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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2437   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PeterA (342) - - JUL 11, 2008
I understand while many people thing this is an outstanding beer, it’s an interesting interpretation of a popular style. The nose was clearly the hops of an IPA, but with clear notes from a Belgian yeast strain. The head was big and foamy, the color was a cloudy dark yellow. The flavor combined the hopiness of the IPA with the sweet stickinesses of a Tripel. The bitterness in the finish was too much for me. I like what the brewery is doing with this, but it just didn’t do it for me.

Azote1488 (5) - Ñuñoa, CHILE - NOV 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Cerveza IPA Tripel o Imperial IPA de IBU 59 y ABV 9%, color oro ambar un tanto turbia, de espuma blanca y persistente. Carbonatacion animada, buen balance hacia lo amargo con notas frutales en sabor y en aroma como buena cerveza belga, de cuerpo medio a ligero.

alex_leit (5146) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 1, 2017
Bottle. Golden color, very good foam. Aroma: tropical fruits, spicy and herbal. Taste: warming, bitter, fruits, resinous pine, grapefruit, malt sweetness with white bread.

Tometclo (332) - Paris, FRANCE - OCT 29, 2017
Mousse blanche, bière de couleur jaune. Au nez des agrumes, le houblon fait un remarquable travail. A la dégustation les 9° ne sont pas ressentis, les agrumes sont présents en bouche ainsi que la levure belge.Une belle réalisation de la brasserie d'Achouffe. 330ml Les 2B

Rotaldinho (201) - Paris, FRANCE - OCT 28, 2017
Pours a golden yellow with slight haze. Lemongrass, spice, grapefruit and passionfruit. Caramel malt , hops tropical fruits.

Bill Becker (1770) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 27, 2017
From Sep 2007 Pours from 750ml capped bottle a clear bright sunshiny gold with a huge billowy head of foam and lots of sticky lacing. After the first pour, it becomes cloudy and there's some sediment from the yeast in my glass and..that head of foam lasts right through to the end of the session. Great looking brew to say the least. The smell has big herbal hops upfront along with healthy doses of yeast, bread, and some malt sweetness. The taste on first sip give me lots of hoppy deliciousness. Herbal hops and some grass followed by some citrus and other fruit and yeast. Further sips give me more of the malt...more bread and some honey and it makes for some nice balance but this one is still all about the hops though, I don't find it all that bitter. It's more of a subtle bitterness and quite frankly, it's tickling my palate. The mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy and the carbo is lightly done and that makes for a very highly drinkable beer that demands another sip and another and another. 9%abv? Where art thou? I sense none in the taste, none during or after the swallow. Man, this is so smooth and easy drinking, it's scary. It finishes slightly bitter and it leaves a long and enjoyable aftertaste. Wonderful stuff! Bottom line: The label says it uses Amarillo, Tomoahawk, and Saaz Hops and boy do they work well together in this Belgian IPA. I would buy some more at the drop of a hat! I highly recommend this world class brew!!

Mindwarp (292) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Pours a light gold with a thick white head. Nice floral aroma. Taste is and different from other ipas to me this seems almost have a malt taste to it with some bitterness to it which is good. Overall not my favorite IPA

Piepenhenrich (1226) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

mandrilo00 (150) - CROATIA - OCT 8, 2017

unclefrito62 (347) - Stow, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2017
10 ounce glass at the Winking Lizard Copley. Smells sweet and yeasty. Light white head, with film on the glass. Light yellow and somewhat hazy in color. Taste sweet, somewhat yeasty. Smooth. Alcohol pretty well disguised. Overall a pretty wonderful beer.

MasDen (478) - Mogilev, BELARUS - SEP 29, 2017
Very good hops aroma of citrus and floral. Yellow, a bit haze with great white head. juicy taste of fruit, turning into a great bitterness with a taste of alcohol. Excellent warms. Medium body, smooth in tongue, large carbonation.

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