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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3451   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 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)


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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
As trippels go, not one of my favorites. Murky gold pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with a tiny bit of banana. The taste is heavily vanilla and raisins, mixed with what I can only describe as cake batter. No banana or yeast esters at all. Very creamy mouthfeel. Probably will not get again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Tap at Bacchus. Amber with thin head remaining when served in the standard Chimay trappist glass. Spicy aroma, caramelized banana and brandy with some dandelion flower. Flavor of clove spiced banana bread and golden raisins with a cave-like mustiness on the finish. Thin palate and slight carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
golden slightly hazy bitter least fav of all trappist ales, better then many different ales but uhhm just not up my alley

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle at home. Golden hazy color with big white head. Lot of CO2. A bit bitter but pleasant aftertaste. Nice trappist.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Roberto (3) - Harelbeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2006 does not count
Bottle, 33 cl. Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of carbonation and an aroma of fruit and yeast. Bitter, fruity flavor and a nice thick palate. Good beer with lots of flavor complexity but at $3 a beer itís one that iíll save for special occassions.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Amber with a thick white head. Rich dried fruit smell with a slight malt finish. Full fruit finish with a minty after finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Nice hazy cidery color with medium white head and cidery aroma. Taste is a good blend of bittersweet and spicy. My favorite of the three common chimays. $3.50/11.2oz

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Beer pours a very cloudy deep gold with a white head. The head is very thick and lasting with different sized bubbles. The aroma has some spice, lots of bready malt, lots of yeast, some grassy notes, and hints of honey. The flavor starts with grassy flavors, a little hops, lots of doughy malts, and some carbonation zip. More honey and some fruit (sweet grapes, perhaps some apple) come along midway. The beer has very long and dry finish that includes a touch of hop bitterness. Some alcohol is perceptible in the aroma, but is well hidden in the taste.


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