Every once in a while a brew comes along that is so unique it generates a new category. This is one of those beers that broke the mold. The Houblon Chouffe is truly one of the most unique beers in the world. It is a classic Belgian Tripel inspired by the American IPA. The first of its kind on several fronts, an American inspired Belgian, and a whole new category of beer now referred to a Belgian IPA. The Houblon Chouffe maintained all the great qualities of a Belgian Tripel but it is a very hoppy beer similar in IBU’s International Bittering Units as an American IPA. Best of all, it works well for this beer. This beer has all the classic Tripel aspects, the hops are not overpowering but you are left with a dry hoppy finish. I am not a hop head and a great fan of all the classic Belgian styles and this beer works for me. I think mainly because the hops are not overpowering like some American IPA’s; the Houblon Chouffe is an excellently balanced beer. This brew is truly a unique experience; the best of both worlds.
Now there are several other American counterparts that have not fared so well but maybe it’s better to discuss that in a separate post. The whole concept of a Belgian IPA is a bit of an oxymoron. Belgians are malty by nature, very malty with a very little hop presence. So as a beer purist it just doesn’t seem right to hop up a beer that is traditionally and purposely brewed with a low in hop presence. Well I better stop here and post on Belgian IPA’s in a future post.
Well at any rate this Houlbon Chouffe is an awesome beer experience. The Houblon Chouffe is an excellent Belgian Tripel that has a very impressive hoppy finish, not overpowering just a nice hoppy bite on the finish. I highly recommend this beer if you like Belgian Tripels or if you like beers with just a little more bite to them. A very unique world class beer with a funny name: Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel; Belgian Tripel meats American IPA, who would a thunk it.