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


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RATINGS: 1987   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, - APR 30, 2012
May 2009: Green 75cl bottle poured into a huge Tripel Karmeliet glass and two kasteel glasses. Hazy golden amber body with large white head which stayed the distance, the last glass poured was cloudier and meaner looking taking all the sediment within. The aroma was Grapefruit, Lemon and Hoppy. The taste was sharp, tart and crispy. The hops and a grapefruit flavour took the taste stakes. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops take over the citrus flavours as the beer warms in the glass. I got this at the brewery, I believe it is brewed for the USA market and unavailable in Europe apart from the brewery? The beer seemed to get drier as the tasting progessed and the final (third pour) glass was a lot more hoppy than the first two, so the sediment must be heavy in the hop department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (984) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Golden, cloudy with a large but short-lived white head. Aroma of malt, hops, Orange and some spices. Medium bitter taste with a dry Hoppy end. The alc. Is well hidden, nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (184) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (348) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Procent (43) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
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   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lele (82) - 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...

   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.

   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...................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shain (29) - 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.

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