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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3046   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)


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
Yellow to golden colored with a thick vigorous head. Two mintues later still an inch of head. I usually do not like anything this lightly colored but you know with the head it is going to be special, and it is Chimay. Beautiful smells of yeast, spice, apple and currants. Like a milder Unibroue. Very textured entry, frothy to chewy to thinner with alcohol. A little spice, a little citrus jam or marmalade and currants with a yeasty, malty aftertaste. Not as good as the Blue Lable, but still outstanding.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2004
Golden. tall white head. Acidious aroma. yeast. hops. floral. Rather hoppy aroma. Some underlying sweetness. Floral. Spicy? Overall not as spicy and sweet as most trippels. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Much more pleasent in my opinion than the Chimay Bleu. Actually went to a jazz club that sold this in the 750ML bottle. $6 Had a golden,orange colour from what I could see and a nice white cotton head. Ez. hoppy, somewhat creamy, dry finish. Had hints of something, but maybe that was just the crowded club smell. actually I was pretty toasted when I finished this, but I can say I enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Pleasant, sweet, doughy, yeasty aroma with mild herbal hop notes. Opaque orange-tan with lasting cover of white head. Very sweet up front with puckering, dry finish. Fairly strong carbonation detracts somewhat from overall enjoyment. Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomb and Rastacouere.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
750mL: Golden orange hue, long-lasting 1cm white head, light yeast deposit. Very dry aroma with far less events happening than moinette blonde. Light alcohol touch provides a rather heating character, very herbal, moderately hoppy, grassy. Decent honeyish malt base on the tongue though it fades into an extremely dry finish. This wants to be westmalle tripel a bit too much for its own good, but it doesn’t even come close in the mouthfeel department where this one seems a bit overcarbonated, bubbly even and medium bodied at most. It certainly has an irony quality to it, or at least very mineralic, which I sometimes appreciate, but it didn’t seem to fit with the alcohol in here. Finish is hoppy, salty. Decent take on the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Hazy gold with a huge fluffy white head. The head retention is ridiculous. I had a 4 inch head holding for 30 minutes. Aroma is yeast and spices. Flavor has some raisin, yeast, and watery lemon. A light beer with many subtle flavors. Nice malts and finishes with a hoppy aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Somewhat light for a tripel but still really well brewed. Hazy deep gold with a great off white head which lasts and leaves excellent lacing. Lots of hot spicy aromas along with some esters like apple, along with a variety of phenolics like hay, clove and a touch of vanilla at the end. Flavors are yeasty and malty with a spicy backbone. Moderately smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Like a glass full of honey, Chimay Blanche pours beautifully golden. An amazing white head that just lingers with gorgeous texture. This beer you can love just by looking at it. Flowery, tangy aromas. Rasins and dates were most prominent for me. Medium body that’s a tad more cloying than the Chimay Rouge. A bit of bitterness in taste, but predominantly you will experience the flowers and a touch of sweetness. This beer is well-balanced, delicious and attractive..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Big Bottle. Poured a hazy gold, with a decent head that lingered. Bready/yeasty aroma. Flavors domated by yeast, and a sweet/spicy fruitiness. Alcohol revealed in the warm aftertaste, which is slightly bitter. I like it but Bleu is still my favorite from Chimay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Draught: Hazy golden yellow with a medium frothy white head. Aroma has banana, wheat, strong malt presence, spicey yeasts, citrus, earth, and light fruits. Taste has lots of yeast, malt, wheat sweetness towards the beginning with some bitter citrus, spices, and bread at the end. Another solid one from Chimay.


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