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


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RATINGS: 2111   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
750 mL bottle, "Best Before End 2009." Age or enjoy now? The may be not the right point to be considered cellared or new, but it may be my last big beer before vacation. I forget sometimes how deceptively light and golden the Belgian dubbel-tripel-quads are. Big rocky head. Beer is cloudy with visible floaty bits, which I never thought to see in a Tappist-based Belgian. Smell from the bottle is surprisingly grainy, just a whiff of hops. Grainy smell in my IPA tulip glass, too. A peak of foam sits about an inch above the rim like root beer float foam. Foam tastes a bit like an all-grain homebrewed IPA. Finally I can get down to the beer, and find the nice big, golden barleys of a true tripel. Hops are still present, but not to the level of a big American Pale Ale. Guess when this is around two years old, the hop sensation has migrated to the foam. Malt is light and smooth, but does carry the impression of alcohol that warns you to settle and don’t drink too much at once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (133) - - DEC 9, 2014
Cor de ouro envelhecido turva com belíssima espuma branca e cremosa de altíssimas formação e persistência com muito lacing; Aroma de leveduras belgas e banana; um toque de cravo; com aumento da temperatura pode se perceber álcool também; Sabor inicial de leveduras e banana evoluindo para fim ácido, picante, um pouco amargo e bem alcoólico. Retrogosto principalmente alcoólico com leve dulçor de banana e leve amargor; Carbonatação alta e corpo médio.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoaquimLuiz (26) - - DEC 6, 2014
Belíssima cor dourada, turva. Creme belga branco, persistente e sempre presente ao se agitar a taça. Aromas complexo de damasco bem evidente, com notas de doce em compota, mel e toques florais. Corpo médio, álcool muito bem inserido e equilibrado com malte que traz apenas um toque na paladar. O lúpulo predomina no paladar, no entanto na medida certa. Retrogosto com lúpulo e malte. Excelente cerveja unindo o melhor de dois mundos (IPA e tripel).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HippyHop (255) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
Pour on this is a hazy golden with a massive, foamy off-white cap with great retention and lacing. This stuff is like a postcard for pretty beer. Nose is flowers, lemony citrus, spruce, ripe fruit and spice. Taste is sweet, fruity, boozy malt with a nice hop kick and a long bitter finish. To call this beer well-balanced doesn’t even do it justice, I think. It’s more...perfect calibrated. Grain, yeast and hops are all clearly present and in perfect harmony. Really nice mash-up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RickReallyBrew (32) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2014
This is a great Old World meets New World ale. It is somewhere between a traditional Belgian yeasty Trappist style ale and a double imperial IPA. Not as hoppy as a West Coast IPA and not as yeasty as a Chimay Abbey style Tripel. For those who may be hesitant to dive into a Belgian or be shy around hop heavy ales, this unique beer strikes a nice balance and satisfies appropriately its unique compromise between two quite different high Gravity ales. Two styles that I truly love. The offspring is exactly right between. A very interesting and terrific experiment!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lobs_ols (155) - LATVIA - DEC 2, 2014
Pale opaque gold, strong white head. Sweet fruity hoppy aroma, very nice. Quite bitter and somewhat dry, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Finishes warm and hoppy. Delighful!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LaViolette (34) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2014
Great IPA, well balanced, fruity hoppy nose, nice body, beautiful colour, taste is well balanced, prefer the Duvel tripel hop still but this one is a great creation of the Chouffe brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Houtmankutkop (27) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
Helder geel sap met licht snel wegzakkend schuim. Smaak viel tegen door mijn verwachting van IPA... Was meer een goede frisse tripel smaak met een beetje IPA. Bitterheid vervliegt snel. Lekker en fris maar niet mijn topper. 3 kaboutermutsjes uit 5! En noem hem gewoon tripel...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctiry (94) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2014
Hoppy aroma with esters. Full bitter taste. Yeast, malts, fruits, spices. A lot of flavours...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
750ml bottle. Belgiuminabox. Hazy gold. Thick, bubbly, sticky, lasting, white head. Fresh baked bread maltiness. Strawberry toffee. Fresh hop. Lots of that Belgian yeast dry, but juicy thing. As this warms there’s orange zest, lemon pith, and deeper, sticky malt. Taste is light sweet. A little dryness. Piny bitter. Full, rich, smooth palate. Wow. This is so tasty, but not heavy going at all. Finishes just the right side of sweet, with the hop bitterness kicking in at the end. Restrained. Elegant. Knock your socks off. All at the same time. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Filipbeer (96) - - NOV 28, 2014
Golden color with a bit of haze. Withe, long head. Intense malty and hoppy aromas: red fruits, lemon and mango. Very nice nose. In mouth it is sweet but equilibrated with a nice bitterness. Full body and medium carbonation. Warm sensation. Dry and very long ending. Great tripel!!

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