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Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Abbey Tripel
Achouffe, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing. Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness). - IBU: 59, Original Gravity: 1092


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle from Pix Patisserie in Portland, Oregon--Poured a light hazy amber body with a big fluffy white head. Hoppy, fruity, yeasty hopped nose. Tropical, complex, spicy piquancy quite unique to this brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2008
One of the best tripels I’ve ever tasted to date. Hops and malts are perfectly aligned. Hints of bannana, citrus, apple and plums. Massive head with every pour. Hops have a pine grassy undertones and are also very complex.No alcohol aftertaste at all. Awesome Brew!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1033) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 18, 2008
An incredible IPA in the Belgian style. Incredible balance of hops and malt. Nice floral and fruity flavors contribute to the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a hazy light amber color with a very large and nicely formed creamy off-white head. The aroma is slightly spoiled and sour. The taste is very smooth and has a great flavor with loads of malt and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
750 ml bottle, large popcorn head with golden yellow color, lots of pineapple flavors with some coconut thrown in, great body with good finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3567) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dull gold with some floaties. Large brilliant white head that is continuously fed by a multitude of tiny carbonation bubbles. The head ends up looking more like whipped cream it is so dense, but leaves surprisingly little lace. Very pleasant aroma of citrus, sugar, yeast, and a bit of spice. The flavor is a bit sweet with sugar and citrus the most prevalent with some spice detected as well. Really nice crisp mouthfeel and the bitterness is well restrained and in good proportion. The alcohol is very well hidden with no hint of the 9% abv. Very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2008
The 750 has scads of bottle sediment and uncaps with a muted hiss. The bright yellow ale settles in my tulip, turbid with floaties and capped with lopsided foam. Lace coats the glass like spay paint. I am welcomed by a complex yet shy nose, consisting of citrus, yeast, watermelon rind, lychee, dried ginger, dried apricots, and white pepper scents. The bittersweet flavor includes chewy caramels and lemongrass, clove and cornmeal, and the sweetness (actually more “sugary” than “sweet”) does not linger. The body is brisk and voluptuous. A spicy finish tingles like static electricity. Clean tight bitterness, menthol and marigold musk complete the aftertaste. Only slightly more hoppy than a textbook tripel; nonetheless, a very nice marriage of styles and a solid ale overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours light orange with visible sediment and a huge white lasting head. It looked like I was having an abbey float or something. Aroma is pretty spicy with some citric notes. Flavor is pretty typical of an tripel, and it does finish pretty dry, I was just expecting more of a hop flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ranganathan (2) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008 does not count
Easily the top Belgian IPA out there. Thick, stubborn head that sticks around till the end. Citrusy hops dominate with a crisp finish. For discriminating tastes only.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
hazy golden appearance with strong white head. flavor is very unique with characteristic tripel sweetnesss and fruitiness but also with a strong hop presence characteristic of an american IPA. probably has the most hop flavor of any belgian beer i have had. it is able to show both characteristics well, while working as a complete beer. great


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