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


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RATINGS: 2374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
944play (398) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
750 in weizen glass. Fully chilled bottle foamed over gently upon opening. Cloudy pale with immense, pillowy, lasting head. Easily the most chunky, turbid commercial, *or homebrewed*, beer I’ve come across with lots of floaty bits. Grass, bubblegum, pepper, and grape nose. Flavor is of a nicely balanced tripel with some more resin on the finish, which plays off the sweetness well. This is a great beer, but definitely not for the easily off-put.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy pale with a tall frothy head that had some lasting and thick lace. Nice floral and citrus aromas with a malt backing. The flavor was much like iced tea; some spices, caramel, and a light fruit and hop background. Medium body and dry, with a light bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WertMaker (9) - Florence, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009 does not count
On-tap at Sacramento Brewing Company this Belgin IPA Tripel is not what you would expect! Hops are pronounced and definately European. Malty, with a hint of sweetness in the background the hops dominate. Clear dark amber in appearance with a lingering creamy head and clean mouth feel. Although some Christmas tree is apparent, those who appreciate the hops will enjoy this impor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Very impressed that they actually pulled this one off. Great floral aroma with the typical delicate fruit and esters of a tripel. Sweet flavor with a little spiciness, and a dry grassy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a large rocky white head that clings to the glass. Pleasantly surprising mild aroma of floral hops, some belgian spiciness, fresh fruit and honey. Slightly sweet flavor, pine and pear, peppery and yeasty in the finish. Slight lingering bitterness. Medium bodied and a little too much carbonation for my liking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours a pale, and hazy yellow. A thick cloudy white head. Maybe the best beer ive ever smelled with a large floral aroma with a candy sweet touch, sour fruits. Flavor is much the same with an alcohol touch coming through. The marriage of the IPA and tripel turn out to be very well balanced. Not to much bitterness of an IPA, but not the complexity of a true belgian tripel, which makes it all that much more easier to enjoy. A work of art to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours a light golden color with a massive pillowy white head that has unbelievable lacing that looks like gobs of those old egg crate mattress pad liners on the sides of the glass. Nose is corn, a bit of cattiness (saaz hops, bleh!) yeasty baking bread, caramel, grass, and carbonation. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated yet slightly astringent and very bitter on the back-end. Not exactly enjoyable. There is Such extreme carbonation I am writing this at 4:30 am because I cannot sleep with indigestion. The taste is where this beer is really lacking and personally, I like beer that tastes good. Imagine that! I get corn, wheat, yeast, seltzer, grass, caramel, bit of mulling spices, and some pineapple but nothing delicious. Top rated tripel you have disappointed me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2009
An absolutely beautiful beer--looks like a beer commercial with a hazy straw color and a thick, pillow-like white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is light, with hints of citrus and flowery hops. Flavor is slightly sweet, with hints of vanilla, but some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I like the creativity--they basically took a pretty good Tripel and then added a decent amount of hops to balance out the natural Belgian sweetness. The result is a very clean, crisp taste that lingers on the palate. Just the right amount of hop bite on the back of the throat and masks the ABV well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
33cl bottle. Poured very carefully as to avoid the yeast on the bottom. Pours a bright golden orange body with small bits of particulate floating around. Lots of rising carbonation. Even though I poured this slowly, it produced a gigantic snow-white head that remained very creamy and took absolutely forever to dissipate. While dissipating it made for some crazy looking shapes. At one point, it looked like a cookie cutter in the shape of a star had gently landed in the middle of the head. When it finally dissipated, it remained loaded with lacing and very swirly on the surface. Sexy looking beer. Aroma is heavily malted and a refined Belgian yeast strain, however the yeast is pretty mellow compared to similar styled beers. Definitely has the sweetness and spiciness characters of the tripel style. Lots of raspberry candy smells. Soft, but sharp citrus hops balance the aroma very well. Kind of sparkly or even perfume smelling. The flavor is fantastic. Its a sweeter version of any Belgian Strong Ale. Lots of fruity yeast flavors and sweetly spiced malts. Very breadlike maltiness too. Wow is this complex. Theres more of that candy sugar, some light grassy hoppiness, and a delicate bitter finish. This mouthful is great too. Its extremely soft and light, but medium to full bodied and a tickling sparkling carbonation. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. It starts sweet and malty, then slowly moves to a delicately spiced and yeasty middle, before ending with a pinch of sweet malts and a subtle, but defined grassy bitterness. Lingers lightly as sweet, spiced, and hopped. This is one of my new all-time faves. Wow!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Not bad. The hops are a bit overpowering versus the delicate malt and yeast notes, leading to a slightly underwhelming beer with a long, nasty aftertaste. What flavor exist while it’s in the mouth are delicious, I just can’t believe how crappy it ends.

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