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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3476   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 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)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
330ml bottle, pours a yellow/orange color with decent head and some lacing. Some spice, citrus (orange) fruit and hop flavorings. Finishes fairly dry and a little hoppy. Not bad

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
2005 33cl bottle. Excellent tripel. Aroma of pepper, tabacco, phenol, clove and orange. The aroma draws almost directly into the flavor with more prenouced phenol, clove and pepper, with just a hint of orange and tobacco followed by a mellow bitterness. The sprite carbonation plays great with the aroma, flavor and dryness of the beer. An well crafted beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Sampled from one of those small bottles, expensive stuff, but i can see kinda where the money goes. Smelled of wine on the onset, then as it warmed, sherry aroma mixed with spicy pear almost..Somewhat cloudy, mixed tan-brown colour.. Healthy foamy head, with lacing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
Corked bottle dated 2004 May: Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence. Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy. The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character. Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours to a dark yellow with an orange tinge, large off-white head. Aroma of banana, citrus. Almost perfumey. Flavour is light, sweet, pleasant, with more malt noticeable than the Rouge. As it warms, a tinge of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
(Tap) Pours amber with small beige head. Very potent aroma includes banana and coriander notes. More hops than I expected, but it balanced the fruity notes quite well. Some alcoholic warming was also in there. Overall quite complex, and a very interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
janubio (705) - SPAIN - NOV 7, 2006
Cloudy apricot colour, it pours a big head with big bubbles that lingers for a while. Complex arome of spices (coriander, clove, pepper) and fruits, with some hint of banana. Mouth feel is very nice, spicy, fruity (oranges, a hint of figs), some honey, flowery. Dry and bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2006
0.33 l bottle. Golden amber color with very thick creamy head. Orangey and herbal hoppy aroma. The flavor is packed with herbal hops, orange, clove and pepper, slight sweetness and firm bitterness. Finishes bitter, orangey and spicy. Nice smooth palate and good hoppy edge.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3715) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 0,33L bottle from gift pack. Pours orangey-amber with a substantial, tight white head. Good duration. The nose is yeasty and sweet with notes of spice (coriander), and orange. Bright, sparkling carbonation and a med. mouthfeel. Quite sweet but balanced by the bitter finish. Alcohol comes through as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
(Bottle BBE 2009) Fruity, yeasty and spicy aroma. Dark golden colour, muddy and average size, white, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Fruity (grape, banana), malty, spicy and acidic flavour. Lively carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. Alcohol is very well hidden! 22/10/06


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