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


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RATINGS: 2163   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Medium yellow color - very lively & thick head with lovely lacing. Aroma is fruity and slightly estery with a hint of perfumy flowers. Flavor is somewhat rich and hoppy - with a nice malt backbone to balance it out. Silky, and surprisingly smooth. Finish is basically dry. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours out a golden brown color with a large off white head. aroma was your typical yeasty sweet scent with a nice hoppy citrus note to it. Flavor was similar with a interesting mix of sweet bread and hops. This is an interesting brew and not that bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7363) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 Cloudy honey gold with a towering finely bubbled head displaying eternal retention. Aroma of chamomile, clover, musty yeast, citrus peel. Chewy malt with big grassy hoppiness, flavours of sweet spices, citrus fruit, bready yeast. Surprisingly bitter finish (woody/stemmy). A phenomenal tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours clouded gold. Nice level of off-white head. Nose is very yeasty. Flavor is full of funk and hops. Earthy aftertaste like a deep clay. Yeast is definitely there as well. Robust is the key word here. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall very good. Extremely hearty and robust, yet consistent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Tasting is from a 750ml, but I’ve had it before on tap and it is definitely better on draught as most brews are. Slightly hazy intense straw in color with a fluffly white head and good lacing. Smells like fresh hops, orange peel, and cardamom. Assertive carbonation, maybe a bit too much, gives the 9% alcholo tripel great balance making it feel crisp and lighter than it should be for it’s alcohol content. Flavors are straw, orange, plum, all spice, coriander, cardamom, and white pepper with just a hint of sweetness. The hops kick hard on the finish. Superb balance and fairly dry througout. One of my absolute favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Sampled blind at "Better Know a Style: Abbey Tripel" tasting. Chunky and animated white head on slightly hazy pale yellow/gold color. Orange and yeasty aroma that is medium in strength. Alcy flavor with green/red fruit, distinctive yeast, slight oak, very much in the Jolly Pumpkin style, hoppy. Dry medium to full body and creamy. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a snifter with typical bartender ineptitude resulting in a lackluster head. An odd yellow-gold colored beer lays beneath the small white cap of foam. The hops are strong with this one, you can smell the floralness from a foot away. Beyond that, the tripel style makes itself known with aromas of funky yeasty apple, lemon zest, grapefruit, pepper. The taste is just how you’d imagine something with "IPA Tripel" in the name to be. Hoppier than any other Belgian I’ve had, this beer explodes with floral hops that mingle with the fruity esters and faint boozy finish. This was a bit flat, but I blame it on the tap, not the beer, and so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end. Pretty smooth and easy to quaff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuckeyeSammy (551) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Sweet fruity aroma.. amazing. Thick white head, unfiltered yellow gold color. Well balanced carbonation! Great beer. Light fruits in the flavor. Great lacing. I need to try this again, one of the best abbey triples i have come across. Loved it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thekmoonlegend (115) - Lynn, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Cloudy golden color, decent head. Aroma is of citrus and hops, although I did think it was slightly skunky. Flavor is yeasty, not too hoppy, and a little sweet. It lacks the aftertaste typical of an IPA. This mix was one of the most unique beers I have tried to date...definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
My roommate’s review: faint yeast aroma, with something else in there, kinda grainy, hops are there but kinda faint, maybe grassy. kinda bannany, kinda like bananas and grapefruit. Bizarre fruit punch with the fruit you wouldn’t usually put in punch flavor. I didn’t like it that much either - too much alcohol coming through

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