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


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RATINGS: 2041   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2006
750ml. bottle. Hazy golden color with a humongous rocky white head that left sticky lacing all over the glass. Nice hoppy, yeasty aroma with some citrus, hay and malt. Flavor is mildly sweet malts, lots of yeast, wet hay and a nice citrus hop finish. I liked Urthel Hop-It and I think I like this one a little more. The hop presence is much more pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
[bottle] Wonderful hops and belgian yeast aroma- and I have to give it a 5 for it’s apppearance. A thick, meringue-like head eventually forms a large, floating island in the center. Not quite as bitter as I had expected, still it represents both styles very well. Strong Belgian yeast, with strong hop aroma and bitterness. This is a glorious beer. As I continue to drink it, its sweet, frutiness comes through. Finishes rather dry, which seems to let the hops really come through. Certainly not an amazing IIPA, or an outstanding tripel- but this is a fantastic combination of the two styles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Cloudy bright golden/yellow with plenty of floaties as I made my way to the end of the bottle. Huge rocky white head, made of tiny carbonation bubbles, great lacing, leaves the entire glass coated in film. Great aroma of mostly spicy-floral hops, faint citrus/lemon detectable, yeasty bread, candy sugar and malt character much like the bam biere. Bready malt in the initial flavor is quickly overtaken by citrus hops and candi sugar. As it warms gets a tad harsh in the finish, with a spicy hop and warming alcohol bite. Carbonation cleans palate somewhat, leaving only hop bitterness for aftertaste. Would score even better (4.4-4.5) without the harsh finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Poured softly from a 750ml bottle but still created a giant head that looked like pillowy eggwhites leaving behind a glossy, bubbly, blonde orange body slightly cloudy. The aroma is crisp hops and citrus that pack a punch. The nose is pine, lemon rind, with a soft wheat presence. The taste is crisp, fresh, fruity like a sorbet, and cleanses your palate with the carbonation in the same way. There is a pleasing alcohal fruit presence and the brew finishes sharp and bitter. This is a fantastic brew, it has depth, a myriad of flavors, the only flaw is that it is slightly over carbonated IMO, but none the less fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 12 oz bottle, batch 2. Hazy very pale golden with a massive white head. Fairly thick sediment layer in the bottom of the bottle. Zesty saaz aroma over the top of a spicy/citrusy yeast note. Light bubble gummy notes and a touch of dustiness as well. Bright triple-ish aroma with a slightly more prominent hop character. Flavour is much nice than I found in the tap version with none of the grassy notes I found previously. Moderate bitterness, but mostly some noble spicing playing out over the normal spicy yeast. Apple and pear esters linger thoughout. Creamy body despite the dry finish. Wheaty and peppery. Very dry in the finish despite all of the sweet esters up front. It’s more triple than IPA but I can see where they were going with it, and I like it much more than I did the first time around. Tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Hazy yellow beer topped by a thick pillowy white head. Beautiful appearance. Sweet honeyish aroma, pale malt, light aromatic Belgian yeast. Triple-ish smelling, for a lack of better descriptions. Light with a hint of candi sugar aroma. Flavour is okay, lean bodied and dry tasting as it should be. Spicy hop flavour, but not as much as I was expecting. Long bitter finish. It’s a nice beer, but like the Hop-It, I don’t think it’s a great one. 7/4/7/3/15

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
Robe blonde voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes de levure, d’épices, de malt caramélisé, de blé et de houblon aromatique. Saveurs de fleurs, de banane, de houblon amérisant et aromatique, de levure, d’épices et de fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Draft at O’Brien’s. Cloudy pale yellow with a huge fluffy head. Lemony and sweet citrus aromas. Flavors hit harder with the hops, but not like an American IPA at all. Very citrus, but not so much grapegruit. Toned down by spices. Corriander and maybe some orange. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2006
The group favorite at our version of Big Brew 2006. Reminds me of La Chouffe but just a little different....definitely the IPA edge. Lotsa spicy goodness....great melding of spicy coriander and big hop flavors. Never thought about mixing tripel and big IPA, but these guys pulled it off nicely. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Very cloudy, with a frothy, medium-bubbled head. The aroma is very pleasant: slightly sweet and hoppy, very floral with a sprinkling of refreshing oranges. The citrus comes through strongly in the flavor as well. A perfectly balanced amount of hops - very crisp and refreshing, although it sits pretty heavy because of the high alcohol. My only complaint (whichi is a small one) is that the carbonation is a little much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2006
This is the beer that Urthel Hop-It wishes it was - cloudy golden pour, with substantial, clingy lace - aroma of pear, peach, banana, piney hops, fresh bread, lavender and other wild flowers - nice and soft on the palate - the light fruit from the aroma comes first, followed by the lavender - everything one would expect from a tripel is what dominates the front end - then, as if by magic, heavy bready malt and those wonderful American hops muscle their way in the middle of everything - but, unlike with Hop-It, they never overpower the delicate belgian taste - awesome stuff.

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