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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (334) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Delicato colore giallo banana,schiuma bianca,compatta,quasi cremosa.L’aroma di lievito,luppolo,un pò pepato con sentori di banana e ananas.Sapore morbido e rotondo,a sprazzi quasi di limone.Una eccellente tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (6144) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Location: On tap at the Blind Tiger Feb ’09

Overall Impression: Really enjoyable beer. Combines the hoppiness of an IPA with the flavors and complexity of a nice Tripel, and while it’s not in the IPA mold the name might suggest, it still works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meeple (62) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle. Little shook up, foamed over on opening. Tangerine color, thick ivory head with good retention, awesome lacing. Smells spicy, not very hoppy. Spicy, malt, a little biscuit, citrus/floral hop, bitter finish. Not as crazy as I was expecting, a hopped up tripel rather than an IPA with belgian flavor. Damn nice drinkable belgian, hops keep it interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Open the bottle carefully. An interesting brew. I would call it a dry trippel. Pours with substantial white head and yeast cloudiness. Has faint aroma of hops and yeast. A bit overcarbed and almost watery over the tongue. It has good flavor, but not full and robust. Worth a try and would make a good bridge to the moderate beer drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brigg (663) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2009
(750 mL bottle) Big creamy white head, and a cloudy golden-orange body. Lots of thick lace on the glass. Aroma is sweet with banana, yeast, light floral hops, and spice. Same fruity banana, yeast, and spice in the flavor, but quite dry. Has the tripel character, but more hoppy. Medium to full-bodied. This beer suites me very well at the moment as I always love tripels, but have been on an IPA kick lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
750 ml. bottle from Trinity Liquors in Spring Hill, FL. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick, off-white head that lasts forever. Aroma is very hoppy as well as a lot of grapefruit and florals. Flavor is mostly bitter grapefruit and yeast as well as a bit of alcohol. A lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, nice warming feel. I like this alot...very balanced. I love this style, I didnt enjoy this quite as much as the Green Flash Le Freak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
This is a really good - thanks to JEremy A for this! nice pic - I would not have tried this style on my own. Very cloudy (flavor?) yellow with Massive head. Very hoppy and bready taste - very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gabler (87) - , New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Cloudy yellow with a ridiculous head. I can look at this beer for a very long time. I suppose I can smell it for a while too, I love the doughy yeast aroma. Dry mouthfeel, nice bitterness and alcohol mixed with spices. Looonnnggg finish with a great alcohol bite. I can drink a lot of this beer. I love that damn little gnome, he can pick ’em.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Smells of astrigent, grassy hops. Pours a nice hazy orange/yellow with a monstrous fizzy white head. Taste is very unique: strong up front of boozey, rubbing-alcohol-type flavor, giving way to a pleasant hop sourness, though without the citrus flavor. Very complex and flavorful. Tasty and very different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Huge head, light and creamy with lots of staying power, light bubbles and persistent lacing. Very light golden color slightly hazy. The nose has some grapefruit, lemon and lime, sweet, and hoppy, also banana, peach and pear.Basically a complicated beer. The taste is sweet with a somewhat hoppy finish. Bubble gum, candy sugar, and exotic fruits flavor this tingly concoction. Delightful!

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