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

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RATINGS: 2363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2007
Pours hazy golden with white head. Grassy floral aroma. Flavor is bready, yeasty. Finish is grassy bitter and dry alcohol. Nice mouthfeel. Nice malty flavor with hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4805) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Golden color with a medium head. Aroma is an interesting cross of saison (spicy, grass) and an IPA (both citrusy American hops and earthy Noble). The taste is about the same. I don’t pick up on the usual Belgian yeast notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2007
A very strange IPA, tripel mash-up. Unfortunately, I had a very skunked bottle so I will need to drink this again, but the notes that I did pick up on were very promising. There was a predominance of belgian candi and traditional herbal tripel characteristics. Also, a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The best thing about this beer was the head. Wow, I do not think I have ever seen a sexier head to a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 pours a brilliant clear gold with an enormous dense, fluffy, sticky head that just retains laces brilliantly. aroma is lemon citric, spicy grass, a little hop skunk, and sweet candied malt. taste is as advertised with smooth sweet body and nice citric and grass hoppiness. finish light and dry. this is prolly my favorite belgian beer but then again i am a hophead.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2007
My only complaint with this amazing brew is that in the finish, the 59 IBU’s give the aftertaste a little hint of tin. Aside from that and the alcohol on the nose, this is truly a perfect abbey tripple. Just outstanding. The head looks like a mass of whipped cream floating atop its brilliant, hazy body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Hoppy nose on this brown pour. Hoppy and sweet with hints of apple fruitiness. Cellar’s tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2007
[Bottle. Akkurat, Stockholm] Hazy pale yelow colour. Huge head.Grape, citrus from hops, also vanilla in aroma. Alcohol was also sensed in aroma. Sweetish malty as always with d’Achouffe, accompanied by a herbal, bitter sensation from the hops. Very interesting how 59 IBU can make such a difference in a Belgian beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Clear honey amber color, huge billowing white head. Well carbonated yet never spritzy; really smooth and creamy. Very pleasant aroma, floral, peppery, yeasty. Flavor is classic belgian tripel, lightly sweet fruitiness, a little peppery, doughy, yeasty. It’s the hops, though, that make this stand out from the crowd. Not terribly bitter, certainly not an IPA, let alone "imperial". The bitterness that’s there works really well in enhancing the tripel base. Really lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24601) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2007
Bottled. Hazy yellow colour, mediumsized white creamy head. Aroma is spices, hops, malts and slight yeast. Pleasant. Flavour is smooth hoppy with some hints of spices. Big hoppy aftertaste, and enormously dry mouthfeeling.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Pours a cloudy and hazy glowing golden color, with a huge rocky white head, that doesn’t go away. Nice light floral hops with a nice biscuity citrus sweetness to it. Great retenetion as the remaining head is still floating around like an iceberg five minutes after pouring. Great lemony citrus flavor with a nice bitter bite. Great mineral and bicsuit eartiness balance out the flavor.


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