Friday, March 14, 2008

Tasting Notes: Houblon Chouffe

Brewery: Brasserie Achouffe
Date Poured: January 2008
ABV: 9%

A burgeoning style, the Belgian IPA, is taken on by Brasserie Achouffe. But hell, if you're reading this blog, you know all about this beer. On to the notes!

Pours a pale, lightly hazy, yellow gold with a huge billowy ivory head that is the consistency of whipped cream. Lots of huge chunky lacing. Citrusy hop aroma, fruity Belgian yeast. Lots of estery, bready aromas.

Very hoppy flavors and bready, yeasty tripel type flavors. The perfect marriage of a tripel and IPA. The combination of Amarillo, Tomahawk and Saaz is odd enough. Then combine that with a fruity, earthy tripel...well that's nothing you see everyday. Dry in the mouth, lots of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable for my tastes. Some hints of alcohol in there but the 9% ABV is masked nicely. Still unlike anything I have ever had before. Totally unique. Totally quaffable. It's amazing.

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