So, during Kate’s last trip to the beer store, she picked this one up for me. I was super excited to see this one in the fridge. It’s one of those beers that I’ve always said I needed to try, but never picked up. So, thanks Kate! Yet another reason that I’m marrying you.
Style: Belgian IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.”
Random: I love the label on this one. Very cute.
I’m using the wrong glass, I’m well aware. Unfortunately, the glassware at Kate’s is limited and I haven’t gotten around to purchasing a tulip glass. The head on this was just huge at three fingers and fluffy egg white consistency. It took forever to dissipate. I think I could have finished “War and Peace” while I was waiting for it. After all of that, there really wasn’t much lacing to show for it. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was crazy complex. I got a lot of citrus, hay, Belgian yeast. Spice and lots of lemon also came out. The taste was a little more mellow than the nose. The first things that I got were the lemon, Belgian yeast and spice. Then, I got some of the hay notes. This really was more to the Belgian side of the Belgian IPA classification. The body was lighter than I expected and the booze was really (and dangerously) hidden. It presented with lots of carbonation and had a long, lemony finish. This was just amazeballs. I would definitely have this again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0