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

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RATINGS: 2158   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


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2007
A lovely, dark gold Tripel, with an almost white head. Nose is nicely hopped, with dominant yeast nots, but a tad thin. Flavors are very good, and full. Spicy up front, with an enjoyable triple crispness. Hoppy and bitter in the finish. This beer really does a nice job of combining great characteristics of tripels and IPAs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Hazy blonde color with white head. nice lacing. Citrusy accent in aroma, very strong hops flavor that lasts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle I picked up at BevMo in SLO. Pours a hazy-Houston sunrise yellow with an enormous pure white head that has great lacing. In fact, the head disappeared on the sides and left this intriguing Devil’s Tower replica in the middle every time I poured...I half expected Richard Dreyfus to show up at my house and request mashed potatoes. Aromas of Belgian yeast and hops...spices just behind that. Taste is very unique and wonderfully pleasing. Soft malts, apples and pears up front, followed by armies of marching hops...here they come! Wow...slowly attacks the tongue with fantastic hop flavors. Citrus...grapefruit and lime/lemons....along with pine resin and bread notes. Gives a very interesting tingly feeling on the tongue...like it’s dancing a jig for the beer gods. Finish lingers...which is great, because now I’m done with this great brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Pours golden straw hazy, with thick and enormous head. Nose is crisp with tones of yeast, sweet fruits and belgian sugar. The mix of styles used to brew this beer only adds to the complexity and quality of this brew. A must try beer even for those not usually fond of triples.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2062) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 7, 2007
bottle poured into a chouffe glass, golden hazy in color with a huge thick frothy head and rushing carbination as poured. smell is yeasty, hops, has a sorta creaminess, and some clover and grass. taste is creamy and full of carbination, heavy yeast, lightly hopped, with some fruit hits as well. one of the better tripels that i have had, just don’t think i am a huge fan of this style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 cloudy golden with a medium creamy head. honey bread and yeast aroma with plenty of apples and cloves with a floral undertone. medium creamy body with full crisp bubbles. candied malt with citric cloves, bread notes, and a floral hop bitterness. light apple and bananas notes. scribbling down flavors as i drink, just too complex to get everything. unbelievable by far the best triple i’ve had yet

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2919) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
A nice and uncharacteristically hoppy abbey tripel. Aroma of sweet fruits, sugar and yeast. Pour was a medium gold with a gorgeous 3 finger white head. Taste was a complex mix of sweet sugar, fruit and caramel malt with a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste. This beer defines the word complex. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
Wauw.. finally I got the chance to taste this and it didn’t disappoint me. Cloudy yellow with good white head. Yeast & hops in the aroma. Very balanced & perfectly hopped. Great combination going on right here between & tripel & a Ipa. Fantastic experience. Fresh & floral! Thanks guys!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11312) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle @ ChristianScheffel tasting. [thank you, BeerBiker!]
Pours a relatively pale yellow with a gian bubbly white head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass. Aroma ishoppy with grassy and barnlike notes coming through as well. Nice, creamy palate. Flavour is initially sweet and slightly sugary, but there are lots of nice hops to balance it out with. Weird and wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 I was afraid I’d sat on this one for too long, and was worried that the hops would have dulled out and ruined the experiment. Not so! After about a year, this baby is as piquant and quirky as I remember. At the base is a very fine and bitter Belgian brew, an improbable combination of the richness and buttery flavors of certain tripels with the grassy finish of a saison, crossed with the hop punch of a DIPA. It’s like one of those menu items you read at a super fancy restaurant, thinking there’s no way all those ingredients can work together. But they do, and this does too. Rock the fuck out.


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