Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Chimay Tripel, with its typical golden colour, its slightly hazy appearance and its fine head is especially characterised by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavour, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops: above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The aroma complements the touch of bitterness. There is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, wheat starch, sugar, hop extract and yeast. See Protz (beer-pages.com/protz/features/chimay.htm) and John White (www.whitebeertravels.co.uk/chimay.html)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wernesgruner (45) - USA - FEB 15, 2007
there is alot of head from this beer, i am sad to say that my friend bought this and i tried it from what i could tell in my sick state it was an excellent beer, however with my taste obscured i will have to re-rate at a later date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Pours a beautiful burnished copper color that is quite fizzy. Head is medium and airy. Aroma is citrus, lemon, slight orange. Mouthfeel is fizzy and crisp. Flavor is citrusy - lemon, orange peel, and oak. Finish is crisp a slightly bitter with notes of lemon and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Large bottle Golden Pour, Nose of citrus, belgian spices and I think clove. Flavor is a sweet fruity taste with a dry finish. I am not a huge belgian fan but this was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
11.2 oz bottle pours amber with a fair white head that stays pretty well. Good aroma of yeast, raisins, and some spice. Flavor is raisin, caramel, some yeast and slight peppery spice at the finish before the dry finish. Palate is smooth and easy drinking with a fair amount of tickling carbonation. Nice soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle 11.2 oz. Trappist Glass. Nice orange amber color. Spicy, fruity aroma. Spice and fruit make sense but the bitterness, especially at the end overpowers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
I have enjoyed this beer on tap and in the bottle a light hoppy yeasty tripel that I will enjoy again and again in my lifetime. Page 118 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 430 out of 500 of his Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2007
A really, really nice looking beer in the glass. The lazy white head stays with it until the last gulp, precious. For me, although the flavor was fresh and smooth, the alcohol was slightly overpowering and the finish was just flat-out too bitter for my preference. I do however, think this beer would go great with a sharp cheese or something salty. Overall a good beer, but probably my least favorite of all Chimay’s I have tried. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Bottle... Golden with a large head. Sweet, fruity aroma. With flavors of strong citrus and hops and yeast, with a nice malt balance. Very Sweet. Nice clean and short finish for 8% alcohol with a strong clove presence and burnt sugars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Re-rate 10/9/07: Bottle (quite a fresh one). Slightly hazy orange color with a medium white head that stays all the way. Fruity and spicy aroma with yeast, citrus (orange) and some wheat. A rather sweet flavor with yeast, fruits, spices, a bit of malt and a long, dry, hoppy finish, with some spice. Medium-bodied with quite alot of carbonation. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Bottle. 4 years old. Golden color, a bit hazy, with a big head. A sweet fruity aroma with a bit of yeast. Flavor is fruity and sweet but with some hop bitterness. A bit of pepper. Finishes with nice hoppiness. A medium body. 7/4/7/3/15=3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Exquisite, dry, doughy aroma. I get a hint of spiciness, perhaps cayanne, along with savory spices. Not getting much complexity, but still very nice. Pour is excellent into its own glass, with a large, rocky head that laces well. Pretty dark for a tripel.

Flavor is quite nice as well, kind of dank and boozy, more vineous and ever-so-slightly sweet. Less dough and more subtle malts. Again, not too much complexity. Very enjoyable, this. Glad I finally hunkered down and bought some.

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