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

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RATINGS: 1996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (186) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2014
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Big fluffy white head. Pale golden body with a lot of carbonation. Aroma is malt dominated, very pleasing. Some citrusy hops too. Toffee, alcohol, sweet fruits. Less bitter on the tongue than expected. Quite round taste. Not bad!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (352) - CROATIA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle, pours gold with a white head, nice hop aroma, has bitter hop and malt taste with hints of fruit, has a dry alcohol finish, very nicely balanced and complex beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Procent (46) - POLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Aromat zdecydowanie "słodki". Połączenie słodowego i alkoholowego aromatu DIPA z brzoskwinią znaną z tripla. Amerykańskich chmieli trochę czuć, ale relatywnie niewiele. Kolor żółty ku bursztynowemu lekko, piana drobnopęcherzykowa z ładnym lacingiem. W smaku to połączenie głównie brzoskwini z goryczką i nutami cytrusowymi od chmieli. Daje poczucie pełni w ustach. Dobre, ale przydałoby się więcej aromatów od amerykańskich chmieli.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yy0pp (509) - - JUN 27, 2014
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ha1ag (700) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2014
Bottled. Hazy light yellow color with thicker than average, creamy white head. Spicy nose. Aroma is hops all over, spicy. Flavour is soft hops with spicey tones. finish is hops everywhere dominating. Great!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Percepisco che č una birra speciale, ma non č proprio il mio stile. Ma per gli amanti delle IPA sicuramente č un must...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (584) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2014
From the bottle best by 02/2016: Cloudy golden yellow with ample, fluffy, and well-sustained eggshell colored foam. Aromas of honeysuckle, hay, florals, lemon/citrus. Nice full mouthfeel, some alcohol warmth and syrupy banana, a little bit of toastyness, bitterness with some bright esters and clean finish. It’s lovely, a hoppy trippel. It’s remarkably well balanced, combining two bold styles.Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anfractuosity (115) - - JUN 22, 2014
Very aromatic smelling beer. Tastes pretty bitter, very nice...................

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (31) - ISRAEL - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle 330ml. Pours beautiful unclear dark golden color, with a tall, strong and long lasting foamy white head. Aroma of honey, floral, some hops, dazzling smell. Mouth feel is creamy, with medium carbonation that is well felt and suits the beer. Nice strong tang all around the mouth from hops, alcohol and carbonation. Taste is sweet is at first but is balanced well by some bitterness that is not too strong and almost disappearing in the background. Taste is strong: herbal at first, with strong hop flavors and some honey notes. Slight hop acidity, but not citrusy, more herbal. As the beer warms up a bit, flavor becomes less herbal and more spiced, with classic Belgian clove and banana flavor. More floral and honey notes and some dried fruit, yet still tangy and nicely hopy all along. Alcohol is noticeable but gentle and supporting, becoming stronger as beer warms up. Very crisp and tangy, very refreshing at first, staying quite a bit crisp and very tangy even after it warms. Ends sweetish with some tang. Leaves a very very long lasting tangy after taste of hops and yeast that is very pleasant. This is a great beer to drink slowly, and let the flavor develop as you drink. This beer doesn’t turn boring at all, every sip is interesting and calls for the next. Very very good combination of the best of a gentle IPA and a strong Belgian, even if it lacks some of the flavor complexity of the later. Splendid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/16/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, pine, light clove, honey, bread, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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