Houblonmonstre Tripel IPA Extract Kit

SKU: U1900

When Belgian Tripel meets IPA, the result is an elegant and pale strong abbey ale carpet-bombed with American and continental hops. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Once upon a time a poor homebrewer was lamenting the lack of time that the modern world allowed him for his hobby. He had the ingredients for a batch of Tripel and a batch of IPA, but the demands of home and work life were such that he had no opportunity to brew them, and so he cried himself to sleep. While he slept, a collective of Ardennes Forest Beer Gnomes (Houblonmonstres, in Flemish) came into his house and took pity on the poor homebrewer. They decided they'd brew his beer for him. Unfortunately, the Gnomes were already three sheets when they broke into his home, and so they combined the ingredients for the two batches. This recipe is the result of their drunken meddling: an elegant and pale strong abbey ale carpet-bombed with American and continental hops. You're going to have to do the brewing yourself, though. Recommended:2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style Belgian
Beer Style IPA, Trappist/Belgian Ale
Color Light
Original Gravity 1082
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

Exceeded expectations Review by CarboyT
I went into this with high hopes and this brew came out better than expected. I remember having to use a blow off to start as the fermentation got crazy within hours. I think I left for dinner and came back back with krausen almost coming through the airlock. The color stayed dark for most of the time in the primary & secondary and then turned golden by bottling day. I added a little more sugar for more carbonation and it turned out great. It wasn't as hoppy as I wanted but the balance is perfect. I am getting this every year for sure. Everyone one of my friends who had it, loved it. The abv came in a little lower than I expected too but this was my 3rd batch ever so I'm sure over time I will get a better hang of it. (Posted on 3/26/15)
One of my regulars Review by db297
Wow - I've done 7-8 batches now - all 5 gallon extracts. I finally got "everything" right, and this came out great. I love the lighter color, yet has enough hops to taste good, the ABV is over 9... this is now one of my regulars. Just trying to find the "right" IPA to go along with it.

I had a 5 day primary, only a 6 day secondary, and a 7 day bottle conditioning. Just thinking how good this could be if I did a longer secondary......
(Posted on 8/26/14)
best beer I have made to date Review by randy
followed the directions only I added 3lbs of orange blossum honey to the boil. what a great drink. (Posted on 5/11/14)
Outstanding Review by Robert Valente
First the bad - this is NOT what NB describes - a cross between a Belgian Trippel and an IPA. This is a Belgian Golden Ale which is triple hopped to make it an IPA style of light Belgian beer. The "Trippel" in this case refers to the triple hopping, NOT to the style of beer. Now on to the good - everything! In over 20 years of home brewing, this is the best kit I have ever made. I did a 2L starter with the WYeast Ardennes, primary for about 10 days and a 5 week secondary. One week of bottle conditioning and the beer already tastes perfect and the color and head are incredible - just perfect. I swear this beer is an exact clone of Houblon Doubbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe in Achouffe, Belgium. If you know the style and are a fan of it, this is the beer for you. Outstanding! (Posted on 5/10/14)
Amazing!!! Review by Andy
I'm still pretty new to brewing, but I am not new to amazing brews! I dry hopped this bad boy with 2 oz of amarillo for a week and did the yeast starter.... Well it's my new favorite brew! Hoppy, sweet, and well i wish i could bottle age a few... But it's not gonna happen! Amazingly smooth for being such a "big" beer! I would love to know if anyone has any other recipes that are high abv and come out as smooth as this one! (Posted on 4/2/14)
wallonian thunderf**k Review by untrained marmot
well, the good done got gooder. per my review below to the base extract recipe, i added coriander (about 1 oz cracked, not crushed) at 5 mins and 1 oz whole leaf amarillo hops a week prior to pulling it out of the secondary. if you think this is a great beer per the NB recipe (which it is), try these two simple additions and thank me later. pure wallonian bliss. hell, i might even try double the dry hops and a bit of citrus (lemon or grapefruit) zest. seriously... do it, you know you want to. (Posted on 12/27/13)
This is the bomb Review by BrewDoc
This is a great recipe with lots of hop complexity as well as belgian wierdness. Beware, as it is strong enough to make you see the houblonmonstres personally. (Posted on 12/16/13)
2 words / 1 article : Biere de Maison Review by untrained marmot
Out of 15 or so batches, the best brew I done brewed. I was skeptical with the simple bill lacking specialty malts and overly streamlined hop schedule but mon dieux is this one good. Next time, I might try a touch of crushed coriander along with dry hopping with some Amarillo to get it a bit more Chouffesque. Be patient with secondary as it dropped relatively bright (for a hoppy beer) after a couple of months in there and if you can cork this puppy in 750's and enjoy the ride. Oh yeah, after a free rise from mid-60's, I fermented this at 82º (the Wyeast 3522 Ardennes was glad to oblige). On that note, for the love of all that is holy and pure, create a 2L starter and use a blow-off tube at primary. Worth the wait, this beer is the proverbial le shizz. (Posted on 8/17/13)
tasty and strong. easy to drink. one of my favorites Review by Duder
Great beer! Thrid time I've used this extract kit. Everyone loves this beer, hop lovers and haters. High alcohol and easy to suck down. My FG has been in the 08-10 range...roughly 9.5% abv. Light color, sweet, decent hopiness, again very easy to drink a few and get tanked. Gotta use a miniwort/yeast starter to get the yeast actively eating all the fermentables. 2-3 wks primary, 4-8 wks secondary. Kegged at room temp for another week. Chilled and carbonated a few days after that. The beer keeps getting better over time. Let it age a little. But it won't last long. Great flavors of citrus, bubble gum, and that distinct belgian yeast. Yummy!!! (Posted on 8/16/13)
Awesome beer - now part of the rotation Review by Jason
After dabbling in a few Belgian Tripels at a local brew festival, I thought I'd give this a try and see if I could come close to some of my favorites from the tasting. After a week in the keg, I gave it a sample and really didn't care too much for the taste (what I'm a going to do with a full keg of beer I don't like?). But after another week, the flavors conditioned together nicely and that great Belgium yeast flavor started to pull the Hops and alcohol content together. Three weeks Keg conditioning and "WOW!" this was one of the best tasting beers to date. Family members who generally don't drink beer were coming back for more and more and the 5 gallon batch quickly ran dry. I have since made the leap to all grain brewing and have another batch of this in the primary. As others have stated, the initial fermentation is very active, and even in a 6 gallon carboy I find myself having to use a blow off tube. I also added some Irish moss during the boil hoping that this batch gets a tad clearer. This time I plan to Primary for three weeks, and secondary for at least a month. I also may try dry hopping this one in the keg, although I haven't settled on which type of hops to use.

If you like hoppy beer with a kick, give this one a try. (Posted on 8/6/13)
Great Beer Review by KMAN
I have found a favorite. This beer is smooth and not overly hoppy. It has above average alcohol content, but still manages to keep nice balance. The yeast is very aggressive, make sure to use a blow off tube during fermentation. Great beer! (Posted on 6/21/13)
Wow Review by Kelly
What a great beer. It is smooth and packs a nice punch. (Posted on 6/2/13)
BUT good Review by Erik
Good beer...Smooth taste, aroma, and color. I like other IPA s better, but its still good. (Posted on 5/2/13)
excellent, but be patient Review by Dave
Brewed this back close to 3 months ago, a week or two in primary, well over a month in secondary, and 3 weeks in bottles to date. Took a while for the carbonation to really get going, but it's a big beer, so that's normal. Have only cracked the 12oz bottles, have a few bombers and 16oz bottles but I'm going to give them more time to bottle condition.

The hops could actually be a little stronger I think. For me, they're more of a subtle compliment to a good Belgian than being "carpet bombed." But it is very drinkable, especially for the alcohol content. This was one of my last extract batches, and I am looking forward to doing this in all-grain and tweaking it a bit with some more hops.

To sum it up, great Belgian flavor with a little more hops than you would normally get in a Belgian. (Posted on 4/13/13)
Needs Time Review by Jake
Needs time but worth it (Posted on 1/20/13)
Chuck Norris's beer Review by D_Luck
Holy get you hammered! Tastes awesome and strong yet balanced. I have had one this afternoon and I already feel as though I have had 3-4 regular beers only more badass. I'm gonna go pour another and kill some baddies online (Posted on 7/8/12)
Blow-off Tube Required Review by Eric
I made a yeast starter with light DME, cold crashed the starter after a few days, and dumped out most the fermented DME prior to pitching. I had active fermentation in a few hours. You MUST use a blow-off tube! As others have said, the fermentation is absolutely aggressive. In the first few days, I came home over lunch to make sure my catch can was keeping up (Good thing I did. I had to replace it twice due the foam blow-off). 2 weeks in the primary, 5 weeks in the secondary, and so far 1 week in the bottle. It's good already, and reading other reviews, I'm convinced to wait another 5 weeks to try it again. My OG was 1.082 and my FG was 1.008. That's 9.7% ABV! Share with care... (Posted on 6/20/12)
Brew this one. Review by J West
Just cracked open my first bottle from this batch. Great mix of Belgian malt/yeast flavor blended with strong, but not overpowering, hops. Just like a tripel, with very little hop aroma on the nose, but you really get solid bitterness from the Magnum & nice hop flavor from the late additions of Saaz & Cascade.

A surprising, yet appropriate, hybrid. Worth your money & time. Give it a shot. (Posted on 4/13/12)
Great beer. Strong and flavorful Review by joemark
This beer lived up to the hype. It was the first batch that I brewed, which leaves me wondering how much better I can get this batch to be. I made some rookie mistakes, which I have since learned from, but that didn’t stop this batch from turning out very drinkable and very flavorful. Blow off tube is HIGHLY recommended, as previous reviewers have noted. I also dry hopped with 3 oz of Amarillo pellets. BOOM goes the hop flavor and aroma! I will keep this kit in my rotation, but may change the hop profile to incorporate some Amarillo hops during the boil. My goal is to try and get this batch to mimic Green Flash’s Le Freak. The Amarillo definitely assisted in that direction, as the scent appears right on the money. Great kit. Beer came out at 8.67%. Big beer for a big beer drinker! (Posted on 3/16/12)
Surprising Review by Chris from Brooklyn
I was a little unsure of this kit as there are no specialty grains, and it seems so simple.
The longer this has conditioned the better it has gotten. after 4 weeks of bottle conditioning it was good. After 8 weeks of bottle conditioning it was GREAT!!! After 12 weeks of bottle conditioning it was AMAZING!!!
The only problem is that I only have 3 750ml bottles left.

Give it a go, you won't be disappointed! (Posted on 1/5/12)
wowzers!! Review by dig4neids
Quite hoppy indeed. This beer's yeast strain was incredibly violent. Being my third batch I noticed a massive difference between the yeast strain of the black Ipa, and the Belgian Dubbel. This beer seemed so aggressive I was very impressed. An excellent hoppy aroma and complex belgian tripel taste. My batch is incredibly young since it just became drinkable on New Years Eve. I have High hopes for this batch, because already as a young beer its crisp and refreshing and quite hoppy, which normally a tripel really doesn't stand out for it's hops alone... I think it does a pretty darn good job in this extract kit. I can't wait for this one to age. Excellent stuff indeed. (Posted on 1/4/12)
Good ale Review by Jerry
Followed recipe and used Belgian Ardennes yeast with a blow off hose. This was one of my first ales after getting back into brewing and I had too much water. I added a pound and a half of honey after I missed my Gravity. The ale turned out very good but over carbonated. I pour it into a 24 ounce mug so it will fit with the large head that it has. It tastes good and the flavors blend very well. I may brew it again without the excess water and honey. (Posted on 12/29/11)
Awesome kit!! Review by KiltedCow
This kit is incredible. I did dry hop it with 3oz of cascade hops and the result is hop filled and deliciously complex. It is one of my favorite beers and the best part is that I brewed it!!!! I'm going to make this a regular buy.
Incredible beer :) (Posted on 11/8/11)
GOOD Stuff! Review by Johnny Tarr
This was really fun to brew. You have to use a blow off tube cause the fermentation is off the hook. Now I added a bit more water before pitching. Which did lower the alcohol level just a smidge but was able to get a full 5 gallons. Nice rich hoppy taste with a smooth finish. This beer does have a nice punch so it's a lot of fun to drink. (Posted on 10/27/11)
Fast, easy, and delicious Review by Aaron F
This beer is very easy to brew and tastes great as soon as it is carbonated. It's easy to drink and packs a punch. Great flavor from the yeast. Fermentation was crazy and needed blow off tube. I will be brewing this again. (Posted on 9/10/11)
three months in secondary Review by John Johnson
Bottled last night and it was golden, creamy and malty. The alcohol flavor had smoothed out in the three months that this sat in a glass secondary in my limestone basement. I can't wait to taste it! (Posted on 8/23/11)
Best extract ever Review by Dan
Really loved this one. Can really taste it continue to mature as the weeks go on inside the bottle. Smooth mouth feel, perfect amount of carbonation. This was a MONSTER of a fermentation process. The foam was rising up through the airlock within 12 hours! I dry hopped in secondary fermentation using my home grown cascade hops and this ale is just ripe with a hoppy flavor. The color is a light golden brown, a little darker than I expected. I couldn't help but think that this would be a great summertime ale if it weren't for the strong alcohol content (8.8 ABV) that seems to richen the flavor and make it heavier than it should be for a summer brew. (Posted on 8/6/11)
Excellent Kit Review by fritz
This kit turned out great! Even though I made some rookie mistakes. Belgian Tripel's are one of my favorite beer styles along with IIPA. I Brewed this in November and it only gets better with age. My only suggestion would be to add some more hops to up the IBU's as well as dry hopping to add aroma. I would definitely buy this kit again.. (Posted on 6/4/11)
Great beer Review by Clinton
This beer is great.
I used Belgian ardennes and american ale yeast strains mixed together and got a FG of 1006 = ABV 9.84.
This was my first golden colored ale and I was concerned about how dark the carboy was but it came out perfectly golden in the glass.
Primary 4/9 Secondary 4/20 bottled 5/16. Carbonated really well with a 1.5 in. collar!
-Cheers (Posted on 6/2/11)
Awesome even for hop haters Review by Brewgal101
I can serve this beer to a beer snob or a Coors Light lover and both are blown away by it. Perfectly balanced and beautiful aroma. Simple, yet complex - it's the perfect high ABV beer and so easy. (Posted on 5/19/11)
First Ever Brew - Encouraging Result Review by wuhsinman
This was my first ever home brew, selected for the simplicity of ingredients and ABV potential.

Brewed back in February; primary two weeks, secondary four weeks. It took a while to clear in the bottle; after the nominal two weeks it was still a little cloudy. After being in the bottle now for about 6 weeks i

It also took a while to carbonate. At this point the carbonation is very acceptable, with a light, not creamy head.

Taste is as described in other reviews; light, easy to drink with a pretty strong bitter finish. My wife likes this beer very much.

Based on this first experience have gone on to brew three more ales in the past three months and have just ordered a second kit of this brew. (Posted on 5/14/11)
Great beer, but not that hoppy Review by Zach
I love this kit and will be reordering, but will probably change the hopping since their flavor and aroma didn't come through well for me.

Made a 2.4L starter for the liquid yeast. I can't quite do full volume boil, but only needed to top off about 1/2 to 1 gallon of water afterwards. Fermentation started within 24 hours and needed a blowoff tube for days. Raised the temperature from upper 60's to about 72. Let the monstre sit in primary for 6 weeks then bottled; just a couple more weeks and it was already tasting amazing. (Posted on 5/4/11)
Fantastic Review by Robbie
This kit is everything it was billed to be. It's a great big brew (mine came in at 9.43 ABV) with subtle sweetness and wonderful hop bittnerness. It is easily the best thing I have brewed so far, and I can't wait to see how it matures. (Posted on 4/10/11)
Very impressed! Review by PatrickMilw
I brewed this two weeks ago. After adding a yeast starter, fermentation took off within 12 hours. Fermentation was wild for the first 48 hours, I thought the lid on my fermenter was going to blow off. I racked it into the secondary today. Not wanting to waste a drop, I spilled the last pint from the bottom of the fermenter into a glass and drank it. Normally, you don't expect much from the beer close to the sludge, but yet, it was so delicious! The flavor already had a nice balance. I thought that with this recipe, the hops would be dominating, but the flavor was perfect. I can tell already that it is going to be very potent. After 1 pint, I felt pretty mellow. I can't wait until it's aged another 6 weeks and carbonated. I think it's probably going to be one of my best. I'm already planning on brewing another batch, since I don't think 5 gallons is going to last very long. Going to be a great beer to sip out on the porch during a hot summer day. (Posted on 4/8/11)
Well worth the effort Review by Armagh
Balanced is the adjective that comes to mind when I drink one of these. Malt/hop character hides the high abv. Try substituting 10 ounces of a nice varietal honey for each pound of sugar at the end of boil for a slightly more floral nose. I'll make it again. (Posted on 4/5/11)
deeeeelicious!! Review by christi
Brewed this beer middle of October - sipping a glass tonight and can say this is one of the best brews I've made. The aroma is spectacular - banana, floral & citrus. The taste is delightful too!! (Posted on 3/29/11)
Hate to wait! Review by kevin
Big, beautiful brew. I wish I'd had the patience to wait for more aging, but...oh well you know how that goes. I'll do this again but I'm going to throw in an ounce of Perle at 10 minutes. (Posted on 1/29/11)
Huge personality Review by BoyneRyan
+1 on the blow off tube. Yeast vs. Sugar were fighting WWIII in there. I racked to secondary last night and poured a glass and it was amazing already...young, warm, funky, and delicious! Can't wait til this one is ready. (Posted on 1/27/11)
Outstanding Review by CWR
I have been brewing Belgian-style beers exclusively for a little over 7 months, and this is by far the BEST beer that I have produced. Beautiful golden color. Fluffy white head, with nice lacing. Wonderful, flowery aroma of hops and some funk (the good kind!) from the Ardennes yeast. Thick and rich mouthfeel. The taste?...this tastes like Belgium, in the best possible way. Very hard to beat! (Posted on 1/5/11)
excellent/ strange / easy drinking beer Review by mitchar19
This beer was excellent but very strange, you get the hoppiness of an IPA mixed with the estery/spicy character of Belgian yeast. It is also very drinkable to have such a high OG. I really enjoyed it because I couldn't buy a beer like this in the store. My only critique is that I would have liked a little more hop aroma, so the next time I brew this I may add some dry hops to the secondary. (Posted on 8/30/10)
GORGEOUS! Review by mthrt
What an ale! If you love Chouffe, you'll LOVE this kit! Different hops than Chouffe, but super tasty nonetheless! (Posted on 6/5/10)
Yum! Review by Nikki
We really liked this beer- really hoppy but a sweet undertone made it palatable for our friends who aren't quite the hop heads we are. (Posted on 4/22/10)
Wow! Review by GreatLakesMike
I let this one hit 85 degrees during primary and the results are staggering! Nice spicy, clove like taste at first, finishing with the bitterness from the hops. I know this flavor isn't for everyone, but I love how different it is! (Posted on 4/7/10)
Great beer give it time! Review by scott
this beer took 2 months and 2 weeks before it was ready to drink.. thought that it was bad after 2 weeks in the bottle and no carbonation but it has turned out to be fantastic,. came out at 9.4% abv in the end so i can see how the yeast had a hard time carbonating lot of sediment in the bottle make sure that u dont shake it before you pour it. Taste great will take a little bit of time before you can drink it. One more thing after drinking a couple dont plan on driving anywhere. (Posted on 3/24/10)

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