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

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RATINGS: 2081   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy golden color with full foam white head. Aroma of yeast and lite floral hops. Taste of yeast and hoppy bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5484) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Bottle (75 cl) at Delirium Café, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy golden, medium creamy white head. Fruity malt aroma with apricot, and with earthy, dusty, yeasty notes as well. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Alcohol very well integrated in the flavour, long and bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
poured from a 750ml capped bottle (purchased roughly March ’07) into a Chouffe-branded goblet :-) A: Massive carbonation builds a huge fluffy white head on top of a beautiful golden body. Lacing is immediate & throughout, the bubbles never cease floating upwards from the bottom of the glass. Nice! S: Belgian yeast mingles nicely with a sweet, flowery hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming at all. T/M: Initial sips let you know there is alcohol in this brew, a characteristic I’ve noticed in many Belgians; I’m sure as it warms a bit the hops will move to the forefront and the hooch will be covered up more. Very warming. There is a slight mustiness to the body, some solid hop bitterness at the finish, and lots of different notes of sour apple, sweet pears and other characteristics of a Belgian tripel. Complex, and very interesting! Mouthfeel is fizzy and velvety smooth all at once. Very dry finish with definite grapefruit bitterness. D: Not entirely sure how "drinkable" this beer is, as the complexities and the 9% ABV will see to it that a single 750ml bottle is more than enough. Great for sharing or at a tasting. Recommended!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur dorée et semi-voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, pommes vertes) aux faibles notes boisées, de houblon floral, assez herbeux et moyennement citrique, malté de sucre bonbon et léger de miel, légèrement épicé (poivre) avec des notes d’alcool, de pain et de vanille. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et croustillant ainsi qu’une texture crémeuse et asséchante. Goût de levures fruitées (agrumes sucrées, pommes vertes, notes de pêches, traces de mangues) légèrement terreuses et boisées avec un goût moyennement amer de houblon citrique (en fond toute la gorgée), un léger goût épicé (notes de coriandre) et des notes de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de sucre bonbon moyennement sucré avec des notes de biscuits au miel et de pain puis progressivement un goût sec et amer de houblon floral et herbeux (herbes fraîches) ainsi que de levures épicées (poivre) et d’alcool doux (légèrement réchauffant). Post-goût long et sec, amer de houblon floral, herbeux et moyennement citrique avec un goût de levures et de fruits (zest d’agrumes, pelures de pommes) et léger d’alcool doux.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Big green Bottle Pours out a cloudy ligth yellow topped with a huge cream white head. A great aroma of light hops and sweet apple. Tast was a little belg and ipa. Pretty cool to try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbomb (196) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours semi cloudy pale yellow with tall, thick, creamy head. Aroma has a hop punctuation like an ipa-citrusy, flowery, woody, and spicy but also with a sweet background of a musty, sweet, bready, spicy belgian. Flavor backs up aroma completely-sappy, flowery, woody, citrusy hops with a sweet, spicy, bready, yeasty background. Palate seems sticky and dry at the same time and is supremely smooth and creamy accompanied by pleasant lingering flavors. Excellent. The Chouffe has again collected superior ingredients to create a mystical brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Creates a thick white pillow of foam immediately once poured into my trappist glass. Appears as a solid pure gold color with thick sediment seen floating about. The nose is of sour apple but also shares a sweet malt character as well. Flavor is intially sour and tart with strong yeast and apple. So-so.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2007
On tap 4/27 @the Belgian Bar inside the Brick Store Pub: Pours a hazy gold color with a huge, frothy (very firm) off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is yeasty with hints of citrus. Sweet flavor is yeasty yet spicy with hints of fruits, citrus leaving a dry finish that is well balanced. This is an amazing refreshing beer to try on tap. Very unique and awesome!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours pale gold with an enormous tight white head that leaves serious lacing. The texture of the head reminds me of the top of a rootbeer float when the ice cream is mostly melted and not mixed in. The aroma is zesty with some nice clove and corriander accents, some forest-floor type earth, some yeast. The flavor is zest, clove, and grassy hops at first, then gets slightly earthy and yeast toward the middle. An ambient lemon and pine bitterness develops toward the finish, where there is also some warmth and a hint of crackers. Dry, zesty hop bitterness lingers forever in the aftertaste. As it warms it gets a light honey note and increased spiciness. Not bad at all.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
750ml Bottle: Aroma is yeasty and hoppy. Smells of fresh cut grass, yeast, fir, and pine. Poured golden in color with a huge, dense, creamy, white head. Very good head. Clear, but full of tons of chunky particles. Sparkling. Flavor is medium bitter. Very hoppy with notes of pine, resin, a little mint, and a tiny bit of citrus. Seems more bitter than some beers with more IBUs. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. Overall, the best Tripel I’ve had to date.


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