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This is a blog tracking my personal beer journey and giving the beers I love the spotlight they deserve. I believe that anyone who doesn't like beer just hasn't tried enough of them, and there are never enough. I give tasting notes for the ones I find and believe set a good example for what beer really can be. Hope you like it and happy drinking!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Happy Hangover Day! Hope everyone enjoyed their St. Patrick's Day, complete with parades, beer and inhumane amounts of green.
And here is where a picture of me at of the parade
would go if I didn't have to work yeserday. Phooey.
I did manage to have a good night though, thanks to some good friends, a little seat it my favorite bar, and this little number.
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel is a 9% ABV Belgian enigma, mysterious in terms of taste, texture, and however the hell you would actually pronounce all that. This one was full bodied, but with the delightful fizz on the tongue of sparking champagne. I found that the flavor resembled a bourbon-aged, with bready malty notes and vanilla. Many other reviewers found this to be a hoppy beer, but I found that the bitterness was more of a facit than a feature of this one. I tasted a lot more of the yeast flavor here.
Of course, this is probably because I drank the yeast (oops). This one is unfiltered, and has quite a bit of sediment. So if that sort of thing nasties you out, just do what I do: get a glass and do a smooth, uninterrupted pour and leave about half of an inch to an inch at the bottom so the sediment can't go anywhere. Easy peasy!
Either way, this was delicious, and I would definitely have it again. Happy drinking, everyone!