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


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RATINGS: 2176   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2007
(bottle) Very pale gold with generous white head. Faint hops aroma along with slightly sweet malt. Flavor is more tripel - malty/fruity, dry. I didn’t notice the hops much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Actually tried this against Dreadnaught at a beer tasting event a few months back. From my notes I noticed that it had a very nice balance between the sweet deep light spice combo of the malts, backed by a citrusy piney flavor of hops. Not my favorite flavoring or bittering hops, but worked nicely. This beer didn’t quite stand up to Dreadnaught for me and my style, but it definitely held its ground against other competitors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15977) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2010 2010-08-13, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Cloudy blond color, almost no head. The aroma is light, with malt, vegetables, light spices; un-exciting. Average body strength; spicy malt flavor; strong bitterness; no emotions.
The only thing I’m really enjoying at the moment is Neil Young’s Harvest playing...

2010-06-25, 33cl bottle, best before 2012/06, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Hazy blond color; high carbonation and consequent huge head. At first there is aroma of paper; then some hop and spices, more Triple than IPA. Dry malt flavor, spicy. Maybe the bottle is not fresh; it’s a good Tripel, but nothing like I had the first time.

2007-10-29, 75cl bottle, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Hazy golden color; rocky head. Very nice aroma, hoppy and spicy, Belgian hopping, flowery. Good body structure, malty, dry, very bitter; there is yeast, spices and some honey too; the flavors are very well mixed. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11860) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, fruit, yeast. Flavour is sweet, hop, yeast, malt. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Really quite good. The transcendant sweetness is very much botanical and fruity (like a drier watermelon), which very addictively contains the hoppy flavor. It’s not very hoppy at all, really. A hell of a Tripel because of its real uniqueness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carl (11) - Issaquah, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Poured from the bottle a very light, clear golden color. Nice strong hop-induced aroma with floral and candy textures. The sweetness of the beer and tartness of the hops collide more than balance each other off. There’s a lot of that "expressive estery fruitness" courtesy of the Beligain yeast and brewing process. Has a nice, long finish. Not what I’m used to, but I very much enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2007
This one made a splash in my kitchen with a tremendous uneven head that took a while to simmer down. The great malt sweetness invited my senses to take a taste of this rich and lightly spiced ale. The three hop varieties were very present as a unified whole in both taste and smell in each round of tasting. The aftertaste was a mix a candi sugar and bitterness. To my surprise, I didn’t notice the alcohol at all...until later on. This was one of the great bottles for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Big ol bottle. This is a very nice surprise of a beer. Huge foamy head that last for a good time. Tart aroma that has citrus like quality. Flavor is as described, a very good blend between the sweet-like Beligian tripple and the balance of a good american IPA. I’d love to have this on tap. Also, the alcohol for being 9% is very hidden, although since this is my first beer in quite a few days, I’m feeling it quickly. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 Bottle, 75cl. Hazy, golden body, topped by an off-white, fluffy head. Hops dominates the aroma, leaving a nice fruityness, but there’s also a malty sweetness. The flavor has piney hops, malt, and a Belgian-style sweetness. Full body, and a nice, bitter finish. Lovely blend of Belgian ale and American-style hopping. Just love those beers. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. 070928

Bottle, 75cl. Nice lacings are left as the golden colored and almost golden beer is drank. A white head sits on top, not very tall. Piney and slightly grassy on the nose, with citrus and white sugar. Hops with sugary fruityness on the palate, quite piney and with a decent bitterness, lasting for a good time. Medium to full body. A quite nice and hoppy tripel. Letting my old rating stand, as that was for a fresh bottle. This rating: 6-4-7-3-13-3.2. 110401

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
draft at hollingshead. ive had this beer a few times bottled and i was impressed but this time for some reason it was even better. pours a nice light gold with a fluffy creamy head. sweet, smooth and very nicely bitter. cheers to A’Chouffe for this great beer.

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