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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005
yeast cookies like sea monkeys in this thick orange body with a beautiful laced head, ,bright aroma, yeasty tingle in the nasal cavaties, of a similar calibur as the ’mr. smelly’ marker variety pack, delicate palate, yeasty but i think the hops dominate this tripel more than I see in most tripels i’ve observed, and the bitters are very well balance, went with the bree and timlamook extra sharp cheddar very well on this christmas eve

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1549) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
Golden yellow colour, deep friut and darl bitterness, full tasting, a little Saison-funky it seems, good but not my fave.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Cloudy golden color nice fluffy head, great spiciness with some slight fruit to it, and the alcohol was the perfect amount.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
A beautiful pour - cloudy copper/gold with a fairly subtle but nicely complex spice aroma. Very carbonated with a long-lasting foamy head. Fairly tasty as well - yeasty and bitter with a definite warming alcohol kick. Lingered fairly nicely in the mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Pours cloudy light bronze color with medium head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of spices and fruit. Very tasty - yeasty and bitter palate (not much malt). The relatively high abv is not noticeable. A benchmark Belgium triple in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Small bottle. Pours a fairly clear light/medium amber color with some bits of yeasties suspended and agitated by the continuous stream of carbonation coming off of the etch at the base of the glass. An impressive sized whitish head erupts and slowly fades down in an uneven fashion, not unlike a root beer float head. Tremendous lacing. Aroma is yeasty, peppery, slight bits of funk come off the liquid also. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Carbonation borders on stinging the palate. Peppery, yeasty flavors blend quite well with an ample hop bitterness. No real sugar presence detected. Quite nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2005
75cl bottle. Bright amber colour, huge offwhite head. Nearly no lacing. Aroma of honey, abricot, hops, esters, alcohol, dark fruits and caramel malts. Syropy mouthfeel, mostly sweet taste (raisins), very light bitter long lasting aftertaste. Decent tripel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1209) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Cloudy golden in color. Nice long lasting 1 inch thick head. Even thicker when poured. I smell apple, apricot, raisin, other fruits. Lovely! Taste is smoother than the Blue. Extremely smooth, almost session like. I like this one a lot. The only thing it could use a little more of is some caramel, chocolate malt flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. Abv 8%. Cloudy amber hued ale having small off-white diminishing head with excellent lacing. Some floating yeast chunks, though I tried to be careful during pouring. Fruity aroma with hints of caramel and nuts. Soft carbonation. Light-to-medium palate that starts dry with peppery sharpness, fruitiness, and hint of caramel. Finishes dry with light bitterness. Notable alcoholic taste and warmth. Rather thin in body compared to Chimay (red cap). Though my least favorite Chimay ale, this is a good drinkable Belgium ale nonetheless.


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