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


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RATINGS: 2197   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
750ml bottle. Aroma: Lots of yeast spiciness. Citrus coming through clearly some grapefruit, but also a lot of orange and some lemon. More flowery as it warms up. Getting some nice yeast and bread aromas. Appearance: Attractive golden color and quite hazy. Head was white, huge, and mousselike. Great lacing. Flavor: A nice bready malt backbone, some peppery spiciness, orange citrus flavors are all typical for a tripel...but then the hops kick in. Saaz hop flavor is very intense. Some flowery and grass notes from the hops. The bitterness is well done. Palate: Medium bodied with a nice creamy texture. High carbonation. A touch of alcohol warming on the back of the tongue. Overall: I was excited to try this, and it did not disappoint. A perfect melding of a Tripel and an IPA. It’s surprising at first, but once you get used to the flavors it’s very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas. Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that’s nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely. I have never had anything like this before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Hazed and pale pulpy apricot in color with a root beer float-like cone pillowing out the tulip, with a huge glacial drift of a sudsy white for the head. Sugary scarlet lime meets a honey glazed, lemon-meringue graham motif as the matter channels up the nose. Lilies and lilacs give a ginger sweet aromatic herbaceous anthem. Cool effervescence is met with a clean cottony banana complex and a bitter honey coated hop cone flavor. Smooth and complex, with generally a thicker than normal stream. Honey grahams are enhanced with squeezed daffodil juice to create a waxy gloss on the palate. Clover and coriander impart a dry earthen scratch, coupling with the dry, bitter and enzymatic alpha acids. Cotton blossoms get caught in a hop field with marigolds and spruce compounds. Cherry rose bitterness pursues post sip with stark enzymes under nectar-infused butter crème and a hint of lemon-lime tart sweetness underneath and over-top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Poured a slightly cloudy straw color beneath a pile of foam. The smell reminds me more of a tripel, but the hops are there, too. Nice palate, and the hop turn at the end of the drink is a pleasant surprise. I’m sure there are more of these types of brews in the works, and I’ll be interested to see how they all fall out, quality-wise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20719) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 [Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm] Hazy pale golden, very rich and firm head. Powerful flowery hops combines with estery raspberry candy in the aroma. Sweet with soft, light, sparkling mouthfeel. Rich on hops with intriguing yeasty character. The alcohol is noticable and lifts the beer even further. Candyish finish with good bitterness. A complex beer with an unusual cross of rich hoppiness and superb malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Bottle. Fruity, citric hoppiness in aroma. Teaish, yeasty aftersmell. Cloudy golden colour. Quite bitter flavour with some tea to it. Drying out my mouth and then turning sweet again. Creamy, insistingly stable white head, clinging onto the sides of the glass. 7 3 7 3 17
Bottle, 9.0% - cellared for 4 or 5 years, I guess. Citric orange juice aroma. Dark golden colour, small floating bits. Small stable white head leaving lace. The flavour is quite malty, a bit bisquity. Very late bitterness, but good and clean. some yeast as well. Tastes like a good tripel now, there is not as much hop character left. 7 3 7 3 16

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Pours out in lively golden appearance with a huge white head. Extremely pleasant hop aroma of lemon-rind, orange-peels, grass, pine-apples, wormwood and white pepper. Flavour starts pretty sweet of pine-apples, Royal Gala apples and oranges but strong grassy, peppery and slightly herbal hops takes over pretty quickly. Long spicy, peery and grassy bitter finish with esterty undertones. Better than Urthel Hop It. Damn good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Pours lightly hazy golden / yellow with a healthy white head that just won’t leave. Spiciness from the hops dominates the aroma - lots of it is there along with some Belgium yeast and tripel malt qualities. The aroma strikes me as a "best of both worlds" kind of thing. Medium / full bodied beer with a lot of soft frothy carbonation. Start with the sweet tripel malt and earthy yeast, but it is quickly overtaken by a ton of hops. Finish has lots of spicy hops with wooden hints. After the normal finish there is a combination of tripel aspect that return, but the hops still take center stage. An absolutely fantastic beer that mixed my two favorite style very nicely. Huge thanks to Brasserie dAchouffe for taking a chance and making something so unique and wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
On tap at the Toronado in SF. Dark golden pour.. Ordered this side by side with Pliny the Younger, and this beer was definitely clearer, lighter. Nice subdues hop aroma, more yeasty/estery/belgian aroma than a hop aroma. Awesome hop/yeast flavors. Some fruitiness from the yeast, some from the hops. Apparently the hop flavor is from Amarillo, which citrus flavors seems to work very well with the esters in the yeast. Very dry. Extremely drinkable. A very unique marriage of the double IPA and Belgian brewing indeed. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle. I was in the beer store the other day to fill out a trade request, when the beer manager approaches me with this, he tells me it just came in the back, so I told him it is going out the front with me. Pours a hazed dark yellow with an amazing super thick head that overflowed on me while I was trying to read the bottle and pour it at the same time. Just a big white volcanic head. Sweet lemon and yeast nose with hints of citrus hops around. Yep, lots of lemon citrus here, some orange flavor, some dinner roll flavor too. Getting some grapefruit on the back end. The first taste shook me a bit, but I think it was due more to it being the first thing I have tasted today. If I had food in the house this would be a nice meal beer, as is it works as breakfast on it’s own. The earthy flavor from the yeast and the sweet malt background work well with the abundance of hops without over doing it. I like this one. Ap-4 ar-7 tas-7 pal-4 ov-16

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