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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2004
Malt smell w. a touch of spice, alcohol and that particular sweet smell of belgian ales (the sugar?). Cloudy with a big old head, the head collapses to a dense cap. Strong alcoholic bite initially which leads out through the malts to bitterness and boy howdy does this have a great bitterness. I wish it have the smooth palate in the manner of tripel karmeliet or even chimay blue. The palate is okay but I sort of think a tripel ought to be thicker on the tongue.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Has a big yeasty, cream colored head that bubbles out of the glass like cappuccino froth. Body is thick, deep, and golden. Has a fruity, aroma with big blasts of malt and yeast and subtle hints of hops and alcohol. This beer is loaded with flavor: yeast, fruits, hops, and alcohol battle for control of your senses throughout this beer. Overall, I think this is an awesome quaffing beer. Would be great at a party, served in goblets, with some bread and cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Beautiful aroma of oranges and spice. Hazy orangey colour with excellent head retention. Taste again is spicy and hoppy and clean. There is a slight harshness after swallowing hence the lower score there. A quality beer none the less and very drinkable. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
A very good beer! A bit more crisp and a slight bit more hop than the other Chimay styles i have tried. Maybe my favorite Chimay that i have tried so far.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Yeast, light citrus, clove noise. Orangish yellow in the glass with marvelous head retention. Nice and warming, a hint of lemon zest, yeast and corriander(?)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2004
fruity aroma and thick white head a bit of a turn off, lots of carbonation too noticable on palate. good bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2004
While this is very good, it is my least favorite of the Chimays. Pours with a huge white head and has lots of carbonation. Very cloudy. Has lots of banana in the aroma and flavor. Kinz said it well that tobacco is very strong in the aroma and flavor. This is not complex and the alcohol definitely comes through and gives it some bite. A little piney and slightly citrusy in the finish. A little disapointing after having the other Chimays.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - FEB 25, 2004
pours hazy(fell over in the ride home)copper amber with a large head that fades slowly. aromas of vanilla, orange, hops, and coriander. flavors of malt, oranges, coriander, hoppy bitterness, vanilla, and ending with an alcohol pepperiness. body is moderate with some creamyness from the carbonation. a bit musty. the blanche on tap is brighter and more refreshing. still a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
On tap. Deep gold, pretty white head, tiny bubbles. Faint slightly cedary and tobacco aroma, with some orange. Flavors are faintly of apricot, moving into an almost ashy hop finish. Decent, bu the weakest of the Chimay line up, and there are many far better tripels out there as well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Complex and delicious, with that charachteristic Chimay yeast strain aroma and taste... similar but IMHO slightly better than Duvel.


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