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

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RATINGS: 2181   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


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours golden orange with a medium to large fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, with yeyast, candy sugar, malty. Flavor starts off sweet and malty with some spice notes, but ends with a bitter citrussy hops. One of the most unique beers I’ve ever had, and one of the bestl

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours a golden hay color, very hazy, with minimal bubbles seen. Looks thick. Head is crazy. Thick dense whitish head, rocky, sticks to the sides of the glass in big chunks. Almost like a milkshake froth. Crazy. Anyways, 5 for appearance. Nose is crisp light malts, some belgian yeast, grassy hops, and maybe a hint or two of pineapple. Taste is is initially somewhat sweeter than expected. Honey and vanilla are then overcome by a large presence of hops, though while not in your face like a traditional American IIPA, they are more robust and flavorful. Some fruity notes are in there as well, maybe peaches. Great velvety motufeel, nice amount of carbonation. Dont know why the rating came out so low, I would have guessed a 4.2 or 4.3 easily, but when done individually this is the score I came up with. Perhaps I was looking for more. But it would be a pleasure to be able to have this one all the time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidemaster (282) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2006
On tap at the mat room. A thick yeasty, bread, sweet smelling beer. I didnt find it as sharp as i would have expected. I also didnt sense the huge kick of alcohol others have talked about overall a solid drinkable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
750ml bottle, purchased at Cairo Liquor, Washington DC, July 2006. Soft glowing golden body, slightly murky from some small bit of yeast which made its way into my glass. Huge overflowing white head with thick lacing. Dusty, pungent hop and candy sugar aroma, punchy and fruity. Very lively and carbonated on the tongue, with a kick of alcohol across the back. Full of yeast, candy sugar, pineapple fruit flavors, also earthy and musty, just slightly. Very good stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a big fizzy, foamy to rocky/shaving cream offwhite head that clings to the glass too with hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast, malt, hops, orange rinds, musty, spice, dry. Taste follows with the 9% alcohol showing too much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2006
(05.27.06) On tap at Firkin, Libertyville, IL. Poured hazy light yellow with medium white head. No discernable carbonation. Spicy sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and citrusy flavor. Some light tanginess and sharpness in the mouth. Finished with light hop bitterness. Clean and refreshing. A delicious mild drinkable Belgium ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10767) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
Hazy blonde with an extra thick white head, lacing, forming rings. Hoppy floral aroma, pleasant and smooth. In mouth, a crisp malt with good floral hops, alcohol warmth, coriander, a wonderful hybrid. Rich bodied and warming. Just one word. Wow! On tap at BCTC 2006.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Cloudy gold, pillow white huge head. Nose is yeast & Grapefruit, flowers, a little bit of hay & caramel. Flavor is alcohol, spicy - pepper, clove, lemon, bitter grapefruit. Rindey finish. Nice creamy body

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle, Monks in Philadelphia. I’ve been reading a few reviews and most are pretty accurate, mostly about the head. It holds like whipped cream. You could spell your name in it’s white foam and it would stay. Amazing. I noticed the hops right away, despite other ratings. Floral, vanilla, and yeast dominate this aroma. Taste of pepper, hops, and spice. Extremely well balanced from start to finish. I had it with my mussels and it indeed enhanced my meal. I’ll be eating there again and plan on having another pint, a great rarity of a brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2006
White head of creamy consistancy over a golden body. Pine and honey aroma. Belgian yeast combines with the hops for an interesting taste, though it has a somewhat thin ending.


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