WHATCHA DRINKIN’ TODAY, MY GOOD MAN? Well, thank you. It is Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.
SAY WHAT, DUDE? Here’s what Beer Advocate has to say on the matter:
Houblon Chouffe hails from Brasserie d’Achouffe (www.achouffe.be), or “Chouffe”, which is a small artisanal brewery in The Ardennes Mountains of Achouffe, Belgium. Owner Christian Bauweraerts’ favorite style of beer is the Tripel. It’s also nod to both traditional English India Pale Ales (IPAs) and the aggressive American Double IPA. And to round things off, “houblon” is French for “hop.” As Chouffe puts it: “A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the American new revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing.”
THAT MAKES SENSE. SOUNDS GOOD. It most certainly is a delicious treat on an otherwise gloomy afternoon.
ARE YOU DEPRESSED OR SOMETHING? No, I’m referring to the weather. It’s shitty and damp out.
OH. WHERE CAN I GET A GLASS? Brasserie V on Monroe St.
WHAT?! NOT DEXTER’S? Nope. I’m switching things up today.
WHAT’S THE PRICE TAG ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT? A reasonable $7.50.
THAT’S FAIR. AND THE ABV ON THAT SUCKER? 9%. It’s a big ‘un.
I’LL SAY. Yup. Pretty much.
SO, WHAT’S YOUR OPINION? I was expecting a much more significant hop flavor to the beer, I must admit; it’s pretty tame by American IPA standards. But that’s not a bad thing. The beer has a really nice malty crispness that complements the fruity, Belgiany notes, and that makes it very accessible to a wide array of beer imbibers.
“BELGIANY?” The flavor profile of a typical Belgian-style beer. You dig?
IF YOU SAY SO. DEEP THOUGHTS? It’s a bummer that this beer is most likely not readily available to the public outside of Brasserie V, but it paired quite well with my smoked salmon BLT. Which totally hit the spot, bro. For reals.