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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 beers 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)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2005
(bottle) hazy orange colour with a steady foamy white head. Banana and coriander aroma with a touch of hops. Sweetbitter flavour with a malty start, fruity orange peel mouthfeel with a spicy bitterdry hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
11oz bottle-pours an off white BIG head, cloudy golden/straw color. Aroma is a nice light malty, maybe yeasty too. Flavor has a nice bite, a little dry. Not as much flavor as I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Great yeasty and wheaty flavour rounded by a hint of malt and suger. the bitternes is beautifully balanced combined with a cold freshnes it really completes this beer. Great for fish meals.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Different chimay from the other 2. Aroma is like grassey, stable yard, bready almost. Taste however is more wheat, corriander, carbonated and alcohol, while there is a good kick of hops at the end. In the general scale of things this is a good beer, but the other 2 from chimay are more to my style and taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
(draft) A nice beer. Not nearly as sweet as other tripels Ive have. I got a subtle undertone that reminded me of smoke. There was very little head, though this may have been caused by the filthy glass. I liked it a lot, but there are a zillion better Belgians out there.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Amber coloured, frothy head, lots of sediment. A dry, very dry almost medicinal or herbal beer, and as such an unusual trappist. Comes in the neighborhood of Orval but far from that beers complexity. A bit too bitter for my liking. 180893

(Bottle 75 cl) As "Chimay Cinq Cents". 6/3/6/3/12=12 140201

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
BCA. V. loose yeast sediment in bottle. Pleasant light malty aroma and a touch of fruitiness without the peppery spice and yeast I associate with a Tripel. Quite well balanced but alcohol overly present in the finish. Not too bad but nothing for me to get excited about.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Ive had this several times but most recently on tap where I thought it still had excellent character although it gives up a little bit of its bottled subtlety. Flowery nose, solid head. Bready yet with a zest that is sometimes lost in tripels. very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Small bottle. Poured a murky brown, solid head which was almost like a Guinness (widget) can prior to settling. I left the last cm in the bottle and was surprised to see how murky it was. Nose was very spicy and inviting. Palate was long, lively, syrupy, smooth and inviting with a slightly raspberry tone and a nice bitter tang. Mouthfeel was lovely and solid and a little hot, perhaps due to the alcohol. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle in a Chimay glass. Aroma of floral hops and yeast. Very cloudy orange with thick, frothy off-white head and lots of bubbles coming up though bottom of glass. Light lacing. Flavor a mix of biterness, yeast, spicy hops and alcohol with a definite "Belgian" character in the background. Effervescent mouthfeel. Fairly light body. Dry finish but had a slightly sweet, bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol. A very nice tripel.


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