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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2008
750 ml bottle acquired via trade. Pours out an insane amount of foamy white head. Every pour fills about 70% foam. A light orange color. The aroma is pretty light; lots of rich malts and some spices. The flavor is interesting; like a Belgian Strong Ale combined with a IPA. Lots of spices, yeast, and some citrus, but also a bitter hop finish. The alcohol is fairly light, and the mouthfeel is very creamy and full. Quite nice, but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
What a strong one! Oh my god! Beautiful cloudy color under the rich foamy head, the nose is flowery hop and yeast. In the taste you can feel the three kind of differnt hops of the world, the coriander, the selected yeast and the sweetness because high percentage alcohol. The houblon-hop dominates the complex beer. The aftertaste are rich and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Sample (finally) at the WBF in Durham. I need to drink more of this tasty beer. Lots of yeast and hops on the nose... almost tangy and very fresh, exciting. Cloudy blond pour with bubbly white head. Grassy notes and some citrus. Very bitter, crisp finish. I’ll be back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1748) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On draft, tapped a cloudy yellow-orange with a small but respectable white head that remained. Aroma was sweet citrus and flowers. Taste was spicy sweet (nearly cloying) pale malt with a host of fruitiness, especially citrus, though not tart or off-putting. Really good, really smooth, and will really mess you up if you have more than a few.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 What is not to love? This is a fantastically made beer with a great spicy hoppiness, the blend of hops is surprising but works well. This however does not compromise the signature fruitiness of other delicious Chouffe beers, but does help to balance the sweetness tipping this beer over to the dry side. The beer looks great in a tulip glass with a huge rocky white head, that leaves tons of lace. Aromas are floral and spicy (of course).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Had on tap at Delirium in Brussels. An amazing beer with everything I want and need. The hoppyness of IPA with the crisp sweeter taste of a Belgian triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Nice take on a tripel. Everything the style is known for (spice, malt, earthiness) with an extra dose of hops thrown in. Nice dryness and slight bitterness. Pours a yellow straw color with a head that thick and frothy, and sticks around like cool whip. Aroma is subtle spice. Flavor is slightly fruity with notes of spice and hops. Good, but a bit overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Poured from bottle a hazy orange with a large pillowy white head. Aroma pours out with a spicey citrus zing, honey and some clove. The flavor is sizzling crisp with lots of carbonation checking in with touch of bubblegum, yeast, bread, a very mild floral citrus hop tart-bitter. This beer was amazing with the pizza I was eating. It’s hard to believe that it was a 9 percenter. I would drink this anytime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Had on tap. This is such a sharp and crisp beer that it is nearly flawless for its style - if this even falls into one category. It is more complex too then what comes across on first taste. It is dry and hoppy and quite carbonated. It is the champagne of beers -f or real. You don’t pick up on the alcohol content as it is smooth in that respect. It really need to be thought about to be appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - SEP 13, 2008
hoppy nose, flavor is of hops and malt, very clean with nice clean finish, nicely balanced tastes like ipa & tripel mixed

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