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

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RATINGS: 2384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Summary: Delicious hop bomb that isn’t so much swallowed as sublimed off the tongue. Aroma: Powerful citrus and coniferous hops. Appearance: Bright, hazy yellow. A modest head of small white bubbles settles down to a ring around the glass, leaves only temporary lace. Flavor: A big burst of grapefruit and piney hops dominates each sip, and lasts a long time. Malty elements aren’t so much separable, as they do round out the hops into some sweeter fruits, pineapple especially. Finishes dry with a bitter citrus aftertaste, just a hint of sweet malts lasting through. Palate: The intense hops and sparkling carbonation buzz the tongue with every sip. Swallowing almost seems unnecessary: as it almost as each sip transforms itself into froth in the mouth and vanishes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
surlysober (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
NTH TRIAL: Pours a clear, bright, yellow with an uneven head full of tight white bubbles; yeast and citrusy-sweet hops dominate in the nose and continue through in the flavor which is clean and bright with a great balance between sweetness and hoppiness; clean finish that forces me to respect this beer even though it’s not my ideal beverage... The Belgian Tripel/IPA has never really impressed me, but this is as close as it’s ever come. This beer is a legend in its own right and probably even deserves a slightly better rating than my score reflects.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Pours a hazy golden orange with a large milky white creamy head. Very full aroma, Belgian candi sugar, loads of flowery noble, yeasty, light orange. First taste is extremely bitter, juicy & chalky, with sweet spicy orange underneath. Hides the 9% well. Full mouthful, milky with larger but softer carbonation. Finishes very dry with a long bitter/vitamin C aftertaste. I think I prefer de Ranke XX Bitter. It is great to burp up noble hops though! Someone get me some cheese!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Pleasantly crushed con Jakebra. What the fuck am I drinking? So misleading by the appearance. Looks like a cheap Heifeweizen. This is one of the most complexest beers I’ve ever tried. I don’t even know what to say about it. I am so impressed and confused and scared and overwhelmed. Just get this and try it. Absolutely blown away.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Draft at Tylers. Hazy straw yellow with a huge soapy white head. Yeasty nose, some dough, and an interesting blast of bitterness. The flavors come across like a hopped up Belgian ale, and it works very well. The bitterness cleans the mouth leaving it a nice sharp finish. I’m sure the more times I had this beer, the more flavors I’d notice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Pours a hazy light gold color with a tight white head. Very sweet, pilsen malt aroma with a small amount of hop pushing through, surrounded by yeasty fruitiness. Seemingly light body for 9%with moderate carbonation and heavy lacing. Citrus hop flavors surrounded by candy sweetness. Decent amount of alcohol warming at the back of the tounge and throat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2008
75cl bottle via trade with 1_2many. Just a really interesting beer that combines a tripel and an IPA perfectly. Hazy, cloudy gold colour with a big white head and sticky lacing.Big fruity hops in the aroma. Flavour is more citrus hops built on a malty backbone and just a hint of tripel spice. 9ABV barely noticeable, which is dangerous with a 750.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3006) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Tap at the The Thirsty Monk Asheville. Pours a cloudy gold with a huge white head. Sweet malt and lots of spicy hops and maybe a touch of pepper. Taste is malty with spicy hops that give it a nice bite. Crisp and easy drinking, this was wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
On tap at Downtown Johnny Browns. Yay I am finally through with my one month sobriety. Lots of hops and the belgian yeast I love. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2008
75 cl bottle poured into trappist glass- poured cloudy golden yellow like wheat straw laying freshly cut, one finger white head slowly disappeared to become clumps on the liquid surface and laced heavily, high-medium carbonation. Aroma of yeast, wheat malt, and unbaked cookie dough. Hits the mouth with a high-light body, malt is light and airy, spices come in immediately and are very enjoyable, sweetness in the background throughout, late middle and finish has nice hop profile. Worth every penny that I spent on it!


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