The Houblon Chouffe is a crossover beer – a Belgian interpretation of the India Pale Ale (IPA), a beer style originating in England. Extra hops were added to these ales, to make sure the beer survived the long sea voyage to India – hence the name. And of late, the IPA style has become all the rage in the United States, where beer-lovers are keen for tastes on the bitter side of things.
Brasserie d’Achouffe was one of the first Belgian breweries to see the potential, and launched its own IPA in 2006. It even included American hops. The result, the Houblon Chouffe, is three times as bitter as La Chouffe. This is beer that's certainly not beating around the bush, when it comes to hoppy intensity! There is an immediate blast of pure hops aromas, with various elements that fizz in the nose and caress the tongue.
The Houblon Chouffe starts off with a discernible citrus touch, with grapefruit prominently there, before blending into its herbal, green hoppy character. Unsurprisingly this is a determinedly bitter beer, supported by a generous alcohol content and a pleasant, drying finish. A potent and characterful beer, both for lovers of this style, as well as for real connoisseurs.
330ml bottle, 9.0% ABV