The Brasserie d’Achouffe is a Belgian brewery based in Achouffe, founded in 1982 by brothers-in-law Pierre Gobron and Christian Bauweraerts. Looking at the recognizable bottle, the IPA has a dwarf on the label. Bauweraerts had the idea of this logo while watching a television show where a painting representing a dwarf, was sold to raise money for victims of a local storm. He spoke about it the day after with Pierre, who said he agreed with the idea. Pierre asked a colleague’s daughter to do the drawing, and this now famous dwarf is depicted on the Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel tending to a crop of hops.
A hybrid of an English IPA and a Belgian Tripel, the beer pours a cloudy golden yellow. There is notable sediment in this one! The two finger soapy white head displays amazing retention. Once the head finally dissipates it leaves an impressive lacing behind.
On the nose notes of citrus fruit, namely grapefruit, dominate the olfactory senses. In addition there are grass, pine, tropical fruit and floral aromas with an underlying skunky note. A sweet candied sugar aroma is evident amongst notes of pale malts. A yeasty kick rounds out the bouquet.
With the first sip hoppy notes flood the palate. Grapefruit and lemon zest overwhelm at first. Then notes of pineapple, white flowers and piney resin chime in. A skunky flavor is mellowed by notes of sweet pale malts and yeast. There is a hint of clove and white pepper spice that adds another layer of flavor. This one finishes dry and slightly bitter with an almost creamy mouthfeel.
Chouffe Houblon is amazing complex! It truly is the perfect marriage between an IPA and a Belgian Tripel. This is the perfect all season anytime beer. That little dwarf has done it again! Perfect for pairing with a tangy goat cheese, mussels or beignets.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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