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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 3, 2007
Fruity aroma, a little cloudy colored. Very sweet. A little bit lighter bodied. Hints of citrus and sweetness due to the malts. Its pretty good. Not a huge fan of the Belgians...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 3, 2007
Fruity aroma with vanilla, caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Yellow-brown with a super cloudy, off-white head. Sweet and chewy flavor with caramel malt, raisin fruits with a touch of coke-like flavor in the finish and a bit of oxidation. L:ighter body, slightly watery texture with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 2, 2007
Golden amber colour with a nice white head. Aroma of malt and fruity citrus. Flavour has a good fruitiness, toasted maltiness, good hoppiness and some bitterness in the end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
22 oz. Pours a golden, copper color with a huge head. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Strong flavor hints of banana, spice with strong bitterness in finish and some alcohol presence, warming, slight astringency. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpbhoosier (51) - USA - DEC 31, 2006
330 ml bottle. Medium body, lively carbonation down to the last sip, more hoppy than I expected. Aroma changed from yeasty to fruity after the initial pour. Just a hint of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy slightly orange colour with a longlasting thcik off-white head. Sweet malty and yeasty aroma. Sweet malty spicy and slightly yeasty flavor. Malty finish with some nice spicy yeasty and bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 33cL Bottles and draught. A classic Belgian tripel that is great if you can sit down with all three Chimays just to compare and notice the differences between the styles. Just a classic option and it never disappoints me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Incredibly hazy dark gold with an inch of big-bubble white head that fades to a lingering cap. Classic pale Belgian aroma: spice in the form of clove, some banana, a tart-orange flavor of curacao and coriander. Slight alcohol presence that lingers, clove and other spices that are reminiscent of some saisons (de Pipaix, etc.). Also a slight bitterness at the sides of the tongue - although this is overwhelmed by a measured sweetness, as it should be. Excellent tripel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2503) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2006
330 mL bottle from LCBO gift pack. Darker than other tripels I’ve tried, and filled with sediment. Lovely, sticky white head. Raisins and bananas in the aroma - not as strong as I expected. The first thing I noticed about the taste was the strong presence of hops; the early finish is quite bitter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The aftertaste comes more from the yeast. The alcohol is evident, but not obtrusively so. This beer is very, and dangerously, drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Draught Golden pour with thick head. Hopy and yeasty aroma, much hoppier than other Chimay’s. Fairly complex flavor that hides the alcohol well. I really need another to finish the rating though.


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