Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

I am drawn to these little bottles with extra glass to make them heavy because my experience thus far with them has been from good to sensational. This particular brewer is unknown to me, but I've been running into a lot of that lately, so I'm definitely not holding that against them. Instead, I look forward to the magic that they might have in store.

It's an excessively cloudy yellow - the color of sun bleached straw. It has a very white head that is thick and leaves a gleaming webwork of lacing on the sides of the glass as it descends into an imperfect half inch of piled bubbles floating casually on the top of the liquid. The aroma is bright and is filled with grains, yeast, and oranges.

First sip is grassy and has yeast complimenting it well. The bitterness from the hops can be felt more than tasted, and the hops themselves can't really be tasted much, either. I expected more from the hops, but a sip just ins't the right way to drink this kind of beer. Maybe a full swig will uncover its magic.

Tip-in is carbonation tickle (not a burn) coupled with grass and lemon. The middle rolls in with a very mild bready yeast that I was totally not expecting. The grains continue to flow and the whole middle is very, very nice. The finish gets a lot harsher with bitter bite and a kind of funky yeast and even a harsher carbonation burn with the lemon and oranges rounding things out.

Bottom Line: An interesting beer with a harsh finish, but it makes up for it with a smooth center.



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