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


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RATINGS: 2396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbomb (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours semi cloudy pale yellow with tall, thick, creamy head. Aroma has a hop punctuation like an ipa-citrusy, flowery, woody, and spicy but also with a sweet background of a musty, sweet, bready, spicy belgian. Flavor backs up aroma completely-sappy, flowery, woody, citrusy hops with a sweet, spicy, bready, yeasty background. Palate seems sticky and dry at the same time and is supremely smooth and creamy accompanied by pleasant lingering flavors. Excellent. The Chouffe has again collected superior ingredients to create a mystical brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Creates a thick white pillow of foam immediately once poured into my trappist glass. Appears as a solid pure gold color with thick sediment seen floating about. The nose is of sour apple but also shares a sweet malt character as well. Flavor is intially sour and tart with strong yeast and apple. So-so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2007
On tap 4/27 @the Belgian Bar inside the Brick Store Pub: Pours a hazy gold color with a huge, frothy (very firm) off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is yeasty with hints of citrus. Sweet flavor is yeasty yet spicy with hints of fruits, citrus leaving a dry finish that is well balanced. This is an amazing refreshing beer to try on tap. Very unique and awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours pale gold with an enormous tight white head that leaves serious lacing. The texture of the head reminds me of the top of a rootbeer float when the ice cream is mostly melted and not mixed in. The aroma is zesty with some nice clove and corriander accents, some forest-floor type earth, some yeast. The flavor is zest, clove, and grassy hops at first, then gets slightly earthy and yeast toward the middle. An ambient lemon and pine bitterness develops toward the finish, where there is also some warmth and a hint of crackers. Dry, zesty hop bitterness lingers forever in the aftertaste. As it warms it gets a light honey note and increased spiciness. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
750ml Bottle: Aroma is yeasty and hoppy. Smells of fresh cut grass, yeast, fir, and pine. Poured golden in color with a huge, dense, creamy, white head. Very good head. Clear, but full of tons of chunky particles. Sparkling. Flavor is medium bitter. Very hoppy with notes of pine, resin, a little mint, and a tiny bit of citrus. Seems more bitter than some beers with more IBUs. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish. Overall, the best Tripel I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bouteille de 330 ml acheté chez Oak Tree Discounts (South Plainfield, NJ). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe de banane. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un énorme col crémeux sculpté avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et d’épices. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #1032)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (859) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Gold color with huge, firm white head and nice lacing. Aroma was strong, sweet and hoppy. Flavor was really good, fruity, sweet hops, very rich and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2007
wow now thats a beer. nice hazy straw color with tonse of yeast floating at the bottom.good nice head, herbal belgian style aroma, taste is again very belgian with a kicker of good strong hops. dry. very nice brew. This one surprised me!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
25-ounce bottle. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. The white King Kong of heads sits atop a cloudy golden pour. Yeast, hops, malt, and fruit adorn the aroma. The flavor is addictive. Yeast and hops dominate followed by fruit, malt, and peat. A near perfect balance of yeast and hops rolls through the mouth. Sweetness follows and the finish is crisp and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Murky and golden orange. Initial aroma of cedar woods and pears unravels cleanly into piles of clementine and pine needle hops. Very odd taste of adhesive is foremost, settling into a more palateable and general sour territory eventually. Peated and woody body with a zing of mandarin orange. Synthetic, quickly drying finish. A bit of a muddle, but interesting. Likely to revisit this one.

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