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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

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 DenisKolkin
4.58/5  rDev +9%

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $8.80 CDN. That has to be a typo right... World class beer large container under 10 bucks. Awesome. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - Opaque golden beer, capped by three fingers of head with even the gentlest pour. Incredible amount of lacing and everlasting head retention. Forms a giant cylinder of dense foam on top of your beer. Crazy active bubbles sprint towards the top of the beer. Phenominal looking.

Smell - Nice balanced cirtusy aroma with some tropical fruit and a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Perfectly blended. Some grapefruit and lemon are present but also a touch of some sweeter citrus like passion fruit and orange.

Taste - Great flavour again balancing between a citrusy IPA and the Belgian yeasts with equal parts between the two and a great balance overall. The citrusy hops taste of primarily grapefruit and lemon with with a touch of orange in there too.

Mouthfeel - Great level of carbonation, very fizzy, yet a medium light body, which is impressive for such a substantial beer. Dry finish pulls everything together.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer, one of the very best if not the best in the style, that has the ability to quench thirst, enjoy a a fine sipper and can serve any purpose in between meeting the approval of Belgian lovers, hopheads and just about anyone in between. World class all the way.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy yet opaque honey color producing three fingers of dense, creamy head and great retention thereof. The head looks like clouds (heaven?), very enticing.

S: A robust yeast aroma and strong hop presence in the nose. Citrusy, sweet, and pleasing. A bit of fruit and spice as well.

T: A surprisingly well-rounded taste for this IPA/Tripel fusion. A powerful hop taste with little bitterness, most likely due to the sugar counteracting the hops. A lingering bitterness sticks around, but it's not overpowering and quite enjoyable. Great tasting from front to back and a hell of a flavor combination executed to perfection.

M: Crisp, great level of carbonation, all around awesome mouthfeel. Oily hop texture that doesn't dry out the palate or make it uncomfortable to keep drinking.

D: An all-around tasty offering that excels. 9% abv makes it one to savor. Still, this style is done exceedingly well, and I would order another, and stock up on several.

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Photo of ejquin
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Orange with beautiful fluffy white head

S: Piney hops with orange peel. Slight spice with slight alcohol.

T: mostly hoppy fading to sweetness. Spice comes through on finish. Crisp finish.

D: Very good for 9 abv beer.

M: Semi-light with good carbonation.

Ovr: I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a perfect blend of a hoppy American IPA, and a Belgian. I've always loved Fantome Brise Bon Bons, which is similar, but I enjoyed this beer even more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a cool hybrid of tripel and IPA, and what a cool little fairy tail of this beer. Single 11.2 ounce bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

My nose just got smothred in foam exploding from the bottle. After that delay, it settles in my oversized wine glass a hazed blonde with a super-sticky rocky head. Nose is mildly hoppy and mildly sweet. Yep the tripel and IPA characteristics are sure there. In the taste, you can surely taste the hops. Very resiny with a little kick of triplel character. It gets sweeter as I go along, with the bitterness lingering pleasantly on the palate. Insanely drinkable for the strength.

Although this is one great beer, a little more carbonation in this brew would put this near perfection. Still, this beer in a word: YUM!

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: candied sugar with clean yeast and floral notes

Taste: candied sugar infused with champagne, subtle sweet red bell peppers, sweet orange cream and coriander adjunct with floral notes

This tripel ipa is OUTSTANDING. Highly recommended to anyone who loves sweet, herbal, champagne-like taste. This beer goes incredibly well with smoked sausage, pretentious hamburgers (wagyu beef with sharp cheddar cheese and caramelized onions with some garlic), and everything pizza; this beer is amazing

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Photo of ryantupy
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A strawish clear hue with a massive white head that looked amazing. The head stuck to the glass the whole way down. The glass had tons of tiny bubbles all racing to the top. This beer had a very attractive pour that really complimented its great flavors.

S - Very aromatic like soft silk, flowers, citrus, and yeast. The hop oils along with the belgian yeast gave this beer a great boquet of scents that were all very pleasant to nose. The complexities of this beer were very noticable in its scents especially as the beer came to a finish.

T - Tasted great nice and smooth. Not to crisp with a very soothing smoothness to it. Floral, citrus, and tangy hops flaors are predominant. The alcohol warms towards the bottom.

M - Oily and slick

D- Very good

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy and vibrant yellow with shades of orange. A massive, frothy white head takes forever to settle and leaves sheets of thick lace all the way down the glass.

S: Lemon, clean light maltiness, touch of vanilla, light clove and spice. Aroma is rich and chock-full of light fruit, spice, and sweet malt.

T&M: A very complex, yet tightly-constructed flavor profile. The malt used here is light, with sweet bready flavor. Belgian yeast contributes just a touch of spice, clove, and white pepper. The hops are the focal point, but their bitterness is subdued in favor of more hop flavor. There's a good amount of spiciness, floral notes, and light citrus (lemon, specifically). Light mineral notes are also appreciable closer to the finish, which is long and drying. Body is medium with an incredibly soft and bubbly carbonation that supremely enhances the drinking experience.

D: Highly quaffable for a beer of such ABV. Absolutely wonderful, truly a great beer.

Note: The draft version seems to me to be a bit more harsh, showing some alcoholic flavors. Moreover, the carbonation is less refined and mouthfeel isn't as good. This one is definitely superior in the bottle, though on draft it's still quite good.

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Photo of chimaychimaynot
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Good Beer Store, Chapel Hill, NC, 5/20/2006.

Pours a cloudy blonde, with a dense head reminscent of seafoam, clinging to the glass in large clumps.

Aroma is intoxicating - notes of fresh, spicy hops, pears and apricots, perhaps a hint of pineapple, honey, and hard candies.

Attacks the tip of the tongue with a Saaz hop spiciness, then a riot of peaches and pears in syrup, spicy hops, and honeyed malt. After swallowing, a wave of focused, resiny hop bitterness spans across the tongue, with fruity, spicy and herbal hop aromatics. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and plenty of hop flavors, against a hint of residual honeyed sweetness.

Medium-light bodied, lean and fluffy like a good Belgian should be, faintly slippery. A hint - and only a hint - of peppery alcohol late in the finish.

Despite its strenght, very very drinkable. Overall, a superb ale. It bursts with fresh hops, but they are nicely integrated into a spicy, fruity Belgian yeast character. I want a case of this. Its been a while since I've declared that.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pleasant, cloudy golden color with a really nice pristine white head. Settles down quickly to leave a perfect cap of head. Good lacing, great retention.

Funky! Dirt, flowers, pot, old socks. Deliciously stanky.

Really subtle and balanced but in-your-face. Really great citrus notes with a big kick of musty, dirty hop flavor. Really prevalent, tugging grapefruity bitterness behind everything else.

Nice chewy, round body. Good carbonation. Really olfactory experience with a long-lasting and surprisingly smooth finish.

Would be a good IPA for people that don't particularly like hops since it manages to be as intensely hoppy as it is without making you grimace or even think of the word "bitter." It really manages to showcase how aromatic hops are better than most beers I have tried in my life. I certainly have never tried a beer before that so thoroughly engaged my all of my senses. This is beyond a fine brew and is a rare treat.

Musty, dark, muddy, dank hops that are dipped in a coating of deliciously refreshing orange juice. Drinks smooth and slowly works its way up into your sinuses as you drink it.
Spectacular beer. Would have again without a second thought.

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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.

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.

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.

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"
put together as such
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 ,
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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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,659 ratings.
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