Beer Review: Houblon Chouffe

Houblon Chouffe

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This beer did me in yesterday, after we finished our afternoon shoot in Ybor, downtown Tampa. With the strength of a tripel (9%) and the intensity of an IPA, this beer is not for the faint of heart.

In fact, that is exactly what this beer is, if you can picture it – a Belgian Tripel Double IPA. So yes – triple the malt and so then the alcohol, and then use both Belgian Saaz and American hop varieties in huge quantities. As I personally prefer European hops over the citrisy hops of the US, it’s a nice midway point for me as far as IPAs go.

Now, this is also an unfiltered, bottle conditioned ale, so in addition to all that malt and hops, you’ve got banana esters kicking too. What you end up with with such a strong combination of ingredients/process, is a beautiful, well balanced strong sipping only beer.


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