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


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RATINGS: 2113   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4150) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (39) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Bouteille de 750ml. Magnifique robe dorée surmontée d’une majestueuse mousse blanche. Les bulles sont très grosses mais ne gênent en rien le nez qu’on y plonge irrésistiblement. Celui-ci est toutefois peu complexe. On y retrouve du houblon (oh surprise!) et des levures belges. En bouche c’est la texture qui me plaît; plus que les saveurs elles-mêmes. La bière jouit d’une belle gazéification qui pique tant la langue que l’intérêt. Toute en douceur, elle coule vers l’arrière de la bouche en laissant dans son sillon fraîcheur et minéralité. Malgré ce que laisse croire l’étiquette, le houblon est délicat. Il ne s’agit aucunement d’une IPA brutale ni agressive. Le liquide manque toutefois un peu de rondeur à mon avis, mais je crois que je ne devrais pas mentionner cette dernière remarque car je reproche justement aux autres bières de la même brasserie d’être trop sucrées, rondes et charpentées. Tout se passe dans une douceur et un respect du palais qui saura même plaire à ceux qui tournent habituellement le dos aux bières dites houblonnées. Question bouquet, il ne faut pas s’attendre à l’apothéose, mais quelle jolie bière d’apéro! Pourrait facilement accompagner un poisson à chair blanche ou des crustacés, hiver comme été!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Found this very sour and superaggressive bubbles...more likely mislead by the chouffe, mc chouffe and n’ice chouffe...alchool is above all taste, not for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Satyroneto (139) - - 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 (268) - 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 (34) - 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 (50) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 26, 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 (28) - 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 (100) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2014
Hoppy aroma with esters. Full bitter taste. Yeast, malts, fruits, spices. A lot of flavours...

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