377. Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

377. Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled this and served in one of my New Belgium snifters. Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a fusion between Belgian Tripels and American Double IPAs. Fittingly, "Houblon" is French for "hop." Tripel BJCP Style Guide. American Double IPA BJCP Style Guide.

There's been quite a bit of anticipation and hype surrounding this beer. There's a good article about it on Beer Advocate.

Appearance (5.0): Pours a hazy brilliant golden with an enormous fluffy white head. The head is very persistent eventually collapsing into a meringue-like head. Lace coats the inside of the glass, and small bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell (4.5): Definitely smells like a Tripel. There notes of pepper, sweet fruit, and yeast, along with an alcoholic twang. The resiny and piney hop aromas are low, but present.

Taste (4.5): Very much like a Tripel upfront. There are flavors of sweet fruit, pepper and tart citrus. The finish is significantly bitter, though the hop flavors are somewhat mellow. Spicy alcohol is also detectable in the finish, with a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Prickly carbonation, smooth and slightly oily.

Drinkability (4.0): Alcohol is evident, but not overpowering. The spiciness and sweetness of a Triple balance the hop bitterness very well.

Overall (4.5): This is an interesting fusion of styles. There are very pleasant Tripel flavors along with a nice strident bitterness.

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