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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Really very nice. A great Tripel. You can’t really compare the main Chimay’s although I’m tempted to. The Blanche is excellent on its own.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Full, spicy and delicious. Murky golden body, with a lasting white head. Yeasty/spicy nose and flavor is much the same. A wonderful triple.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Lacing and a full white head -- many different golden hues. Aromas are overwhelmingly of hops, but there is also some fig and yeast. The beer is full and complex on the palate, with a going-away, not-unpleasant kick of bitterness at the end. A great beer, and a classic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 18, 2004
Sharp, hoppy and sour aroma. Pronounced long hop bitterness, fresh and some rock candy sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Flowery, yeasty aroma. Somewhat herbal. Amazing carbonation. Fruity, malty sweet flavors. Citrus and orange peel. Nice alcohol warmth. This is a wonderful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Hazy gold...thick head that didn’t last as long as I’d like...smells hoppy and yeasty...tastes spicy and hoppy with a crisp dry finish...probably my least favorite "big" tripel...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 3, 2004
Large white foamy head. Orange-light amber color. Aroma is hoppy, herbal with floral, yeasty and spicy notes. Flavor is moderately hoppy with herbal, spicy and light fruity tones, ending in a balanced hoppy and floral finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Aroma has some citrusy hops and raisin bread in it. Huge rocky head atop a cloudy brown body. This beer is smooth and carbonated at the same time. A bit sweet with some feint spices. Prettygood.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Golden colored, slightly hazy, with a thick head. Somewhat sweet and citrusy, and quite smooth and a bit bubbly. A little bit of spices, and some hos at the end of a moderate dry finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 750ml Bottle: Poured gold with a big foamy head. Aroma was musty and herbaceous with some nice malt notes in the background. The flavour carries through with this but in a somehwat confused and dissonant. Very lively carbonation and full mouthfeel. This is a more expressive beer than the Rouge or the Bleu.
Re-Rate: Less impressive this time around. Just not as expressive. 7/4/7/4/14=3.5


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