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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
Amber colored and cloudy. The head was large with fine bubbles, before settling to a haze that covered the body. Bready, spicey tripel aroma; some hops. Dry & refreshing flavors; simple and nice. The mouthfeel was sharp with loads of carbonation. Nicely refreshing & simple straight-forward tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pozzle52 (9) - Hypoluxo, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
Poured golden with a hazy texture and a solid white head. There was a good amount of carbonation that provided an appealing effect with the cloudy pour. A sweet, citrus aroma initially hit my nose with hints of honey and spices. Initial tastes of vanilla and spices with a slight hoppy overtone. The citrus flavor remained in the mouth with a pleasant after taste. While others have commented on the evident taste of alcohol, I was surprised that it was seemly absent relative to its alcohol %. A very enjoyable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
750 ml. bottle - Color of clear golden honey – head thick , and white – nose of apricots , yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps – taste is yeast , bitter / sweet , copper , salty , musty , and citrus –heavily carbonated , slightly oily body – aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones , hopps , and egg whites

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This cloudy golden ale poured with a typical fluffy Chimay head. The combination of abundant hops and the outstanding Chimay yeast creates a pleasant fruity flavor with a slightly bitter finish. This is a good brew, but not as distinctive as the Blue label.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Cloudy golden brown pour with copper highlights. Average white head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, yeast and faint dried fruit. Slight sweetness followed by a touch of hops, but the alcohol warmth I enjoy in the red and the blue is lacking. If given a choice of the three, this would be my last.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pours a nice golden with a huge white head. Aroma is of spice and raisins with a pleasant yeastiness. Drank at about 50F this beer was nice and pleasant all the yeast is still very present as is the raisin taste but the hops come out once you take a sip! This beer is really refreshing and just a joy to sip. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Lightly sweet. A little grainy and sugary. Dry finish. Lemon, spice and alcohol. Some yeasty funk. A little overcarbonated and prickly, but not too bad. Pretty good standard tripel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Out of the three basic Chimay’s, I happen to like this one the most... namely since it is a bit blander and subtle. Defintely headdy... a high white head and realatively quick disappation. Very fruity on the tongue and nose. Once again, the hints of some wood (less strong and mustier than the Blue). Some heavy yeast, slight bitterness, but is balanced with a pleasant sweetness. When poured (from bottle), it’s very effervescent. Some citurs and apple on the nose with a little grap eon the tongue. Nice orange color, a slight yellow golden tinge. (Bottle Pour 12/10/2006)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1687) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Quite alot going on here. head fluffy and bouyant fruity aroma that lingers. Warm deep amber color. Make sure that you have your slippers on since the % makes no attempt to disguse its presence but is not overpowering as Chimay should be. Oh to consume this at the source.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden with a thick and long lasting white head. Aroma is Spicy and malty with hops, yeast and honey. Taste is spicy and malty with citrus and herbal notes, some honey also. Alcohol is more present than in the aroma.


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