Thursday, 9 November 2006

Review: Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
Rating: A

Appearance: Pale gold in color, not crystal clear but I'll attribute that to pouring into three glasses and dropping the bottle the previous day. The head is absolutely stunning. It's as if someone spooned meringue onto the beer in the glass. After finishing it, there was still another spoonful-worth of head stuck to the bottom of the glass, so sticky it wouldn't drop despite holding the glass upside down. Lacing is an understatement: there's a line of lace for every sip I took along the side of the glass. Most impressive head I've ever seen, including Duvel.

Smell: Hops and Belgian yeast, in about equal proportions. Since I love the aroma of both individually, it's no big surprise to love the combination. Hops are citrusy, yeast is... yeasty.

Taste: Triple, saison, or IPA? Much more bitter than your typical Belgian golden ale, but not AIPA levels by any stretch of the imagination. Some fruit, along with citrusy hops. The Belgian yeast plays well with the sweetness, while the hops give it enough backbone to make this one incredibly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, perfectly carbonated, good finish.

Drinkability: This one is a real gem. I have to brew something like this soon. Dobbelen IPA Tripel? A British ale style, with Belgian yeast, and American and Czech hops? Who'd have thought?

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-09-2006 15:24:54

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