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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3449   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 beerís 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)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2006
0.33 l bottle. Golden amber color with very thick creamy head. Orangey and herbal hoppy aroma. The flavor is packed with herbal hops, orange, clove and pepper, slight sweetness and firm bitterness. Finishes bitter, orangey and spicy. Nice smooth palate and good hoppy edge.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3698) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 0,33L bottle from gift pack. Pours orangey-amber with a substantial, tight white head. Good duration. The nose is yeasty and sweet with notes of spice (coriander), and orange. Bright, sparkling carbonation and a med. mouthfeel. Quite sweet but balanced by the bitter finish. Alcohol comes through as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
(Bottle BBE 2009) Fruity, yeasty and spicy aroma. Dark golden colour, muddy and average size, white, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Fruity (grape, banana), malty, spicy and acidic flavour. Lively carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. Alcohol is very well hidden! 22/10/06

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniel0017 (441) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 reminds me of pineapple ham fresh from the oven. Hazy light-amber body with whispy white head that leaves robot shapes in the glass, sometimes they look like grapes but mostly robots. many layers in this beer, none overpower the other: Hint of cloves and nutmeg at first then creamy barley malts, yeast and hops only to finish off on an even, bitter tone. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth yet vibrant as you swallow it down.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Rich yeasty nose....visually , great co2 cloudy golden color...foam explodes on the intake...clean and refreshing...but not a light wheat...give it a swirl, watch the foam unfurl, then lay it in its place...consistantly beautiful....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. The worst of the Chimay beers. Thatís not to say it still isnít good, but I absolutely adore the Blue and so this was a bit of a let down. Very little complexity and a pretty thin flavor, considering itís a trappist.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
True to the commercial description. Not as dry as expected, but no complaints.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2006
Pours a hazy orange with a huge white head. I enjoyed it, but I think I like the Blue better. Probably the best Tripel ive tried.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
Pours a glowing orange, with thick, wonderfully mountainous off-white head. Very good, as itís reputation declares, but this is probably my least favourite of the 3 Chimay offerings. Itís quite hoppy for an Abbey beer and perhaps that took me by surprise. Not as robust as I think I want it to be, and a little bit thin in flavour. The finish is, as others have mentioned, long and dry. All-in-all, this is of course a great beer, but perhaps not as ass-kickingly complex as I wanted it to be.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
750mL bottle, no date. Pours a hazy orange golden with some chunks and a one finger fading eggshell head. Aroma of yeast, and dusty grassy hops are the strongest, though the overall aroma isnít terribly strong. There was a little bit of fruitiness as well. Flavor is the same with a little bit of candy sugar added. Dry bitter finish. With the exception of La Chouffeís Houblon, this is the hoppiest tripel Iíve had. A little bit of warming ETOH noted. Highly carbonated, a little lighter bodied than I had expected. This was a little bit of a letdown for me. I think that some of the reason for my low score is for the lack of complexity. Sure it tasted all right, but I just didnít feel it had enough going on with it.


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