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


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RATINGS: 2050   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 (2799) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (168) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle consumed in Kosovo. It pours the most classic golden colour, a bit hazy with a white and tick foamy head which stays there long. Nose: lemonad, Belgian yeast (distinctively), spices. Mouth: medium-high carbonated (nice), dry overall feel. A very good Abbey Tripel with a hop accent. Very good experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (91) - ITALY - SEP 19, 2014
33cl @ bottle. Ottima questa unione fra una tripel belga e una ipa. Piacevolmente sorpreso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Criz (94) - - SEP 18, 2014
12 oz bottle as a gift from a friend. Poured into a snifter, huge foamy white head that sticks around the murky golden color ale as you drink it down. Huge aromas of champagne, white grapes, pears, and lemon, with a Belgian yeast finish. Flavors of champagne, lemon zest, white bread, and slight pine. Semi-Dry on the palate, shallow depth in body with high carbonation. Much closer to a Belgian than an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (696) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar claro. Sabor a levadura, trigo, citrico, ligeramente a lupulo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2014
September 17, 2014 - on tap at Benelux. Cloudy yellow pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was citrus and spice. Taste was a nice mix of a belgian and ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reynaldg (36) - - SEP 17, 2014
Très belge IPA. Couleur claire et mousse blanche. Arôme d'agrume, amertume

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreamer (74) - PORTUGAL - SEP 17, 2014
Color is gold and cloudy. With a very generous initial and persistent head. Carbonation is medium to high, medium body. Aroma is citric, exotic fruits (passion fruit?), malt and herbal. Taste is citric, quite bitter, very hoppy and slightly sweet. Has an aftertaste rather long, slightly bitter, dry and at the same time with sweet exotic fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaVillum (439) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2014
33 cl, flaske, 9,0 % ABV, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik i Vanløse, 17. september 2014. Gylden/honningfarvet ufiltreret Abbey Tripel med flot høj hvid skumtop på 5-6 cm. I starten ganske tætskummende. Svinder og udvikler sig til smukt snelandskab efter 1/2 snes minutter. Særlig aroma som et partnerskab mellem humle og frugt fra en typisk belgisk Tripel, med humlen som det dominerende. Græs, citrus, hø, koriander. Bitterhumlet smag, masser af bitterhed. Og en svag sødme, som lille følgesvend. Eftersmagen næsten lidt besk og skarp i afslutningen. På trods af dette er der en rimelig lang eftersmag. Opsummering: solid bitterhed, svag/let sødme, zero sur. I munden er man glad. Kraftigt indhold af kuldioxid holder øllet frisk, og konsistensen er cremet til oily. Middelkraftig krop. Tør og ,som nævnt, skarp og bitter afslutning. En øl, man som normalt Belgian Ale-drikker, bliver noget overrasket over, da bitterheden er atypisk, men jeg finder "ægteskabet" lovende og interessant. Anderledes og en bekræftelse på Brasserie Chouffe's evner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moravius (488) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2014
Flasche (75 cl). - Helles Orangegelb, trüb; grobporiger weißer Schaum. - In der Nase frech zitronenherber IPA-Hopfen und obergärige Ale-Fruchtigkeit. - Im Antrunk leichte Kandissüße, dann sehr kräftiger, fruchtig-bitterer Hopfen mit viel Pep (Orangenschale). Mild rezent, leicht kreidiges Mundgefühl. Im Abgang trocken und mit langer Bittere von Kiefernharz. Bei länger gelagerten Exemplaren ist die Kandissüße nicht mehr vorhanden, aber die frischen Hopfenaromen haben sich erstaunlich gut gehalten. - Ungewöhnlich keß gehopftes belgisches Starkbier, dem man die 9 % Ethanol kaum anmerkt. Die Hopfung erinnert an amerikanische Vorbilder, aber die Hefenoten und der trockene Körper sind unverkennbar belgisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (773) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Purchased a four p;ack from the Reading Road Walgreens in Evendale, Ohio for $10.99 - This dark amber pours with a lasting white head and a notable fruity grass aroma. Tastewise, this is an excellent blend of a tradition Belgian "Farmer" Tripel and a hoppy IPA. I like it!

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