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

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RATINGS: 2239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle. Beautiful pour. Huge frothy white head sits atop a completely clear golden body. Nose and flavor are both dominated by caramel and hoppy citrus notes. Thick and smooth palate. Light alcohol in the finish.

Aged one year, the caramel notes fade and the sweetness turns to a more bright fruitiness. Well-worth aging.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
200th rating. Bottle exploded. Lost 1/3 of beer. Pours cloudy gold with a substantial white head. Bready byeasty aroma with strong notes of citrus and spice. taqste has initial components of grass and citrus, but spicy hops take over and lead to a peppery, bitter finish. Definitely an impressive beer. Wish it didn’t spill over.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a medium sized white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, mostly flowery and peppery, with lots of sweet spicy notes as well. Flavor is quite hoppy as well. The hops definitely dominate over the tripel qualities, which are present, especially in the dry finish. The 9% is completely hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OFlan (14) - USA - MAY 28, 2008
Wonderful beer. The flavor is that of a nice, tangy belgian abbey type fruitiness that is blended with a massive amount of noble and american hops. This provides a very floral beer, with a full yeast presence and a nice bitterness and tang to it as well. Very complex, very unique. The one thing absolutely blew me away with this beer was the creamy head. This head was like pure whip cream. WHen you took a sip and shaped to your mouth. When the beer was gone, the head was still a lovely puff of creaminess at the bottom of the glass. Delicious and adds a great texture to the beer overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange yellow body with a big head. Aroma is hoppy citrus, banana, coconut. Starts sweet but then is dominated by hoppiness and a big etoh bite at the end. overly hoppy, i dont see the hype here.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SchwillyWilly (3) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2008 does not count
Great balance between the hoppy IPA and Belgian trippel flavors. Loved this beer. Very unique.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Volume: 25.4 fl oz * ABV: 9% = 220.5 / 60 = 3.67 beers * 150C = 550.5 C est. RateBeer rating: 98 Style; Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ Price: $8.99 Aroma: fruity, musky, humid, wet. Nice mix. Faint aroma, but delicious. Visuals: pale golden hazy, immense white long lasting head. Carbonation is a bit overactive, but calms down after some time. Taste: delicious, rich, hoppy, layered, nicely balanced, slight burn of alcohol. Banana, cloves, pineapple, very hoppy. Palate: back of tongue, top back, roof. finish is long, dark, deep, and fruity. This marriage of california style hops and Belgian style fruit is an instant classic for me. Overall Impressions: Banana, cherry, lemon, orange, hops, bitterness. One of my all time favorites.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Pours a cloudy gold with a head that won’t quit. Aroma is yeast and hops, spice, and sweetness. Flavor is yeast, nice bitter hops, malt with some fruit (citrus). Very good brew

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Bottle in chalice. Pours hazy gold with a magnificent creamy, pillowy, rocky white head. Looks more like the head on a cappuccino than that of a beer; beautiful, and lasts forever. Aroma is citrus, yeasty, spice. Taste is complex; begins with candy-like sweetness, before moving to spicy yeast and citrus, and finishing with a dry, pronounced hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated and with a dry finish. Intriguing and very complex beer, absolute masterpiece.

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.


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