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

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RATINGS: 2217   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7473) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
This blonde ale poured with a massive white head, most of which dissipated in a few minutes. There is a strong floral aroma, and a very solid body that is much more malty than any other IPA I have tasted. However, the hops and malt blend very nicely to create a unique and satisfying flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2006
750 ml bottle - Hazy golden topped by an extremely intricate and lovely white head. Glass lace is exceptional. I am really digging the aroma. Loads of floral hops, sweet citrus, satsuma comes to mind, and wild yeast underpinning. The flavor is equally as yummy. Sweet at first then a developing bitterness mixed with pepper and more sweetness. Some alcohol comes forth just before the swallow. The finsih is quite bitter. The palate is really nice, medium, with a hop crispness and not syrupiness. An excellent amalgamation of styles.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
The pour reveals a beautifull cloudy yellow color with floaties and a medium fluffy white head. Excellent aroma of earthy, fruity, floral hops with citrus and belgian yeast. The flavor is also excellent and has the same earthy,fruity, floral hops with citrus and yeast. The body has a medium thickness with a superb smooth and creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Excellent, it really feels like an American IPA / Belgian tripel hybrid, nicely done and very enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Had on tap and found it rather flavorless. Barely any aroma, faintest scent of fruit. Cloudy gollden colour. I found very little hops, a faint faint finish of yeast. Well hidden alcohol though. I must have had a bad batch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
golden with a big fluffy white head. nice lacing . aroma heavy on the sazz hops. the interesting blend of hops dominates the flavor with a decent sweetness from the malt and candy sugar. a bit of belgian yeast adds to the interesting mix. full bodied. fairly fizzy carbonation. finsh is bitter with a nice dose of the sazz hop flavor. very interesting beer. need to try this one again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Pours hazy bright golden yellow with a billowing snow white head. Lots of Belgian lace. Wonderfully spiced aroma with plenty citrus hop aroma. Sweet candy sugar as well. The tripel character comes through perfect, and the Amarican hop bitterness is very evident. The palate is great. Full, but refreshingly carbonated. Get ya some.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Interesting brew with the spicy and fruity attributes of most triples intertwined with a solid bitter hop presence. While not as fruity as other triples I have had the attributes are still present in low dosage. You have to like the direction some of these brews are going.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Foamy/creamy off-white head. Hazy gold body. Sweet belgian esters. Very balanced and nice. Nice euro malt aromas and slight malt. Some grass. Very nice sweet combination of an IPA and a tripel (go figure). Its got the sweet belgian yeast thing, with some hops and a nice balance

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 Oh man, what an interesting beer! I loved it, IPA/Tripel two completely different kind of beers, but oh man what a beautiful combiniation. I loved this mix. Smells of fruity sweetness which floats above a pillowy massive white head. Such soft flavors, but a whole lot of them, and quite nicely balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Hazy golden color, big frothy head. Farty nose ;-) Well - I*m wondering that my notes give it an 8 for this and I just wrote down Farty nose- ahhh - well ,-) Nice apricot and grap taste with a long nice koriander aftertaste.


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