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

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RATINGS: 2104   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle poured a lemmon yellow with the biggest, creamyest longest lasting head I have ever seen and coated the inside of the glass with a sticky thick lacing that lasted for the length of the beer. Aroma and flavor is banana and lemon, citrus and yeast with a nice fruit finish. Easy drinking and delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2539) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting. Très belle blonde brumeuse, bon collet. Arome d’houblon caramelisé intéressant. Goût très épicé et réchaufant.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Immensely zesty, limey, minty hop nose matches nicely the doughy, comfortable and pillowy Chouffe yeast. Typical belgian cloudy golden topped by a generous lasting white head show. Offers a delicate body that surprised by the relatively gentle carbonation that I expected more vigorous. Firm medium body otherwise that shows no watery edge. Plenty of fruity hints that visit a wide array of tropical fruits(papaya, pineapple,mango), spices (pepper, sage, marjoram), all in a blended manner. Feels like a thick summer drink, alcohol being restrained and bringing forth fresh grassy and hay-like flavors that borders earthiness when blended with the yeast shot. I found this absolutely delicious and it was certainly my beer of the night despite being the first candidate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1356) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Pours a golden color with thick white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, lemon, floral hops, and some earth spices. Flavor starts off with the lemon, citrus, and earth spices. Finishes bitter with some sourness. I was honestly expecting more from this brew but it was still delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2421) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Explodes with a five+ fingered white, pillowy head that leaves gobs of lace. A clear pale amber color. Hoppy nose. Starts just on the hoppy side with some sourness, slight hop but smooth finish. Good carbonation and medium bodied. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle from John’s Grocery Iowa City, IA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours light golden with a nice foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, floral hops, and mellow yeasty esters of banana and melons. Taste is sweet and yeasty, notes of honey and fruity esters. Hop flavor is present, but not overpowering. Not sure I’d call this an IPA, but this is enjoyable nonetheless. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied with a slight resinous quality with lush Belgian carbonation. Quite nice!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4526) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Rating #700. Poured into a La Chouffe glass from a 750. A hazy golden, yellow, orange with a large bubbly/foamy slight off white head that left tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma of various Belgian spices, banana, citrus, floral, orange, grass, pine just a lot going on and my first impression is that I really liked how the aroma on this one turned out. Basically a hoppy LaChouffe. With the flavor the first thing I pick up in the yeast, then into the belgian spices, peppery, some banana, some pilsner qualities and then some hop bitterness in the tail. Pretty much a bitter tripel. As I drank more of this and as it warmed up more I started to get a slight roasty malt in addition to a little bit of the alcohol coming through, although not to the 9% level.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Highly carbonated with very nice white head. Formations abound in this head. Nose is spicy with light hops and Belgian yeast, a bit woody like pine, but overall a more than averagely hopped Belgian ale. Nice spritsy body and a lively mouthfeel. Some expressive hop bitterness in the finish. Decent Belgian IPA (not like it’s a style though) but they’re both here independently.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Hazy light gold with a wonderful fluffy peaky beaten egg head. Spicy, estery nose with suprising hoppy grapefruit notes. Flavour is big grassy fat hops with juicy tripel fruits. Great spices and very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2006
This beer might be more fairly called an ipa. As is, it is a good blend of the styles. There is significant hop bitterness in the aroma and flavor. There are also spicy, herbal hops. The fruity sweetness is a good contrast to the bitter hops and this fusion is a success. However, there is no way this beer is at the top of the tripel category; it is far too different from all others of the style to rightfully be there.


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