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

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RATINGS: 2239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottled. Poured cloudy yellow with a bright white, meringue-like head. Hops, malt, yeast, and citrus aroma. The flavor is lemonpeel, spice, and malt, with a nicely hoppy/bitter aftertaste leading to a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
#100. Bottle. Pours cloudy dark yellow with small particles. Thick off white head. This stuff damn near pours out of the bottle. Very carbonated, but it’s soft if that makes sense. Aroma: Grapefruit and citrus. Some yeast. Lively medium body. Nowhere near the complexity of a good Tripel. I don’t get the style rating for this one. Decent though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
A very interesting beer. Not too sure if it really fits into the ’tripel’ category, but its damn good. Much more hoppy than any tripel i’ve had, but finished as expected. If you are looking for an IPA, don’t be fooled by the name.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
33cL bottle, consumed at Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown). Pours a murky orange-yellow / grapefruit color; textured white head with great retention and fine-bubbled lacing, coating the glass; a gorgeous pour. Tons of dense yeastiness, grapefruit, toastiness, and warming vanilla and fruit in the aroma; dense, dry, with a prominent fruitiness. Lively carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of yeast, yellow fruits and toasty vanilla; the yeast character is pretty fantastic; dry; very generous. Lengthy finish, showing yeast, and dry breadiness and wheaty / toastiness; some yellow fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6660) - ITALY - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 alla spina chiara ottima schiuma persistente note luppolate in bocca luppolo e lieve etilico in bottilgia meno lupplo al naso e al palato anche se ben presente non fredda piuttosto dolce

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2008
Pale golden yellow with a beautiful thick and cloudy head. Nose has suprisingly authentic IPA-like hoppiness, grassy and sweet fruity aromas with some wheaty tripel. Flavor strongly hopped with sweet maltiness. Finishes drier, with more of the tripel spiciness. Almost full bodied with quite strong but smooth carbonation. Exotic and sweet, a delicious symbiosis.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Bottle sampled at the Kulminator: Unfortunately this beer seemed to be just a little bit past its prime. Hops were kind of catty, earthy, and dusty, not fresh and citrussy. Poured golden with a tremendous head, that just sat beautifully ontop of the beer. Really beautiful looking. Flavor was less appetizing because it was out of its prime. Kind of catty, with some spicy notes. Mouth feel was very digestible, fine bubbbles and light feeling. re-rate bottle at ABC abbey bar: flavor is initially classic chouffe with lots of pepper and some funk. half way through the hops show up with unique citrus, mango, and spiciness. nice chewy malt bodied in the middle. Quite a synergy of things happening. Very much a tripel with ipa tendancies. excellent mouthfeel, and head retention, that left snowy lace on the glass. I love this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle. This pours a translucent golden with a good amount of sediment and some thick, white head. The lacing is pretty decent as well. The aroma is a blast of an orange-y sweetness with banana, orange, pineapple, and hops. The flavour is very full. Citrus-y flavours are pretty strong as well as a lot of hops. It’s also very sweet, but in a natural fruit sweetness kind of way. The finish is smooth and sweet with some light bitterness. This is a perfect combination of the delicate flavours of the Tripel mixed with the bold flavours of an IPA. The hops are strong, but not overpowering. This is very delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle and a big white head sat on top of very cool yellow golden color. Modest aromas of sweetness and yeast. Mouthfeel smooth with some carbonation. Great sweet sugar, citrus, malt. Beneath is some bitter hops and not way out front or over the top. Good finish blending the two partners.Very drinkable tasty brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
bright and well hoped great variation of a classic. bit of fruit flavor with a nice head. great for any occasion. love to see foreign beers make strong use of hops


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