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Houblon Chouffe (322 of 1001)

Rating: 3.75

The second to two beers to fall under the Chouffe label that I’ve reviewed here of late, this one follows on quickly behind the bottle of Chouffe N’Ice that I recently sampled and like that offering, this one also features on the 1001 beers list. Again this is a beer that I picked up quite some time ago, I actually ordered the beer from the Beers Of Europe website in mid-December 2014 and had planned to drink it a lot sooner but with so many big beers to try I never had a chance until now. The beer is the fourth from the d’Achouffe brewery that I will have sampled, the other two not already mentioned being their La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe offerings, both of which also appear on the 1001 beers list so this one is the last of the bunch that I’ve still to try but it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to. Houblon is a relatively new beer from the brewery and is one that falls somewhere between a Belgian IPA and a Tripel, it should be well hopped and full of flavour, I’ve come to expect nothing less from big Belgian beers.

Houblon Chouffe

Appearance (4/5): This one from Chouffe was a surprisingly clear beer that came through with a golden amber colour and a large, foamy white head on top that sat about two inches tall initially and formed a dome shape. It held very nicely indeed with pretty much no movement at all but there was some good lacing sticking to the sides and plenty of fine bubbles rising to the surface as well.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a floral nose that was almost floral, there was some good hay and freshly cut grass coming through before a little bit of orange, lemon and further citrus notes make an appearance. I got some touches of Belgian yeast in there but it seemed a tiny bit subdued then a few spices started to appear towards the end but overall it was quite a clean, balanced nose without being a strong one.
Taste (7/10): Fresh and floral with a nice citrus hop bitterness early on and a little more Belgian yeast than was apparent from the nose plus a similar amount of spice. There was some nice grassy flavours and pine coming through before a mixture of apples and pears showed themselves alongside some cloves, a floral bitterness and a couple of subdued hops right at the end.
Palate (4/5): Quite a lively beer with strong, fine carbonation and a fresh mouthfeel that was relatively dry but the alcohol content seemed to be well masked with some floral bitterness towards the end and whilst it went down easy, it wasn’t a particularly complex beer sadly.

Overall (15/20): This one was a fresh and lively Belgian IPA from Chouffe that wasn’t overly hoppy but came through with some nice Belgian yeast, floral touches and strong carbonation. The beer didn’t seem to be overly complex which surprised me a little given the depth of flavours that came through with the other offerings that I’ve tried from the brewery previously but it was an enjoyable beer and one that manged to mask quite a bit of the strong alcohol content. There was some nice background fruits and citrus flavours in there before a light bitterness rounded things off nicely; a solid, decent beer but probably not the best from Chouffe and for that reason alone it’s probably not one I’ll rush to pick up again.

Brewed In: Achouffe, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie d’Achouffe
First Brewed: 2006
Full Name: Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Type: Belgian IPA/Abbey Tripel
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £3.29

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