Saturday, March 10, 2018

Houblon Chouffe (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Best before date: 01/2019

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA

AROMA: Pungent nose of both spicy/floral continental hops and citrusy/spicy Belgian yeast esters and phenolics. Base malt is clean and grainy-sweet with no specialty character. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of maize/gold (4-5 SRM). Large, bright white, frothy marshmallow-style foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bitter and robust in all aspects. Hops and yeast character combine to form a spicy/floral taste throughout (akin to rye). Subtle pome fruit flavors can be sensed, though there are no citrus or banana notes. Bitterness is quite high with a drying sensation and spicy aftertaste. Base malt is lightly grainy-sweet with no specialty character and firm enough for balance. Alcohol is clean and does not intrude on the palette. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; high carbonation. Effervescent, yet smooth; briefly refreshing. Quite drinkable for 9% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting and delectable hybrid of the Imperial IPA and Belgian tripel styles. Different from what American hopheads are used to. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/07/houblon-chouffe-dobbelen-ipa-tripel.html

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