Brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Imperial IPA
Achouffe, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 2455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Pours a light golden color, with a huge head. Taste is fine with some hops, but not much of an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Pours a pale gold with a big white bubbly head. Aroma is sweet, hoppy, light spice and very pleasant. Taste is really unique. Some lemony citrus, dry hoppiness, and just a little bit of spice. Just an easy drinking yet complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bedainedebiere (533) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
Enfin la SAQ sort de sa torpeur en ce qui concerne les bieres. 9,50$ pour 750 ml mais on s’en clisse (un peu) du prix s’il y a du choix! Les deux triples les mieux cotées de ce site sont en SAQ. MERCI ET BRAVO! English comments: Wow! This is a truly original, audacious and delicious beer. Citrusy bitterness and powertaste of malt. Some subtilities in the fruity dryness. And, hourra!, no spicyness and barely a trace of alchool, when cold at least. Much too easy to drink at 9%; this is dangerous! Best triple I had, even if I see this beer more like a DIPA, mainly because of the hop-madness in there. I even think it is a little under-rated, at the actual 3.94/5.0... The future is decided: I’ll buy so much of these!...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Large rocky head, excellent retention and lumpy lacing. Nose of grass, spices and yeast. Body is med/light with a soft carbonation. Light fruity flavors, spices, bready malts, yeast and a hint of citrus. Alc. is noticeable as it warms. Almost dry finish with a healthy bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (10057) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 First rating
Draught at De Klomp, Linköping, on June 1, 2009
Shady yellow color, big fluffy white head. Spicy and alcohol scent. Spicy, malty, bitter, aclohol, citrus taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Bottle at a blind tasting
On August 30, 2009
Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head. Acidic, citrussy scent. Spicy, acidic, alcohol taste. Tart bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

Tried it once more on September 4, 2009. Thanks to deft! Didn’t bother rating since I knew I had it twice on ratebeer already, but had the feeling last night it was very nice and very drinkable. Although a bit too strong to drink the whole big bottle by yourself, at least if you’re doing anything else that same day... But, very nice!

On March 15, 2014. Thanks to RobertGBG and thomat! Bottle.
75 cl bottle, marked 2011.
On March 15, 2014. Thanks to RobertGBG and thomat! Bottle.
Light hazy golden color, big lasting off-white head. Light sweet malty scent. Sweet, light bitter, sugary, orange zest, alcohol taste. Bitter aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Since the bottle was aged I’ll leave the higher score from earlier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2009
TAP: oh hell yeah, here’s a beer! Yellow cloudy pour, white foamy head. Mild nose, not much for hop bitterness on taste until very late. Malty, creamy, Belgian smell and taste, awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
Bonne odeur de houblon. Ressemble a une blanche lorsque verser. Gout pas tres prononcé sauf pour un peu d’ alcool. Le mariage des 3 houblons et de la triple belge est parfaitement reussi. La grande classe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (1103) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with a medium white head and a hoppy, spicey aroma. The flavour is really complex for a tripel, extremely hoppy with hints of yeast, spices, ripe fruits, honey, brown sugar and some alcohol. A silky mouthfeel and a very bitter finish. A great beer, highly recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Can you say sediment?! Visible in the bottle, obviously more so after the pour. The strong hoppy aroma gives a patented IPA punch in the nose, however the flavor is thankfully much more mild. Long lasting, dry looking head. Overall flavor is lighter than expected, a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2009
This light gold pour smells of hops. The flavor is fruitier and it goes down smooth. It does retain that essence of the hop flower though.

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