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

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RATINGS: 2115   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Really happy to try this one, been wanting to taste it ever since I read about it. Pours a gorgeous hazy pale gold with a massive, long lasting, dense pillow head, just magnificent in the glass. Medicinal hop aroma, almost a feel of aspirin in the nose. Flavor is a wild blend of Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of funk, dried cherries, and a bone dry, very bitter hop finish. Fascinating stuff that I rather enjoyed, but challenging to drink rather than relaxing. Makes you think while you drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2006
I’ve never had a Chouffe beer that I didn’t like, but this is my favorite. It is a tad overcarbonated, but with careful pouring, it wasn’t a huge problem. Doesn’t have a ton of American hop character, but quite a bit of bitterness. I finished a bottle all by my self and will buy more.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. was very excited to try this one. was disappointed... first by the ammount of head. was thick and lasting. actually had to scoop it out. as a hop-head, the mixed flavors didnt agree with me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2006
04.28.06 (and various other occasions), 750ml bottle at Paul’s Pre-TAPNY. Wow! Fantastic example of this up-and-coming and wonderful trend of merging US and Belgian styles into succulent, hoppy, and potent strong pale ales. This one has plenty to love with the distinctive Chouffe house character, mildly funkified and savory spiced, melded with monsterous, biting, pithy hops. Lightly estery (mixed fruit syrup) throughout lasting right through the dry finish. Yum.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours with a golden body, topped by a thick, creamy, lasting head with lots of lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet but mostly bitter and yeasty with a slight flowery, perfumy note. Doesn’t live up to the hype in my opinion. Light bodied and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2006
I have not ventured into the "funk" beers until now. That’s a lie. I tried a cantillion and was too embarrased to admit that "horse blanket" and "funk" were great for the barn but not for this immature palate. This is a great training wheel funk beer. I think I’m starting to get it. There is an earthy back to nature unmediated experience with the yeast that funk beers offer. This one happens to be chased by the sweetness of a tripel and the aromatic hops of an ipa. But I’m liking the funky....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus at State Line Liquors Belgian night tasting. Pours hazy gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and fruit. Flavor is smooth, citrusy, fruit, with a hoppy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Hazy yellow/slightly golden, huge whipped topping head, steady carbonation. Gorgeous, almost subtle aroma of light bready malts, some tropical fruitiness from the fantastic yeast, herbal, grassy hops and more. Medium bodied, almost creamy, substantial malt backbone, bready/doughy. Flavors of some pineapple fruitiness, other esters, dry yeast character, herbal hops, white pepper, corriander and excellent hop bitterness at the end that is not overdone. Alcohol pokes through a bit helping make this puppy noticeably dry. Flavors meld nicely and it is quite balanced. Triple element seem to shine more as beer warms. Damn good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Fragrant piney hops and sparkling pineapple esters expand into complexity...Green, resinous hop flavor and bitterness is in love with the plentiful tropical fruit...The head is a 3-D map of an unknown planet, and the body the perfect creamy vessel for the wide flavor spectrum...A palate-expanding experience which I hope to relive regularly...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
750ml - Aroma is hoppy, yeasty, and spicy. Very "saisonish". Has a clear golden body with a steady stream of bubbles cascading to a huge white lasting head and super sticky lacing. Flavor is sharp with yeast and hops. The spice is strong as well but not as funky as the aroma. Palate is crisp and clean. A very tasty and different brew.


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