slow and enjoy one at a time.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high bright white head that settled down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles and some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There is a rather strong aroma of floral hops, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather complex and has flavors of black pepper, dry fruits and yeast; there are some initial hints of grainy malts and a slight amount of sweetness. The hops lend a mild amount of bitter flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
D: The alcohol is relatively well masked and the dryness in the aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small bottle into an Against the Grain tall snifter. The pour is a cloudy, hazy dark gold with a huge frothy white head. Big lacings like snowdrifts remain on the glass. I get a faint nose of tropical fruit, primarily lemon and orange, and pastries.

The beer has a medium to full body and a nice firm feel. There is a sweet blend of flavors on the front of the palate consisting of over-ripe oranges and peaches and cookie/biscuity maltiness. These are juxtaposed against a sharp, cleansing grapefruity bitterness from the hops and a warming tinge of alcohol on the back of the palate. It is an interesting flavor combination. The finish seems almost random and chaotic. Sometimes, you are left with a sweet fruity note, sometimes warm alcohol, and sometimes a lingering dryness.

This is a fascinating beer. It seems to combine all the best traits of an IPA, a Tripel, and a Barleywine. It is crisp and refreshing, yet also quite strong and assertive. It demands your attention, yet also manages to accompany almost effortlessly whatever you happen to be doing. It is very complex, yet still seems accessible. I will definitely try this again sometime. It is one of the more enigmatic beers I have encountered.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Date stamp on neck of bottle was HC110809MN 16342.

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange. Massive rocky off-white head with lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. Despite my best attempts to keep the sediment in the bottom of the glass, some came along which appeared as floaters later. Still, a great looking beer despite the floaters.

Smell: Slight hint of skunk, with definite notes of citrus, floral, and yeast.

Taste: Very smooth and well blended. Citrus and malt up front, hint of honey + yeast, then moving into a bitter finish - Saaz coming out here with some spicy notes and German-style bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice spiciness of the carbonation on the tongue, but still a very smooth beer with a nice thickness to it.

Overall / Drinkability: Very interesting and quite hoppy, but not in a "smash your palate to nothing" American way. Don't get me wrong, I like American IPAs and DIPAs, but this was a nice change - the hops are the main event with this beer, but, they are carefully balanced with a solid malt backbone that is more than just sweetness. Very drinkable - had help with the bottle but drank most of it and I know I want more sips to tease out more of the flavors and to continue to enjoy all that this beer is. Very good and something I'll try to pick up again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runningjoke
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden honey color. The head foams big and tight at first, but the takes on the form of blown sea-foam as it creeps down the side of the glass.
It smells like honey and then somewhat piney from the hops.
The taste starts with a honey candy flavor that gives way to a spiced orange flavor. the alcohol and hops flavors wait until the finish to present themselves.
The heavy carbonation tickles the mouth and eases the beers passage.
The beer is dangerously drinkable, the ABV should be respected.

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Photo of JustinBrousseau
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelO
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Opaque yellowish orange. The head takes a while to get going, but once it does, hoo-boy. It takes over the glass and never goes away. A ton of lacing.

S: Citrusy, yeasty, slightly funky.

T: A good amount of hoppy bitterness, but not nearly enough to warrant the DIPA label. Fruity esters. Some phenols. Alcohol is clearly detectable.

M: Light and effervescent. Plenty of carbonation.

T: David the Gnome's finest hour. If you're expecting something similar to a West Cost IPA, prepare to be disappointed. But if you want a tripel with a little extra kick, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of rodrot
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd been looking forward to trying this since reading the article the bros. put out on this beer. IPAs and Tripels are some of my favorite styles, so what could be better than a marriage of the two?. It poured a deep golden color into my Duvel tulip and had a huge rocky head that took forever to dissipate. It left tons of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma was an enticing mix of sweet malt, spices and candi sugar. The taste was a wonderful melding of sweetness, citrus, pine and peppery spiciness. The beer finishes quite dry. This was very easy to drink and quite smooth. The alcohol is well hidden and makes this beer a good thirst quencher. I could easily down one of these on a hot summer day. A hophead expecting something along the lines of an IPA might be disappointed though. This beer leans more towards it's Belgian roots and has more of the characteristics of a Tripel.

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Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy lemonade golden yellow, bright and very carbonated. Several fingers of tught white head foam rapidly, then take forever to settle. Cosmos of lacing constellate the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a quick whiff of berry sweet toasted malt, followed by a hoppy blast of citrus, botannica, and pine, as well as a tart yeasty tang. A tinny noble note accompanies a glint of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there flows a light malt sweetness seasoned by lemon and clove. Hops lend notes of acidic citrus, oily pine, and some floral hints. A yeasty bite shares the middle with a warming trend of alcohol. Grain returns toward the close, mildly sweet, and a lightly grassy hop bitterness lingers dryly at the finish. It's a playful and tasty blending of styles.

Between medium and full bodied, the flow flow coats and the hops leave a pleasant dry glow.

I can't imagine anyone's first sip of this being anything but a pleasing surprise. It's the merging of two worlds, yielding damn near the best of each. The ABV is hefty, but the way the beer dries and crisps it's very refreshing and drinkable. Some beers suffer by trying to be too many things, but this is not one of them. Instead, it has its own happy, snappy identity.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First pour turns into a crystal clear golden colour, with the second glass turning into a hazy golden yellow with some floaties in the bottom of the duvel glass. Not as much foam on the first pour compared to the second. Its like marshmallows are in my glass, very cool. The taste is very sharp with some piney hop bitterness with the yeasty dark fruit taste lingering as well. No trace of the 9% alc in this beer at all. Goes down quite smooth. Would definately consider another bottle of this.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Corsendonk chalice nov28 2009

A glowing yellow with 3 fingers of loose white head that hangs around slowly falling to an island that looks like a little brain, leaving lots of lace

S plenty of spicy/earthy hops with some white fruit and plenty of yeast

T not far from the smell the white fruit is a little more focused on apple and peach

M nice bite to it and heavy carbonation

D for 9%alc this is very easy to down a little to easy if you ask me

I'm learning to love this style and this is one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had to date.

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Photo of nelloug
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer comes out of the bottle a golden orange color with a huge lasting white head that appeared very fluffy and left its mark on the sides of the glass.

S- the first thing i noticed was belgian yest. its also somewhat fruity and smells of citrus hops at the end.

T- it starts out very much like id expect a tripel too. very yeasty with notes of clove and banana. however, at the end there is a very nice hoppy finish. lots of citrus and slightly peppery.

M- light crisp, clean, and refreshing. slight warming from the alcohol on the way down, but its very well hidden in the taste.

D- a wonderful IPA/tripel hybrid. something id like to see more attempts at. the bottle was very easy to finish and if i had it, i could see myself going for another one. very nice.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle. No "best by/bottled on" date found, though at 9% abv, it should be in good shape for some time...

I poured this sucka into my chalice, and it had a light-to-medium golden color. The liquid gold had a touch of haziness and a slow but steady procession of carbo rising topside. And at the top was a head of a solid 4" of fine, tight bubbles coming together to form a huge, marshmallow-like white layer of foam. The head ebbs ever-so-slowly, leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. Aroma is tough to peg. Some crackery malt comes through, along with a grassy, lemony character, plus a spicy, Saazy quality. The body is just about in the same area code as most medium-bodied biers, and the feel on the tongue is rather light on the prickliness, making for a decent overall mouthfeel.

Taste? Well, what a melange of different flavors. Some bready, crackery malt lending a light sweetness is in there. Lemony, tropical fruit notes check-in, with a distinct rindy aspect being very-much up-front. Quite dry in general, with the rind-like flavor really sticking in the mouth long and hard. Does have some subtle spicyness, along with a noticeable yeasty aspect. As I pour more and more, lots of residue and tiny chunky bits start to swirl around and make their way into the chalice. The 9% abv seems very well hidden, too. Tasty bier, for whatever style you want to peg it in. Has decent drinkability, also,, especially if you're buying!! ;-)

Prosit!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

938

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Leffe Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very pale golden yellow color. Nice big head with good retention and excellent lacing.

Hops, hops and more hops. Bright hoppy nose. Nice spicy and floral notes. Sweet sugars and malts are buried down in there somewhere. Only mildly detectable.

Sweet candy sugar and maltiness are overpowered (slightly) by dominant hops. There is a nice level of balance here. Light spiciness and some minimal floral notes.

Nice creamy mouthfeel of a tripel with a little spicy hop bite. Interesting.

Very good, very drinkable beer. Well balanced. A very interesting new beer experiment. Well done.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: 9% ABV, Amarillo, Tomahawk, and Saaz hops

Aroma: Peppery spices, coriander, orange rind, and some mild yeasty notes.

Appearance: Cloudy straw gold with an immense bubbly, rocky, and sudsy white cap. The head retention is beautiful and lacing is incredible.

Flavor: Floral hop essence, pepper, honey, fresh cut melon, and a slight warming alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. A crisp and dry finish.

Overall impression: Very refreshing and enjoyable. Not as offensive as a classic tripel (which I don't usually like) and not as bold as any American IPA. I dig the experimentation. A nice blend of both styles. Recommended.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a glorious creamy/foamy head that almost appeared like whipped cream. The dollop of head remained in the glad for quite some time. There were absolute sheets of lacing left behind as you consumed the beer. Gold in color and mostly clear. There was the slightest bit of haze

Aroma was of fresh fruit and reminded me of strawberries. Also a malt sense in the background. I was reminded of Juicy fruit gum when I smelled and tasted this beer. I don't mean that in a negative fashion. I like that gum!

Really nice flavor and very interesting. Very fruity. I really enjoyed this. Lots of complexity to the flavor. The Hop bitterness is a nice addition to some of the traditional Belgian notes. There is also a slight citrus/grapefruit note you get from the hops.

Mouth feel is slightly dry and/or chalky. More like champagne vs. beer. Very light and delicate.

Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite drinkable.

I'll be back for more.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great looking poured in to a tulip glass. The pale yellow/gold hue is topped by a huge, rocky white head. The head takes a while to recede and leaves tall walls of lace.

Some wheaty citrus and big floral hops. The hops adopt a yeasty dimness that really adds a distinct new character. Some grainy yeastiness, pine, and spice. Well pronounced and very different.

Lots of wheat and yeasty, bitter citrus; primarily orange peel with a bit or grapefruit. The hops are well pronounced, very floral and earthy. The cereal grain is there as well as a nice honey sweetness. A bit of pine and spice come through as well. The matted graininess provides a light but matted, rather cushiony texture on the tongue.

Mellow mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation in the pour that doesn't come out to much in the mouth. The crispness of the carbonation is somewhat absorbed by the yeasty/grain/wheat feel. Very tasty and unique.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,716 ratings.
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