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

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RATINGS: 1996   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Well, I am very impressed with this Belgian attempt at a hoppy beer. I love the chouffe brewery in general and really liked this one. It pours a hazy golden color with a light white head. Not overly hoppy but definitely noticeable with some nice citrus fruit in the smell and taste. This beer is blended nicely and I like the fact that they didnt try to go overboard on the hops, but kept it simple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Note: I am not usually an IPA hophead, but this Belgian take on an American classic is an interesting turn. High on the spicy hop bitterness without the excessive grassy or vegetative "fresh" hop flavor from dry hopping and late additions. Gives a strong citrus and gingery bitterness that finishes clean and helps cleanse the palate from strong and spicy food. Strong like an IIPA but light and bubbly like a Tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bebop329 (27) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
Very interesting combination of two styles. A spicy grapefruit with a floral after taste. Frothy head and golden color. First time having a Chouffe and was not at all dissapointed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2007
750 shared with Brie out of crystal wine glasses... Very nice hop flavors on this light triple mouth feel. This is a unique beer that is very enjoyable with the IPA alcohol and hops and the spice of the Belgian yeast... scrumtrulescent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a massive three run by finger head, even though I poured gently. As the head slowly fades, it leaves a thick layer of foam behind. Smell; floral and grassy hops are the dominant aromas. After a bit some nice citric aromas come out as well as yeast and peppery spices. Taste; lots of fruity flavors with oranges, lemons, mangoes and some hints of pineapple. There’s some sweet malts in the middle, that quickly gets overrun by hops. The hops come across as herbal, grassy and slightly floral. The finish is spicy, and a little bit drying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with and initial sharpness from the carbonation, and then becomes smooth. Drinkability is really damn good, especially since I couldn’t really detect any alcohol through the entire beer. Not quite what i would expect from and IPA or from a Tripel, but this is one damn good beer no matter what style you condemn it to. I will definitely be picking more of this one up, since it’s now available in Omaha thanks to Beertopia.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
12oz bottle at Winking Lizard in Columbus - Pours golden slight haze with a short white head. Aromas of lgiht citrus and a little pine. Flavor of yeast, candi sugar, pine, and citrus. Palate is smooth and pretty easy drinking with a fair amount of carbonation.. Not bad..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Clear gold with tons of white fizz. Aroma is very hoppy, some citrus and a bit of fruit. Taste is a bit more belgian-y, some more sweetness to balance out IPA and subtle mix of flavors. Also thicker and silkier than an IPA but quite dry. Lasting bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jacknj (2) - Clifton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2007 does not count
750 ml bottle. Monstrous head, huge frothy white head that leaves lace curtains on the side of the glass. heavy carbonation, my favorite thing about this beer is the lovely lingering bitter aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
In the 750 mL bottle from Beertopia. Simply outstanding. Pours a rich golden yellow color with a marshmellow cream head. If Dairy Queen sold beer Blizzards, they would look like this. Has a simply beautiful smelling pine and grapefruit citrus aroma. Can this really be made by Belgians? If so, where have they been hiding their hop prowess all this time? The flavor is nectar of the gods. A wonderfully thick and rich body. Has a perfect palate of silky smoothness. The awesome big hop bitterness is in harmony with a big malt candy sweetness infused with honey flavors. A near-perfect balance of flavors. I will be buying this fantastic beer again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2006
750ml bottle. Hazy, yellow-lemon color with heavy foam that evaporates slowly. Lemon, banana, yeasty in scent and taste. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Extraordinarily dry finish - the taste and flavor virtually evaporate off the tongue, leaving me wanting more. High alcohol content evident from the start.


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