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

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RATINGS: 2196   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours golden orange with a nice white head that laces as you drink. Fruit, hops, and classic belgian high temp fermentation alcohol taste. Wonderful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750 ml Bottle - Pours a cloudy and hazy yellowish with thick white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, funk, spices, and hops. Taste is piney, hoppy, a fruity and spicy. Mouth is very clean and crisp. Little bit of an alcoholic bite near the end - but it is otherwise very well disguised. While this doesn’t really stack up to it’s American Imperial cousins in hoppiness, it is a welcomed and refreshing twist on the genre. Supreme hopheads will be a little disappointed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2917) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 750ml. Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head, even in the wide chalice. The nose is tart with some wild, yeasty notes, a small hint at bitter, papery hops, banana, cloves, and rye. Mouthfeel is semi-dense with sparkling carbonation. Now, the flavor is where the beer truly excels and as we all know, that is the most important category. The hops become much more evident. Sure, it’s not a massive hop bomb. Sure, it’s not on the level of a true American IIPA, but yes, it is hoppy indeed. Plenty of sharp, resiny pine flavors pierce my tongue while smooth, estery, fruity flavors balance everything out. A delightful lingering zing dries out my mouth, bright, juicy pineapple makes itself known; semi-tart notes pucker, sweet fruits almost moisten my washed-out palate. It’s a fantastic, deep, clean beer with a commendable hop presence to boot.
[October 14, 2008]
750ml. This is a heavily cloudy yellow with a billowing, tall white head. After several minutes, it has condensed into a rocky ball which looks like ice cream. Man, I love the way this beer smells. It’s strong, though not necessarily off the charts in the way of hoppiness. Notes of flowers, lemon zest, oranges, wood, banana, deep spices are all found. The mouthfeel is spritzy enough to accent all the bitter goodness. The flavor is what I’d expect after getting a whiff of this nectar. More deep, complex citrus character balanced by intricate sweet and spiced hints. The depth and complexity on this one along with its unique attributes make this a repeat purchase of mine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4622) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2007
I love La Chouffe. I remember the Chouffe room I stayed in in Osteend. This beer is a bit of a twist on the tripel. Fruity with hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
This is an unfiltered light brown filter with yeast particles. The head is perfectly white, but looks like a huge marshmallow. There is a malty aroma, but mostly just a lot of yeast with a bit of grape-white wine aroma. The flavor is a bit spicy and the remaining yeast definitely come through in the flavor. There is a bit of a malted aftertaste with a bit of sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2442) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 What a strong one! Oh my god! Beautiful cloudy color under the rich foamy head, the nose is flowery hop and yeast. In the taste you can feel the three kind of differnt hops of the world, the coriander, the selected yeast and the sweetness because high percentage alcohol. The houblon-hop dominates the complex beer. The aftertaste are rich and smooth. Thank you, brasserie d’achouffe!!! One of my favourites brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (657) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle. Batch 4. Pour is hazy golden with lots of floating material. Very bubbly. Thick foamy white head seems to last indefinitely. Lacing is superb. Aroma is mild, fruity esters, slightly citrus - peaches, melon. Some light rising dough flavors and some spice. Flavor is mild, very subtle, lots of varied flavors. Crisp saaz bitterness lingers long. Apricot, orange peel, spruce - all in all a little confusing. Alcohol flavors suffuse this all along with a sweet, almost syrupy maltiness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with an enormous white head. Incredibly fruity aromas(apples, oranges, pears), mixed with hay, spices, hints of malts, and a ton of citrus hops. Taste is sweet and malty up front with a dry, spiced IPA finish. A second glass begins to explode with resinous hops on the nose. An almost banana malt sweetness is now present upfront. Once the carbonation dies down a bit, it is a fully complex yet enjoyable brew. Perfect "marriage" between the styles.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours an opaque straw color with a great frothy head. The lace is elegant. Aroma is sweet, citrus, and a little spice. The taste is wild, it tastes like an imperial ipa and a triple were blended together to make a super beer. This is pretty dang good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Aroma of fruits, spices, and hops. Taste is moderately sweet but let still tart Has a yeasty palate and is very carbonated. Has a dry hoppy finish.


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