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

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RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
From a capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb on back that lists the hops, sampled after a few hours in the refrigerator in a La Chouffe snifter glass. Poured a semi-hazy yellowish, light orangey golden with a frothy, foamy white head, good retention, settled into a rocky, creamy lacing, fair amount of ringed laced sticking. Aromas of floral, herbal, earthy citrusy hops, earthy, lightly musty yeast and a subtle sweet Belgian pale malts. Good active carbonation and a crisp, slick, dry, carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Great hoppy taste, herbal, dry leafy, spicy, a light hint of sour citrus, grainy, dry, sweet biscuity malts with a trace of sugar, a subtle, balanced earthy musty yeastiness, the alcohol is well masked, but also warming in the palate, and a dry, crisp, spicy, leafy, citric and sweet malty finish. Another excellent brew from one of my favorite Belgian breweries, easy, smooth, dangerously quaffable drinkability, a must try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4648) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2006
75 cl bottle at Delirium, Brussels.Huge thick white head crowns this cloudy golden beer. Very hoppy nose, like a newly mown lawn, but with fruity, even perfumy notes as well. Great bitter flavavours, grassy and fruity hops, very Hommelbier-like. Full-bodied with good carbonation. Rare, but worth seeking out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours hazy sparkling yellow with a large white foamy head, lasting, with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, meal), heavy hops (flowers, fruit, grass), average yeast (dough, earth) with fragrant notes of apple, pear and honey. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness; malty floral perfume hop flavor, creamy. Full bodied, average carbonation, sticky texture and creamy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2737) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: cloudy golden straw. Aroma: sweet n’ spicey, honey and yeast. Palate: fairly aggressive carbonation, astringent and thin of body. Flav.: sweet n’ spicey, honey, yeast, a little bitter. Not a style I like. 7-2-6-2-12: 2.9.

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Re-rated at Flour City Brewers’ Fest, Rochester NY. At the Ommegang tent. AU15/08.

App.: Cloudy orange golden with white chunks of yeast, nice white froth. Aroma: Floral honey and coriander, caramel and malt, a touch of yeast and bread dough, light lemony citrus. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly soft effervescence. Flav.: Very sweet, mandarin oranges, lighter coriander, some resinous hops, honey, caramel, quite sweet with some bitterness (especially for a Belgian).

Didn’t quite meet expectations (forgot about the first taste!), but lovely nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. Very hoppy aroma, pine with some grapefruit. Mostly dry, very bitter, tripel body comes through in the finish. Very interesting take an two divergent styles.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
A hilly white head with pale golden body. Smell of the forest (trees, pines). The alcohol is very present in mouth but there is a dry finish. The second gulp was better in the finish, could taste lime (very refreshing!) and lots of hop. Very interesting complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Pours hazy gold color with moderate thick head. Sweet belgian aroma with almost no alcohol present in the nose. Citrusy with a tinge of flowery hops. Wow, the flavor on this is incredible. Great balance from both the ipa and the tripel. Almost marshmellowy head with a dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2006
750 ml. bottle. Pours a clear pale gold producing one of the biggest, rockiest, and durable heads that I’ve ever seen. There was still 1/2 inch of foam and some sticky lace all over the glass 30 minutes later. Grain, honey, yeasty bread, orange, and spice combine for a heady aroma. Nice medium full body presents an intitial smoothness and lively carbonation which gives way to a little astringency. Rich light sweetness nicley balnced with a refreshing bitterness and some very spicy peppery hop flavors. Alcohol never really noticeable. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this, but it certainly proved to be exceptional

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Sampled at the Brickstore in Decatur, GA. Cloudy dark straw with considerable haze. Dense pillowy head which forms an island apart from the glass edge. Lightly nutty aroma with fresh cut herb notes. Substantial hoppy bitterness. Overwhelms with walnuts in the finish, huge vaporous EtOH warming. Doesn’t really work all that well overall, but it’s interesting, for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2010 Batch #2, best before 2009. Pours a hazy, straw color with an enormous head, creamy, fluffy, lasting, and white with plenty of random lacing. Nose is tripel with some spicy, slightly citrusy, hops; notes of Belgian banana-y esters, pear, yeast, pepper, and lemon zest. Flavor is definitely more bitter than the nose would have suggested; banana esters, yeast, lemon zest, pepper, slight clove, honey, lightly grassy, and a moderately high bitterness. Palate is medium bodied, but seemed a little fuller due to the moderate carbonation and the soft, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter, slightly dry, and estery and stays on the tongue for quite some time. An interesting hybrid style but honestly the "American" character detracts from the Belgian goodness. However, it is interesting and worth trying for the weird way the flavors work together. I can’t say that I would prefer it to a tripel or a IIPA, but I would not prefer tripels or IIPA’s to this either. Like drinking a decent tripel with more bitterness and some citrus notes; quite innovative, just not extraordinary.


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