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

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RATINGS: 2026   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle at derilium cafe, brussels. They had run out of bottles in the cool room, so they had to run across the road and get me a bottle from the other cellar. Which in turn ment it wasnt cold when i first drank it, so after sitting with it in an ice bucket it was game. Really hoppy beast, i can smell it without going near th glass. spicey yeasty character, such a different style of beer that could be a love or hate thing, alll the different types of hops are evedent, amarillo for fruity citrus, sazz for grassy citrus bitterness and the other type iv forgotten was bitter and spicey, perppery. Really good beer to try at last.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAY 30, 2007
750 ml Tulip La Chouffe glass. Nice golden color with a dry tasting head that lasts and lasts. Taste of yeast, spice, (fruity), hops, and malt. Dry and bitter at the end. Not really a Triple or an IPA. Unique marriage of triple type yeast and malt to hops. But I wonder what would happen if they used cascade hops instead?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours hazy gold with an uncontrollable white head. Big, white, and rocky, it always exploded out of the glass with the slightest pour. The hop aroma is nearly identical to any English IPA. The yeast and spice are there, but drowned out. The same goes for the flavor. Bitter, soapy, and waxy, with more wood, pepper, and pine than sweet citrus. Some esters and tripel-like spice in the end, but unremarkable. Its a good beer, with a big identity crisis.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4004) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Poured a thick hazy pale yellow with a thick/profuse creamy white head that laces well and retains for a while. The aroma is very hoppy, sweet, some spice, light sourness, and some hints of candy. The flavor is very hoppy, dry, waxy hop bitterness is prominent, some Belgian sourness in the background, citrus and grapefruit. The palate was warm and waxy. I wish this showed much more of the tripel side of it rather than the IPA side. I was really in the mood for Belgian that night and was a tad let down because of the prominence of the hops, still good though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2007
750 bottle. Hazy amber with a large head. Good lacing and interesting foamy shapes. Aroma is yeast and orange blossoms. Taste of oranges, perfume, peppery spices and hop bitterness increasing to near astringent levels at the finish. Complex. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden color with full foam white head. Aroma of yeast and lite floral hops. Taste of yeast and hoppy bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Bottle (75 cl) at Delirium Café, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy golden, medium creamy white head. Fruity malt aroma with apricot, and with earthy, dusty, yeasty notes as well. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Alcohol very well integrated in the flavour, long and bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
poured from a 750ml capped bottle (purchased roughly March ’07) into a Chouffe-branded goblet :-) A: Massive carbonation builds a huge fluffy white head on top of a beautiful golden body. Lacing is immediate & throughout, the bubbles never cease floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Nice! S: Belgian yeast mingles nicely with a sweet, flowery hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming at all. T/M: Initial sips let you know there is alcohol in this brew, a characteristic I’ve noticed in many Belgians; I’m sure as it warms a bit the hops will move to the forefront and the hooch will be covered up more. Very warming. There is a slight mustiness to the body, some solid hop bitterness at the finish, and lots of different notes of sour apple, sweet pears and other characteristics of a Belgian tripel. Complex, and very interesting! Mouthfeel is fizzy and velvety smooth all at once. Very dry finish with definite grapefruit bitterness. D: Not entirely sure how "drinkable" this beer is, as the complexities and the 9% ABV will see to it that a single 750ml bottle is more than enough. Great for sharing or at a tasting. Recommended!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur dorée et semi-voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, pommes vertes) aux faibles notes boisées, de houblon floral, assez herbeux et moyennement citrique, malté de sucre bonbon et léger de miel, légèrement épicé (poivre) avec des notes d’alcool, de pain et de vanille. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et croustillant ainsi qu’une texture crémeuse et asséchante. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes sucrées, pommes vertes, notes de pêches, traces de mangues) légèrement terreuses et boisées avec un goût moyennement amer de houblon citrique (en fond toute la gorgée), un léger goût épicé (notes de coriandre) et des notes de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de sucre bonbon moyennement sucré avec des notes de biscuits au miel et de pain puis progressivement un goût sec et amer de houblon floral et herbeux (herbes fraîches) ainsi que de levures épicées (poivre) et d’alcool doux (légèrement réchauffant). Post-goût long et sec, amer de houblon floral, herbeux et moyennement citrique avec un goût de levures et de fruits (zest d’agrumes, pelures de pommes) et léger d’alcool doux.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Big green Bottle Pours out a cloudy ligth yellow topped with a huge cream white head. A great aroma of light hops and sweet apple. Tast was a little belg and ipa. Pretty cool to try.


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