Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

As if you needed more reasons to go to Belgium. Cheers to the Gnomes!

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Achouffe Houblon ChouffeEarlier this week, I announced my upcoming trip to Belgium with a review from one of the breweries I’m scheduled to visit, in that case: Brasserie du Bocq and their Saison 1858.  Today, brewery no. 2 will be revealed: Brasserie d’Achouffe!

I’ll be spending several days deep in the southeast of Belgium in the beautiful Ardennes, a region renowned for its rolling hills and large forests.  It’s also known for its folklore featuring faeries and gnomes, including our label dwelling friend from Brasserie d’Achouffe!

First brewed in 2006, Houblon Chouffe represents one of the first of the new generation of Belgian “IPA”s.  Brewed with 3 hops, it’s not an imitation of English or American IPAs, but a truly Belgian creation.

Appearance: Hazy gold, white head, great retention.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, faint honey notes, lightly herbal hop character.

Taste: Light sweetness, biscuit, floral, spicy.

Overall Impression:  Houblon maintains the…

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